According to some, not quite a limerick but there you have it.

Ever wonder how we look — and what we see

A Constant_Limerick

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Interesting that most of us want to

Change – others

Change – the environment

Change – the world

Change – everything

Except – πŸ˜†

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68 comments

    1. Oh dear – was it buried that deep, sorry. No wonder the digger charged me by the hour πŸ™

      I’m going to pass on the BBQ – How is Dead Meat doing? LOL

    2. Eric… it has been a long time. Country living has really taken a bite out of my “discretionary” time. Between Pat’s camp on a lake which we live in, the cabin in the woods, and Pat’s dad’s house, I’m projected out! About all the time I have for internet in to keep my head afloat on e-mails and FB. Did write one poem when my mom passed.

      A Shooting Star

      A shooting star
      one in a million
      a moment in time
      bright and beautiful
      making all around it
      pale in comparison
      as it burns into memory
      Each sighting…
      a place… a time
      each one bringing back
      all that came before
      bringing a smile
      as special times remembered
      never to be forgotten
      One in a million…
      Mom, you are my shooting star

      Hope all is well with you. I am working on a book of short stories… stuff that happened over 20 years in the military. Been working it for 3 years and still not close to done. Time… if I could just grab an hour and stretch the hell out of it. LOL

      1. Hello Steve,
        It’s really great to hear from you. And my, you’ve been keeping busy I see.
        Country living does sound exciting. I envy you but of course, it also means I’m ignoring and glossing over some of the rough that comes with country living. It’s always been my dream to live on a hobby farm in Australia or New Zealand – and God willing, I might one day try some – at least for a few months. Know anyone who needs a “hobby farm sitter” for a couple of months? As long as they have some internet connection … πŸ™‚
        Meanwhile, I do some really wild things in Singapore too – take the occasional walk in a well manicured park πŸ™‚
        Sorry to hear about your Mom. Please accept my (belated) condolences. And what a lovely poem you’ve penned for your her. Shooting Star, one in a million. Meaningful. It’s always wonderful to read how close some people are to their parents.
        I try my best to be supportive without being intrusive in the lives of my 3 children – all adults now.
        All is well with me, thank you for asking. I’m quite busy too and that’s why I dropped off the blog grid.
        Your book sounds so exciting. Are you self publishing or do you have a publisher? If self-publishing, hit me up as I know the routine and can save you some of my blunders. Also, if you want someone to read and comment on your manuscript – I’ll be happy and honoured to participate. I’m sure I’ll be able to squeeze out some time. I’m currently working with 4 aspiring authors in Singapore and hope to have them published by November 2016. I should have some time then.
        I wish you all the very best, Steve.
        Keep well, keep writing and God Bless,
        Eric

  1. And, in the ‘except’ — ’tis where all the masks, faΓ§ades – must be shed to see beyond and in utter truth – and embrace the ‘humanness’ in our ‘being’, for changes can only occur, cultivate, expand once we shed the nonsensical layers that we often wear.
    Loved your thought – keep shining, dear Eric, my friend.

      1. Ah, but, such are your words – one can-not pursue polar opposite path – you cultivate your writings so well, be it in prose, haiku and/or fiction – I have (yet!) to luxuriate at reading your fiction – I shall do the great deed, soon! Hugs.

  2. You’ve gathered a good list of things to change. But except what? Good thing I don’t have anything to change πŸ™‚ (kidding, of course…my list is actually too long.)

  3. Yap, we are the grumpy lot, why don’t they change, why not this way, why why why…. Then we aspire to help the world change…wow !!! If we could start with ourselves first, perhaps we have already started a change.

  4. Doh! All I wanted to do is change the channel…. Doby Gillis is on Nickelodeon at 5…. with Gilligan coming on right afterward… Best hour on TV….

    Limericks! Limericks? We don’t need no stinkin’ limericks!…. but, we’ll take ’em…. πŸ‘Ώ

    Deep waters, bro, did you fall overboard or something?

