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I met a Hippie walking down the street. She had long hair, big eyes. Wide-bottomed trousers, orange-red, Covered in an intricate pattern Of strange designs, flapped round her feet And from her shoulders over a flowered blouse Hung a black satin something With bright green frills on the edges. From her neck dangled to her breast an emblem In a circle – a unity of Love and Peace. I passed by her and she glanced up. I smiled...she smiled...and we moved on. A smile can work wonders. The couch and chairs were empty And we sat comfortably on the carpet. The candle threw an eerie light Which came to nought in the depths Of the room’s shadowy corners. An odour of incense drifted around us And a distorted candle flame Was reflected in my cup of coffee. We spoke of art, painting and poetry Treading on the romantic, Passing through hazes of religion: A mixture of love, knowledge and mystery, Probing into the eluding outlets of LSD, The restful release of meditation, The yearning of youth, disillusions of life, The roots of joy and depression, The understanding of oneself. Smoke rose in bluish transparency. The ring on her finger was big and it glimmered; She opened a poetry book at random And began reading from Tagore. I was silent. Her voice was soft. And when she stopped we said not a word. There was no need – we both understood. -------------------------------------------------------- Contest: Any Poem#22 Sponsor: Poet Destroyer A Placing: 4th

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Date: 1/18/2015 12:07:00 PM
Ahhh I so wish we lived near so we could go for coffee! Light & Love
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Paul Callus
Date: 1/18/2015 12:31:00 PM
Thanks for stopping by Debbie...I can at least offer you a token virtual drink; I love strong black coffee with a bit of ground cloves mixed with it...the aroma....heavenly!!:) All the best. // paul
Date: 4/30/2014 9:11:00 PM
Paul, this is a sweet win:) Congratulations, <3 always ~SKAT~ <3
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Date: 5/1/2014 4:56:00 AM
Many thanks Skat! a very welcome visit:) cu // paul
Date: 4/27/2014 4:07:00 PM
I really enjoyed reading this wonderful poem, once again. It was nice to see it on the winner's list. Congratulations to you, Paul! :)
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/27/2014 4:20:00 PM
Thank you for coming back Kelly....and for the congrats:) you're always welcome here:) // paul
Date: 4/26/2014 9:47:00 AM
Congratulations!! :) too much bacon today..:) cook some for us..:), olive eloisa with smile:)
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Date: 4/26/2014 2:59:00 PM
Thank you Olive_eloi :) Sorry....maybe I've been somewhat greedy; will have to cut back; it's not healthy :) I'm all for sharing the bacon:):) don't cook tonight; will send you meal-post!:) // paul
Date: 4/26/2014 1:13:00 AM
Hello Paul,, stopping by a second and third time, this time to congratulate you awesome win:) Thank you so much for bearing out my contest. If you like, -stop by my latest blog "LOVE" Enjoy the tiny tribute to all the winning poems. Here's the link, just in case you're one of the new poets. :) :) :) http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=556582 ***Always & Forever*** -LINDA
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Date: 4/26/2014 5:58:00 AM
Thank you Linda :) been on your blog already ... my heart goes out to the sad ballerina! /x/ paul
Date: 4/26/2014 12:31:00 AM
I'd like to felicitate (congratulate) you on this win. Nifrahlek for your win on this konkors! 'Placing: Honorable Mention'? The contest page says you're 4th I think!!! I'm confused.
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Date: 4/26/2014 5:01:00 AM
Grazzi hafna (thanks a lot)!! I'm confused too...before it was given an H/M, now it's in 4th place......I can combine both and say that I'm honoured with a 4th place:) cu Ivo. // paul
Date: 4/25/2014 6:36:00 PM
a beguiling write Paul can see this scene unfolding hugs
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Date: 4/26/2014 4:56:00 AM
Glad you like this write SH; thanks for the visit...always welcome:) // paul
Date: 4/18/2014 2:05:00 PM
Ahh!! Reads like a winner for PD's contest..It is good that you both understood the poetry because it is sometimes hard to find two who get it ..Thanks for stopping by..Sara
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Date: 4/18/2014 2:20:00 PM
Thank you Sara :) It's amazing how minds meet when working in harmony! glad you stopped by. // paul
Date: 4/18/2014 10:23:00 AM
Wonderful Paul ! You should be a writer of short stories........I didn't want this one to end !! This will be a winner!
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Date: 4/18/2014 10:30:00 AM
Oh! thank you Carrie; you are so sweet:) thank you for all the lovely comments and belief in this poem. your visits are much appreciated. :) // paul
Date: 4/17/2014 11:43:00 PM
Hi Paul Just dropped by to say hello, and to remark on a rich and wonderfully imagistic write. You have the gift. Great ending, btw. Peace, Mel
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Date: 4/18/2014 9:20:00 AM
Hi Mel. txs for your positive feedback; very encouraging. [yes, I too do like the ending:)] have a nice day...and peace to you too. // paul
Date: 4/17/2014 7:19:00 PM
I'm a bit of a hippie at heart...or better put...a gypsy! This is a lovely poem, Paul...but this is not something new to you. Your work is always beautiful. Those last two lines...the crown! Lovely
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Date: 4/18/2014 9:14:00 AM
Good day Eileen :) You are too good to me; I do my best...write from the heart...and just hope that others will feel at least a bit of the emotions that I try to transmit. (Do we underrate ourselves? Oh, yes, many times, especially when reading others' great poetry; happens too often.) Happy Easter. // paul
Date: 4/17/2014 9:03:00 AM
Smiles to you, Paul. Happy Easter from the gal with "a flower in her hair."
