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0 posted 2000-06-23 04:33 PM

The Blue Ocean

If you squeeze a heart so lonely
will it bleed its sad red song
does it sing a sorrowful melody
with the oceans gentle throng

I've boarded a ship of destiny
black waters of ruffled silk
the captain of numbing misery
to steer her through the murk

A light that never rises
on horizons of distant dreams
and a hope that lays more quiet
then my pillow beneath the sea

Lost in the shadowy places
my moon with its icy beam
sliver of silver memories
it stabs my restless dreams

I lean on the keel of searching
for a glimmer that she may be there
down through this tunnel of wishes
on a ship in the tar of despair…

When the sun ever touches this darkness
I wonder if I will be there
the cold and the deep I hear calling
for a rest and escape from the tears

If the heart is sung to its last drop
will the pain of a love disappear
or is torment the wind of emotion
for the souls, in the ships
On the Blue Ocean.

James Parker Haley  Feb 19, 2000

© Copyright 2000 James Haley - All Rights Reserved
Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

1 posted 2000-06-23 05:21 PM

p-man...this is EXCELLENT...
I am so taken by this poem's
emotions and the depth of their
a different side to your poetry that
we dont often see..but a side which
exsists in us all. You know by my poems of late...I love this one and relate.
I love the imagery and metaphors
of the sea and being on a ship.
this poem shows your versatility
as a poet as well.

ps..hey babe..wheres that sonnet  

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2 posted 2000-06-23 06:17 PM

Parker--I love the feel of this--wonderful, wonderful work!
A Romantic Heart
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Forever In Your Heart
3 posted 2000-06-23 06:33 PM

Excellant!!!I just love the Ocean..ocean of love.
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Pickering, Ontario
4 posted 2000-06-23 10:18 PM

This is one of those that i know you put alot of work into.  The results are very plain to see.  It is definitly one of your best.  It should most certainly be included in the book!


It is blessing to have wings for your words, and passion to flow from pen.

Marina Crossley

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Florida's Foreverly Shores
5 posted 2000-06-23 10:19 PM

I do enjoy this one from you.

'black waters of ruffled silk'

Wow !  What wonderful imagery !

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

serenity blaze
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6 posted 2000-06-23 10:21 PM

All this and a cowboy to boot...sigh...

maybe you should run for president...

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7 posted 2000-06-24 09:44 AM

Janet, thank you ..... the sonnet is in the sonnet shop getting some fine tuning.  

Martie, thank you very much.

ARH, thank you, come for a swim...

Marina, thank you.

Marge, thank you.

serenity, thank you I'd take the cowboy hat off for the lady, but then I wouldn't be wearing


X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
Posts 1521
8 posted 2000-06-24 05:33 PM

Wow...all I can say is if you dive in those waters...there may just be a mermaid there be careful.
This was a great poem all in all, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

You have quite a talent!
PS LOVED the black silk ruffle line! wowsers! great descriptions!

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9 posted 2000-06-25 12:30 PM

X Angel, thank you so much, so are you a mermaid...


Lost Dreamer
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Somewhere near the Rainbow
10 posted 2000-06-29 05:55 AM

When I got to the end of this poem and had that Wow feeling, I knew it deserved a chance in Voices, excellent job.
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11 posted 2000-06-29 06:14 AM

What a beautiful piece this is to read...lovely

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

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12 posted 2000-07-10 11:25 AM

Hi Haleyja,

WOW this is wonderful, so VERY much enjoyed.

Love, Cerenity

Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley
13 posted 2000-07-10 08:18 PM

Wow! The imagery is wonderful here! I really loved this.  
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14 posted 2000-07-10 10:56 PM

very well written...
This is so beautiful...very well captured.
i liked it!

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

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since 1999-07-22
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15 posted 2000-07-11 09:18 AM

I agree, the imagery is excellent! Worded just right, you've one outstanding piece of work here! This was an awesome read  
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16 posted 2000-07-11 02:38 PM

yep will agree, this is stunning  
Sudhir Iyer
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since 2000-04-26
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17 posted 2000-07-11 02:55 PM

Tell me what I missed...
Yeah! reading Parker's lovely poems... this one is brilliant, truly majestic...

glad to have found this one...


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

- John Donne

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since 1999-07-17
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18 posted 2000-07-11 09:03 PM


This is superb - carried me away...

excellent and voted for


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19 posted 2000-07-11 10:06 PM

Wonderful writing, Parker!


since 2000-04-12
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Backwaters of Avalon
20 posted 2000-07-12 06:22 AM

James.. It's a poem with so much depths, I especially like the metaphor u used

tunnel of wishes...

wow, I should certain adopt your style into my poems, it's just so effectively.. beside that, I love the feeling of the poem as well... and into the book you shall go..

