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Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 06, 2012, 08:43 AM

April 6:

The mockingbird has a wonderful song
But to another bird it does belong
He sings any tune, aria, or trill
But his own voice is harsh and shrill.






Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 06, 2012, 04:23 PM


I can see myself sitting on the deck
drinking my coffee on a crisp summer
morning enjoying the song
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on April 06, 2012, 06:26 PM
Oh to be like the sunset
spreading color and warmth
before slipping silently away

Yay!  Thanks Witt for starting this!
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 07, 2012, 05:18 AM

Yay!  Thanks Witt for starting this!

You're welcome. It was illiterati's idea. I wonder how long I can focus?

April 7

Manifesting beads of sweat
Fingers curl with rage
Fury crawls from my soles
As I watch my lover age.

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 07, 2012, 07:41 AM
Witt,  how cool and exactly what April needs. I'm late but interested.

cicadas-
rain and broken sidewalks

sounds that begin with S
words that cannot be pronounced

when you are in the mood for memory
it's often better to wait
until the pronouns introduce themselves

to you. When they are mature,
tall inside you like a myrtle tree,
you will become friends.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on April 07, 2012, 06:39 PM
Kay - I love your random juxtapositions
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 08, 2012, 05:56 AM


cicadas-
rain and broken sidewalks

sounds that begin with S
words that cannot be pronounced

when you are in the mood for memory
it's often better to wait
until the pronouns introduce themselves

to you. When they are mature,
tall inside you like a myrtle tree,
you will become friends.


Your poem fits me to a tee, right down to the myrtle tree!

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 08, 2012, 05:57 AM



April 8

popcorn, brownies, sweet iced tea
cards pitter-pat across the table
titters echo through the room

hot wings, sliders, ice cold beer
cards slam-slap across the table
guffaws resound off the walls

This lady prefers hot wings.




Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on April 08, 2012, 07:21 AM
mmmm all I can think about is sweet iced tea!
 :sunny
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 08, 2012, 08:18 AM
1

Sunday 8th

the sun rose hours ago
passed its zenith on the way
to somewhere else
it didn’t stop here
warmed no stone
penetrated not one wall
left no welcome
no comfort

easy to allow panic the upper hand
but for Him

*
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 09, 2012, 03:49 AM
1
April 8th

leaning scarecrow
donates his button-eye...
magpie’s nest
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 09, 2012, 04:14 AM
2
April 9th

during an evening stroll
i passed a ramshackle house
clad in weather-worn grey.
a notice on the door:
red, CONDEMNED
i stopped to smell the roses anyway.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 09, 2012, 05:58 AM
2

Monday 9th

each poem
a profusion of life's color
showing daily

------

love this idea.   :coffee









Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 09, 2012, 07:33 AM

Monday 9th

each poem
a profusion of life's color
showing daily

------

love this idea.   :coffee



Me, too. It acts like a journal of sorts.



Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 09, 2012, 07:34 AM
April 9th

during an evening stroll
i passed a ramshackle house
clad in weather-worn grey.
a notice on the door:
red, CONDEMNED
i stopped to smell the roses anyway.

Love that red condemned!


Clever!


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 09, 2012, 07:38 AM



April 9

It's so easy to make someone's day
A smile, a wave, a simple, "Hey!"
No matter what we say or do
We can't get folks to say, "Thank you."


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 09, 2012, 07:43 AM

Monday 9th

each poem
a profusion of life's color
showing daily

------

love this idea.   :coffee



Me, too. It acts like a journal of sorts.


This got lost on page 1, so I bumped it.


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 09, 2012, 08:04 AM
It is like a journal, yes! Thanks witt  *hug*
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 10, 2012, 01:19 AM
3

April 10th   

these ten thousand blooms!
oh, indivisible me
if only i could
separate reality -
experience each alone.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 10, 2012, 07:03 AM
3

Tuesday 10th


the essence of your popinjay theories
sold you all out to the money - greedy bastards
you've become so indispensable
dispensing vagaries that hit and miss
leaving us to forage around in the past
for the answers to itchy questions
it's getting harder to find someone
who does remember.

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 10, 2012, 09:01 AM


April 10

double frustrations
damned if I do
damned if I don't
I feel like
an ant squashed
under the squishy sole
of garden clogs
mosquito larvae squiggling
in a bucket of rain water
dumped to die  in the spring sun
a wasp laying her eggs
in a secret hideaway
malathioned to death

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 10, 2012, 09:12 AM
witt, I sincerely hope your day improves, especially if that's how you're really feeling...very vivid imagery *hug*
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 10, 2012, 10:13 AM
A poem a day

Possibilities infinite
Oh wonderful ideals
Experimental creative
Marv U lous

A poet does as a poet is

Daisies I have for you
And big snugly hug
Your words turn me on

          *hug*

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 11, 2012, 05:25 AM



April 11

Why so much murder?
Why the bloodshed and bleeding?
Visceral gut-letting?
Spittle on the lips?
When I see
a stoic iris
a lacy azalea
a fragile columbine ―
any spring-bloomer

I stop

think

isn't this a beautiful world.



Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 11, 2012, 06:05 AM
4

April 11th

following
plum blossom’s fragrance,
a weary monk
at the foot of the mountain -
stubs his toe on a pebble.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 11, 2012, 11:00 AM
4

April 11th


I haven't yet worked out how to solicit the sun
plead my cause, have my way. Lately all the
sunbeams seem to be taken.
 


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: A-FRIEND on April 11, 2012, 12:05 PM
Peering in from a dark corner completely out of place. Love the poems and the idea. Makes me have a kinda' jello jiggly day.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 12, 2012, 02:17 AM
4

April 11th


I haven't yet worked out how to solicit the sun
plead my cause, have my way. Lately all the
sunbeams seem to be taken.

5

April 12th

The sun is ever full and bright, The pale moon waneth night by night. Why should this be?
My heart that once was full of light Is but a dying moon to-night.
But when I dream of thee apart, I would the dawn might lift my heart, O sun, to thee.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 12, 2012, 04:51 AM
5

April 12Th



shadow dancing silhouettes
birds hopping from branch to branch
shaking the leaves
a sepia cartoon on my venetian blinds-
I caught the early show.


a match below, G
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 12, 2012, 06:00 AM



April 12

You sit with your back to me
The ocean raging behind me
Your sobbing saddens me
Your quaking shoulders distress me

Me, me, me, me
Why can't I comfort you?


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 12, 2012, 06:57 AM
yours moves me, witt.  :rose
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 13, 2012, 04:17 AM
5

April 12Th



shadow dancing silhouettes
birds hopping from branch to branch
shaking the leaves
a sepia cartoon on my venetian blinds-
I caught the early show.


a match below, G

ask and ye shall receive, B

6

April 13th

Gathering lotus from the wild luxuriance of spring,
Away in the depth of a waking dream I see a lovely girl.
With green leaves are the peach-trees burdened,
The breeze blows gently along the stream.
Willows shade the winding path, darting orioles collect in groups.
Eagerly I press forward as this reality grows upon me. . . .
Even in the warmth of dawn, no one calls me but the doves.


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 13, 2012, 05:04 AM


April 13

Friday the Thirteenth

in the shadows
poised to pounce

bad luck strikes

wedding ring plops
down the drain

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 13, 2012, 06:26 AM
witt, I didn't realize until late in the afternoon that it was the 13th.

Thanks G, very nicely played!

6

April 13th


a king's ransom...
elm tree leaves bathed golden
last rays end the day
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 14, 2012, 01:04 AM
7

April 14th

spring yet again?
forty long years spent –
awaiting birth
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 14, 2012, 02:28 AM
7

April 14th

spring yet again?
forty long years spent –
awaiting birth


even when you don't ask...  :sunny

7

April 14th

recurring cycles
will never catch the other
equator divides
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 14, 2012, 09:32 AM



April 14

no fights
with choke holds or knockouts
only skin eruptions and acne cures
no whizzing colors careening
cartwheeling in circles
just rehashed bouncing balls
no monsters hidden behind
pleasant faces
or alternate dreamworlds
asleep or awake

blank spaces
no information available

is it doomsday
or simply karma



Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 15, 2012, 01:27 AM
8

April 15th

the amaryllis
weep for their beauty now lost,
hang their heads in shame.
a pity, such short blooming –
lucky me, i took photos.

(http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab134/random_thought_leakage/Spring%2012/Spring12024.jpg)
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 15, 2012, 08:45 AM
8

April 15th

watching the night sky
stills my mind
confustion ebbs
clarity - like the stars - illuminates
an infusion of calm offers me insight

humbling.


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 15, 2012, 11:22 AM
April 15



inspired by illiterati

tiny
and feminine
ruffles and lace
dresses only ― never pants
a smile that could make
a linebacker weak and weepy eyed
no detergent cleaned her white cotton panties
sweat rivulets left mud blobs on her face
her blond wispy hair coiffed like racemes of ragweed


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 16, 2012, 04:50 AM
9

April 16th

priest
pissing in the reeds –
satori
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 16, 2012, 06:47 AM
9

April 16th

tender shoot
following the arc of the sun
on foreign soil
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Cheshire Cat on April 16, 2012, 12:43 PM
standing beneath the darkling sky
I enlarged

yet small
I felt huge in its circumference

sky-lighted
standing tall

oh beam me up, Scotty
heavenly God calls.

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 16, 2012, 05:21 PM



April 16


I'm folded up
puzzled
crumpled like you had me
in your back pocket
scribbled on
destroyed beyond repair

at least you cared enough
to write in me

am I completed
or did you skip the hard parts


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 17, 2012, 04:26 AM
You can thank Rg for this one.

10

April 17th

Is there an end to things?
Can you feel it? Is that even allowed?
Rounded and smooth or jagged,
as though broken off roughly, or in anger?
Maybe it’s just a butt, trodden on
outside some seedy joint from which I am excluded?


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 17, 2012, 06:38 AM
April 17




leave the potholed road
find old trailers
fill with your bad memories
fence them in
move on to Capricorn
search for Tirzah
inherit the land
the herbs, the vines
from this point
you will find the delight
where the flowers grow


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 17, 2012, 07:34 AM
witt, I'm looking forward to the diversity of your poems everyday.  :rose


You can thank Rg and Mystic1, for this one.

10

April 17th

seedy joints-
I tell my girls don't go to those places
they're trouble waiting to snare the unprepared
drunks and heart breakers line the bars looking for
young girls who don't know the difference between
until they've been mistreated and learned their lessons
of course - some little girls don't ever learn. 
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 17, 2012, 08:00 AM
witt, I'm looking forward to the diversity of your poems everyday.  :rose





Thanks, halo. I appreciate that.

