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8.29.05 A new submission! Thanks!
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STAGE LOVE  
by Algernon Charles Swinburne
 
When the game began between them for a jest,
He played the king and she played queen to match the best;
Laughter soft as tears, and tears that turned to laughter,
These were things she sought for years and sorrowed after.

Pleasure with dry lips and pain that walks by night;
All the sting and all the stain of long delight;
These were things she knew not of, that knew not of her,
When she played at half a love with half a lover.

Time was chorus, gave them clues to laugh or cry;
They would kill, befool, amuse him, let him die;
Set him webs to weave to-day and break to-morrow,
Till he died for good in play, and rose in sorrow.

What the years mean; how time dies and is not slain;
How love grows and laughs and cries and wanes again;
These were things she came to know and take their measure,
When the play was played out so for one man's pleasure.

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Red Contempla #6

"You're just a wave, you're not the water" ~Butch Hancock

Often insightful when wandering
fearful while still
but stop anyway
and consider
expanding concentric fear rings
parts of psyche that resemble towns on map
I'm loathe to re-visit
traveled through so long ago
ephemera
dream-like sequences
memories surface
fear sparkles like new snow
chilling yet poignant
everywhere

Allowing it all back in
HEART
sees answer
and speaks to BRAIN:

HEART continues:
"What does the object of your fear mirror within you?
Therein lies your answer
and your liberation from fear."
BRAIN replies: "Thank you, HEART
Now I'll resume my wandering."

