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    LOVE "IS" SACRED

    most of love is mis understood

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    From a different time:

    Totality, life's propensity whispers
    Uncertainty, precursor to seizures
    Convulsions, of languishing and
    Asphyxiation, the muting of my
    Wants, battling for smiles that
    Taunt, tease the ache they
    Embed, your love I'll then
    Retread, your heart I'd
    Captivate, your lips
    Incapacitate, love,
    Eternally you
    Have me.
    "Rage, rage against the dying of the light." -D. Thomas

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    Quote Posted by thepainterdoug (here)
    Val its called HOTEL COOLGARDIE. found it on amazon prime. anyone that likes this film and stays with it to the end is someone I want to know.
    I watched it and really liked it. I saw a lot of courage in some of those people. Canman was a sweetheart.

    But I'm strange like that.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    I was 15 and had fallen in love with a dear friend of mine ....
    A friendship I cherished so much and didn't want to lose.

    ~

    He came, we talked
    I said "I love my freedom"
    it sounded weak.
    He agreed, his eyes
    catching a fight inside me.

    I won this time,
    but what if
    next time and I am weak
    and under those eyes
    I can't hold back that howling coyote

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    Greetings
    I write lyrics...and would like to share a song written back in the early 90's... http://www.leftydave.com/How-Long.wma
    1.

    I see the repression
    most of our freedom lost
    The price of our obsessions
    Are much too high a cost

    Can't you feel the anger?
    Can't you see the hate?
    I can tell we're in danger
    I just pray it's not too late

    (Bridge)
    Most of us know what's right..
    and most of us know what's wrong
    The question I invite...
    how long can this go on?


    (Chorus)

    I've heard about heaven
    but I don't think I'm goin' there
    till that kingdom will be here

    And I've heard about hades..
    but I don't think I'm goin there
    might be making my own hell right here

    2
    I see the extinction
    brought on by these hands
    That hold the distinction
    of the most fearsome in all the lands

    One could draw the conclusion
    Our eyes must be blind
    And the worst pollution
    Is in our minds

    (Bridge)

    (Chorus)

    Now I see the suffering
    and I feel the pain
    I don't see any recovering
    while we keep acting the same

    Folks are dying of hunger
    Living in defeat
    It was far away when I was younger
    Now it's just down the street

    (Bridge)
    (Chorus)



    Blessings
    Last edited by Lefty Dave; 2nd August 2019 at 22:06.
    If people can be made to believe absurdities, then they can be made to accept atrocities."

    “Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.”

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    Lefty, that is very beautiful. It IS hard to feel the pain and move forward. But after a while it just gives one strength to carry on for the greater good; Life. Thank you.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    Deaux, and Lefty, Thanks for all the new shares. and Val, love that you liked the film. I had a hard time understanding how it was even made, the camera, and crew, and so on. it looked like it just happened naturally.

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    Musings from my alter-ego... many moons ago

    A bushel of oranges once said
    How we wish we were dead!
    Is there not more like us?
    We're All There Is
    Why even fuss?

    So the oranges hemmed and hawed
    And searched the trees
    Prayed to God, got on their knees
    Oh Lord, is there Something More?
    Groves of oranges we implore!

    Well... just one more orange?
    We humbly peep
    To throw upon our modest heap?

    When no answer came
    From God Within
    They realized Yang was really Yin
    The oranges came upon the only cure
    That which rendered infinity pure

    Faith we'll have in One More Orange
    Faith we'll have in Something More

    Woe O Oranges!
    The tempest be:
    We're All There Is!

    No! Faith, dear friends, is Something More!
    Yin and Yang live next door

    Ah! Then despite knowing the painful lore
    Faith we'll have in one more orange!
    Then may we fuss and say
    We're not All There Is!
    There's Something More across the way!

    Faith and Eternity came to stay
    And a numbing calm befell the day

    Until...

