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Fool – a stream of consciousness.

You lust,

after women, wealth and power,

You lust,

after statues, plazas and towers,

What do you seek? Happiness?

Fool!

You yearn,

for times gone by,

for the scent of grass,

for the love of a maiden,

What do you dream for? Happiness?

Fool!

You look forward,

to greener pastures,

to growing up,

you look forward.

What about right now? Happiness?

Fool!

You feel,

sad, angry, hateful,

thirsty, desperate, incomplete,

lacking, lacking, lacking,

What do you lack? Happiness?

Fool!

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  1. anon
    August 21, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Is ‘fool!’ a conclusion (are you calling a person who does the above, a fool), or is it a foolish thing to yearn for the above things?

    Or is there another interpretation?

    Write more poems

    – a secret admirer

  2. madhuri
    August 21, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Good one! Did you write it?

    i think we like the excitement that comes from anticipation. What is there right now has less charm than what can possibly be had in future, even if the future thing is of lower absolute value than present possession.

  3. August 21, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Fool 1: I have wants and needs. I can achieve a comfortable level of happiness when these are addressed. However, they are not addressed at the moment.

    Fool 2: No matter what my reality, I will be forward looking regarding my needs and wants. I cannot achieve a comfortable level of happiness regardless of my reality.

    Imo, there is redemption for Fool 1, no redemption for Fool 2.

  4. August 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    @anon
    unawoken has answered that above.
    when i wrote the poem, it was not meant to be cogent, it was just a splotch of words on paper!

    @madhuri
    yes i wrote it, thanks!

    yes there is a certain excitement (anxiety even) in looking at the future, but i don’t see why that should make one unhappy in the present.

    @unawoken
    agree. i was also trying to make a comment on what drives people to do what they do. perhaps what i want to say could have been said better, but i decided to let the flow take control!

  5. September 3, 2008 at 11:45 am

    ha….that would be your first poem.

    So, particularly your saying that the fool is overlooking present happiness in search of future happiness?

  6. September 7, 2008 at 11:51 am

    That is one of the things I am trying to say. But I think the essence of the poem is “Shut Up and be happy!” as Dvorahji Adler says 🙂

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