Poem - You Have The Answer

All that you seek
You possess
The questions you ask
The fears you express
The uncertainty
And doubt
The need for stability
Living without
Love
Or salvation
The worry
Of deprivation
Of longing
And loneliness
Living
With vicarious
Pleasure
Elevating
Others to brilliance
Assuming
Your own ignorance
Why?
The inner worth
Which sleeps
Refusing to come forth
Is in you now
As it has been
Always
Now and then
As a child
When you were taught
To use love
In every thought
And action
Yet
You decided
To forget
The key
That opens
The door
And weakens
The grip
That fear
Has upon you
Each year
While you continue
To climb
Where men
For all of time
Have prevailed
To look down on our world
Knowing they failed
Because love
And forgiveness
Was there
Not in the wilderness
But in the hearts
Of mankind
Where the quest
To find
Answers to questions
Of the mind
Should end
And not forever consigned
To a life of wander
And roam
While the answer
Awaits your journey home
Yes love
Nothing more
Nothing less
You stand before the door
You have the key
Go inside
You are worthy
Let love become your bride





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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Congrats, Mark. Your right brain obviously took over with this creative and inspirational poem laudable both for its message and its admirable paucity of verbiage.

Save the left brain for your day job. :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@drbj - thanks... I think.... ha... yeah the left brain stuff is a real bore but I thought I'd try it out on hubpages.... I need to type up another but I can't get inspired.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi,

This is not only beautiful but a really inspirational poem. Have bookmarked as a favourite and tweeted it - hope you don't mind, but think as many folks as possible should read this and get the benefit of this wonderful piece of work.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Seeker - thank you and I have no problem with a tweet on this... that's awesome!


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Love is the answer.. I really enjoyed reading this SP, your words resonate, and they spoke to me.. but I have a question: do you think love conquers all?


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Ashantina - thank you! Here at work we like to say "I'm giving a speech and there will be no question and answer session." That because we like to avoid tough questions such as the one you posed.... I say love is the answer but does it conquer all? Eventually but not without pain. If a person can live their life loving others without conditions attached then I think it will provide much happiness. But even love can be defeated at times it seems....


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi,

A great poem that I am bookmarking in My Favourite Poems.

Thank you for sharing.

take care

Eiddwen.


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Suburban Poet, this poem came at the right time for me - the most perfect time! I am in a place where I needed to hear what you have written. Thank you!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Eiddwen - thank you and it is an honor to know you have bookmarked this hub. We all search; the answer is love... that's it... I just don't know what else we as humans can learn in our quest for immortality or knowledge of ultimate truth in the absence of a supernatural event...

@Phyllis - thank you and I'm glad this helped you. It's wierd how I decided on impulse to write this and there you were needing it as you say... We're all here to help one another....


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kasiapl 5 years ago from New Jersey , USA

Very nice poem :)


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

SP, you are awesome! I find in life that there is not much weird, but a whole lot of intuition -- you wrote the message on impulse (intuition that others needed it) and I found it when I needed it the most (intuition of where to find it). Creator works in mysterious ways, my friend. Walk in Beauty and Harmony. Hugs!


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hey Suburban Poet:

This one almost had me crying. How touching it is! It comfort the very soul and speaks gently to the heart.

Do you have a book published?

Thanks for these beautiful words!

be blessed...


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"Not in the wilderness

But in the hearts"

Beautiful words, just beautiful! Voted up and awesome.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Everyone who reads this should post a link to it on their Facebook page. Let’s see if we can push Suburban Poet into the Hubpages nineties league where he belongs.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I really enjoy this style of writing. This was a great poem. Inspirational, true, and heartfelt. Great work!

By the way, I recently wrote a series of poems called "nightly nightmares" and they were written quite similar to this style. I have read very little poetry so far on Hubpages that is written this way. Maybe you could check it out.

Enjoyed the read, thanks


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@kasiapi - thank you for commenting and kind remark.

@Phyllis - thank you. I think we are all struggling with the meaning of life these days with all the upheaval in the world. So it's probably very normal that we all think, speak and write of things we hold in common.

@betty - thank you. I am humbled that you were touched to that extent by something that came to mind out of the blue. I don't have a book but I'm working on that but it's moving very slowly...

@Genna - Thank you... I just got to thinking about people who climb mountains and find nothing but a nice view while love continues to exist at sea level... in other words, inside us all...

@mkbirdbks - thanks and who am I to object!

@Ben - thank you again for commenting. I've been developing this style because I like sparseness. I kind of liken it to something Eric Clapton once said: "the fewer the notes the better." I think complex simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve and that's where I want to go.... I will check on the hubs you mentioned...


