Wax and wane

Wax and wane prose poem

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Myth has it that the riches of the rich are good for all the people
And such a fable has got so many performances that it’s easy
To be swayed into thinking that it’s just the truth.
But when I see the eyes of the poor, aloof in their bare poverty,
And I compare their gazes with the personal greed and moral
Shamelessness of most of the rich, I feel disgust rise inside my soul
And I feel I share the closest brotherhood with the poorest of the poor.

Will I ever describe all this? Maybe I do, but you have to listen to me:
Don’t chase me away like ash carried off by the wind.
For this, as a novel bard, like a departing boat I’ll go
Crossing bridge after bridge, wiping away a few burning tears while
Conjuring up the face I had when I first came up.

Can you hear? Like messengers from too far away
Words wax and wane, telling of an unfair and meaningless world,
Revealing uncanny private realities and making all my fears naked.

Novel bard, I’ll sing about life, but
Only to realize I don’t know what it means to actually save
This present time and any possible future.
Because the world has no more miracles to show —And it represents
The most painful betrayal.

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Born in Tuscany, Italy. Currently living close to Florence and to Vinci, Leonardo's hometown. Doctor in Medicine, specialized in Neurosurgery, with an ancient passion for Poetry. Author of more than 1300 poems, in 13 collections. Among them: «A Chisciotte» [«To Quijote»], soon to be published as ebook.E-books published: . - «THE CHINESE GARDENS - English Poems» - English Edition [+ Italian Edition: «I Giardini Cinesi»]; . - «KARUMI - Haiku & Tanka»; . - «Allo Specchio di Me Stesso» ['At The Mirror of Myself'], (Italian Edition); . - «Il Vento e il Fiume» ['The Wind & The River'], (Italian Edition); . - " At The Crossing Of Seven Winds" (Anthology of Poetry - by 7 Authors: Fabrizio Frosini, Daniel J. Brick, Galina Italyanskaya, Diane Hine, Mallika Menon, Leah Ayliffe, Abby Sze); . - " Nine Tales Of Creation" (Anthology of Poetry - by 9 Authors: Fabrizio Frosini, Daniel J.Brick, Dilantha Gunawardana, Lawrence Beck, Maia Padua, Mihaela Pirjol, Niken Kusuma Wardani, Simone Inez Harriman, S.zaynub Kamoonpuri); . - " Scattering Dreams & Tales" (Anthology of Poetry - by 13 Authors: Fabrizio Frosini, Daniel J. Brick, Leah Ayliffe, Lawrence Beck, Dilantha Gunawardana, Simone Inez Harriman, Diane Hine, Galina Italyanskaya, Mallika Menon, Maia Padua, Mihaela Pirjol, Abby Sze, Niken Kusuma Wardani); . - " We Are The Words - Siamo Parole" (Anthology of Poetry - BILINGUAL: ENGLISH-ITALIAN- poems by 13 Authors: Fabrizio Frosini, Daniel J. Brick, Leah Ayliffe, Lawrence Beck, Dilantha Gunawardana, Simone Inez Harriman, Diane Hine, Galina Italyanskaya, Mallika Menon, Maia Padua, Mihaela Pirjol, Abby Sze, Niken Kusuma Wardani - translated by F.Frosini); . - " Whispers to the World - Sussurri al Mondo" (Anthology of Poetry - BILINGUAL: ENGLISH-ITALIAN- poems by 10 Authors: Fabrizio Frosini, Daniel J. Brick, Yewande Adedokun, Afrooz Jafarinoor, Birgitta Abimbola Heikka, Eunice Masumbuko, Asoke Kumar Mitra, Istvan Molnar, Nel Omofolarin, Gina Teel - translated by F.Frosini); . Some of my poems are also published in the Anthology " Riflessi 62" (Italian Edition) , edited by Pagine Srl.. ---> for the books published at Smashwords, go to: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/dottfrosini---> for the books published at AMAZON, go to: http://www.amazon.com/Fabrizio-Frosini/e/B014HA8ZUA. My own poetry collections [from the latest to the first one]: - 13. raccolta «The Chinese gardens - English Poems» - 12. raccolta «Allo Specchio di me stesso» - 11. raccolta «Nella luce confusa del crepuscolo» - 10. raccolta «Karumi - Haiku & Tanka» - 09. raccolta «A Chisciotte» [«To Quijote»] e altre poesie - 08. poema. «La Città dei Vivi e dei Morti» [epic poem of 1250 verses] - 07. raccolta «Il Vento e il Fiume» e altre Poesie - 06. raccolta «La Chiave dei Sogni» [«La Clef des Rêves»] - 05. raccolta «Echi e Rompicapi» [«Puzzles and Echoes»] - 04. raccolta «Ballate e altre Cadenze» - 03. raccolta «Frammenti di Memoria» [«Carmina et Fragmenta»] - 02. raccolta «Il puro, l'impuro» [«Kosher / Treyf»] - 01. raccolta «Versi dispersi nel vento»Fabrizio Frosini
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@fabrizio_f, your observation about the poor, aloof in their bare poverty, seems true. Perhaps, the underlying rationale for their attitude is for them to retain even a little dignity for their lowly state. It seems obvious that anyone get caught amidst a gathering of rich people in their splendid tuxedus would feel a great deal of inferiority if such a one is only garbed in modest attire. And the question pops up: “Is it shameful to be poor?” But such poor fellow (pun not intended) would, no doubt, feel he has disgraced the place. And what better thing for him to do than to exit with an upturned nose. Aloof, in the perception of all present. But on the other hand, would it look better for him, had he appeared in a begging stance or that of one in servitude? The alternate question would be: “Is it shameful to be rich?” If you would ask the poor, then they would point to some rich who did so by dubious means. Or to the not-so-rich who flaunt their material acquisitions more unabashedly than would those who were born with tons of gold in their mouths.

