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  1. Thread: Calamari

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    This is cute. :) A "fireball of screeching"...

    This is cute. :)

    A "fireball of screeching" could be edited ever so slightly to give the picture you intend. Only because 'screeching' isn't a noun.

    The extinguisher's "FOOOOOSH": that took me...
  2. :( This.Is.So.Good. Well-written and tight...

    :(

    This.Is.So.Good. Well-written and tight
    Weird how the Good Samaritan stranger, who is trustworthy, was the one to tell his son never trust strangers.

    Please share more.
  3. We had sex education in the 5th grade back in my...

    We had sex education in the 5th grade back in my small N. California town and again in the 8th grade. It had a population of only 100,000, but I honestly don't remember anyone in my particular high...
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    Oh my goodness. I don't enjoy short stories for...

    Oh my goodness. I don't enjoy short stories for the most part, but for some reason decided to look at them today.
    Knowing that the father may have, and very likely did, set his son up for a long...
  5. Thread: Strange Charm

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    I forgot that I can't press "Like"! This part...

    I forgot that I can't press "Like"!

    This part was my favorite, esp. because of the use of 'vigorously' describing other worlds while sages were, not impervious per say, but detached; as if life...
  6. Thread: Oregano

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    Oregano

    I nibbled the
    Seedlings this
    Morning
    Herbs reminiscent
    Of Dadís redwood planter
    A warm sanctum for
    basil, sage,
    Rosemary, lavender
    Spilling over in a warm
    wine country sun
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    Sticky: 1. Currently reading Michael Pollan's The Botany...

    1. Currently reading Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire, having just finished his In Defense of Food and, prior to that, The Omnivore's Dilemma (STUNNER of a book).
    Also, have just started...
  8. Thread: 401

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    really sorry i haven't been around to read. i...

    really sorry i haven't been around to read. i clicked on this because of the title; the first line was shown as i was rerouted (which piqued my curiosity), and then...then i was very, very happy...
  9. Thread: This little poem

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    :D Brill

    :D Brill
  10. Thread: A poem is...

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    like the first snippet. it's like a ray of light...

    like the first snippet. it's like a ray of light dancing on the waves. :)
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    Oh, I loved it! At the end, realizing what it was...

    Oh, I loved it! At the end, realizing what it was about, I had to reread it again so as to appreciate the surprise meaning that had snuck up on me. :) Very clever, and witty. Mumu - hah! :D :D
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    I'm glad you liked it! And yes...it is true,...

    I'm glad you liked it!
    And yes...it is true, NOW. At the time - over
    20 years ago -I was um addicted to Cosmopolitan mags and had the idea to send poetry in. This sort of poppped out. No idea where...
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    patience revisited

    *i remembered this yesterday, wrote it when i was in my late teens.* (which was ages ago, lol). Anyway, I must've known that one day I would need to laugh at my foresight.


    It was a
    Simple thing...
  14. Thread: Hell

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    Thank you, PrinceMyshkin. I babysit a lovely...

    Thank you, PrinceMyshkin.

    I babysit a lovely little 7-month old...maybe I should have added something to clarify at the end, like how I can't imagine how I'd have felt if I'd been his mom; I've...
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    Pendragon, this is really touching. Thank you for...

    Pendragon, this is really touching. Thank you for sharing. And, please, continue being brave.

    Great rhymes, btw! Am very impressed.
  16. Thread: Hell

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    Hell

    his bottle - where is it - my phone -
    where is it?
    my heart -
    why can't it
    slow down
    so i can
    breathe

    my eyes are in the
    next room,
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    I still remember choking on Faulkner in high...

    I still remember choking on Faulkner in high school...only one book, but it was excrutiating.

    Omg, i just saw that he won a Nobel Prize. Whoa is me!

    And just read an excerpt from The Sound and...
  18. Thread: A smoky image

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    :) All the Best to you, as well.

    :) All the Best to you, as well.
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    maybe (?) "Our life is spread widely" *though,...

    maybe (?) "Our life is spread widely"
    *though, on second thought, i think "widely" and "wings" may be too alliterative?

    also - sorry - my earlier suggestions weren't clear; i meant:

    "Our life:...
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    I was in shock yesterday. Kept hoping some local...

    I was in shock yesterday. Kept hoping some local station would play "Got to be There" but for the most part they played his better known songs over and over. I had the biggest crush on him when I was...
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    Honest, non-sentimental pathos. Not sure I've...

    Honest, non-sentimental pathos. Not sure I've ever understood the value in that 'til just now.

    Thank you...this is very beautiful.
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    gorgeous

    gorgeous
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    Hm. You could try: "Our life: it is..." or...

    Hm. You could try:

    "Our life: it is..."
    or
    "Our life is spread..."

    And welcome to the forum! :)
  24. Thread: A smoky image

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    just curious, is "smoly" a combo of smoky and...

    just curious, is "smoly" a combo of smoky and holy? if so, it's brilliant. :) (but if not, please don't change it; it's very inspired and fits in so well with the "heavenly colors.")
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    Sticky: Isn't it a great book? I'd only read Tolstoy...

    Isn't it a great book? I'd only read Tolstoy before, so wanted to read a different Russian author; Dostoyevsky blew me away. :)+

    I forgot to mention earlier reading a wonderful book in the last...
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