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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 - 9:30am

So it came to pass that as he trudged from the place of blood and wrath his soul changed. He came from hot plowshares to prospects of clover tranquilly, and it was as if hot plowshares were not. Scars faded as flowers.

It rained. The procession of weary soldiers became a bedraggled train, despondent and muttering, marching with churning effort in a trough of liquid brown mud under a low, wretched sky. Yet the youth smiled, for he saw that the world was a world for him, though many discovered it to be made of oaths and walking sticks. He had rid himself of the red sickness of battle. The sultry nightmare was in the past. He had been an animal blistered and sweating in the heat and pain of war. He turned now with a lover's thirst to images of tranquil skies, fresh meadows, cool brooks—an existence of soft and eternal peace.

Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds.


Stephen Crane from The Red Badge Of Courage, last lines...




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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 - 9:20am

a bump

Sweetness


Just when it has seemed I couldn’t bear
one more friend
waking with a tumor, one more maniac

with a perfect reason, often a sweetness
has come
and changed nothing in the world

except the way I stumbled through it,
for a while lost
in the ignorance of loving

someone or something, the world shrunk
to mouth-size,
hand-size, and never seeming small.

I acknowledge there is no sweetness
that doesn’t leave a stain,
no sweetness that’s ever sufficiently sweet.

Tonight a friend called to say his lover
was killed in a car
he was driving. His voice was low

and guttural, he repeated what he needed
to repeat, and I repeated
the one or two words we have for such grief

until we were speaking only in tones.
Often a sweetness comes
as if on loan, stays just long enough

to make sense of what it means to be alive,
then returns to its dark
source. As for me, I don’t care

where it’s been, or what bitter road
it’s traveled
to come so far, to taste so good.

Stephen Dunn


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Posted: Oct 18, 2017 - 9:33pm

SONNET W/ROSE

When I see you after so long not
seeing you it is like picking up in
side a fist the flopped red petals of
a drooped red rose, and when you
speak in the voice that could only be
yours it is like staring into my fist
top's opening and seeing the rose
as the rose once was. This is not just
to say that the swirl and sweetness
soon flops back open to what now is,
though it does, but that when I see
you after so long not seeing you
I make sense of my feeling in terms
of the rose, and carry it past goodbye.

Matthew Yeager


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Posted: Oct 10, 2017 - 5:18am

Misty half moon a-
bove our heads. Fog curls around
our feet as we walk.
Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Oct 9, 2017 - 3:35pm

 ScottN wrote:

SIX INCHES

One minute I'm meandering down
a country road on a magnificent fall day,
lost in thought, radio playing,
and the next minute I feel my wheels

on the loose gravel of the shoulder,
there's a deafening bang and I'm
climbing out of what's left of my car.
The cop who came to investigate

was pretty sure I'd been speeding
but settled for lecturing me about how lucky
I was to walk away from such a crash,
that I'd be dead if my car had hit the tree

just six inches further to the left.
Anyone could see that what he said was true,
but it also struck me as I stood there
watching his car flash red and blue

that it was equally true the accident
would not have happened at all
if a raging storm some sixty years ago
hadn't blown an acorn six inches closer

to the road than where it would've landed
on a day as sunny and calm as the one
we were in. It was a point I thought deserved
serious exploration—though perhaps

not just then, I decided, with a hundred birds
singing their tiny hearts out overhead
and the sky raining down yellow leaves,
and definitely not with the cop.

Jeff Coomer



 
Nice.
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Posted: Oct 9, 2017 - 3:32pm

SIX INCHES

One minute I'm meandering down
a country road on a magnificent fall day,
lost in thought, radio playing,
and the next minute I feel my wheels

on the loose gravel of the shoulder,
there's a deafening bang and I'm
climbing out of what's left of my car.
The cop who came to investigate

was pretty sure I'd been speeding
but settled for lecturing me about how lucky
I was to walk away from such a crash,
that I'd be dead if my car had hit the tree

just six inches further to the left.
Anyone could see that what he said was true,
but it also struck me as I stood there
watching his car flash red and blue

that it was equally true the accident
would not have happened at all
if a raging storm some sixty years ago
hadn't blown an acorn six inches closer

to the road than where it would've landed
on a day as sunny and calm as the one
we were in. It was a point I thought deserved
serious exploration—though perhaps

not just then, I decided, with a hundred birds
singing their tiny hearts out overhead
and the sky raining down yellow leaves,
and definitely not with the cop.

