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When Light Penetrates The Fog Of Fear And Darkness, subject faith, truth and poetry

Blog Posted:4/10/2020 6:38:00 AM
When Light Penetrates The Fog Of Fear And Darkness
 
When Light through the keyhole penetrates the malaise
And within that moment your soul gives sincere praise
For that divine gift that Life's sweet promise resets
Earth's clock to those times before this darkness beset
Know Truth and eternal Light never mankind fails
To conquer anything issued from pits of Hell.
 
Darkness fears not man but rather eternal Light.
On earth, we are in midst of that eternal fight.
 
When Light through the keyhole penetrates blackest Dark
And waking soul finds that Life is not just a lark
Path is made to from within the black walk away
Leave blinded fold and in earnest begin to pray.
World parades its great evils as the one true way
And sets foundation for man's greed to hold deepest sway.
 
Darkness fears not man but rather eternal Light.
On earth, we are in midst of that eternal fight.
 
When Light through the keyhole penetrates our sorrows
And we feel true fright and fear for our tomorrows
Truth reveals Light banishes that deep wicked fear
As echoes of paradise draws ever more near
Know eternal Light, Truth and Time is on our side
In that promise, certainty of man's saving tides.
 
Darkness fears not man but rather eternal Light.
On earth, we are in midst of that eternal fight.
 
Robert J. Lindley, 4-07-2020
Rhyme, ( When Eyes Are Opened To The Blessings Of True Light )
 
Syllables Per Line:
00 12 -(Title)
0 12 12 12 12 12 12 0 12 12
0 12 12 12 12 12 12 0 12 12
0 12 12 12 12 12 12 0 12 12
Total # Syllables: 300
Total # Words::::::224
 
 
Note: This is a revamping of an older poem. 
One written four decades ago when I was a
mere twenty-six years old and then faced 
a time of darkest dark in my life. I have
revamped it to modern times  to address
this dark plague that the world faces now
and to yet again point out that the eternal 
truth that mankind has a great purpose 
than out time here on earth is a mere blink
of the eye. And nothing, nothing, nothing
can ever even come closeto defeating that
our fated destiny.
Death and Darkness are only temporary,
while Light and Divine Promise is Eternal.
 
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http://inters.org/lumen-fidei-francis
 
 
The theological meaning of Light according to Lumen Fidei
The encyclical Lumen Fidei is the first document of Pope Francis’ pontificate. We suggest that our readers review numbers 1-4 (see below), which summarize the symbolism of light in reference to faith, as they appear in Sacred Scripture and are discussed in the patristic and theological Tradition (for interested visitors: the complete text is available on the Holy See web site). These paragraphs offer a short historical account of the evolution of the conception of faith as “light”, ranging from the novelty brought by Christianity in the pagan Roman world to modern thought’s critique of it, and conclude by affirming the value of the light of faith not only for Christians, but also for every man and woman.
 
 
1. The light of Faith: this is how the Church’s tradition speaks of the great gift brought by Jesus. In John’s Gospel, Christ says of himself: "I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness" (Jn 12:46). Saint Paul uses the same image: "God who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts" (2 Cor 4:6). The pagan world, which hungered for light, had seen the growth of the cult of the sun god, Sol Invictus, invoked each day at sunrise. Yet though the sun was born anew each morning, it was clearly incapable of casting its light on all of human existence. The sun does not illumine all reality; its rays cannot penetrate to the shadow of death, the place where men’s eyes are closed to its light. "No one — Saint Justin Martyr writes — has ever been ready to die for his faith in the sun".[1] Conscious of the immense horizon which their faith opened before them, Christians invoked Jesus as the true sun "whose rays bestow life". [2] To Martha, weeping for the death of her brother Lazarus, Jesus said: "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (Jn 11:40). Those who believe, see; they see with a light that illumines their entire journey, for it comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets.
 
2. Yet in speaking of the light of faith, we can almost hear the objections of many of our contemporaries. In modernity, that light might have been considered sufficient for societies of old, but was felt to be of no use for new times, for a humanity come of age, proud of its rationality and anxious to explore the future in novel ways. Faith thus appeared to some as an illusory light, preventing mankind from boldly setting out in quest of knowledge. The young Nietzsche encouraged his sister Elisabeth to take risks, to tread "new paths… with all the uncertainty of one who must find his own way", adding that "this is where humanity’s paths part: if you want peace of soul and happiness, then believe, but if you want to be a follower of truth, then seek".[3] Belief would be incompatible with seeking. From this starting point Nietzsche was to develop his critique of Christianity for diminishing the full meaning of human existence and stripping life of novelty and adventure. Faith would thus be the illusion of light, an illusion which blocks the path of a liberated humanity to its future.
 
3. In the process, faith came to be associated with darkness. There were those who tried to save faith by making room for it alongside the light of reason. Such room would open up wherever the light of reason could not penetrate, wherever certainty was no longer possible. Faith was thus understood either as a leap in the dark, to be taken in the absence of light, driven by blind emotion, or as a subjective light, capable perhaps of warming the heart and bringing personal consolation, but not something which could be proposed to others as an objective and shared light which points the way. Slowly but surely, however, it would become evident that the light of autonomous reason is not enough to illumine the future; ultimately the future remains shadowy and fraught with fear of the unknown. As a result, humanity renounced the search for a great light, Truth itself, in order to be content with smaller lights which illumine the fleeting moment yet prove incapable of showing the way. Yet in the absence of light everything becomes confused; it is impossible to tell good from evil, or the road to our destination from other roads which take us in endless circles, going nowhere.
 
