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    I was reading some poems I wrote a while back.
    It was fascinating to see how I was thinking ,feeling and perceiving some 5 years ago.

    Ill share one, and welcome all to do the same. Not long works please. Just something that says it with some economy.


    “after the reckoning”

    after the reckoning, will be time to paint flowers
    with a softening hand, in faded old trousers
    with colors and hues of sedation,
    for the eyes , of a nation once had

    no raising a brush, with crimson of anger
    no hard handed edge will you see in my flowers
    just languorous softness of line
    pass my time and the hours 

    after the reckoning the stadiums empty
    void of the stars who gave life to the many
    citizens melded as one
    in a this late evening hour

    after the reckoning, a new kind of sadness
    we’ll keep to ourselves as we’ve all been embarrassed
    for what had we done for our children
    Less shopping and having fun ?

    after the reckoning, I’ll start writing songs
    of soft sentimentalized delicate chords 
    flowers and songs ,
    now stripped of all thorns…
    after the reckoning

    c doug auld / 2014

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    1994 The Day of Lorraine's Funeral

    When it is my time to leave
    this good earth
    Laugh aloud, laugh aloud
    Do not weep

    For I have loved with fierceness
    My grief
    has all but killed me
    I have loved with madness
    all consuming
    my life.

    I have been enthralled, enraptured, entranced.
    I have danced and I have flung my arms
    to the heavens
    This Good Earth.

    I have been enraged
    The flowers have caught me,
    engaged who I am
    I have been mesmerized
    by the beauty of
    This Good Earth.

    I have cried real tears

    Laugh aloud, laugh aloud
    For the heavens have always caught my eyes

    I have danced and I have sung
    and flung my arms to the heavens

    This Good Earth
    has been my comrade

    I am one with this earth
    And so I shall be
    With the Heavens.

    copyrighted by me for me.
    Last edited by Valerie Villars; 21st July 2019 at 01:37.
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    Thanks Valerie , I feel it.

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    Ha.

    Noah and the Rabbit, by Hugh Chesterman:

    ~~~

    "No land" said Noah,
    "There-is-not-any-land.
    Oh, Rabbit, Rabbit, can't you understand?"

    But Rabbit shook his head:
    "Say it again" he said;
    "And slowly, please.
    No good brown earth for burrows,
    And no trees?
    No wastes where vetch and rabbit-parsley grows?
    No brakes, no bushes, and no turnip row?
    No holt, no upland, meadowland or weald?
    No tangled hedgerow and no playtime field?"

    "No land at all - just water," Noah replied,
    And Rabbit sighed.

    "For always, Noah?" he whispered, "will there be
    Nothing henceforth for ever but the sea?
    Or will there come a day
    When the green earth will call me back to play?"

    Noah bowed his head:
    "Some day... some day," he said.


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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)

    Noah and the Rabbit, by Hugh Chesterman:
    Ah. Apologies... I thought you meant a poem I loved as a child. I didn't realize you meant one I'd written myself.


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    Thank you Doug and Valerie, I love your poems.

    I just looked back in my dusty old folders. Had forgotten I'd written this (back in March 2006.) By no means a great poem, but the heart of it resonated once again as I read it. Seemed appropriate for Avalon. Maybe.

    A sort of prayer, I suppose.




    In Their Keeping


    Men and women of power and rank
    gather together and begin again
    Begin with a moment of stillness
    and in the stillness renew yourselves
    Renew the ground on which you stand,
    your name, your duty and your oaths

    Gather together
    Begin again
    and write your intention earnestly
    in the dawning hues
    of the summit’s rose,
    in colour and in silent deed
    as you deign to alter meanings
    and dismantle old machineries

    Unload the guns and lay them
    on the warm, forgiving earth
    Defuse the shells and quiet the
    lusting edges of the steel blades
    Empty the tanks of their heavy fuel
    and let the wind whistle her song
    through the new, uncluttered air
    of their surrendered,
    weary metal lungs

    Revisit the far away places
    where ideas were manifested
    in deathly, oft-anonymous noise
    and sweep the glass and bullets
    that lie at the feet of
    the blameless, ordinary man
    who tries, with every passing day,
    to walk the streets
    as if all has not been lost
    Mend the ache in his beaten back
    Allow his crops once more to rise
    Restore the light in his broken home
    even if in doing so
    you can’t restore it to his eyes

