Thoughts Of A War
Curiosity Of Nations by Peter Rivendell The destruction of an old way of living leads to escape and renewal. [254 words]
Eternal Desire by R Bennett Okerstrom A vampire will stop at nothing to claim his bride and grant her immortality. [84 words]
Deliverance by R Bennett Okerstrom Lingering thoughts and images of something I cannot recall. [97 words]
A Lullaby Consecrated To Infant The Terrible by Duke Sekhon Satirical verse. [1,970 words]
Believe by Luis Felipe Moura A girl dreams of true love. But all she has to do is believe... [67 words]
Crying Angel by Luis Felipe Moura Ever lost your love because you wanted them to change? This poem is a metaphore that talks about t... [133 words]
Dreams Of My Soul by Luis Felipe Moura It talks about a boy who's loved a girl for a very long time, but she doesn't understand his ... [158 words]
I've Had You... by Luis Felipe Moura True love never changes... [85 words]
Living Tonight by Luis Felipe Moura A couple wants to seize the night, without worrying about tomorrow... [92 words]
Chronos by Luis Felipe Moura What memories are everlasting? [53 words]
Dream Love by Luis Felipe Moura A boy falls in love with a girl, but it was only a dream... or was it? [91 words]
If... by Luis Felipe Moura If you believe that true love requires unconditional devotion, then you'll like this poem. [87 words]
Super Conscious Pilgrimage by Stuart Eric Longridge The end of the old systems. [135 words]
My Young Friend by Stuart Eric Longridge Listen to your elders. [210 words]
Bodies At Rest by A J Magy I lost this piece some months ago; searched all over, couldn't find it anywhere... It's funny h... [54 words]
Monkey Boy by Stuart Eric Longridge The transforming times we are living in [220 words]
The Principal Fascination by Stuart Eric Longridge They were not tombs. [227 words]
Oh! What Lovely Weather We Are Having by Stuart Eric Longridge Nature is God. [447 words]
The Wests Misconception Of Islam by Stuart Eric Longridge They don't want war either. [237 words]
A Test Of Faith by Stuart Eric Longridge Our lost chapter. [187 words]
2003 by Stuart Eric Longridge Solving a mystery. [204 words]
Falling by Peter Rivendell the first poem I wrote after years of not writing... it`s about a feeling that I often have lately, tha... [132 words]
Waiting For The Rain by Lawrence Peters - [118 words]
Time Enough For You by Lawrence Peters - [103 words]
When Winter Comes by Peter Rivendell The struggle to connect. [148 words]
Triptych by Peter Rivendell Three linked poems about alienation. [339 words]
Yeah Yeah by Stuart Eric Longridge Symbolic, nothing more. [430 words]
'ticement 18 W. I. S. H. (When I See Her) by Lawrence Peters - [91 words]
Yin And Yang by Stuart Eric Longridge The secret of peace. [127 words]
Why To Kill A Princess by Stuart Eric Longridge Not an accident. [194 words]
When I Grow Old by Roberto J Moreno This is a thought that occured when talking to my Grandfather one night. [193 words]
We Come In Pieces by Stuart Eric Longridge A near miss. [147 words]
Wave by Peter Rivendell - [34 words]
Vivifying Deluge by Ali Nicole I think all can relate... [172 words]
Visions by Yasen Kyanov - [63 words]
The Ones From In-Between by Stuart Eric Longridge Now you see them now you don't. [97 words]
The Man Of Stone by Kristin Renee Bond My poem is about how we should take the time to see God, in everything and help others to see ... [582 words]
Swimming Against The Tide by Peter Rivendell - [90 words]
Some Day by Stuart Eric Longridge A sad situation. [179 words]
Silent Command by Peter Rivendell - [208 words]
Scared by Peter Rivendell - [74 words]
Once Again, With Feeling by Lawrence Peters - [134 words]
No Joke by Stuart Eric Longridge You must have noticed something wasnt right, or maybe not. [238 words]
My Parents Have The Mania by Ulysses Hero A little light Humor. [177 words]
Love X 2 by Lawrence Peters - [101 words]
