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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

Comments

Li-Jen Hew (author) on January 22, 2019:

Hahaha...where did it take you to? To my page..thanks Frank! :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 22, 2019:

i like where this piece took me.. yea.. very well done

Li-Jen Hew (author) on November 04, 2018:

Hey Bill, sorry for the very late reply. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. Good that you are able to clear your mind. :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 07, 2018:

I enjoyed this. I've found meditating helps me in making difficult decisions...emptying my mind of clutter and allowing the answer to arrive in its own time, without me trying to force it.

On a totally unrelated note, I like your profile picture. You have a very peaceful face. :)

Robert Sacchi on September 30, 2018:

You're welcome.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 30, 2018:

Thank you Robert! Glad it helped in some way.

Robert Sacchi on September 30, 2018:

Explaining how you constructed the poem is good. I can see where it can help people make decisions and poetry,

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 17, 2018:

Thank you Li-Jen, for your profound and powerful poem.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 17, 2018:

Wow Verlie. Thanks for taking time to share. Deep and interesting. That share alone is sufficient to dwell upon the whole day haha. :) Luckily there is an explanation.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 17, 2018:

It's no problem, really. I just found something to give you an example:

from Hexagram 20 Contemplation / Kuan (View)

Six in the third place means:

Contemplation of my life

Decides the choice

Between advance and retreat

And then there is a long passage explaining what this means.

"...self-knowledge does not mean preoccupation with one's own thoughts; rather, it means concern about the effects one creates. It is only the effects our lives produce that give us the right to judge whether what we have done means progress or regression. "

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 17, 2018:

Ohh Verlie, that's alright. You don't have to search for anything haha. Have a good day! Thanks.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 17, 2018:

Oh gosh, I wasn't thinking of any one particular passage, more the overall flow and message in the lines, but give me some time, and I will dig a little deeper to find examples. Hopefully later today.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 17, 2018:

Thanks Verlie. :) Would be happy to hear that passage from I Ching.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 15, 2018:

I love this piece! It reads like a passage from Book of Changes I Ching, elegantly penned. I especially enjoyed these lines

"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."

Appreciate the notes.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 14, 2018:

Sean, thanks a lot. It's a poem open to interpretation. Would be happy to hear your analysis as well. Clear enough to see them haha...I would need some time for that.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 14, 2018:

Thanks Hari. Hope you are doing fine. :)

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 14, 2018:

My dear Li-Jen, I have said it before that you are wiser than your age and I believe wiser than you even know. Your poem is intelligent and full of knowledge neatly hidden behind the words! I can read much more than they say or your explanation!

I know - by experience - that all the answers we need already exist within us. All we have to do is to become "clear" enough to see them! Listen to your Heart, is His Heart too!

Admiration!

Sean

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on September 14, 2018:

Li,

The pangs of decision making are quite a mental task and you have penned those thoughts in a very poetic abstract way. Great explanation too.

- Hari

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 13, 2018:

Mary, thanks! It's nice to be able to hear what you think because you have added more points and you see the big picture. :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2018:

Li-Jen, how nice that you put decision making and its complexity into poetry. It is difficult and as you've said, it is more difficult because we take the responsibility for whatever we decide. Not all do this so they end up blaming others and feeling sorry for themselves. It takes courage to stand on one's own view.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2018:

Shannon, thank you! Wow, nice compliment. :)

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2018:

Jodah, thanks for the comment. Appreciate it. Haha, that's right, you're getting smarter. :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 12, 2018:

This is impressive and thought-provoking. I don't think I've read any of your work before. So glad I happened to see it in my feed tonight. Like others, I like that you included explanations and analysis of your own work.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2018:

This poem is very intelligently written, Li-Jen, and the message is a good one. I always like how you give us an explanation of what your poetry means as well. I am getting much better at decision making and offering personal advice. I have made so many mistakes in the past, and you learn from your mistakes so I am getting smarter every year :)

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2018:

Hi Halley... Thank you! :) You can explore other poems to get a feel on how to write poems too, if that's what you are looking for.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2018:

Haha thanks for the feedback Manatita! And nice to see you too. :)

Halley Kawistoro from Indonesia on September 12, 2018:

nice poem and explanation. Maybe we have some feel about writing poem.

manatita44 from london on September 12, 2018:

Nice to see you back. I see the need for explanations here as it flows like your maths. A sweet puzzle. Quite creative though. Kudos to you. Amitabha.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2018:

Thanks Rinita for the comment and for the encouragement. You, too, keep it up. :) Glad you liked it.

Rinita Sen on September 12, 2018:

Oh it is wonderful to read your deep work again. I enjoyed reading the explanations, too. I especially liked the speech bubble part and the metaphor of the sea and the sand. Really thougtful work, Li-Jen.