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Sunday, October 31, 2010

POETRY POTLUCK - Halloween

It's Monday - POTLUCK time again!!!!


Hello and WELCOME back to this spooky and creepy week of Poetry Potluck!!!

We (Amanda and Kavita) are as pleased as ever to welcome you here... This week, we shall delve into the haunting world of  HALLOWEEN!!  In the spirit of this time, let your dark side rise!!

Register yourself (with your name and the link to your potluck entry) using InLinkz below, and leave a comment with a pointer to your post! It would be great if you could link back to us on your blog!!! Once you are done with this, visit other participants (at least 6), read their entries, comment, AND ENJOY!!!  So let your imagination soar in the darkness and the graveyards... write on! Of course, you can always submit any poem of your choice as well...

Remember: Every week, InLinkz will be up on Sunday, at 8pm (CDT), and will stay open till Wednesday, 8am (CDT). So you will have 60 hours to share your poem with us...COOL huh?!! Also, if you aren't new to Poetry Potluck, please note that we may not send you weekly reminders. So, it would be awesome if you could add us to your Blogroll or Favorites, so that you can stay updated with the happenings on our site!! :))

Flash Forward!! After a sinful week, we shall once again get back to being nice. So, the theme for next week will be "Fortresses, Buildings and Monuments".. You will have a week to prepare your poem for this theme.. :) And if you are unable to submit a poem ON the theme, relax... Send in an older poem you would love to share with us...

And now, LET'S GET STARTED with this week's potluck!!!! Enjoy the VIDEO here and let those creative bloody spirits flow!!! Thanks for joining in and supporting your fellow poets and our favorite Poetry Potluck!!!

video

ALL HALLOWS EVE

‘Twas all Hallows eve, and all through the house
Every creature was stirring, even our pet mouse
Oh the pumpkins were carved with very great care
In the hope that trick-or-treaters soon would be there
The children were agitated, not one in his bed
As visions of sweet treats danced in their heads
Dad and I in our costumes and me with my cap
Had settled by the door listening for the first rap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
We sprang to our feet to check on the matter
We threw open the door to offer our sweet stash
While witches flew by, all glitter and flash
And the moon on the rise and the dark ground below
Gave lustre and bluster to ghosts on the go
Then what to our startled eyes should appear,
But a miniature ballerina among goblins, one bear
Now, Alice! Now Ernie! Now Jimmy! Now Chris!
Come little Tony, big Brandy, and Trish
To the top of the stairs, don’t any one fall …
Now dash away dash away dash away all

By Jamie Dedes - Thanks so much Jamie.


SUNDAY RALLY DISPATCH, October 31, 2010





Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members. I've collected announcement from diverse sources in order to attempt a reflection of the geographic and cultural diversity of our community. Your contributions from your area of the world or your interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes at jamiededes@rocketmail.com. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.
John Keats 1795-1821
ON THIS DAY: English Romantic poet John Keats was born on October 31, 1795, in London. MORE 
TONIGHT: Our eighth POETRY POTLUCK kicks off with - appropriately - a Halloween theme. So bring your goblins, ghoulies, and ghosties and chomp right down on bats wings and eye of newt. InLinkz will be up at 8:00 p.m. (CDT) this evening and open through Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. (CDT). You have sixty hours to share your poem. Please consider adding a link to Jingle Poetry to your blog roll.
TWO EVENTS BEGIN TOMORROW: 
1.) NaNo: November 1, 2010 starts the tenth annual [Inter] National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) and several members of our community have responded to the challenge to write 50,000 words of a first draft of a novel in one month. These included: Jamie Dedes, Kavita, Olivia, and Someone Is Special. If you are joining in that fun, be sure to look for us on the NaNo site and link to become “buddies.”  If you are not on this list and want others to link with you on NaNo, then please respond in the comments below to alert everyone. Thank you!
2.) The Z-A Challenge is hosted by our own Leo. This challenge is to write 26 posts in 26 days (the month of November, excluding Sundays), each day using a different letter of the alphabet going in reverse order. For example, November 1 would have  theme based on the letter Z, November 2 would be the letter Y, and on through November 30 and A. Write in your blog and share the link in the comment section of Leo’s post for the day at Leo’s challenge is to write 26 posts in 26 days, He asks that you do not lease do not share the link of your old posts that fit the theme. Please place a link in your blog back to Leo’s blog so that others can join the Z-A Challenge.*  


Leo's rules allow for multiple posts that fit the theme,  multiple posts for each letter, as much writing as you can do for November, and combining with other memes. Leo plans “to visit each post and comment and will remove the link from the comments section of a post is found to be malicious or hurtful. The Z-A challenge is not a platform for attacking others, but an outlet for your talents.”  If clarification is needed, Leo suggests that you leave a comment along with your link. He will get back to you.


