Watering The Masses.

(Collaboration with Bree and Raw Earth Ink)

INTRODUCTION (By O.D.)

Do people actually want to consider reality when reading, or do they prefer to have no mention of it? 

Are we on our blogs to confront issues that affect us, or are we here to simply patch each other up and call it a day? Not mutually exclusive, I know, but I wonder.

Decided to take a break from writing here. It’s a little disheartening and at times, exhausting.

There’s a recurring non-committal attitude I’ve noticed when people share their thoughts on WP and even on Youtube. A desire to not offend or hurt people’s feelings because you’ll be labelled a pariah and lose followers/readers.

I understand the desire to harmonize and protect people’s feelings… just not at the cost of integrity.

Say your truth, don’t be a people pleaser. Approach issues you wish to address with respect (If this little tidbit sounds obvious, you’re exactly the kind of reader I like) 

I’m not a masochist desperately trying to get burned with every post I read, but I’m not a passive drone either. 

One of the reasons I started a blog in 2014 was to write content I wished to read. Sounds a little self-serving but hold on …

Before 2014 I would read blog posts in which people would share their non-stop happy thoughts like we were in some kind of pre-heaven lobby. And then I would read the most abrasive blog posts that cursed the world and everyone in it. I don’t know, I just find both tasteless if I’m being honest.

Where was the analysis — the self-critique — the deep dives?

Often times people are intimidated by the idea of being open on their own blogs. The idea of addressing topics that are considered sensitive or divisive. Because it’s hard work, obviously, and people don’t like being wrong or appearing less competent. Looking to preserve their reputation.

Well, I say screw that reputation lol 

No matter how hard you may try to be “right” all the time, you’re always going to be wrong somehow. That’s just a fact.

Take me, for example, I’ve done a few deep dives like The Gigachad Vortex or Why Fight Club Continues to Be Culturally Relevant.

Despite all the work I put in, are they perfect? Absolutely not. In fact, I’ve had a few corrections pointed out to me, which is great because I learned something.

When we pursue the truth, in whichever capacity, we can never reach an absolute. I believe truth is a process — a continuous discovery. There’s no way one person can find the truth on their own, not an objective truth at least.

We need to share our experiences, critique our shared realities and find a synthesis of some kind. And one of the ways we can achieve this is by letting go of the assumption that we’re required to be perfect know-it-alls that have reached the ultimate zen state. 

To have the courage to correct someone who’s wrong and to have the humility and willingness to learn when we’re being corrected.

I’m literally putting myself out there with posts such as these. Giving an open invitation to readers to call me out wherever they think I’m wrong. 

Know why? Because that’s how we get to think.

One of my favourite quotes says, “To think is to choose to be uncomfortable”. Contrary to popular belief there’s nothing simple about thinking. You don’t need to think to brush your teeth or switch on a light; in fact, these are things that happen on auto-pilot. 

For example: When someone drinks water from a glass, they don’t think: 

Glass +Touch Glass + Bring Glass To Mouth + Drink +Put Glass Down. Instead, they just do it. The process has a heuristic element to it.

The only time we get to think about mundane things like glasses and water is when they don’t work according to our approximations.  When we choke or when the water turns out to be warm instead of cold is the only time we get to notice the glass and the water inside. 

“The primary object of perception is meaning, not objects” i.e. When you see a door, you don’t think “door” (object). You think that’s a “go-through place” (meaning).

But I’ve put too much into the intro already. Considering how massive of a task it would be to explore this topic, I thought it would be best to collaborate with other bloggers I know (Secret Bree and Raw Earth Ink). It’s no small undertaking, but I figured if we’re going to critique how watered down a majority of content is, better to look at it from all perspectives.

Despite the intro sounding like I hate all “boring” content, I believe there’s a place for it — and we’ll also get into that. It’s our hope that by the time this post is done we would all have learned something. Starting with why “boring” or milquetoast content may not be so bad.

 

 Alright, here we go: 

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FOR THE WATERING (By Bree)

Allow me to start by disagreeing O.D, because variety is the spice of life 😉 I’m here to defend Instapoets and influencers everywhere! You say content is watered down and without depth, I say get with the times.

The belief in the decay of society is not new

The belief that people are watering-down communication/expression or ‘pitching to the masses’ is nothing new. The feeling of societal decay and the loss of integrity and morality has happened since the beginning of human generations. There’s a great article outlining 2,500 years of recorded comments of people’s concern at the ‘lack’ of morality with the next generation or social movement (see below). Hence, when we make these comments today, it’s wise to view them against the patterns of history. When new generations emerge and change things, the older generations are usually offended. Change tends to make us uncomfortable, so what we view as an ‘non-committal attitude’ or ‘boring’, may simply be a shift in generations. I’ll explore cultural change a bit later. 

