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Starward commented on: 27.055: Intricate Curves, Poem That Begins As One Statement, Then Climaxes To Another by Starward 19 hours 58 min ago
Thank you very much.  Coming: Thank you very much.  Coming from a poet of your ability, that comment is a very high compliment indeed!!!
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Starward commented on: Hateful Muse by cerulean_soulhaze 20 hours 1 min ago
I would like to apologize for: I would like to apologize for the comment I made, almost eleven years ago, and posted above this one.  I badly misread, and misunderstood, the poem; and should have been far more restrained in my response.  I should have asked, first, what you actually meant, if it was, then, unclear to me.  When I read the poem again, this morning, I felt like I understood it more fully, making my initial remark a demonstration of my innate ignorance and failure, more than once, to read a poem as it is written.  I apologize sincerely, and I hope you will accept my apology.  I am a deeply flawed individual, and well aware of those flaws; but, when convicted of them (as I was this morning in re-reading the poem), I know enough to know an apology is in order.  And, thus, I offer it here, and openly, for anyone else to see.
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ugonna commented on: Methodic Madness by ugonna 20 hours 1 min ago
"Positive and truly beautiful:" Methodic Madness: It is so kind of you: Saiom. Your "positive and truly beautiful" response to one's Methodic Madness is cherished. Abundant blessings to you and family, always. Shalom. Ugonna
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Starward commented on: Wedding Anniversary 2020 by cerulean_soulhaze 20 hours 6 min ago
Thank you for the reply.  The: Thank you for the reply.  The provenance of great lines has always fascinated me.  One of my favorite concluding great lines, written by my favorite poet, Wallace Stevens, says:  "Good-bye, Mrs. Papadopolus, and thanks!"  I love that line.  And I really love the last two lines of your poem.  Thanks for telling me of their provenance, but, moreso, thanks for posting this magnificent poem.
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cerulean_soulhaze commented on: Wedding Anniversary 2020 by cerulean_soulhaze 20 hours 21 min ago
Thank you for the awesome: Thank you for the awesome comment! The final 2 lines came to me as our 8 year old son and I were competing for my wife's attention one evening...
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Starward commented on: Wedding Anniversary 2020 by cerulean_soulhaze 20 hours 29 min ago
This poem is exquisitely: This poem is exquisitely beautiful, and the final two lines should be in every quotation book!  Wow!  In such few lines, you have presented a profoundly intense experience, and that is always a sign of classic talent.
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Starward commented on: INDEPENDENT'S DAY by georgeschaefer 20 hours 34 min ago
If my comment contains a: If my comment contains a misreading, please feel free to tell me or to delete it, as you think best.  Your poem led me to read  the full text, and not just a digest summary, of George Washington's Farewell Address---specifically the section in which he condemns the presence and processes of political parties.  Although we have made his birthday a Federal holiday, and we raised a great obelisk to his memory in the Capitol that bears his name, we seem to be blissfully ignorant of his opinions.   I have read both historical and political scholars who have suggested, plausibly, that this country was founded upon some of the principles and practices of FreeMasonry (it is represented on both sides of our dollar bills, and in several of our national monuments).  As a former Freemason (32nd degree in the Scottish Rite), I can attest, without doubt, that, within a tiled Lodge, no party faxtionalism is admitted or tolerated.  The only party present is the fraternal aspect of the Masons' mutual fellowship.  Votes are cast according to what the individual's conscience deems as best for the Brotherhood---the individual lodge---the brothers in the individual lodge---and, lastly, oneself.  We know that Washington was an ardent, perhaps even a fanatical, Mason; and I think some parts of his farewell address---esoecially as it expresses his aversion to party politics---may have been based upon his Lodge experience.in which factionalism was avoided at all costs for the good of the organization.  I think he realized that he realized that the allegory of a rough stone being shaped and prepared to be a smooth and well fitting part of the Solomonic temple---which is one of the great allergories presented by Masonic ritual---also applies to American political discourse, in its ideal form.  We need to smooth over the rough edges that political parties promote and nurture, so that, as one nation under God, we may fit nicely together in the American temple of domestic tranquility and social interaction.  And yes, I know that old Mason, Brother George, had many flaws; I have never met a human being without them; but just as David and his son, Solomon, demonstrate, a flawed man can still be a fount of wisdom when that vocation is given to him.  And I think Washington, despite his other flaws, understood and foresaw the meaning, the purpose, and the future of this nation in ways from which we should learn, and from which we should navigate our future course.
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Starward commented on: Spirit by darkpool 21 hours 1 min ago
You're welcome.  I think your: You're welcome.  I think your poem is a textbook example of how to write a viable, functional, and beautiful ballad.  And although, as I said earlier, I have no ability with the form, if I ever try one, I shall sure refer to your poem as a model.
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Starward commented on: IN ONLY FLOWERS COULD TALK by joy 21 hours 31 min ago
One of the great traits of: One of the great traits of humanity is to know the backstory behind abandoned flowers, as in this poem, or behind an ancient inscription on a crumbling wall, or some Hellenic poem that survived the firing of the great library in Alexabdria.  One of the aspects with which we were created to be different than the animals is this ability to empathize with backstories, although, in today's society (I speak as an Anerican, but notr as an Aner'can) that tendency is often mocked, derogated, or even suppressed.  
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Stephen commented on: INDEPENDENT'S DAY by georgeschaefer 1 day 2 hours ago
Elections: The British haold elections every time they get to a point of "no confidence" in the prime minister or every five years whichever comes first.
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djtj commented on: 27.055: Intricate Curves, Poem That Begins As One Statement, Then Climaxes To Another by Starward 1 day 5 hours ago
Very Intimate: I like the lines ...the grammars of Love's mysterious intimacy.
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djtj commented on: Wood and Severed Heads by djtj 1 day 5 hours ago
You are Kind: You are so kind in your critiques to me.  A kind way to say I am not quite getting this, l want to read something before or after.  I think I am intending this as a long poem and this is a chapter.  I found this in a notebook and  wanted to save it because, true I do have a back story developing.  I read this poem to my lover and I could tell he was searching for a WTF statement what does it mean.  So I pulled out my Well Susan Sontag says in her essay...blah blah content over blah blah blah We laughed cuz right now its just some eerie words and I don't really rememeber what Susan Sontag said...You always get to the point of my work  in your comments and I am pleased and honored when you read and leave me a note.  I will work on the backstory.
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allets commented on: Here's The Deal by allets 1 day 6 hours ago
The World Is Better: Because you are here. ~S~
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allets commented on: Here's The Deal by allets 1 day 6 hours ago
Just Read: about  old couple in their 80's who decided not to evacuate and burned together in their home in Colorado. Irony: He was a fire fighter and retired, built homes. Snow - 3" - 14" this am until 6am Monday is expected. ~S~ 
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djtj commented on: Platinum Rule by djtj 1 day 6 hours ago
do no harm: I like. 
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