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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 8, 2013 - 04:23pm PT
Spinoza

"Here in the twilight the translucent hands
Of the Jew polishing the crystal glass.
The dying afternoon is cold with bands
Of fear. Each day the afternoons pass
The same. The hands and space of hyacinth
Paling in the confines of the ghetto walls
barely exists for the quiet man who stalls
There, dreaming up a brilliant labyrinth.
Fame doesn't trouble him (that reflection of
Dreams in the dream of another mirror), nor love,
The timid love women. Gone the bars,
He's free, from metaphor and myth, to sit
Polishing a stubborn lens: the infinite
Map of the One who now is all His stars."
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 10, 2013 - 10:08am PT
I predict the sun will rise today
In a spectacular blaze of glory.
It will pop up in the age old way
Thatís all. Itís the end of this story.
--M.F. "It wouldn't be any better even if you paid me" Merced

Just another poetry brick in the wall.
Just another poetry brick in the wall.
Credit: mouse from merced

"But he knows so little of Spinozan th-theory, nor th-those of Leibnitz, neither..."--the C-//County Watchdog N-News, 10/14/13 (another prediction)

Spinoza's Joke about the bell-ringer of Notre Dame goes into the books as one of the most brilliant of his funniest jokes. He and Leibnitz invented "patter" and zBown and myself are merely followers of their routine. That should be under "Obvious" in Funk and Wagnall's.

In that bell-ringer joke, the brother? When he comes to apply for the job in the second half of the joke? Now THAT'S just the cat's meow!

"He's a dead ringer for his brother!" Cheese! Yer slayin' me!

I'm just a simple Gemini, searching for a twin.
I might just find me one, if I looked within.
If I only had a brain.--song


Meanwhile, in the other (which one was I on just now?) side of my brain, I might like to go to Spain: It's the place from where they broadcast the game show, Sephardy! hosted by Miguel "the Cat" Gato y Gato.

Who is Benito? Is he a Flame, a county, or a fictional mission near an actual town?

Just ask the Baptist John. He'll set ya straight, won't put you on.

Then, "San Juan Bautista is sure to become one of your most favored excursions."--the San Benito Blurb-Blog

Drivel, dravel, druzzle, Drone. Time for Whitey to come home.

You are expecting a real poem.

THE CAVE o La Cava

This cave smells of earthy shepherds and animal-breath
and there is a lingering scent of meadow-flowers
from the hay where a baby is laid.
Large and low, an unusually bright star peers down
from an angle of the cave-mouth
where the camel-hair drape hangs loose and Listen!
There is inexplicable singing from the hilltops!

Time, the scientist tells us, is a device
confined within a certain cosmological radius
upon which to hang our brief lives tick by tick.
The mind can tilt time back to sketch in
the inconsequential details of Luke's account.-
Shepherds in their sheepskins,
animals snuffling the newness of the baby.
Joseph pitting his glimmering oil lamp against the liquid starlight
and Mary bending over the child
who opens briefly the pansy-dark eyes
of the newly-born to search her amazed young face.

And still down the dusky centuries you and I and half the world
savour the raw simplicity of this makeshift mťnage
like salt on the morning tongue.
It is all here within the finger's touch,
and the small circle of the eye's reflection.

Yet it's significance lies well beyond the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
which will be received with exquisite courtesy,
far, far beyond the inexorable tick of our lives
and the immeasurable span of space.
This is a place to rest before we step once more into the time-held night.

--Patricia Bolton rsm
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 10, 2013 - 10:51am PT
Stalking Poetry by Brad Yoder
Written June 2009

saw a girl on a train in a country I was leaving,
and she may have smiled at me, or that might be wishful thinking,

anyway, I wonít see her again,
and you canít call a stranger a friend

on a street, in a town where I speak the language well enough to know
that Iím not home, and laugh at half the jokes, so I can tell

that Iíve lived here before,
but that countryís not here anymore..