    Facetiously,…. Ned

  5. Mmmmm interesting – I can always count on you to get me thinking.

    Now you see when I read this and you say except….. I also though accept? I think we live in a world that focusses on change, making things better and I don’t disagree with that. There are clearly things we need to address and to improve. However running alongside this, in respect of some things, is the capacity to accept. I think in some situations if we ask ourselves what is to be gained and particularly why does ‘this’ need to change and also WHO benefits from this change then we might be able to see change and acceptance as part of a process.

    Ok rant over, well not a rant really – just been for a walk along the River Ness with the wind blowing a hoolie and my mind is very invigorated. Saw a seal swimming tonight, he popped his head up and looked me right in the eye – I feel very blessed. Nice to catch up on your posts – been out the loop for a while, but I’m back πŸ˜‰

    1. Hello Jacqueline,

      Yes, you did drop off some and very nice to see your return πŸ™‚

      You are right of course, as some things we need to accept – especially at one end of the spectrum and some things we need to oppose – those at the opposite end. The closer to the centre, the more challenging it gets.

      Accepting another person/situation is clearly change within.

      That’s lovely, eye contact with animals is a blessing.

      All good wishes, Eric

  6. Dear Eric,

    I am rather chuffed to be represented ‘twice’ in the Gallery. Thank you! I appreciate your kind words and I am wholly enthused to support your fine work.

    After all, one must present to other readers and writers out there of worthy sites to peruse, and yours is certainly well worth the read.

    Take care,
    Paul

    1. Dear Paul – multiple contributions are welcomed and from the earlier Galleries, you’ll see that several others had submitted two pieces. Cheers, Eric

    1. I don’t quite understand, Rachael.

      Incidentally, I clicked on the link below your name and WordPress says your blog does “not exist” – you might want to check your settings.

      1. LOL, you are kind and with a sense of humour too – my kind of gal and I mean it in a very respectful way.

        Link – I experienced a similar problem once. You might want to check to ensure the “dreamsofpeace27.wordpress.com” is what shows in your current setting.

        Cheers, Eric

      2. oh you know, i had another blog but i couldnt keep up with it, about dreams. somehow that blog name keeps showing up. try this: rhymeandareason.wordpress.com

  7. That is a very deep one. Requires a lot of thought but see the truth in it. I wrote several limericks many years ago. They were fun, some kind of silly, but was using the old Irish kind of format. I never posted any but you have inspired me to do so. Maybe. πŸ™‚

    I lot of things I have written I have not posted before because I thought they might be too sensitive to some readers, and I am always thinking about that, that maybe I will lose some readers over things too sensitive to their own values, but as writers we also have to write what pleases our own eyes, too. I guess I’m always thinking about just how ‘secular’ I should be on my blog with my own Christian values. Like, I am still wrestling with posting the next (4th) chapter of my on going novel, When Dark Closes In.

    1. Hello Joyce,

      Thank you dear for your take on my “limerick”. It all depends on how wide and deep one delves. One can always use anecdotes to debunk anything. My sentiments are, what one takes away is more a reflection of the person’s level of maturity and spirituality.

      I am Catholic but this is not a religious site, though in the first few months of blogging I had posted some that reflect my belief. My subsequent posts have mostly been secular. Some had expressed strong opinions of what I post and my suggestion to them – please move along, as there are many fine blogs out there, which cater to your particular taste.

      I welcome all comments as long as these stand on their own merit. What I mean by that? First, don’t flaunt your cockerel feathers. See my post here http://wp.me/p1YE83-17M Second, say your piece but don’t step on others. β€œI believe in A” is fine. β€œI believe in A but those who believe in B are wrong” is not welcomed. Everyone is entitled to express his or her views. Three, don’t quote some book or some dead guy as though that is the last word on the subject. I want to hear your opinion and words.

      True that I might lose some readers and indeed have, but I treasure the ones who remain.

      My blog visitors are guests and as such, I expect them to conduct themselves with decorum towards me and towards other guests.

      People from a wide spectrum visit. I have Christians, Hindus, Muslims, atheists, spiritualists, vegans, gay people, everyone – and all are welcome. The exceptions are those who spew dogmatic vitriol and/or profanities.

      My reply is a little long winded – I know, quite unlike me – but your comment threw up several issues and even then, I’ve not fully addressed them. Perhaps a standalone post in the future — perhaps.

