The Call

what do you see photo prompt

The world lies just beyond that old mother tree
Vast and full of mystery
Its sirene call to adventure burns her so
And yet fear of the unknown tells her no
One step is all it takes
One step she cannot make
heavy and laden with uncertainty
Yet laced with the promise of dreams and desire

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Should we always answer that call to pursue what we desire?

The risk is high but so is the reward.

Or should we play it safe and be grateful for what we have?

46 Comments Add yours

  1. Khwahish S says:

    I often find myself in a fix too, but mostly always grateful for what I have. This is well put!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Khwahish

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  2. Ah….and the debate continues…..very well written Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Radhika

      Like

  3. Sadje says:

    What a metaphor for life itself. Great writing Jude.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

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  4. msjadeli says:

    Nice poem, good questions.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Jade, glad you’d like it. I’d like to know what you think tho

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You do, do you πŸ™‚ What I think is if you make the choice to go into the untrodden territory with awareness of risks, and you feel strong enough to deal with whatever those risks are, then why the heck not. Life’s too short to be voluntarily self-limiting.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Woah this is amazingly put, beautiful advice, thank you Jade

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      3. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome πŸ™‚

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  5. kittysverses says:

    Nice poem, Jude. Introspective. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you KittyπŸŒΌπŸ’œ

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

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  6. Jay Bleu says:

    I am more rationally driven. I’d have to say, what is most beneficial and give the most joy in the long run?

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Fair enough. But how long you can see matters

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      1. Jay Bleu says:

        True. Can you really predict the future??

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      2. judeitakali says:

        No, I guess that probably makes it a little more difficult to choose

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      3. Jay Bleu says:

        Ya. Sometimes like is like a dice toss B-)

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  7. memadtwo says:

    Good questions. But I think each different situation has its own answer. There are things I’ve regretted doing and things I’ve regretted not doing. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Succinctly put K. This makes so much sense, i think it has happened to me too

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  8. A.S. says:

    Wow!! Your words flow effortlessly, Jude, so profound and powerful piece. You raise an important question, sometimes, no matter what you believe in, you are unable to make a leap due to the circumstances. But if the situations allow than please find that inner calling is what I say.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Bubble. This is awesome advice, relatable and reasonable

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  9. It’s a tough call for sure. Very thought provoking piece.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Alas, it is. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts πŸ˜‡

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      1. You are very welcome!

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  10. Beautifully worded poem, Jude and well taken challenge. Loved the picture of the tree and the wide expanse with the child simply touching the tree and watching at random.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      It was a beautiful prompt image. Thank you so much Kamal

      Like

      1. You are welcome Jude.

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  11. Chris Hall says:

    Jude, this is such a beautifully written poem and it encapsulates a truly meaningful question for us all. Do we take a bigger risk for something (perceived to be) better? Or do we just go with the flow. How far can we look before we leap? You made me think πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris, I’m always thinking about this choice throughout life, yet to strike a balance

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      1. michnavs says:

        I echo what Chris said here Jude.😊

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yeah a difficult choice πŸ˜ŒπŸ’›

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  12. Jules says:

    I remember a story told of one of my elders who wanted to run-a-way, but knew they couldn’t cross the street… so they kept waking around the block – all the neighbors called her Mother to say which window she was passing… until finally I guess she went home.

    Challenges can be learning experiences. And sometimes you have to listen to the warning bells of intuition to be careful of where you step πŸ˜‰

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I guess being reckless is not the way to go.
      Thank you for this Jules

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      1. Jules says:

        It’s not so much being reckless… depending on one’s age. Adventure is just a step away. And remember it’s not the destination, but the journey πŸ˜€

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yes it always is

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      3. Jules says:

        Sent you an email with poetic forms you might like. Somewhere in there is the renga ‘dis-tructions’ πŸ˜‰

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Oohlala, yes thank you

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      5. Jules says:

        πŸ˜€
        Every day learn something new. Some days we’re lucky and learn more than one new thing – Glad to help – any questions (not that I’ll know the answers) just ask.

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  13. Ah. This is deep.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you. Yeah, very difficult questions to which we are always unsure

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