Ribbons of Angst

26 Jan

“When you feel fear, use the sword.  Take it up here and cut the mind to ribbons.  Slash through all those regrets and fears, anything else that lives in the past and the future.” ~Socrates, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”

Ribbons of Angst

You’ll rarely find a rhyme of mine
In which I fret, bemoan and whine
In fact there may not be a single
Angst and torment laden jingle

True, there are some diatribes
Which contain a few sterner vibes
But not once have I written where
Just misery I did declare

There always is a message of
Empowerment, support and love
So since I’m human and still feel
The same frustrations, what’s the deal?

Where are the poems in which I
Kvetch, complain, lament and cry?
I feel the same feelings as you
But with my sword I cut them through

I recognized those tormentors
Unsheathed my blade and fought those wars
To ribbons they were reduced to
And with the wind, away they blew

I do not have a single piece
Of ribbon to make forehead crease
I could not humor you at all
Of fears that tried to make me fall

And that is why I do not speak
Of moments where I’m scared and weak
My blade reduces every fear
To ribbons which then disappear

When you are suffering and hurt
And grab a pen and want to blurt
Instead, try grabbing sword instead
And face the battle in your head

Confront your torments and swing hard
And leave them severed, slashed and marred
Reduce the angst to ribbons, then
Write of your conquest with that pen

                                           ~Miro

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35 Responses to “Ribbons of Angst”

  1. lscotthoughts January 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    This is one of my favorites of yours, Miro! Simply awesome and such a great message to us all! I’m going to dust my sword off and make sure it’s handy! Thank you! 🙂

    • Miro January 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Thank you. Swing swiftly and often. Each cut only sharpens the blade more. 😉
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  2. Bella January 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Thank you Miro I need this! 🙂

    • Miro January 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks, glad it resonates with you. I read some of your blog and it seems you’ve already got a firm grasp on the way of the warrior. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  3. Soma Mukherjee January 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    And thats why I love your poems they are so full of hope and lovely messages. 🙂

    • Miro January 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      Thank so much Soma, gratitude. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  4. Deb January 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Your poems are more than just poems…They all have a positive message with love. Witch each of the poems you write…I look deeper within myself…..Bravo!
    Hugs, xx

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 7:19 am #

      Thank you Deb, what a lovely sentiment. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  5. ansuyo January 27, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    “When you are suffering and hurt
    And grab a pen and want to blurt
    Instead, try grabbing sword instead
    And face the battle in your head

    Confront your torments and swing hard
    And leave them severed, slashed and marred
    Reduce the angst to ribbons, then
    Write of your conquest with that pen”

    Writing as therapy??? 🙂

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Yes, but for others, not ourselves. Service to others is the greatest purpose in life, not ourselves.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  6. christyb January 27, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    You are positive and well-spoken Miro. Your poem offers hope and guidance for us and we are listening to you.

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks Christy, glad to hear that. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  7. willofheart January 27, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    thanks for sharing the positive thoughts by this piece Miro … 🙂

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 7:23 am #

      My pleasure…and purpose. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  8. zendictive January 27, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    the pen is mightier than the sword
    the sword is only moved by the mind
    the pen is moved by the heart~

    Art~

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      The sword can be swung by the heart as well, and many use their pen with their angst-ridden minds. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  9. Visionkeeper January 27, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Greetings Miro….Great website. Love the energy within. Thanks for stopping by my site and alerting me to yours through your presence….Blessings….VK

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I enjoy your thought-provoking writing. Continued inspiration and creativity!
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  10. bipolarmuse January 27, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Stunning!! Advice I need… 🙂

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Glad to help. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  11. Nandini January 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Thanks for this Miro. A complex and great poem, with lots of wisdom. 🙂

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      Thanks Nandini. Have a fun and productive weekend!
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  12. granbee January 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Miro, you have written into this brave poem exactly how I feel how constant tweets and posts crying and moaning. Even worse are the ones that express revenge and anger and vitriol. Write a sword and buckler of victory and overcoming into your lines, I say!

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      And in addition to the tweets of complaints and threats of revenge, there are the people who encourage such behavior. It’s a cascading effect of selfishness, weakness and negativity that most of us aren’t aware of, because we’re too busy focused on our own anger.

  13. W. R. Woolf January 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    May we all swing true 🙂

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      And often. 🙂

  14. Sue Dreamwalker January 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    “”When you are suffering and hurt And grab a pen and want to blurt Instead, try grabbing sword instead And face the battle in your head””….

    ~Always…. the pen has been my saviour! in many a battle Miro..
    🙂 ~Sue

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      Thanks Sue.

  15. thepoeticgoblin January 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Found your blog on LScott’s site, and I am truly glad I did!

    • Miro January 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

      Me too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  16. dontchawannadream January 28, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    You’re awesome, Miro!!! I’m impressed every time you post a new poem.
    Love these lines:
    “I feel the same feelings as you
    But with my sword I cut them through” 😉
    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    • Miro January 28, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Merci beaucoup, ma belle ami. 🙂
      Hope you have a fun and creative weekend.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  17. Sue Dreamwalker February 4, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Im pleased you dont have one shred of ribbon left Miro .. Cutting the cords that bind us at times are hard.. to let them fly even harder.. I hope the Wind forever keeps the Ribbons of Angst. and sends you nought but Rainbows..

  18. Deborah February 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I admire the depth of your poetry, Miro, and particularly keep coming back to this poem. I think it has become my favorite. It leaves me speechless, yet thoughtful, every time. I will be back to read the truths you write.

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