We breathe, eat, keep warm, Clothe ourselves, and take shelter, We escape predators, fend off invaders, Avoid precipices and poisons. We find ourselves in family, take up with companions, We step out into the tribe. We assert, compete, amass our fortunes; We lose and win; we identify. We explore and interrogate; We discover and understand. We savor, admire, and adore; We take inspiration, and we create. We integrate, accept, and embrace; We empathize and contribute. And, ultimately, if we search, sacrifice, and surrender, We transcend.
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10 thoughts on “To Meet Our Needs”
I wish I had more words. That is a truly beautiful piece of writing. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for expressing that and for reading my poem.
Very well done! Was this format inspired by something?
Yes, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. A recent classroom experience has me thinking about it. Thanks for reading my post.
Wow, yes, you are right. We live grow and age. We lucky ones.
May our luck continue to hold. Thanks, Suzanne!
Hmmmm…..the first things first at the beginning and then everything building up from there once the basic needs are met makes me think you are referring to Abraham Maslow today. Lovely way to build a foundation with the essentials first.
I offered Maslow’s hierarchy as an enrichment topic to some students, and they found it interesting. I figured I’d do a creative exercise with it. Thanks!
Lovely build-up from basic needs to transcendence… Maslow’s hierarchy and a bit beyond.
Thanks, Fran! That hierarchy is such a helpful framework for understanding.