      All good wishes, Eric

      1. Thank you Eric for the reply. I admire you for the way you so graciously handle people and their views and perspectives on things that can be so diverse and varied. I have seen people send their ‘cockerel feather’ flying too at times, along with other stuff. πŸ™‚ One can only retreat in a kindly way and hope it satisfies one. πŸ™‚

  8. Dear Eric,

    Thank you for the insightful limerick. I thought of one, based on the ‘writing’ theme:

    Keyboard warmed, yet monitor white,
    We strive to compose, something to write
    But the creative juices have fled
    To regions that we all dread
    And wait for Inspiration’s light.

    Speaking of limericks, I find that if you read too many at one sitting, and then return to a novel, you tend to read the sentences in limerick rhyme. Then you know you’re better off going for a run, or do errands instead.

    Thanks again!
    Take care,
    Paul

    1. Dear Paul,

      A nice take on writer’s block. I’ll display it in the Gallery πŸ™‚ That’s make two from you for this prompt. Appreciate your support.

      Limerick rhyme when reading novels – Hmmm, reminds me of the sound bytes that keep going over and over in one’s head. Just as well I’m not running a limerick gallery πŸ™‚

      Take care Paul,
      Eric

  9. I just couldn’t agree more on this. Instead of focusing on others,why cannot we just focus on ourselves- that way we could save so much time,effort and valuable energy.
    Thanks for pointing out this simple yet profound truth !

    1. Hello Swati – that is very true. Living, experiencing and learning leads to growth – which entails change. If we can all change ourselves to adapt, perhaps we can live in harmony.

      Thank you for your visit and comment. This is appreciated,
      Eric

  10. The last line threw me off…I saw “devout” as a verb, and my mind kept trying to figure out how someone can “devout” something, and what it would be, and how it would “look.” So I clicked off, puzzled, but came back to read the comments, which helped some. I am assuming–correct me if I’m wrong–that the gist is a critique of our lack of willingness to change ourselves while always wanting to change others.

    If that is indeed the intent, I offer this in our defense: We may be more unable to change ourselves than even we think. St. Paul said, “I don’t even judge myself–I leave that in God’s hands.”

    My personal goal (at age 60) is to stop playing games and start challenging those who are meaningful in my life to be real with me and allow me to be real with them. (This recently resulted in a real rift with my 35-year-old daughter–another whole story.) But I think we are “integral,” whole, and what we present to others is our wholeness/fragmentedness, b/c we can only be what we really are. So my goal is to become “more whole,” which I think will result in changing myself more than consciously focusing on changing me–sort of like finding happiness/joy en route, as a part of the process, rather than by making it the destination.

    Hope that makes sense.

    1. Hello Ken,

      You are right. It should be “devote” a verb, and not “devout” the adjective – I’ve amended. Amazing how many times one reads and the eyes skip the mistake. Yes, the error nothwithstanding, you caught the gist.

      I appreciate your sentiments and am also sorry to hear about the ‘real rift’ – wishing you all the best. I have three adult children too and know that it can be a challenge.

      I can’t quite follow what you meant by “…changing myself…” versus “…changing me…” unless the former is externally imposed and the latter wells from within. If this was your intent, yes, it makes perfect sense.

      All good wishes, Eric

    2. Eric,

      Re-reading, I see the un-clarity. I think what I intended was that change comes more as a sub-conscious/unconscious process when I don’t try to force it–that, rather, if I focus on arriving at wholeness, change will take place in me without trying. Indeed, the trying itself sometimes makes the change not really happen–just like trying to “squeeze” happiness or joy into a situation doesn’t work. Similarly with laughter–best when spontaneous, unforced. I am learning this most pointedly watching my 21-month-old grandson simply respond and emote–he gets so intensely wrapped up in whatever he is really focused on, and it is sheer delight watching him, and learning from him how to do it!

      1. Ken,

        It is clearer now and thank you for taking the trouble to clarify.

        You are right. I reckon, in one narrow sense – ultimately we are all corks in the ocean and better to flow with the current than fight it.

        Peace, Eric

  11. I love the content, but the pentameter is off, or is it just me?…….
    The reason I say that, is because it was my first favorite form or writing from grade school.

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