False Loves

self improvement, The Inspired Life

Did somebody speed up my clock? I swear I just wrote the last weekend post a minute ago. And here it is May already. How are your 2008 goals coming along? We are almost half way into the second quarter. Time to start working on our first half of the year review to see if the year is moving along as nicely as we would like. There’s still time to get that train on the right track!

As May comes into focus, Life’s Little Inspirations is chugging right along. Welcome to everyone who has just started visiting, and thank you for being here. I am SO happy that you have found us and I hope you will feel comfortable pulling up a chair, posting your thoughts and comments and being a part of the community.

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 And now…

Poetry time!

This week, I chose a poem from Sir Walter Raleigh. There are all types of false loves in our lives. Not only the false people in our lives that are the obvious villains of distraction and pain, but what about the time wasters? What about those seemingly important activities and situations, those hobbies and habits that are keeping us away from living the lives of our dreams? Can you bid farewell? I know that I am going to resolve to do better this next week. Want to join me?

A Farewell to False Love
Farewell, false love, the oracle of lies,
A mortal foe and enemy to rest,
An envious boy, from whom all cares arise,
A bastard vile, a beast with rage possessed,
A way of error, a temple full of treason,
In all effects contrary unto reason.

A poisoned serpent covered all with flowers,
Mother of sighs, and murderer of repose,
A sea of sorrows whence are drawn such showers
As moisture lend to every grief that grows;
A school of guile, a net of deep deceit,
A gilded hook that holds a poisoned bait.

A fortress foiled, which reason did defend,
A siren song, a fever of the mind,
A maze wherein affection finds no end,
A raging cloud that runs before the wind,
A substance like the shadow of the sun,
A goal of grief for which the wisest run.

A quenchless fire, a nurse of trembling fear,
A path that leads to peril and mishap,
A true retreat of sorrow and despair,
An idle boy that sleeps in pleasure’s lap,
A deep mistrust of that which certain seems,
A hope of that which reason doubtful deems.

Sith then thy trains my younger years betrayed,
And for my faith ingratitude I find;
And sith repentance hath my wrongs betrayed,
Whose course was ever contrary to kind:
False love, desire, and beauty frail, adieu.
Dead is the root whence all these fancies grew.

Sir Walter Raleigh 


9 thoughts on “False Loves

  1. Wendi, my goals have changed so much for this year since I set them back in January that I hardly even recognize them anymore! I can’t believe it’s May already and I am definitely looking forward to another month of Life’s Little Inspirations 🙂

  2. Wendi,

    As someone who’s been traveling the same road and reading your words religiously, I can say you’re doing very good work here, and if you keep going on this path, you’ll achieve your goals – and probably faster than you could imagine.

    Glad to be a part of it with you.


  3. Melissa,

    This first six months have been a whirlwind for me too.In December when making my goal list for the the new year, I wrote, “I will focus on my creative gifts and use them to make a difference somehow” I had no idea I would wake up one day and jump two feet into a blog.

    Well, here I am. I seem to be following a bright star in the sky, so let’s see where it takes us next. I’d keep an eye on Crystal and Brett. They seem to be standing under it too.

  4. Brett, thank you for those nice words.

    Did I ever tell you that my brother’s name is Brett?


  5. Sir Walter didn’t mince words did he? Look at that first stanza… I’m thinkin’ the whole poem is full of really juicy and useful curses when things are leading me astray in the studio….;) I am wishing all bright star navigation for you, Crystal ,and Brett…okay and for me too. In excellent company here.

  6. Your post couldn’t have come at a more opportune time! My goals have never been an important thing to me, as I never really set any. I do have two goals now though that I am working towards, I can see them becoming a reality now more than ever. The poem also hit home with me as there are some “False Loves” that I am dealing with right now.

    I don’t know how you do it, but you always seem to post things at the right time!

    Keep on Bloggin’!

  7. Wendi, this is so weird, I am working on an article about Sir Walter Raleigh and his “School of Night.” Sychronicity always amazes me. I hope to have it up today at Suite.

    You know, I’m with Melissa. My goals have changed quite a bit since the beginning of the year, and I’m in the process of gleaning out time wasters. It’s really hard when you are used to a set schedule, and then set everything up yourself freelancing.

    Life’s Little Inspirations helps keep us on that path. Thanks. E

  8. Which is worse….false loves or no loves? Sometimes we take what we can get.

  9. hehe! He may have been a stupid git according to the Beatles but that’s a fine poem!
    I’ve grown a lot this year, in fact this year has been long and fruitful, thank you for being a part of it!

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