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  1. THE HAUNTING OF AMBASSADOR JEFFERSON, ACT 5 Cast of Characters Mr. Pozzo: “Assistant director” character. Age 50 to 55, male, balding, somewhat stocky of build. Sam: Foreman character for stage hands. Stage Hands: Stage hand characters (real ones acting, or just actors.) Fortuna: “Playwright” character (and presumably for the preceding scenes, as well). Audience Character: Male or female seated front row, left. Chair marked ‘Reserved.’ Shopkeeper: Keeper of a shop specializing i
  2. THE HAUNTING OF AMBASSADOR JEFFERSON, ACT 4 Cast of Characters Sally Hemings: Slave woman aged 16, owned by Thomas Jefferson, serving in Paris as house servant and chamber servant to Jefferson daughter, Polly. John Adams: American ambassador to England; known to be residing in London, his appearance here is a mystery. Thomas Jefferson: American ambassador to France. Shade of Martha Jefferson: Ghost of Mrs. Jefferson, deceased wife of Thomas. First Voice: English speaking collaborator of French revolutionaries. Second Voice:
  3. David W. Parsley

    The Bridge at Tsavo, 1898 (PG-13)

    THE BRIDGE AT TSAVO, 1898 "Descent approaching now," the guide had said perched familiar to the hunching train. Steam obscured valley and track, dead tangles glimpsed forming patterns like pain housed in the far-off smoke where toil channels extension of an awakened skein to bridge two worlds. Hours it has taken to join the work camp, passing walls of thorn in which the animals blink and turn, avoid confronting the mystery (as though war were not raised amongst them) harboring vague monitions surpassant the
  4. HOUSE OF THE DEAD Book 2 But none heed the sorrows of the South Wind even when he driveth his tears out of the South, so that though the South Wind cries on and on and never findeth rest none heed that there is aught that may be known, and the Secret of the gods is safe. The South Wind, Lord Dunsany And the King said: “Who art thou that knowest so much and has not told it?” And he answered: “I am The End." The Journey of the King, Lord Dunsany
  5. David W. Parsley

    Kyoto - Variations on a Theme by Basho

    .................................. NOTES FROM THE COMMON ERA .................................. Kyoto - Variations on a Theme by Basho . Through dark pagodas winds the invisible stream - lamps bobbing, fire leaves. * * * * * * * * Strange light spreads across ice where the sun pulled from view. Swifts return. No sound. * * * * * * * * After rain, branches release pink blossom torrents. Hear the cuckoo’s cry. * * * * * * * * Warm breeze in curtains wakes me to sunlight, white wings, dove curled at my breast.
  6. David W. Parsley

    Athens, 1896 [in work]

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  7. David W. Parsley

    The Spheres (face page and quotes)

    Once in an arbour of the gods above the fields of twilight Night wandering alone came suddenly on Morning. Night and Morning, Lord Dunsany And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God... Book of Revelations 21:2
  8. David W. Parsley

    The Enchanted Wood [in work]

    A teaser for those who are interested enough to visit on occasion (apparently quite a few, thanks): This section will be modeled on the final journey of the poet in Shelley's "Alastor", but it will be done as a rewind from the tranquil ending to the start at the seaside harbor where he finds, among other ships, the Pequod, Beagle, and Calypso at common anchor. There will be included a detour or two (or more?) that will visit places like Grendel's lair and Dante's entrance to the after-life. I hope you like the result. [to be provided]
  9. David W. Parsley

    Olifant [in work]

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  10. David W. Parsley

    Golgotha

    Golgotha . Spikes protrude like black horns from the wounded palms. He is naked and dumb, strung on the slivered beams above earth he may not touch. . Ankle deep the faces ripple to his horizon. Essence of sweat and vinegar floats above boisterous wagers and gossip spreading quiet as shadow touches the sea of them. . Darkness climbs the milk-white body of God with clouds ascendant the face of heaven, breath rising pitch by pitch into cries, wind pushed like an army of lightning back to the city. . It blows through gates and courtyards spilling shewbread beneath the pitch and
  11. David W. Parsley

    Canterbury (in work)

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  12. David W. Parsley

    Cornerstones face-page and quotes

    There in a valley that from all the earth the gods had set apart for Their repose the gods dreamed marble dreams. And with domes and pinnacles the dreams arose and stood up proudly between the river and the sky, all shimmering white to the morning. Time and the Gods, Lord Dunsany Then upon earth the gods played the game of the gods, the game of life and death, and on the other worlds They did a secret thing, playing a game that is hidden. When the Gods Slept, Lord Dunsany
  13. David W. Parsley

    Prefatory Quotes

    A great waterfall I climbed. I stood on the shore of Balki the pool, which is the place of most awe in all worlds. The walls of it go up for ever and ever and huge and holy images are cut in them, the work of old times. Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis So that when Kings are dead and all their deeds forgotten the harpers of the future time shall awake from these golden chords those deeds of thine. The Cave of Kai, Lord Dunsany
  14. David W. Parsley

    Proem

    Proem "Notes from the Common Era" is an unusual work. As of this writing, it is still in the process of composition. The completed piece will represent not so much a culmination, as a stopping place on one person's journey through the literary, intellectual, artistic, historical, and spiritual landscapes that have helped to frame an individual development - that of the current realization of my own self in the context of both a common cultural heritage and a particular alienation that is the signature of individuality. But I believe it can also facilitate a kind of way station for other
  15. NOTE: THIS SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION (see Proem for details) Welcome to "Notes from the Common Era,” or as affectionately abbreviated here, ‘Notes’. As stated in the title, I invite you to browse this little user’s guide, then plunge wherever you like into one of the books or sections (a.k.a. cantos) of this epic in miniature. If you are curious about why it is presented as being a single book-length poem, duck into the Proem for a little guidance. Otherwise, just feel free to have fun reading individual cantos as if the whole thing is just a short story collection. Some things to
  16. David W. Parsley

    Dedication

    To my father, who communicated to me his own passions and ideals, and an abiding thirst for knowledge.
  17. David W. Parsley

    Copyright

    © 2013 David W. Parsley Parsley Poetry Collection
  18. David W. Parsley

    Proem

    NOTES FROM THE COMMON ERA Proem "Notes from the Common Era" is an unusual work. As of this writing, it is still in the process of composition. The completed piece will represent not so much a culmination, as a stopping place on one person's journey through the literary, intellectual, artistic, historical, and spiritual landscapes that have helped to frame an individual development - that of the current realization of my own self in the context of both a common cultural heritage and a particular alienation that is the signature of individuality. But I believe it can also facilitate a k
  19. David W. Parsley

    Golgotha

    Golgotha from NOTES FROM THE COMMON ERA . Spikes protrude like black horns from the wounded palms. He is naked and dumb, strung on the slivered beams above earth he may not touch. . Ankle deep the faces ripple to his horizon. Essence of sweat and vinegar floats above boisterous wagers and gossip spreading quiet as shadow touches the sea of them. . Darkness climbs the milk-white body of God with clouds ascendant the face of heaven, breath rising pitch by pitch into cries, wind pushed like an army of lightning back t
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