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Various Heresies
If God
is good
half the Bible
is libel.
-Michael R. Burch

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Willy Nilly
Michael R. Burch

Isn’t it silly, Willy Nilly?
You made the stallion,
you made the filly
and now they sleep
in the dark earth, stilly.
Isn’t it silly, Willy Nilly?

Isn’t it silly, Willy...

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Categories: unlikely, atheist, christian, faith, god, heaven, religion, spiritual,
Form: Verse



Zen Death Haiku
Zen Death Haiku

Brittle cicada shell,
little did I know
you were my life!
—Shuho, translation by Michael R. Burch

Returning
as it came,
this naked worm.
—Shidoken, translation by Michael R. Burch

As dew glistens
on a lotus leaf,
so too I soon must vanish.
—Shinsui,...

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Categories: unlikely, age, autumn, bereavement, death, death of a
Form: Haiku
Willy Nilly
Willy Nilly
by Michael R. Burch

for the Demiurge aka Yahweh and Jehovah 

Isn’t it silly, Willy Nilly?
You made the stallion,
you made the filly,
and now they sleep
in the dark earth, stilly.
Isn’t it silly, Willy Nilly?
 
Isn’t it...

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Categories: unlikely, christian, creation, faith, god, spiritual, truth, world,
Form: Verse
Where Does the Butterfly Go
Where Does the Butterfly Go?
by Michael R. Burch

for the children of the Holocaust and the Nakba

Where does the butterfly go
when lightning rails,
when thunder howls,
when hailstones scream,
when winter scowls,
when nights compound dark frosts with snow ...
Where...

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Categories: unlikely, holocaust,
Form: Verse
World War II Poems and Holocaust Poems V - Ber Horvitz, Yitzkhak Viner
World War II Poems and Holocaust Poems V - Ber Horvitz, Yitzkhak Viner, Franta Bass

Der Himmel
"The Heavens"
by Ber Horvitz
loose translation by Michael R. Burch

These skies
are leaden, heavy, gray...
I long for a pair
of deep blue eyes....

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Categories: unlikely, evil, holocaust, race, racism, war, world, world
Form: Free verse



Premium Member Father Time's Surprising Taoist Intimations
Tell me,
Father Time,
if you would share this space
it would mean everything to me
to us, so kind,
which forms of integrative diversity
incarnate your highest priority,
most comprehensive,
social-political-economic-cultural issues:

1. Domestic economy flat-line trends,

2. International peace intent and praxis,

3. Universally...

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Categories: unlikely, analogy, culture, earth, games, humor, psychological, time,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member CareGiving Stories Reprise
Wounded Sacred Dementia: Part Two

Dementia's derelict WinLose SocialWorker
suboptimizingly hesitates
when I tell her
I have not changed my mind
about not adopting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
into my vulnerable home
with a seven-year-old AfricanAmerican boy
blind
and unable to defend himself,
or even run...

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Categories: unlikely, caregiving, culture, earth, health, integrity, love, parents,
Form: Political Verse
Premium Member Red and Green Christians
Let's start with a fundamental flaw of fundamentalist Christianity,
a literary flaw within literal non-interpretation of historical creation
and sacred development.

This is true of radical jihadist Moslims as well,
although we both know you think you're more special...

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Categories: unlikely, addiction, bible, hate, health, love, peace, philosophy,
Form: Political Verse
Poems about Poems V
Poems about Poems V

Distances
by Michael R. Burch

There is a small cleanness about her,
as though she has always just been washed,
and there is a dull obedience to convention
in her accommodating slenderness
as she feints at her salad.

She...

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Categories: unlikely, metaphor, poems, poetry, poets, words, write, writing,
Form: Rhyme
Poems about Things that Break II
Poems about Things that Break II
 
These are poems about things that break and/or shatter.
 
 
 
Water and Gold
by Michael R. Burch
 
You came to me as rain breaks on the desert
when every flower...

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Categories: unlikely, break up, depression, divorce, emotions, farewell, goodbye,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Empathy as Green Democracy
I don't think it's just me.
I find myself challenged to change LeftBrain cognitive beliefs,
languaged abstractions of personal knowledge,
perhaps because it is not possible to change Right Brain's
Elder feelings of co-empathic trust
where dipolar co-arising mutual immunity
raises...

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Categories: unlikely, education, health, history, integrity, political, racism,
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member Games We Play
Yang, dear.

Yes, my lovely Yin.

Why do you map Game Theory
onto EcoFeminist Political Theory?
It comes across as either just confusing
or, even worse,
vaguely sexist.

