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Headstall's Reflections - 13. Chapter 13- Prompt 4 and 5- Pep Talk

Poetry prompt 4- Meter 1- 12 syllables per line, combined with prompt 5- Rhymes and Couplets.

 

Rolling with the punches... I apologize for the language.

Headstall's Reflections

 

 

Chapter 13 Pep Talk

 

 

Such a vicious trap to indulge in self-pity

Might feed you a meal but it seldom looks pretty

So often your troubles are ones you can’t disown

Trite sympathy is naught but a second rate loan

 

Always look ahead and if need be, bite your tongue

Wallow, and take the chance your own bell might be rung

Shrug off all the bullshit like an ill-fitting coat

Guarantee you sink or get on the fucking boat

 

Self-preservation is what rules our very core

Drop your damn baggage and leave it outside the door

Do something, anything, to help clear your own way

Karma’s a witch and she enjoys making us pay

 

There’s no fair game to play when you feel powerless

Whining about your luck only mires you in mess

Accept there can be problems, alone you can’t fix

All you can do is keep both your hands in the mix

 

Life is not ever the promised bed of roses

People can fool you as they go through their poses

Toss life’s magic dice and witness where it all lands

When fate plays her trump card, it is out of your hands

Purging is a good thing. Self-pity accomplishes nothing at all... thanks for reading.

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You are so very right, and your poem is an antidote to the wallowing in self pity I so often fall into. Thank you for a bracing, refreshing alternative to whiny melancholy.

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Self pity can be like quicksand. It catches you and doesn't want to let you go. I think people are entitled to a little self pity now and then, as long as we don't let ourselves wallow. I think this was a good verbal slap to being the author back to reality. Great job, Gary :)

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I think a good wallow in self pity is a good thing, but only for a short time. To me, when i'm upset I let myself feel it, cry, yell whatever and then after I can see clearly.
But too much is bad, just as you wrote in your poem, Gary. I think you did a brilliant job showing what can happen if you stay in self-pity land too long.
tim xo

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On 04/07/2016 12:35 PM, Parker Owens said:

You are so very right, and your poem is an antidote to the wallowing in self pity I so often fall into. Thank you for a bracing, refreshing alternative to whiny melancholy.

Thank you for the support, Parker. I needed the pep talk, my self. This was my kick in the pants. I really appreciate the review... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/08/2016 01:34 AM, LitLover said:

Self pity can be like quicksand. It catches you and doesn't want to let you go. I think people are entitled to a little self pity now and then, as long as we don't let ourselves wallow. I think this was a good verbal slap to being the author back to reality. Great job, Gary :)

That's exactly what it was... knowing it is not the same as putting it into words, and the discipline of following the meter helped me out somewhat... thanks, as always for your awesome support... this didn't appear to reach many people so I really appreciate your comments, cheers, my friend... Gary...

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On 04/08/2016 07:03 AM, Mikiesboy said:

I think a good wallow in self pity is a good thing, but only for a short time. To me, when i'm upset I let myself feel it, cry, yell whatever and then after I can see clearly.

But too much is bad, just as you wrote in your poem, Gary. I think you did a brilliant job showing what can happen if you stay in self-pity land too long.

tim xo

It's the bitterness that creeps in I find dangerous. A little self-pity is certainly okay, but I have to move away from it... I've been trapped in the past, by wallowing... thanks for your comments my friend... cheers... Gary...

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Truth! All of it.. It's not a bad thing to acknowledge our bad feelings and feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. But sometimes we all need that little pep talk, like a dose of cold water. Snap us right back into taking action.
Nicely done Gary..

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On 04/18/2016 07:40 AM, Defiance19 said:

Truth! All of it.. It's not a bad thing to acknowledge our bad feelings and feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. But sometimes we all need that little pep talk, like a dose of cold water. Snap us right back into taking action.

Nicely done Gary..

Thank you, Def! It did the trick for me, so I'm glad you saw truth in it. I appreciate the review, and the support, especially for this one... cheers, my friend... Gary...

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