'Paradise Ole' and 'Vary (So Very)'

E. Shaun Russell (e_shaun@uniserve.com)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 19:16:42 -0700 (PDT)

I realize that most of the people who read these lists are not
terribly interested in art, but I think that most should enjoy these two
poems. Before I post, let me just say this: judge them for what they are
worth, not how they are 'supposed' to be viewed.

Paradise Ol=E9

I=92m far away from Xanadu and I know no pleasure domes
But I have my immortality within my chromosomes
My mind, my eyes, my heart and soul guide me on my way
To where my stomach=92s always full of melons and Paradise au lait

The starkest consciousness within the mind shall always have a light
To prove to the rest of my body and world that things will be alright
The knowledge of potential, forever kinetic, helps me see my goal
Total ownership of the person within me: the unity to make my essence whole

It has always been within me
The ability to go my own way
The path to all eternity
My Paradise au lait

Cascading obscurities and aging maturities all lead to future shock
But the keys of wisdom and introspect will open omnipotence=92s lock
And when the world has lost all sense of liberty, when freedom seems=
The ones who will survive regression=92s woes will be the ones who don=92t
accept defeat

The power within is ever so great, so much greater than the power without
And the decision to decide between freedom and faith leaves little room for
The world is in the hands of who wants it most, the people of true=
And the power can be shared by those who have the will to abide by a new
common sense

It has always been within you
The ability to go your own way
The path to all eternity
Your Paradise au lait
You can use your mind for judgment
Or you can throw your mind away
While I feast on infinity melons
And Paradise au lait

By: E. Shaun Russell

Vary (So Very)

I was in a daydream one day
When a question occurred to me
Something just out of my reach
An obscured reality

I climbed the highest mountain
Scoured the deepest sea
But I couldn=92t find the answer
Couldn=92t fulfill my plea

I asked the lowliest peasant
With his base philosophy
But he didn=92t have a response
To my crucial inquiry

I asked the wisest prophet
Within his prophecy
But he couldn=92t reveal the truth
Perhaps he couldn=92t see

I pleaded with the sky above
Begged God for sympathy
Maybe He wasn=92t listening
Or He was a fallacy

So in the pits of despair
Depressed as one can be
I looked inside myself
At my wretched anxiety

And there I found the answer
Of how I could be free
I saw where I went wrong:
I forgot eternity

By: E. Shaun Russell

Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to comment...whether you are an
artist or not!


E. Shaun Russell Extropian poet\musician
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