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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.

April is National Poetry month

Blog Posted:4/16/2013 8:05:00 AM is a fine place to find info on all things poetic. The following info was found there and what great ideas!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is

now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and
poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its
vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through
readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In this age of mechanical and digital reproduction, it's easy to carry a
poem, share a poem, or start your own PIYP day event. Here are some ideas of how
you might get involved:

Start a "poems for pockets" give-a-way in your school or workplace

  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  • Text a poem to friends

  • I have a few friends here I would like to give a bit of the poetry to. This are the lines and phrases which formed me.

    To Andrea D.: The Charge of the Light Brigade

    "ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die"
    "Ours" here means "our duty." Tennyson was saying the horsemen had no
    choice about obeying or even thinking about the command, but to blindly obey it
    even though they knew it would cost them their lives. Personally, I have FOUGHT this fataliztic attitude my whole life. I was not born to die or to bare a cross if you feel this way much of my poetry is meant to dissuade you.

    To Charles Henderson & Carolyn: The Children's Hour by Longfellow

    I have you fast in my fortress,
      And will not let you depart,
    But put you down into the dungeon
    In the round-tower of my heart.

    And there will I keep you forever,
      Yes, forever and a day,
    Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
      And moulder in dust away!

    *You are in my fortress ;).

    To Cyndi: Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    *We who have seen the woods no longer fear it. It is in our hearts.

    Please JOIN in and leave a poem for me OR for anyone else you like...I will add more as the blog progresses HAPPY POETRY MONTH

    Here is a link to the Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry READING her poems.

    PS...Listen they are more like PROSE and NOT RHYMED

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    1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:22:00 AM
      For Alfred Vassallo~The language of friendship is not words but meanings- quote by Henry David Thoreau Tnks Alfred for supporting my poetry especially my first online maltese poetry..on your new site.~Charma

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:41:00 PM
      And one more to Deb: "She has a world of ready wealth, Our minds and hearts to bless— Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health, Truth breathed by cheerfulness. -----and then----- Enough of Science and of Art; Close up those barren leaves; Come forth, and bring with you a heart That watches and receives. ----------William Wordsworth/Tables Turned

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:28:00 AM
      To Nikko: "And I have learned what wonder the birds sing,/ And what the breezes bring over the sea,/ All that lies hidden in the mist or gleams,/ A fleeting presence, in a young girl's dreams." ... From Ruben Dario's Autumnal.

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:19:00 AM
      To Catie: "Then the window draws full upon/ Your mind. There, just beyond/ The sway of curtains, men walk./ Knowing something./ Going someplace./ But this time, I will simply/ Stand and watch./Maybe."... Maya Angelou's Men

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:19:00 AM
      To Andrea: "I like you calm, as if you were absent,/ and you hear me far-off, and my voice does not touch you./ It seems that your eyelids have taken to flying:/ it seems that a kiss has sealed up your mouth." ... From Neruda's I Like You Calm, as if You Were Absent"

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 8:04:00 AM
      For pd-Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare)

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 8:01:00 AM
      To Nikko-God when you thought of a pine tree/How did you think of a star?how did you dream of the milky way to drive us from afar?How did you think of a fleck of a clean brown pool/where flocks of shadows are?(God the artist by Angela Morgan)

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:58:00 AM
      To Andrea-I end not far from my going forth/by picking the faded blue/of the last remaining flower/to carry again to you(a late walk by Robert FROST)

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:56:00 AM
      For Frank -Never mind silent fields/Here is a little forest whose leaf is evergreen/Here is a brighter garden where not a frost has been(There is another sky by Emily Dickson)

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:53:00 AM
      For Deborah-For oft,when on my couch i lie/in vacant or in pensive mood/they flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude;/and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils(Daffodils by William Wordsworth)

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      Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 4/17/2013 3:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      awww I'm bawling little mama
    1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:48:00 AM
      To all the poets here-In your light i learn how to love/In your beauty how to make poems.You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you/but sometimes i do/and that sight becomes this art-Quote by Rumi

