by Richard Vince

It may be a lie, but
I always make it true.
For my pleasure, I create
A suffering; to bring balance
To the world? Or perhaps I
Believe I deserve it.

He said I am too hard
On myself; that I should
Take it easy sometimes.
But I seem to believe that
Pleasure must be paid for.

Still, today I listened.
I had no time, yet somehow
I made enough to open
My mind's ear for
The first time in too long.

I spend so much time on
Things I don't need that
I forget how important it is
To keep my eyes and ears open.

But I am awake now.


Posted on 10/29/2007
Copyright © 2022 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 10/29/07 at 02:49 AM

Oooh I like the focus on pleasure--we are on the same wave length...yes. Open eyes and ears, "Balance" and over the top on the positive side--it works every time! Excellent verse.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 10/29/07 at 05:28 AM

In the last several months, my ideas of balancing the pleasure with the suffering have changed. I used to think suffering was simply a self-imposed and unnecessary experience. Now I am entertaining the idea that suffering has a value, and sometimes I think it is in direct proportion to the amount of pleasure we allow ourselves to enjoy. And sometimes I think that suffering is endured to relieve someone else of their burden, a sacrifice performed so that others can know freedom. At any rate, the two are definitely related in my experience, as well as unavoidable. And being awake is always the best. Wise discovery.

Posted by Laura Doom on 11/22/07 at 06:46 PM

The evolution of personality :) The 'He' that speaks is an inheritance of some kind, balancing the creation and the need for absolution. I rest my case - it's exhausted from dragging all this garbage in my wake. F list addition - subject, dialogue and ultimate encapsulation.

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