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The Service Of Symbols -

The things I've been,the things I have been,the things I am,things I'm to be,
a symbol so dark a sign so brite,a mark of the heart,
shadow of the soul,
rind of mind,
as the Buddhist meditates on mandalas of rich color,cycles,devas,dangers & devotions
I embrace the world with all my senses,with vigilance,
riled rhapsody,
Christians sewing psalms into the conscious,
confounded with temptation,condemnation & damnation,
as Buddhists focused towards an ineffable destination,
my terminus is an awareness that explains purpose without pain or pleasure
but with an indomitable patience for being in perfection,
as blue is blue for blue,
Freemasons have their acacia & aprons,
the magic of History,of memory,of Brotherhood,
I shall memorize the wrong & right of my behavior,of my beliefs,
carry the cross of carelessness,rub beads of bemusement,
scratch thy palms upon the rough ashlar,
bleed for the sake of beauty,for the right of recognition,
\a hawk glides and swoops with an exactitude 
reminding One not to waste effort,to combine instinct & strategy
into trusted tactics,salvation found in solitude,
intuition aimed at the heavens can demonstrate
there is knowledge in not knowing,
serenity can be secured through suffering,happiness in creative endurance,
a nomad,amonk,mother of a nobody,
may teach that freedom is measured as strength through degrees,
chessmen bespeak the value of loyalty & sacrafice,
police have a badge,judges gavels,bankers use notes,psychologists study dreams,
and artists utilize shapes & sounds to elicit feelings,
evoking meaning for life,
perhaps superstition is ultimate motivation,
subjective & collective interpratationsfor reality which make it all tolerable,
that special definition making life personal,
when a culture abandons,or forgets the symbols of it's constructs
how can it survive,
continuity can not color & inspire posterity,
a tree without water,
as when a human neglects itself,
disfiguring the ideal into something rueful or baleful,
then the mystic symbol must change with it
as rich soil to mud,
the symbology survives,elastic and plastic like a spider web in the wind,
nature will always reconstruct,
teaching that our lives are but imprints for the future -


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  1. Date: 9/16/2012 8:40:00 AM
    Beautiful poem, love the last line especially. Always ~ Jay

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 9/16/2012 12:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This composition is beautiful to you Jay, because it is about you, your struggle, your victory - so glad you gain from this poem my beautiful friend! J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/21/2012 2:41:00 PM
    Another beautiful verse! Straight from your heart, the way you live by. You seem like you are content in this poem. I hope you are. :) My poems....are rarely content. Hah. Always, Laura

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 8/21/2012 8:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I've tasted both my beautiful friend, and I am content as long as the river keeps flowing - you are perceptive Laura, it did come from the heart! Thanks - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/18/2012 10:28:00 PM
    Hello Justin, stopping by to say hi. I'm strolling through your poems tonight. I'm making sure I have not missed a poem. I read this one all over again... SOme labels are what keeps this world going round and round... I'm making sure my tree has water... enjoyed visiting this poem again.. always PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 8/19/2012 11:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I believe that you are succeeding PD.! Thanks for your thought provoking reply, I love it - your Tree give me great shade & fruit - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/7/2012 6:26:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your interesting thoughts about religion..I am glad that I chose this one to read this eve..Thanks for stopping by..Your presence was uplifting..Sara

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 8/19/2012 11:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Paths to confidence, roads to knowledge, these courses led us to favor with Deity and Providence Sara - so glad I can spur you - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 7/22/2012 10:40:00 AM
    WOW, a dissertation on symbols. VERY nice. that last line says it all. Our lives are but imprints for the future. To see a movie that totally portrays the essence of that statement, you have to see the Sundance film festival winner: Beasts of the Southern Wild!!

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 7/23/2012 11:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the intelligent comments,and also for an intelligent reference Andrea. For me Andrea, you are a symbol of maternal nourishment,a wolf mother -thanks - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/22/2012 8:10:00 AM
    Enjoying your write, Justin! Does "there is knowledge in not knowing", also mean there is wisdom in ignorance? Makes sense. Much symbolism happening here "elastic, plastic", 'bout that web, I do wish it would blow away with the wind, bringing along its occupant.:( I no like spiders.:) Interesting conclusion: "our lives are but imprints for the future"! Nicely done, Justin!! Mikki

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 7/22/2012 9:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your comments are so thoughtful,and artistic;I am glad to taste your mind Mikki - ignorance is the birth of wisdom - thanks for your honesty & encouragement- J.A.B.
  1. Date: 7/22/2012 1:47:00 AM
    Justin, the coating of the mind is what keeps it all in tact. I like the outlook you have here. One should fret out everything, when they fear nothing. I like the way you use a strong perspective, it helps me realize what we see today will be stronger tomorrow. I like the way you mentioned the Freemasons, and their beliefs in your poem. Your ending gives me an image that our future belongs to only one symbols hand. Great poem.. xox~PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 7/22/2012 10:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am honored, you are a gallant & gracious philosopher, Poet Destroyer - Our vision for the future creates our Past,and to understand our Past allows us to trust our future - J.A.B.
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    Date: 7/22/2012 2:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    symbolized hands...