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Who is a Man?

Updated on February 29, 2012
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Who is a Man?

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

The true measure of a soul,

is not reached through accumulating wealth,

power or any mastery of physical life,

it is through the evidence of kindness,

humility and a loving heart.

How we value the superficialities of life,

worshipping the trite and worn processes of society,

bleeding in the inequities and corruption of lost ideals,

the foundations of what we know.

A soul is far beyond the game of acquisition,

the social conscience bred into malleable minds,

the illusion of paper and labour,

supplying only those who propagate the lie.

Even art and creative minds, scientific minds

are poorly compensated for their gifts to the world,

while the manipulators suck them dry,

to expand their blood-socked empires.

I am lost within the reality,

like a cork on a raging sea,

each breath drawn not knowing when another will come,

the swell of life slowly swallowing a soul devout.

Perhaps I belong elsewhere,

another realm of life open to creative thought and action,

where life in balance gives credence to love,

not the greed of limited minds.

Who is man that he should impose such broken ideals

as money, free enterprise and the illusion of freedom,

when all enslaves us, drives us to sad endings,

and the loss of meaning in life.

The mark of a man is his heart,

the very core of his being,

in thought and action,

and all the rest is simply a diversion of truth.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks raciniwa, much appreciated.

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      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      the true essence of man should be his heart...i totally agree always a brilliant poem...

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Timothy for your considered thoughts and wisdom. I wish you and your loved ones a joyous Christmas and a prosporous 2012. We all live in Hope. Take care.

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      Timothy Donnelly 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You speak as usual in an eloquent manner Tony - you are a master of verse.

      Please be careful my friend not to get swept into the tide of revolt this world is experiencing, or succumb to the currents of the day. Remember, A wise man said (speaking of "who" is a "man", as you seem to develop the notion): "A man who can conquer HIMSELF is GREATER than a man who can conquer a whole city!"

      We (myself included) must have compassion on our fellows, in their stuggling circumstance, no doubt, but we each ourselves must also strive - as always, and continue to strive - to Harness and employ our OWN capacities, our own resources, our own creativities, our own time, even the whole of our wherewithal, instead of being led by the crowds, especially the crowds of scorn and dissention.

      Aye, to be have empathy and compassionate service as part of our [pro] active agenda is truly a noble thing, but it is always better to LOOK UP, with a forward vision of self-reliance and HOPE; thereby we may summon our selves to effectively contribute (even in the measure we are able) to society in a positive way.

      There was another wise man who said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

      Peace and good tidings in this joyous season as we mark the birth of the Master Physician, even the Wonderful Teacher, who is the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours. Remember that you write with a gusto, Tony, that even in any which manner or case, makes people think, which is good.


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