4. There is an urgent need, then, to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim. The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God. Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us. Faith, received from God as a supernatural gift, becomes a light for our way, guiding our journey through time. On the one hand, it is a light coming from the past, the light of the foundational memory of the life of Jesus which revealed his perfectly trustworthy love, a love capable of triumphing over death. Yet since Christ has risen and draws us beyond death, faith is also a light coming from the future and opening before us vast horizons which guide us beyond our isolated selves towards the breadth of communion. We come to see that faith does not dwell in shadow and gloom; it is a light for our darkness. Dante, in the Divine Comedy, after professing his faith to Saint Peter, describes that light as a "spark, which then becomes a burning flame and like a heavenly star within me glimmers".[4] It is this light of faith that I would now like to consider, so that it can grow and enlighten the present, becoming a star to brighten the horizon of our journey at a time when mankind is particularly in need of light.
from Franciscus, Encyclical Lumen Fidei, 2013, June 29, nn. 1-4.
 
 [1]  Dialogus cum Tryphone Iudaeo, 121, 2: PG 6, 758.
 
[2] Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus, IX: PG 8, 195.
 
[3] Brief an Elisabeth Nietzsche (11 June 1865), in: Werke in drei Bänden, München, 1954, 953ff.
 
[4] Paradiso XXIV, 145-147.
 
 
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https://interestingliterature.com/2017/07/10-of-the-best-religious-poems-in-english-literature/
 
 
LITERATURE
10 of the Best Religious Poems in English Literature
The best religious poems selected by Dr Oliver Tearle
 
What are the best religious poems in English literature? Obviously religious faith – and, indeed, religious doubt – has loomed large in English poetry, whether it’s in the devotional lyrics of John Donne and George Herbert or the modern, secular musings of Philip Larkin in ‘Church Going’. We’ve excluded longer works such as John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, although naturally that’s a must-read work of English religious poetry, just conceived on a different scale from what we have here.
 
 
Caedmon, Hymn. Perhaps the oldest poem written in English, Caedmon’s Hymn was composed in the 7th century by a goatherd and takes the form of a short hymn in praise of God. It was Bede, or ‘the Venerable Bede’ as he is often known, who ensured the survival of Caedmon’s Hymn, when he jotted it down in Latin translation in one of his books. An anonymous scribe then added the Anglo-Saxon form of the hymn in the margins of Bede’s book.
 
William Dunbar, ‘Done is a battell on the dragon blak’. This poem, by the medieval Scottish poet William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530), boasts one of the finest opening lines in all medieval poetry. The rest of the poem is pretty good, too. It takes as its theme the Resurrection, and casts Christ as a crusading knight, so it’s a hugely exciting piece of sacred poetry.
 
John Donne, ‘A Hymn to God the Father’. We could easily have chosen one of Donne’s celebrated Holy Sonnets here, but his ‘Hymn to God the Father’ offers something nicely representative of Donne’s style in his best religious verse. Donne is not aiming to sing God’s praises uncritically: rather, he wishes to ask God about sin and forgiveness, among other things. The to-and-fro of the poem’s rhyme schemes, where its stanzas are rhymed ababab, reinforces this idea of question-and-answer. The poem is a sort of confessional, containing Donne’s trademark directness and honesty, and sees him seeking forgiveness from God for his sins, while also confessing that he will continue to sin (he cannot help it) and that he fears death – another sin to add to the list. Donne then seeks reassurance from God that he will be forgiven and will reach Heaven.
 
 
George Herbert, ‘The Collar’. George Herbert (1593-1633) is one of the greatest devotional poets in the English language, and ‘The Collar’ one of his finest poems. Herbert’s speaker seeks to reject belief in God, to cast off his ‘collar’ and be free. (The collar refers specifically to the ‘dog collar’ that denotes a Christian priest, with its connotations of ownership and restricted freedom, though it also suggests being bound or restricted more generally. Herbert, we should add, was a priest himself.) However, as he rants and raves, the speaker comes to realise that God appears to be calling him – and the speaker duly and dutifully replies, the implication being that he has recovered his faith and is happy to bear the ‘collar’ of faith again.
 
Henry Vaughan, ‘They Are All Gone into the World of Light’. The Welsh metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan (1621-95) is best known for his 1650 collection, Silex Scintillans (‘Sparks from the Flint’), which established him as one of the great devotional poets in English literature. ‘They Are All Gone into the World of Light’ is about death, God, and the afterlife, and the poet’s desire to pass over into the next life – the ‘World of Light’ – to join those whom he has lost.
 
 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam. ‘There lives more faith in honest doubt, / Believe me, than in half the creeds’. These lines from this long 1850 elegy for Tennyson’s friend – perhaps his finest achievement – strike to the core of the greatness of Tennyson’s poem, which, as T. S. Eliot said, was a great religious poem not because of the quality of its faith, but because of the quality of its doubt. By the end of this long cycle of moving poems, Tennyson has conquered his doubts and his faith in God has been restored.
 
Christina Rossetti, ‘Good Friday’. This poem was published in Christina Rossetti’s 1866 collection The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems. The poem is about Rossetti’s struggle to feel close to Christ and the teachings of Christianity, and to weep for the sacrifice he made. Like Tennyson’s In Memoriam above, the poem reflects many Victorians’ difficulties in reconciling Christianity with the new worldview influenced by recent philosophy and scientific discoveries.
 
Thomas Hardy, ‘The Oxen’. Sometimes a great sacred poem is written by a poet who is not himself religious, and such as the case with ‘The Oxen’. Written in 1915 during WWI, this poem shows a yearning for childhood beliefs which the adult speaker can no longer hold. In other words, it highlights the yearning to believe, even – or perhaps especially – when we know that we cannot bring ourselves to entertain such beliefs. (Hardy had lost his religious faith early in life.)
 
