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    Imagination Says, A New Vagabond I Shall Be

    Longing for beauty, I walk amidst the flowers
    An olden warrior, free from fallen towers
    Yet soul in me, glorious peace simply cannot find
    For lonesome heart weeps deeply into troubled mind
    In a moment, eyes spot a hungry little bee
    Gathering its load, mindless of the lonesome me
    Lost in a new world, ruled by this unruly heart
    I realize this, how that little bee is so smart

    With newfound knowledge, being busy is the golden key.
    Onward I trek, renewed spirit resting within me.

    With heart that has from its unrelenting pains found its relief.
    All this beauty surrounding- releases this soul from grief.

    For prison chains have been broken, redemption has found me.
    Imagination says, a new vagabond I shall be.

    Robert J. Lindley, 6-08-2022
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    Personal Note:
    Waking from an afternoon dream,
    After my reading my newfound book, titled
    Plato, Epictetus , Marcus Aurelius from The
    Harvard Classics, Deluxe Edition, I had this
    moment of clarity, a voice said- now write,
    Please do something this not so Sad and Dark.
    My muse laughed, and then far away she fled.
    Next to my front porch I very hurriedly went
    Could this composing truly be its own blessing,
    By a stroke of dreaming, precious time well spent?

    Quote:
    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”
    –Emily Dickinson

    Quote: Emily Dickinson-
    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”


    Marcus Aurelius > Quotes

    1. “You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
    ? Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

    2. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
    ? Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

    3. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
    ? Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


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    Excellent! And so relatable my friend. I love the way you put certain things into words to express things from your heart.
    “You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named "Bush", "Dick", and "Colin." Need I say more?” - Chris Rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimnyc View Post
    Excellent! And so relatable my friend. I love the way you put certain things into words to express things from your heart.
    Well, with 52 years of writing poetry one learns a few things, my friend.
    Like how if one writes poetry, the heart's truth must be inked. Or else
    what is the use, the purpose of composing poetry if it be to only feed
    a growing ego?
    Instead one should be composing to give to others, that they may see
    and learn that life is precious and even men(tough men) have heart...-Tyr
    18 U.S. Code § 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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    As This Heart Wakes To Your Soft Touch

    Sounding a change a call to arms
    echoes in heart's beatings
    waging battles against world's harm
    found within dawn's greetings
    battle yields to heroic light
    blessings send, strength to fight

    to find a bountiful treasure
    wake to again truth see
    by love, can one truly measure
    life by a sound decree
    for 'tis written, heart can renew
    again, true love in you

    'pon a night of moon's soft glowing
    from Heavenly skies cast
    spirals of love's sweetest showing
    true love forever lasts
    dear angel, hold this thought
    love's gems we gaily caught

    as this heart wakes to your soft touch
    dawn its bright waking sings
    our deep love held so very much
    as flowers are to Spring
    darling, await I for night dreams
    and your falling moonbeams.

    Robert J. Lindley, 6-24-2022
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    As a reply in form to my beloved wife Clarisa-
    to my dear friend , Susan Ashley's
    Magnificently beautiful poem, titled
    " Whose Muse Elusive Dew ".
    Thanks for gifting that needed inspiration.
    .


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    Awakened At Last, Newborn Soul Sails New Seas

    Hearing call of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    Angels in tune singing, beauty can you hear it
    A melody that soothes heart, body and ones' soul
    Relieving us from this wicked world's tragic tolls
    With awaking eyes, spirit understands life anew
    Penetrating Light shows what to Heaven is due.

    A new flame gifted, its radiant treasures brings
    From above gems start to flow, given with no strings
    Suddenly, world into a new horizon flees
    Awakened at last, newborn soul sails new seas
    Crystal blue waters and towards paradise shores
    Renewed life a different world then explores.

    Dawn, hearing again beauty as bright songbirds sing
    Morn and life have become such a wonderful thing
    Sunset, red-gold rays take on a new flaming shine
    As heart, soul and spirit, drink of truth's Holy wine
    Night no longer holds those evil, ghastly sent fears
    For that golden treasure, rewards ones' coming years!

    Hearing call of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    Angels in tune singing, beauty can you hear it?

