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    Below is the finished collaboration I did with Brenda, which she posted 5 days ago on our poetry site.
    From its number of reads and comments, it has been very well received and praised on her home page there.
    I just posted it on my home page this morn.--Tyr


    Poet's Notes

    Brenda Chiri and Robert J. Lindley collaboration..
    Date:10/30/2017

    Note- Has been a joy and an honor to compose with you my friend.
    Although my health was not the best, I think this came out very well.
    As your start and questioning verses were a magnificent beginning,
    that gives rise to the very different way men and women deal with relationship/love and first encounters.
    I humbly thank you for your writing with me my friend..


    My Heart Beseeches An Answer, A Collaboration With Brenda Chiri


    (Part One- She Asks)

    I awakened slowly stretching my body, then into a yawn,
    My sleep filled mind remembers you left before the dawn!

    Reaching beside me feeling only coolness of my sheet,
    Alone now the rain outside hits the ground in rhythmic beat.
    The fresh cool breeze whispers through my open window,
    Catching billowing curtains into a back and forth show.

    Caressing like cold dead fingers upon my naked skin,
    Traveling back in time which I know I had let you in.
    Our words danced in tango style, each one held a line
    Glasses raised to our lips, we sipped succulent red wine.

    I awakened slowly stretching my body, then into a yawn,
    My sleep filled mind remembers, you left before the dawn!

    Soon after we laid together, right here on my bed,
    Oh why didn't I stop us then, to turn you away instead?
    Now I lay here thinking, as an ache overwhelms my chest,
    Gave you what I swore no more, gave you my very best.

    Wishing for an answer,on this cold, wet, cloudy day.
    How much more my bleeding heart will have to pay?
    For allowing this intrusion into my life again I did dare,
    Yet I have no answer, of how much or even if you care.

    I awakened slowly stretching my body, then into a yawn,
    My sleep filled mind remembers you left before the dawn!

    (Part Two- He Answers)

    How could I, truly be deserving of such an angel as you
    When fear of that impossibility hit so hard, away I flew!

    My darling, fear not, my racing away has a most just cause
    I woke that morn, your angelic beauty gave me pause.
    For my life had for decades fallen into the deepest dark
    Then my finding you and our first night together left its mark.

    As I looked in the mirror and saw me lying next to you
    My heart almost burst, knowing it was too good to be true.
    There you were, naked and your alluring beauty sublime
    I thought of my past, how if it hurt you, would be a crime!

    How could I, truly be deserving of such an angel as you
    When fear of that impossibility hit so hard, away I flew!

    That morn, I gave my sleeping beauty a sweet kiss
    Trying to grab more of what I would soon so dearly miss.
    For I could not bear to bring into your sweet life my pains
    Or darkness of the dreams emerging from my past stains!

    For you see, long ago, for another beauty I once shot a man
    I was so crazy in love and thought that was a great plan.
    Then our night, soft kisses restored, your gentle touch fired me up
    I found my saving paradise, complete with its full golden cup!

    How could I, truly be deserving of such an angel as you
    When fear of that impossibility hit so hard, away I flew!

    Brenda Chiri and Robert J. Lindley collaboration..
    Date:10/30/2017

    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2017
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 10-30-2017 at 10:16 AM.
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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    Contemplating How We Both Have Walked This Long Road

    Decay of mortal flesh, essence of earthly woes
    As Time and Fate both deliver their greatest blows
    Yet man, yet man can ignore both if so blessed
    Relieved of his dark guilt if he has so confessed.

    What fruit will not some day fall from its burdened tree
    What heartache in life, can not find and touch thee
    Can thy blinded spirit withstand, Fate's darkest hand
    If thy loving house be built upon shifting sand?

    When morn's new light fails to inspire thy mortal soul
    Can thy decaying flesh withstand such heavy toll
    As death beckons, will thee welcome its sad embrace
    Or in greatest of fears, far away try to race?

    Once lain under six feet of freshly shoveled ground
    Thee can not plead nor utter pleading words profound!

    Robert J. Lindley, 11-19-2017
    Dark Rhyme in Twelves..

    Note--
    What happened when my vanishing muse decides to return?
    She castigated me and threatened to forever spurn
    Such a poet that would write only in sweet and romantic words
    A toothless wolf, chasing after sad vanishing herds
    So the demand came, write this dark and sign thy name
    Or forever I abandon you and this word game!
    Contemplating how we both have walked this long road
    I yielded, in moment of weakness, my soul sold!

