Friday, August 04, 2006

Climbing Out of the Well
By Don Iannone

Is that you hiding
in the corner of your mind,
where shadows are darkened
by a single light bulb
dangling overhead?
Is that you hiding
in your own confusion and illusion,
wishing to be free,
but preferring to linger
in your own obliqueness?
Free yourself
for once and all.
Grasp the rope
dangling down the well shaft.
Pull yourself out
of your misery.
It's your own rope.
You created it,
like the obliqueness
that you followed into the well.
Your true nature awaits you
in the bone-warming sun above.

15 comments:

samuru999 said...

That is a great poem Don!
Another one that should be framed
and put on the wall!
Thanks for it!
Now I am off for a short walk in
the beautiful and soothing rain before I head off to work.
Take care.

Margie:)

Don Iannone said...

Margie...thanks! Suitable for Framing--the Three Dog Night album. So many great songs on it. For one:

Easy To Be Hard
Three Dog Night

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, I need a friend

How can people be so heartless
You know I'm hung up on you
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, we all need a friend

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Come, on, easy to give in, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Much too easy to say no

Dan said...

Ah...

dumbdodi said...

Like a frog in a well who thinks there is no world outside the well, sometimes even we drown ourselves in such wells and hide.
The poem is very motivational.Great piece.

Pat Paulk said...

"...bone warming sun..." Love it!!

Kathleen said...

yes.... our True Nature awaits... quietly... patiently... it awaits...

Lovely Don...

polona said...

takes effort to pull oneself out
but it is oh so rewarding!
thanks also for the three dog night's song...

Rob said...

bone-warming sun!

Good word-spinning!

Thanks. Hits the mark.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Brother Dan. Ah...

Thanks Dumbdodi. Glad you liked it. Be the happy frog. (Smile)

Thanks Pat. How is the summer cold?

Thanks Kathleen. It does await, like a fox about to raid the hen house. (Smile)

Polona...thanks and it does take effort until we realize that our true nature is right there next to us.

Thanks Rob. Warm your bones in the sun. Do you any in Oxford? I hope so.

Imemine said...

There is only way to do that. Leave the past behind. Especially beliefs or dogmas. Because beliefs are limiting. And at the same time make us very ambitious. Some of us want to sit right next to God or Jesus.

its_baxter said...

this is excellent writing. i could actually see images of your words. and what truth is in it. thank you so much for your comment, as well.

samuru999 said...

Don,
I do love that Three Dog Night song
"Easy To Be Hard"
I am not a very good singer,
but I did sing it.
Thanks for putting the words here.

Margie:)

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Imemine.

Thanks Its-Baxter...glad you enjoyed the poem and you felt its message. That is really neat.

Margie...thanks. Sing away!

Bazza said...

Hello Don. Greetings from the UK. An excellent poem, full of very vivid imagery and expessing a valuable sentiment.
Incidentally, the real credit for the lyrics of 'Easy To Be Hard' should go to James Rado & Gerome Ragni who wrote them for the sixties musical 'Hair'(music by Galt MacDermot).

Don Iannone said...

Bazza...thanks for your comment. Welcome to Conscious Living. Glad you liked the poem and thanks for the clarification about the song.

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