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In Pursuit of Quintessence – 1

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JerryPat2
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0 posted 07-19-2017 08:47 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

I have touched only a small part of me,
nothing of myself,
though I have lived these many years
nothing have I learned
that reflects good unto me.

But I have a secret,
informational at best,
outrageous maybe in the audacity of the seeker.
But I know of a place.
A place, from beginning to end with distant hills and friendless valleys
where my name
has been written in the dust,
no wind to disturb the fragile writing.
It is there that I travel now.
I seek Quintessence,
not tangible like gold;
no, the place I seek is concerned with Innerself.
It is a far away, treacherous journey,
I travel as a babe in the womb.
My steps falter,
my limbs are weak; they are immersed in old thinking
which I must purge.
Not an easy task
this flushing out of the old,
for I am not sure
of its replacement.
I only know I must continue this journey.
To stop putting one foot in front of the other,
metaphorically speaking,
is impossible,
and,
I would sooner die than give up the search.
How do I know of this place, this Quintessence?
What foolhardiness causes me to seek what I might not be able to find?
What do I expect out of all this,
if and when I arrive at this place, this Quintessence?
Why give up everything,
society and its ills,
the warmth of a woman's arms,
the smell of a blood-red rose?
Questions,
questions, questions, questions,
trying to make me see where I err.
Foolishly trying to blind my vision,
turn my head,
confuse my thoughts.
Impossible.
I have read the omens,
I have felt the burn of the soul,
I have seen my name
artistically written,
each letter of a different hue,
making it unique
above all,
breathtaking in its flawlessness.
Me,
in name only,
complete.
This is what I have set out to find.
A oneness with my quintessence.
Though the journey may be fraught with peril
I tarry not,
I press ahead into the labyrinth of my Id,
to bend down before my name and breathe myself in.
These are the words of one possessed,
heed them,
take care to understand them,
know for a certainty
shallowness has no place on this journey.
I am stone-hard
where it counts,
my passion to reach my goal unbending,
my desire concentrated,
Still, in the distance
the woeful sound of a mighty timber wolf
howls his mournful dirge,
a warning perhaps.
I hold my head high
breathe in the thin mountain air
and set out toward its end.

©July 8, 2010 / Jerry Pat Bolton

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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Lori Grosser Rhoden
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1 posted 07-19-2017 09:06 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Wow! Where have you been hiding that?! Amazing! ~L
JerryPat2
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2 posted 07-19-2017 09:08 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you I have a few more on the same subject. I'll post them here and there.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

s1nfully_1nn0c3nt
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since 10-26-2003
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3 posted 07-22-2017 10:29 PM       View Profile for s1nfully_1nn0c3nt   Email s1nfully_1nn0c3nt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit s1nfully_1nn0c3nt's Home Page   View IP for s1nfully_1nn0c3nt

Lovely. And this...
"I press ahead into the labyrinth of my Id,
to bend down before my name and breathe myself in."

Such wonderful lines. Enjoyed.

-Trina
...because the most powerful words in your life are "I might be wrong"...

JerryPat2
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4 posted 07-22-2017 10:46 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Ahhh . . What a wonderful comment, Trina, and I thank you very much.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Poet In Pink
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5 posted 07-27-2017 08:01 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

Jerry this is wonderful from start to finish!! I love where your words take my mind...I look forward to the next journey   Alana
JerryPat2
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6 posted 07-27-2017 08:04 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you most graciously, Alana. I will put the second one up probably in a couple of days, maybe even tomorrow.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Cerulean
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7 posted 07-29-2017 03:50 AM       View Profile for Cerulean   Email Cerulean   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerulean

I'm just now getting to your "quintessence" poems.

Your poem radiates sincerity. I can tell. And I hope you find what you're looking for.

I will reply more as I read along the series.
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