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Youthfulness Waiting for Revival: A Poem

Updated on September 3, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

Those were the days of cigarettes and wine

with nights of easy women and dirty jokes

singing with guitars and just feeling fine

serious life looking like one big hoax.

Now all those goodies of youth aside

somehow we managed to produce all joy

for it was that inner drive of a spirited guide

which made everything around look like a toy.

How did we succumb to every "shouldn't" and "must"

burying that most precious enthusiasm and zeal

replacing that horniness with a secret lust

making seriousness our life's seal.

It's not our hormones that are cowardly betraying

but rather our mind-styles which are making them less

so that instead of our singing, dancing, and freely playing

we visit our doctors and complain about an incessant stress.

We even excel in politics and thrive on bitching

while feasting we worry about our naked survival

so we keep us busy scratching without even itching

oblivious to a dormant youthfulness waiting for its revival.


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      Vladimir Karas 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Paula---Enjoy your weekend; I'll do the same at my home, as tomorrow I am ending my 7-week holiday in sunny (and too hot!) Southern California and heading to my nice and rainy Canada, LOL. At least that's in the forecast---rain and possible thunderstorms on Sunday. Why not, sameness bores after a while, and up there we got a good variety to make our windows look interesting.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Yoleen---Of course, it's actually a must; but all craziness and indulgences of youth aside---it's that very spirit of youthfulness that's waiting to be revived.

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Interesting poem!

      Lost youth can be found - but it helps if one lived a healthy and wholesome lifestyle.

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      Paula 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Deal!! I honestly understood your "Deeper," more serious meaning....but you see, I love being silly & contrary. that's how I revert to my younger days! I'm a free spirit. Hey, i'm happy that it 's the week-end once again!

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      Vladimir Karas 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Paula, my dear friend---LOL...sometimes it's hard to tell what is more challenging---writing poetry or reading it. If not for any better reason but because words usually sound differently in mouth than in ears.

      I know you just responded with humor to humor, and yet I want to remind you how I love playing with metaphors. So, reading everything literally won't help in recognizing the central point of the poem being "youthful spirit", not necessarily all crazy things that we did when young.

      So, here I am guilty as charged, in my boyish and ever growing, exploring, and yes, silly and relaxed mode of functioning---then add to it my spiritual and physical discipline as I recently explained it elsewhere.

      With the right equation at the end---no, my friend, indulgence of any sort is out of question. As for "missing me", I like to be missed while alive---to share a laughter together, for example.

      So, here is the deal---let's meet like this more often, and let's have a good laugh about life, as we usually do. And in this meantime, good night my friend and try to have a dream about something crazy. If you don't succeed, read my poem again tomorrow. Deal?---Your friend and dream-dealer Val

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      Paula 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Val....OK, my friend. Don't let me stop you. If you feel you're still up to those "youthful" dreams, antics & indulgences, GO FOR IT. I'll attend your memorial and really miss you!

      BTW, if that's the Bartender, she's definitely OVER-performing. If she's a customer, let's hope she's not driving!!

      This was really clever. Seriously. Paula

      ***Help yourself to my share of the wild life. It's time for my nap. Zzzzzzzzzzz.