From time to time a poem

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14 Sep 2016 22:12 #257189 by Arkayik
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You look, but you do not see, said my teacher to me.

In ethereal light knowledge scales. Yet tighter the grasp, shorter the grip.

In the sky perspective fades. Far below, deposited, beyond ken.

Process and processor entwined. No immersion without loss. At one yet plural. Many but not.

In a twisting gyre a vortex inspires, sparkles and shines. Shot through, fractal.

Fleeting moments of desire. More and more yet less, no egress.

Heads nod, attitudes rail, against the great din of beyond.

Dreams of sand and deluge, in the end there is but Refuge.

Sighted eyes spy the dividing line. Invisible, intransigent, entranced and betrothed.

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17 Sep 2016 20:11 - 17 Sep 2016 20:13 #257436 by Edan
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Another non poem... this didn't end how I thought it would, and ended up being quite personal and possibly reveals more about me than I may decide I am comfortable with... but anyway, here it is.

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One night I had once again taken refuge in the cathedral. The air was relatively still, but warm, as I relaxed on a couch that had found itself to the centre of the main sanctum while I was away.
No company, but for the strange and wonderful characters in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft; they had sucked me into their twisted and alarming worlds as a teenager and now I visited them again from my protected safety. Even so… I did look up once or twice as the flickering of the candles in the standing candelabra cast morphing shadows across the floor.

Both strength and weakness can come from the understanding of the self, and the longer I had spent in the grand sanctum, the more painful that understanding had become, but the better I found I could bear the pain. My friend had not abandoned me, but I knew that if he too often came around I would continue to rely on him, rather than coming to rely upon myself. I could not help but wonder, however, if by spending time alone in these halls I may be creating for myself the persona of social outcast. That by taking time here I was abandoning my responsibilities and supplanting the difficult life with an imaginary one, instead of learning to cope.

As I reached the end of ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ I fancied that I could see the ‘Deep Ones’ in the corner of my eye, so was very pleased to be distracted by the sound of a bell. Quite apart from being the sound of a church bell or gong, it rang like the little tinkling bell at the front desk of a hotel. The bell rang more than once, and I followed it to somewhere I had not been before, the door to the outside.
Half afraid it might be an anthropoid fish, there was a definite slight burn from adrenaline as I took the handle ring and pulled. It was stiff, but quickly gave, and I found myself face to face with my visitor.

Standing on the flagstones outside was someone that I recognised well; his name was Atlas and he was the alter ego I had created as a teenager, though here he seemed empty, his eyes fixed. At first I had found myself as him in my dreams; he had the strength of will and self I always wished to have. When I feel stronger he fades away, but when I feel weak, he appears again. Through him I’ve found a voice in difficult times, and found strength when I thought I had none.
Finding myself opposite him, myself even, was unsettling at first… but as I looked at him that fell away and I felt comfort. Comfort knowing that there was someone strong inside of me, even if that person had to look different. I reached out to put my hand on his arm, but he dissipated the moment that I would have touched him. I hope that means that I no longer need him, not that my strength has faded with him.

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17 Sep 2016 20:27 #257438 by Edan
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The Rush

Take your time
Let the rush not mar your life
With jagged edges and
Broken joints
Where you tripped and fell
And ripped your clothes
The end will get no closer
For your haste.

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17 Sep 2016 20:51 #257439 by Edan
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The Right Things

Comfort does not come with cushions
Nor a thick jumper when the cold bites
It does not come with companions
Nor a deep bath after a stressful day.
Comfort is the settling of the soul
When all things that come to pass
Do not cross our hearts with
Strain or suffering
When all things
Are right.

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18 Sep 2016 13:09 #257485 by Edan
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The Family

This building stands because of us
We built each wall by hand, each stone
A conscious exertion
One on top of another
Brother and sister together
Made this home, and welcomed in
Each passing traveller, who
Stayed to contribute another brick
But words and whispers undermine
They crack windows, weaken mortar
Until the whole foundation collapses.
A home is only as strong as its family,
And a family, only as strong as its bonds.

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19 Sep 2016 18:14 #257642 by Edan
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Negative Space

Alone beneath a single light
I am not illuminated
Nor made bright
Nor do I shine

An empty box, and with me
Emptier still
Within this space
I disappear.

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20 Sep 2016 20:04 #257774 by Edan
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This seems to be getting to be a habit..

Morningstar

I found you when the darkness
Bade morning to the dawn
And I felt the warmth of the sun
For the first time.

All confusion held was lost
And I bathed in the beauty
That confidence brings
And loved myself.

My companion now in all times
You are the faith I hold
Even when hurt
Replaces my dreams

Fear sometimes rises in me
That you replace my reality
But how can this strength
Be so bad?

Your story is my inspiration
My story I carve myself
Using tools you have given
And I believe.

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22 Sep 2016 22:19 - 22 Sep 2016 22:21 #258055 by Edan
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The Knight

Kneel, my knight, in this hard time my servant be,
Your honour reflected in polished plate,
Go forth from here on worthy steed
And confront the path set forth by fate.

When challenged, first always hold back your sword,
Be not the one who offers death at the first,
Let your action come after your word,
To be known by your best, and not your worst.

Hold your banner high, but let the others higher,
Leaders know when it is best to follow
And speak with enemies, yet not conspire
Lest others discover your promises hollow.

The noble may shield, but do not interfere;
Not all who need defending, can be saved
But when faced with suff’ring, perservere,
Be strong, when others cannot be brave.

Though perfection is not the right of mankind,
You have the freedom to choose who to be
If you stand a beacon, you can find
Yourself in presence of true company.

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01 Oct 2016 07:10 #259271 by Seiten Taisei
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In these distances from the Source to the scoured,
seeming to take minutes and hours
soured the flowers by picking, only corpses remain for admitting
to the groundings.
But what wonders astounding?
When simple and growling
What mindless made images
have gathered the foundlings

Back into alignment
Define this assignment as confinement
and go back to the wishing jinn
For virtuous venerable veins flow
Beginning to beat in the midst of tens

What marvelous feat was defeating?
Was it their own fields they're reaping?
Or is this just the way that the wheel goes?
Or is this the way that the keel rows?

Merrily Merrily Merrily
What makes life what it seems?
Verily Verily Verily
The coalescing of a dream

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01 Oct 2016 07:34 #259273 by Seiten Taisei
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Maddening moments mediated my mind among arias arranged, autonomous. Details dotted dancers, developing delightful distractions.

Intravenous imagery instantaneously ingested.

Most minute meanders might invoke irritation instead. galleries of gallows gain hesitating hounds. High handed templars think to tie the thread.

But, being bested by babbling brooks emerge enigmatic epiphany! egress!

Much might might mess aptly add, adding alphabetically. Do decide deciphering, dont depreciate decrees!


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