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4

Gunny And The Chief

They were sailing in the Gulf of Aqaba with the fleet, supporting the super carrier George H. W. Bush. They were aboard an LHD amphib with a contingent of over one thousand fleet sailors and about 1,600 Marines. Gunny Atwater was responsible for a rifle company of Marines, with usually about 80 to 100 Marines under her supervision. She had been aboard for six months now and was starting to...Read On

9

You're a Lucky Man!

One never knows. Belonging to a writing site is interesting. You get to write interesting stories and poems. They get posted and you receive a certain cachet from the acceptance and praise sometimes engendered. You gain new friends and acquaintances that add interest and a new feeling of worth to your life. Especially if you are older and retired. You are learning that life has not passed...Read On

Adventure(1)

7

The Reckoning

It was a small shop. It carried the oddities of the world. The things that odd people needed for their potions and lotions and curative powders. It was dark, no matter how many lights he lit. The windows were covered with old dust and cobwebs. Shelves lined every wall, and every shelf was lined with vials and bottles and boxes of ingredients needed for many an unusual concoction or elixir. It...Read On

Childrens(1)

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Mindy Learns (part two)

My name is Mindy. I live with my Mommy and my Meme. I have a big brother named Gary. He's in college. I just started first grade. I can already read a little because my Mommy always read to me at night and I learned some words. They're things made of letters. Letters are little black squiggles and when you put them together they make words that mean things. At school they are white squiggles...Read On

Crime(1)

9

I Loved Him So Much!

Approaching the accident I was showing my fear and trepidation. I knew they might not let me near him, but I had to get to him. It was so important to get to him. I had to see him. My tears were already falling because I knew what they would think. We had been driving around in the rain, but being careful. We had spent the night out while my boyfriend was out doing his thing. I knew he...Read On

Drama(3)

7

I Don't Care!

Entering the lounge from the outside my eyes adjusted to the dimness after the bright light outside. I let my gaze travel around the room taking in the surroundings and the customers at the tables and bar. This was my first time here and I was orienting myself, not only to this lounge, but also to the city I now found myself in. After six months of job hunting I had found myself here in...Read On

11

Night of Hot Knives

Keep the grill burning for later

It started out as usual. Murphy announced the specials for the night.  "We got your appetizers. Two of 'em, as usual. Frijoles Charros which is just heirloom beans with some applewood smoked bacon. Push that. Chef got too much bacon this week. It's gotta be used. He stared at Jesse, expecting her to mouth off. Not this time. "So, going on, we got the other one. Ostiones Empanizados....Read On

7

Out Of The Woods

It's all my fault. No matter how much I blame the GPS it was still my mistake. Trusting technology over common sense got us into this situation. Damn! I can call it a situation, but it's more serious than that would ever convey. We're lost. Stranded and freezing. We could soon die, if we don't do something. If I don't do something. It's all my fault. The sandy surface of the California...Read On

Fantasy(3)

5

Arcadian Lives and Loves

My father, the Great god Pan, told me once that I was not like his other progeny. Oh, I had the ears and tail of a horse, of course (whinny!) And I had the powers of a demigod. I would live almost forever, and I could see into the future, just a bit. Not everything. And I was not as lustful as my brothers and sisters. I spent most of my time with my animal friends. I lived in Arcadia, where...Read On

4

Into The Vasty Forest

It was a small village in the big woods called the Vasty Forest. He was a young man having reached the maturity of eighteen years. His name was Karling son of Kelborn. It was his time to take over his father's business of working the forges in the smithy. He had apprenticed since his eighth year. Now he was to be the breadwinner for the whole family as his father rested and awaited death....Read On

6

Tree of Life

It's just a walk through the woods

She trips over the tree root. She hasn't been looking down, but up into the treetops. Now she is on the ground with a twisted ankle. It's a mulberry tree, Moira knows that. It's filled with purple and red fruits, some covering the ground. The palms of her hands are dyed with the stain of the berries. So is her linen dress with the half sleeves and the calf length skirt.  She winces slightly...Read On

Flash Fiction(10)

1

Be Prepared

The troop of boy scouts was going out on a camping trip for the weekend. It would be fun, surely. Ricky was a second class scout and was participating. Unfortunately, his family was not wealthy. Not even close. So he would sometimes not have the gear necessary for these camping trips. This time it was a sleeping bag that he would not be able to supply. The troop had its own tents, so...Read On

4

Bleeding Moon

"I just heard that someone I know has died. He was at the student clinic and they finally figured out he had tetanus, but nothing they did helped. He must have stepped on a rusty nail or something. He's dead. God, I knew him. He was a pretty good guy." My sister had come in with her news after her last class on campus. She lived with us in a spare bedroom at the back of the house. She told...Read On

4

Georgie Was His Name

His name was Georgie. He never finished school. His mother kept him at home and he grew up to be a very strong man. But he was always a child inside. They lived outside of town and only came to shop once a week to the small town that was their source for food and pretty much everything they needed. No one asked where the mother found money to live on. She seemed to do well enough and...Read On

2

Grease Monkey Blues

Harry was working on his 1953 Mercury convertible. This was in the 1960s. He loved to work on cars. He was a natural mechanic. He found he needed a part that would be necessary to keep the car on the road. It would drive, but the part was going bad, and needed to be replaced soon, or it would die on him sometime along the highway. About 20 miles away was a junkyard. He could go there, find...Read On

9

He Called You Darlin'

One more time

It's been so lonely, you are thinking, and this happens. These simple words make you hope, it might be. You always recognize your own hope appearing. "Hello darlin'." That's what he said. He's flirting, you consider. It startles you a little. It's been awhile. At least, since it wasn't someone that was overbearing, rude. Yes, you wonder, is this one going to be rude and mean. You don't...Read On

3

It Gets Better

They were quite poor. Mommy had been abandoned by Daddy. Her family did not care to help her, expecting her to make her own way. She did what she had to do. She worked. The children dealt with it. Latchkey kids they call them now. Their clothes and breakfast were set out for them when they got up in the morning. Mommy was gone to work. When they got home they played in the yard or stayed with...Read On

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Mindy Learns (part one)

Sometimes complicated lessons are really very easy.

My name is Mindy. I'm five years old. My hair is long and brown. I live with my mommy. She says my hair is pretty. She says I'm pretty, too. My mommy has to work a lot. I miss her but I get to stay with my Meme. My Meme is very old. Mommy is old too, but not as old as Meme. Meme says she was a young girl once. I can hardly believe that. But I always believe my Meme, and I love to stay with...Read On

5

Ol' Man Reed

When I was in high school I worked at a grocery store. It was actually closer to a general store. It carried dry goods too, like hats and shirts. Our town had about 500 people. Small town. Everyone knew everyone, eventually. I hadn't lived there long enough to know everyone yet. But I was learning. Ol' man Reed shopped there once a month. He always bought the same things. Mr. Purvis, my...Read On

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Poppin' Time Again

What's that I hear?

Driving along the highway. POP. There it goes again, you think. Sounds like a rock hitting the side of the car. That can't be good. Might ruin the finish. This car is only five or six years old. Dammit all. Nothing to do. It's just gravel or stones along the highway. Can't avoid 'em. You let it go. Let it pass from your mind.  Days later you're heading down the highway again.  POP. ...Read On

4

True Worth

It was a small pueblo in the Sonoran Desert. Juliana and Desiderio lived there. They were both artisans. They had apprenticed with the great jeweler and artist Gabriel. Everyone in northern Mexico knew of Gabriel. Even in the Mexico City he was known to the rich people who could afford his works. Why, even the peons and laborers knew of him. He was the Great Gabriel. And July and Desi had...Read On

General(6)

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Mindy Learns (part four)

It's been many years now. I've been to college and received my degree. My job now is teaching young people. It's a rewarding way to make a living. It's a fine and honorable thing to spend one's life forming the personalities of youths. My students give me a great deal of pleasure. My daughter gives me even more. She sometimes reminds people of me. I don't always see it, but they tell me that...Read On

Mindy Learns (part three)

My name is Mindy. On this sunny morning I was standing on the green grass. It was a beautiful May day. I was alone. I had left the house early and I watched as the sun rose in the east. It was casting long shadows. I could smell the aroma of flowers in the air, and the evergreens were gently trembling in a soft breeze from the west. Usually I would have slept late, as most teenagers do, on a...Read On

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Parlor Tricks

An old man ponders the past and what he learned there so long ago

Uncle Jeff called them bear berries. That hadn't sounded right to Terrance. Now, so many years later, he recalled that long ago moment and curiosity finally lead him to search online. It didn't take long to find a picture of them. They were salmon berries. That was the succulent fruits he had found growing thickly and profusely on the briars out in the woods so long ago. He couldn't...Read On

3

The Old Front Porch

They approached the front porch hesitantly, passing between two blooming Rose of Sharon bushes with red flowers. A new place, strange to him, with dust specks dancing in the rays of the sun that flickered through the trembling chinaberry leaves down onto the weather-beaten wooden flooring. Everything had been painted at one time. Now just flecks still clung desperately to the surface of...Read On

6

The Pancake House and The Bus

The bus left the depot late in the evening. David was alone now and heading back. Not enough money to spend the night. Barely enough money for a ticket to Denver. He had had the potato pancakes at the Original Pancake House in Portland while eating his one meal there with Rachel. Cheapest thing on the menu. Time to try to get home to Missouri. All the way out there, visiting the first...Read On

6

The Train Carried Him Away

He was only 9 years old. His world was about to shatter and then be put back together as something completely different. It wasn't his fault, but he would pay, and he would remember the loss and the pain for years to come. His parents had been fighting for years. They had married young and he was the cause. He was a surprise to a young couple just dating, not meaning to be serious. He...Read On

Horror(1)

4

How Would Shakespeare Choose?

Having been out of work for over a year now I was becoming a little frantic. I had done everything I had been advised to do by all of the organizations out there attempting to help stem the joblessness in our economy. I had joined self-help groups, resume writing seminars, you name it. No one was hiring a city planner right now, or in the near future. The ones with jobs were not leaving...Read On

Humor(3)

8

Acing the Audition

Sorry, you didn't get the part

To:  cynthiaj@ourtheatre.org Hi Cynthia, I saw in the trade today that you are still looking for an actor to be in Carlos' play. I know you had posted auditions to be held last night but they had been sparsely attended. If you folks are interested in someone my age being a part of the play I would be willing to come by this evening. I would be happy to fill a role for you on this...Read On

5

Making Mom Freak Out

My mother was such a lovely woman, in spirit and appearance. She always reminded me of the pin-up girls from the 40s and 50s. That was her era of course. And whenever she posed for a picture on the beach in her one piece bathing suit she was up on her toes, with her hands on her hips, in the classic posing style that all the heart breakers then would use. But her defining characteristic was...Read On

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Pastoral Visit

Brother Pitman pays a call

"You've been good today, so when we get home, you c'n have some ice cream." Aunt Charlotte holds his hand as they walk out of the white clapboarded church into the spring air. Up ahead, at the foot of the steps, Brother Pitman shakes a hand, then another, smiling at each face of a sister or brother. His preaching lasted forever today, with lots of rumbling breaths and flipping his bible...Read On

Memoirs(3)

4

A Small Memorial

The only reason I am writing this is because I couldn't seem to find anything on the pages of Storiesspace concerning Memorial Day. Perhaps that is because it is just today, May 26th, and any remembrances have not yet been verified by our hardworking moderators. In any case, let me at least ramble on a bit about my own family and the services we have performed in the various military forces...Read On

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One Heck of a Hangover

My base was the Presidio of Monterey. The Defense Language Institute, West Coast, to be exact. I was studying Spanish to be a linguist in the Navy. It was a 24 week course. I felt lucky to be there. It was lovely. And I had an aunt not 2 hours away in Cupertino. She was married to a retired Naval pilot. I was welcome to visit there any weekend that I was free. I went up often. On one...Read On

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The Best Decision I Ever Made

In 1996, at the age of 49, I joined the Army National Guard. I had served previously from the ages of 21 to 25 in the United States Navy. Therefore, when I became a soldier, I entered with the rank of Specialist. It was not quite the same as a Corporal, the same pay grade, because Corporals had more prestige, more experience as soldiers. But I had wanted to serve. And I had tried earlier...Read On

Micro Fiction(102)

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"Go to Guy"

The only compliment one ever needs to hear

 

8

A New Spring

Winter has passed away. Spring returns to his life. New friends. Young and old. More than ever before. More than ever before. Ever. It's warming up. The forsythia and daffodils have shown him that it's a new day. Precious are these new friends. Young and old. All of them open and smiling. Smiling at him in the way he's seldom seen before. Once or twice before. There were a few. A...Read On

7

A Stud Makes A Statement

Groaning, he slowly rose up. He couldn't move his jaw. Leaning against the brick wall he recalled the conversation. "I can't understand soldiers who get piercings." "I have a stud. Did it myself, Sarge." "What? Why would you do that, Sarge?" "It's in my right ear. For solidarity. For my gay soldiers. You know?" "Oh. I see. That can be fucking dangerous." "Sure. It's worn off...Read On

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An Old Coat

Sitting on the sofa. Reading Tolkien. She was reading Kahlil Gibran. She rises up from lying upon my thigh and puts down the book. Gazing intently at me with piercing eyes. "So, how would you describe me?" Offering, "You're like my old corduroy coat." Surprise in her features. Wondering if she'll get it. "That ratty thing you wear all the time?" "Yep." Touching her rosy, dimpled...Read On

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Anticipation

It's worth the wait

 

9

Are We Friends?

"I'm confused." "How's that?" "I have a friend. She's young, but mature for her age." "Yes?" "I thought we were friends. I wonder." "You have to be a little clearer here." "Okay, so the thing is, she's a writer..." "Yeah, and so are you." "Let me finish. I always loved her work." "Did you tell her?" "Of course. We were friends. I always praise my friends." "So, what's...Read On

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Bucket List

Keep filling the bucket

 

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Clam Beach County Park

Running at full tilt, all out

 

9

Come Lie With Me

The lady or the tiger

 

9

Dancing Into Old Age

She gave me a spontaneous hug. Then went on pointe. We were warming up for rehearsal for our all-dance show. I was surrounded by girls. And a few young ladies. She was a young lady. She'd trained enough to be in pointe shoes. That took time and training and dedication. Silly child. I was still taller, when I went up on tiptoes in jazz shoes. I can't go on pointe. Most men don't,...Read On

4

Did You Betray

My trust. Did you betray it? Did you? I trusted you implicitly. I did. Did you betray that? I know you didn't. Because you adore me. Right? So you couldn't possibly have betrayed my trust. True? I'll continue to believe that. I'll always, forever, believe that. The doubt seeps in. It can't help but seep in. Something tells me you did. You did. Oh my god. I trusted you....Read On

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Dinner Time

It will get better

 

6

Does It Mean Something?

