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Of Good And Evil

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Michael
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0 posted 05-20-2000 01:28 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

OF GOOD AND EVIL


Of Good and Evil come to me
By starry skies, by cryptic dreams,
I've played the Saint's role to a "T"
Though nothing there's sacred it seems.
As gentle hand, as healing touch
Once reached afar to ease this soul.
There, branded "Evil" for as much,
Was hate returned her love in whole.

Virtue upheld by God above,
One angel sweet, she played my pain.
In decorated guise of love
Slithering slow across the brain.
As, lost between the love of two,
I stood, the prize of evil "Good".
A razor tongue running me through
That suffering be all it should!

All voices fade, far distant now,
Of her, who but cherished my word.
Judgmental eyes never, somehow,
Realizing the truths she offered.
As "Good", now set to higher throne,
Lands me all shame in reprimand.
I grovel vacant streets, alone,
Bearing ever the Sinner's brand.

Watching empty words fill her screen,
In God's name, what she will not do.
Dark eyes given that lustful sheen,
Even marriage "Good" won't hold true.
Would that I were evil within,
Would I yet confuse truth with "Good"?
Or could I meet "true love" in sin,
That love in God be all it should?


Michael Anderson



 For all behind was dark and drear,
And all before was night and fear.
How many hours of night or day
In those suspended pangs I lay,
I could not tell; I scarcely knew
If this were human breath I drew.

Lord Byron






[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 05-20-2000).]
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brian madden
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1 posted 05-20-2000 04:05 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

a Stunning account of the conflict between good and evil. I am in awe, great images and use of words.
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2 posted 05-20-2000 05:26 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Powerful words, Michael...this is one of your best (I think I say that every time!)  
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Of Good and Evil come to me
By starry skies, by cryptic dreams,
I've played the Saint's role to a "T"
Though nothing there's sacred it seems.
As gentle hand, as healing touch
Once reached afar to ease this soul.
There, branded "Evil" for as much,
Was hate returned her love in whole.

Virtue upheld by God above,
One angel sweet, she played my pain.
In decorated guise of love
Slithering slow across the brain.
As, lost between the love of two,
I stood, the prize of evil "Good".
A razor tongue running me through
That suffering be all it should!
---------------

damn your good.
way good.
way way good.
perfection from your poets pen.
strong words indeed.
much to read between the lines as well.
jm

 Some things cannot be explained by verses that rhyme,
They are not measured by the commitment of time.
Some emotions run too deep to be described by words,
Forgiveness and understanding-remain the most beautiful words ever heard.
~Janet Marie~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~


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4 posted 05-20-2000 06:15 PM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

michael-

powerful and intense poem! this one spoke volumes to me. you say so much with your words and yet what u DONT say says so much as well. you are a master of capturing emotion to paper...and i stand in awe of you as always!

take care,
Amy  

 ~Live today as though it were your last but prepare for tomorrow as though it were here~
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5 posted 05-20-2000 08:55 PM       View Profile for Lone Wolf   Email Lone Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lone Wolf

Intense poem, Michael.  Good and evil....what a conflict.  I hope if there is a choice before you, that you make the right one, my friend.  Great writing!!  I agree, one of your best!!  

Lone Wolf
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6 posted 05-20-2000 09:19 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Oh, Michael, such pain here.  Wish we could wish it away for you, but only you can do that.

Corinne
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7 posted 05-20-2000 10:51 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

I believe you have captured with the black ink upon white page the good and evil.....together have made an excellent work....

 Kathleen
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I also stand in awe, Michael.  You never dissapoint.  Extremely powerful, with so many images that evoke the struggle.  Another masterpiece indeed.  

 *Krista Knutson*

~We are only truly lost when we have lost ourselves~
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9 posted 05-21-2000 03:43 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Brian, the conflicts of Good and Evil are stunning by their own account, me thinks.  I am always amazed at the actions people will take "in the name of God" or just how vain some poeple can be in their own self righteousness...

PdV, hehe - yeah, you do... but really I don't mind...LOL

Janet, there is indeed a story within a story here...  but even for those who do not know the whole of it - the moral is still the same, self-proclaimed goodness makes you no better than the next person in line - no matter what set of beliefs you live by.  And even should your beliefs be true and right, when your morality is not sound are you not worse of than one who might be misled, but true in heart?  I, myself, hurt one misled soul for the sake of one self righteous one, simply because of shared beliefs - rather than seeing the truth in heart... A mistake I will not make again.  See there, now you got me kicking out prose in the replies - i think it's contageous!!!  

Amy, you see much in what is "not" said, I know...  I am glad the true meaning of this one came clear for you.

Lone Wolf, choices face us all, unfortunately too many times we make all the right choices for all the wrong reasons - and are only left with regrets, later.

Corinne, 'tis not so much a pain - but a dissension of sorts... "tis something I learn more of and accept moreover everyday..  

Irish Rose, truly we could not have one without the other, I know... ultimately, I believe there has to be a balance of sorts...

Krista, I know you can relate to the "struggle" only too well, I'm glad you enjoyed this.


Thank you all for the kind replies,

Michael


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Your work here is striking, Michael, but in the subtlety of what you elect "not" to write, much is said. Superbly shared, my friend...

~ Claire

 Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

Sudhir Iyer
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11 posted 05-21-2000 06:18 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Brilliant is what brilliance does,
Ever so shining bright
Good is what evil cannot do,
At the end of it all is a shining light.

However, one cannot have one without other!!!

Michael, you never fail me with your great skillful poetry...

Regards,
Sudhir



 Life is like a painting,
That in an art gallery is left hanging,
Though many come just to look at it,
A very few actually come to enjoy it.
Nan
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12 posted 05-21-2000 10:22 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Am I being redundant to agree with Sharon... again???? ,,
Denise
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13 posted 05-21-2000 12:55 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent writing, Michael. I think of all the 'evil' in the world none is as repugnant to me as the evil of self-righteousness because there is nothing redeemable in it at all. Those blinded by it are truly blind.

Denise
 
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