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 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 401
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do so like the luminiscent gray, it springs
without apologies from weathered scalp
here strands one direction, here the map
of a head heading towards undefinable direction
but..my eyes look frequently and deeply
with living, with seeking the comfort
of tasting and knowing where you go.
There I will venture too...on your say
on your living, on joining the journey
as must I, as must you, then we will fly away.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 402
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Posted: 11/17/2008 6:54:36 AM

do so like the luminiscent gray, it springs
without apologies from weathered scalp
here strands one direction, here the map
of a head heading towards undefinable direction
but..my eyes look frequently and deeply
with living, with seeking the comfort
of tasting and knowing where you go.
There I will venture too...on your say
on your living, on joining the journey
as must I, as must you, then we will fly away.


This is BREATH-TAKING 60to 70. (One very small quibble: Shouldn't begin with "I"? Otherwise the following statement appears to lack a subject?)

I think it is not just the best of your poems this far but surely one of he very best I've encountered anywhere in these forums!!!!
 Brizo
Joined: 2/19/2006
Msg: 403
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Posted: 11/17/2008 4:00:12 PM
well done #637! I admired it when you posted and forgot to say anything, got sidetracked....it's really, really good....
 pickles51
Joined: 9/22/2008
Msg: 404
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Posted: 11/17/2008 6:06:16 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ditto.....it is an absolutely wonderful poem...

thank you
 solitudinous
Joined: 12/17/2007
Msg: 405
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Posted: 11/17/2008 6:51:07 PM
Good Stuff 60to70, my favourite is 633.
I like the reference to the nose. It just
always seems to point the way doesn't it?
At least which direction you're headed in.
Thanks Jer
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 406
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Posted: 11/18/2008 11:46:08 PM
I, so humbly, thank-you for your support. May we all continue to give this necessary support to the hard task of life.. with our words. I read all of your poems and am inspired and just answer in return. Such welcome warmth. Yes.
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 407
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Posted: 11/20/2008 11:46:46 PM
Woman walks step...step
body all in one, cane all in one
wind blows, leaves drift
rain falls, sky is a mystery
does.. will she reach? my plant
reaches starkly for the light.
there is no hunger in her seeking
hunger left her walk, she knows
this... blue jay mawking.
accepted life... just walking..
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 408
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Posted: 11/21/2008 6:41:29 AM

there is no hunger in her seeking
hunger left her walk


These are provocative, magical lines!
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 409
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Posted: 11/24/2008 7:12:08 AM
Thank you, You, and to anyone else who might wonder why I haven't been posting lately, it's because I'm going through a very testing time.
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 410
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Posted: 11/27/2008 10:55:38 PM
Testing...testing
time was firstly my champion
then....not...then awkward
love awkward...love the sound
awk...awkward...awk....
quack.then quark...then silence.
I just registered, I actually smile nicely.
Did you notice I will survive?
On a wing, a prayer, slivers of recognition.
Yes, it will be well.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 411
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Posted: 11/29/2008 3:42:20 AM

Testing...testing
time was firstly my champion
then....not...then awkward
love awkward...love the sound
awk...awkward...awk....
quack.then quark...then silence.
I just registered, I actually smile nicely.
Did you notice I will survive?
On a wing, a prayer, slivers of recognition.
Yes, it will be well.


You pack so much into so few words that sometimes - as now - it takes me several readings to understand the depth of what you are saying. Thank you!
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 412
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Posted: 12/1/2008 12:05:48 AM
Anna, did you like butterscotch ice-cream?
Jacob, I did not, I was vanilla every way.

Anna, did you like my utterings? all?
Jacob, many but not all.

Anna ,do you remember the time I touched you..
Jacob, every touch was welcomed.

Anna, can you, will you miss me?
Jacob, from my heart, then my soul
You became my life.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 413
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Posted: 12/1/2008 11:54:29 AM

Anna, did you like butterscotch ice-cream?
Jacob, I did not, I was vanilla every way.


Etcetera... What a strange poem, I! I assume that "Anna" would be the lovely Ms Nimmidy, but who is Jacob and what is the occasion and the meaning of this curious dialogue between them???
 pickles51
Joined: 9/22/2008
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Posted: 12/1/2008 7:42:53 PM
You took my hands one at a time
slowly rubbed the soothing balm
in hypnotic circles
each finger stretched and pulled
some cracking
like those of our childhood
to annoy Maman
your touch was light....
firm...tight...
gone...then back, firmly
before my breath caught
in disappointment
annointing
soothing
feeling
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 415
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Posted: 12/2/2008 4:02:32 AM

You took my hands one at a time
slowly rubbed the soothing balm
in hypnotic circles


How intriguing, ma chere! but so many of yours, lately, have spoken of sadness!!
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 416
Horses
Posted: 12/2/2008 9:51:58 PM
Yes, Horses...instead of people.