 
T. S. Eliot, Ash-Wednesday. The first long poem Eliot composed after his conversion to Anglo-Catholicism in 1927, the six-part sequence Ash-Wednesday is about Eliot’s struggle to cleanse and purify himself so that he might be renewed and find deeper spiritual fulfilment. Using Dantean and Biblical tropes of stairwells, gardens, and bones being picked apart by leopards, the poem is at times frustratingly abstract (there is lots of wordplay around ‘the Word’, i.e. the Word of God) and at other times, marvellously vivid. Ash-Wednesday is the great modernist religious poem in English.
 
Philip Larkin, ‘Church Going’. A meditation on the role of the church in a secular age, written by a poet who described himself as an ‘Anglican agnostic’, ‘Church Going’ is one of Larkin’s most popular poems from The Less Deceived. In the poem, the speaker of the poem visits a church on one of his bicycle rides and stops to have a look inside – though he isn’t sure why he stopped. The title carries a double meaning: both going to church (if only to look around, rather than to worship there), and the going or disappearing of churches, and the Church, from British life.
 
For more classic poetry, see our pick of the best poems about heaven. If you’re in search of a good poetry collection, we recommend The Oxford Book of English Verse – perhaps the best poetry anthology on the market.
 
 
The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University. He is the author of, among others, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History and The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem.
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Date: 4/17/2020 2:14:00 PM
"On earth, we are in midst of that eternal fight." We are definitely in the midst of something! I think darkness and light go hand-in-hand; darkness (not to be confused with evil) the light shines through the darkness. Contrast allows for growth, enlightenment we must be able to see our way through the darkness, but it's the darkness that allows us to find the light. We must also consider, that even God gives us a choice; without the enduring the darkness, would we as eagerly welcome the light? The human ego is very blinding.
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Date: 4/19/2020 11:31:00 AM
Thank you friend. As we both know admitting, seeing and facing the darkness gives us perspective for the wonderment and salvation that is only bright by Light. Choice we have and human weakness we must live with. Ego and greed blind and bind so many. Only Light gifts truth, blessings, and salvation. God bless....
Date: 4/12/2020 5:07:00 AM
This is something I ponder on a daily basis - not only the victory of light over the darkness, but the essential nature of the dark, and the meaning and import given to both - not just the dichotomy, but the weight and necessity. Some very good reference here, Robert, and a lot of work and thoughtfulness. I enjoyed this very much on Easter morning. Thank you for sharing about something dear to my heart, and some favorite passages and references. Blessings and Happy Easter!
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Date: 4/12/2020 6:34:00 AM
Pray a well lit path be your choice Let dawn sing in its brightest voice Its rays cast away black of night Allowing Truth to shine in Light Basking in that eternal glow Blind heart and soul shall then both grow. RJL
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Date: 4/12/2020 6:27:00 AM
The given links and references are just a scratch on the surface of that which Poetry's vast treasure chambers hold. Poetry's rich history is perhaps being denied and ignored by far too many modern poets, in my opinion. As its lessons taught, its rich treasures stored are so important on ones learning and improving in their own poetic journey. Yet as poets we all must walk the path of our own making. Blessings and Happy Easter to you and yours my friend !
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Date: 4/12/2020 6:20:00 AM
Thank you my friend. To see only Light and refuse that Dark exists is indeed a great aid to the Dark. As Dark so oft masquerades as Light. To any blinded such deception comes and leads them further into the unholy darkness. I wrote this poem during a very dark period in my young life and have added to it now forty years later. A further point made is that great and famous poets wrote and are truly celebrated for writing about Morality, Decency, Civility, Kindness, Love, Honor and FAITH.. God bless...
Date: 4/11/2020 11:45:00 AM
You again amaze us Robert with this informative wealth of information. Your opening verse is very appropriate for these dark times we find ourselves in. Tom
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Date: 4/11/2020 1:38:00 PM
Thank you my friend. So true, these dark times are here and they come in like a marauding horde to destroy life, health, family, peace , sanity, comfort, joy, happiness, unity, freedom and so very much more! As others sacrifice to save as many as can be saved-- we poets can write ,hope and pray , mercy comes soon! Tho' in the mean time we can stop to ponder the many treasures that we have and why life is so very precious.. God bless....
Date: 4/10/2020 11:33:00 PM
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. -Leonard Cohen
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Date: 4/11/2020 5:01:00 AM
Thank you my friend, your offering is a golden truth. Darkness itself can not keep out the Light. Each person has free will and thus either sees and accepts or else sees and denies. Compulsion is not a part of the Light. To seek to walk in the Light is the path to tread. To live with the true and the sincere desire for peace and harmony the right way. The Dark favors Chaos, Destruction, Deception and Harm, Sorrow, Misery and Death.... God bless.....
Date: 4/10/2020 5:02:00 PM
Robert, you can't help but inspire anyone who takes the time really read your work. In this day of so called modern poetry, there is little space for the truth of the understandable gift the classic style affords. I applaud your expertise and hard work to save us from ourselves.
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Date: 4/10/2020 6:37:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I am glad you enjoyed the poem and understand that a poet should give to others. Should write heart's great truth, and hope it helps others in life. Having been so helped in life by so many past famous poets and yes even now here by so many great poets - I see the Truth-' that Poetry is the greatest Art and its immense and beautiful benefits to mankind simply well beyond measure! God bless...
Date: 4/10/2020 5:00:00 PM
“On earth, we are in midst of that eternal fight.” Exactly. Every day, we are fighting, most of the time it is subtle. Choices can seem innocent or trivial, but few are. Have to put and keep Christ first. Belief is just the beginning, have to get to know him, otherwise Matthew 7:23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Our enemy is very clever and very powerful. We must be extremely careful. Excellent poem and blog my friend. God Bless You.
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Date: 4/10/2020 6:33:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Your words ring true. Mankind faces a new and very severe test. One that includes great harm and even death. Such that has came before and was faced by our ancestors. What we do now, how we face it is the essence of that harsh test my friend. First step is to acknowledge that ramping up and promoting fear is also a great enemy of recovery. Fear oft leads to hasty costly,, even deadly decisions. A calm rational approach is necessary to battle this darkness that has come from the great abyss. God bless...
