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So, here I am, racing another deadline, though I've had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about for at least a few days. As long as I've admired the work of poets I have the privilege of knowing, I figured it was time to say something about how much their work, and the work of poets generally, means to so many of us who appreciate poetry and find it feeds our souls in a way we would be much the poorer without.

Please respond as you feel moved, and thanks for stopping by!

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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people at wedding
My mother and our friend at my husband's and my wedding.
As is often the case, I've composed a poem about what has been uppermost in my mind lately, having attended the memorial service for a friend who died at the beginning of March, just this past Sunday. I didn't learn of his passing until later in March, when GEDF (growing ever dearer friend) told me, having heard it from another friend in the vintage SAAB community.

I'll let the poem, found below the orange squiggly dingbat, speak for itself from here.

Thank you for stopping by; please share your thoughts, in poetry or prose, as you feel appropriate.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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Tired, slept late, darn near missed it again, it's a little late and thrown together, but it's here. Had no idea what I was going to write about when i went to bed. Here's what came out: A little poem about that which, in a very real way, keeps me alive, these days.

Enjoy, and please feel free to share your thoughts, whether poetically or in prose.

Thanks for stopping by!

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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I understand that March 21st was World Poetry Day and that April is National Poetry Month, here in our benighted USA. Possibly this could inspire a few extra eyes to wander over here to our dusty corner of DKos.

In any case, however, we're here and I've created a little poetic rumination to be found below the squiggly orange dingbat. Please, read, reflect, comment, enjoy, and welcome!

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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I was literally still asleep, half an hour ago. My phone, buzzing to let me know this diary was due in half an hour from that point, woke me. So, I really have no choice but to make this already late diary an "open poetry" opportunity.

If you like, you can talk about the joys of dancing, which I was deeply involved in over the weekend, or you can talk about the loss, only just learned of yesterday, of a good friend. (Which probably has a lot to do with why I overslept and blew my deadline for this)

Carry on, friends and fans of the poetic art, and ruleoflaw will furnish another of his poems for next time.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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I decided to cobble a sonnet together, under the gun, though I didn't intend it that way. That whole balance in life thing is still eluding me.

Since my late husband has been in my thoughts lately--we're in the period between the dates of his birthday, and his passing--thoughts of him were the topic I chose.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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I decided to do this week's poem in a style reminiscent of bigjacbigjacbigjac's, though I make my line breaks differently than he does. I do miss him around here. I wish him and his wife Tonya all the best and I hope he stops in again one of these days to share some of his poetic thoughts with us.

By the way, dear readers, any and all of you are welcome to do the same. Just drop me a Kosmail if the mood strikes you and we can make that happen.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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A few weeks ago, in a comment I posted here in The Grieving Room, I mentioned that, in another year after this one, my husband, Andy, will have been gone for as long as we were married, which was just shy of four years. We did know each other for four years or so before we married, but I can't pin that down precisely. There was no way at that point to predict that eventually, we'd find our way to the altar, figuratively speaking (since we were married at the care center where his mother resided, by a municipal judge who had been a long-time family friend.) We'd met originally on-line (yes, we were one of those couples) and once my allergy to cats met the fact that he had at least four of them at the time we met, I'd relegated him to the “strictly friends” category. Only the fact that my older son entered a new relationship with a young woman with two cats (they're still together, and down to one cat now—we all still miss big, lovable, orange Jed), led me to re-examine the status of the relationship with Andy, who by then was down to two cats himself.

It's just funny, how those little quirks of fate work out. Because of all those cats, I took time to really get to know the person Andy was, before leaping into a relationship with him, which broke a long-standing pattern of mine that, frankly, needed to be broken. I felt with Andy, that I'd finally “gotten it right.”

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I refuse to just call it "Washington's Birthday!" We used to celebrate both Lincoln's and Washington's and then it was deemed that was one too many holidays. Though, as miserable a month as February is, I don't think you can HAVE too many holidays in that month. But, what do I know? And now they're chiseling Old Abe's birthday out entirely, or trying to. Southern redneck conspiracy, if you ask me. (Though I'm a little uncomfortable with the use of the term "redneck" as a pejorative, since the original rednecks were organizing workers fighting for their rights against the mine bosses and the Pinkerton bullies.) But enough of the haranguing. We're supposed to still be channeling the love from Valentine's Day, right?

So, on to poetry. Check below the orange squiggly dingbat to see what I've come up with this time.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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I'm going to present another of my friend Lee H. McCormack's poems, partly because I like it so much, and partly because I'm immersed in the process of trying to complete my learning track at Treehouse in Web Design, which I'm very close to doing, and eager to see that particular goal met. So, I'm exercising my prerogative to post a poem of my choosing, if not my own composition.

Enjoy, and respond as moved, in the comments. Find the poem below the orange squggly dingbat.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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By the time you read this, I'll be back at home in Portland, having spent my Monday traveling back from visiting my younger son for the holidays in Hawaii. It's been nice to have escaped a little of the colder winter weather, but I'm awfully glad to be heading home, if truth be known.

Since I gave ruleoflaw my "regular" 3rd Tuesday, I needed to take his "regular" 4th Tuesday, so below the orange dingbat, find my poetic thoughts this time around.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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Although the first Tuesday of the month is often when I "borrow" a poem from my friend Lee McCormack, I decided to do it the second one this time, just because nothing came to my own mind in the way of poetry and the remainder of the day is calling me. Enjoy!

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


 Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.

                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.

                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                

                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.    
       
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