    Robert J, Lindley
    Composed July 27th,
    a new contest entry



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    Hold On Tightly, When Life Takes Its Great Leaps And Bounds


    Hold on tightly, when life takes its great leaps and bounds
    this old blue marble is not all sweet virgin ground
    strewn about are horrendously nasty pitfalls
    awaiting the fruits of world's constant tempting calls
    to dive right on in and never mind the dark sin
    after all, are we not modern, enlightened men?

    As wise, old philosophers great advice once gave.
    " Be wise now, for waits only a dark lonely grave".

    Hold on tightly, raging world ever faster spins
    as its current master, the dark one sits and grins
    but modern man believes not in such fairy tales
    or an afterlife, or chasing a Holy Grail
    so dive right in, these waters are so very fine
    and on your new, bright golden plates you too shall dine!

    As wise, old philosophers great advice once gave.
    " Be wise now, for waits only a dark lonely grave".

    Robert J. Lindley, July 02, 2022
    Rhyme


    Note:
    This is a heavy rewrite of a poem that I composed back in 1977,
    at age 23 and after going through a very troublesome time in my young life...

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    An Early Morn Stroll Into Heavenly Sent Bliss



    A New Light, Bright Rays That Are Sent To Heall

    New light, brighter rays bequeathed to heal
    those deep aching fears, terrors of the night,
    those wicked world uses to sweet joy kill
    in its evil nature uses to blind.

    New sight, a soft-cast wind sent to fill sails
    those gifts of hope given and life anew
    those sweeter dawns, that dark cannot assail
    impregnable, new shield given to you.

    New faith, a glory Heaven has thus sent
    those pearls of wisdom that defeats dark fears
    those words healing what was so torn and rent
    wiping away sorrows and falling tears.

    New light, new sight, new faith, a true godsend.
    To a lost and blinded heart heal and mend.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-05-2022
    Sonnet

    Note : Composed early this morn,
    born from a vanishing dream..

    *****

    O' Land How I Long To Tread Those Dear, Waiting Shores


    O' earthen sorrows, so unwelcomed are thy pains
    Gives as treasures, promised sweetened tomorrows
    Not calamity of gold stolen, ill-gotten gains
    Nor coming woes of heart-torn and regretful stains.

    O' wizen sage, share gems of thy wisdom with me
    A poor lad born a life of great hardship and toil
    Dare I mourn being sailor roaming darken sea
    And not that lad planting crops in soft virgin soil.

    O' solitude, song I now cry to proudly sing
    Whilst raging black-clad storm angrily dares to cast
    Soul into that foaming pit, thus my ending bring
    Or laugh crushing me under ship's fast falling mast.

    O' land how I long to tread those dear, waiting shores
    With its safety, and dullness I once thought so bores.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-06-2022
    Sonnet

    Note : Composed early this morn,
    born from a remembered nightmare... RJL

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    Dearest Sunlight, I Wait With Bated Breath

    Dearest sunlight has thy glow ran away
    Into a hideous canyon to hide
    Please to dawn's glorious hour this I pray
    Return, forgive me my arrogant pride
    I watch night sky, its vast, glittering glows
    Yet this lonely soul inward deeply cries
    Beauty abounds as a heavenly show
    Whilst on this sadden earth, love too oft dies.

    Dearest sunlight, have mercy, please return
    Life without you leaves but a bitter taste
    And in these consuming fires heart so burns
    While once so happy now all seems a waste.

    Dearest sunlight, I wait with bated breath.
    Life without you, tis but a fearsome death.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-07-2022
    Sonnet

    Note : Composed early this morn,
    born from a dream.

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    An Early Morn Stroll Into Heavenly Sent Bliss

    Emerald waters, wanted, invitingly cool
    Sad, silly, many think love just another tool
    An implement to further their dark, selfish aims
    As if all life is but a mere win or lose game
    A gamble, way to cheat, a way to conquer all
    Such evil, immense folly before coming fall.

    Emerald waters, wanted invitingly cool
    Love is life, truth, beauty, swim in a happy pool
    An early morn stroll into heavenly sent bliss
    Midnight scene, complete with eager ravenous kiss
    A joining of heart, soul and two desirous minds
    Steamy afternoon, when time comes to close the blinds.

    An early morn stroll into heavenly sent bliss .
    Midnight scene, complete with eager ravenous kiss.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-08-2022
    Sonnet

    Note:
    Composed early this morn,
    born from a sweet dream-
    wherein heart was renewed.

