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Perception creates emotion

A notion by the starry-eyed from the start:
“Follow the truth which lies in your heart.”
Call me cynical, say that my intentions are cruel in their casings.
Yet in the end, deny that it is the mind that perpetuates feelings.
Sentiment is never ending if one so chooses, and can be tyrannical in its allure.
Emotion is unrelenting, creating the very existence of human nature. 
We pretend that people do the thoughtless based on a feeling, 
yet our minds can change emotion within a split second by perceiving.

The images we see, the sounds we hear, the fragrances we smell, 
the objects we touch, the tastes we absorb, and the stories they tell.
Our hearts are not self-functioning, their state is merely the result of contemplation.
As self-sustaining time journeys, the results overthrow notion.
What inspires this complex spiral of mind?
Music, discovery, revolutions formed by the brave and kind.

Be it an advantage or curse, this unique price we pay?
Does it make us different in any way?
For if we care, we destroy to thrive.
If we don’t, we lose ourselves, just staying alive.

So ponder, think, perceive, and muse.
In the end, our minds will with the dust fuse. 

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  1. Date: 11/27/2013 5:35:00 AM
    a complicated concept expressed so clearly! The rhyme and flow is beautiful in this poem. I love it!