    But most of all
    in all of this peaceful and necessary undoing
    reverse the damage of the lies,
    the ones that said we were mistaken
    and which, in doing so, have taken
    such a mighty toll
    on consciousness and sanity,
    on our collective soul

    Give us back the dignity
    which has so long been defiled
    by betrayals and false appraisals
    and truths that were denied

    Men and women of power and rank
    gather together and begin again

    Begin with a moment of stillness
    and in the stillness renew yourselves
    Renew the ground on which you stand,
    your name, your duty and your oaths

    Write your intention
    with open eyes,
    with unrestrained humility
    in signs a hundred miles high
    that reach with dedication
    and redeeming tenderness
    out into the ether and
    across the miles of wounded sky

    Then marvel as it purifies
    the early morning rain
    which will fall into the rivers
    and the open reservoirs,
    fall in celebration
    that is yours and finally ours,
    fall from the heavens and the clouds
    into the eyes and open mouths
    that mark the faceless epitaphs
    of thirsting generations

    Write it with the omnipotent inks
    that flow from reformation
    Then hear the realisation of its efforts
    resonate at last,
    chiming through the multitudes
    as they venture into daylight,
    emerging from the winters
    and persuasions of the past

    Hear it in the common greeting,
    the vendor’s call, the scholar’s tone
    Hear it there, but most of all
    hear it circulate in the unburdened
    laughter of our children,
    as they remember the freedom
    of their unobstructed nature
    and build their strength for collaboration
    not purely for survival,
    so that when they stumble in their growth
    over their own unavoidable sins
    they will have learned how to forgive
    not merely how to stay alive

    If you give them this,
    you give them everything

    And everything
    will be safer in their keeping
    Last edited by Melinda; 21st July 2019 at 02:46. Reason: spelling :)

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    These are from a little book I put together 23 years ago....just after my wild awakening journey.

    High Joke

    A secret smile shines within
    When I remember my true home
    Beings of love bounce in and out
    Of eachother's dreams
    Creating for all
    Friends play enemies
    And together we laugh at the aftermath 
    And watch the puppets below
    Who take themselves so seriously
    Should we remind them
    Of what they could be
    If they let go
    Of what they think they know?


    Super-conscious Mind Star

    Tune into the moon and see
    I are Us?
    In a playful madness 
    Let's do it
    In tiny movements
    Bash down the fortress of ideas
    That perpetuates divisions
    Find the invisible star
    That hides behind its sister
    Intuitive reasoning placates
    Opposition like a mirror
    Reflecting the illusion further 
    And Pyramid people are still 
    Hidden in the deep wells 
    that reach beneath out toes
    Roots that forge through blackness 
    In dreams
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    I, like Bill,interpreted the thread to include poetry that influenced, not necessarily something we wrote ourselves. The poem ‘The Hollow Men’, by TS Elliot reasonated with me from about the age of ten on. You will recognize the refrain, “ this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a wimper”. http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets...ot/poems/15120
    “The World is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
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    Thanks for all so far. i did mean one we wrote ourselves. but fine either way

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    If You Think You're Special

    Centuries past hold infinite humanity
    Filled with dreams, thoughts, creativity
    Lives upon lives
    Seas of men
    All seeking truth from beginning to end.

    So who are you to think you're unique?
    Your life has been lived, or so to speak,
    in ages past, by millions of men,
    And you'll live in the future
    Again and again.

    Wrote it in 1971
    (FUN thread! Will have to dig up some more.)

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    A House

    A house is there to enter
    and close the door
    and be with myself
    and sometimes with my friend Ya

    * I was still a school kid. Don’t know if it counts

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    This poem is entitled “Station”
    I wrote it in a train station in 2001

    A skip, a beat
    A whistle, a meet
    The sound echoes and marches
    Soaring to high beams,
    Like the gentle captivation of a soul
    Or a lovers thirst quenched,
    Pass me by
    With a quick glance or turn of the eye,
    For what once was in the present
    Is now in the past,
    Like the train from the station,
    I’m gone
    In a glance.
    DADDY NUGGETT

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    Ode to the morning

    As twilight lifts its golden
    hues
    and dewy grass is all
    anew
    the fresh the ripe
    colours all
    reflects the constant
    changing pall
    and with each day
    that dawns
    the mornings minion dauphin calls
    resplendent, bright
    and flashing

    Sept. 1990
    Unity within the diversity

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    ode to a goldfish

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    Ode to Algie (Al-Gee)

    Algie saw the bear
    The bear saw Algie

    The bear was bulgie
    The bulge was Algie.


