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RETREAT TO HEED OUR HONEST DEEDS

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Teppo’s poets notes: This poem is written in tribute to the friendship I share with my co-author and fellow sonneteer, Robert Lindley. Like two old trees we have weathered the storms of life to share the same vision and wisdom of life through words of poetry. Although we live worlds apart, I feel true closeness through our friendship. It is always a great pleasure and an honor to write with you, Robert. Thank you for accepting to co-write this sonnet with me, my friend.

Robert's poet's note- This sonnet is written with my great friend Teppo, a truly great poet and  sonneteer. I have found that we both share so many similar values and visions in how we honor poetry and its gifts. Through our poetry, soup mails and collaborations we have developed a close friendship which is a true blessing.
Always a great pleasure composing with you Teppo.
Thank you for honoring our friendship by inviting me to write yet again with you, an honor.

RETREAT TO HEED OUR HONEST DEEDS

Two old oak trees weathered by winds and rain
with fallen leaves, branches and toughened bark
to shield a core of grandeur, and sustain
the wisdom borne to see the light from dark.
Two noble men aware of twilight time
both face evil world with courage and grace
Love and Nature gifts each, a life sublime
all standing with courage none can erase.
Each rooted within mother earth's great fold
weathering this world's darkest raging storms
images show lives lived regally and bold
tho' existing in weakened earthen forms.
With words of wisdom written in our seeds
we seek retreat to heed our honest deeds.

