Black Poetry : The Flea Trainer

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  1. Harry Hyman

    Harry Hyman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The 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, their 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 spyed 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 ran 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.

    Namyh
     
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    I can relate to the jump of the flea, ...the important thing is that, we jump out the jar.
    Fantastic piece poet!!
     
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    Now see, only YOU could take a "flea story" and make it such a MASTERPIECE! (lol) :terrific:

    This was lyrical perfection!...your metaphoric use of the "insignificant flea" into an INSPIRATION is FABULOUS!

    I loved the whole, but my FAVORITES parts were these...


    Amen!

    TRULY a lesson for ALL and THANK YOU FOR IT!

    This was an ENCOURAGEMENT and, hopefully, a BALM to ALL who are "GOING THRU" right now.

     
  4. Harry Hyman

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    Queentswana – “Jump out the jar”. That really says it all Queentswana. Glad you could relate and glad you did enjoy. Namyh

    Cherryblossom – I can feel my cherry blossoming from your words. And that’s encouraging to this old poet. There is a little of that flea in us all. Thanks CB. Namyh
     
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    Peace Harry:
    As always it is a wonderful pleasure to read you.
    I must admit, this scribe was a true delight for me
    as it encompasses so much I would not know where to
    start with what I enjoyed the most. It puts me in the
    mind of ******* jacks...not only do you get the pleasure
    of the poem itself but you get the lesson within as well.
    A treat-inside-a-treat...Like ******* jacks.:)


    Much Luv and Peace,

    ~4EVER
     
  6. Harry Hyman

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    4Ever – The fact that you enjoyed, that it was a pleasure, that it was a true delight and that it delivered a lesson puts a big smile on me that won’t let go. In fact, I’m gonna jump out of my house-jar and get some ******* jacks right now. Haven’t had any in quite some time. Like you, I want that treat inside a treat. Thanks 4Ever for your words of enjoyment. Geez! I hope my box has a whistle in it that I’ve always wanted. Now you got me all excited with whistle-anticipation. LOL Namyh
     
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    wow.. very nice.
     
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    Can't say enough about this peace...

    For u words always reaches and teaches. A pleasure for the eyes and mind to see.
     
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    skuderjaymes – Hope this put a smile on ya skukerj. Thanks for stopping in with your words. Namyh
     
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