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The Karmic Door Mat

Updated on September 11, 2015
A.A. Zavala profile image

Served in the U.S. Army, attended and graduated from The University of Texas-Arlington with a bachelors in psychology and minor in sociology

The Karmic Door Mat

Karma dictates that one should get what they give.
So I gave my heart away.
But it was returned to me broken.
Then I presented my love like a gift....
But it was sent back; wrapped and unopened.
Last, and most certainly least, my soul was offered like a candle piercing the night.
But the flame was left flickering, and it no longer burned bright.
And so it was with great clarity and wisdom that I recognized my place in the universe.
In the fabric of life, I am the loose thread that is plucked and discarded.
I am the loyal dog that lies at your feet that is no longer wanted.
So come far and come wide, and take anything of mine that you desire to keep.
And on your way out, be sure to wipe your feet,
on the Karmic door mat
that is me.

© 2014 Augustine A. Zavala


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    • A.A. Zavala profile imageAUTHOR

      Augustine A Zavala 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Yes, Gypsy. Nobody misses a door mat until it's missing and no one can wipe their feet. Thank you again for the kudos!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most interesting poem. Alas it is always the door mats that have to fight back.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      3 years ago from Texas

      AliciaC, thank you for the comment. Can't wait to read your scientific work again. We'll see what happens this time around. Thanks again for the visit.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for the video Svetlana. The poem was written from an point of anger, then sadness. Angry for the things I've done to support others, sad with the return or reward. Anything done should be done with no expectations. That way you won't be disappointed with the result. Would you believe I have laid in the floor before, and it was comfortable! Thank you for the insights; I value your interpretations immensely.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Sparklea, thank you for the comment. Yes, a list is in order. Displacing disappointment onto a list could be therapeutic. I do believe that living well is the best revenge, so I will take care of my self and live right. Thanks again for the visit.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and enjoyable poem even though it's depressing! It's great to read one of your hubs again. Welcome back.

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      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Wisdom comes from sadness or so it seems:

      (it's only five minutes of wisdom)

      Compassion and wisdom are intertwined. I agree with the idea that first come feelings then comes articulation. So, yes, I strongly suggest you write. Maybe being honest with yourself is much more important than being artistic. But what do I know?

      If you are not sad, you would write "How to Clean Your Door Mat Without Trying" or "Five Easy Steps to Knowing Everything While Being Wiped on". The irony of "steps" or steppes...

      If you are sad, you might write "The Sorrows of Young Werther" and Goethe was one sad character.

      I thought about two aspects of your poetry - the form and the content. As I said, I liked the poem. The content - it seems that the readers' reaction is somewhat similar "oh, no! don't feel like that! That's what you should do..."

      My suggestion is from the same menu -

      That's what you "should do"

      Take your mat and position it in the different places within your geographical reach - even if you don'y leave your apartment. Lie down on the floor in different places. Observe. It's as funny as it is illuminating. I assume no one will run you over at your own home.

      However your readers, I assume, would label me weird for life. Oh, no! It's so sad.

      Said - sad - said - sad - sad - sad or so he said.

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      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      A.A. Zavala: This is SO excellent! Let me say one thing! The law of cause and effect. What goes around comes around! I could tell you many, many stories of how people have hurt me, and you cannot believe where they are today, and I have done NOTHING but let them be, because even if you do not believe in God, Karma is a universal law.

      What has happened to you, the 'karmic doormat' - love that term - will lay still and let happen what happens. I suggest you list all that has happened, date it the check it out year by year and see where those people are today.

      This is just great. Blessings, Sparklea :)PS ALWAYS REMEMBER, when someone hurts you, never hurt back. That is the key to peace, even if hurt.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Martie, I know you liberate all things and people, especially those treated like door mats. Glad to have you in my corner.

      Jay, thank you for the karmic insights, much appreciated.

      Svetlana, your insights and honesty are always welcome; I regard them highly. I'm going to republish my work here, so how HP lists the works. We will see. My wisdom has no boundaries? I am intrigued...

    • kallini2010 profile image


      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh, what can I say? Plenty, in fact, but I'm not sure you'd be in the mood to listen.

      I'm so glad you came back to publishing and sharing your thoughts?

      What I can say anytime, anywhere - if you have compassion, you have wisdom.

      Compassion for those who took away and broke and threw away carelessly or mindlessly...

      Compassion for yourself... (arguably, that's the harder part).

      The good news for the loose fabric - nobody can take away and break your heart. Taking and breaking is a mess of our own making.

      Oh, I have almost forgotten to say... I do love your poem. I'll await eagerly for - "My wisdom has no boundaries..."

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      Jay C OBrien 

      3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      You are a spirit and not merely attend to be.

      You are spirit energy, a light body which does not die.

      You return to a higher plane when your light body detaches from the material body.

      Karma is for this plane, not the rest.

      The law of attraction rules all.

      You resonate with people like yourself.

      You are always meeting yourself.

      Look at yourself for any flaws.

      God loves all his spiritual beings.

      Raise your awareness and you will meet raised spirits.

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      Martie Coetser 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      The door mat could be unaware of its power to pull itself out from under the feet of those who don't appreciate the love they receive. I'm an activist in favour of the emancipation of door mats :)


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