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Alwye
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25 posted 06-25-2000 01:05 AM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Your words are so true Ron....poets do know one another so well...we have connections, views, and emotions that I truly believe that a non-writer just doesn't understand.  Powerful work, I'm glad to see you posting!  

*Krista Knutson*

"Cherish your vision; Cherish your ideals; Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts. If you remain true to them, your world will at last be built." ~James Allen~


"We've made houses for hatred...it's time we made a place where people's souls may be seen and made safe"...~Jewel~
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26 posted 06-25-2000 02:18 AM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

Ron, you've captured the poetic spirit with incredible skill (Of course I knew it was there Oh great Passionate Guru!)  I loved the last two lines especially.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us and letting us into your wonderful home!  

Abrahm Simons

"Keep on dreamin' boy 'cause when you stop dreaming it's time to die" - Blind Melon
Michael
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27 posted 06-25-2000 05:56 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

...and know me well you do!

Good to see you posting a poem, fellow poet!

To say your work has been missed would be a DIRE understatement.  Thanks for sharing this with us, Ron.


Michael
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28 posted 06-25-2000 06:11 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Ron, This poem is fabulous, and you are such a kind hearted man, to share so much with us here at Passions. This place is not a second home to me, it is home and I love it  here, so thank you very much for having it. Now for a big WHY is this poem not set up to be a book submission, do we all need to vote for you publically? It's a landslide anyway, this poem should be the opening poem of Voices.
Lorraine Nisbet
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29 posted 06-25-2000 09:58 AM       View Profile for Lorraine Nisbet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lorraine Nisbet


Wonderful poem, Ron!  Just want to say, "I love it here at Passions!!"

~Lorraine


A great poet is nothing more....than a discovered amateur

Trew
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30 posted 06-25-2000 10:19 AM       View Profile for Trew   Email Trew   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trew

Ron,
The ties that bind, the common denominator that brings us all together,they are found right here in these forums that you have given us.  For all of the differences that we may have we have, age, race, social standing, we are all one as poets.
This poem should be the flagship for the book.  It encompasses all that these forums represent.
I am happy to have been able to finally read one of your works.
Wonderful poem... and thank you.

Trew.
Nan
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31 posted 06-25-2000 04:16 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You know, I know, you're the poetmeister... I know you are... Did I happen to mention that you're awesome too?... Trust me - You are!!..
Alicat
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32 posted 06-25-2000 04:45 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Our Passionate Guru, all this is due solely from your love of poetry and the written word, not to mention your wonderful personality and compassion for others.  Splendid poem, my friend.

Alicat
Isis
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33 posted 06-25-2000 07:19 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

This only goes to show a true poet's writings, and a sensitive and caring soul to boot!!  Beautiful Ron!!  

I'll tell you this...... No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.....
~Isis~
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)

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34 posted 06-25-2000 08:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ron, these responses listed above, as well as mine, are a fitting tribute to what you are and what you have done. If it is true that a man's success is based on how many lives he touches and how much of a difference he can make to brighten others' lives then I would say that you are successful beyond any standard known. By your hard work and determination and passion, hundreds of people here have had a place to share their poetry, happiness, sadness, make new friendships and have their loads lightened a little by the comraderie of others. Quite a feat from one man and yet it is so. This threat is your testament and proof of your accomplishment.,,,and what you've done will not be forgotten.

Oh, and the poem wasn't bad, either  

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.
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35 posted 06-25-2000 08:26 PM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

Ron

ever since i joined Passions, i have been longing to read a poem from you...real glad that this fervent wish is fulfilled today!!

such words of truth and wisdom...like the rest, i expect this to be posted in the VoW so that i may vote for this gem!!

regards
Elizabeth Santos
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36 posted 06-25-2000 08:47 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Ron,
Yes we are all kindred spirits in a way, everyone who puts thoughts on paper, but here on passions we a closer knit family, a family whose principles reflected in the poetry reflect the patriarch of the family. Thank you for maintaining this web site with integrity and yet with warmth and openness.
Liked the poem
Liz
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37 posted 06-25-2000 09:18 PM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy

nicely done ... good choice in subjects
I know you too
you are the seam of our fellowship


[This message has been edited by Rex Allen McCoy (edited 06-26-2000).]
Kit McCallum
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38 posted 06-25-2000 09:25 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

What a magnificent poem this would be for the start of the book Ron!  I've often wondered what makes poetic souls "different" from the rest, and you've captured it so concisely in this splendid poem.  Each day in these forums, I see others, who with a stroke of their pen, are able to put to paper, any number of these wonderful traits you've described so eloquently. Indeed, it is as if you see a reflective glimpse into anothers soul ... a poets soul.  Beautiful, thought-provoking poem!