"So I was walkin' down the street, like after school, and the guy, this kinda meth guy comes runnin' up with this gun. Like a small one, you know. But a gun. And this other guy? He was wearin' a turban on his head, and he looked foreign?" "So what happened then?" "Well, like meth guy he just shoots the turban guy? Like he just shoots him?" "Was there some reason? I mean, were words...Read On

6

Don't We

"She isn't speaking to me. Again." "Me too. Do we know why?" "Nope. Never do. Nothing that makes sense." "She'll be back. She does like you. She likes me." "Yeah. I know. It's just, I get tired of it. I thought we were good this time." "Hey, we never really know what's going on. She's got problems." "That's true. When she's around it's nice. You know?" "Yeah, I do. When...Read On

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Drive It Away

When she backed out and closed the garage door she hoped it was this time. Maybe this time the magic would work.  She wanted it to happen. Drive far enough away and the pain would all go away. It could happen. She took the highway road full of the medication. That allowed her to drive and not feel the pain. Some went away. Not all. After five hours the hope drifted away. Drifted...Read On

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En Pointe

She was a dancer, but she couldn't go en pointe. Something happened. A hesitant step, some detritus on the stage, a fall. A ballerina who could not go en pointe. She could teach. And she did. Youngsters who flocked to her, and loved her as she gathered them around. She could dance. But she could no longer go en pointe. So she acted, and she did dance in the plays that needed it. She...Read On

3

Eternal Existence

It was nostalgia on my part, checking if you were still there. Seeing if you had added some poetry. You hadn't. In fact, you had deleted all of your works. But you were still there, if in name only. They will never delete your account. Your name will stay there forever. Or as long as the site and the internet exists. Is that forever? The closest we come to eternal existence is on...Read On

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Give me a reason

What did you do with your life

 

4

Haters Gonna Hate

"Haters gonna hate." "How's that?" "That's a meme or mantra nowadays. I think it came from hip hop." "Okay, so what's up?" "I'm thinking it may be true." "Probably. Sounds like it could be. Why bring it up now?" "Just thinking. It seems apropos of what's going on around here." "Well, you know, that's what haters do, by definition, right?" "Yep. It's related to how well one...Read On

4

Having A Bad Day

"We just went out. What now? Not time yet." Looking up at me. Beseeching. whining. Grab the squeaky. Toss it. Lots of play. Biting, flinging about, returning to me. I squeak it, lob it off. Repeating. Return to my computer. "What now? Whining? Out?" We go out. Just dawdling and sniffing. Back inside. Soon crying again. "Please, what is it?" I glance around. Count the toys....Read On

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Here There Be Monsters

Ever vigilant, his eyes search for any movement, and his nose sniffs. He must be able to smell the dangers, or the food. Precious food he always needs. Almost starving most of the time it would appear. Prancing down the sidewalk to the odor filled area. He grabs a piece of bark, chewing it. Casually dropping it. He pulls ahead. Wait. Head in the air. He snorts, clearing his nose. Gazes...Read On

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Home

The yelling happened often. They tried again and failed. No blows. Only the yelling that so frightened the children. It was over. Struggling had been no good. What had she ever done except try to please him. He was who he was. A hard working man who tried. Paid the bills. Never hit her. She couldn't take the arguing. The jealousy. She was pretty. But she was loyal. Enjoying...Read On

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Home Is Where the Light Is

It was lit long ago. When first he left. "It's my purpose. I must go. You'll understand someday." And the lamp was lit as he walked away. Toil passed and joys passed. Life happened. The world was itself. Triumphant or downtrodden. Winning or losing. The light was always lit. Many meetings, many names. Many sorrows, many shames. But remembrance held him true. The light was lit. ...Read On

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Honky Tonk Bar

We can dance if we want to

 

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Housing Shortage

Hunting for a new apartment is a hassle for everyone

 

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How Are Things Going With You

Hi. How's things? ... Yeah, been awhile. Anyway, thinking of you. ... True. Don't know what to say. ... Sure I do. Omigod. Of course. ... You can't believe that. Not really. Please don't say that. ... Okay, dammit. It hurt me. Alright? ... No. You're right. My fault. Forgive me. Won't happen again. ... For you to say. Your decision. ... Yes it has! That's how we...Read On

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How Do You Know

"How do you know someone's a real friend?" "Oh, you're getting real deep now. What brought this on?" "It's one person really. We always seemed to have a good rapport." "A rapport? What's that mean?" "We got along. We enjoyed each other's company." "So, what's the problem now?" "The problem is they've closed me off." "How? What've they done?" "Well, not much. Just stopped talking...Read On

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How Long, The Wait

Michel Legrand is playing. Music from The Other Side of Midnight. Moving. Moving me to wonder if I will see her on the other side. Of midnight. I've counted the midnights as I stay up late. Waiting. Perhaps a message will appear. Perhaps not. So. No. Have to go. It's time to go to bed. Finally going to sleep, until the dawn. Dawning realization that no message has come. ...Read On

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I Do Not Understand

Part of the Home Late series, begun by AnnaMayZing

Please, my friend. I do not understand. Is this not the proper thing one does, my friend? The lady, she was up here and one does not wish to be rude, my friend. Yes? This is my first time in your country. I do not wish to offend, oh no. Never, my friend. Is this not the proper thing to do? I wished to be proper, my friend.  Yes, that is why I took off the vestments, my friend. Please,...Read On

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If I Die

If I die. If I leave. Never to return. At the end of each day what's it for. At day's end. We're all alone. On our own. Knowing that what's in our minds is all there is. Except for love. Without our him or our her we learn all is worthless. The world continues. Even if we're gone. To die. To end our days? And the applause rings out as we sing our song of respite and faith....Read On

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If I Just Try

One should let oneself feel. So they say. But I have and it didn't seem to work. At least not for me. Open up. Let her in. I am open. She refuses to enter. The door is open. I wait and wait. The door is open, and no shadow fills its emptiness. I mark the days, the months, perhaps someday the years. I remember the date. She did come in. She did. She told me she would be there...Read On

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I'm Following You

"I'm following you." "What? You're stalking me?' "No. I'm following you on Facebook." "Yeah, knew that." "Also on Twitter." "Is that right? Okay." "And on Tumblr." "Yeah, just started that." "You're also on writing sites. I follow you there too." "You know me on all those sites? You know my avatar names?" "Yep. Not hard to do. I love your work. I read everything of yours." ...Read On

6

Inspiring

"I think that poem was about me. I mean, us?" "No. Don't think so. I just write stuff from things that inspire me. It doesn't have to be about real people. No, it's not about you, or us." "Okay. Just seemed familiar. Like you were trying to tell me something." "No, no. We're just friends. No. Of course not. It's just a poem." "It's cool. But, you know how he is." "Hey, we're...Read On

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Is It Just Me

Is it just me, or do you seem to be always disappearing? What's up with that? How many chances do you think I'll give you? You've always got great excuses. And since they're great, I suppose they're valid. But, what the heck! I mean, you keep disappearing, then you're back, and I'm expected to understand, and wrap you in my arms and say welcome home dear? But who am I? Just a...Read On

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It Must Still Be There

That sanctuary is still there. In the valley where the live oaks grow Scattered across the landscape of hope. Turn down the lane to where the wonderful one is waving, Beckoning as you come down the hill. Down the hill to your singular home once more. You've been here before. Been here and welcomed, Always welcome. Embraced in the open arms of acceptance, And never any regrets. Only...Read On

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It's So Quiet Now

One time too many. I said something. She misunderstood. Or maybe, I misunderstood. Said it wrong. Used the wrong tone. One time too many. Maybe we should just not talk. That's what she said. Fine. That's what I said. I've been trying to stop myself. I keep forgetting. Three decades. And it's come to this. Finally. The same argument, so many times. Recently, it's changed....Read On

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Know Thyself

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock.

How old am I, for god's sake? I mean really. Does she like me? Does she 'like' like me? Do we ever really grow up. I thought we had an understanding. Apparently not. Oh, to hell with it. At least I know myself well enough to look inside, and laugh at myself in the end. I know me. Old dogs seldom learn new tricks, but we do learn how to examine our own feelings. Yes, we do learn that...Read On

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Later, Then

"Wow, it's cold! Hey, I think he's the one!" "Which one? Oh, wait. First date, right?" "Yep. He's so sweet. I think this is it." "Well, go a little slow here. You aren't very experienced." "Oh silly. You know me. I don't rush into things. I mean he'll be fun." "Ah. Okay then, sweetie. You deserve some fun." "Don't worry. I'm not getting married or anything." "Of course. I know...Read On

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Still waters run deep

 

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Lethe Unbound

What is happening

Knowing I will not sleep. As so often before. The world whirling about me. I cannot seem to settle. I need the sleep. Sweet sleep. Rest from real life surrounding and prodding me. Testing me. Sleep. Downtime from real life. Real life telling me life is tenuous. Not completely trusted. The simple acceptance of necessity. The pill. Gentle persuasion to sleep. Accepting the necessary,...Read On

10

Life Blooms in the Desert

Rising up on particles of light

An arts and crafts coatrack got hung on the wall today. It's been waiting for months.  Waterproof covers for exterior electrical outlets were purchased and installed yesterday. One more thing done. The day before some grocery shopping was completed. He felt up to eating again. An endobronchial ultrasound was performed on Wednesday. The results should be good. Little by little, more and...Read On

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Lonely Country Byways

Alone once more as before and again.

Let's take a ride, little one, you think. Get in the car. We need to get out with our reflections rippling across the terrain, the vistas of the musing mind today. Today it's time to think.  As those thoughts have lived inside you for a lifetime, making your life less lonely, learning the landscape, living it along your highway to inevitable dissolubility. You knew a lot of people....Read On

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Lonesome Road

Without malice or shame

 

8

Lost Inside

Am I lost

 

6

Lost Seeker

Each serves a different function. Each does things for her that she needs. Each offers a separate fulfillment. A separate completion. To her intricate life. When one is used up she sends him away. When one uses her up he goes on his way. Either way there is a new opening. A need that is now not being filled. It is complex at times, but, actually, quite simple. She is a user and...Read On

5

Love is a Poem

Surrealistic poetry or poetic surrealism

 

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Master of All You Survey

Was it important to be the master. To be in control. Was that important. Looking out across the vista of the valley do you really care anymore. Do you care that you can't be the master. The one in charge. Does it matter. As long as you receive the benefits. The view is yours to see. You can use it for your purposes without being the master of all you survey. You still own it in your...Read On

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Medicine for Melancholia

So much to do, so little time, so weary and weak

 

8

Missed Crossroads

"Wait. Was that another road?" "Don't think so. Just some dust." "We missed a crossroad." "We've been down this road hundreds of times. There's no crossroad." ***** "Hey, that's it!" "What? Don't yell when I'm driving!" "Back there. Didn't you see it?" "We pass here all the time. No crossroad. What does it matter? We're going somewhere." "Alright." ***** "It's coming...Read On

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Nice Wheels

Never too young, or too old

 

4

Old Enough to Know Better

~Just her friend, just her friend!~  "Hello sugar. Feeling better today?" "Sure. I was down, but you cheered me up yesterday." ~I know. Of course.~ "I try." "You always do. What would I do without you?" ~I'll always be around. Forever.~ "He isn't a lot of help. Can't leave him, can you?" "Oh no. That wouldn't work." ~I could take care of you. I could.~ "Too bad...Read On

5

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

With incredible dignity the dying child rises up. She looks into the eyes of the woman feeding her this last supper. Her last supper. Her body has starved. Is close to death. Her eyes are wide now. Soft tears trace down the woman's face. The girl touches one tiny finger to her cheek. Touching the moisture. No smile. No strength. Swallowing one last bit of milk-soaked bread. Her...Read On

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One More Drink

It's hard, holding your eyes open. One drink too many, you suppose? One drink too many, my friend. But so what. It's my right. I'm of age, many times over. I'm of age. One more drink. To try and forget, block out, erase the pain. The pain of being a citizen of the world. Today. The hate and inability to accept. The differences. Each of us, a creature of evolution, and biology....Read On

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Preparation

It's good to be back at the barre

 

7

Pretty Feet

It's never too late for some things

 

1

Reggae Blues

"Ah say yay'ah!" "Ah say yay'ah!" "Ah say yay'ah!" It was cold. The old movie theater was stripped bare. The walls had no decoration. Everyone was wearing a coat. Except one brave, tiny girl with bare shoulders. She was attempting to enjoy the music by dancing. Whipping hips back and forth. "How ya doin' Kansas City?" No response. The throbbing instruments physically shook bodies in...Read On

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Relaxing Work Music

Let the music resonate across the land

 

4

She Hugged Me

She hugged me. I didn't initiate the embrace. I never tried to touch her at all. That's when we met for the first time. In person. She hugged me. She touched my knee while we were sitting at the table. And smiled at me. I was happy. You'll never know how happy. I've tried to express it many times, but I never seem to get it right. It's beyond my simple powers to make it clear how much...Read On

5

She Loves Me To Stroke Her Hair

She loves me to stroke her hair. Her hair is so soft. Fine, like a baby's. It gets so frizzy. We live near the ocean. She chose it. We love it here, where the shoreline is filled with life. We explore the rocky beaches at low tide, together. It's slippery, so I hold her hand. The rocks are rough and jagged. I didn't mean to be late, but she isn't supposed to go down alone. ...Read On

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Shoelaces

She was always struggling with shoelaces. Every time she took off her shoes there were always efforts to untie the knots. One day I asked if I might look at them. "Sure. They're always tight. No big deal." "Hon, you should just have to pull one end of a lace. The knot should come undone. Let me look at them." They were knots alright. But not correct ones. I showed her how to tie...Read On

7

Shuddering Sobs

It's often the same. I listen to music I know affects me. Really affects me. It has before and will again. And I allow it, because of the desperately needed catharsis and release. Do you understand? Oh, god. I'm shuddering in sobs once more. In shuddering sobs I play out this late night reverie. I do it to myself, and I feel a washing away. Because, you know. I really loved...Read On

7

Sing Me a Song

"Sing me a song!" What the hell! I was sound sleep. Trouble breathing. What time is it? Are you kidding me? Three o'clock. I get up. Go in to wash my face. I look ragged. Have to sleep. In bed again. Drifting off. Tired. "Sing me a song!" Jeez! What? Again? Okay. Fine! She likes old stuff. I sing Moon River. Quiet now. I doze. "Sing me a song!" Get up and make coffee. Got to...Read On

3

Something Missing

Welcome back.

That itchy mental feeling. What is missing? What have I forgotten? I was feeling that several times the past few days. Weeks? Not really sure. But the urge to fiddle through my mind files kept coming back. A yearning, too. A real, necessary part seemed lost. So irritating. Busy. Working, and doing what needs to be done. Busy. But wondering. The thoughts keep returning. It will come,...Read On

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Sometimes Missed Cues Are Okay

With thanks to Gypsy

Last night the grasshoppers missed their cue to enter. Chomp. Chomp. Daddy's tiny dancer was playing Nutcracker. She plays that game with all of the cookies that she makes with Daddy's help. They bake cookies together. So much fun. Especially at Christmas time. The Nutcracker ballet comes. Tiny dancer is a ballerina. Dancing on pointe. Not really. Sigh.  Some day. "Little one, where...Read On

6

Special Places

Go to that special place

This is what is always needed. The perfect place for this. Time to feel the sun and smell the earth and soak in the warmth. With a little friend sharing my space. Sharing the perfection in the air. I always need to come here. To the perfect place. When it's time to do what I need to do. Time to be as close as can be while so far away.  Time to be here. Away from everything else. Time...Read On

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Take a Sip

It's late and I am sitting here alone. Taking a sip of my whiskey. It's quiet now. I'm listening to music and letting it relax me before going to sleep. It can be so cleansing to hear the gently soothing sound of lounge music from the 1950s. Especially when you're coming down from a long chat with a friend. We needed to clear up some things. Our relationship gets better each day. Now...Read On

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Tea Party

This too shall pass

 

10

That Radiant Smile

Behavior that's hard to forget

 

3

The Circle of Life

But that's not what I said

 

3

The Deep End

Long ago and far away, he was at a swimming pool. In the middle of a desert town. He was young and inexperienced with swimming pools. Did I say desert town? Playing in the water was like paradise. He didn't understand there was a shallow end and a deep end. He was very young. After climbing out and walking around he jumped back in. The deep end. He was drowning, but struggled and made...Read On

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Recommended Read

The Hotline

Do the tattoo. If you need to. 1-800-273-8255

 

6

The Last Text

"What are you doing with your phone?" "It's just a text message I was trying to find. It's nothing." "Well, it must be something. Let me try." "Okay, but be careful. I just want to make sure it's still there." "Not a problem. You're always such a dork when it comes to technology." "If I'm a dork you're a nerd." "Right. And that's why I can do this." "Fine. So do you see my old...Read On

14

The Least of These

"So that's it then. They produce the most so they should be rewarded, not penalized." The ruler gestured. "So it is done," said the sycophant. "But master, what about reciprocity? Those that produce the least. Should they not be punished in some fashion?" "Of course. Take a percentage of their goods and distribute among the producers." He paused. "And make of this a lesson. For every...Read On

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Recommended Read

The Little Bliss

Just remember the bliss

 

2

The Marionette

"He started the play again." He believed her even when what she said was fallacious. She made him that way. "Are you asking me to do something?" "I'm not sure I should ask. What could you do? He'll just claim it's his drama. I know him. So very well." He knew she would use him. "Maybe you could perform for me." "Do you think I could do it well?' "You're quite good at what you...Read On

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The Maze and the Ladder

Look for the new day to come

 

8

The One Still Here

She's the one who has to grieve

 

3

The Ones Who Care

It was shared on Facebook. The evil that men do. Social media. It is society's saving grace. It was a hashtag on Twitter. It spread like wildfire. Social media. Everyone knew and deplored. It actually spread to the mainstream media. The evening news. They paid attention. Something would be done. Of course, they all thought. Something must be done. The leaders of friendly countries...Read On

8

The Pup Can't Understand

What is wrong

 

1

The Urge to Share

I'm willing to share. I want to share. My mother is gone. She'll never know what I've accomplished. My wife knows. That helps. It's not enough. Old friends, new friends, some will know, some won't care, but I've done it. I've achieved what I set out to do. But I want to share it with all of them. My love is not something that fades away. I want to share. They'll all know about it....Read On

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The World Has Bigger Problems

Who likes Johnny Mathis?