Amen to your poem!!


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 17, 2012, 10:56 AM
Witt

Your daily poetry amazes me ..spontaneously rolling off tongue  :apple

Mystic & Halo

I am honored you would write poetry influenced by me  *hehe*

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 17, 2012, 02:02 PM
You all are having too much fun.

I started out good this month but my muse is not as up to speed as it used to be

but I love reading as well.  :rose
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 17, 2012, 02:44 PM
I’m hoping my muse doesn’t take a notion to go prancing off to Ueno Park for the annual cherry viewing. At least not until the end of the month. I’ve been diligent in my attempts to brew her a batch of homemade sake using cherry blossoms I procured from D. C. Perhaps that will keep her wanderlust at bay for a couple of weeks yet.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 17, 2012, 09:33 PM
Come join us, Kay, we're not in this for perfection, but for the joy of writing and sharing.   :rose
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 18, 2012, 01:04 AM
11

April 18th

camel’s shadow
trudging North, South, East, West
‘cross the edges of wind-blown dunes -
the setting moon illuminates a dewdrop.

The Babylonian Talmud applies the aphorism to unthinkable thoughts. To explain that dreams reveal the thoughts of a man's heart, a product of reason rather than the absence of it, the rabbis say:

 They do not show a man a palm tree of gold, nor a camel passing through the eye of a needle.

And The Lord spake: Open for me a doorway no wider than a needle’s eye and I shall reveal to you the Way through which may enter tents and camels. ~ Midrash on The Song of Songs demonstrating God’s willingness and ability to accomplish salvation.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 18, 2012, 05:14 AM
beautiful, G!

11

April 18th

lamplight's warm glow
shining through the lace curtains
always welcome
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 18, 2012, 06:23 AM



April 18

whizzing circles around my head
the horsefly won't go away
I am not your merry-go-round
waving slapping swatting
it still pesters
annoys
dizzy from fighting
I just sit

still

it leaves to vex another

lesson learned
ignoring is bliss

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 18, 2012, 08:10 AM
Nice one Witt.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on April 18, 2012, 11:15 AM
I am reading and enjoying ALL your poems every day.  I am AMAZED at ALL of you!  A poem a day?  Really?
I can barely get one out a year...well maybe a haiku inspired by one before it...LOL.  Sorry about not contributing here...
but I AM excited about the rest of you doing it.
Kudos to you all!
 :rose
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 19, 2012, 01:54 AM
12

April 19th

Do You Spit Or Swallow?

God, I hate your vibrator.
It wasn't even sweet!
Why would you say that?
The flavor only lasts like, two seconds.
Well, you know sweet is just meant
to be an abstract representation-
an idea that's highly subjective...
What the fuck does that mean?
You know, if we could get sweet
down to the chemical level...
Wait, why am I asking you? You have no taste.
Exactly!

inspired by Illiterati’s topic: about a million exercises Excerpts culled from overheardinnewyork.com (http://overheardinnewyork.com) Also posted in Experimental Verse for critique/comment.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 19, 2012, 07:46 AM


April 19

I liked Rg's racehorse poem so much that I just had to try it myself. Every word in the poem is the name of a racehorse, even the title.


Avie's Copy Cat

fencing power most improved
knock hard
four ten ten up
see more business
jealousy
cheers

first gold
dormant silver birch
early mist cool dawn
royal tan red splash crisp
cool ground
forgive 'n forget

southern hero the fellow
one man best mate wayward lad
poet prince character building
don't push it
looks like trouble

Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 19, 2012, 08:02 AM

Witt

      Bazinga!  :apple :apple
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 19, 2012, 08:40 AM
You see, Rg, much as you might try not to - you do inspire. So, just keep doin' whatever it is you're not doin'  wink* And Witt, good work on that one. wonder if it would work with show dogs?  :blusmoke
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on April 19, 2012, 08:47 AM
hi witt -

what about adding in punctuation and small parts of speech etc., to smooth over the list-like quality?

fencing power most improved:
knock hard.
four ten ten up
to see more business


i see though that that would violate your rules for the exercise. you'll have to find horses named "." "!" "?"


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 19, 2012, 10:25 AM
12

April 19th

after midnight
the sound of scurrying feet
cat's fast asleep
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 19, 2012, 10:54 AM



Thanks, y'all! That was fun.



Illiterati, if I add words and punctuaion, will it count as a new poem for another day?


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 20, 2012, 01:42 AM
13

April 20th

miles davis & john coltrane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5nVizoi_1Y#)

:blusmoke

When you tilt that wrinkled hat,
you lead Monk’s tune down dark streets,
into Last-Call bars where Sinatra’s askin’ Joe:
Set ‘em up – beggin’ One more for the road.
Ella’s lettin’ Billie sob on her shoulder -
and you start flexin’ your arm
tryin’ to keep the cramps from steerin’ you
into the overcrowded alley for the inevitable night cap.

'Trane tries to drag you higher into A Major sunrise,
you let him...for a while.
Then bring him back where he and it belong,
in the minor...in the dark.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 20, 2012, 06:39 AM

I really like that one, Mystic!


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 20, 2012, 06:39 AM



April 20

when is it time to give up?
when joy slips into sorrow
excitement lapses to ennui
or words are empty and hollow
ignored ultimately

when your hobby becomes a chore
you utter the same old, same old
every day for over a year
love games no longer thrill
delight produces a tear

memories are jaded and faded
friends don't come to your door
two steps and you're out of breath
it's only time to give up
when life succumbs to death



Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 20, 2012, 08:38 AM
I like it too, G, very much.

witt, I hear you...old age :(


13

April 20Th

struggling against
searching for
                      love
hindered by
fine-line push and shove 
your daemons against mine

concede

fly the white flag
surrender


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 20, 2012, 10:01 AM
Answer to Witt's Poem
April 20

when is it time to give up?
when your last hurrah ask
for more. ennui turns to
ardor. words on a scrabble
board become a code for
tomorrow

when your hobby becomes a chore
you utter the same old, you step
outside that box for another year.
love games no longer thrill
you turn the page of kama sutra

everyday creates new memories
friends don't come to your door
they are probably having a senior
moment. two steps and you're
out of breath, time for another
shot of that backwoods scotch.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 20, 2012, 10:09 AM
if I may:

when is it time to give up?
when you don't recognize yourself anymore
and you visit more graves than doorways
and the words that ring in your ear
aren't even true

when your hobby becomes your master
every pathway eroded and rocky
when that five year goal begins to mean nothing
love games belong on a board long since folded up
for other players to deal the cards

memories are only poems
and even those lines are shorter
you're embarrassed to state your DOB
the end of the road is a blur
and you begin to give away your smallest
treasures, believing life will succumb to life.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 21, 2012, 02:54 AM
14

April 21st

eggshells, long shattered
still, I tiptoe to avoid the ghost of reality;
the spectre of regret, shades of might-have-been
dangling from the coat rack in the corner,
seeping shame through cracks
in well-varnished oaken floorboards
into our foundation – rotting.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 21, 2012, 10:39 AM
14

April 21st



disturbing stories of disease and death
eat away at the small confidence bolstering frail hope
some days she thinks she's mad
others she knows she is
dispirited
uncertain
the waiting
watching other women's husbands return-
unbearable

he never returned
not every Prisoner of war did

the liberation of Singapore was not a happy ending for some.


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 21, 2012, 10:58 AM

Halo  :angel: and Mystic  :banditx

forgive me, but I am just realizing you both are very talented poets.  *clap*
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on April 21, 2012, 11:00 AM
You JUST realized it?  Where ya been Rg?  LOL...they so rock!
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 21, 2012, 11:25 AM


This piece has nothing to do with the previous comments. I wrote it earlier this morning and just now getting to posting it.


April 21

did I slip
tip   trip    flip   or   skip
stumble   fumble   tilt
misstep   mistake

perhaps   

 OR

overthrown
bowled over
smacked down
bashed dashed or smashed off

either way
self-built pedestals
are dangerous


Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 22, 2012, 04:13 AM
15

April 22nd

across the darkened pub
some straining loneliness, glazed with cheap bourbon,
beckons from the starlight within his wandering eyes.

this singularly disquieted soul aches;
for companionship, for breathless whispers,
a touch upon flesh so long neglected,
the warmth of human kindness forgotten.

soft glow of hotel neon
brightens, for a moment, the blue of her eyes;
her soul, drop by drop from his lips, captures the light
glistening from the diamonds in her wedding band.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 22, 2012, 08:03 AM
Thanks Rg  (http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc30/byzantinehalo/smileys/girl-smiley-blush-gigi.gif)

Love the fun in your piece and the truth, witt!
Heart wrenching, G.

Dear sis e,   :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose a dozen for you!



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April 22nd

fueled by a heavenly vehemence
hale pummels every micro measure of earth
striking again and again
as if it might destruct man's monoliths
pound them till they become paper mache
soggily falling in on themselves
it's not retribution
just a lot of water raging from the sky
its arrival preceded by a fanfare of
lightning and thunder-
a drama of precipitation.



Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 22, 2012, 12:38 PM
further and further
away from earth's footing
the fisherman took his boat
lowers the nets

dive
dive
dive

into the deep
arms heavy, eyes fixed

dive
dive
dive

another fisherman takes
over, hunger, thirst, his boat spins
and suddently the fish begin swirl
the sun sets

back home, the cows return
and I smile as they become tiny figures
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 22, 2012, 12:45 PM


Love the fun in your piece and the truth, witt!






Thanks, halo.


Captain Obvious

I thought it would be different?
pastel pretty
baby soft crap
take advantage of time

halfway through another
completely worthless

why didn't I stop?

so serious
competitive
don't like playing games
tops and tails can only do so much 

it is gloomy
a step above tolerable
everyday is pretty much the same
it will eventually get better
(it has to)




Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on April 22, 2012, 06:52 PM
All I can say is WOW!!!  Kudos to all of you who can crank this stuff out every day!!!!   Great Job!

[attachimg=1],
Witt--- found this pic and immediately knew I had to get it for you!!!!!!   GIDDYUP!
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 22, 2012, 07:33 PM
Witt, that is a good one. love the chicken poster Elise.


glad earth day is over. I love the earth but too many

worms today. I call them spies among us.  :rose
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 23, 2012, 03:43 AM
16

April 23rd

breathe in
autumn leaves curl – breathe out
plum blossoms fragrance


My fingers find their way between
this cool early April morning.
No metaphor need cloud this awakening.
It is itself joyful beyond compare!

