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    A beautiful song for a heart unsung. This was so many things at once - not easy I'm sure, tender, insightful, reverent to name a few.

    Thanks, Auntie.

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    Thank you, Prince and fire, you're both too kind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntShecky View Post
    Thank you, Prince and fire, you're both too kind!
    I wouldn't presume to defend myself, but personally I don't think firefangled was being "kind" at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceMyshkin View Post
    I wouldn't presume to defend myself, but personally I don't think firefangled was being "kind" at all!
    No being kind from me, Auntie! This was a marvelous poem that needed to be written. Your perceptions often amaze me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefangled View Post
    No being kind from me, Auntie! This was a marvelous poem that needed to be written. Your perceptions often amaze me.
    I, on the other hand, was perhaps being "kind" as I found the poem nothing more than a heartfelt outrush of compassion constrained only by the elegance of the craft in it.

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    Playing out the String

    Despite early predictions that the team would likely become a post-season contender in a favorable position to win the World Series, this year presented the New York Mets with scores of problems, most blatantly with the majority of their core players on the disabled list for most of the season. The remaining shoestring roster struggled defensively, with plenty of amateurish errors and a failure to achieve effective pitching strategies. Offensively, the structure of their new ballpark did not seem conducive to home runs, while base-running mistakes cost the team several RBIs. Emblematic of the team’s troubles this year was a late August home game in which the Phillies were leading. While seeming to rally in the bottom of the ninth, the Mets became victims of an unassisted triple play, only the second such game-winning triple play in Major League History.

    As of September 1, 2009, the record of the New York Mets was 59-72, with 31 games left to play in the season.

    “ ‘Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.’
    ‘Yes, Sir, I know it is’. . .
    Some game if you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game all right, I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.”
    –J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye



    Playing Out the String

    At this
    point
    the sports

    metaphor
    collapses
    hard.

    Are we supposed
    to swing through
    the motions,

    look at our
    watches, settle
    our affairs --

    or fight
    meaningless
    battles

    refusing
    to surrender
    to the inevitable?

    All right,
    it is
    September,

    and it’s
    the bottom
    of the ninth,

    but so far
    nobody’s
    out.
    Last edited by AuntShecky; 09-04-2009 at 02:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntShecky View Post
    Despite early predictions that the team would likely become a post-season contender in a favorable position to win the World Series, this year presented the New York Mets with scores of problems, most blatantly with the majority of their core players on the disabled list for most of the season. The remaining shoestring roster struggled defensively, with plenty of amateurish errors and a failure to achieve effective pitching strategies. Offensively, the structure of their new ballpark did not seem conducive to home runs, while base-running mistakes cost the team several RBIs. Emblematic of the team’s troubles this year was a late August home game in which the Phillies were leading. While seeming to rally in the bottom of the ninth, the Mets became victims of an unassisted triple play, only the second game-winning triple play in Major League History.

    As of September 1, 2009, the record of the New York Mets was 59-72, with 31 games left to play in the season.

    “ ‘Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.’
    ‘Yes, Sir, I know it is’. . .
    Some game if you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game all right, I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.”
    –J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye



    Playing Out the String

    At this
    point
    the sports

    metaphor
    collapses
    hard.

    Are we supposed
    to swing through
    the motions,

    look at our
    watches, settle
    our affairs --

    or fight
    meaningless
    battles

    refusing
    to surrender
    to the inevitable?

    All right,
    it is
    September,

    and it’s
    the bottom
    of the ninth,

    but so far
    nobody’s
    out.
    A heartfelt cri du coeur, if I ever heard one!

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    “And since thou so desirously
    Did’st long to die, that long before thou could’st
    And long since thou no more could’st dye,
    Thou in thy scatter’d mystique body would’st
    In Abel dye, and ever since
    In thine, let their blood come
    To begge for us, a discreet patience
    of death, or of worst life: for oh, to some
    not to be martyrs, is a martyrdom.”

