Texts: The Way of the Warrior

Prophetess Anna by Rembrandt
WHAT, AM I?

A seeker bearing tears; a ball rolling laughter.
    Who, am I?
I am that am; a hushed voice.
    Where, am I?
A Universe knows no bounds: but itself.
    When, am I?
Now the waters flow, and now they stop.
    Why, am I?
Wind scatters dust, but suddenly
one speck is not a speck, but a seed of hope.
    How, am I?
The singing bird asks not of its origin.
It lives instead, each day born anew:
    A Timeless, Dawn.        -- Stephen Cheney

This most beautiful poem was brought to me by this blog's Contributing Editor. Besides having evoked in me deeper existential questions, it has led me to ponder upon the importance of analysing and interpreting texts. 

If an individual is capable of analysing and interpreting a text, he will be able to communicate properly with others - he will convey his message in proper terms and he will be able to grasp the underlying messages in other people's conversation. 
When teaching kids the art of text interpretation, teachers never explain them the usefulness behind such art; they never convey to them that by learning it well, they can become extremely sucessful diplomats,detectives, intelligence agents etc; which is lamentable, because if they would do so they'd encourage children to pay more attention in class and, allure them to look forward to an interesting future. 
A text (be it either a poem or a prose) reflects the human soul; and thus the more one reads, analyses and interprets; the more one will know and understand humans, their behaviour and their nature. 

Human relations are vital to all aspects of life; however I will only address, very briefly, Politics and International Security. 
In Politics, it is of utmost importance to know how to deal with human beings (their egos, their vanities, and their ambitions); it is crucial to know how they react to situation to A or B; it is imperative to comprehend how far they are willing to go to attain their goals, otherwise one will have a hard time getting things done. Politicians should be quick to identify the "Niccolò Machiavelli"; the "Mr. Jaggers", the "Molly", the "Gatsby", the "Mathew Shardlake" in the room. They must be comfortable with dealing with the "Borgia" and the "Medici". 
In International Security, it is essential to deeply know and understand humans as a foundation to study subjects; analyse their moves and communications; interpret the meaning of their connections and, thus, antecipate their terrorist actions. 

Through the study of texts one can scry, strategise and fight. 

"It is said that the warrior's [Way] is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways" (Miyamoto)

Comments

  1. What a tremendously beautiful poem! It blew me away! I agree that schools do not encourage kids to learn interpretation of texts as they should but I am not sure about how it can be applied to international security or even politics.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      "What a tremendously beautiful poem! It blew me away!"

      It is, isn't it? When I received and read it I was amazed by it as well.

      "I agree that schools do not encourage kids to learn interpretation of texts as they should but I am not sure about how it can be applied to international security or even politics."

      When we read a book, a poem or any text not only we can perceive the mind of the author, but also we can read into the characters and the subjects, which are represented in all segments of society. By understanding them we understand the people surrounding us; by understanding them better we can better connect...do you see where I am coming from? From here you can do just about anything...think about it.

      Anonymous, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  2. Max, where do you find these pearls? This Stephen Cheney can write! I am not into poetry but this poem hit me. Very beautiful, truly. So, now you have a contributing editor...how chic! Now let's discuss text interpretation and its application to politics: how many politicians do you think read novels and poems? Very few (most of them will either read technical books or auto-biographies - cause for sure they will end up writing one as well).
    But yeah, the more we read the easier we'll identify the "characters" in the room and deal with them in better ways. But not all have that inclination to analyse and interpret texts and that is why there are specialised people to do that job for most of us.

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      "Max, where do you find these pearls? This Stephen Cheney can write! I am not into poetry but this poem hit me. Very beautiful, truly."

      In this case, this pearl was brought to me - and I am glad it was. Oh yes, he can. It's gorgeous, gorgeous!

      "So, now you have a contributing editor...how chic!"

      lol Yes, now we have a contributing editor. To tell you the truth, she has been with us for quite a while but only now she accepted to be (what I call) an "official Dissector". She is very good and we are blessed to have her cooperating with us.