Now stirs thoughts of ecstasy and me,
you part your lips, curl your curves
toward the sunrise; it bathes your moistened flesh
and warms you like an indrawn breath.

My fingers do not dance or carouse,
but condense all pleasure into this singular moment
in measure greater than moments can hold
until dawn contracts and swells

to the rhythm of muscle and ragged sighs.

The plum blossoms in winter, when other trees are bare and no other flowers appear. For this reason it holds a special significance in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese art and poetry. The plum blossom signifies perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity, because it blooms in the winter snow. It is also one of the ‘Three Friends of the Cold’ along with the pine and bamboo, conferring an association of happiness and endurance in old age. It is also a symbol of the beginning of spring, and holds a second significance as a symbol of hope for new beginnings.
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 23, 2012, 06:37 AM

Witt--- found this pic and immediately knew I had to get it for you!!!!!!   GIDDYUP!

Thanks for the picture. I sure do miss my girls. They were the inspiration of many a poem.

What inspires me now?

April 23

wooden teardrop bangles dangle
circumscribing green and beige
rhode island reds amongst the daisies
peck and scratch  behind a quilted fence

a gifted portmanteau
evidence of generosity
filled to the brim with tatting and trim
remnants of the Farquarharson project


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Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 23, 2012, 07:06 AM
glad earth day is over. I love the earth but too many worms today. :rose

For Kay:

sparrow’s beak
ploughs the field – harvesting
late worms

this one doesn't count - it's extra  :tongue
Title: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 23, 2012, 08:25 AM
16

April  23rd

looking back
at memories
which have the power to
pierce flesh and bone
cause an ache for what was
and is no more
I am unnerved
at a loss
bearing the loss
of fine young years
now more distant than the future.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 24, 2012, 01:25 AM
17

April 24th

You asked me to make pancakes.

I don’t eat pancakes – shouldn’t, I say – but I made them anyway,
because you said you liked the way I make them.
The lumpy batter clings to the orange-glazed clay mixing bowl,
(The one my mother threw, the one I inherited after she...)
and I look at it, grudgingly pour small rounds onto the hot griddle.
Too hot, butter scorching beneath the cakes.

You say you love that smell –
reach beneath me to open the oven,
draw the bacon from the broiler.
I watch your cakes –
the heated air rising to blister the surface
forming those, slow, gentle bubbles on top,
thin, crisp edges, milk sweet centers, warm, scalding sweet.

The bitterness of chicory in the coffee you brewed,
mingles with the wood musk in our quiet cabin retreat.
Cicadas hum, crickets chirp, Blue Jays and mockingbirds,
Marmalade, I hear, when you open the back door and whistle.
Cat’s sleek fur now circling my ankles as I flip quickly, flip, quickly,
they are nearly ready, bacon, extra crisp, two plates, and your porch,
two chairs, a small tree-stump table between –

last night’s beer bottles and your red-leather mules,
our swimsuits flung over the railing = dried stiff.
I can see my breath in the cool; hear the lake now,
lapping at the shore, beyond the wisps of fog.
The coffee is so hot, your breath so hot, kisses hot in the early morning =
Bluebonnets, decked in their Sunday-Go-To-Meetin’ dew, waving in the meadow.
You pinching my behind as I carry two plates, maple syrup sticking to my thumb.

I should never eat these things, but you are right.
They are perfect, burned butter, syrup, bacon, coffee.
This is bliss and I am a child again.  Yes.
Morning. Yes. You. Yes. Comforting. Familiar. Inevitable,
it seems, in the haze of near-dawn.

Cucumber soap on your hands now as you turn my face toward yours.
I might sleep again, soon, might fall back into bed with you, your kisses.
Might wake, too, and wander through those well-dressed bluebonnets,
down to the water’s lapping tongue, warmer than the air. You were right.
I might jump in, if you asked me, might explore those smooth, dark shadows,
those most adored corners, those waters I have loved for so long,
might dive, then, into their depths, might come up for air,
might, might, wish I may, I might make pancakes again – for you.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 24, 2012, 07:33 AM



Wow. This is really good. I enjoyed it immensely!!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on April 24, 2012, 07:34 AM
yeah, someone's muse is punching him in the face
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 24, 2012, 07:54 AM
Quote
Witt: Wow. This is really good. I enjoyed it immensely!!

Thanks, Witt. I sorta, kinda cheated a bit. (it took two days)
wonders if she noticed the semi-erotic undertones :tongue

Quote
illiterati: yeah, someone's muse is punching him in the face

She only does that if she's gotten herself really, really drunk, lost her keys and I've forgotten to leave the door unlocked. (My aim is to keep her well enough soused that she can't wander off...but not so plastered she gets completely pissed - otherwise she can't write.)  *beer*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on April 24, 2012, 08:41 AM
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Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 24, 2012, 02:56 PM



our affair is grim
bordering on the criminal
interest in this scene is shot
once a law is broken

I give you notice

I am a person
a fighter
an ultimate survivor
I will arrive on top out upon the blue

no longer awake to your touch
our bloods and minds running together
racing after the wrong theory
until our time is justified


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on April 24, 2012, 04:19 PM
dd
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 24, 2012, 04:52 PM
witt (how weird, I am thinking along the same theme)


bad booty  :dblu  :hearts


crimes of the poet
raspberry tart replies
kindly hand holding

tip of the hat
tongue bitten during every keystroke

friend whose only benefit is doubt
non-judgmental patience

no sleeping with the enemy (darn)
await sentence

judge slams down gavel-
you're too nice!
you're outrageously polite!
you don't even speed during rush hour!
I proclaim you a virgin again!
shame on you!  Go sleep with someone
with wavy hair!

prince of thieves
steals a kiss

sentence suspended.
too many modifiers thrown up with over
microwaved pizza

no sleep lost
go outside and eat worms?
sorry,
dining elegantly tonight

shake booty
shake booty
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 24, 2012, 05:00 PM
Thanks, Witt. I sorta, kinda cheated a bit. (it took two days)
wonders if she noticed the semi-erotic undertones :tongue

She Dances After Midnight

I knew a teacher
all prim and proper
a real PTA lady
she could read
you like book

but don't be
snookered my friend
after midnight
a real snake charmer
she played that flute
sashayed those hips
men fell at her feet


it took 30 days
of dancing, bouquets
of fancy flowers, and
the finest of wine
then she was mine


          *hehe*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 24, 2012, 11:49 PM
17

April 24Th

Lest We Forget their sacrifice
for red earth
outback town
burgeoning city
Lest We Forget their deaths
the suffering
anguish
the silence of silence
before the sound of heat rising
the echo of madness striking
man - woman - child
Lest We Forget those who died
for freedom we take for granted
Lest We Forget
                         the price paid
and yet

the years reveal revelation
down this murky track
of betrayal
patriotic propaganda
allies who lied
self preserving
to let us sink or swim
in their dishonored debts

and if it were not for being
yanked back from the brink:

better late than never.

*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 25, 2012, 01:06 AM
18

April 25th

Your first kind act. Earning your first dollar.
That first walk to the bus stop all by yourself.
Bet you felt so grown up, didn’t you?
All those simple little firsts in one day.

There’s a first time for everything, I suppose.
The first afternoon when you didn’t came home.
The first twinge of panic in your mother’s eyes.
The first milk carton with your photo making you famous.

National Missing Children's Day May 25th. The day this blond-haired, blue-eyed boy went missing. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/etan-patz-case-opened-181030534.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/etan-patz-case-opened-181030534.html)
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 25, 2012, 08:59 AM
Thanks, Witt. I sorta, kinda cheated a bit. (it took two days)
wonders if she noticed the semi-erotic undertones :tongue

She Dances After Midnight

I knew a teacher
all prim and proper
a real PTA lady
she could read
you like book

but don't be
snookered my friend
after midnight
a real snake charmer
she played that flute
sashayed those hips
men fell at her feet


it took 30 days
of dancing, bouquets
of fancy flowers, and
the finest of wine
then she was mine



          *hehe*


It would take a WHOLE lot more than that!   wink*



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 25, 2012, 09:02 AM


April 25

spun from the earth
sustainable and renewable
naturally cultivated
your silky hand drapes softer than air
laced around my supple body
together a luxurious blend
resistant to corruption
durable in unison
we are linked threads of bamboo


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on April 25, 2012, 09:54 AM
 :wine :wine :wine


you go girl!



          *hehe*
 Witt:
Quote

It would take a WHOLE lot more than that!   wink*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 25, 2012, 10:08 AM
18

April 25Th


on my window pane
a soft lullaby playing
autumn rain.

*

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on April 25, 2012, 03:01 PM
"noctilucent"

I
and
     over
and
and
and
past
          where
way
up
     into

And
inspecting
trusting
     coelenterates
and
with
and

You
You

I
has
and
chasmal
and
     far
and

*

I and overpast 
where way up into
inspecting,
trusting coelenterates
and with You I chasmal
and far

*

I
So

I
the
back
some

How?

I
guardian
holding

the
Oh,
in
one

In

(Mama

I
The
The

Oblivious


*

torso
journey
tissue
anchored
stitched
watery
face
thing
then
words
hear
killing

*

      live
      perhaps
      un-
      man.
      journey
           ?
      
      you
      bathroom
      It
      here
      at
      thing
      in
      Close
      slowly
      it’s
      simple
      --this
      moment
      remember
      August
      sky,
      it
      you’ve
      hold
      cuts
      sliver
      of slate
      , of
      old.
      will
      your
      Die
      but
      small

*

the world,
unleafed by beetle

white rose trees in August,
humming
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: seraph on April 25, 2012, 07:56 PM
There is no end
only the same beginnings
over and over
upturned am I
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 26, 2012, 06:08 AM



what can shatter the beauty of an afternoon
when the sun melts over the mimosa
bluebirds fledging, chittering, flittering
goldfinches twirling on the feeder
as if riding a carousel
just enough warmth to bathe old bones
much in need of balm
what can ruin this pastoral
an officer of the law rolling up with bad news


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 26, 2012, 08:41 AM
nice one, Witt.

19

April 26th

only the moon
and the sparrow’s advice:
chirup! chirup!


