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Severed Selves

Two separate divided silences,
Which, brought together, would find loving voice;
Two glances which together would rejoice
In love, now lost like stars beyond dark trees;
Two hands apart whose touch alone gives ease;
Two bosoms which, heart-shrined with mutual flame,
Would, meeting in one clasp, be made the same;
Two souls, the shores wave-mocked of sundering seas:--

Such are we now. Ah! may our hope forecast
Indeed one hour again, when on this stream
Of darkened love once more the light shall gleam?
An hour how slow to come, how quickly past,
Which blooms and fades, and only leaves at last,
Faint as shed flowers, the attenuated dream.

-- Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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I little something I wrote, What the hell right??

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God, A Poem

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Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2012 at 8:19am
Oh you are funny! I love poems and you write good ones.
I hope everyone is having a nice Monday!
Comment by David Sensei on May 14, 2012 at 8:15am

Thanks for the encouragement Steph, and I certainly will. Now you'll be sorry, lol.

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2012 at 5:55am

I love your poem David!

I hope you post more!

Comment by David Sensei on May 14, 2012 at 1:05am

Hi everyone. I just joined this group so I thought I'd offer a few original words to mark the occasion. Looking through the site I was particularly impressed by the Sarah Lindsey poem  'Underground Orchids', posted almost three years ago by Ajita Kamal (it's currently on p.3). I wish I could write serious stuff like that. Maybe one day. This is more my style:

I love to jot a jaunty rhyme about nothing in particular

It simply helps to pass the time when I am not vehicular

I do not worship god or love or ethereal sublimity

I shun all reference to such things, so that is rather limity

So what to write? You may well ask - I seem to have no motive

My words are neither insightful nor personally anecdotive

Of this I sing - the rhyme's the thing! And rhythm too amuses

So try a little verse like mine - it has cathartic uses

Moses saw a burning bush or so the bible claims

Not long after, chiseled out his maker's stated aims

Then he smashed them in disgust and went back for some more

'Thou shalt not this' , 'thou shalt not that': and the faithful hit the floor

Noah took the whole wide world and stuck it in a boat

For forty days and nights they say, somehow that boat did float

When they found land and hit the sand, their lord said 'Whoops. I'm sorry.'

Never again! I'll count to ten next time, so please don't worry.'

He sent a rainbow 'cross the sky, a proof of good intention

Red and green and blue and colors numerous to mention.

Stories such as this and more may in that good book are found

If it's non-fiction that's your bag, then you better look around

I could go on and bore you with another myth outrageous

Making nonsense verse and rhyme is really quite contagious

So much grist there for my mill, such lies subtle and bold

But they're 2000 pages long, and I am getting old

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2012 at 2:43pm

Enjoying all the new poems everyone has posted! You all are so creative!

Comment by Steph S. on April 5, 2012 at 11:03am

I hope to post more poems .. once things slow down at work and school.

Comment by Steph S. on December 21, 2011 at 9:45am
That's lovely Napoleon!
Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2011 at 1:28pm
Greetings everyone! Just joined.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 10, 2010 at 12:45am
Yes, very sweet. Perhaps the autobiography of an atom too.
Comment by It's just Matt on October 8, 2010 at 2:37am
It is dark
so dark
here I am
this dot
this small dot
traveling in the darkness

It is scary
to be this small
in the dark
with only scattered light

What I am
to the darkness
to the scattered light
to the vastness that is not me

Where will I go
What will I do
Will anything notice this small dot

Or will this dot come and go
like so many dots before
like so many I'll never hear
like so many I'll never see
like so many I'll never touch

Afraid of what I don't know
Afraid of what I do know
Afraid of which direction to take
Afraid of moving with too many mistakes

What's this?
Could it be?
Does another dot really shine for me?

Where has this other dot come from?
was I really awake or merely dreaming?
let me never sleep
let me never awaken

To think another dot would come along
another dot would stop
another dot would stay
another dot would share

Why would it not keep going?
Why would it not search for more light?
Why would it rest with me?
Me, the scared, unsure,unknowing

How long has it been there?
How many days
How many months
How many years

Have I overlooked this dot
in my search for great light
great hope
great truth

Does it know is shines?
does it know I am here
watching it
thanking it
hoping it never leaves

How do I?
How do I show...
How do I show that I'm shining too

But this light isn't mine
I'm borrowing it
I hope that's okay

I think I'll find my own one day
but for now
I hope it's okay
for me to stay
in the warm light
of this other dot
for awhile
thank you little dot
than you for sharing your light

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