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aussiedave
Swinger

Australia
506 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2005 :  02:33:37  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Philippians 2:7&8<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Lord,

..help me to be a servant..



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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2005 :  20:16:05  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.

Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin between my hands.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness on mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying, what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

~Pablo Neruda
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2005 :  15:56:32  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
ALONE
I never thought Michiko would come back
after she died. But if she did, I knew
it would be as a lady in a long white dress.
It is strange that she has returned
as somebody's dalmation. I meet
the man walking her on a leash
almost every week. He says good morning
and I stoop down to calm her. He said
once that she was never like that with
other people. Sometimes she is tethered
on the lawn when I go by. If nobody
is around, I sit on the grass. When she
finally quiets, she puts her head in my lap
and we watch each other's eyes as I whisper
in her soft ears. She cares nothing about
the mystery. She likes it best when
I touch her head and tell her small
things about my days and our friends.
That makes her happy the way it always did.



-Jack Gilbert



http://www.mytown.ca/outsiders/beukema/
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booty
Sitter

USA
93 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2005 :  01:34:25  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I've stood beside the road
And saw both ways
I've seen the good and bad
and near sighted displays

Though I became battered
With withered limbs and old
Be it there I'm indebted
This old walnut to lay hold

The coming and going in life
Is a place either can be seen
To bear the trappings of strife
Along side there bent between

A tree grows from a seed
While the seed is of the tree
And neither knows the need
In their passing it to be

I have seen one happy come
And the other sadly go
While in time with wisdom
They will singularly grow.




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Karen Runk
Firefly

USA
4925 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2005 :  11:17:58  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Karen Runk an AOL message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
That is beautiful, Booty.

(just talked to Meeks, he said you guys can go own and own by phone, like you knew each other or something)

Merry Christmas, Booty

Karen Runk
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2005 :  14:39:59  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The biggest Department Store in town. A block long on Main Street. Six windows of Christmas time magic. A moonlit village with steepled Churches. Smoke rising from red brick chimneys in plump donut rings. Halos around everything. A Hans Brinker skating pond edged with sleds. Santa's workshop. Reindeers and Lionel locomotives. Elves in buckled boots and tiny leather aprons. Mouths full of shiny nails. Mrs. Claus's Olde Time Bakery Shoppe. Gingerbread men running out of the ovens under clouds of spun sugar steam. Candy cane smocks and striped stockings. Pointy-toed red slippers and holly hats with bells. A big calendar hanging crooked to mark the last day. "Twas the night before..." it says. Kids with their noses pressed up against the glass sucking their hair into icicles. And...just over there...by the streetlamp... Under snowflakes gently falling... POe.
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Karen Runk
Firefly

USA
4925 Posts

Posted - 12/24/2005 :  14:50:39  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Karen Runk an AOL message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply


Merry Christmas to you, Ro.



Karen Runk
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2005 :  18:55:21  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Off Mulholland one week past the Winter Solstice. Seven more minutes of lavish light. She knew he was out there in the approachable dark. At the edge of the smoke and the filigreed eucalyptus. That he stood his ground under those bowed-down trees with the calm coyotes and listening ravens. That his eye never wavered. That he prayed his own prayer.
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  01:19:38  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
THE NEW RULE

It is the old rule that drunks have to argue
and get into fights.
The lover is just as bad. He falls into a hole.
But down in that hole he find something shining,
worth more than money or power.

Last night the moon came dropping its clothes
in the street. I took it as a sign to start singing,
falling up into the bowl of the sky.
The bowl breaks. Everywhere is falling everywhere.
Nothing else to do.

Here's the new rule: Break the wineglass,
fall toward the glassblower's breath.

RUMI


visit http://www.betterdaysradio.blogspot.com
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  17:37:36  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Back from Ensenada with Lupe and Mirella and our families. Grapes and gray whales. Shrimp tacos and Hussong's Cantina. A half hour further down the coast, La Bufadora's high water show. We bought serapes and mosaic tile trivets. And a scrolled, wrought-iron black bell. Stu nailed it up on the patio to call the kids home. Tonight we all take inventory of the sky. Make the Epiphany cake to celebrate the visit of the Three Kings tomorrow. A ring crown called Pan de los Tres Reyes with three lit candles and a tiny Baby Jesus hidden inside. (A whole almond baked in the sweet bread.) The finder of The Babe treats for Dia de la Candelaria. Happy Epiphany, and a most Happy New Year to The Porch!