I was trying to be free, trying to be kind,
Iím just trying to be me, so I hope that you donít mind
if I sing here on your street, in a language you donít speak,
Iím stalking poetry again, again..

and every gray apartment buildingís just a giant concrete filing cabinet
for childhoods and family stories of people I donít know at all,
and at any given moment surely someone must be feeling
every kind of human feeling somewhere in between those walls..

thereís a church on the square that they finally rebuilt
after the war, using stones that they sorted from the rubble,

now the old stone is black from the smoke,
while the new stone is yellow as gold,

underneath theyíre both the same, pieced together, old and new,
in a town after the war everyone can see your wounds,
so I sing here on your street, in a language you donít speak,
Iím stalking poetry again, again.. (repeat CH:1)

A stranger crow has never been seen than the Dunny Bird.  In towns and...
A stranger crow has never been seen than the Dunny Bird. In towns and counties near you sometime in the future, he assures me. Stand, or fly, by.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 10, 2013 - 11:08am PT
There's that bird again!
There's that bird again!
Credit: mouse from merced
The Himalayan legend says there are beautiful white birds that live completely in flight.
They are born in the air, must learn to fly before falling and die also in their flying.
Maybe you have been born into such a life with the bottom dropping out.

from "In Flight" by Jennifer K. Sweeney

Credit: mouse from merced

Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards:
Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster'd around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.

from "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats

Ryan's dream fulfilled.
Ryan's dream fulfilled.
Credit: science.howstuffworks.com

Let us fly in the Cathedral of the Air, Mr. Lindy.--Mrs. Lindy

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 13, 2013 - 09:14am PT
JIM REID AND SYD SCROGGIE/DARK LOCHNAGAR

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 17, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
The Early Purges

"I was six when I first saw kittens drown.
Dan Taggart pitched them, 'the scraggy wee shits',
Into a bucket; a frail metal sound,

Soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din
Was soon soused. They were slung on the snout
Of the pump and the water pumped in.

'Sure, isn't it better for them now?' Dan said.
Like wet gloves they bobbed and shone till he sluiced
Them out on the dunghill, glossy and dead.

Suddenly frightened, for days I sadly hung
Round the yard, watching the three sogged remains
Turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung

Until I forgot them. But the fear came back
When Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows
Or, with a sickening tug, pulled old hens' necks.

Still, living displaces false sentiments
And now, when shrill pups are prodded to drown
I just shrug, 'Bloody pups'. It makes sense:

'Prevention of cruelty' talk cuts ice in town
Where they consider death unnatural
But on well-run farms pests have to be kept down."
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 17, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Fastidious Drivel

You say no one's gonna like me
ĎCause I don't act like you
But I'm good at being myself
So what about you?
I got a fist full of dreams
And a pocket full of fists
Not gonna put up with your
Silly immature bull-sh*t

[Chorus]
I get dropped off face first
In front of the bus
While you fake your way
To the Top of the Pops
I would rather be alone
Than be your friend
Make your move but I'll stay true
To the bitter end

I get shot down Ďcause
I have my own opinion
Guess there's no room for difference
In this wireless nation
Told what I think is wrong
Well even if I end up last
I'll be wrong my whole life
While you have fun kissing a**

[Chorus]

Just because I don't hear
Doesn't mean I can't feel
And just because you have a voice
Doesn't mean you're real
You got far too much lash
And not enough eye
Hey!

--Christopher's Dead
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 17, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
"In the inky forest,
In its maziest,

Murkiest scribble
Of words

And wordless cries,
I went for a glimpse

Of the blossomlike
White erasure

Over a huge,
Furiously crossed-out something."
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 17, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
"Roads not yet glistening, rain slight,
Broken clouds darken after thinning away.
Where they drift, purple cliffs blacken.
And beyond -- white birds blaze in flight.

Sounds of cold-river rain grown familiar,
Autumn sun casts moist shadows. Below
Our brushwood gate, out to dry at the village
Mill: hulled rice, half-wet and fragrant"
Anastasia

climber
Home
Sep 17, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
The wind blew
The water pulled
claiming the earth, the rocks and you
as I poured your ashes into the sea
in the deafening roar of restless waves

this is where you use to fish as a kid
a place of memory

now forever in my mind
a part of me always with you

Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
All along the bent and angling coast
seaweed strands in sunken coves
groping beached shadows
from wave to wave

I always chase after them
their darkened strewn and floating forms
rolling like dead bodies
from wave to wave

What seaweed does not hide
its own short story of unknown depths
submarine worlds where time itself
folds its broken shell

Under each rubbery leaf
striped in faint running bands
like the blue veins on my father's arm
long long ago

A strand marks the sea's closing line
in underwater straits where I now stand
feet in the shallow blackness
hand against the sandy bulb

A frothing strand marks all the seaweed
in roped and stringed patterns
their soft crests fall soundless
sharp against the gathering stone

w.t.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 20, 2013 - 07:16am PT
The Crescent Arch March
--for Pat Ament

In a Dream of White Courage
I tried my best to discourage
A new trend that I saw.

