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    Where Led That Path Not Taken


    Where led that path not taken
    a tramp into a mist of waving grain
    Away from this God forsaken
    racing for ever more foolish gain

    How stands the present crop
    thistles and thorns by the wayside
    Will this marathon stop
    seeking my shelter calm Bay-side

    Will time dare to yield
    harvest of sweet, delightful fruits
    Can I drop my old shield
    steady in faith of my parental roots

    Where led that path not taken
    a tramp into a mist of waving grain
    Away from this God forsaken
    racing for ever more foolish gain

    Robert J. Lindley
    02, 23, 1990

    Note: This from my private journal. Hope you may enjoy...-Tyr
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    Greed, Man's Affliction


    What world will mankind create next
    using his arrogance as a pretext?
    Another sham to satisfy his greed
    stealing daily from those in need

    Will man next conquer the moon
    steal and sell all too soon
    Reach out to space to grab more
    selling stars from galactic shore

    When will the greed ever stop
    or man dare reap an honest crop
    Could be only after death rebukes
    greed's power far greater than nukes

    What world will mankind create next
    using his arrogance as a pretext?
    Another sham to satisfy his greed
    stealing daily from those in need


    Robert J. Lindley, 05-23-2015
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    Wood Fairies There Often Play



    Deep in that far wooded glen
    was a place made for men
    Was not so easily found
    complete with Nature sound

    Comfort for man and beast
    just a mile northeast
    Great to rest my soul there
    peacefulness makes me aware

    Wood fairies there often play
    stacking rocks in my way
    A test to see me step aside
    watching from where they hide

    Daring to find resting sleep
    my soul they try to keep
    No malice,just a loving desire
    to share their eternal fire

    Each visit I must bid adieu
    with a, "so sad to leave you"
    My friends of the wooded glen
    thanks for allowing me in

    Always this is the sweet reply
    see you in the by and by
    You are most welcomed any time
    our uniting is most sublime

    Each Spring my trek begins
    to again see my little friends
    As I slowly walk my way in
    I marvel at this far wooded glen

    Robert J. Lindley, 05-23-2015

    Note: Written for a contest.. Rhyme, 32 lines or less, topic , "Magical places".
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    A rare free verse write , from my private journal.-Tyr

    The Goddess of Nature, A Visit

    The depth of the journey ventured!
    Across the vast plains I glide: the sky beaming down upon my back.
    This my trek-- sends tingles into my hardened soul.
    A feast! A galactic flight into the realms of Nature's mysteries.

    I stand upon a forested shore, the sun speaks;
    the wind beckons me forward into the welcoming glen.
    I tread lightly and silently to observe without damage or distress,
    the wildlife that now stirs my dreams.

    As waves of purest delight enter my mind, the birds sing out in tune.
    A melody so fine the earth snatches at the moon!

    I hold my position to absorb this enchantment longer.
    I am open my heart to grab the spirit,
    the olden deity that sees my true soul.
    I float in a mirage that mists my face with colors, smells and kisses of glory!

    The she appears!
    The Goddess of Nature, a raven haired beauty of grace.
    Touching my heart as it races to catch her majesty!

    This is the scene I saw in my dream before the adventure and day's sojourn.
    The beauty of She that holds the sky, the woods , mountains and the seas in her hands.
    Time stands still for an eternity , then...
    She lets me go,
    A release back into my reality.

    I again see her handiwork and marvel at this gift.
    This creation that mankind fails to appreciate or understand!

    All is stored in a memory for replay and wonderment.
    A carved image of Nature and her majesty that soothes the ever yearning heart!

    Robert J. Lindley
    Sept. 1993
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    I decided to stop being lazy and to write a poem just for this thread.
    Chose to do a Narrative with a strong message.
    Hope you may enjoy this one..--Tyr
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    Prayer Cried Out In The Storming Waves, ( Form- Narrative)

    Fought the waves, the maddened tumbling sea
    doomed ship sinking swiftly beneath me
    Prayers to God,to every saint I ever knew
    no desire to reside beneath this ocean blue

    Midnight's stormy fury soon moved past
    ship gone, me clinging to a broken mast
    Fear, the kind that eats into your soul
    rebuked my every hopeful impossible goal

    Prayers renewed with sad desperate pleas
    Lord, let me survive these angry seas
    The waves beat me about with great delight
    I am tired, give me strength to fight
    Master,find all the good that rests in me
    save me to do all that you may please

