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Quoted in The Grove:
A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they’ve had since time began.
~Marguerite Duras

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
~Edgar Watson Howe

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
~Twyla Tharp

EndQuote:
How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.
~William Faulkner

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  secret

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Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.
~John Ed Pearce

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
~George A Moore

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Music: Three different treatments of home

~Sophie Zelmani:  Going Home   (3:19)

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~Melodickabros:  Country Roads, Take Me Home   (3:54 of 7:39)

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~Mary Fahl:  Going Home   (3:40)

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CGI Video:  Home, Sweet Home   (9:58)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKRZn0uS6eA

 

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The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
~Kin Hubbard

Home, nowadays, is a place where part of the family waits till the rest of the family brings the car back.
~Earl Wilson

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Talent Light
© Silvia Trujillo

 

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Be he a king or a peasant, he is happiest who finds peace at home.
~Goethe

Peace – that was the other name for home.
~Kathleen Norris

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Prewritten Theme:  home

~BarTalk:
home bears a resemblance to yesterday

the windows are open
the views are familiar
the table’s my setting
chairs shaped to my liking
filled cupboard with favorites
friend Memory visits
new company welcome
yet roads are the same
where safe rhymes with stale
…and nothing changes

home bears a resemblance to yesterday
where the door is a gift
and the present is now

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Strange

Home stoned with the strange
Where the Dear Johns and can’t-elopes lay
Where ‘sell them’ is heard
A disparaging word
And the spies are thought naughty to play

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pooch on a porch

news is mad crazy
leaders all creepy
streets are all trashy
relationships messy
i am a dog and
this world is my home

mister’s a sharpie
the missus a harpie
the kids are unhappy
neighbors are crappy
and they have no dog
to make it a home

father paints and is artsy
mother’s life of the party
daughter’s a cutie
son honors his duty
i am their dog and
i give them a home

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Neanderthal home
foreign hardly alien
when faced with the stars

 

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I was born a long way from where I belong and I am on my way home.
~Bob Dylan

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
~Flavia Weedn

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
~Josh Billings

EndQuote:
Spring is on the way; summer is on the way; storms are on the way; wars are on the way; sorrow and happiness are on the way; they are all on the way, they are coming! Everything is on the way! Life is a highway; while we are moving on the way, all else is coming towards us! Devil is on the way; angel is on the way! Stay firm on the way!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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Harvested from: The Quote Garden
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   home

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Marcel Proust Character Questionnaire: Questions to ask characters in your book
https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire/proust?utm_source

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~Dust video:  Ascension   (7:09)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6UcW9xLxwo

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You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
~Joe Namath

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
~Babe Ruth

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Prewritten Theme:   persistence
~BarTalk:
Dual Doggerels Dueling   #12

Robert the Bruce

Scotland’s own hero
The daring and brave
Beaten exhausted
Holed up in a cave
Witnessed a spider
Trying to weave
A web by her nature
The design preconceived
Undaunted by struggle
Undertook and achieved
Awed by her trials
Ground in natal belief
Took heart for the fight
And the land he would save

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Capitol Idea

Moon shots
The Great Wall and pyramids
Sling shot
Goliath and what David did
Bullied
Derided for her Warren piece
Explained to
Warned about
Told to cease

Nevertheless
She persisted

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Formula

Instants of courage
Fill pages of history
From laser sharp focus
To limitless energy
Heritage or knowledge
Spokesman for deity
Privilege plus college
All have their place but
Don’t solve the mystery

Achievements in science
To adventures in finance
From success in the arts
Name topping the charts
Music and movies
Theater and dance
Hard work and great heart
All play a part
But leave it to chance

Strive to succeed
Look for ways to advance
From guile to chicanery
The come-hither glance
Lucky in love moneyed romance
Fortunate birth with inheritance
These the ingredients with relevance
But heading the list for significance
Try persistence

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persist: how to win
persevere: outlasting them
perspire: shows you tried

 

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Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
~Jacob A Riis

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
~Dwight D Eisenhower

Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.
~King Solomon

There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.
~Alice Cary

EndQuote:
A king can stand people’s fighting, but he can’t last long if people start thinking.
~Will Rogers

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  persistence

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Posted from the Grove

~Dust Video:  Frances and Yuri Ring In The New Year   (5:52)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAqtiu6RVeQ

 

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Music For Change:

~Aloe Blacc:  Wake Me Up   (4:28)

~Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley:  In The Ghetto   (3:10)

