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Seeking Wisdom

I write where I am led.

There is no moment that can confine me,
for I am nervous vibration, uneasy, unnerved, a constant of motion seeking settlement in a congregation of boundless withdrawal.

I motion not unto all I seek;
Thought unfurls probing great distances
yet idle to a limitation of mindful damning
as but an unsteady symptom of pursuit
no eye could ever ensnare.

My mind ekes a great unknown
reeling mystery back to an origin
riddled by breaches of myopia
and sallow gray intellect.

I draw unto all about me
muzzled to a constriction
of half-sighted eyes
as if contrarian to life’s mortal decay.

A greater unknown squeezes my entirety to an ebb as all I have ever beseeched beyond step of life’s scantily tread surface
leaving me scampering mere quarks beyond thinking fingers.

Swallowed as inclination
I am but a breath of wishful godspeak
exhaled as impulse
manning a bastille of infinite eternity
as a half-witted jester of neverending nightfall.

About this poem

A universe at man's disposal, and a purpose left undefined, leads man to seek beyond the gamut of mere flesh. And so it is the great mystery provokes our thoughts into a vastness beyond comprehension where the pinnacle resides.

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Written on July 12, 2022

Submitted by Symmetry58 on July 16, 2022

Modified by Symmetry58

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 968
Words 177
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 1, 2, 5, 4, 4, 2, 5

Steve Dupere

Steve has been writing poetry for 25 years. To date his work includes his book of poetry entitled, Waltz of Semantic Tongues. (Blurb.com) more…

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  • lovingempath
    As usual; you're style is very thought provoking and reaches far beyond mere mortal flesh and mind-sets. Priceless work.
    LikeReply3 months ago
    • Symmetry58
      Hello, Miss. I know we've never been formally introduced, but word has it you're quite the creative cut-up yourself. I'll be keeping my good eye on you.

      Off to brush my tooth. :-P
      LikeReply 13 months ago
    • lovingempath
      You're sassy as well as wise :).
      LikeReply 13 months ago
  • JokerGem
    This is quite profound. Maybe too deep to follow without rereading as you go but the message permeates. Awesome word selection and the closing stanza is just terrific! This is definitely poetry for advanced players. 
    LikeReply3 months ago
    • Symmetry58
      Thank you. As I've explained to others, my writing can be complex and a bit of a challenge to comprehend, but there is a method to my madness. Thank you for enduring.
      LikeReply 13 months ago
  • Symmetry58
    I've yet to win, or even place, or even be in the top one's mentioned. I'll never sit and tout myself or my poetry, but I do understand how judging of these contests works. I mean, who wants to sit and read 150 poems after a long day/week at work? Not many people, that's for sure. Top that off with the fact that this musclehead can't just submit poems that are short, flowing and easy to read and it's pretty safe to assume mine will be passed over more times than not.
    I've always tried to write meaningfully and with depth, but do understand they can be hard to comprehend. It's not like I sit here scratching my head wondering why people don't vote for or even read them. I get it. All I can do is be true to my nature and allow my thoughts to flow as they will from my perspective.
    My friend Lesley, God rest her soul, always begged me to publish my poetry, as have others. Meh! I'm no trained or schooled poet, so I just go with the flow hoping my words move a soul or two. I honestly don't ever expect to win a poetry contest here where regular working Joe's are in a hurry to move from one to the next because the kids are waiting to be driven to soccer practice. I very much, however, appreciate your words.
    And please don't sell yourself short. You have a great knack for writing. You just proved it here. I enjoyed your poem a lot. :-) - Steve
    LikeReply 17 months ago
    • lovingempath
      If it's any consolation...I very much appreciate the fact that you won't deviate from what is 'true to your nature'. That makes me even a stronger fan than I was before :)
      LikeReply7 months ago
    • Symmetry58
      I'm the same with writing as reading. My thought is that if I'm going to engage either/or, then I won't waste time on indulgence. What I read and what I write have to hold meaning for me. I can think of a plethora of ways to kill time. Reading and writing aren't the way for me personally. If I'm reading, it's to learn. I've literally read the entire World Treasury of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics which is over 1000 pages long. I didn't grasp most of what I read, but what I did comprehend was fascinating. LoL
      I will, however, also add that I have read Og Mandino's Greatest Salesman in the World and cried my eyes out. I read it in the 80s when I was in the Amway network marketing business in Washington State. Great read if you're interested. It sells right on Amazon for $7.99. 
      LikeReply 17 months ago
    • LinYoest
      Your writings require more from the reader than casual reading affords. It’s the
      flight of thought that darts here and there that intrigues me.
      LikeReply 26 months ago
    • Symmetry58
      I assure you there is a method to my madness. I never write errantly. I put great thought into my metaphors and euphemisms. Thank you for checking out my rambles. ;-)
      LikeReply 26 months ago
  • lovingempath
    I could read this a thousand times, and never fully explore the layers of depth. WOW!
    LikeReply7 months ago
    • Symmetry58
      My poetry can be somewhat daunting to comprehend. This much I know. I also understand that, as I've prefaced, "I write where I am led." This is how this meager man's mind functions. Thank you for taking time to sidle my poetry my friend. :-) 
      LikeReply7 months ago
    • lovingempath
      I'm thinking this is the only reason you may not have won this month. I think when people are faced with (what to some might be) the daunting task of reading 100+ poems...nobody takes the time to really explore each poem in depth. IMO...your poem excels far above my own. I think mine just had one of those 'la-dee-da' rhythm and rhyme things that made it easy to read. I'm not saying my own poem wasn't heartfelt and sincere, but your poem deserves recognition for the beautiful intricacy and depth. :) 
      LikeReply7 months ago
    • Symmetry58
      P.S. "La-dee-da" made me chuckle. That was funny.
      LikeReply 17 months ago


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