Mo's Manic Monday - Key

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to another Manic Monday with Morgen. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at It's A Blog Eat Blog World. Today's theme is Key.

I had intended to write a story for today's word. I had a good idea, but I just couldn't get it to go. I'm going to keep the start I made, and perhaps I'll be able to make something of it.

Instead, I think I'll post a favorite poem of mine. I've posted this one before. I think words are the key to knowledge, and knowledge is the key to life.

So this is my poem.

by Travis Cody

As I think, so shall I become, evolved
in perception as much as in deed,
Wandering far afield on rational plains, yielding
effortlessly to the subtlety of vision.

Unhampered by solidity does the mind itself proclaim
a knowledge unseen. . .vistas upon horizons,
Distorted normality in a world gone missing
from itself; consciousness devoid of reason or sense.

Stimulated as by intellect, makers of a new rhetoric;
to strive in the unattainable glory of articulate rhyme;
Lofty eloquence grandly spoken to replace substance,
clarity foregone in vehement poesy.

Passionate speakers they, grandiose and bombastic,
blanketing nonsense in ornately turned phrase.
Pompous and foolish, but succeeding to best the fools,
almighty speech broker, bargaining his dose of Roget's.

The poet no less the offender, archly wrings meaning
from none via assorted rhythmic fancy.
Intonation his rule, pure diction on the page;
metaphoric euphoria in an overture of language.

Such as these do equate life's purpose to a word,
beautifully set in print with its fellows in
Happy pursuit of indelible verse; ticketed as prized
work by souls lost in pursuit of less.

For want of a simple fashioning of words to encase
a meaning clear and untainted by fanciful muse
Do some seek a widening of the gates, marrying mind to
vision, blending a thought with its true word.

Deeded in time to each thing comes real meaning,
uncluttered by pieces of man's rude intellect.
Brilliant insight stands apace, waiting for a simple thing;
thought, once accepted, keys knowledge.

Unfettered light then unleashed upon us all, and with
its luminescence the need to embellish is lost.
Speak what is meant and what is conveyed will be known
to all, understood for its own, for love of words.

I don't know what's up with Mr Linky. When I went to get the MM linky box, there was a bandwidth error. So no linky box today.


  1. Venturing out of my comfort zone tonight and blogging way past my bedtime. Can't sleep for some reason.

    "Distorted normality in a world gone missing..." loved that phrase!
    Very nice poem, Travis.
    Thanks for sharing your love of words with us. It's soothing.

  1. Roger says:

    That is one awesome poem Travis! Thanks for sharing & Happy New Year to you!! C'ya next year!!

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Nicely done Travis...

    "Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition." --Eli Khamarov


  1. TopChamp says:

    it's beautifully written. Thank you for posting it again - don't think I saw it the first time.

    Hope you have a great new year's eve!

  1. excellent travis, happy new year.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    What a lovely poem, thanks for sharing it. :)

    Come on by and see if you can find the KEY to my blog! I have an advice question on my blog to! Enjoyed your blog!

  1. happy new year trav to you and pam too. thanks for all the cake you have shared with me this year. have a wonderful and healthy 2008...

    smiles, bee

  1. Jamie says:

    Happy Hogmanay. Great poem.

    "Words ... are innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, defining that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos... They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you're dead.
    —Tom Stoppard, Czech-born English playwright, The Real Thing, 1982"

  1. Great poem, Travis - thank you for sharing it with us. Happy new year!


  1. Very well done Travis. You do have a way with words. You and Pam have a great MM and a Happy New Year. :)

  1. Jeff B says:

    Wow, a poet too!

    You're a very tallented man my friend. Happy Ney Year to you and Pam.

  1. wolfbaby says:

    I do like that poem.. beatiful

  1. Julie says:

    Good job! I love visiting you on Mondays...umm nope...I love visiting you EVERYDAY!!


  1. Strong poem. I've been trying to write a poem about the power of language for quite a while. I have a short one that is done although I'm not that happy with it. And a longer one that is nowhere near done. It's a tough topic but fascinating.

  1. I love words...and this poem!

    Happy New Year to you, Pam and Tuck.

  1. Travis says:

    Mimi: Well, on the bright side...just think of how many times you'll get to be first to comment! Hang in there.

    Roger: Thanks and right back atcha!

    Matt: Excellent quote!

    TC: This poem is like a personal credo for me and my writing.

    Sarge: And to you Sir.

    Monkeys: LOL! I'll be by soon.

    Bee: I'll share my CAKE with you anytime my dear.

    Jamie: Thank you. I love that quote.

  1. Travis says:

    Ian: Glad you liked it.

    Sandee: Thanks!

    Jeff: Awww shucks.

    Wolfbaby: Thank you my dear.

    Julie: Hugs right back atcha!

    Charles: It is a tough topic. I had started out just with the sounds and rhythms of the words. And then the poem just evolved from there. I enjoy the creative process when it works like that.

    Katherine: Thanks! You also have a way with words.

  1. the teach says:

    Nice, Travis, very nice!

  1. Hi Travis. Awesome writing, dear friend. Thank you for this poem, and for all the posts you've shared with us this year.

    Thank you for being a faithful visitor to my blog in 2007. I hope you will continue to find it interesting and entertaining enough to keep you coming back all 2008.

    Wishing you, Pam, and all those you love the most happy and prosperous year ever in 2008.

    Reba is outside but she sends her love to you and thanks you for all the Scooby Snacks in 2007, and asks that you please continue to visit her dog blog and bring more snacks in 2008. :o)

  1. Happy New Year to you and Pam, Trav =)

    Almost Idol Time too!

  1. tegdirb92 says:

    wow, you sure do have a way with words!! What a great poem. Have a wonderful New Year!!

  1. Joker says:

    Happy New Year!!!

  1. Beautiful, Trav! :)

    Happy Manic Monday and Happy New Year as well.

  1. Neila says:

    What a beautiful poem, Travis. So very well said!

    Happy New Year, my friend!!

  1. Dana says:

    Wow, Trav...that's awesome!

  1. Travis says:

    Teach: Thanks so much!

    Alice: I always enjoy dropping by to see what you get up to.

    Kate: Thanks!

    Starr: It's getting close. I think I'll pass on the lousy audition phase though. I'll check in to see if they've let the real talent through.

    Bridget: Thanks!

    Joker: And to you!

    CWM: Right back atcha darlin!

    Neila: Thank you Ma'am!

    Dana: Awwww shucks darlin.