~Bob Dylan @Live Aid 1985:  Blowin’ In The Wind   (6:16)

~Playing For Change (Song Around The World):  Stand By Me   (A replay — 5:27)

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They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.
~Dinos Christianopoulos

 

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Jeune Femme et Mur Jaune
© Greg Thweatt, 2019

Woman & Wall, the story, with musical pairing for the new year:
https://wp.me/p4IdEQ-BE

 

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Prewritten Theme:  a picture

 

The Fence
© Eric Groetzinger, 2019

 

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~BarTalk:
Walled Off Heart

Love takes time and work
All consuming
A full time job
Besides seizing the day

New love pierces the heart
Uncorks the red blood of emotion
Hurts when it isn’t thrilling
Means keeping the wound open

Love is entertaining
At twice the price
A dear sport the cost too dear
One can live as cheaply as one

You the unwilling
Stand the fourth wall

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Better Than

The year’s birthday night bewitches
Wild party night for stealing kisses
A business night bestowing riches
A chance only the screw-loose misses

New Year’s Eve in Tiny Town
Big City’s young sister grown
Proudly wears entertainment’s crown
But plans for those who call her home

Enter the stranger to magic land
Puzzled first dismayed then shocked
Expecting hordes to dance the band
Stunned to find the gate is locked

Crowds fenced out her family in
They sing twin songs their dance the same
A new year’s birth begins and ends
No blame no games no fears no shame

Pure sweet joy defines the party
Misread history for prediction
No thought given to past or money
Gave birthday night their full attention

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The Wall That Once Was

Have you heard that energy can neither be created or destroyed?
-Wait for answer
Do you believe in this vast, ancient universe that mankind is the first and only?
-Wait for answer
Is it possible that stellar civilizations are aware of Earth?
-Wait for answer
Might they have helped other worlds develop and know the process?
~Wait for answer
Do you think they have visited Earth?
-Wait for answer
Might they be directing mankind by slow degrees to our own wisdom?
-Wait for answer
Why do you weep?

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5-7-5 x 5

thou art meat and milk
grazed in the far west pasture
moo’d don’t fence me in

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all gods’ children die
yet there’s a Book remembers
One does not forget

contraband treasures
gated fence becomes a wall
proof religions fail

slide between the slats
nevermore the welcome mat
hide and seek for real

The New Colossus
held fast to history’s oath
a mule’s weight in gold

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier’.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

End Quote:
Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.
~Wally Lamb

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Harvested from:  BrainyQuote.com
Curated by:  Wordgrove  (the early years)

 

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Prewritten Prompt:  a picture

The Fence
© Eric Groetzinger, 2019

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Posted from the Grove

Resources Used 2019: Worth it, recommended

A.Word.A.Day:  World’s most treasured site for logophiles

Dictionary.com: Words — comparisons, uses, games, ideas for writing

Daily P’nut: Nuanced daily news abstract

Brainy Quote: Premier quote site by subject & author

Rusty’s Electric Dreams: All things eclectic

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Music:  Doin’ It Different — They Said It Shouldn’t / Couldn’t Be Done

~Bee Gees Parody: Stayin’ Alive (1:03)

~Pharrell Williams:  Happy  PMJ feat: Gunhild Carling playing 10 instruments   (3:35)

~PMJ Mashup:  Just Another Day at the Office   (4:18)

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Odd Bits:

Fry & Laurie:  The Understanding Barman   (3:11)

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First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.
~Carl Sandburg

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.
~Mark Twain

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© Greg Thweatt, 2019

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Bridal Veil Falls
© Hans Stroo, 2019

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:

December 25, 2019

Good night my dear mom, Lynne.

Before I go upstairs to sleep, I want to express my gratitude for having you in my life. Today is Christmas, and I’m not only missing you, but my other Mom, Anne.

With your love, you showed me unconditional support, encouragement, and understanding. You took me in, and loved me as if I were your own daughter.

Today is the first Christmas without my birth mom, Anne. I miss her terribly. I want you to know that I wish you were both still alive.

Thirteen years ago on October 17, you took your last breath in a hospital bed, suffering from pain and misery. On May 1, 2019, Mom died suddenly in her chair at the dining room table, only to be discovered hours later by her partner of almost 30 years. They would have celebrated their 30th year anniversary on July 11, 2019. While it was a difficult blending of families, they seemed to stand the test of time.

