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sunflower
Posted 5/16/2008 7:04 AM (#5406 - in reply to #5403)
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hi paul,i love your poetry,it comes straight from the soul,and is very moving,you are a very caring person,and think of others,you have much wisdom,i look forward to hearing more from you,luv and hugsx
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/16/2008 7:07 AM (#5409 - in reply to #5406)
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That's very nice of you Sunflower. Ok, I'll try to get around to posting some more !
Love to you and All
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NothingEverything
Posted 5/16/2008 9:33 AM (#5420 - in reply to #5403)
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sunflower - 2008-05-17 8:06 PM

hi paul,i love your poetry,it comes straight from the soul,and is very moving,you are a very caring person,and think of others,you have much wisdom,i look forward to hearing more from you,luv and hugsx

if this is repeated again,and again,its the gremlin submit,me think!

I agree!


Here is a famous death poem by a zen master.

Shinsui, died September 9, 1769, at 49

O

During his last moment, Shisui's followers requested that he write a death poem.
He grasped his brush, painted a circle, cast the brush aside, and died.
The circle is one of the most important symbols of Zen Buddhism.
It indicates void -- the essence of all things -- and enlightenment

Now, on the subject of Takuan Soho ???? (1573–1645)
He is by far the most interesting zen master to me.
He is involved heavy in instruction to Musashi Miyamoto ?? ?? (1584–1645).
Who is the sword-saint (Kensai) of Japan.
Another zen master dear to me, Ikky? S?jun ???? (1394-1481)
Who is known for his ah...."Freedom"?
The three of them being my favorite people in all of Japanese History.

-Takuan Soho ???? (1573–1645)
Jisei to wa.
sunawachi mayoi.
tada shinan.

Death poems are mere delusion-
death is death.

He wrote this after being begged by his followers to write a death poem.
At first he refused, but eventually gave in to their pleas.

Takuan also invented a famous kind of pickle here in Japan.
Its good.

Edited by NothingEverything 5/16/2008 9:36 AM
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/16/2008 9:53 AM (#5424 - in reply to #323)
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Marvellous homily/stories/lessons NE. I might print your last post (no pun intended ..! ) off. Needs reading & re-reading. So that's what it means when we say here, 'we are in a right pickle' ! Here is a warrior poem:

THE WARRIOR

stands alone on the highest, final pass

silhouetted against a sky
the colour of woman's blood

His shadow fills the plain
but cannot obliterate
the faces of his Enemies;

they are set against him.
Their onslaught begins.

Each moment of resistance
buys a lifetime
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NothingEverything
Posted 5/16/2008 10:01 AM (#5426 - in reply to #323)
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I loved that one, the ending is very signifigant!
Here is a warriors creed.

A Warrior's Creed
Anonymous Samurai, fourteenth century

I have no parents; I make the heavens and the earth my parents
I have no home; I make awareness my home
I have no life or death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power
I have no means; I make understnading my means
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secrets
I have no body; I make my endurance my body
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs
I have no strategy; I make "unshadowed by thought" my strategy
I have no designs; I make 'seizing opportunity by the forelock' my design
I have no miracles; I make 'right action' my miracles
I have no principles; I make adaptability to all circumstances' my principles
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics
I have no talent; I make ready wit my talent
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy
I have no armor; I make benevolence and righteousness my armor
I have no castle; I make immovable-mind my castle
I have no sword; I make absence of self my sword
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/16/2008 10:09 AM (#5430 - in reply to #323)
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LOVE IT !! Each line speaks volumes; loved the awareness/home. Definitely to be printed & put on the wall (though perhaps that defeats the object ...)
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sunflower
Posted 5/17/2008 5:56 AM (#5443 - in reply to #323)
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hello NE,i wrote this poem last night,and would like to share,i think you have created a beutiful post,and the soul can be healed by the poems i have read on hear,thankyou always,may love and light be yours,love and hugs,iris.

intuitions a wonderful thing
it can make your heart weep
or make your soul sing
its that first gentle thought
that won,t go away
besmirched not by man
nor stolen astray
the truth is its aim
to guide you and keep
your spirit intact
no secrets to keep
it tells what is true
shows the shadows around
its infinite wisdom
knows no abound
that very first thought
not tainted by man
i,ll follow it always
i,ll know where i am.

luv and hugs,iris.
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NothingEverything
Posted 5/17/2008 6:53 AM (#5446 - in reply to #323)
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thats perfect!
thank you Iris!
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/18/2008 4:09 AM (#5455 - in reply to #5446)
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And from me too ! Thanks for expresisng a difficult concept so poetically
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/18/2008 9:22 AM (#5463 - in reply to #323)
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Just a few offerings on a sunny summer afternoon ...

HAWK'S CHAPEL (that being a valley in the English Lake District)

It is his valley;
rising on the thermals;
silent as time;
high as light
swifter than shadows
flee his prey

-----------------

DUSTCLOUDS

of birds drift
dissolve and gather
feathers dissolve in
formless lift
careless as
the artist's hand
until some unsween wave
is topped, then swiftly
swifter than I know
the clouds have left
the sky, and autumn come.

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JERUSALEM (fragments)

I

By Jaffa Gate
a black Bedouin crawls
skin bone drained veins
stump hand extended

There below a citadel
grown ancient

Policemen stand and wonder
about the next time.

II

The Dome of the Rock:
only prayer
can threaten you.


