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  who has a hold on truth?
by jude forese
Thursday, July 06, 2006
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Who has the hold on truth?

Perhaps itís a homeless man
Wearing rainbow clown hair
Quickly turning his baseball cap
From side to side
While holding the frame
Of a broken umbrella
(Minus its fabric)
Over his head
Uttering profanities
With a smile and a wink

Perhaps itís a child
Who smiles
As a thunderstorm approaches
But doesnít hesitate warning his mother
To seek shelter in the family van

Perhaps itís a poet
Writing in the dark by a sole candle
Not concerned if the world
Will ever know his poems
For he knows a greater audience is reading

Perhaps itís an entourage of actors
Inhabiting the theater of a planet
Who boast the fortune of having a playwright
Who patterns the stage and writes the screenplay
Yet allows the actors to improvise much of the dialogue
Spontaneously unfurling the context of the grand finale

Perhaps itís those watching earth from a distance
Cohabitating mountains and streams
And traversing sidewalks of modern cities
Who come from unseen stars
Where truth is abundantly clear
And is beginning to take root and grow
In the gardens of mankindís illusions

Who has a hold on truth?
The incredulous say ďnot meĒ

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/9/2006
Truer words were never written. Wise beyond time, my friend.

Reviewed by Karen Cino 7/8/2006
Who has a hold on truth is packed with imagery that is literally jumping of the page. In answer to the question, "WH has a hold on truth?, I would have to go with the child. Most young children having been conditioned yet to lie.

Excellent write.

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/8/2006
Anything that is unchanging is the truth. I often wonder if I really want to know it even though I seek it with my breath of thought.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/8/2006
Excellent,,,,,thank you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 7/8/2006

Good question Robert,I think truth can be held when it is seen and found,sometimes though it is camouflaged by the powerful and we can't find it to hold.I think in time though history holds it but I don't know if that is always so.Perhaps God alone has a hold on truth,either that or it is children,they do hold truth the most (from what I have seen of it anyway.)The poet by the candle I think comes nearest to it,you hold it retty well Robert.
Best wishes always to you and yours
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 7/7/2006
Our bet would be the child, truth can wonderful live within the innocent. Wonderful poetry.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 7/7/2006
Shoots home. Great imagery. We never think we're the one getting it wrong, do we? Good poem, Jude. *smooches* ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/7/2006
Plunder the depths here. Though truth means different things to different, people, races, cultures, and football supporters.
Another mental workout for me here.. With multitudes of inner mind pictures on every line...
Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/7/2006
You have mentioned many things seen and heard here, things that are transient and appear conditionally.

I don't believe that Truth is found in the plant or the blossoms - I believe that Truth is found in the roots.

Where the roots are, there is the source of life!

Is Truth a man? Or is Truth the journey trying to find truth?

There have been some interesting responses to this one Jude. Some are thoughtful and focused and some are sure they already know.

I will say that when everyone closes their eyes in death, and the spirit leaves the flesh, then who Truth is will be made quite apparent.

Pity those that are still searching.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/7/2006
When the master speaks the children listen and this write is the voice of a master. Your philosophies are always filled with deep and intense words of wisdom enlightened by the passion of your mind.

Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/7/2006

You define truth in the most mercurial it should be....ethereal and transitory...I was particulary drawn to your last two verses, they struck a chordant note with me...

Exceptional write of outstanding quality..

You have the mark of a professional make us all think and analyse our motives and raison de tres

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 7/7/2006
I am not incredulous, Jude...and neither are you! IncredIBLE, yes!

Once again, You take the reader inside-out, with your marvelous gift!

I tip my hat [bonnet?!] to you, I heartily ditto
my Treasured Friend, George!

I really love your stuff!

love& prayers, Rhonda
Reviewed by E. Richardson 7/7/2006
Robert, this is an exceptional piece of work. And what better subject for a poet to turn his or her pen to, then the eternal question of truth.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/7/2006
well said
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 7/7/2006
I must be one of the incredulous who still chase this illusion we call truth when we try to define it in human terms. You always make me think Jude, why me? Peace, blessings and gratitude Master Poet. I bow once more to your pen. <Mikii>
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 7/7/2006
Truth is what the soul derives as honesty. Each person has his own grain of truth in their hourglass. It's all in how it's percieved and the way the soul has conditioned. Great thought provoking piece here Robert.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/7/2006
Ah, Jude, those who has a hold on truth is us all, I am afraid. The truth as we see it, whether we be neo-Nazi's or Ghadhi-influenced. Now if you had wen ahead and capitalized Truth, that, then is a different sort of truth.
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/7/2006
Christ said " I am the way, the truth, and the life."
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 7/6/2006
Hey, I'm still learning. And how short was the wick on that candle by the way?

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/6/2006
I wonder if there is anything that we can refer to as a solid truth or if all truth is more like an onion; you have to remove layer after layer, all similar but each unique as well, to get to the core of the matter. Truth seems to be fleeting with the times as well. Some things that we once held to be true, we now see as untruths...and what exactly is the truth but the collective agreement of the majority? You have my mind buzzing, Jude. Before I stopped by here this evening, I might have said that I know, I present my own argument to myself regarding it.
Take care,
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 7/6/2006
count on you to take it out of this world. interesting take on the whole question of truth. Dawn
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 7/6/2006
Like rays of Sunshine, you can bask in it, soak up it's warmth and light, but own it! You don't....
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/6/2006
Another gem! I love the imagery it's inspired and uplifting! Truth is a hard thing to define, because for many it's like beauty,
"in the eye of the beholder".
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 7/6/2006
"Do you promise to tell the truth,
the whole truth
and nothing but the truth?"
I know a lot of truths that are not told..
Hope you had a great 4th..
Thanks for sharing Robert.......
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/6/2006
Well said and a joy to read.
Truth is what works for you...


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