    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2017
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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    Death Came Too Soon And Left It's Heavy Chains

    For seventeen years he held back the tears,
    Those gushing streams that so begged release.
    Deep in his sad soul where greatest of fears,
    darkness forever more, giving no peace.

    Between Heaven and Hell, time spent in pain,
    In silence heard darkness, seen, its great force.
    Imprisoned grief, what but anger remains,
    what but more pain could bring saving remorse?

    As midnight stars had all their beauty lost,
    Their lights dimmed and cast pale shadows below.
    When even moonlit dreams came at high cost,
    He saw only blackness in the white snow!

    Death came too soon and left it's heavy chains,
    There was much more in its tormenting wake.
    Crops sown had yielded only dark stains
    Should he chose to love again, he would break!

    Each year, thoughts came, when will this black trek end,
    Could true light and hope ever be returned.
    Tho' he was stricken thus, he still had friends
    Not all his friends had he foolishly spurned.

    Then one day, bright Light and loud Thunder spoke,
    They came by way of words from a dear friend.
    Saying, you are blind and this is no joke
    Arise! Step out of that pit, this will end.

    Your first step, will epic darkness destroy
    Second step, lost heart will be repaired.
    Third step, will bring back life and its deep joy
    For fear and pain, had thy lost soul ensnared.

    R. J. Lindley
    AUGUST 12TH 1987

    Syllables Per Line:
    10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10
    0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10
    Total # Syllables: 280
    Total # Words: 230
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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    This collaboration with my friend Brenda Chiri was selected as Poem Of The Day this morn at our poetry site....
    I was very lucky to have such a talented writing partner, and truly enjoyed creating this piece with her.-Tyr

    Darling, Let This Be Our Sweet Heaven On Earth
    In collaboration with Brenda Chiri


    You came to me, that beautiful night in June,
    Band was playing wondrous, lovely new tune.
    Yes my love, I saw you with love in your eyes
    And your stars shown bright in Heavenly skies!

    With world that wonderful, full moon that bright
    Prayed I, of our pure love, we never lose sight.

    That moment, both earth and time seemed to stop
    Room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
    When you smiled at me, my heart skipped a beat,
    I had surrendered, no cause to retreat!

    With world that wonderful, full moon that bright
    Prayed I, of our pure love, we never lose sight.

    Now blessed years have raced and thus away flown
    In our sweet union, our pure love has grown.
    Come to me, this night at our hidden place,
    Let me kiss red lips and all your pretty face!

    With world that wonderful, full moon that bright
    Prayed I, of our pure love, we never lose sight.

    There I shall wait, heart pounding, rose in my hand
    we will dance, love's sweet music, no earthly band.
    Darling, let this be our sweet Heaven on earth,
    promise you my all, all I am ever worth!

    With world that wonderful, full moon that bright
    Prayed I, of our pure love, we never lose sight.

    You ask me to me meet you on this warm June eve,
    Band playing beautiful notes that, seemed to weave!
    Your love is all I need, in life or require,
    Thoughts of you seems, to set me on fire.

    Stars seen,as if for the first time ever,
    In the cosmos, our love is forever together

    At the dance floor, the people seemed to part,
    Reveals you darling, as a sculpture of fine art!
    Chills run through me, as your smile I do see
    Brilliance of it, my salvation set me free.

    Stars seen, as if for the first time ever
    In the cosmos, our love is forever together

    Towards you I stroll,as I flash you my grin,
    You take my, hand we hear heaven's violin.
    All those years together, still you I do adore,
    Simple things in life, you entice to be more.

    Stars seen, as if for the first time ever
    In the cosmos, our love is forever together

    Life made worth living, in your arms so tight,
    Your love takes my darkness, showing it light.
    Our passion still burns brightly, giving birth
    To our own piece, of sweet heaven, here on earth

    Stars seen, as if for the first time ever
    In the cosmos, our love is forever together

    12-03-2017
    Robert J. Lindley in Collaboration with my friend, Brenda Chiri

    Note- Thank you my friend for the pleasure of writing and discussing with you poetry and life. Always a pleasure to compose with you and see your talent shine forth.. I have been so very blessed to have such extremely kind and talented collaboration partners since joining this site. Each and every one of them has shown such great talent, kindness and creativity.
    I've learned from each and every one of them and am very thankful.
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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    The Old Man Wrote

    The old man was sick yet vowed to fight on
    for oft there was steel in his blood and more.
    Words used, they oft showed aches in his bones
    they revealed hellfire defiance in his core.

