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Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Fri 28 Sep 2012, 13:07

I have enjoyed the company of many feline stars over the years. Sadly, they are now all gone but I have written a poem in memory of each one in which I have tried to capture his/her essence, what made him/her unique to me. They are sad poems as each one was written after their death but I have tried to include happy memories too. I hope you like them. Each poem brought closure to me which I found only after the poem was written.









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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Whiskers on Fri 28 Sep 2012, 14:19

Looking forward to reading your poems, Feather. I have already seen some you wrote on Spirit Love. (I do believe you are Searcher there?)

Such talent should be shared with the world. :thumb: When you are famous I want to be able to say I know you. I knew her before she was famous. Smile purr
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Fri 28 Sep 2012, 14:24

Thank you very much. I don't know for sure who you are but probably one of the regulars on SL.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Whiskers on Fri 28 Sep 2012, 14:35

Feather wrote:I don't know for sure who you are but probably one of the regulars on SL.

Yes. Wink
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Whiskers on Sun 11 Nov 2012, 00:15

toetap Where did you go Feather? catlick
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Tue 13 Nov 2012, 13:52

Whiskers wrote: toetap Where did you go Feather? catlick

Feather got distracted somewhat, Whiskers - with a family crisis. I hear that all is okay now in that department, so hopefully we'll be hearing some more from the talented (bardess ?) soon.

(If not, I'll be coming round yours, Searcher, with me rolling pin ... ) cheesy
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Wed 10 Apr 2013, 11:58

Sorry I haven't been here for ages. My mind has been too lazy to cope with more than one forum. I must do better. It may take a little time as I'm off to Inverness next week but I'll be here after that. xxx.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by watchman on Wed 10 Apr 2013, 17:14

bardess ?


Skald .... surely.
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Fri 12 Apr 2013, 12:46

watchman wrote:bardess ?


Skald .... surely.


Oooh, I dunno watchman. Feather might not be too happy being referred to by this description: obgob

Skald
Skald is a grumpy elderly man. He has a particular distaste for the Imperial Legion and often argues with citizens about them. He also has a fascination with war, much to the disapproval of the citizens of Dawnstar.
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Skald_the_Elder


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by watchman on Fri 12 Apr 2013, 17:38

I was thinking more in terms of ....

"The skald was a member of a group of poets, whose courtly poetry (Icelandic: dróttkvæði) is associated with the courts of Scandinavian and Icelandic leaders during the Viking Age, who composed and performed renditions of aspects of what we now characterise as Old Norse poetry "

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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Fri 12 Apr 2013, 23:33

watchman wrote:I was thinking more in terms of ....

"The skald was a member of a group of poets, whose courtly poetry (Icelandic: dróttkvæði) is associated with the courts of Scandinavian and Icelandic leaders during the Viking Age, who composed and performed renditions of aspects of what we now characterise as Old Norse poetry "

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I know. I found that too. Just thought it was funny when I found the other meaning listed straight after it. giggle


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Sun 14 Jun 2015, 16:29

OK already---

One of my attempts--

Sorry can't see how to paste the poem here. DUH.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Mon 15 Jun 2015, 12:07

Feather wrote:OK already---

One of my attempts--

Sorry  can't see how to paste the poem here. DUH.


Where are you trying to copy it from, Feather? - and how are you going about copying (and pasting) it? What exactly is the obstacle? Can you be a bit more explicit. Let's see if we can find a solution ........
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Mon 15 Jun 2015, 12:35

I'm copying it from Office 10 in My Documents folder. I used todoit a lot on SL but I can't see a Paste button on this page.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Mon 15 Jun 2015, 13:13

Feather wrote:I'm copying it from Office 10 in My Documents folder. I used todoit a lot on SL but I can't see a Paste button on this page.

Okay ...

There are at least 2 alternatives you can try .....

I don't know how you normally make your 'copy' action ..... might be one of these?

1.  Highlight what you need to copy, then right-click your mouse and press 'copy'
    Then when you go to the place where you want to post it, just right-click mouse again and press 'paste' ?

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(keyboard shortcut:  Sometimes this works when the above doesn't ...)

2.  When you highlight what you want to be copied - press 'control' plus 'c' (ctrl and c) on your keyboard ('c' for copy)
    Go to where you want to post it and on your keyboard press 'control' plus 'v' (ctrl and v)


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Mon 15 Jun 2015, 13:20

SPELLBOUND.


