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JerryPat2
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0 posted 01-12-2017 09:58 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

The sun shining on high,
swamp grass tall as your thigh.
Cypress knees slime with moss,
listen, listen, what the cost?

Leave me be, go away,
If you pray, you're prey.


High noon, a stillness here,
frowning, there is no cheer.
Stagnant bayou called Blue,
at last itís paid it's dues.

If you stay, you will die,
So sorry, say goodbye.


It's not the midnight hour,
or nighttime's death so sour.
It's the truth of daytime,
lighting up all your crimes.

Your sins of black midnight,
now have you so contrite.


If you rush, you can leave,
and postpone 'til winters' eve.
If you go, and you must,
unto yourself please trust.

Another chance is yours,
so that you may be cured.


Take stock of life gone by,
smile, look it in the eye.
Be honest with the world,
No matter what it hurls.

Quixotic, this is not,
Just your life's lasting plot.


Find your id, give it room,
do not wear a costume.
Oh, do not waste this chance,
your soiled soul to enhance.

Remember what you've done,
those burnt bridges you shun.


Isn't life wonderful,
devoid of all the bull?
Aren't you glad you are you,
and your soul is renewed?

Think of this as a dream,
To bolster your esteem.


©December 19, 2016 - Jerry Pat Bolton

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

© Copyright 2017 Jerry Pat Bolton - All Rights Reserved
MICHELMAS
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1 posted 01-12-2017 10:10 AM       View Profile for MICHELMAS   Email MICHELMAS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MICHELMAS

Paying your dues can be somewhat expensive me thinks.
Best wishes for the New Year
Michael
Boomer Styles
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2 posted 01-13-2017 01:03 AM       View Profile for Boomer Styles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Boomer Styles

I really like this style! The commentary remains relevant to the verse from top to bottom! Great piece!

One ladle serves the soup that feeds the mouths of the many.

2islander2
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3 posted 01-13-2017 11:10 AM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

Hello Jerry, i loved the positive message and the melody work of this poem, thanks


yann
JerryPat2
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4 posted 01-13-2017 11:23 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

No doubt about it, MICHELMAS, paying it up can be expensive and heartbreaking, but it  has to happen at some point in your life, methinks.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

JerryPat2
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5 posted 01-13-2017 11:24 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you very much, Boomer, for your expertise concerning my style.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

JerryPat2
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6 posted 01-13-2017 11:26 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Ahhh . . . yann . . . Yes, I am not always as positive as I should be, and thank you for commenting on it. It is appreciated.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Ari Squire
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7 posted 01-13-2017 02:01 PM       View Profile for Ari Squire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ari Squire

I agree with everyone Jerry. A comprehensive stroke of your poetic pen never fails to impress and relate. Here's just one of all my favorite lines:
quote:
"Take stock of life gone by,
smile, look it in the eye.
Be honest with the world,
No matter what it hurls.

Quixotic, this is not,
Just your life's lasting plot
...and yes, our dues must be paid, but when is enough, enough? When do we get on to the good stuff?  


Loving Linny Jean is poetry.
JerryPat2
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8 posted 01-13-2017 02:16 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Ah, I have lived through a lot, as most of us have, and now in these very declining years, Ari, I really believe I have come to the "good stuff." I am at peace with myself and everybody I know and I am, as of this day, a happy man. I hope you find that peace and happiness much quicker than I did.

Thanks for being here today!

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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9 posted 01-15-2017 08:03 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

It is good you are coming to terms and making peace with things so you can lighten your load in your golden years. Be proud of yourself my friend. ~L
JerryPat2
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10 posted 01-15-2017 08:16 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you Lori, actually I do think good of myself. Good luck on that ice storm.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Bluesy Socrateaser
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11 posted 01-16-2017 12:20 AM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

"Remember what you've done, those burnt bridges you shun".

Yep! If you're going to burn bridges, make no plans to return unless you're a good swimmer. Great poetry Sir!


BTS

...just bein' Bluesy

incwrite
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12 posted 03-15-2017 01:10 PM       View Profile for incwrite   Email incwrite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for incwrite

I feel this one..nicely written
JerryPat2
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Yeah you're right Bluesy . . . Thank you.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

JerryPat2
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14 posted 03-15-2017 01:17 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

I so appreciate your thoughts and words, incwrite.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

P.U Stinkenbaum
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At The Changing Table Of Life


15 posted 03-16-2017 02:40 AM       View Profile for P.U Stinkenbaum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for P.U Stinkenbaum

I thought this was a very long poem but instead I found a very inspiring life JerryPat2. Sharp and incisive!

Pass the Glade if you're going to do that here...please!

JL
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16 posted 03-16-2017 05:59 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Wow, a lot to ponder in this write, JP.
You always have a way of enticing heavy thought, line after line.  I had to read this several times.  Enjoyed.

JL


Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!
JerryPat2
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Thank you, P.U, for your very nice comments. I am so happy this was not just a long poem for you.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
JerryPat2
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18 posted 03-16-2017 06:05 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Hi JL, and thank you so much for such deep feelings within your comments.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
P.U Stinkenbaum
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19 posted 03-20-2017 02:53 AM       View Profile for P.U Stinkenbaum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for P.U Stinkenbaum

quote:
"It's not the midnight hour,
or nighttime's death so sour.
It's the truth of daytime,
lighting up all your crimes
I came back to read this again my friend and got a little more out from it, I hope you don't mind. I face myself every time I shave or run a brush through my hair, thinking about things that you've written about Mr. Bolton. My words may be different, but the truths are the same. Well done Sir!


Pass the Glade if you're going to do that here...
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