    When dawn hit and his life saw little joy
    he sought solace in past years and their gifts.
    Hardships had served to make a man from a boy
    and his father's principles, his life uplifts.

    Now when times, say they are close to the end
    he shrugs and says-- I know, yet shall fight on.
    I am a mighty oak and thus refuse to bend
    and you shall only hear my angry tone.

    With all said, he smiled, laying pen aside
    the good and bad, life had been a helluva ride!

    Robert J. Lindley, 12-08-2017


    ************************************************** *******

    ADDED TODAY, 12-14-2017



    The Tired Old Man And His Sweet Christmas Dream

    Christmas was great back then,
    even a child knew that was true
    old man paused remembering when
    that barefoot kid got his new shoes.

    They had good times on that farm
    having each other and mom's love
    work each day after clock's early alarm
    thanked their blessings and God above.

    Smiling happily he saw,
    sister had got her secondhand dress
    and baby brother his nickel toy
    thy had more when they had less.

    Christmas and family had love,
    tho' hard, love made up for sad aches
    and mother being angel that she was
    her now gone, greatest of heartbreaks.

    Snow had blanketed the ground,
    he danced in it in his new shoes
    sister danced, her blue dress flew around
    gone then were his old and sad blues.

    Smiling happily he saw,
    sister had got her secondhand dress
    and baby brother his nickel toy
    thy had more when they had less.

    O' how decades have flown by,
    Christmas no longer shines bright
    he thought, I am too old to cry
    yet cry he did that very night.

    Dawn stepped forth with a glow,
    a white Christmas morn had came
    waking to that glimmering show
    nothing would ever be the same.

    Smiling happily he saw,
    sister had got her secondhand dress
    and baby brother his nickel toy
    thy had more when they had less.

    There in his bedroom, his family stood
    each had a Christmas morn gift
    he wondered, but how, how could
    they be here to my soul uplift?

    All had passed on, he alone had stayed
    so how could this sweet vision be
    had his sorrow this dream made
    could this be his future he see?

    Then a voice said, come with us Jim,
    you have tarried here far too long
    We are to take you on now, to him
    leave that cold-bed, come right along.

    Smiling happily he saw,
    sister had got her secondhand dress
    and baby brother his nickel toy
    thy had more when they had less.

    R.J. Lindley
    December 28th, 1989


    Note: Written the Christmas, one year and five days after my daughter's birth.
    When we truly had more and we were truly blessed...

    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2017
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 12-14-2017 at 09:23 AM.
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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    The Night Rudolph And Santa's Sled Got Stuck

    Twas' night before Christmas, Santa's sled was hard stuck
    but Christmas was saved by farmer Ted's mule, Ole Buck.
    Rudolph exhausted, his nose still shining bright red
    reindeer pulling hard, could not free that heavy sled!

    Bad blizzard had caught Santa and his famous team
    Reindeer cried, fearing all was lost, so it would seem.
    Rushing, Santa landed in a snowbank that night
    his sled sinking deep, O' what a frightening sight!

    Santa yelled, "Come on. We have to get this sled free
    for all the world's children depend on you and me!"
    An hour of pulling, and the reindeer felt great strain,
    all to no avail, for not a foot could they gain!

    Just then Rudolph broke down and let out a loud scream.
    "Please, someone help us free dear Santa's Christmas team!"
    Ole Buck heard the call through the blizzard's howling roar.
    So to help, he kept braying at his master's door.

    Farmer Ted bolted up! Ole Buck's screams he now heard.
    Through fierce howling winds, he caught Rudolph's pleading words.
    "Help, help! For the children and Christmas, set us free.
    "All will be lost, no gifts will be under their tree!"

    In a flash he reached the door. To the barn he raced
    for to let Santa down now, he would be disgraced!
    Ole Buck was ready and willing, eager to go.
    Out they ran in the blizzard, wading in deep snow!

    Round the bend, far away, upon the giant hill
    they saw Santa's sunken sleigh, O' what a great thrill!
    Once there, they heard the reindeer give a joyous cheer,
    "Hurrah! Help is here, and Christmas is saved this year!"

    With Ole Buck hitched fast to Santa's stuck Christmas sled,
    Buck and the reindeer pulled, while Rudolph's nose glowed red.
    Santa cried, "Free us! Deliveries we must make!
    Free us this snowy Christmas night, for goodness sake!"