      "Now let's discuss text interpretation and its application to politics: how many politicians do you think read novels and poems? Very few (most of them will either read technical books or auto-biographies - cause for sure they will end up writing one as well)."

      You reckon? I am not so sure about that although you got a point: many of them end up writing a book of some sort.

      "But yeah, the more we read the easier we'll identify the "characters" in the room and deal with them in better ways. But not all have that inclination to analyse and interpret texts and that is why there are specialised people to do that job for most of us."

      Oh, so you use specialised people to do that job for you? I didn't know that :).

      Ana, thank you ever so much for you input :D. Always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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  3. My literature teachers were good however they didn't capture the attention of all their students that's for sure! But even if they would try to encourage them by saying "hey, in the future you might be a spy!" or something like that I doubt that many of them would apply themselves in their studies...when you're not good at it, you're not good at it. Congrats for the poem!

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    1. Hi Celia :D!

      "My literature teachers were good however they didn't capture the attention of all their students that's for sure!"

      Unfortunately this is true in many school classes around the globe.

      "But even if they would try to encourage them by saying "hey, in the future you might be a spy!" or something like that I doubt that many of them would apply themselves in their studies...when you're not good at it, you're not good at it."

      You are talking about natural talent, eh? You make a very good point.

      "Congrats for the poem!"

      Thank you, but I didn't write it: Stephen Cheney did.

      Celia, thank you so much for your input :D. You were missed.

      Cheers

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  4. Oh wow! As I was reading the poem, I said to myself "Wow, Max has hidden poetic skills, I love it!"...but as I continued reading it? Well, she's out to interpret those lines again in her style which I admire her most!

    Well, your post is timely, somehow I could relate to...
    At this moment I am suffering some difficulties and disappointments because I did not get the promo
    which I should be getting because the appointing authority emphasized to me that he is exercising his political prerogative...to hell with him!

    He exercised a prerogative which might become his downfall! Poor man!
    I just pray that may he sleep well every night including his appointee! :(

    Nice to be reading you again Max...:-)

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    1. Hi Amity :D!

      My darling, it is so good to see you!

      "Oh wow! As I was reading the poem, I said to myself "Wow, Max has hidden poetic skills, I love it!"...but as I continued reading it? Well, she's out to interpret those lines again in her style which I admire her most!"

      Oh no, I didn't write this poem; Stephen Cheney did.
      I received it and thought it perfectly complemented this article. I appreciate your kindness and I am glad you admire the style *bowing*.

      "Well, your post is timely, somehow I could relate to..."

      What happened?

      "At this moment I am suffering some difficulties and disappointments because I did not get the promo which I should be getting because the appointing authority emphasized to me that he is exercising his political prerogative...to hell with him!"

      Awe, I am ever so sorry to hear that, my friend *hug*; I know you worked really hard to get that promotion. He said that? Whoa, that was a bit too blunt of him. I would call it something else, but it wouldn't be diplomatic of me. Well, it is his loss.

      "He exercised a prerogative which might become his downfall! Poor man! I just pray that may he sleep well every night including his appointee! :("

      I see. LOL LOL LOL you are too generous, Amity *nodding*.

      "Nice to be reading you again Max...:-)"

      Thank you so much, darling :D. You were missed.

      Amity, worry not; everything will be all right - you'll see. And thank you so much for your comment and for having shared these bitter news with us *hug*.

      Cheers

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  5. I am glad that my poem was liked.
    It has an unusual type of poetic structure and feel.
    Very simple yet very powerful. A bit like me perhaps.
    Words that are simple are like keys, they unlock the secrets of the Universe. While long words, with their involved complexities, often serve to mask the elemental structure of the world that we call home. Language has a caste system: there is the elite jargon of intellectuals; there is the simple wisdom of the common man. They lead to differing paths of understanding.

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    1. Hi Stephen :D!

      Welcome to our domain!

      "I am glad that my poem was liked."

      Your poem, from what I see so far, was adored. Thank you so much for it.
      I can see why Cristina insisted on us using it...

