Everywhere I walk, someone
is jumping up, down, yelling,
“Hey, look at me. I’m somebody.
I can do something. Look.
Tell me that I’m special.”
There are so many voices
all crying out with a personal
message, a promise of what?
Who knows. Nothing lasts,
not even the emptiness
that comes after success,
only a hunger for more
which leads to longing for
yet more. “Vanity. Vanity,”
the Preacher said. “All is
vanity.” Wasted efforts
on mortal gains. Perhaps
to acknowledge our maker,
unselfishly give our gifts
to those who walk beside us
along this road from time to time.
is purpose enough and requires
little jumping and no yelling.
30 thoughts on “Vanity of Efforts”
:/ Thank you for that. Hit a little too close to home, but I needed that today. Definitely you were inspired by grace and not vanity with this one.
Thank you so much. I get to feeling overwhelmed sometimes by the lights, whistles and dog and pony shows!
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you have said something I wish to say yet did not find the best way to say it yet…
Glad to have you in, dear.
beautifully expressed work,
clear vision and vivid imagery..
Thank you, Jingle.
Sometimes, I come into my house, close the door and just breathe in the quiet. Perhaps it is because I work with people all day or perhaps I just draw strength from the quiet moments. Either way, I think that without them, I would die young.
Growing up where you did, I can understand your appreciation for the quieter part of living.
Thank you for your understanding.
Your words speak so much truth. I immediately thought of all the reality shows and people wanting their 15 minutes of fame whether on the news, shows, etc.
Thanks so much. I know what you mean. I can’t believe the hoops people will jump through for their fifteen minutes in the sun.
This is wonderful!
Definitely hits home. Thanks for sharing:)
Thank you, Shea!
I’m also in KY, a very quiet part of Appalachia. So true, that so many want to be noticed and make so much noise. I think I just want to blend into the quietness.
It’s nice to meet you! I love our home state. Although, I’m not fond of the weather we’re having right now. Still, it COULD BE WORSE. haha.
well said..I wonder sometimes about the adults today..it seems like we have raised a generation of children who have not had enough of their parents. They become tall but still are searching for love and acceptance in ways that can never satisfy. It is very sad.
I can only say, “Amen” to your statement. More apps and faster phones can never replace fishing, a picnic and skipping stones at the lake. It is the moments my parents spent with me that mean the most to me.
Very good job. Keep writing
This is great and so very true. An interesting look into the vanity of human nature.
Thanks a bunch. I appreciate your encouragement.
Really like the atmosphere, stark, hectic and empty..
Thank you, Roy.
Excellent topic, its as if the worlds like that as of now, sometimes some even wonder off to negative ways, just to gain some recognition.
First thank you and secondly, you’re absolutely right in what you say.
well writtem powerful and really good.
Thank you so much! Also, it’s SO nice to see you again.
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you always amaze me with your poems 🙂 i hope you are well. wish you much love, as always
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Wonderful, I love it!!