· •Ꮿ• Ꮾ · sea of air · Ꮽ •Ꮿ• ·

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• Ꮿ •

struggling

in this sea of  air

hoping desperately

not to drown

learning to swim against the tide

yearning to float to the top

or at the least

avoid sinking to the depths

sometimes

only managing

to gasp for one more breath

in this sea of  air

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Ꮽ •Ꮿ• Ꮾ

· •Ꮿ• ·

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inspired  in  part  by ~


“Sea of  Air”    Portugal.  The Man

artwork ~   “Masculine Wave”    Katsushika Hokusai
{  public domain }

Katsushika Hokusai was a brilliant artist, ukiyo-e painter and print maker, best known for his wood block print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, which contain the prints The Great Wave and Fuji in Clear Weather. These prints are famous both in Japan and overseas, and have left a lasting image in the worldwide art world. Hokusai’s artistic influence has stretched to have affected the Art Nouveau style in Europe, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Hermann Obrist, all of whom have themes similar to Hokusai’s.

Hokusai began painting at the age of six, and by 18 he had been accepted into the Katsukawa Shunsho school, which honed his skills as a ukiyo-e artist, in which he specialized in wood-block prints and painting. After Shunsho’s death, Hokusai was expelled from the school by a rival, a humiliating experience which he later credited to his created development and artistic growth. This expulsion helped him break from the traditional ukiyo-e style of painting portraits of courtesans and actors, and begin painting landscapes and images of daily life. This change of subject was a breakthrough in both the ukiyo-e style as well as his career. He eventually broke from all other schools of painting and began teaching other students, over fifty in his lifetime.

Hokusai was a master of self-promotion. In 1804 he created a 600 foot painting of a Buddhist priest with a bucket of paint and a broom as a paint brush. There is also a story of how he won a painting competition in the court of the Shogun with a blue curve, a chicken with feet dipped in red paint, and in inventive and artistic explanation. At the age of 88, on his deathbed, it is said that he exclaimed that he needed only five more years of life, in order to become a real painter.

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #252    at    Poets United
this should have been  for Sumana Roy’s  prompt last Wednesday  Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Waves  and i  think that was at the back of  my mind,  especially in selecting the artwork.  unfortunately,  muse did not  pay a visit until Saturday night  but i  would like to thank Sumana  for the inspiration.

and thank you,  Mary!

Weekend Mini Challenge–Connect the Chimes    at   imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:  “…for whom the bell tolls”  from  ‘No Man Is An Island’ by John Donne
there were options given,  and i went with the original idea of  using repetition of  a phrase,  though i  think there is a connection to all human beings in our struggles to get through life.


thank you, Karin!

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featured poets ~ Kelli Simpson aka @Mama Zen

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

Kelli Simpson
aka  Mama Zen

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Kelli  Simpson
aka  Mama Zen

Kelli is better known in the poetry blogosphere as  Mama Zen.  she has two blogs,  the Zen of  Motherhood  and her poetry blog,   another damn poetry blog‘.  Kelli has two books of  poetry published with Shay Caroline Simmons and Joy Ann Jones  ~  Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets”  available   HERE  and  “Three-Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt”  available  HERE.  there are two wonderful interviews detailing her writing background,  including her earlier years as a singer/songwriter  HERE at  imaginary garden with real toads   and   HERE  at  Poets United.  twitter:  @MamaZen

the word that first comes to mind when describing Kelli’s writing is  exquisite {and sometimes joyfully raunchy!}  i love Kelli’s poetry and i’m sure you will, too.

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A Drinking Song”    by   Mama Zen

Right hand turns to salt.

Left hand turns to stone.

Right foot in the dragon’s mouth.

Left foot safe…..Read More

via   another damn poetry blog

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Bartholomew   by   Mama Zen

You gave me your blessing
and a promise of fair weather.
I gave you head
in an empty bathroom stall.

Bartholomew

May the saints preserve us
like little jars of pickles
stacked…..Read more

via  another damn poetry blog

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Deflowered   by   Mama Zen

Petals
fall
my shirt
he loves me
my bra
he loves…..Read More

via  another damn poetry blog

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Dreaming”    by   Mama Zen

Serotonin dreams,
sweet and strange.
Low dose reality.
High Freudian frolic.
And, you.