    To All's surprise
    Amid the dream of Something More
    They came... upon... one...more....orange!
    In spite of the painful lore!
    (And Yin and Yang, who lived next door)

    Alas! There's one more orange upon our heap!
    All There Is and Something More!
    Yin and Yang live next door!

    Faith restored!
    Nary a ruse!
    One More Orange!
    We paid our dues!

    And the bushel of oranges
    Sang and danced
    And came upon a new romance
    Until one cleaver young orange declared
    Why, nothing's changed!
    We're still All There Is!
    Just re-arranged!

    Isn't there anymore like us?

    We're All There Is...
    Why even fuss?

    Reality Be All There Is
    Faith is Something More
    And Yin and Yang, who live next door....

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    ^^^ Dear Mr. Smith,

    There IS one more 'Orange'
    Who lives next door
    With the Yin and the Yang
    Cleaning the White House
    While he's having the floor!
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    Bump

    Bump bumpity bump
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    BUMP!
    bump bump bump

    Edit: don';t be shy, pile on in with abandon
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    One of my poems about being sleepless....

    Taut

    Like fabric bleached out by
    the harsh southern suns,
    fibres weak and lax –
    a body without the taut, tight
    bounce of “new”

    A dull, slow exhaustion lies
    at the base of my skull
    spreading eager fingers down my neck
    and pounding, grinding heels into the
    space that is me

    And the energy leaches
    out through the frayed
    edges of my mind;
    drifting away like so much sand
    in a desolate land
    *I have loved the stars too dearly to be fearful of the night*

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    Awake at 16:

    Your Black gaze
    And your echo eyes
    Oh I know you
    And the rest of your kind

    Running on,
    Like you own us too
    I am free
    I can’t say the same about you
    ''Truth can only be reconciled when an honest man becomes''


    ''Love is your Truth
    Your centering point''

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    Another one:

    Luck of the draw

    Five black stars from the other side
    Five black hearts running wild
    Deal the cards, shake the dice
    Pray for luck and your soul will fly

    Six long years to the capitalist tsar
    Six short nights in the hospital
    Risk all for money, but nothing for love
    Pray for luck or your soul will cry

    Seven gold locks to keep them out
    Seven white birds to show the way
    Choose your mistress: fate or desire
    Pray for love or your soul will die
    *I have loved the stars too dearly to be fearful of the night*

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    One morning, aged 24, I woke up with this entire poem in my head. I wrote it all down straight away.

    I didn't even know that 'Xenophon' was a real name in ancient Greece. It means "man with a strange voice".

    It's not Shakespeare, Byron or Tennyson. But I do think it's really quite good. I can feel emotional about parts of it, even now — particularly the very poignant final verse.

    ~~~

    Xenophon

    Long ago, in ancient Troy,
    Lived Xenophon, a mighty man
    With strength of arm and fleet of mind,
    Quick to smile and quick to laugh,
    A noble soul with many friends.
    But Xenophon, the wandering kind,
    Tired easily of the life of Troy.
    Though affluent and comfortable,
    He knew the Gods called him to stray.
    He bade farewell to kindred spirits,
    Those fellow men who'd been so close,
    With whom he'd shared a hundred tales
    Of life and death and high adventure
    On the seas and on the hills,
    Upon the plains of Dardanelle,
    And mongst the Graecian islands.


    And Xenophon did travel far,
    To Carthage and to Sicily,
    To Ararat and Santorin.
    His restless search and driving spirit
    Delivered him to many lands,
    To many folk, who welcomed him,
    This mighty man who had no home,
    But that which none could take away:
    The knowledge and the certainty
    That life was short but life was good,
    And armed with Trojan aretê
    He passionately told his tale,
    Teaching people who would listen
    Of virtue and of excellence,
    Of nature's law and destiny,
    Of friendship and of love.


