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Below is the poem entitled PARADOX which was written by poet Ajayi Angel-Simon. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Every line has a meaning; every meaning has a line…
              We think we have the worst story;
We heard other’s, we exclaimed, ‘GLORY’
              It’s cold now, when will it be hot? 
Now it’s hot, Oh Cold! Be our lot
              When it rains, we crave sun; 
Now it scorches, we say, ‘Rain Is Fun’
              We dream, but are afraid of its reality
We see reality but fantasize on fantasy
              We despise love—it’s cheap but deep; 
We idolize hatred—it robs us of sleep
              We want the flower, the tower and the shower
We want the whole world in our power
	We want this; we want that
But we have neither this nor that 
              We want to be here, and there
But we are neither here nor there:
                                                                      Joyful in sorrow; sorrowful in joy
                                                                Happy in sadness; sad in happiness 
                                                          Laughing but crying; crying but laughing 
                                                    Sane in insanity; insane in sanity
                                             Filthy in holiness; holy in filthiness
                                       Fearful in courage; courageous in fear

Poor in riches; rich in poverty
Healthy in wealth; wealthy in health

Love in lust; lust in love
     Beautiful but ugly; ugly but beautiful
          Speaking but silent; silent but speaking
                Thinking while sleeping; sleeping while thinking
                       Filled with emptiness; empty in fullness
                             Abundant in lack; lacking in abundance
Fruitful in barrenness; sterile in fruitfulness                                              
Praying in despair; despair in prayer

                                                        Strength for weakness; feeble in strength
                                                  Honesty in dishonesty; dishonesty in honesty
                                            Peace in war; war in peace
                                     Civil but military; military but civil
                              Goodness in evil; evil in goodness
                      Rising but falling; falling but rising

Coming but going; going but coming
Dead but living; living but dead… 

                                      To win or to lose: to be used or to use
                                         Man is man when man knows man
                                            Death will die, and life will live…

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  1. Date: 11/30/2012 4:45:00 PM
    I just love this zig zagging format. So interesting and YES, this is a myriad of paradox. Or at least major contradictions. Much enjoyed!

    Angel-Simon Avatar Ajayi Angel-Simon
    Date: 12/1/2012 7:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for stopping by Andrea... Love... Angel
  1. Date: 11/27/2012 9:03:00 PM
    Angel, i love the art and poem here. I wish I knew what you did to present the poem in this style... love every emotion coming from the poem... always~pd

    Angel-Simon Avatar Ajayi Angel-Simon
    Date: 11/28/2012 2:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you pd... Love... was just ruminating on the divergences of life, and wanted to capture it in the versification. Thanks for stopping by. be sure I'll reciprocate.
  1. Date: 11/27/2012 10:05:00 AM
    Excellent topic chosen and presentation..Robert Frost said that man had a microscope on one end and a telescope on the other and he paced back and forth like a caged bear...Great work..I am glad that I chose it to read today..I am listening to ABBA "I Have A Dream" instrumental as a read this poem so fitting..Sara...Your presence at my work was uplifting..I am going to fav this one..

    Angel-Simon Avatar Ajayi Angel-Simon
    Date: 11/27/2012 10:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Sara...Love
  1. Date: 11/27/2012 8:57:00 AM
    Angel another clever format, great poem...David

    Angel-Simon Avatar Ajayi Angel-Simon
    Date: 11/27/2012 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you David...Love