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Morbidity of Mindset

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John Yaws
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0 posted 03-19-2000 03:51 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Morbidity of mindset, and melancholy moods
I find to be the bane of life, the wages it accrues.
The saddest plight of all, I guess; from which delusions free us-
Is, just as “Robbie” Burns once said, “To see as others see us”.
To see the pride, the lust for fame; the heritage of woe-
Which clings to all humanity, while dwelling here below.
The selfishness, deceit of self… our steps to deification-
Be it by the written word, or more often by oration.
Yet one does say, “That isn’t me; my motive’s altruistic”-
Well, if you’ve quite convinced yourself, you’ll never know you missed it
One thing which we alike possess is our inherent bent-
For our own exaltation…  and,  deem it time well spent.
It’s why divorce is common place, instead of mates, we’ve lovers-
I fear it’s always far too late, when one at last discovers…
The fact  that life’s behind us, and we are all alone-
And all the goals we’ve set ourselves, have turned to air and flown.
I have a proposition, for your consideration-
Make cultivating others a full-time occupation.
And then you shall discover, if others you can please…
There’ll be no difficulty, in putting self at ease.

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1 posted 03-19-2000 03:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Cultivating others will help us to put our own desires in their proper place. I can't think of a better way to lead a full and happy life! Well stated, Gunslinger!  

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2 posted 03-19-2000 04:27 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This doesn't sound like cowboy writin'....unless it's Will Rogers. I can't agree with the end result because I've always been under the opinion that you can't put others at ease unless you already are but then, that's what makes horse races. The writing is excellent.
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3 posted 03-19-2000 07:22 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Hmmn, well pleasing others can make us feel at ease.  But we can't please everyone all the time.  I agree with Balladeer to a point on this...kind of like you find it hard to love another if you can't love yourself. Kind of the same thing with pleasing others.
Though it does give us a damn good feeling!

Excellent writting indeed!
serenity blaze
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4 posted 03-19-2000 09:40 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Dang, Mr. Gunslinger, now i am all depressed.
it's just that i am already real hard on myself...loved the poem, tho, the title, especially 'pulled me in'.  Still thinking here, sir...
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5 posted 03-20-2000 09:04 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Wise words well written
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6 posted 03-20-2000 11:19 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Love the rhythm sounds wonderful read aloud, as does all your work. My own thoughts (and humble interpretation) lean toward focusing less on our own somewhat selfish "wants" and more on how we might improve our relationships with those around us, especially our loved ones. Enjoyed this very much, Gunslinger.  

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7 posted 03-22-2000 05:49 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

I have to admit I have driven some away...because I was selfish and only considering my needs..hopefully I will do better in the future.  James
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8 posted 03-22-2000 11:10 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wise words we all should take note of  
Danny Holloway
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9 posted 03-22-2000 12:05 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Wise words indeed Gunslinger.  People are too busy chasing the American Dream...whatever that is, fortune, fame, things.  Along the way, they miss the best treasure of all, each other.
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