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Quoted In The Grove:
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
~Wallace Stevens

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
~Joseph Joubert

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
~David Carradine

EndQuote:
The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.
~Dylan Thomas

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Harvested: Dictionary.com
Curated: Wordgrove

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Posted from the Grove

12 Essential Types of Poetry
https://www.dictionary.com/e/s/poetry/#sonnet

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 03/28:  bud, cyclops

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  corridor, climate

~BarTalk:
Seasons

Change comes fast time of war
Climate of fear sacrifice more
Bow to rules forbidden before
The past repeats that shameful whore
Sings Deja Vu from a distant shore
Chants Corridor to the Exit Door

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Denied

Found Eden’s tree
Rare recovery
All agreed
Profound discovery
Made the climb
Ate the fruit, Nate
You’re all nude, dude
In shape and looking great
But the Marine Corps adores
Their recruits in uniform

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5-7-5 x 4

temp controlled climate
endless corridors to trek
ETA: On Time
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apocalypse time
corridors of climate shift
ETA: Delayed
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river corridor
streams late news of the climate
flows downhill from there
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chilly the climate
climb corporate’s corridor
ambition’s ladder

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Quoted In The Grove:
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.
~Mary Wollstonecraft

One’s native land! There should one live! There die!
~Jules Verne

Do not use that foreign word ‘ideals.’ We have that excellent native word ‘lies.’
~Henrik Ibsen

EndQuote:
Tell me anyway–maybe I can find the truth by comparing the lies.
~Leon Trotsky

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Posted from the Grove

Other Musics Other Voices:  Nahko  (Native American)

~Nahko Bear:  Tus Pies  (Your Feet)   (5:38)

~Nahko Bear:  Aloha Ke Akua   (10:37)

~Nahko:  Love Letters to God   (5:37)

 

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Short Story Video:
~Dust:  Multiverse Dating for Beginners   (12:23)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0GaJ1WXCMY

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 03/28:  corridor, climate

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  fawn, vow

~BarTalk
Disney

A mother lies dead
Sacrificed to greatness
Her son a fawn in fright
Quakes in dappled light
Too young to vow revenge

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Casualties

Blinded by bright lights
Caught in the headlights
Antlered stag, fawn a doe
Three Dead, the headline
John, Jane and Baby Doe

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Oratory

Sound the round vowels
Fondle voluptuous words
Test for rhythm and verse
Taste Word Stew for truth
Swallow hard to believe

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Fie On Them

Not fond of the fawn in fawning
Nor dread of the dead
The mourning on waking each morning
But on bended knee vow
Swear to nevermore bow
To cravings that haunt
Leave nothing behind that’s rewarding

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5-7-5 x 4

star of stage and screen
disavows latest rumors
fawning fans agree
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abandon conscience
vowing oaths of allegiance
fawning works for some
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dead deer strewn roadside
somewhere a fawn waits to die
nature’s course avowed
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fawn on the lawn
sharp hooves, mother deer nearby
doe’s vow, dog gone now
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vows of loyalty
obsequiously fawning
repaid with contempt

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Quoted In The Grove:
Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect.
~Periander

You can’t hire someone to practice for you.
H Jackson Brown, Jr

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
~Martha Graham

EndQuote:
Practice puts brains in your muscles.
~Sam Snead

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Posted from the Grove

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 03/14:   fawn, vow

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:
~ravenmagic:  Looking Deep

Working so hard to keep the peace and harmony in my life, there are always going to be people who try and tip it off balance. That may happen once in a while, but I will not stay down, for I have so much to accomplish and so little time to do it.

You may look at me and say I am weak, but you are not looking deep enough. I am so much more than you see. Take a deeper look and get to know me.

The calm within the Storm

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~ravenmagic:  Rescue

Walking in the woods I hear, a far off cry of pure despair. Walking toward the sound I hear, another cry of fear. Walking faster toward the sound, I see a hawk, upside down. Closer I step and take it steady, because I know the hawk is close to ready. Fearing he will take flight, I see his leg has been cinched tight. Not able to fly away it seems, I need to rescue this hawk and help it free. Calming myself to feel no fear so the hawk will be calm and not rip and tear. Softly I whisper to him, “I am here to help, please have no fear!”

