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4 votes, average: 4.75 out of 54 votes, average: 4.75 out of 54 votes, average: 4.75 out of 54 votes, average: 4.75 out of 54 votes, average: 4.75 out of 5
Crowned Poem, English Poetry

With eyes I see, cast upon the throng

Humanity prevails, a coalition of many

I choose a face unknown


I review for eyes viewing me

I envision a common place

Somewhere we have spoken, kneeled and known

Calling forth the element divine

I request I may learn from the throng

I appeal to the graces

A lesson to open my eyes

Not cursing the crush of the many

But be peaceful knowing

Another’s eyes, the same

See me.


  1. Apurva Bharat Gaglani says:

    The poem is slightly tough to understand. It is not clear which and how the divine element is called.

    To put it better and not to hurt sentiments, I would rather say that I found it tough to understand this poem. And what is it that you wish to learn from the throng is also unclear.

    • mattbugno says:

      @Apurva Bharat Gaglani, I too can understand the how even rumination would lead one to focus on the Divine. The divine in this poem is the Divine touch of life that is common to each of us as the miracle of life.
      The throng is a simile for the commonality of man, humanity. In the poem we are reaching out for a soul that is reaching out for familiarity of enlightenment in another as a common bond.
      The one seeking and feeling overwhelmed from the world realizes there is always another doing the same. Knowing there is a shared bond with all and a singular bond with another in the throng.
      Does this help, please refer back so I know if it makes sense to you and if a re-read with this knowledge gives understanding.
      I was trying to make it tough to understand, so that a reader would truly need to see beyond the written words and walk into the poem as the seeker of the poem is seeking.

      Thank you for your comment, I do appreciate it. Should it’s style be changed to expand the experience behind poem?

      PS I am never hurt much, I appreciate positive and negative. That is balance in the world.
      The one seeking is satisfied in the end there is shared mind of same enlightenment with at least one in the throng without ever knowing the face of the other

  2. Gion Gion says:

    read and re-read. Really enjoyed it.
    The size of the throng is not the issue but the commonality of humanity.
    Your hometown crowd would be a throng to me.
    “I envision a common place
    Somewhere we have spoken, kneeled and known
    Calling forth the element divine” – I take the lower case “d” to indicate a shared experience in the world rather than a particular subscription to a theology.
    “Another’s eyes, the same
    See me.” – Man is, they say, a social animal and we seek communion as a gift and as an offering. The cosmos, it is also said, loathes a vacuum as the emptinesses are prone to collapse in unpredictable ways,

    • mattbugno says:

      @Gion Gion, Spot on.
      I appreciate the time taken in the re-reading to understand, as this poem is an oversimplification of a basic concept of the complex interaction taken from the eyes of a seeker.
      The writer is pleased at your depth of desire to understand the poem and not walk away from it without pulling the crux of the poem from it.

      The title is purposely chosen to show that from One light many colours and hues of humanity are before us all and this is the light of the Divine that is in all.

  3. Gion Gion says:

    Bugno? – Quale famiglia, paisano?

    • mattbugno says:

      @Gion Gion, Our family came out of Italia to the Slavic regions and then to America. I know so little of our heritage in Italia that I research constantly to find our ties back. So far I find our family is from village outside of Venice, they (the Bugno’s that remain in Italia) have nearly brought our side of the family to what remains there.

      Thank you for noticing!

  4. rajdeep bhattacharya says:

    a nice read
    though A sudoku for me to solve
    interesting read
    Thanks Matt

    • mattbugno says:

      @rajdeep bhattacharya, Rajdeep, Thank you,
      I will now call my style “Wordoku”.
      At times I intensely review my lines to express hidden meaning and if it can be seen. This one I felt had the expression of being able to be read as a song and clarity of meaning on 2 levels. The one presented and the obscured.
      Rajdeep, thank you again for contemplating the poem.

  5. Vishvnand says:

    I read the poem first passed over pondering without properly understanding but inquisitive to make its meaning
    came back again, read & re-read together with comments, hints & responses and now find the poem totally full of divine beautiful delighting intense meaning
    Hearty Kudos for the attitude of so seeing everything as beautifully reflected in the poem that pray it be imbibed by every human being….

    Stars 5 +++

    • mattbugno says:

      @Vishvnand, Vishvnand,

      Your sensitivity is a compliment to the author. Your rating humbles me.
      I feel this is a poem that every person, except the angry soul, can understand given the time to contemplate it. (not pointing to anyone, humanity in general). Meditation on the simple can lead to great open wonders if allowed and not taken at face value.
      I say most of my poems are ramblings, This one acquired three hours of time to have the lines correctly placed and hide the underlying seekers realization there is out “there” a commonality to mankind.

  6. medhini says:

    Very lovely poem,keeping the
    divine spirit, Matt.Reread it
    to understand.

    • mattbugno says:

      @medhini, Medhini,
      Thank you for the lovely comment. The author is well pleased you took the time to reread the poem to see through the words. The words are the veil before the true meaning of the poem. Thank you once again Medhini.

  7. mattbugno says:

    Dearest Editors,
    Thank you for the crowned status of this poem, I am truly humbled. Your site has been an inspiration to me as I have been re-introduced to the world of poetry that I abandoned twenty five years ago as I reached contentment in my life.

    I now have to desire to express my contentment, and will try to continue to create verse of high quality. I can not commit myself to that statement as some will be dregs and others will be gems.

    Thank you once again.

    Matt Bugno.
    Youngstown, Ohio USA.

  8. HI MATT,
    Not difficult to decipher . I see an attempt to make the lines deliver some coherent view . An interesting concept of two eyes meeting and leaving the sense of common divine thread connecting with humanity .Well put . strive on .

    • mattbugno says:

      @SARALA KURUP JAGAN, Sarala,
      Thank you. I am very appreciative of discernment. I shall continue to “strive on”. That gave me great comfort to know one saw this poem as work rather than a quite attempt.

      Thank you again.

  9. anuradha says:

    A true classic. the imagery and allegory were so well depicted. thanks for sharing.


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