“So, next time you curse the world, / Remember that you are part of it.”


The Haiku Shack is dedicated to inspiration and poetry. Host Cendrine Marrouat reads her own poems and those from her favorite poets.

In today’s episode, the focus is on an old poem of mine, titled “Think Upon Those Things.”

Background music: Music-for-video – production music library

Think Upon Those Things – Cendrine Marrouat

Hush, baby, hush.

The lull of the world will come.

Nascent dreams and fantasies

Open the door to freedom.

Hush, baby, hush.

Let the tears flow evenly

In the apex of your mind,

And feel the light through your spine.

Think upon those things

That make us human.

Think upon those words

That turn us against one another.

Think about those instants

When change soars into the sky,

When you feel limitless,

Impervious to sorrow.

So, next time you curse the world,

Remember that you are part of it.

Remember your significance

In the eyes of the beholder.

Then, and only then will you be able to think of beauty.

But, right now, hush,

And think upon those things.

©2009 Cendrine Marrouat

“Think Upon Those Things” is an extract from The Heart of Space. For more information about this book, visit the page below.

That’s it for today! Thank you for reading!


Cendrine Marrouat is a writer, photographer, podcaster, blogger, anthology editor, and the co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms and A Warm Cup of Cozy. She has authored and co-authored more than 40 books, including The Train: A Short Story (2023), In Her Own Words: A Collection of Short Stories & Flashku (2022), After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine (2021), Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku (2020), Walks: A Collection of Haiku (2019-2020), and In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play (2018).

Cendrine’s work has appeared in many publications. She is the creator of the Sixku, Flashku, Sepigram, and Reminigram; as well as the co-creator of the Kindku, Pareiku, Vardhaku, and Hemingku.

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