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ScottN
"Thought for today" has been postponed until tomorrow.
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Location: An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.
Gender: Male
Zodiac: Aries
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Posted: Oct 18, 2017 - 9:33pm

SONNET W/ROSE

When I see you after so long not
seeing you it is like picking up in
side a fist the flopped red petals of
a drooped red rose, and when you
speak in the voice that could only be
yours it is like staring into my fist
top's opening and seeing the rose
as the rose once was. This is not just
to say that the swirl and sweetness
soon flops back open to what now is,
though it does, but that when I see
you after so long not seeing you
I make sense of my feeling in terms
of the rose, and carry it past goodbye.

Matthew Yeager


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Posted: Oct 10, 2017 - 5:18am

Misty half moon a-
bove our heads. Fog curls around
our feet as we walk.
Antigone

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Posted: Oct 9, 2017 - 3:35pm

 ScottN wrote:

SIX INCHES

One minute I'm meandering down
a country road on a magnificent fall day,
lost in thought, radio playing,
and the next minute I feel my wheels

on the loose gravel of the shoulder,
there's a deafening bang and I'm
climbing out of what's left of my car.
The cop who came to investigate

was pretty sure I'd been speeding
but settled for lecturing me about how lucky
I was to walk away from such a crash,
that I'd be dead if my car had hit the tree

just six inches further to the left.
Anyone could see that what he said was true,
but it also struck me as I stood there
watching his car flash red and blue

that it was equally true the accident
would not have happened at all
if a raging storm some sixty years ago
hadn't blown an acorn six inches closer

to the road than where it would've landed
on a day as sunny and calm as the one
we were in. It was a point I thought deserved
serious exploration—though perhaps

not just then, I decided, with a hundred birds
singing their tiny hearts out overhead
and the sky raining down yellow leaves,
and definitely not with the cop.

Jeff Coomer



 
Nice.
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Posted: Oct 9, 2017 - 3:32pm

SIX INCHES

One minute I'm meandering down
a country road on a magnificent fall day,
lost in thought, radio playing,
and the next minute I feel my wheels

on the loose gravel of the shoulder,
there's a deafening bang and I'm
climbing out of what's left of my car.
The cop who came to investigate

was pretty sure I'd been speeding
but settled for lecturing me about how lucky
I was to walk away from such a crash,
that I'd be dead if my car had hit the tree

just six inches further to the left.
Anyone could see that what he said was true,
but it also struck me as I stood there
watching his car flash red and blue

that it was equally true the accident
would not have happened at all
if a raging storm some sixty years ago
hadn't blown an acorn six inches closer

to the road than where it would've landed
on a day as sunny and calm as the one
we were in. It was a point I thought deserved
serious exploration—though perhaps

not just then, I decided, with a hundred birds
singing their tiny hearts out overhead
and the sky raining down yellow leaves,
and definitely not with the cop.

Jeff Coomer


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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Oct 3, 2017 - 9:12am

How many sunsets
Have I seen in my lifetime?
Too many to count.
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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Sep 28, 2017 - 3:19pm

Rotten tomatoes.
Moldy grapes and cucumbers.
Oh boy! It's trash day!


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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 - 4:35pm

Clouds like aurora
Light up our sunset walk. A
Sliver of moon hangs
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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 - 3:49am

I watch the rising
fog creep out of the hollows
and up the light poles. 
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Location: Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres


Posted: Sep 23, 2017 - 6:04am

 Antigone wrote:
Mary Oliver (yes, again)



 
Thanks for posting those 2 poems. I especially like Praying, some of the most powerful poetry is short and simple.
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Posted: Sep 23, 2017 - 5:34am

Mary Oliver (yes, again)


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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 - 2:36pm

Mary Oliver


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Posted: Sep 9, 2017 - 3:55pm

By my high school best friend, Andrea Fisher.

The Scholar and the Leaf

I raise my eyes from study

And from my narrow window see

A curled gold leaf

Blowing over the roof—

Hear it scratching the slate,

See it flash in the sun,

Moving without meaning to—

Utterly forgotten

The pain of its death,

And I wonder why

The dead part of my heart

Does not loose its hold

And fly, like this leaf,

Away from me.

 

Hurricane Gloria is coming from the sea,

The worst on record since records, they say,

And the coastline prepares for destruction,

And I, far inland and walled in by mountains,

Dream of sandbag walls open and Gloria pouring in—

The great storm from the sea,

The great world record,

Blowing the world and its records away.

