Thursday, September 27, 2012

NOT FOR PHILOSOPHERS ONLY

Somewhere in California



Is there life before death?
Who am I?
standing in the midst of this
thought –traffic?
This is before and beyond
thinking and imagining.

What lies behind us, what lies
before us are tiny matters.

You cannot see
outside what you
fail to see inside.

What lies within us?
That is the question.



(I'm submitting this to Dverse Poets where Samuel Peralta has challenged us to write a Cento.  A Cento is a poem composed of verses or passages from other poets.  I used the words of Anthony De Mello (though not a poet, I really like his work), Jelalludin Rumi, and Walt Whitman.

I am also submitting this to Friday Flash 55.)

26 comments:

  1. wow...you can not see outside what you fail to see inside....i could think on that thought for a while....this is really well spun myrna...made my brain hurt in a good way...smiles.

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  2. Myrna, your words go beautifully together. One would not guess it is a cento. And yes, the question IS....what lies within us!

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  3. What lies within is, ultimately, ALL that matters.....great work, Myrna. I like this cento idea....Must try it.

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  4. You created something beautiful here Myrna.

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  5. Myrna Dear...
    My 55 didn't go up at 8:00
    Could you please stop by and comment so that others can read your lovely poderings?
    Loved your 55 My Friend
    Thanks for playing, thanks for being so thoughtful, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  6. An interesting question ~ Thanks for sharing ~

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  7. Intriguing how the cento form helped you weave the philosophical from so many disparate sources.

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  8. I am fond of the existential questions and you have woven some lovely ones here in your beautifully penned cento ... if I didn't know it was a cento, there is no way I would have guessed ... nice work.

    http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.ca/2012/09/accept-shadows-centon.html

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  9. Wow - this works out so well and such diverse poets too - very interesting. k.

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  10. Myrna...
    It was ALL my fault.
    The post didn't go up in time
    :-)

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  11. Is there life before death? !!! What an absolutely awesome question.

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  12. This is simply fantastic Myrna! You cleverly weaved it around and brought out lots of thoughts. These thoughts sustained their effects to linger on and on! Brilliant!

    Hank

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  13. You cannot see
    outside what you
    fail to see inside...so true...the within us is important..once we understood, we've learned a valuable lesson...clever write myrna

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  14. Beautiful write, seamless mix of lines from varied sources to create a profound poem. And you made it look so easy....

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  15. Cool Myrna! My Mom said I used to talk up a storm about life before life! :)

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  16. I really love your 55!Very powerful! Mine is here
    Have you a ROCKING AND BLESSED WEEKEND!!!
    hugs
    shakira

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  17. wow...Myrna...this is brilliant!

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  18. This is simply stunning. And so thought provoking!

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