Purple's Platitudes

nothing but words …

blame Plato

28 April 2014



Stirred by curiosity and need,

I stood upright, left the shadows in the cave.

In wandering, there is wisdom,

whether out there, or within.

I burn with newly discovered fire,

and evolve.


Who I am germinates, evolves,

a ceaseless war between desire and need.

Drawn by a distant mountain’s beacon fire,

I forget the cave,

and navigate the labyrinth within

to taste the sweet marrow of wisdom.


Journeys teach trust in our own wisdom,

although, sadly, many never do evolve.

It’s dangerous, so easy to get trapped within,

to gorge on one’s introspective need,

seeing dancing shadows on the walls of our caves,

never daring to walk through the fire.


Destructive, yet purifying, we learn to respect fire,

often confusing accumulated knowledge for wisdom.

Perspective broadens beyond our sheltered caves.

We clothe ourselves – abandoning nakedness to evolve,

losing that balance between trust and vulnerability we need

to facilitate the alchemy that must occur within.


The wisest know they can control only what’s within,

one may use but never master earth, air, water, and fire.

Each follows their own path, discovers their own need,

discards absolutes embracing sufficiency in inner wisdom.

Tolerance, without judgment, interconnectedness evolves,

unity as the higher good, not attachment to our individual cave.


It’s safer, much easier to never leave the cave,

but some can’t silence the endless questions within

and like restless wandering ghosts, they must evolve.

It is never arrogance, some sense of superiority which feeds this fire,

but an insatiable thirst to find our own meaning, purpose, and wisdom,

something that truly meets our soul’s needs.


There will always be caves; there will always be fire,

journeys within for seekers who seek wisdom,

and the few who choose to evolve, to illuminate our need.



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