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 ash.i.am
Joined: 8/14/2008
Msg: 63
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post # 57, Joro....loved it!
 AnneCarol
Joined: 3/27/2008
Msg: 64
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Posted: 1/6/2009 8:33:15 PM
I really like your poem and even went over to your profile to send you a note and let you know what I liked about it but could not email you because of my age.
 ash.i.am
Joined: 8/14/2008
Msg: 65
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Posted: 1/6/2009 9:52:02 PM
well thanks annecarol...i appreciate you appreciating my words :) ....i'm going to fix that age thing right now...lol...i used to use that when i was actually here for dating...

edit post: gosh...that sounded kinda cold didn't it?..haha....i mean....i'm here more for the forums....not opposed to dating....just not "looking"....hahaha...just "for the record" ;-P
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 66
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Posted: 1/6/2009 11:01:00 PM
arrrgh.

well for the record, shovel ice for a week and c how u like it.

is there an issue?

get a grip.
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 67
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Posted: 1/6/2009 11:42:45 PM
i suppose i should write something. sorry.

Of brewing pots of coffee
Of empty kegs of beer
Of living life afraid to change
Of changing out of fear

Of words on yellowed pages
Of vinyl full of pops
Of nameless names forgotten
Of bottles full of hops


Of days of non-conformity
Of haze to feed my head
Of days lost to self-righteousness
Of praying to be dead

Of days spent lost in apathy
Of pains to great to bare
Of days ruled by selfishness
Of wrongs too wrong to share

Of shades pulled to hide daylight
Of phones unplugged to ring
Of chains latched to a barstool
Of a soul too sick to sing

My days of slavery have now passed
For I have seen the light
I have been my own slave master
Now I’m free to do what’s right
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 69
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Posted: 1/7/2009 7:14:19 AM
written this morning on first line, last line.....
and I just wish to say, the poems here are such an inspiration
with honesty and self reflection.... to read them touches me like a revelation....



I don't know where to start...
accept in my heart
life's treasures
for they come and go so quickly
passing the energy to and fro
seeing sadness every where I go
wondering what happened to us?

Did we lose our ability to love?
to see the magic that flies like a dove
and reminds us we're also and they're also
beings from heaven above?

Did we forget life's not over yet?
That a billion stars and planets like mars
might hold secrets we can't even fathom?
Or have we let ourselves freeze in fear
when we've come up against the dragon?

This new year I want fear to disappear
and let love be my guiding light
so that even when I feel the fright
or that reaction that makes me fight...
that is when I need to let in and let out delight
to see the blessing and beauty of my life
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 73
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Posted: 1/8/2009 5:21:02 PM
there is art here


agreed
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 74
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Posted: 1/8/2009 5:34:21 PM
so here i go

but, still carried on, into, with me, in this new world of mine

its black as night
i give up the fight
i would give up
but it aint right

comets fly into the earth
I could care less, mis-guessed thier girth
thier imagination is worth twice thier girth
chill out please and dont get tight

the memory of a tiger
the soul of the tundra
i forgot what i did find ya
i wont rejoice in blunder

your kenya niger ethiopia twist
has got me thinking i should slash my wrist
i stare quite forward right thu the mist
just kick back, hang and wonder
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 80
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Posted: 1/10/2009 8:39:46 AM
Hmm.
I was thinking the same thing off line.
this is what i came up with. sorry if i didnt hammer out the details yet....



I woke this morning
to the death of color
the passage of pleasure
the dimming of twilight

the shrinkage of the circle
the settling of summits
the immutability of matter
the denial of intercourse

No substance to art
No loss in war
No humanity to life
no emotion to deed

To a world grown old
Propelled by pessimism
Too busy, too sooty
locked on visions of the next victory

Death of myth and vanished lands
Nothing left to discover
Explorers and sailors
left but to tell past stories of gold

No sense of destiny
Living day to day
No dying or longing
No Spirit of Evolution

As all space and time
All our stars and suns
collapse selfishly inward
solely for consumption

