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  • Rookie Richard George (9/27/2005 2:59:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies
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    Michael, David, so glad you liked the poem by Albert Huffstickler - here's another one.

    To My Twin Born Dead

    It was like being stuck in a door,
    both of us fighting to get out,
    the pressure building
    like there was a crowd behind us
    pushing, pushing.
    And then a sudden surge
    and I burst through,
    hearing your voice trail away behind me
    as I floundered out there in the light,
    thinking 'The door was too small'.
    And later then they brought you out,
    a battered lifeless thing,
    and I was alone for the first time ever.

    Sometimes I wonder
    if all my poems are to you,
    keeping a record you'll never read
    of my sojourn in that place
    you never reached.
    Sometimes I think
    they need to invent
    a new word for loneliness -
    a sound that reaches
    into the marrow of the bone
    then passes on
    into infinity.

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/27/2005 4:49:00 PM) Post reply

      My feeling is, he could have taken this further with a bit more thought. But a fine idea nevertheless and yes, a strong ending that the rest of the poem doesn't deserve.

    • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (9/27/2005 3:48:00 PM) Post reply

      wow. sad poem. i hope it never happens to me.

    • Rookie Poetry Hound (9/27/2005 3:38:00 PM) Post reply

      I'm not sure if I like this poem or not. It's kind of wierd. But I just love the final 'Sometimes...' sentence.

    • Rookie Mary Nagy (9/27/2005 3:32:00 PM) Post reply

      If I may say, I think this is one of the ... more

  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (9/27/2005 8:14:00 AM) Post reply | Read 5 replies

    hot damn, that Dylan doc last night was just awesome. Dylan has influenced nearly every rock artist (and poet!) this side of JFK's Assassination. i was most impressed with the people that influenced Dylan. and the footage was incredible, every frame of it. Scorcese has done a marvelous job.

    part 2 tonight!

    Jake

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/27/2005 4:54:00 PM) Post reply

      10.30 pm British time - 2nd Dylan doc brilliant. Answering idiotic 'label' questions...squirm-making, he's so smart not answering them - 'what do you think? ' 'I've never heard your music...'

    • Rookie Max Reif (9/27/2005 3:37:00 PM) Post reply

      I felt Mr. Dylan was totally straight in his discussions with Scorcese. Those grey, or green, or grey-green eyes seemed to look into the past and recall everything with utter precision. He's the only ... more

    • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (9/27/2005 3:00:00 PM) Post reply

      you are right, Michael, Dylan is a bit elusive and evasive; reluctant to reveal himself in any great detail. it might be because, since he changed his name, he has always relied on the mystery of his ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/27/2005 11:08:00 AM) Post reply

      For a guy with no singing voice or music ... more

    • Rookie Poetry Hound (9/27/2005 10:16:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Yes, it was a finely made and thoroughly ... more

  • Rookie Janice M Pickett (9/27/2005 8:08:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    iS IT SAFE TO COME IN FOR A CHAT AND SAY HELLO. lONG TIME NO SEE lol

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    • Rookie Mary Nagy (9/27/2005 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

      Hi Janice, Does that mean you're coming back for awhile? Hopefully. I really don't think other sites can compare with Poemhunter. I havn't been able to find any other sites with such an easy, 'inst ... more

    • Rookie Poetry Hound (9/27/2005 10:24:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      NO! ! ! I will hound you off the site again! Just kidding. C'mon in, the water's fine. We have a lifeguard on duty now.

  • Rookie Allan James Saywell (9/27/2005 4:11:00 AM) Post reply | Read 6 replies

    men and women poets to be a poet you have to be a little left of centre or in
    my case a bloody raving lunatic because let us be honest why would anyone want to be a poet If for gods sake you were regarded as the best poet in the world as per popular vote the reward would not buy you a dozen eggs
    maybe that is why we have more poetry teachers then poets, there must be more money in teaching poetry or maybe a monk people leave food as a offering to
    appease the gods could we sell our poetry for food or drink well would you
    like my best poem for a two litre bottle of coke i'v run out of coke i need
    a coke, think about the whole issue give me some feedback

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    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (9/27/2005 7:42:00 AM) Post reply

      Some little poems do have legs just long enough to buy some eggs. Though for a dozen not enough So, Allan, do you give a stuff? You know you'd shrivel like a flower and sting like a box jellyf ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/27/2005 6:36:00 AM) Post reply

      Back in the '30s, kids (said Granpop) , IZAL toilet rolls had a little poem printed every fourth leaf. It's a message I've never forgotten.

