Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thoughts and Feelings--By Jean Calkins--United States

Thoughts and Feelings

Love hurts.
If that is your motto,
that is the kind of relationship
you will create.

Love heals.
Believe it, and you will create
excitement, enthusiasm.
You will decide to love all,
once you learn to love yourself.

The choice is yours.
Which do you believe?
Which will you claim?
If the beliefs you hold
are no longer your choice,
you have the power
to change them.

Desire, imagine, expect: Create.

Jean, at 80, has been writing poems since she was 18. For 25 years she published a popular poetry quarterly of up to 100 pages, with a subscribership of nearly 500. Illness in 1986 ended the magazine. She currently publishes, by email, a 2-page monthly of clean humor. Contact her at


  1. I love how 2 minds blend into one in flowing thought, rhyme and syllable count. Excellent! Sheri

  2. Now that is truth if I ever heard it. Very inspiring! Goes right along with my own beliefs. Thank you for sharing a well written poem.
    Love, Charlene

  3. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following comment--

    Now there's a whole lot of wisdom going on in this tried and true beauty,Jean. I really love the ending "desire, imagine,expect: Create. An inspiring kickstart!

    Bob D.

  4. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    words of wisdom indeed

  5. Hello Jean. You know, I like to try and leave a comment for each poet, each month, but for the month of April, I got behind a bit. Yet, instead of going on to the month of May, I decided to finish up reading and enjoying April's poets. Your poem makes me very happy that I did not move forward before I was done with April. I absolutely love this poem. It is not just a delightful one, it is truly prophetic. I would definitely be honored if you would consider submitting some poetry for publication in my poetry publication Creative Inspirations, please. More information can be found at my website (link below my name), or you can get my mailing address from Karen. Thank you for sharing this outstanding literary blessing, Continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations