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giajl commented on: I Don’t Regale Death.... by giajl 1 week 4 hours ago
Music and food for the soul?: I'm too polite and old to play loud music these days. I had an insufferable neighbour living below me. Who completely changed my attitude and my demeanour towards Bob Marley and his music.     I've found vodka is a pretty good all round medicinal cure for my body's aches and pains. Unfortunately the side affects of being drunk outlast the euphoric feeling of being free from physical pain.
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giajl commented on: I’ve touched the stones by giajl 1 week 4 hours ago
Stonehenge : The Stones are just over the hill across the plain and down in the dip from me. I visited once looking for my son. Herbal fuge filled the air so heavy you could cut slices with a knife. I watched the coming off the dawn to a back drop of drumming one solstice morn.
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giajl commented on: Bad by giajl 1 week 4 hours ago
Super Powers: The older you get the thinner the invurnabilty gets.
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Pungus commented on: Sathya Sai Baba by saiom 1 week 4 hours ago
97 YEARS OLD: I tried to become a monk once at a Sri Ramakrishna Monastery, where there dwelt a 97 year old Swami who was named Swami Yogananda. Every time I think of him and or my experience there, I hope and pray, dearly, that he is still alive to this very day. I remember particularly his craving for chocolate candy, and his birthday cake...  
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patriciajj commented on: Breaking Out (Response to Allets' Winter to Spring Challenge) by patriciajj 1 week 5 hours ago
It always amazes me how well: It always amazes me how well you read a poem. Yes, you were absolutely correct in your interpretation that I was figuratively describing our connection to the Divine. It's a great honor to have your recognition and such an intricate, profound and precise reflection.     I'm convinced that you can read with such insight and authority because you have the ability to draw the celestial down to Earth and, in your own poems, reveal more about the reader than you as the poet. That gift allows you to interpret deeply and read with appreciation—with stunning clarity of thought.    Thank you for such a generous offering. I cherish it. 
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allets commented on: Makes the hard road easy by Waves 1 week 7 hours ago
Or: Get up and do something. My motto that gets the Hell behind me. We miss the point of god concepts. Pray for brighter tomorrow then, self-inspired go out into all kinds of spaces and exhibit the teachings from your bones out! The world is crumbling from toxins and dying from ungodlike practices. Wait for a miracle or be one! . allets . 
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allets commented on: Laws Of Chemistry by satishverma 1 week 7 hours ago
Very: Nice, Satish. "Wipe off the dream"   Lady A
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allets commented on: DESCENDED FROM HEMMINGWAY'S CAT by georgeschaefer 1 week 14 hours ago
Definituly: The crossed paws!
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georgeschaefer commented on: SPORTS BAR by georgeschaefer 1 week 20 hours ago
always someone--or the few: always someone--or the few fools that want to fire every coach of every team all the time.
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georgeschaefer commented on: IF YOU HAVE TO ASK by georgeschaefer 1 week 20 hours ago
It's also 4:20 somwhere in: It's also 4:20 somwhere in the world.  Nothing wrong with drinking coffee in the morning and water all afternoon.
