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To see ourselves as others see us --
unmasked images, through others' eyes --
half-formed caricatures, perhaps --
or mere grotesqueries -- 
barely recognized, telling
what we thought to hide.
We'd label these as skewed
perceptions, not real truth...

But, no matter -- when once
I thought myself unfairly judged
and asked "How so?",
I was reminded of the obvious,
i.e.: all outcomes are determined
by perceived attitudes and actions.
Not truth, but clear perception,
pure appearance, guide others' thoughts
and so create the world we live in.

Thus,  however harsh,
"Perception is reality."

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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 1:46:00 PM

    Very nice thought penned with reality. You have a very nice heart too. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 10:53:00 AM

    A very good write and I agree with a lot of comments made below. Thanks for your comments. We are a long way from spring. The snow keeps coming and it has been a very long winter . I need to focus on spring and the lovely flowers it brings. love phyl

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 12:55:00 AM

    I am realizing this more and more about myself the older I get too. You are very perceptive and you write of what you "know" with such clarity.

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 12:54:00 AM

    wow, this is DEEP and this is GOOD.

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 5:44:00 AM

    food for thought, how do we ever know how others percieve the world? So many factors go into shaping our perception, our thoughts and emotions are like filters to clear seeing. Clear seeing without projection or labeling is a state of truth and bliss? A very nice write, thank you.

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 7:55:00 PM

    so true and wonderfully expressed on this well written poem. love phyl

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 7:27:00 AM

    I like what you have written here.. well done.. Michael

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:48:00 AM

    Perception is reality if you choose to go with it.. A very meaningful of self esteem poem, Leo. thx for stopping by at my page. Dinda

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 11:53:00 AM

    I enjoyed this write very much - our truth is ours alone.

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 3:09:00 AM

    I agree with PD said correct. Thanks for reading and for your valuable comment on my write. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 5:39:00 PM

    Leo, we are all responsible for our perception. I like keeping my perception on check. good perception and bad perception are only a pinch of reality... enjoyed this... very much...pd

  1. Date: 10/11/2012 8:47:00 PM

    : ) "Perception is reality" as "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder". Exceptional write, Leo. Very well done! Thank you much for reading and leaving a kind comment on "Don Cross dah line"...I laugh everytime I read that because it was such fun writing it years ago. Have a great weekend. Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 7/1/2012 6:45:00 AM

    Leo, Good one, 'perception is reality' pointing right at the capacity of our ability to handle responsibilities. Cheers, i enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 7:41:00 AM

    so it is, Leo, this is a very interesting poem, well written, and i enjoyed reading. harry

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 10:11:00 AM

    well written ..and for thought..

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 11:34:00 AM

    Awesome truth, flawlessly expressed. So true, the last line sums it all. good interesting poem.

  1. Date: 5/14/2012 10:27:00 AM

    Wow! This is fantastic! Adding to my favorites (:

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 1:37:00 PM

    Leo (Any relation to the Lion)? Sorry, but I couldn't resist! The correlation of ancient astrology's Leo the Lion to your strain of philosphy was simply too obvious to let pass by. This poem provides a glimpse of your ultra-wide vision. Bravo...

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 9:04:00 AM

    so true. very deep :)

  1. Date: 5/8/2012 8:34:00 AM

    Fortunately, others cannot really see inside our heads. Your last line has it. daver

  1. Date: 5/7/2012 1:51:00 PM

    Leo the reality is , this is good..David

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 4:10:00 PM

    so true, leo. words of wisdom indeed

  1. Date: 5/1/2012 10:13:00 PM

    Smile ˜ Kind Of Like Self-Fulfilling Prophecies? ˜ I Kind Of Think On The Lines Of Solomon ˜ I Gaze Into The At, THE AUTHOR * Calling Things That Never Were, Then They Are * Sitting All Things In Order; One Rises & Another Falls * The Rose Of Sharon * Thanks For Passing By, My Dear Friend ˜ Love Always, John!:) ˜

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  1. Date: 5/1/2012 10:02:00 AM

    Indeed perception seems to be the rule...sadly. What a marvelous poem and well thought out. Enjoyed !!

  1. Date: 4/28/2012 3:47:00 PM

    Enjoyed reading your very exressive work this afternoon..It probably would not be good to know how others feel about us but as my father said to me just shortly before his death it doesn't matter what others think or say what matters is what you are on the inside character is what is important..Thanks for stopping by...Sara

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 11:49:00 PM

    So true, Leo...

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 2:45:00 PM

    yes, thought provoking thoughts indeed, leo