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Thread: Firemajic's Daily Dose of Poetic Inspiration

  1. #1251

    Still Life

    Edja in her pale rooms, divesting herself:
    the walls tinted like the inside of shells
    [tender and untouched]
    her shelves are ordered,
    her counters stripped and wiped.
    Refrigerator shelves glitter steel and light:
    Milk, yogurt, eggs incarnate white.

    Cards crowd the kitchen wall,
    mute voices calling her to Nadaja's wedding,
    Eva's party, the banquet honoring someone.
    The telephone is dumb,
    the couch sealed in plastic,
    as if no one lived here,
    as if already the shrouding had begun.

    She sits on the floor,
    around her scattered photographs:
    pieces of a puzzle
    that will never make a whole.

    Here is Soraleh,
    her face [that clever moon]
    shadowed by that hat that never suited her:
    Rosa, who died of Diphtheria
    before they knew how fortunate she was:
    Max, lover of Chopin
    and the red haired girl
    who scorched his heart like a flame,
    Max, who married Anna in the end
    and burned her to the bone:
    and the cousins,
    all the green eyed children.

    Edja in her pale rooms,
    going through pictures,
    divests herself.
    She travels lightly,
    emptying herself day by day,
    for the journey home.

    From Voices Israel, by Reena Ribalow
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
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  2. #1252
    Let Us play Yesterday --

    by Emily Dickinson
    Let Us play Yesterday --
    I -- the Girl at school --
    You -- and Eternity -- the
    Untold Tale --

    Easing my famine
    At my Lexicon --
    Logarithm -- had I -- for Drink --
    'Twas a dry Wine --

    Somewhat different -- must be --
    Dreams tint the Sleep --
    Cunning Reds of Morning
    Make the Blind -- leap --

    Still at the Egg-life --
    Chafing the Shell --
    When you troubled the Ellipse --
    And the Bird fell --

    Manacles be dim -- they say --
    To the new Free --
    Liberty -- Commoner --
    Never could -- to me --

    'Twas my last gratitude
    When I slept -- at night --
    'Twas the first Miracle
    Let in -- with Light --

    Can the Lark resume the Shell --
    Easier -- for the Sky --
    Wouldn't Bonds hurt more
    Than Yesterday?

    Wouldn't Dungeons sorer frate
    On the Man -- free --
    Just long enough to taste --
    Then -- doomed new --

    God of the Manacle
    As of the Free --
    Take not my Liberty
    Away from Me --
    Nellie

    "I have my books and my poetry to protect me
    I am shielded in my armor, hiding in my room,
    safe within my womb
    I touch no one and no one touches me
    I am a rock, I am an island."
    ~Simon & Garfunkel

  3. #1253
    Fire:- I had niggles,
    the walls tinted like the inside of shells
    within walls tinted like the inside of shells

    but then I came to this:-
    She sits on the floor,
    around her scattered photographs:

    Stopped me dead, at first I missed the comma, 'How can she sit around scattered photos?' Then I thought
    She sits on the floor,
    around her, scattered photographs:
    That made more sense to me, but it seemed awkward and I wanted it to be
    She sits on the floor,
    scattered photographs around her.

    I am probably completely wrong, but when I start questioning a poem in that sort of way it has lost me, even if it is me not the poet. Still lots to like , but it becomes intellectual and loses the emotion.
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  4. #1254
    I always enjoy reading your thoughts on the poems I post, I am learning a lot from your comments...
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

  5. #1255
    Ahh, but what are you learning? That I am a lugubrious old git who always has something negative to say? I suppose it could bring enjoyment to know there is someone more miserable than yourself
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  6. #1256
    ... Olllly.... I am going to make it my personal mission to give you something to "Niggle" about every day... simply because I enjoy your niggling... so feel free to niggle away....
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

  7. #1257
    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    Ahh, but what are you learning? That I am a lugubrious old git who always has something negative to say? I suppose it could bring enjoyment to know there is someone more miserable than yourself

    OOO, you did ask me what I am learning... I learned a new word... "Niggle"... sooooo.... watchIT....
    The wishbone will never replace the backbone { Will Henry}

    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky



    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

  8. #1258
    Must be English English. The word I like in there is 'lugubrious'. The first grown up books I read were detective stories by Marjorie Allingham, her detective was Albert Campion who called his side kick/servant 'Lug', short for lugubrious. Aged about ten I thought it rolled of the tounge wonderfully. A good writer if you have never read her, surprising how many people know Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy Sayers but miss her, though I think she is actually the best of them
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    Campion ?? - loved him
    BOBO is an abbreviation for BOurgeois-BOhème
    Lighten up, there – things look different in Light than in Shadow

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    Randonnée around Banyuls.

    Took a trip to les Albères, one of the three montain chains surrounding my living quarters.
    The sun was shining, the piste/track confortable … some times


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    Passed a ‘Miellerie’, nicely painted with landingstrip (miellerie = honey factory)

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    Good view to the Sea

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    After climbing, walking, skidding and jumping approaching Banyuls-sur-Mer, one of our beach villages, the villas began popping up.

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    And the wine cellars, here ‘The Templars’ – we are in the area where the templars kept residence.

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    Passing a churchyeard – we don’t put dead people in the ground here

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    And finally sit down - regarding the tourists

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    A good day with lots of fun/different challenges
    BOBO is an abbreviation for BOurgeois-BOhème
    Lighten up, there – things look different in Light than in Shadow

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