    –John Donne, “The Martyrs,” 1633

    “My mother is actually the most sound existential philosopher I've ever met. Her point of view is more profound than Kierkegaard or Nietzsche. She says, ‘Every day you're above ground is a good day.’ “
    -Kiss musician Gene Simmons


    An Exhortation Forbidding Suicide

    It’s not this life but sorry circumstances
    I want to shed, but still I want to leave
    this earth of shredded dreams and absent chances.
    Yet lacking me, the world won't wet its sleeve
    with weeping. Dogs will wag their tails,
    and songs of birds will hold their tones.
    Skies will stay blue against white points of sails,
    while stems won't cease to bend where winds have blown.
    The world would stay, if I left it alone.

    Without a world, I'd lack a place to stand,
    I'd flounder so, bereft of gravity,
    not a step closer to the closing plan,
    missing what I'd left and what was left to see.
    Rejecting all, far more I'd need,
    adrift from terra firma ground.
    Renouncing life invokes a senseless creed.
    Poor lives are better than none, I have found;
    so for the nonce I think I'll stick around.

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    Thank God for this:

    Quote Originally Posted by AuntShecky View Post
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    Poor lives are better than none, I have found;
    so for the nonce I think I'll stick around.
    and I thought this

    stems won't cease to bend where winds have blown.
    was splendid!

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    Auntie, I've never subscribed to the current popular platitude, "it's all good," because it's not all good, but it is all balanced somehow.

    This is what I get from both the structure and content of your poem. The couplets at the end of each stanza provide a stated harmony.

    It is a just argument beautifully written.

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    Prince and Firefangled, thank you both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntShecky View Post
    “When I wrote that, God and I knew what it meant, but now God alone knows.”
    –Robert Browning


    The Puzzle and the Pity

    We cannot see the ciphers, such a stretch
    of forest, dense with senseless reason, and
    no rhyme. A murky stream from a source unknown
    churns deep beneath our unschooled reckoning.

    From splatters of thoughts in scatter-shot lines
    we seek some soul-balm from the sensitive,
    at bottom as sincere as an infant’s cry:
    a babble, sure, yet rarefied as Yeats.

    We dread the water, then attempt to wade.
    Too swiftly comes the splashback: “too mainstream,” “derivative,” “colloquial,” “too trite,”
    or “déclassé,” or worst of all, ignored.

    Listen, we don't do this because it’s easy
    or that we can (or think we can.) We see
    an empty page as an anti-Everest
    that may be worth the risk of an unsafe climb
    in front of us, because it isn't there.
    This is magic. Pure magic.

    I am in awe.

    The rhythm.. . . .the words, it's as if you spend hours picking each and every word so that it was perfect. It's so pleasurable to read outload!
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    The Moments of Dominion
    That happen on the Soul
    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW8GCnr9-I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntShecky View Post
    “When I wrote that, God and I knew what it meant, but now God alone knows.”
    –Robert Browning


    The Puzzle and the Pity

    We cannot see the ciphers, such a stretch
    of forest, dense with senseless reason, and
    no rhyme. A murky stream from a source unknown
    churns deep beneath our unschooled reckoning.

    From splatters of thoughts in scatter-shot lines
    we seek some soul-balm from the sensitive,
    at bottom as sincere as an infant’s cry:
    a babble, sure, yet rarefied as Yeats.

    We dread the water, then attempt to wade.
    Too swiftly comes the splashback: “too mainstream,” “derivative,” “colloquial,” “too trite,”
    or “déclassé,” or worst of all, ignored.

    Listen, we don't do this because it’s easy
    or that we can (or think we can.) We see
    an empty page as an anti-Everest
    that may be worth the risk of an unsafe climb
    in front of us, because it isn't there.
    However did I miss before, and... I'll have whatever you're having!

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    Adore it Auntie! Just what I need at the moment...
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    Escapee

    Escapee

    From the brush he darted out
    with three dull-coated sparrows
    leading the way.

    A nearby porch became a perch
    for reveling in the new-found
    freedom of the day.

    Despite the downward-tilting bill,
    he appeared not at all wild
    but cared-for and trim,

    unaware of any upcoming chill
    or an unknown owner missing him–

    but blissfully content to preen,
    flaunting his feathered exotica,
    tropical and green.

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