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Discussion in 'Off the Topic Forum' started by jomoco, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. jomoco

    jomoco Tree Freak

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    When I first joined AS.COM, I used to enjoy reading some of Ralph's threads and replies in which he woud tend to wax poetic on the joys and beauties of climbing for a living.

    So to lighten things up a bit in the Off Topic section, where some threads have gotten a bit acrimonious lately, I thought I would kick off a poetry thread in a humble attempt to start of the New Year on a more friendly topic.

    Now the following poem was penned by me way back in 82 when I was a young brash 23 years old, and it was meant to be somewhat of a layered riddle for the reader to unlock and decipher.

    Mr. Space and Mrs. Time


    While strolling the corridors of my mind I happened upon Mr. Space and Mrs. Time

    Greetings! I cried with hands held high, but something seemed wrong for they would not reply, could it be a tear he just wiped from her eye?

    Suddenly I found myself down on my knees, somehow knowing it important that I try to appease

    Is there some reason you heed not my call? I whispered as another tear began to fall

    Finally he turned and I cowered from the light as bright as noon sky, there is good reason was his noble reply, that you should know why my lady doth cry

    For the universe is vast and good company rare, I beg you to love one another and be more willing to share

    For tis a lonely fate just the sky and I, as when you are gone my lady will die



    Any other poem lovers interested in sharing their efforts or favorite poems?

    Surely gloom and doom need not rule the coming year!

    jomoco
     
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    Nice poem, Jomo. Thanks. Sorry I have nothing to add for I am not much of a poet, sad but true.
     
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    goblin Banned

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    There once was a youngster named oldsaw,
    Who thought he would learn on a polesaw.
    He started to clip,
    But had taken a nip,
    And before 10 minutes were up was like coleslaw.
     
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    spacemule The Peanut Gallery

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    Here's one I wrote when I was 23.

    Painted Ears​


    Drifting through the night,
    a sound carries,
    thoughts irrevocable,
    dreams though lovely.
    A throbbing, crushing beat
    paced by the breeze and guided by stars,
    fuels this inaudible, invisible song,
    till guitar strings rasp and break.
    Suddenly the song is clear,
    ringing through the night,
    like an old lost friend,
    until now unknown.
    Realization sings its own tune,
    and ignorance will never again grasp
    my mind, for now I know,
    guitar strings always are breaking.

    The most beautiful song,
    is played on broken strings,
    and if you listen with painted ears,
    you’ll hear, never to be deaf again.

    While the dreamer strums his tune.
     
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    jomoco Tree Freak

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    The Inventor
    R. W. Emerson
    -- The Muse Among the Motors (1900-1930)

    Time and Space decreed his lot,
    But little Man was quick to note:
    When Time and Space said Man might not,
    Bravely he answered, "Nay! I mote."

    I looked on old New England.
    Time and Space stood fast.
    Men built altars to Distance
    At every mile they passed.

    Yet sleek with oil, a Force was hid
    Making mock of all they did,
    Ready at the appointed hour
    To yield up to Prometheus
    The secular and well-drilled Power
    The Gods secreted thus.

    And over high Wantastiquet
    Emulous my lightnings ran,
    Unregarded but afret,
    To fall in with my plan.

    I beheld two ministries,
    One of air and one of earth --
    At a thought I married these,
    And my New Age came to birth!

    For rarely my purpose errs
    Though oft it seems to pause,
    And rods and cylinders
    Obey my planets' laws.

    Oil I drew from the well,
    And Franklin's spark from its blue;
    Time and Distance fell,
    And Man went forth anew.

    On the prairie and in the street
    So long as my chariots roll
    I bind wings to Adam's feet,
    And, presently, to his soul!
     
  6. jomoco

    jomoco Tree Freak

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    This from a couple years ago.

    History repeating itself in one hundred year cycles

    The age of the robber barons dawning once again

    Consolidation of wealth and power into the hands of just a few

    Actors on our political stage proclaim we did it all for you

    While backstage they slap each others backs and congratulate themselves

    Their's an uneasy heaven our's a daily hell

    The guillotine so sharp and glistening winds up to the top

    The bright eyed peasants befouled and grimy cheer it as it drops

    While high above the moon shines brightly indifferent to our plight


    Jomoco
     
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    1Alpha1 100% USDA certified abnormality-free.

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    Nice poem.

    Who are you, and what did you do with Jomoco?
     
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    jomoco Tree Freak

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    He leads a double life.

    But prefers high end coffee!

    Would you believe he's a published poet?

    Jomoco
     
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    1Alpha1 100% USDA certified abnormality-free.

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    In some odd way, I would indeed.
     
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    jomoco Tree Freak

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    My favorite poets have all died young, a few of them unknown.


