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The Heavenly Wind (South Pacific Perspectives, Part 1)

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jbouder
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0 posted 01-21-2000 09:02 AM       View Profile for jbouder   Email jbouder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jbouder

Zeroes
Swift drones escort
The Heavenly Wind
Over the Philippine Sea
Gods free from human desire
Pride of The Rising Sun
The Divine Tempest
Seeking, Searching,
Hunting

To die for the Emperor is to live forever
Aftertaste of sake
A warrior’s sash
A warrior’s death
Keep the plane steady
A warrior’s sash
A warrior’s death
Death is light as a feather
To die for the Emperor is to live forever

Targets
Sited below
Backs to the sun
In tight formation
The Heavenly Wind descends
To die for the Emperor is to live forever
To die, to die, death, death
Light as a feather
But duty is
Heavy as
Lead

To die for the Emperor is to live forever
Is that flak?
My escort is
Flaming debris
Death is light as a feather
But duty is heavy
Heavy as lead
Steady, Steady
To die for the Emperor is to live forever

Descending
Diving, diving, steady
Death is light as a feather
Death is light, heavy, too
Steady, steady, flames, blood,
Follow the tracers, follow the tracers,
To die for the Emperor is to die
For the Emperor is to live
I’m dying.  Steady, steady
Follow the tracers
Closer, closer
To die






 Jim

"If I rest, I rust." - Martin Luther

© Copyright 2000 Jim Bouder - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 01-21-2000 09:49 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow! This is excellent, Jim. So finely crafted As usual! Unique perspective it is!  

Denise
hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 01-21-2000 11:55 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

You write a mean free verse Jim   Nicely done!!
Skyfyre
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3 posted 01-21-2000 12:01 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

WOW!

This defies every introspective piece I have ever read -- I could feel it all happening at light speed, in the space of an instant!  And what a twist at the end -- slipped it in there while I wasn't looking!  There is a fine line between honor and folly, and dead is dead no matter what ...

--Kess


 You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.

jbouder
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4 posted 01-21-2000 01:34 PM       View Profile for jbouder   Email jbouder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbouder

Thanks everyone.  I've learned quite a bit from all of you (reading your work even if I don't comment everytime).  Kess, I'm not sure I fully understand what you mean by your reply but it is clearly a compliment.  Thanks.

P.S.  Check out the new title, btw (Senior Member -- heh-heh, beat you to it, Kess).  

 Jim

"If I rest, I rust." - Martin Luther

Skyfyre
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5 posted 01-21-2000 01:37 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Indeed you did, my friend -- but then how many of those 500 were actually POETRY?

hehehe

You started it!  ;OP

--Kess


 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

jbouder
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6 posted 01-21-2000 01:59 PM       View Profile for jbouder   Email jbouder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbouder

Kess:

10:1 Total Post/Originating Post ratio here, dear.  I guess I'm a giver.  Granted, you have written TWO double sestinas to my ... er ... zero ... but, hey, the point is I got to 500 first (neener, neener, neener ... sound familiar?).    And the vast majority of those where Philosophy Forum diatribes and Critical Analyses ... whew!

Come to think of it, YOU started it with the neener, neener, neener stuff in Nan's classroom, getting me in trouble with the teacher!  

P.S.  I'm working on my first personification work now ... look for it soon, substitute teacher lady.  

 Jim

"If I rest, I rust." - Martin Luther

SnglDad
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7 posted 01-21-2000 03:16 PM       View Profile for SnglDad   Email SnglDad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SnglDad

And I thought you were posting every 5 to 10
minute`s on your own writing`s so that you could keep them out front?
I see now,you were doing that so that you
could get to your #500 post.
Just kiddin Jim  
Congrat. and keep sharing



[This message has been edited by SnglDad (edited 01-21-2000).]
Nan
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8 posted 01-22-2000 08:23 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

First - This is quite an exceptional poem... You've captured a devastating moment in history quite artfully....

Now - about your comments - Jim and Kess... If you can't behave out in public, I'm keeping you both in for recess... Stop your bickering... Jim... Get that double Sestina written... Kess.... um... is all your work done again??? Stop picking on Jim and find something to do then......
Munda
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9 posted 01-22-2000 09:38 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Great one Jim ! Looking forward to your "personification" !
LOL, never noticed my "title" changed.
Skyfyre
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10 posted 01-22-2000 10:11 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

(pouting)

Yes, Nan ...

(sticking out tongue at Jim when Nan's back is turned)

hehehe

--Kess


 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

 
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