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Joined: 11/1/2010
Msg: 876
Love is not proofPage 48 of 52    (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52)
I believe in the laughing word,
the sighing word
the word with tears
The word with eyes and ears
The word with breath and flesh
The word that soars and sings
The word that prays and laments

Tear from me my soul should not
The word hear my pain
Nor share my joy
Anywhere the word appears
Is sanctuary
erasing the dark
Oh yes, the word has eyes
To see beyond cold language
Oh I believe the word snatches
The fires of heaven
And makes gods of mere mortals
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 877
Love is not proof
Posted: 9/14/2011 4:38:42 AM
Thanks Motleysdad, Foffeefifo andTrulio
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 878
Love is not proof
Posted: 10/21/2011 10:09:42 PM
I proved I loved you
not in actions
not in reactions
not in denial
what lived
is why I had
to love you
very well
over many years
under many suns
a few full moons
and a scattering of smiles
why I loved you
is besides any point
I loved you
kripes, I had too.
I had no choice.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 879
Love is not proof
Posted: 10/22/2011 6:44:32 AM
Gorgeous, 60. It just POURS out. Thanks. The "kripes" in the next to last line is hilarious and wonderful.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 880
Snapshot: Nov 14, 2011
Posted: 11/14/2011 6:30:04 AM
A heavy-set black woman,
swathed in winter clothes,
takes each step
as if it were measured
to the millimetre
then turns in
to her place of paid servitude.
Joined: 9/22/2008
Msg: 881
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Snapshot: Nov 14, 2011
Posted: 11/15/2011 8:24:32 PM
The steps I take
are measured in pain
and the desire to never stop
My cane
is my best friend
a constant companion
as long as I can hold it
leave me that dignity.

Long time Jer....much to tell.....
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 882
Snapshot: Nov 14, 2011
Posted: 11/15/2011 10:50:46 PM
Pickles...nice. And. Jerry ...nice. Oh thats a silly word. Love both of them. I also have a walking cane given as a gift from a younger individual. Love it. Her dad made it and it has had many a child hanging on while we walk our particular distances.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 883
Snapshot: Nov. 17, 2011
Posted: 11/17/2011 7:03:40 AM
I watch my neighbour’s son
on his way to school
without his older brother.
His shoulders hunch
toward each other
as if to keep his loneliness close.
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 884
Snapshot: Nov. 17, 2011
Posted: 11/17/2011 10:50:18 PM
Ay yay perceptive!
Then...this little girl
moved away from her brother
she had a stuffy
more importantly
she had one big dose of herself.
we are waiting for a time
a time when the curtain parts...
then we seize our share
of a vast and generous stage.
Sometimes its just a capture of light
in a green eye.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 885
Snapshot: Dec. 9/11
Posted: 12/9/2011 6:34:12 AM
A sort of shrivelled radish
of a woman
notices me
noticing her
as she walks by.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 886
Snapshot: Dec. 9/11
Posted: 1/2/2012 9:51:35 AM
Andover: Thanks for that beautiful response!
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 887
Snapshot: April 18
Posted: 4/18/2012 8:10:33 AM
Johnnie comes into the Mission
as soon as it opens,
his body curved around the smile
in his smashed-up Inuit face,
which wants to be loved
but is ready to hit back
when he feels himself to be insulted.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 888
Snapshot: April 18
Posted: 4/27/2012 8:11:15 AM
Andover, I love your last poem, especially the house "snuggled in its same footprint". That's such a vivid, deeply felt image. Bless you.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 889
Snapshot: May 5, 2012
Posted: 5/5/2012 7:17:19 AM
A spindly Chinese woman
walks the block,
back and forth,
back and forth.

It will take a long time
to pass yet another day.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 890
Snapshot: May 30, 2012
Posted: 5/30/2012 12:42:31 PM
An unusually tall,
thing young man
with a pimpled face
scowls his way
into the café.
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 891
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Snapshot: May 30, 2012
Posted: 5/30/2012 1:38:18 PM
brave baby squirrel
barely bigger than a chipmunk
sunflower hunting this morning
last seen in fox's mouth
also morning hunting
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 892
Snapshot: May 30, 2012
Posted: 6/1/2012 9:44:28 AM
Thank you, Weare1, that's very vivid.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 893
Memory and Yearning
Posted: 8/25/2012 10:35:40 AM
Everyone looks like somebody else
you saw on some other street
or in one of the ethnic restaurants
in your neighbourhood..

Yesterday, I saw my brother,
who’s been dead for thirty-one years.
I’ll see him again, I believe.
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 894
Memory and Yearning
Posted: 8/27/2012 9:09:49 PM
yee haaa....nice to see a poem from your pen...yes.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 895
Memory and Yearning
Posted: 9/27/2012 6:54:00 AM
Thank you, my friend. I haven't been completing very many but am just about to post a short new one in "Passing the Salt."
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 896
After Prevert
Posted: 2/25/2013 9:07:14 AM
A truly hungry man
can make a meal
from the scent
wafting out the door
of a café, can discern
the exact ingredients
of a plate of French toast,
sausages and hash-browns
and whether the cook
quarrelled with his wife that morning.
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 897
The Adventures of Adam and Eve
Posted: 3/8/2013 3:21:47 PM
In the beginning is the end,
which is narrative,
without which life
lacks wit or sinew.

We read The Adventures of Adam and Eve
in and out of the Garden.
And how Cain slew Abel
and again

and, we did not doubt,
would go on slaying him
which is narrative.
Joined: 11/7/2011
Msg: 898
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Snapshot: Oct. 8, 2009
Posted: 3/8/2013 8:14:18 PM
i think u guys r all just ****ing
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 899
Snapshot: Oct. 8, 2009
Posted: 4/4/2013 6:33:46 AM
Cesska, it might be useful if you specified examples of what you're critical of rather than expressing wholesale contempt
Joined: 11/7/2011
Msg: 900
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Snapshot: Oct. 8, 2009
Posted: 4/7/2013 10:33:24 PM
i am sorry
i don't even know what i was talking about that day
forgive me
i have a mood problem
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