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I seem to write songs rather than poems (and am not much of a poet)

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Swimming in Wilber's World (Disorienting Generalisations)

I wrote this tongue-in-cheek

**poem about Ken Wilber's work**- in particular, his amazing ability to use 'orienting generalisations' to integrate so broadly - for a local meeting of the Scientific and Medical Network. It has notes attached to put it into perspective.###
Life and Death

Nothing is the other half of something

Black is just the other half of white

Nowhere is the converse side of somewhere

Dark is just the other half of light

Personal is the flip of universal

Cocky is the other half of coy

Thinking is the reasoned half of feeling

Sorrow the unwelcome half of joy

Going is the other half of staying

Planning's the preceding half of done

Working is the other half of playing

Moping is the nether half of fun

Singleness goes back to back with many

Plenty is reciprocal to none

Particular is like and not like any

Zero is the other half of one

Taking is the other half of giving

Despair is the other half of hope

Dying is the other half of living

Copes well who dares to say I cannot cope

Dependency is just not living freely

Control is the flip side of submitting

Limpid is the other half of steely

Given up is linked to unremitting

Asking is the other half of telling

Saying shares a thought with 'keeping Mum'

Sulking is the other half of yelling

Gone is the antithesis of come

Doing is the other half of being

Spoken co-exists with nothing said

Blindness is the other half of seeing

Living cannot be unlinked from dead

Black is just the other half of white

Nowhere is the converse side of somewhere

Dark is just the other half of light

Personal is the flip of universal

Cocky is the other half of coy

Thinking is the reasoned half of feeling

Sorrow the unwelcome half of joy

Going is the other half of staying

Planning's the preceding half of done

Working is the other half of playing

Moping is the nether half of fun

Singleness goes back to back with many

Plenty is reciprocal to none

Particular is like and not like any

Zero is the other half of one

Taking is the other half of giving

Despair is the other half of hope

Dying is the other half of living

Copes well who dares to say I cannot cope

Dependency is just not living freely

Control is the flip side of submitting

Limpid is the other half of steely

Given up is linked to unremitting

Asking is the other half of telling

Saying shares a thought with 'keeping Mum'

Sulking is the other half of yelling

Gone is the antithesis of come

Doing is the other half of being

Spoken co-exists with nothing said

Blindness is the other half of seeing

Living cannot be unlinked from dead

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Every End is a New Beginning

Every end is a new beginning

Every failure is something learned

Every loss gives a chance at winning

Unrequited means truly yearned

Every tumble leads to rising

Every hurt has need to heal

Every grief yields sympathising

Every pain shows that you feel

Difficulties are debentures

Problems are a challenge really

Even mishaps are adventures

Setbacks show the path more clearly

Every wrong is a cause worth righting

Each mistake is a chance success

Every miss improves the sighting

And every more is also less

Every failure is something learned

Every loss gives a chance at winning

Unrequited means truly yearned

Every tumble leads to rising

Every hurt has need to heal

Every grief yields sympathising

Every pain shows that you feel

Difficulties are debentures

Problems are a challenge really

Even mishaps are adventures

Setbacks show the path more clearly

Every wrong is a cause worth righting

Each mistake is a chance success

Every miss improves the sighting

And every more is also less