Love always from your daughter,
Margalo

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Prewritten Prompt:  the camera

~BarTalk:
for the record

eyes blink lose the moment
cameras blink to capture it
shuttered eyes vote and love
the shuttered machine remembers
image matters…
but time is the target

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Selfie

Life plays an opera with full orchestra
A feast for the eyes
Who needs memory
Lens focus better than uvea and retina
Other stories brim
Comedy and tragedy
But my spectacular new lenticular camera
Captures my world in 3D
And it’s me

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ubiquity

green blue grey brown black and hazel
eyes gone nuts for a world of natural beauty
enter onstage the plastic and glass-metal devil
waving goodbye to the now ground in reality

ground lens in the rectangular invasive
embeds an evilly pervasive embalmist
a being machined offensively intrusive
where all is lost but for the eye of an artist

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superlative

kid huggingest
elder caringest
pet dotingest
dark eyes laughingest
women kindly shapeliest
men proudly protectingest
friends touching oftenest
teen love carefree and happiest
families tight-knit in togetherness

camera posingest
picture takingest
selfie embracingest
late night liveliest
dance craze craziest
music held-in-commonest
coffee ubiquitous
cuisine simplest
spiced food tastiest

mountain air healthiest
green grass thickly spongiest
animals free roamingest
shops and cafes tiniest
far vistas loveliest
dreams invitingest
country hard workingest
where love is spontaneous
Colombia

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
This world is divided roughly into three kinds of nations: those that spend lots of money to keep their weight down; those whose people eat to live; and those whose people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
~David S Landes

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.
~Norman Mailer

Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
~Hubert H Humphrey

EndQuote:
To have and not to give is often worse than to steal.
~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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Harvested from:  Wordsmith.org    (A.Word.A.Day)
Curated by:  Wordgrove

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   the camera

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Posted from the Grove

*Not Too Late For The Christmas
Scroll down to use, much of it in.genious
https://twitter.com/BlossomHacks

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Planet Earth’s Gift to You:  Strange Mysterious Places   (12:39)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahC5SWe79Uw

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*Five Crackling Hours of Fire’s Hypnosis:  The Darth Vader Yule Log
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVJzibVS2YM&feature=youtu.be&utm_source

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~Rowan Atkinson:  Mr Bean Christmas Special    (47:57)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRi_Xrs73yw

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~ BBC: Christmas Curmudgeon’s The Grumpy Guide to Christmas   (1:07)
To be savored the day after the magic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyTYmmkbsjw

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*Thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Winter Solstice
© Greg Thweatt, 2019

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The artist’s musical pairings

~Katzenmammer, Øystein Dolmen og Det Norske Jentekor:  Den lengste natten   (3:23)
Charming & disarming, a Christmas without borders

~The Drifters:  White Christmas   (2:48)
With Santa & his Reindeer,  animated

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:   the city

~BarTalk:
Enter The Center

Tempted by the glitz and the glamour of Broadway
Threatened by the harrowing Narrows of low pay
Unraveled by the bustling hustle of frayed nerves
Endless hassles for the dreamers who do serve
Building towers to the stars furthering mankind
Remembering the lost the forgotten and left-behind
Scraping gutters to salvage the lowly deplorables
The unappealing the sick and less adorables
The story of each is the study of all of us
The amorous the gory and glorious
The greedy who steal from the needy
The entirety of our race call it humanity
This totality our secret unfathomable sanity
The census of lives under the City’s rich panoply
Where excluding just one is the only profanity
AnyOne less than the whole fails at our deity

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city synopsis

break into theater
halls of music and drama
the demand is for talent
no need for diploma
the smell of success
the only accepted aroma

where the dollar decides
small change is a curse

streets claiming fame
promote long term identity
abandon roads to abodes
and second place family
boulevards for awards
ward off ruinous anonymity

when the dollar decides
then change is a curse

churches build altars
each the one true exalter
reined saddle and halter
science unable to alter
when doubt is the assaulter
then faith starts to falter

if the dollar decides
any change is a curse

high rising spires
in honor of commerce
mean praise for the coin
enhanced powers of purse
the privilege to coerce
the authority to enforce

where the dollar decides
spurring change is a curse

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5-7-5 x 6

streets paved with pot holes
stoplights herd the mavericks
compost for the arts
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city and mountain
long climb up the great fall down
views worthy the trip

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chance reach for success
toxic air and attitudes
the burg never sleeps

too little too much
endlessly entertaining
the town never sleeps

beating like a heart
day and night in the jungle
village never sleeps

ruthless in judgement
decides a win for the world
plays hard ball for keeps

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Quoted in The Grove:

