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Archive for February, 2020

Quoted in The Grove:
The poem must resist the intelligence
Almost successfully
~Wallace Stevens

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
~T S Eliot

Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.
~Robert Frost

EndQuote:
Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.
~Carl Sandburg

 

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Prewritten Exercise next week:  listen

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Posted from the Grove

Readings:
~David Paul Kirkpatrick:  How to Train Your Daimon and Realize Your True Potential
Vouch-worthy instruction for the writer/artist
https://medium.com/better-humans/this-is-how-to-train-your-daimon-for-the-most-out-of-life-701773f22c58

Tip of the hat to:  https://medium.com

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~Jay Nordlinger:  Waxing Lyrical
One man’s fan’s favorite pop/rock lyrics
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/pop-lyrics-weird-and-wonderful/

 

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The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
Christopher Morley

Poetry is creative; to be a poet is to remake the universe.
~Alexandre Vinet

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©David Lorenz Winston

 

A poet swallows life and exhales painted words.
~Terri Guillemets

 

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If it doesn’t work horizontally as prose…
it probably
won’t work
any better
vertically
pretending
to be poetry.
~Robert Brault

 

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Compression of poetry is so great I often explode.
Out of the house to walk off a poem.
~William Corbett

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  rocket

~BarTalk:

debating life

speedboat rocketing down river rapids
beats the drumming of dreary habits
where insipid and monotonous co-inhabit
stale routines breed like common rabbits

had her once but couldn’t hold her
now just tired of getting older
getting bolder dodging boulders
now feel the waters getting colder

before the flatness turns to flatline
the morning dawns can see the sunshine
notepad scribbling inkings of design
out of chaos inklings of some Thing divine

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career girl

loving her work
long hours legging it
works hard on her lines
kicks into high gear
getting it done
she’s the one
a high kickin’
hard workin’
good lovin’
Rockette

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Space Cadet

Recruits wanted
Courage undaunted
Inner peace centered
A foreign place entered
Thoughts retrained to meditate
Cadets taught to conquer space
On-hold future at the gate
Your rocket awaits

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5-7-5 x 3

rising star climbing
raw sex appeal fresh talent
rockets to the top
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next up live on stage
smoke some right good ganja weed
play stoned and rock it
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priapic rocket
erect on its launching pad
shooting for the stars

 

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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

Look! over yonder
what a beautiful
field of wildpoems
~Terri Guillemets

 

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Confession:  This editor is not a poet, but merely a poetaster who uses these exercises for excuses to blog.

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
What a profound significance small things assume when the (one) we love conceals them from us.
~Marcel Proust

Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.
~Voltaire

We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
~Ellen Goodman

EndQuote:
We pardon to the extent that we love.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

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Prewritten Exercise for 02/23/20:  rocket

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Posted from the Grove

Seriously:
How to Write a Sentence
https://humanparts.medium.com/how-to-write-a-sentence-fb4d07a7dd65

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Synesthesia: Words seen as colors
Short article explains:  https://elemental.medium.com/what-color-is-your-name-a-new-synesthesia-project-will-show-you-51bb3f0dc638

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Your name translated in colorshttps://synesthesia.me/

 

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Valentine’s Day:  The After Party

Video:
Future Boyfriend   (10:25)  —  romantic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_1YHHhry0w&t=69s

 

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
~Jane Austen

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The Drunkest Person at the Wedding    (3:51)  —  rude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRq3GuicTFo

 

Love matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.
~Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

I’m not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk.
~Paulo Coelho

 

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Music:
~Soul:  Say Something  —  PMJ’s Hudson Thames, Robyn Adele Anderson   (3:38)

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~Rod Stewart & Amy Belle:  I Don’t Want to Talk About It   (4:29)

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Yvette Landry & Friends: I’m Leaving It Up to You (3:56)

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And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
~Erica Jong

 

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Women hope men will change after marriage but they don’t; men hope women won’t change but they do.
~Bettina Arndt

