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No Safe Place


Behind the white picket fence

on the sunny porch where I fed

my morning habits a fatherly voice

I grew up on antipsychotics


In the local bar comparing the ages

of psychedelic acoustics wondering

was the Invisible Temple always here

and have the routes changed a good-old

Freak says goodbye with hand games

to me a complete stranger declaring

You’re too smart for your own good


In the woods surrounded by the hum

of vegetable silence dialogue with Others

comes in nighttime motions topographies

delineated by fireflies and loons mumbled

messages from sleeping partners skry

There is no safe place for Magicians

and Shamans or Poets

under any phase of our Moon

The only Absolute

Change and Return

the gate to what

you tried



to forget

This tree

This field

The crack of a ball

That Chord

The moment before

you fell from the cliff


Not a care in the world a dog biting your heels

The Buddha eats strawberries

The Christ has a last meal


and nowhere and nothing will ever be the same.

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Captures a moment, Juris. And every moment is like this one: nothing will ever be the same. I loved "Freak says goodby with hand games," "vegetable silence," and "fireflies and loons."



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This has a temporal dimension about it that reminds me of the biblical quote, “In my father's house there are many mansions---” B.

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  • 2 weeks later...
David W. Parsley

Hey, doc, this one really works for me. It has all the intangibles in the way it moves, has that best of all qualities in a poem of this type (i.e. a "leaper"): the sense that the poet is speaking truth; his own Truth, but also the outlines of your own. And in so doing, a shared experience.



- Dave

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Thanks everyone- Greatly appreciate the time you put in to read my mad rambles and that you all got something from it;-)


Much Grace! Juris

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Hey D_C, I was with you all of the way on this one. It flowed so easily yet unexpectantly with surprises yet familiar images. I really liked it, especially how it winds down at the end to the logical conclusion.



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Larsen M. Callirhoe

i don't know how i missed this one. this was a great journey to an awesome read. one of your best. i loved its ending the best. as tinkersaid it is logical though it might not have been the exact comments you were looking for with this poem. just awesome stuff. i will definitely come back to this one for fture reads and different takes. thank you for sharing.



Larsen M. Callirhoe

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