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Contortionists Test

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Contortionists Test

I enjoyed wrapping my mind around his words
Stretching my thinking
At times coming unglued
Reaching towards oblivion
While keeping my feet in multiple worlds
Standing on sinking ground  
While leaning on granites precious solidity

The substance of imaginations inconsistencies
Tugging on the heart strings of a well played heart
Wondering along the pathway of dreams long held at arms length
Hoping to understand
Taking that backward look while moving forward and upward 

Words are his gift
Dropped like psychedelic bombs 
Ripping at the fabric of convention
Pain wrapped in sheepskin 
Joy pushed through pencils point
Leaving me in awe
Dancing and stretching along
Bouncing against his liquid walls
Till I come out the other side
Understanding
Landing 
Blessed
More than I was before
Yet part of myself
Stays behind
Trying to catch my breath


Dedicated to Drake

Submitted to Debbie's Guzzi's Referential Contest
"Closer" By Chris Aechtner reminded me of Drakes Work
and Drakes unusual word combinations thus inspiring 
the above piece.

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  1. Date: 7/18/2013 10:11:00 PM
    Richard, Nice to see you on Debbie Guzzi, winning list...... Congratulations! Hugs* SKAT

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/19/2013 6:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks SKAT
  1. Date: 7/18/2013 2:44:00 PM
    Can't wait to see what Chris thinks of all the writing his write has inspired [so far no Chris :(] Congrad's on your fine work winning! Light & Love

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/19/2013 6:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Debbie, I am glad you enjoyed it.
  1. Date: 7/17/2013 12:17:00 PM
    Congrats on winning with this, one of my FAV poems, Richard. ~ Best wishes, Su

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/19/2013 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Suzette, you honor me.
  1. Date: 7/17/2013 5:00:00 AM
    Now this is one of the best poems I have seen by you Richard...'Pain wrapped in sheepskin'...WOW...Great tribute to a very fine poet just like yourself sir - Tim

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/17/2013 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Tim, I had fun writing this one.
  1. Date: 7/8/2013 2:31:00 PM
    wow, you really emulated his style very well. I was thinking, this does not really sound like Craig, and now I know why!! Very good. I know debs will be pleased with this entry.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/9/2013 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 2:58:00 PM
    He is an amazing writer..One of my favourite poets and favourite friends..He inspires me a lot too.and am lucky to be able to read his work on ps.Did you hear his last poem on the show?I enjoyed reading your poem above..Its awesome..especially the first line..Your words got me wrapped up too with blessings and gratitude to have you amongst us.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 6:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Charmaine, blessings are always great.
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 1:33:00 PM
    His is a great writer, and you have done him justice with this most expressive piece Richard. You have your own special gifts that are endearing to us all, have a great day and thank you for sharing this, Often we are a pair of strong wings for each other, and I give gratitude for them, Your comments are always so uplifting, be blessed, xxxvxxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 6:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rose, blessings are being heaped on me today
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 1:33:00 PM
    I Love Drake's work too. You have really done an excellent job of applauding him in this 'masterpiece' in its own right. Well done.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 6:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kim that is a very sweet thing to say.
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 11:48:00 AM
    Your striking word combinations are brilliant as well. A very fine tribute to a very fine poet. Fantastic lines "Joy pushed through pencils point Leaving me in awe.. Surely a winner in any contest :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Karen;0)
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:54:00 AM
    "Pain wrapped in sheepskin/ Joy pushed through pencils point" - my fav lines. Another one of your poems which I am FAVing. Love it, Richard. Love, Su

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You honor me Suzette.
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:51:00 AM
    sounds very complicated.Love Colleen

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 12:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning Colleen
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:44:00 AM
    yeahhh, the movement is subtle yet strong... your imagery is simply stunning in its ebb and flow. The last stanza is a singular act of boldness, richard... a very fine poem!..:) huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning and thanks for this lovely comment.
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 8:02:00 AM
    Knew who it was for from the title! Great great great work, Richard. You amaze. His work does take me places too...How sweet of you!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ;0)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/7/2013 8:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes...I noticed. You succeeded....I had to stop now and again to double check...granites precious solidity...Yes...you did well. :-D I can't....great Drake style, Richard.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Eileen I should call this form Drake Style I tried to capture a bit of his essence in this piece.
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 7:53:00 AM
    RICHARD! Holy crap!!! =) I woke up not 20 minutes ago and then I read this. What a start to my day!!!! This is what it's all about my poets: Inspiring just one reader of your work. You do that, mission accomplished! I am so deeply grateful for this poem. This made me smile ear to ear! I won't forget this. Such powerful lines! *Standing Ovation*

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/9/2013 2:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    The title...cause Richard had writing something to that effect in a post on your poem...the contortionist bit. I knew it must be you from that reference from his post....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/7/2013 8:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure drake, your reaction has caused me to smile ear to ear as well. I guess smiles are contagious.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/7/2013 8:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Beat me to it, Drake. I read it before you did and was wondering when you'd see it! I KNEW from the title it was for you! :) Glad you posted first. I knew you'd love it! :)