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Poem - Forests Stretch

The poem “Forests Stretch” was inspired by the quote, “We all have forests on our minds.  Forests unexplored, unending.  Each of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone."


Forests Stretch

The forests stretch in reverie
the breadth misplaced in scenery
while the trunks impede a view
of infinity inspired by the muse

supplying secrets in honesty
treasures piled for one to see
while a plot is always birthed
to disregard what's been learned

there is no witness except the self
wandering on the winding trails
never ending except when rest
is disturbed by wakefulness

arbors lost to memory
when consciousness lifts from sleep
paths found are put aside
when the green blinds the mind.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200122.
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Poem - Transition in Latitude

The poem “Transition in Latitude” was inspired by the thought that a fuller acceptance by society would include acknowledgment of my being a work in progress.


Transition in Latitude

The choice is made in the soul
if a decision is the right word
instead a knowing represents
identity that fits the best

fully vested to the outcome
even though the outside lags
knowledge is held in the heart
asks for acceptance to come first

separation of biased thoughts
from the person that I am
attacks a target that does not exist
even as I must persist

an integration is my lot
with a hope the world will grasp
the whole offered up for view
with transition in latitude.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200121.
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Poem - Foundations

The poem “Foundations” is about the comfort found from mentors and more experienced travelers of the same path.  Without their aid, the person seeking to find themselves is at the mercy of external and internal phobias.


Foundations

When foundations are not present
by the virtue of life’s path
self-assurance becomes adrift
among the shoals of consequence
a destination is partially glimpsed
across the span of rolling swells

once placid waters endure the storm
by aftershocks of the ground shook
paradise at last found
still shrouded in the heavy fog
without a guide a way is lost
across the tempest of life tossed

the hazards are from lights
leading to reefs of blight
with no interest for the welfare
of the voyager who seeks to dare
the safe journey may be assured
by the beacons pointing to the shore

with the knowledge of the path
traveled in the distant past
these foundations disavow
the ugly lies that have no love
in their place the self will find
the assurance of soul and mind.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200120.
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Poem - Life Released

The poem “Life Released” is specifically about the blocking of memories due to traumatic situations.


Life Released

To forget becomes the balm
decades gone from recall
some would see this with alarm
while the fortunate find their calm

the established cast aside
when tortured thoughts cruelly lie
that safety has been divorced
from the nature of life’s course

memory left far behind
from the majority of the mind
until only small pools remain
hinting at a lack of rain

this denies a life once lived
now disregarded to persevere
the cure becomes a disease
to forget is life released.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200119.
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Poem - Near at Hand

The poem “Near At Hand” is about the passing pleasures of life.


Near At Hand

The pleasure was near at hand
ready to cheer the day found bland
with a focus on beauty’s sight
an end in lechery's pure delight

within the span of minutes spent
the outcome was heaven sent
for a time that was too short
before repetition was forced resort

now the need has been replaced
with inability to terminate
the desires that seek relief
from boredom and baleful greed

instead the days have no release
the thoughts kept without reprieve
pleasure is lost to bygone days
in the present of sad dismay.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200118.
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Poem - Imposter Spun

The poem “Imposter Spun” is about the imposter syndrome,  a psychological pattern in which one doubts one's accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".


Imposter Spun

Imposter spun from verity
impugning true prosperity
falsehoods of the first degree
imagined for self’s pedigree

comfort is given without regret
to the others that connect
with the nature identified
by the honesty of the mind

these labels affirm accomplishment
thought illegitimate for the self
this is the greatest of all lies
when to others this could apply

success is thought for other folks
don’t fall prey to this joke
there are no frauds when the work
confirms the fear to be a jerk.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200117.
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Poem - Heart Rebounds

The poem “Heart Rebounds” was inspired by a social posting about the angel Aziraphale from the series Good Omens.  The piece included the sentences, “This is an angel who is about to get his heart broken. This is an angel who is about to lose his faith, forever. But he’ll find it again, sitting in a pub, two bottles down and a charred book of prophecy in his hands.”


Heart Rebounds

Angels still have a heart
and a faith that may depart
if the world damns this soul
beyond the limits of their will

the vaulted heavens aren’t enough
to sway the spirit from despair
when mere mortals are much worse
than imps from realms far below

eternity is the sentence’s span
for the ones self-condemned
found divorced from the grace
of salvation the high embrace

still some hope must persist
to save the lowest from their ilk
in this place the lost are found
and once again the heart rebounds.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200116.
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Poem - There's Hope

The poem “There’s Hope”  is about the struggle to survive depression. 


There’s Hope

There's hope that dawn can proceed
the coming of the enemy
a destination without light
damning those who cannot fight

to find the start of a day
that hopeful spark seems delayed
when the sun is seen to climb
now distant from the troubled mind

the peak of dusk must be climbed
with chasms on the other side
blackness found is despair’s lure
leading some to disappear

the rest aspire to carry on
find a reason to meet the dawn
it lays beyond twilight’s realm
gateway past the sad goodbyes.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200115.
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Poem - Happy Days

The poem “Happy Days” is about the pain of the manic-depressive cycle.


Happy Days

Those mountain tops are so very high
allowing one to touch the sky
only gods have this reach
if only this were ours to keep

even deities have feet of clay
thus mere humans are betrayed
by the shadow in plain sight
manic turned to plunging fright

depressive slopes lead downward
to the pits of hellish purge
what came of goals set before?
the die was flipped afterwards

the sorted plans of mice and men
are cast to pieces in the end
if only life could remain
among the clouds of happy days.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200114.
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Poem - Chains of the Copse

The poem “Chains of the Copse” was inspired by the lyrical line “No man’s a forest even if he tries to be one” in the song “You” by Kyson.


Chains of the Copse

Nobody’s a forest even if they try
to envision a green sea in their mind
unbroken in vast tranquility
the uniform considered as purity

standing as one against the sky
this is imagined to comply
with the wishes of distant gods
who see the whole as their flock

these fevered dreams deny the truth
this sea is made of single trees
verdant drops in an ocean’s depths
each with a life to reconcile

dividing self from the whole
allows the soul to truly roam
away from chains of the copse
the tree is left to stand alone.

© 2020. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20200113.