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    Default Mrs. Fortune







    Mrs. Fortune smiles her black-toothed grin.

    A smile? A smirk? I DID win.

    I take my loved ones and the booty down life’s path.

    I flinch at every gust of wind, as I know her wrath.

    I see her wind blow a dead leaf. It once had the win.

    Now it is her toy, it and its kin.

    I hurry down the path, a protective prayer for loved ones and booty.

    A prayer for health, success and wisdom to know my duty.

    I KNOW Mrs. Fortune is really misfortune in fancy dress

    She will exact a toll for her largesse.

    Artful dodging and cunning quarry would win the day I thought.

    But my ruse found me off the path and now caught.

    Mrs. Fortune doffed her fancy dress and donned that smirk.

    She removed the booty from me with a jerk.

    Disappointed and sad, I did not see the ones I love.

    But they were still around me, those life really consists of.

    Dejected, and reality back in hand.

    We return to the path we had planned.

    Walking along, I ratiocinated there is another snare.

    Her life long partner self- pity, who lives in the Pit of Despair.

    I have my loved ones; I have no such luxury as this.

    To burden their souls and drag them into my self-esteem abyss.



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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Jeez. Well, we're all here for you, Jon.

    "I aim to misbehave."
    -- Malcolm Reynolds

    "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
    -- Hoban Washburne

    "What does that make us?"
    "Big damn heroes, sir."
    "Ain't we just."
    -- Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburne

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    Naw... not ALL of my poetry is "current angst."

    Its just poetry. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Which can cause lung/lip cancer.

    Just kidding, Jon.

    "I aim to misbehave."
    -- Malcolm Reynolds

    "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
    -- Hoban Washburne

    "What does that make us?"
    "Big damn heroes, sir."
    "Ain't we just."
    -- Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburne

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    Default A Day to Refine

    This is clearly not my best work but it is "lite" and I wish to keep true to the catalog title.

    This is also how I feel at this moment.






    A Day to Refine



    Wake up and feel the soft sunshine

    Wake up; we’ve a day to refine

    Wake up, the sun warm, the air cold and pure

    Wake up, a life to live and loved ones to reassure

    Wake up, the day is short, we've so little time

    Wake up, we have mountains to climb!


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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Wow...Jan. 14th!
    I should write more dark poetry.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    The tears of sorrow, so heavy and fall so fast.

    The tears of Joy, light, and never last.

    Tears of sorrow, great volume make seas

    Tears of joy, light and rare, dried by a gentle breeze.

    Rain drops taste like tears without the sorrow.

    Soundless laughter looks like crying without a tomorrow.

    But tomorrow always appears.

    You can’t control the type of tears.

    But you can see it open new frontiers.






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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    I have had a nightmare that reoccurs at least once a week for over a year now. I thought I had it defeated a couple of hours ago. I thank God for my two very large dogs who, in coming to my rescue, revealed the truth to a broken mind. I cannot tell you of the tears of frustration that came at the end...which you shall read.






    The End of a Nightmare?






    You make a grown man scream in fear.



    But his voice paralyzed, no one can hear.



    You make the shades flutter and things fly on a calm night.



    You blow like a hurricane even with the windows shut tight.



    You sneak up and restrain my hands.



    No words from you, but you message this man understands.



    An instinctual evil, implying great harm.



    I had you; I grabbed you... I cried out an alarm.



    I felt you flesh, muscle and tendon, soft like mine.



    I know if not paralyzed by fear I’d have snapped your spine.



    You tried to pull away but I held fast.



    You feared ME, oh what a contrast.



    Now I have you, now to end the hours of sleep you steal.



    I call my dogs, and hope to prove you are real.



    I imagine them both, with great jaws chewing your soft flesh.



    I call one dog’s name, they both come at my call of distress.



    I hold your arm or leg right to their jowls



    Expecting to hear their deep, throaty growls.



    All I hear are whines of confusion.



    Damn you! You are simply an illusion!







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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Thats a well-done poem, Jon. And a very scary picture!
    Good dogs..give them a hug from me, would ya?
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
    -Jimi Hendrix


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    Yeah. I never appreciated them as much as I do now.

    Thank you for taking time to read my poem.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    The Power of Suggestion











    A face at the window



    Your fears in steady crescendo



    You run in terror and hide



    You thought it a good neighborhood, a nice place to reside



    You hide and consider your plight



    No sight or sound heard but the still of the night



    Slowly you creep up to the window in question



    Was it that scary book you read? You know, the power of suggestion.



    Pulling yourself up to level with the sash



    You recall your days as poor white trash



    Days filled with gunfire; not too distant



    Nights when safety at home was nonexistent



    Now you thought you’d moved up and away from that fear



    How can it make its return in this safe place, on a night so clear?



    Should you risk a sudden move? Yes, you should do it apace



    You rise with all of your speed, and none of your grace



    The face in the window, still there, a nervous chuckle, it is only your reflection



    Your horror-book- imbued mind made a false, dire connection.



    “Silly me I’d better go to bed before the neighbors think me insane



    Just as You shut your bedroom door, a crowbar eradicates your window’s pane




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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    i like your poems

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    Thank you.

    I tried to make this in a true horror fashion, no angst, no world views...just good old scary.
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    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Not For You


    Are there secrets that make you weep?

    Are there secrets that you keep?

    Are there secrets you reveal?

    Are there secrets you cover in cold steel?