It is really watered down or is it pitching to your audience? 

You can’t expect people to be on the same level as you. This needs to be taken into consideration when trying to get people to see things from your point of view OR when you’re trying to influence them. Sometimes you have to take people on a journey and that often means speaking to the lowest common denominator. Is it frustrating (absolutely), but isn’t it worth it if you can take someone from point A.00 to point A.01? It might not be point A to point B (the ultimate goal), but it’s a lot closer than nothing at all. Sometimes this requires a holding back, a ‘watering down’ so to speak as you gradually get people used to an idea.

Art is Subjective

Art in all its forms is subjective and therein lies the problem. Someone may genuinely connect with the seemingly simple phrase someone writes (e.g. ‘Nights are dark’) and it might be what they need to read in a particular moment to not feel alone. Who’s to say that their reaction is disingenuous? Who’s to say that what someone has said, written, or posted is disingenuous or unworthy of attention, simply because you don’t like it. We must acknowledge that personal taste influences what we choose to see and how we react to content.

I’ve seen some highly publicized poetry books and having flicked through them I’m frustrated, I know far better poets on WordPress. However, I know someone else would disagree… because of subjectivity. We assume others aren’t truthfully appreciating something or taking the time to understand something because we don’t like it. We think their engagement with the content is fake. We don’t understand how they can like it and cry foul! Is it possible that our judgements are subjective according to our own standards of what we consider good or worthy? As much as someone likes something, another dislikes it. Who is right? Is it possible that both are truthful in their assessments? Who becomes the gatekeeper of what is valid and acceptable, because the person next to them might disagree?

O.D. – “Also, let’s not forget, with boring, formulaic content comes consistency. And when we have consistency, we have certainty. And let me tell you, many people love having certainty in their lives. Like Bree mentioned, someone may connect with the simple line “Nights are dark” because it’s direct, clear and obvious. And perhaps it’s the fifth in a long line of predictable and arguably uninteresting lines like “Water flows” and “Winter is cold”. But you know what, the reader loves it. They know when they visit this unspecified blog they will get more of that juicy obviousness. 

And again, like Bree says — who’s to say they’re wrong in thinking that? If it brings them joy, no one should get in the way of that.

Humans seek meaning in an unpredictable world full of unclear choices and happenstance. We want to be certain about things, so we pursue that certainty in the meaning-making areas of our lives — through religion, politics, beliefs and ideologies.”

Non-Committal Attitudes – Are they actually wise?

When the internet is forever and every week a new issue draws world-wide attention, is it actually wiser not to be so forthcoming with your opinions? One week you might be a hero, the next week you say/write/do/like/post something and then you’re a hate target. It doesn’t even have to be something you did this week, it could be from five years ago… the internet is forever.

Cancel culture, although not bad at holding people accountable for their actions, can also turn quickly into a mob mentality. Individuals can be cancelled without just cause or proper investigation, due to public exposure and vicious online attacks.

There seems to be little room for reasonable debate these days. Battle lines are drawn quickly and it’s either one side or the other without much respectful exchange. This in turn, limits conversations, debates or differences to the opinions of those who are willing to go down in flames for their cause OR shout the loudest. It’s a difficult place to navigate and so, keeping the peace, walking delicately in an unstable world isn’t cowardice, but perhaps wisdom. 

Art reflects culture and current style preferences

Any era throughout history can be identified by certain styles of music, art, fashion etc. In western history it’s evident in the renaissance paintings of the 14th-16th centuries, flapper dresses in the 1920s, 1980s rock ballads or emo culture in the 2000s. Those periods were dominated by a certain culture and stylistic manifestation of it. The current culture we live in is no different, however, we have a new element: social media, flooded with quick-moving fads and expressions. It’s a fast-changing culture and generations are likely to point fingers at each other saying ‘you’re out of touch’ or ‘you’re distorting real art’ (see my first point). Some artists will adapt, some will change tact, some will look for different avenues and others will rort the system. 

Perhaps online content and art creation have changed, but that doesn’t always mean change is negative, it creates opportunities in other areas. Undoubtedly people feel uncomfortable when a new generation emerges having known nothing different and are able to function or thrive. We’re at a precipice at the moment… either we’ll adapt and move with the current cultural trend (lest we be left behind) or there will be a major count-cultural shift. Or perhaps, to add in another spanner… the two can exist side-by-side, but in different arenas e.g. the emergence of apps like BeReal.

