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  Why Is It
by Odin Roark
Monday, June 04, 2012
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I'm sure we've all had such thoughts. Sharing your own work would serve us all with perhaps added incentive to focus harder on our imagination and project out alternative choices. Let us hope that imagination isn't rendered dormant as we attempt to combat the convoluted sense of impotence the world's problem-brokers try to control us with today.

why is it

the artist remains invisible to those with no preference

are the mirrors not reflective

of that which passes before them

and is there not a virtual vortex of creative energy

abounding ceaselessly before all such reflective surfaces

why is it

that consciousness remains asleep in those of pedestrian desire

is not the polished silver for destiny's feast but refractive reminders

available to all who will but remove the shades of fear

and look beyond the mirrors of isolated selves

why is it

gluttonous appetite for empty foods of complacency

always creates more mirrors for the colorless ethereal bliss of ignorance

when will the palate of taste be embraced as but a variation of life's palette

allowing the brush strokes of endless rainbows

to bathe and feed the starvation of those once born of endless imagination

why is it

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/5/2012
Most men live lives of quiet desperation (Thoreau). For the majority, indifference and fear are enough to keep them trapped in a humdrum existence for the rest of their lives. A life filled with nothing but procreation that most proclaim as their greatest gift to the world–more people.

Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 6/5/2012
Conditioned indifference to creativity wafts off these lines to me, Odin. Even your introductory statement is rich with tones of desire for a struggle to be made against complacency about 'control,' "convoluted sense of impotence" -- I love that wording. It juicily applies to publishing houses insisting on accepting only template-writing; boilerplate authorship. Sad and such a waste of human potential, the "...virtual vortex of creative energy". "...consciousness remains asleep in those of pedestrian desire," bravo to using the word 'asleep,' as that gives acknowledgement to the element of dormancy, not absence. In Wall E, once the floating lounge chair screens were removed from the faces of the people......they stood up and saw. "gluttonous appetite for empty foods of complacency" continues on to answer that repeated question 'why is it" = hypnotization. So then the unanswered question in this poem is line 15 "when........" So much in here! ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 6/5/2012
Why is it, something we always ask many times. Some are just content to muddle along with no interest and sometimes not any interest in self. Does this fall under normal? Is this the majority of society?

Excellent, you have written what many think

Love and Light
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/5/2012
As thought provoking as I always expect from your in depth works. I agree most who are blessed with the instinct and desire either ignore it for assumed need of material gain and others if they do express it hide it away from fear of rejection or humiliation. But this is only my observation. Excellently done you craft your expression well.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/4/2012
To be creative is our birthright, Odin, but sadly we are so materially fattened and starved of time for self, largely, that this instinct has long since been suppressed, like our spirituality. Do we not see evidence of both so much more in societies whose comparative wealth (and mostly the lack of it) is not so greed-hungry-and-driven? Love that last line which I think states so succinctly what I have just tried to rationalise in prose. As always, cogent and thought-provoking work. xx
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/4/2012
Yes, Odin, tolerance! You have forthright and fine insights.
Why is it? I so resonate with this verse.
At least this is what I am reading into your verse. Tolerance. We so need it here in this world.

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