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 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2026
The Fireside.Page 82 of 106    (66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106)
Saving this from another thread that was put on hold.

Wow!...just....wow!

I haven't read through all the posts, but enough of them to be very saddened by the attitudes displayed. I have seen more defence here, than in any hockey game I have ever seen! Talk about "fear factor!"

I was one of those "men" who grew up with the typical "men don't cry" attitudes. It was ingrained in me . I was your "typical" jock...chest pounding, cold as steel, stronger than dirt male species. But...something was missing!

Then...I met "her", at a tender age of 22. She opened a whole new world for me. I was still uneasy whenever other guys were around us though. As time went on, and the relationship grew, so did the trust! I still played football, hunted, worked out at the gym, but the macho slowly faded.

Suddenly, my mother passed away. The only thing I could remember about that day, was putting my fist through the front door! breaking my hand in three places. But I didn't feel anything, until she arrived! She took my hand, looked me in the face, and I broke down, crying like a baby? No! Not like a baby she said...like a real man!

After a time had passed, I learned to reexamine my beliefs, my feelings, and sort my way through what I was taught, and what was real/comfortable to my being.

The feelings were always there, but I didn't know how to express them. I had to give myself permission to feel. "She" was my safe place, where I could be me!

Guys? You don't know what you are missing...find it, before it's too late!!
 himynameisSarah
Joined: 5/27/2009
Msg: 2027
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/12/2009 7:27:22 AM
And when you feel at home inside me
It's so very strange to find thee
Denying your very own rational thoughts
Collapsing the galaxy,
Leaving the stars distraught
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2028
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/12/2009 8:01:54 AM
Manly...sometimes, just sometimes you read something that many many eyes should be introduced to ~
That was one of them.

(thanks for sharing)
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2029
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/12/2009 8:12:55 AM
Sarah, BKS...thank you both for the warmth and thoughtful expressions
It means a lot to me.
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2030
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/12/2009 8:31:56 AM
The players mist

You haunted my dreams
like a lighthouse beam
here and gone then appear
and I off the ocean shores
float in the distance
knowing to touch you
would mean sure disaster
Your jagged edges warned
seemingly safely grounded
I have watch the many moths
drawn to your light
with hope and expectations
smiling just before they died
What honey you spewed
to bring close and sting
we all should have known
to sail away from the screams
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2031
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/12/2009 8:40:46 AM
Wow! Awesome write sweety! I love it! Loved every line!

Now that's a keeper! Kudos!
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2032
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/12/2009 9:59:00 AM
Thank you manly
 Perfectly me
Joined: 12/10/2006
Msg: 2033
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 6:46:12 AM
Wonderful write best kept secret! I loved it.

Manny there is always such awesome poetry by your fireside. This is something I recently wrote for a contest; Icarus~~~The Ceremony of Innocence Drowned in Free Verse.


Cardinal Sacrifice

Father, I fell in your shadow,
your shaded brilliance overlaid
every compass point of my life.

I haven't your talents;
the gods do not love me.
Athena weaves no passion
to fill my shell-curved ear.

The palace of Minos
breeds not ingenuity but beauty
and obedience, as plentiful
as the phallic columns of white marble.
There I learned to bow low,
with a pleasing, humble countenance.

Something never required of you
--star-crowned of heaven--
casting your fate over kings
and kingdoms; careless
of royal pomp and pageantry,
drunkenly inhaling the gods' exhale.

The cunning gods tempted me to excess;
I was teased to Olympian heights, caught and
cauterized by the Cloud-Gatherer's thunderbolt,
when light-bearing Aether abandoned me.

Oh faithless feathers,
how glorious your flight!
Caressed by Aether's pure air
into weightless being...until
melted wax wings bleed pinions, and
weighted, they spiral the upper sky.

I paid the price for your fame and folly;
consecrated, sacrificed for safe passage
to the Trident of the ocean;
Earth Shaker, Storm Bringer~
rider of azure sea-foam horses...

I cried as I fell, “Father, please save me!”
But you could not hear, your anointed ears
both deaf and dumb to earthly concerns;
so distracted by divine emanations
that Poseidon swallowed me whole,
plunging me to my own fame.

The Sea and land to bear my name;
where you, deep-mouthed, screamed pain,
holding your child's broken body,
ancient oceans trapped in my eyes.
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2034
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 7:20:21 AM
Ahhhhh PM...such artistry! Such beauty in written words. Exquisite free verse PM. Absolutely loved this write. Thank you for sharing such wonderful works of wordssmithing here at the fireside.
 Perfectly me
Joined: 12/10/2006
Msg: 2035
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 7:36:03 AM
Oh thank you so much Manny for your kind words, I'm still learning how to sing. What a treat you gave me this brightened morning, that you liked this poem.

 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2036
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 11:25:34 AM
I'm still learning how to sing.

Awesome, Awesome! As long as we breath...we are all still learning! What a great place you have set up here manly....both school and practice...and if we're lucky, an occasional gold star....but just to know that is not the prize we try to seek...it is the thought-to-page release! 's
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2037
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 11:44:24 AM
Thank you BKS

but

This is not my thread,
it is not my home, my place,
it is our thread,
our home,
our place
just to roam,
to browse,
to post,
or just
to host
our thoughts,
to share,
to care
for all,
to make others
feel welcome,
without judgement,
or criticism,
where
no fear
exists
to an open
heart,
an open mind,
to offer an ear,
or shoulder...
the only star
that is given here
is gold!
for you all
make this thread
what it is...

a place where
love
fills the air,
and fire
warms the soul!
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 2038
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The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 6:03:22 PM
love does fill the air here
and fire so warms the soul
a haven and sanctuary
where writing poetically
is released virtually
for all of us to see
the essence
truly
of
humanity....

gratitude to you, dear manny,
for your being such generous
and loving company
for all who come
to sit by the fire
that you tend so selflessly
keeping a warm, loving chair
for all who enter here....

