A Challenging See-Saw


Up and down 

Down and up

Forward and backward 

Backward and forward.


One day at a time

I dare say.

Stay positive…

Challenge accepted!


Up and down 

Down and up

Forward and backward 

Backward and forward.


Today is an up day.

As a matter of fact

Today is a great day…

—a great day to embrace—


Embracing the ups

Frees me from the downs.



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  • Fay Slimm.

    How true your poetic words ring dear Laura - - our up days make us more determined to cope with the downs - - I love that final couplet - we certainly need to embrace the ups.

  • Accidental Poet

    In 64 years I've learned that you can't have one without the other. The balance of life. But those ups are oh so wonderful. Great write Laura. ; )

  • Jerry Reynolds

    Good write, Laura.

  • Doggerel Dave

    Good one there Laura. Reads as self talk which is definitely the way to go . As I well know, no one else can do this for me.
    Works because I have reasonably secure living conditions - if not affluent, at least comfortable.

  • Goldfinch60

    Every day is a great day as is every moment in them Laura.


  • ron parrish aka wordman

    may all your days be great ones

  • Neville

    You have penned n posted something here, far greater and more important than the sum total of words from which it is composed ... A lesson for us all n lovely ....

    Neville 🌻

  • Poetic Dan

    As it feels to have your spirit back bouncing around!

    Thank you for sharing x

  • Rocky Lagou

    And I'm here to fulfill my promise dear Laura, this is art! I love this beautiful analogy of a see-saw as life. That line "Embracing the ups / Frees me from the downs" is actually so sincere and heart-touching. When we welcome the positivitey of life, the darkness seems to steer clear from our sights. This is such an impassioned poem of optimism and I love the way you weaved it! (I knew you had a talent!)

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