Missing the point

Play or prey
A simple choice
By corporate rules
Predator or victim
Conflict and separation
With the single stroke of a pen
In pursuit of imagined success
Machiavellian machinations
The route to riches is not paved with gold
Fool’s golden glow of dangled carrots
Luring donkeys ever onwards
Towards a goal out of reach
Beauty dies unnoticed
Kindness forgotten
Inner light dimmed
Life’s small joys
Too late


Double etheree for Colleen’s poetry challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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38 Responses to Missing the point

  1. Erik says:

    I’m choosing to imagine that the penguin riding the donkey just tied that carrot to the stick so he could feed the donkey, even though the penguin was a little afraid to be chomped, because he likes the donkey and is trying to be nice.

    (I imagine, because the reality—which you hit on the head—is, however true, not so nice to think about.)

    Well done, Sue.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. jenanita01 says:

    As I get older, I think I miss the point accidentally. Would this still count?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The irony of the penguin (doomed species) being the instrument of goading the donkey (most ill-treated of beasts of burden) towards something it can’t have—such a good metaphor for the divide and rule tactics we humans have refined.

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  4. charlypriest says:

    Nicely written as always. But who is going to pay my salary then? If we get the rich out I suppose it will be the poor people that pays my great money at the end of the month.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      It isn’t about geting the rich out… more about whether we choose to be led by a dangled carrot or walk our own path.

      Liked by 1 person

      • charlypriest says:

        You said ¨choose¨, that Word is important since in your writing I didn´t see any margin to choose and that is sarcay in a democrazy. Specially when the ACADEMICS meaning writers, philosophers, the SMART people try to tell us others not that important to choose.
        One is why should somebody give me a suggestion to choose
        Two is that one person is giving me a suggestion to choose( you will probably say I´m making them think on their own)that in itself is bull.

        Sorry for the harsh comment, for me it is a way……of democrazy to disagree. But I still love your writings and have been a fan for I guess about two years or something. The funny thing is that this is the first time you comment to me, forget about reading this crazy new Shakespeare. Just a response from you took me to disagree on life really, politics are life.
        I take back what I said ¨sorry for the harsh comment¨, I´m becoming like a softy lefty, it was not harsh it was just…..who knew? People disagree. This is somewhat of my own twisted philosophy experiment, just to see how you react. It took only this comment for you to even read me once…..says something.


        • Sue Vincent says:

          I try to read and reply to all comments that are left here. Why apologise for disagreeing? We are none of us always right… or wrong… and sometimes there is no clear distinction. My own belief is that although we may not always, in this society, be able to choose the practical details of our lives, we always have a choice in who we are and what we believe is important to us as human beings.

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  5. macjam47 says:

    Well done, Sue. Perfectly illustrates humanity. Aren’t we all, to some degree, chasing the golden carrot?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. A pretty good summary of a lot of lives and not in a positive way.


  7. Full of wisdom and warning, Sue. I like the way you used the form.


  8. willowdot21 says:

    The poem and illustration are perfectly matched Sue , very clever and a sad indictment on the world as it is.
    The double Etheree is wonderful….the replies also are very thought provoking..well done you 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Violet Lentz says:

    It is never too late to change the gild on the carrot. Some of us just don’t realize we have the actual ability to change everything until we are old enough to understand, that what we once accepted as everything- is not everything.. Beautiful thought provoking piece Sue.

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  10. An excellent commentary (and comments as well) on the state of who we are politically around the world. Humanity has become like Pavlov’s dogs conditioned to respond without thinking – click like, and move on, repeat. Social media has reconditioned our thinking. We do have a choice and your Etheree illustrates that. Lovely thought provoking piece (as usual). ❤


  11. Nice double etheree – full of sweet words and yet with a solemn undertone. Nice!


  12. memadtwo says:

    The form is perfectly matched to the words. (K)


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