Poem - Will You?

Yesterday has forgotten
Tomorrow won't remember
Today doesn't care
Can you explain it to me?

Last week never happened
Next week will never arrive
This week won't wait
When will we ever agree?

Who will talk to me?
Wait! What about you?
Somebody.... Anybody....
Why can't you hear me?

Confusion? NO! Clarity!
Delusion? NO! Sanity!
Seclusion? NO! Openly!

I need to break out
I need to wake up
I need to quit dreaming
Who will set me free?

Numb feelings
Quiet noise
Opposites attracting
Is this our reality?

We Live... We die
We speak... We lie
We laugh... We cry

I want to feel you
I want to hear you
I want to love you
When will we be what we can be?

Can you tell me?
Can you help me?
Will you come to me?
Will you join me?
Will you?
Can you?
Why won't you?
Don't be afraid
Let yourself go
We are only human
You are welcome here




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kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

Very very nice. The world keeps turning as we search for our place in it. Have a happy thanksgiving.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you kenny and back at you for a happy thanksgiving...


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RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

This poem seems to reflect the emotions so human and so true. Our needs and our affirmations.

Nice!


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CheyenneAutumn 6 years ago

I like this very much. For some this search goes on and on, like a never ending path. For others the questions are answered before they are ever asked. Who rolls the dice that set it all in motion...

Great poem!

Cheyenne


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This was another of your brilliant creations - loved it.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Run,

It reflected my emotions about how quickly things are moving and how we are living in silos; apart and missing one another...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Cheyenne,

Sometimes I wonder if I already have the answers but am failing to see...

There is a line in the song Already Gone by The Eagles that I like:

"So often times it happens

That we live our life in chains

And we never know we even have the key"


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

acaetnna,

Brilliant? I don't know about that but since I respect you so much I guess I'll just have to agree! Ha...

Feel free to tell I'm full of it... Thank you as always!


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

A great poem, simple but so meaningful.

take care.


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etna5678 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

Good stuff!!! :)


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you eiddwen and etna... I appreciate your comments very much.


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Lady Wordsmith 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

This is kind of what my mind is doing all the time! Great :)


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richtwf 6 years ago

Beautiful words and certainly thought-provoking and great food for thought. Thanks for sharing your words and thoughts.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I love the way your mind and heart work. Lovely, honest thoughts here. And surely we've all questioned, sometimes found and then questioned again.

So we search and quest for our answers and if we find them, they're within us, as others have mentioned here. We realize that there is no "THE answer" as we may have expected and hoped. Like life, this is a dynamic, not a static. Otherwise, it would be motionless, dead.

So it is not a fixed knowledge, but only open awareness which may key us in to the dynamic, ongoing, living answers which bring reprieve and provide impetus to continue.


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

This is a journey we all take from time to time. very nice.


scriber1 6 years ago

You are setting yourself free; we are merely witnesses to opening of the door.......onward...


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Nayothara 6 years ago

Yesterday, tomorrow today

forgotten, wont remember doest care...

wish if there was more times

to be in love in ever where...

This storm will take it's time

but our hearts will always there

be patient, loving caring

we know all that care...

AWESOME HUB! I enjoyed it very much. Reading reading minds...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@ Lady Wordsmith... me too.. can't you tell? thanks for reading...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nayo,

Thank you for the beautiful response... "this storm will take it's time..." yes, we never know how things will end but with our hearts we can weather the worst...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Ricktwf,

Thank you for following me; I need to read more of your stuff because I know you also feed the mind....


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

Maybe I ask too many questions... I should just experience more of life and let the questions become answers... we will always operate from a position of missing a few pieces to the jigsaw puzzle; maybe the answer is to enjoy what we see.... thank you for your response... that is interesting about the dynamic versus the static.... that is how we grow...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Jeremey,

It seems I've been on this journey for some time now. Thanks for coming by and commenting.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

scribert,

I'm trying to set myself free; maybe I already am but I just don't realize it... thanks again for following.


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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Powerful! A lot of emotion here!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you daydreamer... yes the emotion of wanting and needing...


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Wonderful expression of what so many people are feeling.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you breakfastpop... how about some Migas with that? ha....


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Hugs to you. Your journey is YOU. No need to question it except for the understanding it brings.


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

I don't know what this poem is for you, but as I reread it several times, for me, it became ME talking to MYSELF! For me, I am often looking outward, really far outward, when my best friend is within, yearning, waiting for me to acknowledge, waiting for me to speak, to laugh, to cry, to love. And when I do, it flings open a door outward. It's paradoxical.

