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Not as easy as all that

Life is not simple like
Black and white
One, two, three
Or as A follows B.

There are no simple rules
Where one plus one equals two
Sometimes it’s three
Or maybe even a tree.

There’s no straight path
That leads you from
Here to there and back
Or maybe beyond.

Not much you can be sure of
Not much that you know
Some you can guess
Or hope for or fear.

How to navigate this mess then?
How to get from start to end
Without too much pain
Or fear or confusion?

How to cope
If the world shows you a face
And you realise that it’s just a mask
Or maybe your own fear?

How to deal with it
When there’s nothing to rely on
And you know it’s all not real
Or maybe it is but you just can’t see?

Not much you can do
But trust in your instincts,
But follow your heart.

And most of all
See what’s there
Right in front of your eyes.

Don’t make up facts
To suit your mood
Don’t lie to yourself
To ease the way
Don’t ever think
Life is easy
Because it’s not at all.

© Sybille Sterk

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Poem. Being thoughtful.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • BrettStevenson
    BrettStevensonover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Brett. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago

    wonderful writing

  • Thank you Boo. I am so glad you think so. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Jacqueline Eden
    Jacqueline Edenover 4 years ago

    Yes, follow your heart, good stuff :)

  • :-) Thank you Jakki. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 4 years ago

    How very true. We are students, learning to live in harmony with the world around. As you say, sometimes we get in right and sometimes (sadly) we get it wrong!

  • Yep. Especially the getting it wrong part. However, how often do we get it wrong because we don’t really look or try to understand before we act? xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 4 years ago

    “Life is not simple like…
    A follows B.”
    … and where were YOU the other day??? :D
    Sybille… this is SO illogical! hehe
    and I Love you for it! :)

  • LOL I didn’t even notice how illogical it was till you pointed it out. ROFL I knew what I meant…. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 4 years ago

    Ah – often! We all bring with us our past & view each situation differently (even the same situation). It is finding that path or common ground where can walk our talk in harmony.

  • Yep… it’s a bummer! Wish I had some dowsing rod to show me the way through this jungle… xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 4 years ago

    Wow powerful! Very much in tune with my way of thinking so I really resonate with your words. And it is so well written, makes me feel the duality very clearly, dear duality, I can get so lost in it!
    Very very beautifully expressed Sybille, simple and to the point yet so complex!
    But actually you know what I think… Life is easy, it’s just terribly complicated to get there, ha!

  • :-) LOL Yep, I do know what you mean. It’s so easy to walk by the way side…. Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lolowe
    loloweover 4 years ago

    These are definitely words of wisdom. Let’s take another look at the world, let’s understand that it’s not always as easy as it seems….wonderful write!

  • Thank you so much. Glad it works for you. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    well stated !!LIZ

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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