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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

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  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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    Date: 2/12/2014 1:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This comment is Not a PCPC (™)!! : D
  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

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 7:09:00 PM
    I like poems that make me think, and this one certainly did that! deep and profound, lots to ponder, quite a novel idea to write a poem such as this in the sonnet form, quite an undertaking - congrats on your win in my contest :)

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 2:21:00 PM
    Such an introspective dialogue.....again, you have a magnificent way to sum it all with such wise words to live by.....amazing poetry!

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 1:02:00 AM
    Excellent job on the flow of this poem. So much is said to ponder. I enjoyed it . Jen

  1. Date: 3/4/2013 5:11:00 PM
    This has my mind spinning, Roy...First the repeating first four lines of each verse with each verse asking haunting and difficult questions that all of us think about at times...then the last verse, well...what can I say but that I see the wisdom of Solomon...

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    Date: 3/6/2013 6:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Tim!
  1. Date: 2/26/2013 1:51:00 PM
    Hello Roy, i will settle when this pill is out.. a wonderful thoughtful win..pd

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 7:44:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, excellent poem!!

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 6:33:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 3:48:00 PM
    Now these are interesting questions you are asking, almost like I did. And very very interesting ending. I like yours better.

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 1:04:00 PM
    Great winning work..Enjoyed reading today..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 10:04:00 AM
    Many congratulations Roy xx

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 7:44:00 PM
    Congrats Roy .....Seren

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 7:27:00 PM
    Congrats Roy on your special win xxx

  1. Date: 2/21/2013 9:10:00 PM
    A great entry for the contest. Thank you Roy for recognizing my poem in your contest. The first place poem was wonderful. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 10:45:00 AM
    Nice use of rhyme in this poem. love phyl

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