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    FORK






    You come to a fork in the road of life.

    You see one named “Struggle”, one “Pain”, one “Strife.”

    Would you split yourself in three

    Simply out of curiosity?

    Or, if not, which would you pick?

    ‘Pain” could simply be a small prick

    “Strife” could simply be a rough berm.

    “Struggle” is a relative term.

    How tough would a struggle be to God’s humble worm?

    So when you see the sign your path

    Remember it may not be as bad as God’s Wrath.




    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Nice Jon, i really liked this.

    reminiscent of Frost.
    "So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the King, obey the King, obey your father, protect the innocent, defend the weak. But what if your father despises the King? What if the King massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what you do, you're forsaking one vow or another."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBlaze View Post
    reminiscent of Frost.
    Yes, and I am afraid it's the weakest point.

    I liked this, though:

    Would you split yourself in three

    Simply out of curiosity?
    it reveals something about human nature that probably hasn't been so explicitly articulated before

    and, Jon: when you post more poems in this thread, you might want to think of altering the thread title; just tell me then.

    Ask not what bears can do for you, but what you can do for bears. (razz)
    When one is in agreement with bears one is always correct. (pablo)

    I still had some honor. I still have some now.

    To all bearfriends: please read this and/or watch this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBlaze View Post
    reminiscent of Frost.
    Yes, and I am afraid it's the weakest point.

    I liked this, though:

    Would you split yourself in three

    Simply out of curiosity?
    it reveals something about human nature that probably hasn't been so explicitly articulated before

    and, Jon: when you post more poems in this thread, you might want to think of altering the thread title; just tell me then.
    I am unsure what you mean by altering the thread title...do you mean like making a catalogue as in Wordslingers?
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Yes...I am sure that is what you mean. Please title it "Poetry: Dark and Light."
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    done

    Ask not what bears can do for you, but what you can do for bears. (razz)
    When one is in agreement with bears one is always correct. (pablo)

    I still had some honor. I still have some now.

    To all bearfriends: please read this and/or watch this

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    All of your poems amaze me, Jon. Send more please if you have time.

    Roland would have understood.

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    I like it; I like it, alot. It makes me question my choices.

    My favourite line is: "How tough would a struggle be to God’s humble worm?"
    "Help me out here
    All my words are falling short
    And there's so much I want to say"

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    At this pont I can only post old ones many of you have already seen but Jean assures me that this is OK.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Of course it's okay! I do love the old ones and the others need to know them, too.

    Roland would have understood.

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    Default CHANGING WEATHER

    The day came, I always knew it would.

    Some things went badly, neither of us did everything as we should.

    We played and had fun, sometime we fought.

    When wifey baked treats, you’d be my “look out” to make sure we didn’t get caught.

    As often in family settings and life sometimes we’d hurt one another.

    But I always thought of you as my furry little brother.

    Time slipped and we aged together

    We both felt the aches and pains of the changing weather.

    Then I was injured and had to cool my jets.

    Then it became crystal clear you were one of those unforgettable pets.

    I was injured a couple of more times and had to “go under the knife.”

    That was when it was clear you were no pet, but a friend for life.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Loyal

    I’ve said goodbye to friends and lovers in the past.

    Clearly those weren’t meant to last.



    I survived past losses incurred.

    But the loss of your love and friendship I am not sure can be endured.

    I know, I know, all good things must come to an end.

    But, after 17 years, it sucks donkeys to lose such a good friend.


    Lassie, you will never know the empty shell of a man you left behind.

    I only hope you know the love I held for your precious spirit and mind.

    I return you to Mother Earth, encasing your shell with soil.

    My friend, true, loved, trusted, missed and loyal.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default My Cave

    Have you ever been at the edge of your mind at all?
    I don’t mean “the end of your rope” or “the last straw.”

    I mean when you didn’t know it was you.
    When you look at those you love and wonder who.

    Now that I have clarified my question
    Let me make one suggestion.

    Answer it only if you have been to the true edge of your mind.
    Answer it only if you have truly left sanity behind.

    I ask of those of you who qualify “what did you see there?”
    You see, I only wish to compare.

    Oh! How rude of me to ask you to share first.
    I have seen and been over that edge but, I was always coerced.