Empty oceans
Rivers of death
No religion or identity
just global franchized homogeneity

From poems to lectures
From telescope to microscope
From religion to anatomy
From love to chemistry

From balance to contradition
dysfunctional democracy
yearning for noursishment
in the fleeting light of permanence

To again be but Life
temporarily locked inside our bodies
Writing lyrics in sand
for verses eternal

How I long to believe
the horizon the edge of the earth
How I long to be amazed
by the birth of butterflies

To climb a tree for the perfect apple
to shoot bottles with a slingshot
to color outside the lines on purpose
To again have hope in rainbows
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 82
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Posted: 1/10/2009 9:24:30 AM
nice work phish. one can never have a shortage of kindred souls. excellent, actually. read it a couple times now.
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 83
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Posted: 1/10/2009 11:03:30 AM
again, love the words being written, spoken here, so much honesty from each person....
offering a tanka written yesterday and a last line, first line just written.....


tears flow down my cheeks
gracefully land in my lap
like swans in a pond
silently swimming as one
pairs forming hearts with their necks

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

refreshing, those times,
when delight draws us near
welcoming all that's to be,
right now, this new year
daring to be what we
wish, think and hear
for this is the day
paving the way
to all you hold dear
 grizzerman
Joined: 7/4/2006
Msg: 85
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Posted: 1/10/2009 4:41:43 PM
the year of past
went way to fast
i'd hoped it last

this year
seems clear
the future holds no fear

and after that
i won't feel that drat
we'll sit around and all get fat..............<-;


...............................Rose
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 97
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Posted: 1/13/2009 3:43:04 PM
Bearwoman, Rose, Phish...
was following this whole thing ( to which I agree btw), and thought i would add this:

Come in from the cold
Stop feeling old
Said an Old Soul to Me

Come in and sing
Share the passion you bring
Of freedom that is yet to be

Then all things just fell
To the flames of hell
There was nuthin but a dark silence

But no one could tell
For they were already in hell
And took as but an annoyance

A wise ghost who knew power
Handed me a flower
Held death in his hand that was right

Though things can get dour
One should never sour
Never turn from the beauty and bright

So what should I sing for
Beauty or War?
Should I cut to the core and skip the surface

For both love and blame
Can seem one and the same
the world can seem like its lost its purpose

We are body and soul
Both diamond and coal
Though we hide through wars of false factions

I reflect in a mirror
But my insides are clearer
We are measured alone by our actions
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 99
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Posted: 1/13/2009 4:43:50 PM
"I like the concept from the movie, "The Bucket List:" the value of a life can best be seen(?) by measuring yourself against those who measure themselves against you."

I am sorry, but I have to totally rebel against this. belief. sounds like a recipe for brain dead homogeneity. We should privately check ourselves against people we respect. i think i agree with that. but we should never measure ourselves against anyone except our own belief system and expectations, take praise and criticism from respected peers. Live and learn. but just never compare.

Just my opinion. i might be wrong.

J
 ash.i.am
Joined: 8/14/2008
Msg: 106
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Posted: 1/14/2009 9:55:54 AM

choose a center reference
for all truth
where words
ebb and flow with the tide

words are emotional

some are masters
with their stories

due to the human thought
we have our own truths

i wonder about the stories
pasted down thru the millennium

and am left
knowing less
than i did before



wisdom spoken.....that was a great write Rose....i could feel you on that one (imagine that! lol)
 Nothin2it
Joined: 8/31/2007
Msg: 108
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Posted: 1/14/2009 2:19:10 PM
To till the earth from crust to birth
a farmer finds his toil;
he finds no worth in making mirth,
but thinks through midnight oil.

So seedlings from his labor spring
when spring becomes mature,
and in his eyes they're everything
so he endures manure.

The farmers wife is washing clothes,
his children work the chores;
the man beholds whom he betroths,
his daughters work through sores.

How many sorrows purchase food,
who borrows from the poor;
For these, the farmers loving brood,
will never lock the door.

When harvest calls to market stalls
his life begins anew;
A man again, who stands and calls
for purchases not few.

