M.J. Lemon


Spirit


The balance between left and right
Where guilty extremes grow contrite...
Is the spirit a purple thing?

As the body copes with aging
The veins and skull fill with raging
Is the spirit a purple thing?

If all stained glass ensnares pure love
Fervor, pride belong to faith above
Is the spirit a purple thing?

A warm softness gives forth the rock
And anguish rests upon a block
Is your spirit a purple thing?

Around the neck every Thursday
For the regal head it must stay
Is the spirit a purple thing?

Your mission to calm and to cure
Subverts, mystifies, the allure!
Is the spirit a purple thing?

Favoured by the young and mourning
it bestows a wartime warning
Is the spirit a perfect thing?

Submitted: Monday, December 29, 2014

Topic of this poem: conflict


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  • Gold Star - 11,243 Points Sandra Feldman (2/3/2015 5:21:00 PM)

    Poets always looking for answers,
    Deep into Life, Deep into Soul,
    Trying to decipher the mystery of it All.

    This poem enjoys one of those wonderful illuminated moments. We know so little about our inner self, our spirit., our choices, between good and evil. This poem guides us to meditation about so many mysteries in a most poetic and beautiful way. Well done! (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (2/4/2015 1:32:00 AM)

    Sandra,
    Thank you so much! You said exactly what I tried to do with this poem. Thank you.

  • Rookie - 711 Points Michelle Claus (2/3/2015 12:38:00 PM)

    Your poem of inquiry catches me by surprise. Each stanza is thoughtfully crafted, although I admit that I do not necessarily understand every stanza. I'd love a back story for this composition. (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (2/4/2015 1:26:00 AM)

    Michelle,
    Thank you so much. What I tried to do with this poem was to use the meaning or meanings of purple to explore our inner condition, our spirit or soul. In some cultures, purple is associated with strength and aristocracy, in others it has ideological connotations, while in still other contexts it is a colour that symbolically balances life and death....I've been working on this poem for some time, and only recently came to the realization that purple, as Sandra says above, can serve to divide stark choices, right and wrong, that the poem just came into being. Thanks again for your wonderful comments.

  • Gold Star - 4,840 Points Savita Tyagi (2/3/2015 12:05:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem. Spirit could be perfect only if it finds a way beyond left and right, beyond all the definitions that a human mind can think of. What human spirit can find is harmony not perfection. Enjoyed your poem very much. (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (2/4/2015 1:19:00 AM)

    Savita,
    Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your comments, your insight.

  • Gold Star - 22,636 Points Akhtar Jawad (1/17/2015 12:39:00 AM)

    Is the spirit a purple thing? an interesting question is this.
    Purple symbolizes wisdom, magic and mystery. We feel all the three in that what we call a spirit. If wisdom is on the vertex and other other two at the vertices of the base it's wisdom that tries to control the triangle but often one of the two wheels of the chariot is slipped. so how the spirit can be a perfect thing?
    A poem is wonderful if it touches a heart or a brain both and its a touching poem.................10 (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (1/17/2015 10:13:00 AM)

    The image of that chariot...that is amazing. Thank you so much.

  • Gold Star - 5,074 Points Electric Lady (1/4/2015 2:53:00 PM)

    I love this. WOW. Thanks for sharing. A 10 from me! ! (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (1/4/2015 4:58:00 PM)

    Thank you so much! Have been enjoying your work as well.

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (1/1/2015 7:02:00 PM)

    is the spirit a perfect thing it is next to perfect well thought out poem (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (1/1/2015 11:23:00 PM)

    Heather,
    Thank you so much.

  • Gold Star - 5,703 Points Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (12/29/2014 10:30:00 AM)

    Favored by the young and mourning
    it bestows a wartime warning
    Is the spirit a perfect thing?
    Beautifully composed poem on nature of spirit.Spirit is nothing but commandment of God Almighty in the shape of streak of light, gift of God.Well expressed Very Well done
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,032 Points Tiku . (12/29/2014 8:15:00 AM)

    very nice.short and simple and has a very nice flow.liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,862 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (12/29/2014 2:46:00 AM)

    Favoured by the young and mourning it bestows a wartime warning Is the spirit a perfect thing? very nice poem thank you (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,256 Points Mj Lemon (12/29/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    Thank you for the kind words...

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