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    Tempests That Eat Upon This Stony Shore


    There lay hidden, shadows in that great storm
    tempests that eat upon this stony shore.
    Night hides devils wrecking such great harm
    destroying that our hearts most adore!

    Waves crash into massive rocks that so shield
    soft play grounds of white sanded beaches.
    Harsh winds beat the flowers in bright field
    all are savaged as its darkness reaches!

    Memories hold treasures we pray remain safe
    flashes of beauty existing only hours before.
    Fast stormy missiles blast all as they strafe
    wrecking havoc and destruction ever more!

    Save our souls, we deeply, earnestly do pray
    Give us this gift, that we again see light of day!

    Robert J. Lindley, 09-16-2015

    Note-This poem was written by me back in early 90's.
    I decided to bring it from my private journal and present it here with a very minor edit.
    In the last verse, I changed the word "joy" to --"gift"...
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 09-20-2015 at 07:48 PM. Reason: improvement.
    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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    Untitled Sonnet

    I sat lost in deep thought to write today,
    memories flooding an old poet's mind.
    So little time, so important words to say
    hoping to be hopeful, helpful and kind!

    My muse, she went sailing around the world,
    often for me that is a pure delight.
    In my tired old mind words are now swirled,
    yet my inner spirit longs to fight.

    Do I write of past loves and desperate lies,
    heartache eating away cold hard stone?
    Or perhaps better, of brightest sunny skies,
    that warm this surging heart to the bone!

    Ah, too many words invade this weary mind.
    Off to sleep and write in dreams I often rewind.

    Robert J. Lindley, written in 91'

    Note today , an untitled sonnet written back in '91..
    perhaps placed aside for later editing, however
    the older me now boldly says it is ok as is..
    citing author's privilege.. Also thinking title
    should reflect past and present case..
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 09-20-2015 at 07:56 PM. Reason: improvement
    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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    A Religion That MURDERS All That Oppose Its Course


    Expand your horizons they say, as we righteously dread.
    Punitive actions given for words we long ago said.
    Wise up and know such enemies live within our midst.
    Those traitors putting our names upon a punishing list.

    Do not fear such hiding and lowlife coward's secret plans.
    Unite and record they and their insidious deeds.
    Stay the course, honor truth and fight the good fight.
    Teach fear is a double edged sword they too may yet feel.

    Expand your horizons they say, as we righteously dread.
    Punitive actions given for words we long ago said.
    Wise up and know such enemies live within our midst.
    Those traitors putting our names upon a punishing list.

    Understand this, we shall soon see their darkest face.
    As we and our children they plan to murder and erase.

    Robert J. Lindley, 09-20-2015

    Note- SONNET
    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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    Well of Memory Calls My Heart And Soul


    Well of Memory, sweet love thoughts I treasure

    holding great loves and joys beyond measure

    Mere moment's thought summons up such delights

    to soothe my lonely spirit on the darkest nights.



    Without those my life would be so dead and dry

    much like an calm ocean without a blue sky

    I perish the thought, birth not such a nightmare

    bring not my early death by such a scare!



    I seek to happily live to a happy and ripe old age

    vanquish my greatest fears, conquer my epic rage

    Pray I, travel on while deeply, serenely sleeping

    Be long gone before the heartache and sad weeping.


    Longings of heart and mind upon illness and old age.

    Imaginations soaring, seeking solace within last page.


    Robert J. Lindley, 07-18-2014

    Note- Rewritten and altered into sonnet form.
    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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    Love, Betrayal and Dirty Dishes

    I ate from your welcoming glitter plate
    touches easing my restless soul.
    Desperate, in love praying, not too late
    never saw two eyes black as coal.

    There were sweet drugs in your soft words
    and dancing steps in your walk.
    I flew with you, flew with soaring birds
    heaven closer each time we talk.

    Now, I hang my sad head in deepest shame
    as friends point out how you used.
    Seeing contempt at how you played the game
    that left me so miserable and bruised.

    Now your dirty plate sits in a closet still.
    Force myself, to lock it there against my will!

    Robert J. Lindley , 09-26 -2015

    Note- Sonnet on deep betrayal and blindness that
    love brings.
    Based on a sad reality for me many decades ago..
    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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    Early Winter Farm Chores

    Shall I muse at midnight on the morning sun
    now hiding very far beyond the pale.
    Dread farmyard chores needing to be done
    as morn sun rises over hill and dale.

