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I am a wilderness

where even a wild wind do not blow

to bring rain clouds overhead

and cool my parched earth.


Not even wild animals howl at me

or a full moon to cast its light

on my barren ground. No roads

ever lead or end in me.


So I howl in my loneliness

but the heavens do not care.

The stars hide their shine

behind clouds that hold their rain.


I could not produce even

my own tears but I dream

of seeds of trees crawling deep

into the earth like earthworms,


to one day break forth into the light,

its branches wagging against the sky,

the stars, the clouds. This earth

will become an orchard garden.



* Hi. I am glad my account is still here after what 2-3 years? I am trying to revive my passion for writing. I am saddened by our group's recent loss of a fellow poet-writer. My interest was revived when I saw on local TV a spoken poetry session. I wrote some pieces but in Tagalog. I will try to write something this year in English inspired by Sarah Kay's performance in YouTube.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Hey, It is so very good to see your name. I too have just returned after a very long hiatus. Must be something in the air.

I don't know what you had in your soul when you wrote this. But it expresses exactly how I have felt creatively for the last several years.

great emotion.

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a good read, fun, simple, clear message about the earth being choked out by the surface.
typo in S1L2?


"Unbearable, isn't it? The suffering of strangers, the agony of friends.

There is a secret song at the center of the world, Joey, and its sound is like razors through flesh."


"I don't believe you."


"Oh come, you can hear its faint echo right now. I'm here to turn up the volume.

To press the stinking face of humanity into the dark blood of its own secret heart."

"There's a starving beast inside my chest
playing with me until he's bored
Then, slowly burying his tusks in my flesh
crawling his way out he rips open old wounds

When I reach for the knife placed on the bedside table
its blade reflects my determined face
to plant it in my chest
and carve a hole so deep it snaps my veins

Hollow me out, I want to feel empty"
-- "Being Able To Feel Nothing" by Oathbreaker


"Sky turns to a deeper grey

the sun fades by the moon

hell's come from the distant hills

tortures dreams of the doomed

and they pray, yet they prey

and they pray, still they prey"
-- "Still They Prey" by Cough


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Thanks for the catch abstrect-christ.


Rhymeguy, kindred spirit :-)

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Hi Joel, I've missed you. Welcome back.

I was so excited to see you posted. You've been writing in Tagolog, such a musical language. I wouldn't pretend to understand it but I like the sound of it. That maybe where the melodic tone to your poems in English comes from. You always write with such fluidity. I'm glad to see you are writing again. Maybe seeing you, Marti and Rhyme guy returning will get me writing again too.


~~ Tink

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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Thanks Tink for the welcome. It's a balance I am trying to achieve when you love doing a lot of things :-)

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Lucid, concise and a pleasure to read... I'm sure the perennial Earth will supersede anything we mortals inflict upon ourselves and it.

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