Posts tagged ‘poets corner’

November 28, 2020

As It Was

by HemmingPlay

As it was in the beginning,
so still it is.

The hourglass turned then,
the sand measures time, again.

This is no tragedy, merely
the nature of things.

I perceive I am dying—
as does everything—but since birth.

The Mayfly, the tortoise;
the orchid, mosquito. We

don’t leave much behind.
Remorseless winds grind even

Pharoh’s magnificent stones to dust.
(Like them, I can’t imagine a world without me.)

It’s hard to see past that.
But we ride the last grain of sand through

the passage, just wide enough, and this spirit
escapes time and space, again.

For now, I only wonder to what I’m ancestral
This time. Was I any good?

November 26, 2020

An Instant

by HemmingPlay

In every life,
there’s a moment, or two.

The curve of your neck
out of that corduroy man’s shirt,

Burnt orange,
of autumn; passing of the old.

How unaware you were
that our child-like lives had just changed.

That’s not quite the right word.
They rearranged themselves

Into a new pattern, the right one.
Like random iron filings on paper

Which, when a magnet comes near,
Spring instantly into order,

Obedient to the
Truth of an invisible force.


November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Limericks for a Year That We’re Thankful Is Almost Over

by Joel Kravitz

The Thanksgiving feast is always a winner.
There’s nothing like a big turkey dinner.
Bird and sides, then dessert,
We eat ’til we hurt…
And nobody ever leaves thinner.

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November 22, 2020

A Nero Fiddled, Trump Played Golf Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

G20 Meets On Coronavirus As Trump Makes 298th Golf Trip Of Presidency (

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November 10, 2020

A Democracy Makes Choices Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

The election was historic. More people voted than in any other election before it. America should be very proud of that. It is what makes America the greatest country in the world. And though the election clearly showed that we are a divided nation right now, I am confident that once the post election chaos and litigation comes to an end, which will happen sooner before later, the greatest country in the world will do what it always has done – come together to find answers to the problems facing our great nation and make America an even greater place to live and pursue happiness.

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November 1, 2020


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm



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October 22, 2020

This Mortal Wound

by HemmingPlay

I felt for a while that grief would undo death.

Did it?


But I believed it might, if it were deep enough.

My cynic friend finally laughs at me.

Life is a fatal condition, my friend. Don’t you get that yet?

All the bandages in the world, all the disinfectants, all the healthy diets

can never heal that fatal gash we’ve had since the first moments,

Three Fates. One
fate, with three faces.

‘We strut and fret our hour on the stage
and then are heard n
o more’
Everything has a time limit here.

Such a gloomy cynic! You take away all hope.

Not at all. You don’t have to turn this into something.
You don’t need to get upset.
Think of yourself as dead already,
that you’ve lived your life.
Now you’re free to take what time is left and
live it as it should be lived.
It just takes being indifferent to what makes no difference.
And most of what we say and do is not essential.

Listen. Just do this. 
Go out into the desert just once. 
Lie down and look up at the stars,
A blackness filled with light so thick it seems alive

Let it bewilder you, and overtake you. 
As you shiver, though, it is not the cool air, 
but an angel that lies down beside you, 
and you’ll know that something 
beyond imagining awaits. 

October 20, 2020

An Idiotic Serpent Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

trump serpent

220,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. Current models are producing dire predictions.

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October 19, 2020


by HemmingPlay

An end comes, eventually.

I struggle with that. Don’t you?

But hear me out.

I dreamt once of my age, at my ending.

Not too close, still closer than it used to be.

Later, when a terrible loss tore me in two,

It also reminded me that,

Like the most exquisite flower,

death will come.

October 16, 2020

A Make The Lies And Hate Disappear Limerick

by Joel Kravitz


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October 12, 2020

Lifting Stones

by HemmingPlay
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This is an odd occupation.

Lift a stone to see what’s beneath,

Write a few heavy words,

Stare at the

Damp past,

Watch secrets scuttle,

Blinking in unwelcome light.

Lift the words, too, on what

Wants to dawn with each day

And pile them in a cairn, mark the

Trail and keep on.

No idea if another solitary pilgrim will chance past,

Maybe years from now,

Pause a moment, then

Reveal their own hidden things, share,

Lift a stone,

Add to the record.