    Warm in bed, warding off deep windy chills
    with winter marching in far too soon.
    Tarry late and hot glowing embers embrace
    rising late only in a lazy afternoon!

    Or instead jump from this warm , soft bed
    racing on out when red rooster crows.
    Quickly getting pigs and chickens well fed
    all long before the cold winter snows!

    Up early before morning's sweet sunlight.
    Another farming day, another long fight.

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-01-2015

    Note-- Edited an older poem from back in the 80's.
    Shortened into a sonnet..
    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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    A Sea God, Man Learned To Domesticate
    ( POSEIDON)

    Lighthouse light can now just barely penetrate
    where rocky shores sit ready to decimate.
    As fate waits ready to this ship devastate
    waiting divine evil winds to designate.

    Sea god in anger desires to demonstrate
    harm no other deity can replicate.
    To mortal man disaster will resonate
    fear teaching him the sea god to elevate.

    Great storm power man can hardly estimate
    its divine angry cause only speculate.
    Falling in religious search to meditate
    pray for divine solution to celebrate.

    When seeds of learning and logic germinate
    Man found sea gods that he could then desecrate!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-07-2015

    Note-- Non-typical sonnet, with 11 syllable count.
    I like to experiment, fits my rebelling sentiment to
    indulge my non-typical poetic temperament. I
    refuse to be an eternal slave to form..Something
    in my spirit always rebels...

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    Copyright © 2015 Robert Lindley
    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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    Bravest Heart Stands Upon A Mountain High

    When courage dares to prove it exists
    Bravest heart stands upon a mountain high
    Troubles reigning and evil turns to twist
    When honor sets itself ready to fly.

    Deeds little sung but princely overall
    Ransom demanded so bravely in blood paid
    Honor, loss paid by those hearing the call
    Courage the test, death the ransom in trade.

    Life singing holding truth of honest light
    Where danger and pain are the highest cost
    What bravery if not in great hard fight
    Or great battle praised, if nothing is lost?

    The brave living with hearts of golden souls.
    Sacrifices give admirable roles!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-26-2015

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    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 10-27-2015 at 12:24 AM.
    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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    With Mists Setting Imprisoned Souls So Free

    Riverside shines bright in its pearly dew
    touching epic beauty one must give thanks.
    For dancing flowers soaked and very new
    willow trees weeping along its soft banks.

    Smooth flowing water moving right along
    fish flopping to see the majestic scene.
    Swirls in eddies sing a melodic song
    colorful mallards splashing as they preen.

    Slice of paradise, as fine as a gem
    every moment the call of sweetest glee.
    Nature, tis' both great symphony and hymn
    with mists setting imprisoned souls so free!

    As night fell, the brilliant sky it did glow
    Nature just smiled, at fine but lesser show!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-12-2015

    Note- Another sonnet, this one describing a moment in time at
    a very special spot from my youth.




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    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 10-26-2015 at 11:53 PM.
    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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    Deathless Aches, Heart's Desires


    Thoughts of Heart are as mystical ships that traverse
    Ranging amidst the restless ocean ways,
    Their crimson prows surging through the sunrise,
    Their golden sails adream in evening haze.

    Thoughts of broken spirit wander sadly
    Unfriendly waters; raging, storm-shattered they roam;
    Sea-reft their beauty, moaning all their music,
    No haven dares to call them home.

    Far sundered are their soundings, far diverging
    Magic winds that sing their course,
    For some may find the Hesperides, but others,
    Those far, sad and dark islands of Remorse.

    There they may safely harbor, dark as hell's morn
    Awaiting in the cradle, where deathless aches are born!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-13-2015

    Note- Non-traditional sonnet, archaic messaging.

    (A) "adream"--Webster's Third New International Dictionary

    adream adjective
    Etymology: a- (I) + dream, v.
    dreaming
    old people motionless and adream
    - See more at: http://findwords.info/term/adream#sthash.UnF3w8ZI.dpuf

    (B) "reft" ---A past tense and a past participle of reave.

    reave
    rēv/
    verbarchaic
    carry out raids in order to plunder.
    rob (a person or place) of something by force.
    "reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast"
    steal (something).

    source- https://encrypted.google.com/#q=reave+definition

    (C) "sundered"--sun·der
    ˈsəndər/
    verbliterary
    past tense: sundered; past participle: sundered
    split apart.
    "the crunch of bone when it is sundered"
    synonyms: divide, split, cleave, separate, rend, sever, rive
    "his father and he were sundered by religious differences"

    (D) Hesperides--Definition of HESPERIDES. 1. : a legendary garden at the western extremity of the world producing golden apples. 2. : the nymphs in classical mythology who guard with the aid of a dragon a garden in which golden apples grow.
    Hesperides | Definition of Hesperides by Merriam-Webster
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dicti...‑Webster
    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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    Brave Conquerors Of Weakened Tribes

    They could never in any great haste
    their false glory dare to forsake.
    Why abandon that gleam in their eyes
    for truth in those sad tomorrows?