Date: 4/10/2020 3:58:00 PM
Robert, again, I applaud you for your tenacity in research and the mounds of information that you so freely offer. I only recognize a few of the individuals you mention in your blog but the ones I do recognize have all been instrumental in putting Christ in the forefront. If the world would only pay attention. I admire you and your hard work and determination to do just as these devout men have done. God will Bless you for the effort you are making although some will do nothing but criticize. The criticism is nothing compared to God's Blessings. So, my friend, continue to make 'your mark' in the history of the world and in Christendom.
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Date: 4/10/2020 6:27:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I wrote that poem and presented this blog to offer the view that it costs nothing to be kind, to be truthful and decent. To acknowledge that Light is the way. That Darkness is the true enemy. Noting that many famous, truly great poets wrote on this great Truth. Some even dedicated their entire life and their writings on it! Poetry does and should include such presentations of morality, decency and kindness- such words of Light. This current Darkness in the world shall not win, but it will cause great sacrifice and reveal many that live only for themselves and their own selfish desires. God bless..
Date: 4/10/2020 1:23:00 PM
Thanks once again my friend. I appreciate your hard work, I’m still a youngster in writing but I learn a little more each day. I loved your poem, well written and a true work of art. Thank you
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Date: 4/10/2020 6:20:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I write to give to others and hope they are helped by inked words from an old poet's heart sent. I strongly believe that studying the famous poets of old- "the golden poets" - is a great help in ones own poetry. The fact that so many of them wrote of faith, morality, and maintaining a decent and honorable way of life points to the reality that Light defeats Darkness and for peace in life one must face that Truth. God bless..
Date: 4/10/2020 8:57:00 AM
Hardy is for many ,easier to read as a poet than a novelist,perhaps because tv serialisation has transformed his lengthy scenic descriptions and allows concentration on the actual novel plots.
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Date: 4/10/2020 9:19:00 AM
Thomas Hardy was a Victorian era poet/novelist. His poem titled the "The Voice" is my favorite. It has been a couple decades since I read his poems. Once long ago I could recite his poem , The Voice from memory.. Age now so greatly interferes with that recall ability.
Date: 4/10/2020 8:54:00 AM
TS came to the fore for me Robert about a year+ or so ago,(some find him difficult) but I agree he iis the best example of modern open verse poet of his genre,especially when read aloud as youtube examples clearly show.
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Date: 4/10/2020 9:13:00 AM
TS for me is another poetic genius-yet I can never hope to write in his style. He as a poet truly earned all the credit given him and very possibly much more... Alas! We each have our own style, and our own ideas on how to write, what to write and why it is important. Admiring other poets for their talent is to me just admitting/revealing truth in poetry and its magnificent gifts given unto the world....
Date: 4/10/2020 8:37:00 AM
Donne in his metaphysical muse 'Love's Deitie' inspired my muse to this triplet favourite write of mine AFFIANCED When ,she and I become we/ True love for us,may not be-/ 'til I love her,who loves me
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Date: 4/10/2020 9:09:00 AM
Donne was a true poet in every sense of the word. His poetry has depth, human connection, heart, truth, empathy and much, much more! I have read almost all of his poems. A good study of his poetry is a indeed a most worthy endeavor....
Date: 4/10/2020 8:01:00 AM
One of my favorites, John Donne's-- A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run, And do run still, though still I do deplore? When thou hast done, thou hast not done, For I have more. Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won Others to sin, and made my sin their door? Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun A year or two, but wallow’d in, a score? When thou hast done, thou hast not done, For I have more.
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Date: 4/10/2020 8:01:00 AM
continued, I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun My last thread, I shall perish on the shore; But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore; And, having done that, thou hast done; I fear no more.
Date: 4/10/2020 7:41:00 AM
Wow...I tired...I can't believe you consume so much information...Thank you my friend...I enjoyed the poem...the more I read the more I realize I don't know anything about poetry...I just somehow write...All the best Robert
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Date: 4/10/2020 7:52:00 AM
Thank you my friend. My friend-- nothing wrong with- just writing- as heart and soul directs and inspires a true poet. One never goes wrong listening to that inspiration- to that inner voice-- that muse.. As your poetry reveals to be the truth.. God bless.
Date: 4/10/2020 7:28:00 AM
Henry Vaughan ,the poetic disciple of George Herbert,was another I was led to from interest in GH,and his famous first line from the World are perhaps the most poetically profound,of that genre..I saw Eternity the other night, Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm, as it was bright,..
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Date: 4/10/2020 7:50:00 AM
Love his poem, A Wreath A wreathed garland of deserved praise, Of praise deserved, unto thee I give, I give to thee, who know'est all my ways, My crooked winding ways, wherein I live, Wherein I die, not live : for life is straight, Straight as a line, and ever tends to thee, To thee, who art more far above deceit, Then deceit seems above simplicity. Give me simplicity, that I may live, So live and like, that I may know thy ways, Know them and practice them : then shall I give For this poor wreath, give thee a crown of praise
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Date: 4/10/2020 7:38:00 AM
You have named another poem I am greatly found of, The World- with its -- "Love built a stately house, where Fortune came, And spinning fancies, she was heard .... Yes, I suffer from being very deep into poetry history and its multitude of hidden gems my friend.....
Date: 4/10/2020 6:55:00 AM
Robert a decade ago I was fascinated by George Herbert as he (and I at the time) had a common interest in poetic form,and discovered at least 15 variations thereof that he created.My especial favourite was the 'emblem ' Church Wall combining both my poetic and art interests.
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Date: 4/10/2020 7:33:00 AM
I love the poem by Herbert, titled "The Elixir ", Teach me, my God and King, In all things Thee to see, And what I do in anything To do it as for Thee. Not rudely, as a beast, To run into an action; But still to make Thee prepossest, A man that looks on glass, On it may stay his eye; Or if he pleaseth, through it pass, And then the heav'n espy. All may of Thee partake: Nothing can be so mean, Which with his tincture—"for Thy sake"— Will not grow bright and clean. Makes drudgery divine: Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws, Makes that and th' action fine. This is the famous stone That turneth all to gold; For that which God doth touch and own Cannot for less be told.