 

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Recommended Read

'Tis The Season

"It's not what it looks like," he said, glaring. Sandy came upon him as she skied cross country. It was an overcast, dreary Christmas morning. "What do you mean? It looks like you killed a deer. Is it hunting season?" He went back to butchering in the blood stained snow. Grunting with his effort, he finished. "It was a difficult shot. Yes, it's hunting season. Around here, anyway." "Why...Read On

11

To Cherish Life

Such a brilliant choice

 

7

Trick or Treat

Life is one big treat

 

9

Ungathered Fruits

Better to have loved and lost...

 

7

Wanna Be Friends

"Wanna be friends?" "Who are you?" "I'm on here with you. I'm new." "Yes, but, who are you?" "I just wanna be friends." "I understand that. I still want to know who you are." "I'm a good person." "That may be true, but it doesn't tell me anything about you." "What you wanna know?" "Oh god, please, just tell me, who are you?" "I'm a good friend. I won't hurt you. I'm a...Read On

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Recommended Read

We Have All The Time In The World

For my lover

We have all the time in the world It is not denial But acceptance of a higher truth My eyes look upon you and know We will go on No matter what they say It is the only way to live our lives  To the fullest With each day that passes To live without seeing an end To love without crying again To laugh without doubting  And win We have all the time in the world      ...Read On

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Welcome to the Jungle

"Hello. Thought I might see you here." Glancing to the voice over my shoulder. Graceful Jennifer is uprightly filling the clinic doorway. "Hi. What're you...," hesitantly. "I have breast cancer." Silence...then..."Oh...," my voice trailing off. "Here's my sister, Katherine," gesturing. "I did it seven years ago," that lady smiled. Clumsily taking my hand, then squeezing my arising body....Read On

5

What Is It Good For

Absolutely nothing

 

7

What Is Real

It was a long chat. Getting to know each other. He was talking to her beside him. She'd received some news. He listened. He typed a few words and she responded. The talk continued about their niece and her email. She went to Central Park after dinner. The TV was on and they were watching a show. She sent a question. She laughed at the show. He sent her lol. All were on their...Read On

6

What Makeup is For

Charlotte Salomon and Alfred Wolfsohn. Strolling through the park in Berlin. Her mentor? Her lover? Perhaps both. The theatre may do her justice. Short life. Ending in Auschwitz. With child. Unborn. Playing my role. The one I was asked to play. Was it anticipatory empathy that made me shave my head just before being asked? He was not (I was not) sent to the chambers. Will the...Read On

4

What Now

"I know. I saw it." "Why didn't you say anything?" "Well, because. You get upset with me when I question you." "It's a big problem when we can't talk to each other." "Yeah, I agree. I try. You get upset with me." "I don't know what you mean." "Please, I know you're upset. I can see your face." "What do you mean." "Well, tonight. You put out the wrong insurance forms." "Yeah,...Read On

4

When Next the Goldenrod Blooms

Seasons come, seasons go

 

8

Where Does One Fit

"So who are the best writers on the site?" "Interesting question." "I know. Interesting answers too." "The usual suspects, I suppose. The moderators. They must be good or they couldn't be moderators." "How about the most popular?" "Perhaps. But some of them are ignored by the cognoscenti." "That's the quantity versus quality dichotomy. Some of the most popular are considered to...Read On

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Whoosh, Whoosh

Whoosh, whoosh...whoosh, whoosh...whoosh, whoosh. Quiet. So very still, all around me. Nothing stirring. Dark. So dense, the atmosphere. Hard to breathe. Nothing to see. Can't see. Can't hear anything. Whoosh, whoosh...whoosh, whoosh... Blood, rushing through my veins. In my head. In my ears. Hearing it. Stirring. Not stirring. No feeling. None. Arms and legs dead. Dead weight. ...Read On

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Why Is She Crying

"Why's she crying?" "I asked her. She says she has no real friends." "I don't understand. She has lots of friends." "I thought so. Anyway, she's feeling pretty down." "What did they do?" "From what I understand, it's what they don't do." "What's that supposed to mean?" "She shares herself in her writing." "I know. We all do. What's that got to do with anything?" "She...Read On

8

Winning The Prize

To be the one

 

8

Wrong Choice

Make a wrong choice. But be discreet.

 

8

You Are The Starlight

Starlight, starbright

 

2

You Deserve A Break Today

You see them all the time. Sitting in a McDonald's. With their laptops. Away from everyone. Hidden in plain sight. Know who they are? You'll never see them again. They keep moving. They're on the move. They're being tracked. Never in the same place twice. That's because of one thing. Did you know someone is recording your IP Address? Do you even know what that is? It's why you never see...Read On

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You Have to Understand

"It's not my fault I said goodbye." ~~~ "You have to know that I'm sorry." ~~~ "He's just what I always wanted." ~~~ "He can be a little jealous." ~~~ "But he can be so sweet to me." ~~~ "I have to make it work this time." ~~~ "Yes, of course I can remember." ~~~ "This time is going to be different." ~~~ "I really shouldn't talk to you." ~~~ "He isn't...Read On

6

Youth Should Never Fade

Even though you may grow old still may you stay forever young

 

Musings(16)

14

A Survivor Yet

Today is June 9th, 2015. I've gone in for my first three month checkup with my cancer surgeon. His specialty is urology, and he's also a surgeon, having worked at the Mayo Clinic. I trust he's good at what he does. Over three years ago my family doctor found an elevated PSA level that concerned him. So he sent me to a urologist. That doctor performed a biopsy of my prostate gland and...Read On

9

After The Storm

It's pretty calm now, after the storm

The show went on. Billy Elliot the Musical had a run of six shows from February 24th through 27th, and March 3rd through 5th. We were sold out for all the performances. It was successful by anyone's measurement. And I completed the show.  We have a population of around 92,000 people in our town. Not too small, but even so it can seem rather small. One of the oncologists at my cancer center...Read On

6

Barefootin'

The song Barefootin' was a hit in 1965. Robert Parker sang it. It's been covered many times, by many other singers, notably Wilson Pickett, Pete Townshend, and Jerry Jeff Walker. I was thinking of it today. I'm enrolled in classes to learn to dance. One class is a Musical Theatre and Jazz class. The other is a beginner's Ballet class. They're both challenging and great fun. We'll be...Read On

6

Catharsis Redux

It has always been a source of strength for me. The ability to cry. To allow myself the cathartic expression of emotions that seems to purge my being of pain and grief. And of the disjointed emotions of life that come upon me as I pass through the world. I use crying to wring the detritus of sorrow from my heart, and it completes me. Once again. Never in my childhood, or even beyond, was I...Read On

4

Do We Really Know Them?

It has not always been a subject that concerned me. I mean since I first got online and started finding people I called friends, or just acquaintances. The fact that these are disembodied people who may or may not be what they say they are. I am the trusting type. I always take people at face value until I am proved wrong. And I have been proved wrong. More than once, and most importantly,...Read On

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God, I Hope I Get It

They made the decision. A Chorus Line was going to be the first play, and the first of four musicals, in our coming season at the community theatre. Apparently there had been enough enthusiasm, and enough possible players, to fill out a complete cast of characters for one of the most famous plays ever produced on Broadway. Auditions were scheduled and calls were made to schools and...Read On

10

Just A Glimpse

What's the harm in a little happiness

His picture is among a lot of images I store here on this site. His happy, furry face 'smiling' at me. One ear flipped up the way it often was. He was my Sparky boy. Just a glimpse is enough to make my eyes moist. What is it about the simple things that bring us such joy. The unquestioning love that our life-companions bring to us. Whether they are creatures with four legs or the actual...Read On

2

No Regrets

Once, back in the ancient days of the 1970s, I was living, and sometimes going to the university, in Columbia, Missouri. I lived there for many years, going to school of and on. After 24 years I got my BA in English. Then I went on to get an MA in Geography. Anyway, this was before that was all done. While I was still just futzing around in the town, going to the Chez coffeehouse, serving...Read On

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Once More Unto the Breach

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood

One journey came to an end today. Just a short trip out and away. Getting some time to myself and smelling the desert air. I arrived home after a ten-hour drive from Abilene, Texas.   I do miss the feeling of the desert where I grew up. It has never seemed lifeless and barren as some would have you believe. It is full of growth, of hope, and of redemption.   I'm home now. Ready to...Read On

8

One Singular Sensation

It is just a possibility. Our local community theatre is considering offering A Chorus Line in the next season of shows. Just a simple consideration. Everyone understands that we would need a lot of committed and talented dancers to pull this off. No one can be sure our local community can provide at least twenty-six people for such a production. It will especially be difficult to find...Read On

1

Rambling Through the Fields of Love and Friendship

Yesterday I received a Friend request on Facebook. I didn't recognize the name. I didn't recognize the face. It was an old face. I happen to be a relatively old chap myself. This person shared one friend with me. That gave me a hint that she shared the same thing my other friend shared with me. Having gone to high school together. You understand, this was in the 1960s. So I went to her...Read On

12

Sunrise, Sunset

Swiftly flow the days

The first sunrise I lived through was in Arkansas. I was born in a small clinic in a small town called Mulberrry. My mother didn't live there. My parents had a rental house in another small town named Alma. But she was lucky enough to give birth to me in a modern facility rather than at home. Not long after that we started our movement around the country. My father's parents had followed...Read On

8

Surviving Once More

Another spin of the wheel of life.

What are the odds, I wonder. Two different cancers in less than a year. Doesn't seem fair, but I learned long ago that it ain't always fair. I had the prostatectomy done on February 23rd of this year. The year 2015 was on its way to becoming memorable. I seemed to have overcome the prostate cancer. At least, my urologist/surgeon found nothing untoward when we had our check up in June. So...Read On

9

The Show Must Go On

Is this the final act

The final act. Today, on February 24th of 2017, we open another play. It's Billy Elliot the Musical. I have the role of George, and it's the biggest part I've had since I started acting in plays. This one will be the fourteenth that I've been a part of since I began with A Kansas Nutcracker. That was in December of the year 2013.  In this past December, I was in Nutcracker: A Kansas...Read On

2

Up In Smoke

Today I walked out of Walmart. I had in hand some coverlets for my bed that were on sale. Also, my prescription for a tooth gel my dentist wants me to use. I have been using it for a year and it seems to be working to keep my teeth in shape. I don't want to wear false teeth as the previous generation often did. I see my dentist every six months and I will do so forever. I had parked around...Read On

9

What I Did For Pecs

In July there were sixteen dance work shops scheduled. I was able to attend fifteen. Actually, none were obligatory for the cast of A Chorus Line. But it was fun to take part in them and be part of it all. Each session would last for about one hour and thirty minutes. For the first forty-five minutes we were led by our choreographer in an exercise set to get us into shape for a show that...Read On

Mystery(2)

5

A Murder on the River Thames

The river hides many mysteries

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900 *****  "The Queen is Dead! Long Live the King!" What more important change than the death of a sovereign. At least, for the nation. Perhaps not for individuals. The end of the Victorian Age. The beginning of the Edwardian period. Would this country continue to be successfully powerful, or would...Read On

5

The Flag Waved

It all happened on a morning when I was a little late in my daily outing. Fast walking down the trail I came to the little bridge over the first stream I always passed in my daily jaunt. I was approaching at my usual speed of about 4 miles an hour. Not too fast but fast enough to please my doctor. He wanted me to do at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise everyday. I did him one better and did...Read On

Plays(1)

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Revolt, Freedom, and Passion

(A one act play in two scenes. The action all takes place in Paris. The characters are sitting together. One is Albert. The other is Antoine. They have been dead decades.) SCENE 1 At RISE: (A park bench with the Eiffel Tower behind it. It is full daylight. Each character is wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Each is wearing a trench coat, slacks, and brown shoes. When one speaks he...Read On

Poetry(266)

5

A Better Civilization

To the young people who will turn the world around

As I travel through this world of wonders Burrowing into arcana of life, Calling for someone to give me knowledge, Doubting the Word that is pressed upon me, Eventually it becomes so clear For anyone willing to look inside. Give your mind space from simplistic ideas Hucksters feed to us controlling our lives. Inculcating and pandering preachers Just trying to bend us deviously,...Read On

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A Better Creed

Almost all of your friends are younger folks Because your age is growing faster now. Choose to be young at heart, forgive the jokes. Decide to love your life and take a bow Each time the day of birth comes round again. Forget that fate has decided your path. Go out and carve a new trail to begin Having true joy and ignoring the math. Is not that the way to live life anew? ...Read On

4

A Daimon Is Not a Demon

Inspiration, respiration, expiration. Ratiocination Anti-intellectual renascence,  Against all reason, this is our season,  Whatever the season, we accept our reason. Can one soar in space?  Is this as high as one can go?  I am high with the ideas I vomit forth to the world.  So what more can I do? Removed from the lowest limits of the depths of the nether world. I accept my...Read On

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A Deep Abiding Sadness

'Twas a deep, abiding sadness In a chamber locked away, And I took it out to ponder At the dawning of each day. It became my raison d'etre As my loss became my pain. Just a secret kept in silence, I would not display the stain. No one knows just what I felt When her life rejected me. But I can't allow my grief To keep sailing this sad sea. Watching frolicking and laughter, Children playing...Read On

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A Distant Strath

An ancient hollow down that twisting lane  Damp mists caressed and kissed with early dew. Twas always such a deep and drear terrain Where dusty serrate leaves the oaks would strew. Bare feet were jostling piles as we would stroll, While touching sweating palms, along a path. Then innocently kissed upon a knoll And saw beyond the glen that far off strath. We dreamt of living where all joy...Read On

3

A Sestina of Ebullience

A fixed verse form with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, using the same six final words

We frolicked through times of euphoria  With true joy and vision most ebullient, For we viewed arguments quite fallacious If offered simply because recondite. We continued life's dance with a passion Avoiding philosophies spurious. Was it hope that we thought was spurious, As we lost all sense of euphoria? Do not worry my love, it's true passion That will fill us with laughter ebullient,...Read On

3

A Simple Deliverance

It was a deliverance,  A redemption, And she was liberated At last,  At long last, From servitude to the god of despondency. Her eyes, It was her eyes that he accepted As a mirror of her soul And accepted the difficult But charitable Chore of responsibility For a soul Almost Lost In the dark shadows of slavery To her only knowing, Her world, Her life. He would try To take her hand,...Read On

4

A Simple Request For Warmth

The chill is setting in  I feel the loss again my life is good I know but I still miss her so It was no goal of mine never meant by design my heart is deep in pain because it's been in vain No more of the laughter that always came after  our sessions of frolic my heart's melancholic How did it end this way what did I ever say nothing seems to matter worlds are going to shatter The...Read On

3

A Somethin' Kind of Day

Somethin' is better than nothin'

 

3

A Story Is Just A Story

Sometimes a story is just a story Sometimes a fool is a fool or just dumb Sometimes a man can be simple and numb Erring as he basks in faded glory. Thinking you know what you just cannot know Thinking you need to intrude in this way  Thinking you should even have any say Makes one believe that you still need to grow. Knowing when you should mind your own business Knowing when all that...Read On

4

A Suite of Pain and Hope

It is burning bright Underneath the canopy. Leaves hide it from sight. Drifting in her thoughts The searcher seeks the lost dream. Misfortunate find. There is the delight Twinkling to beckon her near. Trusting the unknown. It happens once more She accepts the offered light. Her cheeks glow with hope. Brightness can be dark Coming from an evil soul. Consumption begins. How often...Read On

5

A Time Before Time

There once was a time, (a time before time) when trust was free and fulfilled with the touch of a hand in a hand. When innocence begat innocence in the hearts of young and old. There once was time, (once upon a time) when honor was true and given with the touch of a hand in a hand. When kindness begat kindness in the hearts of young and old. There once was a time, (was there ever a...Read On

2

Advance Party

The advance party led the way,  Found the encampment, place to stay. Always you were one of the few Chosen to be part of the crew. Sent up ahead days in advance Sought out the best place for a chance. Recon terrain, scope out the lay. Chose that which doesn't give away. Bring up the 5 tons, drive in place, Join them together, leave no space. What is the first thing to be done? Set...Read On

4

Agnus Dei

It was a woman, this time, a woman who was the sacrifice. Offering herself, with fear, and with hope, but with the sanctity of truth, to remove my sin, to take it in, and fulfill my redemption. My completion, my star, to guide me to home port. My life. The Holy Sacrament that I take within me,  and accept as my indomitable faith in life, once and for all, the completion. The very temple...Read On

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Along The Strand

Walk with me along the strand Feel the spray upon your face Drag your toes through drifting sand Smile at me and hold my hand Leave tomorrow far away Live this moment in this place Listen close to what I say This is ours this brilliant day Lowering skies will come and go Storms must rain and leave a trace Threatening winds all gust and blow Life is harsh as we both know We may plan...Read On

5

Am I Old Enough To Be Young Again?

