How to be an Expert at Life.


Praise imperfections.
Ask questions.

Don’t fear the answers.
Do fear snakes, toads,
and Donald Trump’s hair.

Adore books, animals,
weaknesses, the broken,
and growing older.

Find a love to orbit around.
Have a constellation seeking brain.
A heart that star gazes.

Don’t trip on what’s been
gone for years.

Walk hand in hand with today.

The one seemly not
telling the truth is
the one you should
listen to the hardest.

Pay attention to your
conscience, make
sure it’s really yours.

Know there’s beauty;
in words. The ones
you use and the ones
you leave out.

Read the classics.
Brighten to artistry
Don’t be afraid to improvise.

Listen to jazz while
drinking iced coffee.

Don’t admire yourself
too much, this can
lead to disaster.

There are two types
of people in the world,
be neither of them.

Know sometime what
seems useless is
full of meaning.

Learn how to bend,
not break.

Lose yourself to love,
to madness.
Always carry a suitcase
full of mischief.
A passport of adventure.

Don’t forget to add a dash of moonlight.
Season the nights with heat.

Create the scene.
Live it.

Lose your shoes and inhibitions.

Split the wishbone.

Know nothing important
comes with a manual.

Just because your
spirit is tangled,
doesn’t mean your
soul has to be tied in a knot.

Be full of vigor,
meaningful chit chat
and chocolate. Lots
of chocolate!

Know there is holiness in the missteps.
Grace in the fumbles.

Remain unfinished.
Be the light.

-Tosha Michelle


116 thoughts on “How to be an Expert at Life.

  1. I don’t know which of your recommendations I love more but I had a chuckle at this one “There are two types
    of people in the world,
    be neither of them.”
    Fabulous write. Really gorgeous and filled with meaning and double meanings even.

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    1. Thank you. You’re always so lovely. I haven’t forgotten about the award. I’m going to work on it tomorrow. I hope you’re having a fabulous day. I’m still a bit under the weather. I’m just trying to find some energy

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      1. Your wit and art seems to be well preserved from the lack of energy ๐Ÿ™‚ and you’re most welcome. Well deserved appreciation of your very fine insight into hearts and minds and beautiful poetic expression of that insight

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      2. I don’t go out. Dubai is flooded by people during the New Year’s Eve for the fireworks in various locations and last year for example I walked past cars that remained stuck for hours and missed their parties in Palm Jumeirah. From my roof I can see Burj Al Arab fireworks and partly the Burj Khalifa ones so I don’t go out or only briefly to the beach and just watch a part of the fireworks from the beach and the rest from my roof. Most of the time I prefer using the energy of change within the New Year to repot my plants into bigger pots.

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  2. I love how your thoughts flow, my talented friend. There is one thing I have and will never grow out of…a deathly fear of snakes. As far as Mr. Trump goes…he’s a bag of hot air in desperate need of a major makeover.

    Ellie ;)xo โค

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  3. You’re amazing, Tosha! I love this, every last word. It’s all great advice.
    But I’m afraid of Donald Trumps hair…it’s alive I tell you…and it’s not of this world….

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  4. I would just like to echo Sherrill Cannon’s comment repeating her two favorite quotes from your poem, which could well be sub-titled “How to be an Expert at Poetry.”

    As for Donald Trump, I consider him the gift that keeps on giving (but unfortunately can’t be returned) – he is a satirist’s dream (although potentially America’s nightmare), and I can’t thank him enough for the fodder he provides for some of my posts (including today’s).

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  5. I LOVE this:

    “There are two types
    of people in the world,
    be neither of them.”

    I’m shaking my right now, at a loss for words, trying to wrap my heard around the beauty, simplicity and wisdom of this. I’m also baffled at how you wow us, again and again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Such a well-written piece, yet again! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Three things I especially loved: “Do fear…”, “… be neither of them”, and “… chocolate.” ๐Ÿ˜€
    It’s a joy being back here!

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  7. wise words, my lady.
    Especially about Trump. Although may I had that underneath is hair strange thoughts conspire.
    Damn! Why didn’t I come here earlier?

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  8. I don’t think I’ve said this over you last few posts but I feel it every time. I am totally fascinated by work and look on with wonder at how you command the page. Some of my favorites from this one, “Remain unfinished. Be the light.” and “Have a constellation seeking brain. A star gazing heart.” Bravo!

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  9. I have to echo the sentiments of your commenters, this piece blew me away. So beautiful “Know nothing important comes with a manual.” The reference to snakes, toads and Trump’s hair was deliciously funny. As I was reading this I felt like I could conquer the world it was so full of positivity.

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      1. Yes, let’s all hope so! I thought he would have been out by now, too. Then again, he didn’t get where he is today by giving up and allowing the world to dictate his actions, you know?

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  10. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    A beautiful poem here from Tosha Michelle! And the added video of one of Carole King’s most well-loved song is a special bonus.
    Thanks, Tosha! ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค
    Peace, love & great writing to all,
    Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel โ€œSecrets & Lies in El Salvadorโ€ is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:

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  11. To Be Human

    is to fall in love over and over,
    to never give up on any of them,
    to cry for the inhumanity, and try to
    overcome all that surrounds us by creating
    a closeness with those in proximity, both
    geographical and philosophical. It is to
    carry those loves in our heart, flooding our
    minds no matter how gone they are. And
    to put othersโ€™ needs first, understand their
    flaws, work on our own so we can be
    better helpers. It is to take it all in and
    follow our dreams no matter how preposterous;
    to pull apart another brown paper bag and
    to write it all out, no matter how choppy.
    So take my hand and make it all better
    before I repeat the painful parts until
    I can no longer act. To struggle past
    obstructions and obligations, self-imposed and
    expected; to wallow in joy, build strength and
    change what we can for the better. To give.

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  12. This is such a good inspirational poem. I’m normally drawn to poems about suffering because they possess depth that I find the uplifting ones lacking. But this came from a place of deep introspection and experience. Well done Tosha!

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      1. Things are okay. I’m getting by. Trying to stop smoking, lose weight and hopefully get published lol. How are you?


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