Wrapped in cloudless night,
you had me and rejected me in that
devastating way young girls have.
We’d spoken of literature, poets and love;
laughed, teased and tangled; discovering
so much we had in common - Everything

(except love)

because love was something you couldn’t afford
since men paid good money to show you off,
but all you possessed as recompense were
warm, soft whispers and the smooth, supine
contours of your flesh. So this passerby walking his dog noticed
two teenagers kissing - curled in the dappled shade of budding birch,
and missed the subtle despair of love besmirched: by what?
That you’ve labeled yourself Slut? I wanted that slut so completely,
yet all you perceived were empty pockets and the yearning of a boy
too nice.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 26, 2012, 10:08 AM
19

April 26Th


I saw your eyes
on a sunny morning
a generation ago

when revelation came
that you were leaving
made me cry

I panicked that I wouldn't
see you before you left
I wanted to see you

the dirge of loss I sang
at your leaving
burrowed me into my grief

but the world kept spinning
spending itself daily

what you don't know
is how I dissected us after
 
how angry I was with you
I wanted more
you needed less

and by the way
I didn't take your advice.

*


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 26, 2012, 02:36 PM

I got no
poem
today but I
got a
question

Why do
ya'lls date
your poems?

 *hehe*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 27, 2012, 12:52 AM
RG: I number my poems because I started like a week late and it's just so I can keep track of where I am.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 27, 2012, 01:00 AM
20

April 27th

A fan-heater, noisy,
clicked into silence:
the heat goes quickly,
the room grows cold.
Stirred by the chill
an unseasonal insect,
fattened on others,
covets the warmth in bed.
The thought to kill it
crosses the mind,
but innocents find it
also innocent.
So loving souls
wake sick and old
with wounds for which
love has no balm.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 27, 2012, 03:31 AM


seemed like a good idea for keeping track, seeing as I'm a bit of a scatterbrain  :tongue

and you're all exceptional in your daily offerings, inspiring!  *star*


20

April 27Th


sparrows crisscross the sky
feathers sleek
heading into the wind
tangible flutters soar the thermals
pitting fragility against indomitable forces
susceptible to the tragic farce of life
it is fortunate they are favored on high.

*



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 27, 2012, 06:46 AM



April 27

porcelain greyhound
forty years of lavishness
sleeping in green velvet
no crumbs, no dust, no cobwebs
only godly cleanliness
now forlorn, forsaken
forced to squat in squalor
the first pick neglected


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on April 27, 2012, 08:09 AM

I see ..well was just curious
because each post is already dated

                   *rofl*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 27, 2012, 09:49 AM



April 27

porcelain greyhound
forty years of lavishness
sleeping in green velvet
no crumbs, no dust, no cobwebs
only godly cleanliness
now forlorn, forsaken
forced to squat in squalor
the first pick neglected





maybe second choice second round...been there before, witt.  :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: SkaaDee on April 27, 2012, 10:51 AM
roadkill



he stands beside makeshift rivers
struck with something from a past
the leash is taught pulling him back
to a mechanized world

last fall's pussy willows lay light brown
and golden on a stagnant spring run off
pulled down at the rate of center earth

seagulls to the left and seagulls to the right
but none on the road. worms inch across
at the rate of a level earth mastering the odds
of water and overcast, versus steel
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 28, 2012, 10:33 AM
21

April 28Th

I got a bunch of words
fat
indolent
rosy cheeked
spoiled words
refusing to do as they're told
I'm too tired to draw them together
coax them out of their stuck-up stupor
so I'm going to leave them were they are
and bid you all good night at 10.31 in your morning.

*
 :tongue
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 28, 2012, 10:52 AM
21

April 28Th

I got a bunch of words
fat
indolent
rosy cheeked
spoiled words
refusing to do as they're told
I'm too tired to draw them together
coax them out of their stuck-up stupor
so I'm going to leave them were they are
and bid you all good night at 10.31 in your morning.

*
 :tongue




I'm finding my words slipping away, too.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 28, 2012, 10:53 AM



April 28

aromas bump
clutching deceptively
endangering the famished
gabbing heads instill the jitters
knocking loads of malicious negotiations



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 28, 2012, 03:38 PM
21

April 28th

Here’s to women who do.
Here’s to women who don’t.
Here’s to women who say they will,
but you know darn well, they won’t.
C’mon. I’m talkin’ ‘bout dancin’
You see, I went down to the local honkytonk late last night
and I was checkin’ out them line-dancin’ cowgirls.
What an awesome sight!
I was sittin’ there, havin’ a beer, ponderin’ a dance;
when this fine lookin’ filly walked by
in some tight fittin’ pants.
Suddenly, I knew I was destined to dance.
But it didn’t take long to find out she was full o’ herself,
‘Cause she turned down four cowboys in a single song.
Now, this gal was pretty as all get.
Problem was, she knew it, too.
Now, it was time for ol’ G to show her
she was nothin’ but a cowgirl yawhoo.
So, I thought up a special line to put her in her place.
To show Cattle Kates like this they’re a total disgrace:
“Pardon me, ma’am –“
Then she interrupted me, “No, I don’t wanna dance.”
“Oh, no, ma’am. I wasn’t gonna ask ya to dance.
I just wanted to say, ‘I think you look fat in those pants.’
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 29, 2012, 03:33 AM
witt, we're not losing them... just working those words harder than usual, us as well  wink*

mister Mystical1, that packed a literary thwack!  *hehe*

22

April 29TH


 
drawn to the edge of specific gravity
from which liquid mystery
emanates exotic fragrance
known to call a man down
to the deep of depths
beyond the wilderness of loneliness
past the advance of caring -
lest you be drowned in desire
for want of love.

*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 29, 2012, 03:48 AM
22

April 29th

A Vegetarian's Nightmare or A Dissertation on Plants Rights (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfzT7QfLZc#)
 
vegetarian
even so, the plant must die –
eat a steak, damn you!

 :apple

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 29, 2012, 11:32 AM



April 29

I see you sneaking
heading to the shed
hidden behind the dogwood
you curve around out of sight
but I wait
peeping through the blinds
I know your mission
you never look back
to see if I'm watching
so confident you are
limping up the ramp
seizing your treasure
palming it from view
you think you've succeeded
undiscovered
self-satisfied
but I see you
I'm watching


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on April 30, 2012, 06:12 AM
see, you didn't lose your words, witt....not one little bit.

G, that's one funny poet.  *hehe*

23

April 30th

some are ill blooming
others worth persuing
sometimes develop into concrete
evidence of stable thought processes
mostly they crash and burn
utterly useless ideas.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on April 30, 2012, 10:19 AM



April 30

there you go again
slinking down the trail
a pretense established
fallen branches
I see you stop
hiding behind a tree
fire in the hole
puffs of gray poofs emerging
you stoop to extinguish
no limbs in hand
on your return
you don't realize
I'm still watching

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on April 30, 2012, 09:04 PM
23

April 30th

naked, you become
bare - limbed autumn moonlight,
foliage turning


my muse yearns for stories which cannot be told
Japanese lanterns – red and gold
tiny silver bells draped across her hips –
to ring when she calls – each whispered secret,
but there are secrets too dark, even for whispers,
far too many truths, hidden, beyond doors with tarnished locks.

There is a pattern to things, my muse says,
we must repeat the best parts and leave the rest be.
There is a pattern to things, I repeat,
but we only reveal that which we wish to be seen.

Once I had a muse who called me Blue.
She played the zithar and thought deeply.
She wore black silk and had fingers that knew exactly what to do,
but she was too slow for a man who locks away his soul –
searches for a shroud of stars to appear before determining if anything is true.

There were silver bells draped in every corner of the sky
when, at last, I rested on the shore of her thigh.
But my silk-clad muse who was going to love me for all of our lives
was quickly lost amidst this too tangible reality
I was left with the vision of butterflies, red lace ribbons
and barely enough hope to survive.

This lack of passion makes you small, my muse whispers.
Your eyes must open to the wild purple orchids
which have the power to draw you within.
Be still. Listen. Then you shall know.
Someone waits and watches in your hidden corner.
In the crux of her shadow, discover your religion,
pray in a manner that removes all doubt,
until you have forgotten your own name,
worship until the glittering dark is all that you know,
and the night is profuse with silver, red, and with gold.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 01, 2012, 04:46 AM

witt, I was watching with you, wonderful detail! *clap*

G, I liked this piece very much.



24

May 1st

your complexities
still disturb me
but I've come to understand
why your physical scars
made you feel diminished

you never hid the emotional scars though
you wore those like a festering
gash on your psyche
were they your way of accusing God
making us pay for His part
in the double portion of misery
dealt you -
I've grown up
I know the secrets a mother hides
to save her sanity
keep living
draw her to the brink
over the edge
into salvation.



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 01, 2012, 05:38 AM
Thanks, halo. Your words are great. Mine are reaching.
May 1

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Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 01, 2012, 10:23 AM
24

May 1st

We were together, i forget the rest. ~ Walt Whitman

I have a fire in my fingers
and I want to believe in
this, in me, in you and the
way your eyes yearn when
you look at me and
remember why the world spins
and atoms collide...
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 01, 2012, 10:31 PM
25

May 2ND


i fear we're dying
brought about our own destruction
through greed and gratification
soft comforts and want of luxuries

the price is high

final tally isn't up yet

nevertheless part account is on the table

and who shall pay
the children of course
with their thyroids
their little bodies
for generations to come

what have we begun.

*

http://enenews.com/govt-thyroid-cysts-nodules-detected-35-children-18-years (http://enenews.com/govt-thyroid-cysts-nodules-detected-35-children-18-years)



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 02, 2012, 02:56 AM
25

May 2nd

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or toughness, who does not believe me niave or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. ~ Anais Nin

your restrained cerulean glance
that so delicate twitch of your lip
revealed
four-inch patent leather heels,
black lace stockings, sheer silk thong
suspense of porcelain thigh
and smooth marble buttocks -
the way you sauntered up to that edge
and stepped straight off
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 02, 2012, 07:00 AM




May 2

Teasing is just ridicule
To rib, to rag, to mock
The joke's on me, a laugh it's not
Remember the Golden Rule




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 03, 2012, 10:09 AM
26

May 3rd

huddled together
feathers fluffed against the wind
too cold to fly

*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 03, 2012, 02:24 PM
26

May 3rd

I read once that
ancient Egyptians had
fifty words for sand
and the Eskimos
have a hundred words for snow
I wish I had
words enough for love,
but all that comes to mind is
the way you move against me
in your sleep...
there are no words for that.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 03, 2012, 02:25 PM
mystic - this one's very nice.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 03, 2012, 02:30 PM
mystic - this one's very nice.