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Blog: ( A Short Page From The Book Of Life, Love And Bitter Sorrows ) A Quartet Of Poems, composed in four days..
Date Posted: 5/13/2020 9:23:00 AM
On Mythology And Heroes, Part One (Medusa, monster hideous beyond comprehension)
Date Posted: 5/8/2020 6:02:00 PM
Lesser Known Poets Series- continued, 6th poet chosen, James Thomson
Date Posted: 4/17/2020 5:40:00 AM
Blog- On The Brighter Side Of Life, Heaven, Faith, Poetry And Song
Date Posted: 4/14/2020 6:47:00 AM
When Light Penetrates The Fog Of Fear And Darkness, subject faith, truth and poetry
Date Posted: 4/10/2020 6:38:00 AM
Words Of Light, Life, Promise And Absent Of Fear And Dread
Date Posted: 4/8/2020 7:07:00 PM
When Dark Reality Demands A Poet Writes Using Imagination As A Release
Date Posted: 4/4/2020 9:58:00 AM
For, A Look Into Lesser Known Poets, A Series, ( 5th.) Poet, Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Date Posted: 3/31/2020 9:57:00 AM
For, A Look Into Lesser Known Poets, A Series, ( 4th.) Poet, Elinor Wylie
Date Posted: 3/27/2020 7:35:00 AM
For, A Look Into Lesser Known Poets, A Series, (3rd.) Poet, Christina Rossetti
Date Posted: 3/21/2020 3:59:00 PM
ON John Greenleaf Whittier, Definitely a poet's poet...
Date Posted: 3/18/2020 9:37:00 AM
A Look Into Lesser Known Poets, A Series, (2.) Poet, Alfred Noyes
Date Posted: 3/10/2020 7:35:00 AM
Why Is Poetry So Very Important In The World Today??
Date Posted: 3/7/2020 11:11:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
8/7/2020 Within Oceans Of Passion's Might Romanticismbeauty,dedication,feeling
7/29/2020 A Mother's Love, Steels Her To Infinite Faith And Sacrifice Rhymeappreciation,character,de
7/27/2020 Sailing Away From Dark That Wrecks Havoc On Earth Romanticismart,beautiful,heaven,love
7/26/2020 Always Together, In The Great Bye And Bye Romanticismart,blessing,emotions,mem
7/24/2020 Written From A Poetic Heart's True Renderings Sonnetappreciation,art,creation
7/23/2020 The Epic Vow, The Long Journey, And Destination Found Free verseappreciation,art,hero,jou
7/22/2020 Discovery Of What Sadness Lies Just Behind The Curtain Sonnetart,death,deep,farewell,f
7/19/2020 Morning Trek Into Sanctity Of That Invisible Place Rhymeart,
7/19/2020 And The Desperate Heart Seeks To Atone Rhymeart,
7/19/2020 Now At Last Into Hell's Dungeon He Was Cast, The First Battle, Part One Rhymedark,raven,
7/18/2020 I Love Sweet Tender, Kisses That Beg More Sonnetart,creation,deep,growth,
7/18/2020 Tale Of False Image Of The Beautiful Temptress Rhymeappreciation,art,betrayal
7/17/2020 Bird Of Paradise Rhymeappreciation,art,beautifu
7/17/2020 Tribute To Youth And The Days Imagination and Boyhood Dreams Rhymeappreciation,boy,childhoo
7/16/2020 Vicissitudes Of A Rambling Life Once Lived Rhymeallusion,art,conflict,ima
7/11/2020 Aphrodite, In Sweet Dreams Of Bliss I Cry Out To You, Sonnet Doubles Sonnetappreciation,art,beauty,d
7/10/2020 Instead, I Choose To Honor And Then Gift Rhymeappreciation,art,enduranc
7/8/2020 Eternity Exists That We May Love Romanticismbeauty,deep,love,passion,
7/6/2020 I Write And Write Oft Through The Night, Words Dedicated To All Poets Rhymeappreciation,art,beautifu
7/5/2020 And The Desperate Heart Seeks To Atone Rhymeart,creation,deep,heart,l
7/2/2020 Within Mysteries, The Dark and Decay Also Hides Free verseappreciation,art,creation
6/30/2020 The Night The Ravishing Vampire Came To Feast Narrativeart,creation,dark,faith,h
6/28/2020 That Which Held Me In A Magical Spell Rhymeappreciation,creation,dar
6/27/2020 Moonlit Rays Bounce On Jasmine Scented Hair Sonnetemotions,meaningful,memor
6/26/2020 Within A Realm Few Are Ever Unfortunate Enough To Wake Up In, Part Two Free verseappreciation,art,courage,
6/25/2020 Within A Realm Few Are Ever Unfortunate Enough To Wake Up In,Part One Free verseart,conflict,creation,dar
6/24/2020 Dawn's Glory Is In Its Whispering Glow Rhymeday,hope,inspiration,joy,
6/23/2020 I Once Cried To Be Stardust In Your Eyes Sonnetdestiny,fate,heartbroken,
6/23/2020 Incarnations Of What Love's Blessed Paradise Extols Sonnetbeautiful,destiny,heart,l
6/23/2020 In Silent Hours, When Hope May Truly Touch Sonnetfaith,love,power,silence,
6/22/2020 As Years And Life Thus Ever Onward Flow Rhymedeep,fate,humanity,meanin
6/20/2020 None Are Immune To Ceaseless Ravages Of Time Rhymeart,deep,humanity,life,me
6/18/2020 Within Hall Of Heroes His Soul Must Surely Be Sonnetappreciation,courage,frie
6/18/2020 Epitaph Of An Old Friend, An Honorable Man Rhymeappreciation,friend,heart
6/18/2020 To Leave Melancholy Waters Behind Rhymeart,growth,inspiration,li
6/15/2020 In Youth, Our Eyes Are But Dark Jaded Spheres Sonnetart,fate,journey,life,sym
6/15/2020 Once Cast Into Stormy Winds, Words Decrying Fate Rhymeconflict,fate,loss,pain,s
6/15/2020 Love Fruits, Passion's Meals On Which I Once Sup Sonnetappreciation,art,bird,lif
6/14/2020 Haiku-Triples, Poems Born From Seeking Nature's Golden Treasures Haikuappreciation,art,imagery,
6/13/2020 Clock Sounding, Its Hum Of Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Double Chained Sonnets Sonnetappreciation,art,humanity
6/12/2020 Night Of Shadow, Poe, House Of Usher's Bloody Dust Rhymecreation,dark,dedication,
6/11/2020 Celebrating Glory Of The Ancient Olympic Games Rhymeappreciation,art,
6/10/2020 Born To Bleed Onto Eager Page, What Fate Has This Life Decreed Rhymeappreciation,art,
