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Old 01-04-2012, 03:26 PM   #226
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This one is finished but a rough draft and untitled



Now the hounds have at last been released
They crouch, poised and anticipate
Some snarl, moan and pace and some bide their time
While you effortlessly have cleared the gate

Your reemergence is hardly surprising
It's not like you have to discover
Those things which make me snarl, moan, pace and wait
For the familiar and skillful ex-lover

But you've never seen a single word that I've written
Why read what you'd much rather touch
It's just your style has become a bit heavy handed
And I'm not sure I like it as much

It seems that I suddenly have choices
And it seems I've the luxury of time
And it seems there's a lot I don't like and remember
So I'm done with you and with this rhyme
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:30 PM   #227
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Dark and Far

by castingpearls

I threw away the poison
I chose to be alive
I drove away from prison
I found the key inside
I lost my faith and found my way
And still I wish on stars
I'm not sure if I'm strong or crazed
That I believe through the dark and far

I can't make you not swallow poisonous doubt
Can't make you leave your prison cell
I can open the door and hold out my hand
Pick you up if you stumbled and fell
I remember being beaten and battered
And your voice pulled me out of the dark
I don't fucking care about the distance
And I defy all that it's just too far
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A life of sacrifice controlled me
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:49 PM   #228
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So many great poems!!!! Here's one that I wrote about 7 years ago. It's one of my faves.

Sit and stare starry eyed girl
the blaze will go on forever

no waning moon above the city tonight
just the wailing call of the restless

knee deep in the dirt that keeps us apart
on the thin line between existing and not

you will be pulled from the masses
and into arms of insanity/bravery

beams of light will be flashing
you and I will be dancing

fun and laughter filling the chilling air
as soon as my shovel hits the top of your coffin.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:18 PM   #229
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sometimes i wake up/to mamas pulling my hair/mew mew mew feed me

goddamnit mamas you are adorable but it is seven in the morning what is wrong with you
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #230
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Written Just Now


There is Magic In the Moment:

There is Magic in the Moment
Of a new loves first kiss
There is Magic in the moment
Unwrapping the disguise
There is Magic in the moment
Passionate sighs
Long moments spent
Looking deep into each otherís eyes
The first meeting of lips
Of tongues dancing on the edge of the abyss
There is magic in the moment
Each moment in the state of undress
Such wonder at something so new
Such magic in new loves embrace
Hearts beating keeping time
Lips meeting
Bodies Melding
In perfect Rhyme
There is magic in the moment sublime.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:01 AM   #231
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Didn't know if I should post this or not, but I figure I will anyway... I know it's pretty depressing, but it's what came to mind at the time.


The Looming Hospital

From far, from wide,
Nowhere to hide,
It stalks the land,
With life in hand,
Reminder to all,
That when you fall,
Need not go far,
Nor in own car,
Fluorescent hearse,
Bypass heart and nurse,
Into bed you creep,
Youíll be long to sleep,
The hospital looms,
Many empty rooms,
To take your last breath,
Everpresent shape of death.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #232
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this is just a rough draft as I am not completely satisified with the last two stanzas...


There is a love that runs so deep
A well with endless fall
And at the top a chord secured
Within the heart's red wall

The chord may seem like solid rope
As down its way descends
But silken threads are anchored on
And all throughout extends

They weave their way through vein and soul
Take hold with unknown strength
Spreading to the sides in width
Then up and down in length

Every fiber is so touched
Every space so full
To such degree if chord is tugged
They feel its every pull

Love's tapestry, while beautiful
With intricate design
Must be tendered gingerly
Never mis-alligned

For if the chord is yanked or ripped
The mass of threads embed
And every cell will cut and bleed
Til' lover seems as dead

So let this rhyming give you heed
To what you say or do
Leave lovers well enough alone
Lest lover could be you
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #233
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I step out and let the light both blind and illuminate me
What is to come, I know not
Yet without hesitation I boldly go
I've waited so long for this moment

In blind faith, I take the leap
There is no fall
I am suspended
Weightless

I am not afraid
Warmth, peace and comfort surround me
Assuring me it is right
Meant

I close my eyes
Reach my open hand to you
And fervently whisper
It is time.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:23 AM   #234
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An Strange Calm

A calm before the storm perhaps,
Or mere resignation for the end,
I sat quiet an unusually content,
And let a soothing haze descend,
No quiver of hand or tap of foot,
Lack of perspiration, no mopped brow,
Palpitations long gone and left behind,
Nothing to be scared of ago, ahead or now.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:52 AM   #235
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On the Edge of to late



Canít keep trying to create relationships
Where there are none
Canít keep being shut out
There will come a time
When you open the door
And I will no longer be there
Waiting to be ignored
No longer there to be shunted to the side
Or hidden away like I am someone to conceal
To be ashamed of
If only because
I would rather stand tall
Be proud of who I am
Than be made to always feel
Like I am less than
A dirty little secret
Hidden away
Is not how I would choose to live my life
Nor shall I stay around to be treated such a way
One day you may look back and wonder what went wrong
One day you may wonder where I have gone
One day you may wish to jump the cavernous divide
And yet when that day comes it may well be to wide
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:56 PM   #236
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I usually write mostly song lyrics but after becoming acquainted with the Pantoum style of poetry writing I decided to give one a try myself.


