Poetry Month: Beware the Poems Within

Disclaimer: I was obsessed with poetry in middle and high school, but I soon found my lines/verses too long and switched to prose. I love these poems, but I don’t think I have the ability to write with few words and say a lot. Anyway, here are some of my favorite poems that I’d like to share with you.

This first poem is a response to Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave and the philosophical belief that the body ties down the mind from reaching the ultimate good=all truth and knowledge. It is a philosophical parable of Plato’s theory of forms. This is a simple summary of the story:

Socrates describes a cave where prisoners are kept chained and facing a wall with a fire behind them as the only light. Their entire world is understood by puppeteers creating shadows on the wall in front of them. They believe the “reality” in front of them without question and that is all they know. One prisoner escapes to find his entire perception of reality is incorrect. He sees what has been making the shadows on the wall, and  his eyes are opened by light of the fire. He attempts to convince the other prisoners of the true reality, and they do not believe him because it is much easier to continue what they have always believed. The escaped prisoner climbs out of the cave into the full illumination of the sun, and recognizes the true forms of people and things under the light of the sun. He once again descends to the cave to inform the prisoners of his discovery. He is laughed at for believing the ridiculous things the prisoners have yet to experience.  He is the sole conscious of goodness, who must lead the prisoners out of the dark cave of ignorance and into the light of truth.

And here is my poem:

Sitting alone with no
Room to breathe
My body suffocates
An urgent wish to be free

My mind hopes to find
Truth revealed in the light 
Of eternity, while darkness
Overcomes my world

Reaching my hand out
The light begins to fade
As others pass to another life
Returning with the knowledge I crave

Oblivious people watch
The world spin around them
Ignorant to the search
For liberation of the mind

In the quest for the answers
To life, death and beyond
The body is the mind’s carrier;
A disease-ridden prison

Only when our corpses rot
Can we know those precious secrets
That life has hidden in the shadows
Of the cave inside us all. 

This next poem is one of my favorites. I think it’s fun and cute:

A Man’s Work

A glance
A sigh
A fervent thought

She wants something
He wishes for more
Both waiting for something to happen

His thoughts drifting
She’s leaning closer
Neither sure of what’s to come

A flash
A gasp
And everything is out now

His hands are soaked and her hands are crossed
The pipe has burst and his pay is lost

Let me know your thoughts, but keep in mind these are old and haven’t been altered in a very long time. Also, I’m not a consistent poet, so I don’t practice often.


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4 responses to “Poetry Month: Beware the Poems Within

  1. Oooh I really like them both, they’re both very good! You should write poetry more often! 🙂 I like the link to the Allegory of the Cave in the first one, very interesting and well done I think. 🙂

  2. I see nothing wrong with these poems! I like them both. The first one made me think about life and I chuckled over the last one. 🙂

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