Call To Splendor

Call To Splendor
Call to Splendor

CALL TO SPLENDOR

When the good of heart don’t recognize their beauty,
In a world that finds applause for what is crude,
They forget to carry out their highest duty,
Since it undermines the needed fortitude.

It provokes the pure to chase a darker passion
When the strength of will is fiercely undermined
By the shady presence of a common fashion.
In response, when they turn bad or unrefined,

They grow ignorant of their profound intention.
Or when they stay fair, but grace is not perceived,
They may end up in a self-induced detention,
Bound and shackled by what’s faithlessly believed.

Only after what is bad is seen as ugly
And the self-disfigurement has been abhorred
Can forsaken rectitude return completely
And the elegance and courage be restored.

To be true again requires the decision
To dare look beyond what’s showing and what’s seen
And observe the outlines of a higher vision
Showing what’s pristine and purged again as clean.

Once we choose to be an excellence defender
We infuse ourselves and strengthen our allure.
Hear and answer the essential call to splendor,
For the beauty to return and to endure.

Jerry Corstens

 

Jerry Corstens

Writer of inspirational poetry & original wisdom quotes. I've been writing poetry for over 30 years, both in Dutch and English.

You can find more of my work on my blog / website www.thegoldenmirror.net and on various social media sites related to it.

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Jerry Corstens

Writer of inspirational poetry & original wisdom quotes. I've been writing poetry for over 30 years, both in Dutch and English. You can find more of my work on my blog / website www.thegoldenmirror.net and on various social media sites related to it.

18 thoughts on “Call To Splendor

  • June 15, 2016 at 5:37 AM
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    Welcome Jerry and very nicely expressed in rhyming verse. The darker forces are here at work and higher thought is what we all need, considering what’s happening in the world. Life is beauty and existence a mystery to be understood, and the base primordial deeds of unenlightened souls cause so much strife in this world of ours. A very emotive and evocative write. Well done.

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    • June 15, 2016 at 6:07 AM
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      Thank you, Tony. It’s good to be part of The Creative Exiles. And I indeed believe that with the proper understanding of why we do what we do, we can all do something different.

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  • June 15, 2016 at 7:01 AM
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    A warm welcome to TCE, Jerry. This is a very good poem as your introduction. I love the message. A lot of people have good intentions but they often get smothered by what society demands. They have to be strong to stick to their morals and beliefs.

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    • June 15, 2016 at 7:04 AM
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      Thank you, John. I’m pleased to be here. That’s a nice summary of what I tried to tell 😉

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  • June 15, 2016 at 1:01 PM
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    Hi, Jerry. Nice piece. I especially liked the line, “To dare look beyond what’s showing and what’s seen.” Welcome to TCE.

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  • June 16, 2016 at 9:12 PM
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    Jerry, welcome to TCE. What you have written describes the worst and best that a person can do to themselves. On the negative side is self abusive thinking that binds a person and makes them their own worst enemy. On the positive side they are set free to soar. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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  • June 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM
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    Welcome aboard the TCE train, we are all bound together as poets, expression is our aim, without any acclaim we pen and share as you have done with your first “Call to Splendor.” All people have decisions to make, some make wise ones, others wallow in their mire. I believe we all have talents, we have to set them free, hiding them within our soul is burdensome. Your following stanza summed it up for me, very well expressed, much meat in all your verses.

    “Only after what is bad is seen as ugly
    And the self-disfigurement has been abhorred
    Can forsaken rectitude return completely
    And the elegance and courage be restored”

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  • June 25, 2016 at 4:17 PM
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    This is a beautiful piece of work, with many layers to think about. Thank you for sharing.

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  • July 14, 2016 at 1:39 AM
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    Welcome Jerry. I loved your last two lines especially,
    “Hear and answer the essential call to splendor,
    For the beauty to return and to endure.”

    Splendor is an exhilarating word, add the word beauty and it’s even more splendorous. I love the message here.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 11:12 AM
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    A catchy title to a well written poem. If only all could change to splendor, a beautiful thought.

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  • September 5, 2016 at 9:07 AM
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    ‘To be true again’ …..we should….if only we could! So beautifully written!

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