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    As Her Love Lives Forever In This Heaving Breast


    Wisdom, its great truths, that treasure, my newest quest.
    As her love lives forever in this heaving breast.

    As sun was waiting its glorious rise
    I woke again, what a shocking surprise
    Room was pitch black and clock stared at me
    Blinking rapidly I began to see
    A thin sliver of light enter the room
    Rapidly it ran away the gloom
    Thus without fear I ventured to speak
    As into house a happy thought did sneak
    Could this new day bring my desired goal
    Live again, forgetting life's heavy tolls.

    Wisdom, its great truths, that treasure, my newest quest.
    As her love lives forever in this heaving breast.

    As sun illumination seeds the earth
    Dare we mortals rise above lowly birth
    Bask in the truth that pure love transcends all
    There in the future awaits golden halls.

    Wisdom, its great truths, that treasure, my newest quest.
    As her love lives forever in this heaving breast.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-09-2022
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    Note: 1
    When walking with Mother Nature, waking with new-cast dawns
    Pondering mysteries, life and seeing a speckled fawn
    A call arrives crying, give thanks for love and its true gifts
    And blessings from above, harmony, peace that so uplifts.

    Note: 2
    "There is strong shadow where there is much light."
    —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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    On Nature's Beauty Soul Has Fed

    Riverbank, watching waters flow
    Living with aching pains in tow
    Golden moon above shining down
    Heaven above, its glowing gown
    I ask, Lord what is left of me
    Am I truly this fallen tree
    Then heard is a clear booming shout
    Open your eyes, look all about
    Again strive to see, light is free
    You do have a true friend in me.

    Soothing, sounds of waters racing.
    Shall beauty, I start embracing.

    Riverbank, soothing wind blowing
    Idly sitting, nowhere going
    Far away night's glory has fled
    On Nature's beauty soul has fed
    Awaiting rays of rising sun
    Seeing vast waters as they run
    I but now a speck of old dust
    Life again, life to again trust
    On that river, hope is my raft
    Inking verse, poetry my craft.

    Soothing, sounds of waters racing.
    Shall beauty, I start embracing.

    Riverbank, shall I again fish
    Dare enjoy life, make a new wish
    That peace and love again I find
    Wake to leave this state of deep blind
    Walk forth, back into the sunlight
    Into life, watching stars at night
    Rise to herald birth of new day
    Cast off morbid cloak of deep gray
    Leave after my prayers are said
    Defeat this cloud of dreaded dread.

    Soothing, sounds of waters racing.
    Shall beauty, I start embracing.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-14-2022
    Rhyme

    Note:
    This poem was born from a fragment
    presented in a previous note to a
    recent poem titled,
    " A Return From Ashes And Dust "…



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    Default Somehow reminded me of when I was a young boy.

    Loved it Robt. Made me think of my young days playing Tom Sawyer along our river where we built a raft using two halves of telephone poles, and pallets during the Summer. The poem is Amazing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot View Post
    On Nature's Beauty Soul Has Fed

    Riverbank, watching waters flow
    Living with aching pains in tow
    Golden moon above shining down
    Heaven above, its glowing gown
    I ask, Lord what is left of me
    Am I truly this fallen tree
    Then heard is a clear booming shout
    Open your eyes, look all about
    Again strive to see, light is free
    You do have a true friend in me.

    Soothing, sounds of waters racing.
    Shall beauty, I start embracing.

    Riverbank, soothing wind blowing
    Idly sitting, nowhere going
    Far away night's glory has fled
    On Nature's beauty soul has fed
    Awaiting rays of rising sun
    Seeing vast waters as they run
    I but now a speck of old dust
    Life again, life to again trust
    On that river, hope is my raft
    Inking verse, poetry my craft.

    Soothing, sounds of waters racing.
    Shall beauty, I start embracing.

    Riverbank, shall I again fish
    Dare enjoy life, make a new wish
    That peace and love again I find
    Wake to leave this state of deep blind
    Walk forth, back into the sunlight
    Into life, watching stars at night
    Rise to herald birth of new day
    Cast off morbid cloak of deep gray
    Leave after my prayers are said
    Defeat this cloud of dreaded dread.