Conflicted

Sometimes I believe I am wrong
Little makes me feel right
I lose myself inside of a song
Pass away the small hours of night

Little makes me feel right
Too often I never even try
Pass away the small hours of night
Encapsulated in a weary sigh

Too often I never even try
I let the world move at will
Encapsulated in a weary sigh
Why is honesty such a bitter pill

I let the world move at will
Content with its ebb and flow
Why is honesty such a bitter pill
I can no longer watch it go

Content with its ebb and flow
Urgent is the need for change
I can no longer watch it go
Disconnection no longer strange

Urgent is the need for change
Life once again my own
Disconnection no longer strange
Inner resilliance has grown

Life once again my own
I lose myself inside of a song
Inner resilliance has grown
Sometimes I believe I am wrong
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:25 PM   #237
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So I bit the bullet and entered a poetry competition recently. For reference, the Writers' Forum Poetry Competition. I took the option of recieving a short critique of my piece and... well... it was more positive than negative. Still, I don't think the piece I entered is likely to win anything but it's something to build on.
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This was the poem I entered into the Writer's Forum Poetry Competition. By now I think it's safe to say it didn't win anything so here you go...

The Screen
It has no nose, no mouth, no hair,
Cannot listen, laugh, joke or care,
But it repeats, relays, pokes and plays
Your music movies, games while you lay
Alone in bed with no hand to hold,
Only a screen and keys, metallic, cold,
It is teacher, entertainer, ever running feed,
But it is not human, that which you need.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:45 AM   #239
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We Won't Remember Everything

There's many memories we will have
of our time together
Laughs and experiences we've shared
Times that were emotionally difficult
and times filled with great joy
But there are things we won't remember
We won't remember all of the doctor's appointments
We won't remember all of the hours of dialysis
We won't remember all of the times they stuck you at the hospital
trying to get blood from tired, shy veins
We won't remember how many hospital ER visits there were
or endless consultations with ER doctors
We won't remember how many pills you had to take
each day just to survive
BUT we will ALWAYS remember your smile
And how your voice sounded when you called our names
or told us that you loved us
We'll remember the lessons you taught us
trying to mold us into strong men and women
We'll remember how glad you were to be at home
Knowing we would honor your wishes
and cherish your last days with us
We'll remember being by your side, caring for you
and watching over you when the LORD came for you.
There are things we won't remember, Mama
but your Example and your Love
We definitely will.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:16 AM   #240
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There are such amazing pieces of poetry on here - was inspired to contribute. So here's one that I wrote over a year ago. It's not a happy poem, but I'll crack a cyber smile to soften it up Here goes:

ARROW-GANCE

Bullís-eye!
Your lofty words and how they were presented
have reached the core of me
again

and rippled out in many ways.
And so my fight for dignity and human grace
begins

with me wondering:
Did I take it wrongly?
Should my inner shield be stronger?

ĎTil the long-drawn conclusion once again is reached:
repairs on my shield arenít half done
by the time your next arrow is released.

And so, damage-control is my current way of life,
in the attempt to convince you that
I need a little more time.
I pray to God for some respite.

I pray for a day that, when the arrows come,
my shield will still be standing;
the bullís-eye blurred;
my heart, for a change, resilient and strong.
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St. Catherine's


The city on the rolling hills
Where sound will never carry
Those voices I will never hear again
But tonight I have no choice
And so I cannot tarry
And the volume is turned down 'til I don't know when
Out of respect for those who sleep at St. Catherine's

Everyone here I love
Is resting in the night
But I drive in restless silence
Until I see street lights

I'm leaving in a few days
But I must say farewell
And I don't know how to even try
But 'to try' I always will

In the dewy morning
Again I drive up the hill
Cross the entrance and get lost
But find myself (I always do)

I see two marble angels
And muse that they had class
Then down cross the tiny bridge
Near the pillows in the grass

Teddy bears and dolls
Tucked in among the stones
Little ones remain
Who never will grow old

Then the chapel
Where I once swayed
Should have thrice
But swept away

Still, I can recall the doves in the stained glass
Make a left at the marker of a nondescript pine tree
Left I guess or was it right?
It all seems wrong to me

I slow down to examine
More angels and an obelisk or four
The fine wrought-iron work
That filigrees a lavish door

And there's the bench
And now I'm finally here
To say hello I miss you
To say goodbye and shed another tear

There are three here
But just two names
(Because there's still discussion
over who is paying)

I wish I had the money
To end the noise
But my misdeeds are many
So therefore I've no voice

It's cold here
And the ground is colder still
I wanted to bring him here
To share with you

(He ran before I could)
How could I know
That just because he wept with me
Didn't mean he had a soul


When all else fails you can rely
On sorrow to be a friend
Standing steadfast as you grieve alone and lonely
At St. Catherine's

I left Her at St. Catherine's
She's resting at St. Catherine's
He lingers at St. Catherine's
These three, they all live there