      "It has an unusual type of poetic structure and feel. Very simple yet very powerful. A bit like me perhaps."

      It does; but what strikes me the most is the fact that it pulls all sorts of emotions out of us. It stirs every bit of our personal system and suddenly we can relate with the words - it is rare for a poem to cause that sort of reaction in people; so I congratulate you for it.
      Oh? I wouldn't know that since this is the first time we are talking...but thanks for sharing that information (you see, usually we either interpret dead poets' work or work of poets we will never come across with; so it is nice to actually exchange words with the poet himself and hear what he has to say about his own production).

      "Words that are simple are like keys, they unlock the secrets of the Universe. While long words, with their involved complexities, often serve to mask the elemental structure of the world that we call home."

      This is beautiful. LOL LOL well, I rather not making any comment on that.

      "Language has a caste system: there is the elite jargon of intellectuals; there is the simple wisdom of the common man. They lead to differing paths of understanding."

      Right you are, Stephen; right you are.

      Stephen Cheney, it was a true pleasure to have you here with us - I wasn't expecting it at all; it was a delightful surprise. Thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Please know that you are extremely welcome in here and I hope you do return.

      Cheers

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  6. Olá Max!

    "What, AM ? A seeker bearing tears; a ball rolling laughter" ...When I read this I put my hand over my heart and felt like weeping along with the words. So but so beautiful! Oh Max, this poet is one of those dangerous men who make women fall in love with them just by penning down words...oy, oy, oy.

    But getting back to theme at hand. Yes, it is crucial to learn how to analyse and interpret texts...hold on..."The singing bird asks not of its origin" (nor should we)...but unfortunately not every child is good at it. Some are great with numbers and very poor with words, others are awful with numbers and excellent with words; then you have those who are miserable with both and those who excel in both as well. But this would also takes us to the obsolete Education System debate: the traditional one doesn't work any longer. The system must change so that we can identify children's abilities and develop them with alluring and dynamic teaching methods - then yes, we could train proper politicians and secret agents.

    I loved the way you picked several different ingredients and concocted this intellectual sin. Thank you.

    Tchau

    P.S: only now I noticed that the poet joined us. I would like to congratulate him for his depth and sentiment.

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    1. Olá Celeste :D!

      "What, AM ? A seeker bearing tears; a ball rolling laughter" ...When I read this I put my hand over my heart and felt like weeping along with the words. So but so beautiful!"

      It is beautiful indeed.

      "Oh Max, this poet is one of those dangerous men who make women fall in love with them just by penning down words...oy, oy, oy."

      ROFL ROFL ROFL seriously? Well, I am in no position to either confirm or deny it. The only thing I can say, after having read his poem, is that he writes well, very well.

      You are right about individual abilities.

      "But this would also takes us to the obsolete Education System debate: the traditional one doesn't work any longer. The system must change so that we can identify children's abilities and develop them with alluring and dynamic teaching methods - then yes, we could train proper politicians and secret agents."

      I concur.

      "I loved the way you picked several different ingredients and concocted this intellectual sin. Thank you."

      I am glad you loved it and you are most welcome *bowing*.

      "P.S: only now I noticed that the poet joined us. I would like to congratulate him for his depth and sentiment."

      He did and we feel honoured.

      Celeste, thank you ever so much for your great comment :D.

      Cheers

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  7. Halloa, lass! You pondered well: it is capital to know how to interpret texts; especially if you work in specific departments within the intelligence services. As for politicians, they are smarter than a fox; they read all sorts of people km away. Besides, you know very well that there are many who read poetry and novels and yet are incapable of identifying whomsoever or getting things done, because they understand them better...it's not that linear, is it? A lot of factors are involved.
    Now, why are all the ladies sighing in here? The poem is deep but I don't understand all the melting in here, by me life I don't.

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    1. Hi Joe :D!

      "You pondered well: it is capital to know how to interpret texts; especially if you work in specific departments within the intelligence services."

      You understood my point perfectly.

