An American sentence: Relating to death as tragic increases one's suffering in life. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing… Continue reading Exhale, or: Expire
Receive truth ~ But this to Believe in: all world religions are Deceiving. Still, mortals struggle to Conceive; as from lived suffering, no Reprieve; that by it, nothing great's Achieved ~ other than earthly wisdom. W3 poetry prompt This poem was written in response to murisopsis’ W3 prompt ~ to write a poem of no less… Continue reading Receive, or: Deceive
Poetry Partners #63 Two linked senryu by LaMon Brown of 'Pathways to God' today's questions what is justice without love harsh cruelty without love what's spirituality: nothing of value LaMon Brown: https://spirituality159.com/ A shadorma by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ I've been told appreciating life requires existence of terrible diseases like childhood cancer. I'd… Continue reading Love, or: Appreciation
Poetry Partners #57 'In Your Hands', a poem by Naa Lamiorkor Boye of 'GemsFromASapphire' They say sticks and stones break bones But it felt like every single one of the 206 bones in my body shattered when you abandoned me. I wasn't just hurt. I experienced the kind of pain that grips your heart like… Continue reading In Your hands, or: Out of mine
EPIGRAPH: In the end, we'll all become stories.-Margaret Atwood (b. 1939) my every verse my every line my every word: death is only the beginning of countless stories; life, reality's only limitation, albeit a foggy one, but death, a veritable wellspring of stories to tell around the table impart to our children to fool ourselves… Continue reading Poems, poems, poems, or:
... my younger brother sensed that our father was not long for this world. He noted my father’s health problems... and the sadness in my father’s eyes. He noted my father’s fatalistic daily behaviors and approach to life...-Me, 'The Skeptic's Kaddish' #6, Sept. 14, 2018 I wrote the above in one of my earliest posts… Continue reading How much suffering would I endure?