SHAGGY SHETLANDS CLEAVE TOGETHER,
THICK, CARPET RUMPS HELD TO THE WIND,
STURDY BEASTS WITH PATIENT EYES
OF CHOCOLATE BROWN.
A HAZY, PASTEL RAINBOW ARCS
ACROSS THE VISION, MERGING INTO
SLATEY CLOUDS OF SILENT MENACE
WHICH RULE THE SKY.
NOW SLEET IS SLICING DOWN TO EARTH;
IT STRIKES THE GLASS WITH FORCE AND STARTLES
BUT MELTS ONCE MORE IN SUNSHINE,
TEPID, PALE.

FOUR WHEELS BUMP AND GRIND ACROSS
ALARMING CAUSEWAY OF HEWN STONE,
ROCKY, ISOLATED PATHWAY
TO MEDITATION.
CHOPPY, FROTH-TOPPED, DANCING WAVES
JIG AND SWIRL TO MUSIC MUTE;
THEY FUSE AND PART, ARE EVER FAITHFUL
TO NATURE’S TUNE.
IN MIDDLE DISTANCE, THERE APPEARS
A LEAFY COPSE OF EVERGREENS,
A HAVEN FOR THE FEATHERED HARBINGERS
OF PROMISED SPRING.

REMOTE HORIZON OF YOUTHFUL DAYS-
CAREFREE DAYS OF HOPE AND LOVE-
IS BROKEN BY A SHEER CLIFF FACE,
MAJESTIC, HIGH.
A SOLITARY GULL DRIFTS BY,
GREY AND WHITE LIKE SEA BENEATH;
IT FLOATS, IT RISES, FALLS AT WILL,
SURVIVES ALONE.
IT HOLDS A SPECIAL FASCINATION,
SYMBOL OF POWER TO OVERCOME
THE VAGRANT WIND, THE STORMY SEA,
FOCUSED, ALOOF.

THE WATCHER SOON FEELS HESITATION
TO ENCROACH ON NATURE MORE,
BUT NO SUCH RETICENCE OBSTRUCTS
THE NEXT INTRUDER.
THE DRONING OF A HELICOPTER
BURSTS UPON THE ANCIENT SCENE,
PERSISTENT IN ITS WHIRLING FLIGHTS
ACROSS THE SKY.
THEN STRANGERS IN A RED-BOX CAR
CREEP ALONG THE RUGGED ROAD,
AND, AS THEY PASS, THEY SMILE AND WAVE
BUT DO NOT STAY.

CROFTS LIE DOTTED ROUND ABOUT,
COSY FAMILIES LODGED WITHIN;
SHEEP AND CATTLE CROP THE GRASS,
LUSCIOUS AND GREEN.
THEY EAT THEIR FILL, ARE UNAWARE;
HAPPILY, THEY CANNOT KNOW
THAT THEY ARE NURTURED FOR THEIR GIFTS
OF FLESH OR FLEECE.
AND SO THE SPELL IS BROKEN NOW;
THE MAGIC OF THE HOUR HAS PASSED,
THE SCENE DISSOLVES, THE WATCHER LEAVES
FOR MAN-MADE HOME.

NECESSITY, CONDITIONING
DRIVE THE WHEELS INLAND AGAIN,
BUT MEMORY HOLDS, FAST AND SURE, THE TIME
SPENT BY THE BAY.



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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Mon 15 Jun 2015, 13:22

The right click did it. Wowee. :thumb:


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 10:06



Childhood Garden.

Stone steps led from the paving below
Up to my fairyland
Where the winding path drew my tiny steps
And privet leaves brushed my hands.

On my left stretched out my favourite place
Where wild spring flowers grew free
Bluebells, daffodils, tulips and ferns
Surrounding the tall oak tree.

From a low sturdy branch was suspended my swing
Rickety, old but still strong
Where I spent many hours feeling lighter than air
Swinging, listening to sweet birdsong

But the path lured me on past the grey stone wall
To where colours and scents did abound
Columbines, honeysuckle, roses and mint
Spread their magical perfumes around.

A crazy pavement from there led down
To a sunken and stone courtyard
Where my father had fashioned a beautiful pond
And a concrete angel stood guard.

The water therein was deep and clear
A fountain bubbled up free
Golden Orbs and Catfish black
Darted about soundlessly.

Raised up on high and lying proud
Tended with loving care
Was my next delight, the fresh green lawn
A suntrap beyond compare.

Where I’d bathe in the warmth of the northern sun
Or sit on my horse made of wood
Pretending to be a brave cowgirl
Fierce and unyielding of mood.

A rockery steep dropped down on my left
With Pansies and pink London Pride
In the neat border bright Marigolds
And Tom Thumbs grew side by side

Beyond these again the garden was wild
Three saplings flourishing there
While beneath the wall sat the vegetable patch
Lovingly tended with care.

