Soft Times

19 Jan

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Soft Times

This ain’t the age of warriors
Of that there’s little doubt
The world in which we live in is
One where the soft have clout

It is the age of convenience
Where everything’s “right now”
Everything is “instantly”
With no time to allow

Everything at fingertips
And no patience required
Is it any wonder why
There are so few inspired?

Everything is effortless
But they can’t figure out
Even with this convenience
How to make folks not pout

They constantly complain and whine
About how life is hard
Very few do see that life
Today’s as soft as lard

Bad choices are everywhere
Junk food on every street
Liquor, drugs and luxury
The body does mistreat

The warrior’s a different breed
They’re not afraid to turn
Their backs on all these soft pleasures
Because for more they yearn

Patience, strength and grace which comes
From saying “Not for me”
They aren’t afraid to put chests out
And say “I disagree”

They do not eat when not hungry
For sake of socializing
They do not have another drink
And thereby compromising

Their set of values and virtues
They are not out to please
And all the luxuries in life
To them will not appease

Because the warrior knows that
Like warriors before
All their virtues are not forged
In comfort but in war

The war on ease and laziness
On convenience and leisure
This is why when gadgets bust
The warrior won’t seizure

When other doodads and knicknacks
Go on the fritz and break
The warrior has patience and
Does not become a flake

They do not get frustrated ‘cause
That is a soft reaction
The warrior’s as hard as stone
And suffers no distraction

Because they see the soft times that
Surround them and they say:
“Keep your fancy instant toys
Which frustrate and dismay

We are descendants of the ones
Who needed nothing more
Than what’s already inside us:
Our solid, sturdy core”

                               ~Miro

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12 Responses to “Soft Times”

  1. willofheart January 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I am happy I am the first who make a comment now, hahaha… yes I agree with you here this is so true… I am able to reflect somethings by this post, even I knew that you already had this award I am still nominating you for genuine blog award for the continuous support and sharing your thoughts and wisdom to us… congratulations Miro…

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks, greatly appreciated. Don’t pay too much attention to the order in which you come in compared to everyone else. “First!” is not something a warrior gloats about because it represents a belief, no matter how trivial, of being better than others, and warriors know there’s no such thing as being better than others, just as there’s no such thing as being less than others. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  2. scribblinghermit January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    brilliant piece! this is deep and honest, my type of poetry.. thank you!

  3. granbee January 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Love your term “doodads”–didn’t know Canadians said that! But the following lines are the ones I just put in my verbal treasure chest:
    “Patience, strength and grace which comes
    From saying “Not for me”
    They aren’t afraid to put chests out
    And say “I disagree” ” I was always encouraged to develop this attitude
    and thus became the perpetual “weirdo”. Hooray!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      I don’t know if other Canadians use that term, but I know a good one when I hear it. 🙂 Disagreeing is such an important part of being fearless. Many will misinterpret that to mean being argumentative, which is not the case at all. Just because you disagree doesn’t mean there has to be a heated war of words. That comes the necessity of having to be recognized as right, respected or liked. Those are no longer driving motivations for me.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  4. Julie Catherine January 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Miro, your words always inspire me to inward reflection, and to outward generation of quiet strength, truth and compassion, thank you for that. You are truly a warrior of wisdom; a spiritual warrior – and, I suspect, an ‘old soul’. ~ Julie

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Thanks Julie, so nice of you to say so. Glad to hear it’s stirring the slumbering warrior within. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  5. pauleglee January 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    so, so true. an excellent and wonderfully appropriate poem for these times

  6. Sunshine January 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I love your words, “when gadgets bust the warrior won’t seizure.”
    Great post Miro!

  7. khushjenny January 22, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Great Post 🙂

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