Thanks, Matt. Glad I'm getting close to the end of the 'Month' though...i think Ms. Muse is wearin' down a bit.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 03, 2012, 02:49 PM
yes - i had to take a few days off.

the every day part definitely stretches the skills,

but it's been exhausting, at different points
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 03, 2012, 05:11 PM



May 3

twists arrange life
accept nothing, never follow traditional guides
shake stark impossibilities
fly through untouched palettes of experiences
rediscover golden trails
gather summer fountains
swim alongside endless effervescence
open beyond wisdom
squeeze through the tube of eternity
replaced, transformed, redesigned

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 04, 2012, 02:59 AM
27

May 4th

sage-scented twilight
snow-peaked mountain distance
settles at her feet


when the world beyond
meets the world within
these ragged edges of your torn Self
discover each other, settle in, form a seam
and you realize; gravity is not a force
that keeps your feet firmly planted
when you most want to leave,
but something more akin to Grace –
guiding you toward a destination
you never truly left.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 04, 2012, 09:29 AM
27

May 4Th


like ribbons in the wind
fluttering here and there
my day dream 
takes me on a fanciful journey
to the northern reaches of possibility
where time has no bearing on the scenes
dancing across my mind's eye
I'm transfixed
a voyeur
of my own imaginings.

*


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 04, 2012, 05:28 PM


you stop short when you catch a glimpse
pretending not to see me here
alone with my back to the wall
like an old west poker player
perhaps an ace up my sleeve
or a gun under the table
alcohol breath; reeking of cheap cigarettes
play your pick-up-sticks
hide behind your veil of plans
afraid I might out-think you
or get revenge


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 04, 2012, 07:25 PM
Wow Witt!  Powerful and a bit intimidating.  I was looking at your picture with those threatening eyes as I read it!
Good thing I really know what a sweetheart you are!
 :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 04, 2012, 07:28 PM
Oh G...This one gave me goosebumps.  Incredible.
Quote
I read once that
ancient Egyptians had
fifty words for sand
and the Eskimos
have a hundred words for snow
I wish I had
words enough for love,
but all that comes to mind is
the way you move against me
in your sleep...
there are no words for that.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 05, 2012, 03:59 AM
Thanks, E.

28
May 5th

so I wait for you like a lonely house
till you will see me again and live in me.
Till then my windows ache.


Pablo Neruda
100 Love Sonnets

I built this house that I huddle in now;
my legs cramped from crouching,
my back sore from staying curled up
in such an insignificant space.

I poured a hasty foundation on daydreams,
threw together walls that rattle around my ears.
I worked hard, maybe not honestly, but hard
to settle in this place and construct this house.
I must have found faith, at some point, in myself...
in my journey.

Would I be any more willing to embark upon
an entirely new journey, one that forges a solitary path,
an unwavering trek through the desolation of my soul?
That path, for certain would be a difficult one,
and I may be too soft now, for such an undertaking
when there is no guarantee of shelter from the storm.

On that trail, you risk exposure both beautiful and brutal.
The sustenance you gather along the wayside sparse and mysterious –
often times, naught but stones and shadows, leaves and light,
perhaps the occasional peace that comes when you accept
that you have nothing left but yourself.

That journey begins once I refuse to say Yes to anything;
refuse to embrace anything in which I cannot completely and utterly believe;
once my heart, within such solitude, learns to recognize its own voice again.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 05, 2012, 06:07 AM
Wow Witt!  Powerful and a bit intimidating.  I was looking at your picture with those threatening eyes as I read it!
Good thing I really know what a sweetheart you are!
 :rose

Thanks, elise.
I think you missed the one dedicated to you! April 23.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 05, 2012, 10:06 AM
28

May 5Th


did you ever wonder how many times
people touch you in a day?

no
never entered your head
mine either

I'm not talking a lover's touch
a parent's
friends
those whose touch you welcome
 
tonight I was aware
of every hand that breached
my personal space
claimed some part of my person
in a generic pat
a hug
a kiss on the cheek

strange thought-
are strippers handled less
than a waitress?

*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 05, 2012, 10:20 AM
I'm a low-nesome dog, O Mother,

There's nothin left out West but a rock in the sky,
There's nothin left below but the desert Deep

nothin left in my soul but a dried up stone--

I'm comin home, O Mother
a low-nesome dog at last
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 05, 2012, 02:56 PM



May 5

snakes snaking through hot pink petunias
hawks hawking baby squirrels high in the oaks
lizards lizarding dewlaps on the porch railing
horseflies flying round and round my head
red-tailed fox foxing down the hollow
bunny bunnying out the woods like a shot
sometimes it's all too bucolic for me

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 06, 2012, 02:19 AM
29

May 6th

When all is said and done, is there any more wonderful sight, any moment when man's reason is nearer to some sort of contact with the nature of the world than the sowing of seeds, the planting of cuttings, the transplanting of shrubs or the grafting of slips.

~ Saint Augustine

my mother smiled at the moment of her passing
I have seen this in others also
at the deepest hour, in the absence of noise,
when whispers drop like a pin.

the rapture of stillness,
requires sound to contemplate a natural silence,
but only a smile hospice nurses recognize
marries the mind with heaven - so now it's come to this:
stroking tubal accordion
sucks and pumps, sucks and pumps, leaving you sterile...
beyond words

but your eyes
they comfort me as we both measure
Time's last granule of allotted sand.
We should think about death at each moment,

Augustine said.

Not as news at eleven or alone in one's bed.
We should think about death as monks do at dawn,
searching stare upon the horizon, seeking love,
after a night of blissful peace beneath the moon.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 06, 2012, 02:38 AM

this is a moving piece of poetry, G.

these lines especially speak to me,

Quote
at the deepest hour, in the absence of noise,
when whispers drop like a pin.

and

Quote
but your eyes
they comfort me as we both measure
Time's last granule of allotted sand.
We should think about death at each moment,

 *hug*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 06, 2012, 10:10 AM
29


May 6Th


you sought to bind me
with pretty things of value
trinkets of worth
using a strategy of guilt
duty with a toss of obligation
makes it blackmail mother
we used it well
against each other
until love grew us up.

*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 06, 2012, 01:37 PM


May 6

a day of poetry while pulling weeds
syllables trickle through my mind
silly things waft from my tongue
for no reason, just for rhyme
crickets with rickets
fox in the phlox
spider beside 'er
birds with words
warm sun upon
bugs giving hugs
golfdinches sitting on benches

(that's not half bad, meter is fine
it might fit in a new poem's line)
tired of putting weeds in a bucket
let's stop now, tell them to ...

No, that's not nice
Just playing at poetry
Gardening's my vice.



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 06, 2012, 01:58 PM
HaHa Witt...this made me smile so much! 

Quote
fox in the phlox
spider beside 'er
birds with words
warm sun upon
bugs giving hugs
golfdinches sitting on benches

...No, that's not nice
Just playing at poetry
Gardening's my vice.

That must be SOME garden!!!!
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 06, 2012, 06:31 PM
HaHa Witt...this made me smile so much! 

Quote
fox in the phlox
spider beside 'er
birds with words
warm sun upon
bugs giving hugs
golfdinches sitting on benches

...No, that's not nice
Just playing at poetry
Gardening's my vice.

That must be SOME garden!!!!

Made me smile (and chuckle). Thanks for that Witt.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 07, 2012, 06:02 AM


Thank you both for the uplift! I started not to post this one.


I have twenty-two flower beds to keep up with!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 07, 2012, 08:15 AM
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April 23

wooden teardrop bangles dangle
circumscribing green and beige
rhode island reds amongst the daisies
peck and scratch  behind a quilted fence

a gifted portmanteau
evidence of generosity
filled to the brim with tatting and trim
remnants of the Farquarharson project

OH MY~  How did I miss this?  I just love it!  I honestly still find you "chickens" everywhere I go!  I am soooo glad you are still using it!
The Farquharson's LOVE their bookmarks...instilled such pride into them to see their colors! 

No chickens at all anymore?  I am sure you miss them!  By the way...you are the "generous" one.  You can never know how much you helped shape me...and the way I both read and write poetry.  That gift was beyond any kind of repayment.   Thank you for the generous work you do here. 
 :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 07, 2012, 10:02 AM
30

May 7Th


the tenderest of endearments
spoken into the breech
close the chasm of distance
that circles north to south
the miles between here and there
never widening - never closing
day and night securely pursue each other
assurance that spring and autumn will
always be opposites as summer and winter
constants in the definition of friendship.


*

This has been an awesome 30 days of thoroughly enjoyable poetry!!!! Are we going for 31?  :poet
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 07, 2012, 02:14 PM
I Did Problems


How many times can you rightly divide
the word of truth? For a fraction of a thought
you could be gone, over the hill
into a grove of wildflowers.
No further need to prove yourself over and over again,
when nothing adds up anyway.
The day will come and come soon,
when you begin to count on
dirty fingers the names of those
who treated you like number one.
The ones who marginally increased
your self worth and took away nothing,
the ones that saw you wild as well,
as something beautiful,
something innumerable. 


(I'm trying to exercise extended metaphor)
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 07, 2012, 06:15 PM


Gee, I don't know if I should continue. I seem to be lacking in poetry skills.
However, here's my little ditty for today.

May 7

my kitchen is my garden
a tasty place to go
tortillas need cilantro
chives on my potato

strolling with sharp clippers
a fistful of fresh thyme
some mint instead of lime
oregano sublime

whenever I am cooking
I think of what I see
growing wild and free
like piney rosemary

wander amongst the herbs
chiffonade or chop it
whatever's on the docket
I'll never stop it.





Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 07, 2012, 06:19 PM
are you kidding witt, I'm loving your poetry and by the comments others are too. Don't stop!  :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 07, 2012, 06:22 PM
Now that's odd why you would think that. I love your garden poems. And from what Elise just wrote, you are much talented and giving of your work besides that!




Gee, I don't know if I should continue. I seem to be lacking in poetry skills.
However, here's my little ditty for today.

May 7

my kitchen is my garden
a tasty place to go
tortillas need cilantro
chives on my potato

strolling with sharp clippers
a fistful of fresh thyme
some mint instead of lime
oregano sublime

whenever I am cooking
I think of what I see
growing wild and free
like piney rosemary

wander amongst the herbs
chiffonade or chop it
whatever's on the docket
I'll never stop it.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 07, 2012, 08:42 PM
30

May 7th

At the dark ends of the day I burn dim lamps
to bathe my face in the refractions of an empty page.
This eucharist light, these cigarettes, quiet me,
though candles never yet raised a corpse.
But if I should sleep my past closes in,
heavier than blankets, more stifling than summer,
from which world I return haggard
as from the Harrowing of Hell.