    I stand on the precipice, looking below.
    There I see all the things I didn’t want to show.

    Like an unscrupulous corporation dumped all its toxic waste.
    There was all the bad and painful I had done and faced.

    The fumes rising from my mental filth make me light headed.
    I slip over the edge while viewing all the things regretted.

    Falling, I grasp and claw at the sheer cliff face of my mind.
    Falling and falling, clawing and clawing, until the proverbial handhold I find


    Slowly I begin my assent; fingers of despair try to drag me to the bottom of the edge of my mind.
    About my legs, arms and waist, the tendrils of despair wind.

    Those tendrils and fingers of despair cause twice the effort.
    Tired and desperate, I seek shelter and support.

    As those fingers and tendrils sap my strength like a tidal wave.
    I see my cruel savior, I see my cave.

    I pull myself up an in, panting like a dog.
    The fingers and tendrils disappear into the fog.



    In my cave, I savor moments of needed rest, but I also know.

    That this cave is where resentment and self loathing grow.


    I arise and begin to tour my cave,

    With each step I lose control wave by wave.


    You see this cave contains no paintings of ancient men.

    Just list after list of my failures and short comings for me to read over and over again.


    I have taken that last step where I was in control.
    One more step and memory becomes a great black hole.

    Beyond my next step I will only remember bad and only feel pain.
    Beyond my next step is assurance that I am insane.

    Now with only pain for memories and no real control
    I travel involuntarily deeper into my cave, reviewing my soul.

    Torment from things seen and heard, most not real.
    But pain all the same as my heart is gouged by claws of steel.

    I sob like a child as I beg my tormentor to end this hell.
    But I know he will not, I know him and he knows me well.

    I could have stopped this madness hours ago with a simple pill
    But I didn’t take it because of the pain the pill makes me feel.

    So look at this mess now, the pain and agony.
    And all knowing that the tormentor is me.

    I wonder what I am actually doing right now. Will I remember? Will that memory be true?
    Oh the hours I have spent wondering “what did I actually do.”


    I can no longer look at these cave walls with their lists of failures and sins.
    I must stop this now, and this is where the stopping begins!



    Madness cannot prevail; I throw myself to the cave floor.
    And for a fleeting moment I think I see the face of the one I most adore.

    Then that sound, that sweet lullaby,
    Urges me back, struggling to return, I cry.

    Each tear, each step, I return to the points of memory and control.
    Tired and drained, my cave always takes its toll.

    All the way back to the mouth of the cave I return
    I pause and hear the voice for which I yearn.

    “You must finish your climb up” the Angelic voice urges.
    Remembering the fingers and tendrils of despair, my fear resurges.

    But that sweet voice, I know it says true.
    Yet I shudder, thinking of what I must do.

    I reach for the edge of the cave and begin to climb out of my cave.
    My Angel above me wants me to be brave.

    I begin my climb and I look down so my Angel cannot see my tears.
    She has not been over this edge nor in my cave, she cannot know my fears.

    I struggle, each handhold dripping, slippery and wet.
    A rainstorm? No, it’s my Angel’s tears. She has not given up yet.

    Filled with love, hope and my Angel in my sight I continue my assent.
    The tendrils of despair lash up at my legs, a tearing sound as my blue jeans are rent

    Scrambling, slipping, bleeding, I see the top and what I know to be real.
    I long to be back up there, no despair lashing at me, I need time to heal.

    Hold by hold, my hands feel the top.
    I pull myself up, now I can stop.

    My Angel seems to understand, as I weep gently in her arms.
    I am ever grateful for her love, patience and her charms.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Test The Steel

    In the blink of an eye a father is lost
    A household income is split
    A pair of slippers lies unused
    Some Blind Referee continues un-berated

    A pair of eyeglasses view nothing again
    A Bible’s pages ruffle no more
    A protest by tires leads to twisted, folded steal
    A prescription remains unfilled

    A grandson is too young to remember
    A church board now seeks a new member
    A set of March madness brackets goes empty
    There’s a little more mayo for the rest of the world

    One less cheer for the Blue Devils
    One less boo for the Hoyas
    Minutes later Florida state troopers unbuckle a dead man
    Screeching rubber, testing the steel of General Motors
    and the mettle those left behind
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Giants

    When one thinks of giants one thinks of Rome, Napoleon, and Alexander
    the great.
    All tremendous influences, however all insignificant at this date.

