Conscience

Ever wonder how lonely your conscience is,
In a mind swirling with temptation?

What do you see #48

Even in my mind
Secrets roam clandestine streets
Covert ideas
Glowing in the dark
Honest schemes at dishonest times
When conscience threads corrupted thoughts
Taking a wizened old form
Brief, lest darkness sips in
Besmirching its virgin virtue.

For conscience is benign
But the mind is gullible
Attuned to all pleasure
And the satisfaction of vengeance,
Gravitating to that dark abyss
And the ease of taking no heed

So listen closely
For conscience has much to do
One word for each time
Fighting the eternal fight
Clogging that dark abyss


I find myself wondering,

Does the conscience become intuition when we ignore it for too long?
For intuition is not always right while our conscience is.

I hope you enjoy this,

For the photo prompt provided by Sadje

Stay safe, stay loving, and listen to that inner voice.

44 Comments Add yours

    1. judeitakali says:

      πŸ™πŸΎthank you Era

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      1. Era says:

        You’re welcome 😊

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  1. I think it is rare to have both conscience and intuition. Some people have neither. They are separate senses and do not replace one another.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I see, but the lines are surely blurred between them two

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  2. This is so profound and poignant. I think intuition and conscience are separate aspects of our consciousness that sometimes can come together, maybe?

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I think you might be right, the lines are so blurred though

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been debating for long about conscience, intuition, destiny, freewill…, I can’t reach a conclusion, it only makes me more confused. Beautiful poem!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I understand El, I think destiny and freewill are a few notches more confusing though??

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  4. Sadje says:

    A thought provoking poem Jude. A point that needs to be pondered upon. Thanks for joining in the challenge

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Always a delight to join in🧑

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      1. Sadje says:

        πŸ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  5. Hmmm, I am trying to decide if you mean that decisions to stray from the path of virtue are made consciously. I believe they are and we use dark wiles in our mind to justify our actions.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I get but I don’t think ‘consciously’ is the same as ” a conscience”
      A conscience is that voice or feeling that tells you that what you are/want to do is wrong.
      Intuition just helps us make choice, even if it’s between 2 bad options.

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      1. Yes, I think you re right.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    It’s a good question. Both intuition and conscience nag at you, but they are definitely different. I’m not sure how to define the difference though. Except that if you don’t listen to it, your conscience gets more and more insistent. Intuition seems more fleeting. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’ve done some thinking, and I’d say the conscience reminds us of what is good and what is bad depending on our fundamental morals,
      While intuition is used in choice, whether between two wrongs or two rights.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        That makes sense. The conscience is much more fundamental.

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  7. Dora says:

    We’re adept at fooling ourselves, aren’t we? And the heart is deceptive. Your beautifully expressed introspection makes me think that perhaps you won’t be fooled. I agree with you that ignoring conscience too long makes you more prone to mistake intuition as its replacement.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Dora, I think when it loses battles, it keeps fading away.

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  8. Jay Bleu says:

    the poor lonely conscience. . .

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I know right, it needs some backing

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  9. HappySoul says:

    Conscience benign n mind gullible! Nice thought Jude .. great take

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you HSπŸ§‘πŸ™πŸΎ

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  10. Beautiful lines that resonate deep and provoke thoughts, you nailed it 😊

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Hannah 🌼

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      1. You’re most welcome 😊

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  11. Pallavi says:

    Interesting, never thought about this – does the conscience become intuition if ignored too long?..both are talking to us and we need to pay attention.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      On that, I agree πŸ’•

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  12. This is such a wonderful piece πŸ’™πŸ’™

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ’šπŸ’š

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  13. Jules says:

    Oooh…. conscience and intuition as separate entities… I rather thought them bonded, linked. Though it seems that many listen to neither guide – all too often.

    I somehow missed this prompt, but thanks to visiting I now have the image as well, since it didn’t show for me on the WDYS post.

    Usually I try and write before reading others pieces on the prompts I visit. If I mash a few I think I’ll come up with something quite different though πŸ˜‰

    Stay well! Cheers ~Jules

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I don’t know, some of the prompts these days don’t show up on my reader as well. I have to get from another’s post link. I too don’t read until I’ve written and posted my own.
      I think Conscience and intuition are different, given the other comments and my own pondering as I wrote this.

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      1. Jules says:

        I don’t use the WP Reader… I only follow a few sites. I generally know which day has which prompt or look for the next after a round up has been posted.

        Perhaps conscience is more like Jiminy Cricket for Pinocchio – immediate choice of what is right and wrong and intuition is more gut reaction to fight or flight of survival? Still I think they could work together. πŸ™‚

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yeah they can work together and that’s when the magic of making good and”lucky” decisions happens

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  14. Chris Hall says:

    This has really got be thinking this morning, Jude. An interesting conundrum indeed!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad it did Chris, some answers may lie in the comments section.

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      1. Chris Hall says:

        Quite so. You have prompted such an interesting thread.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜Š

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  15. Anisha says:

    This is mind-blowing!

    I haven’t ever compared the thoughts of intuition and conscience before. In any case, if they agree with each other, the act is something that’s not to be missed whatsoever.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah that’s definitely true. Very true indeed.

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