Tending Thoughts (A Sestina)

To tend my thoughts and focus on all that’s good
will surely serve me best and bring me peace.
Attention given to pain and all world woes
only takes my happiness and swings it low.
For me to feel its grief makes two that suffer,
I will instead beam love to make that grow.

The ripples will go forth and all will grow
in love, steadiness, happiness and good.
The world will begin to heal from all it suffers,
no ills can escape the mend; it will know peace.
No peoples, nor air, nor lands…high or low,
will no longer be affected by any woe.

I firmly believe that this will cure our woes,
to focus on the affirmative and watch it grow.
Keep light, laugh, enjoy…play high and low
and reap that energy that sustains all that’s good.
The world and you and I will revel in joyous peace.
Life’s sorrow will be but a memory suffered.

Delighted freedom from ills is all we’ll suffer.
Start now to train your thoughts to forego woe,
and see how quickly fear is replaced by peace.
Give up worry, allow the good to grow.
Our thoughts impart power to make things good,
energy reacts around us to elevate or lower.

Keep to a state of allowing the higher…not low
into your conscious thought to abate any suffer.
Practice feeling happy, relaxed and good.
All things can be returned from a place of woe
through expansion of loving thoughts that grow.
Pay attention to your feelings…follow those of peace.

Calm, harmony, stillness, silence, peace
instill us with the strength to accept the low
yet not react and give it feed to grow.
You and I, this planet, need not suffer
by wallowing, dwelling, and grieving in the woe.
Contemplate only on thoughts of good.

Enlighten yourselves to ease all suffering.
As a whole we can transmute life’s woe
and increase a thousand-fold the good.

Claudia is our hostess at dVerse Poets for Open Link Night: http://dversepoets.com/2014/03/29/openlinknight-march-2014/

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  1. Sorry to be lax in visiting but trying to find a balance. I did get your email. Thank You! I am so glad to see you writing again.


    • I’m in the same boat as you are, Renee. You never have to apologize…never! 🙂 Glad you got the email…I like staying in touch. My life is busier than it has been in years and I’m trying to find that balance too…and thank you!


  2. yes – it’s true… so much of our happiness depends on how we look at things… focusing on the good things in life will make us thankful and help us react better to things we have to deal with… it’s an upward spiral..


    • Think if everyone got on board with that…our world would be so different. I like that…an upward spiral. Yes!


  3. Lots of work in this poem, Gayle, sestinas can be tricky – nice one 🙂


  4. Hi Gail! Havent ‘seen’ you for a while. Dont know if you havent been posting or if WP has included you in its latest trick of unfollowing me from some peoples’ blogs without me knowing!

    Anyway its good to see you. Im getting more and more sonnets, sestinas and all sorts in my inbox lately; I may rise to the challenge one day 😊. This is lovely and given to me at the right time, like many things are; synchronicity I think. Sestinas look challenging; Im not sure I could! Your poetry is as beautiful as ever.

    How’s that gorgeous granddaughter of yours? We have a new addition now, Solomon 8 months old, a grand total so far of five grandchildren all 5 and under! 😊 X


    • Hi Christine, I took an extended break when I ended up moving but have been back writing for several weeks now I guess…not regularly like I was when I first started my blog…but trying.

      Very nice to have you visit and glad that this poem showed up at the right time for you. Sestinas are challenging…at least for me, and take a lot of concentration but I like the challenge. Thank you for your very generous compliment too…so appreciate that.

      That gorgeous little girl is 19 months old…just the sweetest little thing and so much fun to hang out with. I’m totally infatuated! And congratulations on your new addition to the family…fun! Five under five…sounds good to me! 🙂 I’m hoping for at least one more…fingers crossed…

      Thanks for coming by and the update, Christine…will be by to visit soon…I promise. I was out of town all weekend and it messed up my blogging plans… xoxo


  5. I love the sestina… but time consuming to do:) They always have that dreamy quality about them. Well done.


  6. so true on not getting stuck in the moment…stuck in the woe…we can choose to be happy often in what we choose to focus on….nice use of form


  7. So true, I think. And EXCELLENT sestina. As one who has tried them, I appreciate all of your hard work here. I do think that if one focuses more on good things it does make one feel better than always finding the negative in one’s life or the world. Yes, think ‘higher’ rather than ‘lower.’


    • Appreciate all those capital letters there, Mary…thank you! It’s one reason I opted out of watching the local news…awful.


  8. Laurie Kolp

     /  March 30, 2014

    One of the best sestinas I’ve ever read… and with such a strong message. I couldn’t agree more, an attitude of gratitude and joy is something I always strive for. Thank you for this, Gayle.


    • I take your compliment as high praise, Laurie…thank you very much. I’m really trying to focus more on the good around me rather than the negative…it does make a difference for sure.


  9. I like how you start with changing your own thoughts and move toward encouraging others to do the same. and kudos on the sestina; not any easy form to employ with its cycling end-words. but you made this work perfectly throughout the six sestets.


    • Thanks so much, rmp. I appreciate your comment. No, they’re not so easy but I’m happy when the subject matter shows up for me pretty easily…helps to get it rolling along.


  10. hypercryptical

     /  March 30, 2014

    Oh if only your thoughts would inspire a world wide movement…
    (Love your words.)
    Anna :o]


  11. kudos to the hard work and uplifting message…


  12. Ah.. sestina.. such a challenge to do well, but if they are there is a certain quality of soft reasoning quality.. this is truly excellent.. and yes so much truth in your reasoning.


  13. I love this form and how it seems to spin off themes. Sometimes the sestina can distract from the subject if the writing is labored. Not so with yours, Gayle.


    • I’m not sure why I like this form but it’s been both maddening and greatly fulfilling to accomplish it. Gratitude for your kind words, Victoria.


  14. A lot of things the world needs more of…for sure 🙂


  15. This is a beautiful philosophy, wonderfully written, Gayle. A joy to read. This poem alone puts such positive peaceful loving thoughts into the universe……..may it be a balm to all who read it.


    • Thanks so much for your generous words, Sherry. I’ve realized more and more lately that it makes no sense for me to get upset about all the tragedy in the world. If I can maintain a positive attitude, that is the best thing I can do for this world to help lift it up.



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