Jeff Coomer


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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Oct 3, 2017 - 9:12am

How many sunsets
Have I seen in my lifetime?
Too many to count.
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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
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Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Sep 28, 2017 - 3:19pm

Rotten tomatoes.
Moldy grapes and cucumbers.
Oh boy! It's trash day!


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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 - 4:35pm

Clouds like aurora
Light up our sunset walk. A
Sliver of moon hangs
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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
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Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 - 3:49am

I watch the rising
fog creep out of the hollows
and up the light poles. 
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Location: Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres


Posted: Sep 23, 2017 - 6:04am

 Antigone wrote:
Mary Oliver (yes, again)



 
Thanks for posting those 2 poems. I especially like Praying, some of the most powerful poetry is short and simple.
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Posted: Sep 23, 2017 - 5:34am

Mary Oliver (yes, again)


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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 - 2:36pm

Mary Oliver


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Posted: Sep 9, 2017 - 3:55pm

By my high school best friend, Andrea Fisher.

The Scholar and the Leaf

I raise my eyes from study

And from my narrow window see

A curled gold leaf

Blowing over the roof—

Hear it scratching the slate,

See it flash in the sun,

Moving without meaning to—

Utterly forgotten

The pain of its death,

And I wonder why

The dead part of my heart

Does not loose its hold

And fly, like this leaf,

Away from me.

 

Hurricane Gloria is coming from the sea,

The worst on record since records, they say,

And the coastline prepares for destruction,

And I, far inland and walled in by mountains,

Dream of sandbag walls open and Gloria pouring in—

The great storm from the sea,

The great world record,

Blowing the world and its records away.

 

I stand on the lawn in the rising wind

And around me the gold leaves

Blow in their thousands.

The students are laughing

At each gust of wind,

“Gloria’s coming,” they say to each other,

Gladly, because they hope

She will blow their work away,

And because all the world is moving,

Without meaning to move,

Moving without meaning

In the clear Autumn light,

 

And suddenly, without a sound

And leaving no record,

The dead part of my heart

Looses its hold

And flies away from me,

One gold leaf among thousands

Falling and flying,

 

Utterly forgotten

The pain of its death.


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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Sep 7, 2017 - 4:31pm

Green and lush and cool
Doesn't seem like Virginia
In the summertime.

Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Sep 3, 2017 - 4:41pm

The moon and I walk
The dog together in the
Cool, almost fall dusk.

ScottN
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Gender: Male
Zodiac: Aries
Chinese Yr: Buffalo


Posted: Aug 17, 2017 - 10:46am

Ordinary Sex

If no swan descends
in a blinding glare of plumage,
drumming the air with deafening wings,
if the earth doesn't tremble
and rivers don't tumble uphill,
if my mother's crystal
vase doesn't shatter
and no extinct species are sighted anew
and leaves of the city trees don't applaud
as you zing me to the moon, starry tesserae
cascading down my shoulders,
if we stay right here
on our aging Simmons Beautyrest,
dumped into the sag in the middle,
that's okay.
You don't need to strew rose petals
in my bath or set a band of votive candles
flickering around the rim.
You don't need to invent a thrilling
new position, two dragonflies
mating on the wing. Honey,
you don't even have to wash up after work.
A little sweat and sunscreen
won't bother me.
Take off your boots, babe,
swing your thigh over mine. I like it
when you do the same old thing
in the same old way.
And then a few kisses, easy, loose,
like the ones we've been
kissing for a hundred years.

Ellen Bass
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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 - 7:13am

Harrowing

The plow has savaged this sweet field
Misshapen clods of earth kicked up
Rocks and twisted roots exposed to view
Last year’s growth demolished by the blade.
I have plowed my life this way
Turned over a whole history
Looking for the roots of what went wrong
Until my face is ravaged, furrowed, scarred.
Enough. The job is done.
Whatever’s been uprooted, let it be
Seedbed for the growing that’s to come.
I plowed to unearth last year’s reasons—
The farmer plows to plant a greening season.

~Parker J. Palmer
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Posted: Aug 11, 2017 - 6:59am

Beautiful Women

 WOMEN sit, or move to and fro—some old, some young; The young are beautiful—but the old are more beautiful than the young.

Thought

OF Equality—As if it harm’d me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself—As if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.

 by Walt Whitman
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Gender: Female
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Posted: Aug 9, 2017 - 3:45am

Walking under a
Murmuration makes me wish
That I'd worn a hat. 
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