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I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,twiiter and kindle ebook form.I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter annd my kindle guides on amazon




Blog Posted:10/26/2012 6:52:00 AM
I came across this hokku III from an Amy Lowell collection which is so appropriate for a final blog post to record the welcome encouragement my blogs met here at PS

Morning and evening-

Yet for us once long ago

was no division

Bless you all whether you commented on my endeavours or otherwise
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  1. Date: 10/29/2012 7:21:00 AM
    You are one of the bestest ever here at the Soup Brian. I remember the first time I ever had a win in one of your contests. I was so excited. It took so long to get there but with your explaining to us it finally sunk in. It is truly an honor to know you and tell you what an asset you were and always will be here at the Soup. Hope to see you around for many years to come. I will keep you and your wife in my prayers. Please keep us updated when you can Brian. Love and blessings, Carol XXXX

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  1. Date: 10/28/2012 1:58:00 PM
    Dear Brian, Thank-YOU for the Knowledge YOU have taught me about POETRY My Prayers for YOUR Wife's recorvery. See YOU in the Comment Zone LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry

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  1. Date: 10/28/2012 8:32:00 AM
    ok Brian, now I get it. Still I will miss your PM status, the blogs and contests!!

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:52:00 PM
    A beautiful posting with your honoring spirit, Brian...God's brightest blessings to u...peek in on my silly stuff whenever u get a chance and then I will know u are back to posting too. I pray your wife's surgery goes well! :) gwendolen

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 9:36:00 AM
    No Andrea I have NEVER left PS ,as I said in my update I am not renewing my PM but will in due course comment on blogs and post my poetry just as I have done consistently since joining PS in May 2007. This blog is a farewell type of the approx 800 I have posted here over some 5 years.Rgds

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:21:00 AM
    gosh, you are leaving again, Brian? I sure hope you come back. If not, I will bid you farewell and wish you good luck wherever life takes you. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:48:00 PM
    Good luck Brian...and good wishes in all you do in future.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 7:17:00 PM
    Love and best wishes for where ever your journey takes you Brian, Thank you for the many enlightened blog, so many lessons learned,Take care Tracie xxx

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 7:12:00 PM
    :-(..................... sad.... Take care..wish it wasn't so..... PD

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 5:12:00 PM
    Sorry to see you go..Is this permanent or just until your wife is better?...Sara

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/27/2012 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will be back coomenting on blogs Sara and posting poetry but no more blogs as I am not renewing my PM.
  1. Date: 10/26/2012 4:53:00 PM
    Your blogs were awesome. I really wish they were archived. You and your wife will remain in the thoughts and prayers of soupers, and we hope that when you are able, you can share news. Big hug, proper but warm, from Cyndi... please take care of yourself too, while you see to the Mrs. :)

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/27/2012 1:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    They are available Cyndi in my Kindle ebook 'Posie Pieces-A Strand Guide' ASIN B008YUHD8.Thanks for your kind comments
  1. Date: 10/26/2012 2:59:00 PM
    We'll miss you Brian. Come back and visit occassionally. And I'll pray for your wife's health to improve.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 1:55:00 PM
    oh....oh!!!! your "Spaces" Form... unreal imagination cool!!!

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:57:00 AM
    Thank you for all the lessons, Brian. I've learned a lot from you. You're a good source of enlightenment! : ) My best wishes to you and your family. Ruben.

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    Suspect Avatar Usual Suspect Date: 10/26/2012 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ...and this is NOT your last Poetry Blog!
  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:15:00 AM
    A lovely, yet melancholy poem to say farewell ........ but hope it is not a firm goodbye, dear Brian. Thank you for your kind encouragement, for introducing me to fresher ways to express my words, and sharing your wealth of knowledge. With much admiration and respect, I wish you well, but you will be missed. Please know that we will keep your wife in our thoughts, will pray for her swift recovery, and hope to hear from you often.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:30:00 AM
    You will be missed. I really enjoyed reading you art series and looked forward to them every day. i also like the footle, which I believe you invented. Best wishes for a bright future where ever you are.