22nd June, 2018
T.J Grén & Robert Lindley

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 9/11/2018 4:10:00 PM
Ditto My Friend Robert big fan of Teppo work to. Wisdom written in seeds Heed our honest deed's Great powerful poignant ending
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Date: 7/10/2018 1:34:00 PM
If the internet had provided nothing else but a way to unite poets, it would still rate as one of the worlds greatest gifts! I so enjoyed reading this beautiful collaboration extolling the beauty of friendship. Congratulations on POTD! This gem is going into my faves! : )
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Robert Lindley
Date: 7/10/2018 4:23:00 PM
Thank you so much my dear friend. Your comments are so kind and your poetry a great pleasure to read! I am honored greatly that you are my friend. Teppo is such a wonderful pet, and kind soul- always a joy to write with!
Date: 7/1/2018 2:22:00 PM
I see this one got POTD. BIG congratulations. I just read it over at Teppo's page and I love the history of it, how you wrote it with your friendship and love of sonnets in mind!
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Robert Lindley
Date: 7/1/2018 3:45:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Such a kind and generous comment by you is indeed appreciated. I thank you sincerely for myself and my great friend and co-writing partner Teppo. This was his idea, he invited me to join in to compose with him and it was a true and very kind gift!!
Date: 6/25/2018 9:06:00 PM
You're not easy Robert...you flow well...especially when combined... It's more than the write...much more indeed... Congratulations to you and TJ...
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/25/2018 10:37:00 PM
Thank you my friend. True, I too feel that Teppo and I bring out the best in each other when composing together. I know I improve each time I write with my good friend and do my very best not to let him down..
Date: 6/25/2018 1:46:00 PM
Great collaboration, congrats on POTD...
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/25/2018 2:04:00 PM
Thank you my good friend. Writing with Teppo was a true honor and a joyous, inspiring gift. I am always amazed at the insight, depths and beauty of his great and glowing verses.
Date: 6/25/2018 7:29:00 AM
A great collaboration, so glad to see this as a poem of the day. Well done!
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/25/2018 8:08:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. I believe that Teppo inspired both my muse and I to express our admiration of and friendship with him in verses that represent sincerity, truth and honor among men. Among kindred spirits that both share immense love of poetry, life and giving to others..
Date: 6/25/2018 5:57:00 AM
Gorgeous collaboration, congratulations to both of you. xomo
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/25/2018 8:05:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. Always a delight to read your excellent poetry and kind comments.
Date: 6/24/2018 9:02:00 PM
Returning to offer my heartfelt congratulations, Robert and Teppo, for your wonderful and well deserved POTD honors for your beautiful sonnet of lustrous grandeur and wisdom. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 10:12:00 PM
My dear friend Susan. Your friendship, poetry talents and past and (ongoing) collaborations with me are a kindness and blessing I so dearly appreciate! Truly, the lion's share of the POTD honors bestowed upon this collaboration belong to my writing partner and dear friend Teppo Gren.
Date: 6/24/2018 6:00:00 PM
Robert , just stunning nature is our life without it we cease .. congratulations on POTD..
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 10:08:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Teppo and I so oft agree about so many things in regards to poetry, life and truth that this sonnet(his original idea) was a natural for us both to write. His verses inspired me to follow the golden path his verses were taking.
Date: 6/24/2018 5:12:00 PM
With a lot of pleasure I come once again to bid you Congratulations on POTD! A well earned recognition Robert.. Rejoice the reward.. the least we all can do as readers is genuinely acknowledging a poet of high value who strives to beautify our very world along with the realm of Poetry. Keep outshining Robert.. Stay blessed always.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 10:06:00 PM
Thank you my good friend. Always a pleasure to read your poetry and your gracious comments. I must note, the lion's share of heart, spirit and message in this sonnet is directly due to my co-author and dear friend Teppo. For his inspiration and golden verses stirred me to write better my own.
Date: 6/24/2018 11:30:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved POTD Robert and T J, exceptional sonnet. :))
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 10:00:00 PM
Thank you my friend.. Teppo led the way and truly inspired me to write with deeper insight in order to honor his friendship and try to keep up with such a great poet and dear friend! One that I sincerely admire for his honorable character and immense poetry talents!
Date: 6/24/2018 10:58:00 AM
Congratulations Robert and TJ on POTD honors for this excellent sonnet.Well deserved!
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:58:00 PM
Thank you my very good friend. Truly means a lot to me to read such a kind comment from a poet of your great talents and well deserved standing here.
Date: 6/24/2018 10:04:00 AM
Two superb poets writing superb sonnets...Congrats!!! to both poets on your POTD!...love & light...^WW^
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:55:00 PM
Thank you my good friend. Teppo and I share so many values and ideas about poetry and it is such a great honor writing with him! He truly deserves the great credit in the creation of this fine sonnet.
Date: 6/24/2018 9:58:00 AM
I love tree analogies and metaphors, and i love this sonnet. Congratulations!
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:53:00 PM
Thank you my good friend. My very good and immensely talented poet friend and co-writer Teppo composed such brilliant and exceptional verses in this sonnet that my task to keep up was very hard but I did my very best.
