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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, now living in Cheshire, England. Six years ago, I started writing poetry and short stories as a hobby; I've enjoyed that new venture very much. My preferences are for long and micro-form poetry styles. A first book of poetry ~ Reason Without Rhyme, was published in December 2013. A second book ~ Fifty Seven Pebbles, was published in September 2015...I am presently compiling the content for my third book. Thank you for visiting my Blog which is regularly updated. COPYRIGHT: The entire copyright and content of this Blog belongs to the author Eileen T O'Neill. Nothing should be copied, reproduced or hosted as per RSS feed by any other party. {This particularly applies to the USA company Feedspot.com} Header Photograph: Ballycastle Beach, County Antrim, Northern Ireland...

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Enlightenment....



Easy to sit in the easy chair of comfort,
Ears and eyes blind to woes of other lives.
Intake the facile gossip from neighbours,
Dismiss the world at large to disinterest.
Unmoved by the magnitude of madness,
A character concerned with only self-regard.
Passing judgement from the court of fireside,
Absent from any open-minded deliberations.
Ignorance is multinational and across all classes,
Narrow-minded opinions intrude on liberation.
Closed and fixed traditions depreciate humans,
Depressed and ridiculed in their daily existence.
Frail voices and lost flocks seek only to be found,
Clear direction offers a less fraught oppressive life.
Faux politicians engrossed by the frivolity of celebrity,
Must seek to respect individuals and educate change.
Enlightenment strives to cast knowledge far and wide,
Without wisdom the future remains depleted of hope.

©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 08/04/2015
Poets United Mid-Week Motif: Enlightenment..

21 comments:

  1. ... and there are so many other things one can do

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  2. Each couplet is a consideration that could lead to hope. I especially like the first line of the central couplet: "Ignorance is multinational and across all classes," We are not exempt. Opening our eyes to respect, yes!

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  3. This is the way life often feels.....I think present day leaders often have more concern for being elected than making the tough and necessary decisions, governments are mandated to make. We have all the information, but no action.....I like your closing couplet so much. We need to use all our wisdom now.

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  4. The poem invokes a sense of longing for a much better world.. there is too much of corruption lying around at each corner.
    Loved your poem :D
    xoxo

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  5. It all makes me want to hide under the bed. I get so disillusioned with the hate and intolerance. I think Jimmy Durante said it best "Why don't people leave other people the hell alone!" Live and let live. You've said it well.

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  6. That last line struck a cord. Knowledge and understanding of people and the world goes a long way, and we all need to hope in our lives!

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  7. Sadly you have said much that is known but continues to be ignored for such short term gain. Like Aesop's Grasshopper we live for the day thinking nothing of tomorrow.

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  8. Yes the world needs wisdom, light in order to survive. You've made a deep statement with your poem Eileen. I hope we all listen.

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  9. It is survival that demands immediate attention much to the chagrin of good thinking! Nicely Eileen!

    Hank

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  10. That last line sums it all up — and allows room for that hope.

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  11. "Closed and fixed traditions depreciate humans." If every single one of us embraces the meaning within these words... the world would be balanced and happy and enlightened for all, methinks. ♥

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  12. The world these days is heading where, we donot know.

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  13. If ignorance rules the roost where will wisdom come from?...However we have to hope against hope......"Must seek to respect individuals and educate change"....this is one of the medicines to heal....

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  14. The truth you've written needs to be heard.

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  15. It's hard to sense that the upcoming political race is one of wisdom ..but yes, that is certainly what we need to cast some light on our world

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  16. I see so much and feel much from your poetry. Eileen
    It's always a pleasure to read you.

    Perfect last line in this poem.

    xx

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  17. At the end we all are to be blamed...we must take the initiative and help humanity become equal. Great piece, Eilleen. The last line gives hope...beautiful~

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  18. Indeed, the knowledge without wisdom - just collected information, what's next...

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  19. Eileen,

    You've so powerfully expressed the voice of many, I believe, myself included, who think of these serious problems every day, feeling frustrated at the continuity of apathy and silence and inactivity towards those less fortunate, suffering, wronged.

    Poppy

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  20. I sometimes think that poets are the conscience of a people--your piece reminds me that we must always extend ourselves--empathy heals

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