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A simple poem about not so simple things.


I wonder how the clouds

 can disappear from view.

Then suddenly reappear

covering the sky like giant shrouds.


I wonder if love is real

 and why we anguish so.

Searching and searching on

 in pursuit of the beau ideal.


I wonder why poets write rhymes

using words as their tools.

In pursuit of the perfect poem

rewritten a thousand times.


I wonder why man seeks gold

Instead of life’s precious things.

The lessons of greed are history

The fate of the miser foretold.


I wonder if the human race

will someday find its way.

Or continue its destructive path

and vanish without a trace.


I wonder if death is forever

 an end to one’s existence.

Or might there be a heaven like place

beyond the twelfth of never.


To wonder is to seek that what might otherwise elude you.

To question is to take the first step toward discovery.


©Copyright Charlie Gragg January 6, 2010

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Marsink commented on Wondering


To wonder is to seek, and the persistent will find. Some things you have so aptly addressed are answered in life and others are questions we will always pursue. Let strength of discovery be to the seekers

Rhymer commented on Wondering


The last two line of this excellent write sums it up. To discover one must question. 10 from me.



Thank you very much.

jademelissa74 commented on Wondering


Beautifully crafted. The philosophy that this piece shares is ideal for this brand new year. We strive forth with resolutions that slowly disappear by the beginning of Spring. This is simply an open invitation. Thank you Charlie.



Your comments are appreciated.

GentleT commented on Wondering


A great deal of philosophical thought went into this one. With knowledge there is wisdom. Nice work.



Thank you very much.

patricialouise commented on Wondering


Love how you rhymed the 1st and last line. Effective. Good wondering too. Thanks



Thank you. You are the first person to comment on the unusual rhyming scheme I employed. Bravo to you.

The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30