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“fear not for the future
weep not for the past”

the only advice my mother ever gave me…..
if  she had known what i would do in the future
she would surely have wept

as young as four
i radiated a charisma
heralded as divine
i followed my intuition
never seeking permission

i prayed with wolves
to grant faith and understanding to humanity
i consulted with ravens
about omens and mysteries
i felt no need to conceal my actions

my father dismissed my beliefs as fantasy
my mother pretended nothing was amiss
some were certain it was deception or at least delusion
there were those who whispered it was daemonic
others worshipped me as though i were a god

indifferent to them all
i immersed myself  in the arcana of  the universe
until i understood my purpose

then i bade the ravens fly around the world
to gather every shadow,  high and low

having no choice but to accede to my destiny
i swallowed the shadows brought to me
including those belonging to the ravens
until the darkness disappeared
and me with it
leaving the earth in light forevermore

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Edgar Allan Poe’s  “The Raven”  read by James Earl Jones

read the poem  “The Raven”  by Edgar Allan Poe  HERE

artwork ~   “Woman with raven”   Pablo Picasso
{  fair use }

go  HERE  for a very biased essay on the symbolism of  ravens
including many Native Americans’  belief  that ravens are the bringers of  light

and  HERE  for the symbolism of  wolves including representing deep faith

this is my submission to ~

The Poetics of Groundhog Day – Bright Shadow   at   dVerse ~ Poets Pub
prompt:   Bright shadow

thank you,  Karin!

Carry On Tuesday #191    at   Carry on Tuesday
prompt:   a quote from the 19th Century poet and politician Percy Bysshe Shelley
Fear not for the future
Weep not for the past”
{ use all or part }


thank you,  Keith!

Open Link Monday   at   imaginary garden with real toads
submit a new or old poem


thank you,  Kerry!

Poetry Pantry #135   at   Poets United
submit a new or old poem


thank you,  Mary!

Prompt  258   at   One Single Impression
prompt:   Charisma


thank you,  Joanne!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 208   at   Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides
prompt:    write a  “forever”  poem


Thank you,  Robert!

i am also participating in ~

NaBloPoMoSoup

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•Ꮄ• Ꮚ •Ꮄ• there is a place i used to go

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there is a place
i used to go
to reflect
upon my shortcomings
in hopes of   learning how to be
a better me

in the winter
my soul shivered
shaking my thoughts loose
until they became meaningless as snowflakes

in the spring
wildflowers began to grow
between my thoughts

tickling all sense away

in the summer
the heat left  nothing
but vapor trails of  thoughts
behind my dazzled eyes

in the autumn
the trees pelted me with acorns
pummeling my thoughts
into a  jumbled mass of  confusion

i went again
and again
but never did  i  find
what  i was seeking

so instead this year
i am going to lean
into  your embrace
and see myself
through the reflection
in your eyes

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“I Believe”    Fantasia

artwork ~   “Wildflowers”   John Henry Twachtman
{ public domain }

this is my submission to ~

Sweep Out the Old Year    at   POETRY JAM
prompt:  Think about the year gone by – something left behind

thank you,  Peggy!

Carry  on  Tuesday  #187     at    Carry  on  Tuesday
prompt:  the opening lines of The Beatles 1963 album track ‘There’s a Place’

“There is a place,
Where I can go”
{ use all or part }


thank you,  Keith!

Wonder Wednesday ~ Upon Reflection   at    Poets United
prompt:   Reflection


thank you,  Kim!

Theme Thursday 3 January 2013      at     Theme Thursday
prompt:   Again


thank you,   Mrsupole!

i am also participating in ~

NaBloPoMoSoup

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∙ʝ∙ ʧ ∙∙ imagine ∙∙ ʧ ∙ʝ∙

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sit a moment
in complete silence
close your eyes
and imagine

imagine
if  we had proof  of  Heaven
imagine
if  we could go to Heaven and back

imagine
if  we knew without a doubt
that our actions here on Earth
determine if  we get into Heaven after death

imagine
how the world might change
would all wars end?
would all violent crime disappear?

imagine
what life could be like
would everyone be kind?
would everyone put others first?

imagine
the possibilities

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two songs which seem appropriate for this poem,  both sung by  Jordis Unga
the first  “Imagine”  and the second  “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”

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artwork ~   “Paradise”  unknown folk artist
{ public domain }

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this is my submission to ~

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Best Sellers   at   POETRY JAM
prompt:  use a book title from the N.Y. Times Best Seller List
“PROOF OF HEAVEN” by Eben Alexander
“TO HEAVEN AND BACK” by Mary C. Neal


thank you,  Mary K!

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Carry On Tuesday #182    at   Carry on Tuesday
prompt:   Titles of  two of  The Beatles’  most loved songs
“Imagine”  and  “Here there and everywhere”
{ use all or part }


thank you,  Keith!

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Prompt #346  at  Sunday Scribblings
prompt:    Silence


thank you,  Megg!

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i am also participating in ~

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NaBloPoMoSoup

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Nothing is only all white or all black…   all truth or all lies…   all good or all evil.

There are possibilities within the shades of  gray.

Where possibility exists,  there is hope.

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“A Pleasant Shade of  Gray VI”

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artwork ~  “Composition in gray (Rag Time)”   Theo van Doesburg
{ public domain }

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this is my submission to ~

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Wonder Wednesday #9 Shades of Grey   at    Poets United
prompt:   write a poem about the fine lines, the between, the shades of grey


thank you,  Ella!

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Prompt #132 Times three   at    We Write Poems

prompt:   Write a poem composed of three perfect sentences.
{ i don’t believe perfection can be achieved. }


thank you,  neil!

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Carry On Tuesday # 181   at   Carry on Tuesday
prompt:   a quote by Mahatma Gandhi
Where there is love there is life”
{ use all or part }


thank you,  Keith!

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Theme Thursday 15 November 2012      at     Theme Thursday
prompt:   Possibilities


thank you,   Mrsupole!

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NaBloPoMoSoup

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women are my windmills
i tilt at them

women,  women everywhere
as far as my eyes can see

young women
women of  a  ‘certain age’
innocent women
women hiding a wicked nature

tall women
women who long to be called petite
brunette women
women claiming to be natural blondes

beautiful women
women molded into a plastic image
intelligent women
women who play dumb

as far as my eyes can see
women,  women everywhere

i tilt at them
women are my windmills

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“Don Quixote”   Gordon Lightfoot

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Tilting at windmills  is an English idiom which means attacking imaginary enemies ~ the phrase derives from an episode in the novel  ‘Don Quixote’  by Miguel de Cervantes.  in the novel,  Don Quixote fights windmills that he imagines to be giants.  Quixote sees the windmill blades as the giant’s arms,  for instance. tilting at windmills also means the sort of hopeless,  romantic,  crazily pointless but somehow endearing taking-on of something that either doesn’t exist or can’t be attained

  • In the 2010 TV Series “The Trip,” Steve Coogan says “Women are my windmills. I tilt at them.”

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artwork ~  windmill by  SueAnn Lommler

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this is my submission to ~

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Poetics: Through the Artist’s Lens   at   dVerse ~ Poets Pub
prompt:  image above by  SueAnn Lommler


thank you,  Brian!

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Wonder Wednesday? #7      at     Poets United
prompt:   Wicked


thank you,  Ella!

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Carry On Tuesday # 180   at   Carry on Tuesday
prompt:   the first line from a 1982 song sung by Colin Blunstone with the Alan Parsons Project
As far as my eyes can see
{ use all or part }


thank you,  Keith!

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Prompt 245  at   One Single Impression
prompt:   Nature

thank you,  Leo!

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NaBloPoMoSoup

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