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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5422 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2008 :  09:20:14  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
THE ARCHERS

Three blind archers in a thicket where wild roses
burst from prairie grass like screams, fire their arrows
in six directions, the sky laughing when they miss.
Half-buried rocks dull the arrowheads when they
shoot the ground. Hear the the brief racket of birches
when the arrows pass through, taking bits of leaf and bark
in their random flight. Somewhere beyond these trees,
Lorca walks calmly in the late morning sun, his earliest
poems padding the toes of his too-big shoes.
The blind archers pull arrows from their quivers, mad
with delight. They draw the bow taut and zing them off
into what, for them, is light without definition, a shimmering
gauze that tells them it is no longer night, that the sun
of memory keeps their hearts. It is this way with love, eyes
of no use, the firing without guarantee. Lorca ducks nimbly
as an arrow sails past, hears its dry whistle above his head.
Kneeling there in the dew-dampened grass, he whispers,
"Buenos dias," to the wild and bleeding roses.

DL
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2008 :  17:22:50  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"I am a poet and nobody shoots poets."

~Federico Garcia Lorca~
June 5, 1898 ~ August 19, 1936

When they put the gun to the back of your head...under a cloud of smoke from your last cigarette...with your extant eyebrows and cloven chin...your unequivocal coal eyes and widow's peak hairline...did you die smiling near that dear olive tree?

So many questions and so few answers.

Doug~ I saw his Blood Wedding and The House of Bernard Alba performed in Los Angeles. Blood Wedding was a magic night. Have you read Poet in New York? A different level of consciousness at work from The Gypsy Ballads and the canciones. Mick had the very best translation of The Ballad of the Spanish Civil Guard. "Black are the black-shod horses/Stains of ink and beeswax..." I have the same copy somewhere and now I'm determined to find it.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2008 :  17:36:02  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
When the Saints sobbed into their white handkerchiefs he turned a deaf ear to their weeping. Pressed his ear to the sun-drenched ground and listened for the deep quiet. In a world full of noise he went searching for the right silence. A perilous path paved with glittering litter. Meanwhile, outside the media tents, the celebrity venues continue to jam traffic while the AD's rush around with designer lattes. Crab cakes from Maryland flown in fresh this morning. Lobsters from Cape Ann...
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2008 :  17:46:34  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
She set the day's Rorschach puzzle and enchiladas on the table. The sunburned salt and pepper danced madly across the cracked tile. "Do this for me," he said, and handed her the pen. A dime-size spatter of salsa on the page. A spicy-hot red star with an ant making its way toward it. "A name, then," she said. "Oh, many," he said, "ha ha ha." "Something special..." she said, "...for today." "---," he whispered, "how's that?" "Oh, sure!" she said, "I get it now."
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1812 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2008 :  21:19:45  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Fly me back to the Rockies. Don't wanta pay my way. Just wanta
grab a freebie flight. I must go back today. The snow-tipped
peaks are calling me. I need to pack a bag. John Denver's up
there somewhere. And, I don't wanta lag. They say he comes
around sometimes when the wind blows soft and low. Don't know
how I'll get there. Just know I have to go. Anyone have a Lear
outside? That would do just fine. Doesn't have to be a luxury
jet. That's the last thing on my mind. Yep. That's the last
thing on my mind. I wish I could figure out what he was thinkin'
of !! Sure. When he climbed into that tiny seat, and went the
way of doves. I miss that country boy.
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Jonmark
Windchimer

USA
1782 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2008 :  22:05:32  Show Profile  Visit Jonmark's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
For BGee-
http://www.jonmarkstone.com/forum/index.php?topic=142.0
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2008 :  18:58:18  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
LA stories. Sunday life around the corner. Across the street from CBS the preacher of Farmer's Market makes his rounds among them. Tells his fog-bound story behind the dumpsters at Du-par's. Blesses those who come confessing. And the more penitent who don't say a word. Broken lifelines shining in their outstretched palms. Nine months a year the sun prevails over Fairfax and Third where the underpaid assistants menu choices consist of date shakes and green-apple pie. Where the tourists and seniors queue up for corned beef and homemade horseradish at Mcgees.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2008 :  19:08:53  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Anchored to ritual, they wait patiently at the crossing. Ecstatic he is. The way sparks fly off the blue rail. The long weight of moonlit cargo slung-shot through the silent night. A grin and a wink when he flares a lit match to his Camel. The inevitable cloud of smoke again at his shoulders. "No sunglasses after midnight," he says. He's got her by the hand now...running down some cinder trail.
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1812 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2008 :  22:51:20  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Sweet Jonmark,
Thank you so much for the trip back to your
cafe with such an insightful flight back in
time for me. I enjoyed it very much.
Hello to Bree.
BGee
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5422 Posts

