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by mat james
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "The Guests"
Replies: 1
Views: 9901

Re: "The Guests"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBdOr2iRGRc It is a bit quiet around here so I thought I would play the Shaitan and look at "The Guests" from that deep atheist who lurks, Shilo-like, among my Void. "Just One Of Those Things" It was just one of those things (death and transience) Just one of those cr...
by mat james
Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "The Guests"
Replies: 1
Views: 9901

"The Guests"

What a song ... the haunting melancholy. I almost weep when it whispers to my ears, seeps into my thoughts, sinks among my unconscious moon-less midnight void..and then the "torches flare"...what a song...what wonderful, wonderful Wine: Drunk sublime, I saunter or"stumble" onward and inward... I'll ...
by mat james
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:15 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61561

Re: Melbourne Story

The chestnut by the eaves
In magnificent bloom
Passes unnoticed
By men of this world.

Basho.
by mat james
Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61561

Re: Melbourne Story

Yes, the Mesiah was on the money with Cate. You know Adam, I love the beauty of my Judae-Christian heritage, but I have absorbed it and moved on. I take seriously that zen saying about the fingers and the moon, now, and I am happier for it. I am really enjoying Basho's " The Narrow Road to the Deep ...
by mat james
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61561

Re: Melbourne Story

Now you're talkin'


Think outside the Pork....good move Boss.

Mat.
by mat james
Mon May 25, 2015 3:57 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: ...like a free-range chook
Replies: 4
Views: 1068

Re: ...like a free-range chook

To be truly "freerange" one must be willing to "be" ,
truly naked
truly cage-less
to pen the Pen
whether worker, featherless-presser or poet.

...well you know what it's like, sideways; being a free-range featherless,ironing chook yourself!

cockadoodle, Mat.
by mat james
Sat May 23, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: ...like a free-range chook
Replies: 4
Views: 1068

Re: ...like a free-range chook

Yes, Cate. I like your idea of making "crowing" the last word. It works better.
I made a few other changes as well.
Thanks for your suggestions.

Am I that "he"?
I think many of us are that "he"...

CockadoodleMat. ;-)
by mat james
Tue May 19, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: On the edge of caring
Replies: 10
Views: 1380

Re: On the edge of caring

Funny thing is I like both (titles)for the reasons you mention. Thanks for your input. Your comment, Cate, 'On the edge of caring,' makes me think of somebody who has either 'gone off' and is just coming back to rational thought or somebody who isn't terribly concerned about the whole thing ... 'I a...
by mat james
Tue May 19, 2015 2:04 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: ...like a free-range chook
Replies: 4
Views: 1068

...like a free-range chook

...like a free-range chook He felt like a slave in some gulag pressure cooker a chook in a pen pecked from above and judged from within constantly lost in midnight sweat of must do and how to so he quit, again he’s back to casual work paid by the day or not paid at all but nocturnal thoughts are fr...
by mat james
Mon May 11, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61561

Re: Melbourne Story

In this void I have learned things. Not how to build a career or make money, I have learned patience and tolerance. I have learned respect, I have learned how to love. I believe in G-d, not intellectually or metaphorically; I listen to Him in my heart, in my gut. (or, as San Juan de la Cruz put it,...
by mat james
Mon May 11, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: How To Critique A Poem
Replies: 4
Views: 942

Re: How To Critique A Poem

Sideways S,
I thought my little juxtaposition of food types was an interesting one.
...and it was inspired by Johnny G.
So fair is fair.
by mat james
Sun May 10, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: How To Critique A Poem
Replies: 4
Views: 942

Re: How To Critique A Poem

...to Critique a Poem by Johnny Goldsmith
This is the list I use in my workshops COPY, PRINT & PASTE to your frig.
food
(for thought)
preserved
outside the "frig".
by mat james
Sun May 10, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: On the edge of caring
Replies: 10
Views: 1380

Re: On the edge of caring

Close Range Unfortunately for some and sometimes for me I’m a six-gun with a hair trigger unfortunately for me and sometimes for them it’s the ones I love that I shoot fortunately for me and maybe for them love favors the stupid as well as the brave and kindred souls see beyond a bad shot. Mat James...
by mat james
Wed May 06, 2015 2:39 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: On the edge of caring
Replies: 10
Views: 1380

Re: On the edge of caring

Love often puts people into close range (pun not intended, though
it isn't a bad one).
Ha! great accidental line Steven. I should steal it!
(Feel free to add to my little poem if you like; that would be fun.)
Thanks for saying hello.

Mat.
by mat james
Tue May 05, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: On the edge of caring
Replies: 10
Views: 1380

On the edge of caring

On the edge of caring. Unfortunately for some and sometimes for me I’m a six-gun with a hair trigger unfortunately for me and sometimes for them it’s the ones I love that I shoot fortunately for me and maybe for them love favors the stupid as well as the brave and kindred souls see beyond a bad shot...

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