Wednesday, May 23, 2012


                Maggie Taylor


Drift along a stream
Or drift aimlessly through life
For good or for ill

The words in blue are from Eleanor Roosevelt.

(After Patience Strong)

Friendship with oneself is all important;
Enjoy your you-ness every single day.
Be constantly aware
Of the great world that you share,
With that person who's inside you all the way.
Friendship with some others is exciting;
When one's liked it's the icing on the cake.
But, without self-love, you'll find
No real warmth inside your mind,
So you cannot give, but only merely take.
Forgive yourself for all your small shortcomings;
Don't be hard on someone who should mean so much.
Then you'll find you can forgive
Other folk with whom you live
And you can give the world a tender touch.
A baby loves itself, it's quite self-centred;
It's the centre of its little universe;
Then it learns to love one other,
Its own adoring Mother.
Loving others is a task we must rehearse.
Light a little flame of liking in your own mind,
Then let it shine on others every day.
Friendship's one of life's great pleasures,
Let's dispense it in large measures.
A friendship with ourselves shows us the way.


Gemma Wiseman said...

Lovely little haiku but your poem definitely glows with inspiring, encouraging ideas!

carol l mckenna said...

lovely haiku ~ read it as 'choice' ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

joanne said...

your picture speaks a thousand (or so) words...haiku felt like a life lesson...

Linc said...

Both very beautiful. The friendship poem is powerful.

Tara Tyler said...

she seems sad drifting alone, may she land in happiness or hopefulness at least!

Mijayami said...

I like the haiku and the Friendship poem is wonderful, too.

Anonymous said...

We related to drifting stream!! :)
Lazy and Drifting

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Good or ill: there aren't many other choices!

A Drift of Pollen