In Payment for Excellence

Beyond the dung heap

Photo taken by Kacey Cluff
Photo taken by Kacey Cluff

To what are we made

if mediocre is our state

if status quo

populous mean

that which is know

and wanted to be seen


if we chose sequels

of that which made the news

replaying, reprising

things that made reviews


unchallenged are the norms

unwilling to pay the cost

of flying the finger

at the masses

or the Powers

that bind the others


think, my friends

of every quantum leap

made by odd balls

and the unpopular

who challenged what is

declaring a dream for what should be


making their stamp

unalterably clear

till their odd dream

is what we hold dear


so who are you

shall I know you one day

because you dared to dare

let your fantasy play

shouting loud your individuality

seeing the world as you do

or are you comfortable

if so

I feel sorry for you.

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thewritingowl 4 years ago from Ireland

Very well said and I agree with you. Being individual is what makes us interesting. Went through a phase of trying to be one of the corporate masses myself and boy did I end up being miserable. So nice to read a poem too, I do far too little poetry reading these days. Voted up.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

No one in their right might can be comfortable this days...


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

@thewritingowl I am glad that you were able to break away again. Thank you for stopping by.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

@IsadorasThought ;-) especially after I just called such people out eh? It is good to see and hear from you again.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Exaaactly.

Yeah, back to sanity, hehe. I have been reading everything you wrote and you actually heard from me in between, too ;)


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

@IsadorasThought lol I have responded every time you have made annotations unless you are talking about your comments on certain questions I wrote answers to?


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the egg and we 4 years ago

Some might say that excellence includes knowing how to spell "excellence."


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Very Interesting Poem Jaggedfrost. If we are Not Individuals, then what are we? I hope I never say or do, or write something that I don't believe in or stand by. My Vote my individual Vote, of UP goes to you


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

@the egg and we You are quite right, the note of excellence should always get its cues from attention to detail. A few moments of brush up make me feel a lot more confident in my ability to be excellent.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

@b. Malin I don't believe you to be capable of being anything other then an excellent individual. I will even spell it right to prove my point.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Hehe... Nah. ;)


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

@Isadora nah,what?


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Nah, as in - I came accross you somewhere else :)


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

I have been around. but I am always here for you.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

:) I know. (Grace)


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Peace my fair lady, but not Adieu. I wait upon thy word on other things that I proffer in general but might be happily served to hear of them from thee anon.

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