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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; A Reminiscence Of Swedening by Starward 6 days 22 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 23 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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patriciajj commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; A Reminiscence Of Swedening by Starward 6 days 23 hours ago
I believe you just changed: I believe you just changed some lives.   You can call this penance or guidance in a world where "prejudice, around us, was too efficient" (as it is today), but I call it liberation. Your eloquent, heart-gripping advice opens the doors of societal prisons where lovers languish in the cruel clutches of "what could have been" and self-loathing because they succumbed to intimidation.   This is also a stunning and unflinching mission statement that is as important as it is beautiful.   Standing by you in your support of a basic, human right.    
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Starward commented on: CHANGED by ltsaunders 1 week 9 min ago
I applaud this poetic: I applaud this poetic testimony.
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Starward commented on: Truth Speaks Lies by satishverma 1 week 10 min ago
Although the last phrase of: Although the last phrase of the last line stumbled me, I really like that first stanza's words:  I am writing for the beach / where the moon meets the lake.  That phrase is magnificent.
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Starward commented on: Musing on Muses by silverstar 1 week 12 min ago
A most eloquent tribute to: A most eloquent tribute to your Muse, and to all Muses.
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Starward commented on: Void of Color by silverstar 1 week 14 min ago
I experienced this, for the: I experienced this, for the first time and not the last, in January of 1978, when my then college sweetheart announced---at lunch among several of our mutual friends---that our relationship was over (and that table got very silent very quickly).  The short lines of your poem keeps the emotion flowing, and that emotion spoke volumes to me as I read it.  I am sorry you have had to experience this sort of thing, but you describe it with verbal skill.
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Starward commented on: I have Lung Cancer by williamjroneyiii 1 week 17 min ago
I applaud your attitude,: I applaud your attitude, which is an example to us all.  However, that word "had" is past tense.  And you, and your posted poems, are very much in the present tense.  And the many poems you have ahead of you are still in the future tense.  
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Starward commented on: Brief Essay Dedicated To The Poets Whose Words Have Touched Me Today by Starward 1 week 19 min ago
Thank you.  Truly, "being: Thank you.  Truly, "being there together" with you and our community of Poets "is enough."
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patriciajj commented on: Brief Essay Dedicated To The Poets Whose Words Have Touched Me Today by Starward 1 week 22 min ago
Because you are an: Because you are an irreplaceable pillar of this site, your sincere and powerfully moving expression is an example for all of us follow: and that example is to make things right. You are certainly part of what makes this platform more than a landing place for poems, but a community.   And the links were an enjoyable bonus.   God bless you, peaceful poet.   
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patriciajj commented on: In The Spirit Of Thanks Giving by BMosley 1 week 37 min ago
I can't think of a better way: I can't think of a better way to inspire acceptance, open-mindedness and kindness than this radiant expression. Certainly more unites us in our hopes and dreams than divides us in our moments of ignorance and fear.   Kudos for being a peacemaker and a guiding light.  
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patriciajj commented on: Lost sometimes by SSmoothie 1 week 39 min ago
I second everything the pro,: I second everything the pro, Starward, said and tip my hat to you as well. You show us how it's done with lines like these:   "In a world of too much and Never enough No void unfilled No concrete undefiled"   Throughout this swift and disarmingly candid expression, you turn raw emotion into a captivating, free-spirited, drumming rhythm suggesting a heart on fire. There's an elegance about what it means to be human. And your finale . . . wow, who could do better than: "I miss you sanity/ Lost sometimes" to summarize how we all feel about our own chaos within.   A spectacular introspection.
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williamjroneyiii commented on: I have Lung Cancer by williamjroneyiii 1 week 3 hours ago
I have the start of Lung Cancer: Reguardless the out come Starward, God has brought me comfort!  Always had funny things to write about and serious poems also, I had fun!   William J. Roney III
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ltsaunders commented on: ALLOW ME THIS MOMENT by ltsaunders 1 week 4 hours ago
thank you: I apologize for the late reply. thank you for the compliment. LT
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Starward commented on: I have Lung Cancer by williamjroneyiii 1 week 5 hours ago
I am glad you kept that: I am glad you kept that Crucifix, and I applaud your attendance at Saint Philips!  And thank you for your service in the Army. I have another Crucifix, which I keep on the table by the chair to which my condition confines me, which, at each of the four ends of the two beams, has small glass enclosure which contain items from the Holy Land:  gravel, flower petals, incense, and myrhh.  While the latter three are of recent gathering, as all plants must be, the gravel may have been there at the time Jesus was living there; it may have even been on one of the paths He trod.  The Crucifix also has a sunburst behind the Savior's image's head---a symbol that has fascinated me since I acquired my first Crucifix at the age of five years old. Thank you for telling me those aspects about yourself, and I hope to be able to hear future good news about your illness---that is my prayer.
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