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Look, It's Just About The Meaning Of Life. OK?

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icebox
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0 posted 11-22-2003 11:41 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for icebox


When I was really poor,
stealing milk from doorsteps
filching food to eat,
I used to dream
of living without cares,
I thought love
somehow would come in time,
a partner I would think as mine
and I wouldn't always have to look
over my shoulder.

Now I am a great deal older,
and it's true
I've loved a few,
and perhaps among the dead
there was a partner.

I tell you honestly
I've learned a lot this time around;
I don't think
I'll make the same mistakes again;
I know it's in the nature of my soul
that I am drawn to war,
despite the karmic pitfalls
for which I've yet to make amends,
but I've come to think
it's for the purpose
of seeing that it finally ends.

Life has a meaning,
and it's simple.
We exist to learn
and by that learning
we may grow,
and by that growing
we may come to know,
and by that knowing
we may learn
enough to satisfy
the greatest curiosity,
the pure simplicity
of understanding,
and then,
you see,
when that is done
we're free.

©2003 by icebox
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Kahlil
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1 posted 11-22-2003 11:48 PM       View Profile for Kahlil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kahlil

...I'm in the knowing stage...

I really love these lines:
I know it's in the nature of my soul
that I am drawn to war,
despite the karmic pitfalls
for which I've yet to make amends,
but I've come to think
it's for the purpose
of seeing that it finally ends.

Keeping this one.   ~K~
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2 posted 11-22-2003 11:54 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

Good words, 'box... good words indeed.

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passing shadows
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3 posted 11-23-2003 04:03 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

me, I'm not learning anything lately...and maybe that's why it feels as if I'm dying
SharaRose
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4 posted 11-23-2003 11:35 AM       View Profile for SharaRose   Email SharaRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SharaRose

And here's hoping your journey is wealthy in knowledge that does not bring you back to pain.
Love,
Terri~
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5 posted 11-23-2003 11:41 AM       View Profile for Hockeychick19   Email Hockeychick19   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Hockeychick19's Home Page   View IP for Hockeychick19

Icebox,

I'm sorry you had to deal with all that pain. I hope things get a little better for you now.

*hugs*
~Kelly~

Life is a gift so live it to the fullest!

Pilgrimage
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6 posted 11-23-2003 12:09 PM       View Profile for Pilgrimage   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pilgrimage

Kudos for taking on 'the meaning of life'. I've never had the courage to do that all at once.  I kinda increment-it along, I guess. And where's the bit about sitting in front of the TV and scarfing nachos?  That ought to be in there somewhere.

Nan (Pilgrim variety)

Dark Angel
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7 posted 11-23-2003 02:51 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I'm a bit slow and still learning heh. Enjoyed this Ice very much.

fate is not just
whose cooking  smells good
but which way the wind blows

(Ani DiFranco)

Martie
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8 posted 01-19-2004 12:26 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

icebox

"we may learn
enough to satisfy
the greatest curiosity,
the pure simplicity
of understanding,
and then,
you see,
when that is done
we're free."

It is good then that I am so curious.  Hug!
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9 posted 01-19-2004 12:59 PM       View Profile for Michelle_loves_Mike   Email Michelle_loves_Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michelle_loves_Mike

I very much a gree icebox,  we go round many times,,,to learn, and learn more....we will never learn all we need to know,,,so it is a never ending journey of learning,,,,
Michelle

I wish all could find the true happiness I have found,,in the eyes of Mike

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10 posted 01-20-2004 09:20 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

What seems to be fate can be a lifelong pattern of yielding to what may be no more than infatuation -- and more damaging than helpful in the long run. The critical difference is in knowing which, and having the strength to follow that knowing.

A sail is useless and even harmful without a keel and rudder; curiosity is pointless or worse without discernment...and choice.

For instance, if you're in a restaurant with someone you hope you have a future with, and the inevitable hottie walks by...do you let your eyes wander and your date think less or you, or manage to keep them pointed in her direction? Curiosity, discernment, choice.

This poem gave me even more to think about this time around than it did the first time I saw it.

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11 posted 01-22-2004 09:20 AM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

Life has a meaning,
and it's simple.
We exist to learn
and by that learning
we may grow,
and by that growing
we may come to know,
and by that knowing
we may learn
enough to satisfy
the greatest curiosity,
the pure simplicity
of understanding,
and then,
you see,
when that is done
we're free.
boiled down like this is does seem simple.. it is the lessons we learn that are sometimes complex or seem so to us. Some we learn early and many are hard... some we deny this time round...

always enjoy reading you... and always go away thinking about the past.. the present.. try to leave the future alone right now, bt am not always able to do that.
 
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