I free the hawk and he flies away, I am glad he is safe for another day.

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~knighthawk101:   My Truck

I needed a truck and had some luck
when I found an old Ford Ranger.
She had some rust and a bit of dust
when she found her new gear changer.

She was a striking lil white truck
and somehow seemed a little flirty.
And while driving through some dirty muck
I decided to name her Gertie.

She’s got more shakes and rattles
than any truck ought to.
but the way she handles when I drive
says there’s nothing she won’t go through.

I remember the time she took us to camp
my wife and I had the greatest fun.
The rain made our stay a little damp
but still saw a lot of fish run.

Ahh the times we’ve had with that old truck
and she’s still plenty sturdy.
three hundred thousand miles and endless luck
we love our truck named Gertie.

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Go

Refresh my memory,
Clear the cobwebs of concern,
This is considered a burn,
Not easily sealed with caulk—
An assault,
Distraught…

The sun rose amidst the full fluff,
I rolled over
Pinched your nose
To remind you I’m tough,
A rebel rousing goddess,
Who’s accepted enough
~Mary O’Neal

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Prewritten:   hammer, acid
~BarTalk:  Epic

Blue barrel, window pane
Prosaic acid exotic then
Heard a thing never seen before
Celestial truth heavenly score
Hammered bells and something more
An important truth worth living for

…and forgot it

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burning question

claw hammer & rusty nail
irresistible & immovable
force & object
pine or oak the acid test
what would wood say

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Son of The Beach

Plasticized oceans
Waters turned acid and hot
Dead hammerhead shark
Oldest of the ancients dying
Swimming Hole: Closed

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Passin’ Time

Caught with acid laced cough drops
Doin’ time, mate’s all pissed off
Dear John says I been kissed off
Gettin’ hammered in the slammer
Doin’ dope cuz it don’t matter

‘Stead a feelin’ down, gettin’ blissed out
‘Cause a missin’ things that I missed out
Miss the missus, the one I miss most
Gettin’ hammered in the slammer
Doin’ dope cuz it don’t matter

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Non-Vegan

A wizened old recluse
A relative and irrelevant
Rode down from the mountains
On a massive bull elephant
Roared loud in a voice
Spoke his piece about choice
That El Cid or La Cid, his nephew or niece
Would age and mature to a stagey old ham
Or a chick full-laid out on a bed soft as bread
May both be delicious
And both rest in peace

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5-7-5 x 2

hammer out the lines
wait the acid wash of time
etched in stone or sand
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bloody red background
heavy hammer matching scythe
acid deep in plots

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Quoted In The Grove:
Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.
~Robin Sloan

The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.
~Rita Dove

I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.
~Ta-Nehisi Coates

EndQuote:
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
~Saul Bellow

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Harvested: Dictionary.com
Curated: Wordgrove

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 03/07:  hammer, acid

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Posted from the Grove

Happy Thoughts for Happy Times
25 Happiest Words in English Language
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31974/25-happiest-words-english

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:

Life On The Porch

They say that life on the Porch is ideal
An open safety net
A place to forget
Where we gather, drink, serve up laughter

Keep it real,
And bury our troubles for after
A long day, good news midst the bad
The neighbors provide respite
Subtlety advising the young

Community exists
No matter where you come from
The elders define morality
Schooling us on the value of equity
How the world rules our trajectory

Future gatekeepers of the Porch
Accept the change
Embody Lady Liberty
And proudly raise your torch
~Mary O’Neal

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Prewritten Theme:  sidekick

~Heartou: Hash Tag #Sidekick

There is a role for everyone
sometimes not the easiest to find.
Looking for friends we choose to discover with,
investigate the world and spend our time.
Mostly they are the people that choose to stay close,
not lovers nor blood relatives, although they could be
I don’t know.
The depth of intellect and wonderment will always flourish,
the bottom line, they are the ones that bring light to the monotony.
How awesome to make a genuine choice to share ones adventures,
I am thankful for my Sidekicks and happy to step up as one.
Please know my friend, I consider you the best, a stimulating converstionalist,
that promotes thought and provides me safe haven from feeling alone.
May everyone find one or maybe even two, multiple with the crowd here in Ashland,
smart, genuine and kind, a true variety of rareties to explore.
So, remember when life gets you down or you just need someone for that concert coming up,
that I as many others are here for you and happy to #sidekick some more.

