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Who Then...

Updated on July 15, 2013
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Who Then...

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Who then is helpless on this our earthly coil,

in the wake of life's exotic dreams,

what life expects for a mortal soul,

and what we endue as a consequence.

Are we but pawns of ill-consequence,

drawn to life to trudge steps chosen,

or are we the flesh of minds disturbed,

in a game of torture and sacrifice.


Who then takes control of this our penance,

the twisted, lonely barrage of pain and potential,

and then dreams of the dreamer to change the path,

find balance despite that omniscient eye.

Are we potential with hope of direction,

or perhaps deluded that consequence is ours to determine,

even within seeming potentiality,

but with limits.


Who then finds peace, within the extremes of state,

the freedom of a soul birthed to grow,

and the limitations that confront its path, endless,

all the time circumspect and accepting with grace.

Are we born to be beaten into submission,

that being the path of learning,

or perhaps the soul is part obsolescent,

waning and useless to degree, inept from outset.


Who then joins sanity to conform outright,

rather than question the viability of life, unencumbered,

to follow the hordes into battle for place and happiness,

rather than find truth internal and follow freedom.

Are we vessels of love and goodness,

aligned to fight for righteous belief,

and in consequence find freedom through resistance,

or are we stifled by the masses and end as pariah.


Who then truly knows what we are at all,

cast adrift in a sea of contention,

desperate to find land and a strong footing,

just to feel the warm sun upon our skin.

Are we too introspective, too earnest in our pursuits,

to forget the joy of life untainted by our questioning hearts,

and to hold what good resides within us,

despite the confusion of reason.


Who then finds happiness?



No matter how we perceive life, it is no walk in the park. Considering that, it is best to dream your own dreams and make the most of all you have, regardless of circumstance. Happiness is derived from acceptance and appreciation and following your own course.

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      It certainly is a complex journey, but I agree, knowledge and understanding hold far more meaning than the pursuit of wealth. Thanks again Wayne for your kind words of support. Take care my friend.

    • wayne barrett profile image

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tony, you are such a tremendous poet!

      In this age of awareness we are consumed even more with questions. To me, this is the meaning of life...not to accumulate possessions, but to accumulate knowledge.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Anan. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Much appreciated Martin. Glad you do.

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      Anan Celeste 

      5 years ago from California

      Truly inspiring words my friend. Beautiful work!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Right on the mark. (Of course,I agree with you) But, wonderfully put. thank you

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