A Hundred and Fifty Dead [Korean War--l952]
There I sat, ninety-five degree weather
Outside; the bookstore café, was cool.
An Old Timer stood by me, explaining:
"There were two-hundred of us on the Island,
Near North Korea, back in '52-
We guarded 16,000-prisners?
"All of a sudden, all hell broke loose
Three-hundred North Koreans came
Over the bob-wired fence, in pursuit
"It all happened in a matter of seconds
The machineguns killed 150-of them
That's all I saw in the war of '52.
(One American wounded one concussion.)
"Now we had to fingerprint them all!"
The old timer said; exhaustedly;
As if he was to do it all over again?
But they were just old memories unearthed;
Resurrected for a moment, from the
Sands of that little horse-shoe island.
"But I guess I'll never forget," he said with
No regrets!... as he moved on looking
For his table, where he left his coffee.
Notes: as a War Veteran I used to meet a lot of old timers from an assortment of wars, at one time, WWII seemed to be the one I meet the most from; before that, it used to be WWI (when I was a kid); very few from the Korean War (but now and then I meet one), and a few from Vietnam; where I was. Funny it seems, most of these groups are becoming more scarce, especially WWI, and the Korean War; or so it seems. Now we have three more wars to look at: Persian Gulf One, Afghanistan War and Persian Gulf Two (it seems, all in a matter of a decade); and I should mention, the Bosnian War, which my son was involved with; I guess I will not run out of War Veterans to talk to. It is also funny; we stop the longest war on record, the Vietnam War, only to replace it with the four-wars I mentioned. Oh well, that is life is it not.
Dennis Siluk,a poet and a War Veteran, of Vietnam; his recent book, "Spell of the Andes," has two sections, one on the Andes of Peru, the other on Rhymes of War, dealing with Vietnam. You can see his books at any of the Internet sites like http://www.bn.com or http://www.abe.com. He lives in Minnesota and Peru
Celebrate National Poetry Month With the New Yorker Poetry Bot The New Yorker
Just in time for National Poetry Month, the New Yorker Poetry Bot is back! Launched in 2017, to celebrate the magazine's ninety-second anniversary, the bot ...
8 More of the Best Poetry Podcasts for Your Ears Book Riot
For your listening pleasure, we've rounded up some of the best poetry podcasts out there, from classics to five-minute poems.
A Night Of Exploring Caribbean Narratives Through Food And Poetry WJCT NEWS
Miami is the backyard of the Caribbean and it's National Poetry Month, so naturally there's a convening that will blend South Florida's Caribbean roots over food ...
"Poetry on the Porch" will host two poets to discuss poetry in the South The Daily Tar Heel
The Love House, the headquarters for the Center for the Study of the American South, which is hosting the Poetry on the Porch event with Southern Culture ...
Rain poetry to be introduced at Arts Festival Stillwater News Press
The Stillwater Public Library will be promoting poetry while bringing a new arts concept new to Stillwater during this weekend's Arts Festival.
'Don't Be Late for Poetry' Afro American
Baltimore has some of the most talented, raw, awardwinning poets in the nation. In acknowledgement of National Poetry Month. The AFRO kicked off our ...
The National Student Poets Program's Teens Fight for Poetry Vulture
The National Student Poets Program had its main sponsor cut by Donald Trump. The 2019 honorees â Heather Laurel Jensen, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Ariana ...
Robots and poetry come alive at Black Imagination conference The Architect's Newspaper
The Architect's Newspaper is the most authoritative voice on architecture and design in the United States.
âHard Work Pays Offâ: Studentâs Poetry Readings Take Her To National Competition CBS Denver
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)â A sophomore at Valor Christian High School will compete in Washington, D.C. as part of the Poetry Out Loud national ...
8 excellent Latino poetry books for National Poetry Month NBCNews.com
April is National Poetry Month, and we look at the diversity and breadth of the Latino experience through books and anthologies by acclaimed poets like Richard ...
Lady Brion: Power Through Poetry Afro American
Brion Gill, known on poetry stages internationally as âLady Brionâ wields her gift like a cudgel, or waves it like silk depending on the occasion. Yet, she ...
As a doctor in the ICU, I sometimes feel helpless. Poetry provides solace STAT
The first time I was in an intensive care unit as a medical student, I wondered if I should pray. The patient was unconscious. A tube secured in his mouth ...