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~BarTalk:
Besties

Looked up Gogol on Google
Numbered zeroes in googol
But not why I ogle that
Little shimmy and wiggle
Of my gigglin’ Betty Boop

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Synopsis #28

Defy the court Olympus
Deny the family squabbles
Refuse to sit their table
Wander the world in exile
Die alone nary a sidekick

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Power Play

Career assassins on staff
Sidekicks in politics thrive
Throats that are singing
Are ripe for the cutting
Survivors in the game
Prefer knives

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5-7-5 x 5

life is a classroom
took lessons from a side kick
leave Bruce Lee alone
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Batman had Robin
The Lone Ranger had Tonto
Makes a guy wonder
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scenario set
villain and hero are cast
a sidekick for her
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we’ve teased since grade school
sidekicks turned prom dates in love
tomorrow they wed
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young tyke, steel steed down
bike on its side kickstand up
Mom says time for lunch

 

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Quoted in the Grove:
Write about the emotions you fear the most.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
~Ernest Hemingway

To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
~Anne Rice

EndQuote:
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
~Shannon Hale

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Posted from the Grove

This editor has grown weary of his own voice singing solo in this newsletter, and has begun inviting writers from outside of There.com and Wordgrove’s world to submit for publication. Anyone wishing to share written and/or graphic work of limited size, please send to: [email protected]

Responses to the Prewritten Prompt will publish under that heading. Other submissions will post on the Glass Table.

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 02/28 is a theme:  sidekick

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@Writers Platform

Found on the Grounds of Wordgrove

~ravenmagic:  The Walk

Walk with me in the summer sun,
walk with me when the day is done.

Lets laugh and smile and joke around,
lets look for items thats on the ground.

Lets sing and dance and have some fun,
because before you know it, the day is done.

So walk with me any time you can,
because life is too short, not to have a friend!

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Glass Table:

Sonder

The Full Moon cast an iron fist
My body and mind fight to co-exist

Yet I simply float effortlessly
Filling my spirit with glee
The ability to inhale
the moment of sonder to a ponder…
The world revolves around every creature
Today I’m an extra in someone’s feature
~Mary O’Neal

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If You Knew

My days and nights spent
filled with anguish
roaring passion
this winter of discontent

Could you guess
You alone spurn my happiness
I devour your soul
Like a seven point earthquake
These are the feelings
that divide love from hate…

Will you continue to wait?
~Mary O’Neal

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Prewritten:  bias, debris

~Heartou:
The Start

There is bias out there, I know it is true
Those in this country that scramble and fight
believing that someone else, the other
is the main reason for strife
the lack of education and insight hurts so deeply
So, my choice in this dark, terrifying and ignorant hell
is to believe in you and all of the good that has been
Educate, stand strong and yell
while nurturing those I touch in this world
stand taller than the debris with which the world spins
believe in all humans, our ability to heal
to create a sustainable world from within

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~BarTalk
can opener

folding steel liquid sound
the unsealing of treasure
cat ears and cat legs
a dangerous bias for tuna
kitty litter fresh debris

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The River Meander

See ghosts in the iron filings at Junior’s Kiddie Kampus
Learn that Earth’s bias north gives us maps and the compass
Gives direction to the traveling host
While explorers crave adventure most
Thrive on debris and wander lost
Crossed with danger from coast to coast
With camera crew and a script to boast

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5-7-5 x 4

not jealousy, a
bias of love for its own
but debris ends it
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partners wet or hard
preference shows a bias
sexual debris
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bias north and south
specter haunted battlefields
slavery bred debris
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money to buy us
a cheap Chateau de Brie
a cheesy cognac

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Quoted in the Grove:
Love knows no virtue, no merit; it loves and forgives and tolerates everything because it must. We are not guided by reason.
~Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

My reason, the physician to my love, angry that his prescriptions are not kept, hath left me.
~William Shakespeare

When love is not madness, it is not love.
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

EndQuote:
Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
~Lynda Barry

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Posted from the Grove

Love: The Edifice

Penthouse: Love When It’s Good
~Eric Clapton: Wonderful Tonight (Slowhand At 70)   (3:47)

