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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #138 — Intrepid We Go Forth

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are players.
They have their entries and exits” — Shakespeare.

 

Who we are is learned behavior.
Reinforced by repetition
Institutions’ sour savor

Us v. Them a favored flavor
Cooked by gluttons’ craved ambition
Who we are is learned behavior.

Taints our sense like toxic vapor
Fairy tales teach with precision
Institutions’ sour savor

Villains slain and who’s in favor
Rulers make the best decisions
Who we are is learned behavior.

Scales askew for misbehavior
Death or cage are poor’s perdition
Institutions’ sour savor

Kings walk free and stroke their sabers
As we yearn for manumission
Who we are is learned behavior.
Break the chains, intrepid sailors!

 

 

I decided to do another villanelle in response to the prompt. Reena, thank you for yet another evocative prompt.

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are players. They have their entries and exits” famously said Shakespeare.

Shakespeare got it all wrong. Life is what we choose, and everything else is just existence.

 

 

17 thoughts on “Reena’s Exploration Challenge #138 — Intrepid We Go Forth

  1. The refrain of ‘who we are is learned behavior’ adds to the depth and intensity. I came across some research on the subject, that ‘self’ is a constructed version of response received from the other world.

    Is my assumption correct then, that whenever I feel misunderstood and think others cannot see the real me… the real me as I perceive it my sense of self?

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