Poems

Ought to be

It would be folly to consider myself 
where I ought to be, as if ‘ought’ 
could glow in your hand 
like half-eaten candy thawing 
memories under open clouds.

What hubris man to divine 
import from earth-bound particles 
bouncing among people walking 
heads down, the center of it all.  

Heavenly bodies revolve 
around some other lantern 
the same as me, sticky fingers 
sweeter from the journey.


© 2020 Phillip Knight Scott

Written for today’s dVerse prompt “folly” and the Go Dog Go Cafe prompt “in your hands

14 thoughts on “Ought to be”

  1. I just noticed that ought is thought without “th.” No matter what thought and ought say, as you put it,
    “Heavenly bodies revolve
    around some other lantern”
    where each of us are exactly in its light.
    Wonderful poem, Phillip.

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  2. I love the way you start this poem with ‘ought’ glowing like half-eaten candy and end with ‘sticky fingers / sweeter from the journey’. I also like the comparison of earth-bound man intent on something with heavenly bodies revolving around some other lantern – humankind always at odds with the gods.

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  3. Enjoyed this. “Sticky fingers”, half-eaten candy, is all we really get though we try to divine our course in life. Doesn’t undermine the sweetness though.

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  4. Love this especially; “What hubris man to divine import from earth-bound particles bouncing among people walking heads down, the center of it all. “

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  5. I really like the feel of this poem… When we view ourselves from the larger perspective we are just dust in the wind! All of ideas of entitlement are truly folly! Well done!

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