Love and blessings to The Wizard.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  17:39:57  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
...what you say, I hold onto. Still years away from learning, but listening with my heart...
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  21:44:26  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The APL Panama still sits off Ensenada. 880 feet long. Containers stacked 7 high. Waiting for the bimonthly rising tide. January 14th. Around there. Meanwhile... Jose Luis Gonzalez. His handy camera and portable printer ready. Provides family souvineers. Color photographs. The grounded Panama in the background. The date stamped in gold. A steal at 30 pesos.
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  23:51:18  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
We were walking down Laugavegur in the slanted sun, its
light laughing in the red of her hair. Going to a concert
by an activist out on bail, we were early and stopped into
one of those ubiquitous Reykjavik bookstores. Murakami's
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun leaped into her hand.
I bought it for her. After the sad concert, we stopped into a
place called Puccini's for a five-dollar coffee, there met a
guy from Los Angeles who had found his holy ground here,
in 101's maze of delights. Later yet, sipping cocoa together
in bed, by the light of the midnight sun she read to me, in
English, the first ten pages of Murakami's book.

visit http://www.betterdaysradio.blogspot.com
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2006 :  18:36:51  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Storm-driven and demon-tossed. They cross the high seas and land on new ground. "See how each leaf on the tree dreams a different green dream..." he says. He has smoke under his eyelids. Sparks under his finger nails. He paces back and forth. Unable to stand still. The leather pouch of knuckle bones raps against her ribs. Angels arrive. The spinning stars spin.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  18:39:53  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The weekend after Epiphany. Sunday's dawn leaps out of the canyon. All bright cymbals and mica-flecked air. Jumps on the bed. Scorches the sheets before they can open their eyes. Winding light off Mulholland. Reluctantly coming down. Twenty-one miles strung across peaks and canyons. Meandering through the Hollywood Hills. 1400 feet above sea level. Hideaway houses. Scarred garden pathways. Silver sage and verdigris gates. No numbered addresses for those looking west at 17 more minutes of sunshine. It's slow-going on Laurel to the Canyon Country Store. His Sorcerer's image in the rear-view mirror. Ah, the random, see-saw circumstances of life.
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booty
Sitter

USA
93 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  21:10:39  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Karen...Meeks and I are about as closely related as these flowers.

TRILOGY OF A WILDFLOWEER

Wild matures a cowslip
On the brink of a dashing stream
Madding though in season bloom
So lovely, the golden primrose
And of a simple nature
Bent by a primal wind
From springtime to soon fall
Lain in deep seas of lasting memories
A million fireflies steal
Lighting a perennial work of art
Quietly adorned
Painted by an incorrigible youth
With such a joyful color
Flickering in time

As the silent evening grows.

Booty
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booty
Sitter

USA
93 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  21:33:14  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
quiet common

down next to twilight approaching night
the rays of day are cut short exposing
no scathed edges.
in this departure and arrival I hear sounds
of inflected words sensing the tone, maybe
the principle of genius for the first time
or maybe the last,
such as a nocturnal bird appearing from
its arbor moving ingeniously by its perspective;
as are my cheerful neighbors so positively aligned.
from the darkness sparking stars light up
the sky enabling me to see more clear how
close I am to the natural distance; where
night and day peacefully resolve
from that higher level,
yet it aliens itself from me still
that I am contrived by that unknown-
interning my mind
to wonder -- abstracting a perfect means,
of which I have no idea
of that which I am instinctually drawn.

Booty
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2006 :  22:24:14  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...so close your sleepy eyes and dream..."

~Mickey Newbury~
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2006 :  19:57:10  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
We are sleeping on the desert. Halfway between San Lupe and the Valle de San Inez. It takes a long time to get here on horseback. There is no other way. He rides well and can talk to a horse with his knees. The trail is trouble. Does not love the traveler. Sun scorches the earth. And the land falls away. Falls away. So, hurry! Make the campfire fast! One minute the horizon is in flames. Then the sun sets. The worm dreams in the bottle they pass on hand-to-hand. The Federales smoke seriously. Moonlight does not please them. Their horses are restless. Shivering with equine fear.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1756 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2006 :  14:54:39  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
We're making Paella for Ralph and Catherine's one year Anniversary. A traditional dish with chicken and chorizo, shrimps and clams and mussels, saffron and fat lemon wedges. Cooked outside in huge cast iron pans. January 22nd is their day, but they'll be away cruising Mazatlan and Acapulco, so the party is tonight. A sunset affair. Mirella's fixing Fruta del Fuego with her secret Mayan Mystery Sauce. Cilantro, jalapenos, hot chili oil, and a firey mango marmalade she brushes on the fruit just before grilling. I know the ingredients, but I don't know the exact amounts. Critical for perfect results. Lupe read about a new market that sells ice sculptures for her Sangria centerpiece and Stu is there now. "Your choices are...dolphins, sailboat, cupid with wings, or two lop-sided hearts entwined," he tells her on the phone. "The hearts and cupid say Be My Valentine, but they'll saw that off for free." Stu is for dolphins. Lupe says, "Hearts." We need 20 inches of cubic space in the freezer, so it's chaos in the kitchen either way. We've got our blow torches ready for the Caramel Flan, Ralph and Catherine's favorite. "Get the Fire Department on speed-dial. Light the lanterns and crank up the patio hearters. Sure, we're weather wimps," Mirella says, "but our blood IS thin as WATER!" It's a cold 60 degrees in San Diego. Hooray for 24 minutes of sunlight. Happy Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Gardner!
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