! Mind Games Poem by Michael Shepherd

! Mind Games

Rating: 2.4


Swaami Vivekaananda describes
the restless, vain, vindictive human mind
as monkey: agile, watchful, quick to move,
yet never quite at rest. And worse, we find -

intoxicated: selfish, full of pride,
that agile mind sent spinning into pain,
the boundless universe turned tiny box,
Man's measure never known. And worse again -

this cunning, drunken monkey's angry; stung
by his own scorpion bite: and so invents
his bitter enemies, their role assigned;
the human race divided by...our mind.

And thus the mindful Swaami with fine grace
reminds us - we're that godly human race...

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Michael Shepherd 01 May 2005

Please suggest a title - I've changed it twice!

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Poetry Hound 01 May 2005

Very clever poem, Michael. I agree with Robert about the title. I don't know, maybe 'Poet in A Box.'

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David Nelson Bradsher 01 May 2005

How about 'Pre-Packaged', Michael. Either way, I like this sonnet. It's a more modern version with the ABXB rhyme scheme, but still satisfying, my friend.

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Michael Shepherd 02 May 2005

Relax, young Allan alias Ali! What makes you think Swaami Vivekaananda is writing about you...? ...

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Michael Shepherd 01 May 2005

Thanks, guys - back under a new title. It's all the rage.

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kenneth william snow 01 May 2005

Excellent post Michael...timely as well kenneth

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Michael Shepherd 01 May 2005

darshana and a bit of vidya, OJ? And I'm very flexible on strict rhyme if there's something to be said...for me, a colloquial flow counts more - since everybody has blank verse in their schoolday past!

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Richard A. Davis SR. 01 May 2005

Very nice! ! ! ! - all in the mind, Richard

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