    Dwell not in that bitter splendor
    A victor with a yellow wreath.
    In pride hide being a lying pretender
    never giving up what fate bequeath!

    Restless spirits from vanquished foes
    can not invade that haughty parade.
    Brave conquerors of weakened tribes
    living out a false, arrogant charade.

    History now reveals the dishonor disguised.
    And tales of false victories cleverly contrived!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-14-2015

    Note- http://www.iearn.org/hgp/aeti/aeti-1...americans.html

    In the past, the main thrust of the Holocaust/Genocide Project's magazine, An End To Intolerance, has been the genocides that occurred in history and outside of the United States. Still, what we mustn't forget is that mass killing of Native Americans occurred in our own country. As a result, bigotry and racial discrimination still exist.

    "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" . . . and made the first contact with the "Indians." For Native Americans, the world after 1492 would never be the same. This date marked the beginning of the long road of persecution and genocide of Native Americans, our indigenous people. Genocide was an important cause of the decline for many tribes.

    "By conservative estimates, the population of the United states prior to European contact was greater than 12 million. Four centuries later, the count was reduced by 95% to 237 thousand.

    In 1493, when Columbus returned to the Hispaniola, he quickly implemented policies of slavery and mass extermination of the Taino population of the Caribbean. Within three years, five million were dead. Las Casas, the primary historian of the Columbian era, writes of many accounts of the horrors that the Spanish colonists inflicted upon the indigenous population: hanging them en mass, hacking their children into pieces to be used as dog feed, and other horrid cruelties. The works of Las Casas are often omitted from popular American history books and courses because Columbus is considered a hero by many, even today.
    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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    I just reworked this older sonnet to bring it into proper sonnet form. Previously it had been in modern sonnet form.
    I rewrote it to meet traditional sonnet form.

    Tempests That Eat Upon Stony Shores


    There lay hidden- shadows in a great storm
    tempest that eats upon this stony shore.
    Night hiding devils wrecking such great harm
    destroying in our hearts we most adore!

    Waves crash into massive rocks that so shield
    playgrounds of ivory sanded beaches.
    Harsh winds beating the flowers in bright field
    all are savaged as its darkness reaches!

    Memories hold that we pray remains safe
    glow of beauty existing hours before.
    Fast stormy missiles blast all as they strafe
    wrecking hell and destruction ever more!

    Save our souls, we deeply, earnestly pray.
    Give this gift, so we can see light of day!

    Robert J. Lindley, 09-16-2015

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    Total # Words: 101



    Note-This poem was written by me back in early 90's.
    I decided to bring it from my private journal and
    present it here with a very minor edit.
    In the last verse, I changed the word "joy" to --"gift"..
    And just rewrote it again to bring it into traditional sonnet form.
    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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    Old Maid Hadder Got Madder And Madder


    Old maid Hadder got madder and madder
    wind blew her bonnet and cast upon it.
    Soaking showers from a blackbird's bladder
    taken aback, next she fell doggone it!

    Did not matter, her day in a tatter
    rain pouring down, gave her another frown.
    Wind drove and gusted all the more at her
    in her shame she felt even more a clown!

    She could never rise not that it matters
    her sad life now placed her in such tatters.
    Her legs exposed showed fatter and fatter
    with no lover, simply did not matter!

    Sad tale of a mad, old lady Hadder.
    To get up, had to use a step ladder.

    Robert J. Lindley


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    For contest---
    MAD AS A HORNET - SONNET - poetry contest


    Blog Posted:10/16/2015 2:48:00 PM
    MAD AS A HORNET – SONNET

    One NEW poem on the topic of --- MAD AS A HORNET

    Only form acceptable is a SONNET. May be English, Italian, or French style.
    See Shadow Poetry for descriptions, syllable and rhyme patterns.
    I undertake this endeavor with great trepidation so jump right in and make
    some waves.
    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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    Be It Ancient Tree Or Skimming Skylark

    Where I saw tall trees wearing many crowns
    with greatest splendor wrapping spreading limbs.
    Early each morn wearing soft, dewy gowns
    floating teardrops dropping from brightened stems.

