All Blog Posts Tagged 'Poetry' (633)

Reverie by the Sea - Poetry

There are so many songs about the sea

Poems gather us in, writ large and small

Mystery trembles in my soul at the shore,

And finds its peace in the voices of the surf.


Storms wrack the beach and pummel men’s efforts…


Added by Rodney Roe on January 5, 2017 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Next One !

My Irish buddy says "Next One ! ", or at least did, after working on our most arduous days. Some of our under-house reconstruction jobs meant hours on our backs with the same tools needed when one is standing and building. It would be incredibly difficult and painful, and at the end of the day our…


Added by alsoknownas on December 31, 2016 at 8:30am — 22 Comments



And the beat goes…


Added by The Songbird on December 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

An Ode to Back Pain

It isn't that sharp

Doesn't make me all stagger

It's just always there

Makes me feel like a laggard

It drains me of strength

I want to lay down and sleep

It's all I can do

As I watch my will seep

Away to the nethers

Where my spirit can't reach

No one can describe it

It's not something you teach

Back pain is awful

Spasms and weakness abound

I must go to work now

I'll see you around

As I shuffle on…


Added by Phyllis on November 16, 2016 at 10:19am — 11 Comments

One Degree of Separation - Leonard Cohen in Memoriam, Suzanne, Janis, Julie and Me

On a brilliant morning in the spring of 1977, I first saw the most beautiful woman who ever touched my life and arrived within one degree of separation of Leonard Cohen

Julie Marie Vaillancourt was the 17 year old daughter of Suzanne Verdal McCallister and sculptor Armand…


Added by JMac1949 Today on November 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 28 Comments



A hummingbird in the garage

No, not parked alongside the car

but hovering, frantically (they are frantic creatures)

Inches from the ceiling. It is darting back and forth

Against the white expanse as though a portal to

The natural world might appear but, actually, two very large

Portals, the open garage doors are there, just there

A few feet below where it - oh come on! -

Will not go.

Though I have no way of determining the…


Added by Rob Neukirch on November 3, 2016 at 7:25am — 3 Comments



is the Key to Independence.

You, I, We . .

There is no…


Added by The Songbird on November 1, 2016 at 7:45pm — 2 Comments



forget of thine…


Added by The Songbird on October 27, 2016 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff of federal charges

Remember these idiots?

In the words of Forrest Gump's Mama, "Stupid is as stupid does."…


Added by JMac1949 Today on October 27, 2016 at 4:55pm — 13 Comments



Added by The Songbird on October 18, 2016 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

How To Survive A Movie Review

Recently I have seen a couple of movies I thought were good. Movies. I don't call them films because I have a college education that included studying films.

Films as I remember, usually had somebody Swedish in them, were often shot in a quasi-grainy black & white fashion, had sub-titles and…


Added by alsoknownas on October 18, 2016 at 8:00am — 38 Comments

Uncomplicating the Heart

Marriage is tricky.  Love is complicated.  And not complicated.  It’s the uncomplicated kind that I miss the most.  The kind of love that made everything else disappear.  You remember it, or you might be in it now.  I remember falling in love, especially during a cold, Chicago winter.  It was the best thing in the world.  I remember waking up on a freezing February morning, next to that warm skin, under blankets, safe.  It didn’t matter how expensive the blankets were, or where we…


Added by Annmarie Handley on October 14, 2016 at 9:07am — 16 Comments

Dylan is Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature - I'm Wondering What Emmerling Might have to Say About That...

I'm wondering what JME might say about Bob Dylan as a Nobel Laureate...

I'm still missing dear James.

Added by JMac1949 Today on October 13, 2016 at 7:28am — 11 Comments

A Dream and a Poem

I had a bad dream last night, and I hope it's not prescient, but I'm going to put it here just in case. I dreamt that Joe Biden was sworn in to be President, with Michelle Obama watching with a tear stained face. It was a distorted image, and it looked like they were doing it in a secret location.…


Added by Phyllis on October 9, 2016 at 5:17pm — 7 Comments

I Thought I Heard Somebody Call My Name

October comes and goes. Many people whom I have loved or that had an influence on me left in October.

I think October will be my month. Not this one mind you, but some October.

On a balmy and windy day, leaves curl and drop from their branches.

Sun breaking through the light cloud cover hits my skin.

I raise my collar, yet it still chills me.

The wind whispers to me: Listen .

I've heard this…


Added by alsoknownas on October 5, 2016 at 8:00am — 20 Comments

Mid-Life Birthday Arrives in the Nick of Time

I mentioned this birthday to a friend the other day in an e-mail.

Having a birthday certainly beats the alternative of not having more birthdays to celebrate, but it's not feeling like some milestone has been reached yet. 

This one is supposed to be significant. This particular age, that is. Leastways, that's what I've been told.

Business associates have mentioned it. "Are you going to be in the office Tuesday?"

"Oh no...what's that mean?" I shouted in my…


Added by alsoknownas on August 30, 2016 at 7:30am — 35 Comments

Political Parsing and Blending : Truth Takes A Nosedive

It's not as if it were really news to me.

I haven't thought for some time now that the decisions we are being asked to make are based on facts.

You say this, I say that, you say "Yes, but..", I say " Well maybe, but...".



Added by alsoknownas on August 25, 2016 at 10:30am — 57 Comments

Under The Canopy of the Milky Way

Under the Milky Way

Hundreds of miles from here

The skies will pop and sparkle 

as shooting stars skritch and scratch

their luminous spears across the visible universe

the lake will erupt

in reflection



Added by alsoknownas on August 12, 2016 at 8:30am — 25 Comments



Pax is not a symbol of pain,

it is a symbol of Life,

and the way it…


Added by The Songbird on August 8, 2016 at 6:01pm — 2 Comments

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