 * Note: Leo has a badge you can use to link to him. You'll find it in his blog roll.


THIS WEEK: Jingle's Thursday Poets Rally will start on November 4 and run through November 11. Don't miss the fun. Jingle will post complete details on November 3 on her Poets Rally site
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Recently our own Someone Is Special started a new meme on his site. Here he is to tell us about himself, his writing, and his new meme.


When did you start blogging and why?
In March 2008, I started with the verses I planned to use in my diary. For personal reasons, I stopped blogging and didn’t return for almost a year. A ray of hope came through one of my best friends. She encouraged me to start a new blog. She chose pendownmythoughts from my list of ten. Another friend chose Few Miles as the blog name. Why “Few Miles?” It is inspiration from Wodsworth’s “Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abby."
I created the blog to share my thoughts and to dedicate my work to “someone special” in my life. 
How did you get interested in poetry and when and why did you start writing it?
The magical words of William Wordsworth inspired me to write poems. “Daffodils”, a work I love to read billion times a day, and his other poems are sources of my wisdom. They inspired me and bought me to this world of poetry.
In my school days, I penned my first poem for someone special in my life. That poem was titled Sorry!
Sorry to wake you up in your sleep!
Sorry for hugging you last night that deep!
Sorry to implant my lips on yours!
Sorry for tasting it for some hours!
Sorry to reveal those unheard words!
Sorry for wishing that not to be my dreams!
I received a response from her: “I wish that your dreams come true!” From
that day until today, I love to write poems. I write mostly on love, romance and
friendship.
Someone Is Special
What are the benefits to you of participation in Thursday Poets Rally and Poetry Potluck?
I was unknown as Someone Is Special until Jingle visited me on Friendship Day with three awards that helped me to land on Thursday Poets Rally. From that day Someone Is Special became visible to this blogging world. That poem reaped me an award, “The Perfect Poet”, though I just an amateur writer. It also earned me a respectful official position in Jingle Poetry. I found many new friends and loved reading their wonderful works. I have to thank Ji a billion times for helping to bring this amateur writer visible to this blogging world. I have to thank Leo, who constantly encouraged me to write for more meme blogs from the first time he visited me.
Poetry Potluck is absolutely a dream place for a poet, I always love to be a part of this wonderful place and wish to thank Amanda, Kavita, and Riika for their wonderful works.
What inspired you to start your new meme and why Romance?
Well, as I said before, my source of wisdom and inspiration is Wordsworth who inspired me to write about romance. I also feel that romance is the eternal part of all living things and somehow something stops most poets from writing a romantic poem. I wanted to break that barrier. That is the reason I started the meme, Room for Romance, a place to romance with your pen. 
One month old now, it has acquired a few visitors, romantic people who romance with their pen. It is a delightful treat for me to read their work. I hope soon these few will become a large crowd and will give me a big treat every week.
What other kinds of writing do you do and why?
I do write fiction for the memes” 55-Fiction, 77-Fiction, Drabble, Fiction and  Real Life Stories. I appreciate all my own work, but as per the readers’ choice, the some of the most loved works are “Moment of Madness”, “The Untold Story”, “Call it as Love”, “Sweet Madness”, “Sweetest 90 Seconds”, “What if I am locked with a cute girl in a lift?”, “The Golden Trip”. I just simply love to explore different varieties of writing and I enjoy them.
In poems, I always love to write a free verse. Inspired by Leo’s work I started writing haiku. From reading other writers, I am writing and learning other poetry forms: Etheree, Tetractys, Villanelle, Sonnet and etc.
I also sketch portraits and create wall papers for friends.
What are you reading right now?
Currently, I enjoy my fellow bloggers poems. I love to read more of romantic works and prefer eBooks to read any sort of novels. The last book I read was Tribute to Sonia by Riika Inifinity, a wonderful compilation. (Editor's note: Riika was interviewed for the last Sunday Rally Disptach, October 24, 2010.)
What are you long term goals for your blog and your writing?
I love to travel the few miles to reach all the bloggers in this world and enjoy their works. My ultimate aim is to write a novel and I hope to do that soon.

We hope that Sunday Rally Dispatch provided some helpful and inspiring information and that you’ll join us this back here this evening for Poetry Potluck.  We plan to have a spooktackular Halloween!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Poem of the Week

It’s Saturday’s Poem of the Week. And what a gorgeous potluck it was with the theme of Love and Romance being beautifully and passionately represented.