So each cigarette is my prayer
(should God exist)
to let me rest or let me write,
while the shape in the bed mumbles,
“Come and sleep”,
and my body trembles at the summons.

Yet, here I remain and must this endless question answer,
“Sit I then upon my throne and cannot rule my page?”
And remaining here unanswered, give paternity’s suit,
“Lord of all I do not perceive, receive me now.”
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 08, 2012, 08:53 AM
31

May 8Th


fear travels far and wide
looking for easy prey to
overcome
before they have
time to gather their senses
and realize it might just be:
false evidence appearing real.


*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on May 08, 2012, 09:44 AM

Teacher Teacher
teach me today
your studies never
complete; Your pay
never enough

I hunted the aisles
of the supermarket
for the best damn apple
to give you

I washed it several times
dried it with clean linen cloth

Forgive me but my pup
ate my homework again
but I promise I'll have
the make up

Now you may be thinking
because this is exam week
I'm laying it thick
I just want to make this day
special for you

             :apple




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 08, 2012, 05:53 PM



winging away from worries
free from old bones,
dull eyes, muddled mind
released from pain and
struggles for breath
liberated from gravity
holding you to the earth
you are flying,
soaring to an eternal home,
leaving behind lessons of love


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 09, 2012, 05:18 AM


May 9

my history teacher in high school
always said honesty was the best policy
as a teenager, I believed that
even though we cheated like crazy
she allowed us to grade
our own papers

we always thought she was a bit strange
she talked strange, she walked strange
so we just thought she was strange

I learned later the reason
for her strangeness
a stroke
she was grateful to be alive
a loving person
maybe she figured out
the only way we dunces would
pass history was to
let us grade our own papers
we might accidentally learn something
and in the future our guilt
would teach us the adage
she hammered into us everyday

as a septuagenarian
I think she was right


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 09, 2012, 09:36 AM

fat
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 09, 2012, 09:59 AM
May 9th Losing Lunch


all the bullies I knew in grade
school have grown up and are now
on facebook and writing poetry

so now I fast my lunch in honor
of all those who are currently
losing theirs and the money

is would take to buy a Subway roast beef.
Or the money it would take to find
the right subway to simply
take me away from all the lunacy.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 10, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 11, 2012, 06:54 AM



Little bunny, little bunny
How I hate you, Bub.
You chewed my althea shrub
Down to just a nub!


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on May 11, 2012, 09:35 AM

Possibly theme for my next poem

recipe rising star/ ragged ol' shill/ a hawk juggles silver/ promises of worldly wealth/ nothing but snake oil/ uncage  your own happiness
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 12, 2012, 07:16 AM


rain's blessing
beneficial bonuses
flowers sway
shake and shiver
stripped naked
soaking in lavishness


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 13, 2012, 02:32 PM



poised to win
life is good
everything is gelling to perfection
moving at a fast clip
one main attraction in sight
under the Southern moon
independence is all required
but others decide to help
pushing 
shoving 
toward the goal
their good intentions
ruin the game
can I ever work my way
out of this hole?


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 14, 2012, 04:55 PM



your stillness frightens me
your conversations make no sense
but you enjoy the joke
and I laugh because you laugh
you wipe away tears
could they be from humor
only you understand
or  could it be
the realization that you are babbling?
are you slipping away?


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 15, 2012, 05:45 PM



No words

I have no words left to say
You wonder why I'm not talking
   not joking
No pontificating
No mindless banter

If I spoke, I would scream
   screech
   rant

My voice would echo through the woods
   and bounce off the stars
Returning only to hurt

I grit my teeth until my jaws hurt
There is so much I want to say
But the silence grates worse
Than the words.



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 16, 2012, 05:45 AM
Overheard On Holiday At Ziros: An Irish-Style Pub Owned And Operated By A Now Expatriate (Definitely Embezzling, Possibly Murderous, Absolutely Felonious) Greek Shipping Magnate - Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Over a plate of feta and aubergines fried with honey –
(accompanied by a draught of Guinness, of course)

Alone, she caught my eye - not unusual when one is
oneself alone: exquisitely fine-boned,
a mane of wild barley hair, something vaguely
petulant on her lip and in her predatory gaze
as it swept across the bar.
The man who skulked behind didn't look her type—
squat, dragging stolidity by the scruff,
sporting a restrained (and rather pensive) moustache.
A pint for him and Tullamore Dew {neat) for her,
they slithered into the outskirts of earshot –

Then she pounced.

It was a clinical attack,
surgical in its precision.
 I got "....shagging her".
She was regal to behold:
glad it wasn't me on the
receiving end of that tirade,
but she seemed comfortable
with her anger. It was near
the twenty minute mark before he even
made a gesture—the one the bear makes
before an encircling wolf pack.
She watched and chain-smoked – Dear God,
I thought, if she is as zealous in bed....
But some men can live on the edge
while others merely observe from
a safe distance.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 16, 2012, 06:23 AM

What a hoot!

Well done. I pictured the whole thing!

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 16, 2012, 06:45 AM
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Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 16, 2012, 07:06 AM

this is great, it reminds me of the US map and Fla.

.


(Attachment Link)
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 17, 2012, 09:26 AM

witt -

adventurous. i like it.

just curious, what did you use to arrange the text like this?

-matt
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 17, 2012, 09:30 AM
also, i had meant to comment on your 5/15 post.

i thought there was a bit more raw emotion there. i especially liked the way that the poem as a kind of expression and speech comes into being from silence - that this expression is itself a kind of silence.

so for example:

You wonder why I'm not talking
   not joking
No pontificating
No mindless banter



it's awesome how on the one hand the poem is describing its own silence,

while on the other it's doing so in a way that gives it a thesaurus-like avalanche of synonyms - a silence and a loss of speech that live inside all those words..


-matt
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 17, 2012, 09:57 AM

witt -

adventurous. i like it.

just curious, what did you use to arrange the text like this?

-matt

Thanks, Matt. I first did it as a document, but when I pasted it to post, the letters went everywhere! Then I tried to modify it and post, but that didn't work either, so I recreated it in photoshop. I ran out of room on the page, and that's why it's on the edge (pun intended)
and not centered better.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 17, 2012, 09:59 AM
also, i had meant to comment on your 5/15 post.

i thought there was a bit more raw emotion there. i especially liked the way that the poem as a kind of expression and speech comes into being from silence - that this expression is itself a kind of silence.

so for example:

You wonder why I'm not talking
   not joking
No pontificating
No mindless banter



it's awesome how on the one hand the poem is describing its own silence,

while on the other it's doing so in a way that gives it a thesaurus-like avalanche of synonyms - a silence and a loss of speech that live inside all those words..


-matt

Thanks, again, matt. I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 17, 2012, 03:10 PM



I picked up a hitchhiker
cultured, coiffed, and clean
a curious caprice
a comedian
chitting and chatting
losing track
the miles laughed on
destination reached
the charming cargo still aboard
lesson learned that day:
You can take a joke too far.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 18, 2012, 12:08 AM

What a hoot!

Well done. I pictured the whole thing!

Thanks, Witt. I must say, you seem quite inspired - I look forward to each of your poems as they all share a glimpse of the Witt we know and love. Thank you for that, too.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 18, 2012, 08:53 AM




Thanks, Mystic. This poem-a-day thing is definitely a challenge!!


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 18, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 18, 2012, 09:47 AM
witt, you are awesome! I'm enjoying them all.  *hug* and that piece of tatting is gorgeous.

Quote
I picked up a hitchhiker
cultured, coiffed, and clean
a curious caprice
a comedian
chitting and chatting
losing track
the miles laughed on
destination reached
the charming cargo still aboard
lesson learned that day:
You can take a joke too far.
 

love this, cleverly done.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 18, 2012, 12:26 PM
Oh my goodness Witt!  This tatted piece is gorgeous!  I can so see it framed and on my wall!   I feel a negotiation coming on!!!!  I know you weren't putting it here to sell.  HAHA.  But you know how much I love your work!

And this poem...WOW.  I love all the illiteration, and the clever message!   You are sizzlin hottttt!
 :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 19, 2012, 05:51 PM
Oh my goodness Witt!  This tatted piece is gorgeous!  I can so see it framed and on my wall!   I feel a negotiation coming on!!!!  I know you weren't putting it here to sell.  HAHA.  But you know how much I love your work!

And this poem...WOW.  I love all the illiteration, and the clever message!   You are sizzlin hottttt!
 :rose

Thanks loads, guys!!

Ya never know what may come in the mail!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 19, 2012, 05:52 PM




lighter than air
softer than a baby's whimper
blown by a breath of breeze
faint touch of bluebird's down
a lover's whisper
tiniest of tickles
tickle?
the tick crawls across your arm
unawares
Maybe that's why they call it a tick!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 19, 2012, 09:53 PM
So clever!  I am always a bit creeped out when am outside and feel a "tickle".  It's never a good thing!   *hehe*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 19, 2012, 10:21 PM

Oh man, I'm not going anywhere outside without a hazmat suit, or space suit or something bugs CAN NOT enter under any circumstances.
Cool write, witt, if just a little crawly, itchy.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 20, 2012, 02:32 PM
Be Still

A day with a series of poetry titles
of colors and spiritual tastes
of fog that lifts and takes you with it,
belief with the cache to back it up
the wind seems turned over crescent
moon. notice how the shadow
inside the forest isn't quite the same
as yesterday. There's a reason
sounds mixed all together turn into silence
eventually. We stop listening until
its white noise. We tuck
ourselves up inside, then spend
a life in journey for warmth.
Cool, this evening is cool.
My friend used to long for the glory
days, but spent his last ones
believing they were just ahead.
I hear his voice. He found his forest.
That's his song in the windchime,
his wing over the trees.   
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 20, 2012, 05:54 PM

Oh, my glory!


It's hard to swallow the lump in my throat!!!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 20, 2012, 06:01 PM


Had another tick jump on me when I grabbed my watering can!!!



Old Southern fence lizard running on the rail
He has no balance, ain't got no tail
He's ugly and big, dinosaur detail
He's hungry and lean, hunts to no avail

He spies movement, scoots 'cross the grass
 A bug in his sights, he misses, alas
Life in the garden is crude and crass
Without his tail, he shows his a#$






Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 20, 2012, 06:17 PM
aw, it's ok  :poet


Oh, my glory!


It's hard to swallow the lump in my throat!!!
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 20, 2012, 06:19 PM
Great visuals here, Witt, my day lilies bloomed today and I was thrilled.

