My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

January 16, 2011 “courage” (post #300)

This marks the 300th post to my little blog; I would never have thought I had 300 things to say. It’s turned out to be mostly poetry, and most of the poems are of the Romantic variety. I certainly never thought I would be writing so much poetry, much less, Love poetry, but here it is… I’m a romantic at heart.  Through my experiences with love, and my observances of Lover’s hearts,  I found, in reality, Love is a difficult business.  At best, Love requires a little bit of luck to be successful, but successful Love is divine, life giving, and affirming.  At its worst, Love can be debilitatingly painful. In either case, Love requires…


have the courage to be…
the one who does the crazy thing
that takes a chance
a crazy chance
who believes good things can happen
and goes against…
the wind
the grain
the odds
popular opinion
the stars
most of the gods

the one who hopes beyond…
the physical
the literal
the tangible
the knowable
the unknowable

the one that dares
the rapids of disappointment
to ride the river of a dream

the one who goes out on a limb
throws caution to the wind
hangs on til the end
that doesn’t see
too good to be true
but too good to be untrue

the one that stands
up in a crowd
out in the cold
for the right
not the right now

the one who has courage
not to doubt love
or be without love
but to trust love
and let love
be everything

©tlh 1/16/11



9 responses

  1. Oh this is such a positive attitude for many focus on the pain…I like the focus on courage….well written verse.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

  2. Well done Tracy.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  3. Sam373

    Love requires a lot of maturity.
    But no one can say that better than you did!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:04 am

  4. Sam373

    P.S. write something about that cabin. at the top of the page.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:07 am

  5. Donabirdy

    My friend Sam373 just turned me on to your poem, knowing me and how I appreciate poetry! What a great subject. REFUSING TO ALLOW BITTERNESS AND DISAPPOINTMENT TO KEEP US FROM LOVING, AND TO KEEP ON LOVING ANYWAY, DOES TAKE COURAGE!

    Every time Dan Rather used to sign off his News Hour, I loved that he would sign off, “Courage!” Because I’m Sicilian Descent, and that was often the way “My Elders” would bless you on your way out the door from visiting with them but in Italian: Coraggio!

    So thank you to Sam and to you for sharing your thoughtful, poetic words on the subject! And I second Sam’s motion! A “word” about that cabin! Looks cozy, warm and romantic, nestled into that “Cold Mountain”! ;D

    Donna (aka Donabirdy)

    January 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

  6. Congratulations, Tracy. I’m glad that you are that one.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  7. Chloe

    Congratulations on reaching such a great milestone on your blog and thanks for another great poem. There is no doubt that you are a romantic at heart!!

    I especially like these words:
    “the one that dares
    the rapids of disappointment
    to ride the river of a dream”

    This poem is so positive! Thank you! 😉 xx

    January 18, 2011 at 1:27 am

  8. Congratulations Tracy…well done!! You are a wonderful romantic at heart and a BRILLIANT poet!!
    “The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” (Leo F. Buscaglia)
    Your poem gives love hope!! Bravo my friend oxo

    January 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

  9. beautiful words to live by…

    worth re-reading and passing along.

    thank you.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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