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Hydrangeas in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

Do you reflect upon the years gone by
as you prepare for yet one more,
with promises and resolutions
that you have made before?

Do memories of people and places
once as sharp as any knife
now blend in bits and pieces
in a kaleidoscope of life?

Do you squander precious minutes
seeking reasons why you’re here,
contemplating your life’s purpose
year after passing year?

Persuade yourself to understand,
it matters not the reason.
Your purpose is to seize the life
in every passing season!

Learn to see things differently.
Let your thoughts and actions change.
Allow your views of past and present
to slowly rearrange.

Let your spirit start anew;
become focused and aware
of the moments and the blessings
that surround you everywhere!

Do not permit past memories:
the where…the who…the how
to become more important
than the ones you’re making now.

Live life in person;
inhabit every day.
You may not like where you are now,
but you’re there anyway!

A lifetime is a puzzle,
every failure, each success
adds another jagged piece
to fit together with the rest.

To finish the picture
and view the masterpiece whole,
fill the time of your life
with your heart and your soul.

Acquaint yourself with your feelings
and heighten your senses.
Experience living.
Put down your defenses.

You don’t have to know why
you are you, and I’m me.
Believe it is what it is
and it’s how it should be.

You did not choose your date of birth,
nor do you know your last,
so live this gift that is your present,
before it becomes your past.
- Linda Ellis

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flower, flowers, hydrangea, hydrangeas, garden, country gardens, kodak, nature, a few thoughts for the new year 2013, maree clarkson, tarlton, magaliesburg, krugersdorp, gauteng, south africa

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Great poem, thanks for sharing Maree….and wishing you ALL the best!

  • Thank you Elizabeth and all the best for 2013 to you too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 1 year ago

    Realistic poem Maree.My best wishes for you for 2013!

  • Thank you Gilberte!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago

    beautiful .. Happy New Year

  • Thanks a lot Angel!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Awesome,Maree and a happy healthy new year to you :)

  • Thank you very much tony and ’n wealthy new year to you too!

    – Maree Clarkson

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