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    1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:42:00 AM
      For Ruben-Tonight I can write the saddest verse/write for example /the night is shattered and the blue stars shiver in distance-(The saddest lines by Pablo Neruda) For Ruben-I am a drop of water/ambivalent remaining in the note book of October-(Raise me more love by Nizar Qabbani

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      O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 4/17/2013 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      "That's all. Far away, someone sings. Far away./My soul is lost without her./ As if to bring her near, my eyes search for her./ My heart searches for her and she is not with me."
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 7:33:00 PM
      This poem by Emerson does not completely apply to the relationship between Carolyn and I with Debs. We're friends no matter what. But, it does show that sometimes friendships come dispite our toughest efforts to thwart the intimate relationship which ultimately wins out. I thought it was sort of about a friendship you find in a round a bout way. The name of the poem is Friendship.////////////// by Ralph Waldo Emerson\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ A ruddy drop of manly blood The surging sea outweighs; The world uncertain comes and goes, The lover rooted stays. I fancied he was fled, And, after many a year, Glowed unexhausted kindliness Like daily sunrise there. My careful heart was free again- O friend, my bosom said, Through thee alone the sky is arched, Through thee the rose is red, All things through thee takes nobler form And look beyond the earth, The mill-round of our fate appears A sun-path in thy worth. Me too thy nobleness has taught To master my despair; The fountains of my hidden life Are through thy friendship fair.

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      Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 4/16/2013 8:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      yes friendship true thank you 2 for just being who you are ;)
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 2:12:00 PM
      The verses of poetry below, are so moving...such true examples of how a poem can capture the perfect words, to express our thoughts, admiration, or friendships. To all the amazing people I have met in this unusual and unique website:: " Both of us understood/what a privilege it was/to be out for a walk/with each other/we could tell from our different/heights that this/kind of thing happened/so rarely that it might/not come round again" .....from 'The Pinnacle' by W.S. Merwin

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      Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 4/16/2013 8:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      And thanks so much, Deb, for such an inspiring blog...of beautiful, everlasting words. I love the verses you, Ruben, and the other's have chosen from the wealth of poetry.
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 1:49:00 PM
      For Debbie: I walk into a room/Just as cool as you please/And to a man/The fellows stand/Then they swarm around me/A hive of honey bees/I say/It's the fire in my eyes/And the flash of my teeth/The swing of my waist/And the joy in my feet/I'm a woman... From Phenominal Woman by Maya Angelou

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      Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 4/16/2013 2:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      ohhh I love it thank you Tim! YES that's one fine woman Maya.
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 1:41:00 PM
      To Andrea: I believe in few words/ and meaningful and powerful/ I believe in strict seen/ And fortress/ like the maiden soil/ I believe/ I believe/ I believe in seen spirits and thoughtful course/ eminent like rose... From my domain~ Prince HTO... will write more...

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      Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 4/16/2013 3:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      a fine domain it is too ;)
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 1:34:00 PM
      To Linda: ' Just let it be/ like the sea/ just let it fly/ like the bird/ Just let it blows away/ like the wind/ And start to celebrate/ And rejoice with the seen spirits... From my domain.~Prince HTO

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 12:07:00 PM
      Wow, cher! Thanks...Some might say my brains are someplace else ...Got something in mind for you (If I can find it)

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 11:39:00 AM
      Just wonderful Ruben!! So glad you too like Frost & Whitman, and so pleased to have been introduced to that verse by Elliot!

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:43:00 AM
      To Carrie: "Than in the future always,/ And less in both together/ Than in the past. The present/ Is too much for the senses,/ Too crowding, too confusing- /Too present to imagine." ... From Frost's Carpe Diem.

