Such an Enigma

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What's really being said?

Often understanding others is such an enigma, it seems as if the message doesn't get through, no matter how it is delivered. But then on other occasions, perhaps the intended message only appears to have not got through, when in fact it did, but it was interpreted in a different context. Men and women really don't think the same way and that can lead to all manner of ways for all parties, to become confused about what it is that they really want to say and how to best say it.

Such an enigma, is a very deep poem by New Zealand poet, Pearldiver. This piece illustrates how much differently some people think on the same subject, if she was considered from the guy's perspective and conversely, how she considers the guy should see love from her perspective.

Of course, this may seem a little 'extreme' but it is meant to be thought provoking, as too many guys and girls, both often ignore the number one rule of understanding: "Always make sure that you understand the other person's perspective, before you expect them, to 'understand' and 'react' positively to your own!" Plus, where flowers are involved, it often pays to also consider the flower's perspective, of it's role in the equation! Enjoy.

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'Such an Enigma'


She deftly tore the petals, from a scented rose

And scattered them purposefully, across the room

Hoping for a propitious reaction, to her invitation

Anticipation’s outcome, for what should be, an act of love


He, pondered deeply, the thought of what it must really mean

To the rose…

Her naked beauty ravaged, violated and torn; now lying detached

So lost, to all possibility of, any future rose moment, or any bee!


This once perfect, mauve rose - such an enigma…

What else dies so silently, to enable love’s life, to remain so mysterious?

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Quality wise... Is writing like this lowering the bar or is it just too hard for those in charge of quality control to understand?

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'Such an Enigma' has been judged as Below HubPages Quality Thresholds!

For the first time in over 4 Years of writing on this site, one of the pieces that the author has published here, has been judged by an anonymous quality expert as being Sub Standard Crap! Such an Enigma!!! What if it genuinely is crap? What if it's simply just too thought provoking for some dummy? What if the poet has actually breached poetic license? Has someone of vastly greater intellectual and creative skills than an author of his/her own poetry piece, made a better call? 'Such an Enigma'

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From a successful Writer's perspective, perhaps it's Too Good for this Site and that is the point! So many excellent poets have left this site during the last year or so, most agreeing that their efforts and skills are better suited elsewhere. A sad fact and such an enigma, as to why!

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Your words suggest, I may not be so alone. Thank you very much.


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jonnycomelately 3 years ago from Tasmania

To know, own and communicate an emotion....... such a difficult task for many a man!

Understanding does not need to come first.

The awareness, then putting forward emotion, having it received and accepted, shared....... this is the prime purpose of the communication.

Draw a line picture of anything. Copy that line-picture and hand one copy to a man, the other copy to a woman. See how each fills in between the lines. The colours, the textures, the inflections will all be different..... all starting out with the same framework.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Martin, thank you for your words... we are never truly alone, no matter how we feel... I'm sure you will find that there are many who also think outside the box and write in a style that can only highlight what 'outside the box' life truly represents... to those unique personalities... take care... I'm glad that you enjoy my poetry... cheers PD.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi jonnycomelately, I'm glad you found this piece thought provoking enough to challenge the perspective that I put forward here and actually endorsed what I had said.. I believe with every sense that I possess, that Understanding is the prime purpose of communication.. should that communication be expected to gain an effective result. Without 'understanding' what one hopes to convey, or what another is expected to make of that effort... the 'art' of communication would become somewhat ineffective...

I stated: "Always make sure that you understand the other person's perspective, before you expect them, to 'understand' and 'react' positively to your own!" - I intentionally chose those words, in that context, solely because the statement is deep in its meaning and requires a lateral perspective to be taken... to 'understand' it! Merely how the context of the attached poem was written should have provided the clue to the depth of the words.

While I don't totally disagree with the points you have made and they may indeed provide a reason why many men struggle with expressing their closest and heartfelt emotions... I contend that many would actually do better, if they looked at the issues in a wider perspective and genuinely understood the 'whole' meaning and relevance of the statement I quoted... Aren't we Lucky that beyond the basic fundamentals of understanding basic human communication.. we are all uniquely different? :) Take care... thank you for your positive input... PD


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great read ;I thoroughly enjoyed.

Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Eddy, cheers for taking the time and your supportive compliment.. glad you enjoyed this piece.. all the best Eddy.. take care... PD


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

The bee was forbidden the sweet nectar, yet the woman was filled with anticipation, such an enigma...Beautiful..Enjoyed


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Her invitation, her anticipation, an act of Love...... a misunderstanding! Each petal unfolds..... May not have been torn, but natures way of writing within the depth of their (his and hers) soul :)

I completely agree with you, understanding others is such an enigma, and men and women think on a totally different wave length...... Beautiful, deep and thought provoking........still thinking about it :)

Take care.....


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Lovely for the message conveyed successfully and sad for the rose . . . listening truly is an art isn't it and it takes practice, practice, and more practice! lol


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Ruby, yes but maybe the bee was always meant to bee an irrelevant party to the proceedings? Glad you liked this piece... thank you for reading it and for your interesting comment... take care.. PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Lizzie, the best clue for your interpretation of this poem is; that it is far deeper than it initially appears to be! Deeper! One must take the opportunity to consider the perspectives of the parties involved, to appreciate the level of understanding!