      "As for politicians, they are smarter than a fox; they read all sorts of people km away. Besides, you know very well that there are many who read poetry and novels and yet are incapable of identifying whomsoever or getting things done, because they understand them better...it's not that linear, is it? A lot of factors are involved."

      lol True. I see where you are coming from and point taken.

      "Now, why are all the ladies sighing in here? The poem is deep but I don't understand all the melting in here, by me life I don't."

      LOL who is sighing? LOL LOL you slay me, mate! I believe people simply loved the poem, that's all.

      Joe, thank you ever so much for your great comment :D. It always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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  8. The Way of the Warrior: is that a segment that discusses the warrior’s viewpoint? There is talk of secret agents: why is that? Someone is in love with the idea of James Bond and Jason Bourne? People of that calibre are rare. I think that seduction is not the daily life of a spy; they would be bogged down in paperwork like everyone else. The Samurai warriors of Japan applied Zen Buddhism to the battlefield to better control their minds and skills. The old masters used poems to teach the principles of combat and the spiritual plane of the martial arts. I also. They also applied an opening of the mind to the arts such as calligraphy, poetry, haiku, tea making and gardening. When one’s mind soars, all things mundane are touched with magic and sparkle.
    In the style of Haiku:

    The welcoming
    fields all bow...
    under the wind. SC

    You can feel the sweep of the sword in that. Also many, many, other things.

    My poem: ‘What, Am I?’ Presents a philosophical viewpoint, from the heart rather than from the head. It is not a love poem. I have written love poems; they are not vulgar.
    In the flavour of the ancient Chinese:

    The Temple
    Girl of beauty
    now sitting in the hall,
    your robes spreading to the floor.
    A centre-piece of peaceful radiance.
    Outside the brutal men
    lust after even your scent on the path.
    Little do they know:
    You are not only of flesh
    but are also a doorway to the light of heaven. SC

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    1. Stephen,

      "The Way of the Warrior: is that a segment that discusses the warrior’s viewpoint? There is talk of secret agents: why is that?"

      No, that wasn't the idea in this case. Do you think we should create a segment discussing the warrior's viewpoint? Because that would be a great idea.
      Stephen, if you become a usual reader of this blog you will see that nothing is at random. All things are said with a purpose - as you may have suspected (your question indicates that suspicion).

      "Someone is in love with the idea of James Bond and Jason Bourne? People of that calibre are rare."

      LOL LOL well, I cannot say that I am in love with the idea of those personages. But I might have others in mind. Yes, I agree that they are rare.

      "I think that seduction is not the daily life of a spy; they would be bogged down in paperwork like everyone else."

      Seduction is the daily life of anyone (for there are several levels of seduction). So I am guessing that at some point even a spy must seduce and be seduced...as part of his mission, yes?

      "The Samurai warriors of Japan applied Zen Buddhism to the battlefield to better control their minds and skills. The old masters used poems to teach the principles of combat and the spiritual plane of the martial arts. I also. They also applied an opening of the mind to the arts such as calligraphy, poetry, haiku, tea making and gardening."

      So I heard. Any warrior, even in the West, should apply Zen Buddhism to the battlefield; for not only he would better control his mind and skills but perhaps also lessen the psychological effects of war - what do you think? I am starting to think that you are in Cristina's club, you two are similar. I also believe that the Arts are important to the warrior as a preparatory discipline for battle and as therapy for the aftermath.

      "When one’s mind soars, all things mundane are touched with magic and sparkle."

      Do you believe in Magic?
      What, you also write in the style of Haiku? Then you are like Amity (she commented above). I wish I could write in that style but, alas, I have no talent for it.

      "You can feel the sweep of the sword in that. Also many, many, other things."

      What other things?

      "My poem: ‘What, Am I?’ Presents a philosophical viewpoint, from the heart rather than from the head. It is not a love poem. I have written love poems; they are not vulgar."

      It may not be a love poem but apparently it stirs people's being. Like one of the commenters said: there was a lot of melting around here lol. I am not flattering you when I say that you are talented; I am telling you the truth.
      I don't think a love poem can ever be vulgar. Only vulgar poems are vulgar.