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. And don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.
~Kurt Vonnegut

 

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Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.
~Linda Hogan

Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.
Mitch Albom

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  maze

~BarTalk:

Amalgam

Feelings
A maze stitched together
embroidered with words
based on instinct
Call it poetry

Thoughts
A maze in the mind
threaded together
out of chaos
Call it sanity

Love
A maze in the heart
the need of another
born of loneliness
Call it biology

Man
A maze of conflictions
constructed of mud
amazed by the stars
Call it destiny

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Ambiguities 1 & 2

First she will then she won’t
Most pleased if you would
Then you mustn’t please don’t
Her desire is a maze
And perplexities mount
First you’re welcome aboard
Then told to dismount
Made for each other
As a hand-fitted glove
Time for a break
Then madly in love
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Love and hate have collided
Time and cause coincided
Nations divided
Reasons provided
The sides are decided
Being neutral derided
So I’m off to the war
Undecided no more

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Dual Doggerels Dueling  #16

Journey

Thor’s thundering storms
Spawn swarms of fire
Charmed and disarmed
Seduce the rain to douse the pyre

Puddles pool and pools reflect
Reward the contemplative gaze
The verging and merging of rivulets
Congregate in a delta’s maze

Learned from the falling
To heed the true calling
Led by gut and gravity
Run home child
Run home to the sea

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Voyage Home

Dewdrops and newborn the dawning of tears
Drying up dying as first light appears
Crabgrass and cribs as the new day’s begun
Mourning the martyrs of the life-stealing sun
Vapors and spirits invisibly rising
Mothers heartbroken wretchedly crying

Freed from the maze of wrongs gone rife
Released from the dirt of everyday strife
Spared the failures of a compromised life
They rise to arrive and to find it heavenly
Much as the dew and all mortals do
Eventually

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The Hike

Deer paths wend their cryptic ways
Wind and climb thru the forest maze
Trees don’t speak but the moss points north
Source obscured yet a stream pours forth

Hot sun inspires a cooling breeze
Makes a sweet promise trying to please
But a cloud bank balks and disagrees
Because weather’s a woman out to tease

Backpack lunch a bottle of wine
A bucket of fun ignores the sign
Clothes are off drying in the sun
Because that’s the way new love’s begun

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5-7-5 x 2

make mine maize not wheat
arepas con chorizo
set the table please
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amore is a maze
refuse this advance choose that chance
regret both later

 

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It hurts to love wide open stretching the muscles… It hurts to thwart the reflexes of grab, of clutch; to love and let go again and again.
~Marge Piercy

This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.
~Jodi Picoult

The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Sooner or later we realize that we will only be offered imperfect people to love.
~Dr. SunWol

EndQuote:
Nobody will ever love you quite the way you want them to. You just have to let them do their best.
~Axel

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Harvested from: AZQuotes.com & QuoteGarden.com
Curated by: Wordgrove

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  maze

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Posted from the Grove

One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
~Vincent Van Gogh

There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love, as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
~Vincent Van Gogh

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Animated:  The Gift   (6:00/7:49)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOFeSM1E2F0

 

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It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.
~Marilyn Monroe

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
~Marilyn Monroe

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Music to Love By:

PMJ: Ed Sheeran & Beyonce — Perfect  Duet  feat. Mario Jose, India Carney, Dave Koz (4:51)

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~Kina Grannis (Crazy Rich Asians):  Can’t Help Falling In Love   (3:09)

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~Leonard Cohen:  Dance Me Till the End of Love   (6:09)

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It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you’ve fallen in love with.
~Clark Gable

I, um, I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend, you see. And I’m pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend. The thing is, they’re both you.
~Jodi Picoult

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Images:
Some say that true love is a mirage; seek it anyway, for all else is surely desert.
~Robert Breault

Vladamir Kush: Surrealist, metaphysical realism set to dream music   (9:31)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgLiwWebz8M

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
~Benjamin Disraeli

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
~Andre Maurois

 

