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The Two Sides of Pride
by Susan K. de Vegter

Friday, January 04, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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The ego is like a thin patch of cloud that prevents the sun being seen. If, by the guru's grace, it disperses, then one can see God.

-Ramakrishna

Pride can put out a fire
Suture shut a heart
Turn a blindside to love
End it all before it starts

Pride can disrupt a family
Start a war
Close all doors
Leave infinite scars

Pride is superb
When worn with grace
Alas tired and ugly
When dressed out-of-place

Worn on sleeves
Relished with smiles
But mean as Hell
When fading "in style"

Pride runs the gamut of selfishness
Making the points that hurt
Miscalculated words_just once
Can become a vicious flirt

Grace and pride
Worn with a smile
Can stretch the oceans
Conquer the miles

But pain and tears
Yes! Disbelief
Can come to those
That pride decieves.

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Reviewed by Art Sun 1/6/2008
Nice work, Susan...your view within a poem at times gives us a more philosophical touch of life, though all your work carries just a tad ...nice work...
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 1/6/2008
This is Kewl! Great poem Susan!
Very profound and much needed advise!
Pride can get one in trouble too!
Eat humble pie...
Warmed in the Spirit, Warrior Purple Lady Sweet Sheooxoo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/5/2008
Pride in achieving or personal goal is good.
Not False pride.
You didn't deserve it.

Walt
Reviewed by John Leko 1/5/2008
...two crayons left in the box...which does one color with...until one learns to blend...a medium. Pride...not too large and not too small.
John
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/5/2008
Profound offering!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/5/2008
Egos are the main reason for wars.
The quote says it all...
Great write...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/5/2008
Quite a profound piece, Susan.
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 1/5/2008
Earthly EGO'S are fleeting at best..~..So is Disbelief (you have captured)_evol_Ted
Reviewed by . ignis 1/5/2008
Inside the confines of an illusion it is difficult to find reason for pride. We risk making mistakes that can not be undone when falling for it. Ignorance is fertile soil misperceptions at the base of which is almost invariably temptation. Pride is one of temptation's favorite mindsets to induce. Thank you for creating and sharing. May this year be one of meaning and happiness to you and your loved ones. Take care,

Chris

Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 1/4/2008
Long ago I was taught that pride was a bad thing, a sin. Since then I
have realized that pride is actually a double edged sword. It can be a tool of good as well as evil, as our most things in this existence of ours. Very few things are completely good or completely evil, I think that if we use our pride to judge,then it turns bad. If we use our pride to celebrate the joy in others and ourselves, then it is good.

I love this write, Love, Pierre

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/4/2008
Susan,

The dualities of pride: too little, one cannot accomplish much; too much, and it will destroy what you've accomplished. :) Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/4/2008
Beautifully written Susan!You have your finger on the pulse of
the yin and yang!

ET
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/4/2008
so much wisdom here-well written words to consider
Reviewed by Brittany Renée 1/4/2008
Even though I'm sure to run into more of this as I age, even now I can appreciate how real this sentiment is. Pride is so ugly, and you portray it so well. The ugliness is not in just the sin itself, but in the dominos that it knocks down. Wonderful write! We need this reminder.
Reviewed by jude forese 1/4/2008
excellent delivery and motif, Susan ... when we can control our pride as well as our fear, we realize our stamina and ability to see into the mind of god, gazing into the reflection of ourselves ...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/4/2008
Again you write from wisdom with a view of the heart and your honesty shines through. Pride is a two sided thing...pride in our childrens accomplishments can be a wonderful thing, but not seeing our children do somthing because of our own foolish pride is hateful indeed... interesting write for sure.

Fee
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/4/2008
You ran the gamuet with pride stretching toward the the glorious finish line, even as it lagged behind in disgrace and shame . . . Pride . . . A sweet/sour emotion with more skeletons in its closet than a politican . . .



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