Humanity Displayed (for Poetry Rally)

“He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them to life. Nor sequent centuries could hit Orbit and sum of Shakespeare’s wit.”
β€”Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time being first
Eternity resists
Happens each moment
When words leave our lips

Saint Ides to gods
Linguistic music
Pour ’cause some miss
Feelings still losing

To be and see
The urgency
Syllabic wars
Fool, me
Learning, Life
In debt I write

Love what you say
Forever confusing
Humanity displayed
Most tragic & amusing

Care for a reading?

*Photo by me. Statue of Shakespeare (Philadelphia)


As a result of last week’s rally, I acknowledge the flowers (awards) I received on this fine Bloomsday. Nice. As the title of my post indicates, this was my entry for this week’s poetry rally. Jingle, thanks for including me. I accept the above awards and in turn nominate… trisha!
Enjoy the Rally!

77 Responses to “Humanity Displayed (for Poetry Rally)”

  1. moondustwriter Says:

    wow those words say alot in a few -Thanks Adam

    learning, life, creativity In debt I write

    We spend alot of time learning about life. glad we can do this writing thing…

  2. I wish you the HAPPIEST of BIRTHDAYS! A most wonderful day to you!

    Leslie, I’m glad too πŸ™‚ Thanks from my heart for being there.

  3. collective thoughts,
    very precise and powerful poem..
    Thank you for the contribution and nomination!
    have fun!

  4. Thank you, Jingle. Glad you like it. You have fun too πŸ˜‰

  5. sweet flow dustus…i think as writers we owe a debt to life for all the inspiration it brings in the short time we have…

  6. Think you’re write on with that! thanks, brian

  7. Nicely done Adam. A very powerful poem with only a few words.

    Update on Larry:
    Larry went into the hospital last month to get well, and came out a very ill man. His stool test came back showing he has a bacteria call C Diff. This bacteria was caused by Doctor Edwards giving him to much antibiotics by IV the first time he was admitted into the hospital. I don’t blame doctor Edward he was just trying to get rid of the infection that got into Larry’s blood. I just thank God for answering our prayers, and showing the colon doctor what is wrong with Larry. Now that they know what is wrong they can start treating him correctly with the right medicines for this bacteria. Larry is still a very sick man, but I am praying this new medicine will soon help.

  8. Oh my goodness…. now that the source of the problem has been found, like you say hopefully treatment will take effect. Viola, we’re all thinking about Larry. I’m sure it makes all the difference having you by his side. Your care is probably his best medicine.

  9. cant agree more lol…

  10. Thank you Adam, Larry has come very close to death the last couple of weeks. I am just so thankful they have found the problem in time. Thanks to all of you for caring about Larry. He is a good man who have always loved his family.

    • Viola, he sounds like an excellent person. Larry’s in all our thoughts. Hoping he responds well to the new medsβ€”a step in the right direction!

  11. blissbait Says:

    Hey Dustus! I listened. Looked. Love. Really wonderful. Thank You! Cheers and Namaste. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, blissbait. Very kind of you. I’ve tried to make the blog more accessible to everyone through using larger fonts and audio. So glad you like it. Thanks for the encouragement. Cheers and Namaste πŸ™‚

      • blissbait Says:

        Hey! Just listened again and really HEARD the line ‘Most tragic & amusing’. I love that. Feel like I’m finally getting the joke, in a kind, loving way….of course! πŸ˜† I ventured into audioland in this evening’s post. Very fun! Thank You and Cheers and Namaste. πŸ™‚

      • Sounding good, Blissbait. Cool picture too. Thank you for all the kind things you’ve said. cheers πŸ™‚

  12. We should never hesitate for a moment when it comes to showing love and compassion to one another. Thank you for your compassionate words. πŸ™‚

    Viola….stay on target and all will be well soon. πŸ™‚ I am right there with you all.

    Adam….you have been a busy guy. I love what you have posted. LOVE is a powerful force. πŸ™‚ Stay well and happy.

    • Doraz! Glad you’re back from vacation πŸ™‚ Hope you and your family had an amazing trip. I have been a busy guy; more importantly, much happier these days. Thanks always!

  13. I read it a few times, but liked it best coming from your own lips.

    Love what you say
    Forever confusing
    Humanity displayed
    Most tragic & amusing.

    So true

  14. soulintention: signed .............bkm Says:

    Humanity displayed
    Most tragic & amusing……

    wonderful ending…..very well done..


