Vanity of Efforts

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.

Perhaps, that
is purpose enough and requires
little jumping and no yelling.

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30 thoughts on “Vanity of Efforts

  1. weekdaypoet – around and about – "There's no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough." -- William Stafford Amateur writers aren't necessarily bad writers. But they are, almost by definition, the sort of writers that procrastinate on their magnum opus. Ever since leaving high school and entering the "real world," I've written maybe five poems. And good ones! But only five. That's pathetic. You can't even call yourself a poet with output like that. I'm overcoming the fear of writing and its accompanying rationalization that "I don't have the time to put in the effort my genius ideas require" by the One Day One Poem blog. Because, at the end of this year, I'd rather have 100 mediocre poems and a handful of good ones than nothing at all.
    weekdaypoet on said:

    :/ 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.

  2. Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
    Darlene on said:

    Thank you so much. I get to feeling overwhelmed sometimes by the lights, whistles and dog and pony shows!

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  5. love it…

    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..
    Happy Rally!
    🙂

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      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.

  6. booguloo – Thanks for stopping by. Retired from the real world and started writing poetry. I hope that you enjoy my work. "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony." Good message from a cola commercial. Here's hoping it's the real thing....
    booguloo on said:

    Growing up where you did, I can understand your appreciation for the quieter part of living.

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Booguloo,

      Thank you for your understanding.

  7. 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.

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      L,

      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.

  8. Shea Atkin – Tallahassee, FL – I'm just on the journey like anybody else--Learning about balance. This experiment will contain the past, present and future-- It will be my solace, myself, my peace.
    Shea Atkin Tillery on said:

    This is wonderful!
    Definitely hits home. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Thank you, Shea!

  9. Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
    Darlene on said:

    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.

  10. 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.

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Thanks, Dee!

      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.

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Thanks, Glory!

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Thanks a bunch. I appreciate your encouragement.

  11. Roy Smith – A youth Worker, manager, writer and PhD student interested in various things including community activism and deliberative democracy.
    Roy Smith on said:

    Really like the atmosphere, stark, hectic and empty..

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Thank you, Roy.

  12. Don Poet – California – Addicted to releasing thoughts in an unexplainable way, An art form truly so sacred higher than numbers, Thus I release pictures any ordinary day, Transformed into thoughtful images that paint righteous colors, So I believe he gifted those with metaphoric terminology, To spread wise thoughts & decrypt life's calligraphy, To let those individuals know that an art form exists from within, Maybe even to keep those from committing a sin/ -J. A. Vasquez
    Don Poet on said:

    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.
    Nicely done!

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Don,

      First thank you and secondly, you’re absolutely right in what you say.

  13. connetta – ohio backroads – I was born Dec 30th 1952..I live in Ohio...i'm married ( 40 years- this time around) two children ( boy and girl in their 40's).., 5 grandchildren. if you stop by please leave a note so i can find your blog too... I especially love meeting people who don't write poetry but enjoy reading poems as well as others like myself..poetry came into my life as a child and never stopped budging me to write them down. I collect them in ink. This blog is a collection of my poems and pictures taken on the ohio backroads. if you find me a stranger my you leave as a friend.
    connetta on said:

    well writtem powerful and really good.

    • Darlene Franklin-Campbell – Appalachia – I am a poet, novelist and artist living in Appalachia. I believe we are great spiritual beings on a journey through this physical realm and we each have gifts to share along the way.
      Darlene on said:

      Thank you so much! Also, it’s SO nice to see you again.

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  15. plumpolie – "Tabula Rasa" means: "Write Here." (Actually, it doesn't but it may as well if you do know the meaning. If you don't, look it up, it won't kill you.) This is a site about nothing, anything or everything. I like to write- as you may soon see, and there's going to be no limits on these topics under the wide, wild world of the internet. The internet has sort of become this vessel for communication that I feel inclined to join, no matter how ugly, raw, strange or beautiful it may be. Like it, love it, hate it, it doesn't matter, we share it. So here I am.
    belladonna23 on said:

    you always amaze me with your poems 🙂 i hope you are well. wish you much love, as always

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  17. meiro – Tangerang – I'm glad my life isn't perfect, I'm proud that I make mistakes, I'm happy I have my problems in life... It reminds me I'm real, I'm human... I'm me.
    meirozavian on said:

    Wonderful, I love it!!