Human Nature

Human Nature short poem

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What is it’s essence?
Is it like a vulnerable, Hemingway-portrayed skiff
being tossed about by changing waves
of feelings, urges, yearning?
Is it like a spoilt compass,
it’s nervous needle half-trembling, rotating
in illogical, unscientific, fickle-minded fashion,
unable to be guided by lodestars of the Earth?
Is it like a pufferfish
that can be made into a delicacy
or can kill if the Maker is not careful?
Is it like a modernist poem,
such as Stevens’ The Emperor of Ice-cream
that eludes interpretation for decades
and when experts finally fathom some parts of it,
other aspects seem to melt away into the unknown?
Or perhaps this jumpy awareness
pulsates through the heart of human nature,
impinging on our brains a bundle of voices.
Can we sense that it’s now trying
to design, plot, craft several eye-catching lines
while half-hiding their jumpiness
because we don’t really know where
the voices behind those lines are coming from?
Can we sense that we try to stand back
and talk to the bundle of voices
and we try to regress and regress
to find the motherly Source
of our essence which seems to recede and recede …
Perhaps that’s what makes human nature intriguing.
Maybe someday we grow old,
so old we become less concerned
with finding our essence
but content to let the Unknown,
that cloud of unknowing, to take charge.

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Merton Lee is the author of best-selling ebooks (a) One Thousand Gifts (Where Is God When It Hurts?) published free on Smashwords website, and (b) When Bad Things Happen to Good People (God is biting the bullet theodicy) . He is the well-known author of the Christian articles 'Footprints in the sand (New version year 2013) ' and 'Let's do something beautiful for God'. His poem 'The Road Not Taken' is read by thousands of readers.Born in Singapore in 1969, he is a Christian essayist for the past 10 years. He has studied, reflected on and practised the key insights of the perennial wisdom of Christianity and the major religions for 30 years. He works as a senior Accountant and Finance Manager for more than 20 years in the public sector, contributing his best years to public service.He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree, studying Philosophy, English Literature and Economics. He also obtained Masters degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance from UK (University of Leicester) and another Masters degree in Accountancy from an Australian University with distinguished results, qualifying as an Accountant. He is married for more than 20 years with two children. They live and work in Singapore.
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Kavita Jaitly

This is a poem of paradoxical pattern of Human nature filled with indecision and determination,inconsistencies and predictability. Beautiful illustration indeed.


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