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Ailinn
Windchimer

1593 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2008 :  17:26:35  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
He gave her a cup of smooth polished stones. Currency for the journey. Amulets. Talismans. Charms. The right magic to hold in the palm of her hand when the winds blew cold o'er the water. And the winds blew cold through six centuries across Durrow's cobbled edge. On that craggy shore of shipwrecks and disaster they danced blindfolded Destiny's dance. Bells on their shoes, a small music, when he threw some Heaven into the salty air.
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2008 :  20:39:17  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I was just sitting around one day, and entered Mickey Newbury
in my search engine. Found this wonderful family of Mickey's
folks and friends who sit around in rocking chairs and visit,
regularly. I didn't know that Mickey had left, and was
shocked to hear it. But, in the legacy he left his family
and friends, I have found much comfort. THANK you Judykins,
Karen, Andrew, Jonmark, Ginny, Doug, Miss Mamie, Laura Shayne,
Leah, Joe Z, Joey L, Lib, Lois, Shirley, Elbert, Roy, Susie G,
LarryLarry, Bill Clark, Bill Smith, T.R., Hank, Ailinn(you are so
talented), Toni Jolene, Kacey, and ALL of you who I am not naming.... You are part of my family. I have learned so much from you about music, and I'm still learning. Doug, no one writes like you !! I am in awe of your way with words. Yes, this has been a wonderful "trip" for me, wandering down the pathways and major highways that all lead back to Mickey. Wow.

BGee

Edited by - BarbraG on 09/20/2008 20:42:54
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2008 :  13:52:06  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
[Where are the stars? I see only holes. A light from behind the sky makes it's way through... touches the Earth and traces the ground until once again the midnight sun falls quietly over the edge. You can tell the moon is full, some crazy Cowboy tried to gun down the wind again this morning.]

M Newbury
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Craig
Firefly

Kyrgyzstan
3744 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2008 :  18:33:32  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.

~ Henry Ward Beecher
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2008 :  23:58:57  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"Light the match, just light the silly match, Johnny. We can't
do a single thing without light. Do it !!" I was about to
"lose it" with my brother. There we were, hiding in the darkened
room, watching for our father to come back home. It was the
GUN we needed, Dad's rifle that he had ordered a while back which
was designed just like the Rifleman's on the TV Show. Finally,
Johnny put some light in the room, and we were able to find the rifle. My fingers were by
the trigger. We went out the back door
and were able to hide in some really huge flowering shrubs.
My brother looked small in the misting rain that was falling. He
WAS small, only 12. I was 16. I was a girl, yes, but Dad had
taken much time out to teach me how to handle this rifle. My Dad
was my hero. After our Mother had died, Dad had been everything
to us. He saw that we had EVERYthing that we ever wanted or needed,
but at much personal expense to his own safety, and ours. He
had joined with a group of mercenaries and, after many jobs around
the world, he wanted out....to be able to stay home with us full
time. These people were like a small mafia organization. Dad
hadn't know that when he signed up with them, there was no getting
out. Ever. He belonged to them. Actually, we did, too. They
had begun holding our lives in their hands to get him to do horrible
things around the world. He was coming home tonight. The threats
had been coming more often lately so, to me, that meant they
suspected that Dad was going to take us and run. Car lights were
coming down the street. I told Johnny to stay down !! Waiting was
the hard part. I was just a teenaged girl who should have been
out with friends, enjoying life. Instead, I was a mercenary, too,
it seemed. I knew the rifle in my hand....I knew it well. I knew
what it would do and what it could do. Our house was in the
center of the cul-de-sac, with no others having been built since we
had moved here. The vehicle advanced slowly, a black car with
no chrome and no wheel covers. Kinda made me think of how much it
looked like an unmarked police car. But, that was out of the
ballpark. Completely. The car lights were shut off as the car
got closer to our house. The driver pulled around back, something
Dad would never do. "Johnny, come on. That wasn't Dad. We have
to go further down the road to catch him before he gets home. Just
stay low !!" We had stayed close to the bushes and had walked about
two miles down the road. Suddenly, there it was. Dad's black
van .. same M.O. .. no chrome or wheel covers or anything that
stood out that would flash in the dark. There was no mistaking
it. I had all confidence in my judgment when I stepped into the
road and threw up both hands to stop the car. Dad got out and ran
to me, suddenly terrified for my safety. He saw his rifle. Yes,
he had other guns, but this one had been modified and had a few
new tricks added to it. I motioned for Johnny to come to the van,
and handed the rifle to Dad. He paused for a split second and put
his hand to my forehead, in a caress that was also a salute. I
could feel the love from him and the pride in knowing that I was
a lot like him. Dad put us in the van, and made sure we were
anchored down safely in the back, under a bulletproof covered
cage that he had built a while back. He turned the van in the
opposite direction of our house ... or what we used to call our house. Dad had decided to preserve life, and live to fight another
day. I was with him on that. We drove into the darkest night that
I could ever remember. I was safe now. Johnny was safe. And, so
was my Dad. Mom would have been proud. She was a soldier's wife,
and she raised a soldier's family.....raised us to be a lot like Dad. He was in the O.S.S. in WW II, fought in Korea, trained
Chinese paratroopers, volunteered for Vietnam three times, and lived
through it all, managing to bring many young soldiers back home to
their families. I trusted him. I knew him well enough to know
that he would take us to a safe place where we could live a good
and fruitful life. We wouldn't have to live in a hole anymore, buried away from society and all of its wonders. We wouldn't need
a Federal Witness Protection deal .... Dad had written that book !!!!