      The poem is titled "The Temple"? Would you call this piece a love poem? Its imagery is very sophisticated.

      Cheers

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  9. A blog segment on the warrior's viewpoint: That may be interesting, there being many kinds of warriors. Those matters are well covered however on LinkedIn where I belong to there are a number of discussion groups amongst professionals on such topics. For a blog on the same there would need to be a purpose in it, something that readers would find relevant.

    You are right that seduction is actually a daily affair. We all seek to influence others, and charming the opposite sex seems to be a natural and pleasurable pastime, no matter if matters progress further or not. Missions require an understanding of human nature throughout differing cultures. One must depend on others and getting them to agree to do, is better than just paying or ordering. Influencing others to assist you from their own choice is a prime requirement of missions. Every other person around you is a prospective valuable resource, so they should be treated with respect. For seduction, or is it light love? it is not so much What you touch, but How you touch; not so much What you say, but How you say it. And so also the Look and also the flowing in-depth possession.

    Mind controls for warriors, yes, I teach such things as well as the physical. The Dark or Mental arts are not evil, just effective and sometimes deadly. It is after all, the mind that moves the body and not the other way round.
    In Cristina's club - perhaps I am; she is a special person.

    Magic is rather a sensitive subject, it depends what you mean. I don't have to believe in magic, I see it. There is a light within everything. Perhaps my 'magic' is not your 'magic'.

    Many of my better poems are in the Haiku style.

    If hearts melt it means that they appreciate the art before them. Wonderful, however that tempts the sun to flame more. I already have a love, so it cannot go beyond just sharing my poems.

    Yes, my poem 'The Temple' is a sophisticated love poem in the Chinese ancient court style. Much is said and veiled in words; it is up to you to part the curtain.

    Of course by 'love poem' is commonly meant PASSION. I have written passionate poems for those special to me. I will give you one. It still requires your imagination to link to it.

    A SONG
    I hold you, in my lips
    and you hold me, in yours.
    We fondle each other’s bodies
    leaving nothing unexplored.
    We reach the rhythmic heights
    where it’s natural to be human, and adored.

    Our skin is the frame of a doorway
    and our lips are portals to another world
    of deep sensation.
    Our eyes flash lightning rakes
    and our limbs explode passion
    into and around each other.

    We dance in a storm
    of wind and cloud
    where I whirl and You enfold.
    Our prized entertainment
    we find in each other.
    We are the music and the musicians.
    We are the dancers of the new creation.

    Where we move
    life shines in the dark.
    A spray of stars nets heaven
    and the night is a lover;
    and no terror stops our breath. SC

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    1. Stephen,

      "A blog segment on the warrior's viewpoint: That may be interesting, there being many kinds of warriors."

      It may indeed...*smirk*.

      "Those matters are well covered however on LinkedIn where I belong to there are a number of discussion groups amongst professionals on such topics. For a blog on the same there would need to be a purpose in it, something that readers would find relevant."

      On LinkedIn? I didn't know that there was that much action going on in there. Aha, now you are talking our language: purpose. But this comment section is not the proper venue to discuss strategy. Perhaps one day we can discuss these matters directly?

      "You are right that seduction is actually a daily affair. We all seek to influence others, and charming the opposite sex seems to be a natural and pleasurable pastime, no matter if matters progress further or not."

      Ay. The feeling of preying (which may result in progressing to something else or not) and the sexual tension can be quite pleasurable indeed. Some people live for it, some must live for it and, some just accept it as a natural part of life.

      "Influencing others to assist you from their own choice is a prime requirement of missions. Every other person around you is a prospective valuable resource, so they should be treated with respect. For seduction, or is it light love? it is not so much What you touch, but How you touch; not so much What you say, but How you say it. And so also the Look and also the flowing in-depth possession."

      *Smirk*...indeed, Cheney (I hope you do not mind my calling you by your last name but if you do, let me know).

