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Jonmark
Windchimer

USA
1779 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2007 :  06:40:21  Show Profile  Visit Jonmark's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Very very cool Douglas.
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Joe Z
Windchimer

USA
1748 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2007 :  07:50:24  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Good job, D.
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Karen Runk
Firefly

USA
4918 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2007 :  09:26:28  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Karen Runk an AOL message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Very visual and very good. Thank you, Doug

Karen Runk
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Lois
Windchimer

USA
1556 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2007 :  12:01:46  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Lois an AOL message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
.....the circle is unbroken....
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2007 :  20:21:47  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Walt said it well . . .

"It's a small world, after all." You have a special gift, Doug.
But, I know that you already know that.

BGee
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Jonmark
Windchimer

USA
1779 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2007 :  20:45:56  Show Profile  Visit Jonmark's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply

I'll never forget what it felt like to share a stage with Sammi.
After the first song, the first night, as the applause was dying down, she turned to me and said "I SURE wish you lived closer to Oklahoma".

Suddenly, a thirty year old picture in my mind's hard drive pushed it's way front and center of a young, petite, Sammi in a mini skirt... barefooted.
Maybe she felt thirty years younger, too.
Then Gator got hungry for attention and the spell was broken.
At least my spell was.

But I'll never forget.
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2007 :  20:56:25  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I was looking back to see if I could still see you as I
rode over the ridge and headed toward town. The rain was
coming down really hard. It was time to go for the doctor.
The baby's arrival couldn't have come at a worse time. We had
been hoping to get into town long before labor started, but
life got a jump on our plans. The best laid plans . . . you know
how that goes. I sure hated to leave you alone but, with the
weather coming in, I really had no choice. I knew I would stand
a better chance of getting Doc back to the farm than getting you
into town. I hadn't really thought of what my life would be like
without you . . . until now. The horse stumbled and nearly fell.
He was terrified of the thunder and lightning. But, I pushed him
even harder. And harder. All my hopes and dreams were riding
on him. I had to make it back to you in time. What was the
alternative ?
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2007 :  17:05:06  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The water came at me from all directions.
The Great One came out of the mist.
He said, You have been vain of late; it displeases the spirits.
I said, All men are vain.
Vanity is not what most people think it is.
When a man is vain, it only means that he is pleased with the effect he has
on other people.
Forgive me, Father, but for too many years I didn't care.

Suffer me my indulgence...
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Craig
Firefly

Kyrgyzstan
3735 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2007 :  21:47:46  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply

Vanity of vanities...all is vanity, saith the Preacher.

~ Craig
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  19:37:33  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Thought we'd made it
We had the world on a string
Thought we'd traded
Broken dreams for wedding rings
When you left
It took evrything
To stop my hands from shakin'
When you left
It took evrything,
Darlin,
To find what you had taken...

Thought we'd done it
We were friends, we were lovers
Thought I'd finally
Forgotten about the others
When you left
You took the part of me
That made the pieces whole
When you left
You took the heart from me
Sweetheart,
I've got nowhere left to go

When we're apart
There's no rhythm to the rhyme
When we're apart
There's no reason for the time
When we're apart
I'm only halfway to being me
When we're apart
I'm so far from where I need to be

Thought you needed me
And I'd see you at my door
Thought we'd try again
Take a shot at something more
When you left
There was nothing left to prove
When you left
There were no mountains I could move

When we're apart
There's no rhythm to the rhyme
When we're apart
There's no reason for the time
When we're apart
I'm only halfway to being me
When we're apart
I'm so far from where I need to be

Hank Beukema revbuckman music 2007


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Karen Runk
Firefly

USA
4918 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  20:03:09  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Karen Runk an AOL message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Hank, if Mickey was reading this I think he'd like it very much. It really has the flavor of a Newbury song. Beautiful.

Karen Runk
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5416 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  23:56:54  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I ask my mother to sing.
She begins, and my grandmother joins her.
Mother and daughter sing like young girls.
If my father were alive, he would play
his accordion, and sway like a boat.

I've never been to Peking, or the Summer Palace,
nor stood on the great Stone Boat to watch
the rain begin on Kuen Ming Lake, the picknickers
running away in the grass.

But I love to hear it sung;
how the waterlilies fill with rain until
they overturn, spilling water into water,
then rock back, and fill with more.

Both women have begun to cry.
But neither stops her song.

Li-Young Lee


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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5416 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2007 :  00:15:05  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
It's been awhile now since I've written about my father.
He is 85, has lived the past three years in a care home,
the result of Alzheimer's and a series of strokes. The
best times are in the morning when the world outside of
his own can enter. Later in the day, parts of him drift
away. Sometimes he will count with numbers, persisting
even when you talk of other things.

The last time I saw him, my parents' 60th anniversary,
he drank a lone ounce of champagne and nearly died from
a coughing fit. A helluva way to go, pops, I thought to
myself. Later, as mom was opening the gift containing a
diamond necklace my sister had bought on my dad's behalf,
my father fell asleep, his chin resting on his chest.

My parents had just become great grandparents a week before,
and Aidan, my grand nephew, was at the anniversary dinner
in the care home. He was not much more lively than my dad,
truth be told, sleeping with those soft breaths babes take.

There have been a few occasions when my father's pulse has
disappeared briefly, but every time, just as the nurses were
thinking he has passed, his heart restarted and dad lurched
to life, talking a blue streak, more lucid than before the
lapse in consciousness.