J.rid
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Your poem I enjoyed reading but it also made my brain work a bit.
In the past I often felt dare I say envious of the rich but talking to them
they seem to have the same life problems as anyone else, same heartaches
illnesses etc Some were nice and true good people and others to me at least just boring
and shallow.
same applies to poor people despair is despair is despair rich or poor. if you get me
Anyway yes the poem made me think and no I am not envious any more.

Daniel Brick
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Yes, here am I , , , I’m sure something of an anti-climax after Fabrizio’s generous introduction. I have already submitted two poems to HIGHONPOEMS, and one of them is quite long – 80 lines long. The first time I read Poe’s PHILOSOPHY OF COMPOSITION I was startled by his position that a lyric poem should be 100 lines long. That seemed impossible to do. But I started writing poetry seriously in 1983. I had inspiring teachers in classes in Poetry Composition in the 80s and 90s, web sites like this one from the early 21st century, friends like Fabrizio to offer help and enthusiasm, and it all adds up to the education of a poet. For most of my life I was writing in solitude, now I write in and for a community, and it is one of those peak experiences of individual achievements and mutual growth. Here’s my vision: If we all became poets, we could truly believe in things like an end to poverty, prejudice, racism, class warfare. Why? Because reading and writing poetry is a very ancient way of being human. And while we’re in a positive frame of mind, let’s add a silent “e” at… Read more »
Ramapriya Nr
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brilliant. congrats

pallasha
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Really loved the emotions with which the poem has been painted ! When man has nothing in his hand ..he lives the life in reality ..when he has everything ..he lives in his own superficial world ..world which is far far away from reality ! I enjoyed your poem Mr author !

Sankalp Singh
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Brilliant piece of Art . Really enjoyed reading it … Sir ….
I also would like to invite you to read my poem ” Just Fly High In The Sky ” if you wish … As I don’t have too much experience of writing poems like you . I am a teenager ,So I want to know what you feel about my artwork. .

Galina  Italyanskaya
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Great poem, dear Fabrizio, and great comments! ) Yes, I can only agree, the system is very unequal (it was always like this though), and what is worse, the inequality is progressing. It’s so, when we talk about money. But the only thing I can’t understand is why people call the rich wealthy. Actually the poor and the rich are two polar ends of our society and they have almost the same problem of being aloof. Yes, the rich usually have no problem with getting food and shelter unlike the poor. Yet the former always must care about saving their property, otherwise they loose it, and it’s a headache for them too. I would say that their mental health is very doubtful, maybe more doubtful, than the poor’s one. And the rich are even more isolated than the poor. The poor feel isolated because they can’t earn enough, and their need embarrasses other people and themselves. But when people help the poor, they express some kind feelings at least. Now look at the rich! They are isolated because they always feel that others need only their money. And some need to bring them down. What kind feelings they meet? Compassion?… Read more »
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