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    1. Larsen M. Callirhoe

      Larsen M. Callirhoe

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  2. goldenlangur

    The Gift

    Hi Tink, I forgot about this piece. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to read it. Yes, indeed she can see through walls when people are dying. You make a good point about the ambiguity my line throws up. It was intended but I'm grateful for your close reading. My apologies for this very late response. I hope you had a good Christmas. Warm wishes for the New Year.
  3. goldenlangur

    What he knew

    As a child he knew the dark drop of disused wells. The smells of lichen and rotted animals. A piece of sky caught overhead, the sharpened light of stars. Rodents nosed around him for stray walnuts tossed by the wind. He knew if he sat still in this black shaft no one would come looking for him.
  4. goldenlangur


    Hi Benjamin, The imagery in your opening stanza is spare and yet powerful. This in particular makes an impact: It seems the poet too ermges from the 'mists' of terror and fear to a new beginning: I wondered if you need 'cast' at the close of the poem. Would a caesura marker in the penultimate line work? guns will be silent - a new dawn A very minor point for you to ignore or consider. Thank you.
  5. goldenlangur

    Christmas Eve

    Hi DC, The paradox is beautifully expressed: Although your allusion and use of symbolism is specifically Christian, yet in terms of the pathos of the human condition your poem has an universal resonance. Thank you.
  6. goldenlangur

    Phone Call to An Old Friend

    Hi Tink, Humor, warmth and tenacity in the face of a teririble predicament come across in this. Deeply sorry to hear of your friend's passing. Your friendship shines in this. Thank you.
  7. goldenlangur


    Hi badge, Wonderful to read this again. The heat of the sun, the 'olive tree', 'little bells' and 'a bowl of ripe tomatoes' all conjure the languid calm of the Mediterranean landscape. This simile in particular makes a strong impact:
  8. goldenlangur

    Haiku Train - catch it - free tickets

    an open book in the hammock - late summer noon
  9. goldenlangur

    What We Read?

    Finished In Custody by Anita Desai. Now reading Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.
  10. goldenlangur


    Happy New Year to all PMO friends.
  11. goldenlangur

    Haiku Train - catch it - free tickets

    the cardinals sing across the frozen pond -- first light
  12. goldenlangur

    Sing Your Song To Me

    Hi victor, This dirge-like poem is moving. I particularly love the thought and imagery in this: Thank you for an eloquent and beautiful verse.
  13. goldenlangur

    Out Tonight.

    Hi victor, You're very generous in your commendation of this piece. Thank you for sharing your own experiences. Yes, death of a pet is painful. We have much to learn from animals and they certainly enrich our lives. I'm amazed that this poem triggers thoughts of your own youth as it is inspired by my father's childhood encounter with a hound late in the night. I appreciate your thoughtful response.
  14. goldenlangur

    Out Tonight.

    Hi DC, So glad that you picked this. The inspiration comes from my father's childhood late night encounter with a dog at the edge of a bamboo grove in an uninhabited stretch of the valley. He was returning from a fair in the neighboring valley with a few boxes of matches ( no torch lights then) to light his way. How perceptive of you to sense an 'implied history': I confess that I gave it a few contemporary touches and I am so pleased that it seems to work: Thank you.
  15. goldenlangur

    Out Tonight.

    Hi Tink, I'm really pleased that you mention this : Thank you.
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