    Are there secrets you try to make sweet?

    Are there secrets you are prepared to eat?

    Are there secrets you whisper in your sleep?

    Are they the fruits that others reap?

    Are there secrets that cause you pain?

    And to ponder them would drive you insane?

    Are there secrets you share with your love?

    Are there secrets between you and the man above?

    Are your secrets the weight of a thousand lives?

    Do your secrets spring forth when the reaper arrives?

    Do your secrets stay tight against your breast?

    And remain until your eternal rest.

    Do you keep these secrets to be discreet?

    Or do you keep them for the sake of deceit?

    Would your secrets make a Holy Man fall upon his own sword?

    Or are they a sinking ship with your integrity aboard?

    Do your secrets take you to a place you wish to subdue?

    But when you arrive, you find that place is not for you.

    Can these secrets be held by a soul so riven?

    Or bile spewed from a soul unforgiven?

    Could a shared secret simply be a flag planted on foreign soil?

    Or a kettle placed by another and left to boil?









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    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    I'd really like some feedback on this poem. It is one of those I usually throw away. It seems...fluffy and hollow... just not right. It is also one of those I had to stop. I could have written a hundred lines.

    What do you all think? Be brutally honest...I DID say this is one of those I usually throw away.
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    I like it, Jon. Introspective and thought provoking.
    I believe Mrs. Avery would call it excellent stream-of-conciousness prose.
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
    -Jimi Hendrix


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    Jon - would you post more of those you usually throw away? I would also appreciate it if you unburied the contents of your wastebuckets accumulated during past years, and post the poems found there, too. Authors are very often poor judges of their work, and what they throw away may very well be their best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    Jon - would you post more of those you usually throw away? I would also appreciate it if you unburied the contents of your wastebuckets accumulated during past years, and post the poems found there, too. Authors are very often poor judges of their work, and what they throw away may very well be their best

    Thank you sir. This is most high praise when coupled with lady porn bot.

    Thank you both but I remain dissatisfied with this poem and I am unsure why.
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    This one struck me as a little silly. But then love can be silly. I find this one silly, sad and I hate to admit it was directly inspired.


    Veil


    I only see you through love’s veil.

    My love for you is my lizard tail.

    You cut it off, just to see me run.

    Soon you will see I will pullulate another one.

    Will you cut it off again?

    And repeat your concupiscence sin?

    Your cruelty only leaves my soul with a scar

    A cognoscente of love, Is that what you are?

    Are you a collector of affection and lonely hearts?

    You blend a nectar sweet touch, with words like fiery darts.



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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Sitty


    I hate the fuckin’ city, insisting on the paths I tread.
    Sidewalks and streets, “one way” “No left turn” like sheep being lead.

    I hate the fuckin’ city, postage stamp sized tracts of green.
    Call thyself an environmentalist, making the sacred obscene.

    I hate the fuckin’ city, canyons blocking any quick elusion.
    I flee the gridlock, only to find a brick and mortar occlusion.

    I hate this fuckin’ city with its weak attempt at architecture.
    No master craftsman I, just optical conjecture.

    I hate the fuckin’ city, these heartless concrete bastions of crime.
    Even the white dove of peace, renamed “pigeon,” coated grey with grime.

    I hate the fuckin’ city, my attempt to drive through
    Met with painted lines, and colored lights to give me my cue.

    I hate the fuckin’ city, as I speed to my escape, what the hell is a roundabout?
    A child’s playground toy or a reason for the rural ones to hire a scout?

    I hate the fuckin’ city, turn left, STOP for the lady walking her dog; possibly a mouse.
    I just don’t know what to think; buying an apartment instead of a house.

    I hate the fuckin’ city, people crossing at a whim, horns shouting, was that one for me?
    How can a soul willingly condemn themselves to a life in such misery?


    I hate the fuckin’ city, hordes of mankind walking past brothers and sisters in need.
    You will be judged by how you treat the weakest of you kind. The “Noble Savage” indeed.

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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    I like that last one a lot, Jon. I can see you in the poem very much. I liked the ending.
    A true firewasp ninja would never wear such a ridiculous sweater.

    There's logic in nonsense.

    Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    The tears of sorrow, so heavy and fall so fast.

    The tears of Joy, light, and never last.

    Tears of sorrow, great volume make seas

    Tears of joy, light and rare, dried by a gentle breeze.

    Rain drops taste like tears without the sorrow.

    Soundless laughter looks like crying without a tomorrow.

    But tomorrow always appears.

    You can’t control the type of tears.

    But you can see it open new frontiers.






    You are way too good, Jon.
    You are very gifted.
    Thank you.

    Roland would have understood.

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


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    1/3 offended

    Look on with disgust, pity or empathy, then move on.

    Moving on, a reaction that fits well with so many evils, one look and my role is ended.

    It’s hard to not look, and so easy to be uninvolved. Soon this scene will be foregone.

    I looked, others saw me, I hope I looked a little offended.

    The evening news will give details plus, atrocities occurring around the globe

    All the fighting and killing in What-ya-ma-call-it-istan, whadda ya’ expect me to do?

    What could I possibly do, here in my Lazy-Boy chair and robe?

    I reckon I’ll just sit here in comfort, and crank up the Blink 182



    Warning: this image may be disturbing (real casualties)
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”


    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

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    Jon, I have spoiler-boxed the image, just in case.

    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.

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