Empowered -dverse Poetic:Theories of Everything and Anything

” If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat”, Sun Tzu’s Strategic Theory on War.
I have always loved the book The Art of War, it is now celebrated by today’s business gurus and even sports coaches as guidance for dealing with conflict of all sorts. Knowing oneself is the most important thing in winning the war we wage every day.

Below is my poem about Sun Tzu’s theory on the art of war, in a modern context.

Written for dverse Poetic: Theories of Everything and Anything


Empowered (  Cinq Trois DecaLa Rhyme)

You don’t take away from me that one thing I deserve, one thing.
You don’t tell me what to do ‘cos you deemed, as a human being.
I shall be in solitude, will be silent, will be quiet.
I will give my tormented soul a break, but I do not quit.
You can hate me, you can curse me, but I will remain cogent.
You will see the beauty in silence, in weeping,  that’s resilient.
You will understand hope against trials, that’s bright and brilliant.
When confusion and fear arise, it is truly upsetting.
You do not take away,  that one thing I deserve, not a bit.
For I have hoped, I have loved, I am clever and I am apt.

Merril is hosting dverse Poetic: Theories of Everything and Anything, hop in and join the fun at https://dversepoets.com/2019/05/07/poetic-theories-of-everything-and-anything/

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

50 thoughts on “Empowered -dverse Poetic:Theories of Everything and Anything

  1. Mich I absolutely LOVE this. Your bit that you wrote before the poem, and the quote really made me think. I must think about it more. It helped me a LOT. Thankyou for posting this mich, and the poem is brilliant

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    1. Thank you…the least we can do is create an impact that the world is still a better place despite of all the troubles in it..

      P.S. thanks for coming back


      1. lol it is but I’ve worked out oz is way ahead of the rest of the world [chest puffed out] so now I post it Saturday 😉
        Deleted the word foto as I’m getting some great creative writing responses …


  2. There is a little battle everyday… will my words win or will the muses’ have won?
    If though we each as parts make the other whole, then we do win everyday 🙂

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  3. Such a clear declaration at the end! Great advice to know oneself, and by that, having some power that no one can take from you.
    Apologies for taking so long to get to this. Life has been a bit crazy for the past few days.

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  4. It’s fascinating how many people have read those lines above: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a deafeat”(sic)…………… and see something about winning a war. It says nothing of the sort. It says the intelligent people don’t go to war.

    Pacific Book Review of The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War. http://www.pacificbookreview.com/?s=school+of+sun+tzu


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