Not saying you are miles away from that, but you're not there yet... :)

I recall mentioning the imagery of this poem in another comment I had made to you... such are enigmas! Thanks for looking at this... I'm sure it's not too hard to find the heart of a rose... irrespective of whether it is dressed or not! :) Take care... PD


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

His thoughts were of the single rose as a complete symbol of beauty and love…even to the plight of the bee. What does it mean when this is torn asunder, or savage plucked in such a way?

Her thoughts were the invitation of passion and love between them that the petals of the flower engendered – without the thorns that accompany the rose. (Cleopatra had rose petals adorn an entire floor of a room when she first met Marc Antony. I wonder what his perception was of that fateful moment.)

Your poetry is a wonderful, magical simile on the differences in communication and interpretation. Beautiful and profound imagery!


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Kathi, I had to laugh (genuinely) at your comment, because it is so true and though simply stated (perfectly), I pondered how hard it must be for those who just can not for whatever reason, grasp the concept, nor the pleasure of... listening! Especially, to a heart beat that is happy to share the relevance of its beat to another not so dissimilar...

Nice to see you here and thank you so much for your positive input on this piece... cheers... you take care... PD


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I maybe closer to 'that' than you think...... and I remember the imagery of the flower very clearly! But do I want to give away my thoughts? That is yet to be written .... On a petal :)

It is not hard to find the heart of the beautiful rose, but is it given freely?

The beauty of your poem is not just words, but words that sets one's heart and mind alight! Such an enigma...... :)


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Genna, your imagery cast is pretty awesome in your perfect interpretation of this piece... I really appreciate that you do justice to the poem so aptly in your positive review... thank you so much for that...

IMO I'd like to believe Marc Antony would have been all his reputation had stated of him, as it was written that he was completely infatuated by all the beauty on display and under the influence of dopamine and incenses... cheers for your supportive words Genna... take care.. PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

LaThing... I've learned that bees take the 'deflowering' or 'ravaging' of any rose very seriously and generally respect the relationships that they maintain with all flowers, keeping that in mind. To find the heart of the bee, one must give up any preconceptions one has and freely accept that bees more than likely have a greater understanding of a rose's floral desires than most other flowers! Of course this is completely irrelevant information from a wasp's perspective! :)

Some scatter petals with careless disregard of all the frames that could make up the whole picture and yet they do so, in a "He loves me - He loves me not - He loves...." style... In that regard; what else dies so silently as a Daisy? What else is not being heard? Take care.. PD


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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Beautiful poem. Going out on a limb here but rarely has a man taken the time to ponder deeply about what it meant "to the rose." Maybe later he pondered, but doubtful there was much thought except what a lovely invitation from a lovely enigmatic rose.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Really??? Mai Khaw Jai Prisana! :) Surely love's life provides those unique enough to ponder so, the opportunity of a deeper appreciation of visual sensuality found, in the act of taking in all the beauty on hand, rather than merely only focusing on one singular perspective?

The limb that you have presented may be true for many, but then may not hold the weight of the one, most able to swing on it upside down, while also admiring the leaves! :) There are such rarities in each of us, though rarely found, when only averagely sought...

Glad you enjoyed this piece... it is good to see you out and about again, I hope life and its mission are going well.. thank you for taking the time to say hi and pointing out shortcomings of the many... cheers Prisana... you take care... PD


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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Ha ha ha or (555 as the Thais love to write to mean ha ha ha). The mission continues and is going well. Trying to cow jai more and share a bit of laughter here and there. Thanks for making me laugh with your mai cow jai comment.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

SD-krup... Oh you are most welcome.... (think monkey!!) and cheers for reminding me of the times I have 55555'd with the sense of humor found in Thailand... glad to see I'm not alone in knowing how important a good cow jai is in the art of seduction.... 555! Thanks mate.. take care.


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Alihamidi 3 years ago from Melbourne

What a beautiful piece. Bravo


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jonnycomelately 3 years ago from Tasmania

I am also amazed that HubPages could regard this Hub as "substandard."

Maybe it's a computer that is making the judgment. Is there such a thing as "forgiveness" for a computer? Is it likely to jump back at the forgiver and bite?

Anyway, keep your chin up, Pearldiver. Don't let them get you down.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Alimamidi, thank you very much for your positive input in regards to this piece... I'm glad you appreciated this poem... cheers... take care... PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi jonnycomelately, cheers for that positive support my friend... perhaps the act illustrates exactly how different those with creative minds are, when measured by those who lack genuine creative ability?? I do appreciate your message... and nope... they don't get me down... one must be always aware of the merits and pitfalls of casting such pearls! :-) Take care... PD


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Joy56 20 months ago

Love it.... I find your work 2 or even 3 dimensional...... Lots of levels...... Don't be angry at hub pages. It is a great community..... Flawed like us all.... I am glad you are here so I can read your work. Huge hugs Brenda x


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Pearldiver 16 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Brenda,

No I'm not angry at HP, I'm not an angry person... just taken aback with the use of the God Card always played by those who have little or no understanding of what it really takes to write something of real quality which is written for the reader, not the buyer they feel it should be written for. Thanks for appreciating my work and taking the time to leave your positive comments. I apologise for the lateness of my reply Brenda, until today I haven't signed into this site for nearly 2 years.. it looks like the rats have chewed up every piece on here that I held dear, dear :) Take care my friend... I have much reading to do...

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