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The Philosopher

*Based on Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Numb fists with bloody wrists 
chained to crumbling walls.
Glazed eyes that never spy 
a single truth or fault.
Dim light impairing sight 
in spaces dark and shallow.
Stone walls where lies are scrawled 
by murky phantom shadows.

One breaks free on frail knees
stiffened by disuse,
to leave behind the dumb and blind 
who welcome this abuse.
He climbs in pain against the grain 
toward a distant light.
With bloodied hands, he finally stands, 
exhausting all his might.

Dazed at first, he's cursed by thirst
beneath the blazing sky.
The sun is bright and plunders sight
from eyes too dry to cry. 
Lesions crust as eyes adjust
to find a foreign land
with greenest grass and sea like glass
caressing strips of sand.

He stands amazed before this maze
of truths he's never seen
and vows to save those in the cave
whose ignorance demeans.
When he returns, his words are spurned
by those chained to the wall.
They have no will to brave that hill
or risk the chance to fall.

He cannot go back to this show
of living shadowed lies.
Now that he knows the truth below,
he needs the open skies.
And so he climbs to search, to find 
the knowledge that he craves.
No more a slave to the dark cave.
He's left that mindless grave.

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  1. Date: 10/28/2013 10:13:00 PM

    Oh, I like that poem. It's a great description of a real life situation Very nicely done work heather

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 10:14:00 AM

    I am impressed and agree with all the positive comments below. Great skill. Thank you again.

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 5:56:00 AM

    Heather... This is incredibly a genius write.. Dealing with the subject of philosophy is very difficult because it is meant to be for the elite... but here you have broken things into little fathomable pieces... The allegory of the cave is a pillar in Plato's philosophy, and you have described it exactly as one can picture it but with greater eloquence! Very good poem!!

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 12:10:00 AM

    Heather...you astound with this. Absolutely amazing! The allegory of the cave is so powerful. To think that those who know are spurned...isn't that still the case? Proud of you, girl! Hugs!

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 12:49:00 AM

    Oh, My dear, an A+ no question and another A+ and another! What a masterful and brilliant way to depict the allegory of the cave! Plato himself and Socrates would be proud of you as I am, although I am just a Ph.D. in philosophy! BRAVO!

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 5:05:00 PM

    Lovely rhyme and subject matter. It's like syrup and pancakes.

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 3:19:00 PM

    wow, this is very good metaphor how I am taking it. I wish I were more like him because sometimes I think I am too much like those slaves in the cave. Very fine work, and thanks for your comment on my pink cherry blossoms poem.

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 9:34:00 AM

    Top marks on this well crafted poem. I have to read more of your work, this is really wonderful.

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 6:24:00 AM

    Heck, I can take anything for ten minutes...it's that extra minute that really tests me...haha...plus, it just sounded right...and kinda funny...;)

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 12:26:00 AM

    Excellent. Well crafted poem. Enjoyed. Tfs

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 10:35:00 AM

    The rhyming patterns on this poem are really unique. I think it adds interest and spice to the poem. And I also like the allegory. Penned brilliantly!

  1. Date: 4/28/2013 11:16:00 AM

    This is a stunning work, Heather. Every word is placed perfectly. To my favs with ya!!

  1. Date: 4/28/2013 8:25:00 AM

    Perfectly crafted allegory of the Cave. WOW. Well done

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 2:30:00 PM

    Positively Brilliant. A tremendous write and piece of art... I'm putting it in my favorites.