Thursday, May 19, 2011

Veil


Photo by Michael Johnson






I now understand the veil,
The one that covers our faces and our bodies
And the religiosity of rehearsed obedience.

I now understand the veil,
Mere fibers that transform the mundane
Into epic episodes of false grandeur.

I now understand the veil,
The failed American Dream and
A romance novel set in an indigo sky.

I now understand the veil,
A shell used to combat shame
To fool the foolish.

I now understand the veil,
Hidden turbulence
With a platinum credit card.

I now understand the veil,
Distant relatives' likeness in which
We have reluctantly become.

I now understand the veil,
We threw rocks at each other
Because feelings were too difficult to articulate.

I now understand the veil,
Blueprint successes marked with
Status measurable only to a corporate sponsor.

I now understand the veil,
Longing to be free but
Hiding just like me.

15 comments:

  1. there are lots of veils in my life as well..and i don't even understand half of them...beautiful poem nathan

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  2. well played...i like the stanzas on throwing rocks...true...and you end with a nice truthful revelation...

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  3. Stanza 6 was a tad confusing for me otherwise, a cool piece!

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  4. So many veils, so many layers and aspects to this. Powerful write.

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  5. i absolutely luveddddd it... so many diff interpretations n so tru.

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  6. The veils of illusion that we create! Very nicely done. There's a few poems posted today that use the device of repetition and you have exploited it to perfection.

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  7. Cheers everyone, and yes lynn...I think that I need to take a revisit to that 6th stanza...might need some editing...

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  8. what a realization,
    life is full of veils.
    beautiful reflection.

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  9. An insight poem! Rich in realisations. Well drawn.

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  10. Very effective writing using veils this way. We all seem to have too many.

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  11. Eye opener poem, now I am able to see all the veils concealing every small thing I cross by.

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  12. Beautiful reflection.
    I like the last stanza.
    Have a nice holiday.

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  13. very thought provoking.


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  14. written with much depth, as your piece reveals:)

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