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Date: 4/17/2014 9:45:00 AM
Smiles to you too Carolyn :) May you have a happy Easter and may that flower always stay fresh ... let the remembrance linger on....// paul
Date: 4/16/2014 3:09:00 PM
Dear Paul, I was in school during the hippie days and can remember people dressed like this girl. It was a different world then. People said John Lennon's "Imagine" was a Godless poem. They didn't get it. He just wanted unity in spirit and peace. Your poem is written beautifully and I wish you success in Linda's contest. Love, Carolyn (an old peacenick)
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Date: 4/16/2014 3:35:00 PM
Carolyn, in those days most of us were caught in the 'spirit'. The song by Scott McKenzie "If you're going to San Francisco" still brings me out in goose pimples!! John Lennon was often misunderstood. Thank you for the most welcome comments. ~ those were the days (Mary Hopkins)!!:) // paul (another old peacenick)
Date: 4/16/2014 1:50:00 PM
A very great poetic expression Paul! Faving this!
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/16/2014 1:54:00 PM
Hi Keith! txs for visiting; glad you enjoyed this read...and I appreciate you fav this one!! // paul
Date: 4/16/2014 12:53:00 PM
Wow! It is such a wonderful feeling when you can connect with someone through poetry. This poem was so descriptive, that I felt like I was sitting right next to you. A truly amazing write, Paul! Good luck in the contest!...Thank you very much for the kind congrats! :)
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Date: 4/16/2014 1:33:00 PM
Wow! what can I say in reply to these lovely comments of yours:) you are too generous! very many thanks :) // paul
Date: 4/16/2014 10:13:00 AM
Wow to the unsaid expressions that u portrayed into a sensational poem! As an indian lassie i know tagore wel too. Kudos for the poetry here. Pls do review my latest poem too.
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Date: 4/16/2014 11:45:00 AM
Thank you my kind Indian 'lassie'; love your comments:) Tagore has always been one of my favourite poets. // will make it a point to pay you a visit :) // paul
Date: 4/16/2014 9:47:00 AM
smashing, paul....how intricately designed and paced so well.. love the end line; how serendipitous!.. huggs
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Date: 4/16/2014 11:42:00 AM
Wow! nette, great summing-up, especially coming from you; much appreciated comments. :) /x/ paul
Date: 4/16/2014 9:12:00 AM
PAULLLLLLL !! I LOVED THIS !! I am a hippie and it made me smile. Awesome writing. I read your other poems and you just may be me favorite on here. Maybe I am just being prejudice LOL. But really I enjoy reading your stuff. Will be stopping by daily Your new admirer Karen
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Date: 4/16/2014 9:46:00 AM
Hi Karen :) I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem. I lived those unique days and do not regret it at all !! Thank you for your so lovely comments :) Hope you'll not be disappointed by the rest of my posts!! cu // paul
Date: 4/16/2014 8:19:00 AM
When you connect, it's easy to share :) I like it, Paul - easy going style, smooth.
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Date: 4/16/2014 8:45:00 AM
Many thanks Toguyen; always welcome to visit :) // paul
Date: 4/16/2014 4:23:00 AM
"we click.." :) sometimes, even within lines, without seeing but deep sharing, as well as the first personal meeting, within ourselves we can already gauge a connection, understanding and yes that "click"... :) creative descriptive write ending with simplicity but the message clear.. :) ++olive_eloisa with no whip now.. :D :P Happy Wednesday Paul.. :D!
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Date: 4/16/2014 4:39:00 PM
LOL!!!! hahahha Paul.. don't like to whip it's tiring.. :D can i just mix.. :P ===olive_eloi (baking)
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/16/2014 7:07:00 AM
Hi Olive_eloi :) it's true....some people click with just a look...a smile........or with just a click on the internet. // Have a nice day......and keep practicing ...... with the whip!!! you might need it again :) // paul
Date: 4/16/2014 3:49:00 AM
- Your thoughts that goes back in time - Hippie time! - Both a little scary, mysterious and fascinating - "Live life today .... be happy" - Really nice to read this poem, Paul - I remember well this time - I was too young to participate :) - Agree: "A smile can do wonders" - Luck in contest! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/16/2014 4:00:00 AM
Hi Anne Lise :) yes, a smile can do wonders! Sure have gone back in time!! it brings so many memories, mostly special ones that I take joy in reliving. And the girl in the poem did exist....I still feel good knowing that I helped her out in a critical time of need. Thank you for being such a loyal and sincere visitor. :) /x/ paul
Date: 4/15/2014 6:02:00 PM
This great Paul. Back in my college days I saw a lecture on LSD and the 70's by the great Timothy Leary. An in depth look. They were wild times......Tim
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Date: 4/16/2014 3:54:00 AM
Yes, those were the days.....some more wild than others. But there was a 'feel-good' aura about it, too. The age of 'make love not war'; most of all it was the music that really stood out. // thanks for stopping by. cu // paul