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-What vile creatures we are-

Masticating the flesh of animals to fill our bellies
Only to urinate and defecate the remnants of the event

Mucous and blood line internal organs and passages
And leaks, drips or emanates from every pore and opening

Germs, bacteria's, viruses, parasites and more
Harbor in, feed from and even breed while in our bodies

Fungi, hair, growths and all manner of unwanted things
Attach, sprout, or grow from the outer shell and surfaces

-What Magnificent Creatures We Are-

With an ability to visualize, dream, design and create
We have thoughts so vivid that any concept imaginable is also achievable

The fluid movements we can train our bodies to make
With timing and coordination so exact as to be the measure of perfection

Through thought and reasoning we are able to predict
Circumstances and their outcome with exceptional precision

An Immortal Spirit temporarily mortal, embodied in flesh and bones
We are each unique in our own similarities to every other human being

-We Are Driven By Wants And Desires Sometimes Unobtainable-

Some are handicapped but choose to succeed in spite of any limit set upon them
While others who are challenged in any way find excuses for their failure

Some are happy to find the next sunrise or friend
While others complain and protest about societies every decision

Some make others feel good and help those in need
While others enjoy hurting and making life miserable for all around them

Some struggle with every problem and somehow overcome them
While others create even more problems for themselves and others purposefully

-As We Have Chosen It, Is What We Are Living Right Now-

Some find solace in this journey known as life
While others feel the world owes them something or everything

Whatever the reason for your mortal voyage this time around
Remember that everyone has chosen to come here

We were not coerced, required, influenced or tricked into it
It was free will and so is the out come of this existence

However, if you wish to blame someone or perhaps thank them
They are as close to you as the nearest mirror

Daniel Lloyd Kennedy

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The following comments are for "The Nearest Mirror"
by daprdan

Mirror Image?

Welcome back, I am sure that this piece gives us all a lot to reflect on. I am intestested in the following lines and wondered how you came to this conclusion:
Whatever the reason for your mortal voyage this time around
Remember that everyone has chosen to come here

We were not coerced, required, influenced or tricked into it.

Cetainly my children blame me for their existence... even the adopted ones!

Good to see you posting again and wonder whether your conclusions arose fom the same pathways as mine...


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: August 21, 2005 )

My ole brother Dan Lloyd Kennedy! I was waiting for the title, and its place in the end of this very insightful poem didn't disappoint this avid reader! It made me think too, a lot, before I could agree and write a comment on this: this part -

everyone has chosen to come here

We were not coerced, required, influenced or tricked into it
It was free will and so is the out come of this existence

Quite a bold statement, invitingly argumentative. I would say that what shows my free will to 'coming here' is the fact that I also chose to have kids of my own.

My friend, I'd like to keep this one and always ponder on its thoughts for many days in my life. It's a treasure. :)

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: August 22, 2005 )

"Happy to find the next sunrise or friend." This whole darn thing is really good. I am so glad to see you back, you have been sorely missed.


( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: August 22, 2005 )

It Feels Good To...
Be writing again

Ivor, I feel, deep down, that we know there is more to life than a one time existence... I always wondered why, as life is so short, how we were supposed to do all the things we felt like doing... As I grew older and learned more, I questioned even more... And to make a long story short, there is no way one visit to earth is enough to accomplish everything, unless your perfect... (I'm not, I don't know about the rest of the world, but they certainly act like they and all there ideas are, hehehe)... You know that we are close... We even think alike... I'm sure we are from the same place somewhere in our pasts...

Peter, Yes I believe we have chosen before we came here, how we wanted things, and while we are here, we can choose to change anything we want... That good ole free will is so very important, if only we will apply it... I know that some are ready to pounce and argue that some have no choice... but, that is wrong... remember, they chose everything BEFORE they came here and can still choose to change any part of it at any time...

Charlie, Thank you, It feels very good to be writing again... My little jaunts to the property certainly changed my perspective... Up there, I feel like I did when I was a kid, with out a care in the world... I liked that freedom... In the near future I hope to enjoy that freedom everyday... I still have a LOT to learn and experiment with... and I only have about 47 more years to do it all... (I chose to make it to 103 years old that wonderful free will)... Oh Yeah, I named my 20 acres in New Mexico "The Second Chance Ranch" the last time I was there (In July this year)

( Posted by: daprdan [Member] On: August 22, 2005 )

Dan the man is back!!
Oh's so good to see you back my friend. The old crowd is slowly coming back...the grass is not greener on the other side as we have been told! The grass here at Lit is Emerald, and cannot be surpassed!

I loved this poem...especially the end...the buck stops here! No excuses...we are the architect of our lives, for better or for worse. And yes...we do need more than one lifetime to get it right.

I'm with you...I'll still be around when you're 103, so behave yourself...I'll be watching!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 24, 2005 )

Dan's Return
Welcome back Dan, long time gone but never forgotten. I check your spot from time to time hoping you will return for keeps. Your poem is great as always and I could'nt help but think of the love pieces you so often write while reading about all the shit coming from the body in the first lines of your latest. (LOL)........Romay

( Posted by: Charmr [Member] On: September 9, 2005 )

It's Always Nice To...
Come back to the home fire... (or in my case, the air conditioning, Arizona and all, it's still in the 100's)...

Aunt Bea, home is where the heart is and Lit IS Home, (we do have air conditioning here right?) Let's make a date. On Dec 16th 2048 (the century mark for me) let's meet at Virginia Beach, Virginia... I know a couple of really good places we could meet for some wonderful seafood fare...

Charmr, I know... or rather I don't know why or where it came from... Maybe it is all the blaming everyone is obsessed with in the world lately... Pointing fingers every time something happens... Everyone complaining about the problems of the world and looking for a fall guy (or girl) to blame it on... What ever happened to old fashioned getting your hands dirty and helping instead of looking for some one to blame... reminds me of my LAST boss, (and that is why he is my LAST boss) always looking to place blame instead of just fixing it and letting life take care of itself... it will you know... my Grandma use to say "Look at the person pointing the finger, they are hiding darker secrets than they are pointing out"...
She was a smart old coot... Hard... but smart... Them farm girls always are ya know...

( Posted by: daprdan [Member] On: September 11, 2005 )

Daperdan -the man
Nice to see you Dan. I'm not here very often because of daily responsibilities,but to look in and see "Daperdan" - made my day to see you're still stretchin'.

-blessings to you-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: September 11, 2005 )

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