Date: 6/24/2018 9:25:00 AM
Hello Robert, Best Congratulations to both you and T.J on the POTD selection here. Very well-done!! A perfect sonnet by any measure. The last two verses pull the whole message together. A FAVE!! Cheers and Best, Gary
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:51:00 PM
Thank you Gary, Teppo invited me to compose with him and his verses and inspiration truly made this poem!! Without that original idea and his invitation I would not have had the chance to compose with such a great poet as he..
Date: 6/24/2018 8:34:00 AM
Thank you to two sturdy old oak trees, your poetry graces the world. Congrats on POTD. Well done! John
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:49:00 PM
My friend, thank you for your comment . I am greatly appreciative of the inspiration and invitation given me to write with my good friend Teppo. Without which this sonnet would not be such a blessed gift given me and its readers. Teppo lead this collaboration and his magnificent talent gave his poem its golden and heartfelt verses.
Date: 6/24/2018 7:48:00 AM
Ahh, such a wonderful poem by both of you, both of you sre amazing so when you people combine to do a collaboration,without a second doubt,it has to be a masterpiece, many congratulations on your poem being chosen as POTD, and I believe that it is for a contest( I can be wrong ) if yes then good luck to both if you in it
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:49:00 PM
My friend, thank you for your comment . I am greatly appreciative of the inspiration and invitation given me to write with my good friend Teppo. Without which this sonnet would not be such a blessed gift given me and its readers. Teppo lead this collaboration and his magnificent talent gave his poem its golden and heartfelt verses.
Date: 6/24/2018 6:17:00 AM
Straight from the heart..excellent poetry..congrats to you both..Robert and T. J. on poem of the day.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:45:00 PM
Thank you my good friend, Teppo my good friend contributed the lion's share of the quality, spirit, message and heart in this our collaboration! For this sonnet was his original idea and its level of quality, friendship expressed and message to its readers is a gift that he so kindly allowed me to share with him.
Date: 6/24/2018 5:59:00 AM
Love the oak, and the poetry, you two deliver.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:43:00 PM
Thank you my good friend, Teppo my good friend contributed the lion's share of the quality, spirit, message and heart in this our collaboration! For this sonnet was his original idea and its level of quality, friendship expressed and message to its readers is a gift that he so kindly allowed me to share with him.
Date: 6/24/2018 1:28:00 AM
A beautiful sonnet Robert and Teppo, congratulations to you both.on POTD. Tom
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:40:00 PM
Thank you my good friend, Teppo my good friend contributed the lion's share of the quality, spirit, message and heart in this our collaboration! For this sonnet was his original idea and its level of quality, friendship expressed and message to its readers is a gift that he so kindly allowed me to share with him.
Date: 6/24/2018 1:24:00 AM
A truly special Sonnet written by two exceptional poets, Robert and Teppo,you two never fail to amaze. This is truly a wonderful collaboration, it is no wonder to see that it has been awarded POTD, so well deserved. Congratulations you two...Maria hugs
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:38:00 PM
Thank you my good friend, I celebrate these great comments noting that Teppo contributed the lion's share of the quality, spirit, message and heart in this our collaboration! As it was his original idea and its level of quality and great message to others is a gift that he so generously allowed me to share with him.
Date: 6/24/2018 12:46:00 AM
Excellent, seamless piece, you work so well together, well done. Regards, Viv
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/24/2018 9:37:00 PM
Thank you my good friend, I celebrate these great comments noting that Teppo contributed the lion's share of the quality, spirit, message and heart in this our collaboration! As it was his original idea and its level of quality and great message to others is a gift that he generously allowed me to share with him.
Date: 6/23/2018 2:19:00 PM
Wonderful Robert. It's rare to find a kindred spirit with whom you can share. I had a friend like that once but she died some years ago. Great job here to both of you. God Bless, JB
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/23/2018 3:14:00 PM
My friend, sorry to hear that you lost such a precious friend and kindred spirit. I know what a tragedy for you that was. Thank you for reading and commenting my friend.
Date: 6/23/2018 10:22:00 AM
Outstanding job, young fellas. Always a pleasure to read such eloquent words. Thank you for merging your poetic skills once more. We are better for it...
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/23/2018 10:36:00 AM
Thank you my gooooood friend..High praise indeed coming from a poet of your stature and exceptional sonnet crafting talents!! A gift and one that is so very sincerely appreciated my friend!!
Date: 6/23/2018 7:29:00 AM
It is high time you "seek retreat to heed your honest deeds." It's high time you both Teppo and Robert do value so precious a friendship! Like-minded souls do not need to be close in place and time to share so genuine and refined relationship! Souls of "grandeur" and "wisdom" but can appreciate eachother's beauty and value.. An ovation to your beautiful souls, a bow to your amazing Sonnet.. Thank you for being so generous to add value to our very world and the world of poetry.. Stay blessed.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/23/2018 10:14:00 AM
My friend, having myself recently found your inspiring and tremendous insight into poetry's light , truth and beauty I consider it yet another blessing gifted me and am truly appreciative of your comments as well as your exceptional and beautifully composed poetry! Thank you for reading and commenting.
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