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I Have Been More Than Once, Never More Or Less Than Me -

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I Have Been More Than Once, Never More Or Less Than Me -


Bricks from blood, bricks from the flood of Earth's mud,
bricks of clay, turf bricks, stone bricks, flesh bricks,
all shaped, treated and wrought in the furnace of Will,

texture of brick varies by material & method like animal behavior
projected to achieve certain results,
sometimes bricks are smooth or polished
or rough & pocked,
I have cracked bricks, large and small ones, 
red & brown, white, black & beige ones,
some keep strong for eons,
some flake or crumble from weathering or ineptitude
some bricks I replace, some I repair or salvage
as birds reconstruct nests
ravaged by the tumult of atmosphere,

these bricks have personality, vitality, loyalty,
my bricks do not always withstand Life's bombardments
but they do serve their purposes,
I will survive where Jerhico, Constantinople, Berlin & Hiroshima ashed,
hut & hovel I have been,
pyramid & palace too,
a bakery, butcher's shop, and Baron's bastion,
a bunker and a boarding school,
always it is me,
a shelter of creativity -

J.A.B.

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  1. Date: 8/23/2012 7:27:00 PM

    Hi, Justin,,, I'm reading this poem a second time.. I think, sometimes i need friends like you.. enjoying this poem once again... xox~LINDA

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/24/2012 12:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm here for you Linda - you help to make me see the world in a much more sensational Light - I admire you - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/21/2012 6:29:00 PM

    great write J.A.B,one brick begins a castle,just one

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/21/2012 8:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Sir! Or maybe a body - Thanks for the respect Rich - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/21/2012 1:38:00 AM

    The spirit will survive where the walls we have erected have failed. Poetry/creativity is the light shining through the cracks in the clay pot of life. Loved the poem, Suzette

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/21/2012 8:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charming sentiments Suzette - I love when poets get poetic about my poetry!!! Exactly my friend, the spirit must survive the defenses - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/19/2012 6:13:00 PM

    Thanx for stopping by..I agree with Lizzie's comments below...I live far away from the Ganges, Justin..my visits to the river were all touch and go affairs.!! Jag

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/21/2012 8:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Considering the power in your poetry Jag I'd say you were baptised in that great and ancient river! Thanks for caring - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/19/2012 11:46:00 AM

    Loved the word play here Justin; and the scenes you evoke ( well done )

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/21/2012 8:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Joe, this motif just seemed perfect for decribing reincarnation - very glad you found something in it thats respectable - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/19/2012 10:28:00 AM

    ahhhh, I see you are embracing honesty, truth, sanguinity, faith and encouragement as you allude to reincarnation here with the symbol of the bricks. .. . (did I blow your mind just now quoting what you said below here to friend Mikki?) heehee. anyway, I was thrilled to read what you said to her because when I went back and read your poem with the reincarnation thing in mind, I TOTALLY got it. And it rocks!

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/19/2012 11:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are such a perfect minx Andrea - I'm very happy that you appreciate the message in this work - Bricks are so neat - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/18/2012 10:40:00 PM

    wow Justin, to be someone more than once in other life times ,,, is beyond my imagination.. however never settle... a journey, will always be presented .. enjoyed ;-),. always ~PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/19/2012 11:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Smart encouragement PD.!!! I'm addicted to experience and the prospect of conquest; conquest over my own weaknesses in particular - your soul must be ancient my Sphinx - thanks for visiting again! J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/18/2012 3:26:00 PM

    You are a fascinating enigma Justin, reading your poetry challenges the mind to go outside the norm. The trip takes me to places that defy description. The idea of bricks describing such a large part of life is truly creative. Bravo my friend and thanks for your visit, always brings a smile!

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/19/2012 11:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I pay homage to you Elizabeth - I know and trust the magnitude of your understanding - your poetry is Light! J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 8/17/2012 7:59:00 PM

    A title that denotes humbleness and modesty. These bricks can withstand the elements of nature (emotion); show no humility though are not pompous. "a shelter of creativity" at times a bridge for others to cross over, a fortress to find shelter. Ancient and mysterious as the pyrimids, fundamentally sound. This breaks the dam of creativity and floods the imagination, Justin. I may have missed out on the real meaning? Love and respect, Mikki

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/18/2012 10:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Mikki for the poetic response! I believe in reincarnation my friend, and this is what the poem, the bricks allude to - I am very familiar with humility & humbleness, but I am more inclined to embracing honesty, truth, sanguinity, faith and encouragement - thank again for your astuity - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/17/2012 7:53:00 PM

    Epic poem here. Thanks for your comment on Nightmare of Reality. (: Always, Laura

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 8/18/2012 10:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I believe in the power of honest encouragement Laura; you deserve the praise because you dare to succeed - thank you - J.A.B.