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Parallel Extremes
by George M Jackson
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
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Indiana extremes, ten degrees

Yesterday morning,

A high of forty-five today,

Under a winter storm

Advisory tonight, but life

Is this way too, parallel

Extremes, my moods

And feelings carbon

Copies of the weather

Outdoors, I wear different

Faces for each or the same

Face for all, but my underlying

Currents are ever changing.


Sometimes, I laugh with the

Inner warmth of an unexpected

Psychological Indian summer,

Caught unawares by a low

Pressure system of stress-free

Days, when clouds suddenly

Break and the eye of the storm

That spun within dissipates

Above the rolling waves of

Emotional turmoil in which

I floundered, and I find myself

Drifting along on a sea of quiet

Reflections, patiently awaiting rescue.


But distant shores are not often seen

In light of what has just come to pass,

And after a time inner horizons will

Darken once more, causing me to

Struggle against uncertain tides as

I seek solid ground, mood turning

Cold behind watchful eyes, beacons

Of distress that know not which way

To swing as they search in vain for

A solid foothold, a ledge to grab onto

In an unknown latitude of my human

Soul, the compass of who I am soaked,

Battered, unreliable beneath parallel extremes.





“Parallel Extremes”


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Reviewed by jude forese 12/21/2004
the duality of the soul encompasses its mirror image and the weather of its reflection is in constant flux ...

deeply profound and extremely well composed ...

Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 12/21/2004
Very profound. Excellent write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/21/2004
George you are so perceptive when you write on this topic.
You use your mind Like a fine tuned instrument that gives us a lucid picture to look at! Superb poem!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/21/2004
nice thoughts, george! only forty five degress? break out the bermuda shorts! LOL we are supposed to get cold later on today, too. BRRRRRRRRR!! but o, how i LOVE it! we may even get some SNOW!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 12/21/2004
George this is masterful, it took me on a trip of highs, lows, straight stretches and curves. Much wisdom here and a real look at the emotional journey of life.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/21/2004
Thought provoking piece Grad's!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 12/21/2004
Well I guess this is the unpredictability of weather.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/21/2004
I find myself
Drifting along on a sea of quiet
Reflections, patiently awaiting rescue.

Another extremely fascinating and thought provoking poem, George. I think we all must periodically look for those solid footholds - so we can continue on our journey somehow.
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