    Soothing, sounds of waters racing.
    Shall beauty, I start embracing.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-14-2022
    Rhyme

    Note:
    This poem was born from a fragment
    presented in a previous note to a
    recent poem titled,
    " A Return From Ashes And Dust "…



    Copyright © Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2022
    I may be older than most. I may say things not everybody will like.
    But despite all of that. I will never lower myself to the level of Liars, Haters, Cheats, and Hypocrites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icansayit View Post
    Loved it Robt. Made me think of my young days playing Tom Sawyer along our river where we built a raft using two halves of telephone poles, and pallets during the Summer. The poem is Amazing.
    My friend, your comment is truly a fine gift.
    As poets we cherish such feedback and it reinforces our desire to continue to write, continue to give of self, in hope that such may in some way benefit others.


    Realize We All Have Gifts We May Impart

    To take flight with well splashed and flung ink
    See and to live with hope, nod and a wink
    Follow course through with a passionate heart
    Realize we all have gifts we may impart
    Unto others and pray that gives some aid
    Again have cheer, hear music well played
    Give and in doing so yet live life true
    By giving, our fallen spirits renew.

    Take flight, let our muse set the newfound course
    That from world's darkness, we need a divorce
    Hear that loud call from our Savior above
    Fine the cheering warmth and hope that is love
    Present ripen fruits from a healing tree
    In so doing, from our chains become free.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-16-2022
    Sonnet

    Note: 1
    Some verse born from a gift that was given
    Thus found, hope and truth- new life worth livin'
    In this chaotic world oft gone stark mad
    Light vanquishing what was so very sad.



    Note: 2
    My friend, from your words a seed was planted, a new poem was born....
    A godsend, into a world that has now been so ripped and deeply torn...


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    Come To Me Shadow, Your Breath I No Longer Fear

    Come to me shadow, life-dancing has gone awry
    Earth's rotation has slowed, pale has grown weeping sky
    Even dawn and its glory dares to hesitate
    For what more is life, than a heavy anchor of Fate?

    So goes the passing of time, mankind's turbulent flow.
    Dare we acknowledge death's hand, its heart-wrenching blows?

    Come to me shadow, your breath I no longer fear
    For your powers fades away with my streaming tears
    In deep sadness, you were a foe fearsomely great
    Yet in my ravenous thirst, your powers I ate.

    So goes the passing of time, mankind's turbulent flow.
    Dare we acknowledge death's hand, its heart-wrenching blows?

    Come to me shadow, that I may lop off your head
    Punishment for agony you have oft me fed
    Know this, conquering you was my faithful vow
    Thus with newfound light and life, I live again now.

    So goes the passing of time, mankind's turbulent flow.
    Dare we acknowledge death's hand, its heart-wrenching blows?


    Robert J. Lindley, 8-01-2022
    Rhyme,

    Quote:
    “You cannot defeat darkness by running from it, nor can you conquer your inner demons by hiding them from the world. In order to defeat the darkness, you must bring it into the light.”
    ? Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

    Note: One
    "Every journey begins with that first step,
    even if into epic darkness one's soul has been so tragically swept." RJL

    Note: Two
    Emerging from darkness into soul saving light....



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    18 U.S. Code § 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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    Dearest Sunlight, I Wait With Bated Breath

    Dearest sunlight has thy glow ran away
    Into a hideous canyon to hide
    Please to dawn's glorious hour this I pray
    Return, forgive me my arrogant pride
    I watch night sky, its vast, glittering glows
    Yet this lonely soul inward deeply cries
    Beauty abounds as a heavenly show
    Whilst on this sadden earth, love too oft dies.

    Dearest sunlight, have mercy, please return
    Life without you leaves but a bitter taste
    And in these consuming fires heart so burns
    While once so happy now all seems a waste.

    Dearest sunlight, I wait with bated breath.
    Life without you, tis but a fearsome death.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-07-2022
    Sonnet

    Note : Composed early this morn,
    born from a dream.

    As the dawn comes, it heart pleading for peace
    flies morning dove, love borne with its release
    but mankind blinded by world's scathing lies
    walks a doomed path, such truth thus denies.

    Neither shall ignorance, such dark defend,
    When evil was clasped as busom friend
    .

    Copyright © Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2022
    18 U.S. Code § 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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