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The Greatness Auction

Updated on January 2, 2011

So you say you want on top?

What are you willing to pay...

what would you give for the right to look down...

perhaps a soul...

do I hear money...


Your children unborn because you are too busy...

the ones neglected because you had eyes on one thing...

unfortunately that wasn't them...

what would you give?

Do I hear pain...

do I hear fatigue...

do I hear being misunderstood?

what is this greatness that causes the bids?

Why not be powerful and not great...

It is cheaper...

only a soul or two...

maybe corrupting oneself would do...

maybe you have the right stuff...

the black heart...

the power to speak out of both sides and mean nothing by it...

what of this greatness then...

do I have any takers?

there are definitely slots to fill...

places and crosses requiring bodies...

graves for those who would die for their beliefs...

did I say die?

how foolish of me...

don't people love those who are great?

Any one willing to bid...

are you waiting for the price to go down...

gee I am sorry...

the minimum bid is your all...

Why so?

It wouldn't be greatness if not...

I see the hands falling...

why so glum...

I have seen people give more foolishly quicker...

Only one hand?


I have enough for you both...


I will look forward to seeing your names all alone...

no one will forget what you do...

few will like you while you are alive...

loneliness will follow you wherever you go...

It will be worth it in the end I promise...

I hope...

but then I wasn't bidding now...

or was I?


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    • Jaggedfrost profile image

      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      Sometimes to do the right thing, I have found, you still feel terrible the entire time and the only satisfaction you get or peace is when you reflect that you knew with perfection that what you had to do was necessary.

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      hillrider 7 years ago from Mid-west United States

      The issue then would be gratification, whether internal or external, and the ability to suffice our need through such means as we have at our disposal.

      In order to understand this, first we need to decipher our motive (ie. popularity, pronouncement, understanding, agreement, etc) decide if we are actually working against our aims with the devices used and evaluating our satisfaction level based on perceptions of happiness.

      Straight talk - if what we are doing isn't giving the desired result, look inside first, then look externally

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      hehe, not much of a fifth amendment when I used circumlocution instead of straight talk. I aught to have maintained silence but I'm weak.

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      I almost want to plead the fifth amendment on this one. It came from frustrations that I don't ever feel at liberty to blog about. Suffice it to say that it is the underpinning of most of my written work. One could say that if one was willing to make such a sacrifice and did then one should be satisfied and let others reap whatever reward they might.

      If only life were that simple. The truth being that all men must, to receive greatness, give such a sacrifice. It is the nature of the great to inspire greatness. Sometimes if feels like mockery when people say it doesn't matter. This mockery merely inflames resentment that is hard to shake over the path, not because the path is resented but the derision that was heaped upon the path that seemed an unnecessary addition even if predictable.

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      hillrider 7 years ago from Mid-west United States

      A country song I haven't heard in a while has lyrics that say " all gave some...some gave all " when they were speaking of the soldiers who die for our freedoms and make this ultimate sacrifice.

      What I saw here was the voluntary response drop when that sacrifice was assured. Would we have acted as He did and done so for each other ? Just us, all alone with the ridicule and derision. Not sure I am quite that strong, yet one was ...

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      I am glad you liked it. I ask few things out of my literature then to help people think.

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      Desadi 7 years ago from Marietta, Ga

      I love a good poem that makes a person think and this one makes me think. Really well said!

    • Jaggedfrost profile image

      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      I actually had to make a separate hub about that called, "The People Garden."

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      I would hate to intimidate you when your thoughts are much lovelier then mine. Each person is as a flower in a garden with a different scent. Some people treasure more then others. Some are acquired tastes. Mine is of the latter variety. I imagine there is no hope for it but it aught to be nothing that worries you. More people are likely to understand your expressions then mine any day.

    • twolittlehands profile image

      twolittlehands 7 years ago from Utah

      Your skill in writing inspires and intimidates me at the same time.

      Now, I need to face my fear of sounding foolish or tedious and just get writing

    • Jaggedfrost profile image

      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      well if there wasn't it would be pretty silly to be great... oh wait lol thats right.... I hope so too.

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      twolittlehands 7 years ago from Utah

      It is so very true. I hope there is compensation equal to the pain!

    • Jaggedfrost profile image

      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      Thats a very humbling thought.

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      One from the Higher Being...a gift from above to you my friend.

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      lol that is very kind of you. By the by, what kind of poetry is this?

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 7 years ago really know how to say it, and play it...makes one think. You seem to be the master of this kind of Poetry, no one says it better.


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