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~Straight No Chaser:  I’m Yours   (3:46)

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Apartment Life: Love Coming Apart / Evolving

~Streisand & Diamond:  You Don’t Bring Flowers   (3:21)

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~Bette Midler & Ms Judd:  The Rose    (3:45/5:17)

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Lobby Love: Revolving Door / Exit

~Whitney Houston:  Always Love You   (6:47)

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~Alex Goot & Hannah Trigwell cover Natalie Imbruglia:  Torn   (3:27)

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Bargain Basement Love: Factory Rejects

~Ray Price:  For the Good Times   (3:50)

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~Simon & Garfunkel:  I Am a Rock   (2:57)

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 02/21:  debris, bias

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@Writers Platform

In The Grove:

~Greenie @I Like The Rain
Morning Meet

Tiny wings flutter
soft winds brush my cheek
twinkling sounds ring
from the twittering beak

Brave little mister
dew drops on demand
ruby throat flashes
as he nears my hand

Fingertip offered
a half moon of sweet
golden sunbeams bright
morning meet complete

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Prewritten:  glove, smokescreen

~BarTalk:
Charity

Life’s aflame and blame’s the match
Torched shame’s abode to level ground
Smokescreen billows hide those who watch

Mad crisis at hand but gloved in love
For holding to instead of falling down
‘Tis a friend who helps not God above

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Broken Map

That stage of life played in smokescreen
Wear the mask different at Halloween
Wear gloves over feelings so hands are clean
Failed at love but should have seen

Reversed polarities for meeting mates
Mean hearts that touch contaminate
Infecting seed nightmares and dreams
Baby makes three from the pollinate

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Holly Would

Epic love on the silver screen
Shy love passes a ghost unseen
New love hides self-made smokescreen
Nude love’s lovely but rated obscene
Blue love’s filmed on emotional green screens
Gloved love saves lives with rubberized intervenes
A skin-thin wall rising up between
True Love‘s coming and X-rated onscreen

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Scenario

Worn leather jacket
Suede vest with a shine
Wears gloves to hide crime
A hatchet man hit in time
A smokescreen for rhyme

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5-7-5 x 3

firecracker smokescreen
glove’s residue speaks volumes
prosecution rests
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Six pack and a pint
Smelled of smoke, screened for the weed
Half in the bag, Love
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smokescreen, the weapon
castrate voters with contempt
then take off the gloves

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Quoted in the Grove:
Love is friendship caught fire.
~Jerry Anderson

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
~Charles Schulz

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
~Arthur Rubinstein

EndQuote:
At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That’s a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

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Prewritten Exercise for  Thurs 02/14:  glove, smokescreen

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Posted from the Grove

Want Lasting Love? Someone like you? Understanding the other

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:

~Greenie:  Buds
(From Impromptu 01-19-17)

Buds perked pinked ready
fresh, begging to be devoured
take me now within
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In a constant state of realization
Amazement never ceasing
In a breathless state, anticipation
Her heartbeat ever increasing

Dreamer wakens

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Never Truly

Rainbowed shadows of life
flickering pale images
winding walls within my mind
the only life they breathe
soft sighs and murmuring cries
the language of loneliness and loss
dreams that never die, yet
never, truly live

 

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Prewritten:  bullet, snowball

~BarTalk:
From

Cradlesong to rock nights
Soft kisses to bullet bites
From random lobs to gun sights
Rocks in snowballs to missile flights
From standing upright to human rights
Manly stand-ins for the old cock fight

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Love’s blistering snowball scars like a bullet
Members have roll call with cards in their wallets
First love’s a sno-cone all mushy and sweet
Found love is garden love fertile and green
Spring starts a ground swell life earning its keep
Death feels like snowfall soft silence cold memories
…and sleep

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Technicality

Posted bulletin at the local park
States: No ball games to start after dark
Get toasted, arrested, but never been bested
Post bail out of jail just after midnight
Be balling again soon as there’s daylight

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Happy Ditty #39

Mongers make money with bullets
Tanks with ammo loaded on pallets
Careless words pregnant with lies
Seed with intent so there is no surprise
The snowball to war a prize realized

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silver bullet fame
lonely lawman boss Indian
snowballing legends

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