    Prayer ended my legs and arms do so tire
    as the last ember was burning in my fire
    Hope raced forth in a bright shining light
    dawn broke forth from that darkest night

    The rays hit me with a soft, sweet breeze
    so calm,so very calm my soul was at ease
    A single gull flew over my bobbing head
    Hope cried out,you live,you are not dead

    Land must now be very close hereabouts
    So tired but that did not stop my shouts
    Thank you Lord,this gift I will never forget
    I believe,even though I am not home yet

    A rescue ship's horn was soon blasting away
    saved I'd be on this fine glorious day
    Soon I was safe, safe on board her deck
    I knew then faith and prayer saved my neck

    Captain said, saw your flare just before dawn
    thats when we raced and really poured it on
    I was so confused and my mind it did so stun
    I had no lifesaving flares and no flare gun!

    Robert J. Lindley, 05-24-2015

    Note: Was it a dream, my memory tells me I lived it.
    In another life so long ago, metaphor and all.
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 05-24-2015 at 05:15 PM.
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    Sweetest Love, Embraces The Moon's Light


    Sweet love, grows even as we sleep
    against its breast, dares to hold it close
    Memories of such nights burn in deep
    like the great beauty of a lover's rose

    Burning kiss, a kiss so magically felt
    into your arms my body quickly flows
    As my heart and soul stir to melt
    moonlight gifts its majestic shows

    Tender hands, that touch my cheeks
    creating the dream I fly deep into
    Such passion, all a lover ever seeks
    eternal hours holding and kissing you

    Glowing smile, sends love in waves
    dancing long Summer nights away
    Your true love my life forever saves
    passionate blessing forever and a day

    Sweet love, grows even as we sleep
    against its breast, dares to hold it close
    Memories of such nights burn in deep
    like the great beauty of a lover's rose

    Sweet love, embraces the moon's light
    snatches the heart, dares to hold it tight

    Robert J. Lindley , 05-24-2015
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    Remove Illusion And Its Dark Mask


    A nail in each eye may gift light
    for to see without eyes is sight
    One must hold the heart to task
    remove illusion and its dark mask
    Ears become echo chambers of fact
    heart and soul both remain intact
    Spiritual knowledge soon appears
    in volume when there are no fears

    Clear the mind of selfish thought
    victory in battle faithfully fought
    Allow the soft breeze to rush on in
    Truth of life only then will begin
    Defining moment,a magnificent start
    divine guidance will play it's part
    A dark veil will have been lifted
    bumper crop harvested,wheat sifted

    Light of Truth requires a new clean slate
    our blessing is the power to change our Fate!

    True life,true love both are difficult tasks
    neither can be had while we wear our masks!

    Robert J. Lindley, 05-25-2015
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    Forgotten Love, So Deeply Regretted


    After the fire has burned very low,
    the shadows move with sinister look,
    You see the place you fear to go
    think of the truest lover you forsook;

    Did not that Love manifest its worth,
    a touch that reached your needy soul,
    Embraced your heart giving a rebirth,
    remove that all too heavy deadening toll;

    And sleep within your dreams a delight,
    golden kiss wrapped in softest touch
    The greatest Lover never given sight
    As you so loved yourself far too much.

    Robert J. Lindley
    OCT, 14TH 1979

    Note: Bringing this out from my private journal to see the light of day.
    Hope you may enjoy it as I remember being very sad when writing it.
    Only one other ever saw it(a copy), sent it back with tear stains on it
    but took no action. Such is life, we win some , we lose some..
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    Poetry, Lost In My Thoughts

    I write my poems in a deep thought
    with the pain my life dearly bought
    Lost,listening to a vanishing muse
    this world's whispers I often use!

    Words given by ancient gnarly trees
    echoes embraced from tumbling seas
    Sounds of silence in forested glen
    far away from greed and wiles of men

    Cry from distant star or cold stone
    shadows dancing by moonlight shown
    Fleeting grabs at moments of serenity
    promising future gift of infinity

    I am giant tree reaching to the sky
    spreading my limbs out and so high
    Mirror of Life's fantastic desires
    a creature cast from heavenly fires

    I write my poems in a deep thought
    with the pain my life dearly bought
    Lost,listening to a vanishing muse
    this world's whispers I often use!