Gooseberries, rhubarb, cabbage and swedes
Raspberries, strawberries sweet
Often enjoyed by me as a child
With sugar and cream as a treat.

But one lingering memory surpasses all
And so it ever will be
‘twas the happiness found on a blistering day
When the family gathered for tea

Tea in our garden with cookies and jam
Sandwiches, biscuits and cakes
We were so fortunate in every way
O, how we loved those homebakes!

My childhood was blessed, surrounded by love,
In that garden I spent happy times.
After so many years these scenes I recall
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 10:09

The voyage home.

Ducking, diving, plunging free
White teeth bared, grinning at me
Fluid power, it sucks and rages
Around my feeble boat it wages
War- war to left and war to right
Surrounding me with liquid might
My craft of life is tossed and blown
Buffeted into seas unknown
I glance behind I see the rocks
Of memory and I feel the shocks
Of bygone shores that brought despair
I know I must not linger there.
Tides are fickle, dragging, greedy
Gaping jaws, alive and needy
Yet something surfaces inside
Fortitude and stubborn pride
Purpose guides my trembling hand
And, rowing, brings me back to land.

With beaded brow and plundered mind
My solitude and peace I find
At last, advancing years have blessed me
Still waters comfort and caresse me
The restless ocean fades from sight
I do not fear the coming night
For in my heart I surely know
I’ve weathered storm and strife and woe
Life’s breakers hold no fear for me
Here on the sands of harmony

I venture further inland yet
I reach a waterfall, a jet
Of cleansing crystal, sparkling bright
It bathes me, draws me to its light
I surrender all my being
To its beauty, to its healing
Powers. My spirit soars with joy and love
Conjuring up a pure white dove

I bless all creatures, bold and meek
Great and small, strong and weak
Parallel are all our lives
Subject to the force that drives
Us from the source that dwells within
To ride the storm-somehow to win

I gaze down from my vantage ground
In gratitude for what I’ve found
Peace and sweet serenity
In this, my new reality.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 10:23







WISE-UP TIME.


SELFISHNESS IS MEN’S WORST CRIME.
I TEND TO FIND THIS EVERY TIME.
“I’M ALL RIGHT, JACK!” IS THE CREED
WHICH THEY EMBRACE IN THOUGHT AND DEED.
IF YOU FIT IN WITH EACH PLAN,
AND PLEASE THEM EVERY WAY YOU CAN,
THEY THINK, OH, GOOD! I’VE FOUND A FOOL.
I’LL STICK WITH HER AND I’LL BE COOL,
FOR SHE WILL SUFFER BUT SAY NOUGHT.
THIS IS WHAT I’VE ALWAYS SOUGHT!
BUT, LADIES, LET ME SAY TO YOU,
“DON’T DO IT FOR HE’LL MAKE YOU BLUE.
DON’T THINK THAT YOU HAVE FOUND A FRIEND.
HE’LL ONLY DRIVE YOU ROUND THE BEND.
LEAVE! JUST GO WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
DON’T BOTHER WITH ANOTHER MAN,
FOR, TO BE SURE, THEY’RE ALL LIKE THAT,
SEARCHING FOR THEIR OWN DOORMAT.
DO IT SOBER; DO IT DRUNK,
BUT LEAVE THE SMUG, CONNIVING SKUNK!!


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 12:08

CLIMATE OF LOVE.


YEAR ON YEAR, THE SEASONS PASS,
VARIED, YET NOT CHANGING,
LIKE HOPEFUL LOVERS IN THE SPRING,
ACTING, STRUTTING, STAGING!
SILLY BIRDS! THEY CHANT AND SING,
WITH NO THOUGHT FOR THE ‘MORROW,
AND WE, LIKE THEM, ARE ON THE WINGS
OF LOVE- TO STEAL OR BORROW!

“THE” ONE APPEARS; WE’VE BUT ONE THOUGHT,
BEGUILED BY WINKS AND GLANCES,
WE OBEY WHAT NATURE’S TAUGHT,
WE RECKON UP OUR CHANCES!
THE SUN ENVELOPS US IN WARMTH,
IN FORM OF THE NEW-COMER,
THE SKIES ARE BLUE FOR LOVE IS NEW,
AND SUDDENLY IT’S SUMMER!
THE ROSE, LOVE’S FLOWER, LIFTS UP ITS HEAD,
TO MEET THE SUN’S HOT KISS,
WHILE LOVERS, TOO, ABSORB THE JOY
OF CLOSE, ROMANTIC BLISS!