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Fragile words…..Read More

via  another damn poetry blog

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Dinner Wear   by   Mama Zen

Tonight, let’s dress for dinner.
I’ll wear resentment like an ugly sweater.
You can slip into your favorite sense of entitlement.
We’ll put on some Mahler,
throw the good…..Read More

via  the Zen of  Motherhood

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2012 featured poet at my hearts love songs

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• ৎ· look what you’ve done to me ·১ •

 

· ৡ ·

• ৡ •

quivering

breathless

desire  pulsing  through  my  veins

aching  with  a  need  that  consumes

ah,  my  Love…

look  what  you’ve  done  to  me

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১ • ৡ • ৎ

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• ৡ •

another  poem  inspired  by  a  song  ~


“Love,  look  what  you’ve  done  to  me”    Boz Scaggs

artwork ~   “Poppies”   Katsushika  Hokusai
{  public  domain }

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featured poets ~ the men (part one) including @ArtOfLeo @Aurinth @_Monocle_ @Seanotd @FewMiles

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

marvelous  men  poets
{ some of  them anyway ~
more to come }

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

{ in alphabetical order by first name }

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featured poet:

Chris  Galford

Chris Galford  is a writer,  reviewer,  photographer,  journalist,  and amateur philosopher from the American MidWest recently transplanted to Colorado.   Chris has two blogs:   The Waking Den,  which features poetry,  fiction  &  photography;  and  Galford Photography.   he has written three novels:   “The Hollow March“,     “At Faith’s End”  and   “As Feathers Fall.”   Chris currently works as a freelance  journalist,  editor  and photographer.
Twitter:  @Aurinth

all of  Chris’  poetry is superb,  but my favorite is his haiku ~ he is a true master of  the form.  Chris has been very kind to me in his insightful comments at my blog,  and i hope he knows how much  i’ve appreciated it.  in his own words ~

“I am a graduate of  Michigan State University (Go Spartans!),  and one of the many fresh,  starving masses of grads with a BA in Journalism…  I have been writing since I was little,  and my greatest pleasure in life would be to spend my years as an author and a poet,  creativity my only guide and only boundary.  In the meantime,  writing is my escape,  and my blog,  the host for my work.”

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Experience    by   Chris G.

I See

I Rise

I Learn

I Know Life

Bu…..Read More

via  THE WAKING DEN

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One more night”    by   Chris G.

Jacob’s Dream Adam Elsheimer

Child wakes

the deep dark drink

Eternity

lost somewhere between

the closet and the sheets,

mother’s cries…..Read More

via  THE WAKING DEN

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Sleepless  #Haiku    by   Chris G.

Sleepless night.

Soft sweat…..Read More

via  THE WAKING DEN

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featured poet:

Vinay Ravindranath
aka   Leo,  the Amateur Poet

Leo is unique in my world ~  i met him when he wrote a review of  my blog in 2010.   i like him,  not because he was so kind in the review  { okay,  that may be part of  why i  first liked him }  but because he is a nice man who has always encouraged me in my writing,  and an excellent  poet and writer…  i don’t understand how he came by the name  “Amateur Poet”  as that is sooooo far from the truth.  you can find him on facebook  HERE.   Leo  has a blog  I  Rhyme Without Reason.   i love the quote he has there  ~

“I  write for the same reason I  breathe ~  because if  I didn’t,  I would die.”
~  Isaak Asimov

a little about  Leo in his own words ~

“… I rhyme without reason,  coz my love for writing is unconditional.  To me,  writing is an art that I’m trying to perfect.  I’ve been blogging since November 2006 and it wasn’t my first choice actually,  blogging…  I was brought to this beautiful world by a friend,  and  I’ve not looked back since.”

twitter  { @ArtOfLeo }

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on heart’s papers”    by   Leo

forgive my broken feet,
for they are dead tired;
dancing with the ghosts
gathered from my past,
around me like a hoop.
painful my life, topples;
hit by a thousand tears,
I wish to…..Read More

via  I  Rhyme Without Reason

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Blinded emotions…   by   Leo

All walls, but one,
seem broken now;

In velvet clouds,
black – like kohl
that lined her eyes,
floats a
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via  I  Rhyme Without Reason

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Two Ways..   by   Leo

A glass half drunk, a glass half full
Two ways to look at life, my friend
Which way is right, which way doth pull?
A glass half drunk, a glass half full
Does one lead wrong, on eyes put wool?
From life steal
…..Read More

via  I  Rhyme Without Reason

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featured poet:

Raziel Moore
aka Monocle

Monocle  { @_Monocle_ } is an extremely  talented writer of  poetry,  prose and erotica,  as well as an amazing artist and photographer.  you can find links to Monocle’s  books, anthologies and associated blogs  HERE  { adult themes }.  he posts short poetry to his site  Microlensing  and is one of the founders of    The Erotic Writer   {be forewarned that the site contains explicit erotica.}   i love Monocle’s writing.  please click on  “read more”  below to read the poems in their entirety or visit his site at  Microlensing   { some poems are adult-oriented but the ones below are simply stunning. }

in his twitter profile,  this is what Monocle says about himself  ~

“I am the little devil on your shoulder,  stroking your neck with my tail,  whispering obscenities into your ear,  and looking down your blouse.”

