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Part of the denominator,
extraordinary matters level off
and find the lowest trough.
So-called excellence will
joust with the buffooner,
and they are wrestling still.

In days of yore the seer
would proclaim the truth, 
accepted by the old, the youth,
whereas for now the spirits mill,  
are we shackled, are we freer,
hungry now our mouths to fill?

What price for surety?
the prophet's exclamation gone to dust,
while totems crumble, metals turn to rust,
we try to compromise, a bitter pill
for those who crave acerbity
and swear our bliss to spill.

Were we to strike good earth,
avoid all roiling undulation,
seek and hold a firm foundation,
and ascend the highest hill,
then would excellence be realised for all its worth, 
and our hopes and dreams we would fulfill!

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  1. Date: 7/26/2012 3:56:00 PM
    I really just love the READING of this. It's so beautifully done. Just flows along to its magical conclusion of dreams fulfilled (were we to strike good earth!).

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 11:17:00 PM
    What a splendid verse to read. Very enjoyable!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 7:26:00 PM
    A good poem to read tonight, thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 5:42:00 PM
    No one in this day and age want to hear what anyone has to say..Great work..Enjoyed reading this eve..I especially like the line "seek and hold a firm foundation"..The only firm foundation to seek and hold is God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit..Thanks for stopping by, reading and taking time to comment on my work..It is hot in Georgia also..We had a few days of over a hundred Farenheit..Very uncomfortable even with AC..Sara

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 5:14:00 PM
    i love thinking of "excellence jousting with the buffooner " (how great are those words!?). this is a clever poem which required a few reads to really sink in, but now that i think i've got it, i really really like what it's saying (and of course, how you're saying it!). another gem, keith! you're so smart!!!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 3:00:00 PM
    another exceptional pen Keith!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 3:38:00 AM
    ‡ Makes Myself Remember Something My Friend JR Shared With Me A Few Years Ago In Two Stories Involving A King & A Prophet, Dear Gifted Keith * One Was In Re Nebuchadnezzar & Daniel & His Own Whatever They Were ? To Interpret A Dream The King Had Had * The Other Involved Elijah, And A Bunch Of Slain Precious Lives Whoms Gods Could Not Save Them ? Or Maybe It Was Themselves ? Either Or, The World & Universe For That Matter I Might Imagine, Could Surely Use A Bit Of Shaking & Rattle & Rolling &, A Shift In Its Norms & Ways * Great Poe As Usual * My Luv to You, Rachel ‡