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Adirondacks Ode

Climb high these mountains And meet cliffs of history Snug against the moon Cold lover's warm kiss Caress each syllable of song Love makes joy exist Adirondacks mist The milk of mothering trees Melted on morning's joy Tongue lark the dark lakes Water births of memory Ego ice thin here The nation's blood lens The red moon night, so pride stakes Claim to fluid truth The wind prowls the skin Stirring leaves of memories A breast dried of peace Algonquian trail Footsteps eat the span of trees Man is small in grief The muskets torment Fusion of mission and right The north shrikes lament And beg migrants gone But wax wing they shun the sun Bunting snow for life. Old Mohawk glory Gone when forest bare shivers In castles of ice Steel teeth scrape the rocks And eat iron from the ore Of greed, killing trees Logging the green tongue Of the sun's wealth of heat For this new kingdom Of civilized men Performing barbaric feats Distant from the den. Dusk the Gilded Age Of rage ... like natives, all past Diseased to the eye A new dawn breaks song And howls of joy claim again The blessings of rain Sceptered in the throat Cities' diamonds of dew Love of warblers note. Love is eagle's joy Climbing high against the breast Peaking in delight.

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Date: 9/15/2010 9:27:00 PM
Wow, you really know how to string words together to create very intellectual imagery (if that makes any sense?). Congratulations! -- Susan
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Date: 7/27/2010 5:36:00 AM
AMAZING! WELL DESERVED CONGRATS ON YOUR BIG WIN!!! love, shar xo
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Date: 7/25/2010 6:23:00 PM
Deep! congrats.
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Date: 7/23/2010 2:46:00 PM
Congratulations on this excellent descriptive poem being featured on homepage..Sara
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Date: 7/20/2010 12:32:00 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved win in the soup contest.
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Date: 7/20/2010 8:30:00 AM
I want to thank poetrysoup and my community of poets for being so magnanimous in their show of affection and appreciation. This is very encouraging to my transition now, and my expectation of a full and active return to community life here when all loose things are resolved. May you all continue to be inspired, for poets are the ultimate truth of the world. One love, with all blessings and peace.
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Date: 7/20/2010 12:21:00 AM
Congratulations on your awesome win, Charles
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Date: 7/19/2010 5:19:00 PM
You are where you deserve to be..at the top of the heap...so well deserved..congrad's Light & Love
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Date: 7/19/2010 9:05:00 AM
great win! L'nass! beautiful Appalachia poem! jimbo
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Date: 7/19/2010 9:05:00 AM
great win! L'nass! beautiful Appalachia poem! jimbo
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Date: 7/19/2010 6:17:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in the PoetrySoup Contest L'nass. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/19/2010 6:12:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week L'nass. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/18/2010 8:09:00 PM
How wonderful to have this magnificent poem recognized and honored by this win!! To one of my favorite poets....my congratulations!! Love, Carrie
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Date: 7/18/2010 6:05:00 PM
Excellent writing of course!! Congratulations, L'nass. Luv, Andrea
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Date: 7/18/2010 3:55:00 PM
Congratulatins on your win in the Poetrysoup contest with this SENSATIONAL Haiku, dear L'nass. It is a Haiku Masterpiece. Love, Lainie
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Date: 7/18/2010 1:47:00 PM
Congratulations On your 2nd Place Win and recognition!!! beautiful work!!! Love Jeralynn
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Date: 7/18/2010 1:10:00 PM
An awsome Haiku, congratulations on your 2nd place win in poetry soup contest. I enjoyed the read. Caryl
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Date: 7/18/2010 11:24:00 AM
Congratulations on your awesome 2nd Place win in the PS Feb 2010 Contest! Worthy win! Peace, Audrey
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Date: 7/18/2010 8:26:00 AM
Really awesome poem, this is a well needed piece for me to read this morning. I appreciate the time that went in to cover the span of history and views noted here.
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Date: 7/18/2010 6:21:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS on your BIG WIN in the PSoup International poetry contest. A wonderful poem so well deserving of SECOND PLACE. You're a very gifted poet! Peace and happiness, John
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Date: 7/18/2010 6:10:00 AM
Many congrats on your feature this week. Rgds Janette
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Date: 7/18/2010 12:07:00 AM
L'nass, this lovely poem is indeed an ode and a very beautiful one! I enjoyed every word. I am so happy this poem was featured or I may have missed it. Congratulations on it being in the spotlight. blessings, Connie
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Date: 7/17/2010 10:51:00 PM
Congratulations, L'nass for winning this contest. Superb in words chosen and stateliness in bearing. (^_^) Noel.
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Date: 6/5/2010 8:09:00 PM
What an interesting perspective. Congratulations on making it through the first round of the Poetry Soup contest with this poem. Best wishes in the finals. Karen
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Date: 6/4/2010 2:12:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round L'nass. I wish you the best in the finals. Love, Carol
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