    The months went by and many times
    The Gods did smile on Xenophon.
    This warrior rode many storms,
    His ship proved strong, his instincts sharp.
    Though often he was close to death
    He fought as only warriors do:
    With knowledge and with furious skill
    He had his will and journeyed on.
    His sword was edged with steel faith,
    And Xenophon was never lost.
    But neither was he on his own,
    For others of his ilk would come
    To talk with him, such was his fame
    Among those distant foreign lands.
    He found that he had many brothers
    But never found his woman.


    A woman! How can man be free
    To love the earth from which he's born,
    And yet not feel that vital passion
    For a soulmate and companion
    Who would share in every venture,
    A fellow-warrior, no less,
    Who'd know the secrets of his mind
    That Xenophon could not reveal,
    Who'd know of life, who'd know of death,
    The seas, the hills, the Gods, the sword,
    But who would love him through and through
    And stand by him upon the deck,
    Though stormbound and close to the rocks
    Armed with the faith of Xenophon,
    Their courage and their vision shared -
    But this was not to be.


    Six years was this hero gone,
    Departed from the shores of Troy.
    Blown by wester winds, his ship
    Had taken Xenophon to Crete.
    And there he walked upon the beach
    To find a maiden, pure and fair
    Who gave him food and wine to drink.
    She bathed his wounds and let him sleep,
    And later bade him tell his tale.
    In this woman's arms, he lay,
    And told her of his travels far,
    His knowledge and his wisdom gained,
    His message from the Gods and how
    He knew the way his life must be.
    With gentle voice she made reply;
    Her words were brief, yet full with strength
    And Xenophon, the mighty, knew
    That he was understood.


    And was this noble journey ended?
    This odyssey of earth and fire
    Could never end, but on those sands
    Fine Xenophon knew love for once;
    And naked in his passion saw
    What he had sought for many years,
    Yet never had he truly known
    The real nature of the force
    That drove him on relentlessly,
    Riding the chariot of fate
    Drawn by the horses of the Gods.
    He saw it clearly, then, and knew
    His destiny. The song he sang
    Was loud and strong, and even though
    His maiden's music was supreme
    He went upon his way.


    Now gone the days of Xenophon,
    And other mighty wandering souls.
    Their ghosts remain to haunt the world,
    Their Gods, long dead, now smile no more.
    But Xenophon must be immortal!
    His presence dwells in each of us.
    Though no-one now can sing his song,
    We still have ears with which to hear...
    Should I choose to sing my song,
    When my slumbering spirit awakes within me,
    May I find my gentle maiden,
    To sail my ship in stormy weather,
    Know the mysteries of my mind.
    We shall sing our song together
    And ride our chariot of fate
    Before we go upon our way.


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    We're going
    Are you coming?
    Here we come
    There we go

    Going up



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    BILL quite an amazing tale, very visual and at 24 years old pretty visual, imaginative and well told. Had a Jason and the Argonauts feel to it .
    Its not a Bryon or Tenneson,

    its a Ryan ...


    and thanks Val! yes indeed

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    Our dog got run down when I was 10...

    Little Dog
    Narrow Street
    Fast Car
    Sausage Meat

    I still Miss Biffo
    x

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    scotland/ sad at any age, but at 10, sad

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    Dear Doug, I only just saw this reply! I am only just learning how to navigate this site. I do not know the film...but we have a lot of wild towns in Aus

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    An experiment in writing a sonnet from some years ago:

    Sonnet: Strings

    Six narrow men plot pow’r and dark control;
    hands deftly – so softly – pull puppet strings
    of nations, markets and the web of things
    to leave us lost with no choices at all.

    And children line up at their classroom doors;
    daily drug fix guaranteed to enthral.
    While parents’ self-assault loses it all;
    forgetting guilt with Prozac, hiding more.

    And war is an industry, growing fast:
    profits returned slyly to men of “grace”
    never called to account in public space
    for our lives, hopes, and dreams – all battle lost.

    What world is this where good are yoked for bad?
    We have stopped thinking and now must be mad.
    *I have loved the stars too dearly to be fearful of the night*

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