M.J. Lemon

Transcendent - Poem by M.J. Lemon

You may have goals
But settle for sleeping

You voice ideals
But compromise daily
in public

You crave the best
But insist on and flaunt

You seek to lead
But fear, shun and despise
all others

You are unique
But appear just the same

Now claim the world
It does belong to you
all is right

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem doesn't contain anything biographical or autobiographical...My purpose was to create a piece that could be readily interpreted in at least a couple of ways. After reading and rereading this piece, I've come up with four (so far) possible meanings.

Comments about Transcendent by M.J. Lemon

  • Akhtar Jawad (5/1/2018 1:30:00 AM)

    beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience.
    Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) , the world's foremost authority on artificial intelligence, is conducting highly controversial experiments to create a sentient machine.
    Let life remain natural as it was created by God.
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    (5/1/2018 2:57:00 PM)

    Absolutely agreed, Akhtar. Thanks so much.

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/24/2017 5:25:00 AM)

    Wonderful imaginary and imagery. Dear Lemon you have so nicely inscribed this poem on life. I appreciate the penmanship and way of presentation. Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

    (11/24/2017 2:18:00 PM)

    Kumarmani, thank you so much. Thank you for reading.

  • (9/1/2017 6:30:00 PM)

    M.J., another brilliant write! Maybe it's because I've just finished reading an excellent biography on Jack Kerouac, but I see the following themes: apathy pessimism idealism The Beat Generation hippies Kerouac's life Trump Trudeau. And when I get a chance to read it a few more times, I'm 100% certain that I'll find other themes as well. Because I've been transcended! ! ! Love it! ! ! (Report) Reply

    (9/2/2017 1:23:00 AM)

    Richard, thank you so very much! And yes, you absolutely nailed some of the themes I was exploring. Kerouac is one of my favourites....I somehow think you suspected that! Thanks again.

  • Unwritten Soul (3/21/2017 6:07:00 AM)

    These thoughts are really brilliant reminder...i think it worth to push this write far as i can see so much realness of this right now :) (Report) Reply

    (3/21/2017 10:21:00 AM)

    Thank you so much. This work does seem to be gaining a certain political/social commentary message as time wears on. Thank you, again.

  • (3/20/2017 1:04:00 PM)

    beautiful poem and theme and its structure from start to the end and I feel this one is for myself, and that is the beauty of writing. (Report) Reply

    (3/21/2017 10:18:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Muhammad. I am honoured to hear these lines have a very personal message.

  • Terry Craddock (2/6/2017)

    goals and time distorted values, the integrity of lifestyles lived or preached (Report) Reply

    (2/6/2017 11:06:00 PM)

    And I often wonder how much distortion was added by cognitive dissonance. Thanks, Terry.

  • Susan Williams (10/12/2016 2:40:00 PM)

    Ouch! That smarted... I feel that you have gotten inside my brain and discovered my shame- -I, like so many people, fear to say what I feel for fear [see what I mean] of being disliked, rejected, and ejected from the reindeer games. I am fond of your 3 line structure here- -it is perfect for your message. I'm glad that gliding on the surface is not made a welcome way to read your poetry. Your work has meat and as usual needs to be chewed well to be digested thoroughly. 10 ****************************** (Report) Reply

    (10/14/2016 7:52:00 PM)

    Susan, Thank you so much for the comment. And thank you for chewing and digesting. The poem seems to have the effect of unsettling some people, when they concentrate on reading just the last line of each stanza...

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/10/2016 12:21:00 AM)

    Appear the same everywhere! ! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (3/24/2016 4:18:00 PM)

    This reminds me of a riddle. You are absolutely a virtuoso at these three line poetic forms. I love this! (Report) Reply

    (3/24/2016 11:25:00 PM)

    Thank you so much! And yes, this is a riddle by design.

  • (3/24/2016 3:42:00 PM)

    You are unique
    But appear just the same

    Describes the personality of a teenager nicely.

    everyone thinks there a rebel but in the end they still wear a collar. (and I am guilty just as much)

    I'm sure there is many interpretations, the one I see probably reflects my own thoughts. The need to go against the grain, but still just a pebble on shore of millions.

    This is a keeper
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    (3/24/2016 11:26:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Kevin. And you are absolutely right. There are multiple interpretations possible. I have now at lest 6 I find compelling.

  • Bri Edwards (11/28/2015 8:49:00 PM)

    • Synonyms
    • Examples
    • Word Origin
    verb (used without object)
    to parade or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly.
    to wave conspicuously in the air.

    verb (used with object)
    to parade or display ostentatiously:
    to flaunt one's wealth.
    to ignore or treat with disdain:
    He was expelled for flaunting military regulations.

    “You crave the best
    But insist on and flaunt
    conformism” …………………… I guess if the poem uses definition # 3, AND “You” lives among wealthy people who want and can afford “the best” (if we’re talking about cars, hotel rooms, jewelry, etc) , then ‘having the best’ WOULD be conforming. BUT I would guess that most readers would think the speaker does without the best, because of her/his conforming habits.

    “tran•scend•ent (trăn-sĕnˈdənt)

    • adj.
    Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme.
    • adj.
    Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception: fails to achieve a transcendent significance in suffering and squalor” (National Review) .
    • adj.
    Philosophy Transcending the Aristotelian categories.
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    THOUGH this poem is INTERESTING, and caused me to THINK, it is a bit transcendent for me I think [second definition; see above]. I don’t really like to think much! bri :)

    BUT, I have no problem putting it into my/our DECEMBER “A showcase for PH poets”, SECTION B.

    THANKS for sharing. bri :)
    OH! NOW i see and have read the Poet's Notes! thanks for that also.
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    (12/6/2015 4:32:00 PM)

    Hi Bri,
    Thanks so much. Yes, this poem was experimental and meant to be transcendent. I manage to see something new almost every time I return to it.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 13, 2015

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