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The Human Senses: "Dilemma", a poem

Updated on November 19, 2016

How could I decide which sense to forfeit?

If only four of my five senses

I were fated to retain,

which one could I better part with

that would cause the lesser pain?

VISION | Source

VISION -- so much to see

To see the world that’s all ‘round me

and the ones I hold so dear

is of paramount importance

but…what if I couldn’t hear?

A world without music?

THE BLISS OF LISTENING TO MUSIC | Source we take it for granted?

Music is a blissful pleasure

and a pure unbridled joy

Could I bear a world that’s silent?

I think not—don’t want to know!




Smell - so many fragrances and scents!


Smelling is a wondrous sense!

Fragrances abound around me

flowers, smell of fresh-mown hay,

scents that range from sweet to pungent,

smells of night and smells of day




Sweet, salty, sour, bitter

What's your favorite taste?
What's your favorite taste? | Source

So many tasty little time!

Taste is needful to indulge in

rounds of epicurean delight

Thousands of tiny sensor taste buds

Give exquisite pleasure from each bite

Sweet? Tart?

Eating a strawberry uses senses of taste...and of touch
Eating a strawberry uses senses of taste...and of touch | Source

Touch can be therapeutic

Everyone needs touch!
Everyone needs touch! | Source

People of all ages respond to touch

Textures rich in sensual message,

the feeling of a hand upon one's skin

If touch were missing on the morrow,

would memory fade of how it’s been?




Don't take them for granted!


How could I possibly choose?

So, I’m wracked by indecision

Which would I keep, which let fall?

I can’t choose between sensations

Please, God, let me keep them all!

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thank you so much, Marie, for your feedback. I'm glad this poem resonated with you.

    Regards, Jaye

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    MarieLB 3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

    Really great to read your very interesting poem. Food for thought. And a poem is so easy to read, succint and vast at the same time. Great hub Jaye.

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    Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, Robin....Right now life looks, tastes, smells, sounds and feels great, and I'm enjoying it all! Hope you are as well.



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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    What an interesting topic to write poetry on and in the way you delivered it. This was great and you are correct, let's hope we all get to keep them. Wishing you the very best. May life look beautiful, taste delicious, smell wonderful, sound melodic and feel warm and fuzzy.


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    Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, Theresa. I've thought about it a lot, too--obviously. However, I think I could bear to be without sight more than the total loss of sound. I love music so much, and the loss of my singing voice due to the "slip of a scalpel" near my larynx was incredibly traumatic. I compensate by playing my keyboard, but miss it still though this happened 12 years ago.

    Of course, if I suddenly became blind, I'm sure I'd long for my vision. It would be the same with the senses of smell and touch.

    It's a dilemma.... As you said, we don't get to choose, and it's probably just as well. : )

    I'm sorry you lost your mother at such an early age, and that she lost her sight beforehand. That was a tragedy. I feel so fortunate that my mother lived to the age of 85 and spent her last few years living with me. I must remember (again) to count my blessings.

    Thanks for reading my little poem, and have a good weekend--what's left of it.


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    Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Jaye -- What an unusual and interesting poem. We all need a reminder to be grateful. I have thought about this over the years. My mother had lost 80% of her sight by the time she died at 49 and could not live alone. As much as I love music and sound and as hard as the isolation of being deaf would be, I think because of her experience I would forfeit hearing in order to retain my if we actually get to make those trades, which of course we don't. Good Hub. Hope you are having a great weekend. Theresa.

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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thank you so much, brakel2, for your kind remarks, and thanks also for the link. I'll read your article, which may be helpful to me in my quest to write fiction. Regards, Jaye

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    Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    What a great poem. I have linked to it from my article on the senses used in characters and setting. The pictures are refreshing, and the poem itself builds to a climax. Your writing is fantastic. Good luck in your endeavors.

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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks for reading my hub, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Also, thanks for your condolences.

    I've read one of your hubs (your first on HP) about old photo restoration and look forward to reading more of your work. I'm now following you.

    Regards, Jaye

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hello Jaye, Fabulous poem, I love your writing style.

    I'm sorry to see in the above comment you have lost your Father.

    My best wishes to you.

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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks so much, QudsiaP1, for your thoughtful comment. Glad you enjoyed it.


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    QudsiaP1 6 years ago

    Loved your presentation style.

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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, jorja. You're very kind. Sorry you had to wait to get your nice comment approved, but my dad passed away after a long illness. I won't be on HP for a few more days, but will chat when I come back to the site. Jaye

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    jorja kick 6 years ago from southeast georgia

    I loved this poem and all the information..LOl

    I too write a little poetry, it was actually my love of poems that made me come to love what is in other peoples minds,and I really enjoy finding out others takes on things.

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts..especially since you are so wonderful at it..

    yep I picked the right mentor


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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Oh, Sligobay, it's very easy to fall into the trap of taking our basic sensations for granted. We all do it. The trick is to actively enjoy them (as you said, "be present in the gifts"), which then serves as a reminder of just how wonderful they are...and how much their presence blesses our lives. JAYE

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    sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

    Thanks Jaye: I needed a reminder of my gratitude for the basic essential sensations with which I am blessed. I need to be present in the gifts.

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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, dallaswriter, for stopping by to read my little poem,and for your good feedback. JAYE

    Stan...thanks for reading. You're right--most people take many things for granted because we've always had them and don't expect to lose them. After considering the possibility of loss, gratefulness replaces complacency. JAYE

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    Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

    Again, an awesome read. We take so much for granted....

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    dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

    A good way to remind us of the value of something many of us take for granted everyday. I enjoyed this and thank you for giving me something to add to my nighttime prayers:) well done voted up and awesome...