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A Clarification...Of Sorts?
By L. G. Figgins   
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Last edited: Saturday, March 25, 2006
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2006

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"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." --Carl Jung

I tried in my poem, "Dark Moon", to address the need for perfection in a chaotic world. It seems my talents for expression of this topic in that medium are next to non-existent (lol) so I'll leave it to Robert Forese and others whom are more capable, to speak of  the ills of society through poetry.  

In any time of rapid change, society at large seeks order. This can be manifested by excessive cleanliness, extreme nationalism, racial bigotry, repression of our "lower" instincts (sexuality) and "bad" emotions, the desire to be perfect(right clothes, right body, right house, right car, etc.), and the need for control.

The "Dark Moon" I was referring to was the shadow in all of us which we may try to suppress but its there nevertheless. In denying our shadow selves,  we literally deny ourselves and therefore cease to exist in the practical sense-our personalities subdued and our desires channeled to what's generally accepted as popular ideal. We are zombies, we become sheep and live on the surface of what's real . Life loses meaning. Because our shadow brings us to our true selves and in a larger sense, to spirituality.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this so do reply. Thank you...

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Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/26/2006
I tend to believe the dark side of us, the Ying and the Yang, has to be acknowledged, but not accepted, it is imperative Linda, we harness our dark side in forcibly with self discipline and faith, otherwise we risk destruction in a multitude of ways, as we see in alcoholism, drugs , prostitution, gambling, and even terrorism, to name but a few addictions and vices !
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/25/2006
I think you have a good grip of love, sexually and the interaction of the two and express it quite well in your works. There are no pro's that know everything in poetry only people who write from there heart and soul.

Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/25/2006
"The wolf shall dwell with the lamb..." Only when we are able to acknowledge our own "dark side" are we able to accept it and someday become friends with it... not to give it power, but to be grateful... because that dark side makes us who we are...

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