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:00:00 AM
    it's so never know what your missing 'till it's gone......I discovered so much art from your blogs....artists who inspired my feeble attempts at poetry.....just one example....Adelaide Crapsey....thanks Brian! jimbo

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/21/2016 EXPRESSIVE COUPLET Coupletemotions,feelings,
5/15/2016 INTERNET POETRY as a monostich Monokuinternet,poetry,
5/14/2016 A PASSIONATE PROCESS a structured quintain Cinquainpoetry,writing,
5/13/2016 JUST AN EMPERICAL THOUGHT Epigrambooks,
5/11/2016 BEING - BECOMING: a kyrielle Kyriellechristian,faith,
5/11/2016 SOUL OF A POET structured prose Prose Poetrypoetry,poets,
5/10/2016 INSIGHT in structured prose Prose Poetryallegory,introspection,
5/9/2016 REALISM REVEALED Prose Poetryintrospection,
5/8/2016 POETRY ALOUD a tien monostich Monokuappreciation,poetry,
5/7/2016 MOODS ALOUD in a structured cinquain Cinquainfeelings,
5/6/2016 EXPRESSIONIST RECITATIONS a structured tercet Prose Poetryemotions,poetry,
5/5/2016 OUR IMAGIST WORLD a structured quatrain Quatrainart,imagery,poetry,
5/4/2016 Ekphrasis tercet JA P and P Ekphrasisbooks,film,writing,
5/3/2016 CARTOON CAPTIONED VERSE an early form Ekphrasisart,internet,poetry,
5/2/2016 MY PHRASIS FORM piece de resistance Prose Poetryinternet,poetry,
5/1/2016 TWO FORMS BY DENNIS G promoted here by me Crystallineinternet,poetry,
5/1/2016 EVEN MORE FORMS I PROMOTED TO MY PS PEERS over the years Verseinternet,poetry,
5/1/2016 FORMS I PROMOTED TO MY PS PEERS over the years Verseinternet,poetry,
5/1/2016 EVEN MORE OF MY SHORTFORMS a definition Verseinternet,poetry,
4/30/2016 SOME MORE OF MY FORMS by definition Verseinspirational,poetry,
4/29/2016 MORE OF MY SHORT FORMS a definition Versepoetry,poets,
4/28/2016 METAPHYSICAL MARVELS a couplet aloud Couplethistory,metaphor,poetry,
4/28/2016 MY POETRY FORMS by definition Monokupoems,poetry,
4/26/2016 O ENGLAND a lament Elegaic Lyricamerica,betrayal,england,
4/23/2016 THE ENLIGHTENED ELITE part four Dramatic Versebetrayal,community,corrup
4/22/2016 THE ENLIGHTENED ELITE part three Rhymeamerica,betrayal,england,
4/22/2016 THE ENLIGHTENED ELITE part two Quatrainbible,christian,creation,
4/21/2016 THE ENLIGHTENED ELITE a dogma for today Quatrainengland,international,lea
4/21/2016 EGO TRIPS an epigram for 2016 Epigramsatire,
4/20/2016 AN EXISTENTIAL TIEN a monostich question Prose Poetryidentity,inspirational,po
4/19/2016 A PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF THANKS Monokuchristian,thanksgiving,
4/14/2016 MOMENTS STAYED a phrasis tribute Prose Poetryimagery,inspiration,poetr
4/13/2016 A POETIC PYSCHE a structured prose quatrain Imagismimagery,poetry,
4/12/2016 DUTCH DELICACIES suggestions of reality Ekphrasisart,
4/11/2016 PURE POETRY in structured prose Coupletpoetry,
4/10/2016 Poetry a structured prose couplet Coupletpoetry,
4/9/2016 HAIKU structured prose monostich Monokuinspiration,introspection
4/8/2016 EXPRESSIONISTIC a tien monostich Ekphrasisart,
4/7/2016 IMPRESSIONIST structured prose couplet Coupletart,
4/6/2016 EKPHRASIS TIEN Dutch realism Ekphrasisart,
4/6/2016 UNREAL a structured couplet Coupletart,
4/5/2016 REMINDERS a monostich Monokulost love,
4/4/2016 SELF CENTRED a structured couplet Coupletdevotion,self,
4/3/2016 SHORT FORM PHRASIS COUPLET in structured prose Coupletpoetry,
4/2/2016 TIEN TERCET sequence about today Monokulife,today,
4/1/2016 NATURE MORTE a structured quatrain Quatrainart,introspection,
3/30/2016 FLUX a cinquain structured prose Cinquainimagination,
3/30/2016 INTERACTION a tercet Trioletart,inspiration,poetry,
3/29/2016 THE LONGING structured prose Prose Poetryangst,
3/23/2016 OPUS pt 1 without from within Structured prose Prose Poetryinspiration,poetry,
3/23/2016 OPUS pt 2 inspiration Prose Poetryinspiration,poetry,
3/23/2016 OPUS 3 where did that come from Prose Poetryinspiration,poetry,
