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The Lost Paradigm

Updated on January 13, 2014
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The Lost Paradigm

By Tony DeLorger © 2014

I walk the streets of a crusty shell,

the surface of human consciousness,

where minds entrapped by needs and wants,

wander in direction-less confusion.

The streets are paved with illusions,

the rewards of mundane thoughts and conformity,

to the striving of ego and gain,

relentless in its obsessive nature.

The streets are filled with colour,

lustful enticements, temptations of the flesh and mind,

woven into the fabric of culture,

and the mind-numbing distractions of the elite.

Here, lost in the striving of self,

the masses live in a playground of competition

and struggle within this imposed framework of life,

while those at the top, lead by example, deceive and oppress.

There is only one freedom, and that is belief,

and no matter what is taken away, what limitations are imposed,

our thoughts are ours alone,

and reside within our soul, who we are at our very core.

The limitations of physical circumstance,

may hinder our dreams, our aspirations,

but in the end, the limitations are our perspective, our belief,

and whether we buy into the distractions of physical life.

What lives within us, begging release, is our potential,

the potential to love, find compassion in our hearts,

and accept and understand we are one in life,

on a journey together that is far more meaningful that status, wealth or power.

When thoughts are raised up into a higher consciousness,

physical life takes care of itself,

and what becomes nurtured in this crusty shell,

is all that is important in life, the heart the catalyst of hope and change.

Life experience is about perception, and how we choose to see the world, its opportunities and blessings. A higher consciousness offers a reality far removed from the mundane and trivial day to day physicality, giving an open heart a clear direction and purpose in life.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Much appreciated Christine, so glad it brought to mind so many memories and images. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      5 years ago


      "…I walk the streets of crusty shell…"

      Then: "…"The streets are filled with color…"


      "… woven into the fabric of culture…"

      Your writing took me back 20 years:

      I had the opportunity to visit a small doll making factory; the owner would use photographs of babies given to him by the mother. He would mold the doll to the portrait. Jessica Doll that was the one I got for my two daughters at the time. Jessica Doll was made from one mothers photo; and could be given into the hands of other little girls. Each of my daughters colored their Jessica Doll's world- through voice, handling, putting down, picking up, taking them for bike rides etc. ("… fabric of culture…", maybe?)

      Truly, when given to them at the doll factory, they looked exactly alike, pristine twins. (soft plastic shells) Today, they wear the same pink dress, but different wrinkles give it that different color. Hair style and overall appearance has changed.

      Our frames are not hid from someone who truly knows our differences, and yet we come from the same source of life…

      Your writing is deep in regards to :

      "…our thoughts are ours alone, and reside within ours soul, who we are at our very core…"

      Your poetry is on track, helping others to backtrack for good, keep going!


    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you agree Jamie. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Very inspiring work, positive and true. Jamie


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