Sunday, May 14, 2017




Echoes of An Unknown Mother

Poignant overtones like evening shade
Overtake as vines on paths of stone
Eventually grow so stones seems less alone.
The path, thus aged and venerable made,

Steeped in twilit mist or morning dew,
Haunts –– bemuses –– leading to the Past ––
A shadowed, brooding mystery holding fast.
Wariness of every person who

Kindles comfort, confidence and trust
Eviscerates hope for fear that once again
Nidifugous trauma’s dormant wrenching pain
Assert itself. So, a protective crust
Wards off gnawing urges to complain,
Except –– beneath –– lurks fear of the insane.

FreeThinke



21 comments:

  1. FT,
    As I commented at my own blog a few moments ago...

    TMW had to endure nidifugous circumstances. She chose to be the master of her own fate and, therefore, hasn't allowed a terrible start to misshape her entire life.

    Trauma can be overcome -- by faith in the Lord. Lacking such faith condemns a person to the wariness you describe in the poem.

    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

    Many things in life are beyond our control, but choosing faith is not beyond our control.

    Certainly, there are many not as fortunate and blest as those of us who have cherished, grateful memories of a healthy childhood.

    In several ways, my own mother had terrible circumstances to overcome -- including the circumstance of a drunken father who beat both her and my grandmother mercilessly. Mom overcame her terrible start in life, though.

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  2. The above said, I have compassion for those with an unknown mother.

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    1. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

      Blessed are the meek, for the shall inherit the earth.

      Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.


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  3. Wow. That is deep. One of those you must revisit and view in different lights and moods. I like it.

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    1. Thank you. Unfortunately, memories attached to mothers are not always happy, but –– like everythng else –– the way we handle less-than-favorable conditions imposed on us by Fate defines iur character, and directs the curse of our live

      Some have more talent for making good use of adversity. Sadly, many do not. I have great empathy for the latter class, even as I realize their only hope of "salvation" would be in a deliberate embrace of faith in a benevolent, all-wise deity, and a rejection of egocentric lamentation.

      We MUST play the hand we're dealt in life. We CANNOT experience a fulfilled life, if we embrace perpetual anger, and choose endless complaint as a way of life.

      "In that way madness lies."

      Excessive self-pity is a form of malignancy.

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    2. True enough on the excessive self pity.

      Wish there was some evidence of the benevolent, all wise diety of whome you speak. If there was I and many more would embrace the Bearded Man In The Sky.

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    3. Astropysisist Neil Degrasse Tyson states the case better than most.

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    4. But Tyson cannot explain how something came from nothing.

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    5. SHAZAM, Silverfiddle!

      SHAZAM!!!

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    6. Any "case" that seeks to discourage faith in God is a "case" not worth making.

      People who strive to reject faith in the Holy Ghost do so because they wish to avoid acceptance of the PERSONAL REPONSIBILITY such faith implies.

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  4. Yeah, that was really good. The mother is so central to our connection to the world, our psychological pathway into society. I think that's why some pagan societies practiced matriarchal theology, and the Jews practiced matriarchal lineage, as they saw a spiritual relationship there. It's almost lyrical, FT! But man, could you imagine the music? Deep, low piano rolls...

    JMJ

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    1. The music I hear in my mind that might accompany that sonnet, Jersey, would be most like the songs of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler.

      It's tone and mood are decidedly that of post-Romantic Expressionism.

      But it IS a poetic interpretation of biographical reality, and not merely a "fancy" conjured up in the bowels of my wicked imagination.

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  5. If anyone is sufficiently curious to wonder about the meaning of "nidifugous," it refers to very young creatures forced by circumstances to live independent of parental guidance during their formative years. It usually refers to fledgling birds, but poetic license encourages this figurative broadening of the literal meaning.

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    1. LOL! I actually knew that and thought it extremely clever you worked with it!

      JMJ

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    2. Thanks, Jersey. As surely you must know I am one of those rare birds who truly loves the immense variety and richness of our great English vocabulary. I never consider any word or expression "archaic" which is supposed to me "We don't use that anymore."

      The unabridged Oxford English Dictionary comprises a virtual five-foot shelf of volumes. I see it as treasure chest filled with endless possibiities for more colorful, more intriguing, more astute and more accurate verbal expansion.

      Why settles for LESS when MORE iand BETTER is readily available? }:^)>

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    3. English is the most fun, too. It has so very many words. You can never have enough!

      JMJ

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  9. Yeah, that was really good. The mother is so central to our connection to the world, our psychological pathway into society.

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