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Skyfyre
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0 posted 06-01-2000 03:56 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

How Many Poets...?

The truck is packed, the plans are made –
The journey is begun –
We're off to brave the Great Unknown
And have some "structured fun –"
Some hiking, and some camping too,
The order of the day,
Not sure quite where the path will lead,
‘Cept "over that-a-way!"
The passenger has some idea,
The driver – not a clue –
As they race headlong toward distant peaks
Beneath expansive blue ..
Forgetting everything we'll need,
(But taking all we'll want)
How many poets does it take
To plan a weekend jaunt?

The vistas here could steal your breath –
The mountains and the sky –
Distracts us whilst the turn we want
Just sneaks unnoticed by ...
No problem, right?  We have the way
Laid out in the brochure ...
But which one did we want again?
I'm not completely sure ...
The mountain roads all look the same,
A maze of high and low,
The only signs the ones that say:
"You passed it hours ago!"
‘Gainst motion sickness gauged, it seems
That sonnets are a snap –
How many poets does it take
To read a simple map??

The camp at last! As twilight creeps
(We'd planned on afternoon)
As sun descends revealing stars,
But not a slice of moon ...
Can't seem to get the lantern lit –
Thank God for those headlights!
OK, let's get the fire built –
You brought the matches, right??
The situation's looking bleak –
I have this sense of doom –
I muse, as fingers slowly numb,
"I should have booked a room ..."
I value Nature more in verse
Than life, I must admit –
How many poets does it take
To get a campfire lit???

At last the fire cheery burns --
(When doused with kerosene)
We only lack a shelter-place
To crown this rustic scene.
A jumbled pile of poles and stakes
Will render magically
Into a proud outdoorsman's haunt --
How grueling could it be?
We meet the task with eagerness,
Anticipating sleep,
But only make a canvas-draped
And convoluted heap ...
Right now, the strictest paradelle
Would seem as heaven-sent –
How many poets does it take
To pitch a freakin' tent?

The moral of this story is:
"To thine own self be true."
In other words, just stick to what
You're qualified to do ...
Though darkling poet you may be,
Or lyric poetess,
Dare not assume your eloquence
Extends to wilderness ...
Guard well the hand that holds the pen,
That scribes the meter bold –
Subject it not to pounding stakes
At midnight in the cold ...
But keep the body safe inside,
And let the spirit roam ...
How many poets does it take
To keep their butts at home?







 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



[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 06-01-2000).]
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Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


1 posted 06-01-2000 05:49 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

ROFLMAO!!!



You know... I love both of you to death.  

I don't even know what to say. HUGS to both o' you m'friends.
Dark Angel
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2 posted 06-01-2000 06:16 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Hey Skyfyre, this is excellent, heheh very funny. enjoyed the read.  

 Je t'aime plus qu'hier et moins que demain."
I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow
(unkown)


JamesMichael
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3 posted 06-01-2000 06:17 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

"How many poets does it take to get a campfire lit."  I loved this poem...it seems like such a fun and wonderful adventure.  James
Kit McCallum
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4 posted 06-01-2000 06:23 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful Skyfyre, great flow and rhythm ... enjoyed this tremendously!  

Best wishes,
/Kit
Nan
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5 posted 06-01-2000 06:55 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

A plethora of poets it does take...

I absolutely love this - It's my all time favorite of your work... I love it - I love it - I love it... I'm gigglin' here..
angelsamongus
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6 posted 06-01-2000 09:30 AM       View Profile for angelsamongus   Email angelsamongus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit angelsamongus's Home Page   View IP for angelsamongus

This is so funny ..LOL thanks for the giggles.
Great Pic too!
~Lori
Sunshine
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7 posted 06-01-2000 10:37 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Absolutely precious, and should be revived every summer!  Well done!

How many poets does it take
to write a campfire's verse...
depending on the matches it takes
or the cussing could be worse!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet deVine
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8 posted 06-01-2000 12:19 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This was hysterical! I love it.      
Nicole
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9 posted 06-01-2000 01:16 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Yeah!  LOL  
What a hoot!  I love this!

Michael
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10 posted 06-01-2000 01:56 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well now, seeing as I was there I would have to say 2 1/2 poets - even though Mikey probably seemed to be a notch or two above both of us in the outdoormanship department.  If not for him, we would most likely still be lost in the woods somewhere, cold and starving and tentless ... Nevertheless, 'twas a wonderful (extended) vacation Kess, I'm looking forward to future excursions with you - and I know Mikey is as well.      

Michael






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wayoutwalt
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TEXAS (it's all big)


11 posted 06-01-2000 02:00 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

this was way great skye yuh are blessed with wonderful creativity o yuh
LngJhnAg
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12 posted 06-01-2000 02:06 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Sky - terrific writing!  I was laughing almost from the start (I thought it was going to be a serious poem at first, so I put on my serious face).  This is truly wonderful.