BGee

Edited by - BarbraG on 09/22/2008 00:01:21
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5421 Posts

Posted - 09/25/2008 :  06:22:04  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
TOAST

There was a woman in Ithaca
who cried softly all night
in the next room and helpless
I fell in love with her under the blanket
of snow that settled on all the roofs
of the town, filling up
every dark depression.

Next morning
in the motel coffee shop
I studied all the made-up faces
of women. Was it the middle-aged blonde
who kidded the waitress
or the young brunette lifting
her cup like a toast?

Love, whoever you are,
your courage was my companion
for many cold towns
after the betrayal of Ithaca,
and when I order coffee
in a strange place, still
I say, lifting, this is for you.

-Leonard Nathan
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1593 Posts

Posted - 09/25/2008 :  15:29:56  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Doug, Thanks for bringing Leonard Nathan to the porch.

The Potato Eaters

Sometimes, the naked taste of potato
reminds me of being poor.

The first bites are gratitude,
the rest, contented boredom.

The little kitchen still flickers
like a candle-lit room in a folktale.

Never again was my father so angry,
my mother so still as she set the table,

or I so much at home.

Leonard Nathan
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5421 Posts

Posted - 09/27/2008 :  07:50:35  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Early one morning
in the garden of Sun Yat-sen
I sat, enchanted
as the handmade rooftop tiles
formed and informed
by centuries of wisdom
changed the falling rain
to opium

DL
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 09/28/2008 :  07:15:10  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
While we are Gods
We can only watch them struggle...
While we are Gods we cannot help them
In their pain,,,

I wish that we could tell them to stop,
Don't worry
It won't change anything...
Do your best
Love one another
Believe in what you have to....

Until we have faces
We cannot help them...
Someday Yahweh will
Send one to walk among them....

HB
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Joe Z
Windchimer

USA
1766 Posts

Posted - 09/28/2008 :  10:56:32  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Traveling across time
The wave rises up defiantly
In one last stand only
To crash onto the sand
And then like all waves
Before and after it retreats in defeat
To rejoin the eternal ebb
In another land another time
It will rise again
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San Diego
Rocker

