Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lay Down Your head to You Are Not Alone 
One person finds a shoulder to cry on 
One person does not find a shoulder to cry on 


Lay Down Your Head (sonnet)

Lay down your head beside its afterglow
And marvel at the things we left behind
For here and up ahead we are consigned
All else now forms a backdrop of our show
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Lay down your head by world which we defined
Its truth is hidden deep within our flow
A beauty only we may come to know
A vision only our own fate assigned
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The world may shout why didn’t you do more
And shine their golden medals in our face
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The reasons for it all is hard to trace
Some words some other person might have said
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So different is life which we have lead
Lay down your head our dream of all before 


Things are over and all that is left are the comforting song of this sonnet. This looks like an English sonnet but the couplets do not follow the standard format. The couplets turn into a round. Other than this, the sonnet follows the usual two part format, The first half (the quatrains) is an attempt to comfort. The second half (the couplets) covers a reason. 

Val was a professional friend. I was the photographer for her dance troupe. She was my singer. Val was also a member of the Crew, Arlene and I hung out with in the disco days. When the disco days were quickly winding to an end,Val took it very hard. With disco dying, her dance troupe (disco oriented) had no future. All of my songs were for night clubs which were closing. Add to this, she was going through a divorce. She was in a bad place. Val focused on the success and happiness of all those around her. In her eyes, she was a complete failure. Arlene and I accepted disco was over, All we had to offer Val was shoulders to cry on and memories of an unbelievable time. Arlene and I were going through changes of our own. I wish I could say that we helped Val. About this time Japan was drawing talented American girls to work in their nightclubs, not as strippers but as singers and dancers. Val became one of these. (For those concerned about Val: She never remarried. She never achieved the success that she dreamed of. She did become a choreographer for "Beach Blanket Babylon". Now in her gold years, Val remains a parlor singer, with enough of a following to keep her working.)

Sound familiar? Everything is going real good. Then suddenly things change. Change for the worse. All our dreams are shattered. I certainly can. Many can. Countless are those who have met this bitter storm and have just given up. But why? It is not our place to say or to judge. And when we pick up the pieces of a broken life, be gentle and listen. It is easy for me to say don't give up. I had a very lucky life. Many successful authors, speakers and professionals make a lot of money telling others how to be successful, don't give up. But that is their job. The truth is we are all different. Our situations are different. There is good luck and there is bad luck. Here we are. And here is where it all starts. One gift that the human species enjoys, is the gift to adjust. If life knocks us down; pick ourselves up and dusk ourselves off. If we can dust ourselves off, we can see what awaits us are the next corner. Life is a wonder. This is our life. All that is expected of us is to do the best that we can. Do the best we can and Enjoy.


Here to guide us on: Secret Garden "Simply You" 

Life is precious 


According to Emory University,  each year, 34,598 people die by suicide, an average of 94 completed suicides every day. More people die by suicide (34,598) than by homicide (18,361) in the United States. Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death across all ages. To celebrate her birthday and to remind us how important life is Rachel Levin, of Rclbeauty101, has put together a special video. 
Help is only a phone call away. "You Are Not Alone" 


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A single rose can be my garden... 
a single friend, my world. 
Leo Buscaglia


 

37 comments:

  1. haha yeah, I roll my eyes at such authors, speakers, etc. telling us how to be successful, as most of it is common sense. But then some people need to hear it. Me, I just get a shovel and start digging myself out of the s*** pile. Fall down nine times, get up ten.

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    1. Happy digging. (Hee-hee)
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Inspiring, both the sonnet and notes that follow ~~ it's early Sunday morning in Oregon, I sit here reflecting on my life and feel grateful. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for such a great compliment.
      We are the most important person we have to please.

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  3. Life will throw you some surprises, thats for sure. But I found when one door closes another one will open.
    Lisa

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    1. ...and sometimes more than one door.
      Thank you for that touch of philosophy.

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  4. You have been blessed with luck on your side. For others life has not been so kind and it takes some time to bounce back. The key word "resilience" comes to mind the ability to quickly recover and move forward.

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    1. Sounds like your inner you has something more to see you through.
      Thank you. To a brighter tomorrow

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  5. I am glad you were there for your friend. I am also glad she was able to find a way to continue doing what she loved. Your poem is also lovely.

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    1. Thank you for the praise and all of the support

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  6. "A single rose can be my garden...
    a single friend, my world.
    Leo Buscaglia" Thank you for ALL of this!

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    1. You are quite welcome.
      Thank you for taking a moment to stop by.

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  7. I loved the sonnet, but especially loved your thoughts on roads taken and not taken, on optimism and perseverance. I once read that luck is placing yourself in the path of opportunity. Worked for me....but I'm an eternal optimist! Good read, Martin. I enjoyed.

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    1. Thank you for your gracious compliments.
      Let me suggest, lucky might be a gift of others.
      I am glad that your light is so bright

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  8. A message that resonates with me. I have had to start over from scratch several times. One begins again and before long you are trucking along again.........loved the poem, and the story after.

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    1. I hope you caught that although Val never fulfilled her dream, she did have a great life.
      Best of everything to you. And thank you for dropping by.

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  9. Apart from your sonnet what impressed me is your generosity providing your personal background. Some are lucky and through circumstances which can happen to any of us, some are not.Despair can strike down any of us and unless there is a glimmer of hope any of us can go under. The reason poets and poetry is important. Our words can offer that comfort as your words have done in this poem We need to live in a much kinder world.

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    1. Thank you For your generous compliments.
      I also appreciate your sharing your thoughts and the added value and depth they bring.

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  10. Indeed things can change so very quickly, as you said. Things can go along fine, and then the bottom drops out. We pick ourselves up and begin again. I always like your poetry as well as your explanations! Another powerful read.

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    1. Thank you fir your affirmation.
      I appreciate knowing that you enjoyed

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  11. We do pick ourselves up an start over again--sometimes more than once--I love how you play with form here Martin--really well done

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      Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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  12. The road is never a straight one from point A to Z the detours are the places for refuelling. Sharpening and shaping

    Wish a happy Sunday


    Much love...

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    1. Good way of thinking about the journey.
      Thank you for the visit.

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  13. I think that we define success in such bold ways so we set ourselves to failure... we are taught to win and thereby you will always lose at other times... acceptance is the key,

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    1. When I look back at all my "glories", you may be right. The key is what is important to "me" not "them".
      Thank you for this valuable insight

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  14. Hello, another wonderful poem. It is great you were there for your friend. I try not to take life for granted, things can change in a New York minute. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thank you for you kind praise. With your keen eye, I doubt anything escapes you as you take life in.

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    1. Glad that it moved you.
      Thank you for stopping by

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    1. Thank you for your regards.
      So nice to see you here.

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