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Philosophie En Baguette

by Gregory O'Neill

“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” Voltaire

There are always the forces seen and those unseen,
the pragmatic and the misterioso, the
in-hand and the inner mind. Aloof in
what we have collectively disregarded over eons, what we have
found that remains proof of momentum:
the eternal Scripture and the heart on our sleeve.

We are the twin of ourselves, if not
then why two eyes, two ears, two hands—
tactilely magnificent, all greedy for input. Ah, this one is all wet
let me fetch its mate!

Then comes the singular mouth and tongue, and the short-changing of
our communication and its shadows; a deep haunting
by our most idiotic thoughts, because
there is only one way out. And the
suppression of our better selves smudged with the charcoal and
cracklings left as the fire of our lives bristles and burns behind us.

Points of clarity, the fabled flash of brilliance and a balance
we can rarely maintain. Life in a most
objectionable pirouette
lands us—slams us, face down in its irrejectable
mud of ages.

11/12/2008

Posted on 11/12/2008
Copyright © 2016 Gregory O'Neill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 11/12/08 at 07:56 AM

Pretty heady stuff put down quite well. Oh how hard it is to be 'in life' and look at the same simultaneously. Very nice write sir.

Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 11/12/08 at 10:08 AM

LOL! but we can always get up, dust off and hopefully brave the fire again! Well done, enjoyed this read this morning! MFS

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/12/08 at 01:04 PM

This one is so alive, Gregory! I'm laughing and nodding. The middle stanza is one of your recent bests - brilliant about "twin of ourselves" followed by the singular tongue and mouth short changing communication, not to mention the "cracklings left". Wow! All buttons pushed with this one. Thank you!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/13/08 at 08:49 PM

I am haunted at times by my idiotic thoughts. Great poem Greg...CharMin

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 11/13/08 at 10:57 PM

Deeper than the Marianas trench Greg. Yes, I believe Voltaire would have been impressed.

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 11/14/08 at 03:01 PM

"Points of clarity, the fabled flash of brilliance and a balance we can rarely maintain." Ah but you maintain it better than some, as it is apparent in your prosiac prespectives, thank you for heaving us face down into the mud of ages with this thought provoking piece. We do get back up, and invariably we figure something out along the way, more oft than not after we have removed foot from mouth with one of our twin hands. smh

Posted by A. Paige White on 11/18/08 at 05:45 PM

This is beautiful. Somehow it reminds me of Anne Bradstreet's The flesh and the spirit "Sister we are, yea twins we be," that is still one of my favorites. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Posted by Katie Dean on 05/26/09 at 11:00 PM

This is just so amazing. I reread it all the time and always fixate on something else. Wow wow wow

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