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ScottN

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Location: Half inch above the K/T boundary
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 5, 2020 - 12:04pm

In Time

The night the world was going to end
when we heard those explosions not far away
and the loudspeakers telling us
about the vast fires on the backwater
consuming undisclosed remnants
and warning us over and over
to stay indoors and make no signals
you stood at the open window
the light of one candle back in the room
we put on high boots to be ready
for wherever we might have to go
and we got out the oysters and sat
at the small table feeding them
to each other first with the fork
then from our mouths to each other
until there were none and we stood up
and started to dance without music
slowly we danced around and around
in circles and after a while we hummed
when the world was about to end
all those years all those nights ago
 
Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female


Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 2:44pm

You Reading This, Be Ready by William Stafford

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life––

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 30, 2020 - 9:56am

The Builders

All are architects of Fate,

Working in these walls of Time;
Some with massive deeds and great,
Some with ornaments of rhyme.

Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
And what seems but idle show
Strengthens and supports the rest.

For the structure that we raise,
Time is with materials filled;
Our to-days and yesterdays
Are the blocks with which we build.

Truly shape and fashion these;
Leave no yawning gaps between;
Think not, because no man sees,
Such things will remain unseen.

In the elder days of Art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
For the Gods see everywhere.

Let us do our work as well,
Both the unseen and the seen;
Make the house, where Gods may dwell,
Beautiful, entire, and clean.

Else our lives are incomplete,
Standing in these walls of Time,
Broken stairways, where the feet
Stumble as they seek to climb.

Build to-day, then, strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure
Shall to-morrow find its place.

Thus alone can we attain
To those turrets, where the eye
Sees the world as one vast plain,
And one boundless reach of sky.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Proclivities

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Location: Paris of the Piedmont
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 29, 2020 - 4:38pm

As Once the Winged Energy of Delight

As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.

Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.

To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.

Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions…For the god
wants to know himself in you.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

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Posted: Mar 29, 2020 - 8:04am



 Manbird wrote:

The Drinker of Sorrows

- Rob Diebold

 



miamizsun

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Posted: Mar 29, 2020 - 8:01am

And When My Sorrow was Born

BY KAHLIL GIBRAN

And when my Joy was born, I held it in my arms and stood on the
house-top shouting, “Come ye, my neighbours, come and see, for Joy
this day is born unto me. Come and behold this gladsome thing that
laugheth in the sun.”

But none of my neighbours came to look upon my Joy, and great was
my astonishment.

And every day for seven moons I proclaimed my Joy from the
house-top—and yet no one heeded me. And my Joy and I were alone,
unsought and unvisited.

Then my Joy grew pale and weary because no other heart but mine
held its loveliness and no other lips kissed its lips.

Then my Joy died of isolation.

And now I only remember my dead Joy in remembering my dead Sorrow.
But memory is an autumn leaf that murmurs a while in the wind and
then is heard no more.

Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female


Posted: Mar 29, 2020 - 7:11am

Fog shrinks the world, like
The pandemic, but softer,
Sweeter, more gently.
buddy

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Location: Denver
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 20, 2020 - 8:28am

He Dog

I'm a very old dog,
much older than most dogs.
I can't give out my wisdom
because I bark loudly and virtually
no one understands this barking except
a few other dogs of my particular species.
I don't bark at cars. They're beneath contempt.
I bark at the rising sun when it rises
red out of a forest fire.
I bark at thunder out of pure envy,
the mighty noise this sky dog makes.
I growl at myself when I sleep too much
and don't run to the far field in the morning
where i saw the bear bigger than me and ran home.
I don't bark at the night. I love its black music.
I sleep under the porch, inside during winter.
Once I had a girlfriend for the day.
I have puppies but I don't know where.

~ Jim Harrison
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Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 20, 2020 - 8:02am

Crow's Theology

Crow realized God loved him-
Otherwise, he would have dropped dead.
So that was proved.
Crow reclined, marvelling, on his heart-beat.

And he realized that God spoke Crow-
Just existing was His revelation.

But what Loved the stones and spoke stone?
They seemed to exist too.
And what spoke that strange silence
After his clamour of caws faded?

And what loved the shot-pellets
That dribbled from those strung-up mummifying crows?
What spoke the silence of lead?