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georgeschaefer commented on: IF YOU HAVE TO ASK by georgeschaefer 1 week 20 hours ago
mix it up in a bar and give: mix it up in a bar and give it a fancy name.  Someone will drink it
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georgeschaefer commented on: IF YOU HAVE TO ASK by georgeschaefer 1 week 20 hours ago
hopefully you won't die in a: hopefully you won't die in a French gutter in this life
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Starward commented on: Breaking Out (Response to Allets' Winter to Spring Challenge) by patriciajj 1 week 21 hours ago
Although this poem is shorter: Although this poem is shorter than I am accustomed to reading from this great Poet, I want to apply my reading strategy to a short form of hers, to see how the poem works along with its larger/longer companions.   Center of gravity is the first line; obvious, because in a poem of this limited length, that's always a good place to start.  The center of gravity is faith---the faith with which we gladly read Poets' work (specifically, this Poet; as well as her poetic peers like, say . . . what was the name of that insurance lawyer . . . oh yes, Pop Stevens)---the faith that Poets of this sort always (and I mean, always) have something significant to say.  The significance is never, ever, tied to the length or shortness of the poem.      She has given the capacity to believe to a crocus.  This is not unprecedented.  In the manuscript/transcript of the original drafts of The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot has a line that I have loved since I first read it in the summer of 1977:  "And in the evening, through lace curtains, the aspidestra grieves."  Eliot gave his aspidestra the capacity to grieve in a poem about sadness and loss; Patriciajj gives her crocus the capacity to believe.  She also gives the statement a double meaning each of which is equally valid:  the crocus believes in a blur of awakenings (that is, the blur is the object of the crocus' belief) or it can believe during a blur of awakeneings (this same grammatical ambiguity also exists for the dreams that don't know how to die.  Because, truly, the crocus (our stand-in, in this poem) can believe in (as object of belief) awakenings and dreams, and it can believe during awakenings and dreams.  All this she brilliantly turns on the very simple preposition, "in."  To use such a small, common, largely unnoticed word in a way that opens up two possible interpretations, similtaneously, is part of her brilliant verbal artistry.     I take it that the final phrase, "that don't know how to die," applies to both the awakenings and the dreams, and implies---by extension---that the belief of the crocus is in an undying object, the combination of awakenings and dreams.  This then doubles back to our faith, which she locates at the poem's center of gravity so that, metaphorically speaking, the gravity brings the crocus's faith back to ours, which happens to be locked in ice, to show us that the ice is not the final word.  The final word is delivered by the crocus, but has been given to the crocus through its faith in the awakenings and dreams.  And, I will go out on a limb here, I would suggest that the awakenings and dreams serve as metonomies for the Divine, and for the revelation of the Divine in nature (a spring thaw, a summer's midnight sky) and in Scripture.       But having said all that, I want to say this.  Patriciajj has a sweeping vision that is intensely personal in its concentration, yet vastly cosmic in its reach.  She is like an astronomer, whose telescope gathers light crossing untold numbers of light years in distance, yet that light, in the focus, becomes the light of a single stellar object which the astronmer studies from many perspectives and angles.  These discoveries and observations are published, by the astronomer, in some scholarly journal; Patricia publishes her discoveries and observations at postpoems.  And we are highly BLESSED and PRIVILEGED (and I, for one, am always THRILLED) to see her next posting.  This particular poem was posted before I had become acquainted with her work, and therefore it provided a perfect example with which to bring my reading strategy on a poem that had been written before I learned how to read her poetry.  And Patricia's poetry---like Stevens', Eliot's, Mallarme's, Cavafy's. etc.---has to be learned to be fully appreciated.  They tell me that, sometime after 1927, an enthusiastic reader bragged to T. S Eliot at having finished a complete reading of Dante's Divine Comedy.  Eliot replied, somewhat dryly, "Then you have only begun to read Dante."  We have only begun to read Patriciajj's poetry.  Personally, I don't ever want to finish reading her poetry:  because it will always be generating meanings as my perspectives and circumstances change and recombine.
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allets commented on: Father (F*** you mother ******) by Beavis 1 week 1 day ago
Hard Love: share what life grants time and placement may be optional. they were there sometimes unwanted, often barely. . look forward, back in the temporal landscape only scarps sharp and stoney. . the clearest memory is the cold pain-set one impressed deepest. . carry into the future the opposite lessons, the antitheses of horrible example. Be a man. . Lady A   .    
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allets commented on: Bad by giajl 1 week 1 day ago
Suicide: I wonder if I could kill myself? I conclude circummtances would have be pretty drastic and intense: nuclear blast, being eaten by a carnivore, jet about to crash...that intense. All emotional pain every one has to bear. Death, one of the great inevitabilities; wait, it will happen. . With Covid all around me, I am not afraid to die, just much later, however, is my personal goal when me and Mr. Grim Reaper dance. I got stuff to do! Get a man, maybe. . Be well. . Lady A .
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