Desiderata's Continuum: A Sonnet on the Pursuit of Life's Desires

Amidst the chaos and tumultuous din,
Permit tranquility and serenity to be attained.
In each and every vista, seek out beauty's elixir,
And allow it to nourish the innermost depths of your being.

Be moved by nature's wonders, grandiose and sublime,
As the cosmos' splendor aligns with your own existence.
With your own insignificance, let it serve as a chime,
Reminding you that humility is not always unkind.

On life's winding path, endeavor to be a mentor,
A beacon of hope, always shining bright.
Aid those in need, with a helping hand, abide,
And extend empathy and understanding, with all your might.

Embrace love's power, and let it lead the way,
Like a dove, shining, guiding your every day.
Remember, life is a journey, not a quest,
And the path is not always clear, at its best.

In times of confusion and uncertainty,
Do not let them discourage, let them be.
Embrace the unknown, and let it shape and mold you,
Making you stronger and more resilient, with poise and grace.

In the end, it's not about the destination,
But about the journey, the moments of elation.
The beauty of life is in the experiences we share,
So go forth, with open heart and curious gaze.

And amidst the noise and haste of life's fray,
Find peace in your soul, and let it stay.
For it is the journey, and not the end,
That makes life beautiful, and worth the expenditure.

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Mawphniang Napoleon's 'Desiderata's Continuum': A complex and thought-provoking sonnet that delves deeper into the pursuit of life's desires, building upon the themes explored in Max Ehrmann's iconic Desiderata.

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Written on January 14, 2023

Submitted by Mawphniang.Napoleon on January 14, 2023

Modified on March 05, 2023

1:24 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 1,359
Words 274
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Mawphniang Napoleon

Mawphniang is a person who is always striving to live life to the fullest. He is someone who is always open to new ideas and ways of living and is unafraid to take risks in order to explore the unknown. He is passionate about life and is always looking for ways to make use of his time and energy. He has an inquisitive nature, and is always looking for answers to life's mysteries and questions. Though Mawphniang does not pretend to have all the answers, he is determined to taste life and live a simple life, without overcomplicating things. He's a person who appreciates the small moments and cherishes the little things in life. He enjoys spending time in nature, exploring the world, and connecting with people. He is a person who is always up for a new adventure and never stops learning. He is on a daily journey of self-discovery, trying to make sense of the world and his place in it. more…

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