6/10/2020 Child Of My Left Hand, Hide No More In Shadows Wide And Deep Sonnetappreciation,art,deep,mea
6/10/2020 There In Glistening Dewdrops, Invisible Worlds May Lie Sonnetart,deep,meaningful,
6/10/2020 When The Beach Is So Lonely And The Waves So Cold Sonnetappreciation,art,deep,poe
6/10/2020 May We In Passion's Sweetest Breath Therein Abide Sonnetart,passion,romance,
6/10/2020 Truth Is A Testament Of Our Deep Love Romanticismappreciation,art,love,mem
6/10/2020 I Walked The Wet Sands, Just Beyond Lapping Waves Sonnetappreciation,art,deep,lif
6/10/2020 I That Once In Youth Thought To Be A God Rhymeallusion,appreciation,con
6/10/2020 Grows The Night Verseanxiety,art,creation,deep
6/9/2020 To Leave Melancholy Waters Behind Rhymeart,dream,imagery,imagina
6/7/2020 Recollecting A Sad Memory, A Loss And A Dream Quatrainassonance,dark,deep,judge
6/6/2020 When Life Looks Above The Dusty Ground Haikuart,creation,deep,life,me
6/6/2020 Of The Full Sum And The Withering Of The Vine Rhymeart,deep,fate,humanity,jo
6/4/2020 Upon Battlefields Fallen True, Their Bloody Dead Sonnetappreciation,art,courage,
6/1/2020 She Wore Blue Dress, Flowers Her Laurel Crown Rhymeappreciation,art,beauty,i
5/29/2020 Of Fate And The Choosing Between Scylla and Charybdis Rhymeart,encouraging,fate,hist
5/17/2020 Nightmares, Ravages Of A Prometheus, Free And Unchained from my new blog Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,hum
5/16/2020 When Yesterday's Ghost Rises From Its Grave, 4th poem, From my blog, A Quartet Of Poems Rhymeart,deep,identity,judgeme
5/15/2020 Once A Revolutionary Serpent Came To My Door 3rd poem, From my blog, A Quartet Of Poems Rhymeart,character,creation,de
5/14/2020 Part Two, Bites As Hungry Shark, Yet I Am Still Here Writing Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,per
5/13/2020 Part One, There Is A Dangerous Sun Now A'Rising Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,hum
5/12/2020 Poetic Verses Cast On Angel Of My First True Love Rhymeangel,appreciation,beauty
5/12/2020 Thanking Heavens Above For Your Every Breath Sonnetappreciation,art,beauty,c
5/11/2020 The Nightmare And The Chaos Raven Sent Into Poe's Poetic World Rhymeappreciation,art,creation
5/8/2020 On Mythology And Heroes, Part One Medusa, monster hideous beyond comprehension Rhymeart,creation,fantasy,hero
5/5/2020 At Peace And In Sweet Awe Of Bronze Shaving Of New Rising Moon Rhymeappreciation,art,blessing
5/2/2020 Honest Are We, Embolden Truths Dare We To Face Sonnetart,character,deep,humani
4/30/2020 Waterfalls And Nature's Flowing Gift Haikuart,beauty,creation,image
4/28/2020 In His Longings, She Goddess Truly Born Rhymeappreciation,art,dream,fa
4/27/2020 Begging Eternity, What True Love Brings Rhymeart,creation,dark,light,p
4/27/2020 Master Poe Swore With Raven He Had No More Ties, Dark doubles, Poe Tribute Rhymeart,creation,dark,imagina
4/25/2020 In That Magical Moment, Stars Align, Happiness Reigns Sonnetdeep,fate,heart,hope,imag
4/22/2020 When Spring, Its New Symphony One's Pleading Soul Hears Sonnetappreciation,beautiful,bl
4/21/2020 Diamonds And Dew Drops, O' Don't They Shine Rhymeappreciation,art,dark,lig
4/20/2020 O' What Dark Winds And Evil This Way Comes, Tribute To Master Poe Rhymedark,deep,evil,humanity,i
4/20/2020 What Of Humanity, Life And Happiness Lost, Sonnet Doubles Sonnetart,dark,deep,evil,symbol
4/20/2020 As Phoenix From Smoldering Ashes Rise Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,ima
4/19/2020 Within Stone, Writhing Silently To Step On Out, Sonnet Doubles Sonnetappreciation,art,creation
4/17/2020 As That Dawning Hour, In Her Journey She Knew She Was Too Late Narrativeappreciation,art,creation
4/14/2020 Beauty There, Sweeter Than Morn's Softest Calls Rhymeart,christian,creation,de
4/11/2020 As She Found A Way To Dearest Life Meet Rhymeappreciation,art,beauty,c
4/10/2020 When Light Penetrates The Fog Of Fear And Darkness Rhymecreation,dark,deep,destin
4/8/2020 Give Me The Chiming Of Morn's Sweetest Call, Words Of Hope And Nature's Beauty Sonnetbeauty,encouraging,hope,i
4/4/2020 She A Dream Raven, Ghost Of Ill Repute Rhymeappreciation,art,creation
4/1/2020 If Only Sonnetart,dark,death,deep,hope,
3/31/2020 Soothing Dream, Bathe Me In Her Light Rhymeappreciation,art,creation
3/27/2020 From Within Earth's Red Blooms, Love Quickly Flew Rhymeappreciation,art,inspirat
3/21/2020 I That Once Rose To Greet Dawn's Sweetest Voice Rhymeart,deep,encouraging,endu
3/20/2020 In This Time Of Looming Dark, Look To The True Light Rhymeart,creation,faith,spirit
3/16/2020 Dare We Oppose Darkness And Its Long Dagger Clawed Hands Rhymeart,creation,deep,heart,p
3/10/2020 Farewell, Youthful Days Of Wading In Crystal Clear Streams Sonnetart,beauty,creation,dedic
3/7/2020 Why A Poem Is More Than Ink On A Page Rhymeappreciation,art,humanity
3/5/2020 Honoring Master Poe, Darkened Verses That Saddest Of Truths Reveals Rhymeart,creation,dark,evil,hu
3/3/2020 Speak With Respect And Kindness As Your Guiding Light Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,enc
3/3/2020 The Longing Haikuappreciation,art,assonanc
3/1/2020 Banquet At The Dark Knight's Castle Rhymeart,
3/1/2020 In Presenting The Faintest Of Echoes Of Me Sonnetappreciation,art,deep,fee
2/29/2020 From Wind In The Willows, To Shine From Stars Above Rhymeart,creation,dark,deep,hu