    With a few grunts and groans, and a mighty strong yank
    Santa's sled was freed, and they had Ole Buck to thank!
    Farmer Ted gave all some warm chocolate to drink.
    Buck, the mule was a hero. Who would ever think?

    Santa gave them his blessings, thanking one and all.
    "Off, now we must fly to finish Christmas Eve's haul"!
    With that said and a hearty "Ho Ho Ho," goodbye,
    away they rose, into a stormy snowing sky!

    Farmer Ted walked good Ole Buck back to his red barn.
    Many don't believe this was just a Christmas yarn.
    But only 'til they go there and this do they find...
    Sign Santa left, - " Here Ole Buck saved my fat behind!"

    Robert J. Lindley,
    12-22-2017
    Christmas Tale, written in forty-four, 12 syllable verses

    Note: I wrote this today, both for Christmas, all its eager children and for my son's eleventh birthday tomorrow.
    Going to print it out and give it as another present to him that I so love with my all!!!
    As I hope it is worthy enough to be read to and delight children and as well as the inner child still remaining in we adults too.
    Some day, I may write the story of the hungry bear and my childhood berry picking tale,
    with-" juicy berries everywhere"! that I told as a bedtime story to my beautiful daughter Kashaundra, two decades ago.

    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2017
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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    Back When Shadow, Death And Fate Had Their Little Talk

    And of what tragic and early grave do you dare to speak
    I am young and strong certainly not so old and weak?
    The Shadow but smiled and said," but you'll soon be dead
    being mortal, by my master Death that you all so dread"!
    I am but the long Shadow of Death and your demise
    you are a mere mortal, quite foolish and so unwise!

    Astounded I replied, "Be off, you can not thus scare me"
    I am young and strong, just as brave as brave can be!
    Who the hell gave you authority to plague me so
    now be off and away your dark arrogant ass go?
    Shadow came in closer, laughing and dancing all about
    I tell you when to go and shall come to take you out!

    Now with buckets of youthful anger and vigor to such match
    I threw an old shoe and commanded- "Shadow-boy, you go catch"
    That seething insult brought promised curses galore
    Shadow's epic rage gladden my soul and I laughed even more.
    Then HE came from a dark corner, said, I hear you laugh at me
    Shadow be gone, let me tell this upstart how his end will be!

    Death himself spoke, " You are young and a fool mistakenly brave
    when I come for you, not a damn thing can your worthless life save."
    I laughed and said, "Ah, but Fate has you wrapped and tied
    that is unless Fate's supreme authority you have just denied."
    Death stammered, "Now, now young lad, I made no such claim
    your wise and clever game will not on me lay such blame"!

    But Fate had been listening all this long and deary time
    Spoke saying to Death, "Be gone for he lives now on my dime"
    Death grimacing took a low bow and said, "I'll be off now"!
    I joined Fate and said, "yes you be off" and I did so with a scowl".
    As Death whirled around, leaving us in one mighty roaring swish
    he shot back," 'll get you lad and serve you up on a golden dish"!

    Fate spoke, " You are young and seek to play a foolish game
    but know this, I have great power, and Death and I are not the same"
    Even mighty Death bows low to me until your time falls around
    and is I that holds power until you sleep deep six in the ground.
    I bowed low and said, "You I will tempt so often and O' so well
    no worries unless you bow to Death and send me on early to Hell!

    Fate spoke angrily and said, " Young lad, do not so try to riddle me
    for my power can quite easily break and imprison thee."
    Now brave young lad, "Be off with you, as I've had my say
    I shall embrace thee, do as I please, each and everyday"
    I smiled and said, " Wisdom dictates- No man can deny his Fate"
    If you are trying to scare me, reality makes even you too late!

    Fate smiled and said, "You intrigue me and we both shall now see
    who has the greater power, you or the known invincible me"
    I laughed and said, "Ha, even you must bow to Father Time
    against he that I have yet to ever commit a serious crime".
    Fate bellowed, "Now I know why Death left in such a flurry
    may Father Time end you young lad and do so in a damn hurry"!

    Robert J. Lindley,
    1-12-2018
    Narrative

    Note-- Recently edited/revised from an original 1974 poem I wrote after narrowing escaping death involving having a crazed
    and insanely upset guy point a rifle at me from ten feet away and threaten to shoot me...
    And his eyes told me that he truly meant it, as I saw his finger slip inside to land on the trigger while saying so! -Tyr
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 01-12-2018 at 02:43 PM.
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- In order to write about life, you must first live it.
    http://www.lindleypoetry.com/category/a-poem-a-day/

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