BUT SUMMER IS A FICKLE TIME;
IT SMILES, IT CHARMS, IT PLEASES,
YET- LITTLE DOES IT GIVE AWAY
IN ITS GENTLE BREEZES!
SOON FADES THE SWEETNESS OF THE DAY
FOR LEAVES, LIKE TEARS, ARE FALLING,
SWIRLING DOWN AS HOPES DECAY,
AND AUTUMN COMES A- CALLING!

LOOK UP TO THE BROODING SKY,
SEE THE MOODY WATERS;
CAN LOVE REALLY BE A LIE?
IT’S UNSURE; IT FALTERS.
WHETHER IT BE NIGHT OR DAY,
MUDDY IS THE VISION,
ALL APPEARS IN SHADES OF GREY.
CONFUSION! INDECISION!

WHERE IS SPRING NOW? WHERE THE LARK?
WHERE IS SUMMER’S AWNING?
CREATURES SCUTTLE IN THE DARK,
O, BLACK WINTER’S DAWNING!
LOVE IS LOST; ITS FLOWER IS SPENT.
BEYOND HORIZON’S LIMIT,
IT’S OUT OF REACH, IT’S OUT OF SIGHT
O, WHY DO WE BEGIN IT?
AS MOUNTAIN PEAK, TOO HARD TO SCALE,
REMAINS ALOOF, UNBROKEN,
THE CLIMBER, THO, IS LEFT WITH JUST
A PHOTOGRAPH, A TOKEN.

A LESSON HARSH DOES WINTER TEACH
TO ANIMAL AND BIRD,
BUT THEY ADAPT AND ARE RENEWED.
WHY ARE WE SO ABSURD?
IGNORE THE CALLING OF THE DOVE;
SHIELD THE TELL-TALE EYES;
TURN AWAY FROM SPRING AND LOVE.
THEY’RE MASTERS OF DISGUISE!
LEARN THE LESSON OF THE BIRDS;
HEAR UNDER-CURRENTS RUN
THROUGH THE LOVER’S HONEYED WORDS.
TAKE SHELTER FROM THE SUN!
SEE THE MOON?FORGET THE SIGHS.
APPLY A LITTLE REASON.
THE STARS ARE COLD AS OLD LOVE’S EYES,
AND APATHY’S IN SEASON!1

BUT FEEL NO PAIN OR BITTERNESS;
FEEL NO SWEETNESS EITHER,
FOR HE WHO CAUSES THE DISTRESS
WILL SURELY HARBOUR NEITHER!
YES, LET PEACE INVADE THE MIND,
BRING SOLACE AND CONTENTMENT.
TAKE HIBERNATION OF A KIND
TO BANISH ALL RESENTMENT.
BUT O, BEWARE OF SPRING’S ADVANCE,
WHEN BUDS BEGIN TO BLOOM.
THINK WELL BEFORE YOU TAKE THAT CHANCE
LEST BRIGHTNESS TURN TO GLOOM!














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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 12:11

MIST AND LILIES.


MIST IS GATHERING IN THE GRAND SCHEME.
STONES, GREY BENEATH MY FEET,
BETRAY MY STEP, HEAVY AS MY HEART,
TOO HEAVY WHEN THE SILENCE OF THE DEAD
IS RECKONED.
CHARCOAL SKY DESCENDS ON SACRED STONE,
AND, AS I NEAR THE PORTAL,
FACES, GREY AS MINE, REFLECT MY PAIN.

SIDE BY SIDE THE MOURNERS SIT
ROW ON SOMBRE ROW,
FROM WHERE I HIDE MY EYES,
TO WHERE THE MUSIC SWELLS,
INTRUDING ON MY MEDITATION.

PAST AND PRESENT MERGE BENEATH
MY LOWERED LIDS. A FACE APPEARS,
A FACE I KNEW, THAT SMILED ON ME
AND HAD THE POWER TO CRYSTALISE
A DIAMOND MOMENT AND DRAW IT,
SPARKLING, FROM THE DROSS OF TIME.

A PAIR OF DOVE-GREY EYES CONVEY TO ME
A TRUTH THAT I MUST LEARN.
LOUDER THAN THE DISTANT HYMN
THE MESSAGE THAT THEY BRING,
MORE PENETRATING THAN THE PRAYER
I HEAR AFAR, PERFORMED IN
PIOUS PLATITUDES.

DRAW BACK, MY FRIEND, FROM THAT DARK CAVE
WHERE GRIEF AND MELANCHOLY NURTURE
LAMPLIGHT DAYS.
IN MISTY MOOD YOU LINGER, LOST AND LONE,
AND PETALS FORM BEFORE YOUR EYES,
YET LEAVE THE FLOWER UNSEEN.

