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2012 Poetry Theme Challenges

#06 Yin and Yang




Theme Challenge

Next week sees the equinoxes, Vernal in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the southern. Whichever season it is a time of renewed balance with night and day and within nature itself. So the Challenge is to write about balance, be it around us or within us. How do we find balance, or how do we balance one thing against another.
Yin and Yang

I am the feminine.
I am the masculine.
I am one and I am both.
My darkness can be trying.
My lightness can be blinding.
But in balance there is harmony.
There is always a choice to make.
Which one will it be?
The path of surrender,
Or the one of resistance?
They both lead to the same goal.
The darkness is only the void
That you travel from time to time.
The lightness is the intuition that
Gently guides you from within.
The resistance is to fight the elements.
The surrender is to embrace the flow.
How many falls will you create before
You walk on steady ground?
Which is better for you?
Harmony and freedom,
Or chaos and turmoil?
What about balance and stability?
I am Yin and I am Yang.
And I can be all that at once.
The choice is yours to make.

Copyright 2002 Peter Sanderson
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Jemmy
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Yin and Yang



Kathy Anderson

Together Forever
Unbalanced

Divena Collin

Come by the Hills
Earth, Water, Wind and Fire
Mother Natures Answer
Yin Yang Zen

Jem Farmer

Ascension

Iris K

Escape
Meditation

Ryter Roethicle

Childhoods End
Donde esta ese Equilibrio
Green Beast
Qiyamah
Question of Balance
Walk of Liberty

Dana Rowe

One Part Angel



Kathy Anderson

Together Forever

Infinite is the power of friendship
Two together can set sail in their sloop
Because one is not enough to sail now,
So in times of need mates shall always vow.

Survival is so much nicer when calm
Waters embarked upon give restful balm
Since only a chum will watch at your prow,
So in times of need mates shall always vow.

So arise with me at the break of day'
Let us fulfill equal destinies way
Together forever as fate allows
So in times of need mates shall always vow.

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Unbalanced

When it happened the troubles came a pouring
From jealousy or envy, hates scoring
A touch down on innocence and its end
No friend of peace to help transcend.

So you walk along other roads wand'ring
Around life's pastures and factories, wing
Tougher now from bumps and pains that do mend,
No friend of peace to save you nor transcend.

Sometimes no roads in sight leave you wondering
What bush or tree holds secrets of living
For life ends to soon no roads left to wend,
No friend to save you nor transcend.



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Divena Collins

Come by the Hills

Greener are the valleys of the celtic land
Softer the hills touched by natures hand
That wade thro` waters cascading below
Come by the hills where soft waters flow.

Dawn within valleys where sheep do graze
Beneath the mountain sides morning haze
Wild thyme therein green meadows grow
Come by the hills where soft waters flow.

High on a cloud you can hear angels sing
Or songs of birds flying home on the wing
For peace of mind that is pleasing to show
Come by the hills where soft waters flow.



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Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire

The balance of nature all may thrive
On natural elements to keep us alive
Mother of earths insticts transpire
Of the Earth,Water, Wind and Fire.

Mind over matter in all things we do.
Changing our minds to a better view
To meditate within on all we require
Of the Earth,Water, Wind and Fire.

To have visions upon earth that flows
Beauty within the universe then grows
The balance of our needs we acquire
Of the Earth, Water, Wind, And Fire.

Such is the balance of natures law
The four elements we seek in awe
For mother of nature shall never tire
Of the Earth, Water, Wind And Fire.



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Mother Natures Answer

Nigh upon the night of the fullest moon
She sensed the magic that she compiled
A song of natures most saddened tune
She who answers the call from the wild.

What mystical notes played on this night
That only the wild life had sang beguiled
'Twas she who had the gifts of insight
She who answers the call from the wild.

A balanced nature is there for us all
Whither winters snow or summer mild
Within existance they make a final call
She who answers the call from the wild.



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Yin Yang Zen

Gentle water of peace flow upon mountain
Thro` mist of ancient chinese cultural lore
Unto sacred path of calm crystal fountain.

Water of life that flow thro` earthen vein
Flowing gently spiritual power of Yin-Yang
Sharing nutrient ofcalm unto bamboo cane.

Thus sway gently to the music of a breath
Of life giving air that dance with a breeze
Within a Zen garden which nature bequeath.

Spiritual calmness that ease troubled mind
Shall benefit greatly with a calming touch
That all within a Zen garden shall unwind.



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Jem Farmer

Ascension

No breath of air to ease my heart,
No reason found to be a part,
The time has come to close my eyes
As my soul goes where the raven flies.

Outstretched I feel my fingernails
Join with dark wings on feathered trails
To touch the breath that took my sighs
As my soul goes where the raven flies.

All vision seen through eyes of black
For a moment I can't go back
My desire to reach the winter skies
As my soul goes where the raven flies.

