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Below is the poem entitled REINCARNATION THINKING which was written by poet Allan Koven. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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These poems were all written in response to my brother whose belief in re-incarnation has always mystified me.

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Life is like a coloring book
with few or many pages
filled with complex 
outlined images.

We are given a box of crayons
and are asked to color in the 
background and spaces of the images

Sub-titles are allowed.

When the coloring book is finished
we are given a new one to complete.

C.A.K. 12-6-2012


Was I once before or never
Don’t know how or even whether

I was a firefly, a bird of prey 
a centipede, a fish fillet?

A baseball fan to keep the score
a mockingbird, a carnivore?

A blossom in the midst of spring
a sign of what the day might bring.

A germ grown in a Petri dish
a chicken bone an unmade wish

All things and species could I be,
even remnants of a tree.

Of all of these,  I leave this post,
I am for now what I am most.

CAK 7-23-2012


As 'core' beliefs thicken so, 
does it leave us room to grow?
As aging souls say we must, 
complete the cycle which was thrust
upon our bucolic living place 
turned upside down in whorling space
searching for a redemptive life.

But for you, dearest one, do you not remember 
before you arrived, you took this bucking horse of soul, 
tamed it, labeled it and proclaimed it. 
To become what you needed in order
that your ride be contained and controlled. 
It's name is 'balance' and it keeps you level in the saddle 
so you don't fall off. 



If, we are on a soul journey,
then what must that soul become?

A better soul? A wiser soul?
A sad soul? A learned soul?
Until one reaches the end of time,

There are so many lives to live out
to fully experience all aspects of this world.
Animals, plants - more souls searching?

One can speculate, but from my perspective
none of it makes sense.

CAK 4-03-2012


Was the Phoenix reincarnated?
Or was its embers reignited?  
Perhaps before a lowly worm or soldier bee 
or brown turned leaf upon a tree? 
A  seahorse, a shark, which fish shall I be?  
In fisherman's net to be eaten by me?  
And when the cycle is complete 
and x equals x on our balance sheet.
Can we then rest in a celestial lair 
with memories gone and unaware
of trials by all things forgotten?
If choose I must or chosen by me,  
I'll remain in the stars and just wait to see.


Copyright © Allan Koven

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  1. Date: 9/2/2014 10:18:00 AM
    Hi Allen, how are you, and how have you been... Thank you for the repky..Linda

  1. Date: 8/24/2014 10:44:00 AM
    Hi Allan, Long time no see... , Stopping by to check out a few of the featured poems:) Congratulations on having your poem featured on the soup's home page. Always~ LINDA

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 8/24/2014 1:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh Linda, I seem to have lost my muse. Guess I have to study up on some of your poetic chromanancies. The best to you. Allan
  1. Date: 8/19/2014 8:56:00 PM
    Jess, thank you for your kindness. I appreciate hearing from you, the sensuous lady. Allan

  1. Date: 8/19/2014 6:43:00 PM
    This was stunning work really. I enjoyed this piece. It was long, but worth the read. Take care, Jess :) TFS P.S. I added you as a Fav, so I could see more of your work.

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 8/19/2014 8:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry, I put this note in the wrong place. Jess, thank you for your kindness. I appreciate hearing from you, the sensuous lady. Allan
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 10:17:00 AM
    How much blinder are those who God won't let see.

    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 10/30/2013 10:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Isaiah 6:9-10
  1. Date: 9/8/2013 3:03:00 PM
    Hi Allan, It ius good to see someone writing on the subject of reincarnation. They say that two thirds of the population has a belief in Reincarnation. I don't believe in anything, but reincarnation makes a lot of sense to me. Everything goes round in circles in nature, and I should think that maybe consciousness does too...Loved your write...Peter

  1. Date: 9/8/2013 8:17:00 AM
    The biggest problem with reincarnation thinking is that most people confuse the idea of going back to a snail or a monkey etc. That human soul is the most highly evolved and most complex soul on earth plane. It is not possible to inhabit a lesser evolved species. Vibration doesn't allow it. Only learn more lessons in the human body

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 9/8/2013 10:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And you know this how? Hindus believe otherwise. The idea of re-incarnation to come back as a human is anthropomorphic. The earth and everything in it is made of similar materials, atoms, molecules. We are all remnants of the stars. Creation creates, how what and why will always remain a mystery to my way of thinking. a
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 10:14:00 AM
    wow!!! to your comment on my comment, does my commenting your poems bother you... never has a poets life or details of expressions and emotions in a poem a burden to me... I guess that is why poets of certain standards don't bother with little poet with no talent like me..... thank you for your time... I don't blame you.... for being the poet you are and writing about your life stories, in this manner... always * Linda

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 6/22/2013 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I really do think you are a special talent and no I don't mind you commenting on my poetry. I tend to somewhat of an existentialist so often times my words reflect that thinking. Keep writing oh mistress of a Texan heaven. You have a gift.
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 3:45:00 PM
    Allan : I did find, the few of your poem I have found the time to read, superbly deep, sublimely expressive, humanitarian in essence and of excellent quality. Gives me cause for second thoughts .

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 3:45:00 PM
    PS “ One can speculate, but from my perspective none of it makes sense. ” and I am sure that most feel that way, but when one considers that every known fetus, in it first moments /

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 3:44:00 PM
    first stages, is indistinguishable, one from the other, and considering that our biological make up is that of the universe and every species on this planet !, Could we not all be a part of a whole ? Food for thought ! ? B. J. “A” 2

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:10:00 AM
    those moments when you stop and think, "i've seen this before?" our past life perhaps maybe going back to do it all over again?, it is very thought provoking and a good write, enjoyed, ~always, Linda

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 6/5/2013 10:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Aren't you tired of reading all this heavy stuff? Seriously, Linda, I do appreciate the time you've taken to go though my life's stories. Allan
  1. Date: 5/28/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Dear Allan, very soul probing and soul searching questions! Just asking the questions though shows understanding and wisdom. I have written on the subject in many poems, especially REINCARNATION, CREATION, MY LIBERATOR and more! If you wish to compare notes then... Thank you for visiting!

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 10:14:00 AM
    Wow!! This is heavy talk. The debate around the issue of Reincarnation is not really settled down with a definite explanation!! But whether it was true or not, you were able to take me into the world of each word, each part, and each meaning!! Very intense questionable poem! I loved it! Surely rated 7!