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(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

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A Bag Of Seeds

Is the selfless heart not most self consumed?
Selfishly conceited by greater goods'
Dimly lit imperfect passage
To intoxication by self-righteous fervour?
Offering or imposing?
Is thankless prize sweet elusive wine or
Tainted chalice of dubious agenda?
Or do we crave cheap success, but success?
Samaritan or charlatan,
Manipulator or naïve innocent,
Needy, or grace and splendour,
Does decisive drive a difference make,
Or delude a fake pretender?
If change and strength in wisdom rise
Lockstep in wealth we grow,
Bag of seeds a crop does found
But many hands it sews.
Green eyes scrutinize from empty hands
Blind to transparent view
Is so cynical who hauled the sack
Coveting husk bedded buds, dancing
Concealed stalks shadows?
Despised autocrat despicable rat
Or dreamer with a shared vision that
Alarmingly, conceals no untoward, but
To rest in the shade
Of trees we have planted
Sharing fruits we have nurtured
Supping their flesh and juices
Succour for our toiled endeavours
And watch the forest perpetuate;
‘This our true reward?

Submitted: Thursday, March 01, 2012
Edited: Friday, March 02, 2012


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  • Soulful Heart (3/14/2014 2:19:00 AM)

    cravings, misgivings, pains, joys, grey shades, bright shades all a panorama through a heart that makes our being.............so thoughtful

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  • Kevin Patrick (1/15/2014 2:38:00 PM)

    A wonderful mixture of rhythm and language had to read it a couple of times, I interpret this about the act of altruism or good will, can a person make a truly selfless act or does there desire for them to help enriched by a belief that they them selves are actually selfish as a wall street banker out for the honey pot? I know that when I volunteer its out of a mutual interest to help but also get myself into the community and actually do something for myself. The last few lines really delve into the debate, growing something for doing something good or the reward in itself. Perhaps its both, still awesome stuff.

  • Valsa George (11/13/2013 5:21:00 AM)

    The motivation and the agenda behind our actions are often not clearly definable! We are unable to say if our heart is selfless or self cosumed! Are we samaritan or charlaton? Cannot say! ! A great write inviting self introspection! !

  • Lyn Paul (7/10/2013 8:18:00 AM)

    So well written Danny. These seeds are the steps for our next generation

  • Owain Glyn (6/13/2013 12:30:00 PM)

    I do think that often charitable acts are performed more for the benefit of the giver rather than the good of the recipient, you ask the question well

  • Valerie Dohren (2/5/2013 10:12:00 AM)

    Seem to have missed this one Danny - interesting and thought-provoking, leads one to question one's own agenda. Just remains for PH to allow me to actually send this comment! !

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (1/15/2013 11:23:00 PM)

    Ooh awesome! D ambiguity adds to its wonder. Impressive muse. I luv highsounding expression.

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (7/1/2012 6:24:00 AM)

    Lovely place to be at the end. Cheers.

  • Neela Nath (3/13/2012 3:59:00 AM)

    A marvelous poem bearing a good message.

  • Vanessa Hughes (3/7/2012 6:21:00 AM)

    Very well written danny. I think it matters not what agenda others may have, that's their own problem. If you take everything at face value, I don't think it would be you suffering as a consequence. Great poem, really enjoyed thinking about it.

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