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Premium Member RUFI IN MY WINE -abridged version-
I let an opportunist within my circle of trust

He slipped a rufi in my wine
I was too naïve to question 
my sudden lapse of memory

I tremble at what might have been

I was like putty in his hands
it happened so easily
I...Read More
Categories: abridged, destiny, drink, future, innocence, memory, trust,
Form: Free verse

The Universal Way of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
Liberal, simplified and abridged translation for speedy daily practice. 

Released into Public Domain. 

The Bodhisattva of Boundless Will arose from his seat, bared his right 
shoulder, turned towards the Buddha with joined palms and asked: 
“World Honored One, we yearn...Read More
Categories: abridged, adventure, anxiety, universe, uplifting, woman, women, world,
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member Thief

The book - an abridged dictionary.

I open the cover, discover
a library record,
the book had not been
checked out or checked in.
1974 is stamped clearly on the page. 

I found it under a hill of stored paperbacks.

I must have stolen it.
Who the...Read More
Categories: abridged, poetry,
Form: Free verse
marriage vows -abridged version
Do you?
I do!


Brian Strand - F F I series 10 footle...Read More
Categories: abridged, marriage,
Form: Footle
Wood chew believe aye took stock
Wood chew believe aye took stock...?

Upon a whim, an endeavor
arose to communicate
cumulative key whatchamacallit,
yea...nuggets o' wisdom, asper
about yours truly no reason, nor

rhyme unwinding, tooling sputtering
most vexing mystery more
baffling than any whodunnit,
asper in this ole rattle trap to whit,
which drab filler...Read More
Categories: abridged, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, devotion,
Form: Lyric

Second Time's the Charm--abridged
I’ll keep this short, 
that all may know
These words I write, 
I write to show

Please do a poem honor 
and read it again
Don’t let first time through 
be simply the end.
...Read More
Categories: abridged, appreciation,
Form: Didactic
Premium Member Twixt Alpha And Omega
Twixt Alpha And Omega
By: Tom Wright

Between our beginning and death,
Lies a happening strip, life, so dubbed.
Its distance abridged by each breath,
Until God, declares, mission scrubbed.
...Read More
Categories: abridged, birth, death, life,
Form: Lyric
Love, Abridged
All I had left   was a man

           I told him I  was sick and tired of life.

          ...Read More
Categories: abridged, heartbreak, moving on, passion,
Form: Blank verse
Skeleton Quay - abridged for Goosebumps contest
Skeleton quay - abridged for Give Me Goosebumps contest

When the sniper fired his rifle and his faithful canine fell
A second bullet found his heart and he went down as well
Might we stay together, somehow he deigned to try
His last exhale...Read More
Categories: abridged, death, dog, funeral, soulmate,
Form: Rhyme
It's A Crying Shame
George Washington would never believe it and call it a crying shame. I have observed the prohibition of prayer in public schools. Free speech is not free but is for sale to the highest bidder. Moreover, there is an attitudinal...Read More
Categories: abridged, america, god, leadership, prayer,
Form: Free verse

The Great Lakes
Pellucid pearls in northeastern 
   North America since planetary birth
comprise Lakes Superior, Michigan, 
     Huron, Erie, and Ontario 
   (HOMES acronym) dearth
largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth 
straddle Canadian–United States 

...Read More
Categories: abridged, 10th grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 7th
Form: Epic
Das Furer Trumpeting Totalitarian Triumph
Call me a pacifist activist deploring insanity of war,
never a Fitbit moon-unit soldier of military industrial
complex, this articulate baby boomer verily stupefied,
openmouthed, dumbfounded at inane ill logic to send
best and brightest, or even those boasting commend

able faculties of body, mind,...Read More
Categories: abridged, 11th grade, 12th grade, america, fear, how
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member Captivating Blue Eyes
Alone upon the bench he perched, blue eyes locked in hollow stare,
Like almonds long since plunged to earth, with little flourish or fanfare.
A look of depth—an Artesian well, into which one could fall for days,
Storied eyes of labors, and battles...Read More
Categories: abridged, career, deep, emotions, father, old, people, wisdom,
Form: Rhyme

Categories: abridged, analogy,
Form: Free verse
Candor Mortis
My autopsy room is a confessional, 
where killers in absentia divulge 
their sins through bodies
rigid and frigid, mutilated and mute.

