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A triple sonnet.

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Three Pills

If there were a pill of life so one never had to die
And you could live forever with an infinite lifespan
Would it ameliorate our problems or would they multiply?
Would justice, truth and kindness be the heritage of Man?
Swift told of the Immortals, on the island of Luggnagg
Who never passed away it's true, but got older all the time
Men became a senile husk, and women a shrunken hag
Deaf and blind, but breathing, forever unaware as slime
Ambrosia rendered youth eternal for ancient Grecian gods
But also youthful passions of jealousy and hate
Prideful, vengeful, unfaithful, epitomes of selfish clods
Endless war and endless boredom was to be their endless fate
There is a season for all things, that perhaps we should obey
But if there were a pill of life, it'd be hard to toss away

If there were a pill of power that one could somehow buy
To control the lives of others in the course of one's lifespan
Would it ameliorate our problems or would they multiply?
Would justice, truth and kindness be the heritage of Man?
It's said that Alexander made a bargain with the gods
A shorter life of glory instead of long obscurity
History says he realized his ambition by all odds
Leaping fortune's highest flames and spurning surety
But when fulfilling your potential and to realize your dreams
You must conquer all around you and bend them to your will
The world would endure another of its despotical regimes
And of Caesars, kings and despots, the world has had its fill
For in any dealings Faustian, the devil always gets his pay
Yet for some people in this world, it'd be hard to toss away

If there were a  pill of wisdom upon which one could rely
To give one deep understanding within one's own lifespan
Would it ameliorate our problems or would they multiply?
Would justice, truth and kindness be the heritage of Man?
The Lord appeared to Solomon in a vivid dream by night
"Ask! What shall I give you? Choose what you desire."
"Oh Lord, grant me understanding, that I may discern the light
Of justice, truth, and kindness. It's to that which I aspire."
"Oh Solomon, I have now made you an understanding king
Keep my statutes and commandments and walk honest in my ways
And more, because it pleases me you asked me for this thing
Wealth and honor shall be yours and I will amplify your days"
If there were a pill of wisdom that we could take without delay
Perhaps we could be wise enough for the other pills some day

February 13, 2013

Copyright © Roy Jerden

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  1. Date: 12/26/2014 11:53:00 PM
    ROY, Congratulations -- This is a great way to end and start the new year, having your poem featured on the soups front page. Hope your Christmas was a merry one! Always & Forever ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 12/9/2014 8:52:00 AM
    Brilliant tremendous write wid pills of wisdom Roy! Congrats on big win my friend!

  1. Date: 12/9/2014 5:23:00 AM
    Great reading here, Roy. Life, power and wisdom, three wishes of mankind. I'm glad you left out romantic desire, it would have be a useless excess. Congratulations on your placement; more kudos for your statement.

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 10:42:00 PM
    Excellent write, Roy...thought provoking and wise words. The last two lines sum it up perfectly...congrats on your first place win!! Hugs, Rhonda

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 8:18:00 PM
    Very deep and enjoyable poem, congrats on the win

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 5:21:00 PM
    You give us much food for thought with this write, enjoyed your verse congrats xxx

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 3:59:00 PM
    Congrats on yoour winn. Well said. 'Take an aspirin and get back to me in the morning."

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Above and beyond with this poem ! So much depth, and thought that went into this should stand alone, Roy ! Excellent !

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 9:33:00 AM
    Congratulations!!! Thanks for entering the contest. May God bless you with LOVE & PRAYERS, Gina

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 9:28:00 AM
    Wow, Roy, this is so wonderfully written, and you present so much to think about if we ever had these magic, or perhaps wicked, options. Congratulations on your First Place win. Sandra

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 8:35:00 AM
    Brilliantly crafted Roy. Gives us lots to think about. Congratulations on your great win.

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 7:49:00 AM
    such wise words brilliantly penned - many congrats:-) hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 6:58:00 AM
    Excellent form, wise words clearly articulated, Congratulations on your win. A Fav!

  1. Date: 12/8/2014 5:51:00 AM
    Solomon chose wisely, of the three offerings only his choice was the right one. Yet even with that massive gift of wisdom he was not perfect and he still made mistakes. Man , as fallen creature can not be what he was intended to be without divine intervention. Great write my friend.. solid 7..

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 10:53:00 PM
    Roy, it would be very hard to choose which pill one would want, these are a lovely set of sonnets

  1. Date: 2/21/2014 8:47:00 AM
    Congratulations Roy. Nice winning poem...enjoyed!!!

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 7:00:00 PM
    Well-penned poem and congrats on the win, roy

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 1:46:00 PM
    Very interesting thoughts (and questions) in this introspective sequence of sonnets, Roy. Nicely done. Congratulations on your win! Ruben

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  1. Date: 2/12/2014 10:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win! I'd take none of them... There's always a down side to every thing... But that wisdom one is tempting...

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 4:52:00 AM
    Congratulations Roy i could do with all three xx