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 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 1876
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Lovely writing ladies^^^^thank you for the continuing warmth you provide for the fireside.

Finger painting images
with the blood of war,
horror stained in glazed eyes,
reflecting a death scene,
somewhere, on a field of battle ,
silent cries echo
across the killing grounds,
but no one hears,
and the angels prepare
a table
for the new
arrivals.
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 1877
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 12:36:57 AM
Mandrake, there is no visible warmth in your last posted poem. Yet, the truth contained within your offering offers the warmth of comfort for the many left behind. Finally. I truly appreciated the poem. Thank-you.
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 1878
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 4:54:57 AM
Closing my eyes,
I wrapped her in my blindness,
a black silhouette,
an ember of memory
in a field of forget-me-nots,
the spirit of rapture
under a summer's sun,
our lips melting
together,
like subtle winds,
dancing, caressing,
teasing,
plucking the last petal,
I opened my eyes
and smiled.
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 1879
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 5:30:15 AM
The tree of knowledge,
The well of wisdom,
Swell to the bosom,
overflowing,
yet lonely,
it's fruit untasted,
Awaiting it's collectors,
The malnourished
of the false prophets,
The self proclaimers
of righteousness.
 Shared_Life
Joined: 3/30/2009
Msg: 1880
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 6:05:57 AM
"Finger painting images
with the blood of war,"

These words made me think of a poem in the past that spoke of a need of a warm place to share the hurts of that time. Sometimes, warmth is in the welcome for the brokennesses in life. Forgive me if this is too dark for here but I think its honesty from then, needs a place to rest.

Please know this has found healing, though I do know others who still struggle with this darkness and need to know there is a safe place to share it with others.

slasher
june 28, 2003

carving words upon this page
line by empty line
i stem the tide of blood
Flooding from the slashes in my spirit
trying to silence the pain
of my crying soul
i scrawl red rivers of rage
in black on white
stilted anger screamed to dry
the tears flowing down my face you
will not know these cries
for you will not read these words

i place them in a frame you will not view
knowing you will not see or know
but I was never one to try for sympathy
these wounds are for myself alone
bleeding crimson words in black
all the things you would not let me say
can now be said
into the silence you won’t read
the deed is done and so I walk again
alone slashing this page to gain
the chemical haze of numbness
when words have found the gate to their release

until my spirit is left cleansed to begin
once more to build the life
i thought i had begun to find with you
time will start the clock ticking hours
scheduling tomorrows until again
I find within me readiness to face todays
My life moves on in
Slow rythmn of scars in regimental file
bleeding in invisibility that knows to hide
From a world not ready for the naked truth
of pain on pain that will not be denied
if I am to find new existence on its shores
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 1881
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Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 6:22:03 AM
a page of emotion
the swell of the ocean
riding waves rising so high
then thrown on the shore, opened wide....

like a river caught in a whirlpool
reading of war and blood and pain
followed by heart sharing and light reflection
then to read of slashing and pain again....

we seem to be in a world filled with both extremes
and like a river, I feel tossed and caught in the rocks
bashed against with intensity of pain
then carried into still calm waters again....

I pray for balance that the light within will carry me
and humanity to a place of real healing and safety
so we all can once again feel the deep love
we've carried through eternity in our blood....
 Shared_Life
Joined: 3/30/2009
Msg: 1882
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 11:52:09 AM
And so I leave a beacon
and a note
that slashing was only words upon a page
rage, pain aimed at the place
that can help it heal
by opening and cleansing,
letting light replace darkness

hope find its way in the maze
of feelings that once was
sometimes darkness is invitation
to those seeking,
needing to find light.

Poets do not always write in rainbows
and rainbows do not always heal
sometimes sharing darkness
helps others to find light.
 Shared_Life
Joined: 3/30/2009
Msg: 1883
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 11:55:41 AM
My apologies if the poem I shared broke some unwritten or at least unread code that said things needed to be light.
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 1884
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Posted: 4/5/2009 12:08:25 PM
^i know of no such code....
the freedom here is part of the blessing
to write from wherever we share or our souls wish to go....
 Shared_Life
Joined: 3/30/2009
Msg: 1885
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 12:21:10 PM
Thank you for your answer
It puts me more at ease
When someone steps in somewhere new
There's the desire to please.
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 1886
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 1:45:44 PM
Thank you all for sharing your spirits and souls here. This thread is open to all who feel a need, whether it is dark, light, playful, painful, warm or cold. This is a place to feel safe no matter what you write.

Thank you for gracing the fireside.

Manny
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1887
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 5:54:37 PM
This is a place to feel safe no matter what you write.

