AuthorsDen.com  Join | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Chidi Asika-Enahoro, iCULLEN DORN, iDavid Schwinghammer, iSheri Hoff, iRoger Vizi, iNancy Neville, iAlan Greenhalgh, i
  Home > Poetry > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

richard lloyd cederberg

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 140 titles
· 1,680 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
·
Member Since: May, 2006

   Sitemap
   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

Books
· Between the Cracks

· A Monumental Journey - first edition cover

· Beyond Understanding

· The Underground River

· In Search of the First Tribe

· NEW THIRD EDITION available now @richardlloydcederberg.com


Short Stories
· Penelope and Peter bond; she enjoys a Cuban Cigar

· Doorway...

· high desert winds...

· asylum...

· a small safe vessel...

· sandcastles...

· a reluctant letter (because I care)

· deaf and blind...

· seagulls and angels...

· Instead of...


Articles
· Is your literary work being exploited?


Poetry
· an aging man still searching...

· trusting others...

· your boneyard...

· Without imitating self...

· Withdrawn...

· that morning along the mezzanine...

· a season of singing...

· Christmas (hope)

· mismatched envelopes...

· descent down a dark hole (laughing)

         More poetry...

richard lloyd cederberg, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

  his collection of driftwood...
by richard lloyd cederberg
Friday, July 24, 2009
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

Share   Print   Save Become a Fan


Recent poems by richard lloyd cederberg
•  an aging man still searching...
•  trusting others...
•  Without imitating self...
•  dreaming things that can never be...
•  we being a young lion subject to lesser gods ...
           >> View all 113




Neuroticism:
A mental or personality
Disturbance not attributable
to any known neurological or
organic dysfunction

For Jeremiah...


LIFE IS NOT EASILY BORNE:

Prone to underplaying, he gazed lorn into
Yet another eddying context, one unforeseen,
And unwanted, and, (according to his own stuttering
Attempts at interpreting) rife with the unnecessary

Always, as the
Winds howled, and the
Waters swirled about him,
His life would filter through the
Moments like sand through a sieve,
Immersing him in circumstances that
Only worsened the scrutiny of his
Stubbornly unyielding soul

Hoping to simplify whatever lesson
Was being doled him, the man strained
And struggled against the rage of impulses
Reaming his personal and treasured designs,

And though he drank
Himself carefree, he endured.
And being settled to dissemble his
Neuroticism as being inconsequential,
He zipped up his nonchalance like a jacket,
And bolstered his pride as if all the facets
Of his being were as they should be

His cubic life would become a lake;
Elemental, unadorned, approachable;
Something that people were easily drawn to.
He knew that surfaces were all that mattered,
And he was signally skilled at creating semblances

His would be a planar existence, a pleasing
Facade that others could look at (en passant) or dip
Their hands into momentarily without being scuppered.
He would wear a tailor-made suit, and no one would ever
Again have to acknowledge his collection of driftwood,
(Once alive, rooted, and verdant) now effectively
Hidden and moldering just beneath his
Pricey jade bolo facade

At last, he was reachable …
And while pleasantly benign words dislodged daily
From his soul, to hordes of passerby’s too self-absorbed
To care, he smiled still and smoothed the lapels of his tailored
Suit in anticipation of something good happening

richard lloyd cederberg   

richardlloydcederberg.com


Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!




Reviewed by Lynette Bat-Abba 9/15/2009
What a gift you have. I am in awe.
Reviewed by ~ H (Reader) 7/29/2009
Excellent description...finely crafted Richard.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/28/2009
Very stirring. To have to hide when we need help or understanding.... Hugs,
Sheila
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 7/27/2009
A well written piece,excellent work,take care

EDWIN
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/26/2009
Vividly descriptive, a great insight into mental illness.

Ron
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/25/2009
Such power in these poignant lines, brilliant character portrayal, Richard - undone by the power in your pen - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by jude forese 7/25/2009
enjoyed experiencing this finely detailed analysis and query ...
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/25/2009
Glad to know of this subject. It hits home in a hard way with Grandson. Hoping his illness is curable and leads him to a wonderful married life.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/25/2009
"although he drank himself carefree"...I've known so many that take this path...avoidance is not awareness...you've described it very well....to me he is displaying symptoms of greater awakening, but without a connection...
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/25/2009
Your words offer me so many perspectives Richard, mostly all these wonderful connections which reach from the soul of love, like an ingrained truth. This beautiful feeling you give that opens another (definitely me) to feel this absolute purity of emotion through your words. It’s just captivating! The outer shell may grasp the wandering superficial, but your presence always draws me into your work full force. I would dive right in this lake of “neuroticism (as a collection of driftwood)” and not remain as a bystander...to swim deep with such genuine emotion is an offering of the most beautiful thing...true treasures, this is such a wonderful poetic expression of self, someone whom is centered & planted & flowing & leading an authentic life despite it all; Jeremiah, through your words inspires beautiful feelings to this reader...and Richard I love the mood photo! You see some beautiful things where you go hiking...
Love, Peace & Inspirations
Vickie
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/25/2009
They said that in every fire there is the voice of many a wood telling a story as it goes up in flames and sometimes the turmoil in the man psyche is like driftwood shaken and driven by violent forces outsides of his will domain, sailing along with his nightmares.

Georg

Reviewed by Lori Moore 7/24/2009
Too many hide behind the pricey accessories. Perhaps driftwood is preferable. Very nice.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/24/2009
...and one of my favorite lines: His would be a planar existence, a pleasing
Facade that others could look at
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/24/2009
He zipped up his nonchalance like a jacket...

Richard, just one of so many exquisite lines admired by
this passerby who is convinced that something good does
happen at the hand of an accomplished poet. Bravo.

-gene.

Books by
richard lloyd cederberg



Between the Cracks

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, Amazon, more..




NEW THIRD EDITION available now @richardlloydcederberg.com

Buy Options
Nook, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




In Search of the First Tribe

Buy Options
Nook, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




The Underground River

Buy Options
Nook, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Beyond Understanding

Buy Options
Nook, Amazon, more..




A Monumental Journey - first edition cover




Popular
Poetry
(Poetry)
  1. Life and a Love
  2. Australian storm
  3. in honor of
  4. Blue Morpho
  5. I'm So Happy
  6. Water Baby
  7. Learning Experence
  8. For Emily
  9. Free Spirit
  10. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  11. Love It or Leave It !
  12. Traveler's Lament
  13. Defeat
  14. Your Own Nuclear Power
  15. My Scars
  16. His Queen
  17. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  18. Morning Thoughts
  19. Memorial Day
  20. Springtime Breeze




Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.