“ Raison d’Être ” ~ by design ~

My friend, over at Poetry on a canape, writes lovely poetry. This one about life’s journey hits close to home, being that my hubby and I have less years ahead of us than before. Life is precious. Make every moment count. Wishing all my blogger friends joy, peace, health and a lot of laughter.

Poetry on a canapé

You plough

Through life

At first uncertain

Of the reason,

You learn endeavour

Not sure of purpose

For its season,

Then search

The darkness

With youthful zeal,

For meaning

‘Twould serve

To understand,

By what design

Life holds a measure

Of raison d’être…


Now you’ve gone

Journey beyond,

Inclined you pause,

If you’re to find

A worthy cause,

With or without

Said raison d’être!

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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30 Responses to “ Raison d’Être ” ~ by design ~

  1. tazzielove says:

    Lovely poignant poem.

  2. natuurfreak says:

    What a lovely poet

  3. FlaHam says:

    I am no expert on poetry but I know what I like and I found this very lovely. Thank you, take care – Bill

  4. fournier0917 says:

    How very nice of you to spread the poetry word, let alone your encouraging and supportive comments. Thank you dear friend. Jean-Jacques

  5. 68ghia says:

    We should indeed live our lives as if every day is our last…
    Thanks for the reblog P 🙂

    • My pleasure, Ghia, if only we could live our days like that, and in joyful appreciation. But, alas our monkey minds have a mind of their own, lol. As we both know. Hugs to you. 🙂

    • fournier0917 says:

      You are absolutely right, and if we are mindful, or just plain lucky we realize it in time. Thus two good reasons to do so… one for yourself, because this life is really worth it… and two for people you love so they can have at you at your best. Ergo I’ve two little reminders for each of the two reasons: “Each Day” & “While I Live”…


      “ Each Day ”
      ~ I’m mindful ~

      As I awake
      Each day,
      I’m mindful
      Of this present,
      That so prolongs
      My temporal stay!


      “ While I Live ”
      ~ to not forget ~

      The while I live,
      Help me now
      To not forget,
      Afore I reach
      I’m not to feel
      Being near,
      Or ever more
      Able to hear
      A voice so dear,
      Nor taste again
      The love of you,
      The while I muse
      Be cause regret,
      Precious days
      I might neglect,
      To tell of ways
      I loved you then,
      The while I lived
      This side of when,
      Till I should reach
      That quite place!

      Enjoy…life, that is!

  6. It is so simple and yet so full of emotion. Very lovely indeed

    • I thought you’d like it. You speak with a lot of heart and emotions, so does he in his poetry. BTW, he’s got a wonderful one about a cat losing its vision over at his place. A very special one for us animal lovers. Big hug, 🙂

      • Oh how sad but I imagine full of emotions. I have worked with deaf cats. My friend’s cat went blind. It is amazing how they can adapt if we provide the right environment for them.
        All my heartfelt wishes

      • Yes, there adaptability is amazing. Our last dog lost one eye and had a cataract in the other and she seemed to compensate by using her hearing and smell to get her around. She never lost her wagging tail, right up to the end. She lived to be over 15 years, ancient for a rottie. A deaf cat, I’d be interested to hear your experience with that. Especially with getting it’s attention, must have required patience on your part.

  7. seeker says:

    JJ writes beautiful poetry. Did you read the ode to his cat who has eye problem? I think you did because I saw your gravatar. Anyway, thanks.

  8. malctg says:

    Hi Paulettwe. Very good. Thank you for liking my poem ‘ Boarded Up!’ Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

  9. natuurfreak says:

    A lovely poem with a strong content

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