It’s always difficult (is it for you, too, Bill?) for me, Talon, to pick just one poem, but I inevitably find one poem sticks with me long after I’ve finished reading it and this week that poem was She of the Rainbow by Fyodor Lewis of the blog Bright Light – Dark Words. After reading it, I think you’ll know why it lingered with me...



She of the Rainbow

I dreamed of her in shades of grey
Mixed jet and pearl and slate and cream
Upon my canvass her to stay
My rainbow shade; my eye’s fair gleam


I dreamed of her in black and white
Mixed paint to stain false memory
And thought I painted all that’s bright
Not seeing my poor mimicry


I dreamed she was all framed but free
In lands not green and blue alive
Imprisoned there alone was she
In my dark head I thought she’d thrive


I dreamed in sunsets of her grace
In reds and yellows that did fade
And did not catch upon her face
That gift of glory there was laid


I dreamed in palettes overbright
But never finding the right tone
Violet, orange, pink weren’t right
They all became a monochrome


I painted dreams and nightmares too
To try and find her somewhere there
To mirror that one and only who
That did my bleary eyes ensnare


But when she walked across my way
And broke the image in my view
I saw that all my shades of grey
Were not the rainbow’s truest hues


She lived more vivid than my dream
And glittered far against my clouds
And all I brushed to me did seem
Deluding ashen shadowed shrouds


Reality is where I’ll go
To see and draw just what I know
I will not try to bring down low
The hues above in the rainbow

by Fyodor Lewis
 
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Thank you so much, Fyodor, for sharing your poetry with Jingle's Poetry Potluck.
 
To read more of Fyodor's amazing work, please visit him at Bright Light - Dark Words.
 
Thank you, everyone, for sharing your poetry and I look forward to another great week of fantastic writing next week.
 
Happy Halloween!
 
Talon
Bill Cook


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday's Meet The Poet


Ah...hello there! Just as i hoped. Simply lovely to connect again. Welcome, welcome! I'm Annie (Lovely Annie) if this is a first time visit to the Wednesday poet interviews. my partner, Tracy H, are passionate and simply enthralled with poets and poetry...and now, every week we get to rub elbows with the inspired and compelling of this poetic realm! So happy to share with you all!


I am so excited to introduce you to a wonderful individual who weaves words into poetic webs!  You may have read some of his poetry on Jingle Poetry Potluck and Jingle Thursday Poets Rally. It is my pleasure to introduce you  to the man behind the words...the man known simply as Woih.



  Meet The Poet









 
Annie:

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, what your life is like…Oh,...what is your REAL name? Woih? Very unique. I would love to share where that name comes from.


Dennis: 

My name is Dennis. Woih stands for "Warrior of Infinite Heart". It is an English translation of the Tibetan language. The name was given to me when I chose to take a refuge and Bodhisattva vow. 




Annie:
I love that name! An empathic hero of sorts...
OK, tell us a bit about yourself...


Dennis:
I am married and have two children, a little girl who is 9 and a boy who is 7. I recently moved back to my hometown of Chicago after spending a few years living in Louisville, KY (Kentucky is way cooler).



Annie:
Yes, Kentucky is very cool...especially Kentucky women. Just ask Niel Diamond!

Dennis:
I love writing acoustic folk/blues songs, painting, reading, getting lost in the woods (it's been too long), meditation and study/reading of Dharma teachings and things related.


  
Annie:
What is it about poetry that makes you want to write?


 

Dennis:
I experience poetry as a tool to let out a part of yourself that is completely held back by thought. To be able to sit down, clear your mind and simply let flow whatever is arising. The other aspect I like is almost the opposite of the above. The times when I have a huge experience but cannot grasp it well enough to write a novel or paper, etc. So poetry allows me to express the thought/experience fully, with a few small verses, sometimes even a short Haiku speaks novels.


Annie:
I agree. Haiku is a favorite of mine and I love the power that can be found in just a few words.
Have you always written poetry or can you remember writing your first poem?


 

Dennis:

No, I can't. I'm sure the first thing that came close to a poem was a song.



 

Annie: 
I consider songs poetry. how old were you when you wrote your first song?


Dennis:
oh...I don't know. 12? Something like that...


Annie:
The truth comes out! A musician. A poet. A bard, perhaps. That's awesome! Perhaps a song or two will be posted on your blog sometime for us to enjoy (hint hint)

What style of poem do you write most often?



Dennis:
I probably most often write free verse. I recently started experimenting with new forms of poetry I have never seen before, (which is most of them). I think my new favorite is the Ballade Supreme, although is took me hours to complete.


Annie:
Are there any styles of poetry you find difficult or annoying?