Horses stand just like that
Head down, body ready
Had they antennae
Straight up, on the alert
Seizing vibrations
Catching whispers
Ready, get set, go!!
Fling, dance, finally Whoop
With gleeful body abandon.
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 417
Northern Lights
Posted: 12/2/2008 10:02:55 PM
Often in reflecting
this ponderous person
Reaches into vaporous past
Asking for Northern Lights.
ears ready, eyes waiting
Waiting eyes sweeping
Quickly, yet nothing.
In memory, skies...
Snap! Crackle, Snap! Crackle
Reflective ponder person
Dances with the skies.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 418
Horse / Northern Lights
Posted: 12/3/2008 6:50:25 AM

Yes, Horses...instead of people.

and


Often in reflecting
this ponderous person


have something in common, don’t they? aside from the fact that it was apparently an inspired late evening for you? And there is something wonderfully given over to a mood or intuition in each of these ..
 Brizo
Joined: 2/19/2006
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Horse / Northern Lights
Posted: 12/14/2008 4:56:29 PM
panoramic

a photograph of you
I just can't throw away
so much sweetness
lingering in
the landscape of the past
they think I make a wilderness
of now
they'll never understand
that you knew how
to love me
I'm not sorry
no, never
I gave my heart to love
without holding back a thing
for once, I wasn't clever
I was the best damn fool
ever

LS 12/07/08
Daily Poet
 pickles51
Joined: 9/22/2008
Msg: 420
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Posted: 12/14/2008 8:28:06 PM
I stood there
watching you
never before had I been a voyeur
the thrill of the first time
was visceral, earthy, sexual
as you turned toward me
a rif of fear flickered
discovery would not be
wise
The inadequate lamp light
cursed on prior occasions
was now my friend, cohort, accomplice
in the deliciousness
of your ignorance.
You were marked
my mark was on you
and though you did not know it
I would own you
possess you
devour you
destroy you
be careful what you wish for
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 421
Then
Posted: 12/14/2008 8:32:42 PM
then at sixteen
did not know my nose, on this face
did not know I would grow into grace
knew how you came close and touched
this hair, I could not know these legs
that carried me into your arms, that stopped.
holding, cradling, sweeping me into your embrace
here over this cold, cold coffee I wistfully sip
Then I knew love that cut close, crisp, noisily
to my young heart. I love with dense edges now.
 Brizo
Joined: 2/19/2006
Msg: 422
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Then
Posted: 12/14/2008 10:37:59 PM

did not know I would grow into grace



Then I knew love that cut close, crisp, noisily
to my young heart


*sigh* these lines are sublime.....it's amazing that with a few lines you bring back being sixteen/seventeen again. I thought it was gone forever...
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 423
FOUND POEM by Brizo, Pickles and 60to70
Posted: 12/15/2008 9:38:04 AM
Wow! I was absent from here for a day or so and look:


panoramic

a photograph of you
I just can't throw away
so much sweetness
lingering in



I stood there
watching you
never before had I been a voyeur
the thrill of the first time
was visceral, earthy, sexual
as you turned toward me



then at sixteen
did not know my nose, on this face
did not know I would grow into grace
knew how you came close and touched
this hair, I could not know these legs
that carried me into your arms,


Not to mention Duality's brilliant compilation from the three of these!
 Perfectly me
Joined: 12/10/2006
Msg: 424
Pummeling
Posted: 12/16/2008 11:23:03 AM
Stained-Glass Saints

Singing Glory Alleluia, church-haloed Saints mutter platitudes,
plagiarized for centuries by lost sheep.
Misquoting interpreting the Shepard, wolves eye mutton
salivating cannibal appetites for fun and profit.

What WORD can be inserted between
Vanity and its love of self?
Songs rendered stained-glass by Saints,
echo tumbling man.

Creation inherently has His gift of grace,
baptized by broken water at birth.
In innocent simplicity,
Gaea chants muted snowfall.

Crafted by His hand,
infused with His spirit:

Joshua tree, arms raised
accepting Gods decree worships,
frozen tears of the sky that
powder his spines to white-face mime.

Fire chuckling in glowing stove,
merrily eating it's forest feast.
Hand fed child of iron and ash.

Nirvana, wild sanctuary's tranquil lake
tastes delight, swallows.

Man poses, scientifically
trying to define mysteries;
Agape resolves cyphered codes.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 425
Pummeling
Posted: 12/16/2008 1:03:46 PM

Creation inherently has His gift of grace,
baptized by broken water at birth.
In innocent simplicity,
Gaea chants muted snowfall.


On first reading of the several this deserves, this stood out for me but overall it is so rich and powerful!!!!


broken water at birth


Oh my!!!
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