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Old December 7th, 2017, 03:06 PM   #21
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That's very good, but then that compliment means nothing. I'm persona non grata in your mind, evidently, re: "I feel bad seeing only Andrew contribute...."



Lol, I just meant that he posted 3 times in a row over multiple days is all. I read all your stuff too, dont worry. It's just that knowing you, a lot of them seem like song lyrics, and Its hard to truly grasp them without hearing them expressed instead of just reading them. It felt wrong to comment on them without really being able to take it all in.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 07:22 AM   #22
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Many of my poems could be songs. But I'm a bassist and I don't exactly have a melodic bone in my body. Anywho, here's a poem that I wrote for a class. It's called "An Ode to a Tree."

Arms waving and swaying
An ancient being existing
Long protruding masses from the body
An original, and not a copy
Unmoving, yet full of change
Twisting into patterns so strange
With the seasons come alteration
All things in constant motion
Oh, you most primeval tree
What can you possibly mean to me?
For you can be home to me, or a bee
Oh, we can be totally and completely free
Climbing up your branches like children
Before they cut you down
And make you into a building
After that, all that’ll be left is a round
And brown stump, stuck in the ground
Oh, my lanky friend
I won’t let you be condemned
I will be with you
Until the end
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Old December 11th, 2017, 03:54 AM   #23
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Here's another poem. Sorry for my inactivity but I don't think anyone noticed anyway.

Left, right, left, right
The birds above are in flight
Left, right, left, right
When I say I do, I know I might
Left, right, left, right
The ranks are closing in tight
Left, right, left, right
The celestial stars shine so bright
And I’m sitting here
Waiting for my turn
My eyes can’t see clear
How can I hope to learn?

Back and around again
Don’t you go against the grain
Back and around again
Oh, I’m in so much pain
Back and around again
We’ll meet again in the thunder and rain
Back and around again
Meet me this side of the Great Plain
So don’t make me frown
Don’t forget who wears the crown.
And if I happen to meltdown
Will you think I’m a clown?
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Old December 11th, 2017, 04:26 AM   #24
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To make up for my inactivity to no one in particular, here's something I just wrote in the intervening time between now and the last poem I posted:

I awoke with a start
In a strange and foreign land
I felt fear in my heart
And thoughts flickered in my head
“Where am I? Who am I?”
Opening my mind’s eye
I was going to die
Or am I already dead?

Strange twisting curls and patterns
Does anything even matter?
Bounding headfirst into mazes
Did you too go through phases?
“I don’t know, maybe so.
All I know is that I’ll grow.”
Take me to your chateau
And bring me home

Exploding colors before me
Unbounded swirls of unrestrained pomp
At last I finally feel free
From this murky and decaying swamp
“Can’t you tell this is just a game?”
Everything is always the same.”
The horse spoke his words with no shame
But I was confused.

Returning to Earth
Everything seems so clear now
It feels like rebirth
Say it’s a dream, I’ll say how
Now how can I go back?
To the set course and track?
Everything’s a hack
I’m tuned
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Old December 11th, 2017, 06:08 AM   #25
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Nice.

Meeting Yourself

The time will come,
when with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
at your own door,
in your own mirror.
And each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, “Sit here. Relax. Eat.”
You will love again this stranger, who is yourself.
So give wine. Give bread.
Give back your heart,
to itself, to this stranger who has loved you ,
all of your life,
Whom you put aside for another,
but who has always known you by heart.

Peel your self image from the mirror.
Sit here, and feast on your life.
Fall in love again with your self,
and with all of life.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 06:17 AM   #26
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I had a concept lately that, as a way to get us together in a way that's not political, we should try our hand at creative writing together. I personally enjoy writing so maybe this is geared towards myself selfishly, but I want to encourage a creative air that'll make us a little bit more open as people. I think we have a tendency to limit ourselves here to the basics of political ideology but we're much more than that. I'd like to encourage this as a group activity to prevent this from becoming just my showcase.

