Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wonder

The gracefulness of demeanor
The delicate way of birds
Contrasting to survival's way
So brutish and absurd

Following the patterns
Of trees and leaves and flowers
Thinking like a river
Contemplating things for hours

Feeling textures distant
Seeing taste and sound
Noticing the difference
Between hunting and the hound

-Kelly Voelker


brutish - coarse, cruel, stupid

wonder - a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable

The Flowering of the Mind

The flowering of the body
Is apparent and is seen
Following prognosis
Climbs more quickly when in teens

The flowering of the mind
Is unexpected to achieve
In process then through gnosis
Explodes beyond what one believed

Hidden noted humans
Throughout time have failed the test
Knowing their experience
And behavior was suspect

Don't gauge your own awareness
By others in dispair 
Don't regulate enthusiasm's
Way of exceeding 'self aware'

-Kelly Voelker

prognosis - a forecast of the likely outcome of a situation
gnosis - knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
self aware - good knowledge and judgment about yourself

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Virtue

All that remains after
Fire and flood
Testing the framework
Testing my blood

The code is of virtue
I have a strong hold
On what it must feel like
To be valiant and bold

I no longer doubt
What I am made of
I feel the perfection
Of darkness made old

The newest obsession
Is of goodness and deed
Born of complexity
Ego and greed

No one can know virtue
Until one has bloomed
From dirt and adversity
To wholeness now plumed

The newness of virtue
The foundation of strength
The confidence of wisdom
Earned and not faked.

-Kelly Voelker

What has me Agitated

What has me agitated
Isn't what it seems or kind
What has me agitated
Isn't senseless, mean or blind

On the innermost and unused
Reaches of my soul
A sensitive, protective mind
Wants so to control

Who and what are near me
Who and what will pass
Foreseeing opposition
Alerting senses last

What it sees is eminent
Near and is the prize
For a long term process
A cycle's end in time

Can I ride the ending
Before it's even written
Expecting certain changes
Expecting to be bitten

As I take the reward
For lasting through these tests
Will the rules return to
The patterns I know best?

-Kelly Voelker

agitated - feeling or appearing troubled or nervous
eminent - used to emphasize the presence of a positive quality

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