The thought that plays inside my mind tonight Is have I aged and reached my use by date? Will meeting young and lovely folks delight, Or have I left the search until too late? We meet, and kindred spirits may become, But am I much too old to share such fun? These youths are always free to beat a drum, And spread their joy beneath the shining sun. My years of learning taught me how to live....Read On

5

Are they There

My fingers are numb

And after we're gone who'll remember to care Despair waiting there for the loss all will bear For the loss  For the loss They show love and despair We will never return But remember to care Knowing despair that is already there When the chill sets in will they share that they care When their fingers are numb and their heart is still bare It's despair It's despair It's...Read On

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Art For Friends' Sake

A doubting sometimes causes one to ask Does anyone still truly need this art. It often makes one take oneself to task To see attention stop and soon depart. In words one takes great care to share ones life With hopes they paint a picture from ones soul. But fewer search for insights from this strife, And so those words will not achieve their goal. It is the pleasure that one wants to...Read On

2

As Beauty Calls

As beauty calls you will not be remiss Because you are a modest man, your norm. Can't be ignored, the spell that love will form, Deny no tender amorous first kiss. Enough of being circumspect and shy. Forget that you have always been the last. Go for the gold, leave all that in the past. Have all your joy, don't let it pass you by. It's now or never, this must be the one, Just...Read On

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As The Wind Blows

Release yourself into the winds, Allow yourself to spin widdershins. No better time to be alive, Allow the best to yet arrive. There is no fate, no destiny, Don't cast your lots, sing out, be free. Your sails unfurl and move you out To serve your dreams, to dance about. Caressing breezes trace your face, You feel the grace in its embrace. Stay trapped in life as freedom sings About...Read On

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Aurora Ascending the Heavens

Slow time had passed, so many hours in fear  That she had gone away and would not show. To me, once more, her face would not appear As it had done before, with eyes aglow. My heart reached out but did not hear the voice That once had brought me to my knees with bliss. So painful that she made the fateful choice To leave and say goodbye without a kiss. Appearing now she brings her own...Read On

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Avoid The Abyss

Touching my hair with a gentle caress  Bringing me back from the darkest abyss Showing the tenderness I had so missed With softness and pity my lips were kissed Gazing with eyes that glittered with tears Stroking my face and erasing my fears Hugging me closely and giving me strength Rocking my body you soothed me at length Never believing that I did not count Your faith was worth more...Read On

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Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty

With apologies to Keats

Ever as we pass through this vale of fears We ponder as we wander dropping tears. Must the hopes and faith that hold us apart Be always rescinded, wiped from one's heart? The beauty of trust, of truth, and of love Are accepted, with the sunshine above, As being ever there for our taking, And friendship will never be forsaking The promise that passed as being the test, The...Read On

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Before There Was We

There was you

Before there was we there was you And when you were young all was new. Do you think about that. I still do. Before there was we there was you. *** Before there was we there was me And when I was young I was free. But I dreamed about you on my knee. Before there was we there was me. *** Before I brought tears to your eyes They had visions of stars in the skies And they...Read On

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Birdhouses

Spring is coming, soon to arrive. Clocks turned ahead. It's time. The birdhouses need to be cleaned. Nature's neighbors will be  Scouting for their homes. The bluebird house is moved. It needs a new place, A new plan. Last year sparrows took occupancy, But unwelcome guests indeed. Bluebirds are scarce you see. Trying to help the least of these We wish to restore the bluebirds ...Read On

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Birds Can Fly in the Rain

Birds can fly in the rain, The strong can live with pain. Whatever may befall One's heart can bear it all. Losses come to the best, Even saints have no rest. Blessings will come again When one allows them in. Joy returns in its time Without reason or rhyme. Only wait for the hour, Peace your life will shower. Blessings will come to those Whose soul is like a rose, ...Read On

Bringer of Light

She was an afterthought, one could assume, Just a throwaway bit of loose baggage. Accepting the offer, not to presume. Astonishing brightness came out of gloom. Her female love betrayed, took a new road, Believing that his was the only page To be read in the book of this new code, Admitting addiction, submission owed. Who could expect it, the call was a strain, From one who was...Read On

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By The Bay

So soft and still the mist rolls in today Across the sea, it touches lovers there Who meld beside the beach and on the bay. They taste the lust that only trust lays bare. A fairy dust that fell upon them both Has given to their voices magic tone, And makes each word seem spoken as an oath That from this time they'll never be alone. The sand and surf are treasures that they share But...Read On

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Can You Hear It

Can you hear it in the distance, Can you feel it in your bones. Is it bearing down upon you, Is it more than you should bear. It will catch you if you let it, It might plow you down today. You must try your very hardest, Try as best, as best, you can. You should gather up your courage, That's the least that you should do. Since tomorrow it may find you, So today you must make plans. ...Read On

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Carry On

Afterwards What do you do. Carry on. Examine your life, and contemplate the future. Carry on. Sickness of any kind must be fought, with a will. Carry on. Let the sharp knives do their job and excise away the darkness. Carry on. Death is very real when they ask your loved one  the vital question  and you aren't aware that they're  there. Carry on. Watching each new day dawn ...Read On

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Circling Sharks

Alone in our lifeboats, adrift upon the ocean of life, circling sharks may appear. There are times that we see hands stretched out to us,  promising to proffer aid against the storms, but in the end there is only each one of us, the individual, facing fate alone. Friends may offer, give succor, and family may be there, but to no avail, when the sharks begin to circle, you are alone, alone...Read On

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Comes The Change

Accept your role, it will not change While takers have the upper hand, But know that it will not derange Your life beyond a mere demand To serve the trolls that hold control Of all our joy and all that's dear, Just wait to hear the first drum roll And watch as plunderers know fear. Soon comes the revolution friends That sends the monsters to their fate And shadows fall upon the ends Of...Read On

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Cruel Duress

She won't accept cruel censure by duress. Bestow it not upon this priceless jewel Who fills my soul with happiness and bliss, And will not be denied sweet love's renewal. No other lady shows such strength and charm. No gentlewoman holds my heart's delight. We shall rise upward never knowing harm Because our love is pure and knows no blight. Her sword of power forces cowards out, With...Read On

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Dancing In The Moonlight

We dance so freely neath a gibbous moon. Your pliant form yields softly to my will. Sing out on starlit nights a haunting tune; That wistful song you warble with a trill. Each twinkling star is smiling at our fun,  As waking birds start chirping as we play. With fingers twined you giggle as we run, And festive acts of love complete the day. Erasing barricades that bound our hearts....Read On

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Dancing on the Edge of a Dream

My image of her is there Twirling on the edge of a dream Whirling about in a mist of urgent devotion We've crushed from a distance Both of us sought truth to that vision Lost in a world existing out of our time Where arms encircled each other Trippingly moving our feet in rhythm To the music that plays only for the two of us Nimble fingers pluck the guitar Urging our fervent dedication...Read On

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Darkness and Light

This man is my light in darkness and night Drawn to him Yearning for him Hoping my needs would couple with his And they did After dead ends encountered After dread doubts dispersed When the magic flowed out of his heart When his touch set me tingling with delight He made me his own Once for all He tells me just how I complete him And I know he accepts all I give In return, he fulfills...Read On

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Dawning Day Draws Nigh

The tempest stopped, our doom has passed us by,  Strong winds now die and leave the world at peace. This storm has ended, dawning day draws nigh. Through thunderous lightening, flashes in the sky,  We weathered all the gales and dire caprice. The tempest stopped, our doom has passed us by. Flood waters drain away, the lanes soon dry, And streams are waning as the rains decrease. This...Read On

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Day Is Done

One more day of love is done

The day is done, and we are still yet one The sun sets soon and roams its way to dawn When we may once more feel our love renewed Enraptured by the passions we've both shared To watch the setting sun with arms entwined Is heaven down on earth when you are near We nod our heads together once again And murmur verbal bouquets to our ears No question that our lives are bound today And have...Read On

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Dear Friends, Lost Angels

Friends are the only angels that truly exist And this is the only world we will see, Thus gain of a friend's a true gain And dearly remembered, As we should do,  Ever  Shall. My mind often wanders to my first good dear friend  When we spent our youth in the Mojave And we bonded and shared our lives. We two faced the desert As we should do, Ever Shall. Along the Colorado two...Read On

3

Decline And Renewal

The deep decline of love foretells our fate;  In future dispositions of our hearts We lose them ever where they feel the darts Of wrathful wreckers sending out their hate. So parsed may be the senses felt of late That we should know the endings or the starts Of all that feels so painful and thus smarts; As souls are severed we shall lose our mate. In congress may we join again my love...Read On

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Desert Dreaming

Soft Desert Sands shifting As the wind blows The grains into dunes Drifting across the land.  Sighing xerophytic dreams Creating quartzite pyramids And robust succulent greenery  Singing adagios as chaste yuccas. Faint visions of fading vistas renew Ancient empathies one final time  Seeking to eclipse the aching, The feeling that remembers The loss of joyous faith Engendered in youth But...Read On

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Disappearing Flowers

Disappearing flowers  Where do they go  Why do they go  What was it all about Reaching out  And finding new promise  In their blooming before you  Blooming for you  Blossoms of friendship  Bouquets of bliss  Scented by the breezes  Blowing from their lips  To bear your heart up and up  Until it falls  And they disappear  They stop blooming  They are lost  And never found again  The colors ...Read On

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Do You Remember

Do you remember when we met Or have you started to forget It's been so many years ago I wonder if it's yes or no You took me to your secret place Above the mundane world in space A tower built to watch for fires I thought my love would fill desires You never left my heart you know Not even when you let me go And pledged your troth to someone new Rejected I still pined for you He flashed...Read On

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Doing The Best One Can

Sending out signals to those who will listen, Hoping they hear what one means to relay. This is the process that some of us use. Telling our story and pointing the way. Sometimes we do it in glorious style, Causing our friends to applaud our hard work. Sometimes we blunder, our words lack beauty, They do not convey what we wish to say. Should we stop trying and leave it alone, Knowing...Read On

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Dream or Nightmare?

How can I reconcile the two?  Happiness and the urge to grieve. One is a dream at last come true. One is horrible to believe, By both I was filled with treasure, From both I derived a pure bliss. Meeting one has brought me pleasure. Losing one has brought me distress. We are left with the world we have With blessings and pain still around. How can this be, what is the salve, ...Read On

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Dusty Sunlit Swirls

Once upon the prairie

So far away the prairies range my love The vistas And the memories As well We pause our gaze in recognition now Because we passed this way once long ago And in a hollow rests the storied barn  Its shadows touched With dusty sunlit swirls Your hand is resting on my leg my love Your dreamy eyes are crinkled  In a smile As both of us recall our visit here Down by the scoured channel's...Read On

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Echoes in Shattered Silence

Echoes rebound in shattered silence over the oases of my mind. The shadows of lost memories wilt in the mundane rays of merciless melting sun. My inner maps are useless now on this journey down the dusty trails of forgetfulness towards possible havens of remembrance. Where is the comfort, the tenderness, of honorable friendship and trust to the traveler, the guest, on the pathways...Read On

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Electrons Dancing

In my mind she exists and she is really real How dumb is that Anyway. When will I realize that she stopped being there When she left In a mist. But my mind is a frangible substance that will Fall apart if I think Too much. I sustain my visions of the impossible by faith In her becoming mine Through will. Systematic resistance to the truth has me here Where I am today In denial. Do...Read On

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Elements of Life and Love

Feet splashing in streams, Slowly treading with bare feet. Sharing the pleasure. Soaking wet clothing, Drenched with the water of life. Skipping in the rain. Moisture in the soil, Saturating nourishment. Smiles at the blooming. ~~~~~ Clouds across the sky, Blown by winds unseen by eyes. Storms appearing soon. Breathing in the air, Our atmosphere is heavy. Sweet exhalations. ...Read On

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Empty Rooms of Grief

It's late at night and still the music throbs Into the halls and empty rooms of grief. She plays it loud enough to drown her sobs. Because I must leave soon I make it brief. The end is often longer than the start When something pure has spoiled and turned so bad. Without good reason she has grown apart And this is why my wife has left me sad. My soul is still within her heart it's true...Read On

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Ere Darkness Comes

This is my attempt at a villanelle. See Dylan Thomas' Do not go gentle into that good night.

Ere darkness comes to end this fervid quest, And night subdues until the gleaming dies, Walk onward down the path toward gentle rest. A seeking youth, you strive to leave the nest; To dance with vigor, winning every prize, Ere darkness comes to end this fervid quest. A mindful strength has brought you to a crest,  With quiet force endeavor to be wise; Walk onward down the path toward...Read On

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Feel The Chill

The chill sets in whenever I approach,  It's been that way since she lost faith in me. However much I try there's still reproach. This cannot be the way it's meant to be. Forgiveness now would be a kindly act For what our love has been to her and me, Because my faith in her remains intact And she must see how great our love would be. It all began with something that was done That cut...Read On

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Final Bow

Special flowers near Always sharing their treasure Allow them to grow Caressing gently With steady hands strong and sure Tender regret sighs Body feels no pain Just the sorrow at the end Fragrant blooms closing Darkness descending Shadows becoming longer Still no fear of death Duty was foremost Honor was never ignored Singing out ones joy Take a final bow Say farewell to steadfast...Read On

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Flint Hills Rhapsody

New to the state  Driving out and about Down the Interstate and north to Manhattan The view of Emerald (yes Emerald) Green Washes up like a cascading wave from the West And the valley draws one into it As if it were a mystic mystery filled with mist Enjoining you to come To see and believe that Kansas is not flat. Flat as a pancake we are told But hotcakes and flapjacks And griddle cakes...Read On

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Flowers In Her Hair

Imagine her with flowers in her hair. I do. Since I met her and was smitten. Completely overboard. Smitten. Flowers in her hair, She is the free spirit of spontaneous  Joyousness I need. Her lips are like flowers, Scented and vibrant With color, And with bright, brilliant Words of wisdom, Truth, And honest declarations Of loving dispensation. She appears to bloom As she gazes into...Read On

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For Eternity, My Soul

Whenever the chickadee calls chickadee-dee-dee That is when I think of you, and feel the loss Again as I allow myself to understand the cross I bear from loving a woman who can't share My life, and bear my burdens and form a pair As the eternal intended in forming our we The two of us together to share and to be As two together, pressing on to eternally care, ...Read On

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For This We Were Meant

Once in a lifetime you find that you may Have entered the realm of beauty's caress Where dreams of tomorrow have happened today. The losing of one place won't be amiss, She offers a sharing, a path and a way, An entree, a welcoming hug and a kiss. This will be your future, your joy, your day Accepting what's given, with smiles, a wish That this will always be your...Read On

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French Kiss

It's just a chance we live; we die in France. It could be anywhere that love may thrive But this is where we did our lover's dance. Our lustful joys will flourish, still, survive, A lover's touch caresses, filled with fun, And shares a fervor vibrant, so alive. In light still bright, we see our poem's done, And share a pledge that we will make tonight, True promise these two lovers...Read On

