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I never cease to ponder at the turmoil in my life 
Though I feel my soul is peaceful it is manifest in strife 
While the strife is all internal 'neath a self content facade 
Turmoil rises in the absence of at-one-ment with my God 
Is it merely my perception? Am I resisting taking heed? 
Should this life be one of resting, or is it strife I need? 
It should be a simple matter to find the purpose of this life 
Is it growth I need from striving or is it rest I need from strife? 
Is it focused introspection, is it altruistic love? 
Is it spiritual reflection, or is it all of the above? 
For sure it’s more than economic, yet while that’s necessary too 
Is it our souls’ evolution that makes it all worthwhile to do. 
I can see no point in living just to pass another day 
I must have something more worth giving, than just to pay my way. 
It would be so much the simpler if a man could know for sure 
What his purpose is for living, his evolvement to procure. 
Will my purpose well within me? Could a vision not appear? 
And suggest a clear direction to pursue while I am here. 
I’m so tired of treading water, putting time in ‘till I die 
There must be something more constructive waiting for me by and by 
I have fancied other options but none have succored to my taste 
Yet to continue what I’m doing simply put, seems like a waste 
So it seems the only option is to carry on and wait 
And resolve that when I’m called on I will not hesitate 
I have learned of soul eternal, on an endless ageless quest 
Taking various forms and bodies, each to serve its purpose best 
With each lifetime experience and with every lesson learned 
It’s one step closer to perfection that the growing soul has earned 
For it’s purpose is advancement, and to not be left behind 
In it’s struggle for ascension to God, the universal mind 
I have friends who understand me, superficially at least 
I have others who are certain I have succumbed to the beast. 
I have family who despise me as a traitor to the faith 
Very quick to, criticize me and condemn me as "off base" 
I have learned I must not judge them, t’would be a travesty indeed 
For they are only doing what ‘ere it is that their souls need. 

In the meantime, I’m impatient, that my calling has not come 
It’s quite clear that I’m not ready, sufficient learning’s not been done. 
The problem’s not with others, nor need they change for me 
The work must all be done within me for my soul to be set free 

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  1. Date: 7/16/2014 10:39:00 AM
    This poem speaks to truth and does so in exquisitely executed rhyme. I think it's an elegant, thought-provoking piece . . . a beautiful, honestly expressed composition. Paul

  1. Date: 9/27/2013 8:27:00 PM
    Vic, absolutely loving this one again... congrats..Linda

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 8:00:00 AM
    Outstanding reflection! Congratulations.

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 4:38:00 AM
    Congrats on the win in the contest, Vic

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 10:30:00 PM
    deep moment of soul searching, vic... my fine congrats on your top win!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 5:01:00 PM
    Vic, .......Congrats................. Love~SKAT~

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 11:35:00 AM
    Vic, :)Congratulations!!! Thanks for supporting my EPIC contest with this amazing deep imagery. Exactly what I was looking for. If you'd like:-) stop by my latest poem ""In The Stars"" OR my latest blog! " Wartime Memories " at -----> always & forever **LINDA

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 10:50:00 AM
    My mouth is hanging open in awe!!!!, only read two verses so far, but I am in awe over this line..."Turmoil rises in the absence of at-one-ment with my God" I can't believe you actually came right out and said it! Kudos! Okay, I've read it all, and am putting it into my favs, for sure. and sweetie, if you'd like to have a friend who believes as you I am! so true. I have learned so much, after a long, long dry spell, which did serve a purpose as well. Feel free to sopupmail me anytime..

    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey
    Date: 9/24/2013 11:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Congratulations, also, for your win in PD's contest. hugs, catie :)
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey
    Date: 9/24/2013 10:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW ~ Big Congratulations on your win in Drake's contest. love and hugs, Catie :)
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 10:36:00 AM
    Powerful piece on self examination. You really went to the core with this write of yours Vic. Congratulations on your awesome first place with this gem. ;)

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 9:47:00 AM
    Vic, congrats to you for placing 1st. In no uncertain terms did I feel anything less than stunned. You literally took your heart, mind, & soul...placed it on an examining table & opened it up for public observation. Your call-out of your strengths & flaws was not just expressed, but epically bound in each line. You clearly acknowledged, understood, & accepted who you are, where you came from, & where you're going. This writing almost brought me to tears. Cheers to you. I'll be in touch.

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 9:40:00 AM
    what a powerful piece of poetry, well expressed and well crafted! Congrats on your first place win...awesome poem!

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 9:02:00 AM
    Such self examination, introspection is to be admired !!! Excellent choice by Drake.....this is such a powerful piece and my heartiest congratulations!!

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 3:14:00 PM
    Hi! Please check your Soupmail. :) This piece was driven with such intensity.

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 10:37:00 AM
    this is so deep and powerful. every line from beginning to end is filled with the quest to find yourself. It pulls the reader into your journey and keeps them interested. nice job

    Pister Avatar Vic Pister
    Date: 9/21/2013 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your lovely comments Robin It is very encouraging Vic
  1. Date: 9/20/2013 10:05:00 AM
    The journey begins with one single step Inwards then onwards, then forward, I love your poetry, it has great value, xxx

    Pister Avatar Vic Pister
    Date: 9/21/2013 10:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm happy that you like my poetry. It is a new found love Vic