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PARADOX

PARADOX
Every line has a meaning; every meaning has a line…
              We think we have the worst story;
We heard other’s, we exclaimed, ‘GLORY’
              It’s cold now, when will it be hot? 
Now it’s hot, Oh Cold! Be our lot
              When it rains, we crave sun; 
Now it scorches, we say, ‘Rain Is Fun’
              We dream, but are afraid of its reality
We see reality but fantasize on fantasy
              We despise love—it’s cheap but deep; 
We idolize hatred—it robs us of sleep
              We want the flower, the tower and the shower
We want the whole world in our power
	We want this; we want that
But we have neither this nor that 
              We want to be here, and there
But we are neither here nor there:
                                                                      Joyful in sorrow; sorrowful in joy
                                                                Happy in sadness; sad in happiness 
                                                          Laughing but crying; crying but laughing 
                                                    Sane in insanity; insane in sanity
                                             Filthy in holiness; holy in filthiness
                                       Fearful in courage; courageous in fear

Poor in riches; rich in poverty
Healthy in wealth; wealthy in health

Love in lust; lust in love
     Beautiful but ugly; ugly but beautiful
          Speaking but silent; silent but speaking
                Thinking while sleeping; sleeping while thinking
                       Filled with emptiness; empty in fullness
                             Abundant in lack; lacking in abundance
                                                       
Fruitful in barrenness; sterile in fruitfulness                                              
Praying in despair; despair in prayer

                                                        Strength for weakness; feeble in strength
                                                  Honesty in dishonesty; dishonesty in honesty
                                            Peace in war; war in peace
                                     Civil but military; military but civil
                              Goodness in evil; evil in goodness
                      Rising but falling; falling but rising

Coming but going; going but coming
Dead but living; living but dead… 

                                      To win or to lose: to be used or to use
                                         Man is man when man knows man
                                            Death will die, and life will live…

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012




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Date: 11/30/2012 4:45:00 PM
I just love this zig zagging format. So interesting and YES, this is a myriad of paradox. Or at least major contradictions. Much enjoyed!
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Ajayi Angel-Simon
Date: 12/1/2012 7:03:00 AM
Thank you for stopping by Andrea... Love... Angel
Date: 11/27/2012 9:03:00 PM
Angel, i love the art and poem here. I wish I knew what you did to present the poem in this style... love every emotion coming from the poem... always~pd
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Ajayi Angel-Simon
Date: 11/28/2012 2:55:00 AM
thank you pd... Love... was just ruminating on the divergences of life, and wanted to capture it in the versification. Thanks for stopping by. be sure I'll reciprocate.
Date: 11/27/2012 10:05:00 AM
Excellent topic chosen and presentation..Robert Frost said that man had a microscope on one end and a telescope on the other and he paced back and forth like a caged bear...Great work..I am glad that I chose it to read today..I am listening to ABBA "I Have A Dream" instrumental as a read this poem so fitting..Sara...Your presence at my work was uplifting..I am going to fav this one..
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Ajayi Angel-Simon
Date: 11/27/2012 10:25:00 AM
Thank you Sara...Love
Date: 11/27/2012 8:57:00 AM
Angel another clever format, great poem...David
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Ajayi Angel-Simon
Date: 11/27/2012 9:38:00 AM
Thank you David...Love