Now I lay my chalk away
And to the Lord Belay I say:
Take this now and for all days.
This is what old Mousie says:
If with chalk you must play,
Just use plain old white or gray.

In a whirlwind of white dust
We climb the climbs we must.
Don't forget your quick-draw.


Mouse from Merced is a tard climber from Merced.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 23, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
Lament for a Dead Cow

Beautiful was Wetu as a blue shadow
That nests on the grey rocks
About a sunbaked hilltop;
Credit: mouse from merced
Her coat was black and shiny
Like an isipingo-berry;
Her horns were as sharp as the horns of the new moon
That tosses aloft the evening star;
Credit: mouse from merced
Her round eyes were as clear and soft
As a mountain pool,
Where shadows dive from the high rocks.
Old McDonald's-on-the-Prairie.  Millions served.
Old McDonald's-on-the-Prairie. Millions served.
Credit: mouse from merced

--Francis Carey Slater
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Sep 24, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Not a poem, but prose about storytelling and poetry is often (if not always?) about telling some kind of story:

ďWhen you are in the middle of a story it isnít a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. Itís only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else.Ē

― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Apropos with this crowd, because she is basically describing the genesis of any good climbing story.

Eric
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 24, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
"You told me once you believed in God.

The old man waved his hand. Maybe, he said...Oh I'd like to see him if I could.

What would you say to him?

Well,...And then I'm goin to ast him: What did you have me in that crapgame down there for anyway? I couldn't put any part of it together.

Suttree smiled. What do you think he'll say?

The ragpicker spat and wiped his mouth. I don't believe he can answer it, he said. I don't believe there is an answer."

CMC
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 24, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
"We were the leopards, the lions.

Those who replace us will be the jackals, the hyenas.

And all of us, leopards, lions, jackals and sheep will continue to think we're the salt of the earth."

Il Gattopardo
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 24, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Well Grounded

Every time I turn around
Another climberís in the ground.
If I fall and die today
Please donít let them hear you say:
ďHe died doing what he loved.Ē
Because I hate falling!

MFM
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 3, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
"The Lake Isle of Innisfree " by W.B. Yeats (read by Tom O'Bedlam)
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Oct 3, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
An Ode to Nighthawks


I blindly and bravely accept
my inglorious, heroic fate
forcibly tethered to this marine layer morning
of American flapjacks
and ancient retirees
discussing doctor visits
in the leathery booth next door.

I can hear that uncertain future
speechless as the grey undertow
of low running fog
and listless pancakes
staring back at me
with the eyes
of two over-easy eggs

I am still that American breakfast
embodied in my own corner diner
set against the shivering winds of change
wrapped within uncertain renewals
cast beneath Hooper's long-recalled shadow
the shape of an eternally hungry nighthawk
who once chanced never to sleep


W.T.



"Nighthawks"

Credit: Ward Trotter

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 3, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
Hah! "never to sleep"
...

Thanks, Chongo, for the update, at speed of light or any rate.
See, I met him in the dinner line. He and I, we got along fine.


Diagnostic--Atheistic
= Egotistic

So polite, nothing caustic

Just a cosmic joke

And a rolled-up smoke

Between new playmates

There's no ending to the universe

Just a vast stanza of a poem to be completed

Whenever

Infinity happens

Alone &/or Together

Who cares who or what created it besides Chongo and you others?

"Never say whenever never again."

That's what they may say that they told him to tell you.

Don't let them sell you on that, my friend.

So he shut up and he didn't shut down

And Mum's the WordStill

And Bob's Your Uncle

And he's a garage mechanic

Which makes him a grease monkey.

This is getting slippery...

As if I'm trapping myself on scree

I'll be your mimimonkey's uncle for you

If you'll just wake me the hell up and

Am I even on belay?

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