It’s not what you do –
Not the mop on the floor
Or the plaque on your door
Not the pat on your back
Or the plaudits you lack –
It’s how what you do
Makes you feel
How you feel

It’s not what you say –
Not the tone of your voice
Or the words of your choice
Not the wisdom you spout
Or the anger let out –
It’s how what you say
Makes me feel
What I feel

It’s not what you wear –
Not the latest new fashion
Or the colour of passion
Not the shades of the season
Or the fad beyond reason –
It’s how what you wear
Makes you feel
How you feel

It’s not where you go –
Not the oceans you sail
Or the summits you scale
Not the lands that you reach
Or the chasms you breach –
It’s how where you go
Makes you feel
What you feel

It’s not what you think –
Not the bright new ideas
Or the futures you fear
Not the voice in your head
Or the dreams left unsaid –
It’s how what you think
Makes you feel
How you feel

It’s not what you believe –
Not the scripture you read
Or the faith that you lead
Not the god that you name
Or the sins that you shame –
It’s how what you believe
Makes you feel
What you feel

It’s not what you give –
Not the money or time
Or the things left behind
Not the temples of gold
Or the stories you’ve told –
It’s how what you give
Makes us feel
How we feel

It’s not how you love –
Not the roses and cards
Or the prose from the bards
Not the stars and the moon
Or the lyrical tune –
It’s how all your love
Makes me feel
What I feel

Wayne Visser © 2017


Seize the Day: Favourite Inspirational Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together favourite inspirational poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.. It includes many old favourites like “Poets Must Be” and “Chasing the Blue”, as well as brand new poems like “The Writer” and “Making Ripples”. Sages through the ages wisely say: / Carpe Diem – seize the dawning day / Oh, would that I could assuage that thirst / But the day conspires to seize me first! / With the hurry and scurry / Of home’s frantic flurry / And the hustle and bustle / Of work’s tangled tussle. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.