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2/25/2015 5:19:21 PM
Inherited Poems of the famous Cary Sisters

Stephanie Seifert
Posts: 2
Hello, My name is Stephanie, my husband and I were recently given hand written poems and chapters of books by the famous Cary sisters of Ohio (Phoebe Cary 1824-1871 and Alice Cary 1820-1871). Is anyone familiar with their poetry? I have gone thru some of their handwritten papers, they are very fragile but in good and legible condition, although I have to admit reading the handwriting is challenging. I am wondering what anyone thinks about having their unpublished poems published, or what would you do if you were me? I appreciate any comments or advice...
2/25/2015 3:34:17 PM
Inherited Unpublished Poems of the Cary Sisters

Stephanie Seifert
Posts: 2
Hello, My name is Stephanie, my husband and I were recently given hand written poems and chapters of books by the famous Cary sisters of Ohio (Phoebe Cary 1824-1871 and Alice Cary 1820-1871). Is anyone familiar with their poetry? I have gone thru some of their handwritten papers, they are very fragile but in good and legible condition, although I have to admit reading the handwriting is challenging. I am wondering what anyone thinks about having their unpublished poems published, or what would you do if you were me? I appreciate any comments or advice...
2/24/2015 1:34:15 PM
No King of Mine

Joshua Luebke
Posts: 1
In these winter days
the king of the north wind
wakes up early to sling his stinging breath
across the ground and between the buildings
of this cold, overburdened city.

we, the peasants of this arctic land
prostrate ourselves before this polar lord
in hope of a merciful breeze.

but this is a murderous king.
one who takes no life into consideration.
one whose armies of currents
burrow their ways into the bodies of strong men
and leave them helpless and immobile.

I say we must facilitate rebellion,
and deny the north wind his pleasure!
let him blow!
let him do his worst!

I will stand strong against Boreas!
stare him down as he struggles
to render me into a pile of ice and snow!
my head will not bow,
and my heart will not waver!

A king is only as strong as his men allow him to be
and we, his men and women
will not follow a king
who will allow us to look him in the eye
with the flames of rebellion melting his icy grasp!


I'm writing about how I will not bow to the winter winds, but can't seem to
give it the right feel.
2/24/2015 1:03:14 AM

john williams
Posts: 1
How do i load a picture/photo to go with my poems?
I am a Premium Member & I am lading JPG. I just can't seem to get anywhere. John
2/23/2015 8:32:06 PM
Following Dreams

Edmund Linton
Posts: 12
Following Dreams by Edmund Linton

wrapped around ceramic dreams

I never knew would show

to afraid to break the mold

of what I’ve come to know

sifting darkness into dust

to find a ray of light

echoes shatter silence

in the middle of this night

i picture memories in my mind

as if these thoughts were true

where once forgotten snapshots

are images of you

standing in the background

is a painting focus clear

a mural lit with sunlight

of what I wish were near

i’ll hold on to this treasure

of what might come to be

in a season not so far away

where I can set it free

Read more at:
edited by EdmundLinton on 2/23/2015
edited by EdmundLinton on 2/23/2015
2/22/2015 4:27:11 PM
Cajoling Morning Mist

Edmund Linton
Posts: 12
Strands of time unleash the
ballast of a petal. Its radiant hue
drawn towards light, cajoling morning mist.
Dilation gravitates the reciprocation of life,
as if each were of the same species. There
is no fear or hope in this exchange. It is a trust,
innate to the keeper, and the giver. One in the same
to all seasons, until the axis
once again leans in the direction of love.
edited by EdmundLinton on 2/22/2015
2/22/2015 7:35:18 AM
What is your style?

William Smith
Posts: 1
I like rhyming poetry. it's difficult to express yourself with words, and so much more if words have to meet cadence and rhyme. I crave the story.

2/21/2015 10:08:36 PM
Charade - by Bob Atkinson

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 73

- by Bob Atkinson


tell me truly do you believe

in what you present and what you dream

that unruly jumble of words you spoke

in devious method toward mind's ghost

you drone on and on without deep breath

your words lie petty, no harsh duress

until those foul and filthy lines

which take from children their innocence

you, as a refugee from seminary

use techniques of mind control

to filter any willingness

to object or reject this droll prose

don't keep me in that world of yours

you may possess credentials vast, unfurled

presented by those not in the know

not privy to word's purposed flow

take your lack of honest truth

withdraw, don't subject this to youth

don't set them on a path not straight

don't from your religious bag their future take
2/21/2015 7:04:42 AM
Hello from Alicia

Julia Ward
Posts: 1
Hello! I am happy to say that my poem "Less Deceived" is featured on the Home Page this week.


From the date of this edit - 26th February, I have decided to call myself by my real name here TO ENCOURAGE A BETTER RESPONSE. Why, none of you bothered to welcome me on the Forum!!!


About Julia Ward

I live in France and have been composing poetry for the last four years.
edited by Alicia Marie on 2/26/2015
2/20/2015 4:23:00 PM
Foreign Restaurant (poem for your comments)

Graphite Drug
Posts: 18
Foreign Restaurant

It is not like these restaurants in America

with their sterile atmospheres: slick new furniture,

stylized art, ambient lights, and every angle

rationalized to the judgment of specialized interests.

