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:

      ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพthank you Era

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      1. Era says:

        You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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 in๐Ÿงก

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

      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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