As usual, John, you express your viewpoint well -- in this case in four six-line stanzas which end-rhyme by corresponding line in all stanzas (six rhymes in all), and matching syllable counts in those same lines.
Regarding the content, I agree with you in general, especially in your last stanza, as no one entangled in lies can be happy.
At this time, I'd like to focus on what I know is a recurring theme in your writing -- here in stanza three, line four:
"All suffering is ego wrought"
This statement certainly is true in two ways.
First, those who consider themselves "elite" -- better and more "deserving" than others, particularly when in a position of power -- do not hesitate to inflict their will on those others, effectively inducing them to live by rules from which the "elite" are exempt. For instance, under Socialism, the people are treated as interchangeable "workers" and discouraged from yearning to better their circumstances, as doing so would be to go against the concept that all must be equal, no matter how low the common condition may be. Meanwhile, the self-appointed "elites" running such a system live in luxury by stealing most of the fruits of the workers' labor.
Second, an ego with endless greed and lust for power over others is insatiable, no matter what it acquires in riches and societal rank. Thus, though "elites" may think they are happy, in fact they are not, for they cannot ever have "enough" and envy those perceived to have more on ANY scale at the moment. The inevitable effect is that such a person behaves toward others in increasingly evil ways, yet feels entirely justified about doing so.
Thus, such self-serving egos make everyone's life a living Hell, including their own.
However, the ego itself is not necessarily bad, for that is the seat of our identity and God-given free will. Accordingly, if we choose to be "serving of others" (instead of self-serving) -- not as a serf, but as a voluntary benefactor (even if all we have to give is a smile) -- then suffering in despair vanishes and is replaced by hope, confidence, and warmth toward others. That is the life I long ago chose for my own future years, and I know others here who have chosen similarly and live accordingly. It is amazing how much adversity one can endure without crumbling when one has a positive attitude and a generous heart.
Thank you for posting this superbly thought-provoking poem. -- Mike
Comment Written by WalkerMan on 09-Apr-2020