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Prisons of Conceit

Confined within the steep banks of a narrow mind 

is a cryptic river where men stumble in and go blind

They construct reinforced dams that hold them back

from accepting the candid truth;  white is not black

Like the slow moving current of a trickling stream

their thoughts are clogged and clot like curdled cream


What chance do the recalcitrant ones have to accept

reality if they allow no vision of being circumspect

of taking fault and blame for having a closed mind?

These are the ignorant, the foolish ones aptly defined

as those destined to stagnate until they decompose

It's the subsequent end to the stubborn who oppose

a new premise or concept with which they don't agree

They rot inside prisons of conceit;  a human tragedy

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 12/6/2017 10:29:00 AM
Powerful poetic observations, Lin! Let the spilt ink from your pen help free those prisoners locked within. Great poem. Kudos on POTD. Love and smiles always.
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Date: 11/30/2017 8:04:00 PM
Your words are so insightful and spot on Lin. Congratulations on having this poem honored with POTD! Very deserving. : )
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Date: 11/27/2017 4:33:00 AM
Words of wisdom very well penned, Lin. A well deserved POTD honor. Excellent flow and rhyme. T.J
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Date: 11/25/2017 3:03:00 PM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. Lin - a wonderful poem - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/26/2017 8:19:00 AM
Thank you, Anne-Lise
Date: 11/24/2017 10:23:00 PM
I was sure I commented, but I guess not, what an excellent poem, and nice to see the trolls stayed away! This is so very well deserving of POTD! Hugs!
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Date: 11/25/2017 5:06:00 AM
Thank you, Arthur. Perhaps the truth serves as a repellent.
Date: 11/24/2017 10:18:00 PM
Congratulations on your awesome POTD Lin... hugs and smiles :)
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Date: 11/25/2017 5:03:00 AM
Thank you for reading and commenting.
Date: 11/24/2017 6:08:00 PM
Lots of wisdom in this one. Congrats on being selected for POTD.
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Date: 11/24/2017 6:55:00 PM
Hello, Rick, and thanks ever so much.
Date: 11/24/2017 4:33:00 PM
I would think the "human tragedy" would be the "end to the stubborn who oppose a new premise or concept with which they don't agree". It seems that the new "era of perception" has seized the realm of thought and useful exchange of ideas. Just one man's humbly stubborn opinion. Congrats on the POTD, Lin,it has caused many to pause and think...thank you
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Lin Lane
Date: 11/24/2017 6:53:00 PM
There's nothing humble about being stubborn. Thanks for the thoughts.
Date: 11/24/2017 2:33:00 PM
Great poem of the day, and so true - changes does not always come easy! :)
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Date: 11/24/2017 6:51:00 PM
Thank you, Bjorn.
Date: 11/24/2017 10:04:00 AM
Real poetry and real ideas! Although I think some people identify with a cause, etc. that they fear losing their identify if they consider any other viewpoint.
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Date: 11/24/2017 6:50:00 PM
They should fear losing more than their identity. Thanks, very much.
Date: 11/24/2017 9:46:00 AM
Congratulations Lin for POTD honors, well done.
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Date: 11/24/2017 6:49:00 PM
Thanks so much, Charlie.
Date: 11/24/2017 9:12:00 AM
Congrats!!! Lin on POTD...well executed write my friend...god bless...^WW^
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Date: 11/24/2017 5:36:00 PM
Thank you, WW.
Date: 11/24/2017 9:05:00 AM
Lin, this excellently-written poem is very thought-provoking and FITTING for the times! Congrats on getting POTD! Janice
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Date: 11/24/2017 5:35:00 PM
Thank you for the kudos, Janice.
Date: 11/24/2017 7:18:00 AM
Back with congrats! :) xomo!
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Date: 11/24/2017 8:04:00 AM
Thanks, Mo. Hugs!
Date: 11/24/2017 5:33:00 AM
This is a well-structured message...clearly delivered... Congratulations... I think it's wonderful Lin
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Date: 11/24/2017 8:04:00 AM
Thank you for the compliments, Arturo. They're very much appreciated.
Date: 11/24/2017 4:24:00 AM
That metaphorical conceit is neatly drawn from the first to the last line, Lin. I admire that. And congratulations on PotD :)
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Date: 11/24/2017 8:04:00 AM
Hi, Darren. Your insightfulness is such a clean breath upon which to draw. Thanks a bunch and keep yourself well.
Date: 11/23/2017 10:38:00 PM
This is filled with so much truth. A lot of people in the world are like this. Nicely penned Lin! :)
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Date: 11/24/2017 8:03:00 AM
Thank you very much, Julie.
Date: 11/23/2017 7:37:00 AM
The problem with people like this is that they are too ignorant to see the error of their ways and they will never change; they are destined to be this way forever. Nicely penned, Lin. John
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Date: 11/23/2017 6:39:00 PM
Ignorant is exactly what they are, John. Thanks ever so much.
Date: 11/22/2017 12:45:00 PM
The only bars in their prison is of their own making. Fools to themselves..... Loved it...Seren..fav
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Date: 11/22/2017 12:55:00 PM
Thanks so much. That's toadly correct, Seren. Here's a quote that I found, fitting for a fool. "A WISE MAN CONFESSES HIS WRONG; A FOOL DEFENDS IT" Some people are just too stubborn to admit they're wrong, even if they know they are.
Date: 11/22/2017 10:40:00 AM
This is great Lin...I can feel and smell it too
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Date: 11/22/2017 11:54:00 AM
Thanks very much, Tim.
Date: 11/22/2017 10:26:00 AM
A scatch and sniff poem I could smell it you wrote it so good!!!
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Date: 11/22/2017 10:37:00 AM
Don't scratch too hard, Mo. The stench may bleed through. Thanks very much.
Date: 11/22/2017 9:54:00 AM
Such an insightful poem into the mindset of a conceited arrogant self centered man (of course it does apply to some women too) Lin:-( Shame they can't see what other's can:-( Adding it to my faves:-) hugs Jan xx
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 11/22/2017 11:17:00 AM
Both sayings go so well with the poem Lin:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/22/2017 10:36:00 AM
LOL ok. It's there!
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 11/22/2017 10:14:00 AM
ha ha ha you should put that quote there too Lin lol:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
Oh yes, Jan, it also applies to women who are of the same nature. I found a quote that said, "The problem with closed-minded people is that their mouths are always open." Apropos! Thanks so much for your thoughts.