Writer’s Quote: Mother to son

Writer’s Quote: Mother to son

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It’s Wednesday, which means, it’s time for writers quote Wednesday again. Today, I picked the quote above that speaks about “giving up”, which is a topic I believe is timely and cannot be said enough. The poem I chose to go with the quote is one by one  of my favourite poets, Langston Hughes. 

The poem is about a conversation between a mother and her son; it’s actually a one sided conversation, with the mother doing all the talking and the son, I envision, is taking it all in, in silence. A scene I am all  too familiar with, but I digress. Below is the poem, 

Mother To Son by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.

But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.

So, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps.
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Don’t feel shy to share your thoughts on the poem and let me know if you are already familiar with the Poem. 

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Writer’s Quote: Meredith Gray

Writer’s Quote: Meredith Gray

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Humans have a tendency to want to give up when the doors are closing and it seems like the roof is caving in. This tendency culminates into some people actually giving up and the others deciding to try just once more. Not everyone who tries again is going to achieve their desired goal. The difference between those who tried yet again and those who didn’t is, for the latter, it’s always going to be at the back of their mind like a nightmare which refuses to back away, the question- what would life had been like if they had given it one more shot. And the answer is, they’d never know.

Rejection is bad, but regrets, they can eat at the soul. This doesn’t mean that I’ve never ran through the slit opening of a door when I realized it was closing; trust me, I have had my fair share of running, giving up and regretting. But, I’m working at making that attitude a thing of the past. Will it be easy? Absolutely not, but I have a feeling I’d go to bed feeling much better knowing I gave it one more shot.

Here’s to writing meaningless sentences till we finally get the inspiration to write the meaningful ones. Here to rhyming words like “the cat sat on a hat” until the rhymes take a world of their own. Here’s to giving our best shots in hopeless situations.

P.S, what are your favorite gray’s anatomy quotes?

This post in response to Writer’s quote Wednesday by hosted by Silver Threading.

Writer’s Quote- Mary Lou Retton

Writer’s Quote- Mary Lou Retton

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Mary Lou Retton has spoken the words many of us need to hear. It’s not good enough for us to sit back and give in to the fate of nature, claiming, “I just am not good enough” or “I have no talent” or even “this is not just for me”. Any of these sound familiar? The answer is with this quote said by Mary Lou- each of us has a fire in our hearts for something, it’s our goal in life to find it. I’m going to stop and emphasize on this last phrase. She didn’t say our goal is going to come in search of us, knocking on doors till it finds us; No, that is our job. We are the ones to go knocking until we find it, which we will; and when that happens, keeping the flame in our hearts will be an easy task.

Mary Lou is neither a writer nor poet, but a retired American gymnast whose achievements include several gold, silver and bronze medals in various international competition including the Olympics. She has had her fair share of struggles in life which include- arthritis, hemorrhoid and a congenital hip dysphasia which got worse with continued gymnastic performances. But she didn’t give up and pushed through despite it all.

I chose this for writer’s quote Wednesday because sometimes, as writers, frustration tends to creep it’s way into our lives and we could do a little reminder of that fire in our hearts- the reason for which we shouldn’t give up. Writing is not an easy journey and incase you may have slipped off, I would like to remind you today- there is a flame within, a beautiful budding flame with no intention of ever burning out. Take hold of the lamp and let the light reflect in your writings. 

This post is In response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

Strength…

Strength…

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It’s making a choice,
Due to manic hormone;
Yet sticking with them,
Even when you hit low.

It’s going to bed,
not planning to awake;
still rising to work,
When dusk gives way.

It’s smiling and strutting;
Though inside is hurting;
Admitting ‘I’m not fine’;
But adding ‘I will be’.

It’s rising then falling;
Still rising and trying;
Though chances are slim you’ll-
Succeed yet keep trying.

Strength ain’t gun or dagger;
A man armed with armor;
It’s finding your feet even,
When they’ve been twisted-
Not broken, just bent.