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by richard lloyd cederberg
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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A glimpse into someone who idolizes, quotes, and attempts to emulate, the work of the deceased as a means to denigrate (what they consider) the lesser work of the living

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You entrench me in
All feigned spires of insight,
Seeking blissfulness

An idealist
Embracing denigration
As a means to growth,

Someone expressing
The incomprehensible
With droll opinions,

A portend shining
Through cracks of woven branches -
In birch bark baskets -

The dissector of
Byron and ancient language
Scattered and weeping,

A treasure hunter
Scraping the bones of Rimbaud
With esteemed insights --

Why should you revere
The hidden meaning of words,
Never to breathe life,

Never to embrace
The moment of YOUR glories,
(With verve suspended)

Pretending to be
The shadow of someone dead,
Projecting the corpse

Of another time
When men sought thunder from gods
On watch-fires and thrones?

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
Standing on another's can, if only temporarily, improve the view. Patrick
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
So perfectly worded. I wish I could say it so eloquently. I especially like:

"A treasure hunter
Scraping the bones of Rimbaud
With esteemed insights --"

Great writing! Love and Hugs,
Sheila
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
I agree. Classic is classic for a reason. Classic as a way of life is to deny growth and improved reason.

Ron
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
Richard, I love much about the past, as I'm sure you do;
and one of the things I love the most about the past is
the enlightenment which continues to help me appreciate
the present. -gene.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
really good stuff here
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!! 'Never to breath life'...'Never to embrace the moment of your glories'...'Pretending to be the shadow of someone dead'...'When men sought thunder from gods'-------- VERY TALENTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Your next to the last two verse is brilliant....as is the whole poem. So much truth in your lines.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Much needed thought express well in all who live in the past only to denouce the todays, very profound...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Ann Marquette
Well said Richard.
Reviewed by John Flanagan
"With verve suspended" indeed and how perfect, Richard, to entomb those words in parentheses...spot on!
"...and the idiot who praises every century but his own..." , those old G&S words come to mind and they were right a hundred years ago and they're right today. If we can't be ourselves, we're nothing.
And the final three lines are outstanding.
Kudos!

John
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Philosophical and brilliant ~
In the way that I understand your poem, perhaps it comes down to being open and having courage. Peter said what I am trying to say much better than I know how to, though!
Best Wishes,
Christine
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
I think that certain people, perhaps, are afraid to develop and project their own voices. Maybe, some attempt to even discover if they have a voice at all. So then they lionize others, riding on coat-tails, in order to impress, assimilate?? Then there is the element of elitism, be it in literature, music, etc. I remember my parents extolling the beauties of classical music (Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven) while verbally deriding modern rock music (at the time), and I always thought, what the hell is wrong with you? You're comparing apples to oranges. Can't you see the qualities in both?? Another fine piece Richard, you provoke the right-brain into critical thinking at a time when we sorely need it.
Reviewed by D Johnson
Richard, once we elevate ourselves to some kind of 'eleitst' status, thinking some others as lesser, we shatter the ground we stand on. I would hope that I never reach that point.

Cheers,
Dan
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