Black Poetry : FLEA TRAINER

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  1. Harry Hyman

    Harry Hyman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    FLEA TRAINER

    I can see fleas on tiny seesaws,
    sitting tiny swings that sway,
    contented and bored to just pass the time.
    How came they conditioned this way ?

    First put the fleas within a jar
    then place the lid on top.
    The fleas will jump and jump and jump
    hitting glass and lid with knocks.
    And after a while, the muscles condition
    the jump to avoid the pain
    of colliding with lid and glass so hard,
    over and over again.
    You can remove the lid. Let out the fleas.
    Even put them on swings that sway.
    They'll jump, but within the limits imposed
    on muscles conditioned this way.

    We start out fresh to climb the mountain,
    to leave our marks on Life,
    to jump the stumbling stones of Living
    and clear the hurdles of Strife.
    But we bang our heads. We skin our knees.
    We fracture our Hopes and means.
    So when we jump, it's not so high.
    Conditioning has stolen our Dreams !

    From the corner of my eye, I spied the jar.
    Without lid, there's a chance to get out.
    Yet the fleas within just could not do it
    with Freedom as close as a shout.
    But my eyes perceived a single flea
    jumping high and above the rest,
    looking for the opening at the top of the jar
    where Freedom is the dream and the quest.

    Each time he jumped, it seemed much higher,
    defying his conditioning to win.
    I found myself cheering on this flea
    now showing me the Hero within.
    With eyes face up for one giant leap
    to clear the barrier, the bar.
    It lunged past fleas and the opening at the top.
    This flea-trainer jumped "Out" of the jar.
    I roared. The fleas in the jar were shocked !
    I clapped. Disbelief spread fast.
    But there was no denying this Will of one flea,
    now looking from the other side of the glass.

    I learned from the 'insignificant'
    where significant Wisdom is free.
    That it's not the size of the flea in the fight.
    It's the size of the fight in the flea.
    Being beaten will no longer defeat me,
    tho' I'm hammered on Life's anvil and scarred.
    No longer will circumstances crush my Dreams.
    I'm a Flea 'trained to jump', from the jar.

    HH
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This was SO inspirational, exactly what I needed to read right now. You have quite a way of incorporating nature and God's creatures into your pieces, expanding what we usually see in those images. Anywho, thanks for this.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    wow Harry man once again i bow in the grace of ya pen
    this was awesome and very uplifting piece of art....Thankz
     
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    be the Flea
    loved the poem
     
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    Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. Good to be back. HH
     
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    happy ya home flowing again we miss ya pen badly
    most welcome my brutha HH
     
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    Once again, big bro., U have inspired me.

    U never cease 2 amaze me with your insightful wisdom.

    Very nice piece.
     
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    nice...i liked this
     
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