Tightrope: Talking to Myself in the Mirror

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Tightrope: Talking to Myself in the Mirror

Life is a delicate balance–just toe in front of toe.
Make too grand a gesture and down you’ll surely go.
Tormented thoughts may enter but they’re sure to also pass,
so do not let them spill you onto your impetuous ass.

Try to think before you speak angry words and cruel.
Too often, though they’re warranted, they’ll make you out a fool.
Try to strike a balance between what’s kind and true.
Your mouth is way too tiny to accommodate your shoe.

Diplomacy’s not lying, it’s just choosing the right word.
To spill out everything you think will brand you as absurd.
Of course we’re only human and of course there will be slips
from time to time from angry, hurt or tactless lips.

But, no matter how chaotic the thoughts are in your head,
it’s best that you don’t follow them everywhere you’re led.
It’s one thing to say words that are weak, untrue and truthless,
and another just as bad to tell the truth in manner ruthless.

We can all be poets in choosing the right way
and time to say the things that we feel we have to say.
As much as it’s important to say what’s on our mind,
The world works so much better when we’re also being kind.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.” Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?


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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

13 thoughts on “Tightrope: Talking to Myself in the Mirror

  1. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral | lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

  2. koehlerjoni

    I like this little poem, especially the lines, “It’s one thing to say words that are weak, untrue,and truthless, and another just as bad to tell the truth in manner ruthless.”


  3. Allenda Moriarty

    Judy, I had to laugh as I was reading this with incredulity. To whom are you speaking? I agree with the comment above, however, regarding those particular lines. Sadly, MY mouth is big enough to accommodate my shoe and has on many an occasion.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      You know it was a parody, right? Showing how gullible we can be in giving out info on the internet. And just a gentle parody of Cee’s weekly prompt, which is actually fun to see and do..no negativity intended there.



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