 

I stand on the lawn in the rising wind

And around me the gold leaves

Blow in their thousands.

The students are laughing

At each gust of wind,

“Gloria’s coming,” they say to each other,

Gladly, because they hope

She will blow their work away,

And because all the world is moving,

Without meaning to move,

Moving without meaning

In the clear Autumn light,

 

And suddenly, without a sound

And leaving no record,

The dead part of my heart

Looses its hold

And flies away from me,

One gold leaf among thousands

Falling and flying,

 

Utterly forgotten

The pain of its death.


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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Sep 7, 2017 - 4:31pm

Green and lush and cool
Doesn't seem like Virginia
In the summertime.

Antigone

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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Sep 3, 2017 - 4:41pm

The moon and I walk
The dog together in the
Cool, almost fall dusk.

ScottN
"Thought for today" has been postponed until tomorrow.
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Location: An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.
Gender: Male
Zodiac: Aries
Chinese Yr: Buffalo


Posted: Aug 17, 2017 - 10:46am

Ordinary Sex

If no swan descends
in a blinding glare of plumage,
drumming the air with deafening wings,
if the earth doesn't tremble
and rivers don't tumble uphill,
if my mother's crystal
vase doesn't shatter
and no extinct species are sighted anew
and leaves of the city trees don't applaud
as you zing me to the moon, starry tesserae
cascading down my shoulders,
if we stay right here
on our aging Simmons Beautyrest,
dumped into the sag in the middle,
that's okay.
You don't need to strew rose petals
in my bath or set a band of votive candles
flickering around the rim.
You don't need to invent a thrilling
new position, two dragonflies
mating on the wing. Honey,
you don't even have to wash up after work.
A little sweat and sunscreen
won't bother me.
Take off your boots, babe,
swing your thigh over mine. I like it
when you do the same old thing
in the same old way.
And then a few kisses, easy, loose,
like the ones we've been
kissing for a hundred years.

Ellen Bass
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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Aug 13, 2017 - 7:13am

Harrowing

The plow has savaged this sweet field
Misshapen clods of earth kicked up
Rocks and twisted roots exposed to view
Last year’s growth demolished by the blade.
I have plowed my life this way
Turned over a whole history
Looking for the roots of what went wrong
Until my face is ravaged, furrowed, scarred.
Enough. The job is done.
Whatever’s been uprooted, let it be
Seedbed for the growing that’s to come.
I plowed to unearth last year’s reasons—
The farmer plows to plant a greening season.

~Parker J. Palmer
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ab origine
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Posted: Aug 11, 2017 - 6:59am

Beautiful Women

 WOMEN sit, or move to and fro—some old, some young; The young are beautiful—but the old are more beautiful than the young.

Thought

OF Equality—As if it harm’d me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself—As if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.

 by Walt Whitman
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Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Aug 9, 2017 - 3:45am

Walking under a
Murmuration makes me wish
That I'd worn a hat. 
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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chinese Yr: Rat


Posted: Aug 5, 2017 - 4:44pm

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry Poem
ScottN
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Gender: Male
Zodiac: Aries
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Posted: Jul 30, 2017 - 5:10am

After Our Daughter's Wedding

While the remnants of cake
and half-empty champagne glasses
lay on the lawn like sunbathers lingering
in the slanting light, we left the house guests
and drove to Antonelli’s pond.
On a log by the bank I sat in my flowered dress and cried.
A lone fisherman drifted by, casting his ribbon of light.
“Do you feel like you’ve given her away?” you asked.
But no, it was that she made it
to here, that she didn’t
drown in a well or die
of pneumonia or take the pills.
She wasn’t crushed
under the mammoth wheels of a semi
on highway 17, wasn’t found
lying in the alley
that night after rehearsal
when I got the time wrong.
It’s animal. The egg
not eaten by a weasel. Turtles
crossing the beach, exposed
in the moonlight. And we
have so few to start with.
And that long gestation—
like carrying your soul out in front of you.
All those years of feeding
and watching. The vulnerable hollow
at the back of the neck. Never knowing
what could pick them off—a seagull
swooping down for a clam.
Our most basic imperative:
for them to survive.
And there’s never been a moment
we could count on it.

Ellen Bass


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