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  1. Just Another Day in the Land of the Free Lately every day When I turn on the U.S. news I hear and see Another act of gun violence Another policeman shooting A black person over a minor offense For the crime of driving while black Another shooting in a school Another shooting in a church Another shooting in a store 50,000 gun deaths per year As if an entire town ceased to exist Yet nothing is done The republicans offer Useless thoughts and prayers And refuse to do a damn
  2. jakecaller

    April third poems

    Day 2 berkeley maps growing up in Berkeley back in the day we still were allowed to free roam and so I went everywhere on foot or bus walking to Solano avenue drinking coffee at Peets coffee eating Chinese food in Berkeley’s china town walking downtown walking to CAL eating top dog experiencing the late 60’s transforming Telegraph and walking in the woods in tilden park high up in the hills overlooking the bay area
  3. Gatekeeper

    Bury not

    You won't weep for me as I would not hear your cries Bury not the dead It's part of you that has passed You bury yourself instead 'keeper 050613 / 1000
  4. Tinker

    Moonless Reflection

    Moonless Reflection In the black and empty night I walk with my last memory of you, Moonless walk --------- mirrors regret -----Too late to say "thank you" --------- to tell you "I forgive you" --------- to ask your forgiveness --------- to bless your journey --------- to affirm "I love you" Moonless talk --------- mirrors regret. -------I could only utter ------------"goodbye". . . . -- -------------- ~~Judi Van Gorder
  5. Tinker

    Reminders

    Reminders Outside the cold bites tender plants and shrivels vitality limp and black while inside thick walls, warmth rides acrid air fouled by smoke and the stench of sickness. A croaking cough emanates from the next room and I hang up the phone processing the news of a young friend just diagnosed with cancer. The season should be reserved for the old and worn. The sting of winter rests in death. ----------------------- Judi Van Gorder
  6. Phone Call to An Old Friend Hi Meadow, I hear you're sick. --------"""Yes, I am." Really sick? --------- "Cancer." Where? --------- "Brain and lungs." Prognosis? ---------""A matter of time." Are you up to seeing an old friend? ---------------- "I'd love it." I'll be there, I love you. -----------------"Love you too." -------------------------Judi Van Gorder
  7. Tinker

    The Will

    The Will I read of love, undying love, what does that mean, undying love? A rose withers, a blossom falls, --------------- what lives will die. Love is a will, a rush, a sigh, a touch, a cry, a hope, a rock. I read of love, undying love, --------------- what lives will die. Blush of new love we know must fade replaced in time with trust and grace. In rest, I will my love remain. -------------- What lives will die. ---------------------- --Judi Van Gorder A Baccresiezé
  8. Tinker

    Trey

    Trey Today I cried tears of regret. I was not enough. -------- Judi Van Gorder Still playing with Forms, this is a Lune.
  9. Tinker

    unidentified

    unidentified tangled tight within brush and brambles crusted in grit and crushed dead leaves in a putrid pile of trash the color of clay mud a skeletal hand lying stone still suddenly flinches, once ---- ---Judi Van Gorder A Nonet
  10. Tinker

    Tyburn

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry English Verse Tyburn Poems can take one of two very different paths: Tyburn Verse is an invented form found all over the internet. This short verse centers around the 4 words that make up the first 4 lines..The The elements of the Tyburn are: a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines. Syllabic, 2-2-2-2-9-9 syllables per line. The 2 syllable lines should be one two syllable word. Rhymed, aaaabb. Repetition, L1 is repeated as the 5th and 6th syllables of L5, L2 is repeated as the 7th and 8th syllables of L5, L3 is
  11. Tinker

    Lament / Planh

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Latin Verse Lament- from the Latin lamenta-"wailing, weeping, groans", in verse is a genre of poetry that expresses grief or mourning. Although the word comes from Latin, there are Laments in the Hindu Vedas, classical Greek verse as well as the Hebrew Old Testament. In oral tradition the Lament is often performed by women. The 14th century, Occitan lament was called the Planh and was verse that gave general praise for the departed, prayed for his soul and ended with an expression of the poet's sense of loss. This was actually a secular funeral son
  12. Tinker

    Coronach

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Irish Verse Form. Coronach (wailing together) found in ancient Irish and Scot traditions, is a dirge or funeral song. It is specifically, a woman's lament, a funeral song "shrieked by Celtic women". It appears less strict in form than many of the ancient Irish writings. The distinct Irish feature of dunadh, beginning and ending the poem with the same word or phrase, was not practiced in the few examples I could find. Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake includes a Coronach. The elements of the Coronach are: commonly written in any number of qu
  13. Tinker

    Death Poem or Jisei

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Japanese Verse Jisei 辞世 or Death Poem is a custom of the ancient literate Chinese and Japanese to write a poem when death was imminent. Zen monks often wrote poems for those who could not write their own. The poems were written in either Classic Chinese, 4 line, 5-7-5-7 characters, waka or haiku. Most often the waka was the verse form used. Writing such a poem is sometimes associated with sepaku (ritual suicide) because it was part of the sepaku ritual, though these poems only make up a small percentage of poems of this genre. One of earliest records of
  14. Tinker

    Epicedium

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Liturgical Verse Epicedium (Latin) is a funeral song directed to and read before the corpse. Originally it was written in elegiac couplets but with time, the epicedium was written using other frames. It is the theme that identifies the genre, the tone is mournful. Here is an epicedium written in trimeter sixains with rhyme abcabc defdef etc found at Bartleby.com: Epicedium by Horace L Traubel19th century American poet Like to the leaf that falls, Like to the rose that fades, Thou at and still are not! We whom this thought enthralls,
  15. Tinker

    Dirge

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Latin Verse Liturgical Verse Dirge (from Latin-dirige-direct), is the first word of the first antiphon of the Office of the Dead. It is a funeral march, a song of mourning sung at a funeral, a slow lamentation, an elegy. The structure is usually formal, stanzaic, metric and rhymed at the discretion of the poet. Dies Irae Day of Wrath (1st 5 stanzas) translation found at Wikipedia. It is a 13th century Latin hymn by Thomas of Celano This poem is written In mono-rhymed triplets with trochaic tetrameter lines. Day of wrath! O day of mourning! S
  16. Tinker

    Requiem

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Liturgical Verse Requiem - Latin – requies – "repose or rest", is a prayer sung for the dead, most often in the context of a Christian funeral. The genre focuses on wishes for the deceased rather than the sorrow of the one left behind. This is in contrast with a Dirge or a Lament which express pain and sorrow. The frame is at the discretion of the poet. Prayer for the Dead from the Order of Christian funerals. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. May his soul and the souls
  17. Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse Latin Verse An Elegy, (from Greek -elegeia "song of mourning") Obsequy ("funeral" from Latin to "follow out") or Threnody (from Greek "to sing a dirge") are basically different names for a genre of poetry that focuses on the sorrow of something ending and is a sad and plaintive poem. The elegy dates back to 7th century B.C. Greece and is written as a sustained, formal, ode. The subject is most often the occasion of a death or a solemn event, it is a lament or funeral song. There was a period in Rome in the 1st century B.C. when an elegy was a
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