Dennis:
Annoying? Not really. I found the Villanelle and the Ballade Supreme very difficult.


Annie:
What is your favorite poem? One of YOUR poems to be specific!


Dennis:

Right now it's kind of a coin toss. Either Exiled into Bliss or At Last Light. Exiled into Bliss
because it comes extremely close to describing the relationship experience between my wife and I. It's somewhat other worldly love that we share. At Last Light because it describes my experience of Iraq, the military, my violent past  and where it's headed so accurately, maybe as nothing I've ever written before has.


 

Annie:
I love the poem At Last Light. And many more!


Read "At Last Light"

 


 

Annie:

Now, do you have a favorite poet?


Dennis: 

Yes, Shantideva. He was an Indian Buddhist practitioner/scholar living from 687-763 AD, who composed the Bodhisattva's Way of Life.

Annie:
What is your favourite poem by that author?



Shantideva's Prayer


 

May I be a protector to those without protection,

A leader for those who journey,

And a boat, a bridge, a passage

For those desiring the further shore.


May the pain of every living creature

Be completely cleared away.

May I be the doctor and the medicine

And may I be the nurse

For all sick beings in the world

Until everyone is healed.



Just like space
And the great elements such as earth,

May I always support the life

Of all the boundless creatures.



And until they pass away from pain
May I also be the source of life

For all the realms of varied beings

That reach unto the ends of space.



 


 

Annie:

Thank you for that, Dennis. I have chills reading it..every time I read it actually!

Any mentors? (life, poetry, any type)



Dennis:

Ooohhh mentor! That's a big question there. In life, yes. A couple of folks at the Dharma Ocean Foundation in Crestone, Co. In particular, Dr. Reggie Ray. These are people that strive to live from the deep well of their human heart and generously give their time and comfort to help others learn the same. When my mind becomes confused, it turns toward that direction.



Annie:
Sounds really wonderful...you have a community of mentors. What a gift!


Do you have a place of inspiration? A time or location that triggers the poetic genius within?


 
Dennis: 
Always write at the computer desk. I usually sit down and just start typing whatever flows out.  I have noticed, however, if I go to write after a meditation session, that's when the really earthy, honest writing comes out.

Annie:
So, what is your favorite book?


 

Dennis:

Tibetan Book of the Dead originally written by PadmaSambhava. There isn't a single translation I've come across that has not fascinated me.


 

Annie:
Do you have a favourite quote that inspires you? Your life or writing?

 

Dennis:
A Talisman by Mohandas Gandhi. This quote dramatically changed my life at one time.




"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?

Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

- One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.
Source: Mahatma Gandhi [Last Phase, Vol. II (1958), P. 65].


 
Annie: 
Definitely life changing...Thank you for sharing that.


I know you write poetry and songs...any other creative passions?


Dennis:

Anything to do with art and music. Painting, wax-molding (love to mold wax), writing music and songs.


Annie:

 What is your favourite type of music?


 

Dennis:

Probably a folk/acoustic sound. Ray LaMontagne is an example of the type. 


 

Annie: 
I LOVE Ray! Burn and trouble are my favorites.
 What is your favorite song?


Dennis:
The song from his first CD called Narrow Escape.
Narrow Escape on YouTube


Annie:
I am committed to this question!


If your were a singer/musician/band what would  be the name of your band?


 

Dennis:

I am in a band and it's called the Blue Eyed Sinners.



Annie: 
What is the first album called?


 

Dennis:

The devils gotta wait his turn.


Annie:

And what is the name of the first single on the album?


 

Dennis:

That Day


 Listen To That Day

Annie: 

Do you have some blogs you find yourself returning to again and again?

 

Dennis:

Yes.



LovelyAnnie
 (Flattery gets you...Everywhere! Thanks Dennis! wow!)

Belladonna23

Buttercup600

Inellezshayra

Jsmorgane

arspoetica



 

Annie:

What did you dream about last? Or do you have re occurring themes in your dreams?


Dennis:

Last night was a rough one. My uncle and I where robbing an airplane when it suddenly took off. So next thing you know, we fell through the ceiling and everybody is staring at us and judging us for well, ya know, being thieves and all. But the stewardess is quite nice and decides to give us both complimentary seats and brown bag lunches.

Next thing ya know we exit the plane and my uncle is somehow dead leaving me stranded in the middle of nowhere. The next moment, my other uncle(who is deceased in real life) is standing with his wife and I in an alley ask me what he thinks of his new house. I try to talk him out of it because I know there is something really shady about it on the inside (supernatural horror film shady) but he looks right past me and decides to move in anyway. The last thing I remember was walking into the basement door. Then I woke up and had that awful inside shaky feeling for about an hour and a half after I woke up.