Five Cambridge poets will see their work imprinted on the sidewalk this fall The Boston Globe
On Tuesday, Cambridge continued its tradition of giving poetry a stamp of permanence. That is, the city announced the winners of its Sidewalk Poetry Contest, ...
Stanley Plumly, Lyrical Poet Influenced by Keats, Dies at 79 The New York Times
Stanley Plumly, an award-winning former poet laureate of Maryland whose poignant narratives were inspired by the beauty and transcendence of John Keats's ...
Review: Kelly Fordon's new poetry is an unsentimental look at marriage and motherhood - Michigan Radio
Review: Kelly Fordon's new poetry is an unsentimental look at marriage and motherhood Michigan Radio
In her new collection of poems, Goodbye Toothless House, Michigan writer Kelly Fordon takes aim at the idealized facade of marriage and motherhood. Ann.
Renowned Poet Joins Georgia Tech Poetry Department Atlanta Jewish Times
Ilya Kaminsky is an internationally praised poet, winner of numerous honors and awards and, most recently, was named Georgia Tech's Bourne Poetry Chair.
An excavation of voices from Tuam's Mother and Baby Home in poetic form The Irish Times
The physicality of the language on the page felt vital to me, as bodily autonomy was what these women and children were denied.
Theater piece combines poetry and music Seacoastonline.com
Emily Dickinson's poetry grips the listener as it expresses loneliness, delight, passion, despair and hope. Patricia Mulholland of Arundel has written a chamber ...
Alison Swan to lead Earth Day poetry night Monday at Alpena library | News, Sports, Jobs - Alpena News
Alison Swan to lead Earth Day poetry night Monday at Alpena library | News, Sports, Jobs Alpena News
This Earth Day, the Alpena County Library will be hosting an evening of spoken word and poetry led by poet and writer Alison Swan. The event will begin at 6:
5 New Books on Poetry Pulitzer Winner Forrest Ganderâs Reading List Vulture
Poet Forrest Gander, who earned the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, on five books on his reading list: C.D. Wright's Casting Deep Shade, Arthur Sze's Sight Lines, ...
The life and death of Chinese poetryâs mystical martyr SupChina
Obscure during his lifetime, Zha Haisheng has â since killing himself in 1989 â become one of the most popular and influential poets of contemporary China, ...
Jewish Professor and Poet Discusses His New Book of Poetry Algemeiner
Baruch November is a professor of English at Touro College in Manhattan. His poems have appeared in The Forward, The Jewish Journal, Paterson Literary ...
Poetry in motion: Sierra Poetry Festival commemorates National Poetry Month - The Union of Grass Valley
Poetry in motion: Sierra Poetry Festival commemorates National Poetry Month The Union of Grass Valley
Did you know poetry is the fastest growing artform in the United States? The Nevada County Arts Council is working to make certain you do. In fact it is,
Poetry 719 to host Black Voices Matter, Denim Day Open Mic Colorado Springs Independent
Black Voices Matter, April 19, 6:30-9 p.m., Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region, 506 E. Moreno Ave.; Denim Day Open Mic: April 24, 6:30-9 p.m., Tim Gill ...
A young poet shaped by religious language The Christian Century
Nate Marshall is a poet and rapper whose work about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Wild Hundreds, was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry ...
Petaluma poet sur-prized by Pulitzer KGO-TV
A Bay Area poet named a Pulitzer Prize recipient this week was recognized for a book of poems that many would consider "dark." The collection deals with ...
Running on Coffee: And the Pulitzer for poetry goes to... Reading Eagle
Earlier this week the Pulitzer Prizes for the arts and journalism were announced, which included the prize for poetry, awarded to Forrest Gander for.
UWEC's International Poetry Night Features Verses in More... Volume One
Even when listeners do not speak the language, words still carry meaning. When set to poetry, phrases take on new life and a greater understanding. UW-Eau ...
Shaping the world through poetry Sentinel & Enterprise
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Leominster Public Library is hosting a poetry reading event featuring U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, author of "Soul ...
The Universal Notebook: The art of poetry The Forecaster
âWhen you are a famous poet in America,â John Ashbery once observed, âyou are not famous.â Unlike most everything else in America, including many other art ...
Jammin' for poetry: Students perform prose | Merrimack Valley Eagle-Tribune
NORTH ANDOVER â With April vacation only two or three hours away, 50 or so students and a few adults produced the annual North Andover High School ...