You know it is a mawvelous verse, poem, when each different reader can glean his own personal understanding.

THANKS FOR SHARING

vERN


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellie,

Yes the journey... the journey... we always hear that but sometimes we forget... and I know that once I get there (wherever there is) that I'll start up again....


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Vern... it's whatever you want it to be... I think it can be about the journey... being frustrated... knowing what you want but not quite able to find it or even describe it... but the best thing to me is that you like it...


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

I do, very much

Vern


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princess7993 6 years ago

lovely........... :)


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you again Vern and you too princess... I'm very gratified by your comments...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I wrote this in November, 1971:

I need to be unassigned a function

Free to be

What I am, best,

Whatever that might be.

Also:

Fruitful life goes begging

While fertile life is fed.

Also:

I like a few loose ends, don’t you?

In transit, which all of life is, one experiences everything from vertigo to moments of sublime clarity. From it will come the awareness that it's ALL being "there". That's what it IS. Life is in process, on the move. One's feelings about it are all valid feelings, even the confusion. Accepting the nature of life and one's own nature is reaching a vital balance and discovering the essential core where one IS & where it is possible to experience it all fully without becoming unglued by it. Every moment IS a startup to some degree. What seems contradictory is simply life doing its thing.

I bought some lilies at the grocery store today - well, Saturday. I always swear I won't buy more flowers, but then I see them the moment I walk in the door & always buy some if I’m out of them at home. I guess I’m incorrigible. I’ve kept fresh flowers on my den table for about 6 years now. When I started buying them, they were 3 bunches for $10. Now they are $5 a bunch. This time I bought a bunch of yellow ones and a bunch of rosy ones. The yellow ones had a 11-30 sell-by date; the others, a 12-4; hence the difference in the following stages, probably. I'll manage to keep some for two weeks.

So here these are before me on my coffee table. A few of them are still little green buds, while other buds have grown fatter & longer but are still green, just a little lighter green.

Some of the buds are now starting to take on the colors of the lilies they'll open up into.

Some of the buds which will become yellow have become mostly white replacing the green, some are becoming ivory colored. Some have opened up to their full yellow glory. The rosy ones to-be vary from white and a touch of pale color on their ends to almost all the pale color. None of the rosy ones are opened up, but I know they are to be rosy because some of the bunches just like them had a few opened flowers. I picked this bunch because it seemed healthy and potent.

The leaves are also in transit. They’ll gradually change from their bright green to duller and then yellow creeps into them and they turn yellow. Some will fall off at any stage.

So which are the "perfect" lilies here? Which of them is more of a lily? Buds in various stages of developing? Flowers fully opened?

Within their stay with me, the blossoms will gradually become more transparent, then some of their petals will begin to fall off on the table. Some of the petals will dry, perhaps. And a few of the buds won't make it open at all, some will turn yellow but stay tightly closed. I’ve even seen the dark stamen through their tight fists but the flowers just didn’t open normally.

I'll keep nursing the different-stage survivors along till I may only have one or two flowers and a struggling bud or two, and some greenery, but I'll trim off the ends of their stems, back to the healthy parts, put the in clean water in a smaller vase with a little fresh-flower food and they will give me all they can for as long as they can. Sometimes if I take the buds which develop without opening off with very short stems and put them in their own small vase, they will at least survive awhile and may even open more.

I even sometimes gather the fallen petals if they are lively and put them into a short vase of water and “bulld” a lily which lasts a day or so! Add a fallen green leaf or two - and it’s an amazing concoction! Fun to have on my kitchen windowsill to see when I’m working there.

In the process of developing, the lilies’ stamen will become very dark and if I happen to touch them, the pollen will stain my clothing. I've learned that I can brush it off with a dry clothes brush but if any water touches it, it will be almost permanent. A lengthy soak in Oxyclean is the only hope then. LOL. I really do try to avoid this!

But how dramatic a life-show they are! Even cut and confined to someone's den table in a vase, the lilies (and other flowers as fit their natures) still go through their normal life stages, though with the barest of life-support. No bees or bugs to cross-pollenate them, still they put out their pollen. The blossoms burst forth with their beauty to attract the bees, just in case. They give pleasure in return for my coaxing them along. Is life amazing, or what?