2002 by Margaret

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Song of the Hopeful Victim</title<P> "Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.." <BR> ~Bob Dylan <P> From one sphere to another he was thrown <br> Until there were was nowhere to be <br> What then? <P> A box was his only choice<br> Fortunately there was breatheable air in the box <P> But the box would not revolve <br> In accordance with <br> Universal requirements. <P> He tried to sand down box's sharp corners <br> Easier said than done <P> Birds came along <br> One pecked away at the infernal cube <P> A hole appeared <br> Rain leaked in <P> He drank rain water <br> And hoped for a miracle <P> Right now he's barely existing <br> Full of hope <br> Trying out new ideas <P> And still waiting <br> For that miracle. <P> Anonymous 10/29/01 <!--"''"--></i></b></font> </p> <p align="left"><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3" color="33cc66"><b>Dream Wall</b></font></p> <p align="left"><img alt="breakthrough.jpg" border="" src="http://roserain0.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/breakthrough.jpg" width="130"></p> <p align="left"><font face="Times New Roman,Times,serif" size="2" color="666666">You dance in the dark forest of my dreams <br>Forefront, focused, fast <br>Lithe, daring, & willful <br>Sometimes only a shadow <br>Amid firs and pines <br>Ever present <br> <br>What will happen when <br>you permeate <br>longstanding firewall <br>& appear <br>in my waking reality? <br> <br>Margaret <br> <br>7/28/01</font> </p> <!--/area Type="subhead"--> </td> </tr> <tr> <td height="20" width="592"><img src="/imagelib/sitebuilder/layout/spacer.gif" height="20" alt=""></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tr> <td width="592" valign="top"> <!--area Type="main" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2" color="#336699" style="0"--> <p align="center"><img alt="we would absolutely looove to consider publishing your poetry on this page" border="" src="http://roserain0.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/baubles.gif" width="300"></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.nth-dimension.co.uk/vl/" target="_self"><font color="#336699"><img alt="shoreline.gif" border="" src="http://roserain0.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/shoreline.gif"></font></a></p> <p align="center"><font face="Times New Roman,Times,serif" size="2" color="000000">Where Will Peace Be Within Me? <br> <br>Where will peace be within me; within any of us? <br>How can a being know when complete peace is attained? <br>As full of questions as <br>Each one is <br>Which one has answered? <br> <br>Will the answer be a booming voice <br>Or a quiet whisper? <br> <br>Gandhi explored inner realms and worldly realms <br>Seeking to bring about peace <br>Set a splendid example <br>Taught peace with every breath <br>With every word <br> <br>Mother Theresa taught peace <br> <br>And many more <br>Many more <br> <br>When you are driving down life's highways <br>And another driver angers you <br>Where is peace then? <br> <br>When you do the best work you can <br>And still lose a job <br>Where is peace then? <br> <br>When college students gather to celebrate <br>Another school year at an end <br>With traditional booze & drugs. <br>Where is peace then? <br> <br>Peace is elusive sometimes <br>Yet we must continue to seek peace. <br> <br> <br>Margaret <br> <br>4/29/01 <br> <br></font> </p> <p align="right"><a href="http://www.findpoetry.com" target="_self"><font color="#336699"><img alt="batty.gif" border="" src="http://roserain0.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/batty.gif"></font></a></p> <p align="left"><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2" color="666633">Spiralling Through This Life <br> <br>Spiralling through this life, ultimate goal sometimes mysterious <br>Join me in my enigma <br>We'll be question marks floating in this giant stormy universe together <br>Sounds romantic? You bet. <br>Sometimes. <br>It will take courage too. <br>Thoughts parade together through my conscious mind <br>Too many to share <br>Let us wonder together <br>Set goals together <br>Cry together <br>Hopefully laugh together too. <br>Apart, together, we're all part of same collective soul <br>Meet me at the nearest corner <br>And we'll go join the parade. <br> <br>Margaret <br> <br>12/15/00 </font> </p> <p><img alt="Where am I?" border="" src="http://roserain0.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/butterfly.jpg" align="Left" vspace="40" hspace="10" width="180"></p> <p align="left"><font face="Times New Roman,Times,serif" size="1" color="000000">Inquiry <br> <br>Where in all of this shuffle am I? <br>Not within computer's screen; <br>Not looking longingly out window like indoor cat. <br>Not driving along sludgy streets like car! <br>I'm in the drivers seat, <br>At the controls <br>Yet oft-paralyzed <br>Taking little action <br>Waiting passively, <br>Yet with great love in my heart. <br> <br>Margaret <br> <br>1/15/01 <br> <br></font> </p> <p align="center"><font face="Times New Roman,Times,serif" size="1" color="3366cc"><b>all poems <br>on this page <br> copyright 2000-2002 <br>by Margaret <br>all rights reserved <br> <br> <br> <br></b></font></p> <!--/area Type="main"--> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="592"><img src="/imagelib/sitebuilder/layout/spacer.gif" height="12" width="1" alt=""></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="592" valign="top"> <!--area Type="area_a" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2" color="#336699" style="0"--> <!--/area Type="area_a"--> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="592"><img src="/imagelib/sitebuilder/layout/spacer.gif" height="12" width="1" alt=""></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="592" valign="top"> <!--area Type="area_b" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2" color="#336699" style="0"--> <!--/area Type="area_b"--> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="592"><img src="/imagelib/sitebuilder/layout/spacer.gif" height="12" width="1" alt=""></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="592" valign="top"> <!--area Type="area_c" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2" color="#336699" style="0"--> <!--/area Type="area_c"--> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#336699"> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tr> <td width="596" valign="top"> <!--area Type="runner" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="1" color="#ffffff" style="1"--> <p align="center"><font face="Courier New,Courier" size="1" color="ffffff"><b>We would LOVE to feature your aRt and PoEmS here! <br></b></font> </p> <p align="center"><img alt="always" border="" src="http://roserain0.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/poetsrose.gif"></p> <!--area Type="footer" face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="1" color="#ffffff" style="1"--> <p align="center"><a href="http://roserain0.tripod.com/thevibeexperience" target="tlx_new"><font color="#ffffff"><img alt="addesign.gif" border="" src="sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/addesign.gif" vspace="0" hspace="5"></font></a></p> <!--/area Type="footer"--> <!--/area Type="runner"--> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> <td width="2"><img src="/imagelib/sitebuilder/layout/spacer.gif" height="2" width="2" alt=""></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4" width="759" valign="top"><img src="/imagelib/sitebuilder/layout/spacer.gif" height="2" width="1" alt=""></td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>