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Friends Without Benefits

We all have them don't we The friends that bring no benefits To the relationship at all anymore They may have started out sweet And caring and interested in us But that seems to have passed Never to return it seems to us Because we try to reach out to them And get ignored for our efforts It would seem the least they could Do was to express interest in our Work that we...Read On

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Friends, Good Friends

She knows I am always here for her When she has had too much and needs me Needs what only I can give It would seem What I am always prepared to give She knows We cannot be together As a couple  That would never do Could never be But I am here for her When she needs me We have promises to keep And people with whom  We must be But I am always here for her Good friends Always And so...Read On

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Futility

Is it always going to be useless? Will anyone ever really understand? Has the truth been lost in the mist of misunderstanding? Tomorrow, someone will get it. Tomorrow, someone will get me. Tomorrow, someone will know all. Tomorrow, I will not feel the futility. Until then Until that time Until they understand Until they give succor I will continue. Go on. Make do. Never give...Read On

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Gaia's Children

We are the children of Gaia, most divine. We are the demigods of Terra, most sublime. We have been and shall be, so accept her caress. We have been and shall be, so let the light flow. Let the holy sacraments of earthly heaven touch our souls. Let the vision of beatification be with us at last. We may become sanctified  by our acceptance. We may bestow upon ourselves the...Read On

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Gentle Submission

Do not kneel down to me unless you care,  And wish to guide my path to gentler lust, For I will know what hopes that you lay bare. Seek only that which leads to tempered trust. Caress my strings of love with tender hands, And play my heart with prodigal extremes, Thus, I will know that loving you withstands The foolish lashings in my fearful dreams. Your features, with their auburn...Read On

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Gentle, the Touch We Share

Reach out and touch me one more time along the way

My darling at my side, she feels my giddy pride, The singing of the wheels a serenade As the touch of mystery joins we two together once again, Double digits frolic...            who knows where or when. Mariachi music infuses the air with lighthearted mirthful Whimsy, With exuberance, With prankish joy. The touch of the digits expands our gaiety galore...            much more and more....Read On

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Geographer of Souls

The paths of trust can be most hard to find  When hearts have lost the confidence once known. So many ways have hindrances unkind That trip you up and turn your faith to stone. Each person wants the sureness of love's touch That leads the way through trackless wilderness, And gives each lover one more needed crutch When life has dealt the blows of harsh duress. You'll always have...Read On

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Giving Up

It is never going to happen. Believe it. It is not going to happen. Nope. How long are you going to yearn. You have wasted so much time. They don't care. They never really cared. They let you think they did, but they didn't.  Never going to happen. You are standing outside, in the pouring rain, metaphorically. But being soaked by the rejection, and it will never happen. Not sure...Read On

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Good Morning Glory

Good morning  Morning glory My cherished flower child. Eternal In your glory My ageless treasured one. Exquisite In your glory My burning dancing heart. Electric In your glory My precious joyous dove. Majestic In your glory My laughing soul's delight. This morning May your glory Betoken what may come. The lustful passions spreading From dusk until the dawn.  The earnest loving laving...Read On

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Grandeur

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved." Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species I wonder why we cannot...Read On

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Happy Anniversary

H appy anniversary my dear wife A lways in my thoughts, always in my life P ermanence is something that we have right P lanning to keep ourselves ever in sight Y esterday has passed but we still remain A ble to pass through the deepest of pain  N ot ever minding hardships we endure  N ow unfailingly our love we ensure  I ntimate and loving up to this day V aingloriousness...Read On

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Happy Birthday To My Dearest Wife

Happy birthday to my dearest wife. As you waken each morning I'm here. Peaceful hope is my wish for your life. Please, just know this, I'll always be near. Yes, I know our voyage has been rough, But the good always outweighed the bad. If our pathway through life has been tough. Recall those sweet moments that we had. Tomorrow might not have time to spare. Have faith, we'll handle all that...Read On

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Have I Missed Something?

Have I missed something? What is happening? Is it getting worse or is it just me? So many stories, poems, and musings Seem to be offered without editing. And when you give an honest opinion You are called a grammar nazi or worse. Should you just pass it off and forget it, Aware that it may be unimportant In this new world of pain and suffering And when we know these folks...Read On

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He Searched, She Found

So long and hard his search for her has been,  And anxious has he grown while on her track. Quite playfully she kept herself unseen Just leading him from here to there and back. He knew that she was all his soul had asked To live with treasured memories in his heart. But she was like those nymphs of ages past. She lead him off the path right from the start. He gathered up his courage and...Read On

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Here Be Dragons

"Here be dragons." No ancient maps that we know of have these words. Only one globe from the 16th century contains the words in Latin form. But what a great descriptor of the unknown and the mysterious. The dangerous and treacherous. These words came to mind when I thought of you. And I did think of you. And then rejected the words and remembered the beauty. The beauty of...Read On

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Hidden

Hidden from others view Secrets sweetly sublime Visions shining brightly Glowing within his heart No one knew about her Filling a yearning ache Tinging his lacking life Subtly filling his needs  Still recalling her voice Never forgetting the tone Joyous ways they enmeshed Thinking thoughts so alike Smiling as they grew close With every passing day Finding more to be loved Sharing all that...Read On

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Human and Proud

I am human and I am proud  Of what my brothers and sisters Have done to enrich the species. My brother Martin did so well To work for true equality In a world of separations. My sister Toni writes of the Common humanity in us That may bring us all together. My brother Ai Weiwei has done What he can do and is struggling To light the torch of truth worldwide My sister Suu Kyi lived...Read On

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Hylas and the Nymphs

Their cunning voices coyly soothed his fear. Their whispers damp and cool, a subtle treat.  They tempted him with pledges, in each ear, To sate his every bliss, most welcomed feat. The charms of ageless beauty drew him nigh. Pervasive sparkling visions swelled his dreams. Soft dainty fingers stroked, eyes meet his eye, Lest he resist such sweet seductive schemes. They trusted he would...Read On

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Hymne a la Libertè.

Shall we sing once more.

Shall we sing out once more Our hymn of freedom Our song of liberation, Our ode to the people's progression To heights of truth and justice at last. Shall we gather once more In the bars of raucous stimulation, In the pubs of public contemplation, In the saloons of defiant inspiration Against our constant slavish subjugation. Shall we march in formation Through the byways of...Read On

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I Am Here

It has been some time and I am still here. Did you think like the others I would go? It will be some time more before you know How much you have meant and how you are dear. Asking for little I stand by your side, Giving with nothing expected from you. Offering friendship is all I can do Because it is all that you will abide. Off in the distance the end will draw near For such as I...Read On

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I Saw Her

I saw her do the dance of loss in rain As streetlights gleamed above her hair of red Her eyes were glowing as she cried in pain Because she made mistakes and was misled. I saw her do the song of grief in gloom As echoes of her mourning rang aloud Her tears continued as she read her doom Among the scattered remnants of a cloud. I saw her do her drawings in the sun As crowds exclaimed...Read On

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If Only We Had The Time

If only we had the time We would dance the steps of lust. If only we had the time We would sing the songs of ardor. If only we had the time We would paint the daubs of desire. If only we had the time. These words are sad and drear. Our steps would stir our souls As we whirled into ecstasy. Our songs would melt our hearts As we caroled words of love. Our daubs would thrill our minds As...Read On

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If You Offer New Love

If you loved me then  But don't love me now Did you really love me At all. If you touched my heart But will not touch me now Did you really touch me At all. If you gave me your trust But took it back again Did you really give it At all. If you cried every night But are happy once more Did you really feel sorrow At all. If you took all my hope But were joyous in life Did you...Read On

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I'm Just Saying

I'm just saying, you simply must live for today. It's all balancing on a wire, don't you know? Balancing on a wire and ready to fall. Smell that? It's the perfume of unbridled passion wafting on the zephyrs of emotions. My emotions and yours when we looked up and saw that special glance, and the wrinkles in the corners of the eye. The crinkles of comprehension, knowing that the day was but...Read On

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Impressive

Impressive. I am trying to be impressive. I want you to be impressed. Please, understand. I need you to think highly of me. I need it so much, because you are perfection. And I want to impress the perfect lady, The perfect lover, The perfect one for me. I want to impress. It is not certain yet. Not certain because we just met. We are tentative, groping, and searching. Trying to find out...Read On

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In Dreams So Green

In dreams so green and drifting nightly pain The restless skies may often bring chill rain To trickle down my cheeks in pristine lines And wash away the dark and haunted signs  Just one more day accepting choices made  'Tis not too much to ask at evening's shade A nightfall that may bring my sweet release While heavens open up to bring true peace Her echoing bright laugh would fill the...Read On

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In Huckleberry Wine

In huckleberry wine they soared  Serenely and rhapsodically Among the gracefully delectable scents of lavender Tripping in pulchritude laden steps of bliss Singing out melodically trembling notes Spinning stunning arabesques of wonder Sipping ambrosial offerings From the goblets of the gods Touching hands Fingertips Beatific smiles of serenity To the veneration of all future desires ...Read On

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In The Beginning Was The Word

In the beginning was the word, and the word was love. We shadowed each other and joined our hearts above. The least bit of loss was forgotten in the formulation Of our great and withstanding emulation Of the famous lovers in their adulation Of the first and final simulation That would be the final solution For the mortals in their simple equation. This alone was the...Read On

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In the Distance

We wrestle with our dreams into the night, Our bodies never touching while we sleep. Off in the distance everything shines bright Beyond the barricades we've built so steep. Forgotten lives we lived in days gone by And missed emotions drifting far away. Our seeking hearts are lost and gone awry,  So now we question all we think and say. Meandering these loveless paths instead Of traveling...Read On

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In Watermelon Season

Remembrance of odors that filled me with elation and sorrow. A tempting, taunting whiff of gardenias on the breeze. Tuneful, memorable songs of youth and optimistic fervency that follow and fill you with sad exuberance and regret. Lying beside her, one night in watermelon season, on grassy tufts of summer, we joined together once, and never again. Reality butting its rapacious need...Read On

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In Winter Seek Your Passion

Considered to be the most difficult poetic form by some, the villanelle is a challenge.

In Winter seek your passion long since passed, And know that what you sow you often reap. Your life dreams may yet come to you at last. Though ancient hills cache secrets cruelly vast  Inside their rock strewn oaken hollows deep, In Winter seek your passion long since passed. Don't worry that her leaving seemed forecast, Just know as Winter drowsing brings on sleep Your life dreams may...Read On

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In Words We Share Our World

I awaken each morning with one thought on my mind, What is she doing and will she share it with me today Or must we wait again, and pass another empty day Thinking of the past we shared of a different kind. Once we entwined in a fantastic vision of lust That happened as we shared our online passion The kind that is now the very height of fashion For those who never meet...Read On

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Ink Slinging Humor

There once was a site that was red Where our tales told of fun in bed. If our efforts were cheered At our stories some leered,  If not, they read others instead. There once was a site that was blue Where we wrote for a chosen few. If our stories were picked People knew they weren't tricked, They could read with pleasure anew. So, many would write for each site And we did as well as...Read On

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Interstate 420

Written while listening to Live Wire Blues Power

There is no Interstate called Four Twenty, No one can tell me how to go there, now. No entry ramps, no exits one might see, But, still, I dream I'll get there, anyhow. The neon sign still glows so bright, my friend, The penguins manning toll gates ask two bits, Then lifting up the cross bar by its end They welcome in the artists and misfits. At every mileage marker on...Read On

4

Is It Slipping Away?

Is it slipping away? Have I done it again? The same stupid mistakes? No answer to my pleas. No sign that she is there. It has happened before, This is not a new loss. But I have tried so hard. I was told I could trust. I was told I was loved. I was told many things. Which will turn out the truth? Which will be my new life? Without her or with her I cannot be so sure. ...Read On

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It Was A Tragedy

It was a tragedy that he died, It was a tragedy that she died, It was a tragedy that the train derailed, It was a tragedy that the van overturned, It was a tragedy that the car veered off the road, It was a tragedy that the tornado created so much damage, It was a tragedy that the monsoons returned as usual and so many lost their lives. It was a tragedy. What is life but one...Read On

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It Wears Off

It wears off, it wears away The newness, the newfound awareness The luster It wears away And they go away. Once you were special So were they. Once you were something bright and shining Like a star In the night. No more. It wears off, it wears away The glow they saw in the sky Was you once But you have dulled, you have faded away. Did you change Did they change Did we just see...Read On

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It's Been Awhile

It's been awhile since you were here.  Hello. How're you doing.  I'm happy to see you. Happy. Yeah, you look good. Looking good my lady. Always looking good. Always did, always will. Such a choice woman. Pure perfection. To me. Special. We had a special thing going on. Remember that. Remember us.  We were special. Of course.  Yes, of course I still adore you. My own sweet one. My own. We...Read On

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It's Going Well, What Could Go Wrong?

It's going well, what could go wrong? One friend's going to the Bear's land,  The evil there is growing strong. Freedom is drifting off like sand. My thoughts are losing in their quest To be as sharp as they once were. Words escape me, I'm not my best, My mind is now no longer sure. Getting a part in any play Was once a dream, a role I sought, But now that I am there today My brain...Read On

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It's Real This Time

This time it is for real for sure you know This time it has got to be the real thing Out of all the times before when you lost This time it will be the real thing at last. These thoughts pass through the minds of many here These thoughts give hope to those who seek true love And of all the times they missed out on that These thoughts tell them they are finally there. Just give it a...Read On

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Jasmine Scented Bosom

My trousers rolled up to my calves, the foamy surf is surging out. Ice plants are blooming, covering the  sandy beach above the tide line. Salty water is cold, but the golden orb light warms my face, so I feel happy, for awhile. Forgetting, as my feet leave impressions filling with dappled, seeping water. Away from the shore eucalyptus adorns the scene,  with odors,  and bark ...Read On

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Jazz Square

Put on jazz shoes, do a jazz square,  it's time to start making a move. No worries now that it's over; you gotta get back in the groove. Never forget what you've been through, but never regret what you lost. Remember to send those good vibes,  no need to be counting the cost. Folks were missing your show biz ways, and wondered just where you had gone. Act like an actor, dance and...Read On

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Jour De Pluie

Alone once again. All alone. Except I am taking the photograph. I am here. So why do you always seem so alone sweet friend of mine, my dear one, my love. Why so alone in your thoughts and your reveries. Am I there in those dreams. I know I have been before. I was always there before, when dreams were plans, and plans were joyously fulfilled as we traveled to and fro, just we two. ...Read On

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Just So You Know

Just so you know I still love you. Just so you know. Waiting for it to come, the day of final joy, evermore, but the pain is not washed away, waiting, in the rain, just so you know. But you don't know, because of my shyness, and fear, so I sneak a glance, just a quick look, to a window, to a face much adored, and explored, with seeking eyes, and my eyes are wet, from the rain, just so...Read On

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Just to Cherish

Is one allowed just to cherish, Or must one also offer their love. Do the two walk hand in hand As we did once in better times. So simple yet complex When we plumb the depths Of definite devotion. And there was a deep devotion For me. At least, for me. I still cherish the thoughts, The memories Of time spent Touching  Together and across The void. Still cherish. Would it ever...Read On

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Just Your Smile

It's really just the smile

It's really just the smile That tells it all. A smile that seems transcendent To our core. Complete fulfillment,  Existential bliss  For every beating heart that feels its Glow. A happy smile of joy and sweet delight That spins our moods from blueness   Into glee. To utter satisfaction with this life. Such smiles Are bringers of a glowing light. Of sunshine,  Exultation for  Each life. ...Read On

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Kindred Spirits

They meet by happy chance, as life confers, And promptly comprehend deep certainty. Fate's singular congruency occurs,  And both are gladdened by sweet destiny. Time passes as they open up their hearts; Send interlocking dreams and hopes to share. It matters not how separate their parts, All words and actions prove how much they care. It's understood that life is but a quest, Creating...Read On

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Know Euphoria

Know euphoria, know the joy, Play with life as if it was a toy. Watch the sunsets, wait for dawn, Know that someday our lives will be gone. There is no worry, no sorrow in sight, We play in daylight, we play in the night. Childlike jubilance fills up our days, Petals of rapture will litter our ways. Ecstasy captures our hearts in its grip, Life if a pleasure, a treasure filled trip. We...Read On

