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Interesting things I've seen lately in nature while hiking.

Nature Therapy
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Winter Storm in WV, March 2015

#winterphotography   #winter   #winter2015  
Wrath and Beauty Winter 2015
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A  Christmas poem for the young and the young at heart. Have a Merry Christmas all!. 


Long ago, way up in the sky. The stars were shining way up high.
One star shined especially bright, for it was filled with great delight.
A new Babe was lying in the hay, and He would save the world someday!
Suddenly, an angel flew past, and he was flying very fast.
He said to the shepherds, “The Savior is born! He’s lying in a manger, cozy and warm.
Go and see Him and spread the great joy, about the birth of this baby Boy!”
“How do we find this heavenly Babe,” the shepherds asked, “who’s asleep in the hay?”
The angel replied, “Do not delay, the brightest star will guide your way.”
The star was so happy, and knew it would show, and lit up the sky with an angelic glow.
From up in the sky, way down to the ground, it shined the way for the Babe to be found, 
Creating a glow on the Savior’s face, and the glorious event that had just taken place.
The shepherds followed the light of the star, to worship the Babe in a land so far.
As time went by, others wanted to know, why the star had such a Heavenly glow.
The news of the birth spread wide and far, soon others began to follow the star,
To look upon the Baby’s face, who would someday save them, with His grace.
For days, it shined both night and day, so all the people could find their way.
Then, one day its job was done. The world now knew, of the Heavenly Son.
Jesus had come to be their light. So, it went back to shining only at night.
~Shirley Keefer Topeka 2008

#poetry   #verse   #christmas2014  

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Interesting study...I wonder if the brain works much the same way when it is being creative or when it's creating imaginary worlds when one writes? I've always felt the brain works differently during those times.

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“Poetry is an intimate act. It's about bringing forth something that's inside you--whether it is a memory, a philosophical idea, a deep love for another person or for the world, or an apprehension of the spiritual. It's about making something, in language, which can be transmitted to others--not as information, or polemic, but as irreducible art.”
― Dorianne Laux

“A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.”
― Thomas Aquinas

“I sang in my chains like the sea”
― Dylan Thomas

In this 45th Edition of Poets of G+ Magazine for July 20 - August 10, 2014, the moderators want to thank all the poets for their contribution to the community and their captivating poetry...with big shout outs to +Paul Chapman +Diane Hughes +Tony G. +Debbie Green Razey +Mel -Mel +Anton Satorin +RC deWinter +Misslady Rainicorn +Frank Ramon +Jade Kennedy +James Casey +Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin +Brendon Kent +Dan Simmons +Denise Baxter Yoder +Shirley Keefer Topeka +Jon Chavez +Loredana Donovan +Michael French +Tori Fisher +Robert Horton & +Chad Wilson.

     As of today, we are a myriad of 8396 leaves, 367 more than about three weeks ago. So, let's keep writing on; improving your craft; always being a poet, even in prose; and, one day just maybe, whether by accident or on purpose, it will delight you to have collected and recollected all of the scrupulous scribbles that have molded your (never to be altered or edited) soul.

     Let me leave you with a piece by W.B. Yeats:

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

& here is one from Rainer Maria Rilke:

As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.

Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.

To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.

Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions...For the god
wants to know himself in you.

Life is the poetry, "the truth dwelling in beauty" that awakens our take heed to the words we manifest and the worlds we create with them, forever indulging in the delicious ecstasies and agonies of our writing. Until nextime, peace/;-)

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People's Choice results for the weeks of July 27 through August 10, 2014.

This results showing is a bit strange this week as a result of my mistake last week. Firstly, I did not disqualify people for multiple posts, because of course there were multiple posts. Secondly, the tie-factor is way up. So, the results are a bit unusual to say the least. This week should be back to normal. 

People's Choice WINNERS
With 8 votes each, the following people and poems came in first place. 
+Jade Kennedy 's "A Moment" :
+Diane Hughes 's "Escape from Reality":
+James Casey 's "Killed Her Softly":

Coming in second place with 7 votes, 
+Frank Ramon 's "Little High, Little Low" :

Coming in third place with 6 votes,
+Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin 's "An Anguished Tear":
+Misslady Rainicorn 's "If she Only Knew"
+Brendon Kent 's "My Village Botley"
+Dan Simmons 's "Paradise Island"
+Denise Baxter Yoder 's "If My Fire Were Lit"
+Shirley Keefer Topeka 's "Morning Touch"
+Jon Chavez 's "Don't Look Up"

Congratulations to all of the fine poets listed above! And, apologies for the error on my part. The People's Choice should be back to normal (I am once again in the land of wifi). 

Thanks to everyone who submitted, read and voted. The new People's Choice will open momentarily. Stay tuned. 

Just believe...

"Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.

Believe in yourself through tough times. Believe in your capacity to succeed. Believe that your relationships are worth the effort. Believe that people make mistakes on their way to greatness. Believe that people can be foolish and intelligent, selfish and generous, and stressed and happy all at once. Believe that very few people hurt others on purpose. Believe that there are many roads to what’s right. Believe in your intuition, especially when you have to choose between two good paths. Believe that the answers are out there waiting. Believe that life will surprise you again and again. Believe that the journey is the destination. Believe that it’s all worth your while." -via:
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