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Exactly...that makes sense. Yeah, I usually write in a much different style, but I was exploring different styles and loved the outcome.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Ben - I want each line to have an impact. I wrote something called "The Blues" and it's the same thing. If you listen to a blues guitarist (a real one like BB King) then you hear each note separately. There is no sustain. It's as if each one is a life or a situation that adds up to a life. So each line is short but powerful. At least that's the goal. Then they set up the next one. So in this style I ask the reader to read slowly and let the line resonate and then go to the next one. Twilight Lawns called some of this "emotive prose" and I liked that....


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I have never had a name for anything I wrote. I never studied styles, or poetry at all.

I couldn't tell you the difference between any of the poetry types. haha

To some degree, I want to do some studying on the topic, but on the other hand, I enjoy the fact that my writings are well-liked despite my lack of knowledge.

It's kind of like...my distinguishing quality I suppose.

Speaking of... Twilight Lawns' work is incredible in my opinion.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Ben - I'm the same. I started writing four years ago and as I said in my profile, I don't read much in the way of poetry because I want to be unique if possible. I don't have a favorite poet and have read very little over the years. Like you I have no formal training but I have listened to some advice from Petra Vlah and Nellienana. There are quite a few writers around here who make me think I'm just kidding myself to think that I am a true poet but in the end it's not about competition but expressing yourself in your own way. And Twilight Lawns is definitely one of those great ones....


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Nellieanna is simply wonderful, and I haven't looked at Petra yet.

Honestly, I guess there's no such thing as a "true poet" or an inferior one. It just depends on how your writing impacts the reader.

Hope you take a look at my 3 part series

It's somewhat long, but worth it in my opinion :D


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Yes... they are both in another league as far as I am concerned because I cannot be as light and delicate as they are and I won't try...

As for being a poet it depends who is providing you with the label.... I suppose if Allen Ginsberg called me a poet then I would consider myself to have arrived. If my mother called me one then I'd say oh... that's just my mother. A poet to me is one who see's what others do not; who sees art in inanimate objects; who sees metaphor in everyday life; who thinks and feels as they sleep...

It's not about rhyme; it's about NATURAL and not forced expression... I would say you are a poet just from the bit I've read....


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I agree with you fully.

My momma always told me I was handsome! Didn't make it true! haha

Thanks for the chat, sir


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

You can always count on a mom...

Thank you and don't call me sir!!!!! *&%#* arrrggghhhhh....... it makes me feel old... but if it's out of respect for my enormous intellect then carry on! Ha.....


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

LOL!!

I would call you by your name if I knew it, but "the suburban poet" seems a little drawn out for a casual thank you...

"Thanks for the chat, The Suburban Poet"

doesn't look quite right


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Call me Mark... I kind of wish I just had my real name on this site now....


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CarolineVABC 5 years ago from Castaic

Beautifully written, Mark, as usual!!!:-) It is true that "love makes the world go round," not money-although "money" does help:-). Thanks for sharing. Keep at it. God bless!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What wonderful thoughts and what wonderful writing! I have bookmarked this poem and will be reading it many times.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Caroline - thank very much! Yes money helps for sure... but I feel that you don't have to climb a mountain for answers... Just listen to me! Ha....

@Alicia - thank you for commenting. And I am very honored that you would bookmark this thing....


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

Sagacious prose pruned of sentimental adornment...Very impressive ebb and flow, giving pause for contemplation and understanding...The many faces and challenges of love, revealed drip by drip...Such sweet torture we humans have on this spinning rock...

Voted up, beautiful, and obviously useful, as expressed by the passionate comment of Phylis Doyle...Larry


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Larry,

Sagacious! I'll take it... I guess I'm trying to show how a life of restless wander is useless when the real answer is loving thy neighbor and helping those in need. Seems simple enough...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Nice Mark - I wish I could write poetry - I love it but it's a talent I do not posses! I enjoyed it:-)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@RealHousewife - just put your heart into it.... thanks for the kind remark.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm not sure I have a heart - but am looking for Oz so the wizard can give me one:-) lol


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Real - well I'm the Wizard and I say you have a heart so go forth and love.....


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ok! Then off I go! Haha! You meek me laugh! I like that in a hubber:-)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Real - we can't be intense all the time you know... In fact I am much more ridiculous, stupid and sorta funny in person than I am on here that's for sure.....


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yes - this hub world is fascinating and all of you gifted writers have given me endless reading material and entertainment. Free!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Real - You're right about that.... unfortunately I understand free all too well... yes I'm talking to you Google adsense...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

LOL! Sorry but that is right!!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Real - :)


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alwayzzcitra 5 years ago from Palembang, Indonesia

Beautiful! The words are wonderfully arranged and the poem really touched my heart :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@alwayzzcitre - thank you for commenting. You are much too kind but praise is always welcome! It's a simple poem attempting to make clear what seems elusive to so many of us....


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howcurecancer 5 years ago

Lovely.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@howcurecancer - thank you and I wish you much success with your mission....

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