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doug bentley


Sonnet 27


the tempered mastery which like a wheel,
all things centered round revolving axis,
permits the freedom to all emotions feel,
in bondage to none, is crown of life's race!

not the freedom which denies, or forms
arbitrary limits, but excellence to explore
and develop - the capacity to absorb harms
and translate them to benefit, to ignore

limit and seek experiences undefined -
is true trust in temperance - a freedom
not for the unfit! who to self-limit resigned
attempts no more, self to death will condemn.

self dead to life, no life lives, nor is free.
life's attempting. attempting's life's mastery!

Submitted: Sunday, May 05, 2013
Edited: Thursday, December 04, 2014

Topic of this poem: wisdom


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  • Gold Star - 12,167 Points Valsa George (5/7/2013 11:57:00 PM)

    The ability to explore and develop, to translate harms into profit and seek experiences unlimited- your definition of freedom is all pervasive! ! The last line gives an apposite finish to this wonderful sonnet! Attempting is life's mastery! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 321 Points Captain Cur (5/7/2013 6:49:00 PM)

    Well done the way you likened freedom to a wheel
    revolving on an axis, contained in space,
    yet constantly exploring new terrains. (Report) Reply

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