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AGAINST THE WATERING

O.D. – “Despite issues of ‘watered down content’ and the ‘decay in integrity/morality’ having been explored countless times over the years or centuries, it’s still worth critiquing. I believe in the Principle of Divine Reason, the Logos, so to speak. A truth that’s innate in nature, a truth that unifies and continues to exist but remains elusive to us as humanity.

In pursuit of this truth, we may form similar conclusions to those that have asked the question before. Our ‘duty’ (and I use that word loosely for lack of a better one) is to try and find new connections. In doing so, we move that much closer to a theoretical ‘absolute’. Should anyone else ask these same questions after we do, we hope what we’ve explored and uncovered here serves as a timely baton pass.” 

Raw Earth Ink“With the rapidly morphing face of social media into more and more AI-generated (unnatural) shares, be it in art, photography, writing, videos, selfies, etc, there comes the greatly diminished Real Person behind the screen. The “reel” world in 15-second snapshots doesn’t allow for (or indeed care about) actual composing, editing, re-editing, proper grammar, punctuation, art created withOUT the assistance of AI-art-software, or blunders in audio. Instead, it’s fabricated to replace rather than imitate Real Life. 

 

“It is currently socially acceptable (and expected) to use filters for your face, which is now no longer your own, but to eschew traditional forms of writing (with rules) and art (with hands rather than a computer). We’ve been engineered, rather quickly, to share snippets of an event highly filtered, to write short-form for toddler attention spans, to “brand” our name, to share what gets the most “likes”, rather than being genuine. Sometimes that means it won’t be the most popular opinion. Sometimes that means being misunderstood or harassed. And so we, as a society, are trading, or rather Selling, our authentic selves for the intangible “fame of likes.”

More from Bree: I’m back for some more fun (love that variety).

People aren’t as stupid as you think

Why do we assume people won’t understand intelligent arguments or questions? Why do we assume that they can’t handle complex or confronting ideas? By ‘edging around’ an issue, aren’t we simply ignoring what’s happening? Instead of dumbing down arguments, give people the opportunity to engage in deep discussion.

Is it because we’re afraid?

Is it actually our own fear of rejection that holds us back from sharing the truth as we see it or standing up for something? In a day of ‘cancel-culture’ and any differing opinions are perceived as a mortal sin, it’s easy for important voices to get silenced. This is more of a reason why issues of concern should be addressed head-on. Tiptoeing around disagreements only allows one side to have a louder voice and the loudest voice isn’t always right. Rational arguments don’t always override irrational responses, but they can be the turning point for some.

The current content is hurting us

When focusing on social media, the studies on its impact on people’s mental health can’t be denied. Don’t even get me started on fake news. Surely there needs to be some accountability? As with the evolution of declaring a paid advertisement an #ad, I propose that when using filters etc, make it clear a filter is being used. If you see BS online, we should be able to call it out.

O.D. – “This desire to churn out non-confrontational content in many ways encourages complacency and a self-impressed attitude in those that are already ignorant. 

Sure, Bob and Susan may want to read the boring stuff to feel ‘safe’ and ‘certain’ about their reality. But are they really safe and secure because we’re merely omitting the uncomfortable and gory details? Or are we emulating the poor standard that has already been set by mainstream media? How conducive is that approach to our development and overall well-being?

Someone might counter and say “What I don’t know won’t kill me” to which I say, there’s already plenty of that. There’s a lot we don’t know, and as a result, a lot that won’t ‘kill’ us. The true challenge is actually getting to know what kills us because not enough people are willing to bring up the uncomfortable. So much so that it’s become taboo.

Besides, uncertainty isn’t such a bad thing, particularly for creative minds. Being uncertain pushes us to learn things we wouldn’t otherwise learn if we were certain. And one of the most interesting things that happen during times of uncertainty is value creation. And where there is value creation there’s potential for novelty. 

By exploring the unknown we increase our space of possibility and start forming new connections. Something to consider the next time you think being certain about everything is the ideal. 

It’s not ideal, it’s only comfortable.

