Dave Alan Walker

Freshman - 2,438 Points (Pudsey, Leeds)

Validation Of Life


I felt traces of life
in one of my thoughts
I took it as validation
that I am alive

Submitted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I've stopped smoking after 32 years of forty roll ups a day.
My thoughts have not been much other than cigs, but it's
getting a little better now.

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,994 Points Electric Lady (2/16/2015 3:17:00 PM)

    This is a very powerful poem Dave. Excellent. A 10! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,042 Points Hazel Durham (2/15/2015 2:45:00 PM)

    Congratulations Dave on this great write selected as Poem Of The Day!
    Powerful write you say so much in just a few lines! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,336 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (2/15/2015 11:25:00 AM)

    Excellent. Sense of stopping the right moment is one of the main criteria perhaps of art. Here it has happened. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 8,757 Points Rajnish Manga (2/15/2015 10:29:00 AM)

    I could not grasp the idea until I read your notes. I can understand the obsession. Now that you are free from the obsession, you can feel the difference. One can think and reasonably so. Thanks for sharing this small but meaningful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 861 Points Brian Stafford (2/15/2015 8:36:00 AM)

    short and sweet, well done! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,500 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/15/2015 8:31:00 AM)

    so beautiful lovely congrates Dave (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,816 Points Savita Tyagi (2/15/2015 7:34:00 AM)

    Wonderful! Congratulations on giving up your smoking. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points Declan White (2/15/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    Thinking making you feel alive makes me think of Descartes' 'I think, therefore I am' verbal enigma. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points Declan White (2/15/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    Thinking making you feel alive makes me think of Descartes 'I think, therefore I am' verbal enigma! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 10,227 Points Kim Barney (2/15/2015 12:33:00 PM)

    Did you ever hear how Descartes met his end? A friend of his came up to him one day and asked him:
    Say, Old Chap, do you think I'm good looking?
    Descartes replied: I think not.
    And POOF! He disappeared just like that!

  • Freshman - 1,030 Points Godfrey Morris (2/15/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    Being alive is a great gift from god. Good write. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,397 Points Lyn Paul (2/15/2015 3:57:00 AM)

    A great message for others Dave. But to still think of it, that's pretty tough. Well done! Hey.... Have you found another BAD habit? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,227 Points Kim Barney (2/15/2015 3:14:00 AM)

    Congratulations, both on giving up smoking and having this poem selected as Poem of the Day. Well written. The way I tell I'm alive is, I read the obituaries every morning, and if I don't find my name, I assume I'm still living. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,070 Points Anthony Di''anno (2/15/2015 2:25:00 AM)

    Well done Dave. I have managed to beat the booze but not the roll ups yet. You have inspired me to have another go at giving up. Cheers (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,438 Points Dave Walker (2/14/2015 7:28:00 AM)

    A little update, it is now 14 of February 2015, and I still have not had a cigarette. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,635 Points Smoky Hoss (12/1/2014 4:05:00 PM)

    I really like the simplistic way this makes me aware of being alive; and aware that it is very good to be so. Wonderful Dave. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Lasoaphia Quxazs (8/4/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    Yes, you are alive, and will be until you are able to learn and face the new. Good luck. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deepak Sawhney (8/2/2013 11:41:00 PM)

    Brilliant way to express your resolve in as much of brevity as possible. Thanks for the share. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (8/2/2013 5:17:00 PM)

    a good write Dave. hey Dave don't give up yet. It will get better as each day goes by. I did it many years ago now and if I can you can also. I used to smoke like a fool ha ha one day I decided enough is enough I stopped and I have never touched another one, and I don't ever plan to again. (the first year is the hardest after that smooth sailing) good luck (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Halls (8/2/2013 3:20:00 PM)

    I used to smoke roll ups when I worked on the buildings and the Railway.
    I still do when I have a drink, I call it social smoking.
    Who am I kidding! Nice poem though. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 267 Points David Wood (8/2/2013 5:48:00 AM)

    I stopped smoking when they went up to £1 a packet. A good poem Dave. (Report) Reply

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