Hypocrisy of a stagnant society

Another poem based on current news. Take action – don’t just give statements. Politics is an engagement and an active process lived by all – not just words you speak or listen to through a medium.

It sounds so convenient a solution

for comedians in late night shows and the like,

the major media outlets and corporate chiefs

to come out with a statement defending diversity.

All of these white people making a stand

against other white people fearing the diversity brand.

The feeling lingers that these words alone

make a statement loud enough to withstand all.

And yet, they don’t. Diversity’s a flame

fanned out too soon to the tune of white comfort.

It’s an unwritten code in the genes of society

that feeds the marginalized just enough

to make them content, through the short-spanned eyes

of the mainstream that then moves on too quickly.

Still, the problems remain, and nothing changes –

the world’s culture still sings praises solely of the white.

This is the hypocrisy of a stagnant society

so steady with statements, but lazy on the work.

Challenge this discomfort that grips the genes

and put more diversity on our TV screens.

Sicken these sick fringe groups until they give in,

push them to the ledge until there’s nothing left.

Show them we won’t go back to eras of darkness

and that we will fight to maintain this better way of life.

There is more to the world than the colour of our skins,

the kind of love in our hearts or the gender we live.

The world is more than the steady european diet,

forcibly feeding false standards in our minds

since the hollow era of the medieval times

when christian white mattered more than all the world combined.

Make them sick, make them accept the world,

as we won’t accept a return to dark times.

Progress moves forward, not in rewind,

and not in a circle of holocaust and war crimes.

Put your money where your mouth is

and make the investment for human culture.

All cultures form the fabric of common fables,

and reflect the aspirations renewed in all our generations.

We need a manifesto, not a simple statement,

where NO HATRED is not only said, but shown.

Give me your multi-colored casts, your LGBTQ anchors,

give status natives equal status, and leave none behind.

Stagnant societies don’t survive growing divides

that widen, and gobble fundamental foundations.

One’s essence does not make them the lesser,

only the masses misguided, and conditions carried over

force people to continue living as before, in perpetual disaster

fearing the other, when they should embrace one another.

Speak all you want, but if your words lead to nothing being done,

then you’re no better through inaction than the servants of our night.

Regression V Revolution

Not much needs to be said about this one. If you need a little context, just watch the day’s news.

When fighting oppression,

do you struggle for what’s pure,

or for a world that is just?

The first is no fabric of revolution,

nor is it of the mainstream motive,

but born only of fashioned regression.

Fighting fictive oppression

by using props of proven oppression

does not a pure, nor freed person make.

It is a base instinct of weaker beings

fast on feeling and of filling fictions

ever to toil for nothing, and be the lessers in fear.

Only the most rabid of animals bathes itself in fear, in

the most calloused of irrationalties,

and is unworthy of the mantle of human being.

These are souls that could be put at ease

by simply sharing their hopes and dreams

with those foreign figures, of which they fear.

Hopes and dreams, to live, to work, to prosper

to provide for their family and help fellow denizens –

this is a core value of any nation’s citizens.

Through communication, you’d be amazed

at the amount of problems people could solve

if only they built bridges, not walls.

If only then, how they could find

how deeply they are similar,

they could then wonder: why fuel the hate?

The good that all people do

Here’s a new poem for you ahead of the weekend! Enjoy.

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(Cr: Youknow WhoIam – Flicker)

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Good is an ideal of grounded grandeur,
an ideal spread through the best of beings.
An abstract idea of practical proportions
in peace and hope, love and all that is fair.
Good is the founding of our aspirations
and the ambitious souls we strive to be.
When unchained by the challenges of culture,
by the rules binding us to falseness and fear,
we go by the hope that what we do is good
and brings out the best in us and others.
Yes, good desires the best from us all,
in a faith that fuels the pureness at our core,
the common cause of faithless and faithful combined,
and the joys of nations strong in body and mind.
There is more to the world than at sole sight,
for the fickle mind’s fright can’t possibly suffice.
Sometimes, good can only be gained
beyond the fingers of fleeting beings’ grasp.
There’s more to good than the limits we’re imposed
or the boundaries we set for us and all.
Good is found in the fabric of each being,
no matter the skin, faith, or reason for living.
We are beings whose existence of broad scope
does not dominate the direction of the cosmos.
Therefore, life is too short for a power struggle
between two sides said too stubborn to be bad.
We are the strength and compassion in our fellow man
and the line without on which our morals tread.
It is the olive branch to end all our bitternesses
and bonds breaking barriers that divide the masses.
Beings come together under banners of peace
and peoples are one through life and in death.
Cohesion is key in a mosaic of cultures diverse
where all understand good as the sole verse.
Through good, we can all accomplish wonders
and be the people with the hearts of all treasures.

The Forest in the mountain, near the Falls

Sorry it took so long to post! Here is a new poem! I was making sure it was a little more presentable.

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Luskville Falls

(CR: Facebook – A friend of mine posted this image of when she and I recently made a hiking trip. This is borrowed from her photo album. 🙂 )

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The Forest in the mountain, near the Falls
Far away from the foul stench of the bustling city,
from the infighting plaguing left and right,
from meaningless distinctions between foe and friendly,
and the fast-paced footsteps audible still in the night,
the forest in the mountain, near the falls, sits timeless
for the few who dare to slow down and adore
the flora that grows, neither fettered by wasteful indifference
nor festered by the fickle follies of man’s shrines.

