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Fooling Ourselves

Updated on May 31, 2013
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This human mind

That has created a world

Of gods and monsters

Smothers a growing consciousness

With religion and fear

It drowns us in imaginations

Of eternal immortality

And a taste for the macabre

While haughtily we posture

Though we stand knee deep

In our own waste and refuse

And trembling we fence ourselves in

Against make believe enemies

Of logic and a changing evolution

Holding hands over our eyes

Our ears

Our mouths

As we stand on our platform

Of self-righteousness

And proclaim supremacy

Over this animal kingdom

Where we crush underfoot

The lowly insect

That carries our decomposition

To the fertilization

Of the next generation

That will eat

Sleep

And die

After fitful dreams

Of celestial wings

Halos

And a faster roller-coaster

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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      condominium, thank you very much for the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hello Brian. I appreciate your feedback on this piece, and it sounds like you are a member of a worthy cause. It is a difficult task to find a group that does not judge each other. Thank you for the visit.

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, shared, and well said.

      The church I go to, Unitarian Universalist, has a build your own theology approach. It has no established creed, and we encourage each other in the search for truth and meaning, whether we are in some sense humanist, Christian, Buddhist, pagan, or whatever. The attitude and perspective problems described in your poem bother many UUs, and many congregations are going through The Green Sanctuary Program, described as "a way for all Unitarian Universalists to join our efforts, both symbolically and explicitly, in becoming stewards of the Earth." The Green Sanctuary Manual in pdf is online. I hope more and more people, in their families, religious communities, neighborhoods, businesses, and so on stop haughtily posturing and start noticing that we're standing waist deep in waste. Why do we have clean, tidy, kept in repair private homes but a planet home with polluted air, waters, and soils?

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you sweety. I've missed you.

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      Erika 

      5 years ago

      Wonderfully said!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Marlin, thank you sir for the compliment!

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      Marlin 55 

      5 years ago from USA

      Wayne, this poem is very insightful. I really connect with what the poem says to me. It's a great piece and thank you for writing it.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much Anna

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      LaThing, thank you very much for the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jose we have to be optimistic. But we cannot blindly ignore the writing on the wall. Thanks for the visit my friend!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb. Hopefully we will not continue to weaken the links of that chain!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, hopefully we learn before we do become extinct. Time will tell whether we really were 'that intelligent', or really 'that stupid'!

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      An honest and important message. You done a really good job of highlighting the misguided human belief that we are all that matters.

      Well done and voted up!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Vincent. I appreciate the visit and the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Tom.

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      LaThing 

      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Nicely painted picture of 'human hypocrisy'...... Very true! We live in denial to all that is going around us. Excellent job, Wayne! VUAB ++++

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      Jose Velasquez 

      5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Man this is so grim, I might as well end it all now. LOL You make some good points.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Each piece of the chain has its importance in our lives, as you so aptly include. Great work!

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      Yes mankind is destroying itself, we are the one animal who is set to ruin the very planet that gives it life. I pray that a force more powerful than ourselves will intervene before its too late. Well versed my talented poet, your choice of words sends a distinct and possibly an extinct message of warnings.

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      thost 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      The good and the bad are all in this big world. Nice work Wayne.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Vellur. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great write and message. Realities of life in every word of your poem.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Unfortunately that's the way it is that people want to live in their own worlds and not to sayto, see or hear any evil. But it's important to open up our eyes and reach out to help others. Your message shines through.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you James. Humankind doe's indeed have a long way to go.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Linda. Thank you for the visit and the support.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Eddy, thank you for the visit and the share!

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      A thought-provoking poem.People have slaughtered each other in wars, inquisitions, and political actions for centuries and still kill each other over beliefs in religions, political ideologies, and philosophies. These belief-systems, when stated as propositions, may appear mystical, and genuine to the naive, but when confronted with a testable bases from reason and experiment, they fail miserably. I maintain that some beliefs create more social problems than they solve and the potential dangers from them could threaten the future of humankind.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Well done Wayne~This dark poem is a good reminder that we need to tame down our ego's. Loved so many verses here but my fave was, "while haughtily we posture, standing in our own waste and refuse." Wow, so powerful! Hit many buttons and voted up and sharing.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the compliment Lurana.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      A.T. I appreciate the kind words and the visit!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much for the support, Romeos.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share.

      Eddy.

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I emphatically agree with your message and like your approach and tone. Excellent writing!! ~Lurana

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Mr-veg. I appreciate the visit and the kind words.

