Archive for July 2008:

Looking- Swapping

There was a goldfish in a bowl and a kitten peeking from outside
The kitten had its nose pressed against the glass globe
Looking inside wishing wanting an in
The goldfish ogled at the kitten wanting an out
With swapped places
The kitty is inside and
The goldfish is out
Having got their wish
They both realize
That it matters not whether you are inside or out
The key is to be in tune with self
Barriers will automatically vanish
Fusing all into a unified whole
Visualization, perception, realization

Ultimately swapping places
Trading spaces. Matters not

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and
to be able  to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Lin Yn-tang, 1895-1976, Chinese Writer and Philologist

True contentment comes with empathy.
Tim Finn
New Zealander, Musician Quotes

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge,
for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
Kahlil Gibran, Author Nationalities, Poet Quotes

Poem 2

swapped places- Fishdream

fumbling goldfish,  furious frantic freaking

writhing feline critter cowering confused

contained confined cogitating cajoling

finny friend forcing freedom frowning

scared cat, crying, twisted hapless toddler,

swapping places, transference, juxtaposed askew

globe, mini ocean, goldfish world, verily, true

magical, Houdini, sleight of hand, swapping

spaces, seeking  short span, brief, somersaults

confining, confusing kitty, ball of fur and fish

perception, telepathy. tantalising visualisation

teleportation, swapping spaces, trading places

who is who, what is what, vision, sighting, slanted

Fishdream free unconfined, feline foe fear fraught

swapped places, trading spaces fishdream fantasy

When of a gossiping circle it was asked,
What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1751-1816, Anglo-Irish Dramatist


My excitement knew no bounds
Pleasurable thoughts n desires
Blood coursing with more verve
It was the season to fly the nest

Amid great fanfare the palanquin bearers
Carried their precious cargo to other shores
Life began with excitement and highs n lows
Yet you were you and I was I, two strangers

Life rhythms jived not, yet we were bound
Both at sea knowing not how to respond
Then you prevailed and overshadowed me
Swallowing me whole like a hungry python

Cocooned in your being I became oblivious
Living, surviving coiled fetus, dreams intact
Puppet yanked, an automaton, soul intact
I survived n thrived inwards, refusing to die

False prestige, loyalty kept me captive to your whims
Yet I thumbed my nose daily strengthening from within
You called the shots and days and nights were yours
Body can be possessed but my soul you never got

Then one day I was born as your life ebbed away…
The phoenix of my tethered soul rose free up n up

Do not fall prey to the false belief that mastery and domination are synonymous with manliness.
Kent Nerburn ,American, Author Quotes

Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
Ambrose Bierce ,American, Journalist Quotes

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
Robert Stevenson, Author Nationalities, Politician Quotes

The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.  All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.
Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.
Andrea Dworkin, 1946-, American Feminist Critic

Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.
Theodor Adorno, German, Philosopher Quotes

The more developed sexual passion, in both sexes, is very largely an emotion of power, domination, or appropriation. There is no state of feeling that says ”mine, mine,” more fiercely.
Charles Horton Cooley, 1864-1929, American Sociologist
Grand dissonance
The strings of my puppet are cut
The end of an era
Your discrediting’s lost my consent
From Straitjacket-album
Flavors of Entanglement – Alanis Morisette

Unfulfilled Love

They say unfulfilled love
Is the most romantic love

Like a moth flying just out of reach
Hope to try again reborn, to beseech

Fulfilled love gets easily satiated, jaded
Love taken for granted soon gets abated

Aspiring for something hard and beyond
Makes you rise and hanker and despond

Living and dying moments, happy and sad
Seesaw of emotions gets you elated and mad

History is proof that unrequited love shards
Embed in time capsules of lovers and bards

Romeo and Juliet, evergreen lovers frequently emoted
Their magnificent unrequited love has fans ever devoted

All passionate poetry, tales, odes and history are witness
Unfulfilled love goads lovers to go beyond self, mindless

Rising waves, angry sky, dark clouds thunder, lightening
Tears lovers asunder in cahoots with destiny frightening

They are important ingredients in love’s bloody gory tale
Maddening, repenting, wanting gnawing pangs and wails

Unrequited love is the most romantic of all love
It is all the stuff that dreams are made of, above

Fulfilled love gets easily satiated, jaded
Love taken for granted soon gets abated

They say unfulfilled love
Is the most romantic love


Unrequited love is always a great thing.
Neil LaBute
American, Director Quotes


The betrothed and accepted lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden by her acceptance. She was heaven while he pursued her, but she cannot be heaven if she stoops to one such as he!
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist


Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, never… never forget it-  Curtis Judalet


I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
Lord Alfred Tennyson ,1809-1892, British Poet



Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists…. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.- Erich Fromm



Love is sometimes denied, sometimes lost, sometimes unrecognized, but in the end, always found with no regrets, forever valued and kept treasured. – Anonymous



On the streets, unrequited love and death go together almost as often as in Shakespeare.
Scott Turow , American, Novelist Quotes



Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest: Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers: Love, nightmare-like, lies heavy on my chest, And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers!  –  William S. Gilbert



A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman’s life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul’s highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
George Eliot , 1819-1880, British Novelist


I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That’s how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other
Ben Kingsley , English, Actor Quotes

Indelible Ink

Child’s first of everything
Makes parent gaga and sing
Seasons come, stay and go
Leaving a lingering glow

First flush of green summer
Will color memories forever
Spring in the air heralds
Misty days that dazzled

Seaside trips and intricate sandcastles
Beaches making all spent time joyful
Fall has its own rhythm and rhyme
Brilliant colors please and shine

Winter covers all in coolest white
Swathing dark colors shiny bright
All seasons, all sights and sounds
Flora and fauna n all that abounds

Leave many images in our heads
In indelible ink they are etched
First victory at college, school
First win in sports and pool

First awareness of budding self
Shedding skin like a chrysalis
First flush of meeting a kindred spirit
First kiss and flush of first love visit

Still give goose bumps as they are all
Imaged in indelible ink holding in thrall
First heartbreak and first patch ups
First cigarette n first ‘drink hiccough

First long kiss and first thrill of mingling
Body and souls forever selves kindling
All are life various vignettes
Etched in memory’s tablets
Stored and hoarded in memory chests
All etched and preserved not as guests
They are permanent inhabitants
Patched and quilted bits n bytes
Memory chips permanently written
Indelibly making us forever smitten
memories sweet memories are etched indelible
to be visited fondly, enjoyed n relished at will
Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our
memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love in our relationships
Gloria Gaither

Our hopes are but memories reversed…Source unknown
A cigar is as good as memories that you have when you smoked it.
Raul Julia,   Author Nationalities, Actor Quotes

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.
Andy Goldsworthy, British, Artist Quotes

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, English, Poet Quotes

Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories.
Daniel K. Moran , Author Nationalities, Actress Quotes

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined –
to strengthen each other – to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
George Eliot, British, Author Quotes

Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.
Chief Seattle, 1786-1866, American Indian Chief of the Suquamish

I found one remaining box of comics which I had saved. When I opened it up  and that smell came pouring out, that old paper smell, I was struck by a  rush of memories, a sense of my childhood self that seemed to be contained in there.
Michael Chabon, American, Author Quotes

We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive.   Where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is  shattered and we are flying into the heavens. It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon. But that doesn’t diminish its value. Because we are left with memories
that we treasure for the rest of our lives – Unknown

It is said that God gave us memory so we could have roses in winter. But it is also true that  without memory we could not have self in any season. The more memories you have, the more  you have. That is why, as Swift said, ”No wise man ever wished to be younger.”
George F. Will, 1941-, American Political Columnist

 I cannot say good-bye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories  we have made will last a lifetime and never know a good-bye

  The memories of my family outings are still a source of strength to me.
I remember we’d all pile into the car—I forget what kind it was—and drive  and drive. I’m not sure where we’d go, but I think there were some trees there.   The smell of something was strong in the air as we played whatever sport we played.   I remember a bigger, older guy we called ‘Dad.’ We’d eat some stuff, or not, and  then I think we went home. I guess some things never leave you.
Jack Handey

Creditors have better memories than debtors
Benjamin Franklin ,American, Politician Quotes

Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears will dry, the smiles will fade,  but the memories will last a lifetime!!
faye school,white american girl, who loves poetry.



Give me succor
Quell this furor
My lord heed hear
I am full of fear

Arms outstretched
Beseeching pleading
Eyes piercing pleading
Lips aquiver weeping

My heart is breaking
Need arms loving
Cozy sheltering
Alarm bells coursing

Up down running
Blood flowing running
Heartbeat fluctuating
Breath punctuating

Feet tottering tapping
Words spilling stopping
Spirit hoping drooping
Head heavy hanging

Shoulders straightening
Then rounding curving
Stomach heaving aching
Anxiety growing gnawing

Give me succor
Quell this furor
My lord heed hear
I am full of fear

Suddenly my third eye
Opened n took me within
All fear dissolved
All knots unraveled
Joy burst through
Happiness coursed
You gave me succor
Absorbing all fear

If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.
Studs Terkel
American, Journalist Quotes

Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.
Lorraine Anderson

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
Anne Frank
1929-1945, German Jewish Refugee, Diarist

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