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

◄ Friendship

A New Vision ►


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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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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.

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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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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.


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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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