Valley Verses: Conway resident to release first poetry collection, âKairosâ The Recorder
A first glance at the elevated diction and usage of the sonnet form in Conway resident Libby Maxey's poetry might make readers believe it's inaccessible. But to ...
âA golden age of poetry and power of which this noondayâs the beginning hourâ¦â - Ukiah Daily Journal
âA golden age of poetry and power of which this noondayâs the beginning hourâ¦â Ukiah Daily Journal
Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 am. yesterday, 154 years ago. America doesn't write much public poetry these days. Plenty of poetry, of course, but not much ...
Poem in Your Pocket Day: 'Song of Myself' (Verse 52) by Walt Whitman Cherry Hill Courier Post
We are celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day and National Poetry Month with a poem by Walt Whitman for you to share.
Plenty for us to do here for Poetry Month Greensboro News & Record
April is National Poetry Month, my sisters and brothers! Check out the Greensboro Public Library's programs for a wide variety of ways to celebrate at all branch ...
Ann Cannon: Poetry recommendations for the kids in your life Salt Lake Tribune
Dear Readers â¢ Here's the deal. Little kids like poetry. No, really. They do! Especially if it has a good beat and you can dance to it. It's only after we send them off ...
Poetry spot: 'His Gun Shooting, a Vigilante' by Sylvia Chan AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
The Poet of Premature Endings The Atlantic
In his work for The Atlantic, W. S. Merwin often wrote about time slipping away and goals remaining just out of reach.
âWild Nights with Emilyâ an ode to rebellious poet Boston Herald
A portrait of an American artist, whose work still shines brightly, and may be funnier and more subversive and prophetic than we ever dreamed.
Listen: Seamus Heaney celebrated - The Poetry Programme RTE.ie
In this week's Poetry Programme on RTÃ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary was joined by Kerry-based poet Paddy Bushe, and the programme remembered Seamus ...
Najwa Zebian on how poetry helps her define home Cambridge Times
Najwa Zebian is one of a new generation of poets who have become popular through social media and, particularly, Instagram, with almost a million followers ...
How to Write Poetry About Conflict The Atlantic
In the late '70s, Carolyn ForchÃ© traveled to El Salvador on the eve of its civil war, knowing little about the country. Crucially, she understood how little she knew.
Photos: RenÃ©e Adams leads Del Ray poetry walk Alexandria Times
RenÃ©e Adams, the creator and curator of a Del Ray poetry fence, led a poetry walk down Mount Vernon Avenue on April 6. During the walk, Adams took ...
A Poetic Body of Work Grapples With the Physical Body at Risk The New York Times
In âThe Tradition,â Jericho Brown witnesses and celebrates vulnerability and resilience in a country that too often scorns or condemns them.
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet of lines like âchiseled marble,â dies at 76 Washington Post
Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the Texas desert ...
5 YA Poetry Audiobooks Read By the Author Book Riot
Poetry is meant to be read aloud! To celebrate National Poetry Month, enjoy these five YA poetry audiobooks, all read by their authors!
In West Hartford, Maria Sassi hosts poetry read-in at Noah Webster House West Hartford News
WEST HARTFORD â Join Poet Laureate Emeritus Maria Sassi for an afternoon of poetry at Noah Webster House. On Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., the ...
In David Bakerâs nature poetry, devastation lurks always in the background The Washington Post
David Baker published his first book of poetry, âHaunts,â in 1985. That title, both noun and verb, says a lot about the tone and tenor of the poetry Baker has ...
Poetry at work strategy+business Today
The brilliant poet Wallace Stevens spent his career in the insurance industry. To what extent did these two aspects of his life nourish one another?
Julian to Read from Poetry Debut County 3
Former Sheridan resident Tyler Truman Julian will read from his full-length poetry debut, âWyoming: The Next Question to Ask (to Answer)â at the Inner Circle at ...
He believes poetry is the fountain of youth The Boston Globe
Award-winning poet Major Jackson is the author of four collections, most recently âRoll Deep.â Jackson is a professor at the University of Vermont and poetry ...
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet who explored love and loss, dies at 76 Los Angeles Times
Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of Northern California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the ...
West Seattle Wednesday: From light rail to poetry and way beyond... West Seattle Blog
First, a reminder of our special seasonal guide: HOLY WEEK/EASTER/PASSOVER: Events all week, from services to egg hunts (and a few extras) through ...
