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/

50 Comments

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    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. michnavs says:

      Thank you Loraine..i am glad it had an impact on you..

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  2. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ says:

    Very well written!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Di.😊

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      1. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ says:

        You’re welcome!

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  3. This is wonderful… to know and believe in yourself shall never be ripped from you.

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    1. michnavs says:

      You correct with that..thank you😊

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  4. V.J. Knutson says:

    This poem has so much strength!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you VJ..

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      1. V.J. Knutson says:

        So welcome!

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  5. Joy says:

    You’re truly inspiring. Love your spirit.

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    1. michnavs says:

      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

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  6. I love the rhythm in this. It’s so powerful and uplifting.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much😊

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      1. You’re totally welcome! 🙂

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  7. calmkate says:

    This is a really love verse and determined attitude … the only enemy is within 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      You are right Kate..😊

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      1. michnavs says:

        I am waiting for your Friday foto challenge..is Friday there yet?

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      2. calmkate says:

        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 …

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      3. michnavs says:

        Yay..will check it out then on Saturday .

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      4. calmkate says:

        it’s 4pm Friday here now, what time are yoU?

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  8. Love the underlying note of steel in your poem, Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you for reading “beyond”..

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      1. My pleasure. 🙂

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  9. robtkistner says:

    Powerful to be true to, and confident in your personal ability and worth. Well written Michelle.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Rob..thanks for that 😊

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  10. Sensational Mich! So moving, liberating, and empowering! ❤️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Jenna…😊😊😊

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      1. You’re very welcome my dear 😊❤️

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  11. Winnie says:

    I love the conviction of your lovely poem, Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Winnie😊

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  12. iidorun says:

    Such power in your poem! I have not read this book but now I am intrigued!

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    1. michnavs says:

      I highly recommend Irma..

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  13. Jules says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      This is beautiful Jules…thank you for adding layer to my poem..

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  14. merrildsmith says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for sharing your thougts here…i had fun with your prompt..

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it!

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  15. pvcann says:

    Wonderful lines.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Paul

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      1. pvcann says:

        My pleasure

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  16. Rupali says:

    I like it but I find these days we talk so much about battle , war and enemies.
    Is it so difficult to live in peace 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      That is so true..

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  17. shibumimc says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks for sharing

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  18. Garfield Hug says:

    I like Sun Tzu too and am glad you read it too. 👍

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    1. michnavs says:

      Its like my personal guide…i love it

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  19. shibumimc says:

    Have you folks in your reading come to understand that there is nothing at all military of war like in the book?

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