Black Poetry : Mens Rea and Actus Reus

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Poetry is comprised of a duality in behavior
    It can be one's sin......or one's savior
    A poet's mind aided and abetted by the scriber's ink
    Couples one's actions with what the poet imagined to think
    Accessoried (before and after the fact): Deed and Intent
    Designing the lines, projecting what the writer.......meant

    Now, in the realm of Law, Latin is the framing and defining thumbed rule
    And in Poetry, benign or malicious language can be used as a tool

    "Mens Rea" means "Guility Mind"
    "Actus Reus" means "Guilty Act"
    And, together, they can form quite a heinous pact
    By Omission, Commission or even Possession
    And after all is said, not said, had or done
    A poet's after vision can reflect on how and where it had all begun.....

    Because Poetry is comprised of a duality in behavior
    It can expose the liability of one's fault........or personify one's favor
     
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    HODEE Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    These are the two things I do not want on my lifes thread.
    When I pass from here.

    Another the last thought on my mind, or my last words to be.. I should have!
     
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    Amen, Hodee! You made me think of the poem "The Dash" by Linda Ellis:

    "The Dash"

    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend
    He referred to the dates on her tombstone
    From the beginning to the end.

    He noted that first came the date of her birth
    And spoke the following date with tears,
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash between those years.

    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on earth.
    And now only those who loved her
    Know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not how much we own;
    The cars, the house, the cash,
    What matters is how we live and love
    And how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard.
    Are there things you’d like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left,
    That can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough
    To consider what’s true and real
    And always try to understand
    The way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger,
    And show appreciation more
    And love the people in our lives
    Like we’ve never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect,
    And more often wear a smile
    Remembering that this special dash
    Might only last a little while.

    So, when your eulogy is being read
    With your life’s actions to rehash
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?

    by
    Linda Ellis
     
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    I hear ya sis a act and thought i could by pass....
     
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