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Souls of Clay

Updated on January 20, 2015

By: Wayne Brown

Why are we here; is there purpose in our presence?

Are we just passing through; a waste of the essence?

Are there important things we need to do or say?

We unknowing human beings; mere souls of clay

Does life have meaning; is there purpose in living?

Is there too much taking and not enough giving?

Is it enough to just live and get through the day?

Poor unknowing human beings; mere souls of clay

Did God not create us all; all so singular and unique?

Did God have just one purpose; if so why do we seek?

Can mankind find his way or is that only for God to say?

Seeking, unknowing humans; mere souls of clay

Did God makes us what we are; made with his own hands?

Or did we shape the clay ourselves to form the soul of man?

Each one must find their our answer as only God could say

Seeking, praying human beings; mere souls of clay

Is life but a mere moment in the universe’s duration?

Such a brief span yet in passing holds our infatuation

Can mankind’s purpose be as clear as the light of day?

Questioning, lost human beings; mere souls of clay

Will we awake to the moment when the message is clear?

To let us know our earthly purpose; why God put us here?

Will we find the true meaning when the Lord has his say?

Or will we remain in our own darkness; mere souls of clay?

A burning question for woman; a burning question for man

Are we here to love each other or here to take a stand?

Some find their own meaning; some await the Judgment Day

All one and forever God’s children; mere human souls of clay

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

26 November 2012


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Kenja....Thanks so much, Ken. Really glad that you enjoyed it and Happy Holidays to you and family as well. ~WB

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      Ken Taub 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Great photo, greater questions, sweet poetry, real spirit. Nicely done, Wayne. Happy Holidays. Ken

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @senoritaa....Thank you! That phrase came into my mind about a week before I wrote the just stuck there and I found myself repeating it over and over wondering just what to do with it. That has happened to me enough now that I know when a phrase or word sticks like that I am meant to do something with it. Glad you liked the way it turned out. ~WB

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Nice philosophical approach. I liked how you ended every verse with the answer "mere souls of clay".

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt....Thanks much, Chris...glad I could find that "feel good" moment for you. ~WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I just had my "feel good" moment of the day! I love it.....Souls of Clay paints a wonderful picture and you put it all together beautifully!

      up and beautiful...


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @shiningirisheyes....Thanks so much. I caught the inspiration when the phrase "Souls of Clay" just entered into my thought process last week. It happens for me a lot that way...a word or phrase sets it off. ~WB

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Awesome!!!! I so enjoyed this deep and reflective poem. Symbolism at it's best.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @lrc7815....Thank you, Linda...I appreciate the good words! ~WB

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wayne, this is beautiful.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Gypsy Rose Lee....So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing it! ~WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Someday all questions will be answered and I agree with Blossom. The Lord indeed is the potter who has molded us. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @BlossomSB...Glad to hear that...for a while I thought it was Obama! LOL! Thanks much, Blossom. ~WB

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      He is the Potter and we are the clay. Beautifully expressed.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @drbj....Well as soon as I look those words up Doc...I'll get right back to you! For now, I will take them as a compliment! LOL! Thanks so much. ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      You have become a master of profundity in poetry, Wayne, a difficult task to achieve. Bravo and Up!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48....I want to portray mankind and his/her soul as rather delicate and easily turned to dust against the backdrop of God's expectations for the human race in order to raise the awareness that while we are but souls of clay, we are important in this world and what we do can have an impact...but first, we have to try. Trying may be the answer to all those questions. Maybe the Lord does not expect us to complete the journey but more importantly walk down the road. Thanks much for the good comments! ~WB

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Much to ponder....such deeply complex questions....the answers to which, exist within each one of us, for as unique as we are, we are also alike. Who you are, I am and what I feel, you feel.....The differences are in our journey ....and how or why we take each step..........UP+++

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr....Yes we are....dust to dust and ashes to ashes, so it says. Thanks for the good words, Will. ~WB

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We are indeed, the work of The Great Potter!

      Stunningly beautiful work, Wayne. Voted up and everything but funny.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser....Sounds like you have found a balance and a good outlook. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      So many questions, and each of them have a hundred answers with a hundred 'ifs' attached. Somehow, Wayne, after almost drowning in too many questions, I have jumped to the conclusion that we are not supposed to know the answers and not even supposed to have any questions. Live and let live as hard as we can, creating peace and harmony as far as we go, creating Heaven on Earth instead of Hell, is what we're supposed to do..... and then we'll be too busy to ponder about our purpose, knowing that we have only about 70 years to achieve at least success in our own small space in this enormous universe.

      Thought-provoking poem; questions sharp and clearly stressed :)


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