Students experience poetry, prof-rock at final Wellspring event of 2018-19 year - Central Michigan Life
Students experience poetry, prof-rock at final Wellspring event of 2018-19 year Central Michigan Life
Poetry, fiction and rock 'n' roll were all featured at the final Wellspring Literary Series event of the 2018-19 academic year.
Poetry book of the month: Insomnia by John Kinsella - review The Guardian
The relationship between art and our beleaguered ecosystem fires the Australian poet's new collection.
Heartbreaking poetry George Michael wrote at 11-years-old proves the star's early talent - Smooth Radio
Heartbreaking poetry George Michael wrote at 11-years-old proves the star's early talent Smooth Radio
Poems written by George Michael when he was just 11-years-old demonstrates the star's amazing writing ability from a very young age. The complex and ...
Workshop Helps Kids Find Language And Poetry Without Words WJCT NEWS
April is national poetry month and the O, Miami poetry festival wants to reach every resident of Dade County with a poemâincluding a group of South Florida.
Stanley Plumly, Md. poet laureate who wrote of nature and memory, dies at 79 Washington Post
Stanley Plumly, a poet and University of Maryland professor who served as the state's poet laureate for nine years and also published well-regarded nonfiction ...
Poetry at McLeod returns on Sun. April 28 with activist poet Glenis Redmond Charleston City Paper
The latest installment in the Poetry at McLeod series will feature âImagination Activistâ poet Glenis Redmond. The reception and reading will be held at McLeod ...
Eco-Poets take the stage The LumberJack
Three poets read for national poetry month at Northtown Books.
Poetry and Prose Project presents classic poetry | Sedona.Biz - The Internet Voice of Sedona and The Verde Valley - Sedona.biz
Poetry and Prose Project presents classic poetry | Sedona.Biz - The Internet Voice of Sedona and The Verde Valley Sedona.biz
Sedona AZ (April 18, 2019) - On Friday, April 26th at 5pm the Poetry and Prose Project will present their annual classic poetry revue.
Metaphors, Medicine, And The Poetry Of Science Science Friday
April is National Poetry Month, a time of readings, outreach programs, and enthusiastic celebration of the craft. And for a special Science Friday celebration, we'll ...
Florida Florida Public Library hosts Spring Poetry CafÃ© on April 26 The Warwick Advertiser
The Florida Public Library will host the 13th anniversary of its popular Poetry CafÃ© for adults age 16 and up on Friday, April 26. This will be the 53rd cafÃ© in the ...
Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience The New York Times
David Orr's âDangerous Household Items,â John Koethe's âWalking Backwardsâ and Sarah Gambito's âLoves Youâ celebrate daily moments in very different ...
How poetry can help kids get to college Detroit Free Press
Poetry has tangible benefits for kids who read and write it, the executive director of Detroit nonprofit InsideOut Literary Arts writes.
MFA Instructor Kwame Dawes Wins Prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry Pacific University
MFA Faculty Member Kwame Dawes was honored for his poetry by the judges of the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prizes. The award was announced in ...
These students found rhythm, art and joy through poetry Miami Herald
Listening to poems in English and Spanish from Shel Siliverstein, Francisco Xavier AlarcÃ³n and E.E. Cummings, students at the Brucie Ball Education Center ...
Libraries Provide Exhibit for Walton Arts Center Poetry Crawl Saturday - University of Arkansas Newswire
Libraries Provide Exhibit for Walton Arts Center Poetry Crawl Saturday University of Arkansas Newswire
A Poetry Crawl in celebration of National Poetry Month is set for this Saturday, April 20. It starts at the Fayetteville Public Library, leads to KUAF Radio and then ...
Local poet remembers Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon at event Concord Monitor
In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the ...
In age of fast Twitter fame, these poets work in slow obscurity. They're on to something. - NorthJersey.com
In age of fast Twitter fame, these poets work in slow obscurity. They're on to something. NorthJersey.com
In Rutherford, in a building named for William Carlos Williams, group members meet in obscurity to argue and perfect their work.
Dickinson vs. Whitman, the Poetry Knockout! Dartmouth Week
Join us for an evening of great poetry at the MAC. First, a poetic dual between two writers of the same generation who seem polar opposites. Emily Dickinson ...
Poetry celebrated at Carnegie event The Turlock Journal
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Carnegie Arts Center presents âPoetry Overturned: Ladies of the Knight.â
'Poetry is so alive': 3 local students competing in national poetry competition CBC.ca
Poetry in Voices is a recitation competition that's been around for nine years. Students from 1400 schools across Canada are participating.
