Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Commitment


"Commitment is an act, not a word."---Jean- Paul Sartre

""In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That's the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it."---Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime."---Imre Lakatos

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it."---Ernesto Che Guevara

                     Midweek Motif ~ Commitment

Commitment is "the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity etc.". This is the dictionary-definition of commitment.

So it stops us from being selfish, being occupied with only ourselves. Rather it takes us to a broader context of life and motivates at try out things that are worth to be committed for.

It is a process of growth ensuring a life with purpose.

Let's see what you are committed to this week.

Write your poem on Commitment to whatever you wish....Relationship, Work, God, Nature, Excellence, anything.

A few poems to inspire you:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between thee shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers,
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Friendship IXX

by Khalil Gibran

And a youth says, "Speak to us of Friendship."
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay".

                                                         (The rest is here.)

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(Next week Susan's Midweek Motif will be ~ (Wind Power )


  1. hello friends, hope you'll enjoy the prompt :)

  2. Thank you for the midweek nudge and poetic commitment!

  3. Wonderful topic, Sumana. I have a day away from home, but will work on my poem later tonight. Looking forward to seeing what others share.

  4. Sumana it's a great prompt and one that is complex. Should inspire some great poems.

  5. Wonderful prompt Sumana :D having some guests over this evening.
    Will be back later tonight with something bright & new.

    Lots of love,

  6. I accidentally linked twice but marked the real one "Good Link." Please remove the other one. Sorry about that, it's early for me. Hee hee!

    I had some thoughts about us all with this one Sumana.

    Have a good hump everyone!

    Hugs! Bekkie

  7. Good morning, kids........I have a few thoughts on commitment but nothing brilliant. Will go away and see if I can cough up a furball of some sort, LOL. Thanks, Sumana!!!! I like what Jae said about the commitment of the prompt.......

  8. Wonderful prompt, Sumana! Commitments go deeper than we can imagine. Enjoyed writing! :)

  9. I tried to write something better, but I'm so blocked lately. Your prompt is wonderful though. I'll be around later to write comments.

  10. I wanted to write something worthy of the beauty of this prompt. My mind is flying in a million directions, but I just committed to one ....

  11. Busy busy busy, coming a bit late to this party. The poem didn't even begin in my head – consciously anyway – until I got up this morning and sat down to breakfast.

  12. What beautiful blooms the closely resemble ixoras. A good Wednesday night to all

    Thank you Sumana for a really nice prompt, Luv the Gibran poem best of the lot given

    much love...

  13. Oh, that Pablo Neruda sonnet is a fizz tingler:) Superb. Thank you Sumana.

  14. Thank you Sumana for the great prompt:)
    And for wonderful quotes too!

  15. I've had words in my head with nowhere to go - your prompt gave me direction. Cheers Sumana!
    Anna :o]

  16. I've had words in my head with nowhere to go - your prompt gave me direction. Cheers Sumana!
    Anna :o]

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  18. Commitment is a great word!
    Committed to writing poetry & to our Blogs :)

  19. Thank you, for the inspiration! :)


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