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Contradictions...a poem

Updated on July 14, 2013
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Contradictions...a poem

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


The contradiction of belief is clear,

knowing truth from the unknowable,

prescribed by those in recruitment,

in faith do they invest.


Yet faith is but another contradiction,

the illusion of grasping air,

and those who embrace this paradigm of belief,

seem satisfied in the uncertainty.


Perhaps it is what we belief,

regardless of possibility or proof,

that enacts within our heart to steady us,

falsehood or not, giving comfort by delusion.


What then does it matter,

if comfort is sought and given,

that the premise itself is flawed,

empty of truth.


Who then can prove that life itself is not illusion,

and our dreams are but remnants of the true life,

hardly in connection, intermittent,

and the reality of provable life is but fancy.


How often do we prove to ourselves,

what first we see, believed and acted upon,

turns out to be illusive and without foundation,

in relationships, trust and perceivable future.


Why then do we think anything is real to the letter,

and what we truly believe holds water,

giving us perhaps the comfort of complacency,

but bearing no truth in principle.


Our God-given rational mind bleeds us dry,

takes us to the periphery of acceptance,

sends us in circles, only to find more questions,

the truth as elusive as it has always been.


Truth is indeed relative, as is reality.

Think about that...



Belief is what gives our lives meaning, defines us, but don't make the mistake of thinking that what you believe is truth or real in any definitive sense. That would be pure arrogance in light of what we do not know.

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    • wayne barrett profile image

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      My pleasure Tony!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks a lot Wayne, glad it struck you with such impact. Always appreciate your input. Have a great day.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tony...my man! Wow, this one almost got by me. I have really enjoyed your work, and I must say, this one in particular speaks a very profound message...at least to me. Powerful, creative, captivating; I am certainly voting up and sharing.

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      sligobay 

      5 years ago from east of the equator

      I hope its cold down under Tony, 'cause its hot as Hades in NYC where we have another week of this heat wave forecast. There is a blogger who I follow who wrote two books about the Matrix or alternative reality who I am certain you would enjoy reading. his name is Jon Rappaport. he wrote a piece about Ed Snowden being CIA and used to undermine NSA drain on their funding. The CIA v. NSA is in a PR wargame - brilliant piece. He writes at "nomorefakenews.com".

      He is the reason that your poem was such high octane gas for my comment. Keep writing outside the envelope, Tony.

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      sligobay 

      5 years ago from east of the equator

      Hi Tony. Here is the link: www.nomorefakenews.com. The other link goes to my gmail account. Please delete The link. Thanks.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks sligobay; I'll check it out.

    • sligobay profile image

      sligobay 

      5 years ago from east of the equator

      I hope its cold down under Tony, 'cause its hot as Hades in NYC where we have another week of this heat wave forecast. There is a blogger who I follow who wrote two books about the Matrix or alternative reality who I am certain you would enjoy reading. his name is Jon Rappaport. he wrote a piece about Ed Snowden being CIA and used to undermine NSA drain on their funding. The CIA v. NSA is in a PR wargame - brilliant piece. He writes at "nomorefakenews.com".

      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/13fd87ba3ce781a6

      He is the reason that your poem was such high octane gas for my comment. Keep writing outside the envelope, Tony.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Your final statement is indeed the point. Good poetry is layered, I believe, and poses different questions dependent upon the state of mind of the reader. Truth, again I believe, is always in flux because it changes with our experiences and conclusions, always being eclipsed by additional input. Answers are generally not simple and often times inconclusive, so faith is as close as any of us can get to the under lying truths of life. What we do as poets is pose the questions in different ways to provoke thought and to better understand one another to boot. I thanks you for your insights.

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      sligobay 

      5 years ago from east of the equator

      Well Hello Tony. We have our thinking caps on today. I don't care about penguins generally but the males hold the egg on their feet while the females go off to feed in the birthing process. How will the fallen baby penguin regain his footing. It has apparently fallen and is laying on its side. " Truth is indeed relative, as is reality." This is the thought which you wish we , the reader, to think about. The title suggests that we should think about contradictions. The first few stanzas suggest that we focus upon the contradictions of belief and faith. The balance suggests we consider illusion versus reality. You certainly have provoked many thoughts in this piece.

      "The contradiction of belief is clear", you say as a premise. I say it is not clear which is a judgment of mine which merely contradicts yours. "Knowing truth from the unknowable" sounds like a Socratic dialectic but does not pose a question, apply logic or reason or pursue an answer. It merely assigns a definition to belief or faith and inserts "truth" as an element of belief or faith. This is not criticism my friend.

      Faith is described as a separate contradiction and yet it is the same contradiction- the suspension of disbelief- and the acceptance of a fact in the absence of proof. Does God exist? Yes, I believe God exists. Prove it. It cannot be proven or dis-proven. I accept the truth of the fact of God's existence on faith. An atheist asserts that God does not exist because the fact cannot be proven. An atheist believes only things which can be proven. Is belief of the existence of God delusional? Your scribe suggests that to me, "the illusion of grasping air" and "the premise itself is flawed, empty of truth." If the discovery of "truth" is the objective of a believer, he will spend an eternity in his quest. Faith seems to me to be the suspension of disbelief. Our rational minds "sends us in circles, only to find more questions..." seems to me to be a very true conclusion regardless of our path to the question. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Alexander the Great pondered these "questions" at the outset of western civilization as mentors and students of each other. They are too expansive to address in a short poem which certainly provokes many complex thoughts. This is why I feel that you have written a great poem here. Great work Tony. The goal of every poet should be to provoke thought. Your poem is "thought provoking" to be certain.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you dropped by Sunny River, and even more so that you enjoyed my words. Have a great day.

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      Sunny River 

      5 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      I have to admit... I really only clicked on this hub because there were penguins. I'm a sucker for penguins.

      However, this was a very interesting piece. Very thought provoking and ernest. I enjoyed reading it. :)

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