    Imagination brings sweet words to ink
    volleys from ship impossible to sink
    Heart beaten into indestructible bell
    Sounding red rose,eating its smell

    I am a river,flooding poetic page
    servant of Nature,slave to my sage
    Erupting volcano spewing heated ash
    darkness that dares to live to smash

    The great joy of seeing a newborn son
    elation of finishing a marathon run
    Memories of dancing in pouring rain
    blessing of finding lost love again

    I write my poems in a deep thought
    with the pain my life dearly bought
    Lost,listening to a vanishing muse
    this world's whispers I often use!

    Robert J. Lindley, 05-27-2015
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    Tyr-Ziu Saxnot,
    Thank you for your poems. Haven't read poetry in English for ages. I've gotten Real Pleasure reading yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balu View Post
    Tyr-Ziu Saxnot,
    Thank you for your poems. Haven't read poetry in English for ages. I've gotten Real Pleasure reading yours.
    Thank you! The pleasure is all mine if my offering gave you anything at all to enjoy.
    As I believe that a poet's work should give to others(its readers).-Tyr
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    Waking To The Call Of A Mockingbird


    I woke to the call of a mockingbird
    soft,gentle racing notes I heard
    A wandering visitor in our tall oak
    to me he displayed life and spoke

    My window up, catch morn's cool wind
    gave sight of my great singing friend
    A cheerful fellow was this sweet bird
    laughter and joy in his every word

    Soon joined by his beautiful mate
    perhaps on a fantastic morning date
    They sang to me for a long spell
    then flew on down the pasture trail

    Next a pair of squirrels raced about
    chattering so loud it seemed a shout
    Bushy tails flying up our oak tree
    A Nature scene that so pleased me

    Rooster crowed,was over an hour late
    more of that,he may end up on a plate
    A great day was the promise to be had
    having enjoyed the scene I was so glad

    Songs that a happy mockingbird sings
    treasure fit for the mightiest kings
    Waking to such a majestic melodic call
    in our red oak so straight and tall
    Fine blessing many wish that they had
    a memory cherished by this lucky lad

    Robert J. Lindley 05-29-2015

    Note: Poem was written from the memories of my childhood on
    the farm. My father's favorite bird was the mockingbird.
    As one would sing the other bird's songs,he would tell us which
    bird they were mocking. Such a joyful memory for me!
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    When The Bells Are All Broken


    When the bells are all broken
    no ringing can one hear
    Soft words are never spoken
    loneliness the great fear
    Dark shadows enter this mind
    blues dance a little jig
    This 'ole world seems so unkind
    lonely and so damn big
    A memory invades the desolation
    emotions give way to tears
    Such is indeed small consolation
    for deep pains and big fears
    More thoughts edge their way in
    time eats its daily plate
    Remember her,my one true friend
    my lost lover and soul-mate

    Robert J. Lindley, Sept. 1975

    Note: From my private journal.
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    The Hidden Sanctuary


    The hammering clouds were raining down upon my head
    while I trod into this finest glory of Nature's heart
    I choose not comforting cover but race onward instead
    seeking deep hidden place of which I shall never part

    A few hundred steps more I find the bubbling stream
    with long winding path running by its snaking side
    This paradise is real and not some mad raving dream
    Nature's greatest retreat my hidden sanctuary to hide

    Pouring rain stops as I walk into this old shady glen
    perhaps a given sign of the magic of the ancient trees
    Stranger still often happens to lives of mortal men
    seeking the paradise they cry out for in desperate pleas

    The towering behemoths that guard the paradise flowers
    tell me to sit and find the beauty they so kindly give
    Wile away in worthy thought the soft refreshing hours
    to embrace one of the blessings of we that love to live

    Robert J. Lindley, 05-31-2015

    Note: Poem is written based upon a spot deep in the woods that truly has
    some kind of magic healing power. I should know, its healed me several times.
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    In Sky's Thundering Heart

    Within high airy clouds,
    No dust chokes the throat;
    Sails a white rising boat,
    Far below dark shrouds
    Covers evil that gloats!

    In sky's thundering heart,
    Upon a majestic throne;
    A soul weeps so alone
    And prays for another start
    Not cutting in the bone.

    With a violent airy rush,
    Storm gives relief;
    From pained broken belief,
    Rises a calm, loving hush.

    Within this fine blessing,
    A song soon graces,
    Smiles on those faces,
    Of two lovers confessing;
    Missteps in saddened paces

    Within high airy clouds,
    No dust chokes the throat;
    Sails a white rising boat,
    Far below dark shrouds
    Cover evil that gloats!

    Robert J. Lindley
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