FOR WE HAD DAYS TOGETHER, YOU AND I,
DISTILLED DROPS OF DAYS
WHEN KINDRED SPIRITS TALKED,
WHEN SOUL-MATES LAUGHED AS ONE
AND PONDERED ON THE PLAITED PATHWAYS
THAT WE TROD.

BUT NOW THE WAY DIVIDES AS IN A MAZE;
OUR VISION IS OBSCURED, AND WE,
LIKE BATS AT DAWN ON HOMEWARD WING,
DO BLINDLY REACH OUT FOR
OUR FUTURE DAYS.
BUT- KNOW THAT NOTHING BREAKS
OR IS FOREVER LOST.
ALL SHALL BE WHOLE AGAIN.

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THE APRIL SUNLIGHT STARTLES ME
AS GREY GIVES WAY TO BLUE.
A PLAYFUL BREEZE TORMENTS
THE LILY STEMS AND BENDS THEM
TO ITS WILL.
BUT, AS I PASS, THEY RAISE THEIR HEADS
AND WINK THEIR EYES AT ME.

SORROW MELTS; I PLUMB THE ICEBERG’S
DEPTH; I VISUALISE THE FAR SIDE
OF THE MOON; I TOUCH AGAIN
THE ESSENCE OF MY FRIEND.




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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 13:22

Dear Feather,  

It's wonderful to see your eloquent expressions back in print!  Thank you so much for sharing with us here.

'Mist and Lilies' -  I like to think this is your most recent creation and so expresses your current, positive stance(?) happyheart
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 13:43

No, actually, it was written in 1992 after the passing of my friend, Kathleen Mulraine, who was also my cleaner at the time. We were close pals.


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Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 13:44

She was only 49 when she passed from cancer.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 13:56

lol - I'm always interested to see what 'Similar Topics' come up at the end of threads here.  They appear automatically and change every now and then (supposed to be appropriate to what's written in the thread).  You can click into them and they take you to the originating site.

The first one that appears at the end of this thread - 'The Smokers Own Book of Poetry'   surprised  giggle

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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Kitkat on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 14:00

The selection has changed already! Five different 'Similar Topics' now.

Here is a connection to 'The Smoker's Book of Poetry' that came up there briefly:

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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 17:46

DOUBT.

MIND GAME.


WHAT ARE WE? WHO ARE WE?
WHAT TREASURE DO WE HOLD?
HIDDEN FROM OUR SEARCHING EYES-
DO WE HAVE A SOUL?
THE WORD IT HAS A SOUND FORLORN,
HOWEVER WE CAN SAY IT,
REMOTE IN DEPTHS WE CANNOT PLUMB.
O, PLEASE BE THERE.I PRAY IT.
FORWHAT, IF NOT, IS E’ER WORTHWHILE,
IN SUNLIGHT OR IN GLOOM,
IF ALL THERE IS TO PONDER
IS DEATH, DECAY AND DOOM?
YET THERE’S NO UNDERSTANDING
FOR US IN LIFE’S SOJOURN
OF THE ETERNAL BEAUTY
WE CRAVE- AND SO WE MOURN
THE PASSING OF THE STRANGER
WHOM WE HAVE NEVER KNOWN,
THE STRANGER, LIFE ETERNAL,
WHOSE SEEDS WERE NEVER SOWN?












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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Whiskers on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 20:24

Loving all of your poems Feather.  I love you   They really are from the heart. I can feel all the different emotions in each one.
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 20:57

Only silence.

The widow crouched in darkened room
Once more gathering her thoughts,
Black as wisps of soot from fire,
Searching for what she sought.

Trying to listen, to reach beyond
The confines of her brain.
Concentration dewed her brow
As she fought to ease her pain.

She closed her weary tear stained eyes
And entered the empty gloom
Of the space behind her lowered lids
As soundless as his tomb.

Nothing to see, nothing to hear,
O, why should this be so?
Nightly vigils she had kept
Here on the earth below.
She’d heard tales of visions bright
Of soft words coming through
From loved ones in the higher realms
Pledging their love anew.