    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (9/27/2005 4:54:00 AM) Post reply

      Allan, you are only telling a small part of the story. It's not money that is the root of all evil but the love of money. Same with poetry, only it's evil to only some, not the likes of us. Right Emi ... more


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  • Rookie Richard George (9/26/2005 2:06:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    I'm probably a bit late to post a poem about death, but this is one of my all time favourite poems by anyone on any subject. It's by Albert Huffstickler (1927-2002) of Austin, Texas.

    Transcendance

    I think of a dream I had
    some fourteen years ago
    not long before my mother died:
    I was getting off the bus
    in Ft.Myers where she lived
    and saw her next door in the drug store.
    She had managed to get downtown
    to meet me and I knew
    that she was buying me
    a homecoming present.
    She looked so old and tired
    and something melted in me
    and I felt such sorrow
    over her love for me,
    felt so ashamed
    to be loved the way
    that this old woman loved me.
    And maybe that dream
    foretold her death
    because I knew that she
    had passed beyond me,
    that her love for me
    had carried her beyond us both
    and so
    she didn't belong here anymore.
    And I stood watching her
    with this terrible sadness in me
    wandering from aisle to aisle,
    searching anxiously
    for just the right thing,
    all of her being focussed
    on finding just the right thing.
    God knows what the right thing was.
    God knows if she found it.
    I woke to some cosmic, unbearable grief
    and sat smoking till daylight.

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    • Rookie David Nelson Bradsher (9/27/2005 8:18:00 AM) Post reply

      What a great poem that is. It really tugged at me, and I don't even like many free verse poems. Thank you.

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/27/2005 6:23:00 AM) Post reply

      Huge thankyou for that, Richard. Unforgettable. And so, so true. That totality of love is devastating, and the poem throws that up so well.

  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (9/26/2005 1:46:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Ahoy, fellow Poets,

    tonight at 9 pm EST on PBS will be the first part of 'No Direction Home', Martin Scorcese's biopic about Bob Dylan. judging by the trailer, and Uriah Hamilton's expert opinion (he bought the DVD already) it's essential viewing for the hardcore BobCat or the casual fan interested in learning more.

    it is scheduled to air on the Beeb in the UK, but i'm not certain on showtimes.

    just a heads up for those who might like to see it.

    Jake

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  • Rookie Richard Jackson (9/26/2005 2:44:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    'Rain, rain, go away
    Come again another day.'
    ...a delay in play

    © 2005 Richard Jackson
    If anyone can cite the quotation feel free

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/26/2005 9:49:00 AM) Post reply

      ..and if you google the third item down on rain rain (on my screen) , don't miss the incredible detail about execution, on the Jack and Jill page...gasp...definitely a YCMIU - you couldn't make it up ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/26/2005 4:16:00 AM) Post reply

      Google it - there's lots about it. Said to go back to the failure of the Spanish Armada to conquer Britain due to storms in time of Liz 1...not entirely convincing...but there are other explanations. ... more

  • Rookie Allan James Saywell (9/25/2005 11:45:00 PM) Post reply

    my poem 'free Rent And extra's' is about the alternative to living and the cost
    of living and why death is much cheaper, i think it is worth a read but you must be positive

  • Rookie Allan James Saywell (9/25/2005 10:26:00 PM) Post reply

    what is a communist, a hippy who lives with a lot of people, a capilist with no
    money cant be a russian, please explain

  • Rookie Allan James Saywell (9/25/2005 7:01:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    if you read EMILY DICKINSON, 'BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH' YOU WILL
    NEVER HAVE TO READ ABOUT DEATH EVER AGAIN, I READ THIS POEM WAY BACK WHEN
    I WAS YOUNG IT COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE, SET ME ON THE PATH OF WRITTEN POETRY
    THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER POET LIKE HER EVER AGAIN MALE OR FEMALE

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