In any case, I'll start off by posting a poem that I wrote this morning. It's not very long and I don't think it's very good, but it'll start us out with something fresh. I wrote this describing a good friend of mine and what he was wearing today. I suppose it hasn't really got a title, at least not yet.

Stripes of white flying down
Known the world around with much renown
Blue flashing and dashing
The lightness and the darkness clashing
Ripples, contours wrinkle
As the eye in the darkness twinkles
Grow thin, top so barren
Firing from my mind as a cannon
Magnifying lenses
Responding to assist the senses
Checkered strands of black white
There is something that is not quite right
Unsettled ambition
Clash with dreams come to the fruition
Piercing eyes of light grey
He'll see the truth I know I will pray
But now, I'm wont to lay
At the least, until the month of May
Poetry has to be written in stanzas like music.

My first attempt and first stanza.

The Dilemma of a Somers Sailor

Lost in the middle of the Pacific,
Vietnam is the spot.
We are doomed to serve our time in a sea that God forgot.

My poem has nine stanzas but don't want to bore the readers.

edit: Stanza two

Upon the haze grey quarterdeck,
Up where the men wear blue.
We freeze, sweat and shiver, continuing work that we must do.

Skipping the middle stanzas the last stanza is.

But when we get to Heaven,
St. Peter will surely yell.
Fall out you men of Somers, you have served your time in Hell.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 06:50 AM   #27
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Poetry has to be written in stanzas like music.

My first attempt and first stanza.

The Dilemma of a Somers Sailor

Lost in the middle of the Pacific,
Vietnam is the spot.
We are doomed to serve our time in a sea that God forgot.

My poem has nine stanzas but don't want to bore the readers.

edit: Stanza two

Upon the haze grey quarterdeck,
Up where the men wear blue.
We freeze, sweat and shiver, continuing work that we must do.

Skipping the middle stanzas the last stanza is.

But when we get to Heaven,
St. Peter will surely yell.
Fall out you men of Somers, you have served your time in Hell.
Could you please post the whole poem? I'm very intrigued.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 07:08 AM   #28
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Could you please post the whole poem? I'm very intrigued.
Stanza three is about our gals marrying our pals. I am reciting from a long time ago memory but have the poem which I sent home as a letter. I signed it DC for reasons that I exactly forget but direct current ran all of the weapons and should have signed it anon because I wanted to remain anonymous. My poem was sent fleet wide during the Spring/Easter offensive. More than a few people write poetry during a lull in combat. Flanders Field is only one example. Was Flanders Field wrote by Lord Tennyson? Just asking
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Old December 11th, 2017, 07:10 AM   #29
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Stanza three is about our gals marrying our pals. I am reciting from a long time ago memory but have the poem which I sent home as a letter. I signed it DC for reasons that I exactly forget but direct current ran all of the weapons and should have signed it anon because I wanted to remain anonymous. My poem was sent fleet wide during the Spring/Easter offensive. More than a few people write poetry during a lull in combat. Flanders Field is only one example. Was Flanders Field wrote by Lord Tennyson? Just asking
If you happen to find it, let me know. I like it.

In Flanders Fields was written by John McCrae
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Old December 11th, 2017, 08:13 AM   #30
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Many of my poems could be songs. But I'm a bassist and I don't exactly have a melodic bone in my body. Anywho, here's a poem that I wrote for a class. It's called "An Ode to a Tree."

Arms waving and swaying
An ancient being existing
Long protruding masses from the body
An original, and not a copy
Unmoving, yet full of change
Twisting into patterns so strange
With the seasons come alteration
All things in constant motion
Oh, you most primeval tree
What can you possibly mean to me?
For you can be home to me, or a bee
Oh, we can be totally and completely free
Climbing up your branches like children
Before they cut you down
And make you into a building
After that, all thatíll be left is a round
And brown stump, stuck in the ground
Oh, my lanky friend
I wonít let you be condemned
I will be with you
Until the end
Stanzas have to be written in short paragraphs separated by a space and not as a long drawn out sentence. That is my opinion and I am sure that Robert Frost would disagree with me. Poe knew how to properly write poetry. Please don't read Annabel Lee which always waters my eyes.
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