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NOTHING

there is, between the truth and a lie
but the truth;

Nothing there is, between the light and the dark
but the light

Nothing there is, between love and hate
except you

---------------

Blessed Be
Paul
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sunflower
Posted 5/20/2008 2:48 AM (#5499 - in reply to #5463)
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hi paul,do you know that poem ,i heard it long ago,when i was but a mere child,my sister used to teell me of it,i loved it but can,t remember the whole,it goes something like this.

i think i hear a cry of pain
there is a rabbit in the snare
and now i hear that cry agian
but i cannot tell from where
.....

who wrote it,do you know,and what is the rest of it,thanks,luv and hucgs,iris
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/20/2008 4:51 AM (#5505 - in reply to #5499)
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Dear Iris - not sure of the poem's author; have you typed in the first line into the internet search engine? That sometimes produces a result ... sounds like it could be Christina Rosetti, or maybe John Clare, but may be more recent ... sorry ... will keep thinking on ...

As I am posting, here is

AN ALCHEMIST'S HAIKU

Holy fools of love
jewels tooled by God
Above, below,
whole, apart:
hearts glow gold at dark
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sunflower
Posted 5/25/2008 6:34 PM (#5785 - in reply to #5505)
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ok,thanks for that paul.i just wrote a poem,clicked submit,AGAIN,and it never came through,it either repeats three or four times,or not at all,i feel there is more to it than the submit button...
okay,calm iris,right,i,ll try once more,here,s the poem i wrote a while ago,

SPIRITUAL CANDLE

i,d light a big tall candle
and watch the flickering flame
i,ll close my eyes and pray for peace
and then i,ll call your name
i,ll watch this burning candle
as it burns into the night
to give me hope and comfort
to see a guiding light
i,ll dry away my tears of pain
and remember where you are
an ever burning golden light
an ever shining star
to lead me through the darkness
a light that i can see
a path that i can follow
that leads me back to thee
i,ll pray for peoples suffering
an end to all their pain
that the world can be a good place
where sunshine smiles again
so i,ll light that special candle
not only just for me
but for all the people blinded
so they,ll have hope to see

love and hugs xx

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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:37 PM (#5786 - in reply to #323)
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Wonderful lovely poem Iris, many many thanks blessings & hugs.

so carefully crafted, words, feeling & intentions x
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:37 PM (#5787 - in reply to #323)
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Wonderful lovely poem Iris, many many thanks blessings & hugs.

so carefully crafted, words, feeling & intentions x
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sunflower
Posted 5/25/2008 6:45 PM (#5789 - in reply to #5786)
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thanks paul,do you have trouble with submit button always,or sometimes,its never the same for me,sometimes it goes through first time,then it,ll go through twice thrice etc,or the sign comes up saying can,t find the web page,it never used to be like this.it spoils communication,irisx
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:49 PM (#5791 - in reply to #5789)
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Kind'v. Seems as i said somewhere else, the quicker the message typed in, the quicker the web-uptake. There could be a baleful influence
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:49 PM (#5792 - in reply to #5789)
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Kind'v. Seems as i said somewhere else, the quicker the message typed in, the quicker the web-uptake. There could be a baleful influence
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:50 PM (#5793 - in reply to #5789)
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Kind'v. Seems as i said somewhere else, the quicker the message typed in, the quicker the web-uptake. There could be a baleful influence
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:50 PM (#5794 - in reply to #323)
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though typed that really quickly ...
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:51 PM (#5795 - in reply to #5793)
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and the 'typed that really qiuckly' got there before the final repetition !!!
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/25/2008 6:52 PM (#5796 - in reply to #5795)
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then it became transposed - how strange !!
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instinctual
Posted 5/28/2008 1:29 AM (#6016 - in reply to #323)
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I've never visited this thread or the DIY thread before today, such amazing thoughts and poetry!! Thanks NE for starting this thread, what a really awesome idea....talk about being able to express oneself...totally lovely.
Wow!

I will share a favorite poem which is on one of the pages of my website (shh whispering the W word ha ha) Ok smartypants- cut it out -talking to myself here- there must be a diagnosis in there somewhere!- Anyhoo~

Some flowers are bruised that they may be more sweet,
And some lie broken 'neath the rush of feet;
And some are worn a while, then tossed aside;
Some grace the dead, while others deck the bride,
And so in life I've seen the saddest face,
The broken flower, give forth the sweetest grace.

CHEIRO
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instinctual
Posted 5/28/2008 1:31 AM (#6017 - in reply to #323)
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I've never visited this thread or the DIY thread before today, such amazing thoughts and poetry!! Thanks NE for starting this thread, what a really awesome idea....talk about being able to express oneself...totally lovely.
Wow!

I will share a favorite poem which is on one of the pages of my website (shh whispering the W word ha ha) Ok smartypants- cut it out -talking to myself here- there must be a diagnosis in there somewhere!- Anyhoo~

Some flowers are bruised that they may be more sweet,
And some lie broken 'neath the rush of feet;
And some are worn a while, then tossed aside;
Some grace the dead, while others deck the bride,
And so in life I've seen the saddest face,
The broken flower, give forth the sweetest grace.

CHEIRO
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Paul Joseph
Posted 5/28/2008 3:21 AM (#6019 - in reply to #6017)
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Not visited here or DiY Instinctual? Then you can't have Lived !! Ha ha .. agree, seriously, this is a good invention of NE's.
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