Dance with the Devil (Sonnet V)

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“I know how easy it is to get discouraged and to do that all too familiar dance with the adversary.”
-Al Fox Carraway

When you’re deep in a hole, it’s hard to climb out
Surrounded by fear, regret, and self-doubt
And lethargy, apathy threaten to consume
A dance with the devil in a burning room

Then ‘vain imaginations’ (my idol of choice)
Beckon me with a siren voice
But they’ll never fulfill me, a shallow dream fleeting
Chasing a fantasy’s so self-defeating

Snap out of it, girl! There’s so much more than this
Untangle yourself from the darkened abyss
You’re giving more space to these thoughts than you should
Lift up your head and rejoice in what’s good!

You never were meant to feel all alone
Just remember there’s hope at the end of this road
🙂

“Lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God.”
-Mosiah 7:19

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Sit Back and Listen (Sonnet)

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“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Matthew 11:15

Sit back and listen; watch and observe
You don’t always have to make your voice heard
If you hush up and let someone else take a turn
You might be surprised at the things you can learn

Your own contributions? They do have their place
But it isn’t always the right time nor the place
Slow down that expressive machine in your head
Then reflect a bit on what someone else said

And here’s the harsh truth (sure you’re ready for it?):
When you speak your own mind, sometimes other ignore it!
There’s a reason you’ve got one mouth and two ears
Not always what you say; sometimes it’s what you hear

Don’t misunderstand; I still value your view
Just make sure you listen to others’ views too!

🙂

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Be Where Your Feet Are (A Poem)

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“Look not behind thee”
(Genesis 19:17)

Plan ahead, but live right now
The past is done and gone
The songs of yesterday are through
Tomorrow’s not yet come

Reminisce on what your miss
The present’s number one
Dream of someday, maybe one day
Don’t stare at a setting sun

Be here instead (don’t get ahead)
And don’t you dare forget
This life’s a gift, so please don’t miss
The chances you’d regret

It’s hard to not look back, I know
Still great things are to come
But fixating on what (soon) will be?
They’re both a losing game

The future’s as of yet unknown
(At least to some degree)
Don’t be a slave to yesterday
Live free and presently

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Boundaries (A Poem)

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Boundaries

Where I end and you begin
How much do I let you in?
A wall? A field? No, I’m a fence
At times it’s shut, at times open

Don’t want to be enmeshed again
(Cash, emotions, or burdens)
I’ll set my boundaries firm and then
When things are right, I’ll let you in!

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Every Choice Has a Cost (Poem)

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Every choice
has a cost
There’s one thing gained
another lost

In everything
there’s opposition
A sacrifice
for your ambition

More work, more green
less time at home
Profits, prices
cons and pros

So what’s it worth?
(your values ranked)
Less time for you
more in the bank

The time is yours
You are the steward
O, be wise
and ask the Lord

How will you spend
your cash and time?
Only YOU
(and God!) decide!

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Drowning In the Infoglut (A Poem)

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“Where is the wisdom in all this knowledge?
Where is the knowledge in all this information”
-Elder James Faust
There’s too much information
A gluttony of junk
I try to quit, can’t quite do it (I’m)
Feeling kind of stuck

I’m drowning in the infoglut
It’s time to take a break
Unplug, unwind, find peace of mind
My sanity’s at stake

The cyber noise is deafening
Distraction to the max
(Near) constant stimulation
Leaves no space to relax

(You) can’t turn off the web, though
Never can escape it
Management’s the answer
Just do your best to tame it

Don’t let your soul be sucked in
By nothingness times ten
Real life is full of beauty (that to)
Neglect would be a sin

Are you living deep and fully?
Or in an online haze?
You spend your life the way, of course, (you)
Choose to spend your days
….
So make it count for something
Then, look up and look around
And don’t forget to sometimes
Put that stupid cell phone down!

“Don’t allow yourself to be caught up in the time-wasting,
mind-numbing things like..surfing the Internet.”
-Elder M. Russell Ballard
PS: I wrote a poem expressing a similar sentiment. Read it here!

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How To Tackle Lazy Days (A Poem)

How To Tackle Lazy Days

“[I]t is not requisite that a [wo]man
should run faster than [s]he has strength.”
-Mosiah 4:27

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When motivation’s lagging
When inspiration’s dragging
When I get lost in my head
And I’d rather stay in bed

When I can’t locate my passion
And my dreams all seem abandoned
When resolve just wastes away
As I scroll my phone all day

Just try to tackle something
Can be even just one thing
Don’t force yourself to run (just give)
Credit for what’s done

It’s alright to take it slow
But don’t lose total sight of goals
Exercise self-soothing
Then get up, and GET MOVING!
🙂

“Cease To Be Idle”
-Doctrine & Covenants 88:124

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