Humanities Kansas announces Topekan Huascar Medina as 2019-21 poet laureate - The Garden City Telegram
Humanities Kansas announces Topekan Huascar Medina as 2019-21 poet laureate The Garden City Telegram
Huascar Medina calls himself a helianthus â a type of sunflower that has planted a seed in Kansas, taken root and is now blooming.Medina is a Topekan, ...
Kate Clanchy: âPoetry makes children feel important, that theyâre heardâ The Guardian
The writer and schoolteacher on poetry's power to inspire the young.
Professor creates organization encouraging students of all majors to explore poetry Daily Bruin
Every member of the UCLA community should read or hear a poem sometime between this April and June, said English adjunct assistant professor Reed Wilson ...
PAPERWORK: Poetry speaks to me, and now to thee MyWebTimes.com
Then you notice you are not alone. Sitting next to you is a stranger. Yet you feel connected to this person you do not know. You're not sure why. The stranger ...
Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural World The New Yorker
Dan Chiasson on David Baker, a poet of American anti-pastoral who renders both the landscape and the forces that imperil it.
Students to read their poetry on campus â Ka LÄ: Honolulu Community College Student News - The Kala
Students to read their poetry on campus â Ka LÄ: Honolulu Community College Student News The Kala
Seven Honolulu CC creative writing students will celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in Hulili Ke Kukui ...
Poetry round-up: McCarthy delights with second collection in two years The Irish Times
Plus new poetry from Julia Copus.
Stanley Plumly, former Maryland poet laureate, dies Baltimore Sun
Stanley Plumly, Maryland's former poet laureate and a respected University of Maryland faculty member who taught creative writing, died of complications of ...
Poetry Matters One Soul and One Orbit at a Time Dissident Voice
I think poetry, if it's going to be really engaging and engaged, has to be able to come at the issues of our lives from all kinds of angles and all kinds of.
In turbulent times, Richard Blanco creates 'bridges of empathy' in new poetry book NBCNews.com
Richard Blanco builds on his role as a civic poet in his new book, âHow to Love a Country," tackling national issues such as gun violence, immigration, gay ...
Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus wins Ted Hughes award BBC News
London poet Raymond Antrobus, who was thought to be dyslexic with severe learning disabilities until his deafness was discovered at the age of six, has won ...
Writer Yanyi Reads A Poem From His Collection, 'The Year Of Blue Water' KSMU Radio
AILSA CHANG, HOST: For the writer Yanyi, poetry is everywhere. YANYI: I've written poetry accidentally while texting my friends, while getting really excited ...
Poetry movement thrives on campus The Villager Stevenson University
National Poetry Month is a time to honor poetry and its craft. The month of April is a special period for interested students to become involved in reading and ...
In new book of poetry, Richard Blanco reflects on an ever-changing America Press Herald
Richard Blanco's sense of duty shifted when he delivered a poem on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for Barack Obama's second inauguration, an event now ...
Portland's CafÃ© Review marks 30 years of curating poetry from around the world Press Herald
The CafÃ© Review began humbly, as 16 mimeographed sheets of paper stapled together. The poets who gathered regularly at Woodfords CafÃ© in Portland ...
Up to 12 poets will compete in a poetry slam at Kishwaukee DeKalb Daily Chronicle
MALTA â In celebration of National Poetry Month, up to 12 poets will take the stage for a Poetry Slam from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 30 in the Student Lounge, ...
Queer Poetry Collections to Read During National Poetry Month Book Riot
Pick up these queer poetry collections for National Poetry Month, or any month, and discover diverse voices as *fresh* as they are powerful.
Enter Our Classical Chinese Poetry Illustration Contest! That's Online
Help the classics live on by creating your own illustrations of China's timeless traditions.
13 New Poetry Collections You Need To Read This Spring Bustle
If you're having a rough go of it this spring, don't worry. I've got 11 poetry collections to read that will reflect your inner world and open you up to a whole new ...
$4 million gift supports poetry at Bennington Bennington Banner
BENNINGTON â Bennington College has been given a $4 million gift for its Poetry at Bennington program, funding that further advances the college's current ...
Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta brings 'real life fiction' to Alexandria Alexandria Times
By Cody Mello-Klein | email@example.com KaNikki Jakarta was born with the words of Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou in her head. While.
