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  Time's Anvil
by Odin Roark
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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For such an impatient society, there is much learning for all of us.

Time's Anvil

 Short-sightedness knows no ally
Its focus blind to willing aid


How we enjoy picturing that
Which isn't there
The "what if"
Often prescribed to dreams
But made real by denials' insistence
Relegating simple innocence to the shadows
Where hampered discovery awaits



 How willingly we wet ourselves
Beneath the rainbow waterfall
Drenching ourselves with vicarious beauty
Not ours
by ownership

Not anyone's
Whose reality speaks

But everyone's
By default

 Such an awash of delusion
Roils upon our survival
Over our desire
Drowning with our self-imposed defeat
Remaining unknowingly stillborn
Indefinitely that which is not

Our unknown nemesis
Creating current
Beneath the foam and froth
Of cosmic archives
Where Nature's ancient warnings
Man's embryonic shortcoming
Enjoins chronic ignorance
It doesn't

 The fortunate few
Wake up
Refusing to drown
In multicolored wakes of chimerism

We surface
From ocean's horizon
Find reality
Content ourselves as self-sufficient islands
Surrounded by life's checks and balances
Knowing ebbs and tides of change
Nature's way of emptying tributaries
Many call experience
Missed opportunity


Through it all




Like a hammer in freeze-frame
Poised high above the anvil
Knowing its dropping
Induces a foot print
Of who we are
Not what we might be

Of you

 Of me




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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 10/17/2012
What I grabbed onto with greatest tenacity from this complex-deluxe writing is: "How we enjoy picturing that/Which isn't there" This template of a phrase can be placed over many human states of being, most especially 'judgement of others and of situations.' Assumptions. The degree of profound expression in this writing elicits 'study,' beyond 'reading,' and an infrastructure chart may be required for me, but I sooo enjoy the puzzle and ponder. Today's new vocabulary word from you for me is: 'chimerism'. Thanks. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/11/2012
I felt more in this than I've felt in a long while in any poem, Odinsan. Leaves me wanting to kick someones ass. haha...
Seems, on various levels, a purging piece for the writer. And the formatting is like a spike the poet is trying to drive home. You prefaced with the phrase "impatient society"... I'm curious who these are. As a sidenote: I studied the existentialists with great despair in college. For me the substance of this poem seems reminiscent of one of the philosophers I attempted to understand; Albert Camus: "Absurdity is a feeling which arises from the confrontation of the world, which is irrational, with the hopeless but profound human desire to make sense of our condition." one of the few things he wrote that I agree with. Now... the "fortunate few" you mention are mystifying to me as well. They seem to be the chosen ones who have the intellectual prowess to rise above. Who are they? Peace and wellness ...
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 10/10/2012
This is piercing, its hard to know if we have missed someting or if things really just are and the way they should be.
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