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~ Do As I Say, NOT As I Do ~

{My beautiful reckless abandon}

~ Do As I Say, NOT As I Do ~

Some years ago, before reputation
Defined my veil ingloriously
I danced in my head fearlessly
And moved through raindrops so easily
That defeat, of any kind, never occurred to me...

Today, I am old and unhappy
A product of my own stupidity
I comprehend in retrospect so sadly
That my light should have shined
So much more brightly...

As the days tumble by I begin to recognize
The secrets within time's pre-planned lullaby 
The reasons why I cried the tears that I cried
And the beauty of it all in the ways that I tried
To bring pride to my family and friends
My beautiful reckless abandon
Naive, predictable, but oh what a shine
As I selfishly found in the arrogant portion
Of becoming wise...

When wisdom alights upon the brow of a man
It's time to metamorphosize internally
To speak with those two or three friends
He has learned are true to him so obviously
And so as I begin my 'road less traveled'
I first,
Fall to my knees and thank the lord
To be alive again
And to have friends
That believe in me...

Tony Taylor

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Greg Etsell

i feel your pain i to am happy
for what happen to me but some day
and i to look back at my life 
at 62 and say why did i go there
when i shount have and  for 
the place i should have gone
at the time i didnt go and i look
back and ask why didnt i go there
there must be reason why back
then like you Tony i have hard life i
moved to many times to place 
that were terrible but leaned lot 
there and never forgot what 
i saw and leaned lost lot friends
over the years you have great friend 
in cherie dont ever lose her she a great lady
peace and love to you Tony you have friend 
in me as well 
 

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Tony Taylor

Wow!! Thank you GREG!!...you are WAY too kind brother!!…..Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and your life......the honesty rings loudly from your words.....garnering love from us all!!…...stay groovy my friend!....LOTS of Love!!…..T xo  : )

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Tony Taylor

Thanx so much Nigel....sorry for the late reply....smiles.....T xo

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Being Me

Oh, I think there are many who can relate to this! I know I can! We lol around in youth thinking we have forever... But we don't, and it is not until we get older that we realise just how short a time 'forever' is. Too often we find ourselves at a place in life where we realise just what we should've done all those years before... But you know what?  It is never too late.

Go for it now... While you can... Look forward and never backwards. 

Great poem, Tony!  Love the flow and rhyme x

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Lucas Lazar

Years more than wisdom are experience, and according to our principles they shape the personality, proof that the years do not confer wisdom we have in Trump, almost eighty years old and has the mind of a teenager from Manhattan.

Years are nothing more than a consequence of our lives, experience teaches us to discern, and discernment can lead us on the paths of knowledge.

In short, years do not always lead us to wisdom, often people age knowing everything.

Greetings.
 

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Tony Taylor

Thanx TINA....sorry fir the late reply....smiles....T xo

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Pratibha Savani

Interesting retrospect poem on life as you get older, the regrets and after thoughts and then the wise person you become later. Something to think about for all. Greatly versed  I like the second verse in particularly. An excellent read Tony! 😊💜

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Tony Taylor

Thanx PRATIBHA!!...sorry for the late reply....smiles.....T xo  : )

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John Prophet

“That my light should have shined
So much more brightly...“ yup, expectations unmet, opportunity bungled. Life is littered with such corpses. Great heartfelt write!

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Tony Taylor

Thanx JOHN....sorry for the late reply.....smiles.....T xo  : )

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Cherie Leigh

I Tony, I love this because it shows a very contemplative side of you now....I don't think any of us when we are young can understand our mistakes at the time and how they will affect our future. We can only do the best we can at the time, and hopefully learn. If we hold onto regrets too much it prevents us from moving forward and recreating ourselves from what we learn. The great thing about getting older is that we become wiser and should begin to understand ourselves and what we want to fulfill our lives. I like the title and subtitle, and all the relevant words to show that you learn who and what is important in life. I had to pin this because this is YOU!  xo  Love n Hugs ;)  

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Lucas Lazar

There is always some reason for thanks to our creator, and having a friend who believes in us is one of them. The light we emanate turns on and off as we live, sometimes it shines brighter and sometimes less, but that light remains with us always, the light belongs to the immaterial of our souls.

A Greeting, and Congratulations on the Composition.

 

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Tony Taylor

Wow!!…..LUCAS.....so cool to see you on the pages again......sorry for the late reply...….smiles......talk soon?......T xo  : )

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Terry Reeves

Very good TONY -
we move on and few of us have your insight.
Cheers,
Terry.

 

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Tony Taylor

Thank you TERRY!!….sorry for the late reply......back in action again!!….smiles....T xo  : )

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Flower Girl

Tony Tony Tony.......I’ve read this a few times......it touched me deep with every line that clearly came from an untouchable place within you.......lots of humbling thoughts in this......tipping my pen in respect and honor to you......very proud of you for this.......an honor to call you my friend.......you’ve earned the highest praise......purple luv & hugs xo :)

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Tony Taylor

YAY!!...thanx so much PURPLE!!...a most humbling comment.....I do so appreciate it my friend!!…..by the way is that a reference to the old 80's group? Tony-Toni-Tonie?....pretty cool girlfriend......smiles.....Thanx again!!…..and the Honor is all mine G!!…..Big Hugs!!…...T xo  : )

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Barry Childs

Whilst hunting deep in the forest of words for the next episode of 'Tales From The Ever-War', I stumbled upon this little masterpiece. Barry x

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Tony Taylor

Thank you so much BARRY!!….I AM thinking of doing two more of The EVER WAR series!!…..So glad you're enjoying them my friend.....Big smiles!!…….T xo  : )

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Tony Taylor

Thanx GREG!!…...so nice to hear from you brother!!…..smiles.....T xo  : )

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Baker Street

~ Do As I Say, NOT As I Do ~ My Father's Own Words. Nice One Tony!

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