The Road to Mediocrity

Dec 24

It’s the road well travelled,
That everybody knows,poetry of the fork in the road
It’s what most people take,
Since they know where it goes.

It’s a popular road,
But I can’t comprehend it,
Why so many still use it,
I don’t recommend it.

It’s the safe way to go,
To a mediocre place,
Where nothing new happens,
And snails set the pace.

So if you’re on the road,
Called “Be Realistic”,
Make a U-turn right now,
Or your dream’s a statistic.

poetry of road signsConform if you like,
You have everything to lose,
But your future depends,
On which road you choose.


Steve Dahl

Don’t let anyone tell you it’s important to “Be realistic” in visioning your future. There is power in that vision of yours so don’t let others cloud it with their fears or concerns. Don’t just take the road before you, choose the one that will take you to your dreams.

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Awesome Possum

Dec 24

If you’re playing life safe,
Like a faking-dead possum,
Then average is fine,poetry poem
But you’ll never be awesome.


If you’re ready to change,
Then don’t think it twice,
Get started right now,
And please take this advice.

Reimagine your future,
Say a year down the road,
Reimagine what’s different,Poetry of Daisys
Living life extra bold.

How will you feel,
Waking up every day,
When the world is your playground,
And your purpose is play?

How will you feel,
Being healthy and strong,
Being focused and active,
Alive all day long?

How will you feel,
Watching everything blossom,
As you let go of average,
And become fully awesome!

Steve Dahl

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One More Treatment

Nov 06

Intensive cares are nasty,summer sunset
Feeding tubes are bad,
When improvement isn’t likely,
We all agree it’s sad.

But life is still worth living,
If it’s just another day,
When we spend our time forgiving,
And we talk and laugh and play!

Do you want to have a party?
Watch a sunset by the sea?
Do you want to be with loved ones?
Go to sleep beneath a tree?


Would you rather one more treatment?
Give it everything you’ve got,
Be the fighter you are known as,
And give this one more shot?

There are no easy answers,
There’s a quality to select,
There’s a time for talking options,
There’s a time when we reflect.

But there’s also time for planning,
Telling others how you’ll go,
If you keep your thoughts a secret,
How’s a loved one sposed to know?

There’s a circle were all living,
From its grip there’s no release,
And the sooner we accept it,
The sooner we’ll find peace.


A New Kind of Poetry

After attending a conference recently on palliative care and hospice, I was struck by the theme amongst so many thoughtful health professionals. They told moving stories of so many people who fought and survived and fought and lost battles with long-term illness. The common message was that people dealing with difficult health decisions all do it differently.

Some want to fight, some want to let nature take its course. Some want to die at home and others want to have technology give them every last minute of life no matter what. What struck me most is the simple reminder that I have no right to judge what someone else decides to do with their plan.

How anyone wants to leave this world is a totally independent decision. Do you have your advance directives in place? Have you shared your plans for end-of-life treatment? It’s never too early to share your end-of-life plan but when things get rough, it’s often too late. Learn more about palliative care at my day job,


Steve Dahl


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In Five Tiny Seconds

Sep 04


 In five tiny seconds,

You know you must choose,

The veggies or cake,

And how much you’ll lose.

In five tiny seconds,

Well, can you resist?

Temptations of sweets,

While cravings persist?

In five tiny seconds,

You quickly decide,

Commitments to keep,

And those you let slide!


You’ve heard of the five second rule when it comes to dropping your food on the floor? Well consider this five second rule. How strong are your commitments? Do you hesitate before deciding? If it takes more than five seconds to decide, then is it really a commitment? Dang I hate those questions.

Don’t you love that tempting artistic cupcake by my friend Wick? But is it better than carrot sticks? Well…

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What is All This Woo-Woo?

Jul 20

What is all this woo-woo,Rainbow over lake cropped

This prayerful healing stuff?

I’m not so sure I get it,

My problem’s way too tough!


Some swear there is no heaven,

Some pray there is no hell,

Some say that only doctors,

Can make us feel so well.


But what if meditation,

And all the ways to pray,

Could heal what ails inside me,

And let pain fade away!


Then I’d quit paying doctors,

And all those hellish bills,

And have more healing options,

That don’t reside in pills.


I think I’ll try this woo-woo,

I kind of like its feel,

When I let woo-woo enter,

I let my body heal!


Have you tried everything else? To heal what ails you, maybe it’s time to stop looking outside and turn inside.

© Copyright 2015 Steve Dahl

A New Kind of Poetry

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