We began our journey bourne of mind and self-discovery,
seeking the breath of fresh air amidst the trees’ breeze
searching for the silence that was elusive in the city
and finding our inner peace out among the trees.
Hills up and down, beyond the base, await at the dawn,
at the floor of the pathway that awaited our entrance.
Climbing up the first set of steps, we felt the cold wind
so soothing and refreshing, pushing us farther ahead. 

Open trails through trees newborn and old alike
led us through a jungle of foliage so old, yet new.
Here we were, on a simple, beautiful day for a hike
and all that we’d lost, we found it there, renewed.
Wonder in nature, from the water to the rocks’ posture
took the time away from our finite minds to stop and view
the things taken for granted, yet given by the outer nature,
and we continued the length of this journey fit only for two.

One-third of the way, we stopped in our tracks and sat still
on a rock over a hill, overlooking the greater city’s valley.
Quite the view that it was, so majestic in its’ plains and hills
and the perfect spot to soak in all that aesthetic beauty.
I sat, I meditated at the third, absorbing the eclectic feeling
of the connection I made and mastered between mind and matter.
I felt my skin soak in the shining sun and the calming current
of cleansing that was sweping through this mountain out near the falls.

Continue walking thereout, and you’d hear the water flowing,
the falls dripping down to the mountain’s filling basin.
Tis a consistent sound that continues along, drowning,
that outlives even us, the fleeting beings living and passing.
We walk along the forest in the mountain with the falls
only sentient of how small we stand in the larger world,
and our true heritage, hollowed in city life’s highs and lows,
we’d yearned and reclaimed, yet never more forgotten.

Two-thirds to the fire tower, and we took in the territory
that exists and lies in wait for those who venture to see,
who dare to press on and peel the substance from the surface,
the intangible, indomitable feeling that nurtures and suffices.
Small hills are abundant with formations of rocks timelessly waiting
as we sat, and silently saw the wondrous path slowly unravelling.
Others would have turned and faltered at this point of the song,
but we chose to forge our own path, where none would have gone

Nearing the summit screamed of endurance through stress,
but I found purity through these sessions of prosperity.
Through the land of bugs and trees, foliage and fauna,
we found ourselves where we thought we weren’t lost.
We reached the summit, this vast and open space
overlooking miles of land, and the mainland beyond.
Finally, our journey was over, our destination reached,
through the fires of the forest, we were forged once more. 

We arrived at the end, but gained much in between,
reconnecting with the thing that evaded us before.
I arrived troubled, yet trouble could find me no more
as I sat at the spot that became my favourite scene.
In the vastness of nature, we found renewal of our souls
and our place in this world was made clear once more.
Slowly, at the end, we made our way down and back home,
back to our lives, but never again lived like before.

Rebirth

Hey everyone! Here is a new short poem after being away for over a month. Life gets busy – you all know this! I’m a little rusty – please be patient as I get back up to speed. 🙂

Witness the wake, the return and rise
of the wise and wilful, fulfilled from a journey
that jogged the mind and justly mustered the suprise
arising in the reinvention of aspiring rediscovery.
Priorities have restored their primacy
in guiding the growth of one towards their objectives
and pushed fortunes from poor to plenty,
guiding the gallant reborn through a new perspective.

Ashes become ashes, and are ashes once again,
until the final form forces the masses in shape.
Seven cycles of failiure do not a failiure maintain
if the eighth finds success, and shatters its’ fate.
The Phoenix forms from the fires of pain,
and fills the being from a vacuum of nothing.
From the void, the being has but much to gain
if it breaks the chains of struggle and lacking.

Seeing Red

Unfortunately, I have to do a little bit of cross-posting as I don’t have anything original ready for you. But I hope you enjoy this poem I wrote on Wednesday for WWP!

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(An original poem by Coeur d’un Poète)
Originally posted on Weekly Writing Prompts on June 14th.

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Hate. The heat of hurt.
Feel it force through to the heart,
feel it coarse and clog the veins,
feel the fury force on darkened sight.
Without a notion of reason or ration,
the rush so wild and wholly provocating,
it’s the kind of moment so brutally binding,
an experience sure to be regretting.

Unmastered are the minute’s motions
where mystery has mutilated the moment.
Mind is no master of the body’s motions
when murderous impulses have mustered.
The callous purity of this precipitous pounding
pushes the line restraining light from night,
absorbing the belligerents of the arena
in the event to smother them in embarrassment.

Seeing red is the demon in us all,
the drowning feeling that darkens the soul.
Deepen the anger, and you deepen the whole
you dig for yourself at the end of the barrel.
Breathe, let the air take up it’s minute,
your anger isn’t worth the pain unmerited. 
The darkness isn’t worth the moment
soon, when you’ll live to regret it.

Cut the hollow flow to the heart,
let the veins cleanse the clogging,
let the calm mind clear the fury
and for reason to return your sanity.
Moments of rage never make the masters
of the most miserable of men.
Let the fear fade from the system,
repatriating love so natural within.