 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2039
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 8:09:08 PM
Thank you D for such lovely sentiments. You are a big part of this family, and I am honored to have you as a friend and Fireside companion/writer.

In those dark hours
in sad lament,
I came to you,
vulnerable,
shaken,
your arms held
my trembling heart,
till our vibrations
mixed into one,
our tears filling each,
side by side,
in rivers of soul
you loved me through
death,
breathing life into the pain,
rhythm in our hearts,
the healing garden
of love.
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2040
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 8:29:19 PM
Always feeling comfy here....coming to put my feet up again..... :)



Tree of Strings

Like Willow branches swaying
distorted through these eyes
next, a moment saw me there
among a Tree of Strings stood I
At each string's end held an essence
some with the glint of dangling tears
while some of them held laughter
in bellows of abandoned care
Some held loss and confusion
others content in their dusty haze
I saw too many, holding anger
but the ones of Love held them at bay
I felt string-songs hum, and auras
as they flowed and swept my brow
touching each, I felt me in them
wishing to pull the sad ones down
To my surprise was born a fragrance
representing encountered souls
some now known and some in passing
some of joy and some of woe
Then the breeze that sways emotions
grew and quickened, clacking words
words on strings that I had forgotten
and ones I should have never cursed
In all the clatter and scent of wakings
I spun 'round from a dizzy surge
entwined in all around, then bound
when sudden flew a rainbow bird
Calm and hopping top the branches
He chirped out these profound words
All these have delivered you,
but you are still yet to be...

On the strings, effects and choices
and the Tree, was me
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2041
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 8:38:27 PM
Bravo....Bravo....Bravo!! C'est magnifique ma cherie!!

One of the finest writes I have ever seen you pen! I sooooo love the title too! Thank you dear friend, for being such a special part of this fireside. The fire is crackling tonight!
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2042
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/13/2009 8:45:52 PM
................awe!

 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2043
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/14/2009 9:04:10 AM
Women's Interests

White water rafting..........she's a squirter!

Camping....a place to bury the body! Collect insurance!

Sunbathing....likes to show it off!

Walking on the beach....tropical vacation [show me the money!]

A real man....Run like he*l!

Fast cars....attention seeker!

singing....Bob's at it again!

sex...she's not that into you!

man of substance...she already smoked hers!

Fishing....she's a swinger!

Motorcycles....high risk to reoffend!

Horseback riding....don't touch that saddle horn!

Cuddling...look, but don't touch!

this is just for fun and giggles folks.
 sunshineinbottle
Joined: 3/5/2009
Msg: 2044
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Posted: 6/14/2009 9:14:59 AM
I couldn't agree more BKS... chills or using my spine as a race track...
 Luri
Joined: 5/26/2009
Msg: 2045
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Posted: 6/14/2009 11:52:33 AM



we're such complex creatures!
LOVE the first one!!!
 himynameisSarah
Joined: 5/27/2009
Msg: 2046
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/14/2009 3:10:02 PM
Big fat droplets fall
The children run out to capture a taste.
No need to scold their carefree hearts
No need to grow up with such haste

For after all,
Children must play
Be it in cow manure or rain...
Chocolate covered smiles
Embracing the pureness of the sky
They won't always be little
A tear comes to my eye.
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2047
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/14/2009 4:23:07 PM
MENS interest

hunting
fishing
motorcycling
hockey
camping
hiking..........hoping to get a gal who loves all these and looks good in daisy dukes.

golfing.....after the fist year, later babe.

conversation....naw, shoot no......thinks that's what a woman want to hear

thunderstorms.....hopes to find a woman who will need comforting

kissing.....heck, it might to lead to sex!

red wine.....heck, it might lead to sex!

holding hands on the beach....heck, it might lead to sex on the beach!

cooking.....might lead to seductive food eating and sex!

photography.....might lead to naky pics and sex!

fitness.... ....maybe for the gal he'll long-term it with.....but not necessary if there will be sex!


(Just having fun too, mr. manl)y.....


 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 2048
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Posted: 6/14/2009 4:23:17 PM
you are the storm
the succulent drops
gathering on the leaves
slowly sliding off
as your weight grows heavy

you are the clouds
releasing the rain
tracing your path
to the ground
over and over again

you are your porch
offering a place
for you to watch
your thoughts
and witness the storm

feeling the cool mist of the goddess
you come inside to get warm
into the room with many others
sitting by the fire your brothers, sisters,
children, fathers, mothers...

you are the hearth
watching the fire spark
and dance so freely
up the chimney
into the air flying heavenly

you are your thoughts
your mind now empty
you are the beating heart
the soul's rhythm in the body
you are it all

the rise and fall
of so much energy
all that you see
all that you be
everything, everybody

you are me


written earlier this year with several edits added here....
 *mandrake*
Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 2049
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/14/2009 5:28:40 PM
Hmmmm...looks like someone has "sex" on the brain!....and for once?....it's NOT me!!

thanks sweety, really love your follow up. And that write above?? Just fabulous! Love the rhythm, the flow, and the build up!

Excellent write my dear friend!
 best kept secret
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 2050
The Fireside.
Posted: 6/14/2009 7:02:50 PM
Just pullin silly lillies
from the planted ground
adding them to others
from here, I have found
Someone sowed the seeds
which spread dripping down
could not help the dribble
but the giggles got me now ;)






weARE1...you must have slipped in right after me! Great beautiful words!


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