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
MoUNTAIN DRoP Rhymedeath,depression,
Beauty Exposed Rhymelife,
Beautiful Day Free verseseasons,
What the Angels Whisper Free versegod,hope,youth,
Black Diamond Night Epicbody,death,history,lonely
If Walls Could Speak Narrativefeelings,for him,joy,toge
Spring on the Wind Rhymechange,nature,spring,
Crying River Balladbeautiful,cry,deep,freedo
Colours in our lives Rhymebeauty,color,
Daddy Free verseblue,dad,depression,fathe
Indian Ink Dramatic Verseabuse,autumn,death,deep,f
A New Bird Rhymebirth,
When Love Found Me Rhymeblessing,love,
Mist Song Rhymebeauty,music,nature,
Wild Love Narrativegarden,love,rose,sweet,
I Walk on Water Free verseintrospection,life,
The Blackberry and The Rose Personificationimagination
Strong Point Sonnetlove,
I Hate You All Light Versedark,death,philosophy,sad
So She Broke your Heart Free verseanalogy,betrayal,hope,lov
Fragment Trioletlight
The Perfect Painting Rhymeart,beauty,
Diamond in the Sky Sonnetstar,
In One Fell Swoop Free verselost love,
A Shade From The Past Sonnetart,nostalgia,people,
To a Despondent Friend Quatraindepression,
A Letter to Emily Dickinson Rhymepoetess,
White Lace Sonnetlife,seasons
Echoes in the Stone Epicadventure,death,hero,hist
The tree of life Rhymeage,child,death,mystery,t
Our little Haven Rhymecousin,fairy,fantasy,gree
Her Hidden Gem Rhymemother,voice,
Eyes of Blue Rhymefreedom,hero,memorial day
MY DAY IS COMING Rhymefriendship,journey,life,
SOMETIMES Rhymeblessing,thanks,
THE LORDS SWEET MORNING Rhymemusic,nature,
Letting Go Rhymeson,
What is Love Sonnetlove,
Releasing Me Sonnethappiness,peace,
As we walk hand in hand Rhymehappiness,how i feel,love
Angel Tears Light Verseangel,
Put Your Head on My Shoulder Light Versedance,romantic,
I Am The Mighty Mountain Personificationearth,mountains,
Death Blows a Hollow Horn Sonnetdeath,
Written in a Graveyard Sonnetdeath,
Invitation Rhymelost love,
His Song and Mine I do not know?bird,life,poems,prison,,L
In An Old Cathedral Rhymeloneliness,love,
Sweet Memories Rhymelost love,
Oak Rhymetree,
Contest Consternation Free versecommunity,poetry,words,
Write you OUT Free versegoodbye,how i feel,
Hey you Free verseanger,conflict,forgivenes
Aquarius Coupletimagery,water,
Mother's Garden Rhymeflower,garden,nature,
Neverland Narrativechildhood,nostalgia,place
The Ripping Free verseabuse,addiction,anger,ang
Stairway to the Stars Free versefarewell,kiss,
Midnight Poet Free verseaddiction,character,devot
A New Love Found Free verseinspirational,
Autumn's Gown Rhymecolor,inspiration,
Kresge's Five And Dime Stores Rhymenostalgia,
Intolerable Rhymeabuse,betrayal,racism,
Amidst the Fallen Petals Free verselonging,love,
The Evil Eye Rhymeevil,
My Fallen Brother Rhymeangst,brother,history,los
Eccentric Eyes Sonnetpain,
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Wild pure and free love Free versebeautiful,love,romance,
Eccentricity In Love Sonnetlove,universe,
Bobcat Moon Rhymeautumn,friendship,loss,mo
The Clock it Mocks Free versebreak up,heartbroken,jeal
O The Grieving Free versedeath,funeral,grief,
Holding a wilting red rose Versedeath,mother,mothers day,
Heaven or Hell Free versedark,heaven,light,love,
Sunset Tableau Versepain,
Starstruck in your deep Beauty Free versebeautiful,beauty,flower,l
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Light Versesoldier,violence,war,
Ancient Warrior Iambic Pentameterangst,culture,native amer
Rain over Vietnam Quaternrain,war,
Long Distance Dreamer Light Versebeautiful,i miss you,long
Whilst walking through the woods Sonnetanimal,beauty,bird,nature
Why So Afraid Iambic Pentameterlove,
Church Quatrainblessing,change,devotion,
Outside Looking In Rhymecharacter,community,histo
Small Passerene Birds Rhymebeautiful,romantic,season
Autumn's Dreams Of A Country Road Rhymenature,seasons,
When Shadows Fall Rhymelife,music,nature,seasons
Tear Drops Free verseallegory,desire,devotion,
Star Gazer Free verseallegory,beauty,metaphor,
Conquer Rhymedepression,
Ragnarok: The Storm Epyllionweather,
That Still Small Voice Quatraingod,prayer,relationship,
The Black Dragon Free versecorruption,courage,hope,w
But I Must Stay Villanellesad,
When Bubbles Dissipate Tankabeautiful,beauty,i love y
December Magic Quintain (English)nature,
Approaching storm Rhymeweather,
To Him who Loves Me Sonnetlove,relationship,romanti
Yellow Shoes in the Darkness Quatrainme,metaphor,places,yellow