San Jose students give new meaning to âtrashy poetryâ The Mercury News
Inspirational verses written by the 20 student winners of the "Litter-ature" competition are being installed on 500 trash cans in the city.
On poetry, tradition, risk-taking, and colonial barbarians Al Jazeera English
A conversation between Indian poet Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee and Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish.
There are dark stirrings in Brexiteersâ sudden fixation with poetry The Guardian
Geoffrey Cox et al are casting themselves as epic heroes fighting for a return to a purer past, says cultural historian Edward Sugden.
MSU artist brings healing through poetry to prisons WLNS
It takes special training to meet the security demands of each prison and there's never enough spots in the class for all of the interested inmates. But Delgado ...
Police officers awarded for writing book on Constitution in poetry Business Standard
Read more about Police officers awarded for writing book on Constitution in poetry on Business Standard. A Delhi Police officer has been awarded "Pandit ...
Fun Ideas for Poetry Month WFSB
April is poetry month and family and lifestyle blogger Julie Kieras is here with fun games and activities to get the kids excited about poetry. To see more products ...
Five Mixed Poems, with Notes [now is Spanish and English]
1.Night in Jamaica [Peruvianism: 1810]It was a rainy night they say When don Simon Bolivar Slept in the arms of beautiful -Luisa Crober (of Jamaica); thus an Assassin missed his mark When he stabbed Major Amestoy Sleeping in the dark In Bolivar's hammock!.
Learn About Love From Poet Rumi
In this modern age of technology, busy lifestyles, and obsession with consumerism have taken a lot of the romance and love out of our lives. The Internet has become a medium to connect with people as everyone is finding it a lot harder to meet one another in the 'real' world.
Lima, City with the Stretched out Wings [In English and Spanish]
Lima, City with the Stretched out WingsIt's an ink-black night: no stars: a moon in sightJust dots of: red, green and white-white lightsAs the plane descends, descends, slides down On the long-drawn-out-spun-out lingering city of lights Uneven as a crumbled cake, lit up like a Christmas tree-The sleepless city, with its stretched out wingsStretching from the mountains to the sea- Winding through the valley's, forests, and streams Stretches, stretches its naked wings-endlesslyAs,I'm descending, down, over and around the city (descending, descending, and sliding to the ground)The city with stretched out wings-and endless lights Down, behind, around, the ground, it's immune to me I'm just part of its evening, a baptism in its inky seaInvisible people: cats, dogs, birds, and rats-infiniteUncountable: dots; streams of lit dots, dot-lights; People: walking, talking, sleeping, eating by the dots People: waiting, killing, robbing, praying, by the dotsFor tomorrow, tomorrow and another tomorrowThey say-:you are ruthless, and I know this to be trueAnd they tell me you have thieves and murders-And this, I dare say-but shall-is also true, very true But show me a city to the contrary of eight-million-? I shake my fist and say: '?show me! But no one does'So alive, so brave, with strong and hungry hearts;I say, show me one that sings in poverty and smiles Prove me one that celebrates year-round of its heroes Show me painters that are as good-that sell on streets-As good as: Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, and Yang YangAnd that welcomes the world with stretched out arms-Show me all this, or some of this, and I will say no moreWith this,I descend to its streets, its crowed winding streetsAs well as, to its neighborhoods with dust and soiled air, And hear the laughs of the children; the dogs on roofs Sights of the shoe-shiners: men and boys, in the parksAnd the numerous food carts; -- musicians, paper sellersAnd with its naked featherless wings, covering all-My Lima, Peru with its renowned Cathedral:Golden yellow with towering crowns, andWithin its plaza-square, a water fountain-celebrated.Under its sins, with its wrinkled aged men, lovely women,They all stand tall and bow to its Inca history, its glory- Its world that once ruled all, like the Roman Empire,Like the American Dream, they were the noble, the kingsAnd now, from drudgery and toil, sweat and strive, all, all Grinding, grinding away, each and everyday, lover of the, King of Kings: Jesus Christ-this is the Lima I know