      "Mind controls for warriors, yes, I teach such things as well as the physical."

      I have much respect for teachers, so...kudos.

      "In Cristina's club - perhaps I am; she is a special person."

      I cannot disagree.

      "Magic is rather a sensitive subject, it depends what you mean. I don't have to believe in magic, I see it. There is a light within everything."

      In here, nothing is sensitive (we have covered many times this subject in past posts). To me Magic is not extraordinary because I live it, it is part of whom I am. Magic is much more than Harry Potter or David Copperfield - these are fantasy not Magic.
      Yes, there is Light in everything and everyone.

      "If hearts melt it means that they appreciate the art before them. Wonderful, however that tempts the sun to flame more. I already have a love, so it cannot go beyond just sharing my poems."

      They do. But of course...and whomever is the target of your love is very fortunate, I am sure.

      "Much is said and veiled in words; it is up to you to part the curtain."

      You and I speak the same language then. Like the song would say "Pleased to meet you;
      Hope you guess my name; But what's puzzling you, Is the nature of my game" lol ;).

      "Of course by 'love poem' is commonly meant PASSION. I have written passionate poems for those special to me. I will give you one. It still requires your imagination to link to it."

      Ah, passion...that sweet fig. Thank you for sharing "A SONG" *bowing*.
      Extremely erotic, this song of yours and erotically gorgeous too. The images produced by the words run before our eyes yet in a very classy fashion.
      This is the best erotic pas-de-deux I have ever read in my short existence. I have one question though: why did you include "terror" after "night" (the two words are somewhat related but given the context of love, union, sensuality, music, joy [through dance] the word "terror" would suggest fear of parting, of separation...perhaps)?

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  10. If you have questions on other matters such as strategy etc, and you have asked to someday discuss them directly rather than in a blog, that would be fine. The confidentiality of the communication channel to be used for that will depend on the level of security required.

    You are choosing to call me by my last rather than first name, either is OK with me, but what is the reason for a surname preference? As that is unusual. You are making a point, I think.

    Personal sexual passionate poems are rather intimate and not really meant for a general audience. They are target-specific to one who understands all the meaning and who thus is not insulted or offended in any way. Outsiders may get offended at strong intimate language, but then, they have no purpose in reading it, it is not sent to them. The message is definitely not for them as the meaning and intensity of words, as do feelings, changes depending on the closer and closer that you merge into a person.

    You have noted the peculiarity of the last line, it does not at all seem to fit in with the mood, and it doesn’t. It is a wake-up call to reality. I do not really write fantasy poems, my poems are real about real feelings and real events experienced. The word terror refers to death, that is, the arbiter of death that was lingering around at the time. So while enthralled in the throws and entwinings of passion, outside the serious world of danger existed and rolled on. The whole poem is real, not imagined. Not at all just a wistful poem of desired happenings yet to be. All happened. It is related as if a film of private events. There was no fear of parting, actually no fear at all, but acceptance that there was a person of terror in our lives. So the terror was named as ‘terror’ - the essence of the person.

    While my love poems may appear to be fantasies, they are not, they are autobiographical, of actualities. For instance: In another poem I speak of hot wax falling on me. Readers may infer that is a colourful image referencing a sexual event hidden by using a simile or poetic expression. However I don’t lie, and I am actually speaking of hot wax spilling on my thigh, it occurred in a romantic setting of candles when I was naked and so it was a sexual incident, but the meaning is an opposite way of expressing sexuality, one that is not the norm. I am being direct, not hidden. I can hide in reality.

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    1. Cheney,

      "If you have questions on other matters such as strategy etc, and you have asked to someday discuss them directly rather than in a blog, that would be fine."

      Good then. Shall I ask Cristina for your email?

      "You are choosing to call me by my last rather than first name, either is OK with me, but what is the reason for a surname preference? As that is unusual. You are making a point, I think."

      Not this times, no...I am not making any point. I like to call the guys I empathise with by their last name, that's all. I am a rather unusual character.

