October 17th, 2017

Shaman - Horse

Poem - The Contest

“The Contest” was inspired by the “Sex in the City” quote, “there’s a battle between what we know and what we feel”.


The Contest

There is a battle I’ll reveal
between two sides that want the same
happiness sought to fulfill
the breadth of life in expanse

there’s a brawl between soldiers
one below and one above
contending for the common ground
exacting ruin with each stroke

weaponized by good intent
the conflict wracks internal space
disrupting breath that I desire
choosing paths beyond the now

each engaged in my employ
taking turns to steer the course
if only they would pull as one
provoking calm instead of strife

drawing blood with each stroke
first the reason, then ardor
I’ll never know which is best
a thousand scratches on my soul

the same master requests both
to make peace instead of war
pull together against a world
that cares little for this contest

between the head and the heart
there’s a battle every day
happiness should be the goal
if the contest was not a duel.

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