Treasure Island

Mike Barrett

(June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

Great News

(December 2013)

We spoke to your mum this week
Great news –
The cancer’s gone
Or at least it’s in full remission!

2013’s been a trying year
For you and yours –
The tests, the diagnosis, the treatment
And still a few months more
For the immune system
To strengthen –
Then, back to work,
No doubt with
Reshuffled priorities.

Priority I: God
With God,
Love and gratitude
Rooted in sincerity
Go a long, long way …
Some Souls can fool others,
Few Souls can fool all,
But no Soul fools God –
Bear this in mind, heart, and Soul –

Priority II: Family and Friends
One’s family and friends
Are God’s greatest gift –
Through them life’s lessons are learned
And Soul gains Its values
Whilst growing eternal knowingness.

Priority III: Work
Although necessary
Work is a means to an end –
Remember this.
When it comes to work,
One sells one’s services, not one’s Soul.
Work requires commitment
And execution of duties –
But never to the point
Where one loses
Close ties
With family, friends and God.


God works in strange and mysterious ways
To deliver ITs message to Soul.
Has ITs message reached you –
Or has it fallen on deaf ears?
Your choice!

© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Submitted: Sunday, January 05, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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  • Mike Barrett (2/26/2014 12:54:00 PM)

    Hi Suman, thanks for your kind words they've added to my happiness! I'll review and comment on a few of your poems in the next day. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Suman Kumar Das (2/23/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    Thank you for making God's message reach to us through this colourful ink! ................. i really enjoyed it. Sir. Be happy. (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (1/16/2014 4:53:00 PM)

    Hi Valsa, many thanks for your comments, most appreciated. In my universe, self is a given. Somewhere in grade 6 or 7 I remember learning this in a health class, before you can love others, you must learn to genuinely love yourself. Wise words! You might like to check out my poem, To You a Word. (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (1/16/2014 4:47:00 PM)

    Hi Mxolisi, thanks for your comment - much appreciated. I also received your message - I'm pleased that you enjoy the poems which flow through me. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Mxolisi Ignatious (1/15/2014 3:05:00 PM)

    I Like These Lines =(some Souls Can Fool Others, Few Souls Can Fool all, But No Soul Fools God) They're Indeed Great News And A Great Poem! Keep Them Coming Mr. Barret, You Fascinate Us! (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (1/14/2014 8:13:00 AM)

    Great advice, we need to feed our soul and allow God to guide us through the tough times, with family and friends always by our side.
    Inspired write! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/14/2014 5:33:00 AM)

    Oh... what a wonderful list of priorities! I perfectly agree with them! God, family, friends and dear ones, and then work ! I would like to include one more thing... self! We can achieve wholeness through this multipolar interdependance on God, Friends/ neighbours/ dear ones and Self...

    Your message has not fallen on deaf ears! (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (1/13/2014 7:46:00 AM)

    Hi Zaynub, thanks for your comment, much appreciated. If you're on the site I'll make it a point to review and comment on a few of your poems. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (1/13/2014 1:04:00 AM)

    An aweinspiring poem! Recuperation of d body indeed needs rejuvenation of d soul in spirituality as yor poem inspires. I admire yor words in advice. (Report) Reply

  • Marie Shine (1/12/2014 2:33:00 PM)

    I like the layout of this poem very much and I love how you have expressed Great News. Serious illness certainly changes one's priorities in life and you have penned this excellently. Thank you for sharing and for kindly commenting on my work. Blessings... (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (1/9/2014 8:33:00 PM)

    Hi Rohan, thanks for your comments...much appreciated. I'm sure you'll be touched by many other of my poems. Like you I started writing in my mid teens and have been doing so ever since. You have been gifted with a tremendous talent and you're putting a big smile in my heart with what you've written to date. You may see some of my comments to you as hurtful....they're not intended to be. They're intended as observations to help you hone your skills....constructive comments! Cheers! (Report) Reply

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