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a challenge for you, PdV...and EVERYONE

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serenity blaze
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0 posted 05-07-2002 06:39 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"When an old man dies, a library burns down."--

African Proverb


and? No stipulations, no particular form...just add your own particular spice into this quote, that is actually a poem already...be creative!
Phaedrus
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1 posted 05-07-2002 07:30 PM       View Profile for Phaedrus   Email Phaedrus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Phaedrus


When an old man dies, a library burns down
His words all ashes to the windy world
That fanned his eyes to embers end
And no tears now will quench his sentences aflame.

When an old man dies, a metaphor for truth dies too
And by our hand with greedy lies
The world is raped by lunatics and time
And no tears now will turn that tide away

When an old man dies, a young man wails upon the world
And captures hearts and stars within his eyes
The years will stack each book upon a shelf
But no tears now will serve or save him in the end
serenity blaze
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2 posted 05-07-2002 07:53 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

silence. Methinks no one will compete with this. I love it. Thank you.
Janet Marie
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3 posted 05-07-2002 08:12 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

When an old man dies, a library burns down
His words all ashes to the windy world
That fanned his eyes to embers end
And no tears now will quench his sentences aflame.
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*smiling and shaking my head at Phaedrus*

if this is what it takes to have the pleasure of reading you..then I ask Sen to put one up everyday
very cool poet sir.
Poet deVine
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4 posted 05-07-2002 08:24 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I even hate to post mine now!! Yours is exceptional my friend. Sigh. Ok..here's mine:

Unlike my friends I knew the power
Of the written and spoken word
So every summer I spent my days
At the knee of Grandpa Byrd

He wove the tales of his rugged youth
read to me the many books he favored
Like the desert sand in drought
I drank each word remembered, savored

when an old man dies, a library burns down
his memories fade though touched by heat
but Grandpa Byrdís will live on with me
in the place where heart and soul meet
serenity blaze
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5 posted 05-08-2002 08:13 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Hey. I was wrong. (imagine that...grin)

no kidding tho, Grandpa Byrd, was such a portrait of character for me..I wanted to BE there (still do)

Easier times...this was Norman Rockwell in my mind. Thank you Sharon. I'm rocking AT YOU, in my chair, here...(I know, I know, it's bad for my back, but how else can I sleep in the forum..grinning...I feel like me arse is molded on Ron's couch!)
serenity blaze
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6 posted 05-08-2002 09:40 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Came back to ask--I forgot to mention that I would like my challenge answered in "open"--if at all possible, I would love to see these in Open--where they can be enjoyed by all...grin..we KNOW...izzit possible to move the two already answered? And all else? Please post in open...my hometown, so to speak.
Kethry
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7 posted 05-08-2002 06:14 PM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

Done and done! Posted in open at your request.

Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind.  Unknown


 
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