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

You need to post what you wrote on my little hub here so that all can read what you just said.... It's a beautiful way to turn on the light bulb in my head. It's like we are all waiting for the butterfly without caring for the caterpillar or the caterpillar's life and experiences.

I am in a great transition in my life in a variety of ways and there are people that are unhappy with me. At the same time you are seeing that I am absorbed with writing and this has never happened before (prior to three years ago). So I am very happy and sad all at the same time. I don't want to ignore the things that I need to fix but I do not want to be consumed either.

Thank you for taking the time to tell me these things. I saw your note last night but was too tired to really take it in and absorb it... I will be returning to this hub and I'm glad I wrote it because then all these comments would never have been born...

Or would they have somewhere else?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

As I wrote it I was wondering what possessed me to write so on YOUR hub, but I felt impelled to. Just trying to "say" in so many definitive words what it communicates was not even an option. For one thing, I'm not a mind-reader, so how would I "know" any definitive words to offer? Sharing a simple experience was just what IT was. I was not looking for alternatives, though. It just found me and I wrote.

So perhaps somewhere else some other response would have been born. How to say?

Feeling happy and sad at once is part of being a really "alive" person. The worst possible scenario is being shut off from any honest feelings. Life produces a parade of stimuli to stir a variety of normal emotional and mental responses. A fully alive person accepts them, but holds them lightly. As you said in your profile. Being a seeker involves the ability to move on from expired feelings and concepts. They serve a purpose while in their own time and progress but it is pathological when they are adopted as the ONLY or final possibility, especially when shown to be - or obviously - no longer appropriate or fitting.

Glad this helped you. I doubt if you need a lot of help - but we all do in ways.

Hugs.


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KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Hello TSP, there once was a time when I cared this much about the illusion of the other... not so any more!

But it is nice to hear some are still pining for it... not so any more!

take care...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

Yes it helped me... I hope you know that when I said you should post it for others that it was because I didn't want it to become lost on this hub where nobody could find it. It is universal and I'm thankful that you shared it here...

As for "your baby" being born elsewhere I feel confident that in some shape or form it would have come out because these feelings you have about life are inside you but I'm glad I was able to prompt this wisdom to come out...

It's funny but one of the people who was unhappy with me now is so happy with me. It's amazing how quickly someone can be reached with just a little attention and care...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

KKalmes,

Thanks for the comment... it sounds like pining but it's just a wanna be poet pouring it out while still living a very real life...


JDLewis67 6 years ago

Utterly brilliant, I couldn't turn my eyes away from it it had me completely captivated. I can't wait to read some more from you.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you and welcome JD...

That is very strong praise from you and I truly appreciate your words.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

What a wonderful turn of events for you - the person whose attitude has changed. It's so frequently a case if one is open to a change of heart within oneself and from another. That's just marvelous.

I am toying with making a hub about this, possibly combined with another recent thing. I've taken photos of the lilies & have a page going for putting a hub together offline to see how it goes. Thanks for the generous suggestion!


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Excellent, Thoroughly enjoyed your hub! Thanks


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

SP - It is done. . . !


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

That's great nellieanna... I'll be checking it out soon. As for the person who was unhappy with me it came from wanting my attention. So that is why it fell together so quickly. We were able to move forward and I think sometimes separation (this was family member; not a lover) causes suspicion but a few words of assurance and all was well.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Penny,

Thank you for the kind words...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you, SP - and glad the personal distress was resolved. Humans are sensitive. Thanks for visiting the Lilly hub!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

thank you Nellie and I knew your Lilly hub would be a huge hit... take a walk on the red carpet... you deserve it!


Rare Jewel 6 years ago

Yes, Love it.

"Yesterday has forgotten

Tomorrow won't remember

Today doesn't care

Can you explain it to me?"


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Rare Jewel for commenting... I'm glad you liked it...


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epigramman 6 years ago

....perhaps with this high level and skill of writing we should take you out of the suburbs ... and just call you 'universal poet' .......


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you epigramman,

I've lived in nice places and I've lived in scary places. It all helps a person grow and learn. When I started writing I was in a very nice suburb. Nothing wrong with that.... My title is almost sarcastic... as if what could you really expect from a yuppie...


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kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

I liked your poem very much


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you kathryn...


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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

Wow, look what some words can do. You bring us all to your site. Thanks for sharing your words.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you chspublish,

It's so wierd how you can write something down, alone in a small room with nothing but 60's music and a beer or whatever and then find yourself talking to strangers about it.... I love it...

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