Last thoughts from Bree: I hope by reading our mix of words, we’ve caused you to feel slightly uncertain and uncomfortable. I love how O.D says they lead us to growth. What I appreciate about WP and O.D’s blog is the space it creates to have these open discussions. We three aren’t the only ones pondering the complexities of modern-day art and the impacts of social media. We’re certain you have your own thoughts to add. Which side of the ‘argument’ do you side with? What’s something we discussed that stood out to you? What got your blood boiling and what did you nod your head at? As O.D would encourage, say your truth, don’t be a people pleaser, we want to hear from you too.

Bree, Raw Earth Ink & O.D.

Art by:  viktorow

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Holmes, J. 2016. Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing. P.11-12.

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Lotto, B. 2017. The Neuroscience of Creativity, Perception, and Confirmation Bias. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR2P5vW-nVc&t=1s

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Protzko, J and Schooler, J, W. 2019. Kids these days: Why the youth of today seem lacking. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6795513/

Spirit Rift (Collaboration)

A collaboration with Tara from Raw Earth Ink through poetry; alternating sets of verses.  Please visit her blog and check out her amazing work. No time to waste 😉 Let’s get into it:

 

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Sand grains massage our feet,

Waves hit our ankles, toppling our sandcastles

No, we’re not sad, but we’re definitely a little salty,

Literally — our toes watered, sand-drenched-deep 

In the warmth of mother earth’s caress —

Absorbing all that we can sea

Past the sun-kissed vanishing point

To us, the Sun sets how it rises; 

We are strangers to the darkness and it’s cherry covered lips  

The evening? What’s that? 

We are one — an extension — Permutations of the light

We are wherever it is.

 

Sun rise, sun set, moon rise, sun rise

Blink and the future has become the past

Afternoon? Day break?

We stand still and clouds wax, then wane

The salt-encrusted waves brush our shins

Retreat

The great work of our hands melt

Harden and melt right before watering eyes

 

Sadness holds our hands

We shiver but stand firm

Part of something greater we will never be a part of

Cracked lips smile and part

Teeth glowing from inner light

Laughter spills like tears

We grow

 

–  And grow, far-reaching — think liana vines intertwining,

Precisely how our minds move and wander,

Travelling past stars littering the cosmos,

They’re all over the place;

It’s no insult when you say we’ve since lost them

 

No metric for the merging of gifted imaginations

Hardly human, yet a brush with barbed wire still leaves us bruised

Surprise-surprise, mouths agape when our blood leaks with an ethereal glow,

To pass time, we play squash using the end of this universe

In-between ricochets, we convey the entirety of that experience through verse.

 

“What’s that in the air?” – “Is it a bird?” –  “Is it a plane?”

No, it’s simply our minds coming back.

 

Coming back, coming back 

from winding paths and circling constellations 

It’s all a game, isn’t it? 

games and gains 

Points received and penalties taken

We morph, grow; expand like dark matter 

pushing us faster and faster 

to the edges of the unknowable known universe 

The further out we look 

the further in we perceive 

in reality it’s push-and-pull 

all coming back again

 

The dream-verse surrounds and engulfs 

Lifting cliffs of fantasy and rivers of science

Fields full of poppies and poetry

A sky dusted with possibility 

An ocean seized with salted lust

 

Salt, salt, yes, minerals coating toes

We dip in and retreat

Shift from one foot to the other

Watching the horizon, time slips

 

Like our souls during an ephemeral passage into a spirit rift

Say hello to the terrestrial embodiment of your unspoken spirit guides

Language is recursive, and this piece fits snugly at the end of it

Each flick of the wrist with that raw earth ink uncovers secrets of the galaxy

Take care to go slowly, rein in the need to OD on the knowledge;

Digest at varying paces but let nothing fly over your head

 

We strike the balance with little to nothing to show for tipping scales

A sample of humble pie to go with our cup of due pride

We were always told to dine on a balanced diet

And this is it — two burning souls cooking all waking senses

Leaving them simmering, don’t you worry;

All you need do is form a single file

For there is plenty of love, clarity and empathy

For all.

 

– O.D. & Raw Earth Ink ©2020

Creative (Collaboration)

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My collaboration with Tara from the blog Raw Earth Ink. I’ve always enjoyed her writing and how immersive it is, if you have not yet followed her I suggest you do. She has some amazing poetry, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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To get the ink flowing, sating the creative in me

I could share a tale of how constellations first have to combine

Over the cosmos, in a way that forms an image,

Drawing the best of my imagination;

But – as always – I’d be getting ahead of myself,

After all, to begin writing,

I’d need not look further than anything around me.

