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  the Depth of Character
by jude forese
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
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You may measure depth of character
By creative fortitude and scope of parameter

By the courage to travel where few sojourn
Exposed to knowledge remaining unlearned

By leaping into unknown currents and tackling undertows
Not regurgitating the worldly chatter everyone knows

Or swayed by the faint of heart
Embracing dreams without their parts

You can gauge the spirit that comes alive
By feeding on honey minus the hive

To stand upon uncommon ground
Not to hide and seek but instead be found

Found but accepting all is lost
Yet never accepting life’s terrible cost

Of not pursuing the goals inside the individual’s heart
And of course, agreeing to disagree who’s really smart



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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
It's smart not to disagree with those you disagree.

Ron
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
Yes, by what measure do we assess a persons character, some interesting examples presented here.
I like the honey minus the hive :) Great metaphor there Jude.

Ch'erie
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher
Wonderful done! loved it,
love and peace, B&R
Reviewed by Paul Williams
Has a strong resonance with me this one Jude, sagacious write my friend.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Oh this is well done...perfect ending!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Theresa Koch
The last really makes it all come into my mind. Wonderful~`*
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Profound and I like the smile at the end. :-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
I could feel some of the spirit of this one as if my own and enjoyed the read........of course some of it isn't me is it? :-)
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Most appreciated........
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
Yet never accepting life’s terrible cost
Of not pursuing the goals inside the individual’s heart

ah, the keep on keepin' on bit that's so damn inconvenient at times but shapes us so very much. you stayed in character with this one, which is appropriately deep and yet has much hope. Dawn
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
To have a mind of clarity so as to be able to think in a unique way.
One just needs to wipe away all disturbing and alien minds, ignore diatribes, thus ones mind is at perfect peace, with an unfettered mind.
Rather than cluttered and vile minds which see only the superficial and the shallow surface, and never have their own thoughts but live a parrots life.

With a clear clean mind, one can go anywhere...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
This Is Even The Best Yet...

TRASK
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
Brilliant mind...engaging heart...transcendant spirit.

Altogether...you are Superb.

One for my Treasure Vault, Jude.
Love&Prayers, Rhonda
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
wisdom profound..


Vesna
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii)
I again am awed by the depth of this piece so simply stated. Once again I bow to your pen Master Poet,and Writer. Peace, blessings and gratitude for sharing. <Mikii>
Reviewed by Peter Paton
Ace

Being diplomatic is a virtue

Peter
Reviewed by Janet Parker
Agreeing to disagree is a very good concept and it changed my life when I heard it years ago. I cannot push my beliefs and ideas on anyone. Both sides can be worldly smart. The issues are what we need to agree to disagree on. Very good write, Jude. You got down to the nitty gritty.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
By the courage to travel where few sojourn
Exposed to knowledge remaining unlearned

The roads less traveled are usually the very best, and usually the most informative, if we only have the tenacity and the open mindness to journey down them.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
Just to be able to jump the universe and navigate the whims of others and peer deep within the souls of people we see....you have the talent to do this in verse and...as a person.
Susna
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
Well-written poetry, a little deep for me this early a.m.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Aaaah yeees.... and to be pitied, perhaps, is the poor fool who calls you stupid??!! :)) Over here, commerce is only just beginning to wake up to the fact that the measure of personhood is not solely to be based on IQ... but on EQ and SQ too, at least. Hoorah for the recognition at long last that emotional and spiritual intelligence are also worthy measures of what you appear to be speaking of here, in your definition of the totality of "smart". AND of what it means to be fully alive: alert to the WHOLE of life experience to be had and interacting with it. Just for a change, these sorts of ideas seem to press my buttons, turn on my lights and make me feel generally bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. And it is soooooo odd that, in connection with the issues you tackled in yesterday's poem, it is the creative diversity that is like the steel sharpening steel, init? How blunt and dull we can remain by restricting our selves to a monoform interpretation and expectation of life. In fact, it is my sad experience that it is often those we are seemingly close-shackled to (by actuality, shared beliefs, goals or environments) that can be like the poison in our brain, and it can be as if that by just even sharing the same space we are stealing each other's air and ability to breathe. But companionable divergence can indeed be liberating, energising and a means of personal/corporate growth. I find myself stumbling over the emphasised linkage: "but instead be found... found but accepting all is lost"... seems to me the hidden vortex within what it otherwise a complete updraught and most elevating/inspiring of writes. This one is as high and mighty as it is deep. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Intelligence and wisdom are often defined as being smart but I have known and met people in all walks of life and found that as you suggest in this poem...smart is a matter of interpretation of the person you are looking at.

Fee
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega
Agree to disagree and stand in persuit of your own goals regardless if the rest of the world is against you. Excellent write. Pierre.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Not being really smart myself, I still find this to be as always from you Bob, a landmark poem...you may not weave a tale but instead you speak from a knowledge of humanity that few can boast of...Ed
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Thanks master poet. Character is a reflection of moral beauty.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
Restricting knowledge from one's mindset just to satisfy others' insecurities keeps us C students! Meet your brain, why be a C student! Get above your raisin, be educated, be the one to lead, and most of all, be diverse in your depth of character. Narrow-mindedness is mismanagement of the blueprint of our design and stagnates inner growth. Intelligent quotient is the essence of our Light within, that soft voice of inner awareness that connects us to all there is. When we are in touch with it, we do not have to prove anything to anyone, nor get anyone's permission or approval to pursue our goals. There are two kinds of people, the mowers of lawns and well-poisoners. Why should we become victimized for putting "too much energy" into our goals and being smart? The depth in this poem surfaces your depth of character, Jude...why you are our lead poet...I think I said that many months ago in the poem I wrote, We Built This City...limestone poets and sandstone novelists...

Sage
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Ah Robert, so very true and excellently expressed, I liked this so much,

Reindeer
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Your external sight is beyond measure Robert...you see what few truly can...excellent piece
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