    Me: 1979

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    there all great, thanks everyone for sharing. scotland, you do get duly noted for economy

    i think Mohammed Ali once said,,,"me we"

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    Quote Posted by Melinda (here)
    In Their Keeping


    Men and women of power and rank
    gather together and begin again
    Begin with a moment of stillness
    and in the stillness renew yourselves
    Renew the ground on which you stand,
    your name, your duty and your oaths

    Gather together
    Begin again
    and write your intention earnestly
    in the dawning hues
    of the summit’s rose,
    in colour and in silent deed
    as you deign to alter meanings
    and dismantle old machineries

    Unload the guns and lay them
    on the warm, forgiving earth
    Defuse the shells and quiet the
    lusting edges of the steel blades
    Empty the tanks of their heavy fuel
    and let the wind whistle her song
    through the new, uncluttered air
    of their surrendered,
    weary metal lungs

    Revisit the far away places
    where ideas were manifested
    in deathly, oft-anonymous noise
    and sweep the glass and bullets
    that lie at the feet of
    the blameless, ordinary man
    who tries, with every passing day,
    to walk the streets
    as if all has not been lost
    Mend the ache in his beaten back
    Allow his crops once more to rise
    Restore the light in his broken home
    even if in doing so
    you can’t restore it to his eyes

    But most of all
    in all of this peaceful and necessary undoing
    reverse the damage of the lies,
    the ones that said we were mistaken
    and which, in doing so, have taken
    such a mighty toll
    on consciousness and sanity,
    on our collective soul

    Give us back the dignity
    which has so long been defiled
    by betrayals and false appraisals
    and truths that were denied

    Men and women of power and rank
    gather together and begin again

    Begin with a moment of stillness
    and in the stillness renew yourselves
    Renew the ground on which you stand,
    your name, your duty and your oaths

    Write your intention
    with open eyes,
    with unrestrained humility
    in signs a hundred miles high
    that reach with dedication
    and redeeming tenderness
    out into the ether and
    across the miles of wounded sky

    Then marvel as it purifies
    the early morning rain
    which will fall into the rivers
    and the open reservoirs,
    fall in celebration
    that is yours and finally ours,
    fall from the heavens and the clouds
    into the eyes and open mouths
    that mark the faceless epitaphs
    of thirsting generations

    Write it with the omnipotent inks
    that flow from reformation
    Then hear the realisation of its efforts
    resonate at last,
    chiming through the multitudes
    as they venture into daylight,
    emerging from the winters
    and persuasions of the past

    Hear it in the common greeting,
    the vendor’s call, the scholar’s tone
    Hear it there, but most of all
    hear it circulate in the unburdened
    laughter of our children,
    as they remember the freedom
    of their unobstructed nature
    and build their strength for collaboration
    not purely for survival,
    so that when they stumble in their growth
    over their own unavoidable sins
    they will have learned how to forgive
    not merely how to stay alive

    If you give them this,
    you give them everything

    And everything
    will be safer in their keeping
    Melinda, what an exceptional and beautiful poem.
    Thank you.

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    Written in 1972

    Frustrations of a gogglebox

    It's standing there with it's big dim eye
    Quenched, gone to sleep like an owl
    Maybe not asleep
    Waiting to burst forth with confusion
    The command of a hand, the flick of a switch
    It draws them away to something unreal
    to where they want to be
    Do they know where they want to be

    But now its late they've gone to rest
    They've gone off to their bed

    I wonder if it's mad that they cut it dead
    Just because they wanted to go to bed

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    East Sun written in 72 so was wondering what a goggle box was. i thought maybe you meant google? lol was it a game?

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    East Sun written in 72 so was wondering what a goggle box was. i thought maybe you meant google? lol was it a game?
    Hi Doug,
    It's a TV, an appropriate name imo. In my day we were google-eyed by the TV.
    Please read it again and see it as a personification of what we were obsessed with in those days.

    It takes on a human form. ha ha
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