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      AT Abueva 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great piece of art! I enjoyed (and partly struck by the lines) your poem:

      As we stand on our platform

      Of self-righteousness

      And proclaim supremacy

      Over this animal kingdom

      Where we crush underfoot

      The lowly insect

      That carries our decomposition

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Kathryn!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cat, thank you girlfriend! I always appreciate your visit and your input.

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      Romeos Quill 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      The wilful ignorance of hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, of our own making, then hastily exchanging this real guilt for false guilt, perhaps?

      A great poetic narrative Wayne;Thank you;I'm voting Up.

      Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kim. I appreciate the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Colin, I appreciate these kind words, and I sincerely reciprocate the feelings! Because with you, I know that the only time I will be hearing 'bullshit' is because in one of your poems it will rhyme with 'politician'!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Clark, Sir...I appreciate you wonderful compliments and I am glad to have made a new friend in you!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes, the 'beatnik' generation! Thanks for the kind thoughts, Billy.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      That would be great. I try to eat healthy but it can be difficult at times.

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      Liz Davis 

      5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Awww . . . thanks, Wayne!

      You know, I don't sell anything, but I've often thought about it. I'd like to get a booth at the Green Market downtown. Perhaps next year when my little one is older. I'll keep you posted!

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      mr-veg 

      5 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice thoughts Wayne, beautifully spun into a poem... I love the three monkey theory :)

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Leslie, and I hope you have a great weekend as well.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes Beth, I think the apple has not fallen far from the tree. And I am so happy for that!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Faith, and sending blessings your way as well!

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Beliefs can be destructive, especially when we ignore logic and change. I enjoy this.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Suzette!

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      Cat 

      5 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      Thinking about these harsh realities of life is exactly why we need gardens like yours! We are fed ugliness and we feed plenty of it to ourselves and others. Wish we could just all learn to be humble and appreciate the simple and beautiful things in life.

      Beautifully written, as always, impressed!

      Cat

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      ocfireflies 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      I really like the no nonsense approach. And, even though, you had me on this dark ride, I did not see the "roller coaster" coming. Very provocative and expertly done.

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      I only 'put together words' for one reason: I have mixed feelings about life, living and especially people.

      Thank you for 'always' moving me, touching me , entertaining me , inspiring me , enlightening me and pleasing me with your words.

      These are the words of a master writer and truly a sincere gentleman

      and someone without any pretense or no bullshit.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Frank, as always, I appreciate your visit!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Liz! Any compliment from you is a good compliment!

      I've been meaning to inquire; do you just write about healthy recipes, or do you sell any of those goodies?

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      Clark Cook 

      5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Wayne m'Man! Some excellent and timely reminders to us all. We do indeed SHARE this planet, and other creatures unkowingly depend on us to take care of business for the totality of life. Of course we do not, and there's no indication we'll ever get our heads out of our cumulative orifices long enough to address the Whole Deal, but small groups--esp. poets--can create pockets of awareness that can make significant inroads here and there. "Every poem is a political act" Keep our feet to the fire, my friend. You're one hell of a writer.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG....this is so powerful, Wayne! I was reminded of the coffee shops of the late 50's and early 60's where a struggling poet would sit before a microphone and read his poetry, calling for change and reflection....masterful work here.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I'm sure, as you know Sha, that here in Florida it is difficult just walking down my driveway that I don't step on a lizard. I swear they are suicidal!

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      is it possible for the roller-coaster to go faster yet??? Hopefully not - we're already well on our way to a non-existent HELL..LOL - if we aren't living it now..

      it was difficult to find my most favorite words in this poem as there were many , but - this speaks strongly to me: "While haughtily we posture, Though we stand knee deep, In our own waste and refuse.."

      ain't that the truth, eh?

      sharing, my friend

      have a great weekend

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      bizarrett81 

      5 years ago from Maine

      I know now why I think the way that I do... very thought provoking and dark, but isn't that what reality is? Most people close their eyes to the truth about things we do to our planet, eachother, and the other life forms around us... voted up

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, we are such lowly creatures here in our existence!

      We are only here for such a short while, and so, all I know to do is love and be loved.

      Superb write.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Yes, in this life what we do to ourselves. Very astute and well written. You have quite a way with words and images. Well done and well written.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      this my friend dwells on darkness.. a very well written poem that makes you realize our lacking... great write wayne barrett..

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      Liz Davis 

      5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      YES! Love it.

      Sorry, I'm not a poet so my comments are lame. lol!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow. I'll have to think twice before I kill another ant!

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