Was it then a blessed dream
That she could also share?
But only silence mocked her now
For nobody was there.
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Post by Feather on Tue 16 Jun 2015, 21:23

The Basket.                                              

She sat in the sultry heat
Of every weary day
Clasping the yellow straw
For this was the only way
She’d find the means to live
To feed her hungry child
To keep him from the cold
From winter’s ruthless wiles

Her wounded fingers bled
As she plied her humble trade
Weaving  back and forth
Too tired to be afraid
It was seldom she took a rest
Or lifted her weary eyes
Intent on her day’s long task
And the sound of her baby’s cries

At last it was twilight time
Her desperate chore complete
She sighed and dragged herself
On to her earth-stained feet
Grit stung in her bloodshot eyes
But she heeded not the pain
As she reached her humble home
For her baby would eat again.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Fri 19 Jun 2015, 23:01



Copper was beautiful inside and out. He was killed on the road when he was two years old in 1989.




SHADES OF COPPER.



COPPER WAS MINE.
SOFT TO THE TOUCH OF MY HAND,
HIS FLAME-SILK COAT,IN WAVES OF
FIRE-DARKER,LIGHTER-FLOWED,
RIGHT TO THE SMOKE-WHITE TIP
OF HIS TAIL.

COPPER WAS MINE.
MERCILESS,QUICK-FIRE PAW,
OBEYING THE DICTATES OF CATDOM,
MOUSE-ON-THE-RUN,AND ,
HUNTER,HYPNOTISED BY HEREDITY,
POUNCED TO KILL.

COPPER WAS MINE.
UNDER THE FIRE,BEYOND SAVAGERY,
HIS SPIRIT GLOWED IN EYES OF JADE
THAT SEARCHED AND FOUND MY SOUL.
GENTLE THE BEAST THAT RESTED
ON MY BREAST.

COPPER WAS MINE.
HIS MEMORY, FRESH AND DEEP AS FOREST
IN THE SPRING, INVADES MY MOOD
OF DARKENING DAYS, TURNS IT TO THE
GREENNESS OF HIS EYES, AND DAWN-DEW
TEARS ARE DAMNED.

COPPER WAS MINE.
ALL FACETS OF HIM SPARKLE
FOR ME NOW, HERE IN THE MIDNIGHT
DARK. BLIND I AM TO SORROW,
FOR I KNOW HIS EMBER-GLOW IS STILL.
COPPER IS MINE


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Post by Feather on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 10:44

A tongue-in-cheek admonishment to a female teenager.

Generation Gap.

                             

O, what a skirt with frills can do
To cheer me up when I am blue!
A coloured creation off the peg
Softly caressing my lower leg.

“Mutton as lamb,” I hear her say.
“Come on now, girl. You’ve had your day.
Better to dress in plainer style,
You’ve not been twenty for a while.”

“Go suck a lemon,” is my retort.
“Your’re only jealous. I know your sort.
Young or old, it doesn’t matter,
You’re over weight and getting fatter.

Lose the weight and then you can shout
You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Look in the mirror and start that diet.
Until then, I suggest you keep quiet!

I may be old but I’ve learned one thing.
A heart that is young is a true blessing
It means I can wear whatever I like
So close your mouth and take a long hike.”


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Post by Feather on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 10:45


MEDITATION.


WHEN THE BREAKERS ROAR AND THE WIND IS SHRILL
SEEK THE DEPTHS OF YOUR CAVERNOUS MIND.
SEARCH THE TUNNELS OF THOUGHT, THE RECESSES STILL
FOR THE DREAMS THAT YOU LEFT FAR BEHIND.

COUNT THE FANTASIES THERE; SEE THE IMAGES CLEAR
AS THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE SO ALIVE
THE SOFT SOUNDS OF LOVE, DRAW THEM EVER SO NEAR
AND YOU’LL FIND THAT THEY SWEETLY SURVIVE.

IN THAT HAVEN DO LINGER TILL MEMORIES BRIGHT
BANISH DARK CLOUDS OF FEAR FROM YOUR THOUGHTS
RE-LIVE THE DAYS WHEN YOU BASKED IN THE LIGHT
OF THE PATTERNS OF HOPE THAT YOU WROUGHT.

CONJURE UP FACES SO DEAR TO YOUR HEART
PICTURE THEM AS THEY ONCE WERE
BRING THEM SO CLOSE THAT THEY NEVER DEPART
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Post by Feather on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 10:56

For my friend, Inga, who helped me sow seeds for the first time.
We went through university together.










PETAL POWER.


