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On knowing when to quit!

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secondhanddreampoet
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0 posted 11-29-2008 04:36 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

Through 400 poems and 2500+ (overall 'posts') during my traverse of these
fine blue sands of "P.I.P.-land" along the cybersea, I hope that I have given
some small 'voice' to Nature; its stewardship by us; 'Universalism'; and the
tolerance/celebration of diversity; and, in the process, some respite from the
trials of hard reality for the readers herein via the 'magic' of poetic illusion.
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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1 posted 11-29-2008 07:56 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

YES my dear friend Bruce..you most certainly have and we do thank you and cherish your golden words of nature ..keep on writing for us please my friend... love and hugs RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Margherita
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2 posted 11-29-2008 08:11 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Your wonderful poetic voice is highly appreciated and loved, dear Bruce, so please don't mention leaving ...

Love,
Margherita
Alison
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3 posted 11-29-2008 08:13 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Yes, you have and you also have earned my respect and friendship.  My concern is with the title of this post.  What does it mean?  It better not be some form of goodbye - I won't accept it.  Nope, I won't.

Hugs to you, my dear friend, Bruce.



Alison
OwlSA
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4 posted 11-30-2008 01:16 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Echoing Alison.  

Bruce, please don't go.  It is too painful - for you and for your friends and readers.  Ask me - I didn't last long away, as you know!

- Owl
Oklahoma Rose
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5 posted 11-30-2008 10:23 AM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

Oh my, you aren't leaving, are you? Please don't go.
Earth Angel
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6 posted 11-30-2008 10:35 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Dear Bruce, please tell me that you are not singing a swan song! Mind you, I would wager that you literally could sing like a robin. Your poems on Nature are music to my heart, soul, and senses. I beseech thee, dear poet, to deny us not the fruits of thy considerable talents.


Linda ~ a fan!

Robert E. Jordan
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7 posted 11-30-2008 10:39 AM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Yo Secondhanddreampoet,

That the hell is this?  Everyone dragging up or what?

We need your words from the woods.  Don't even think about going anywhere else.  Stay here.

Bobby
2islander2
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8 posted 11-30-2008 11:09 AM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

Hi Bruce,we build a community here, this is overwhelming, your voice bring inestimable diversity to the site...You magnify with an unic voice and so universal way the nature and kept me breathless numerous times...I think we are never over with poetry and it is surely not an illusion (Homer and so many generous minds have used it to communicate with others,) Your talent is obvious and bring solace to other people but I surely would not give you an advice, we will have regrets unless you hacve decided  to change for another site, please inform us if you do so.... With all my respect.

yann
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9 posted 11-30-2008 11:09 AM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus

We, all of us...  sometimes get discouraged
because so much of what we write comes from
a spot deep within...and we love caring
comments and criticism... You have a large
following of fellow poets...they are here,
all around you.
ThisDiamond
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10 posted 11-30-2008 11:30 AM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Hmmm...a breather perchance to dream?

On knowing when to quit...holding back the flow of imagery and cadence that is an interpretation of nature's life pulse?
Yes, quit holding back, and write man! Write!
latearrival
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11 posted 11-30-2008 01:37 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Stay with us. Although I do not post poetry , I do read. I do not have time to address each post but you are one I always read and enjoy. I wish as somewone mentioned once,  you could see the actual hits or reads so  you would know. "late"
secondhanddreampoet
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12 posted 11-30-2008 01:39 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

I most assuredly do deeply appreciate everyone’s words of kind encouragement
and your readership of my ever-most-humble ‘word painted’ image scribbling! …
however, ‘life’ likely gets away from us all at some point and I have simply
‘devolved’ to that state so aptly described by T.S. Eliot:

"We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw...
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In a dark and empty cellar..."

Perhaps things will 'turn around' but, I can not imagine how ...
iliana
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13 posted 11-30-2008 01:52 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Bruce, reading your last entry here.....how well I understand, as I myself, have been very absent from the forums.  

If absent you must be, then I wish for it not to be long and that you returned renewed and refreshed in your desire to put to words the vision of nature that only you capture and share so eloquently.  Hoping to see your written words here again in the future.........jo
Earth Angel
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14 posted 11-30-2008 02:06 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Back again to see if you might have given us a clue as to why you would be leaving. After having read in the reply that you wrote, perhaps I was a bit selfish in wanting you to stay. I can understand moments in our lives when we have to unhook and become "devolved".

I wish you well, and like Iliana so aptly stated, may you return "renewed and refreshed in your desire to put to words the vision of nature".


Bon (inner) voyage!
Linda


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15 posted 11-30-2008 02:39 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I understand the need for some silence and introspection. If you must go for a time, I understand, but I'd like to thank you for showing me some of the beauty in nature I would not otherwise have seen but through your pennings.

My gratitude.

Come back to us soon.
Honeybunch
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16 posted 11-30-2008 03:28 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

I can also understand the situation you find yourself in but I do know that creativity cannot be buried for long.  It's part of us no matter what life throws at us so I know you'll be back.  There are many of us who read and appreciate your work.  

Enjoy your rest and come back refreshed.  Perhaps it's not for us to imagine how things will turn around but just to intend it and know that they will - and then be patient.

Helen
Robert E. Jordan
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17 posted 11-30-2008 04:02 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

...
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

From The Hollow Men, T. S. Eliot--1925

Mistah Kurtz--he dead.

Bobby
Marchmadness
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18 posted 11-30-2008 06:08 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Dear Bruce, I so look forward not only to your wonderful poetry but to your wise and interesting comments as well. Your opinions and concerns give us all much to think about. I understand what you are saying because I feel the same way sometimes but I just want to let you know how much your presence on this sight means to me and I hope that you will decide to return to PIP
and all of us who will be missing you.

                         Your Friend Always,
                                   Ida
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19 posted 12-01-2008 01:12 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

It's also important to know...
when to return, perhaps refreshed and renewed.
It's been a rough few weeks for so many of us.
But with anchors such as passionate poets, we never stay adrift for long.
secondhanddreampoet
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20 posted 12-01-2008 03:24 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

"hollow men...

In death's dream kingdom

Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star."

"We have lingered in the chambers of the sea...         
Till human voices wake us, and we drown."

What remains, but those "burnt-out ends of smoky days"
and all the "masquerades that time resumes"? ...
Midnitesun
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21 posted 12-01-2008 03:40 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Tell that to Henry David and all the others who bothered to pen their incredible impressions, thoughts we still cherish daily.
You, too, have much to say, and do so in ways no one else can.
secondhanddreampoet
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22 posted 12-01-2008 07:40 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

“all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.

What ‘might have been’ is an abstraction…
in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened”

the unwritten continuance:

What ‘is’ remains  
But  dissipated illusion
and the bitter void beyond
far too many doors
foolishly chosen,
Wrongly, irrevocably opened
along miss-taken passages.

Robert E. Jordan
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23 posted 12-01-2008 10:58 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Yo Secondhanddreampoet,

Please stick around if you can, as long as you can.

Bobby
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24 posted 12-01-2008 11:30 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Good luck with inventing new uses for your time.  I tend to come and go, but also knew when to quit as it was just taking up too much of my time to be completely honest.  I volunteer here, and read as best I can, but definitely my days of sitting for hours writing are now over, as there is not enough time in my days.

Again, good luck to you.  

        

 
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