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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.

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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)
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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

 
*bump*
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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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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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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Posted: Dec 26, 2019 - 3:30pm



 Antigone wrote:
 
This is, I think, what holiness is:

the natural world, where every moment is full
of the passion to keep moving.

Inside every mind there’s a hermit’s cave full of light,
full of snow, full of concentration.

I’ve knelt there, and so have you,
hanging on to what you love,

to what is lovely.

~ Mary Oliver, At the Lake
 


Antigone

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Posted: Dec 26, 2019 - 2:32pm

 
This is, I think, what holiness is:

the natural world, where every moment is full
of the passion to keep moving.

Inside every mind there’s a hermit’s cave full of light,
full of snow, full of concentration.

I’ve knelt there, and so have you,
hanging on to what you love,

to what is lovely.

~ Mary Oliver, At the Lake
ScottN

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Posted: Dec 25, 2019 - 8:43am

The Christmas Story
by Robin Richstone

We know by heart these stories
of a cold world, unwelcoming inn,
the murderous tyrant,
Mary on a donkey, escape,
how cruel, how long ago, how far
from what we mean to sing,
O Come, O Come,
to the weary, the terrified,
Mary's heart beating fast,
her grip on the baby,
the strains of it fill the shops,
the streets, flow down rivers,
cross seas, cross borders,
the refugee mother kneels
to change her infant in
an open field, the shepherds gone,
the angels quiet,
her safety now
completely up to us.

Antigone

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Posted: Dec 4, 2019 - 4:59pm

Orion lies on
the eastern horizon. It
means winter is here.
Antigone

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Posted: Dec 4, 2019 - 2:55pm

Windy walk at dusk,
Rustling is cause for concern.
Yet Christmas lights shine.
ScottN

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Posted: Dec 2, 2019 - 11:48am

On My Own (excerpt)

...

The teachers were soft-spoken women
smelling like washed babies and the students
fierce as lost dogs, but they all hushed
in wonder when I named the 400 angels
of death, the planets sighted and unsighted,
the moment at which creation would turn
to burned feathers and blow every which way
in the winds of shock. I sat down
and the room grew quiet and warm. My eyes
asked me to close them. I did, and so
I discovered the beauty of sleep and that
to get ahead I need only say I was there,
and everything would open as the darkness
in my silent head opened onto seascapes
at the other end of the world, waves
breaking into mountains of froth, the sand
running back to become salt savor
of the infinite. Mrs. Tarbox woke me
for lunch—a tiny container of milk
and chocolate cookies in the shape of Michigan.

Of course I went home at 3:30, with
the bells ringing behind me and four stars
in my notebook and drinking companions
on each arm. If you had been there
in your yellow harness and bright hat
directing traffic you would never
have noticed me—my clothes shabby
and my eyes bright—; to you I'd have been
just an ordinary kid. Sure, now you
know, it's obvious, what with the light
of the Lord streaming through the nine
windows of my soul and the music of rain
following in my wake and the ordinary air
on fire every blessed day I waken the world.

PHILIP LEVINE

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Posted: Dec 1, 2019 - 6:47am

December 1st
by Billy Collins

Today is my mother's birthday,
but she's not here to celebrate
by opening a flowery card
or looking calmly out a window.

If my mother were alive,
she'd be 114 years old,
and I am guessing neither of us
would be enjoying her birthday very much.

Mother, I would love to see you again
to take you shopping or to sit
in your sunny apartment with a pot of tea,
but it wouldn't be the same at 114.

And I'm no prize either,
almost 20 years older than the last time
you saw me sitting by your deathbed.
Some days, I look worse than yesterday's oatmeal.

Happy Birthday, anyway. Happy Birthday to you.
Here I am in a wallpapered room
raising a glass of birthday whiskey
and picturing your face, the brooch on your collar.

It must have been frigid that morning
in the hour just before dawn
on your first December 1st
at the family farm a hundred miles north of Toronto.

I imagine they had you wrapped up tight,
and there was your tiny pink face
sticking out of the bunting,
and all those McIsaacs getting used to saying your name.

Antigone

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Posted: Oct 29, 2019 - 6:38am

Antigone

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Posted: Oct 12, 2019 - 4:28pm

Big, fat ol' moon sit-
ting on the eastern mountains.
Seemed to be resting.
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Posted: Aug 9, 2019 - 9:24am



 cptbuz wrote:
I've written a poem a week for a long time as part of a poetry club, never found a good place to post them... thought this might be a good spot to plant a few originals from the past 6 months.
Enjoy, discuss, be kind.


This is indeed a good spot. I remember your post from a few months ago also. Keep feeling. Keep writing. There may not be a lot of discussion or critique but for sure it's being read. I've always found Radio Paradise to be incredibly receptive to original creativity.
Many of us; myself included, have often complicated thoughts and emotions and find them hard to articulate. Poetry isn't like an HOV lane for high volume traffic. Often it's more like a dirt road, as yet unpaved and without conditional access...
cptbuz

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Posted: Aug 8, 2019 - 4:49pm

I've written a poem a week for a long time as part of a poetry club, never found a good place to post them... thought this might be a good spot to plant a few originals from the past 6 months.
Enjoy, discuss, be kind.




for america


pretend you don't care
send a thought, or fake a prayer
A-K shells still lying there
bodies lay in disrepair.

no amount of gun control
will fix a land without a soul
no law upon a dated scroll
will be enough to pay this toll.

no check inside a voting booth
no eye for an eye nor tooth for a tooth
can ease the pain or start to soothe
the quest for an answer, a fragment of truth.

mental health don't mean a thing
or video games or bad parenting
or CNN cutaways to children crying
for this is our price to let freedom ring.


                                                    Will LeTendre




Terms and conditions


Growing old is getting old
live to die is what we're sold
is there life and what is death
when we breathe our final breath


A final drive in our old car
we won't have to go too far
bring the wine lets have some fun
make out until the daylights done


Call the kids, say our goodbyes
one last look into your eyes
the car hum echoes in my ear
our final act of our final year


A haze it grows so thick inside
you lean on me I almost cried
been so much for me to bare
to understand how much you care


Going now its closing time
clouded head, slurred rhyme
Even after all this fuss
I see Charon has come for us

                             
                              Will LeTendre




Silhouette my silhouette


The obscurity of my shadow
is that it's always there
even in dim starlight
it's hanging on somewhere.


Was near a total eclipse
I saw my outline gazing
at my rippled white blanket
where shadow snakes were grazing.


It's been here since the start
but I can't help but wonder
will my shadow still stay with me
when I'm buried six feet under?


                                  Will LeTendre






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