Yes, this is a place Manly built....where we can come let our hair down and put our feet up!
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1888
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/5/2009 6:04:32 PM
Slip behind those silent eyes
of a long day passing
Leave behind the sunny sky's
of the daylight fading
Sweep the leaves of summer trees
- gather on a pile to burn
A life crawls then walks then runs
as if pulled to the end
Count today like yesterday
for quick they are tomorrow's, gone
 ShadwGrrl
Joined: 2/16/2007
Msg: 1889
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/6/2009 1:31:59 AM
Firelight dancing
I sit mesmerized
My mind blank
Tears welt my eyes
Sorrow overwhelms

Moonlit skies
Dew glistens on the grass
The wood crackles
Whipping flames lash
I am enchanted.
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1890
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/6/2009 10:22:16 AM
Just now!


Thunder cracked inside black sky's
Lightning flashed in furry high
A torrent rain in sheets blew heavy
Rotating clouds made threats ready
It soon raced on to growl and quip
leaving air wet and trees to drip
The place that takes the runoff rain
does look more like a puddle-lake
The yellow pollen that coated all
is washed away and leaving now
it floats on waters that move and drift
Now is calm to what was swift
As bird songs ring, I take a peek
Beautiful
Nature has a mean cleaning streak


Whew!...it was kinda scary...
 ShadwGrrl
Joined: 2/16/2007
Msg: 1891
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/6/2009 10:26:29 AM
Thanks for sharing your moment BKS, that's lovely..kinda made me feel like i was there..i'm glad you're alright and you're right..the Nature Mother does indeed have a violent housekeeping procedure LOL...but that makes me cherish Her all the more.
 ...rosie...
Joined: 6/30/2007
Msg: 1892
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Posted: 4/6/2009 8:06:29 PM
knowing my beauty
i cry
wanting to give him
everything

but in the end
it is him
who seeks
what i am unable
to provide
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1893
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/8/2009 1:38:05 PM
Feeling blessed

An inner light
brightens my soul
a change is occurring
deep inside, I know
it is beyond me
a presented gift
patience and trust
now given to lift
A glow and warmth
I question not
I embrace a joy
I never bought
All of this
in it's natural state
I pray all one day
may too, relate
...and if you have
ain't it great!

 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1894
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/8/2009 10:56:28 PM
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Come look and see the moon, I say
~ yes, you've seen the moon before
Observe that branch and how it lays
before the clouds in shades that soar
~yes, you've seen the clouds before
See the contrast and the depth
and the brightness of this night
and how the haze illuminates
all this pleasure in our sight
I have never seen a night like this
A painters dream come true
A gift, presented for our view
~yes, it's all the same to you
As for me, I'll soak it deep
for every night is new for me
Funny how one can walk in life
even though, still be asleep...
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 1895
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/10/2009 7:06:18 AM
Lovin the writes in here....thanks to you all.
I am off today for my daughter's birthday,
see you all when I get back.

Love and hugs
Manny
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1896
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/10/2009 11:34:41 AM
A very Happy Birthday to your daughter manly!

she's never too old for a b-day pankin you know..lol
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 1897
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/11/2009 5:15:11 PM
Happy Easter All!

Chocolate bunnies missing ears
Folks in their Sunday best
Families gather for a feast
Dyed eggs are bright and hid
Basket handles on kid's arms
Remembrance of a saving grace
Kitchens ring of talk and laughter
Flowers in pastels, placed





Do I smell a slow cooked Spiral Hammmm???
 hummingbirddancing
Joined: 11/7/2008
Msg: 1898
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/11/2009 5:30:09 PM
hmmmmmmmmmmmm I smell one cookin here tomorrow~
lol....Hugs Mandrake~ Wishing you and yours a special day~! hugs & blessings~
xo jules :)

Easter ham baking
Eggs colored
Children smiling!
Long lost memories
Family happiness
Tomorrow , will be
all the best !
Blessings and Hope
Good feelings...
plenty of rest!
to you !
hugs :) me
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 1899
Mandrake's House by the Fire
Posted: 4/12/2009 7:41:39 AM
BKS...and Jules...thanks for the writes and wishes. Let me extend the same in return to you both.

and Happy Easter to one and all!

Today is a day for rest,
yet, there is no rest for the wicked!
laundry to do,
and vacuuming too,
and the roast is in the oven!
with taters and greens
and a few ...obscenes!
tis a meal that I prepare,
with lots of thought,
and a missing pot,
just try it if ya dare!
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 1900
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Posted: 4/12/2009 7:45:41 AM
ahhh....no way am I taking your pot, manny! (giggle)

wishing you all a wonderful day
and it even started a little sunny....miraculously...
but now of course the cloudiness has brought a touch of grey
and the temperatures are so cold for what's supposed to be a Spring day....
nevertheless, wishing all of us a beautiful day filled with kindness and bunny 'hoppiness'! :)
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