Pedestal

Pedestal

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Oh, this is so true. I have some experience with this one, Davy. I love your use of color contrast, too. Wonderful and powerful!

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we hold some people in such high regard not realising they are humans with skeletons too. like the contrast too where there are no shades of grey. one of your gems Davy.

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    I was also thinking how we can be overly optimistic. I saw a psychic once who warned me that I had to remain in the light because if I fell into darkness, it would be a very deep hole. I don’t live my life according to psychics, but there was wisdom to this. In Thomas Moore’s “Care of the Soul” series, he refers to keeping a balance between light and shadow—something like that. It’s been a while since I read his books.

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      fascinating thoughts on light and darkness Laura. strong emotions and good intentions can always become dark and damgerous when we allow it to consume us. the psychic sounds like he was quoting a psychological text, most often those under depression speak of a darkness they can’t climb out of. interesting thoughts from you Laura.

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      I have never read those books Laura but the advice sounds grounded. I think we need to have control of our choice as to where we like to spend our time. I sometimes like just sitting in the dark and enjoying the quiet and solitude. It is a much different place when it is something you carry inside every day.

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    Thank you Gina and you make a very valid point. Sometimes we get carried away by the hype engendered by the media and, as you say, forget there is a human being underneath.

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Thanks 🙂

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History does encourage the cynic. You present a cogent image, Davy. Expectations do need to be tempered by drawing lessons from the past. I think of this when I see and feel the glow occasioned by royal marriages which have so often faded into the darkness of defeat.

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Very good one. Today I got you on my reader, Davy. I am surprised. I could not see you on haiku page also. Well, I hope this continues. Wp is playing truAnt with me.

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This is very beautiful!

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Davy, your title ‘Pedestal’ keeps standing out to me. If you climbed that far into the light there is of course either a tremendous balance or a fall down. Could it be that we will always flactuate between light and dark.?
Highs and lows.
As long as the light in our inner self doesn’t die out that is fine.
miriam

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    A very good point Miriam and thank you for your thoughts. You are right when you mention the fluctuation between light and dark and the trick, as you rightly say, is to maintain balance. I think our journey through life is mainly about achieving that balance.

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And yet we must strive for light or remain in darkness. Perhaps it is being on the pedestal that causes the darkness to gather. Being on a pedestal often attracts negativity from many folk, and of course a pedestal is a small platform from which it is easy to slip from or be knocked down from. Another take would be how one came to be on the pedestal, by our own hand or placed there by others.
O’ oh, now I’ll have trouble shutting my mind down, haha. Great post Davy, thank you.

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    Thank you for your thoughts and words Nigel and glad you enjoyed the post. I think my main focus was around the 15 minutes of fame and a culture and society becoming embedded in fame and fortune. I was listening to a couple of psychologists who were involved with Facebook in the early years and they were explaining how Facebook developed the like button to cater for the human need to be wanted. It was interesting stuff. They left Facebook as they forecast the long term damage it would do to some cultures, especially young people.

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      Fascinating indeed Davy, I myself have noticed within my social group I’m 10 yrs older than the rest and have very different views to what I refer to as the Prosecco & Magnolia generations. That term refers to their need to conform to the point where they eat, drink, watch read and even holiday/decorate in the way media & marketing tells them. This relates closely with what you’ve posted because I’m also staggered how they’re as keen for their kids to be popular, socially with the ‘in’ crowd as they are for them to get good grades! Something that I find very sad, we’ve created a bland, conformist society. One couple have kids in a band, they’re really talented. They were round visiting, wanted to look at my book……….. and said ‘ we’ll have to see who’s famous first !” I replied, I really couldn’t give a flying/rolling doughnut, that was their only comment. No idea a poet has more chance of winning the lottery, not in the least interested in art for arts sake.

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      It is a sad reflection as to where we are heading Nigel. I couldn’t stop laughing at the flying / rolling doughnut comment. I bet they had to be given first aid. Sadly I spent much time in my Police days dealing with the effects on people who couldn’t find the fame they were seeking and ones who struggled to cope once they had got there.

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There’s a bright side and a dark side to everything, it seems. Sometimes the dark side takes precedence all too soon, whether real or manufactured.

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I liked this poem very much, but I suppose I’m too niave to understand why the fall into darkness was not unexpected? Im intrigued as to why that is. How can one know?

I suppose I am always surprised when someone falls into darkness. Or as my boys would say, using a Star Wars reference, why they go to “the dark side of the force”. I’ll never ever understand why anyone would choose darkness over light. I just don’t get that. I never have.
So, in reading this poem several times, I ask how you, the author, knows or recognizes, when someone else has the propensity to become evil? I tend to see only the good and often that is my tragic flaw. Because then in the instances where darkness consumes someone, I am always taken aback. I do know there are instances where you meet a person and feel their “darkness.” Evil or whatever it is, it’s a palatable presence. But then when that happens you know the “light” is not enveloping them. How though, does one transcend into darkness pray tell? In literature you can see it happen. (Think Macbeth. You see it occurring step by step, just as you see Lady Macbeth gradually change from evil to redemption, as she succumbs to madness.)

Sorry, I have so many questions. You so succinctly write your words to hit your mark that they have such impact! And you always leave me thinking and wondering. Or as Juliet said, “Wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied? “ I need to know WHY or How the darkness was unexpected. This would be a great header for an intriguing chapter…..I always want to read more when you write Davy….

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    Thank you for your thoughts and words Lesley and as usual you get me to think deeper as to what I have written.