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foci”    by   Monocle

We hold in our minds
entire universes
that can on
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via  Microlensing

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halfway  by   Monocle

Halfway to eclipse

the…..Read More

via  Microlensing

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soft-focus  by   Monocle

The soft-focus of faith
blurs the world’s sharp edges
but doesn’t
…..Read More

via   Microlensing

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an extra treat….     a photograph which needs no words  ~

penumbral moon  by   Monocle

via  Microlensing

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featured poet:

Richard Cody

Richard Cody  is a writer of poetry and fiction,  widely published in the small press arena.  you can find him on  facebook  HERE.  in recent years all of his work has been influenced by Eastern forms of poetry such as haiku and tanka.   since 2002 Richard has maintained the blog,  Notes From a Life in Progress,  now mainly a haiku journal.  and  Richard’s  flickr  photostream is  HERE.   Richard  is the author of  The Top Floor,  The Jewel in the MomentDarker Corners,  and  This is Not My Heart  –  all available at  Richard Cody – Poetry and Fiction  and on  Amazon  HERERichard  has always been very kind and supportive of  my writing.  { thank you,  Richard! }  in his own words ~

“Writer,  photographer,  doodler,  and chaser of  The Muse.”

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After the rain”   by   Richard Cody

After the rain

each blade…..Read More

via  Notes From a Life in Progress

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It is late.    by   Richard Cody

It is late.

It is late, I say,
And I don’t mean the time of day.

Though darkness is visible as I write,
And the windows rattle in their panes
As they do only at night.

It is late beyond the ability
of any clock to
…..Read More

via  Notes From a Life in Progress

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three    by  Richard Cody

I loved a girl wild and free
who loved in return but not just me.
“You suit me best,” she said
“On a Tuesday in my bed.”

She loved six other men
and then

I loved a girl…..Read More

via  Notes From a Life in Progress

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featured poet:

Sean  Vessey
aka   knight’s heart

i met  Sean Vessey  { @Seanotd }  on twitter,  as seems the case with so many of the poets i know.  he writes poetry and prose.  Sean tweets poetry,  as many poets do,  but he takes it one step further  …actually several steps further…    he live tweets poetry  “duets”  with other poets on a level that is unsurpassed.  to see reprints of  a few of  these amazing poetry collaborations,  visit his blog   KNIGHT OF THE HEART  {KNIGHTSHEART}  or  Shân Ellis’  blog  MUSINGS AND SMATTERINGS  { @Awdures }   or  Leslie Moon’s  blog   Moondustwriter’s Blog  { @moondustwriter }.   in his own words ~

“Funny. Poet Man. Hoosier. Survivor. Loves: my daughters, funny kids, dogs, games, cats, beaches, books, movies & moonlight walks with my lady. Wolf confined to night.”

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My Choice”   by   Sean Vessey

My choices

I love all of you

Only…..Read More

via  KNIGHT OF THE HEART  (KNIGHTSHEART)

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I Rise”   by   Sean Vessey

Filled with desire  (life)  of its own
I rise
Escaping out of darkness
I rise
Floating on fresh
current

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via  KNIGHT OF THE HEART  (KNIGHTSHEART)

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Last Dance”   by   Sean Vessey

Can you walk away
from love
Say I am not worthy
of such a heart
Let the mists of time
hide your pain

Can you take any
ch
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via  KNIGHT OF THE HEART  (KNIGHTSHEART)

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featured poet:

Saravana Kumar Murugan
aka  Someone is Special  ( SiS )

Saravana Kumar Murugan  { @FewMiles }  writes under the pen name  Someone is Special  (SiS).  i met him mid-February 2011 at his blog,  Few Miles  where he writes poetry and prose.  he is incredibly supportive of  other poets  { including me,  which i greatly appreciate. }   SiS works as a software engineer and is currently living and working in Germany although his roots are from India.  in his own words ~

Writing is my passion, and I am born in this world to express my dreams, I do so as poems and prose. I do prefer poetry as it helps me to rhyme what I love to, and attain peace.”

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! Wishes ! ”    by   Someone is Special

{ As a human being… }

O my beautiful God!
Give me the world
With no trace of war
Give me the country
With no
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via   Few Miles

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True Love Never Ends”   by   Someone is Special

The bridge is not so long
I can come to you along
The cold is killing you and me
I can give y…..Read More

via   Few Miles

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Happy Friendship Day   by   Someone is Special

God must have known that
We need a gentle tap on our back
when we feel down;
We need a hug to comfort us
when we feel lonely;
We need a word of praise
when we win;
We need a hand to brush away our tear
when we are sad;

To share little things in life
with some special
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via   Few Miles

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2012 featured poet at my heart’s love songs

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∞ҩ§ҩ∞ siempre quiero más ~ i always want more

∞§∞

ҩ§ҩ

§

siempre quiero más ~
i  always want more

one glance cannot tell you
all that my heart has to say

one kiss does not come close
to satisfying my hunger

one dance is not enough time
to spend in your embrace

even if  we have an eternity
i will never get enough of  you

siempre quiero más ~
i  always want more

§

ҩ§ҩ

∞§∞

∞ҩ§ҩ∞

this song inspired the poem ~


“Pa’ Bailar ~ Siempre Quiero Más”   Bajofondo ft.  Julieta Venegas
( I Always Want More )  lyrics onscreen in Spanish and English

artwork ~   Blek le Rat – “Last Tango in Paris”
{ creative commons license }

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #251    at    Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary

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