Then as the fall descends to ice,
his labors grow restrained,
winter brings no sacrifice;
no reason to be pained.

While in the farmhouse, comforted,
his family comes to know
their father, mother, tormented
by how their children grow.

Knowing love through winter time
the children sleep aware;
aware of city life, sublime,
aware that they're not there.

Though neon calls for eyes to see,
and fashion calls their eyes;
these daughters see a vacancy
for love has made them wise.

-Remember "Little House on the Prairie? ...TV, I know, I know...just thinking.
 Druid59
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 115
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Posted: 1/15/2009 7:07:42 AM
Hmm...

I wear the past
as a comfortable mask
to hide behind before the task

it colour plain
its shape defined
it is most easy to hide behind

and so i stay
a dormant seed
sunlight and nutrient my need

but night reigns still
light is not there
The night holds but itself
it can not care

with but one single drop
I can break ground
fresh green shoots ever abound
A flower I will never be
but a bush, for shelter
I would be to thee

Strong and stout
and rooted there
high in the world
without a care
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 116
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Posted: 1/15/2009 3:10:10 PM
" Strong and stout and rooted there/ high in the world without a care..."
got me thinking flashback....

Sirens on the night wind
Full moon in the sky
Rememberin' how I used to feel
When I wished that I would die

Walking on the boardwalk
Salt spray in the air
Heading towards the drawbridge
I jumped off on a dare

Thinking back when I was King
and working in a bar
I tread those same boards every day
It feels so very far

Selling the old kids qualudes
Stealing the young kids' beers
Living the life of the big man
running of childish fears

Always considered the strange one
Always the one to get crisp
Never the one to get what he wanted
Always the one to get pissed

Hung up at the drawbridge
Lettin' boats out and boats in
Thinking up a stupid poem
Wearin' a sh-t-eatin' grin

The bridge went down, a cop walked by
Said "Kid, ya know the bridge is down"
"Who is it your waiting for"
"What is it you want?"

He asked "so what ya doing kid?"
"Why dont you move along?"
I said Im thinking about the beachgrass
and thinking up a song

He said "All you long haired hippy freaks"
"I swear your all the same"
"You walk around here all spaced out"
"and then you pass the blame"

"So lets just move along, kid"
"But first lets check those eyes"
"Tell me what your up to kid"
"And dont tell me no lies"

I was now a tad pissed off
for I had told the truth
I said Im thinking about the grass
of death and of my youth

He said "whats that about grass and death?"
"I better run you in"
"We dont like that kinda talk here"
"We dont want your youthful sin"

I said hey wait now occifer
that aint no way to be
I aint done nuthin wrong
so please, just let me be

He said "This aint harrassment"
"So dont you get me wrong"
"your eyes and hair say one thing"
"your too dumb to write a song"

They took a set of pictures
and rolled my hands in ink
Threw me in the jail cell
and left me there to stink

Again I asked him 'bout the charges
He said "There aint no rush"
"I am slow at typing"
"so why dont you please hush"

I spent the night a-wondering
why some things never change
how small the world's becoming
why cant we re-arrange

Well the sun came up and the cop came in
said "Kid, its time you walk"
"I hope that you learned something"
"Cuz beachgrass just dont talk"

I finally kept my mouth shut
as par, a bit too late
i said, yes sir Mr. Occifer
I shouldnt f-ck with fate

The moral of the story
in case you wonder why
its when your talking ot occifers
i can pay to tell a lie
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 118
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Posted: 1/15/2009 3:53:07 PM
come on rose. mine was swill. knowing u is the honor.
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 120
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Posted: 1/15/2009 4:49:09 PM
K. ya got me Bear. well anyway, I wrote this to stick in the middle of the previous one after it was finished. It goes in after the verse which is repeated. as if it matters where it goes.

Hung up by the drawbridge
Letting boats out and boats in
thinking up a poem
wearin' a sh-t eating grin

The wind blew through the beachgrass
and I could here them say
"you crazy humans come and go"
"but we are here to stay"

"How come you humans make so much noise?"
"Why cant you just be still"
"Why do you need to change things"
"Why is it you kill?"

