For You

Sometimes I live inside myself alone
A selfish place that serves no one but me
And there I miss the things that I’ve been shown
The things that if I saw would set me free
So hindsight shows me I’m not really served
I tell myself I should be more aware
And face the balls, the straight ones and the curved
And open to the things that others share
Alone in me is not the strength I seek
Nor is it a reflection of myself
For without nourishment a soul grows weak
And leaves a parcelled heart upon the shelf
If I have let you down and not been there
I hope you know it’s not that I don’t care.

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Just another sonnet with a message for you.


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  • Zolton
    Zoltonabout 2 years ago

    I hear ya, buddy. Good reflections… and btw… like the new avatar. ha ha… It’s like you are on a sea voyage… peepin through a portal. ha ha

  • Thanks Zo Zo :)
    Yep the nautical avatar seems to suit… I think we’re all on a voyage :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 2 years ago

    Oh, Matt…. me too…

  • Hey, Mieke, it’s good to know that friends can relate to it, thanks :)
    I love your new avatar :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 2 years ago

    Oh Mr, as I often say you are not a robot….this I know you are a very caring man, a dear friend xx

  • Sometimes I’m a robot, Lisa ;) Thanks so much my friend, very much appreciated x

    – Matt Penfold

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 2 years ago

    what I see is a humble person, these are the ones I like best. hugs for you Matt, you are a great friend :) x

  • Thank you Karin, you too are a great friend and a supportive and caring one, and hugs for you also :) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyabout 2 years ago

    and a good message it is Matt. “I should be more aware.”
    You cool avatar is like the man in the moon to me. A cool idea.
    Looking on with a great care…

  • Thanks so much, Dick, the man in the moon is a lunatic, isn’t he? ;)

    – Matt Penfold

  • twistwashere
    twistwashereabout 2 years ago

    takecare , rebubble , takecare

  • Oh, I think Redbubble is taking care, Twist, it seems to be getting back on an even keel :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 2 years ago

    If I have let you down and not been there, I hope you know it’s not that I don’t care. Oh so so true….but we can’t be everywhere….we know you care, Matt…

  • Good point Mel, though sometimes it feels as though we should be everywhere… :(
    Thanks mate, much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • IzzyGumbo
    IzzyGumboabout 2 years ago

    beautiful Matt.

  • Thank you, Izzy, much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • annamora
    annamoraabout 2 years ago

    thank you Matt

  • And thank you too Anna, I appreciate the visit :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 2 years ago

    Thank you for expressing so well what many of us feel … and for making yourself vulnerable! Excellent sentiments beautifully expressed.

  • Thanks for such a lovely comment, Rosalie, it’s good to know that others can relate to this, very much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

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