435 Posts

Posted - 09/28/2008 :  12:45:40  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...the man who walked out of that Tijuana dentist Monday morning wasn't the man I married Saturday! 'So, how you like my new Baja smile, my heart?' he ask me. Baja Smile, hah! The Clinica Dentista off Paseo De Los Heroes next to the painted burro stand. The closer he come to me the stranger he get! Nobody I know! A different husband!" Delores Alvarado is telling the story at her eighty-third birthday party at Sunrise Friday night. "Carlos Alvarado was such a handsome man. I marry him for his teeth which are knocked out the next day! Him and his second cousin, roly-poly Joaquin...wrestling in the dirt after fixing the truck for our honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas. Me, the new bride, too shy to say, 'Hey! You quit that now!' And then, DESTINO! Fate! Goodbye, sweet smile. Hello, Senor Stranger! How do I go away with a man I don't even know?!" Her audience is enthralled. Her hands fly in perpetual motion. Ornate golden bands flashing on every finger. Her great-grandchildren, prone at her slippered feet, leaning up on their pointy elbows. Three-year old spoiled Isabella, under the "cake table" drawing with crayons on her red patent shoes. Delores and Carlos celebrated their sixtieth anniversary in 2000. Their kids sent them back to Cabo. This time on a Princess Cruise.
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San Diego
Rocker

435 Posts

Posted - 09/28/2008 :  13:05:46  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
You here me there I
Watch you bathing
In the clear water
We share as we tie up
On different sides of
The lake we breathe in
The same sweet air
It keeps us moving
To each other

Joe Z

Joe, this is such a beautiful moment. I'm sorry I didn't ask your permission to re-post it. I hope you don't mind.

Love,

Roisin
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Joe Z
Windchimer

USA
1766 Posts

Posted - 09/28/2008 :  13:32:28  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Meaning hello and goodbye, ciao may be the best word in any language. A synonym, Karma, is right up there, too.

Love ya, Ro,

Joe
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 09/28/2008 :  19:26:17  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Aloha, Joe.

BGee
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Joey L.
Swinger

USA
1353 Posts

Posted - 09/29/2008 :  17:55:39  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"Aloha, Bobby and Rose" ...
cuz ...

The Future's Not ...
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1593 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2008 :  17:50:43  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
He loved the autumn outings. Breakfasts by the sea. Carnival kites and the parade of RV's rolling home on the sand-blown Coast Highway. The squirrels coming down from the cliffs, fat and furry, when he called them by their secret names. How they gathered around him and raised up on hind legs when he spoke in their own squeaky language. How they folded their paws up close under their chins waiting for their "critters fair share". Crackers smeared with chunky peanut butter, Costco popcorn, day-old raisin bread. "Ah, pixels," God smiled from above the sun, able to see the big picture.
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2008 :  18:04:25  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Coaxing the ten or twenty thousand acorns that have been bombarding my house the last week, into the woods, is like trying to get a herd of wild mustangs into a corral. I know they'll be back tomorrow, but there is a vague inborn memory that makes us try to stay ahead of the stuff so it doesn't bury us. I have a feeling the squirrels that share my property with me are going to be confused for a little while until they find the pile I left for them...

I figure it will be like the Chinese buffet at Goi Hing's on a Sunday...
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2701 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2008 :  19:32:25  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
He remembers the day of August 27th 1992
with pinpoint accuracy.
Oh, not what happened that day.
Nothing much happened.
Another Thursday at work;
then home to a woman and a bottle.
What he remembers is he felt whole...
still.
It was his son's last day on the planet,

and

He felt whole,
still.

He remembers the day of August 27th 1992
with pinpoint accuracy.


Hank
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Craig
Firefly

Kyrgyzstan
3744 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2008 :  20:03:09  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Point of reference...reference points.

Where you were "when". What you were doing. What you felt...or didn't feel.

Kennedy.
World Trade Center.
Hearing of someone's death...or birth.
Hearing your own anquished screams, or involuntary laughter.
Watching my father's knees buckle at the news of my mother's passing. The birth of my grandchild...

We drown our sorrow or we celebrate...with a bottle.
At the very bottom or the very top of our conscienceness...

"If I get drunk or if I pray, either way I'm on my knees."

Craig
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BarbraG
Windchimer

1802 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2008 :  22:15:20  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Hank,
I'm so sorry. May 5th, 1973. The last day my dad
was on the planet. Born in 1917.

BGee
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