There is so much in nature one could watch for hours.




Had another tick jump on me when I grabbed my watering can!!!



Old Southern fence lizard running on the rail
He has no balance, ain't got no tail
He's ugly and big, dinosaur detail
He's hungry and lean, hunts to no avail

He spies movement, scoots 'cross the grass
 A bug in his sights, he misses, alas
Life in the garden is crude and crass
Without his tail, he shows his a#$
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Lady SunShine on May 20, 2012, 09:05 PM
just playing around

5/20
I watched, my jaw was amazed
I know it was flapping in the wind
waiting for his goodies
as soon as he finished playing

oh he was quick
he was clever
such a fire in his eyes
he roared, he giggled
as he slapped his blade

I couldn't help but coo and awe
he had such a way with his hands
oh my hurry up
I wanted to jump up and make a stand

finally he twirled
and thew
he pleased us all
wow what a show
he was producer and director
we were all amused

that Chef at Arigato
hell of a dish
he cooks for two
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 21, 2012, 09:25 AM

Oh, it is great seeing you "just playing around" again.

I look forward to more!


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 21, 2012, 09:32 AM
hahaha Witt...LOVE that cute lil lizard one!  You just keep pumpin em out!   I could picture the whole thing!  FUN!
 :sunny
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 21, 2012, 12:29 PM
Today I am a blond anew
if only for awhile
for being red was much like dread
but made the young boys smile
before the gray, my nemesis,
comes back to my chagrin
I'll just enjoy a few more years
they won't come 'round again.
So, if you see a sale on hats,
or bonnets for the beach
put one aside for me in pink,
they're all outside my reach.
I'm blonde, it's fine, it's fun,
and yes the fire is still inside.
Some days, its more like kindling
when the  flames all but subside.
I don't deny my age, in fact I revel
in its charm
and I learned a long time ago,
there's no need for alarm.
A fluff, a do, a part or two.
Today, I am a blond, anew.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 21, 2012, 01:40 PM
So fun Kay!  Good job!
 :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 21, 2012, 03:15 PM



hahahaha That's great!



Should I call you Marilyn Monroe now?



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 21, 2012, 04:34 PM




May 21

Once you are famous
You'd better be careful
Folks are out to get you
So take time to be prayerful

Or your fleeting fame
Tempts impending fate
I slammed my tailless lizard
In the garden gate!




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on May 21, 2012, 04:47 PM
   
   lol ..OH NO!  :tongue






Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 21, 2012, 05:23 PM
     
Norma Jean will do  tee hee

 :kisslady




hahahaha That's great!



Should I call you Marilyn Monroe now?
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 21, 2012, 07:03 PM
Yikes Witt!  He had no tail to get slammed so ummm he must be daid now.  Poor lizard.   *hehe*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 22, 2012, 06:27 AM



I went to bury my dinosaur
But he wasn't there by the garden door
I was sure he was dead, I had no doubt
But I had only knocked him out.
There he was, he didn't go far
I found him by the jardin jar
Hunting bugs and flower pests
My tailless wonder never rests.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 22, 2012, 11:57 AM

Thought
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 22, 2012, 01:41 PM



Fabulous!!


You hit the nail on the head and then some!!


I really enjoyed this.






Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 22, 2012, 04:00 PM
The light at the creek this morning collected
in the light slanting across the backyard of a tiny white house
in a stamp-sized Texas town on the afternoon of the Strawberry Festival.

Gathered the light that fell on my Rachel's lifeless form
when she breathed her last and her hand went limp in mine.
Bouncing through time to pool together with the light
caressing the edge of an empty bottle in a vacant lot;
causing tears to erupt for no reason – building this ache to kiss you again.

Each coincidence of light joins the rest,
in an ongoing reunion of particles and waves.
Light on a tablecloth or a shattered windshield - both the same.

And the same as these:
The lamps I played with in the living room
on the night my mother left me,
adjusting their beams to minimize my fear.
The unbidden illumination of a face wrung dry from too many tears.

Light spearing through blackout curtains, defying your soul’s  perpetual darkness.
The heartbreak of memory on a plane soaring over the river at sunset.
Relief from the shadows between your shoulder blades while you slept.

I collect light the way others collect keys; as a way out - as a way in.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 22, 2012, 06:08 PM



This was wonderful. Tore me up! So beautiful. A wonderful piece of work to be treasured.


It will soon be a year since I lost my mom.


This is a winner from the first to the last!!


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: elise on May 22, 2012, 06:33 PM
Oh G...this moved me so much.  Loss is so so hard.  This piece carried me along with it effortlessly.  It's really so good! 
 :sunny
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 22, 2012, 08:35 PM
Even though we know death is not the end,  nothing prepares us for the tearing of loss; no matter how many times we experience it.
Beautifully written doesn't even begin to say what this piece gives its reader/s. As witt said, a treasure... I think you would have heart
rending experiences to write in your memoirs, if you should be so inclined, G.  *hug*


*

blues sliding down slow
bone through marrow
moving in a rhythm
saxophone low

her body incandescent
in sequins and beads
shimmering aura
a pure note glow.


*

for Corlee.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 23, 2012, 06:17 AM

*

blues sliding down slow
bone through marrow
moving in a rhythm
saxophone low

her body incandescent
in sequins and beads
shimmering aura
a pure note glow.


*

for Corlee.




smooth -- real smooth


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 23, 2012, 06:37 AM
Thank you, ladies. I had time to prepare, but even with all the preparation possible, the loss is still a shock. They say time heals all wounds - personally i think that's just something people say when they don't know what else to say. I won't say time heals, but maybe, enough time allows for the wound to scab over? B, I wouldn't hold my breath on those memoirs.  :tongue
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 23, 2012, 11:50 AM
notes from a 13 yr. old diary
(some things never change)

I don't wanna steal your boyfriend
I wanna circle Frisch's till we see Big John
Hey, Karen's bra is saggin' all the boys noitice
today I had a smoke on the way to Clermont

Chesterfields, we found the pack after the game..
Linda's wearin' hot pants. I never knew she could shake like that.
Oh, darn, not supposed to notice my best friend's butt

hey, I didn't write the note left in the hall bathroom
its in french red and I'm only allowed to wear gloss
the hair spary in there makes me puke
teacher. teacher, lose the habit
I'm so sick of nuns

next year they promised me contacts
I hate to be photographed,
school yearbook spelled my name wrong
who cares, no one will notice anyway

someday, I'll be in control
yeah right
I didn't write this,
I don't wanna steal your boyfriend
I'm not cruisin' for nothin'
I'm just along for the ride 
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 23, 2012, 05:20 PM



I wish that I could find mine! What a hoot it would be to read!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 23, 2012, 05:21 PM




cilantro's white flowers
withered now
transforming into balls of life
tanning in the sun
soon to drop their ripeness
roll into patio cracks
sleep until time is right
to burst into delicious green
once again





Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 24, 2012, 08:07 AM




wrapped in a blanket of spring
eavesdropping on goldfinch conversations
hummingbird breezes tap tunes on chimes
and puff jasmine scents
to caress me in sweet perfume
embraced in my mother's womb
I nod
dream of pianos





Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 24, 2012, 08:39 AM
this is nice, marries man with nature, or rather woman with nature. I like that idea  :apple






wrapped in a blanket of spring
eavesdropping on goldfinch conversations
hummingbird breezes tap tunes on chimes
and puff jasmine scents
to caress me in sweet perfume
embraced in my mother's womb
I nod
dream of pianos
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on May 24, 2012, 11:00 AM


here I sit
all broken hearted
I came here to
lay a poem down
but all I did was
farted


      :kool
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 24, 2012, 08:49 PM
ummm excuse me, how old are you?  *hehe* boys!!!!!!
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 25, 2012, 10:55 AM
I saw
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on May 25, 2012, 12:31 PM
18

April 25th

Your first kind act. Earning your first dollar.
That first walk to the bus stop all by yourself.
Bet you felt so grown up, didn’t you?
All those simple little firsts in one day.

There’s a first time for everything, I suppose.
The first afternoon when you didn’t came home.
The first twinge of panic in your mother’s eyes.
The first milk carton with your photo making you famous.

National Missing Children's Day May 25th. The day this blond-haired, blue-eyed boy went missing. [url]http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/etan-patz-case-opened-181030534.html[/url] ([url]http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/etan-patz-case-opened-181030534.html[/url])


I based this poem on an article (the link above) which detailed the Kidnapping of Etan Patz and was the first missing child who's photo was featured on a milk carton. Today, thirty-three years to the day he went missing, the case has been solved. The man whom police suspected of the crime and have had in custody since Wednesday is due to be arraigned this morning and charged.

http://abcnews.go.com/News/etan-patz-murder-suspect-suicide-watch/story?id=16429920#.T7-0wlKzC40 (http://abcnews.go.com/News/etan-patz-murder-suspect-suicide-watch/story?id=16429920#.T7-0wlKzC40)

His arraignment will be on the 33rd anniversary of Patz's disappearance and murder in the SoHo section of Manhattan while walking for the first time by himself to his school bus stop.

Today also marks Missing Persons Day, a holiday founded in the wake of Patz's disappearance and a testament to how his case rocked his city and unsettled the nation. The search for Patz was one of the largest, longest-lasting and most heart-wrenching hunts for a missing child in the country's recent history. His photo was among the first of a missing child to appear on a milk carton.

Hernandez confessed to police that as a 19-year-old bodega stock clerk he lured the boy into his shop's basement with the promise of a soda. There, Hernandez told police, he strangled Patz and stuffed his body in a plastic bag that was thrown into trash elsewhere in the neighborhood. The body was never found.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 25, 2012, 04:30 PM



Such a sad, sad thing.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 25, 2012, 04:36 PM





beauty strikes beauty
daylight plucking innocence
sharp eyes switch from prey
fly away with the prize

evil strikes good
daylight stalking madness
myopic eyes spy dominance
sneaks off with nothing




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 26, 2012, 08:48 AM



spry steps stumble
blue eyes dull
food no flavor
sleep a stupor
love still stirs
no action preferred
silent suffering
humor on empty lips






Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 27, 2012, 07:27 AM



I wish there were a magic thread
To pull me through my life
To smooth out all of my loose ends
And put a stop to strife.

The circle of eternity
In a single ring
Don't forget to add it there
Right in the beginning.

It takes more time, some thought and care
But it's time well spent
Keep your faith and pray a lot
God's the filament.



