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A Haiku - Inwardness

Updated on October 21, 2012

Knowing one's true nature....

"To thine own self be true, and thou canst not be false to any man."  The trick is to first know oneself.
"To thine own self be true, and thou canst not be false to any man." The trick is to first know oneself. | Source

The greatest exploration one can do is the exploration of their Self.


It takes a deep look.

My true nature hidden there;

Hid from even me.


What you see…not me.

How can you understand me,

Mirrored as I am?


Meditation now,

Probe the depths of consciousness,

Diving deep within.


There it is, now found!

My subconscious holds the key.

Open it. Find me.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Very beautiful reflections of oneself. Well done! I am glad the Lord knows me, and this I love. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Lots said in a short burst of words; great! That's why I like Haiku - makes you condense thoughts and words to make the most of feelings. Voted up and awesome.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart: Only if I'm set on creating a Haiku. All other forms of poetry and writing are always open to me. I have to admit that I like the Haiku Poetry form...as long as I am not restricted from writing about human nature in preference to Mother Nature. Thank you for your Up and Awesome. I especially like this one, too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Haiku is a wonderful poetic art form. So much said in such few words. Amazing.

      Voted up, awesome.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You write such wonderful Haiku.

      I especially liked:

      “What you see…not me.

      How can you understand me,

      Mirrored as I am?”

      Wow. Up ++. :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Genna East: Thanks. It's always nice to have a feedback on a particular phrase or portion of a Hub.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Great insight in your poetry here! I am awed by the haikus!

      How elegantly you have told us about the importance of self exploration and realization about the inner self!

      No one can achieve even one desired objective in his life without knowing himself, his soul, his inner perspective, his character

      Knowing oneself is much close to knowing God!

      Excellent write!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Nice work! The sometimes life long quest of finding one's real self takes pealing back as many ego layers as it takes to find the humility of ones inner truthl. Enjoyed reading this haiku.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Sometimes I think I know myself and not just my mirrored reflection but other times I surprise myself and I wonder why.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Perspycacious,

      "There it is, now found!

      My subconscious holds the key.

      Open it. Find me."

      Love this one.

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rajan jolly: One of the best sermons I have heard preached revolved around just two words: "Stop it." We humans tend to have some bad habits, habits which we could just stop, for the good of ourselves and those around us. Churchill could do it, too: "Never give up!"

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      picklesandrufus: You have your wish in a poem on humility, and sometimes it takes failure and realizing that there are sometimes you cannot do it all by yourself.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rahul0324: Should I even consider taking exception to such a laudatory Comment? Yes, I think so. If we all had to wait until we understand our inward Self, I am afraid so many of us would expire before we ever perspire. Each goal we attempt, even if we often fail (but certainly not always!) we learn more about our Self.

      "...self, soul, inner perspective, and character" are undergoing constant changes in response to the tests and trials of life, and while we can and should seek perfection, we are unlikely to attain it in this mortal life, so we settle for setting goals, goals which help is grow and reach further. Life is like that of a pole bean, we aspire upward, but still produce beans along the way.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      " Life is like that of a pole bean, we aspire upward, but still produce beans along the way."

      Are these copyright Sir... 'cause I would like to put them up for my status...

      Do I have permission? :)

      You are right, realization of self and purpose should be the prime motive but I feel aghast by the modern affairs where most of us have become mere Sheep... rats in a race.. just looking to erase competition.. I feel sad :)

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      These are good, Perspycacious. I admire your skill with this form...beautiful!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      mollymeadows: We each have admirable qualities. some of us just have thicker skins...even (in my case) wrinkles. I'm trying to make all my wrinkles represent happiness.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Faith Reaper: You made the first Comment, but I think you will enjoy looking over the others since then. Thanks. God bless.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rahul0324: Use the expression with my full name in parentheses following it. It's intellectual property.

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