THE TERRACOTTA POT STANDS STRONG,
UNYIELDING TO THE FRACTIOUS GALE,
PROVIDING SHELTER, HOLDING FAST
AGAINST THE SNOW, AGAINST THE HAIL,
STRENGTHENING HOPE WITHIN THE HEART
THAT PROMISES IT HOLDS WITHIN
WILL BE FULFILLED AT WINTER’S END
WHEN JOY AND WARMTH AND LIFE BEGIN.
THO’, EVEN NOW, BEYOND THE RIM,
THE BROODING GHOST OF JACK FROST LINGERS,
SILENT, GLISTENING, ICY-COLD,
MISTING THE BREATH, BURNING THE FINGERS,

YET SUDDENLY, AND THRUSTING HIGH,
MIRACULOUS IT IS TO SEE
ONE GOLDEN, ROSE-TIPPED, BLUSHING BUD
EMBRACING LIGHT, ASCENDING FREE.
IN ITS SEARCH FOR SKY AND SUN,
‘TIS STRANGE THAT SUCH A TENDER FLOWER
SHOULD HOLD, WITHIN ITS TINY STEM,
THIS ENERGY, THIS AWESOME POWER.
AND YET MORE WONDER IT CONCEALS
IN ALL ITS GOLDEN, FIREY HUES
FOR, IN ITS WARMTH, ITS TENDERNESS,
IT CONJURES UP A THOUGHT OF YOU,
FOR SEEDS WERE SOWN AGAIN THAT DAY,
THAT AUTUMN DAY OF THREATENING RAIN,
AS SEEDS OF FRIENDSHIP LONG AGO
WHICH BLOSSOMED- AND, TODAY, REMAIN.


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 20:02


AGAINST THE TIDE.


O, FOR WASHDAY WITH NO BLUES,
O, FOR T.V. WITH NO NEWS,
O, FOR THE CHILD WITHOUT THE BIRTH,
O, FOR HAPPINESS HERE ON EARTH,
O, FOR A WISHING WELL!
O, FOR A ROSE WITHOUT A THORN,
O, FOR THE CALM WITHOUT THE STORM,
O, FOR DARKNESS WITHOUT FEAR,
O, FOR LOVE WITHOUT A TEAR,
O, FOR THE BLARNEY STONE!
O, FOR SOLITUDE SERENE,
O, FOR JOY THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN,
O, FOR DEATH WITHOUT HIS STING,
O, FOR EVERY HAPPY THING,
O, FOR THAT RAINBOW’S END!
O, FOR HONEY WITHOUT THE BEE,
O, FOR TIME TO FIND THE KEY,
O, FOR KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT PAIN,
O, FOR ABEL WITHOUT CAIN,
O, FOR A SILVER LINING!


O, FOR MAGIC WITH NO WAND,
O, FOR WATCHES WITH NO HANDS,
FOR NO FAMINE AFTER FEAST,
O, FOR BEAUTY WITHOUT THE BEAST,
O, FOR THE DISNEY STAR!
O, FOR TRUST WITHOUT SUSPICION,
O, FOR MIRTH WITHOUT DERISION,
FOR DELIGHT WITHOUT DELUSION,
O, FOR THOUGHT WITHOUT CONFUSION,
O, FOR A PEARL OF WISDOM!
O, TO GAIN ON ROUNDABOUTS,
AND STILL BE BOLD ON SWINGS,
O, TO DWELL ON TREASURES PAST,
YET FEAR NOT WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS,
O, FOR A FOUR-LEAFED CLOVER!
O, FOR A MORN WITHOUT A NIGHT,
O, FOR A TUNNEL FILLED WITH LIGHT,
O, FOR GIVING WITH NO LOSS,
O, FOR JESUS WITH NO CROSS,
O, FOR THE LIFTED VEIL!
O, FOR “NEAR” WITHOUT “AFAR”,
O, FOR THE PEACE WITHOUT THE WAR,
O, FOR HOPE WITHOUT ITS DOUBT,
O, FOR A HEAVEN WITH NO DEVOUT,
O, FOR THAT FINAL CURTAIN!


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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Stardust on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 22:39

Lovely magic moments. Thank you for allowing us the benefit of sharing your inspiration, Feather. happyheart
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 22:48

Thank you, Stardust. You don't usually post over the weekend. Have you got a computer at home now?


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 Jun 2015, 23:20

You don't miss much, Feather, lol. Sherlock
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Sat 27 Jun 2015, 10:01


Circular Walk.


Contrasts abound where I love to walk
On the outskirts of my home town.
Surrounding a lake, a path curves right
Luring me on-round and round.

A few feet away, the waters lap
And kiss the weather worn beach
While sea birds and swans dance to the tune
Of the gentle ripples beneath.


The northern air is fresh and cool
As I deep-breathe it into my breast
Refreshing me, cleansing me, urging me on
While I take in each glorious breath.



Not for me are those hot and sultry shores
Nor teeming cities so bright
Give me auroras of dazzling green
Backdrop to my islands’ night.


