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A Haiku Poem - Conscience

Updated on March 30, 2014


Self speaking to Self,

Nagging, urging, do's and don'ts,

Tuned in, tuning out?

"Let your conscience be your guide." Without that guide we go astray of our righteous intent.

My conscience whispers softly, like a still, small voice.

Programmed in my brain are seratonin moments with their own shouting urges.

Conscience without self-discipline is like a home team without fans.

Play for fun? Or will I play to win?

Still learning the "do's" and the "don'ts".
Still learning the "do's" and the "don'ts". | Source
Should I, or shouldn't I?
Should I, or shouldn't I? | Source
A clear conscience is a joyous thing.
A clear conscience is a joyous thing. | Source

God-given for a purpose: conscience.

Conscience is at first my friend.

Conscience will at last be my judge.

What is it that asks myself "Should I?" And only then answers "Why shouldn't I?"

We are taught as children certain "do's" and "don'ts".

We test those two for limits.

The "do's" seem both open-ended, and at the same time obligatory.

The "don'ts" seem specific and somehow limiting.

Freedom cries out in falsetto urging for no limits.

All the while conscience cautions "Respect your elders. They know a thing or two."

The "do's" become "I should."

The "don'ts" become "I shouldn't."

Inspite of the open-endedness of the "do's", even with their "shoulds",

it seems the "shouldn'ts" are more numerous and attractively rebellious.

Now should I, or shouldn't I?


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Note: This is one of several Haiku you can enjoy here on HubPages. Some will bring a chuckle, others may make you think. It is the author's hope that this one did.


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

      Donut's or "do nots"? I vote for the donuts!

      Our Adversary tries the hardest to make the "don'ts" more enticing with their lies about satisfaction and rewards. Immediate gratification vs. eternal satisfaction, the moral war continues.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And the donut's are always so much more interesting. Take it from one who knows...

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Too many people can not find their 's these days! Good job!