Most men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.
~Fran Mauriac

The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.
~Florence Luscomb

Travel is necessary to scrub and abrade your mind against the certainties of others.
~Michel de Montaigne

EndQuote:
When you turn the corner
And you run into yourself
Then you know that you have turned
All the corners that are left.
~Langston Hughes

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Harvested from:  Wordsmith.org   (A.Word.A.Day)
Curated by:  Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:   the city

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Posted from the Grove

How To Write a Meaningful Holiday Card
https://www.dictionary.com/e/how-do-i-write-a-holiday-card/

 

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~U2’s:  Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For   PMJ Feat: Rogelio Douglas, Jr   (3:36)

~Kid President:  Pep Talk   (3:27)

 

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RAW
©2019 Chris Bule

 

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Prewritten Prompt:  the race

~BarTalk:
In Lieu of Camera

Before life makes them mothers
A girls choir dances with their hands
Makes magic from hours of practice
Before adults make adult music for adult feet

A bride radiant with hope
In maiden white next unpicked flowers
Her portrait before the ceremony
Knows she is beautiful

Families against the gusting breeze
Light twelve colored finger candles
Melt the wax blood to stand them
Devout arrays of aging Christendom

Flowing staggered radiating banded lights
White walled chapel’s buttery strands of light
Climbing dripping shooting stars of light
Silhouette toys mangers a zoo angels all in lights

Kaleidoscopic sounds sights lights inaugurate
Highlight joys display toys as ecstatic children chase
From Noel’s grace to New Year’s Eve’s last embrace
Nights of patterned lights vie with chaos’ doomsday race

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Disallowed

Best at sports
Then sportscasters
Beat the best
At setting records
Supreme as singers
Great-voiced actors
Among the best
At selling records
Famed orators
Framed malefactors
Culture’s envied
Benefactors
Then the black man’s
White detractors

Battles fought
Over ebony skin
Three fifths a man
Before the laws amend
Black dyed red
White and blue
Shed their blood
Died it’s true
Paid their dues
But then again
A swinging rope
A black life ends
Portends their future
Closed voting booths

Doctored history
What might have been
Had stolen lives
Worn different skins

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Same Difference

Young and old same race alike
Full of fire unruffled ice
Plashing fountain reflective pool
Up to date and old school
Both alive as daughter mother
Yet only one has been the other
 
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Champeein

Bloated bloke
A joke on skis
Pedigreed pure
Snow white mountain
Feigns a claim
All the best moves
Swears by god
Knows he’s got them
Downhill race
No sense of grace
Just one sure-fire
Way to win
Short a contest
Sin and spin
Set up camp and inhabit
Rule the race for
From the bottom

 

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All of life is a foreign country.
~Jack Kerouac

 

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Quoted in The Grove

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
~Helen Keller

The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
~Jimi Hendrix

That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
~Emily Dickinson

EndQuote:
Life itself is the proper binge.
~Julia Child

 

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Prewritten Theme:  the race

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Posted from the Grove

Lush Life: Extremes on a Theme

~Zara Larsson:   Lush Life    (3:17)

~Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane:   Lush Life    (5:29)

 

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Life is made up of marble and mud.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is a horizontal fall.
~Jean Cocteau

 

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A Moment of Joy ©

David Lorenz Winston

 

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~BarTalk:
the footbridge

a stream flows close that waits for me
a brook I cross to feel again and be
a meadow world ringed by trees
of floral wreathes not yet woven
grow still alive and unredeemed

hummingbirds flit and dart
pause midair their gear in park
counterpoint to swooping larks
join buzzing bees hard at work
unaware of the impending dark

a low stone wall divides the field
a perching squirrel with acorn yield
ignores the lizard’s cloaking shield
blind to plans for their virgin world
biped condos and the laws they wield

but the smog and smug life has other plans
pretends this autumn world has a friend
fund-raise parties promise to defend
but daylight bends to its early end
time has come to cross that bridge again

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Viking Paean

Too much beer’s what got me here
Burned dead in bed is what I hear
Mates pissed off at my send off
Turned my coffin into funeral pyre
Then pissed the fire out on my bier

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Why Life

The lush life is a high life
A drinking to get by life
Smoking for an early-death life
Toking for a higher high life
Joking to grok the wry life
Speeding to a sudden stop-life
Reading to find the why of why life

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Saturday date night
Lush seeking lush for high times
Cocaine snort fell short

 

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In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life.
~Robert Penn Warren

 

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