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Poem: Finale Decision

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Finale Decision

Keep a decision safe by locking it,

It'll signal you to rescue it when it is lit,

Or carelessly allow others to flirt with the key hole,

Their tools may charm their way in, making us fools.


Swimming through problems is tough,

The sea spits, wave movements are rough,

It is like digging the sand across the beach to find the answer,

One dig only takes you farther.


Entangled in a web of trial and error,

Intertwined words and the voice in your head,

Speech bubbles float 'cause they are light,

But when they pop, they are silent.


Equations are as real as scenarios that are mad,

The solution is x equals y but y equals z,

Surface level understanding is clear,

Then you discover complexity is something to fear.


Head or tail,

Isn't a pass or fail,

Because if the middle was made,

You'll have the whole package.


I wish signs show what is destined to be mine,

But if you turn right, you get left,

Instinct and a bit of luck,

Will do the trick.

Decipher the meaning...


Keep a decision safe by locking it,

It'll signal you to rescue it when it is lit,

Or carelessly allow others to flirt with the key hole,

Their tools may charm their way in, making us fools.

The final decision is in your hands but it takes a strong mind to not be influenced by people's advice or 'tools' which is not even your own 'key' to your decision. You are the rightful owner and may end up regretting if you feel that you should have taken your own advice. I used 'lit' to bring the image of a siren light which indicates that subconsciously you want to implement your own decision and disobeying the signal puts you at risk.


Swimming through problems is tough,

The sea spits, wave movements are rough,

It's like digging the sand across the beach to find the answer,

One dig only takes you farther.

Resolving a problem is made worse by the circumstance. You will have to put in more effort.


Entangled in a web of trial and error,

Intertwined words and the voice in your head,

Speech bubbles float 'cause they are light,

But when they pop, they are silent.

Sometimes, you can't decide what advice to take and will try to think of the pros and cons.


I intend on showing that the words of others are not necessarily followed every time. This is why 'word' stands alone and not followed by 'others'.


Advice has no substance until you are willing to follow. This is why I said speech bubbles are light. They pop silently to show that once advice is give, you are left alone to make decisions on your own.


Equations are as real as scenarios that are mad,

The solution is x equals y but y equals z,

Surface level understanding is clear,

Then you discover complexity is something to fear.

Problems may be more complicated than they appear.


Head or tail,

Isn't a pass or fail,

Because if the middle was made,

You'll have the whole package.

It's not your fault if a problem needs to be resolved by choices because it's part of life. If everything went well, you wouldn't have to make decisions in the first place. You have all the resources or what you need. If you have the whole package, it'll be head, body (middle) and tail.


I wish signs show what is destined to be mine,

But if you turn right, you get left,

Instinct and a bit of luck,

Will do the trick.

Sometimes, you just have to be brave and take a chance no matter what the outcome is and follow your heart. The stanza plays on the meaning of 'turn' because if you physically turn a sign that shows a right arrow anticlockwise, you end up with a left arrow. You may end up knowing that the right decision is wrong.

© 2018 Li-Jen Hew