Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Acceptance

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."---Lao Tzu

"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think."---Rumi

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."---Mark Twain

""Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in the God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes."---Dr. Paul Ohliger

Midweek Motif ~ Acceptance

Wikipedia says: Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it or protest.

I feel Acceptance is a better word than tolerance. The word has a kinder heart; intelligence, open mind and free spirit. The word is also brave enough to embrace 'change'.

In today's world however accepting others as they are is yet an issue. People seem to forget that 'Acceptance' is key to happiness.

We are writing on Acceptance today.

Let's take a look at these wonderful poems on the theme:


by Robert Frost

When the spent sun throws up its rays on cloud
And goes down burning into the gulf below,
No voice in nature is heard to cry aloud
At what has happened. Birds, at least must know
It is the change to darkness in the sky.
Murmuring something quiet in her breast,
One bird begins to close a faded eye;
Or overtaken too far from his nest,
Hurrying low above the grove, some waif
Swoops just in time to his remembered tree.
At most he thinks or twitters softly, 'Safe!
Now let the night be dark for all of me.
Let the night bee too dark for me to see
Into the future. Let what will be, be.'


by Langston Hughes

God in his infinite wisdom
Did not make me very wise -
So when my actions are stupid
They hardly take God by surprise.

The Weed

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A weed is but an unloved flower! 
    Go dig, and prune, and guide, and wait, 
    Until it learns its high estate, 
    And glorifies some bower. 
A weed is but an unloved flower!

All sin is virtue unevolved, 
    Release the angel from the clod-- 
    Go love thy brother up to God. 
Behold each problem solved. 
    All sin is virtue unevolved.


by E.E.Cummings

If freckles were lovely, and day was night,
And measles were nice and a lie warn’t a lie,
Life would be delight,—
But things couldn’t go right
For in such a sad plight
I wouldn’t be I.

If earth was heaven and now was hence,
And past was present, and false was true,
There might be some sense
But I’d be in suspense
For on such a pretense
You wouldn’t be you.

If fear was plucky, and globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee
Things would seem fair,—
Yet they’d all despair,
For if here was there
We wouldn’t be we.

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.

                        (Next week Susan's Midweek Motif will be ~ The Song of a Single Word)


  1. Hello friends, hope you enjoy the prompt :)

    1. How wonderful, Sumana! I'm traveling to a conference today--leaving in an hour, so though I wrote a sketchy acceptance poem, I won't post it until tonight when I am finally in the dorm room resting. Acceptance. Very cool.

    2. Thank you & have nice time Susan...

  2. Thank you, Sumana. Looking forward to reading this week's poems.

  3. Hey everyone,

    Hope you are having an amazing day so far, sharing my poem 'Acceptance' thank you for the wonderful opportunity Sumana :)

    Lots of love,

  4. Joining in for this wonderful topic....looking forward to reading some great poems!

  5. Thank you so much for the wonderful prompt. Had a great time reading all
    the beautiful poems :)

  6. Hi kids, what a gorgeous summer morning it is. I will be back in a bit with an offering of some sort, LOL.

  7. Good choice of topic with such differing interpretaions. Excellent reads and lloking forward to more post going up. Love and Light to all

  8. Thanks for the wonderful prompt, Sumana. I'm joining late but I look forward to reading tomorrow… :)

  9. I am linking after a really long time. Loved the prompt Sumana! Looking forward to read the other amazing poems. :)

    1. nice to see you here Ramya & thanks for the lovely poem :)

  10. Mine was painful to write and will be to read too but it's honest. I have felt like this for some time and have a lot to work through before I will have total acceptance. As we all know family situations are very complicated especially when people pass away whom were strong and loving leaders leaving others to make decisions in their place.

    I am having a great week the bike riding weather has been off of the hook great! I hope everyone's week is good too.

    Hugs! Bekkie

    1. we reach acceptance after a lot of heartbreaks Bekkie, a sad fact of life and only s/he can truly feel who has traversed the path.. thank you for your wonderful offering today :)

  11. I love the last poem you shared. one o my favourites. :)

  12. i took an obtuse track to this, but a very real form of acceptance -- in noticing each other.

    hello. its been a while.

    1. YAY!!! so nice to see you here Brian and thanks for the beautiful offer :)

  13. Great prompt on a favorite theme of mine. (I am not so very good at "acceptance."


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