    Ancient tree trunks adorned with gnarly knots
    such rustic beauty in their thickened bark.
    Nature gives majesty as it allots
    be it ancient tree or skimming skylark.

    Trees holding my heart in sky-filling grasp
    sky reaching titans eating my dark gloom.
    Nature's beauty awes within me to gasp
    and with inspired mind paint a wooded room.

    Return I to timeless inspiring scene.
    Trees grabbing at the bluest sky to preen.

    R. J. Lindley
    Sept, 1981

    Note- From my private journal, written back in 1981. One minor correction made today.

    "Return I --"again"- to timeless inspiring scene." The word "again" removed in order to meet the ten syllable count. Man, how I dearly hate having to do that.......
    Exactly why so often I ignore poetry form restricting requirements!

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    Copyright © 2015 Robert Lindley

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    A Shining Forest Princess My Heart Made


    While walking in heaven's forest garden
    a wanderer within this magic realm.
    Sought mystical views to grant a pardon
    resting, found her underneath a witch elm.

    Deep in my enchantment I found her there
    sweetest vision passing into my view.
    She, mythical creature gracing the air
    as if my longing mind brought her on cue!

    Needing a partner for her pas de deux
    she beseeching me to give her my aid.
    Thus began my forest dancing debut
    with a beautiful goddess my mind made.

    Dance over, this vision bid sweet adieu.
    I wonder, was it a dream or love true?

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-17-2015

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    Target hit- with a perfect ten syllables per verse and exactly 100 word count!! Not an easy task... --Tyr
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 10-17-2015 at 03:49 PM.
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    Red Sunsets On The Blue Hills

    What of soft red sunsets on the blue hills
    Or true love found in a dusky the light.
    Just as night frights give deeper cold chills
    Crimson sunsetting views show heaven's might.

    Such wondrous blazing stirs in me a dream
    Fire cast from Valhalla's great skies.
    Reminding of dying brave warrior's gleam
    Of truth in death bearing no twisted lies.

    Of glowing red sunbeams gracing sweet earth
    We can see true courage gifting its hope.
    Man cries praying for all that he is worth
    For all resting beyond his earthly scope.

    When red sunsets tell us life does renew.
    We may ponder the path we dare to choose!

    Robert J. Lindley, 10-19-2015
    (Modern Sonnet)
    Syllables Per Line: 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10
    Total # Syllables: 140
    Total # Lines: 17 (Including empty lines)
    Words with (syllables) counted programmatically: N/A
    Total # Words: 108

    Note: On sonnets, I hold that the message far outranks the
    far too restrictive form of set meter. Thus I refuse to write in such.
    I did adhere to the requirement of ten syllables per verse.

    http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/schimel1.shtml
    Of course, these "rules" for writing a sonnet are meant to be broken.
    And even when adhering to the rules, there will be variation; lines
    need not be perfectly iambic, so long as the predominant pattern is
    consistent enough to be recognized as such. Many modern sonnets no
    longer rhyme, or have variant rhyme schemes, but are still identifiably
    a sonnet because it adheres to enough of the rules.

    (1.) Valhalla---In Norse mythology, Valhalla
    (from Old NorseValhöll "hall of the slain"[1])
    is a majestic,enormous hall located in Asgard,
    ruled over bythe god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those
    who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death,
    led by valkyries, while the other half go to the
    goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr. In Valhalla,
    the dead join the masses of those who have died
    in combat known as Einherjar, as well as various
    legendary Germanic heroes and kings, as they prepare
    to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. Before
    the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the
    hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields.
    Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as
    the stag Eikţyrnir and the goat Heiđrún, both
    described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming
    the foliage of the tree Lćrađr.
    Valhalla is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled
    in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources,
    the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri
    Sturluson, Heimskringla, also written in the 13th century
    by Snorri Sturluson, and in stanzas of an anonymous
    10th century poem commemorating the death of Eric Bloodaxe
    known as Eiríksmál as compiled in Fagrskinna. Valhalla
    has inspired various works of art, publication titles,
    popular culture references, and has become a term
    synonymous with a martial (or otherwise) hall of the chosen
    dead.
    Copyright © 2015 Robert Lindley
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 10-19-2015 at 09:02 PM.
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