    • Thank you. It was inspiring to see that monument and then go back through my Shakespeare anthologyβ€”was a reminder of just how deep and witty his lines resonate. Appreciate your feedback πŸ™‚

  15. lol. i totally can dig this

  16. Wasn’t sure how people would respond to this one. thanks, K

  17. Very interesting poem.

  18. Great words. They rolled off the tongue – and so very true.

  19. Nice coincidence that the graphic on your post today says Blogger Bard.
    Thanks for your comment, Anthony.

  20. awww… Adam.. that was beauuutttiiffulll….
    every poem of yours has been a treat to read…

    you can read my poetry at

    • aww… thank you for the kind compliment, Meg. Trust your opinion and admire your work. cheers πŸ™‚

      also, just read your poem a second ago… Magical πŸ™‚

  21. In debt I write, Respectively….
    Forever confusing
    Humanity displayed
    Most tragic and amusing…. absolutely loved these “on the mark” lines…I was awestruck… profoundly spoken. Thanks for sharing. The voicing clarifies so much. Heartspell

  22. Wow… thank you, Heartspell. That was so very nice of you. I appreciate it and am glad you like it. cheers πŸ™‚

  23. nice reflections put into beautiful words.well done adam.

  24. i loved the flow and rhythm of this poem…thank you for sharing this with us!!

  25. Thanks, wordwand. Enjoyed your latest… Void Soul

  26. what beautiful words… awesome πŸ™‚

  27. have fun today!
    I value your active role in the Rally.

  28. some great posts today!

  29. “Love what you say
    Forever confusing
    Humanity displayed
    Most tragic & amusing”
    this last stanza was amazing. keep writing:]

  30. i am loving this…as usual , u tickle my fancy.

  31. Happy to hear you like it.
    cheers πŸ™‚

  32. mairmusic Says:

    Tragic and amusing– an interesting conclusion that spins the words of the poem in a new direction– nicely done!

    • Appreciate the feedback, Marilynn. Many thanks for reading it again after those last lines πŸ™‚

  33. tracyisjustsayn Says:

    I will be reading more of your work. Also, I like the audio clip…I need to to add one to my page. It makes a difference to hear the author read a poem as he wrote it.

    Just Say’n

    • Thanks. inflections and emphasis alter meaning. plus audio makes your blog more accessible to those who may already use screen readers πŸ™‚
      Look forward to hearing your new posts. I see you have a WP blog. It’s easy, though it requires a space upgrade. cheers

  34. Such a powerful poem….love your work!! Will be back for more:)

  35. blue ribbon material..the words and the picture! Here’s to you!

  36. Please return favors to poets who were here,
    Thank you in advance…
    everyone needs encouragement…
    Happy Friday!

    I have sent this to every poet in my list.

  37. Thanks for encouraging encouragement.
    Happy Friday to you as well πŸ˜‰

  38. Doni Cifra Says:

    very nice rhythm…

    i read to myself first then listened to your reading afterwards… I almost wanted to sing “Vogue, Vogue…” after the third verse. πŸ™‚

    good job, adam

  39. Totally admire your poetry, once again. What caught my eye in this was really the man at the base of your monument in the lower right corner. I imagined him as the poet as I listened to your reading and it brought me into the feeling of your Shakespeare quote and solidified this entire post.
    Very nicely put together.

    • Leslie, you’ve got it. The respect shown in this picture may alter the meaning of the poem drastically; perhaps not like Emerson’s quote. Thanks

  40. is awesome to me!!! I love it!

  41. I love the way you write your poetry- very beautiful.

    I have got a small pic postcard for you in my blog, will be happy if you keep it.

    have a beautiful weekend.

  42. That’s so nice of you, trisha!!!
    You have a beautiful weekend too! πŸ™‚
    Thank you


    welcome to vote,
    you automatically earned one vote because your link in included, when you vote for your favorite poet, then you get another vote for yourself….

    thank you for the attention.
    The deadline is Sunday!

  44. What a very powerful poem! Your words always leave me speechless, as they speak right to the energetic level of humanity.
    Well done, this is an excellent piece.

  45. Ana, your blog posts are always so thoughtful, as are your compliments. Thank you and have an amazing weekend πŸ™‚ cheers

  46. I have nominated you for the Perfect Poet award for Thursday Poets Rally 23. I hope you’ll be ok with this. A very deeply considered decision for my part. Congratulations from humble me. Heartspell

  47. Love what you say
    Forever confusing
    Humanity displayed
    Most tragic & amusing

    I love this last verse. Great poem!

  48. Adam…another well crafted poem…I enjoyed hearing you read it….have a great weekend!

  49. That’s a great compliment from a craftsman who writes with heart…
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  50. Fabulously flowing and lyrical – sometimes its just like that –

    ‘to be and see
    the urgency…’


    ‘in depth I write respectively’

    Did you write this spontaeneously? it feels so ‘right’ and of the moment!
    Seriously good!

  51. Good call, Lynda. I did write this one spontaneously. I’ve been writing more like that these days. Really glad you like it πŸ™‚

  52. Wonderful poem here… so much said, and sounds so well. :] thanks. :] xx

  53. Oh wow great reading =)

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