If But For A Moment... by Lawrence Peters - [126 words]
Government Business by William Faitel This is how I feel about our disputes. They support our economy. [74 words]
Finding You by Michelle Anthony - [52 words]
Easy Answer by Kurt Kitasaki An easy answer to an easy question. [35 words]
Cosmic Sluice by Stuart Eric Longridge That great place named space. [163 words]
Colours For Killing by Stuart Eric Longridge My poor home N. Ireland. [280 words]
Cloaking Device by Stuart Eric Longridge We are very trusting. [202 words]
Breathe by Stuart Eric Longridge Vibration. [113 words]
Baseless, Information, Before, Leaving, Earth by Stuart Eric Longridge A realization of dangerous mistranslation. [540 words]
Aspects by Emily Hunter - [6 words]
A Sigh Of Relief by Stuart Eric Longridge The flintstones revisited. [100 words]
8.14.02 by Kirsten McManus - [111 words]
Undisclosed Male by Fyona Doyle Latz - [48 words]
Traffic Cop by Kurt Kitasaki A short poem on how to deal with traffic violations. [20 words]
Too Far by Fyona Doyle Latz - [19 words]
This Ones For You by David Wrigley Just a small simple poem about someone special. [29 words]
The Window by Kylan Masters A poem written for those hoping for the courage to do what may seem tough to handle. [222 words]
The Tigershadow Legacy by Aaron Wheeler - [87 words]
The Out-Path, In by Kylan Masters Sometimes one has to travel through the storm to find the sunshine. [262 words]
The Music Of Life by Suneej Surendran Nair A poem i wrote when listening to a beautiful song.I'ts about music saving me from the ugly cl... [116 words]
Stolen Moments In Time by Emily Hunter Beauty and love come in all forms. [97 words]
Special Mushrooms by Fyona Doyle Latz - [28 words]
Reality by Fyona Doyle Latz - [17 words]
Poem To No One by Alberto Pupo Because this is for that somebdy who is nobody... [89 words]
Picture In Picture by Kylan Masters A man trying to decide what is real, what is not and if he can wait for the real answers. [147 words]
Piccadilly Bakery by Fyona Doyle Latz - [49 words]
Percussionist by Andrew French - [16 words]
People I Have Met by David Wrigley Just a poem about just dreaming and being somewhere else. [131 words]
On A Napkin At Rialto's by Ulysses Hero Surreal writing. To explain is to say too much. [96 words]
Ode To The False One... by Alberto Pupo A short little invective against one who has caused her such great pain. [74 words]
Oblivious Journey by Suneej Surendran Nair I wrote this poem when I was 14. This is a poem about a person beginning his Life Journey. He... [79 words]
My Lord by David Wrigley Poem about earths master the sun. [74 words]
Morbidity by Alberto Pupo All that is Morbid. [56 words]
Mango by Fyona Doyle Latz - [36 words]
Just After I Got Him To Sleep by Tara Augeri - [135 words]
Just A Thought by David Wrigley Just came up with it thinking one night. [129 words]
Hammock by Ulysses Hero For all you writers who scribe away on hot summers day: a dreamy submission for the tired of hand. [32 words]
From Me To You by David Wrigley Someone I think about. [49 words]
Beyond Earthly Despair by Alberto Pupo Simply beyond... [51 words]
After The Storm by Alberto Pupo Dedicated to a love that has been tested by past phantoms but still goes on stronger than ever. [78 words]
A Really Very Gothic Poem by Wolfa This is so very depressingly gothic that you will scream with fury and tear your hair... [107 words]
A Monument To Time And Stonehenge by David Soriano A collection of verse. [1501 words]
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Thoughts Of A War
Who me? Born in 1962. Wrote prolifically as a teenager, heavily influenced by books & the music of the time. Stopped writing for 20 years more or less. But started again...
Some of the work here dates from the "early period" - 1979-1982. The rest is since 2000.
I`ve no idea whether I`m a better writer now or then. Maybe I was never any good! I`ve always wondered.
Feedback most welcome...
