Prose - A Poem Is No Place To Live

As you take shelter
In a world of fantasy
Admire the rhyme
And the alchemy
But if you must know
Like the spoken word
It is empty
You cannot see what you heard
An uninhabitable furnace
Of blistering truth
And beauty
Neither to comfort or soothe
A cross of pain
The nails are hammered
Into each painting
As reflection is fractured
A dream
Or deep meaning
Is not a home
Or place for living
It exists
At the dreamer’s behest
For experience
And if you choose to be blessed
Then take a picture
From the nail
But as it is removed
It reappears to avail
Another seeker
Of love
Of common ground
To be free of
Isolated pain
In order to know
That like them
I sleep in the rain
Yet it is no way to live
Each day my mind returns to me
But when we meet again
You will know what I set free

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V Qisya 5 years ago

A beautiful piece. You're awesome, Mark! Up and away :D

Best Wishes, V

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Simplicity4All 5 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

wonderful piece of writing, voted up and beautiful! thanks for sharing

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

This poem has wonderful cadence, as well as ideas for contemplating. Very good work, Mark.

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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Living in reality indeee better than living in dream. But how if reality is a dream? A Fabrication which created by others to lead people to the wrong way. Isn't it another interesting subject to ponder?

Awesome, Mark. Inspiring poem.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Verita - Thank you again. You are too good to me.

@Simplicity - Hello. Thank you for commenting. This is kind of a reminder to myself that I have a "walking around" life that needs to be tended to...

@Nellieanna - You think so? I appreciate. I hope you are doing well...

@Freya - Yes it is interesting. We wonder what is true reality. I think we are all bound by the concept of perception which to me sometimes can mean that I could give a more accurate description of you had I never met you at all than from what I think I know because what if my perception is wrong and what if my perception could hurt you? Reality is distorted but at the same time reality has responsibilities (my children) and that is what is real.

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

You writing is so unique and beautiful.. It goes right to my heart. I love reading your work.

I voted up and beautiful and awesome


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Deborah - Thank you! Sorry I'm taking so long to respond to some of these comments. I'm pretty busy I guess. I really appreciate what you have to say about my work and the fan mail too!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

nice. excellent use of line breaks

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@PDX - I'm sorry I've been so remiss in acknowledging comments. Thank you again!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

no problem, Mark. Life happens!

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