I'm the only one who ever leaves
And everyone leaves me

Whether elsewhere or at St. Catherine's
The Sun will set and rise and burn
And no, I guess I'll never learn
The peace that fills St. Catherine's

It's not as if I have a choice
There's still so much I'm forced to do
I swear, I swear that I'll return
I cannot not remember you

No matter what my legacy
Dim in another's memory I grow
I swear, I swear that I'll return
I cannot not remember you

I cannot not remember you
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A life of sacrifice controlled me
But those promises I made
No longer hold me
Mercurial more wayward by the hour
The shackles fall away I'm in your power



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Here's my most recent. It describes a life philosophy that's become increasingly important to me in the past few months

THEREíS WISDOMÖ

For too long now
this shell has contained me.
For how long still
will these doubts restrain me?

I will boldly break free
and say ďNo more. Itís time.Ē
There are oceans to swim in,
there are mountains to climb.

Iím not a thrill seeker
for the sake of thrill seeking.
I believe life goes deeper
than such fickle repeating.

Yet words are worth meaning;
emotions, worth feeling;
rich knowledge, worth knowing;
the self, worth revealing.

So, hereís to freedom,
a discarded cocoon!
Too long have I stayed
wrapped inside like a fool.

Such monotonous fear,
unaffected and chilling,
is a waste when thereís wisdom
in passionate living.
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PENSIVE SURRENDER

Behind these lids I safely hide
what happens when I close my eyes.
Sporadic, vivid, unannounced
are thoughts inspiring furrowed brows.

Yet at times brought up on purpose,
I beckon them back to the surface.
My admission brings with it a danger,
for to my mouth, my mindís no stranger.

I bid my thoughts, donít travel too far,
too speedily from mind to heart.
For feeling may turn into praying,
wishing may turn into saying.

What time will bring I will not force.
Iíll ride the waves, Iíll stay the course
that life must naturally engender.
ĎTil then, I pensively surrender.
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Prelude: Searching through old e-mail for something else, I uncovered this exchange - just a bit of light-hearted doggerel to provide a counterpoise to the heartfelt, sometimes-beautiful, sometimes downright scary, contributions in this amazing thread. There are several threads similar to this that just. must. not. die! Newcomers would not be aware of them and they represent such value.

Cathy was a wonderful news delivery person who brought us our paper in the years 2004 - 2007 (about when this thread began). There follows an exchange I had with her in January 2007.

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Cathy
Hi, I just thought I would send you back a message. I am sorry I couldn't stick around enough longer this morning to chat a little more. My kids have to get off to school, and I have to get them up, so I try to hurry up and get home to make sure that they do. Thanks for the nice e-mails, and for both of you so being very kind, as everyone else. When I can, I will chat a bit longer, by the way, I was being sarcastic when I said I was gonna quit. I quit every sunday. I hope I wasn't being rude. I was just in a hurry. Take care I will see you both soon.
Love, Cathy




Cathy -


Of course I didn't think you were being rude! I was as eager to get back inside as you were to get going. You remind me of that Christmas poem. Now, how does it go . .



And then, in a twinkling, I heard some kind of action . . .
The screeching of tires, just trying to get traction.


As I opened the door and stepped out into the mess
Here comes Kathy, with the Pioneer Press


She was dressed none too warmly for weather like that
Just a thin little jacket, not even a hat.


It was still early morning, and just barely light
But she looked just so elfen, with smile so bright


A picture of merriment, from her head to her toes,
Her cheeks were like roses, but her nose nearly froze.


She spoke barely a word, but went straight to her work,
And gave me the paper; then turned with a jerk,


She said, "Gotta get going. Got kids to send off."
And "It's just too darn cold", she said, with a cough.


She sprang to her car, swung around, hit the gas
And in just a moment, I'd lost sight of the lass.


But I heard her exclaim as she drove out of sight,
"I've had it with this job! Goodbye, and good night!."


Hmm! I don't think it was quite like that, but close.


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"this poem goes to my sister"


I miss my sister
she has kids of her own
i miss the days
when we lived at home

i miss washing the dishes
side by side
i miss hearing Mama hum
as she walked on by

i miss being a teen
i miss going to school
i miss wearing baggy pants
that i thought looked cool

i miss neighbors and friends
and places I've been
riding my skateboard
up the road and again

i miss playing the guitar
and making a song
finding more friends
to help play along

I miss going to school
and studying my best
i miss procrastinating homework
for next days test

i miss trimming the hedges
and mowing the grass
I miss pestering my sister
Hope I wasn't too much of a pain-
in the ass
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This poem was written in Swedish and is translated into English.

New Wallpaper

New wallpapers with beautiful names
Prestige, Living, Royal Classic
tremendous, fabolus ornaments
are now living in your
most common
most friendly home

thick black letters above your King Size-bed
Vomiting out the words "Carpe Diem"
not knowing why

smart books
on your bookcase
you haven't read any one of them
have you?

the fire you carried is long gone
that smile you wore
that smile of secrets
that smile of hope
is erased

I want to light that fire again
Is it too late?
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