For Pete’s Sake

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Art for the sake of humanity

Criticism for the sake of response

Morality for the sake of justice

Perfection for the sake of progress

Ambiguity for the sake of confusion

Between the lines for the sake of secrecy

For Beauty’s sake, I let my eyes wander

For the sake of the artist, I feel without touching

For your sake, I lay down my arms

and trample the fields unabashed

For the sake of forgiveness, I seek and find peace

For the sake of love, I forgive the incident immediately

For the sake of intention, I stumble aimlessly

and grope for the words that lift me up

hoping in the process – I can lighten your burden


Uncle Tree


17 thoughts on “For Pete’s Sake

  1. I take that as a very high compliment from you,

    Mi’Lady of the South! Didn’t catch your name…

    I bet you painted that pic, too, eh?

    And yes, the touching is taboo, but

    commenting is fun for two. Toodaloo!

    Do come back to my neck of the woods,

    anytime, you wanderer, you. UT

  2. Uncle Tree, this beautifully expressed poem is richly layered with meaning…

    These lines:

    “For Beautyโ€™s sake I let my eyes wander
    For interestโ€™s sake the beloved beholds the attraction
    For the sake of the artist I feel without touching”

    speak to me especially.
    I will be back!

  3. Well, lady soul, to tell the truth…

    the last three lines were not meant to be,
    and never were really a part of this poem.
    At the time, I couldn’t buy a comment.
    ‘Tis much better now. Thank you!

  4. Oh, well put, Uncle Tree. Very glad you left the link with your comments.–“for the sake of love I forgive the incident immediately”—that’s rich and what a way to deal with others–that’s a very KIND mind you have in play.
    –enjoyed the rest of your sentiments as well–
    —do you ever miss golf?–hmm? How would golf fit into your poem?
    I wonder….

  5. Well, thank you, Eva! Glad you enjoyed it.
    I played golf for thirty years. I’ve had my fair share.
    The main thing is, kids change everything. I had mine late.
    Golf no longer fits into my life. I’d rather be a good father. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. For Pete’s sake, Steve! ๐Ÿ™‚ You went back to my beginnings.
    Thank you for the fine compliment! I appreciate your kindness.

    Have a happy weekend! Peace and luvz, Keith

  7. You absolutely have my permission, beloved of God. ๐Ÿ™‚
    At this time, I was moving on from rhymes to prose.
    Practicing with haiku structures (multiples) helped me
    to make the transition — for sometimes, less is more.

    If asked, I’d still say lyrical poetry is my specialty.
    Have a great Sunday! โ™ฅ Take care, be good, and stay cool! UT

  8. I am honored. I wrote this many years before I had a blog.
    Most of my first posts come from my 2 hand-written journals.

    If I, personally, or if this poem has lightened your burden
    for a moment or two, then I have accomplished my poetic goal.

    Peace and luvz to you, god-child! The Bard Barker, Uncle Tree

  9. Hi, Caro! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your addition here — for goodness’ sake. Thank you!

    “Love for the sake of loneliness”
    “Cry for the sake of an ending”

    For your sake, sweetheart, I hope to make my self worth your while.
    Luvz and hugz and peace to you today, UT โค

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