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#101919 2 years, 10 months ago
I found this on FB and liked it.



The forest is alive and bright
Even in the darkness,
Pitch black on this winter's night

The fire is roaring, smoke dwindling in the sky
My heart is soaring, my soul wanting to cry
Cry out for the sun's warmth and return
And shall I wait for it, shall I?

I abandon my fears and inhibitions
My pelts drop to the floor of grass beneath
Giving up any and all volition
I dance 'round the fire, circling it as a wreath

The scent of burning wood fills my nose
Something animal yet natural takes over
My feet pound the earth beneath us
Calling out into the night for our earthly mother

Around and around we go
Circling the fire
Summoning the sun's return
Awaiting the rebirth of the father

Something ancient takes over me
Leaving me to the God and Goddess' rule
Inflaming the fire inside of me
Seeing through time to the sea
To the sea, to the sea

Dancing 'round the fire, smoke filling the circle
Air enlighten me, earth comforting
Fire warm us and bring back the sun
Before the water of winter and death
Consumes us...consumes us
The voices tell me what to say
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#102738 2 years, 10 months ago
Here's hoping for peace on earth sooner rather than later.

Christmas Bells
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."


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#103313 2 years, 10 months ago
Twas the Night before a Dead Show

'Twas the night before a Dead show and all through the place,
All the heads were dosed - just trippin' to space.
The joints were all rolled with precision and care,
With hopes that St. Stephen soon would be there.

The freaks were nestled all stoned in their beds,
While visions of Johanna danced in their heads.
With me in my poncho and her in my hand,
Just dyin to hear "Uncle John's Band."

When out from the stage there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
O' way to the stadium I flew with my stash,
I kicked down the gate - it fell with a crash.

the light from the orb, hanging so high.
Blinded me like I was Born cross Eyed.
And what to my red glossy eyes should appear,
A shadowed figure, could it be Mr. Weir?

No, too big to be Bob, too short to be Phil,
Could it be Mickey, Vince, or maybe even Bill?
He started to sing and the sound from his lips,
Assured me at once that he was Captain Trips!

His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry,
I exclaimed in excitement, "Oh Wow! It's Jerry."
I couldn't believe it - just Jerry and Me,
"Play something" I said. "Play Sugaree."

The Fat man jammed - he was on a roll,
With his sweet songs, he rocked my soul.
Jerry spoke once, and his message was plain:
"Gotta go now," he said. "It looks Like Rain."

But I heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight,
"Good Lovin' to all, and I bid You Goodnight."


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#110606 2 years, 9 months ago
TO THE EVENING STAR

by: William Blake (1757-1827)

HOU fair-hair'd angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And then the lion glares through the dun forest
The fleeces of our flocks are cover'd with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thine influence!







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I can't come down, it's plain to see.
I can't come down, I've been set free.
Who you are, and what you do,
don't make no difference to me.
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#110821 2 years, 9 months ago
A good one to read at sunset.
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#110844 2 years, 9 months ago
This is a blues (so it's sad) sonnet, and sounds amazing read aloud.

"Graveyard Blues” by Natasha Trethewey

It rained the whole time we were laying her down;
Rained from church to grave when we put her down.
The suck of mud at our feet was a hollow sound.

When the preacher called out I held up my hand.
When he called for a witness, I raised my hand --
Death stops the body's work, the soul's a journeyman.

The sun came out when I turned to walk away,
Glared down on me as I turned and walked away --
My back to my mother, leaving her where she lay.

The road going home was pocked with holes,
That home-going road's always full of holes;
Though we slow down, time's wheel still rolls.

I wander now among names of the dead:
My mother's name, stone pillow for my head.
...was staring at the little blotch of sunshine with a special intensity, considering lying down in it.

-JD Salinger
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#111565 2 years, 9 months ago
He Held Radical Light

He held radical light
as music in his skull: music
turned, as
over ridges immanences of evening light
rise, turned
back over the furrows of his brain
into the dark, shuddered,
shot out again
in long swaying swirls of sound:

reality had little weight in his transcendence
so he
had trouble keeping
his feet on the ground, was
terrified by that
and liked himself, and others, mostly
under roofs:
nevertheless, when the
light churned and changed

his head to music, nothing could keep him
off the mountains, his
head back, mouth working,
wrestling to say, to cut loose
from the high unimaginable hook:
released, hidden from stars, he ate,
burped, said he was like any one
of us: demanded he
was like any one of us.

by A. R. Ammons

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#111893 2 years, 9 months ago
BLANK BEAUTY

by Judith Pordon

Beautiful blank pages
kiss our
imaginations
with backgrounds
that demand precision.

Our black letters cross
on tightrope lines,
curving
without wavering
across deep, invisible currents.

These beautiful blank pages
are promises of our
reflections.
Our gentlest strokes
of darkness upon light.




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I can't come down, it's plain to see.
I can't come down, I've been set free.
Who you are, and what you do,
don't make no difference to me.
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#111901 2 years, 9 months ago
Wow! You guys are prolific! For various reasons I've been out of the poetic loop of late. Gotta take some time and read through the last couple of pages and come up with a few contributions of my own.
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#111964 2 years, 9 months ago
Chester wrote:
TO THE EVENING STAR

by: William Blake (1757-1827)

HOU fair-hair'd angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And then the lion glares through the dun forest
The fleeces of our flocks are cover'd with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thine influence!











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