The Poems

Updated on September 13, 2019
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Alex has been a photographer since he was in grade school. He thoroughly enjoys various arts, and he participates in some of them at times.

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The Absence

Stress is the absence of complete necessity.
Love is the absence of want.
Hate is the absence of awareness.
Sadness is the absence of hope.

A Filled Cup

If my cup is full, what shall I do?
The waiter loves an empty cup.
The empty cup gives purpose.

Both

Some people love dogs.
Others love reptiles.
Some like to cuddle.
Others to observe.
Too few like both.

Of Gods And Men

A God is a god.
But a god is not a God, no?
Is a man a Man,
because a Man is a man?

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    © 2019 Alexander James Guckenberger

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        DREAM ON,

        They come from somewhere within. I was relatively freed from thought. They can mean a number of things to me. Thank you so much for your support! Good Friday.

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        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        Do your poems come from your heart? If you could give me a little example of what you were thinking about when you wrote each poem. What mean to you? I love people that take words and phrase them to make people think and use their imagination to create more thought. Your poems stimulate this process. Keep writing and keep sharing. Have a wonderful Friday.

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington, DC USA

        Morning Alex, as for 1 Nephi 8 it is another rendition of the Revelation given to John. The fruit tree represents Genesis 2:9 & 3:24's "tree of life," the "Rod of Iron" is the message given by the messiah once he appears to rule the world, "the building" calling man-en-mass to it are false religions Revelation 3:14-19 such as the Christian Evangelicals, Mormons and Scientology while the ones seeking the tree but can't fine the trail and rod are the 5 foolish virgins of Matthew 15:1-13.

        The love the Christ expressed is actually indifference (see the first poem in "Freedom Discussed In Poetry" and "Love aka Indifference") that teaches us to respect all things for their purposes and all human for their destinies while seeking out those who are to become the 10 virgins.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Elijah A Alexander Jr,

        What about in 1 Nephi 8:19?

        What do you feel about love?

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington, DC USA

        Yes, Alexander, Revelation 12:5 talks about "the rod of iron" the second Christ govern the nations with (see my Revelation Chapter Twelve).

        As for "the middle path" that is about the same thing as "the rod of Iron". The easiest way to recognize "the middle path" is sunset ad sunrise. They make a straight line around the earthen balances light with dark and, as the rod of iron, it will correct the love (light) and hate (dark) showing they both takes away from the truth of what is. That is what Christians are called to do.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Elijah A Alexander Jr,

        Aren't some forms of love good? The "middle path" is interesting. Have you heard of "the iron rod"?

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington, DC USA

        I respect the message in those books, Alexander, I am indifferent to all things since love leads to attachments and hate leads to rejection while the mind of Christ is the path in the difference between opposites for understanding causes, effects and consequences he called "the straight way with the narrow gate" and the Buddha called "Middle Path". When we reach that stage of consciousness we tend to accept everything as the fulfillment of God's will. Isaiah 45:7 reveals God "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things" which means God is doing everything through us therefore there is no reason to judge anything because we are judging God isn doing it.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Gypsy Rose Lee,

        Thank you.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        2 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Enjoyed these poems. Thought-provoking.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Elijah A Alexander Jr,

        Did you love any of them? 'The Book of Mormon' is scripture for us at my church. I can recite some of 'Al Qur'an' in Arabic. 'The Bhagavad Gita' I sometimes teach from. I love these books!

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington, DC USA

        Yes, I kept it with me but I did read The Book of Mormons, Qur'an, Bargavard Gita and a few other religious or prophetic books during temporary stops. I always compared them to the Bible and see many has the same teachings in different symbolisms as the others.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Elijah A Alexander Jr,

        You only had the Bible to read for some time?

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington DC

        Is Genesis a poet, Alexander, if so I've been a nomad since 1967 and usually my reading, except the Bible I often had with me, was when I was semi-stationary someplace since. My being on here has allowed me to read more in these 6 years than since high school, 1963.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Pamela Oglesby,

        I am grateful to receive so many compliments from such wonderful people as yourself. Thank you!

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Elijah A Alexander Jr,

        Maybe something is missing. Perhaps there is negative space in my worded sculpture.

        I was simply curious. I love Genesis/Beraysheeth myself.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Cheryl E Preston,

        Thank you. I hope you have a great week.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Adnan,

        Thank you so much for your kind words! You are a wonderful person.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I like your series of poems with very unique topics. I get the point in each poem, but I had to think about the last one a bit. You surely give us something to think about with these thought provoking poetry.

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington DC

        I made a typo in my post, Alexander, because "and one hates only what they understand" should have read "and one hates only what they DO NOT understand".

        I can't answer why "A Filled Cup" looses me, Alexander. What I would do with "a full cup" is consume the contents or use the contents for the purpose it was filled to do.

        "The waiter loves an empty cup" I am supposing is because to fill it means more revenues.

        "The empty cup gives purpose" means it can then be refilled.

        It makes sense but, to me, something seems to be missing, they don't appear to have something that I can't put my finger on.

        I do not "favor" any information over any other so whatever you are seeking from me should be phrased differently.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        2 months ago from Roanoke

        Very interesting perspective. Much to think about

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        Adnan 

        2 months ago from Earth, Universe

        Each and every verse has so much to say...and so much to ponder on...In just few lines you set my mind in a swirl with thoughts and meanings...truly brought the question of a man being a mean only because he is one....Great thoughts and a perfect write...Alexander!...Thanks for sharing....!

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Elijah A Alexander Jr,

        Why are you at a loss for 'A Filled Cup'?

        What is your favorite piece of Genesis?

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Eric Dierker,

        I always appreciate your input my good friend. I like that you breath poetry in your life. Is your health still on the up and up?

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Lorna Lamon,

        I am so glad that some of this was able to speak to you. Thank you very much!

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Cheryl E Preston,

        Thank you so much! You're a very thoughtful person.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        John Hansen,

        Thank you! I love your line!

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        2 months ago from Washington DC

        An interesting poem, Alexander, and I questioned each line.

        From my place of "Indifference" or in the place between opposites called "the Middle Path" and "the Straight Way with the Narrow Gate" I agree only with "Hate is the absence of awareness" and the reason is, to be aware leads to understanding purpose and one hates only what they understand.

        "Stress" is the lack of a BELIEVED necessity when our needs "air, food, water and wisdom enough to get it" everything else are conditioned into us wants.

        "Love" is the lack of understanding that brings the desire to be attached.

        "Sadness" is the lack of understanding of a condition.

        I'm at a loss concerning "A Filled Cup."

        I will consider "Both" are true.

        Concerning "Of Gods And Men" as I base it on Genesis 1:26-27 where it is written in verse 26 "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." it appears that God say it is many therefore God can be "a God." As for man in verse 27 is written "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" suggesting man are any and of both genders therefore man can be "a man."

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Really good friend. Great quotes of life put into poetry.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        An interesting and thought provoking collection of poems. I particularly liked 'The Absence'. and the line 'Hate is the absence of awareness' really spoke to me.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        2 months ago from Roanoke

        I love your poetry. Very thought prevoking.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Much food for thought in your poems as always.

        If your cup is full pour it into two smaller glasses and give one to someone else.

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