 

Really, the first thing I do

Is look inside myself while I’m looking out

Sure, the world around me

Provides excellent inspiration,

Both good and dark,

But if I’m honest with myself

(And I have to be, to write)

It’s the inner things, 

My thoughts and experiences, 

That I really draw upon.

 

… And draw upon them I do

With such fiendish precision.

Thoughts and feelings curating,

Procedurally generating… Art,

Straight from the heart.

 

These thoughts, ideas, and emotions

Swirling and mixing inside me

Come pouring out in rivulets and swells.

They appear as nouns and axioms,

Run-on sentences and adverbs,

Semi-colons and hyperbole.

There are no rules, only the need

To release.

 

Raw Earth Ink & O.D. ©2020

 

Art by:  Gydw1n

Painted View (Collaboration)

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Another collaboration with my ultra-talented friend Kim from the blog Peace, Love and Patchouli

Took us a while to finish this one but it was worth it. I’ve collaborated with her on multiple poems now (this is the third) 

If you are interested in seeing our previous collaborations here they are:

All Together Now.

Higher Love

Visit her blog and bear witness to how she brings light into the world through her amazing writing 🙂

 

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The world, our canvas 

Is as clear as it could ever be

Impromptu strokes, beyond stoked 

For the surprise, I am yet to see.

 

Follow the scene of my soul,

lighter moments of colour

Paint the scene of my mind

Keeping pace with the road ahead

As steps move us forward,

In places where anything goes.

 

Lo and behold

Paintbrush bristles, kiss the poetic palate

Imprinting our souls and what they see;

A persistent light in the unrelenting darkness

Painting pictures with words that appraise 

What the rest of the world 

Would not hesitate taking for granted.

 

I follow my bliss with a like-minded soul

Travelling into the paradise of beauty

And I know you will follow me to the end of days,

In this moment we shall walk together

Basking in the creation we become

Upon this canvas of a place called life

Treading lightly into the miracle of now.

 

 Peace, Love and Patchouli & O.D. ©2018

 

Art by: CaringWong

Once More (collaboration)

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My contribution to a collaborative poem by Neha from the blog, ForgottenMeadows

You can participate in the collaboration here

 

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Once more, we become one

Penning our thoughts and words,

Watch them flow seamlessly

Through this conduit, we call poetry.

 

Fortunately or unfortunately,

It will take this and probably, many more pieces

Before they put it all together and see

That the life we weave far bypasses

The containment of Earth’s narrative.

 

– O.D. ©2018

 

Art by: arisechicken117

 

 

 

All Together Now (Collaboration)

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Another collaboration with my friend Kim from the blog Peace, Love and Patchouli

Always a pleasure and enlightening experience working with her. Our words weaved together into one; leaving me inspired and hopeful for another project later in the future 🙂 . Visit her blog and bear witness to how she brings light into the world through her amazing writing.

 

Invisible hands move slowly

Softly melding in to touch the coolness

I am created piece by piece

Sheltered in the warmth

I wait to serve.

 

In unison, I pour

The best of me and you

Molded formation of love and truth

Allotropes of the light

Touch gifted by none other

Than the most divine.

 

I feel you through each finger tip,

Forming my soul with such an innocence

And as seen through your eyes

You make me whole

And through my imperfection

I feel beautiful

Inside and out.

 

Kneaded, to a standard reflective of

How much we’re needed

Nature of our design sparks emulation

Feel the presence in our stillness

Look at us, witness your reflection

Through our rich definitive finish

Another love letter

From our Maker.

 

We stand together

Unique in our collective being

Standing tall and ready

To serve the needs of the starving soul,

To refill where there is an emptiness

With hope and love for all.

 

Peace, Love and Patchouli & O.D. ©2017

 

 

 

Higher Love (Collaboration)

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A collaboration between me and the ultra talented Kim from the blog Peace, Love and Patchouli

As her blog name suggests, she spreads peace and love wherever her mind travels. If you haven’t already joined the journey she has embarked on, I suggest you do; you wont be disappointed 🙂 . You can find the link to her blog here

 

Slipping through,

Behind me I sense you

A daily taunt, a tease…

As the tides rise at your command

I watch smitten…

 

When today decides to marry

A new day, a dark veil descends

I relay, rather, reflect

The best you choose to give

The light, from your form

Brings me to their attention

Hides my darkness

As I orbit around their home…

 

I wake from a moving slumber

Feeling your cold cool loveliness caress

As you cover me like a glowing glove

My blush rises from behind

Radiating the warmth

As I burn through this space

Glancing as I watch you

Proud and silently slipping away….

