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Skipper

To the rock That wished to fly Like a butterfly Sent skipping along The mirrored sky Bearing a Layton sigh Do you feel alive? *Skipper: a type of butterfly *Layton: Irving Layton 1912-2006 Canadian poet, author of "Butterfly on Rock"

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Date: 11/12/2019 1:09:00 PM
Hello Maureen McGreavy, I like to watch the ripples of the rock hitting the water. have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 10/30/2019 2:06:00 PM
Quite creative, Maureen....personification and metaphor all in one. As to your end question...I sigh :) and leave it to my ripe imagination. Regards // paul
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/31/2019 7:47:00 AM
Thank you so much Paul, I almost want to say a companion piece to Layton's poem, dare I equate myself to the master... (I don't) ;), xomo!
Date: 10/21/2019 10:51:00 AM
Maureen, One of my favorite pastimes, skipping stones. I am so inspired by this poem. "Do you feel alive?" -getting there. -Richard
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Quoth TheRaven
Date: 10/30/2019 11:38:00 PM
Too true the write and the loss. All ours to find again. -R
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/21/2019 12:32:00 PM
I find skipping stones brings out the inner child, we so rarely experience such spontaneous play when we grow up. Well, most people ;), Thank you Richard!
Date: 10/21/2019 5:35:00 AM
Is the Skipper teasing the Rock... it better watch out...
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/21/2019 6:59:00 AM
Yeah, the skipper didn't fare so well in Layton's poem ;D, Hugs my sweet friend. xomo
Date: 10/20/2019 4:58:00 PM
Something for all the rocks that do not wish to fly to duly consider .. ..Well done! Aloha! Rico
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/21/2019 6:58:00 AM
They're all jealous of the smooth flat ones, they always get picked. ;), Aloha my friend, xomo!
Date: 10/20/2019 1:25:00 PM
I do love this Maureen but have mixed personal thoughts. The first definitely is personal to me, is that I taught my first wife to skip rocks, and she was so amazed by this that I watched her for at least half a day happily skipping rocks. But my other, which may be my mistranslation. Your usage of the word "Layton". Because it was capitalized, I wondered, that it is an Old English word meaning "by a watercourse" which later turned into the words "herb garden". May i ask your meaning Maureen?
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Jeff Connelly
Date: 10/22/2019 9:00:00 AM
Instead of a story I wrote a poem "not a skipper", but can't post it yet since I'm over the 24 hour limit.
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Jeff Connelly
Date: 10/22/2019 1:16:00 AM
I understand Maureen, but my mind always seems to take me a bit further closer to the cliff; I do know of the wonderful butterfly "skipper"; they are delightful to see. Thank you Maureen. I could add a short story on why a butterfly means more to me then my second wife's first husband lol. Oh what tangled webs we do weave lol.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/20/2019 1:54:00 PM
Thank you Jeff. A lovely memory. Layton as in Irving Layton, a late Canadian poet, (was a friend of Leonard Cohen) specifically his poem Butterfly on Rock, one of my all time favourite poems... Layton playing on the word latent. ;), xomo
Date: 10/20/2019 11:50:00 AM
Oh to float like a butterfly...
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/20/2019 12:16:00 PM
...sting like a bee" ;), ~The Great One
Date: 10/20/2019 10:50:00 AM
A rock that wished to fly. Just beautiful.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/20/2019 12:15:00 PM
Thank you Dale :))) xomo
Date: 10/20/2019 9:33:00 AM
Just beautiful MoMo
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/20/2019 12:14:00 PM
Thank you my friend. xomo
Date: 10/20/2019 9:15:00 AM
Brilliant, Maureen. A FAVE for me.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/20/2019 9:26:00 AM
Wow! Thank you Line. My humble offering to one of my favourite poets, Canadian no less ;), Hugs! xomo
Date: 10/20/2019 8:23:00 AM
i love this Maureen, good penning :)
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/21/2019 12:01:00 PM
<3
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Sandra Adams
Date: 10/20/2019 10:17:00 AM
i was not but when i saw the reference to the poem i did search it and found a video of the read...very touching and profound were his words....
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 10/20/2019 8:39:00 AM
Thank you Sandra! Are you familiar with Layton's poem? It's one of those that right from the first read, has never left me. Poetry hugs :) xomo!