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Loin cloth draped around his anorexic body the Buddha Searched for the Middle Way between Nothing and All Counted his blessings and figs as his thoughts focussed In meditation for humility compassion and lasting peace The tree of life’s branches lightened his shadows of doubt Enticed the suffering of suffering to lead from above Aristotle escaped from Plato’s cave into the sunshine Golden Mean on his mind he foraged for balance of virtue Moderated knowledge with feelings of exploring for wisdom A tiny window of opportunity between secrecy and honesty Reckless and cowardice tempting from both incomplete ends Good humour and absurdity longing for tranquility’s resolution Carl Gustav Jung took up the reigns drawn by polar opposites Between living and death in archetypal subconscious conscience Monumental conflict depicted as complements not contradictions A seeming paradox of incongruent and existential proportions Like the jester in Tarot’s antimony of beginning and infinite end The persona became more than a mere mask or Janus faced challenge The poet’s stream of consciousness meanwhile flows as ink in his pen Scratches at the surface quite tense in his hand pointing the quill Towards investigation and unexceptional essence of lost meaning Guided by the inner Self and nemesis of turmoil and equilibrium 19th January 2020

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Date: 2/6/2020 1:37:00 PM
Congratulations on an excellent composition and a well deserved win!! Like the way you merged and compared polar concepts and beliefs!
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Date: 2/6/2020 9:37:00 AM
Bravo, Kai.
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Date: 1/20/2020 3:59:00 AM
This is such an impressive introspective write Kai. Very philosophical and thought provoking. I enjoyed it very much. I too take the middle way. xxoo
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/22/2020 5:10:00 AM
Thank you Connie. I appreciate that and will try to sit under my Bodhi tree today. Kind wishes, Kai
Date: 1/19/2020 9:29:00 PM
Thank you for the gift of your poetry this evening: )Kai
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/20/2020 3:29:00 AM
Thank you Pixie. I need that poetic self-expression and am glad that you liked the poem. Kind wishes, Kai
Date: 1/19/2020 4:14:00 PM
Wish I knew more about the philosophers you mention, Kai. And I can see the connection between thoughtful poetry and philosophy. Beautifully penned! Best wishes, Carolyn
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/20/2020 3:36:00 AM
Thank you Carolyn. I studied only one year of philosophy in my mid fifties and it was so worth it. Kind wishes on a path to the Golden Mean, Kai
Date: 1/19/2020 3:37:00 PM
Deep contemplation, Kai. Perhaps East meets West in the writings of poets. Cheers , gw
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 1/20/2020 1:19:00 PM
Yes, Hesse was a great one alright. His novels were a grand (and pleasurable) way to learn something about Buddha and Buddhism. I even got away with teaching one in a Yeshiva high school one year. Hard to believe now... Thanks, Kai. ~ Gershon
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/20/2020 3:40:00 AM
It does. Hermann Hesse is one of the great writers, Who achieved just that. Kind wishes, Kai
Date: 1/19/2020 1:31:00 PM
love the title...it drew me into the depths of this write... very deep depths to your words... great use of language and vivid imagery... wonderful penning Kai :) hugs
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/20/2020 3:43:00 AM
Thank you Sandra. As long as we can think and write, we are blessed. Kind wishes, Kai
Date: 1/19/2020 1:25:00 PM
reading this, I can easily infer that you are very interested in the study of philosophy and asking the bigger questions! Deep one!
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/20/2020 3:47:00 AM
Thanks Andrea. Studying one year of philosophy has changed my thoughts and my life. Kind wishes, Kai
Date: 1/19/2020 5:21:00 AM
Very philosophical indeed... deep thoughts etched through your pen..
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Kai Michael Neumann
Date: 1/20/2020 3:49:00 AM
Books are my friend and so is my pen. Let the ink flow, smudge and realign, Kai