 

… Slipping away,

Or so it seems, to them

For departing, means arriving

On the opposite side

Of this terrestrial plain

Time consciousness on infinity,

Never missing a beat, consistently

Gracing us with that light you,

In the simplest form,

Shine persistently.

 

I wait for you

Like a reflection in the mirror

I know you are there

Essences of my favorite shades,

We work the line

Invisible and steady

Knowing the cord reaches unseen

I am tied to you

And you to me

Eternally.

 

– Peace, Love and Patchouli & Original-Dante ©2017

 

Poets For Peace.

My contribution to a collaborative poem for the #PoetsForPeace collaboration

You can add your contributions here

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Who better to bear the baton

Than us, the peace-makers,

Champions of the ink-slinging

And masters of penmanship.

 

Who better,

To make the world aware of its decline

Than us, rather me

An individual who’s always

Deep in internal conflict

Seeking endless betterment of the self.

 

Is it wrong of me

To say i’m sick of the pointless killings?

So they can’t prove their point

Through verbal means;

Does that equate a gun

As the best alternative?

 

Weakness doesn’t begin to describe

The flaw in that rationale;

As an advocate for light i’m ashamed

To call myself human.

 

Surely, you realize

Our enemy lies elsewhere

Yet all we do

Is kill each other before

We face the real threat that lies

In the darkest recesses of the abyss.

 

I’m not arrogant,

But i’m not entirely humble either;

To topple the enemy that

Threatens the very existence

Of the human race turning a blind eye

Is leagues away from the solution .

 

I refuse to wait before the weak-willed

Who deem themselves powerful

Push to establish their power motives

At the expense of human lives

While I wait for a change of heart.

 

No, to hell with that,

I  will channel all I have ,

Ink and all, to the center

Of their consciousness through

A plethora of penned lines

Exorcising the demons that reign

Over their hearts.

 

– Original-Dante ©2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace (Original-Dante & ForgottenMeadows)

Neha from ForgottenMeadows and I have decided to do a collective of collaborations each month, for the next five months. This collaboration is the fourth of five, and our title this time around was Peace. If you’re interested in reading our previous collaborations in this project, you can find them in the following links:

 

Words

Emptiness

Perhaps

 

If you haven’t checked out Neha’s blog already I suggest you do,😀 like now! She graces WordPress with poetry for the soul, check her out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a link to her blog ForgottenMeadows .

 

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My section is in this colour

Neha’s section is in this colour

 

A medium

That best magnifies

A piece of my mind

To give me peace of mind,

Hand me the pen

And cue the white dove,

No pre-determined formula

Nor appraisal for the zen

We search for everyday.

 

But when luck has it

And light seeps

From this vessel,

The result of being

An advocate for light,

Touching souls

On being able to relate,

On ups and downs;

No greater euphoria.

 

When all is said and done

Granting peace to others

Far supersedes

My endless search

For inner peace.

 

Peace was born

in the eye of the storm

when time stood still

 

Peace was held

without expectations, without condemnations

without the dollar bill

 

Peace was yours

Peace was mine

Peace was free

 

Peace was found in quiet contemplations

in heart’s whispers

amidst the silence of trees

 

I searched for peace

in nature’s soul

to be whole

to find me.

 

– Original-Dante & ForgottenMeadows ©2016

Perhaps (Original-Dante & ForgottenMeadows)

Neha from ForgottenMeadows and I have decided to do a collective of collaborations each month, for the next five months. This collaboration is the third of five, and our title this time around was Perhaps. If you’re interested in reading our previous collaborations in this project, you can find them in the following links:

 

Words

Emptiness

 

If you haven’t checked out Neha’s blog already I suggest you do, 😀 like now! She graces WordPress with poetry for the soul, check her out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a link to her blog ForgottenMeadows

 

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My section is in this colour

Neha’s section is in this colour

 

Perhaps

My doormat of a heart

Has been stomped on enough.

 

Perhaps

If I change

Circumstances will follow suit;

Fate covering all those gaps

That have denied me closure.

 

Perhaps

If I look closer

At who I am, and what I do

I won’t have to choose

Between being myself;

And pleasing you.

 

Perhaps

If I kneel down and pray

All will go away.

 

Perhaps 

one day

behind the cloud 

hiding the moon

I will find 

my faded dreams

my long lost tune

of my soul

 

Perhaps

in the clarity 

of the clear skies

I will stop 

the lies

I say to my heart

– Original-Dante & ForgottenMeadows ©2016
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