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It Seems
by D L Johnson
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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Much has happened in my life over the last six months, which has caused me to reflect on the power of 'ego' in my life...thus the following-dlj

                                                  It Seems

© March 2012

Dan Johnson


It seems

Like the dreams, schemes and I-Beams

Of my life

Have gathered into

The musty little cubicle designated …my life.

Old friends, the dreams and schemes

Recalling; good, bad, joyful and sad,

in the end, though, they linger as dusty old

playful dreams and foolish schemes.

I saw myself as the “I” in the Beam,

strong, wise, irreplaceable,

shining brightly, holding tightly to an elusive dream.

One day I awoke to realize that the control I had…

Had been relegated to dreams deferred,

recognizing wholeness without the “I”


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Reviewed by Andy Turner 10/21/2012
Splendid poem of awareness, and the trickery of the ego. The ego is a real trickster.
You've managed to write the ineffable!

Try and listen to silence, and ole mr ego will start chatting, like crazed monkeys in a tree.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/15/2012
a well penned piece worthy of any comments and reviews from the den
peace be with you

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/14/2012
I appreciate the meaningful philosophical point of view that you share through your verses here, Dan. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 9/12/2012
Oh my sweet friend.. you have captured so much I have missed your words... it is so so good to be back..))
much love, Myrna
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 7/12/2012
And it is also a very humbling feeling to know we are all here .."I" OR "we"... only for this time and this place ... Thank you so much for sharing.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/12/2012
Nobody is irreplaceable. Still, the "I" is relevant, viable, and if flexible, a sturdy platform of strength. Patrick
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/7/2012
I-Beam to musty cubicle reveals quite a plunk. I read your last line to say: that dreams deferred and/or unrealized dissolved, but that the "I" of this poem recognized wholeness anyway. Just a different take on it. Your visual of an actual I-Beam is a great one: the shoulder structure piece upon which all else depends. I like the premise of this poetry. ~~ djl (just a little shuffle of your initials:)
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/6/2012
When we get older and our friends are not here, We realize how unimportant we are.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/5/2012
Dan, introspective and a high road those of us with driving ambition have traversed -- until we realize we have the dreaded malady, inflated "I" sight -- ego bloom is a rush until we go bust, as we all eventually do -- welcome to the crossroads of humility and reality -- I wish you love and peace my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/5/2012
One day I awoke to realize that the control I had,
Had been relegated to dreams deferred

So true, for most of us in this thing we call 'life.'
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 4/4/2012
it's humbling when it happens and reminds us - life happens to us :)
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/4/2012
a journey ending in wisdom;
good to see you again, Dan

Reviewed by Diana Wiles 4/4/2012
I think we all probably come to this conclusion about life sooner or later! However it seems to be that this is what life is...and the degree to which we have any control is debatable...I enjoyed your reflection...
Best wishes, Diana...
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