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My thoughts wrestle with themselves
Bouncing off the synaptic ropes
Surrounding the restless soil of my heart

My dreams are opening up to a reservoir of experience
Flowing unbound and unbridled,
Nonetheless caught up in a quagmire of hardship

Itinerant phantoms
Depart my soul's carapace,
Roving through fields of emotion,
Shedding seeds, eons away,
Into a field of fertile perceptions

Still, I can hear the voice of introspection
Suggest there’s no personal connection with the universe
Or way to determine what life is about,
It’s simply a mystery without conclusion

So maybe I should simply
Rest among fallen leaves, stones and broken branches
Inhabiting the natural world
Where synaptic splendor is managed
By the offspring of budding selves

Instead, I will reconsider the likely directions
This poem imagines
It is focusing on,
Rather than disrobe the possible actions it professes

Recalling a line I once read,
“The selves that inhabit poetry
Are imagined selves”

So, I continue searching for form
And a different voice
Pointing to the aperture of a distant galaxy
Scribed and signed by no one

Quotation by, George Szirtes

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Reviewed by Odin Roark
This is indeed a provocative piece of wordsmithing. You've captured the essence of a writer's conscience, i.e., the will to present ideas that may have been thought in one way, but now have an alternative voice. Well done.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
To paraphrase, I would say that musings are like the random mutation of cells in the body. Some turn to cancer and kill the host. Some profess traits that enhance, and thus, when passed on through procreation become part of the living body of life.

Reviewed by Chanti Niven
An eloquent and thought-provoking write. Great work Jude.

Reviewed by m j hollingshead
excellent, as always
Reviewed by J. Pajot
Really like this!!! We are what we make of ourselves...our world is, at least 50% what we care to make it...and, yet, where is that leading us? This was pure soul searching...thank you for the thoughts.
May you have a wonderfully fulfilling New Year,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Your incredible imagery cannot help but awaken the thought process and the senses of the one who reads your words. Your unique style shines once again, Jude. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by William Bonilla
another oustanding write jude
Peace be with you

Happy New Year
Reviewed by Safi
What a joy to read! Poetry and wisdeom abound in this marvelous offering...may the Maker of Jude lead the way...Safi
Reviewed by Morning Star
Jude..Pointing to the aperture of a distant galaxy
Scribed and signed by no one
Wow very profound and much to ponder
Absolutely brilliant, I must read again!!
Wishing you and your family an abundance of blessings
Peace Love and Joy....for The New Year ....Morning Star

Reviewed by Kate Clifford
It is the search that is interesting as long as we allow ourselves to flow with it in peace :-) Expectations just drives us nuts.....not easy not to do.
Reviewed by Dale Clark
the continuing search Jude...
I too will "reconsider the likely directions"
Great thought here!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Letting the mind's eye open up and take in all the sweetnes that surrounds you. A wonderful way to begin to see the world anew and take on a new direction in life's journey....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
One of your recent best, Jude, in terms of the precision with which you manage the intangibles with crystal thought processes that are also delightfully eliptical. Reminds me somewhat of something you said in Inside Falling Out, about the life and death of mystique and reason being synonymous. For those whose emotions and intellects are very tied in, that experiential flood-plain can be both a desired and an unwanted place - where that mystique we have quested after in a rational sense is de-mystified and no longer satifies the emotional relationship with that previously unknown understanding. Sure, there is pretty well enough magic in our known perceptions of the universe and our interactions with it to feed the "logical" poetry within all us "living poems" for whom life must necessarily be "poetry", right?, to be able to settle ourselves down with the beauty of the angel's feather appearing mysteriously on a bare wooden floor, but that then just points up the fact that what we can know, perceive and testify to with our cognitive facets on this plane and in this universe probably DOES also direct our attentions towards that Aperture into the Great Unknown. Sorry... too much Christmas Pudding and have been away too long, but this is a great one to come home to! Begs the question, is it possible to have any way to access any sort of info about a galaxy that is as yet unsigned and scribed by no-one, except by way of what we already are able to perceive in this one?! :)) Hope your Christmas has been ab fab and that the New Year brings many resolutions and fresh discoveries. Signing off and departing for somewhere distant and unknown... Kosmic Kate xx
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
A masterpiece!
Have a very Happy New Year Robert!
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
To gaze into the wonder of our Universe and then to delve into the the unknown inside of us is pretty much the same quest. I'm as you in thinking way out there or deep inside myself. It opens all sorts of discovery.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Magnificent offering.....well done poet!!

Lvoe Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
thought provoking and introspective write! I enjoyed this very much.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
A profound look inside your inner thoughts...

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Have a Prosperous 2008 Robert...
Reviewed by Nicky Goodman
Jude -this is a trip! I think it is a brilliant contemplation - balanced, instructive -subjective and objective description of search, discovery and purpose -your focus, and what you see and share, and how, is an inspiration to me -thank you -today i am going to wander around and try and be a bit more objective with my imagined selves!! :D Cheers Jude, Nicky xx
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I love your mind.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
The works you create my friend are indeed special and often feel like you are letting us look through that camera of your mind where Zoom ins and wide pans let you capture the images of life that you seek around you. Well done.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed
So maybe I should simply
Rest among fallen leaves, stones and broken branches
Inhabiting the natural world

Very often what I end up doing when the search seems hopeless.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
You opened the aperture to your soul...deeply moving, thought provoking...excellent. I, too, am in love with "restless soil of my heart." Beautiful.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield
'restless soil of my heart'. Wow! Cheers
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
I find this poem to be quite thought provoking. I shall ponder a bit on what you have written. My first reaction is that you are about to have a huge change come into your life. You are feeling it but you cannot speak of it, only write of it. In essence, we are what we write for it comes from within somewhere that we don't consciously know of. There is so much here to comment on but I shall just say that it is extremely well done, Jude.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
A beautiful and profound write my friend, for beauty is truly in the eye of the can be found in the most unexpecting places. I have been labeled strange, unusual, different, deep, and a bit odd because of my thoughts, beliefs, and visions, but we are who we are and one of the greatest blessings in life is portraying our-self as we so desire. Enjoyed this much...outstanding imagery, touching write enjoyed!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Paul Berube

The diversified self may search forever for that signature. Peace, Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Axilea MU
Imagined selves are born from the self that imagines them, which means they are just as real. Maybe. I love the title and the whole imagery that conveys meaning to the search.

Reviewed by John Leko
...I find beauty in broken branches also...for within the openness of their shadow...light is seen.
you have given me thought...
Reviewed by E T Waldron
“The selves that inhabit poetry
Are imagined selves”

Yes, but isn't that how we wish to
perceive ourselves?, and our thoughts
help make us what we are,so that we
can become what we imagine

anyway,I admire how you know
yourself so well, yet seek to
become a new voice always wanting
to best what already is so fine

in a way this reminds me of what
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiates
"There is nothing new under the sun"
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
We are not the words that we speak, but rather the moments of silence that settle between them. The thoughts that form themselves without our discerning opinions are the truths that we must live by. We often think too much about those things which cannot be explained by science, and that can leave us wondering if we have foolishly been following a wrong voice. We should learn how to let go of the need to explain that which we know to be the truth and simply allow our self to live within it. This is a profound and thought provoking offering. Happy New Year, Jude!

Take care,

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