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Ailinn
Windchimer

1761 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2008 :  17:33:02  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Down the sand-blown road
The coast curves and glitters
Guard your heart, now, Lady
He cautions
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1761 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2008 :  17:34:40  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"Two tin cans and a thousand miles of string."
Maybe a little more string now, Baby.
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Craig
Firefly

Kyrgyzstan
3766 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2008 :  21:00:19  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
She threw a rock then hid her hands...

~ Craig
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1821 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2008 :  22:19:06  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"Broken Toys"

Little broken hearts. "Such a pretty little face, with a heart
that's been torn .... Living in a borrowed space, from the moment
she was born . . How many tears she's cried, but never tears of
joy . . . Someone's taken a little girl and made a Broken Toy".

"Two sad little eyes, painted heartbreak blue .. the simplest of
his dreams.. never will come true ..someone elses pain fell on this
little boy . .. someone's taken a soldier, and made a Broken Toy"

"Broken Toys,.. for every one we break, a broken life takes its' place... that one day will break Toys of its' own . .Oh, Lord .. we have to mend these Broken Toys . . and let them be children again .. give back the innocence stolen from them..



These words are from a song that B.J. Thomas recorded. The video
is almost impossible to watch all the way through . . . but it
is worth the tears. This should be played on all of the radios
and televisions in the world all day and all night for just one day.
What am I saying ?? For just one minute to get some of the words in.
I'd settle for that.

BGee

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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2008 :  21:37:02  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Lemme see, it seems like the trailer was just outside of Washington, PA.

In a big, open field right next to the interstate.
We all piled thru the little door, snowcovered
shivering and laughing, falling all over each other.
We'd been out ramming snowbanks
with a VW bug, trying to get stuck and then
lifting it out when we finally did.
Anyway, the trailer didn't have much
but it did have a stereo and a recliner and a mirror.
I remember doing Crystal for the first time
and lying in that chair vibrating
to Emerson, Lake and Palmer's first album...

Sometimes you have to look back down the road
to see where you entered the tunnels...

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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2008 :  14:21:31  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Not for a moment,
beautiful aged Walt Whitman,
have I failed
to see your beard full
of butterflies.

Federico Garcia Lorca
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2008 :  08:00:22  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
In that last moment of clarity,
just before sleep
when all the busy-ness and fear have gone,
one thought stayed to play me off to dreams or nightmares:

Raised from the dead...

God might be able to do the trick in three days...

The rest of us take a little longer.

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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2008 :  13:36:38  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I have perceived that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing,
laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them, or touch any one, or rest my arm
ever so lightly round his or her neck for a moment-
what is this, then?
I do not ask any more delight-I swim in it, as in a sea.

There is something in staying close to men and women,
and looking on them, and in the contact and odor of
them, that pleases the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well.

-Walt Whitman
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2008 :  18:03:20  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
GENESIS

With what meagre space
remaining between his hands
he tried to reconstruct
a universe: with a tear
he drew a star, a moon with a glance,
and with a single touch, a sun.
When he closed his eyes
people commuted to their work
on the sidewalk of his eyelids.

Wadih Sa'adeh
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2008 :  21:11:16  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.

-Rumi
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2008 :  05:20:48  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason,
you sing. For no reason, you accept
the way of being lost, cutting loose from
all else and electing a world
where you go where you want to.

Arbitrary, sound comes, a reminder
that a steady center is holding
all else. If you listen, that sound
will tell where it is, and you
can slide your way past trouble.

Certain twisted monsters
always bar the path-but that's when
you get going best, glad to be
lost, learning how real it is
here on earth, again and again."

-William Stafford
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2008 :  09:01:04  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
What she made in her body is broken.
Now she has begun to bear it again.
In the house of her son's death
his life is shining in the windows,
for she has elected to bear him again.
She did not bear him for death,
and she does not. She has taken back
into her body the seed, bitter
and joyous, of the life of a man.

In the house of the dead the windows shine
with life. She mourns, for his life was good.
She is not afraid. She is like a field
where the corn is planted, and like the rain
that waters the field, and like the young corn.
In her sorrow she renews life, in her grief
she prepares the return of joy.

She did not bear him for death, and she does not.
There was a life that went out of her to live
on its own, divided, and now she has taken it back.
She is alight with the sudden new life of death.
Perhaps it is the brightness of the dead one
being born again. Perhaps she is planting him,
like corn, in the living and in the earth.
She has taken back into her flesh
and made light, the dark seed of her pain.

Wendell Berry
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2008 :  17:37:29  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
AT A COUNTRY FUNERAL