Mantled wings lower me to ground
In darkness hearing ev'ry sound,
I've left behind the mortal ties
As my soul goes where the raven flies.

Ascending to the greater height
The truth found where darkness meets light
My doubting voice no more denies
As my soul goes where the raven flies.



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Iris K

Childhoods End

deep in chaos and din
I breathe
I breathe and retreat
to where earth is cool
and green soothes

and peace is waiting
to light in my heart.

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Meditation

At times I'm lost in blinding fear
a tangled web too thick to clear
though terror gnaws along the bone,
I'm not forgotten nor alone.

In sorrow I am burried deep
beneath the tears replacing sleep
when all is dark and joy has flown,
I'm not forgotten nor alone.

When rage devours dignity
and wicked waves consume the sea
I'll let it pass as still as stone-
I'm not forgotten nor alone.

Through swaying leaves that whisper peace
I breathe the calm and find release.
Now I belong and love is known:
I'm not forgotten nor alone.

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Ryter Roethicle

Childhoods End

We played so many simple games
Unversed as yet in complex shames
Spirited youth taught our hearts to pretend
Regretting now childhood's end.

Searching far and wide for lasting proofs
To justify our childish games and goofs
As we would learn how to offend
Regretting now childhood's end.

Guided partly by our innocent ideals
To which we knew not yet the deals
That such innocence would cost us friends
Regretting now childhood's end.

To love and hate we learned, passing blame
That would fuel eternally growing shame
We learned we could never defend.
Regretting now childhood's end.

Oh child now grown, remember those games
The fantasies when you would make up names
Cherish now the innocence you cannot mend.
Regretting now childhood's end.



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Donde esta ese Equilibrio

Where is the balance in our life
Born in an act of pain and strife
More often than not happenstance
Where is that balance?

We reluctantly left the comfort of the womb
Now all our future leads us to the tomb
First love, family love, cast aside for romance
Where is that balance?

We love; we love well, for many years,
But in time that love finally turns to tears
In another ward there is no chance
There is that balance?



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Green Beast

I watched them as they plant the bush
Ignorant of the beauty laying there so lush
And all that's needed is love and feedback
Nature is green it's mans soul that's black.

In spring like man, everything is born
From winter's womb unwillingly torn
As life's mantel begins to re-track
Nature is green it's mans soul that's black.

Greenies tell so many lies, to get their way
Because of their lies firemen must pay,
And ignorant of that need to burn back
Nature is green it's mans soul that's black.



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Qiyamah

Finally there is no time left to weep
Instead a time when non may sleep
It is the last day and no skies of blue
With the dimming lights I bid "Adieu"

There's no way that we can pretend
As darkness comes that it will not end.
One by one stars fade leaving on cue
With the dimming lights I bid "Adieu"

No sun will rise, no wondrous dawn
The moon and stars are all now gone.
Leaving a black and empty sky view
With the dimming lights I bid "Adieu"

On the stage of life no-one will play
The actors are gone, no lines to say.
The curtain falls, all of life is through
With the dimming lights I bid "Adieu"



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Question of Balance

Sitting here in my office in the evening
Listening to the noisy crickets singing
The rain looks to be gone at first glance
And I wonder is there ever a balance?

Ten years of drought with hardly a drop
But now up North, when will it stop?
My gardens doing well at first glance
And I wonder is there ever a balance?

Then I look back in my country's history
Realising it's always been a great mystery.
They rarely get it right in the US or France
And I wonder is there ever a balance?

Greenpeace goes on talk of global warming
With loads and loads of bullshit they fling
Ignoring there is a tempo in Natures dance
And I wonder is there ever a balance?



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Walk of Liberty

Walking in streets I've never roamed
Besides houses that were never homes
Eyes look out still, and at the source
Remember, you still have force.

There's not a house with unlocked doors
Grouped people inside, are there in scores
Their voice is low and much too hoarse
Remember, you still have force.

The sun never passes through the glass
Or is ignored like all other promises cast
Only by protest, can you change the course
Remember, you still have force.

Why sit around when work must be done
Or stand there wondering can I pass it on?
It's time to do, and act without remorse
Remember, you still have force.

Relevance in the way we do our things
It's the only way that democracy brings
All that is happening, can you endorse
Remember, you still have force.



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Dana Rowe

One Part Angel and One Part Danger

You're walking the street and keeping yourself righteous;
holding it all down by being abstentious;
but the smell of the beer coming out of that bar
is making it happen that you're not getting far.

You're living one part angel then one part danger,
trying to keep pace with the man from the manger.
but wandering on by some hedonist bazaar
is making it happen that you're not getting far.

eschewing tawdry trappings, modesty your cue,
without sackcloth and ashes, yet no ballyhoo;
gleaming successes showing you're a superstar,
are making it happen that you're not getting far.

stepping out of the light, staring into the dark,
becoming aware of every blazing star;
the cosmos demanding that you enter its sphere
and with help from an angel, you're getting quite far!



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