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douglas

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how the night can conceal hundreds of emotions and feelings

buried realities

cloaked in a soft black velvet glove

leaving only silhouettes

hinting at a greater truth

which lies just beneath the surface

 

see the outlines of existence

two dimensional

uncomplicated

mysterious

lights in the darkness

becoming diamonds

night jewels

illuminating millions of private secrets

 

this is a man-made universe

strewn across the surface of a shadowed earth

cities around the world containing the hope

and hopelessness

of every inhabitant

a burning cosmic collective of light

 

a disparate unity

the jazz of the universe

which is both tragic and romantic.

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Hi douglas,

 

 

You depict well the perception of a Janus-like aspect of the human condition and the world. This is beautiful:

 

a disparate unity

the jazz of the universe

which is both tragic and romantic.

 

 

Transcending this perceived duality is the ultimate goal for a Buddhist and so this poem struck a deep chord.

 

Thank you for a great moment.

Edited by goldenlangur

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Even a single enemy is too many and a thousand friends too few - Bhutanese saying.

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The poem derives its force from its contemporary/futuristic blend of setting.

 

night jewels

illuminating millions of private secrets

 

this is a man-made universe

strewn across the surface of a shadowed earth

cities around the world containing the hope

and hopelessness

Very Vangelis ... very "

."

 

Tony

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Doug, this is a wonderful poem. I love the second half.

It is very well expressed. I enjoy your work.

 

Nice to see you around Douglas.

 

Aleksandra

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

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Hi douglas,

 

Nice musing. Loved the line

 

the jazz of the universe

 

Very original.

 

Tony,

 

really lulls you into a different state of mind...

 

Enjoyed both the poem and the music. Thanks.

Lake

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This is a lovely poem, Doug, which tells us ... just about what everyone knows. How people deal with all the stuff that their individual lives throw at them is where the real story lies: the comedy, boredom, tragedy, violence, romance, political beliefs, military adventures, economic theories, food and drink, the resigned or else horrified approach to inevitable death. All these things. In each generation, we repeat the same general themes, but never quite in the same way. I think the function of poetry is not to set out the parameters of human existence (by now well known) but to record the ways of response. We know the problem. So how do we fuckin deal with it?

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