Now the old ways that have brought us
farther than we remember sink out of sight
as under the treading of many strangers
ignorant of landmarks. Only once in a while
they are cast clear upon the mind
as at a country funeral where, amid the soft
lights and hothouse flowers, the expensive
solemnity of experts, notes of a polite musician,
persist the usages of old neighbourhood.
Friends and kinsmen come and stand and speak,
knowing the extremity they have come to,
one of their own bearing to the earth the last
of his light, his darkness the sun's definitive mark.
They stand and think as they stood and thought
when even the gods were different.
And the organ music, though decorous
as for somebody else's grief, has its source
in the outcry of pain and hope in log churches,
and on naked hillsides by the open grave,
eastward in mountain passes, in tidelands,
and across the sea. How long a time?
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide my
self in Thee. They came, once in time,
in simple loyalty to their dead, and returned
to the world. The fields and the work
remained to be returned to. Now the entrance
of one of the old ones into the Rock
too often means a lifework perished from the land
without inheritor, and the field goes wild
and the house sits and stares. Or it passes
at cash value into the hands of strangers.
Now the old dead wait in the open coffin
for the blood kin to gather, come home
for one last time, to hear old men
whose tongues bear an essential topography
speak memories doomed to die.
But our memory of ourselves, hard earned,
is one of the land's seeds, as a seed
is the memory of the life of its kind in its place,
to pass on into life the knowledge
of what has died. What we owe the future
is not a new start, for we can only begin
with what has happened. We owe the future
the past, the long knowledge
that is the potency of time to come.
That makes of a man's grave a rich furrow.
The community of knowing in common is the seed
of our life in this place. There is not only
no better possibility, there is no
other, except for chaos and darkness,
the terrible ground of the only possible
new start. And so as the old die and the young
depart, where shall a man go who keeps
the memories of the dead, except home
again, as one would go back after a burial,
faithful to the fields, less the dead die
a second and more final death.

Wendell Berry
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2008 :  18:35:52  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
THE JOYS THAT STING

Oh do not die, says Donne, for I shall hate
all women so. How false the sentence rings.
Women? But in a life made desolate
It is the joys once shared that have the stings.
To take the old walks alone, or not at all,
To order one pint where I ordered two,
To think of, and then not to make, the small
time-honoured joke [senseless to all but you];
To laugh [oh, one'll laugh], to talk upon
themes we talked upon when you were there,
to make some poor pretence of going on,
Be kind to one's old friends, and seem to care,
While no one[O God] through the years will say
The simplest common word in just your way.

-CS LEWIS
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aussiedave
Swinger

Australia
506 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2008 :  04:59:58  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
a
greater love
hath no woman

than to have
only ever loved

just the one
man


AD
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2008 :  22:48:28  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
THE BOAT OF THE BROKEN MOON

Today I am going to climb a step-ladder and wipe
clean the tops of your cupboards, am going to pry
open that trap door under the carpet and lift
the cobwebbed trunk from your secret cellar.

This afternoon I will roll the stone from your garden,
reveal to you the broken arrowhead Red Cloud
buried there before his blindness, show you where
the pouch of butterfly wings is hidden.

Tonight I will dig far behind your oven to unearth
a fire pit that's gone unlighted since E. Pauline Johnson
revealed the sacred naming of the Qu'appelle Valley,
and from that darkness untie a sleeping birch canoe.

As we float together in the boat of the broken moon
I will balance cool coins on your forehead, braid your hair
with prairie lilies, dragon leaves. In the most quiet hour
you will know the goodness of dying this slowly, this well.

DL

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Bree Wilson Stone
Swinger

USA
882 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2008 :  23:20:06  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
What Used to be

As man walks down his city streets
and he's hot and weak from all the heat.

With only a concrete building to shade him
and he thinks about what used to be.

With poluted streams and choaking air he wonders why didn't anyone care.
And as time grows short for man he dreams about what used to be.

For all he has now is a world where man and nature fight each other
Where men go to war and destroy each other,

Can this be, we call ourselves free
can we ever bring back what used to be.

A young man cries out to his flag as he takes his last breath
for he has fought and killed now he is tasting death.

Within the walls of my soul my spirit cries out for love instead of hate.
Do something about this world before it's to late.

Bree Stone age 13................

Bree Wilson Stone
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 06/06/2008 :  11:14:49  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
BENEDICTA

She reminded me that day of Benedicta, who died before
her loveliness traveled far enough to be bruised, to fall
from the trees and roll in the peat. Her soul had returned
to dance, nakedly and wantonly, among the crowd
at her own funeral.

Baudelaire, it was, whose character so loved her naivete
that, when he saw her likeness at the grave, swaying
with slack virago glee, stomped his foot so hard his leg
descended into the loosened dirt up to the knee.
For many years he was trapped there at her tomb,
more a victim of his admiration than she ever was.

The other day, the girl whose loveliness I had adored
became a woman, and there is no compass to help
one recover from that storm. Today, one leg trapped
and soaking in the ground, I list here under the wide elms,
among the rotting leaves, my iron memory chipping
the enormous rock of the ideal, reducing her mystery
to the shape of the actual.

Her changes drape my shoulders like belts of iodized kelp
now that I live such a long reach from the sea.
Long after her passing, Benedicta circles my dark house
with her taunting, salacious moves, amused at my seriousness,
her spirit teaching me the sacrifices that go
with growing up, learning how to love.

DL
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2008 :  12:34:42  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I sat in the dark in the back of the saloon, saving the world...

I could smell the fear, the loneliness and the desperation in the room.
And that was just me.
OK, just kidding. I wasn't afraid.
The other two things just sorta grew on me,
like hunger, no, that's not exactly right;
more like lines on a man's face.
After years of not looking,
one day they were just there.
Loneliness and desperation were okay,
but what with what I did,
fear was not, I thought
as I reached for the green bottle
and looked at the gun lying next to it...
One for the lonely, one for the fear;
The desperation I let go it's own way.
Like hunger, it helped me keep an edge...

It was good for business...
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5427 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2008 :  22:45:40  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Strange how people who suffer together
have stronger connections than people
who are most content.
I don't have any regrets.
They can talk about me plenty when I'm gone.
You always said people don't do what they believe in.
They just do what's most convenient.
Then they repent.
And I always said, "Hang on to me, baby,
and let's hope that the roof stays on."

Bob Dylan
"Brownsville Girl"
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