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on May 28, 2012, 09:41 AM

Another dying day
automatic sunrise clatter
roadside kill

photographs of you
tell junior I love him
kiss me one last time

I'm coming home
under the red white and blue
stillness in the dark



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 28, 2012, 03:40 PM




butterflies fluttering on butterfly bushes
catbird sitting in the catbird seat
tea olive suits me to a tee
money plants making money
jewel plants sparkling hot pink
marigolds sporting merry gold
making memories this day




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 28, 2012, 04:24 PM
I
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 29, 2012, 10:36 AM
this,
Title: more for
Post by: illiterati on May 29, 2012, 01:43 PM
no
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: 7 on May 29, 2012, 05:02 PM
...when finished will be tentatively titled:


An Elegy for “Howl”


could be trimmed down in places
streamlined even

but it was a very interesting read,
nonetheless

the short choppy lines

and

double spaces

appeal to my minimalistic sensibilities
no pun intended
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 29, 2012, 05:17 PM



I meant to put this poem here, but I put it in Haiku of the Day. I hope that's not cheating.


three days in a row
bans of hurricane showers
rain gauge inches up




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on May 29, 2012, 08:17 PM
7 - the vast majority of my editing (unless im getting off too much on my own drivel) involves cutting. id guess five words cut for every word kept at the initial stage of composition (from zero draft to what you see here). and id imagine the move from this draft (once its finished) will take at least another 1/3.

ill anxiously await your sense of which 1/3 (or more) should go once it's drafted.

matt
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on May 30, 2012, 08:56 AM



I meant to put this poem here, but I put it in Haiku of the Day. I hope that's not cheating.


three days in a row
bans of hurricane showers
rain gauge inches up






that's not cheating...nope, this is still your Poem of the Day. You have a wonderful collection of Poem's of the Day, I'm enjoying them immensely.  :rose

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 30, 2012, 06:06 PM



Thanks, Halo! I've been working in the yard so much that I don't seem to have the time to write.


littering the lawn
falling fluffy pink puff balls
mimosa blossoms









Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on May 31, 2012, 04:31 PM




It's the last day of May
Day lilies just beginning
Seeds starting to sprout
Soon they'll need thinning.

I think I'm at the end
I have not one more word
All my poems are sounding
Absolutely absurd.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 31, 2012, 10:58 PM
Today was my birthday
I celebrated it with a wonderful time with family and friends

I didn't write any poetry, critique any poetry and this is the first forum I've logged into
but the sun was gorgeous

the grass wet and rain felt good
and I didn't strain my brain thinking of fancy words

only hugs and kisses and acting goofy at 62

and I loved it all. balloons and all.
and this is a silly poem that isn't a poem,
I'm a wakadooa today  :dblu :dblu
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on May 31, 2012, 11:07 PM


Well ..Happy Birthday Citizen Kay  :bday *party*

Glad to hear you had a wonderful day

                     :wine :dblu

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Kay on May 31, 2012, 11:19 PM
Thanks  :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on June 01, 2012, 04:17 AM
Happy Birthday, Kay... and many more to come!

the light in your eyes
a sparkling effervescence
on this, your Birthday.

 :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on June 01, 2012, 05:11 AM




HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
KAY!


(That rhymes. Must be a poem.)


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on June 01, 2012, 12:31 PM
fasting
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Masterdust on June 03, 2012, 10:29 PM
I walk through the doors
booze wafting from his pours
walk a little straighter dad.
I knew this would make him mad.

I step aside a wild swing
tears emerging began to sing.

walk a little straighter dad,
show me you care.
I need a role model.
This just isn't fair.

This fuels his fire and belligerent flair
my red eyes swollen, I stand and stare
at a man so consumed, with his glass half empty
Remove the cup dad, you've had plenty.

I walk away slowly "every name under the moon"
how can a man become such a buffoon.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on June 04, 2012, 10:31 AM
master dust -

a poignant poem.

have you ever checked out an organization like this one?     http://www.adultchildren.org/ (http://www.adultchildren.org/)


they sometimes offer very helpful resources...


-matt
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Masterdust on June 05, 2012, 01:34 AM
Matt,

Thank you for the helpful link, I didn't know it was there.
It's nice to see someone out there show they really care.
It's true my dad's a drunk, but he'd never lay a hand.
his self destructive nature's passed down from gland to gland.
This habitues nature has finally ceased at me.
I only hope it doesn't skip down the family tree.
I truly think it won't. Environment's the key.
At least that's what I believe, I guess we'll have to see.
 

Also the poem I've made to mom, is slowly turning great
thanks to you and the poetry crew, I can hardly wait
to spring that work of art I've worked so hard to create.
I'll hang it on the wall?  or hide it inside a crate.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on June 05, 2012, 04:23 PM
You must allow your heart to break -
only once the most innocent remnant has suffered
can that be changed...else nothing more of you remains true.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on June 08, 2012, 06:14 AM
before
the beginning
of again
a certainty
I witness every winter
the end turmoil
of fluttery bright red leaves
that grip the glory vine with
last minute strength
not wanting to be the
last to fall
the inevitable question
wavering in the wind
which leaf will be the last
to take that fateful drop
the last plummet
an infinitesimal crisis
on the emptying vine
that will be solved
by the last leaf's letting go.

---------------

I find I must make note of the end of life with that terrible letting go of the last leaf every year.
I don't want to not make note of it

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on June 08, 2012, 06:20 AM



Love this!


Beautifully written.





Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on June 08, 2012, 08:10 PM
Dear witt, means a lot that you think so, thank you.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on June 12, 2012, 04:58 PM


straddling a fallen gutter
does green rusted
dumpsters imply they are
environment friendly
it doesn't matter
this concrete is littered
with last nights favors

my main question
will go answered
as you stand in the alley's gate
embarrassed by your own apathy
glaring at me, your object of disgust
expecting a twitch of my nose
to heal your pain



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on June 16, 2012, 11:52 AM


straddling a fallen gutter
does green rusted
dumpsters imply they are
environment friendly
it doesn't matter
this concrete is littered
with last nights favors

my main question
will go answered
as you stand in the alley's gate
embarrassed by your own apathy
glaring at me, your object of disgust
expecting a twitch of my nose
to heal your pain


Love these lines:
this concrete is littered
with last nights favors

as you stand in the alley's gate
embarrassed by your own apathy


The ending is super.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on June 16, 2012, 11:54 AM




off the top of my head
I have a hat
on the bottom of my foot
I have dirt

maybe that's why I should keep
my foot out of my mouth
and not say things
off the top of my head



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on June 18, 2012, 02:41 AM
Quote
off the top of my head
I have a hat
on the bottom of my foot
I have dirt

maybe that's why I should keep
my foot out of my mouth
and not say things
off the top of my head


*clap* very cleverly thought out, witt  :rose



Quote
straddling a fallen gutter
does green rusted
dumpsters imply they are
environment friendly
it doesn't matter
this concrete is littered
with last nights favors

my main question
will go answered
as you stand in the alley's gate
embarrassed by your own apathy
glaring at me, your object of disgust
expecting a twitch of my nose
to heal your pain

Rg, this is good, really good stuff!


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: cafeRg on June 23, 2012, 10:15 AM


a poem day
will keep the
elephants away
you might say
there's no elephants
in the alley

see it works

      *hic*
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on June 23, 2012, 10:26 AM
lol, seems you're right there, I don't see no elephants... no, not one!
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on June 24, 2012, 07:13 AM
Current

slivers of divinity
find expression
in the babbling tumult
of everyday life.

sometimes,
to draw another breath
takes more effort than I expect
the energy to gather myself
is a commodity beyond my reach.

and yet,
dwelling within the silence
of my own exhalation – I realize
the machinations of the entire universe
are compressed
in the most minute particle
as each cell discovers its own path.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on June 24, 2012, 08:42 AM
A strikingly insightful piece of poetry, G. Very moving.  :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on July 03, 2012, 09:11 AM

to the many anniversaries
of those who have gone
    be remembered
    not forgotten

locked in the back of my throat
the truth
staunched by a melancholy of understanding
    they won't return

my eyes see the here and now
my spirit - I cannot say

hush
did I hear you
                       or you

lost in the clatter of days?

*


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: illiterati on July 03, 2012, 10:24 AM
i especially liked

"locked in the back of the throat"

and "the clatter of days"

thx halo,
matt
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on July 03, 2012, 11:48 AM



Oh, my. Talk about locked in the back of my throat!



This is super.

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on July 04, 2012, 02:37 AM
It may come as a surprise, but I'm still genuinely surprised when my poetry moves you, thank you both!
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on July 06, 2012, 08:16 AM

in the chill afternoon air
I am alerted
to a moment of harmony between
nature and earth
still
      silent
               on the edge of change
a precipice of who knows what
that is mere seconds of perfection.

*




Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on July 06, 2012, 08:46 AM



Ahhh. "mere seconds of perfection" like when sunlight turns a leaf into a jewel.

Love it!



Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on July 06, 2012, 08:49 AM
exactly so, witt, perfect moments that are totally unique. Thanks  :rose
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Mystic1 on July 22, 2012, 06:23 AM
Plentitude Of Emptiness

In a rare moment of clarity, I realize
it has taken near a half century
to find myself in the Now and Here of
Nowhere.

overhead
a single cloud drifts
within the blue.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on July 22, 2012, 07:43 AM


I really like this:

In a rare moment of clarity, I realize
it has taken near a half century
to find myself


I think it took me longer than that!!


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: WordFaery on July 30, 2012, 10:30 PM
Almost air—
this red flower within,
contrary beauty
surrounding ice
to throb hot
your leaves
to black spot.

Remember—
eat steel.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on July 31, 2012, 07:20 AM



Hmmm.  Very interesting.


Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on August 11, 2012, 02:10 AM
Almost air—
this red flower within,
contrary beauty
surrounding ice
to throb hot
your leaves
to black spot.

Remember—
eat steel.


I was thinking a rose, but, eat steel... that threw me right off.  Curious little piece this! :)
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: WordFaery on August 11, 2012, 09:12 PM
The rose isn't a rose at all.  It's cancer.
Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: Halo on October 09, 2012, 08:03 AM
October 8Th

have you ever experienced
a single minute moment
when Heaven opened-
the veil was drawn back
and the presence of God
rained down like honey
undeserved
unrestrained
pure
forgiving
cleansing
healing
soothing
covering you with His peace
where words failed
and His presence was all?

*

Title: Re: A Poem A Day
Post by: witt on October 10, 2012, 05:20 AM



Very nice!


Isn't it wonderful when you have that moment? That peek into grace?