    "Giant" you see, is a subjective term
    How we must look to god's humble worm.

    There are giants of industry and financial tycoons.
    Physical giants playing sports, and the Mafia's goons.

    Most everyone has had a giant in their lives, or wishes they had,
    Like many before me, I called mine dad.

    Giants are simply those you admire
    Their task, not so simple, is to lead and inspire

    Though Rome did not fall in one day, I'm sure it was a mighty sound
    Much like when Jericho's walls crashed to the ground

    I'll never forget the day my giant fell, on a warm "Mother's Day"
    A half mile East of Bunnell.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default We See

    And when the dust settles what do we see?

    A horrid accident?
    A mangled automobile?
    A set of yaw marks?
    A stunned witness?
    A survey of a shocking scene?
    A phone dialed?
    A recounting of a horror?
    An authoritative assessment?
    A highway closed?
    A helicopter called for one half of the occupants?
    A spirit given up?
    A loss of a life?
    A call made by a state trooper?
    A call received by a disbelieving son?
    A message passed from a grieving son to a shocked family?
    A frantic flight of those left behind?
    A landing and a feeling of uncertainty of those left behind?
    A report to be written and filed?
    A task for the M.E?
    A weeping widow?
    A widow too injured to weep for weeks?
    A family happy to have one half?
    An opening on the church board?
    A lawnmower with less weight to bear?
    A place empty at the dinner table?
    A fan missing from "March Madness?"
    A jogger missing from County Road 650 East?
    A stray dog from rural Muncie goes unpetted?
    A map goes unused that summer?
    A trip goes unplanned that summer?
    A National Park is viewed by one less person that summer?
    A dull home film of that Park goes unviewed that fall?
    A family misses that dull home film that fall?
    A jolly grandfather passes no gifts that Christmas?


    All because, when the dust settled, we saw a horrid accident.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default License

    You returned me my license to wish upon a star.

    A peaceful breath, breathed from afar.

    A breath of life in a world of dispair

    A sweet melody at a time when It did not seem I could care.

    You saw a fellow struggle in an ocean storm.

    You are a life preserver in lithe, feminine form.

    My protector of dreams, demure yet somehow bold.

    A warm breeze in a world of cold

    The amount of peace you have brought me you will never know

    The kind of peace that remains after you go

    A gift I know I can never fully repay

    Please accept this feeble attempt, full of cliché

    The sweet flower that boldly breaks through the dense stone

    The light shinning on the previously unknown

    Your piercing eyes that reassure me it will be a good day.

    The same eyes that send the dark cloud away.

    Your strong love lifts the heavy weight from my heart.

    Your sun drenched hair sustains me when we are apart.

    Only distance keeps me from trying to steal you away.

    Perhaps I will get my wish some bright sunny day.

    I oft wonder why such beauty would befriend me.

    It MUST be a result of a divine decree.

    I wish I could cuddle with you until we fall asleep.

    Then awaken in the early morning in a loving heap.

    The beauty of your spirit is only out shined by your beautiful face.

    And on that morning I would wish to walk with you in your favorite place.

    To walk with you, holding you warm hand.

    And listen to you tell me of your land.

    I wish I could gently run my fingers thorough your beautiful hair.

    And return the peace you share.




    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Gem

    The ocean waves roar, you cover my ears.

    The carnage causes me angst, you cover my eyes.

    The pain causes me to cry out, you cover my mouth.

    The tears flow; you cover my face with kisses.

    The night comes, you cover me with fleece

    My dreams come, you make them true.

    My fears surface, you dispel them.

    The wolves come, you drive them away.

    Illness strikes, you nurse me.

    Old age ravages my youthful looks, you flatter me

    I open my jewelry box, you are my gem.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Horrible Day

    Horrible day, is there any other way?

    Horrible night, why should I fight?

    I want a better future, but to end it all by my own hand

    Is that like giving up your stand?

    After all, if the goal is to make the future bright

    Then isn’t euthanasia just a coward’s delight?

