…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menolyrical; Words for Words' Sake


Amongst the crowd you stand out
Decked in all finery flaunted.
Gaudy and flighty and ready to tease,
Yet not so easy to please.

Another comes in imitation.
Should be flattered, but no -
Ahead of the game you have always been,
Step up the colour and gleam.

Fashion trends your currency
Your validation and esteem;
The latest in red, not yesterday's pink,
Or if seen in green you'd sink.

Black is always a safe bet
To show off your sparkles and gold.
Dashes of rainbow lift you from your gloom
As you cling on to youth's bloom.

In fullest growth still glowing,
Basking in  their admiration;
But petals don't last, dropping and fraying;
Truth is you're decaying.

By virtue of birth we die.
It is the only guarantee.
Bloom's an illusion we try to make real,
Won't stay - beg, borrow or steal.

Why not, with grace like the rose,
Accept the measure of God's rod?
Beauty exists.  It just IS.  You will see,
If, like Rose, you can just Be.

Being-ness, blessedness, beauty true
Love with the capital ell
Openness of heart and mind
One and one alone to find (in)
Meditation, full maturity.  Full.

 ©Yamini Ali MacLean 2013
A repost from the TAKE TOO blog.


  1. Lovely bloom and poem! Have a happy weekend!

  2. What a lovely poem fank you Aunty Yam
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. To bloom is to really live!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. Beautiful poem, photos and many important messages, Yamini - loved this post!
    Acceptance of what is, is a great tool for getting rid of fear, I hear.
    Have a Great Weekend!

  5. what a wonderful poem, yes, beauty exists ... and it can be efurrywhere :o)

  6. So much beauty in a single rose and that poem really says it all. xx

  7. If only "grace like the rose" were as easy to put on as fashion! But I'm glad you gave the recipe for true beauty. This poem spoke to me.


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