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Voices in the Darkl

Cautious spirits test the waters of my world
and call to me....then go away.
Perhaps they are perfecting 
inter-mind devices, just like
psychic Edisons, Marconi's revenant
in breakthrough  just for me, or else perhaps
celestial wallflowers, much too diffident                
to follow up my name with headlines
from beyond the grave.

Am I  their snuffling guinea pig?---
their crude receptor in this mass of flesh
that yearns for finely-tuned antennae
(please God, invisible,)
and color pictures if one may,
upon my mental screen?
No,  I am most content 
upon this cautious course,
though I know not the hazards
of its path, the travelers, or the design, 
nor may I fine their metaphysical intent.

The reader knows,  I speak with some regret.
for there are those who will decide
that I bear watching, lest my touch
upon their world  begin to fade too much,
that I be too entranced of waves
they cannot... will not see.

Though I may somewhat fear the world
beyond white doors, I still invite
my curtained friends to part the night
with energy no instrument that science met
may sense just yet--no no, not  yet.

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  1. Date: 8/9/2012 10:44:00 AM
    spiritualism...? lordy, your poems are deep and complex! this one is easier for me to absorb than some of the others, but I'm still struggling...I can't say publicly what your poems do to my head :-)

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/9/2012 5:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A little struggle is good for us, I think. I fear, though, that when that is your reaction, that you'll give up :-( and not read them any more. Actually this is quite simple, little metaphor in it. I heard voices, that is all. Lest you be alarmed, they were very rare, and I havn't heard them for a long time... but when it happens, I want to pay attention.
  1. Date: 8/9/2012 10:00:00 AM
    I sense a little of the "heresy," here, a little of Camus. "Though I may somewhat fear the world beyond white doors....." I am probably reaching, but you are surely among the 1% (or less) with intelligence enough to rebel. I salute you for that. I'll read this again to see if my metaphysical suspicions are contained in your so articulate work. Love, daver

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/9/2012 5:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, I don't really want to rebel. I'm just a guy who has had a little bit of metaphysical experience, and would like to have more. :-)