Really!
How sexist?

Well you seem to associate competitive ZeroSum WinLose
with strong aggressive patriarchal effectiveness
for defending...

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Categories: unlikely, birth, games, gender, health, history, humor,
Form: Political Verse
Oasis
Oasis
by Michael R. Burch 
 
for Beth
 
I want tears to form again
in the shriveled glands of these eyes
dried all these long years
by too much heated knowing.
 
I want tears to course down
these parched cheeks,...

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Categories: unlikely, marriage,
Form: Verse
Song of Amergin: Translation
The Song of Amergin: Modern English Translations

The Song of Amergin
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

I am the sea breeze
I am the ocean wave
I am the surf's thunder
I am the stag of the seven tines
I am...

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Categories: unlikely, ireland, myth, mythology, song, storm, visionary, war,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Additional advice to those would be King from the THIRUK-KURAL with Commentary
Additional free advice to those* who would be King from the THIRUK-KURAL with Commentary
[*like presidents, prime ministers, dictators of declining (falling or fallen) nations or even empires]

K442: urranOy niikki uraa amai munkaakkum
   ...

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© T Wignesan  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: unlikely, bullying, immigration, prison, religion, sympathy, tamil, violence,
Form: Epigram
Premium Member Earth's Humane Rights to Healthy Climates
In 1968,
a time of great concern for healthy human civil rights
for and of women as well as LeftBrain culturally dominant men,
Gregory Bateson invited a Symposium
not quite a finished Symphony
proposing Moral and Aesthetic Structure of Human...

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Categories: unlikely, culture, earth, environment, health, nature, political, prejudice,
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member Translation of Eric Mottram's 28th Legal: Letter Jan 2, 1966 by T Wignesan
Eric Mottram on the American literary and cultural scene during 1965-66 while he was the recipient of the American Learned Societies’ award for a year. (begun in the last post and to be continued)

January 2,...

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© T Wignesan  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: unlikely, america, art, creation, culture, music, poetry, writing,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Comedy of Impeaching Errors
The Republican congressmen,
and I do mean white privileged straight men,
came to their Democratic opposition
concerned about how depressing
December can be,
and all of winter,
come to think and feel
of dark discerning Advent,

So maybe we could stage
a comedic debate
about...

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Categories: unlikely, caregiving, earth, health, humor, integrity, political, trust,
Form: Political Verse
Premium Member Red and Blue Estrangered Families
Dear Siblings Three,

I was reading a story
in which some siblings became estranged
after their parents died,
while others moved toward greater solidarity.

This is a variation on a diaspora story.
But, here growing physical distance
is seen more as a...

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Categories: unlikely, earth, faith, family, health, integrity, religion, usa,
Form: Political Verse
Premium Member 'Continental Drift' - The Metaphor
'Continental Drift' - The Metaphor

In the seventies (1), few people dreamed ‘it’ was true,
guessed by scientists first when rough coastlines compared (2)
matched like parts of a puzzle (a jigsaw), found place
that joined ‘drop-offs’ waves hid...

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Categories: unlikely, faith, science,
Form: Rhyme
Rejection Slips 1
Rejection Slips

With over 5,700 publications if I count poems that have gone viral, I suppose I shouldn’t complain … but I do have some poems that have never been accepted for publication. Here are a...

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Categories: unlikely, day, love, memory, night, rose, seasons, winter,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Healthy Conversations
Life as active love evolves toward more polycultural communication,
across both species and time,
within Earth’s Solar EcoSystemic Universe.

While this conversation includes human natured communicators,
we suboptimize our ecological balance
if endo-human discourse monopolizes our lifetime learning dialogue.

A life...

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Categories: unlikely, culture, earth, health, heaven, humor, math, science,
Form: Prose Poetry
The Gospel According To The Bluesman
The Gospel according to The Bluesman
Gianni watched the clouds move in
Closed his window for the rain
It was spring and that meant
That it was gonna storm again

He looked out at the street outside
He saw a man...

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Categories: unlikely, 7th grade, america, gospel,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Depression or anxiety
(Seems that these days a whole lot of people suffer from anxiety and depression. Now whether that's a reflection on our world and society, whether there's actually greater incidence of it or if we just...

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© Uwe Stroh  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: unlikely, absence, angst, depression,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Speaker, Subject, and Theme in Edna St Vincent Millay's ''I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed''
“I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed” (Sonnet XLI)
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair,...

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Categories: unlikely, america, anger, love, passion, poems, poetess, poetry,
Form: Prose