Soooooo…that's last nights dream. But almost always, there is a house in my dreams.



 

Annie: 
This is not the time for Dream Tending, yet, I think it is important to note that house dreams are fantastic! The house is often a symbol of the self...self and Self. Pay attention to the houses in dreams. Rooms. Decor. Architecture. Everything. Then think about how these traits of the house might reflect aspects of your inner self in a symbolic manner. Dreams are astounding.

Moving on:
 What person, living or dead, would you most like to have over for dinner? Why, and what would you serve? What type of table? And table setting?


 

Dennis:

Mohandas Gandhi. I think hearing about all of his experiments and exploits would be a great night. I couldn't serve anything extravagant or excessive, for I would certainly be judged by the Gandhi. I guess some risotto and ice water served in Oriyoki bowls, no table, cushions to sit on and one candle for lighting.


Annie: 
That sounds like an amazing dinner!
um...one more question:
What animal do you feel the most connected with?

Dennis:

Squirrel


 

Annie:

Since you have shared so much...
I offer you these thoughts:

Squirrel Symbolism:



When the squirrel comes into our lives it is often a message for us to have more fun, and take life a little less seriously. We can see this in the squirrel's daily antics in our yards and surroundings.
However, other animal symbolism of squirrels deal with practicality. As the squirrel is commonly known to hide and save its food and return to it in the winter months - we take this as a sign in our own lives; a sign that it might be time to look into our own provisions. For example: Is it time to consider a retirement plan? Are we adequately insured? Or even as simple as doing simple and preventative repairs around the house.
Common summary of animal symbolism of the squirrel:
  • Energy
  • Play
  • Prudence
  • Balance
  • Socializing
  • Preparation
  • Resourcefulness
It's not commonly known that the squirrel only actually finds 10% of the nuts he hides for safekeeping. This is another message from the squirrel that we can also foolishly over-prepare. Here there is a lesson of balance to be considered.
However, there is a higher significance in this message of finding our 10%. All those nuts our squirrels do not recover are all primed and ready to seed themselves. This means, that thanks to our furry friends, we are gifted with new generations of trees and plants sprouting from all the seeds and nuts burrowed in the soil by squirrels.
This symbolically coincides with the old adage "what we sow is what we reap." What may seem like absent-mindedness is actually a strong message to us to be mindful of the metaphorical seeds we plant in our own lives as they we will surely reap the consequences.
Squirrels are quite sociable, and are often seen in pairs or groups. Any amount of observation of the squirrel will reveal that it is a vocal creature as well, and using extensive communications - particularly when in play or when it feels threatened.
In this manner, the animal symbolism of squirrels addresses our ability to express ourselves in social settings. The squirrel reminds us to communicate effectively with others, and to honor those around us with our presence (rather than dishonor them with inappropriate or rude behavior).
The animal symbolism of this animal is also tied in with the fact that squirrels are solar creatures, and as such, they carry solar animal symbolism traits:
  • Passion
  • Energy
  • Expression
  • Vitality

Oh...and I just learned that squirrels purr. As do rabbits other furry creatures besides cats! 




One more symbolic offering:  
Not sure if you picked out your Halloween costume yet. I think utilizing ancient tools of divination is always the best way to decide on an outfit...So, here is your fashion..er...I mean free will horoscope for this week. The stars in the sky are crazy stylish...out of this world, really.



Aquarius (January 20-February 19)
Sunlight may smell spicy or musky to you these days. The wind might have a flavor like chocolate liqueur or a ripe peach. The hum of the earth as it turns may sound like a symphony you heard once in a dream. Your body? Electric. Your soul? Sinewy. In other words, Aquarius magic is afoot. The hills are alive with future memories that taste delicious. Your feet will touch sacred ground far more than usual. Halloween costume suggestion: a character from a film that changed your life for the better. 

Factual information and reasonable thinking alone are not sufficient to guide you through life’s labyrinthine tests. You need and deserve regular deliveries of uncanny revelation. One of your inalienable rights as a human being should therefore be to receive mysteriously useful omens on a regular basis



Hmm..Fill us in later if you find a costume inspired by the stars? Until then...

I wish everyone a wonderful Wednesday and a spirited Halloween week!

Dennis, or rather, Warrior of Infinite Heart...We are honored by your presence today and love your presence in this community!
Namaste!

Tracy H is on next week! I can't wait to Meet The Poet then!
He always interviews amazing individualS who inspire...Fantastic partner too...

Until next time...

have a wonder filled week

Lovely Annie