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INFORM POETS – LINE MESSAGING

TODAY WE RE-VISIT LINE MESSAGING:

In LINE MESSAGING poetry, the final line of each stanza may be compiled to create an entirely new poem with its own independent message (a poem within a poem).  It appears there are no rules for number of stanzas, or rhyme scheme.   This form was created by Angel Favazza.

See Shadow Poetry for more on LINE MESSAGING

 

SARA’S MESSAGE:

AS I CONTEMPLATE SURGERY

Ponder truth of genetics,
with age, clarity comes.
Dad referred to himself
as Bionic man, both hips replaced

An arthritic neck had him
bent and stooping
as he tried to walk. Ever athletic
his speed was greatly curtailed.

Handball games, bicycle rides,
long walks across the beach,
arms cutting like sharpened knives
through the pool–he loved to swim.

His daughter is due up next,
a hip replacement, more solid
done with newer technology.
My own fear involves waking mid-stream

shocked, in great pain,
and unable to speak.
Of course I’ve heard horror tales,
so I ruminate for next six weeks.

—————————————–
RUMINATION

As Bionic man, both hips replaced
his speed was greatly curtailed,
through the pool–he loved to swim.
My own fear involves waking mid-stream
so I ruminate for next six weeks.

 

WALT’S EXAMPLE MESSAGE:

A HEART IN THE SILENCE OF LOVE

Silence is a comforting companion,
a reminder that peace soothes 
and love is the cure for
a heart left to languish.

 Even when it seems to be hopeless,
you find a way to embrace
life as the gift it is,
you are not far from
living to the fullest
in the throes of a lifetime love,

 Fondness of heart strengthens
in the absence of it, But above it all
you know that life is in the living,
and love is found in the giving.
For it is the truest of hearts that
never feels abandoned for lack of it

 © Walter J Wojtanik 

The independent (poem) message:

 
LOVE LIVES ON

 A heart left to languish
in the throes of a lifetime love,
never feels abandoned for lack of it
 

 © Walter J Wojtanik

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This is my original poem from our 2013 excursion into line messaging. I will post a new poem in the comments.

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11 thoughts on “INFORM POETS – LINE MESSAGING

  1.  
     
    THE ERRORS OF OUR LIVES

    If only Home Depot sold a toolbox
    containing all we needed to set right
    the errors of our lives, those murky times
    we saw little of what truly matters
    in the grand scheme of things.

    Black Friday Shopping Day would occur
    daily with its long lines of anxious
    pilgrims who, stumbling along life’s rocky path,
    search for the wherewithal to hammer and grind,
    saw away and sand down the rough edges
    life afflicts us with: burdens so sharp

    and heavy we are rendered powerless.
    There are no physical soul-saving tools,
    no Home Depot to one day bring us home,
    no magic, no tricks, nothing but repentance.
    Only a loving God can make us new again.

    #

    MAKING THE ROAD LESS ROCKY

    In the grand scheme of things
    life afflicts us with burdens so sharp
    only a loving God can make us new again.

    #

  2. connielpeters on said:

     
     
    Spiritual Radio

    Knowing that God loved us so much
    He sent His Son to die
    and His Holy Spirit to live inside,
    I try to listen for God’s still, small voice.

    Responsibilities clamor. The to-do list is long.
    The foggy mind can barely hang on to a thought
    beyond go here and there, do this and that.
    It’s like trying to tune in a radio full of static.

    And it takes effort and discipline
    to train the mind to quit
    judging, ridiculing, condemning myself.
    I must take care of the interference.

    Instead, meditate on His word, His love
    His heart, His hope, His essence,
    and, for at least an hour, rid myself
    of the world’s distractions and busyness.

    Static

    I try to listen to God’s still, small voice.
    It’s like trying to tune in a radio full of static.
    I must take care of the interference
    of the world’s distractions and busyness.

  3. And outstanding, Connie!

  4. Earl Parsons on said:

     
     
    Life’s Punch

    Life reached up and knocked me down
    When I was least expecting it
    Surely such cruelty should come with a warning
    I could have been prepared, don’t you know

    But could I have avoided life’s punch
    I could have ducked or blocked it
    Then it wouldn’t have been so darned effective
    Had I known that left hook was coming

    Nevertheless, this certainly wasn’t the first time
    I’d been knocked clean on my butt
    I’m right back up on that horse called life and
    I’ll sport that black eye like a trooper

    Too much good going on to stay down
    It’s all part of this game we all play
    With each life punch I learn to stay alert
    And be prepared for the next cheap shot

    Cheap Shot

    I could have been prepared, don’t you know
    Had I known that left hook was coming
    I’ll sport that black eye like a trooper
    And be prepared for the next cheap shot

    © Earl Parsons

  5. Earl Parsons on said:

    God and Country

    ‘Tis not of a king or queen
    ‘Tis not of the president
    ‘Tis not of any man
    My country ‘tis of Thee

    You gave us freedom’s dream
    As long as we believed
    And kept You King of our
    Sweet land of liberty

    No matter what may come
    They will not douse my flame
    ‘Tis You I’ll always praise
    Of Thee I sing

    My country ‘tis of Thee
    Sweet land of liberty
    Of Thee I sing

    © Earl Parsons

    America
    By Samuel Francis Smith

    My country ‘tis of Thee
    Sweet land of liberty
    Of Thee I sing

  6. Earl Parsons on said:

    Oops. Somehow the last three lines got put in two places. Coulda been my fat fingers or a double hit on the paste key. haha

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