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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}
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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.
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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 11:43pm

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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.
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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.

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I'm not getting a link or an image, R.
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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.
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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 2:14pm

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

 
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Gender: Female


Posted: Apr 14, 2020 - 3:21pm

Haiku
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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
 
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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?

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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


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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

 



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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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Gender: Female


Posted: Mar 29, 2020 - 7:11am

Fog shrinks the world, like
The pandemic, but softer,
Sweeter, more gently.
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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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Location: esse quam videri
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
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Posted: Mar 20, 2020 - 7:55am


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