I see in the distance, piercing the sky,
The cathedral’s ancient spire
Lasting symbol of a by-gone age
Gold weather vane flashing out fire.


Red sandstone walls, hewn long ago
From the land of my Viking kin,
Drop down to the soil of the old graveyard
With mem’ries of my origins.



My footsteps follow a well worn path
Snaking up from the water’s edge
I’m startled but glad as the wings of a wren
Beat up from a hawthorn hedge.


I reach the crest of an upward slope
And pause as I take in the view
Miniature cars on a ribbon of road
Flash by in rainbow hues.


As I near the end of my peaceful stroll
An evergreen copse shelters me
Under its canopy, luscious and green
Where I linger soundlessly

I feel cocooned, protected there
From all that would give me pain
A few more steps and I smile to see
That I’m back where I started again.








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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by lar-lar on Fri 03 Jul 2015, 23:00

I'm happy to have my fix of your lovely poetry, Feather.
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Post by Feather on Fri 03 Jul 2015, 23:11

Aw, thank you, lar-lar. I have more but haven't got them on here yet.
I'm so chuffed you are posting here.xxx. flower


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I'm so chuffed you're here too! happyheart
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Re: Poetry from the heart.

Post by Feather on Tue 16 Aug 2016, 12:27

Trials.

"Hope springs eternal"  flower

O,the ups and downs of life!
O, the sorrows and the strife!
O, when everything goes amiss,
Hope for happiness. Hope for bliss.
Just be patient. Just be kind,
Just be silent. You will find
In your meditations deep,
When you're on the verge of sleep,
Comfort comes in strange disguise.
An image or an adage wise
Presents itself to troubled brain
And you will soon be whole again.
Watch and listen while you dream,
For that's when angels always seem
To hover o'er your drowsy head
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Post by Stardust on Tue 16 Aug 2016, 19:54

Feather wrote:Trials.
"Hope springs eternal"  flower

O,the ups and downs of life!
O, the sorrows and the strife!
O, when everything goes amiss,
Hope for happiness. Hope for bliss.
Just be patient. Just be kind,
Just be silent. You will find
In your meditations deep,
When you're on the verge of sleep,
Comfort comes in strange disguise.
An image or an adage wise
Presents itself to troubled brain
And you will soon be whole again.
Watch and listen while you dream,
For that's when angels always seem
To hover o'er your drowsy head
Bringing solace to your bed.
That's so beautiful, Feather. Thanks for sharing it with us. happyheart


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Post by Feather on Tue 16 Aug 2016, 22:30

Thank you as ever, Stardust. This one just came to me as I wrote it here. As you know, I don't quite believe in angels but never mind that. giggle


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Post by Kitkat on Wed 17 Aug 2016, 10:00

Feather wrote:This one just came to me as I wrote it here. As you know, I don't quite believe in angels but never mind that. giggle

And there was I thinking you'd experienced some kind of revelation ....

Hmm  Well, those reflective, philosophical, poignant thoughts transcribed into words had to have come from somewhere .... cyclops ...
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Post by Feather on Wed 17 Aug 2016, 10:23

Yep! Maybe my conscious brain, maybe my subconscious brain or maybe--just maybe-- another dimension. If  the last one, why don't I get contact in more ways than just poetry? Ah, the mysterious Muse! shrug


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Post by Kitkat on Wed 17 Aug 2016, 10:41

Feather wrote:Yep! Maybe my conscious brain, maybe my subconscious brain or maybe--just maybe-- another dimension. If  the last one, why don't I get contact in more ways than just poetry? Ah, the mysterious Muse! shrug

Feather, wherever the inspiration came from - the answer to that question (and more) is right there in your poem!
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Pets --- present and past.

Post by Kitkat on Tue 09 May 2017, 12:42

In the middle of transferring data over to the new soon-to-be-opened Light After Life forum.
The process is taking me back to the very start of LAL (back in January 2008), as I am manually copying over every post ever made to be included and archived in the new LAL when it's ready for the off.  A slow and arduous task, (see PM sent to all LAL members here, for details), but one that I am enjoying immensely as it's bringing back some precious memories, memories which should not be allowed to be lost in the passage of time. 

study  In the process, I came acros this little treasure trove ------
a whole thread full of poem memorials to each of Feather's cats:  flower

 I think it belongs here.  Smile   

You can read them all in the following thread (from the new LAL):  ENJOY!  Very Happy

http://lightafterlife.forumotion.com/t412-pets-present-and-past


(the date on which each post was originally made is at the top of each post, coloured green.)

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