Fav Poets

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SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
Annalise Brigham...a.k.a. Audrey Haick United States Flag United States Read
Keith O.J. Hunt Canada Flag Canada Read
Sunshine Smile Norway Flag Norway Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Jake Ponce Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Vera Duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Nehls United States Flag United States Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
lisa duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Gary Bateman Germany Flag Germany Read
liam mcdaid Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Gry Christensen United States Flag United States Read
arthur vaso Canada Flag Canada Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Roy Jerden United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
Miss Sassy United States Flag United States Read
cherl dunn United States Flag United States Read
KP Nunez Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Peter Lewis Holmes Viet Nam Flag Viet Nam Read
David O'Haolin Whalen United States Flag United States Read
Keith Bickerstaffe United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Lu Loo United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Vladislav Raven United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Gail Foster United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Pandita Sanchez United States Flag United States Read
Danetta Barney United States Flag United States Read
Tom Quigley United States Flag United States Read
jill spagnola United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Avis Bailey United States Flag United States Read
Kelly Deschler United States Flag United States Read
lg ds Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Feli Elizab United States Flag United States Read
Casarah Nance United States Flag United States Read
Edlynn Nau United States Flag United States Read
Leslie Philibert Germany Flag Germany Read
Miraj Raha India Flag India Read
Sarai Virden United States Flag United States Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
Bev Smith United States Flag United States Read
C T United States Flag United States Read
Jessica Thompson United States Flag United States Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Timothy Hicks United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Tim Smith United States Flag United States Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Joseph May United States Flag United States Read
Constance La France Canada Flag Canada Read
Daniel Turner United States Flag United States Read
Manmath Dalei India Flag India Read
kabuteng P.iNk k. Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
harry horsman Australia Flag Australia Read
Red Fiery Singapore Flag Singapore Read
Brian Davey United States Flag United States Read
Keith Trestrail Trinidad and Tobago Flag Trinidad and Tobago Read
Walter T. Ashe United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
Anisha Dutta India Flag India Read
CayCay Jennings United States Flag United States Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
Teddy Kimathi Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Julia Ward France Flag France Read
Frederic Parker United States Flag United States Read
Olive Eloisa Guillermo - Fraser Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Robert Stoner Jr United States Flag United States Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read
michael tor United States Flag United States Read
Carol Eastman United States Flag United States Read
Charlie Smith United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Yvonne Canada Flag Canada Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Bob Quigley United States Flag United States Read
Shadow Hamilton United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Charles Henderson United States Flag United States Read
Robert Pettit United States Flag United States Read
Francine Roberts Canada Flag Canada Read
Eve Roper United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Andrew Crisci United States Flag United States Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Janice Canerdy United States Flag United States Read
Judy Konos United States Flag United States Read
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