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Oh, tell me, where has simplicity gone?
So fresh, so natural, so uncomplicated, so sweet!
My patience, yes, to death has worn,
Each time the hard, ingrate cynic I meet!

Pseudo-intellectuals all, out there on the prowl,
Trying so hard, bending back to impress,
Takes all I’ve got not to throw out a howl,
Of impatience, boredom, plain distress!

Oh, for the plain, simple human-kind,
No cribbing, no judgments, almost stupid!
That’s how they may seem to a complex mind,
A mind with an almost over-flowing lid!

Ah! The chirp of a bird, the bleating of sheep,
The soft, peaceful running of streams,
The growl in the bowel of the earth so deep,
So welcome in place of the screams,

Of a people racing, running full steam,
All the pleasures of lingering forgotten,
Even the simple gifts of life it may seem,
In the aim for success, some ill gotten.

Put a check; stop awhile the mighty pace,
Breathe in deep the fresh air of nature,
Take pleasure in changing the track where you race,
Walk slowly in mild, sweet composure.

With God in His heaven, all’s well with His earth!
Tarry awhile for reflection, my brother,
With a spring in your step, wear lightly your shirt,
Shed that ego, let go Self for another.

And most important, spare a smile for a friend,
Or a tear in the countenance of great sorrow,
Speak a tongue that is sweet, sure not to offend,
Face off! For a perfect tomorrow!

(Face off, is used to mean… Drop your mask and expose your real face.)


  1. Nina N says:

    Such wonderful advice and a pertinent reminder to stop and rest, stop and feel, stop and care. Beautiful poem so relevant today especially when work has no boundaries …. Wonderful recitation! Very relaxing read!

    • Loretta says:

      Thanks, darling daughter for such an excellent and analytic comment πŸ‘Œ … Happy that you like it… πŸ€—πŸ˜˜The pace seems to have climbed to a ridiculously and dangerously high speed, so God must have intervened to stop the mad rushing …πŸ™

  2. Lucy D'Souza. says:

    Dearest Lola, your beautiful poem, Simplicity ‘ is like a breath of fresh air, and you have recited it so sweetly in your gentle and soft, well modulated voice. Very well done, dear sister! πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ’β€οΈ

    • Loretta says:

      Thanks a lot, for liking the poem and for the generous hearted comment and appreciation, dearest sis Lus!
      Hugs and much love. God bless! πŸ™

  3. Uday says:

    Very very amazing words. Your words gave so much confidence and understanding of our daily routine in our dynamic life.
    Also very nicely you have added one line β€˜Take pleasure in changing the track where you race’ It’s so important nowadays when it comes to CHANGE something.πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ Very beautiful voice in audio πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ And as mentioned in poem spare a time so here is the huge smile for my mumma πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    • Loretta says:

      Thanks a lot dearest Uday… It’s so well understood by you. Makes one happy when each line is expressed perfectly by you… Thanks and God bless you, son, for your encouraging smile…

    • Leslie says:

      Wonderful poem. Simple things do bring joy and peace.

      • Loretta says:

        Such a lovely comment, dearest Les! So thankful for the appreciation… We’ve been lucky to have enjoyed such a lifestyle, growing up… Praise God! πŸ™πŸŒˆπŸ’ž

    • Balaji says:

      Lovely poem filled with spiritual advice. “Walk slowly in mild, sweet composure” is but one of the many classic lines.

      • Loretta says:

        Thank you, dear Balaji… Very happy to be in touch with you, through this medium at least! God is good! Bless you and take care.. πŸ€©πŸŒΉπŸ™

  4. Rosh+Naidu says:

    The pandemic has got everyone onto a frenzy. Do this do that,for everything as fast as you can πŸ™
    We have to learn the basics of going back to normal. Stop n smell the coffee/ roses.. we will still be here to finish whatever the job is ( albeit not guaranteed πŸ˜‰ )

    Take care n God bless you n the familyπŸ™HUGS

    • Loretta says:

      Hugs right back at ya, dearest sis… Thanks for your comment… We did enjoy a wonderful childhood.. πŸ™πŸ˜
      The lifestyles of children and grandchildren of today are severely challenged..

  5. Jaysri Parthasarathy says:

    One of my favourite titles! Fantabulous indeed. I also write poems.

    • Loretta says:

      Thank you so much, dear Jaysri… Would love to read your poems.. Do post them. .πŸ‘βœŒGod bless, much love.. πŸ˜πŸ™πŸŒΉ

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