    In this poem the light and darkness are more to do with states of mind as opposed to good and evil. It is that situation when someone achieves something and becomes immersed in ego.

    They then fail to see the fall from the pedestal waiting around the corner, which other people can see much clearer.

    This is more to do with society and culture and the urge to find fame and fortune. There is also the subplot of a media placing someone on the pedestal with the sole intention of knocking them off, in order to sell more news.

    I hope this makes sense 🙂

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      Yes, thank you for explaining. I took it too literally and I appreciate you delving deeper for me. Now it makes total sense. I wasn’t looking at it from that perspective. I guess I was seeing too much Shakespeare and not enough common sense. Lol

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      Lesley, the joy of literature and poetry is we can all take what we want from it. Sometimes when I read your comments I find something that was operating at a subconscious level and it is always great to take them away and peruse. It makes me think there is more to add.

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    Loved your post here, Lesley!! Had not looked at this in the good vs. evil perspective. Very interesting viewpoint!! Just shows how we look at things from our perspective and not a 360 degree view. I saw this more from a – being in the spotlight view, but have to admit I do like yours a lot too! I read the “Not unexpected” more in the “it was reasonably foreseeable” this would occur. More like human nature showing itself to be more in balance between light and darkness, good and evil than always in the light or “being good or perfect”.

    I do love the way your mind works, My Friend!!!
    xoxoxo

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      Yes Chuck, it is interesting how we all look at things differently. I definitely saw this as good vs evil… probably because dark vs light in literature is usually presented as such. But, I recently watched the newest Star Wars film and the dark side might also have been in my head. The words “not unexpected” had my head reeling. Two words that had me rereading and rereading the poem until I only saw it one way. I read it on my phone. Right now, seeing it on my laptop and looking at it on a larger viewing screen the word pedestal stands out whereas on my phone I didn’t even really pay any notice to the name. If I had I think I would have seen it differently. Poetry and perception. All different and if I heard Davy read it aloud I probably would come to another conclusion. That’s what makes poetry such fun isn’t it?

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    Lesley, loved your response to my comment. Yes, You are so right on with everyone looking at things differently. I guess that was the premise of the game Boggle. You might like it if you have never played. Great word game. Always love to read your comments and insights!!! That is especially true when they are on something Davy wrote! Thank you so much for responding to my comment – very sweet!
    xoxo

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I think possibly there’s always more to add. I suppose that’s why I loved discussing viewpoints in class after reading a novel or poem. There’s the standard literary views in a teacher’s guide (which I don’t always agree with) and the ideas and emotions that a piece of writing inspires within an individual. That’s the beauty of poetry. We each take the words and see them uniquely in a different way. It makes being a writer so much more special than we realize and shows just how powerful the written word is.

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Seems today, with social media sites, etc, everyone is seeking the pedestal. And if they have to put themselves up on it, they will. I don’t understand this at all. And it makes me sad and kinda’ scares me. (I remember 6 years ago, hearing a young woman brag that she had 400 selfies on her Facebook. It had become her claim-to-fame in her world. Wow. I wonder how many photos she has of herself now. ???)

AND seems people will do anything (even negative) to get up on that pedestal. Yikes! 😦

I avoid the pedestal at all costs!!! I’ve always found helping people (even behind the scenes, with no kudos or recognition) is THE place I like to be in. And it is all done in gratitude for the people who have helped me in my life.

Your words/poem are so important! And the contrast of the B&W make it even more striking and thought-provoking! Thank you, Davy! 🙂
HUGS!!! 🙂

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Such a great message in your words Davy! Love that your poem conveys so much without having to put everything into words but rather leaves us to think about it and the prequel, the forces in motion and the sequel. “Always bathed in light” seems to direct one’s thoughts to Miriam’s comment of those who always seek to be in the spotlight by their own hand rather than being elevated to that place by the trust, inspiration and adoration of others! That type of scene is an accident waiting to happen and thus – a fall out of the spotlight only seems like the law of gravity at work!!! Loved the visual contrast that melded so well with your words!

Sometimes being in the darkness is a good thing. The darkness can teach us alot. To love the light. To not be afraid of the darkness. To learn to look at our true self!
Great post, Davy!!!!

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    Thank you for your kind words and comments Chuck and I like your last piece about being in the darkness. You are right, darkness can teach us a lot and if you are not used to it it is a good place to sit and find poetry.

    It is a bit like silence. If you are not used to it it can be a scary thing to start with. If you sit with it you grow into it and experience the beauty.

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      Amen to that! And as you pointed out, I have found many words, phrases and fragments in the darkness that grew into something beautiful. Likewise a big believer in silence (not to the extent of solitary confinement but). I like both in moderation – like in the limited time available in “The Backside of the Night”!

      Great post, My Friend!!!!

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      Thank you Chuck. Your support is most appreciated.

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So good! Love the black and white background for emphasis. We always need to balance polarity with acceptance & forgiveness…or our world comes crashing down. I love how you say so much with so little. 😀

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    Thank you Gilda. For some reason the black and white was a vision I had in my mind when I wrote the poem and was working on the layout. I am pleased the visual worked and thank you for the feedback.

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👍 Very welcome! Always a pleasure.

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If we don’t have darkness we can’t have light. The darkness keeps us grounded .

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    A very good point Fiona and I think the darkness offers us balance. There is beauty in the dark and another part to life. Thank you for taking time out to read and comment. It is most appreciated.

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