- James
The beauty of nature is displayed,
not through itself,
but through the creatures
dwelling within its bosom.

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21 posted 2000-07-23 01:58 AM

Lost Dreamer, thank you very much for that.

tracie66, thank you.  

Cerenity, wow thank you for reading.  

Poet deVine, coming from you i'm honoured.  

AVANTI, thank you very much.  

WhtDove, your way too kind, thank you.  

Corazon, no as stunning as the sexy Corazon.  

Sudhir Iyer, well I'm glad you liked, thank you.  

Severn, thank you.  

Denise, thank you for responding.

jamesjiao, i'm not sure if I have a particular style but thank you for that.


X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
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22 posted 2000-07-23 02:33 PM

LOL Parker, I do fancy myself a reincarnated mermaid yes. And in my past life I drowned sailors.
(well mermaid is better than being reincarnated from a squirrel or something!!)

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23 posted 2000-07-23 02:41 PM

Well X, I'll try not to sail past your port, unless you have you land legs on.  


Member Patricius
since 2000-05-14
Posts 11858
New Brunswick Canada
24 posted 2000-07-23 04:46 PM

That really is the blues for sure! On The Blue ocean of despair with you as the captain filled with such lonliness and pain wishing you could reach the horizon of relief.

You got my vote for sure.

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since 2000-07-23
Posts 1125
North Carolina
25 posted 2000-07-23 06:20 PM

Parker, what can I say except WOW. Talk about touching and moving, that was. Please allow this southern belle to curtsey to you sir.

As surely as we live,
We must write.
Continue sweet emotions,
To take us to greater heights...Juls

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26 posted 2000-07-23 06:25 PM

Wow, wonderful imagery....I too loved the "black waters of ruffled silk"....Just a beautiful poem.  Bonnie
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
27 posted 2000-07-23 09:54 PM

just like all your other ones....
this got my vote

"In three words I can sum up everything I learned about life: It Goes On"
~Robert Frost

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28 posted 2000-07-24 11:44 AM

ethome, just send me some rolaids please...

juliet, any southern belle can curtsey to me, please. and thank you.  

Bonnie, thank you very much.  

Martini, thank you glad you liked.


shadow of poetry
since 2000-07-22
Posts 76
midwest usa
29 posted 2000-07-24 02:15 PM

i was told by a poet with a gifted eye
to read your words and expect to be impressed
i was indeed,very emotionally aching but beautiful poem

peace and poetry

my sister is the poet
I am but a shadow
by the light of poetry
I read then dream

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since 2000-03-06
Posts 3733
30 posted 2000-07-24 10:00 PM

Okay.......I was reading along and in the
first stanza I thought you said "thong"...
I lost my train of thought and had to start
all over    
Beatiful work sweet Parker I very much
enjoyed  this piece~

Heather Miller
since 2000-07-19
Posts 409
Bryan, Ohio USA
31 posted 2000-07-25 10:41 AM

VERY VERY beautiful!!!!!!    

With God all things are possible.

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32 posted 2000-07-27 02:07 PM

shadow of poetry, you are very sweet, so your sister must be too.  

Butterflies, where is your mind at...
Well if you've got the string bikini,
I've got the thong...  

Heather, thank you very much.  


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since 2000-04-28
Posts 49
Tucson, AZ
33 posted 2000-07-27 02:23 PM


Excellent. The imagery is totally intense and so vivid. I am quickly becoming enamoured with your silvery tongue!
My cowboy hat is off to you!!!

Life is not a spectator Sport!
Dance like no one's watching.
Love like it's never going to hurt.

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Posts 3129
34 posted 2000-07-27 02:50 PM

Michelle, thank you.... hmmmm cowboy hats and red hair, you got me facinated.


[This message has been edited by Haleyja (edited 07-28-2000).]

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35 posted 2000-08-06 11:01 AM

You should get waves of votes!

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High Springs, Florida
36 posted 2000-08-07 02:50 PM

"When the sun ever touches this darkness
I wonder if I will be there
the cold and the deep I hear calling
for a rest and escape from the tears"

sometimes an escape from the tears would be ever welcomed aye...

great read!  
dg < !signature-->

"Half of what i say is meaningless; but i say it so that the other half may reach you."
-Kahlil Gibran

[This message has been edited by dgvarner (edited 08-07-2000).]

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37 posted 2000-08-08 11:53 AM

insect and dg, thank you for the reply and vote.../parker
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