Gaining Awareness

Separation II, 1896. Lithograph by Edvard Munch.


          In a world of artifice and sham         

Where money and power rule

The Kardashsian shadow

Superficial and empathy lacking

Mind control prospers

Orwell’s prophecy rendered.

The human spirit subjugated

Mass consumption won

Education insufficient

Religions unrelenting

Weapons stockpiled

Seeking self-destruction.

Humanity’s hope

Embrace imperfection

Aim for awareness

Gaze in the mirror

Where the only truth


Tree of Life. Photo Credit: Banchop Rasi


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  1. Awareness..
    Only few can handle

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    • Hi Wayfarer,

      Obviously, I have no idea how it might feel to reach such a lofty state of being since I’m far from attaining such a goal. What’s important for me, however, is to (at the very least) seek a state of awareness, where I can step outside my own small mind and view the world and my place in it more objectively. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Powerful words. I agree that hope and love begin in our own hearts. Possessions only cloud our vision. Our economic system is set up to make all of us objects to buy and sell. Nevertheless, we persist and search for like souls wherever in the world they may be. Thanks for your positive contribution to the blogisphere. I enjoyed your post. -Rebecca (ps funny, I mentioned the Maya and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in my essays this week!)

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    • Hi Rebecca,

      I read several of your most recent essays. Since I’m living in Colombia, I’m of course interested in learning as much as possible about all aspects of Latino culture. I really like the bite-size length of your posts which makes them both informative and yet easy to digest. Quality over quantity is always my preference. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. You’re a poet, but didn’t know it!

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  4. Well said, Henry!

    “Embrace imperfection / Aim for awareness / Gaze in the mirror / Where the only truth / Lies.”

    I remember the moment and place in time when I embraced my imperfections. It changed the way I related with those I had previously viewed as my enemies. In an attempt to connect with white, conservative Americans in Middle America, I am currently reading “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” by Sarah Smarsh. She brought me to tears with our shared pain and insecurities of growing up poor.

    We come from different worlds–Smarsh, from the wheat fields of Kansas; me, from a poor developing country in the Caribbean–yet we share the same humanity.

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    • Hi Rosaliene,

      This is a wonderful point you’ve made. I’ve always felt that humans from all cultures have much more in common when compared to their differences. Your illustration is such a classic example. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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  5. Again, beautiful. I also write poetry. Please follow us at . Are you in Latin America? We are interactive all over the world and are seeking more interaction in Latin America. Thank you for this beautiful verse. It actually speaks to a conversation that I had tonight.

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