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Left-Handed Compliment

My compliments, my lady

Sipping a cool soda on a hot summer day Reaching out to touch her left hand Paying her a left-handed compliment With grace, she pays it back My beauty My proud beauty Touching with the left hand of love Perfection Holding hands My right hand in her left hand Perfectly right for me And for her My little leftie of love Walking and talking  In grace and joy And tickling the palm of her left...Read On

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Lest We Forget

Talk to me like lovers do And Walk with me like lovers do And Hold my hand like lovers do And Hug me close like lovers do And  Kiss my cheek like lovers do And  Remember I will always give what I have to you And  I will stand through it all with you And  I will never forget where I've been for you And  I will look into the precious future by you And I will plan this life as a grand feast...Read On

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Let Me Bleed

Let me bleed, let me drain my life away, Let me leave the world this day. I gaze out on the vistas beyond. Let there be no tears, I have no fears. I know that we have forged a bond You know me well and wish me all the best But hope cannot be found On this death ground Where I will find my rest. Know this, my closest friend  There was a beginning, now there is an end, But...Read On

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Let the Wind Caress Your Cheek

May the time come

Let the wind caress your cheek When I am not here When I must be far away Knowing I will return if I may To touch you with my fingertips Once more Caressing your cheek The way that only I can Let the wind caress your cheek And dry the tears of loss When I am not here When I must be far away Let the wind caress your cheek Until my lips may kiss away your pain Until my love may wash away...Read On

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Life Begins, Life Ends

Can you deal with science? Can you know what is real? Will you accept the truth? Are you lost in the past? Would you allow for doubt? Would you give up your faith? Could you let in the new? Will you ever be free? There are quests in learning. There is worth in the search. Delving the depths of life Leads to growth and to peace. Ours, the precious era, Ours, the best of all times,...Read On

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Life With Sparky

A pound, and Paula found our boy, The one that barked so loud at us. We could not leave him there, so thus, He came to live with us, in joy. He was a terrier of sorts, A mixture of some varied breeds, And in our home we filled his needs With kibble, toys, and doggy sports. Our love of animals was known By all who knew us close by there, And soon he had to learn to share. He did not own...Read On

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Life's Eternal Parade

I am old, but not as old as some  I am here, when some have passed beyond  I am free, and won't look to the past I am glad, with things still yet to do. I can act I can sing I can dance  And care not a whit who may see it. This is my time This is your time This is our time So don't forget to smile So don't forget to laugh So don't forget to love. Do not forget  The joys to come Do...Read On

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Lost Before Found

Gliding Drifting Gently stepping into my heart Did you even know you had entered That empty chamber Unfilled for so long Surely you didn't Or you wouldn't have left so abruptly With echoing footsteps of denial As I sighed Gossamer gowns of forgotten dreams Still not lived Nor loved Draped about Aristocratic shoulders Of desire Desired but unmet Reaching out  To be nothing special...Read On

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Lust For Arts

It's winter and the winds do blow But we are safe inside you know. My metal art upon the wall Is rattling and about to fall. With special hooks I make it tight So it will stay a happy sight. It's hammered in a gleeful style To give arriving guests a smile. Like many pieces round our place It makes our home a pleasant space. We've gathered art from distant parts Enriching both our...Read On

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Ma Belle Mère

In Memoriam: November 28th, 1928 - March 8th, 2007

Ma belle mère,  my mother divine. Lost in the mists of time; lost but quickly found when the memories rush back into my aging mind, still her  little boy. I was her first born, her love child, and her favorite, so they all believed. They were right, of course. I was her baby, the perfect child, without blemish, but a tad bit too sure of his place. Many faults, but few seen by her,...Read On

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May We Not Forget

We will remember still

We may not let our heroes fade with time Lest martyrs be erased from honor's scroll We must make sure the memories stay sublime Of deeds that still define our nation's soul Collectively we share the warriors' pain And cradle fallen soldiers of all kinds  We soothe the brows of patriots again To feel their sacrifices in our minds So raise your glasses to the ones who gave And let the...Read On

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Meg's Sonnet

Love that helps us through this journey

The lovely sunrise each and every day The chirping birds that sing without a care The echoed laughs of children as they play The whispered words of lovers as they share The flowers grazing by our fingertips The bees that sip the dew without a fuss The wind caressing both our skin and lips Dramatic sunsets calling out to us A poem of love that trips upon the tongue Baroque adagios...Read On

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Millionaire of Love

Wake the very clouds

"Who am I but a millionaire of love." That is what I whisper to my darling one In her sleep I gently breathe her essence in and smile Knowing we must never part in this life No, not yet It seems I can soar aloft in her eyes Flying so high I wake the very clouds Up above My little dove the constant star of love She twinkles so brightly smiling with joy In her heart True...Read On

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Mirror in White

The mirror shows her form all dressed in white, So soft, demure, and precious as can be. Reflecting back her beauty, pure delight,  My secret knows just what she means to me. With glowing face and smiles to warm my heart, With words assuring me she's always near, She makes me feel we're one though we're apart And lets me know there's nothing we need fear. We walk our path and trust we'll...Read On

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Misogyny Anyone?

I n the hour when the sun shines dim on her life  N ever knowing what freedom is about, T hen her sorrows will fill the horizons from rim to rim E ven though kind hearts may grieve.  R ough and rude, N ot a rhyme or a reason for this... A nchored in harsh repressiveness T autological truisms test our acquiescence, I ncipiently developing and forming desperation O verthrown.  N ow...Read On

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Moving Day

We live in interesting times.

Through the sunlit window I watch As the melting ice drips and falls. They heavily bear their belongings Down the stairway, through the halls. Who can deny their palpable fear As moving day comes once again, The U-Haul fills to the brim once more They've tried and failed in vain. Together, they will share the burden. Together, they are not uncertain. The snow and ice will...Read On

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My Baby Is In Pain

My baby is in pain. I hate that. I can't feel it. But I do, I do. I feel it. My baby is in pain. My little lover is hurting, and I want to ease it. I need to solve it, resolve it. Make it better. It is so cruel, for her, for me. She feels the pain,  and my mind and heart  feel the pain, the pain. I hold her close,  and she cries, and the tears form in my eyes, and I feel the pain. ...Read On

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My Burden is a Joke

Would he never leave me alone? Could I live my life with him near? Should he always be in my zone? Must I learn to accept him here? He'll never be lost from me though, This boil on my being, this toad. His works are well loved, to my woe,  I hear of them, I bear this load. The past is the past we are told, And cannot be changed to this day. I was not proud or so bold As...Read On

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My Gallant Troubadour

So gallant is mine own true love, He lives to honor me. My tears do fill mine eyes once more As he both plays and sings. He careth not what might befall From what adoring brings. Our kisses might be hidden now But soon we may be free. This formless dread doth prey upon My mind that fills with doubt. I look upon his visage proud, His rugged mien so rare. He tells me that he doth approve...Read On

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My Lady

She's a lady My lady each day Every way She's always known What she wanted And for so long that's always been me She's a lady My lady each day  Every way She's always known What she needed  That's the passion she gets loving me She's a lady My lady each day Every way Kneeling down before me Then rising up to embrace She's a lady My lady each day Every way Kneeling down before her...Read On

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My Lady, I Am Here

A knight fulfills his vows.

Gazing out to the distant shore, Wondering from whence her comfort may come. It is my honor to aid and assist her every need. My lady, my deepest most profound respect and admiration, my duty, to complete you and compete for you, to repel your enemies, and to fulfill your needs, whatever they may be. I am here. I have been here awaiting your request, your need, I am here. Ask and...Read On

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My Own Sonnet, My Own Art

When I relive the past I find my time Was spent in many hours of heated search For perfect words that never would besmirch A deep intrinsic trust in love of rhyme. And keeping trust my work was not a waste, Nor simply writing pieces not so fake, But also meeting all the rules they make To demonstrate our art is in good taste. However now I won't give energy To seeking out the best words...Read On

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My Queen, My Love

Rejoice my life, this day we shall be free; The battle for our land will soon be here. So smile my Queen, my soul of destiny; Your loyal Knight of Love is ever near. The war is fought with honor into night, And you have led us onward to our fate. Fear not dear one, my soul, my purest light, Our future will be found beyond the gate. We struggle to defeat the evil threat, All fear that you...Read On

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Never Forget, Never Regret

One heart gave to another all that it had to give. One heart took from the other then it faded away. Too long waiting and doubting can be a common affair. Too long yearning and mourning wastes a singular life. Was it all that you dreamt of, did a nightmare occur. Was your trust rudely shattered by their faithless display. Did you give simply, purely, from the depths of your soul. ...Read On

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Never Give Up, Never Give In

Never give up, never give in. This should be my mantra for now. Many have lied to hide their sin Crossing their fingers as they vow. Know your enemy, know your foe. This could be my mantra for now. Many have nothing kind to show Doing the least to earn a bow. Know your friends, know whom you may trust. This could be my mantra for now. Many friendships have been a bust Because...Read On

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Never So Wrong

The lady speaks

 

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Never-ending Romance: A Sonnet

The world has recognized the love I feel And so they wonder at my constant sighs. They know I love my lover, that's for real, And weep whene'er I win, then lose, the prize. I simply must believe they understand That no one ever loved like this before. Accepting that it's true, they think it's grand, And know such passion lasts forevermore. No one will criticize the things I write. No...Read On

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New Friends Again

It seemed so simple to me And I thought it would be for you. But here we are Apart. Complications where Trust is Implicit Makes little sense, But there it is my friend. My friend, Never again.  It seems this is the end. Lives are not that easy to read, Lives are not that easy to live, Lives are not easy, But trust is. Or should be, Don't you agree. Did you decide that someone was...Read On

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New Friends, New Blossoms

You awake one morning and there it is, A flower bud waiting to burst and bloom. Anticipating beauty, Nature's kiss, Gaia awaits it like a brand new groom. Flowers are female, this is very true, But the male is there doing its duty. So know that both genders are coming through When you gaze upon a blossom's beauty. Forming a friendship is like planting seeds Of flowers to grow...Read On

Nightfall: The Greatest Loss

Words of love were spoken. Trust was asked and given. Faith in truth was broken. Hope and hearts were riven. What does this betoken? All my life I'd striven But her oaths were lying. Even though protesting Honor, vows were dying. Pledges made, attesting To the end denying, Twisted lies divesting. ************************* At the start we married Both our souls into one, And...Read On

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No Better Time Than Now

There is no better time Than now Never a better time Than now Make your decision And stand by it Until the end The end of the situation You are in You have been caught And now You may be free If you simply decide And stand Strong You know what is best For you And you have known it  Forever it would seem So stand up Stand tall And stand by it Until the end And then begin again...Read On

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Nothing Is Wrong

No. Nothing is wrong. Go away. Go away. Please...don't stay. Is it time to get up. Is it that time again. To get up. It's dark inside. Is it time to get up. It's time for me to think. I need to think. I need to let my memories bathe me, and rush over me, and let me feel nothing. Nothing is wrong,  and I feel nothing, because it's not my time to care anymore. It doesn't matter....Read On

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Observations on Love and LIfe

Beauty surrounds us, we have but to see. The ugly is around us too, sadly. Paradox of life and death is our view. Enigmas form and still we continue. The true human spirit never gives up. It goes on and on until it must stop. I watch the little begging baby bird Trying to make its pleadings still be heard. Life is strong within each creature we see, And nothing ever will...Read On

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On The Road!

Oh to be on the open road! Amassing the miles with such glee. Forgetting the burdens, the load, And just being happy and free. We love the prairie vast and rife. We love the mountains high and steep. We love the desert full of life. We love the ocean wide and deep. Travels will always be our way To make our lives full and at peace. Travels will always make us stay Young, alive,...Read On

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One More Time

Just one more time to count the cost Just one more online love is done Just one more couple tried and lost Just one more setting of the sun. So this one is a friend of mine And someone that I still hold dear But now her eyes have lost their shine Except for glitter from a tear. But why do we allow a day To be so open to this pain To try so hard from far away And struggle when it's all...Read On

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One Way To Forget

Together, over the years, half a lifetime, half a life, our life,  together. She was first among equals, the best woman, the answer to all I had dreamed of in my time. The sparkling gem set in the gold setting of womanhood. A work of feminine art and  of the incarnation of kindliness, a kindred spirit, in one incomparable soul. She was. The past lives on in memories, but not as...Read On

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One World, One Sorrow

One more poem, love found, love lost, One more heartbreak, counting the cost, One more woman refused her prize, One more man with tears in his eyes. They get understanding sorrow,  They get hopes for their tomorrow, They get friends to share in their grief, They get promises of relief. These are the things written about, These are the things that count, no doubt, These are the words,...Read On

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Only The Best

It's taken a while, I know. All the best dear one.

Sweet echoes from the past sing out their song Remembrance of what was and could have been The dreams and fears of how it went so wrong Still conjures your missed visage long unseen. You took a treasured part within my heart. We spent a time as long lost friends of yore. That ended much too soon, not on my part, For reasons lost and gone for evermore. You live your life, do what you wish...Read On

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Our Time Will Not Run Out

Is Time slip, sliding away

The concept we invented  Within the human mind The passage of our lives Is Time for everyone  It seems that Time is warping  Keeps warping as we age It bends Contorts  To make us lose The fabric of our days The fabric  The material  From which our life is made Remembrance of the magic of traveling down new lanes New pathways  Explorations New vistas we have viewed Among them are...Read On

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Out of the Ruins

Ruins in the world are the foundation Stones of the next rebirth and renascence. Arising one hopes a better nation. Bestir yourself people, make recompense For all that was lost, wasted creation, Hasten to know this was no aberrance Not merely ill kept civilization. Watch and beware, disallow all offense. Rebuild it clean, a new dispensation, And ever the wastrels must be...Read On

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Pass The Test

Just get a life, don't be so soft I say, The friendship that I thought I earned is through, And will not come again, I'll go my way. Forget what they have told me, it's not true. They come and go and never tell me why, Or feed me lies that make no sense, I know,  But let it go and give a last goodbye. To friends who are not friends, just bid adieu. My faith in people should not be...Read On

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Perfection Complete

My dancing paramour

It's a holiday in Corfu When her arms encircle me. And the pulsing of her bloodstream Sending trembles through my flesh, She's perfection most complete. There's a pause, I see her smiling With a twisting of her head, Like a virtuoso's oboe in an Albinoni piece, She's perfection most complete.  Are my paramour's dreams singing, Are they sketching far away, Does she know that with her...Read On

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Petrichor

The drought has lasted for so long, this mist relieves the dread, as odors rise  to lift our spirits we smell the cleansing rain. Aspirations lost for so long, she let them drift away, but senses the perfumed hope that comes with the rain washing away the pain. Both citywide and countryside relax, while soft drops of future growth drip gently down  on uplifted faces raised ...Read On

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Rainy Day Kismet

Do gingers have a soul.

The rain was falling on that fateful day As autumn weather forced me to stop by. Beside a window watching trickles play, Whilst stirring tea, she heaved a heavy sigh. Side glances to her face at somber rest; Soft, cradled in a dainty hand, her chin. Thick locks, of titian, formed a wavy nest; Inspired my sense of wonder, and a grin. She surely had a soul, I smiled within, For beauty such...Read On

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Rattling Windows In Winter

Windows tend to rattle  When the frigid winds of winter arrive. Sycamores waving limbs While seasonal change is stirring the air. Glistening whiteness drifts As fallen snow spreads over the rooftops. Bright sunlight gleams briefly Peeking through the gray clouds floating above. Watching our breaths puffing, The city sounds and smells are now muted. Skipping through clinging...Read On

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Red Umbrella In The Rain

Red umbrella in the rain Empty drops of searing pain Danger comes from skies above Undermining thoughts of love Makes me want to will away Bleeding that may come her way Random cries of tender grace Etching hearts without a trace Lilting voices singing out Lending faith with every shout Anguish spreading over me Ill prepared as we might be Nonetheless I feel your grief ...Read On

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Regretted But Renewed?