today; a mighty ship that has already sailed the seven seas, now resting!?Spanish VersionLima, La ciudad con las alas extendidas Translated by Rosa PeñalozaEsta es una noche oscura: no estrellas, ni luna a la vistaSolo puntos: rojo, verde y blanco-luces blancasMientras que el avión desciende, desciende, bajando A la larga-extendida-plana persistente ciudad de luces Plana como un panqueque, encendida como un árbol de navidad-La despierta ciudad, con sus alas extendidasExtendidas desde las montañas hacia el océano Zigzagueante a través de los valles, bosques y riachuelos Estirando, estirando sus alas desnudas-interminablesMientras,Voy descendiendo, abajo, por encima y alrededor de la ciudad (Descendiendo, descendiendo, y deslizándose a la tierra)La ciudad con las alas extendidas-y luces interminables Abajo, Abajo, detrás, alrededor, la tierra, es inmune a mí Sólo soy parte de esta noche, un bautizado en su oscuro océanoInvisible: gente, gatos, perros, pájaros, y ratas, infinidadIncontables: puntos, riachuelos de luz, puntos de luz; Gente: caminando, conversando, durmiendo, comiendo bajo los puntos de luz Gente: esperando, matando, robando, rezando bajo los puntos de luzPor mañana, mañana y otro mañanaEllos dicen--:Tu eres implacable, y yo se que esto es verdadY ellos me dicen tú tienes ladrones, y muertes-Y esto, me atrevo a decir, que esto también es cierto, muy ciertoPero muéstrame una ciudad de ocho millones contraria --? Sacudo mis puños y digo: "?muéstrame," pero nadie lo haceTan viva, tan valerosa, con corazones fuertes y hambrientos:Digo, muéstrame una que canta en pobreza, y sonríe Pruébame una como esa, que celebra alrededor del año a sus héroes Muéstrame pintores tan buenos-que venden en las calles-Tan buenos como: Picasso, Dali, Rembrant y Yang YangY que recibe al mundo con extendidos brazosMuéstrame todo esto, o algo de esto, y no diré masCon esto,Desciendo a sus calles, atiborrada, zigzagueantes callesAsí como su raro vecindario con polvo en el aire Y oigo la risa de los niños, los perros en los techos Vista de los lustrabotas, hombres y muchachos, en los parquesY los numerosos carros de comida, músicos y vendedores de periódicosY con su desnuda y desplumadas alas, cubriendo todo-Mi Lima, Perú, con su renombrada catedral:Amarilla dorada con su coronadas torres, yDentro de su plaza cuadrada, una celebrada piletaBajo su piel, con sus arrugados ancianos, tiernas mujeres,Todos ellos parados altos, y reverenciando a su historia inca, sugloria- Su mundo que una vez gobernó todo, como el Imperio RomanoComo el sueño de América, ellos fueron los nobles, los reyesY ahora de pesadez, y esfuerzo, sudor, lucha, todos, todos extenuados, fatigados, este y cada día, amantes del Rey de los Reyes: Jesucristo-esta es la Lima que conozco, hoy; un poderoso barco que ya navegó los siete mares, ahora descansando?Author/Poet Dennis Siluk, web site: http://dennissiluk.
Exalted Poetry; Two poem [and commentary]
Bells for Belphegor!..
Two Poems: Black Poncho, and Spirits of de Copan [in English and Spanish]
English Version12) Black Poncho(of Saint Cosme Hill, by Lima, Peru)Lost in the grottos of Peru- By the hills of Huancayo Black Poncho was given A treasure of gold?; By none other than, Demonic goblins!?in the form of scorching fruit; Hence, Black Poncho fooled The goblins of oldBy using his poncho to pull The sizzling golden fruit Through the Andes to Lima, Peru!?Henceforward, he was swindled By a jeweler of dire repute. Thus, his life changed (as so often they do); And now he lives with: Thirty-five dogs, on San Cosme Hill.
It Was Not Me
It was not me as I am now. It was not me as I was then.
The Merchant of Copan [In English and Spanish]
English VersionThe Merchant of Copan [480 AD]Advance: The ballgame at the Honduras courtyard in Copan, the year was 480 AD, Copan's 3rd ruler, Mat Head, whom succeeded Quetzal Macaw, whom was the founder of the city is now the new ruler. Mat Head, was a female, the spouse of Quetzal Macaw, and here is where the story begins.
Looking Out the Rear Window
The funeral rite concluded With the pastor shaking hands, Offering words of comfort I didn't quite understand.The undertakers came forth And summoned pallbearers' four.
The Spirits de Copan
Part oneI see them in the skies I hear them in their hells They whisper and they moanAnd never are alone- The Spirits and the Ghouls? The Spirits de Copan!They are shadows in my world Echoes in my dreams A mystery and a force To a cosmic happening! The Spirits and the Ghouls? The Spirits de Copan!..