As for that less perty face - is that really Michael???  Hey there, Michael - how the heck are ya??  Its great seeing your face again!
ESP
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Floating gently on a cloud....


13 posted 06-01-2000 02:32 PM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

ROTFLMAO!!!!! This is BRILLIANT!!! This is the funniest poem I have read....thanks for the laughs!!

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


 "Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."
Martie
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14 posted 06-01-2000 02:35 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I just loved this poem, ....wonderfully done and sooooooo funny.  Thanks so much for the smile!!
spiked
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15 posted 06-01-2000 02:55 PM       View Profile for spiked   Email spiked   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for spiked

Sky this is a very entertaining and funny poem.
Well done
Rich
Janet Marie
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16 posted 06-01-2000 04:38 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie




WHEN I STOP SMILING...I'LL READ THE POEM...

THE PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS
AND AT LEAST THAT MANY SMILES!!!

brown eyed girl is smiling now...
later-poet gators,
jm

 There are places inside our souls ...
that have never been touched.
There are places inside our hearts ...
that need to be loved this much.
~Janet Marie~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~

Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 06-01-2000 04:48 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thanks for the fun, the laughs and the trip to the outdoors, although I had no business being there. (I was just watching from behind a tree). You're the best! Your work always amazes.
Liz
Nan
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18 posted 06-01-2000 05:28 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

... BTW... Michael... You're in deep trouble here... You know that don't ya???...     
Skyfyre
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19 posted 06-02-2000 12:38 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Well, didn't expect quite the response I got on this one -- I was just venting, honest!  

Chris:  You, not knowing what to say?  I'm putting this one on the calendar -- it has to be SOME kind of record ...

DA:  Well, I enjoyed the write, so I guess that makes two of us ...  

James:  An adventure of the highest order ... hehehe

Kit:  "flow and rhythm" were my last concerns, here -- but I'm glad to hear I pulled that one off too!

Nan:  Not quite sure how I feel about this being your favorite -- sheesh, isn't that like assigning Seuss over Shakespeare...?  Glad I got a giggle, tho ...

angels:  I liked the pic too ... as you can see we were careful to leave our sad excuse for a campsite out of it!!  

Sunshine:  Every summer?  How bout every week?  

Sharon, Nicole:  We'll be sure to invite ya next time!

Michael:  Oh, were you there..?  

Well, 'twas definitely one of my better weekends to date, carsickness and general chaos notwithstanding ... and Mikey was quite the little pioneer, wasn't he?  Put us both to shame he did (though admittedly that isn't saying much).  I too am looking forward to our next venture -- this time at a nice RESORT!  hehehe

walt:  The only thing I was blessed with was a wonderful weekend (and a sense of humor, without which it might NOT have seemed like such a wonderful weekend!)     Thanks for the reply m'friend.

LngJhn:  A SERIOUS poem?  MOI??  Perish the thought!!  It really wasn't as bad as I made it seem, cause Mike and I spent more time laughing at one another than bemoaning our sad fate ... makes for a great trip no matter how numb the fingers!  Just don't ask how I managed to cook DINNER with NO pots OR utensils ... LMAO.  

ESP, Martie, Spiked:  Thanks, it was as fun to write as it was to read, I can assure you ...  

JM:  I can hear ya grinning from here, girl!  Course, I was just MISERABLE the whole time ... I'm sure you can tell we were both faking the smiles -- Mike tried to throw me off a cliff right after that one was taken, as a matter of fact ... hehehe

Liz:  That was YOU??  Sorry about throwing the knife at ya, girl -- we thought you were a bear!  

Nan:  (again)  Trouble from you, or trouble from me??  hehehe

Thanks again all, you're all invited to the next one!  

--Kess

Nan
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20 posted 06-02-2000 07:29 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Both, of course...
netswan
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21 posted 06-02-2000 02:15 PM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

This was deliciously funny, Sky. Well written. I enjoyed much. Though, right
now a camping trip sounds peaceful.

~netswan
TerryW
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22 posted 06-02-2000 05:22 PM       View Profile for TerryW   Email TerryW   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit TerryW's Home Page   View IP for TerryW

Sky~
     This has got to be one of the funniest poems I have read in a long time!  I love this -- I haven't quit laughing since the first verse!  I must agree with Sunshine -- it should be revived every summer!!!!!



Love Ya~

 ~you reached inside, you touched my heart,
and I am all the better for it~
Terry A. Woodson, Jr.
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23 posted 06-02-2000 05:34 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

LOL!   What an excellent story of your adventure.   I smiled the whole way through.  

 Nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings? "Thoreau"


Danny Holloway
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24 posted 06-02-2000 05:45 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

How many poets does it take to ward off a Grisly Bear??  
This was really creative and funny!
Nice writing
sounds like the cupid bug bit you both!
didn't you take any bug-off spray?
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