Only One! (Ghazal style)

Only One!

One word today, a smile tomorrow
Can change the course of a life
Twenty years later, a life has evolved
Starting with YOUR word, act, gesture –Ruth

One act of kindness, I want only one.
A sandwich shows kindness!           It takes only one!

Sitting on a bench crying, alone.
A hug, a hankie!                                    It takes only one!

Shivering in the rain, cold to the bone.
A cup of coffee, an umbrella!            It takes only one!

Downcast eyes, shuffling, disheveled, not stoned.
A smile, a dollar!                                  It takes only one!

Tripping and falling, painful scraped knees, a moan.
Some salve, a band aid!                      It takes only one!

She stumbled and fell, her hair is undone.
A gentle tone, a comb!                        It takes only one!

She rants and she raves. She talks ‘til she’s done.
A listening ear!                                     It takes only one!

It’s dark and she’s scared to walk home alone.
A companion, a call!                          It takes only one!

One object, or act; one place or a word;
Compassion, *dear friend.                It takes only one!

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

– Dalai Lama XIV


Ghazal style – by Ruth 2/11/2013 – revised 4/23/2013 Written following professor’s class instructions.  Reblogged today to submit for dVerse challenge.

Note: *dear friend, is using the meaning of my name – Ruth, instead of my name.

What is a poem

Asking for a friend 😉”

I’ve been trying my hand at poetry and then the challenge of terrible poetry showed up. I thought–I can do that! But it is harder than it seems and has made me wonder about even what I consider acceptable / good poetry.

How do you judge whether a poem is good or not?

What are the sources you use for inspiration?

Thank you for responding.


Day 23 See Me #OctPoWriMo 2018

Day 23 See Me #OctPoWriMo

I am using the following as a prompt tell the story you needed to hear.


What I heard

Pretty is as pretty does
Beauty is only skin deep
“Grace is deceitful beauty is vain but a woman who fears the lord, she shall be praised ”


What I needed to hear

You are a beautiful little girl
Be proud of who you are
You are such a kind girl
You have musical talent
Read everything
Question everything
When you are scared I’ll be there


To anyone who takes time to listen!

Do you see me?

See me.
See my heart full of love.
See my anger turned to rage.
See my hurt and the scars.
See my anxious depression.
See my disillusionment, my unbelief.
See my hate and discontent.
See my desires and wants.
See my beauty the whole me.
See me.

@Ruth October 2018