I've not visited this site at all since January 2006 as I shortly after discovered the unfettred joys of blogging. I'm still writing and actually had a very good summer of writing. I'm posting a recent poem here now but all my recent work is available on my blog - take a look - http://peter-rivendell-poems.blogspot.com/
|AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (53)
A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky (Poetry) A cheery work about emotional displacement, I suppose is one way of putting it. But whatever you think. [184 words]
Across Fields (Poetry) - [25 words] [Relationships]
Adventure Playground (Poetry) - [113 words]
Afraid Of Buildings (Poetry) Written one unhappy morning, but I got a poem out of it... [132 words]
Arriving (Poetry) Just a poem about the way I`ve been feeling lately. [65 words]
At Sea (Poetry) - [39 words]
Best Friend (Poetry) Sometimes you can`t even choose your friends. [62 words]
Catch The Moon (Poetry) An uncertain tale of "forbidden" love. [92 words]
Confusion 1 (Poetry) A game with destiny? You decide. [169 words]
Curiosity Of Nations (Poetry) The destruction of an old way of living leads to escape and renewal. [254 words]
Decisions (Poetry) - [59 words]
Decisions Of Allegiance (Poetry) As a teenager, I revealed my most precious secret to my best friend - my love for him. He rejected me. That painful experience influenced some of the thoughts in this poem. [150 words]
Deep Water (Poetry) Just another day. I know this feeling but we`re not close friends, fortunately. [107 words]
Distortion (Poetry) Written about a million years ago, but still makes a kind of sense...? [129 words]
Drowned (Poetry) A lyric for a love song of sorts - [293 words]
Echoes On Water (Poetry) - [19 words]
Expedition (Poetry) A view of the future? Or a view of the past? Is there any difference? [170 words]
Falling (Poetry) the first poem I wrote after years of not writing... it`s about a feeling that I often have lately, that somewhere along the line, something`s gone horribly wrong and I can`t quite put my finger on it... [132 words]
Flow (Poetry) - [106 words]
Flowers That Only Last A Day (Poetry) - [40 words]
Global Warming (Poetry) - [64 words]
Gone (Poetry) Being miserable is the new black. [197 words]
Heart Of Our Home. (Poetry) Betrayal is not always the greatest betrayal. [83 words]
I Wait (Poetry) Another tale of urban anxiety... probably as much a song as a poem. [133 words]
In Memoriam (Poetry) Short and bitter-sweet. [38 words]
Isolation (Poetry) A poem about... [26 words]
Magazine (Poetry) This poem was inspired by the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood (which inspired the musical "Cabaret"). It`s a story set at the moment when you realise that while you`ve been oblivious to events ... [251 words]
Marching Band (Poetry) When love fades... a lyric as much as a poem... [96 words]
Nightscape (Poetry) - [100 words]
Nightwalk (Poetry) About walking alone at night. That`s it. [193 words]
Opening Up (Poetry) Am I no longer enjoying my job...? [198 words]
Paused In Traffic. (Poetry) The January blues, I guess. [100 words]
Performers (Poetry) When you feel like an outsider, sometimes you hope no one ever notices... Written when I was 18. Seems strange to me now, but can just about remember feeling like this - glad I was able to write it do... [239 words]
Pierrot (Poetry) A love letter, after a fashion. [196 words]
Pushing The River (Poetry) - [39 words]
Random Acts (Poetry) Written by writing lines at random and then organising them into a more "organic" kind of flow - and somehow, it tells a story and makes sense. Just an experiment, but a telling one? [204 words]
Sarcophagus (Poetry) Grief and betrayal in a bleak landscape. [204 words]
Scared (Poetry) - [74 words]
Scratched To Grey (Poetry) ... being in love with someone who can never love you back... [145 words]
Sequence (Poetry) Playing and losing a game with fate. [202 words]
Silent Command (Poetry) - [208 words]
Swimming Against The Tide (Poetry) - [90 words]
The Beating Of Wings (Poetry) For you to decide. [254 words]
The Fundamental Loneliness And Futility Of Our Lives In The Context Of The Vast Infinity Of Time And Space... (Poetry) A feeling. [28 words]
The Storm Inside Him (Poetry) The Storm Inside Him [108 words]
The Trees (Control) (Poetry) It`s up to you to decide. I know what I think. (Title: Control - but that was already taken) [161 words]
Threats (Poetry) Sometimes, even in a crowded place you can feel totally alone... [73 words] [Gay & Lesbian]
Trapped In The Masque (Poetry) A dark hymn for troubled times. [120 words]
Triptych (Poetry) Three linked poems about alienation. [339 words]
Two (Poetry) