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··Ϩ· my candle burns at both ends ·Ϩ·· + #giveaway

Wheat Field with Rising Sun by Vincent van Gogh 1889

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 from sun rise
’til mid
night

i try
i try

to
feel
whole
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running
· running
· · running
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toward?

away?
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in

c

· · i

r

· · c

· · l

e

s · ·

?

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running
· running
· · running
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my candle
may
burn

at
both
ends

even

all

the

way   d

 o

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  n

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running
· running
· · running
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but
is
there
really

any
other
choice
?
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 how  else

will this
hole

made
from
lost  loves
and
too many
mistakes

ever

oh
ever

be
filled?

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Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

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First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay

1916

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-

It gives a lovely light!

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this video is the song as background to a slide show of  Vincent van Gogh’s art
“Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”   Don McLean

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originally posted  20 April 2012

{ this is a revision of  an earlier poem  ‘my candle burns’   but there is very little of  the original poem remaining…  thankfully! }

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artwork is in the public domain ~  

“Wheat Field with Rising Sun”   by Vincent van Gogh  1889
“Starry Night”  by Vincent van Gogh

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this is my submission to  ~

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Poetry Pantry #248     at     Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary!

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

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just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

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*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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❧❦ giving ❦❧

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you gave me your heart

placed it gently next to mine…..

i knew you loved me

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i knew you loved me

from the look in your eyes    ….so

i gave you my Love

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i gave you my Love…

smiling, you said Love was why

you gave me your heart

❦❤❧


“If  I Give My Heart To You”    Nat King Cole 

originally posted  23 February 2012

artwork  ~   “Cupid and Psyche”  Annie Swynnerton  1891
public domain }

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #244    at    Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary

this was originally prompted by ~

The Haiku Challenge   at   Few Miles
Day 23  prompt:   Theme ~ Joy of  giving

Form ~   ABC,  CDE,  EFA

thank you Someone is Special for hosting the challenge!

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∙∙ •ฐ• ∙๑∙ gloomy sunday ∙๑∙ •ฐ• ∙∙

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not god
nor the devil
nor all of  the angels in heaven
will ever return you

do not condemn me
for loving you so deeply
that i cannot stay here alone

i must now join you
on this gloomy sunday

∙๑∙ •ฐ• ∙๑∙

๑ •ฐ• ๑

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this little girl is amazing ~ you have to watch her perform. i swear she is Billie Holiday reincarnated.


“Gloomy Sunday”   Angelina Jordan  (Age 7,  Norway)


“Gloomy Sunday”   Billie Holiday

artwork ~   “Woman in a Green Blouse”    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
{  public domain }

originally posted  12 March 2014

this is my submission to  ~

Poetry Pantry #243    at    Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary

“Gloomy Sunday” is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933, as “Vége a világnak” (“End of the world”). Lyrics were written by László Jávor, and in his version the song was retitled “Szomorú vasárnap” (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈsomoruː ˈvɒʃaːrnɒp]) (“Sad Sunday”). The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935. “Gloomy Sunday” was first recorded in English by Hal Kemp in 1936, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis, and was recorded the same year by Paul Robeson, with lyrics by Desmond Carter. It became well known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941. Lewis’s lyrics referred to suicide, and the record label described it as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”. There is a recurring urban legend that claims that many people committed suicide with this song playing.

In January 1968, some 35 years after writing the song, its composer Rezső Seress did commit suicide. He survived jumping out of a window in Budapest, but later in the hospital choked himself to death with a wire.

The BBC banned Billie Holiday’s version of the song from being broadcast, as being detrimental to wartime morale, but allowed performances of instrumental versions. However, there is little evidence of any other radio bans; the BBC’s ban was lifted by 2002.

Billi’s accompanied by Emmett Berry (tp); Jimmy Hamilton (cl) & (ts); Hymie Schertzer (as); Babe Russin (ts); Teddy Wilson (p); Albert Casey (g); John Williams (b); and J C Heard (ds). Recorded August 7, 1941. (Okeh Records) 31005-1

“Gloomy Sunday”   Billie Holiday

lyrics~
Sunday is gloomy my hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows I live with are numberless
Little white flowers will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought of ever returning you
Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?
Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday with shadows I spend it all
My heart and I have decided to end it all
Soon there’ll be candles and prayers that are sad I know
Let them not weep let them know that I’m glad to go
Death is no dream for in death I’m caressing you
With the last breath of my soul I’ll be blessing you
Gloomy Sunday

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep in the deep of my heart dear
Darling I hope that my dream never haunted you
My heart is telling you how much I wanted you
Gloomy Sunday

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∙◦Ͽ◦∙ autumn memories ∙◦Ͼ◦∙

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autumn memories

timid waves inching forward

as we fell in love

shy beginnings of  our lust

tender kisses on the beach

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water on warm sand

cool air around fervant need

our desire building

summer’s exit unnoticed

love’s flames all that we could see

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walking hand-in-hand

in the sunset of  our lives

autumn memories

wishing we could turn back time

start the journey once again

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this is my attempt at  Man’yoshu Japanese Poetry  ~  Somon:  mutual exchanges of love or longing poetry;  tanka:  (5-7-5-7-7)   i wrote this as a love song between a man and a woman  { though it would apply to any couple,  no matter their gender }  the lines in italics are  her speaking and the plain text lines are  him speaking.  though this is given voice by two people,  i still tried to maintain the  “pivot line”  ( the third line of  each verse )  which can be read as the last line of  a verse comprised of  the  first three lines of  the tanka,  or as the  first line of  a verse made up of  only the last three lines of  each tanka.   so just to complicate this even more,  you can read it as entirely one poem;  you can read  her  lines  and  his  lines  or  you can read it  as the  first three lines of  each stanza/tanka  and then the last three lines of  each one.

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“Something”   George Harrison

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originally posted  11 November 2011

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inspired by  ~

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Form For All    at    dVerse ~ Poets Pub
prompt:   Man’yoshu Japanese Poetry  ~  Somon:  mutual exchanges of love or longing poetry;  tanka:  (5-7-5-7-7)
{thank you, Gay Reiser Cannon and Jane Kohut-Bartels aka Lady Nyo.}

The Thursday Think Tank #73     at     Poets United
prompt:   “The Waning Days of Fall”
image above by Ella Wilson  { i saw it as waves lapping along a beach }

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∙ఱ∙ •ౡ• ∙∙ secrets and lies ∙∙ •ౡ• ∙ఱ∙


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i  wake each dawn exposed
stripped of  all pretense
anyone would see what  i am
thus i  must ever sleep alone

i  step outside my door
wrapped in deception’s raiment
allowing no one
to glimpse
the naked truth of  me

should you look too long
i  gather my illusions tight around me
reflecting that which you think i  should be
clothed in nothing but fantasy

my dress of  false conformity
leggings woven out of  secrets and lies
shoes shiny with your expectations
a sparkling necklace of  insincerity

if  i  should meet someone
who can ignore my desperate conjuring
yet still smile and reach for my hand
i  will finally become
the me  i was meant to be

∙ఱ∙ •ౡ• ∙ఱ∙

ఱ •ౡ• ఱ

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“Secrets”   One Republic

artwork ~    “Woman with umbrella. The Parisian”    Robert Delaunay
{  public domain }

originally posted  24 January 2014  { revised slightly }

prompted by ~


Fireblossom Friday:  Clothes Make the Woman!    at    imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:   write a new poem in which clothes play a significant part


thank you,  Fireblossom!

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #242    at    Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary

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