Poetry Friday: Things to believe in

Earlier this week, as I contemplated what to share for today’s post, I wondered what I should write; something positive, something thoughtful, something funny? Then it occurred to me…I’d already written it!

Last Friday, at Jama’s Alphabet Soup, Jama Rattigan was celebrating her last blog post of the year by asking readers to share a few lines about what they believe in. Folks left a variety of comments, paragraphs, and in a few cases what I’d term prose poetry – listing (quite beautifully) everything from dogs, grass, and ocean waves to the power of words and the spirit of Christmas.

As I thought about it, it seemed to me that sometimes the smallest things in the world can be the most important. So as I wrote down my thoughts, I realized they were – unsurprisingly – written in the form of a poem. I shared my thoughts on her blog, but I felt I should share them here, as well.

Keep in mind, this is not polished – it’s a mere 15-20 minutes of thought and words, so it’s not perfect, but I still felt like it was worth posting:

Little Things

I believe in the power and majesty
of little things;
a grain of sand, spiderweb strand,
one solitary snowflake
alighting on my coat.
I believe in the triumph
of good over evil,
love over heartbreak,
time over wounds.
And I believe all the world
owes its existence to a God
who deemed it necessary
that the living place of humankind
should be more beautiful than ugly,
more loving that hate-filled,
and smaller
than we think it is.

– © 2017, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

I welcome your thoughts! What do YOU believe in? How does that help you deal with life’s frustrations? And on this “almost-eve” of the world’s most important birthday celebration, how do you find peace in your own little part of the Earth?

My friend, writer/blogger Buffy Silverman, is hosting Poetry Friday today at Buffy’s Blog, with a poem about enjoying Christmas day with eggrolls and movies – stop by her blog and you’ll see why!


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31 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Things to believe in

  1. lindabaie

    I enjoyed Jama’s ‘guests’ too, and love that you wrote a poem from your own feelings, Matt: “more beautiful than ugly”. I relish those little things, too. They keep me happy! Merry Christmas!


    1. Thanks, Linda! It is interesting to me that there is far more beauty in our world than there is ugliness – flora, fauna, mountains, sky. I we did all happen to appear here by chance, without any sort of grand design, shouldn’t the ratio be more like 50-50, beauty to ugly? Just something to ponder…

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  2. You’ve penned a beautiful heartfelt poem Matt.
    And, in spite of all the chaos of today,
    I believe in the power of community,
    in neighbors banding together
    for the betterment of each other.

    Thanks for the power of your sensitive words.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  3. Your poem is perfectly beautiful, Matt. All so true with a lovely ending. Sometimes a community of believers in all you list in your poem must believe for the rest of mankind who have trouble believing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  4. Love this poem, Matt, and your celebration of the beauty in our world. It reminds me of this quote by Linda Larsson that someone recently shared with me, “As I walked down the avenue, the late afternoon sun was turning the lovely and dying sycamore leaves into fragments of brilliant stained glass, and I said to myself, “This alone is worth the price of admission to our broken and glorious world.”


  5. This season our family Yuletide celebration begins this way: “On this dark night we celebrate light, and the power of the human spirit to brighten and warm the season of cold and dark.” I believe in people, each small one of us and to the wide net of all of us connecting. Glad to be connected to you…

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