Crow realized there were two Gods-

One of them much bigger than the other
Loving his enemies
And having all the weapons.

Ted Hughes
oldviolin

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Posted: Mar 20, 2020 - 7:55am


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Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 16, 2020 - 5:36pm

The Drinker of Sorrows

The drinker of all my sorrows
Is not a healer of horses
Neither manshape nor beastly
An eater of flesh
With nimble fingers

And there are times
When it quietly helps the dying
But the dying can't fly
Their inchwings pulse
Until their legs are still

The listener to all my quiets
Is not a seeker of silence
But silence itself
It listens to my blood
Waiting and tasting

A king to the insects
A sawer of limbs
With dark dull saws
A collector of pain
The drinker of all my sorrows

- Rob Diebold


Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female


Posted: Mar 13, 2020 - 6:02am

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
 
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
 
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
 
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

ScottN

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Location: Half inch above the K/T boundary
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 10, 2020 - 6:51am

Sake
by Elizabeth Spires

A squat bottle,
two cups, and us
toasting an anniversary
although we know
the wind may blow
away these walls
of paper, wood, and rock;
and if they fall, we'll rise
and quickly improvise
a journey down time's
cold silvery musical stream,
slipping on dripping
stepping-stones, drenched
to the bone until,
shades of our former selves,
we give up the ghost,
our ghastly smiles belying
the cold finality of lying
through centuries side
by side, cheated by time.
What is a marriage?
A promise, a vow never
to forsake the other,
and love a little realm
of light and shadow.
But here, while the sake's
warm. Drink again.
For your sake. Mine.

miamizsun

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Posted: Feb 6, 2020 - 4:42am

i thought that {#Arrowd} was seriously thoughtful (it's quite possible that i'm floating in metaphorical ether and insulated from what is)
miamizsun

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Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 4:22am

david whyte poetry
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Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 4:16am

if you're into poetry this should be a real treat

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ScottN

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Posted: Jan 20, 2020 - 7:41pm

 Antigone wrote:
Think of Others

while preparing your breakfast,
think of others
don’t forget the aliment of the doves
and while you are going to war,
think of others
don’t forget those seeking peace
and as you pay your water bill,
think of others
those who drink the clouds
and while you are returning home,
your home,
think of others
don’t forget the people of the tents
and as you sleep and count the stars,
think of others
those who don’t have a space to sleep
and as you liberate yourself with metaphors,
think of others
those who have lost their rights to speak
and while you are thinking of others far away,
think of yourself
and say: I wish I was a candle in the dark

~ Mahmoud Darwish

 
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ScottN

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Posted: Jan 20, 2020 - 7:16pm

 Antigone wrote:
Clapp's Pond
by Mary Oliver
...
How sometimes everything
closes up, a painted fan, landscapes and moments
flowing together until the sense of distance - - -
say, between Clapp's Pond and me - - -
vanishes, edges slide together
like the feathers of a wing, everything
touches everything.
...
*

from the pond
three miles away.

 
Thank you, Mary Oliver.
Antigone

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Gender: Female


Posted: Jan 20, 2020 - 6:22pm

Clapp's Pond
by Mary Oliver

Three miles through the woods
Clapp's Pond sprawls stone gray
among oaks and pines,
the late winter fields

where a pheasant blazes up
lifting his yellow legs
under bronze feathers, opening
bronze wings;

and one doe, dimpling the ground as she touches
its dampness sharply, flares
out of the brush and gallops away.

*

By evening: rain.
It pours down from the black clouds,
lashes over the roof. The last
acorns spray over the porch; I toss
one, then two more
logs on the fire.

*

How sometimes everything
closes up, a painted fan, landscapes and moments
flowing together until the sense of distance - - -
say, between Clapp's Pond and me - - -
vanishes, edges slide together
like the feathers of a wing, everything
touches everything.

*

Later, lying half-asleep under
the blankets, I watch
while the doe, glittering with rain, steps
under the wet slabs of the pines, stretches
her long neck down to drink

*

from the pond
three miles away.

Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female


Posted: Jan 1, 2020 - 1:50pm

Long, woodland vistas.
The creek burbling beside us,
The dog and I walk.

(alternate last line: Happy New Year, all!)
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