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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.    
 


The quiet room.

Let me show you
a fictional room,
a room of my daydreams.

The room is about twenty feet
by twenty feet,
but not quite square.

Since this is a daydream,
you're not quite clear
what kind of building
the room is in;
maybe the ground floor of a hotel,
making the room a small meeting room,
or an office building,
making the room just a small office.

But the contents of the room
make it seem like a library,
but,
then again,
libraries don't have rooms like this either.

The room has three large,
round tables,
but only one chair,
a stacking chair,
like commercial buildings usually have.

On each table
is a scattered pile of booklets,
about one hundred booklets
on each table,
about three hundred booklets in all.

The booklets are small enough
to be made of copy paper,
with card stock covers,
and the covers are an assortment
of pastel colors,
pink,
light green,
ivory,
baby blue.

Two shades of ivory;
more ivory than the other colors.

Each booklet has a title,
in a large print font,
on the pastel card stock cover,
an assortment of different fonts.

None too fancy;
simple,
understated fonts,
like the lines of verse
inside the booklets.

You walk around,
sampling a few lines of poetry,
from a few of the booklets,
and then your feet get tired,
and you move the chair
to the table with the booklet that caught your interest,
and you start reading the whole thing.

The lines flow,
some better than others.

"Our hand made,
home made,
king sized
platform bed."

You find yourself wishing
you could send a message
to the writer of the poetry,
that bigjac dude.

Maybe a blog,
with a comment thread,
where you could leave a comment.

The room is quiet,
but lonely.

You get up from the chair,
and leave the room,
and go,
and live your life,
with the lines of poetry,
trickling through your brain,
and contaminating your thoughts,
for the rest of your life.

Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule






DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
Sun 2:00 PM What's on Your E-Reader? Caedy
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON
alternate Mondays
2:00 PM Political Books Susan from 29
Mon 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery michelewln, Susan from 29
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
alternate Thursdays 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
Fri 8:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht; first one each month by ArkDem14
Fri 10:00 PM Slightly Foxed -- but Still Desirable shortfinals
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 11:00 AM You Can't Read That! Paul's Book Reviews pwoodford
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

We have a volunteer
for the third Tuesday
of each month.

Three more such volunteers,
and I can relax!

So,
aside from any third Tuesday,
such as the 20th of this month,
aside from those,
all the other Tuesdays
are opportunities for you.

You have the poetry in you;
I can feel it!

Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 12:16 AM PT: Hey gang!
I forgot to mention,
the three hundred booklets
are simply a visualization
of what it could look like
if I were to simply print all my 300
Daily Kos diaries,
staple them into booklets,
and lay them on tables,
in a quiet room.

My Daily Kos Diaries.

Thanks.

Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 12:28 AM PT: Link to the list of my diaries:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 02:00:11 PM PDT

  •  Delicately drawn delightful daydream (3+ / 0-)

    drifting down dendrites in my dome.

    Never saw you write anything quite like this. Here's another cream dream:

    In the white room with black curtains near the station.
    Black-roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings.
    Silver horses run down moonbeams in your dark eyes.
    Dawn-light smiles on you leaving, my contentment.
    I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines;
    Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves.
    You said no strings could secure you at the station.
    Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows.
    I walked into such a sad time at the station.
    As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning.
    I'll wait in the queue when the trains come back;
    Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves.
    At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd.
    Consolation for the old wound now forgotten.
    Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes.
    She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings.
    I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd;
    Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 04:37:27 PM PDT

    •  Well, Brecht, you got me singin' it (3+ / 0-)

      Another one of my neglected arts. I'll have to see what I can do about that one, too.

      I agree, bigjacX3, that this poem is in a somewhat different vein than what you usually share with us. I like it a lot. The Many Sides of Bigjac. ;^)

      -----------------

      My agenda these days
      Seems to be governed
      By Community Sponsored Agriculture
      Shares arriving each Wednesday
      Setting my food preparation
      Schedule for the week.

      The challenge:
      Try to use everything,
      Not wasting any (or as little as possible)
      Experimenting with each week’s
      New contributions
      Some turning out surprisingly well!

      My husband wouldn’t believe
      All the cooking I do.
      I left it mostly up to him
      When he was still around
      The kitchen, after all
      Is pretty small for two-at-a-time.

      I seem to experiment more freely
      When there’s no one else around.
      I don’t know if it’s the introvert
      Or the broken child in me
      That makes me this way.
      Or if, in the end, it matters.

      What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

      by Kit RMP on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 07:02:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I love music. And I sing just like a bird (3+ / 0-)

        caught in an electric fence.

        I like the discovery and invention of kitchen-play. Though I haven't done much of it for a long time. I mostly rotate the same half-dozen meals.

        All play is good: Dancing, singing, rhyming, cooking, crafting, dreaming in color. Spirit wants to stretch and grow. Healthy to find the places where you feel yourself being born, and make time and space for them.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 07:34:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  My dear Kit: so true. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Kit RMP, RiveroftheWest
         I seem to experiment more freely
        When there’s no one else around.  

        In the first months
        after my first wife, Pam, died,
        I started buying
        the cheapest red wine
        the liquor store had,
        and bananas,
        and strawberries,
        and lemon juice.

        I grabbed a very large mixing bowl,
        and sliced the bananas
        and sliced the strawberries,
        and poured in the wine and lemon juice,
        and lots of sugar,
        and stirred the whole thing up,
        and ate it.

        You can try that recipe,
        if you like.

        What foods have you been getting
        from your
        Community
        Sponsored
        Agriculture
        Shares?

        Any recipes for us?

        Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

        by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 12:06:54 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I could do a whole diary (0+ / 0-)

          on the topic of vegetables that are new to me and what I've done with them, so I think I will save that topic and do a diary down the road a piece. Just so you know I'm not ignoring the question. ;^)

          What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

          by Kit RMP on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 06:48:52 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Child endangerment.... (3+ / 0-)

    is the direct result of child engenderment?

    Can that be right?

    There is NO PLACE for GOVERNMENT in a VAGINA !!!!

    by Warren Pease on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 05:59:09 PM PDT

    •  Yes. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Kit RMP, RiveroftheWest

      The theme is this:

      Famine in America,
      by 2050;
      the post-peak oil
      American apocalypse.

      Less diesel fuel
      for the farmers,
      and more humans,
      more mouths to feed.

      Bringing a child
      into that situation
      certainly endangers that child.

      Understand?

      http://www.dailykos.com/...  

      That link is to an example
      of my famine alarm diaries.

      Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 11:46:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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