A Conundrum of being Explicit

Life amuses

even as it frightens

those who seek to expand

find in the expansion

the flock gaining distance


then in the return

how do they answer

would it even help

would it get their minds stuck

irremovable from a place

leaving them blind


is the real too much fantasy

for those who have only illusion

not the kind that goes up in smoke

for the illusionist controls the illusions

this one the flock chose

it is why they are a flock


it isn't all there is

how to say this

would they understand

the real being in the inbetween

movable

manipulative

but unseen

with rules and laws

seldom observed

though replete with examples

the substance of every exception

a complete picture

that has no exception

or hole


People are happy as they are

or view happiness as the whole

and a hole in the whole

cannot be likable to those addicted

to the kind, the nice, the peaceable


Perhaps it would be educational

knowledge is worth pain

confusion

a reorientation

but only by choice.


How to present the choice

or shall they find it on their own

is my presence

my experience not reason enough


I would hate to forebear

to keep my silence

waiting for them

or certain ones

to understand

to want

to see the lack

to hunger

to want to be awake.

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smga22 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Excellent Poem.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Why thank you smga22 I am glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Aaaand - you did it again. I love it, of course, if you read any of my stuff, then you know I agree with every line you wrote here. Knowledge IS worth the pain. Not only for the sake of living in the reality (over living illusionated [sic!]) but mainly because not knowing may end up being much more painful in the end. Sadly, your experience, your art, your message - is not enough. One has to get burnt to know that fire is hot. Shame.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

And that is what is called the school of hard knocks. lol I am glad you appreciated this work even if you feel that in the end people are incapable of learning without getting burnt.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

I WISH this was not the case. I actually don't like the expression "I told you so!". Thats why I stubbornly keep trying to make the alarm bells sound when I write, to wake up. And I can see you're trying, too - do not stop. If it makes one person think, you are a success. You are a success.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

The tendency of people to choose the school of hard knocks is regrettable. I cannot look at the subject with so much hopelessness. It flies in the face of the kine of spirit required to hone my teaching skills. I have to live in the foolish hope that what one seeks to say actually has an audience. "I told you so." Also doesn't have a real purpose because it seems to close any door that just opened due to a lesson being administered in the school of hark knocks.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

It's not a foolish hope. If we throw this hope away, we give up. If we give up, we're asleep.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

lol I say foolish with a bit of self deprecation. I know the hope isn't without merit but sometimes the distance in time between students and the grand number of those who refuse to be ready, has a tendency of making on morose at times.

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