I said to the beachgrass
Cuz we think we're always right
But you have an advantage
Roots that hold you tight

"Yeah, but we too must absorb"
"To grow or else we'll die"
"And we too cant imagine"
"How to live a life thats dry"

This may be true, but you hang out
where you need just what you'll find
Cuz its never dry down by the river
I know all about your kind.

(Then the cop shows up and the rest is history...)
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 122
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Posted: 1/15/2009 5:28:54 PM
thats just beachgrass talking, but thanks. and BTW, i coulda read the bucket list thing hastily. there are multiple ways of reading it in hindsight. and i didnt see it to boot. so no hard feelings on that 1.
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 125
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Posted: 1/15/2009 10:31:47 PM
a beautiful poem
full of beautiful memories....
she, you, can feel the energy
that emanated with you two....
it seems, for me, the energy of love
never leaves, for once it's felt
within one's heart,
it stays there, a light within,
sometimes ever growing,
but always an amazing blessing,
even if the couple or friendship ends
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 127
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Posted: 1/17/2009 8:38:01 AM
Thanks Rose. We all gotta do something, right? and Phish, well, you know your good.
paste/cut some of my 1st/last 8 liners into MS word and worked it into this. thought it was worth posting:

things that we learned of when but a child
lost cast aways, declared meek and mild
but then again maybe we are loose and wild
in this gypsy band traveling freak show

the crowd is cheering, how I hate that sound
we’re not that important, not that renowned
i wont say what i lost till you say what you found
I’m tired of all of this clowning

Cat Girl cleans her whiskers before she goes home
I reach in my pocket and hand her my comb
She takes my hand, into her eyes I roam
As we head on back to her trailer

And the Midget jerks off neath the Fat Lady’s dress
Eating her mass at her bequest
She moans at the crowd as he does his best
They’re a pair, they are quite saprophytic

the sword swallower’s wheezing, deep and slow
but you give me hope and i adore your glow
If I had considered what I now know
I would never have joined the attraction

brought forth by the churning of hurdy-gurdy sound
struts the bearded vixen in her wedding gowns
the trapeze girl is missing, call out the hound
there’s a dead girl screaming for justice

the vixen’s life being what she had feared
she scratches her head and then her beard
cursing the masses who stood there and leared
She stares in their faces and counts losses

monkey boy's tweaking, the fire eater did blow
Birdman soaring high thinking he is The Crow
lets break ourselves outta this ole freakshow
before we melt into and join the faction

Birdman spreads his wings and tries to take flight
Through the hole in the Big Top and straight out of sight
On the ecstasy of hope but not that bright
Laying broken and motionless in the center ring

blues jamming clowns play in the railroad yard
take turns making verse about how life is hard
how juggling fire leaves one burned and charred
how they should never listen to bosses

The tightrope walker does walk a thin line
Can’t find self forgiveness for his past crime
Wish it was as easy as paying a fine
He knows his karma’s to fall

Haunted by guilt, consumed with regret
Tightrope Walker walks his line without a net
One day he may fall, but he hasn’t yet
Perhaps his curse is survival

its time for us to pick up and go
the big top is folded and the fat man is slow
the moon is full and its looking like snow
lets beat it while we still have some traction

Grab your flute Cat Girl and grab my guitar
Let’s get out while we can and know who we are
I got a full tank of gas so we can go far
Head into the sunset straight westbound

We can build a home somewhere on a beach
Together in love, all things are in reach
We can have a family, to the children we’ll teach
To rejoice in the spirit of difference
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 129
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Posted: 1/17/2009 4:07:55 PM
thanks rose. writing it gave me a head ache, it did. but i had to take it somewhere. and where could i go after that but to a friend?
 joro
Joined: 12/2/2007
Msg: 133
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Posted: 1/19/2009 11:37:16 AM
I have gained more inspiration from wordless jazz than anywhere. he said things without words
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