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JP
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0 posted 04-11-2002 09:40 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Two years.
Two years have passed,
two years of dryness.
Dryness of throat,
dryness of thought.

So many nights spent in days past,
inspired by the muse of bourbon,
encouraged by the delusions,
of demonically quenched thirst,
Gone now.  Thank the Gods.

So many nights spent in recent past
searching for the inspiration
longing for the ease
with which I scribed back then.
The inspiration of drink
no more my muse.

The desperation seeps in
unknowingly at first.
Till one reads the words of friends.
Realization of two years gone by
and nary a poetic word writ.

This tome,
the pathetic attempt at art,
my first attempt, my first push.
Back into the poetic world
Hesitant, yet head held high.

This is desperation's inspiration,
the act of writing, just to write
the act of hoping just to hope.
To break loose from the bondage of
my forced prison of sobriety
and refill the ink well,
with pigment not mixed
with the devilish brew.


Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient

© Copyright 2002 JP Burns - All Rights Reserved
Temptress
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1 posted 04-11-2002 10:18 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Welcome back to the poetic world. Approach it as slowly or as quickly as you like, but please do keep coming, Sir. You have been missed, and this, for your first push, is stunning.


How grave is my condition, for I cannot find the words to say, I need you so.
~Sarah MacLachlan~

Janet Marie
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2 posted 04-11-2002 11:01 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

This tome,
the pathetic attempt at art,
my first attempt, my first push.
Back into the poetic world
Hesitant, yet head held high.

This is desperation's inspiration,
the act of writing, just to write
the act of hoping just to hope.
To break loose from the bondage of
my forced prison of sobriety
and refill the ink well,
with pigment not mixed
with the devilish brew.
======================================


This made me smile and want to give you a hug...Your muse is still as sincere and honest as it was in the times I read you before...Welcome back JP ... it is wonderful to see your name here and read this poetic purge of hope. There were times back when you used to post, that your words touched me and your honesty impressed me...and once again your pen speaks volumes of your sincerty to rise above old ghosts and demons and claim back your life and your words.
This write is not pathetic ... its pure and your pen is dipped in hope and honest intent.
It takes a brave person to write this real and put themselves on display.
Those who can become the teachers.
Very cool POET SIR...very cool indeed.
I wish you all the best in your recovery and reclaiming your muse.
take care of you
jm

how about how good it feels to finally forgive you
   ~~~
the moment I jumped off of it ... was the moment I touched down.

~Alanis Morissette~

Poet deVine
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3 posted 04-11-2002 11:28 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Unlike JM, this brought tears to my eyes. You will never know how often we wondered if you were ok - if you were still writing. Sometimes we don't realize what an impact we have on each other. The honesty in your work is what makes you the writer you are. This poem is gritty and real. Just like you. Like all your work. I enjoy reading it and I'm very glad you're back.
Saxoness
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4 posted 04-12-2002 02:49 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

JP,

Yay! So glad to see this...it was beautiful. Very exciting to see you back at the forums, friend.  I'll certainly be looking for more from you.  Hope to talk to you soon!

"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."
                                

Nan
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5 posted 04-12-2002 07:27 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

OH yes...

I'm smiling a GREAT big smile.. JP, this is a wonderfully introspective piece.  Guess what - It's every bit as good as what you wrote before you put yourself in that self-imposed prison...  Your inspiration is still there - and I'm thankful to see it with you...
JP
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6 posted 04-12-2002 11:51 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

I am touched. I may actually have to use a pen and paper and start writing when I am away from the computer.

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient

serenity blaze
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7 posted 04-14-2002 04:25 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Once again your courage inspires me. JP, you have been missed.

and this has got me thinking...damn.
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


8 posted 04-14-2002 04:50 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

well written. it does read a little jumpy, but that's fitting considering the context of the poem. if the true purpose of poetry is to engender understanding, then i think you have achieved that goal.

welcome back to yourself and us,

Chris

[This message has been edited by Christopher (04-14-2002 04:50 PM).]

JP
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9 posted 04-15-2002 08:59 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

What'cha thinking about Serenity?

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient

serenity blaze
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10 posted 04-15-2002 11:37 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Smiling here JP...maybe I'll write a poem about it...not quite sure if I'm ready to talk about it. Welcome back, JP.

Martie
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11 posted 04-16-2002 12:07 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

JP

I really enjoyed the honest integrity of this poem.  I didn't know you well before, but hope to see more of your poetry.  I think sometimes a dry spell is just the quiet before the storm, in writing as well as weather.
 
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