Thank you again Ron, and glad to see you got a chance to get away from the programming for a wee bit  

Best wishes
/Kit
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39 posted 06-26-2000 12:32 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ron you really should post more! It is so rare to see your work, but a treasure when we do!
This one really speaks to me, I love it!
This one can speak to people of all ages...gotta read this one to the 'chillens'
Ron
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40 posted 06-26-2000 07:25 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Gosh.

You guys are really fantastic. To be honest, your comments have brought a shadow of a tear to my eye and brightened what has been a darn hectic, often awkward, week. I begin a 3-day tech class today, and I should be preparing my class plan this morning, but I had to take a moment to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support. Those of you who follow some of the discussions in Philosophy know that I don't believe in altruism. Everyone does everything they do for purely selfish reasons, and I'm no different.

Passions exists because I honestly enjoy sharing my world and time with like-minded people who believe in the power of the written word, who trust as I do that this world can be changed by better understanding the hearts of others. The Truth found in poetry, or any honestly written work, is the highway leading towards that understanding, and Passions is just one of many onramps to that highway. Obviously, it's become a pretty important onramp in my life, and I take seriously my job of filling in the potholes and laying down a new patch of asphalt where it's needed. It's extremely gratifying to know others have found the onramp as valuable as do I. Rest assured that when the sun is beating mercilessly on bare shoulders, when the smell of tar clogs my nostrils and the weight of my shovel seems too much to bear, your words - in this thread and in your poetry - will make a real difference to me. And while I don't do it as often as I once did, or as often as I'd like, I will always try to leave the onramp occasionally and venture out into the middle of the road with the rest of you wonderful poets. There, after all, is where the real work of changing the world one word at a time is being done.

In closing, I'll leave you with a sordid confession. As I indicated in a recent Forum News post, I'd like to write a new poem as my entry in Voices, and that's where this poem had its origin. The working title was "Passion's Promise," and was meant to be an exploration into my vision of what this site means. But as so often happens in poetry, the focus changed as the words found their way to paper. Instead of talking about the website, instead of talking about the poetry and the power we have in our hands for real change, I found myself writing about the poets, about the people who have truly built Passions. About you.

And I think maybe that's the way it should be.
Sudhir Iyer
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41 posted 06-26-2000 08:44 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Obscured by clouds, the sun shone, showered
Rays vivid and bright, at the other world,
When the dark feathers from sky cleared,
An infinite glow when lovely sparklers rained, bold.

A solar eclipse brought out a rare diamond ring,
Busy birds, tentative, nervous a while ago,  tweeted,
Now, in perfect harmony and synchronised melody, they sing,
And I behold the Master, in a divine throne, seated.

Fine words, expertly carved pieces of a rare artefact,
An ode glorifying the lesser beings took glorious shape,
The Emperor of Passions with exotic charm does attract,
With a write, so well-written that I stare and gape.
.......

Ron,
Thanks for everything....

regards, sudhir.

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee,
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

- John Donne
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42 posted 06-26-2000 04:24 PM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

this is wonderful ron, it even answers a question I have thought of before, with so many of us here posting our hearts and lives, how do you see us...I love your answer
JP
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43 posted 06-26-2000 04:33 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Hmmmm.... as I read this poem I thought to myself "Self... (funny how I always call myself that, isn't it?) "Self, this should be the introductory poem for The Book (shouldn't we have a shortcut keystroke for that?  :b or something?).  

Anyway, it should be submitted for votes.

BTW, I'm glad I am not the only one around here who understands selfishness and all it entails....


Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway
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44 posted 06-26-2000 05:37 PM       View Profile for Jester59701   Email Jester59701   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jester59701

Hi Ron!
This poem is fantastic! I love it!
Thank you so much for passions! You may know me, but I didn't know me, until I found passions. It really has changed my life! Your poem sais it all so beautifully.I'm not sure, but I think I believe in altruism though, (for purely selfish reasons). You've certainly been generous with your heart. Thank you again.
               Jester
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45 posted 06-26-2000 06:27 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

A beauty ! Spoken from the heart and I do feel this should be a submission for the book. You are allowed to post two poems Ron  
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46 posted 06-26-2000 10:55 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Ron~ This is great! Glad to have an opportunity to tell you how much I love it here. This is my favorite place on the WEB. I look forward to coming here and enjoying everyone's beautiful poetry. Thank you so much for Passions.  

Live,Love,Laugh :) ~SueB


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47 posted 06-26-2000 11:02 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

When we can see ourselves in anothers words the author has written well.
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48 posted 06-27-2000 01:34 AM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Well I think we know you too.....

Captain Ron, steering the good ship passions and its poetic crew through uncharted waters.... Great job Captain..... and a darn good poem.

Parker
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49 posted 06-27-2000 05:41 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Well worth the wait Ron and it made me think about the owner of these thoughts as well..thanks for the smiles here..

HUSG
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