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  A Simple Complexity
by Odin Roark
Friday, August 03, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Answers to outside questions are often realized only when one is willing to nurture that which is within.

A Simple Complexity

We learn it from puppy licks
And kitten purrs
From bird bath chirps
And bedtime hugs

We test it with raging hormone safaris
Stalking its elusive coupling
Enigmas we thought familiar
Now but jesters in our youthful courts

We come to know its quintessence
By accepting the disappointment of lies
The 4 alarm fires of the heart
Flooded by ducts of tear-laden fear

Courage is born
As the sun awakens moments anew
Where hope and expectation
Patiently await destiny

Growing feelings once so simple
Now of experience hard fought
Embrace the unattached heart of being
That state of mind
Without need of anchor
A simple complexity
The inward caress
Forever afloat as essence






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Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/4/2012
Embrace the unattached heart of being
That state of mind
Without need of anchor

Not easy to do, but so marvelous when we can.
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 8/3/2012
A set of simple, correlated statements resonant with layered images and meaning. As I completed the previous sentence I realized how it corresponds with your title, 'Layered Meaning' - so your message has emerged clearly it seems. I suspect this is a work of excellence that will grow in meaning to each reader as it's further reexamined and digested. Nice one!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 8/3/2012
"The inward caress
Forever afloat as essence"

Love these two lines. Attachment to the opposite sex is a paint by the numbers sequence, only trouble is the numbers move and change seemingly at will. What is a perfect "10" today can, and will become double oughts within a months time (or less), and without warning. Therefore the ability to adjust and/or deal with the changing of love's rumple seat, which was so cozy mere weeks ago, but now is uncomfortable and downright miserable.

Still, it is "The inward caress / Forever afloat as essence" which allows us to keep trying and trying and trying until darkness overpowers us and all is lost, except, of course, "The inward caress / Forever afloat as essence."

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