      "Outsiders may get offended at strong intimate language, but then, they have no purpose in reading it, it is not sent to them. The message is definitely not for them as the meaning and intensity of words, as do feelings, changes depending on the closer and closer that you merge into a person."

      I am an outsider and yet you shared a passionate poem with me. How did you know that I wouldn't get "offended"? But I get where you are coming from: when I started this blog, I used to write some "passionate" stuff and shock people *nodding*. Back then, I discovered that there are more prudes than I cared to know of lol.

      "The word terror refers to death, that is, the arbiter of death that was lingering around at the time. So while enthralled in the throws and entwinings of passion, outside the serious world of danger existed and rolled on. So the terror was named as ‘terror’ - the essence of the person."

      I so know what you mean.

      "For instance: In another poem I speak of hot wax falling on me. Readers may infer that is a colourful image referencing a sexual event hidden by using a simile or poetic expression."

      Still, in people's mind that particular scene gives way to a lot of fantasies (although hot wax must hurt, but hey each with its own "thang" [like some Americans say]), emotions etc. When we write we think we are writing for ourselves but the fact is when people read it, they can relate to it somehow.

      "However I don’t lie,"

      You don't lie...ever? Not even white lies?
      People don't like to hear the truth, so I am wondering how you manage to be so truthful.

      "and I am actually speaking of hot wax spilling on my thigh, it occurred in a romantic setting of candles when I was naked and so it was a sexual incident, but the meaning is an opposite way of expressing sexuality, one that is not the norm."

      And you are naked too (as in having nothing to hide)...

      "I am being direct, not hidden. I can hide in reality."

      I can see that, man *impressed*.

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  11. As you love poetry and intrigue like I do, by all means, I do not mind you asking Cristina for my email address. That is, my email that is a Gmail address for low security matters.

    You prefer tagging by last names instead of the more informal first names? That is unusual.

    Sensing you and your interests: I did not consider you as an ‘outsider’. You speak your mind and I always have admired that. Honesty has a value immeasurable.

    Lying is a problem for me, why that is so, I do not really know, it just is. Life is too short to be dishonourable. Detesting lying, I successfully get around lying by various means, including not saying anything, or saying little, or not exactly answering the question. You might be surprised how not-lying can be achieved, but it requires an intellect that can run rings around dangerous minds. Besides, also, the truth can often be highly unbelievable. Much can be hidden in ordinary conversation. I often choose my words very deliberately, so that they, on analysis, can yield meanings on another plane. As the saying goes: Mean what you Say; Say what you Mean.

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    1. Cheney,

      "As you love poetry and intrigue like I do, by all means, I do not mind you asking Cristina for my email address. That is, my email that is a Gmail address for low security matters."

      Thank you *bowing*; I will ask her then. Well, I didn't even know you had a different account other than Gmail's (and I know about the Gmail because of the account you are using to comment here)...but all right, I will be specific when I contact Cristina.

      "You prefer tagging by last names instead of the more informal first names? That is unusual."

      :)

      "Sensing you and your interests: I did not consider you as an ‘outsider’. You speak your mind and I always have admired that. Honesty has a value immeasurable."

      I am impressed, I admit. That I do, Cheney: I always speak my mind, no matter what. I agree with you on the value of honesty.

      "Lying is a problem for me, why that is so, I do not really know, it just is. Life is too short to be dishonourable."

      You must be the second person I've come across who has a problem with lying. All the rest, lie with all the teeth they got in their (some gorgeous others ugly) mouth. Most definitely, man...

      "Detesting lying, I successfully get around lying by various means, including not saying anything, or saying little, or not exactly answering the question. You might be surprised how not-lying can be achieved, but it requires an intellect that can run rings around dangerous minds. Besides, also, the truth can often be highly unbelievable. Much can be hidden in ordinary conversation."

      LOL Ai, ai...I am familiar with the method.

      "I often choose my words very deliberately, so that they, on analysis, can yield meanings on another plane. As the saying goes: Mean what you Say; Say what you Mean."

      *smirk*...you don't say?

      I'll be contacting you soon.

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