Poetry & Personal

Poetry & Personal


“Oh, To Transcend Mundaneness!”

to transcend mundaneness December 24th, 2017

An ode to emotion, vision, gratitude, fulfillment, joy, and contentment. Much of what makes life really worth living:

To write a thoughtful poem;
To give help when sorely needed;
To seek and find elusive faith;
To have really succeeded.

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“The Rose”

the rose December 15th, 2017

This poem, “The Rose,” is a way to look at an experience I had where I was into a woman and she was fairly self-protective. Consider the stanza:

She opens up, but not too much;
We see each other, but not too soon;
She tells me secrets, but not too many;
I can have the sun, but not the moon.

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“Loneliness, Part II”

loneliness December 5th, 2017

The second part of a poem entitled “Loneliness”, this piece lays bare my innermost feelings about social connection.

Would that I could have the integrity
To not feel so lonely about my aloneness.
Rather, to accept it, embrace it. 
Because for whatever reason, it
is me

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“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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