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patriciajj commented on: Now That You Are Infinite by patriciajj 5 days 21 hours ago
Thank you for reading and: Thank you for reading and leaving such encouraging feedback. Your support means so much.  
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patriciajj commented on: Satanic seed by Pungus 5 days 22 hours ago
Thud.   So true.   But so: Thud.   So true.   But so well said!   You nailed it with your very own ingenious, avant-garde, cutting-edge style, and the wow factor is off the charts. But then again, what else can we expect from the artiste? Amazing.  
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patriciajj commented on: CONTINUUM by Stephen 5 days 22 hours ago
I love how this moves through: I love how this moves through phases, representing the voyage of existence with impacting language, then lands on a profound, open-ended realization: a "CONTINUUM".   A thought-provoking and expansive journey. Enjoyed!  
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SSmoothie commented on: Footnote: On Writing Haiku Or Tanka, 2 by Starward 6 days 1 hour ago
The one you interrogate for: The one you interrogate for meaning ;) love it compact, concise and very full! Juxtaposition them bang× ! Challenge... I like the weeds they have struggled through such hatred and adversity... the difference between a flower and a weed is very often nothing but a judgement.     
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Starward commented on: @ 27.225 MHz: WallStones; The Canker Sore by Starward 6 days 2 hours ago
A little while, but I am very: A little while, but I am very glad that you like it; that is quite encouraging.  When I was a child (5-11 years old) my chief entertainment was a magazine called Eerie (a bimonthly publication of short horror stories presented as well-drawn comics),  and the Universal Studio's horror films from its two great eras---1931 through 1939 and 9141-1945.  These are porbably the roots of my Wallstones series.  I sincerely appreciate your comment and inquiry.
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Pungus commented on: @ 27.225 MHz: WallStones; The Canker Sore by Starward 6 days 5 hours ago
Yep dis ma stuff: How long has the WallStones series been around- only recently? Regardless, I quite like the type.
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Pungus commented on: Now That You Are Infinite by patriciajj 6 days 8 hours ago
Fairy-dust forcefields: Spiritual jargon is brought to its proper glory with the aid of your eloquence.
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deepblue commented on: My Mend by deepblue 6 days 12 hours ago
A humble thank you for: A humble thank you for reading and resonating :)    I admit that I'm not an old man, I'm 36. But there is some weight I hold that makes me feel 90 at times. I wish the situation with her ended better, so there's pain there.    But there's also a lot of really beautiful memories there as well. There's a lot of exhilarating thoughts and emotions I can use to fuel new spirit today if I figure out how to convert that energy into something more renewable.    All in due time, perhaps? But again thanks again for reading. Take care :) 
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Starward commented on: caligula by ewbonitz 6 days 15 hours ago
I like this brief poem a lot,: I like this brief poem a lot, although I admit to not finding the connection to Caligula (and I presume the reference is to the Caligula).
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Starward commented on: The Eleventh Commandment by Adeyokun 6 days 15 hours ago
I love your comment,: I love your comment, SSmoothie.
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Stephen commented on: Now That You Are Infinite by patriciajj 6 days 17 hours ago
Very beautiful elegy nicely stated.: "Even trinkets of sun  tangled in the mist  are wondering where all  the light has gone."   ---- Beautifully crafted words.
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Starward commented on: I have Lung Cancer by williamjroneyiii 6 days 20 hours ago
Amen to that, my: Amen to that, my Brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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williamjroneyiii commented on: I have Lung Cancer by williamjroneyiii 6 days 20 hours ago
I have the start of Lung Cancer: Starward, I got a joyist ride from life by now, even in bad times God is there for  all. You just let him lead the way and all will be fine!   Trust in God....
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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; A Reminiscence Of Swedening by Starward 6 days 21 hours ago
Thank you, so much, for that: Thank you, so much, for that validation.  I shall be glad if this poem, or if any of the poems in this series, makes life a little easier for those who may still struggle as I struggled in my adolescence; I want them to know they are not alone, they are not perverts, and they should not be ashamed to embrace their natures, and love whom they need to love.   That is my humble hope for this poem, and the series that contains it. Comments from you are always precious to me; but this comment, at a time when you are grieving, is especially previous.  I had told you, months ago, of Etienne, my friend from college.  This poem is about him, and about my utter failure to treat him as well as he treated me.  He bore me no ill will afterward; but I bear tremendous ill will both to my younger self, that blundered the opportunity to take the friendship to a higher level, and to those around us, on campus and off, whose prejudices brought out the coward in me.  He, too, is in Heaven, now.  I know he will greet your Father warmly.  
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Starward commented on: Now That You Are Infinite by patriciajj 6 days 22 hours ago
Knowing the event that: Knowing the event that inspired this poem, I would like to tread lightly---commenting with the utmost respect to your Father, and the utmost respect to this poem.  When I was in school, John Milton's elegy, Lycidas, was considered the high point of elegy, but that poem seems stilted and artificial compared to yours.  And this is a lively poem---it does not mourn, but rather, celebrates your Father's life here and his life with God in eternity; and so it offers comfort to all of us who have felt the temporary separation from loved ones and friends, a separation which the Maker of Stars will adjust in Love and Mercy for our eternal happiness.  The center of your poem operates in two lines:  the real side of forever and where there are / no endings.  I applaud the line break in the latter phrase---giving the words "no endings" a single line emphasizes the meaning visually as well as verbally.  (Your poems are full of such subtle strategies, and some enterprising graduate student is going to construct a disseration---and a long one---on that aspect of your Poetry alone.)  And, of course, the final line seals the poem's spiritual grandeur by naming the nature and identity of God:  Love, as the Apostle Saint John has revealed to us.  In that last line of that single, most spiritual and most important word, is an allusion not only to Saint John's first letter, but also the thirteenth chapter of Saint Paul's first letter to the Corinthian Christians---the great hymn to Love that was revealed to Him by the Spirit.  And following it, in the fifteenth chapter, is the Hymn of Resurrection; and I cite all of these to say that your Father now sees all of these aspects.    I should like to say one more thing about that line while you wait for me.  I once heard a very fine sermon that reminded us that there is no time in Heaven---it is of infinite duration.  Therefore, while we here, who are still caught in time, must wait, those who have preceded us there will not have long to wait.  It will seem like only a matter of minutes, to them, who wait for us (to whom, illusively, it may seem like a long time).  So those whom we wait---sometimes for whole lifetimes---to see, will receive us to themselves in what Saint Paul called the blink of an eye.      That is why I do not say words like, "I am sorry for your loss," very often.  Because, as the devout believer, the actor Peter Cushing once pointed out, our loved ones are not lost (as if misplaced), they are merely temporarily absent from where we are until we shall be where they are.         You have honored your Father with this poem; and, honoring him, you have honored God---and that is the chief responsibility of a real Poet.  And you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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