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  2. Taking Care of Business Procrastination weighs against my work yet plays the game to seem employed. I tame the urge to flee the frame and try to remember the why I need to quantify. Beware the tempting fun trap, dare take charge, avoid the snare, begin with one small part, grin in expectation, pin my goal, ready, set, rock and roll. ~~Judi Van Gorder
  3. dcmarti1

    The Smallest House in Georgetown

    I loved my 450 sq ft condo in Dupont, but that tiny townhouse amongst the larger ones was fascinating to me. I dreamed of owning it one day, even though I never got the chance to go inside. There was a European apothecary-like pharmacy just before it (walking from Dupont to Georgetown, across the P Street Bridge which spanned Rock Creek). Thank you for reading.
  4. tonyv

    the cosmic rose of light

    My two favorite, perfectly placed expressions: night meets/day and invited/eyes pierce through. Also loved life on a small/planet. Tony
  5. tonyv

    The Smallest House in Georgetown

    Hi Marti, Together with your notes, this poem took me back to the Cold War, perhaps even a little beyond the tail end of it when I looked up and read about the two real-life spies. That's how I read it: made up characters inspired by real life. I wasn't even aware that spies still exist; that's how far removed the subject is from everyday life. This was a pleasurable, lyrical read. Love the title, too. Tony
  6. Tinker

    Warning

    Hi Badge, I write about my mornings in the garden often but the morning of this particular event came on the heels of reading a prompt to write a poem using onomatopoeia. I have no idea what the machine was that I heard but it I heard it and it gave me the perfect sound and subject to work with. The words started forming in my head before I came inside to write them down. I think most of my poems build on what I've written before. Seeing and hearing similar or same images in different moods, shades, seasons, objectives or level of enlightenment is what I write. I'm pretty much a "you get what I see or hear or feel" kind of writer. I don't have the mystery or metaphoric insight and talent that you and others have. ~~Tink
  7. badger11

    Warning

    Have you posted a similar circumstance/poem to this one previously Tink? It felt familiar, but then this could be because I relate to outside/inside worlds. Either way I enjoyed the poem. In particular how the intrusive and relaxing qualities of sound create worlds. all the best Phil
  8. badger11

    Califragile

    Cheers Tony.
  9. Tinker

    Haiku Fridays

    #39 Friday fahrenheit in ninetys without relief fan full blast ~~jvg
  10. Tinker

    Haiku Journal / Share Your Haiku Here

    #37 binging British show subtitles on TV screen language barrier ~~jvg I loved the show but would have been lost without the subtitles.
  11. Tinker

    Mgur

    The Light is Still On Prisms of color glow outward, transcend beyond my body. A blazon of my being, each beam a portion of me, my truth, my joy, my passion. ~~Judi Van Gorder
  12. tonyv

    Califragile

    Congrats on the publication. The poem, contemporary on the edge of folktale, is very nicely presented. Tony
  13. Tinker

    the cosmic rose of light

    Barry, This is beautiful. The extraordinary imagery which I expect from you is arranged in such a way that I was carried away into the light. Awesome. The lyrical rhythm and flow of the piece was a welcome surprise. One image fluidly flow into the next painting word pictures that were like a slow moving crystal clear river. My favorite of all of your poems so far. ~~Tink
  14. Warning Verse Form: Free Verse Prompt: Onomatopoeia Morning Poem # 19
  15. Tinker

    Warning

    Warning A high pitched, steady, beep - beep - beep and the guttural growl of a grinding engine greeted my morning garden stroll. My view of the road blocked by flowering potato vines, I couldn't see the monster as it inched down our country road. I don't know what or why it chose to invade the post-dawn peace but gratefully, the tocsin sounds soon faded and only the welcoming tweets of small birds graced my space once more. ~~ Judi Van Gorder Notes: ▼
  16. Tinker

    Haiku Train - catch it - free tickets

    ripples in a lake slimy green with algae cool guck between my toes ~~jvg
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  18. eclipse

    the cosmic rose of light

    In the eyes of a deity light reveals a burning ark in which an angel impersonates the moon inside the flame of a candle. The cosmic rose of light was passed on until it reached the waters of life on a small planet. The first rays of a new moon are served by the sun's midwife, night meets day. Four seasons take off their bandages, they dance passing each other a delicate vase in which figures are painted, invited eyes pierce through. Sphinx hitchhikes through wombs, connecting night and day, drinking Heaven from earth-for those waiting to be born. Running light of paradise and that of the earth intermingle for those leaving the womb.
  19. badger11

    The Smallest House in Georgetown

    That's a great opening grab. a fairytale quality, though the poem goes to a darker reality (then on reflection so did folktales!)
  20. badger11

    Califragile

    I have a poem appearing here https://califragile.org/2019/09/10/pontneddfechan-by-phil-wood/ all the best Phil
  21. Tinker

    The Smallest House in Georgetown

    I actually got the eagle and bear but didn't understand how it fit with the French connection. I guess I just got hung up on the books. ~~Judi
  22. dcmarti1

    Backyard Quince - A Paean to Petworth

    And I thank my system administer for it! You. 😉
  23. dcmarti1

    The Smallest House in Georgetown

    I may have assumed too much on my reader's part when I used eagle and bear for US and Soviet. It's actually 2 invented spies, now jobless, haha. I think it was TS Eliot who said, "poetry had better be difficult." Perhaps I am just opaque sometimes. :) Thanks, as always, for reading.
  24. Tinker

    The Smallest House in Georgetown

    Hi Marti, Not being familiar with Walker and Ames I had to google. I'm glad you gave the intro because I wouldn't have understood otherwise. At first I read the poem without googling. I focused on the untranslated French volumes and Piquet also French. I actually like the sound and feel of the poem, it does a have a mystery to it. But googling and reading about traitors and spies gave a whole other dimension. I wonder if somehow the connection could be made within the poem and without and intro for the uninformed like me. Even the names inserted in the title or body of the poem, which yes I would still have to google but in a magazine or book of poetry, the intro would probably not be allowed and then I wouldn't know who or what to google. And I believe all of your work is publishable. Just an idea. Easier said than done. I love the title as is but it doesn't say spies or treason to me. And all old buildings have their secrets, {if these walls could talk} this one just happens to have more interesting ones once I googled. Use what helps, ignore what doesn't. I'm just glad you are writing and sharing here. I love reading your stuff even if I don't understand at first. ~~Tink
  25. Tinker

    Red Carpet Self-Portrait

    Tony, I was not aware of any news adding S to LBGTQ but I can see why there would be. It is a movement empowering those who in the past and even today have been at best treated poorly, at worst, murdered because of their orientation. LBGTQ is a grass roots movement, those empowered are the empowerees. That in itself demands respect. The straight population is not a part of that. But the way you state it, it is supportive, at least that is how I read it. ~~Judi
  26. tonyv

    Backyard Quince - A Paean to Petworth

    Well Marti, we've decided to use it here. Tony
  27. dcmarti1

    Backyard Quince - A Paean to Petworth

    They decided not to use it. Still, I am undaunted. 😉
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