Poetry & Personal

Poetry & Personal


“Loneliness, Part 1”

Loneliness December 4th, 2017

A poem about a nightmare I once had, after which I awoke and wrote the following stanza:

I just awoke from a late-morning dream, an unsettling episode;
It centered on one aspect of my life and my self: social insecurity.
I had a heavy heart, heartburn, regret, and embarrassment that showed.
I know that I definitely have not reached developmental maturity.

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“Parallels”

December 1st, 2017

As this stanza shows, this poem is an attempt to discover the true nature of my existence, my being, my self.

Is there one constant, a part always the same?
Something I would take from one reality to another?
Who shall I thank, or conversely, who to blame?
Do I owe God, chance, society, freewill, or my mother?

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“Great Spirits”

great spirits December 1st, 2017

“Great spirits” are individuals who exemplify magnanimity and other virtues. This poem attempts to capture a bit of that beauty.

Great spirits exemplify numerous virtues
They view the world in vibrant hues
She personifies the loftiest human values
He knows many elusive and profound truths.

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“Uncommon Pleasure, Reprised”

uncommon pleasure November 30th, 2017

Uncharacteristically bold, I went dancing to try to shake off my social isolation in about 1999. This is the second part of what I call “Uncommon Pleasure,” and is exemplified by the following stanza:

Again, I knew a primal enjoyment
And raised the roof within my mind
Achieving spiritual fulfillment
By what I have found, and will find.

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“Will Star Trek Forever Remain Fiction?”

Star Trek November 29th, 2017

A big fan of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, this poem asks if we will ever reach the level of development as a planet that humans do in the 23rd century. Here is a stanza:

How can we engender a bright future as a global society,
When millions of children are hungry, sick, and poor?
We are swimming in greed, intolerance, bigotry, and anxiety;
Must
Star Trek forever remain nothing but lore?

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“The Truly Noble Man”

the truly noble man November 27th, 2017

The truest and best conceptions of masculinity are measured in this poem. Here is an example:

Despite popular conceptions, the ideal measure of a man
Is not gauged by braggadocio and aggressive displays;
Neither by number of toys or lovers he managed to collect,
Though many try in vain to be manly in these ways…

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‘Love’, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

love November 25th, 2017

  Love, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)   All thoughts, all passions, all delights, Whatever stirs this mortal frame, All are but ministers of Love, And feed his sacred flame.   Oft in my waking dreams do I Live o’er again that happy hour, When midway on the mount I lay, Beside the ruin’d tower.  

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“Uncommon Pleasure”

uncommon pleasure November 2nd, 2017

Taking a rare break from social insecurity, I went dancing, alone, and sober. It took courage, but paid off pretty big. Here is an example:

Alas, my dancing is not great
And conversation seemed trite
But I wonder if my partner, Fate
Will grace me on a future night

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“Every Coin Has Two Sides”

every coin has two sides November 1st, 2017

The following poem is an exploration of opposites, a dialectical glimpse at the world. Polarities are integrated.

Possible is as present as actual
Emotion is as admirable as erudition
Music is as prestigious as mathematics
Caprice is as comfortable as predictability…

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“Be Careful What You Wish For”

be careful what you wish for October 13th, 2017

This poem is about mental health, complacency, passion, and fulfillment features the stanza:

Alas, I live an unexamined life!
Socrates would certainly look upon me with contempt.
Though I may desire more excitement,
I often bow to inertia and don’t make the attempt.

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