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The Compromise

Updated on April 22, 2011

The Compromise

'Twas a ghostly face
that came to me
in a hazy dream,
a grim vendee,
who held before
my sleeping eyes
my heart's desire
for a compromise.
A carrot on
a golden string...
if I'd, but, wear
his magic ring.
And what a gorgeous
ring it was
that set my little
head abuzz!
It seemed a little
price to pay
in exchange for
his cache.
My heart did pulse
at just the thought
that it's own dream
could, thus, be bought.
But then I looked
into that face
and saw the smirk
that was in place...
A smirk that gave
me pause and fear
when his intentions
became clear.
The magic ring
he offered, now,
would set my hand
unto his plow...
and though I would
reap my desire,
my loyalty
would he require.
'Twas then I saw
the ring aglow
and in that instant
I did know
the deal that lay
before my eyes
was not worth
my compromise...
and I awoke with
such a start,
a hammering was
in my heart...
and I decided,
there and then,
no compromise
could buy my yen.
I set my hand
unto my plow
and own my soul
forever, now.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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      No_Clue 5 years ago

      Thanks, BeyondMax! I so appreciate your read and comment!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      How interesting, out of the ordinary story, very deep. A message to everyone, great poem!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      jorja, your comment is a thrill. This was an interesting write for me...started out with the first line only, rolling around in my head...I had no idea where it was headed, really. No theme in mind, just put the first line down and it took off, and fairly wrote itself. I have done some serious introspection over the past few months and realized that on more than one occasion I have accepted "glowing rings" and sold out or find myself compromised, over the course of my life...and this write came as a bit of a message to me, if you I heard loud and clear. I so appreciate your visit and great comment!

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      jorja kick 6 years ago from southeast georgia

      One cannot have heart without the soul so true...only you could have written it as you have making it clear the cost of compromise in matters of the heart and soul..awesome ..awesome...awesome..


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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Bumpsysmum, thank you, My Friend! Yes, "to thine own self be true" has been a long hard lesson to learn, one I finally got... I appreciate you! Hugs!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Fossillady, thank you, kindly! I so appreciate your comments! They keep me writing!

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      Bumpsysmum 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Always unto thyself be true - No_Clue, and you were, brave and admirable, great poem well done :-)

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh wow! A smooth, rhythmic use of words all the way down to a lesson well learned!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Nellianna, thank you for your most gracious and humbling comment! It is my honor and pleasure! ~Blessings~

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Spirit Whisperer, you are so correct! Thank you, as always, and may you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Health Talk, thank you kindly for your read and awesome comment! I appreciate it greatly!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      This is real poetry. Makes reading hubs worthwhile. Thank you for the beauty and honesty of it - and for choosing integrity for yourself.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul? Well said No_Clue. Thank you.

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      Health Talk 6 years ago from World

      i can say only thing. beautiful. thanks for sharing such lovely piece.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thank you, CreatePerfection! It is a blessing to have a place to share my poetry. I have been writing forever but noone ever showed any interest! It is a joy and privilege to share! ~Blessings~

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      star, wonderful to see you, any time! Thank you for your read and thoughtful comment!I appreciate you and your support! Lots of love!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      weed, this one fairly wrote itself...started out with one line in the brain, and once that was written, it took off and wandered where it had a mind to! Kinda surprised me! Compromise is a necessary skill but one to be handled with extreme caution...especially in matters of the heart and soul. Thanks, as always!

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      CreatePerfection 6 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Your work is very deep and expressive. Thank you for sharing it for us all to enjoy.


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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Signs of a strong character in this lovely poem No-Clue x Thoughtfully written my friend. Loved it up and beautiful

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      tumblintumblweed 6 years ago

      Awesome, interesting write, No_Clue...Hmmm that 'one' would offer anything to get us,too!Makes me more thankful for our Master! Blessings my friend,Great Job!


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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      bb, I think you are right! Thank you, my sweet friend! I cherish you!

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      "no compromise could buy my yen", indeed...

      Yes, my dear friend, you do own your soul, which makes it all the easier to share it I think...hmmm... ;)

      Lovely poem...