Riffing On Divinity

(Sometimes in life, those that should offer their best give you their worst, and sometimes disappointment hurts more than anything else they could have given you)


When I think about the depths and the pinnacles,

It's plainly a miracle I'm not more cynical,

Because at those shining peaks all is lyrical,

But the depths inspire me to be deeply quizzical,

And between those two lay all possibilities,

And all banalities and generalities,

And the pressing knowledge that each passing minute is,

60 seconds of vanishing clarity,

Each second that passes disappears instantly,

So I have to tilt hard on all that's in front of me,

And the fact that it's like that is an effrontery,

But that's how it is on this current trajectory,

And when I look around at all those stood next to me,

And how their actions and thoughts are affecting me,

I'm forced to think on the sad possibility,

There's one or two that have no respect for me,

They must think that I'm flawed intellectually,

So if I'm going to address this effectively,

I need to forget them and their negativity,

Turn a positive spin whilst they cling on manically,

And wipe all my memories of them out mechanically,

Because every moment is moving so frantically,

That I've no spare room in the memory repository,

And life's too short to let leaches hang off of me.


But there are so many that dealt with me faithfully,

Those are the people I want stood next to me,

When life calls upon me to act with nobility,

They are the ones that bring out the best in me

So I can act with an air of alacrity,

And hold ever closer all those that are dear to me,

The honest and those that conduct themselves properly,

Are the closest that I'll ever get to divinity.

◄ Sentinel Of The ZZZZZ's

Acceptance ►


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Jason Bayliss

Tue 27th Aug 2019 18:32

Thank you very much Branwell. It was born of disappointment in those that should give you better.

J. x

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branwell kent

Tue 27th Aug 2019 18:06

very good poem

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Jason Bayliss

Tue 27th Aug 2019 17:38

Thanks Amanda, I was happy with the flow of this one, sometimes how you say something is as important as what you choose to say.

J. x

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Amanda Ann; ❤

Tue 27th Aug 2019 16:56

I love how it slips off my tongue. very creative.

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 5th Aug 2019 22:28

Thanks Heart, and I'm glad to be able to count you into that group of people which I hold dear. Your support as a friend is most welcome. Hope the birthday party improves. If not there's only one answer, MORE DRINK!!!???

J. x

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Heart of Lead

Mon 5th Aug 2019 19:22

"60 seconds of vanishing clarity." Always a line will grab me. Sometimes the ones who were supposed to be there for us are the cause of all our hurt. I know that well. I hope there are still enough who stand by you. Easy enough to say that we leave it in the past but hurt is still hurt and although I think there is pressure to not talk about it.... Yeah.... Sometimes we really just need to say the words and confront it. I hope that makes sense. I'm at a very boring birthday party and a little tipsy. I love your poetry so much.

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 5th Aug 2019 12:26

On that, you have my word Lisa.
I would say, "Keeping smiling," is almost my stock in trade.
You know that old saying, "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed?"
I'm so grateful for my close family, close friends and all those I know whose driving force is integrity, and for once again re-establishing close ties to my sisters and brother. Nuff' said I think.

J. x

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Lisa C Bassignani

Mon 5th Aug 2019 11:27

Removing the toxic elements of life is not always easy. Yet they can only be neutralized for so long.
Positive thinking keeps the naysayers at bay.
Keep smiling Jason

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 4th Aug 2019 19:00

Thanks Devon it's me that should be thanking all of you for your patience. In truth I did walk away from it for a little while just to give myself a break. And don't worry about commenting, although certainly don't feel you have to. Thanks mate.

J. x

Devon Brock

Sun 4th Aug 2019 12:48

Jason, I haven't commented on your poetry of late, as nothing I can write could help move you through your grieving. But I must say, must thank you for sharing these poems with us, all beautifully written honest, of the moment. These poems will help guide me in my own times of loss which will inevitably come. Thank you for these.


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Don Matthews

Sun 4th Aug 2019 11:44

This did not happen overnight. Much time and effort went into it's creation. Well done.
One may sometimes feel my 'flippancy' is disrespectful. This is not my intention but to add some 'brightness' to an otherwise difficult situation.

Moaning can be cathartic
And WOL provides a place
Where we can moan to heart's content
Rhyme 'way and fill up space

Now Jason you're a good boy
You're moaned out, properly
You have agreed to now move on
And left moan space for me

How kind......

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 4th Aug 2019 09:49

Thanks Dorothy, sorry if it looks very slightly different to the first draft, had to edit slightly.
Unfortunately some people who should know better, did worse recently.
All I can say is I'm grateful for most family, all good friends and all the good people here on WOL for providing a place to have a bit of a moan about it.
I shan't carry on down this road.
Moan done, moving on.

J. x

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Adam Rabinowitz

Sun 4th Aug 2019 08:33

Just added one. Cathartic to write and to share. Hope you read.

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 4th Aug 2019 08:31

Go for it my friend, it's quite cathartic.

J. x

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Adam Rabinowitz

Sun 4th Aug 2019 08:20

Damn!!! Preach that shit. This is awesome Jason. Inspires me to put some of that rhyming truth on my site.

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