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"The Boy; The Lamb; The Wolf; The Man" by Eric Wayne Flynn

Updated on December 16, 2014
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"The Boy; The Lamb; The Wolf; The Man"

Alone

Enclosed

Born that way

Trapped

Breaking free

Roaming the land

Back to cave

Getting adjusted to darkness

Alone

Habitual in nature

Pure in spirit

Fragile

Kind

Joyous

Alone

Into the night; the morphing moon

Making my hair stand

I was howlin for you; the Devil's touch

Lust; inside my grasp

Drunk on sweat; swimming in pheromones

Tasting flesh

In my mouth, on my lips

Countering my intuition to feed

Is a question...

One; man keeps asking; as do I

But I ain't gonna tell

I do as, I please

I hope this pleases you

My light

Coming from the cave

Back unto the land

Creating

In your honor

In your shadow

In my cave

Alone

Shining; light

True to thine self

Blessed with gifts

My soul

Born unto these woods; given way to brick

Alone

Enclosed

Born this way

Trapped

Breaking free


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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting poem Eric, not sure if I understand it fully but I'll go away and come back to reread it. I love the title and the drawing.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Jodah, to me this is about balancing the challenges of being a man. We are born as boys (lambs) and proceed to be wolves (men); along this journey we must balance the beast, child and man we wish to become. The lamb and boy represent innocence, joy, fragility and wonder, while as the wolf is fierce, violent, strong and man must desire to be noble and natural; but in this journey there is always conflict, and my journey happens to be a conflict of desires. I wish to be pure and innocent and true, but as a man we are faced with the challenge of governing our desires and are pitted against ourselves and in most men I find the wolf wins and eats the boy and the lamb. I on the other hand wish to be a balance of all 4, and that is where the ideas of being trapped and enclosed, yet wild. Really it's just a murky dive into my subconscious, between my inner child and man, and my beasts. Thanks, as always.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for explaining that Eric. My thoughts were somewhat along that line, but it is all very clear now. It is certainly a struggle many of us have to deal with. Well done.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks Jodah, the more I read it the more confused I get, ha... It was stream of consciousness overall and I am at peace with it, but it is somewhat of an enigma piece, not as direct as a lot of my other work. It's a blurry abstract thing to me.

      EWF

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