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Wonder and Dismay

I'm filled with wonder and dismay.
Is life real, a dream, illusion?
A construct, maybe, I could say,
who'd author such confusion?

If me, I dread what might portend; 
I'm not that good with tools.
Others think they comprehend, 
maybe sages...likely fools. 

Call up all the ones I know;
sample their opinions.
Then I’d have to stem the flow 
of disparate dominions.

Dogmas are too quickly brought,
too readily believed;
words most keenly wrought
serve often to deceive.

Some explain it all away,
ascribe it to God’s will.
Doesn't this free will betray,
doubt in self instill?

So I write what I call verse—
toil with metered rhyme—
crafted well, both tight and terse,
ardor most sublime.

Thank you all for treasured prose,
honor for what’s mine—
stanzas, lines that we compose
touch briefly the divine.

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  1. Date: 3/16/2014 1:00:00 PM
    Mark :) It was nice to see your poem featured in the poetry soups, home page this past week. Enjoy the coming week. Always & Forever *LINDA

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 3/16/2014 8:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Linda: Nice to see you hear for a visit to this old poem. It will be a rather sedate week for me since I broke my leg a few days ago in a fall, so I sit with it elevated. ;>)
  1. Date: 3/11/2014 1:08:00 PM
    Yes - words and music, the best tools. Congrats on the selection. daver

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 3/11/2014 1:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Daver. I'm grateful to share my thoughts and appreciate those of others so much.
  1. Date: 3/11/2014 10:03:00 AM
    Mark, CONGRATULATIONS, on having your poem featured on the soup's home page. I'm always enjoying top picks of the week. Take Care ~SKAT~

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 3/11/2014 1:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Great to see you here, SKAT. It's been awhile.
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 8:11:00 PM
    Nice write Mark.. Thought provoking.. Matrix???

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 3/11/2014 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Dave. Well, as Einstein said, life is an illusion, albeit a persistent one. Am I really here or lying somewhere in a tank hallucinating all of it? No one has offered me a pill of some particular color to find out.
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 10:26:00 AM
    Congrats, Mark! This poem is featured today on the home page! :D

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 3/10/2014 11:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for coming down for a second look at this poem, Chan. Hope you're doing well.
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 6:38:00 AM
    you've done a brilliant job here and raise some interesting questions. i love your use of rhyme - toil on!

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/6/2013 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm so grateful for your comments and praise. Otherwise, I'd just be screaming in the dark.
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 11:16:00 AM
    As JTAP wrote, "You have a great sense and flair for rhyme" I wholeheartedly agree my friend and that's coming from the Quatrain King! LOL! Very thought provoking! Kidos!!!

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/6/2013 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jack, I think I'm done with it. Thanks for helping me with quatrain rhyme. I'd still be babbling and muttering without your fine examples.
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 11/3/2013 10:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for agreeing with me, Jack! I think Mark is an extremely talented fellow :)
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/1/2013 11:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jack, I tightened up my quatrain, "Patterns and Prose."Maybe you could take another look and tell me what you think. Mark
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 10/30/2013 7:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jack, you are the Quatrain King. The rest are pretenders, including me. Nice that I could fool you for a moment, however. Many thanks for the lift. Mark
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 6:22:00 AM
    I really enjoyed this piece, Mark. You have a great sense and flair for rhyme. The only thing I would consider switching up is in line 7, and that would be to say "judge me" instead of "me judge". Awesome job; kudos! :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 11/2/2013 11:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I like the changes you've made, but I liked the original thought better. I enjoyed the whole thing as it was, and wish only that you had switched those two words around. I think you have tremendous talent :)
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/1/2013 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I tightened up my quatrain, "Patterns and Prose."Maybe you could take another look and tell me what you think. I also posted another poem, kind of dark called "Dying with Regret."
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 10/30/2013 8:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. I've been struggling with the second stanza and spent a lot of time trying to fix--to no avail. So I reverted to when in doubt, take it out, hit delete and solved my problem. See if you don't like it better now. Mark
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 12:07:00 AM
    This is a great quatrain, a deep analysis of our lives and influence and teaching we derive from writings. Thanks a million times. Friend, JM

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/1/2013 11:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Joseph: I tightened up my quatrain, "Patterns and Prose."Maybe you could take another look and tell me what you think. I also posted another poem, kind of dark called "Dying with Regret." Mark
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 10/30/2013 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Joseph, thanks again for reading my poem and thoughtfully replying. Keeps me going, friend. However, I have had problems with the second stanza and couldn't seem to fix it. So when in doubt, take it out. I hit delete, so see if doesn't read better now. Mark