Graffiti of abrasions, contusions and lacerations
reenact without deceit or reservations
a catalogue of perversions and violations.

Rage, hatred, greed, jealousy, sickness 
explode and...Read More
Categories: abridged, death, life, memory, men, murder, urban, women,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Polar Bears
Abridged Alaska along the freezing Arctic edge 
lives the ivory Polar Bear, a vigorous carnivore.
They enjoy eating the tough walrus, beluga 
whales and seals. They can sniff out a seal’s den 
up to a mile away. They only hunt and...Read More
Categories: abridged, animal,
Form: Free verse
They came as birds
They came as birds
no nests to live in
without food to eat
everything to worry about

Now they are sharks
with glass bottles as nests
storage bans to control
and nothing to worry about

New prophets rose up
carrying abridged bibles
and swords to plow fields
but required none to...Read More
Categories: abridged, jealousy, prejudice, pride, song,
Form: Lyric
the Great Lakes - part one
Pellucid pearls in northeastern North America 
since planetary birth
Comprise Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, 
Erie, and Ontario dearth
Largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth 
Straddle Canadian–United States border 
tethering partial global girth
Constituting 21% of world's surface 
fresh water species hearth
Total surface...Read More
Categories: abridged, beauty, blue, heaven, imagery, planet, sound, water,
Form: Free verse
cast my now fate to an ill wind
Ever reliant placid pilled compliant nevertheless undefined anarchaic fool fk clandestined anamorphoric clumsy apparentless undistinguished negiligent aforthought defiant scopic blind congenital aborted panoramic distilled coherent brain dead dynamic stagnant democratic fascist positive negative here now there when arrow bullet bandage...Read More
Categories: abridged, angst, conflict, confusion, psychological, society, , 2nd
Form: Free verse
The Great Lakes - part one
Pellucid pearls in northeastern North America since planetary birth
Comprise Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario dearth
Largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth 
Straddle Canadian–United States border tethering partial global girth
Constituting 21% of world's surface fresh water species hearth
Total surface...Read More
Categories: abridged, creation, environment, joy, sea, usa, water, wisdom,
Form: Epic
Ode to the Sages of Pure Land
The following poem is an slightly abridged and liberal translation of the poetic opening verses from Ch.31 of Upasaka Xia Lian Ju’s Infinite Life Sutra:

Wisdom as vast as the boundless sea,
Bodhi as high and wide as Meru peak,
Their halos bright...Read More
Categories: abridged, allusion, appreciation, blessing, religion, religious, water, wisdom,
Form: Ode
August Alliteration
After July abdicates, august August arrives,
and the year advances, as annually agreed. 
After assessing alternative alternatives and accords,
as anticipated, no other affirmative alternative is advanced. 
Actually August is always an annual actuality, affably accepted
as amicable and always awaited ardently, as...Read More
Categories: abridged, august,
Form: Alliteration
Premium Member Minced Words
If not for her…

with calm design..
her clipped, cheery words
streamed over the lines
stretched between her life and mine
Sheared by years of motherly skills 
and honed of steel, but gentle and kind

If not for her….

I wouldn't have heard
was puzzled for sure,
only slightly...Read More
Categories: abridged, angst, appreciation, death, family, home,
Form: Free verse
Beings, not known to outsiders
Smiling slightly sad Colibri said:   'Are you happy today, my dear?
''Average…  I am just average..."    Answered her combustive Lizard,
the wizard from white blizzard,     airily framed by invisible flames.

"I thought u...Read More
Categories: abridged, animal, emotions, introspection, together, winter,
Form: Alliteration

out cold ground floor
afflicted by calm daze
above beating chants dance
ample basic canvas draped

out cold ground floor
abridged dreams cross doubts
across blinds careless drapes
arid brains carcass droughts

out cold ground floor
aspiring bloods crimson drool
amidst blackouts cruel demise
acquittal by chance deluge

out cold ground...Read More
Categories: abridged, eulogy,
Form: ABC