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To Be Human

Updated on February 26, 2013
Human Embryo 6-7 weeks from lunar caustic Source: flickr.com
Human Embryo 6-7 weeks from lunar caustic Source: flickr.com

To Be Human

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Gleaned from the remnants of a fractious past,

I endeavour to reach the core of my undoing,

ready to face the demons of my grandiose self,

and the ego that has led me to unwanted ends.


Yet what leads me to these impasses of reason,

when sense withdraws from view,

and rattles my cage without response,

denial clenched tightly within my mindless hands.


What is it that I follow, a deluded heart,

perhaps greed and the glorification of self-importance,

nonetheless I fall where I stand, over and over,

and I, reluctant to admissions, replay this inner dialogue.


How can I remain conscious, yet still enact my undoing,

each step replicated in human ineptitude,

guiding my potential to inferior plays,

and watching myself, unable to turn the tide.


At some point one has to accept oneself,

potential, ability and the clear view of truth,

so often rejected out of fear and denial,

and then and only then, can we begin to know who we are.


To be human is a burden, a gift and an opportunity,

to serve a greater good, an ideal beyond our petty concerns,

in love we discover selflessness, and without it,

we are bound to a life of superficiality and the mundane.



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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you found it so, Janell. Thanks for your comment and taking the time to read my work.

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      janell93 4 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL and certainly the TRUTH.

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Not so Inspiringly?

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Elizabeth, glad you appreciated it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Much appreciated Erika; thanks for dropping by.

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      Jen Granger 4 years ago from NY

      What Is That?!?!?! Nuts!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      I absolutely love this poem and the mesage it sends. To be human is truly a burden and a grand responsibility. Voted up and sharing

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      Erika 4 years ago

      Very beautiful, I voted up. Magnificent writing as well!

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you for your comment Kay, I'm so glad you connected. Do drop in again. Have a great day.

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it FR. Thanks again and take care.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Profound poem. Excellent write.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Kayla Hancock 4 years ago from Chicago

      Beautiful. What a great poem. I really like the lines:

      "To be human is a burden, a gift and an opportunity,

      to serve a greater good, an ideal beyond our petty concerns...."

      I really love the entire poem but I think you really have something with those two lines; it's something that most people fail to realize, thus leaving them to struggle fighting themselves most of their lives.