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cptbuz

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Location: Sacramento CA
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 26, 2020 - 5:31pm

38.9639677,-120.1198166
I go there, sometimes, in a physical sense
more often, without thinking so much
I'll find myself there for a moment
or an hour or a day
abandoning the audacity of our mortality
peeling away from the harshness of reality
I rise through open country
skimming past the golden foothills
buffeting breezes among the ragged ridge lines
above blue waters, across green meadows
to that desolate wilderness beyond man's reach
pass the end of that narrow bumpy road
beyond the narrower windswept trail
up the steps built on the back
of the father of my father’s father
to our nest above that cabin in the sky
and we fade into alpen glow
within the hole bored behind the lightning scar
Oh Pinus jeffreyi! Our hardy home
we may be fat but we are content
to look out upon our favorite view
and nestle in for the longest winter of our lives. -W. LeTendre
Antigone

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


Posted: Jun 10, 2020 - 5:26pm

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Antigone

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


Posted: Jun 7, 2020 - 2:38pm

Weekends are fleeting,
With train whistles and grey tree
Frog calls. Seasons fly.
oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 2, 2020 - 7:24pm


AliGator

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Posted: Apr 16, 2020 - 9:06am

 Coaxial wrote:

If you click on the F it is a Facebook link but then I realized you don't have an account so I'll watch it for you and give you a link to the video when I get one. {#Hug} Stay safe.
 
Thanks! You stay safe too! {#Hug}
Coaxial

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Location: 543 miles west of Paradis,1491 miles eas
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 16, 2020 - 5:09am

 AliGator wrote:
 
 
If you click on the F it is a Facebook link but then I realized you don't have an account so I'll watch it for you and give you a link to the video when I get one. {#Hug} Stay safe.
AliGator

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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 11:43pm

 ScottN wrote:

The Sorrel Filly

The songs of small birds fade away
into the bushes after sundown,
the air dry, sweet with goldenrod.
Beside the path, suddenly, bright asters
flare in the dusk. The aged voices
of a few crickets thread the silence.
It is a quiet I love, though my life
too often drives me through it deaf.
Busy with costs and losses, I waste
the time I have to be here—a time
blessed beyond my deserts, as I know,
if only I would keep aware. The leaves
rest in the air, perfectly still.
I would like them to rest in my mind
as still, as simply spaced. As I approach,
the sorrel filly looks up from her grazing,
poised there, light on the slope
as a young apple tree. A week ago
I took her away to sell, and failed
to get my price, and brought her home
again. Now in the quiet I stand
and look at her a long time, glad
to have recovered what is lost
in the exchange of something for money.

 
I hadn't read that one before. Thanks for sharing it; it's marvelous.
AliGator

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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 11:41pm

 Coaxial wrote:

In case you have some spare time tomorrow please check this out.I'll preface by saying this lady survived massacres during the civil war in Liberia and now teaches at Penn State/Altoona.

She having a reading /book launch. I imagine it is powerful stuff...She's a force, goes all over the country doing readings. I'm going to check her out. Cheers.

FB link
No photo description available.
 
I'm not getting a link or an image, R.
ScottN

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


Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 10:15pm

The Sorrel Filly

The songs of small birds fade away
into the bushes after sundown,
the air dry, sweet with goldenrod.
Beside the path, suddenly, bright asters
flare in the dusk. The aged voices
of a few crickets thread the silence.
It is a quiet I love, though my life
too often drives me through it deaf.
Busy with costs and losses, I waste
the time I have to be here—a time
blessed beyond my deserts, as I know,
if only I would keep aware. The leaves
rest in the air, perfectly still.
I would like them to rest in my mind
as still, as simply spaced. As I approach,
the sorrel filly looks up from her grazing,
poised there, light on the slope
as a young apple tree. A week ago
I took her away to sell, and failed
to get my price, and brought her home
again. Now in the quiet I stand
and look at her a long time, glad
to have recovered what is lost
in the exchange of something for money.

Coaxial

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Location: 543 miles west of Paradis,1491 miles eas
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 2:27pm

 AliGator wrote:

:) He really is.
 
In case you have some spare time tomorrow please check this out.I'll preface by saying this lady survived massacres during the civil war in Liberia and now teaches at Penn State/Altoona.

She having a reading /book launch. I imagine it is powerful stuff...She's a force, goes all over the country doing readings. I'm going to check her out. Cheers.

FB link
No photo description available.
AliGator

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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 2:14pm

 Antigone wrote:

A favorite! Berry is a treasure. 
 
:) He really is.
Antigone

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


Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 5:30am

 AliGator wrote:
 

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 
 
A favorite! Berry is a treasure. 
AliGator

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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 12:32am

 

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 
Antigone

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


Posted: Apr 14, 2020 - 3:21pm

Haiku
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

miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 29, 2020 - 8:04am



 Manbird wrote:

The Drinker of Sorrows

- Rob Diebold

 



miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


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.

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