It always seems to be the way You try too hard and lose the day. She asks so little from you now Perhaps she has forgotten how. A loss, a hurt, an ache she shared But you were slow to show you cared. Away, she goes away to think And leaves your friendship on the brink. This is not love, but much, much more And barely has it shown before. Sweet dear she is, a part of you You must...Read On

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Rolling Hills of Nostalgia

Is it possible to remember a time and place you have never seen. Is it nostalgia, true nostalgia, to yearn for that  which you never had. The rolling hills are there, and passing through them brings the clear clarion call of remembrance. Smelling the golden grasses dried by the symphonic sunlight of summer. Touching the live oak leaves redolent with green, as tears of longing drop...Read On

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Sense? Sensibility?

What will be will be. What will not will not. The past foretells the future. The present is ever lost. Tomorrow we will set out. Tomorrow will send us home. Regrets we have in numbers. Rue the past that's gone. These are merely trifling thoughts. They are never for naught. We'll reach the promised land. Promises will ever be kept. Hold hands until you dream. Hold dear the dreaming time....Read On

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Shall I Sculpt You

Such divine glory to behold. Your body and soul manifesting such beauty. To see you with my eyes and my heart. To know who you are. Am I able to sculpt you, Able to tempt the gods with your exquisite charms. To use my fingers to mold a semblance of you. To caress the clay, Enjoying the deliberate strokes. Spreading the moist substance Into the image of you. Will you pose for me Just this...Read On

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She Is My Soul

Rambling rovers we may well be The world is ours to roam, you see To spend our lives in ecstasy Enjoying life so gay and free. That was the map we made before To travel wide from shore to shore And open every secret door Each hidden path we would explore. The future may be blocked by fate And something might just close the gate Your given span may be too strait Tomorrow's plan may come...Read On

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Ships Passing in the Night

Are we always to be ships passing in the night? Will you never forget the past and let us live? Do you ever expect to regret and make right? Or is your heart so deadened by pain to forgive? We are sharing a space but I live out of sight. You ignore my new face so what more can I give? In this darkness I wander in search of the light I must shine for your soul to derive a delight ...Read On

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Simple Ceremonies

Shall I pour or shall you A cup of shared  remembrances or new  friendships A simple ceremony of life We have so many do we not So many simple ceremonies in our lives Sharing good times and bad Sharing the ceremonies of love and fear and death And joy Such joys we share in simple ceremonies A welcoming hug a kiss a sigh Knowing you're there and I am here for you During...Read On

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So Many Lies

What's to be done when we are one

So many secrets, so many lies, So many times we hid from their eyes. Something about you, elegant grace, Drew me to try to light up your face.  When will you seek me, when will you come. When may we speak up, stop playing mum. Watching the finches, flutter and feed Outside my window, filling their need. Think of tomorrow, what it may bring, Winter's upon us, far from our spring. Just...Read On

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Soft, So Soft

Soft, so soft the skin on your cheek, with the down of desire so silky smooth to the touch. I lightly stroke you with the tenderness of a lover transforming your tears to smiles, tracing down your face from each bedewed eyelid to your lips, tasting the salinity of loss. I fulfill. I am the one to bring you forth and bear you up into the heights of passion, with a forgetfulness of...Read On

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Somewhere In Time

You know I don't believe in fate But somehow it must be the truth For how can this go unexplained The way I found my life in you. Adrift without a path to trod The mists of drifting raindrops fell And dampened all my dreams of joy It was an aimless way to live. Dreams came and went within my mind Of soft caressing hands so fine That touched my face and fed my soul With tenderness...Read On

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Songs of Seasons from the Past

It is singing in our senses

Hear the melodies of seasons from the past Hum along the verdant pathways in my mind Subtle tempers of the years That may echo with a chanting With ballades of gentle cooing in my ears  Warbling Purring with seduction in my ears Like the insects  They are chirping They are whirring As I listen As I hear Heeding all the soothing calling They are offering An oblation Expiation Of the music  ...Read On

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Sonnet to Erasing the Past

Growing weary, feeling tired; heartless! My loss tears me, pains me, kills my trusting. Do you even know that you were artless? All that could have been is lost and rusting In the piles of dreams and hopes I tasted As I waited thinking you would be there. All my thoughts of you that I had wasted While I lost my time, and dreamed of your care. This is my fault, I was so believing That...Read On

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Spinning out with all arms

Spinning out with all arms flung about to the winds of the sphere of life we float upon in bursts of passion and joy I feel the beat of the earth beneath my feet and cry out to the center to the universe about my soaring infectious love song That you hear whenever you listen and hear my voice singing deeply and internally now as I await the coming of my lover You are you and you will...Read On

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Spread Your Wings

New vistas open to my eye,  I see beyond my tiny space, I spread my wings, I learn to fly, No more afraid, I've found my place. Remember always to be free, And tell yourself it's still your goal To be the person you can be, To live a life that fills your soul. When doubters enter as they may Just let them say their say and then Politely send them on their way, Continue on your course again....Read On

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Spreading Wings

Rejoice and fly once more

With wings unfurled I seek my joy once more; The dance of love continues with my art.  From fearful cliffs I spread my wings and soar; So join me now and live your fated part. Our secret rendezvous were magic dreams; No longer must we hide our heartfelt trust. Enraptured times we lived in flowing streams Of passions breeding glee and frantic lust. Will you accept these offerings from me,...Read On

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Stage Door

Auditions came and went You finally got a part. Now make the most of it. Small role, but it's a start. Though others think it's work, Rehearsals are great fun. You see them as free lessons, Since learning's never done. Experience with living, The time you spent in choir, The dancing classes taken, They grew your repertoire. The artists that you meet,  Competing for choice parts, This...Read On

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Staircase To Nowhere

All I want is someone who will stay, no matter how hard it is to be with me.

Has she been on the staircase to nowhere In search of the one she lost.  Has he offered to shoulder her burdens No matter what it might cost. Could the feelings return with his presence  Reaching out to her once more. Could she spin from the past to the present  Dancing close upon his shore. Will she ask for her wants and accept them No longer merely abide. Will he gather her deep in...Read On

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Storm Season

Spring is here again. Flowers are blooming anew And the fragrance spreads. Often the rains fall. The wetness soaks the gardens And causes new birth. Fecund are the soils. The green sprouts appear and grow With lively outbursts. *************** Winds blow, heat rises. Feel the humid air around As the storms approach. Gather up the young. Fear the loss of one's children ...Read On

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Such a True Loss

Once upon a time lived a girl,  A beautiful soul with talent. One felt she was a perfect pearl, That writing was her true outlet. She studied artists she could find In the finest books in the land. She dreamed of expressing her mind With the truest thoughts at hand. After living a life of pain  She found solace in her own soul. With nothing to lose, all to gain, She offered her heart...Read On

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Such Beauty

Beauty makes me feel,  Makes anyone feel who is human, Who actually feels as a human, Makes us feel. Music makes me feel, Makes anyone feel who is human, Who actually feels as a human, Makes us feel. Beauty and music. Together, As one thing. They are one. We sense them. We sense them with our eyes and our ears. And our noses, Bringing to us the wonder of odors, perfumes, blossoms...Read On

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Such Is Life

She is resting in the master bedroom. It has been a long day. They are all long days now. The medicines help. They do. They go away. She stays, as do I. Tomorrow will be like today. The medicines will help. Then they will go away. And we will stay Together As one, One More Day. I sit alone in the dining room, At the table we have seldom shared. A tray has most often sufficed....Read On

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Sweet Gaia

In Honor Of Mother's Day, Remember The Mother Of Us All

Sweet Gaia, Mother of the Earth, abides In contemplation of the rape she feels Upon her offspring, turning as it reels From dying leas and woodlands on all sides. What kind of child is pitiless; derides The Mother that would answer his appeals From birth to death until he breaks the seals Of honor, laughing as each lie collides. The children that still keep the faith are strong; Will...Read On

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Tender Gifts

The yearning never ends The path is fraught with pain The tenderness is gone Why do they feel no shame Now let us sing out loud Now open up our hearts Now touch the peace within And we shall mend their souls Across the land we soar With wings of faith and joy To spread the sounds of love Amongst the living dead They stretch their empty hands They catch our tears of life They grow and...Read On

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That Thing I Do

You know that thing I do...

 

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The Bane To Life

We used to call it the big "C" And it has had effects on me. The women in our world have won Our pity for what fate has done.  Great Aunts I never knew have passed, Their horrid war they lost at last. Too late my Meme saw her truth. We never will forget, in sooth. Her daughter, Auntie Violet Passed much too soon, should be here yet. Our Mother, Betty was her name, Could not remain,...Read On

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The Chill Sinks In

Trying to sleep in the field  The chill sinks in Beneath the five ton truck Out of the rain But soaking up the cold Inside the bag With head out Letting in the chill Sinking in While thoughts keep you awake  Long into the early hours of the night What needs to be done What must be accomplished What your troops must Complete Stumbling to the water buffalo Trying to clean your face...Read On

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The Copse

Calm Evening Brings quiet. Father Sun dies Darkening the copse As deeper night begins. Mother Gaia sleeps with us, At rest beneath the barren limbs Of leafless trees trembling in damp wind Foreshadowing new growth with promised spring. With  Morning Pleas ring out Beseeching both The shining Father  And fertile Mother Earth.  When will light and life return.  Gifts are offered on raised...Read On

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The Crystalline Dream

Asleep I stray to crystalline woodlands  Down moonlit paths bestrewn with jeweled sands In search of the Lady who wears the crown  My precious Princess to whom I bow down. Her palace is made of sapphire and jade To Her your life has been lovingly made She cares not for the sins you are confessing With a pearl like smile She bestows her blessing. Upon Her throne of topaz and turquoise ...Read On

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The Dark And Endless Night

The dark and endless night of my soul  stretches out before me. Empty hallways echo with silent intent for the loss of my dreams. Jousting with my dreadful doubt again is my fragile feverish fear. Questions bounce from side to side now on the walls of my mind. Songs dwindle and die with a whimper as notes are brushed away. My thoughts are tentative and credulous when pondering...Read On

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The Distance Between

Shall I give it up and let it go, or should I beg on bended knee to be forgiven. For what, I ask it over and over again, and no answer comes, that makes sense. Hard to say, hard to decide, knowing that I have done nothing, and yet, I did something else why the distance the irreconcilable distance you place between us. Stars are dying, have died and yet have not left the night sky....Read On

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The Dragon of Glory

Trampling along the pathway of Glory  Came the Green Knight of the Island of Lies, Leaving behind him an evil story Of hopeless women and their painful cries. Never knowing he trod on sacred ground With his steed of ebony and red eyes, He held his head high, and gazing around, He sought a princess to reduce to sighs. Unknown to the knight the castle was near Wherein he'd find she...Read On

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The Eternal Vow We Made

Though time persists and passes by The joy we share will never die. Your heart is mine I know by vow I never will release you now. Through all the years we ever grow More close, and love and learn to know It won't be lost in time, but live And win us both the chance to give Us all that's good to work and strive, Enough to earn the right to thrive. Our hearts...Read On

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The Fairy Tale Ends

A fairy tale in modern times was this  When we became a twosome on the net. We started with a simple friendship yet It grew into a true affair of bliss. Our hearts were twined without a single kiss We vowed to always share and not forget Our love was fine, would never give regret But I forgot that hearts could go amiss. You lost yourself in someone else's eyes Someone you always...Read On

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The Feast of Saint Valentine

A vow, once made, must not be broken.

Vast distances awash in silvered dust, Across the sandy dunes the horses trot. Late coming now but soon to tarry here,  Ere nighttime falls his band of men encamp.  None dare to speak to him of memories past. This feast day of Saint Valentine arrived In gusting weather, blowing winds most ill.  Now as the daylight dies the party rests. Endearing looks, enticing eyes of green.  Emotions...Read On

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The Flames Can Only Grow

She lit the fire for warmth.  The room was cold. It burned with carmine flames,  And sanguine expectations of illumination That never came Due to a shortage of blood and strength Amongst the men and women in her life. It was the highest form of praise For her to even nod At someone Today. That was yesterday, When the scarlet flames flickered and almost died, And now the fire was burning...Read On

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The Four Seasons

A suite of Haikus, read by our own Daisy.

SPRING Dripping from the eaves, Snow melts slowly while it turns The hard sod to mud. ***** The dog barks hoarsely, He echoes in vibrations As the moon shines down. ***** Up through the green turf, Crocuses lift heads of pearl Into buoyant air. ********************** SUMMER Sunshine comes with force, As the days grow languorous With burdensome heat. ***** ...Read On

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The Four Seasons in Kansas

Four new sonnets for the four seasons of Kansas

SPRING Our meadowlarks are nesting on the ground As cattle sniff the breezes by the stream. Above, the sky grows dark as in a dream And flashes skirt horizons all around. The grass will cover prairies with bright green, And big and little bluestem tempt each cow. As tractors move across the plain to plow The dogs are hunting pheasants still unseen. Some evenings bring the music of the...Read On

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The Future In Your Future

Stretching back so many years, The past is past, Remembered, Still living. But the future, The future is in the future. A future in the future. Will it continue to stretch out to the prairie of living visions, Or will it end tomorrow. Abruptly stopping, Letting you off the time train, Leaving you behind, Lost on the windswept plateau of death. Not knowing. Eyes not seeing, Ears...Read On

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The Goddess Divine

The past remains the past, The present must be faced. The future comes at last, Don't let us judge in haste. Forgiveness is the rule, A new life must begin. Thus though the hurts were cruel Forget and love again. Remember all the good, Let pass all of the bad. You bless your friends, and should, Give joy and make them glad. Awake with dawn each day Resolving at your best To...Read On

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The Heart of Humankind

"The war raged on and I sat by the sea; saw deep into the heart of humankind."

When Charlotte Salomon strode off this stage She left behind her art that scribed her grief. Each gouache painting really was a page; A side that she had read in disbelief. Discovering that dear ones self-destroyed, It was her burden to accept this truth. Confronting all of this, she still employed Her mind and skill to paint her short-lived youth. Auditions are not always held, it's...Read On

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The Heart of Righteousness

Is this her heart Misplaced and hurt Gentle softness Her slight shoulders  Those of the  Unknown trooper Who bears the load While the brutes Rip her apart In the quest To own the right. Twinkling in the light Is bleeding  To be seen Trickling Down her spine It colors the Loss she feels From the bitter Biting hatred Spent upon her To make her bend. And she won't She never will Because it...Read On

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The Hunt

Approach with care, he may be dangerous. The hunter makes his way back home again. His prey fought hard and put up a good fight. The bloodlust he felt was sated once more. Tomorrow he would go out once again And search for the ones who dishonored him. It had become the one goal of his life To destroy those who stabbed him in the back. It had happened once too often to bear So...Read On

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The Last One

She was the last one, The last I'd ever bury. She was my precious Whom I could never carry, Allowing herself to be held For only thirty seconds And then she twisted free. But she would lie for hours Upon my outstretched legs As we read our books together. She was Antigua Jane the cat. Before her was my buddy Who yearned when I was gone. Lying at the doorway Nose pressed against the...Read On

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The Least I Can Do

The least I can do is love her The most I can do is love her The worst I can do is love her The best I can do is love her When she found me I had been lost When I found her she had been lost When she loved me I told the truth When I loved her she told the truth Since she lost me I'm a loser Since I lost her she's a loser Since she rejected all my needs Since I rejected all her needs ...Read On

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The Loser Gene

The loser gene has got me down, It always seems to bring a frown. Serving me with dread and with fear That I will lose another near. Having occurred often before It seems to happen more and more. Serving a need to help my life? Is that reason for the strife? Loss of friends and loss of dear ones, Loss of planets and loss of suns. One after another they leave Causing me to suffer...Read On

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The Moment

Did the moment pass you by. Too late, and the moment is gone. You had a moment, the two of you had a moment, didn't you. But it slipped away. Smiles shared, true happiness glowing from both as you lived the moment. The room, the meadow, the world, melted away, and you were there, in the moment. Complete, utter happiness in that moment. Was it at the bar where she brought you...Read On

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The Music Played On

Sing me a song before I sleep Love me again as once before I will not beg, will not implore That is the past, it's buried deep Can you remember how we were And let me hear your vibrant voice Am I ignored, losing my choice Am I still left adrift, unsure Your dreams were mine in times long past My thoughts still linger over you But never wanting to pass through A wistful, waning shadow cast ...Read On

