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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby gailr » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:12 pm

Doppelgänger: A Poem of Sin and Synonyms

I want to be forever good—until I want what’s bad
I try to banish sinful thoughts, till virtue drives me mad
It’s like an evil twin emerges with no decency
A fiend that issues from the depths of my psychology

I’ve tried to vanquish this dark side with therapy and prayer
But neither Freud nor God can best that lawless soul in there
The animus appeared at first the day that I was born
Like Eden's primal serpent, or a rose's early thorn

Sometimes that dagger's needed to protect the tender heart
Of fragile things. For me, it only tears the soul apart.
From childhood's lies and tantrums, I progressed to lust and greed
Giving in to every longing at a death-defying speed

As the immortal Shakespeare wrote: To thine own self be true
My id keeps being truer than my ego wants it to
That inner beast persists in mocking all my solemn vows
To urge sardonic barbeques of all my sacred cows
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby saparris » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:12 pm

Doppelgänger: A Poem of Sin and Synonyms

I want to be forever good—until I want what’s bad
I try to banish sinful thoughts, till virtue drives me mad
It’s like an evil twin emerges with no decency
A fiend that issues from the depths of my psychology

I’ve tried to vanquish this dark side with therapy and prayer
But neither Freud nor God can best that lawless soul in there
The animus appeared at first the day that I was born
Like Eden's primal serpent, or a rose's early thorn

Sometimes that dagger's needed to protect the tender heart
Of fragile things. For me, it only tears the soul apart.
From childhood's lies and tantrums, I progressed to lust and greed
Giving in to every longing at a death-defying speed

As the immortal Shakespeare wrote: To thine own self be true
My id keeps being truer than my ego wants it to
That inner beast persists in mocking all my solemn vows
To urge sardonic barbeques of all my sacred cows

I wish there were some holy writ to make me change my way
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby Audiendus » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:20 am

Doppelgänger: A Poem of Sin and Synonyms

I want to be forever good—until I want what’s bad
I try to banish sinful thoughts, till virtue drives me mad
It’s like an evil twin emerges with no decency
A fiend that issues from the depths of my psychology

I’ve tried to vanquish this dark side with therapy and prayer
But neither Freud nor God can best that lawless soul in there
The animus appeared at first the day that I was born
Like Eden's primal serpent, or a rose's early thorn

Sometimes that dagger's needed to protect the tender heart
Of fragile things. For me, it only tears the soul apart.
From childhood's lies and tantrums, I progressed to lust and greed
Giving in to every longing at a death-defying speed

As the immortal Shakespeare wrote: To thine own self be true
My id keeps being truer than my ego wants it to
That inner beast persists in mocking all my solemn vows
To urge sardonic barbeques of all my sacred cows

I wish there were some holy writ to make me change my way
Some means to stop my blasphemy when I attempt to pray
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby saparris » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Doppelgänger: A Poem of Sin and Synonyms

I want to be forever good—until I want what’s bad
I try to banish sinful thoughts, till virtue drives me mad
It’s like an evil twin emerges with no decency
A fiend that issues from the depths of my psychology

I’ve tried to vanquish this dark side with therapy and prayer
But neither Freud nor God can best that lawless soul in there
The animus appeared at first the day that I was born
Like Eden's primal serpent, or a rose's early thorn

Sometimes that dagger's needed to protect the tender heart
Of fragile things. For me, it only tears the soul apart.
From childhood's lies and tantrums, I progressed to lust and greed
Giving in to every longing at a death-defying speed

As the immortal Shakespeare wrote: To thine own self be true
My id keeps being truer than my ego wants it to
That inner beast persists in mocking all my solemn vows
To urge sardonic barbeques of all my sacred cows

I wish there were some holy writ to make me change my way
Some means to stop my blasphemy when I attempt to pray
Until there is, I'll try to balance shades of good and evil
Ars longa, vita brevis
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby Audiendus » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:02 pm

Doppelgänger: A Poem of Sin and Synonyms

I want to be forever good—until I want what’s bad
I try to banish sinful thoughts, till virtue drives me mad
It’s like an evil twin emerges with no decency
A fiend that issues from the depths of my psychology

I’ve tried to vanquish this dark side with therapy and prayer
But neither Freud nor God can best that lawless soul in there
The animus appeared at first the day that I was born
Like Eden's primal serpent, or a rose's early thorn

Sometimes that dagger's needed to protect the tender heart
Of fragile things. For me, it only tears the soul apart.
From childhood's lies and tantrums, I progressed to lust and greed
Giving in to every longing at a death-defying speed

As the immortal Shakespeare wrote: To thine own self be true
My id keeps being truer than my ego wants it to
That inner beast persists in mocking all my solemn vows
To urge sardonic barbeques of all my sacred cows

I wish there were some holy writ to make me change my way
Some means to stop my blasphemy when I attempt to pray
Until there is, I'll try to balance shades of good and evil
And hope my key to paradise is not beyond retrieval.
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby saparris » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:45 pm

A good (respectable) effort (attempt) by all (everyone)!

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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby Slava » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:00 pm

Thank you all. This was, to me at least, a formidable challenge, and well met by the authors. Kudos to all. I expect I speak for most of us when I say I look forward to XVIII. Now, where is that emoticon for "bated breath?"
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:54 pm

Best one by far!
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Re: Group Poem XVII

Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:32 am

saparris wrote:A good (respectable) effort (attempt) by all (everyone)!

saparris




Far more than respectable. Excellent. I watched it forming
and am in awe of "youse guys". Bravo.
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