Give Me the Reality I Want!

Reality, neither good nor bad
It just is
Don’t like the suit it’s wearing this morning?
Learn to care less about suits
Sounds harsh, I know
But it’s true

Like you, my wants are the lens
through which I see the world
I want this, don’t want that
I want to feel this, not that
Don’t like the hand reality dealt you?
Don’t play cards

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: Wisdom Work Press:

8 thoughts on “Give Me the Reality I Want!

  1. nice way of putting it don
    thank you
    (i never play cards – but i still don’t sit with my back to the door
    guess those western movies taught me something) 🙂

  2. Right on, Don.
    This prompted me to open the Yogavasistha at random. This is what my finger pointed at:

    “When you perceive the truth, you will become totally free from desire or hope. One who is endowed with supreme dispassion drives away the goblin of illusion. He is not pleased by pleasure, he is not troubled by troubles. The twin-forces of attraction and aversion do not even touch him. He looks upon all with equal vision.
    “Free from the least attachment he enjoys whatever comes to him unsought, even as the eyes perceive their objects without desire or hate. Such experiences do not therefore produce either joy or sorrow in him. Even though he appears to be engaged in the performance of appropriate actions in this world, his consciousness is not disturbed in the least. Whatever may befall him in accordance with the laws of time, space and causation, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, he remains inwardly undisturbed.”

    And so on.

  3. Floots: Thanks. Yes always sit with your face to the door. LOL

    Dan: Thanks for the insight. I agree, but it is hard because we do care, want, dream, and otherwise reality to be as we like it. So…we suffer.

    Polona: Thanks. I hear ya, and it isn’t easy. I struggle as much as anyone with this stuff…though in my head I can articulate the ideal. Funny how life is.

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