There is no Shangri-la

There is no Shangri-la

 

The grass is greener on the other side or so they say

I climbed the stile to see for myself

All I found was more of the same

hardly any difference at all in colour or shade

 

I travelled afar to a tropical paradise

an island drenched in sunshine, palm trees and full of colour

A balmy climate, golden sands and blue skies

but it offered nothing other than beauty and climate

 

I moved to a foreign city rich in culture

with magnificent architecture and steeped in history

Concert Halls and Art Galleries abounded

but I felt a sense of alienation, alone and quite lost

 

I climbed mountains through pine forests

almost reaching the heavens in pristine beauty

Views to behold which were breath taking

yet I was bitterly cold and knew that I could not live there

 

I returned home somewhat exhausted and forlorn

nothing had changed, it was as before I left

The sky was laden with cloud and drizzle

but I knew where I was and what to expect

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keith jeffries

Sun 31st Dec 2017 16:36

Jon, thanks for your comment as it is much appreciated. Keith

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Jon

Sun 31st Dec 2017 14:48

Hey Keith
This poem rings true and, when you think about it, things, places, possessions are pointless without inner peace and being happy personally.
You've put it across very well.
Jon

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keith jeffries

Sun 31st Dec 2017 10:08

Ray, thank you for this and how right you are. Knowing and being comfortable with oneself is crucial to being content and happy. Thank you again. May I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Keith

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raypool

Sat 30th Dec 2017 20:36

Interesting bit of philosophy here Keith. Home is where the heart is - plus a bit of my own thrown in: that you can only be happy with others if you you're happy with yourself (my view ). The grass is greener on the other side.

Ray

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keith jeffries

Sat 30th Dec 2017 14:13

Cynthia, thank you for this. You hit the nail on the head in your second paragraph. I appreciate your comments. May I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Keith

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 30th Dec 2017 11:57

Well, this is a cheerful start to 2018.

But the point is both well made and well written, albeit very depressing. Your final line is a philosophical killer, emphasizing weather and landscape as the least desirable standards for the 'quest' of 'Shangri-la'. Surely, a state of mind above all else.

You are having a great time with your own thoughts and words. Is it a kind of new 'freedom'? Self-confidence? Self-liking? Or whatever. Just enjoy it, every word. Sharing is a potent cocktail.

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