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Poetry Roundup #3: A Candle on the Water and a Sense of Wonder

This roundup is all haikus!

Haiku: "The sense of wonder / that you have when you are young / never let it leave"

(Inspired by “Wonder“)



Haiku with candle on water image: "Flowing, on water / the candle is drifting both / to you and from you" (by Brenna Vancheyson)

This haiku was inspired by the song “Candle on the Water” from the 70’s version of Pete’s Dragon. If you’ve never heard this incredible song by Helen Reddy, check it out!



Image of fox in the rain with haiku: "Beautiful first rain / washing away the staleness / turning the seasons" (by Brenna Vancheyson)


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On the Saying “Don’t Take It Personally”

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There are many times we’re told “Don’t take it personally.” Sometimes, that makes sense. Constructive criticism, so to speak, probably should not be taken personally — if it’s truly constructive.

However, everyone — no matter what they do or what it pertains to — has been thrown some type of insult and told not to take it personally. There’s a fine line between constructive criticism, though, and the speaker simply trying to get away with derogatory remarks.

As with many things, we need a sense of discernment with this statement. It’s one of the many terms we should not use so flippantly.

In the end, before telling someone to not take it “personally,” remember that he or she is a person.





(Related to “Slight.”)