    Sure death removes the pain

    But isn’t suicide just evil’s gain?

    End it now and there is no hope

    I can always put it off until tomorrow and today just cope.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Misty

    What does she think?

    Focused eye with minimal blink

    I give her no clothes to don

    I make her outside her John

    Does she worry about my lack of fur?

    Does she worry that I am colder than her?

    She looks at me with deep dark eyes

    She sees through any disguise

    Sometimes I let her roam free

    Sometimes I chain her near to me

    Is she self aware?

    Are there burdens, I do not see, for her to bear?

    Does she looks deeply into my eyes?

    Or is this her non – human disguise?

    If so then what does she see when she looks so deep?

    Does she actually see a lover of sheep?

    Or am I her leash, her, keeper, her role model?

    Or perhaps her jailer, her governor, her throttle.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default Now You've Done It!

    You have done it now, no more life.

    You have done it now, no more strife.

    You have done it now, no more pain.

    You have done it now, now they KNOW you were insane.

    You have done it now, is that black cloud gone?

    You have done it now, you are no longer Jon.

    You have done it now, is there relief?

    You have done it now; do you enjoy seeing your loved one’s grief?

    You have done it now; did you finish that last prose?

    You have done it now, is this how you wish your son to know this is just how life goes?

    You have done it now, is this the message you wish that they view?

    You have done it now, is this the message you wish to send to those few?

    You have done it now, is the message you wish to send to those who look to you?

    You have done it now, no more sunsets, and no more football.

    You have done it now, no more smelling of honeysuckle, or hearing the dove’s call.

    You have done it now, you will not see you son succeed, nor his children fall.

    You have done it now; you will no longer see the magic of love.

    You have done it now, you must answer to the one above.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default The Danger I Allow

    I’m standing on the precipice.

    I can’t see it

    I know its there

    I can feel it, that’s how I know this.


    When I can see

    I look at the bottom

    Red and gruesome until the sea washes it clean

    This is not the danger for me


    The danger is times like now

    When I do not see

    I think it far away

    The only danger to befall would be the danger I allow.


    I feel it is closer with each passing moment.

    Is it moving towards me?

    Am I marching towards it?

    Is this my final, glorious stunt?


    An angel’s wings stir the black clouds away

    I see the ledge now, should I avoid it?

    I know the bottom is red

    Must I consider this be my day?


    Her haunting, sweet voice sends me back.

    Back to fight another day

    Until the next time I find my way here

    Maybe again she can sooth my anxiety attack
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Default The Ultimate Sin

    It seems that someone has wrapped chains around my chest

    Or maybe I have donned a one ton vest.

    This is not something like the Princess’ asthmatic attack

    Nothing so serious, but I feel about to crack

    Nothing a physician can find

    This is an attack from my mind

    But what are you to do

    When you mortal enemy is you?

    I cannot reach inside my head

    And ensure that my tormentor is dead

    This I know to be the ultimate sin

    But why fight a war you may not win?

    Will this battle rage until my dying breath?

    If so, why not embrace death?

    Yes I know there are many moments when I can see.

    But what of those times I am not me?

    Such teenage angst at my age?

    And still I know not who put me in this cage.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Whipping and shaping the land.

    With my symbiont, sometimes the sand

    I pound your flesh and your home

    Yet I repay you in Lome

    I sting your eyes, in fury, I create your fears.

    I chill your soul, I drive you from frontiers

    I can rob your power and leave your mouth agape.

    Yet I often leave, in my wake, a beautiful scape.













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    There is no love here.

    I can tell.

    The cries of the unborn

    The tolling of the bell.


    It is dull here.

    I can tell

    No one can cut through the din.

    But then…isn’t “sharp” really just thin?


    There is no peace here

    I can tell

    The distant stares.

    The hate and deceit

    The begging children at my feet.


    There is no spirit here.

    The distant stares.

    I can tell

    The swords made from plowshares.


    There is no innovation here.

    I can tell

    Stagnant souls turning to dust

    Hearts oh so callused

    There is no passion here

    I can tell

    So few believe

    And the balance intends to deceive.


    There is no love here.

    I can tell, my greatest fear

    Without love then, does “here” deserve to be called “here?
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


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