Posted - 03/31/2008 :  11:21:56  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
SONNET XVII

I don't love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn't bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving

but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.

Pablo Neruda

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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 03/31/2008 :  13:51:33  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
December 2004 he turned up the Jamesonís level to a new high.

The one year anniversary of her death hit hard and he hit back
just as hard.
When the bartender cut him off he just stared not believing
what the man had said. He made him explain that, yes, he knew he had
been coming there for thirty years and, yes, he was a friend of the owner,
but the combination of the hot AMG convertable and being
only 3 pm on a Saturday made him think that another whiskey
might not be such a good idea.
After somehow getting the car the ten miles home on the back roads,
he proceeded to fall down the stairs and hit his head and his elbow
on the tiled kitchen floor. Then for an encore he fell backwards
into the snowglobe collection and woke up in a pile of
wet sand, glass and blood...

Just another dream date with Mr Jameson...


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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2008 :  19:53:08  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I've always wanted brook trout
for breakfast.

Suddenly, I find a new path
to the waterfall.

I begin to hurry.
Wake up,

my wife says,
you're dreaming.

But when I try to rise,
the house tilts.

Who's dreaming?
It's noon, she says.

My new shoes wait by the door.
They are gleaming.

~Raymond Carver~

Oh, I got a feelin'
Got a feelin' when the sun go down
Oh, I got a feelin' when the sun goes down
I will be out on the town
Tyin' on my brand new walkin' shoes
Ain't no use in me just layin around
Layin' around in this old house of blues...

~Mickey Newbury~


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BarbraG
Windchimer

1812 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2008 :  22:31:44  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
It's scary outside tonight. Earth is still in its orbit, but
it isn't the same as it used to be. Hatred runs rampant! Third
graders plot killing their teachers. Parents don't know where
their children are. Babies sleep under bridges with their homeless
mothers, hungry and sick. Fathers run from responsibility. America
is a long way from the Pinta, the Nina, and the Santa Maria. And,
yet, Cuban refugees still risk raging waters on tiny pieces of
floating material to get to her shores. Prejudice against them
and other races is alive and well. Mexicans are okay with some as
long as they can serve up a good taco !! Native Americans have been
fighting for homeland security since 1492 !!!! Presidental candidates
sicken us with their animosity toward each other. Computers
babysit our future governors of this nation. Wargames are not
skits involving Roy Rogers and The Lone Ranger anymore. "Kill Bill"
is a popular movie and theme. Red Bull is the fuel of choice for
children in schools, for study and for sports. Streetwise is a
term that starts in the toddler stage now. Children learn to
walk before they can crawl. Doctors kill thousands each and EVERY
year .. sometimes, just because we don't have the courage to "just
say NO to drugs". Vioxx, Viagara, Valium, Vicodin . . . just a
few "V" words we've trusted with our lives. Nurses want out !!
Soldiers want in. Skyscrapers still rising,.. along with the cost
of everything we need to exist. Sinkholes still forming,
geographically and personally. Earthquakes still moving, also
geographically and personally. Foreclosures. Unpaid mortgages.
Repossessed possessions. Diabetes. Heart disease. Alzheimer's.
Black human beings still remember German Shepherds and firehoses
and fighting for America, but not being able to LIVE in America.
Chemicals !!! Chemicals !! Chemicals !! Children can't read nor do they want to anymore. The population is being "dumbed down" with
new and newer and even newer math that doesn't even make any sense..
not like Basic Math.. ENGLISH is being sought as the main language
in America !!!! Duhh !! SOOO, where is the silver lining? I wish I could think of one. Okay, here's one.

