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The Glass Jar

Vincent Parker 1948 (South Ozone Park, NY)

The Glass Jar
The cylinder had a mysterious appeal
and my arm dove in, up to the elbow
Searching for the most exquisite piece
to delight the most basic of senses
The one with the worst consequences
like tooth decay or mortal sin

Reflections of color through the glass
presented such a trivial task
Asking for the time working for the dime
to the drag of a numbing mind
Seeking satisfaction of an unfulfilling kind
lost in the sensation of powerlessness

Temptation of the visual scene comes
insidiously to the point of obsession
Claiming all the different points of view
to the mask of all perception and yet
unwilling to release the hold and not
be lost, is that this jar is missing it’s lid …

“Every object, every being,
Is a jar full of delight.” _Rumi

About this poem

Simply put, it is about our desires which can be extreme and my ending's, I try to surprise my reader.

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Written on July 14, 2018

Submitted by PaulParker on July 16, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

41 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 762
Words 138
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 7, 6, 6, 2

Vincent Parker

Born in 1948 one of twelve Vincent De Paul Parker aka Paul started writing poetry in high school. Most of his poems are for family events and friendship. Most are also free verse with rhymes and rhythim. more…

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