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The Ocean's Roar

Gazing at the shore Above the ocean's roar I look upon the moon And long for her once more Waves go rushing in I see her face again And wonder if she'd change My loss into a win It's doubtful now I know Still I did love her so But feelings fade to gray When loving cannot grow Saltwater mists I feel Near shores that still seem real Without her smile so bright My ship has shown its keel ...Read On

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The Realm of Dragons

Lilacs abudding, Showers and rainclouds scudding Roe deer still rutting. Soon creatures cower, Heavy the sense of power Above the bower. Here a dragon flies, A single black raven cries The warning just dies. ******************** Landing in the blooms, The dragon rests as it grooms Latent fear yet looms. Fearsome head turns round, Hearing soft steps on the ground He takes...Read On

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The Revolutions Began

The true warp of time

As time passed It could be truly dull and grating tediousness It was the same The same over and over again The world lived and was  Life lived and died It passed in deliberate inertia As did this simple race called human Until The warping of time truly began with the revolutions Of science Of method Of freedom Of vision Of industry All fused and warped until time could...Read On

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The Scavenging Birds Of Prey

Ancient animosities bestirred on that fateful day  And the scavenging birds of prey feasted Upon the fields of battle As they ever had And would. The wars had started when rulers tamed the world And stored up the goods that fed The ones who obeyed  As they ever had And would. The blood-stained meadows soaked up losses And still produced the grains of power That the exalted retained As they...Read On

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The Secret Game

We play a secret game. Dangerous, illicit, addictive. So wrong. Hidden in the shadows, Dark, immoral, seductive. We are captives in the game. Meeting furtively, covertly. With guilt. With urgent necessity and force. With incredible purity of passion. The gloaming is our friend. Will not betray us. Keeps us fervent, Discrete. Groping hands grasping. Tentative closeness and warmth. Avoiding...Read On

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The Shattered Gem

Most pleasing to the eye and the soul. Your entry was like a swan, pearl-like  on a glimmering pond. Gliding your way into my heart as a friend and a jewel to be treasured. Polishing your luster so it sparkled with a purpose. For I knew that you were delicate and needed tender care. I was there. Time, time was never a worry as your worth was beyond measure on earthly scales. I...Read On

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The Skies Are Open

The skies are open, tears may freely fall, Your sacrifice is known by those who care, So wash away the pain and stand up tall, His faithless accusations are laid bare. Be brave my love and laugh with tears of joy, Allow the rains to do what they may do, Erasing base attempts that would alloy Your heart so strong and pure as morning dew. Remember when you first were here for me We shared...Read On

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The Song She Sings

Songs reflecting from the walls of my heart  Echoing with sibilance in chambers Deep within my resentful defenses Built from years of pent up fears and spent tears All it means is that she will never sing With her true voice and her true soul exposed Only under the stealthy wings of pain Falling upon my heaving breast and chest She simply gives what she has never felt But...Read On

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The Stage Where We Play

Trippingly prancing upon the stage boards glancing about for the lost Elinor stealing the scene as I spread forth my wings grieving for lines, more lines to feed to her so that our acting will not be for naught peevish my speech can be at times I know but without a cue from the script I lose and she steps upon my brief monologue taking center stage and all of the bows I...Read On

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The Sun Dies Away

Setting in the west, the sun dies away. It rose once upon a time, once when we were young. It rose and our faces turned toward it, seeking the soothing rays of satisfaction. Grasping, clinging together, we sought the ways of light, the ways of edification and sweet adoration. We sought each other, two hands bound into one,  founding a friendship and a simple centering  of...Read On

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The Tempest In My Soul

There is a tempest raging in my soul,  The skies are dropping rain and bringing grief. My ship is foundering upon the shoal, As always I have steered into the reef. Smooth sailing was the way it started out. As kindred spirits we passed o'er the sea. With friendship as our goal we had no doubt, And kept the storms behind us and alee. The loss of ships is rare, this was my balm. ...Read On

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The Test of Time

Floating over my life she has been there.  Her steadfast nature has risen above. I had no doubts that her love she would share,  She flew about me like a turtledove. Decades have passed and her heart is still true, With all of my strength I have cared for her, With all of our sacrifice she'll come through, This is our trust, medicines will inure. The universe spreads out before us now,...Read On

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The Trolls Came Out To Play

The trolls came out to play that night Expecting everyone to flee, But nothing they could do caused fright. Their ugliness was met with glee. We knew they lived amongst us now And how to keep away from them. We blocked them out, we knew just how, And kept our home a perfect gem. The past foretold that they would come As ever foulness will appear. Already we knew we had some That...Read On

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The Universe Within

The day was dreary, wet and cool.  Thoughts passed to the future, What would ensue. My friend wondered what we would be If Samsara was true And we returned. I will have achieved Nirvana, Replied I with some glee And some humor. But later my mind flew away Into the Universe, Dreamt of Moksha. Have I accomplished Devotion? My life could be complete. How may I see? My Actions...Read On

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The Way Of No Regret

Behold! The truth revealed to him at last, The weary samurai has found the way. His fortune is fulfilled, the die is cast; With honor he shall follow and obey. His eyes can see the flowers now in bloom, They bend before the breezes breathing by. White petals drop and drift about his gloom; Upon his fervent brow his doom draws nigh. No matter if the shadow comes too soon No worry does...Read On

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The Weary Paladin

The crossroads on the journey toward his goal  Allows a moment's pause to judge the quest. Though all the wounds and burdens took a toll, His heart and body still should pass the test. Emotions held in check, complete the work. Accepting duty, never looking back. Behind are those who know he will not shirk, Abiding 'til he takes the homeward track. So many evil fortunes have been met, ...Read On

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The Winds of Change

Soft and gentle, the breeze caresses your face. There is a change coming.  You can feel it,  and it moves you to rejoice. You know that feeling,  when you sense the weather changing. The weather of your life is changing.  It will bring the tender,  life giving rains.  Washing away the dust and drear of past weary tears. Ushering in the new,  sigh bringing grace of sensual plenitude....Read On

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The Winner Takes It All

Listening to Abba. Popular music mirroring your life. That's why it's popular. The winner takes it all. Thinking it was moving right along. And really, You were only Treading water, While she was rescuing another. Another heart to fill her emptiness, The emptiness you knew was there, And wanted to declare You could touch, And succor. But  The winner takes it all. Too slow  And now...Read On

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The Wood Sprite Finds True Love?

There once was a lonely wood sprite Who went searching for nymphs to woo. He went to a glen, to a grove And met a precious Alseid. She tossed him away and left him Without any hope of true love. He traveled up hill to a vale Where an Auloniad had been. But she never appeared to give Him a chance to plight her his troth. On the breeze he met an Aura Who blew him a kiss...Read On

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The World Once Was Bright

Her glow was exciting, it filled my heart, Lit up with smiling, entrancing, in joy. Ours was the essence, quintessence, apart, Showing the world what it could not destroy. Lighting the earth, like a sun, like a star, Sending out rays into all of the earth. Breathing, alive, radiating afar, The buoyant excitement, true love's birth. Summer was here, we were newborns again, Seeking...Read On

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The Years Slipping Away

My mind is as it was when I was a child, so young, and yet so old. Recalling now the way I thought is the way I think now when I am old. Is this true of all, of everyone today in this distant point in the future, today, is this true, that we all were now as we were so young. Does this mean I am a child at heart, or at mind, or am I a fluke, or an oddity at work in the world  I...Read On

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There, Not There

Walking down a long hallway, Glancing furtively about, Feeling the loss, Who is gone. Floorboards creaking with each step, Rooms empty and dusty, Furnishings missing, Who is gone. Crying out to the corners of the house, Echoing in the dim light, Drifting dust motes, Who is gone. Twilight is coming quickly now, Darkness is leaking in, Eyes are searching, Who is gone. Sleeping in...Read On

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Thirty-Three Years

Take my hand and we'll walk together. How often we trusted our love was complete. Is there any way to count the memories we shared. Really, there is no way. Take my hand as you always could. You were ever the reason for my joy. Time counts down as seasons come and go. Have we done all that we might. Really, there was no way. Every chapter in the book must end.  Each day must be lived.  ...Read On

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Thus Do the Faithful Abide

In the garden, by the french doors, watching the path, Waiting for the one and only one who won't come. Life is a long, unending glimpse of the future Without her, with no exemption or resumption Of the love we shared, we lost, she took it away. Wasted time, wasted life, it may seem so to you And I have felt the same myself, but nevermore. I have seen, down the lane, a shadow as my soul...Read On

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Time Enough For Love

There's time enough for love If we but savor what we have. One life to live, So much to give, Why fear what might be lost. The past is safe inside us, Still echoing its joys. The future bears a few more tears, Wrapped up in rapturous song. So love me now my dearest, Don't worry  It must end. But not before we spend this life Ascending true love's heights. We loved before, We'll love...Read On

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To Be A LIght

A cold and rainy May appears with songs. Outside the feeders wait for hungry wings. My thoughts return to past unsettled wrongs, It seems that I can never give up things. The trees are filled with buds and greening flecks. But will the cold destroy the eager blooms Or shall we hope that life in all respects Will once again return from winter's tombs. In just this way I dream that I may...Read On

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To Be There

Someone wants to caress  You know who Someone wants to guide  You know who Someone wants to comfort  You know who You have always known  Who I am You have always seen Who I am You have always felt Who I am Our dance may be danced If you want me Our song may be sung If you want me Our souls may be joined If you want me Such was the way we touched Before you scorned Such was the way we...Read On

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To Finally Rejoice

In quiet contemplation Finding the wisdom to finally rejoice, Oh my soul. Admitting the waste, Reviving the love that never left, Responding with celebration When hearing of the happiness Shared. Once shared,  Simple satisfaction and delight, It was right, But foolishly allowed to melt away. Once said it lives, Exists deep inside, Oh my soul. That will never die, Cannot leave as long...Read On

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To the Bone

For Alan: Even if it did not win.

To the bone, flayed through flesh and torn away from the tendons and ligaments of a tortured body. Moans of regret, mourning sensitivity, singular loss before the dawning of renewed passion. You have felt it before and wish for it no more; no more  with the suffering,  rejected and escaping, and waiting patiently for your destiny,  writ in your sleepless dreams. It is the last time  that...Read On

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Tolerance, Acceptance, Love

When one is different dislike will come out,  The stares, the sneers, the smirks, the frowns, the shouts. When one is different heartache will come out, The hurts, the stings, the stabs, the pangs, the doubts. How long will it take for humans to learn Tolerance, acceptance, love for others. How long will it take for haters to spurn The teachings of those they see as brothers. If...Read On

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Too Little, Too Late

Tendering offerings of worthless lovelorn flora simply to soothe your own heart won't get you to the end of your journey to forgiveness. Trappings of sympathy without the tea of human kindness are like petals  of blossoms  wafting away in the wind. Your loss my friend, so decide that the character of your personality must change. You must grow and perhaps become the person worthy...Read On

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Tree

Tree.  Oak tree. Strong but gentle.  Holding the young vibrant songsters in the spring. Alone in the valley. A valley filled with lupine blooms. Where we once shared a life. It could have been paradise on earth. It was. Long ago. When I was young. Young and innocent. And vibrant. Sitting beneath that tree. When it was a younger tree.  But never as young as me. And never as young as she....Read On

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Trembling Bridges

Into misty swirling drifts of doubting  creep the feeble fears that feed regrets remorselessly until the dawning. Droplets of remorse bedew your flesh while the shadows cover your vision of what might have been but is no more. Is there no pathway to regaining your bearings and rebuilding  the mansion of memorable embraces once found but now regretted  since the shade crept in. Comes...Read On

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Truth Is Truth

The truth is true no matter what they say We see the horrors of the hate each day. No matter how they hide the ugly parts They never stay unknown from those with hearts. So soar above the filthy lucre lust And always give your faith to those you trust. Create your beauty with the joy you spread And you will dance upon the road ahead. Tell those who spread their evil lies around That...Read On

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Turn Back The Clocks

Turn back the clocks, forget mistakes, Your heart is torn, it cries again. Expect your life to catch some breaks, Just know that you can take the pain. That cannot be the last of this You must know how a life can bend. Accept your dreams, let in the bliss, Be sure that you will see the end. No false Kismet, will seal your fate, Just live the way you wish my dear. So do not dither, don't...Read On

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Universal Anguish

Free-wheeling down the lanes of life We seldom think about the end of the road That comes so often so swiftly  Before we can react Or understand why When there is no reason why It just is Life Passing by Passing away Losses we feel and know others are feeling Because it is a universal anguish To be bereaved  And grieve. They leave us, oh, so soon Before we have time to touch them To tell...Read On

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Upon The Strand

Next to the strand, upon the tortured shore, I wept the tears of wretchedness once more. His faithlessness had me bereft and torn, While wavering be-chilled beside a bourn. A wistful face was drawing him away, She did not care that he was drawn astray. Delighting in seduction and deceit Her deft destructive power was complete. My lot was such that life felt drear and dour With nothing...Read On

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Venceré

With trust in her all goals may be achieved,  Because her faith can conquer all your fear. Forgetting all the times you may have grieved Your life will leave behind all throb and tear. With gentle touches bravery will grow, To persevere when doubting may arise. A woman's soul is full of strength, and so,  You find your courage deep within her eyes. With modesty she fills your heart...Read On

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Verily, A Lady

So, verily your Lady might cry out To test your chivalry with saline tears. And honor will demand, there is no doubt, That you must stay steadfast and quell her fears. She gifted you her hand and earnest trust, To be forever there, her guiding star. You shall do all her tasking, as you must; Whatever burdens borne, you cross the bar. A pleasure, this is true, to fill her need, Your code...Read On

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Villanelle to Shared Hiraeth

Hiraeth: homesickness for a place which maybe never was; yearning for lost places of your past

Nostalgia yearns for places never found, We search in hope, with joy, and trusting sighs; Hiraeth is ours, both souls are homeward bound.  The hollow echoes with a birdlike sound,  A song is heard, it crests and gently dies;  Nostalgia yearns for places never found.  We found a love that shared a common ground  Where both of us had suffered burns from lies;  Hiraeth is ours, both souls...Read On

Waiting For The Glow

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When day is done and night time darkness falls We wait with trepidation for new sun. It's been so long since first we heard the calls And started losing people one by one. Outside they ramble through the dusky light Their screeches let us know we may not leave. We live each day retrieving what we might From storerooms in the village and we grieve. Our cabin has withstood all their attacks,...Read On

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Waiting For The Tide

It's sunset and the sky is red, By sunrise I'll be found as dead. I'm waiting as the tide rolls in, Regretting all that might have been. Not caring if I see the light From all the stars or moon tonight. My story is an ancient one Of love that's gone, a life undone. With shivers I have disrobed here, The coldness tells me death is near The waters surge about me now, I feel the chill, I...Read On

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Waiting To Refresh

Waiting to refresh.  Expecting a message. Waiting to refresh the screen. Clicking the mouse to make sure. Will they answer. Will they return a message. Will refreshing the screen make them answer. Waiting. Patiently. Impatiently. This waiting will go on. Waiting to refresh the screen. Is there a possibility of synergy. Will we become more together than apart. Waiting to find...Read On

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Waiting. For What?

Waiting. For what? The end. It will come. One needs, One needs to, One needs to succeed At something, Or what was it for? The wait. For the end. Which will come. It always does. It always has. It always will. Until the end Of time. We struggle to simply live, We struggle to live simply  If we are simple people. One can be simple, With a side of intricacy. And One needs To succeed Or...Read On

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Walking In The Fog Of Passion

Come awake Shake it off After so much time Lost in dreams that never came true. You have spent your senses  In words to the air Throwing your reason Into the dust bin Of your consciousness. A cleansing rain of honesty Washes away The fog of besotted lust Unmet and unreturned. Words have power As you full well know Manipulating  And playing with them  In ascending  Stairways of...Read On

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Walking In The Shadows

Walk with me once more my dear, Even though we're in the shadows. Walk with me hand in hand again, Even though we're walking in fear. Treading down the alleys we chose,  Knowing hate may discover us. Treading down the alleys of dread, Knowing hate is always so close.  Striding down cobblestones of need,  Hoping our love will soon be free.  Striding down dark and silent streets,  Hoping...Read On