The last time I looked, the flag was still flying and I was still
free !!! Thank You to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

Here's another one. I can still pray openly if I choose. How much
longer will that be a "given" ?

Here's one more. "Big Brother" isn't sleeping in my house tonight.
Or, is he? I might have to re-think that one. But, later.

Last one.. my mom just turned 91 and she's still spunky and takes
care of her own affairs, and still drives her big Lincoln Town Car --
actually chauffering her 80-year-old sister around town -- and
also . . . has another garden coming into full bloom. Now, that is
a major silver lining in my life.


BGee


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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2008 :  18:31:09  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Melinda said to me that if I could have
a few small victories every day
I might feel better about things.
I said, It's hard to learn new dance steps
when you're still working on
walking upright.

She said, Is there a point to all of this introspection?
I said, I don't know;

I was letting it be your turn to bring the point...
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2008 :  19:27:30  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
There was a door from the bedroom to a
screened in porch with wrought iron chairs.
It caught the wind and it took the smoke and
it looked out over the valley and to another mountain.
He spent alot of time there in the middle of the nite,
thinking and smoking.
It was a good time -
no, it was a grand time, he thought.
He was clean for a time.
He was outdoors with the wind and the nite.
He was a room away from a woman he loved.
In his head he put one more day on the calendar
that was back in NY.

He was thinking he might even make it.
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1812 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2008 :  20:36:09  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
He did make it !! He did !!



BGee
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5422 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2008 :  01:21:35  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
AWAKE AT NIGHT

Late in the night I pay
the unrest I owe
to the life that has never lived
and cannot live now.
What the world could be
is my good dream
and my agony when, dreaming it,
I lie awake and turn
and look into the dark.
I think of a luxury
in the sturdiness and grace
of necessary things, not
in frivolity. That would heal
the earth, and heal men.
But the end, too, is part
of the pattern, the last
labor of the heart:
to learn to lie still,
one with the earth
again, and let the world go.

Wendell Berry
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2008 :  16:42:30  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
This is the translation Mick had. "...the night so nightly night..." he especially liked. The poem is much too long to print here...but you can find it in...The Gypsy Ballads by Federico Garcia Lorca translated by Will Kirkland. Amazing language.

Ballad of the Spanish Civil Guard

Black are the horses,
the horseshoes are black.
Glistening on their capes
are stains of ink and wax.
Their skulls - and this is why
they do not cry - are cast in lead.
They ride the roads
with souls of patent leather.
Hunchbacked and nocturnal,
they command, where they appear,
the silence of dark rubber
and fears of fine sand.
They go as they will,
and hidden in their heads
is a vague astronomy
of phantasmagoric pistols.

Oh city of the gypsies!
Corners hung with banners.
The moon and pumpkins,
and cherries in preserve.
Oh city of the gypsies!
Who could see and not remember you?
City of musk and sorrow,
city of cinnamon towers.

As the night was coming,
the night so nightly night,
the gypsies at their forges
were shaping suns and arrows.
A badly wounded stallion
knocked at every door.
Glass roosters were singing
in Jerez de la Frontera.
The naked wind turns
the corner of surprise,
in the night silvernight,
the night so nightly night.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2008 :  16:49:12  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Three south-of-the-border stories.

He's been holding up the sky for so long
he doesn't notice he's sinking into the ground.
Each noon she comes with his lunch in a pail
stepping lightly between raised rows of tomatoes.
Strange, he thinks, when her footprints
leave no impression.
He remembers the gun in the cradle
peeking out from under the lace.
The iron cross on the wall.
The photographs.
A procession of red caskets.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1613 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2008 :  16:54:52  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
She was a crash and burn personality. He knew that before he cast her in the role. Before he ever put his arms around her. On the first day of principal photography he shot her through the veil. The hat with the spray of spots he insisted she wear. She took direction well. Punctuated each line with a jab of an ebony cigarette holder. Her face diffused behind a hazy scrim of smoke. "More noir!" he insisted, famous for the truth.
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