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:42:00 AM
      To Charmaine: "And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself; /But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves, standing alone there, /without its friend, its lover near--for I knew I could not;" ... From Whitman's I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing"

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:28:00 AM
      To you, Cyndi: "Useless to open every window/ in the world. Too late. You’ll not find her.’/ We live discovering and forgetting/ that sweet familiarity of the night./Take a long look. It might be the last." ... From Borges's The Sum

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      O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 4/16/2013 10:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      Borges is one of my fav writers.
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:27:00 AM
      To you, Deborah: "And indeed there will be time/ For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,/ Rubbing its back upon the window panes; / There will be time, there will be time/ To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;/ There will be time to murder and create,/ And time for all the works and days of hands" ... From Elliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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      O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 4/16/2013 10:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      This is one of my fav poems.
    1. Date: 4/16/2013 9:22:00 AM
      Carrie Richards: Poe/ A Dream Within a Dream-[I stand amid the roar/ Of a surf-tormented shore,/ And I hold within my hand/ Grains of the golden sand-/ How few! yet how they creep/ Through my fingers to the deep,/ While I weep- while I weep!/ O God! can I not grasp/ Them with a tighter clasp?/ O God! can I not save/ One from the pitiless wave?/ Is all that we see or seem/ But a dream within a dream?]

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 9:18:00 AM
      To Tim Ryerson:Dr. Zues;) [You have brains in your head./ You have feet in your shoes./ You can steer yourself in any direction you choose./ You’re on your own./ And you know what you know./ You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 9:15:00 AM
      To Jim Goff: e e cummings [anyone lived in a pretty how town/ (with up so floating many bells down)/ spring summer autumn winter/ he sang his didn't he danced his did/]

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 8:31:00 AM
      Ah, there's my torchbearer, keeper of the verse, healer and word-dealer :) How lovely! I will I will--- but tonight I MUST finish my judging, write my blog and today I am at Verity's school, helping out. It's raining today and getting her to school will mean trying to keep her in a stroller, dry, for at least a period of time. I will need to promise her a chance to puddle-dance on the way back home... Next year will be both harder (emotionally) and yet easier (organizationally). Hugs to you, what a wonderful blog! MWAW! xox Dee

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    1. Date: 4/16/2013 8:29:00 AM
      To Rueben: This is how I see you ;) by Alfred Noyes-The Highwayman- THE wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding— Riding—riding— The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

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      O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 4/16/2013 10:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      Awww! You two are adorable! MWAH! and MWAH!
      MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 4/16/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      RUBEN (to me) is Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,--no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair, Standing on the bare ground,--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,--all mean egotism vanishes"
      MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 4/16/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      (cont from Below) I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God." <---Ruben :)
      MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 4/16/2013 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

      Oh, one of my favourite! But I see him so differently! hmmm... will think about this...

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    My Poems

    Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
    9/28/2014Free FormVerselife,
    9/23/2014Eccentric EyesSonnetpain,
    9/23/2014Hiding PlacesHaibunabuse,
    9/23/2014Daddies GirlFree versechildhood,
    9/16/2014Holy is the LambFree versepeople,philosophy,
    9/3/2014The Devil Made Me Do ItHaibunanger,feelings,relationsh
    9/2/2014Watching the Shadows GrowTrioletnature,
    8/26/2014Love Froze the FlameGhazallost love,love,
    8/21/2014Mist RiseOttava rimabeauty,
    8/19/2014Bewitching PowerRhymemen,power,
    8/15/2014Unknown InnocenceSonnetfaith,
    8/13/2014Mi CorazonLyricromance,
    8/12/2014What Ever Gets You Through the NightVersefaith,
    8/10/2014A Different FearVerseabuse,
    8/7/2014Prayer for HarvestVersesky,
    8/4/2014Black Ships SailTail-rhymeabsence,
    7/31/2014The Sky Larked MoonVersemoon,
    7/31/2014White Shoulder DreamsFree versemissing you,
    7/31/2014Masked at MidnightBlitzmurder,mystery,
    7/28/2014Velvet as Laughter - BlitzVersejoy,
    7/24/2014Soar Among StarsVersegrowth,
    7/22/2014Peek A BooVersebaby,
    7/19/2014Ride Sally RideBalladsexy,

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    SplatteredI do not know?life
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    Respectfully, Emily DickinsonLyricintrospection
    Give the End Back to the BeginningFree versededication,faithme,
    The Bruised and Rotting PearCoupletfaith,hope
    flyFree verseanimals
    ABC's for a Young CaptainABClife
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    DreamsFree versefaith,forgiveness
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