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Whispers of Wisdom

by Nicole Caldwell 2 months ago in inspirational
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A Life Poem

I pass her by.

Wrinkled woman, deep eyes.

That will be me.

I feel it already.

In my stiffening back.

In the energy I lack.

Her eyes are wise

and see through lies.

They ask of me,

"Do you know how to be?"

"Is your life shelved

while you toil for someone else?"

"Man's age-old patterns

eclipse what truly matters."

"Beware of over-giving.

Stressing isn't living."

"Let your heart have its say.

Let your soul lead the way."

"Don't wait, Dear One,

for that vague 'someday'."

"It comes in a blink.

It ends faster than you think."

In a glance, I got her message.

How our time is truly precious.

When my eyes turn grey,

I know what they'll say.

"I'm glad I listened then."

What will yours say, Friend?


About the author

Nicole Caldwell

I passionately share poetry of hope in our times.

Not blind hope, but the kind that burns no matter how strong the storm.

Through story and art, we burn brightly together.

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  • D.A Harrisabout a month ago

    This is one of the best poems I've read on Vocal so far. Wise, Honest, and True. Great Work!

  • Cindy Cain2 months ago


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  • Chezney Martin2 months ago

    Absolutely loved the prose; easily elicited an emotional response. Beautiful!

  • Ally Murphy2 months ago

    "Don't wait, Dear One, for that vague 'someday'." So beautiful!

  • Assumpta Nalubowa2 months ago

    This was a beautiful poem, Annie.

  • Annie Edwards 2 months ago


  • Netherland Poetry2 months ago

    This is stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  • Dawn Evans2 months ago


  • Love it! Casual encounters/observations inspired thoughts are my fav as well!

  • G.B. Veen2 months ago

    Beautiful !

  • Maervel2 months ago

    Very nicely written. Now is all we have.

  • Kat Thorne2 months ago

    Love this message

  • Michele davis2 months ago

    I really like that. It made me think of my mom and my grandma who passed away in 2005.

  • Karalina 2 months ago

    Very beautiful poem! You captured the treasure of wisdom that gets overlooked far too often. You made my morning a little better - thank you for sharing!

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