Life Commences

Pomp and circumstance won’t feed
a spirit raised to understand
that celebration can’t be experienced as mere ceremony,

especially when existence provides
a multitude of ways to be joyful.


Liner Notes for this Groove: This poem is linked to the Friday Writings post at Poets and Storytellers United. Congratulations are in order for my Darling Eldest who graduated college just last week. While he can be sentimental, he's not one for tradition for tradition's sake. So he opted not to attend the ceremony. Instead, we'll celebrate once my husband shakes off the last dredges of the coronavirus.  

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  1. What a wonderful celebration this poem is, of your Darling Eldest's wisdom! I love its sentiments.

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  2. Congrats to your Darling Eldest! Good luck in the labour force! And I hope your husband is better soon.

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    1. He's finally getting some decent sleep and the coughing fits aren't coming as often--thank goodness!

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  3. Love the last lines and hope you have a great celebration of this special achievement Congratulations! Hope your husband gets better soon

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    1. We'll probably do something fun oriented around food as soon as my husband is up to it.

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  4. Hope your husband feels well soon. Congrats to your darling eldest. Luv that image from unsplash.

    Muchđź’›love

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  5. Indeed, each person must experience joy in they way they find most fulfilling...

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    1. Exactly so. Why cosplay joy when you can have the real deal?

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  6. This is great Rommy - Especially liked existence provides
    a multitude of ways to be joyful..." I'm right with you on that - inspiring stuff, first thing in the morning here.

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  7. Wisdom speaks. Hope everyone is well soon and ready to celebrate

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  8. This is Debi Swim. Sorry, didn't mean to go anon on you.

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    1. Everyone affected is much better, and my husband is finally testing negative for COVID. I suspect the cough may hang around for a while, as might the fatigue. But improvement is improvement.

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  9. Enjoyed the whole poem, and completely adore the last two lines. There is much pleasure and power in living and doing as we choose.

    Congrats to your Darling Eldest. May the celebration be glorious... and soon!

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    1. I'm proud of Darling Eldest for multiple reasons. LOL, I don't know that I can take too much credit for him being how he is, but at least I know I tried not to stand in the way of him being authentically himself.

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  10. Wonderful! We are kind of on the same wavelength. How fun to have a bright future ahead and obviously a smart head on his shoulders!

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    1. It's amazing to me that the baby boy I brought home from the hospital so many years ago is at this stage! LOL, especially when it feels like just yesterday *I* was at that stage.

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  11. Congratulations to your Darling Eldest!
    Celebrating a milestone with family members is so much more meaningful.

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    1. It really is. It's certainly less stuffy.

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  12. So very true, your poem is. I chose not to attend my ceremony, too, once upon a time, a long time ago. Congrats to the graduate and to you!

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    1. LOL, I barely remember either of my own graduation ceremonies so I wasn't too fussed by his decision.

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  13. `10 000 maniacs - always a good choice.

    I attended my high school graduation, but never for any of my most secondary. Too much pomp indeed.

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    1. 10,000 Maniacs brings me back to my college days. :D And yeah, while I have fond memories of my time there, I barely remember the graduation ceremony.

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  14. Yes, ceremonies can be so dull, seek out your own joy and celebrate in your own way!

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  15. Yes. And congratulations, Eldest! Good job!

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    1. We're all very proud of him! LOL, and now comes the Great Job Search.

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  16. Your poem has entranced me .. totally. Congrats to the best Eldest around. Happy the Virus is making its exit.

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    1. Aw, thanks Helen. And yes, the virus has gone and we are all up to celebrating now.

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  17. Your poem is spot on, I share the sentiment. Congrats to your Darling Eldest! Celebrating all the milestones and joys in your family, and in your own way, will be just as sweet.

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    1. Thanks, Khaya! He's slowly settling back in, but we will definitely do something fun now that everyone is feeling healthier.

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  18. Congratulations to Darling Eldest! Celebrations do not always have to b e traditional. Hope your husband is recovered.

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