Change & Identity

I was looking through some of my old written poems and found one that I really wanted to share. I’ve made a few edits to the original, however.

I hope you enjoy it!

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CR: Advanced Life Skills

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It’s hard to see the world
in a positive light,
when you’ve been standing still
while everyone around
is moving non-stop around you.
When you take a moment
to pause, and consider
the direction and execution
in the lives of others,
you start to compare yourself
to them and wonder:
“Am I normal?”

But really, what is normal?
In all truth,
it does not exist.
Everyone misrepresents it
as something most are
which others are not.
Yet now still,
we continue comparing ourselves
to these others,
and measure up our lives
to their impossible standards
and we wonder
“Am I worth this life?”

If we say no
to this question we’ve raised,
we begin to doubt
the core of what we are
and what we’ll become
in our evolution to something
greater than our sum.
We set the bar too low
for our achievement
or we would rather
be like the others
than be ourselves simply.

It hardly suffices
to look in the mirror
and say to ourselves
“I’m fine as I am”,
and there, still
it is not enough.
The deeds of others hallowed
are a slow poison
to the one
when they are unsure
of what they’ll become.
As others blast by
in their own speeds,
the one needs to take
their own path slow
and follow the rhythm
of their own pace.

The path to personality
is a solitary one.
In humility, we find
how much more
we can give to others
without ever asking
for something in return.
For only within, through
the confidence we build
and the faith we foster
in ourselves that grows
can we expect
to strengthen ourselves
and all those around us.

“Normal” is but
the imposition of a society
of regular people
that are anything but.
“Normal” is but in
the minds of these
who feel the need
to compare themselves
to those others.
They are compelled
to be the same
and never strive for better.
Everyone is unique,
so finding the inner strength
and letting it flow
is what sets you apart.

One Nation under Man

What always bothers me is the saying “One Nation under God”. What about us? One Nation under Man?

Here is a poem on that dream – the dream of the rule of men and our laws.

Human Unity

(Cr: Shutterstock)
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(An original poem by Coeur d’un Poète)
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Foster the future of the populations of people
who live and breathe on the bureaucracy
of the political structures that were promoted
once before, on the promise of once proud nations.
One nation, under man, not a meaningless God
who neither helps nor nurtures those in distress,
or debating against destructive, reasonless demonstrations
that blindly follow the bindings made by repressive men
without regard for the rule of the righteous man
as their regard of righteousness remains in religion
but the separation of church and state is systematically
the only sober future that will sustain our existence.

One nation under God? No, I prefer my fellow man,
who is unmoved by unrealistic moralistic laws,
that does not discriminate or differ between men,
that sees all genders and loves as human extensions.
One nation under man, the notion of new knowledge,
inquiry under the liberty of our innate intelligence,
that gives a chance to the mysteries and masteries of man
and where answers are nor forsaken, nor forbidden.
Unwarranted are these wars that wedge gaps between us
when we wear the same form of water and bone,
when all that widens gaps are varying faiths in a god
too insecure and absent to warrant continued want.

One nation under man, finally self-fulfilling
that abandoned their fictions and freely adulted,
that became rational, rising to the fore of the front
in science, systems, and the symbols of society.
Grasping destiny, desiring to develop more
of the demonstrative, developing inquirer within,
this one nation under man can begin
when the gods of children are lost and forgotten.

Battlegrounds of the Mind

Feels good to be back! Here is a poem about mental health. Discussion on this topic is important. Make sure you ask for help if you need it!

(An original poem by Coeur d’un Poète)
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Temper, temper, dear child,
don’t let your feelings simmer at the surface.
Tell all, or tell none
about the battles of the mind lost or won.
Speak of what you’ve become
and the broken being within.
Repression is regression in her purest form
when touted by the chantings of sin.
You struggle within to find clarity
and precision of purpose,
to fight these feelings that bubble at the surface
and hollow the dreams little more than shallow.

Battles of the mind leave barren souls
bereft of direction or destination,
that dutifully struggle in their desperation
to find the premises of their promised land.
Destiny is a fickle damsel,
drowning the sorrows of the damaged,
but dutifully favouring the fortunate
whose fortune fails to suffice.
Herein lies both the hopeful and deceitful
who have neither health nor hope,
yet all yearn to be more deserving
and in disappointment, are rewarded with nothing.

Split-Second

When I’m not writing poetry, one of my favourite things to do is to play Softball. This is a short poem (fittingly) that details the quickest and most thrilling moment in a game, in my opinion.

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(Cr: City of Hot Springs)

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An original poem by Coeur d’un Poète.

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This is the moment
of bountiful anticipation,
that split-second event,
of a momentous decision.
Standing there, bat in hand,
expecting the ball to twirl in reach,
there I stand, in longful demand
of the glory that suceeds the contact pitch.

This split-second holds hope eternal
in a game full of stats and averages.
In this split-second, I can be lethal
and score some serious carnage.
This is the hope within the moment
that fosters my slow pitch ambitions.
Within a split-second, I either make a dent
or simply scratch the surface of expectation.

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