3/23/2016 OPUS pt 4 Chaos conceived Prose Poetryinspiration,poetry,
3/23/2016 OPUS pt 5 beyond reason Prose Poetryinspiration,poetry,
3/22/2016 TIEN4TODAY living water Monokuchristian,health,
3/22/2016 DAYDREAMS a structured prose Prose Poetryangst,
3/21/2016 TIEN4TODAY cadence Monokupoetry,
3/21/2016 OUT OF THE BLUE structured prose Prose Poetryart,
3/20/2016 TIEN4TODAY Sonnet a defintion Monokupoetry,
3/20/2016 A TIME OF DISCOVERY a structured prose Prose Poetrydream,hope,
3/19/2016 TIEN4TODAY Bliss Monokulove,marriage,
3/19/2016 MUTUALITY structured prose Prose Poetrylove,marriage,
3/18/2016 TIEN4TODAY Frustration Monokulost love,
3/18/2016 A TANGLE OF THOUGHTS Prose Poetrypoetry,
3/17/2016 TIEN4TODAY education Monokueducation,
3/17/2016 MOODS structured prose Prose Poetrylife,
3/16/2016 TIEN4TODAY Inspiration 1 Monokuart,inspiration,poetry,
3/16/2016 AS IT IS structured prose Proseanalogy,life,
3/15/2016 TIEN4TODAY En Pause Monokumusic,
3/15/2016 LIVING EACH DAY structured prose Verselife,
3/14/2016 TIEN4TODAY Poetry Monokupoetry,
3/14/2016 RITE OF PASSAGE structured prose Verseage,youth,
3/13/2016 TIEN4TODAY Fusion Verse Monokuart,poetry,
3/12/2016 TIEN4TODAY PRAISE 1 Monokucelebration,christian,
3/11/2016 Enigmatic Elegy Elegyart,business,fantasy,
3/11/2016 TIEN4TODAY Golf Monokusports,
3/10/2016 TIEN4TODAY MARRIAGE Monokuchristian,marriage,
3/9/2016 A PATCHWORK PASTICHE Verseart,fantasy,nostalgia,
3/9/2016 MALE and FEMALE a tien for today Monokuappreciation,gender,
3/7/2016 IT IS ALL IN THE MIND Verseangst,dream,
3/6/2016 SYMBOLS OF THE NIGHT Verseart,inspiration,
3/5/2016 WHO AM I Biochristian,
3/3/2016 MY POETRY TODAY in structured prose Versepoetry,
3/1/2016 EXPERIENCED ARTICULATED structured prose Versenostalgia,poetry,
2/29/2016 LOVELIER than LILAC structured prose Versepoetry,
2/26/2016 Three Score and Ten STRUCTURED PROSE Prose Poetryage,
2/26/2016 AN AGAPE RESUME Versechristian,
2/25/2016 PAINTING WITH STYLE Ekphrasisart,
2/23/2016 IN THe INNeR EaR a tercet Senryupoetry,sound,voice,
2/23/2016 IN BY AS a phrasis Concretechristian,life,
2/22/2016 MIXED MESSAGE a monstich Verseart,poetry,
2/21/2016 SOUND VERSE metadrama Monokupoetry,
2/20/2016 SOUND WORDS Free versepoetry,
2/19/2016 FLUX a poetry happening Verseinspiration,poetry,
2/18/2016 VISUAL VERTICAL POETRY a couplet Concretedeath,emotions,poetry,
2/17/2016 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF REASON Versechristian,
2/16/2016 POETRY a definition Quatraininspiration,poetry,
2/14/2016 A BIO PHRASIS Versehealth,poetry,
2/11/2016 The Eternal Pause a VVV visual vertical verse Shapepoetry,
2/10/2016 VIDUAGE AGAIN a VVV Shapepoetry,

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Fav Poems

The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
Shadows Haikuangst
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Lament Of The Heart Free verselife,love,passionwords,
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Poetryfunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
As Night Descends... Sonnetlove,mystery,passion
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
In Reverence to Vivaldi's "Storm" Free versededication,love,musiclove
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
In Your Kiss... Free verselove,timelove,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Within The Clouds Free versechildhood,life,sadheart,d
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
Coiled Spring External Narrativelife,mystery,placesblue,b
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
It was on June Tankaloss,lost love
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Eternal Witness Haikuadventure,inspirational
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
Hopscotch-Losing Balance Concretelife
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Stillness Of Love Senryuhope
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins

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