You can do and you can be whatever you want. You have the power, and the right, to make the changes.
THe Monster Mash, A Graveyard SMASH (short story I wrote when I was 11)
The Monster Mash The Graveyard SmashHave you heard of the Monster Mash? I suppose you know the story of how it came to be, right? Well, I'm here to tell the TRUE story to you.It sarted out late one night, when all monsters where out of human sight.
Like a cat I slumber, blissfully unencumbered, Through eighty per cent of my allotted span, Occasionally awoken, when dissent is spoken, And I invent another cunning five year plan, Lately it was pensions, that were being mentioned, So I borrowed from the French and Robespierre, Scrap all that went before, saved by tooth and claw, And let my all equal Citizens appear, Currently it is time, for me to be in my prime, For there is another election looming, I have to appear sincere, for part of this coming year, And assure everyone that everything is booming, Never mind strict quotas, Ive imported multitudes of voters, And told them which party let them stay, Though Ive rigged the postal vote, and defamed everyone of note, You never know what might happen on the day.So to be on the safe side, I swallow all my pride, And allow my people to hear my hallowed voice, And roll out the charade, put on the facade, And even make believe they have a choice, Next time around the crown, will be trampled underground, House of Lords and Lord Chancellor history, With the other Chancellor gone, I alone will soldier on, Yes, then there will only ever be me, Ill hold elections for you, as all dictators do, And fill positions with those that grease my palm, As for civil unrest, there is always house arrest, Or secret imprisonment for those that mean me harm.
The Plane from Iquitos [1959-Part One]
Iquitos & the Amazon Part OneIt was December 2, l959, I was sitting on a small prop-plane leaving Iquitos, Peru for a trip down the Amazon toward the opening, the mouth of the mighty Amazon,--to Manaus. As we flew low one could see the waters of the Amazon, the city always impressed me, but more from this birds-eye view, you could see the mighty river in its squid like form, with all it tentacles [contributories: waters linking to the river].
The Lull of Twilight [Over Mantaro Valley] In English and Spanish
Twilight, was now beginning. As forthe sun, it was down-down over the Mantaro Valley of Peru.
Growing hurts sometimes; saying goodbye to friends, to things you've known and done to things you wanted to do. Growing heals sometimes the shattered dreams and hopes of a life you once knew leading you to a new knowledge of yourself.
Robert Burns Love Poem: A Red, Red Rose
Robert Burns, a poor man, an educated man, and a ladies' man, is representative of Scotland, much like whisky, haggis, bagpipes, and kilts. He lived a life shortened by rheumatic heart disease, 1759-1796, but his life journey through poverty, informal education, disappointed love, nationalism, and literary and financial success can be identified by all Scots and common men the world over.
The Art of Receiving Poetic Critique
You can show your poem to your mom, your spouse, your co-workers, or your friends, but you might not get the responses that you can suck up into your little writing fingers to use in an effort to refine your craft. What does it really mean when someone who cares about you, but not for poetry says, "Wow, this is great.
Two Poems: Boyhood, and Old Age [with a note on style]
BoyhoodOh me! Thy glorious days have flown! I mealy noticed, now they're gone, How quickly passed the flowers! Time does not stop youth's bells; It was like I was in a spell, And my face now shows the hours!Ah yes! My youthful past days, Still lively in my golden age, When all was quick and new Now wrapped in pictures and books, And friends and family were all I knew And love was shown by friendly looks!#741 6/26/05Old AgeThey stop by to see me now To find what's old and new, They peer into my-everything, And criticize my views; They tell me what I should like, And that I should be grieved-These are my fragile friends That takes the strongest liberties?I mean to take the buzzer off; And put the phone outside the door; In vain I speak to tell them why -I shan't live here anymore!#742 6/26/05A note on Style: some people ask, "What style of poetry to you like the best?" I can never answer that question; it is open-ended to me. If I feel like breaking free from tradition as in the poem of: "Old Age," so be it; and if I feel traditional verse, a stricter formal pattern should be used, as in "Boyhood," and can contribute richly to the poem, so it is.
Do you ever stare at the paper, waiting for poetic inspiration? Well, you can stop waiting and start using systematic techniques for creating poetry. If it seems too mechanical or artificial at first, don't worry.
I Shall Wait...
I Shall Wait..
|home | site map | Art of the Ocean|