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No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
~Iris Murdoch

 

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The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
~Margaret Atwood

I think … if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.
~Leo Tolstoy

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:   light

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I don’t want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.
~Zelda Fitzgerald

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~BarTalk:
Shadows

Stippled dappled crippled light
Freckled on the forest floor
Moves with the angled ample sun
Thru the silhouette sin of trees
Broken bright interrupted light
Unstained but incomplete
Reminds that complex mortals
Make life beauty-full to see

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Ordained

My dear my prize my cherished one
‘Twould break my heart in two
Should my love my light of life
Make light of love and prove to be untrue

Born of pleasure discovered treasure
No matter how the start
By death by chance one last breath
The hour comes when we must surely part

Soon or late one must leave
The subject always ends
Faithless love or feckless life
A solo heart rends without amend

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Physics Call

Indifference to love
The immovable object
Exuberant love
The irresistible force
Darkness and light
Incompatible states

One’s resistance stands innate
While the other prevails a source
Eldest is the ebon night
Tho firstborn black will outlast
The being of empowered light
Will chase the darkness all away

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Cowards of The Con-T

Hide behind bushes of convenience
Ignoring bushels of lies
Took lessons of courage from a bone spur
Then vote our sons off to war to die
Betrayed truth oath and country
Shrugged off warnings of a world at war
Middle fingered history
Closed their eyes and conspired
Smothered conscience
Before snuffing out the light

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5-7-5 x 2

craven in the light
who else but one vowed an oath
spineless in a word
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light love’s game of chance
flips a low card folds a hand
lose the bet, redeal

 

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Being trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
~George McDonald

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Quotes From The Grove:
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
~Thomas Paine

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Half truths can be brutal but the full truth is always beautiful.
~Daniel Duarte

EndQuote:
As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth – whatever the truth may be –– that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.
~June Jordan

 

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Prewritten Exercise Theme:  light

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Posted From The Grove

Super Bowl History: Why Roman Numerals Are The Super Bowl’s Signature
https://www.dictionary.com/e/the-roman-numeral-bowl-are-you-ready-for-some-football/

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*Salvador Dali, Walt Disney:  Destino   (6:31)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w38cerphic4&feature=youtu.be&utm_source

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*Destino Reconsidered – Music by Pink Floyd:  Time   (7:05)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc_f9VDVsNk&feature=youtu.be&utm_source

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Requested: A close your eyes and listen moment
~Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill:  Au fond du temple saint    (4:40)
(From Bizet’s, The Pearl Fishers)

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Need a good cry? This should do it.
*I Died Today. By, Duke Roberts
http://www.robynarouty.com/blog/i-died-today

*With a bow of gratitude to: Rusty’s Electric Dreams

 

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DEMOCRACY

 

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Stacked

© David Lorenz Winston

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Theme:  pawn

~BarTalk:
Torn

Willing subject to rival passions
Stay the scales before my eyes
Am I blind to all but justice
Or gameboard pawn at Sweetheart Lies
Eagle-eyed to strike for truth
Or caged in concert mourning doves
Torn between two clashing factions
But was the subject law or love

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Trading Up

Upon my word I pawned my soul
Surrendered shelter for the open road
Ceded safety abandoned home
Relinquished all for room to roam
Plumbed deep sorrow’s barren depth
Bid for wisdom price was death
Chose the roadside’s unknown gravesite
Climbed discovery’s airless height
Waved away love’s right to grow
Waived it all for a chance to know

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Pawn Shop

For Sale: A Second Chance
Trade old Habits for new Money
Quit happy hour and cigarettes
Vegas visits and lotto bets
Bottled drinks that help forget
List of drugs that quell regret

Use the cash to settle debts
Pay the vet and food for pets
Music lessons for the clarinet
Piano sax or coronet
Woo that blistering hot brunette
Buy that bullet fast red Corvette

We’d beg one boon
Just don’t forget
The fun we had
And might have yet

 

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If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it.
~Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

 

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