There is a sadness within the cocoon of this experience. My
mother is weary from the daily visits, travelling by bus to
spend a few hours with a man who may, or may not, remember
that she is his wife.

There is also humour. For me, my feelings checked until later,
there is a fascination with how the mind's archipelago breaks
away from the mainland of the person you knew. There have been
moments when I sit with a young sailor in an old man's body,
listening to him tell me about things that happened before he
met my mother, before I was born.

Not long ago a woman named Julie, a woman with light all around
her body, brought a tape recorder to the care home and invited
my father to sing a number of duets with her. I have the songs
on a cd now, can usually only listen to one at a time. But I've
learned the songs now and, singing with my father, tonight I
made it with him, through to the end.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Dylan Thomas


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andrew p
Firefly

USA
3934 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2007 :  10:11:55  Show Profile  Visit andrew p's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Alzehimers is a thief...stealing the mind & the soul...blessings on those who have it, those who love those who have it, and those who give care to those who have it...

Bless you Doug...your Mom & your Dad.

andrew

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music. -- -John Milton

Edited by - andrew p on 12/09/2007 10:12:45
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2007 :  18:36:11  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
There's something about a snowstorm
That makes me want to drink
But it's the long time livin alone
That makes me stop and think
There were Christmas's I mostly missed
Birthdays and graduations too
There was always time for whiskey
But not near enough for you...

I watched the first snowflakes fall
And thought of both of you
The way you always put up with me
The ways you saw me thru
I don't know how many ways
There were to let you down
But I must have tried them all
Before I finally sank and drowned

Your family's always the first to know
And the last ones by your side
When you crawl inside a bottle
And start that downhill ride
It started with a little ice
But it turned into one long slide
I left them in the wintertime
And I left behind my pride


There's something about a snowstorm
That makes me want to drink
But it's the long time livin alone
That makes me stop and think
There were Christmas's I mostly missed
Birthdays and graduations too
There was always time for whiskey
But not near enough for you...

Jess, there was always time for whiskey
But not near enough for you...

Hank Beukema revbuckman music 2007
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5416 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2007 :  02:33:51  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Just as the winged energy of delight
carried you over many chasms early on,
now raise the daringly imagined arch
holding up the astounding bridges.

Miracle doesn't lie only in the amazing
living through and defeat of danger;
miracles become miracles in the clear
achievement that is earned.

To work with things is not hubris
when building the association beyond words;
denser and denser the pattern becomes -
being carried along is not enough.

Take your well-disciplined strengths
and stretch them between two
opposing poles. Because inside human beings
is where God learns.

Rainer Maria Rilke


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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2007 :  06:13:02  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Cold December brings me
Brings me nuthin but the blues
Cold December brings me
Brings me nuthin but the blues
Had a horse in evry race
Evry one he up and lose...

When she first left me
Thought I'd make it on my own
When she first left me
Thought I'd make it on my own
Now two years gone I wake up
See the empty bed and moan

Got the feelin you don't like me
Said to God the other day
Got the feelin you don't like me
Said to God the other day
He say nothin, like always
There must be a better way

Cold December brings me
Brings me nuthin but the blues
Cold December brings me
Brings me nuthin but the blues
Had a horse in evry race
Evry one he up and lose...

River she's risin tonight
Risin' higher than the roof
River she's risin tonight
Risin higher than the roof
She don't stop soon
Gonna hafta face the truth

Baby left me
Just when we got good
Baby left me
Just when we got good
Gone so far
She even left the neighborhood

Cold December brings me
Brings me nuthin but the blues
Cold December brings me
Brings me nuthin but the blues
Had a horse in evry race
Evry one he up and lose...

Hank Beukema - BarbSong Music 2005



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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2007 :  21:41:51  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Snow is falling outside. It's beautiful, almost beyond description,
but deadly at the same time. I think I'll go out for just a little
while, just to feel its icy touch upon my face. The fire
is roaring in the fireplace, and marshmallows are waiting to be
roasted, but the snow is calling my name. Every individual
and one-of-a-kind showflake awaits my arrival. To make contact
with a flake is to cause its immediate disappearance, but I live
for this time of year. Looking outside across the vastness of
space outside my window, the scene takes me back to Lara and Yuri
Zhivago's castle-like structure almost buried in frozen snow and ice.
How beautiful that was. How absolutely beautiful. I can almost hear
the sleigh's bells as the horses pulled it across the ocean of snow
to take Lara to safety, though it meant leaving her love in harm's way.

Odd that that particular vision should be in my mind's eye
as I open my door and step outside. And, odd that I should
remember that was the last time she ever saw him.



BGee

Edited by - BarbraG on 12/17/2007 21:44:41
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2007 :  19:37:22  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
So is it how you thought it would be?
Is this what you had planned?

I don't remember having many plans.
I remember being eight, tho,
wearing that black cape mom made me
so I could be a superhero or Peter Pan.
When I jumped off the balcony
thinking I would fly, I can remember thinking
in mid-air
that the Hudson River was as blue and pretty
as I had ever seen it and that it was great to feel alive...

Then I hit the ground...

Wasn't what I had planned...
~*~
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andrew p
Firefly

USA
3934 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2007 :  07:22:07  Show Profile  Visit andrew p's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Hank...just one short question!
Didya fall on your head?
just wonderin'

andrew

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music. ~John Milton
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