True Courage: A short poem by Mike Cole

True courage

Is not as it seems

One might think

One must be

Bold.

 

Truth be told, bravery is much preferred.

 

To be brave is to show up,

To be afraid yet move forward anyways.

 

True courage is taking accountability

Admitting when you are wrong, even should you think yourself right.

 

It is putting yourself in the shoes of another and seeing the world as they do,

Not as you want to see it.

 

It is not about ego, it is not about pride,

And it is not waiting for a problem to subside.

 

 

It is looking yourself in the mirror,

and lingers on moonlit nights where sleep is hard to come.

And yet, it is fleeting to most,

A dream that they thought could never be reality.

 

And so one becomes dust,

Never to stand, and never to fall, never truly living, and never answering the call.


Hi all, hope you enjoyed this post. In general, I like to leave the “Outro” to my poetry sections blank as I like the reader to interpret my work. However, I just thought it was worth mentioning that this is an experimental version of my free verse poetry. Up to this point I’ve been playing it relatively safe when writing poetry. I am at a point however, where I am starting to define my style. Expect to see more “out there” poems in the future and if you have any feedback, feel free to hit the contact button or simply comment below!

 

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I love producing content. As I grow as an individual, so does my content. What was once acceptable now isn’t. As such, more time is spent working on each post. I do all edits, research, and content creation. Whether it’s taking photos for a post one day to writing poetry the next, my blog is keeping me busy. Donations are appreciated and are used to invest in creative pursuits whether that be writing classes, art lessons, and anything in-between.

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Fruitful Friday

There is another Sky – Emily Dickinson

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields –
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

A fairly optimistic poem. What the other sky is referring to, that’s up to the reader. In General however, I believe the poem is saying that no matter how hard life gets, there’s always a bright side, something better on the horizon; you might have to trudge through darkness to get there, but it’s worth the trouble. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

How to Write a Blog

This is a question I don’t have the answer to. I’m new to blogging and am very much testing the waters, but I’m sure you already know that if you’ve read the “about me” page. But I think, like with many things in life, starting a blog is a leap of faith. You don’t know quite what you’re going to get out of it. Some do it for fame, others for fun, but at the end of the day it’s all one big roller coaster ride. Like a roller coaster, it’s an exhilarating experience. An escape from the everyday, a way to voice your thoughts free of restriction, free of judgment. So maybe I do have a little to say, so here’s a few tips that got me started (I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but my other blog was relatively simple).

1. Don’t be afraid to start:

If you have something you want to say, just write.

2. The nice thing about a blog is people choose to follow you:

You attract the audience, no need to worry about finding the right topics to talk about, just speak what’s on your mind, what interests you.

3. A blog is ever growing, it does not live in a vacuum:

Your first post may be lame, may get no likes, but that’s not a sign to give up, that’s a sign to keep trying.

4. Keep it positive:

I know I said write whatever, but try to put a positive spin on it, nobody wants to read about how depressing the world is. Optimists go far in this world.

5. Have fun:

If you’re not having fun while writing your blog, then what’s the point? It has no benefit for you and most likely will not have any benefit for those reading.

So there you have it, five tips for writing a blog. Have a great Tuesday and thanks for reading!

Quote of the Week

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

– Steve Jobs

Happy memorial day! I hope you all are doing well and looking forward to the week. Here’s a great quote on courage, enjoy!