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      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.

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Hold On

The wounds of time leave passing heartache
compassionately scarred over
by transparent fears and lessons learned.

A cheating heart, the death of a friend,
unspoken, understood, compromise,
breed scrutiny and cautious connection.

"Prove all things, hold fast that which is good." *
                                          ~~ Judi Van Gorder
*  1 Thessalonians 5:21, King James Version

A Sevenling
7 lines
Prompt: Include these words: fears, transparent, heartache, passing ,compassion, unspoken, wounds, time

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Judi, you make very nice use of prompts. The short form appeals to me also.

The content itself is moving, biblical line included. (I do appreciate the footnote.) I'm forty-seven years old, and I haven't learned a whole lot, but one thing I think I have come to learn is that in life there's not much else to "hold on" to than forgiveness. Many people are deluded into thinking that throwing money at something will fix things. It's not always the case. If I've wronged someone, money might not be able to fix it. There's only forgiveness.


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Thanks Tony,  I almost felt as though the prompt word formed the poem and this piece of scripture fit.  It is a verse that I fell in love with as a teen.  It is the only quote I kept in my wallet my entire life.  I have used this same quote in a glosa I wrote a long time ago. And forgiveness is and was the biggest lesson I've had to learn.  I went years after my father's death without forgiveness. Until that time someone suggested to me that my unforgiveness for my father colored every relationship I had. With much soul searching and prayer I finally forgave him. Up to that point when I thought of him, I only flashed on the ugly experiences. So much so that I couldn't tell him I loved him while he was dying.  After forgiving him I could remember the good times, the fun times.  I will never forget the ugly times but those are not my first memories of him. I wrote a poem about it. Father-Daughter


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