    The Last Battle
    If it should be that I grow frail and weak
    and pain should keep me from my sleep.
    Then you must do what must be done.
    For this - the last battle- can't be won.
    You will be sad I understand.
    Don't let grief then stay your hand.
    For on this day, more than the rest.
    Your love and friendship must stand the test.
    We have had so many happy years,
    what's to come can hold no fears.
    You'd not want me to suffer, so,
    When the time comes, please let me go.
    Take me to where my needs they'll tend.
    Only, stay with me till the end.
    And hold me firm and speak to me
    Until my eyes no longer see.
    I know in time you will agree
    it is a kindness you do to me.
    Although my tail it's last has waved.
    From pain and suffering I have been saved.
    Don't grieve that it must be you
    who has decided this thing to do.
    We've been so close--we two--these years.
    Don't let your heart hold any tears.
    -Author Unknown-
     
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    Groundman One Star Gazer

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    I wrote an ode to my chainsaw years ago. Can't remember most of it, but...

    A little gas and a touch of oil
    Is all my saw requires
    To send a mighty beech to ground
    Right through the hydro wires

    Oh, and the saw was named "Christine". A Husky 40, back when Husky made saws that actually worked. :p

    [​IMG]
     
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    jomoco Tree Freak

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    We the living
    Comprise the canvas
    On which miracles are made real

    We the withering
    Blind and abandoned
    Flawed and unable to heal

    We the inheritors
    Who lack understanding
    Of our father's compassionate will

    We the children
    With horizons expanding
    From within fusing with zeal

    We the images
    Torn and refracting
    Slowly forming a heaven fulfilled

    Jomoco
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Poetry set to music. Here are a couple of 'modified' poems for you. Appropriate for the season.




     
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    jomoco Tree Freak

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    An infallible lie detector
    Behind your eyes waiting
    Exposure to the lord's lever
    The long prayed for enabling

    A worldly catalyst
    Universally prying
    The truth from sadists
    Smug criminals lying

    Proof of his hand
    Proof of his making's
    Throughout every land
    Suddenly awakening

    Divine intent becomes known
    A societal metamorphosis
    An inner light being shown
    A foundational truth in focus

    The true value of honesty
    The power of transparency
    The closing proximity
    To an overlooked army

    Jomoco
     
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    All the poetry I learned is R rated . The thing you can remember a lot better .
     
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    The stark difference between
    Profits maximized and realized
    Time's anchor binds and capsizes

    The choice is your's
    Your FreeWill is intact
    Free to refuse consider or act

    There at our beginning
    Here steering our end
    Guiding us all as we transcend

    That unmistakeable trait
    Overwhelming proof of divinity
    Reaches from our past catalytically

    Mortality our burden
    Left to either cure it or die
    We the flawed learning to fly

    Time slays mortals
    Reptiles and amphibians
    We the images being aligned again

    A two staged evolution
    Mankind but a grub chewing
    Behold our Father's wings emerging

    Jomoco
     
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    Of mortal flaws
    Scientific causes
    Stark graven testaments

    Limited days
    Sinful ways
    Sources of shame made evident

    Eyes not seeing
    Ears disbelieving
    Minds starved into putrescence

    Severed circles
    Unfulfilled miracles
    Bereft orphaned irrelevance

    Predicted salvation
    Divine holy equations
    Our creator's subtle benevolence

    Duplicitous designs
    Geographic confines
    Tributaries to candescence

    Grafted branches
    Mankind's chances
    A father's tutorial lessons


    Jomoco
     
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    King of my castle
    Master of my domain
    My queen to wrestle
    Bound to time's chain

    Envious of my children
    Fading from existence
    Dragged away unwilling
    Wrinkled old persistence

    Brief my reign
    Fleeting my happiness
    Crippling my pain
    My need of forgiveness

    Jomoco
     
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    jomoco Tree Freak

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    Could have been an Egyptian
    Could have been an Eskimo
    Plenty of tomes written
    By many high and low

    Flaws of interpretation
    Flaws brightly distinguished
    Planted like fields of cotton
    Death's grip un relinquished

    What's the moral of the story
    Has it redeeming characteristics
    Will they end in fire gory
    Or become their creator's recipients

    An imminent problem
    With an invariable outcome
    Gather the children together
    Speak truth to them as one

    All the tea in China
    All the gold in the world
    To eternity still blinded
    Between a boy and girl

    Jomoco
     
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    A story
    Too frightening
    To be told
    Let them learn
    By growing old
    Letting time
    Consume them whole

    Hardly sporting
    Seems a bit grim
    Not exactly noble
    Left no way to win
    Let's give them a chance
    Slip the prize slyly between them
    Hide there keys to our kingdom

    Hide it in their midst
    Where belly buttons tingle
    Lying there dormant
    Till doorbells jingle
    With multiple ports of call
    But only one true safe harbor
    The sailor home to greet his father

    Jomoco
     
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