Treasure Island

Walterrean Salley

(Savannah, Ga)

Be Good to Yourself


Be good to yourself—
You deserve it.

Take care of yourself,
While you're here.
No one else can do it
Better than you.

Hold yourself up.
Don't be your worst enemy
Or a 'self hater'—
Like some love to do.

Live and enjoy life.
Look in the mirror and smile.
Believe that good things
Will happen for you.

Be grateful that you were
A candidate for life.
And let such gratitude
Show.

Make the best choices for yourself.
Exercise. Rest.
And eat properly.
For on such things the body thrives.

Love yourself,
And then you can love others too.
Serenade you with a song.
Honor YOU with a poem.

And like an old friend that you
Would visit every now and then,
Take care of 'yourself.'
For you shall not pass this way again.

Submitted: Friday, February 17, 2012
Edited: Saturday, February 18, 2012

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  • Captain Cur (5/15/2012 9:50:00 PM)

    So I will take your advice and honor me with a poem today.
    I will rhyme ego with Montego, and head off for the bay.
    Throughly enjoyed the message, now for the rum. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (3/19/2012 6:02:00 AM)

    This is a great affirmation of self and how to get on with others reminds me also of Dr Seuss 'The places you'll go.' and also the Baz Luhrmann classic affirmation 'Everybody's free ro wear sunscreen' see link http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=sTJ7AzBIJoI well with a look if not already seen. (Report) Reply

  • Lawrence H (3/16/2012 3:46:00 PM)

    yes, totally agreed, love everyone including ourselves and God too...I think we should LOVE God first, then myself and then others....lastly love our enemy if possible. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (3/11/2012 4:47:00 AM)

    Dear Walterrean Salley, I am agree with you in every word here..An expensive advice that free but free for others, The best thing is to be good, trust and the best thing for yourself, ourself yes it's true and honest...because what we face in this life, good or bad is by ourself..us and yes you yourself my friends. If we fall to not care this to ourself then nobody will able to help, we need to lean to others but the other will go someday to me to meet other one or the One...love it, keep inspiring all of us W.Salley_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Ekaterina M. Polischuk (3/10/2012 11:11:00 AM)

    wonderful poem! we really should be good to ourselves.... we need this life and must enjoy. i like your poem. it has a bright melody for all us (Report) Reply

  • Pheko Motaung (3/8/2012 10:31:00 PM)

    This poem is your supreme achievement and a grand masterpiece of an outstanding classic! Congratulations you're a fabulous poet! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (3/7/2012 9:56:00 PM)

    The poem is a great encouragement for leading a healthy life. Nice poem with philosophical thought! (Report) Reply

  • Rekha Mandagere (3/2/2012 1:51:00 AM)

    Friend, this is an exceptional poem. I love each and every line which is inspiring one to lead a happy and a healthy life.We must love ourselves too for the sake of people who love us :) (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Muzzammil (2/29/2012 6:59:00 AM)

    very nice poem that express your emotions regarding self-respecting. I like the theme along with beautiful words.

    Take care of yourself,
    While you're here.
    No one else can do it
    Better than you. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (2/29/2012 1:16:00 AM)

    Each and every stanza is approaching and likely to be framed. I agree with Shahzia Batool. Outstanding poem.

    And like an old friend that you
    Would visit every now and then,
    Take care of 'yourself.'
    For you shall not pass this way again.
    Top marks. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (2/28/2012 11:19:00 PM)

    A wise thing to do, , , dear readers! get a hard copy of this piece, frame it on the wall, , right in front of your study table, n after the prayers start your day by reading it...v good.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Niki Nicholas Nkuna (2/27/2012 9:43:00 AM)

    This is what I call the essence of life, this is a great poem that should not be read once but many times and shared with all people at all ages. (Report) Reply

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