Move on.

October 10, 2020

Precious moments

by Jem Croucher

I sat outside and mourned the fact
That with us here north facing
The sunshine now has left us
For cooler winds more bracing

Yet still there is this pocket
And I’m thankful here for this
As with longer shadows growing
There remains this minor bliss

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October 10, 2020

An Anesthetized Election Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

I’ve spent way too much time watching the news,
And I’m petrified that America could choose
A racist arrogant putz
It’s all making me nuts….
On pins and needles and now pills and booze.

October 9, 2020

An Economic Plan? For Whom? Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

The Legislative Agenda begins with this if the nightmare continues

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October 9, 2020

Draped in silk

by Jem Croucher

In this precious hour
It is as if I’m draped in silk
Luxurious, awake to morning
Yet still cocooned
In dove-cote doors of slumber

The world still sleeps
Yet I bathe in this
Delicious silence
Where just the scratch of pen
Alludes to magic as words appear

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October 8, 2020

Autumn II

by Jem Croucher

The door out to the garden
Is closed now every day
As it’s too chilly otherwise
I’m rather sad to say
Gone are the days of summer
When warmth allowed us to
Keep doors and windows open
To let warm breezes through

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October 7, 2020

An It Ain’t Over Yet Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

This has been one unbelievable year
And it is far from over

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October 7, 2020

Little yellow seat II

by Jem Croucher

I’m sitting on the yellow seat
Looking out to sea
It’s perfect in the sunshine
Although a tad windy

We came down here again today
So it seemed the thing to do
On such a lovely day as this
To see this lovely view

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October 5, 2020

Waiting for Heaven

by HemmingPlay

A pile of poems,
a scattering of short stories,
a minor mess of manuscripts,
all in a state of perpetual preparation.
I wait to see
what will happen today.

These things, bits of a lonely soul,
Hopeful of attention float into
Jackson Square,
New Orleans, on a random Saturday morning.
Jock and Michelle
play a mix of the classics
in the next patch of shade.

Lovely, dark Michelle on the violin,
Jock, recently of Columbus,
sits in on the keyboard.
Buffalo, the veteran, hair strapped
by a black cloth band, plucks
a soulful strain from Mozart
on a battered guitar.
Its case is open on the dirty concrete,
a few coins and bills
coaxed from a family from Iowa,
will buy one or two meals,
a share of a dump on
Decatur Street, when he’s
not enjoying the wonders
between a girlfriend’s thighs in
a ratty old apartment in the Tremé.

October 5, 2020

A Still Think Its A Hoax? Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

It is a shame that this had to happen, but the behavior of the those involved made it seem inevitable.

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October 5, 2020

The last day of summer

by Jem Croucher

The weather forecast tells me
That tomorrow there’s a turn
In the weather we have seen of late
So last chance here to burn
Just one more day of summer
It’s not that much to ask
A final opportunity
Beneath that sun to bask

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October 4, 2020

Equilibrium (aka ‘Face Planting’)

by Jem Croucher

Past sixty equilibrium
Is not what it once was
As balance sometimes fails
When you’re standing still because
Just the other afternoon
I found myself laid flat
When toppling from a bicycle
I’d stopped on, that’s a fact

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October 2, 2020

All You Need Is Love

by Joel Kravitz

To all the LGBT parents

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October 2, 2020

Who’s smirking?

by Jem Croucher

So what did he do
on the beach when not working?
the question was asked
with appropriate smirking
Apt one would say
with no conviction of doubt
when all of the story of
the truth it gets out

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September 21, 2020

A Moscow Mitch, The Most Evil Of All Limerick

by Joel Kravitz


Moscow Mitch is the one wielding the real power. He is the most dangerous person in America that does not have the nuclear weapons code.

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September 18, 2020

A Bill Barr, Your Room Is Ready Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Barr prison

We have a cell reserved for you right next to Donnie’s

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September 17, 2020

A Wishful Thinking Please Let It Be So Nursery Rhyme

by Joel Kravitz

Trump Mug Shot

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September 14, 2020

A Quantum Physics Poem 1.1

by Joel Kravitz


2020 seems like an Alternate Reality.

This is not an explanation,
Only my simple observation.

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