It is a restaurant filled with details,

inviting customers to take in an experience while eating and drinking,

to converse casually and caress senses

with a collage of décor less convenient.

One side is open to the city,

looking out on multi-story hotels with lush landscaping,

palm frond trees and a pine tree

with spreading branches and a green cloud of needles above any tourists.

Short squat curved posts hold up a wide concrete rail

with two bouquets of flowers on it: one has small yellow blooms

while the other has white daises placed with tiny red blooms.

A Mediterranean influence can be seen in columns supporting the large opening.

It is also present in the mural painted on the wall,

life size statues, and carved wood furniture.

On the mural are two angels beneath a tree much like the one outside.

A mirror with an elaborate gold frame hangs on the wall.

As the mural continues, a tall woman baring her breasts

and looking down on another angel reaching out to her adorns a cityscape

with two puffy white clouds at the wall’s center.

A grape vine is painted climbing the edge of the room’s doorway;

also near the doorway a statue of a nude child blows a horn.

At his feet are a bouquet of daises and some yellow candles.

In the center of the room is a wide wood column

with what appears to be a green copper statue of a woman

in a long dress holding a large round bouquet above her head.

Her bouquet is made up of real flowers, yellow daisies.

There are four groups of people in the restaurant.

Two are near the wall.

Two are in the center of the room.

All sit at round tables draped with white linen trimmed with intricate patterns.

The chairs are curved with no angles.

Two small rams’ heads are carved on the top back pieces of each chair.

Each table has a bouquet of red flowers and a large yellow candle.

Customers drink beer from green bottles and tall clear glasses.

A waiter rushes out with the empties.

A man with a dark complexion, thick hair, and mustache

beams with friendly eyes and expressive hands

talking about things that interest common people.

For him common, in his place of impractical details.

For travelers far away from their bare, stripped, planned environment

his speech has a life that is new, different,

paced with living rather than practiced in haste.
2/20/2015 4:14:24 PM
The Grieving

Graphite Drug
Posts: 18
What is interesting here, “this tree, this breeze” ispersonified or used to describe a holiday experience filled with festivity and tragedy. As an audience the tragedy is not specific, but connection with the tree andbreeze described helps explain how the author approaches it. Again, withrelation to tree and breeze, “tapestry” and “sky” are used to abstract andexplain the situation further. Poetry that uses multiple subjects to describe asingle theme is difficult. Some or many readers should understand this poem.Your approach is well crafted. Keep writing more.
2/20/2015 4:01:06 PM
Mystery Solved

Graphite Drug
Posts: 18
Like a heroic couplet with a contemporary twist, veryreadable and an intellectual joy. Hope to read more. Good work!
2/19/2015 8:21:55 AM
Mystery Solved

Poet Destroyer A
Posts: 5
deep, Edmund. Beautiful imagery, LINDA
2/19/2015 8:20:12 AM
Hello to my dearest...

Poet Destroyer A
Posts: 5
Hi Lei Strauss, having a wonderful day so far. Glad you stumbled across this site... HUGS..LINDA
2/18/2015 10:56:43 PM
Mystery Solved

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 73
Bravo Edmund. Something written well, with purpose, of value.
2/18/2015 2:10:47 PM
Taking the plunge

Tammy Carter
Posts: 1
Hello my name is Tammy, started writing in 2001 when my mother passed away. Writing was the way I could let it out. So after writing for 8 years. I published my first book. "Memories that are not forgotten" 50-poems, in this book it will make you laugh, cry, it is about life.
My second book is a children's book, it is a story of a little boy and a pet duck. "My Friend, Dinner" the book is dedicated to my father, and his pet duck.

I am working on my second poem book, and another children's book.

Thanks to everyone that has read my poems. This is all new to me as far as me putting my poems in the right category to the poem. Help! If anyone would like to help me, please let me know.


2/17/2015 5:38:37 PM
Mystery Solved

Edmund Linton
Posts: 12
Mystery Solved by Edmund Linton (Draft 1)

Some are drawn to mystery,
when what we need is clear.
The stars - a trillion miles away,
and galaxies so near.
Ancient writing mixed with flaw
distract a curious few,
when the meaning we are parsing
lies just beneath the view.
We reach for heavens and heaven-sent
with ever brilliant minds,
and never turn our eyes to see
the ones we’ve left behind.
Distractions lurking everywhere,
technology and strife.
Perhaps the light we’re longing for
is at the center of all life.
So when we walk the sea shore
and gaze the skies above,
remember what we're searching for
was prompted by our love.
2/16/2015 5:52:20 AM

Terry Reeves
Posts: 2
So glad to know I'm not the only one having a problem, Tim. Thanks for responding. Hope, maybe, this week things will be made right.
2/15/2015 10:39:16 AM

Tim Smith
Posts: 1
It seems the whole system is not working.
2/14/2015 12:04:24 PM

Terry Reeves
Posts: 2
I suddenly am no longer receiving email notifications when someone comments on my posts. I changed my email address to a new one to see if that would work. It didn't. I went to my Profile and updated the email address there. Any ideas?

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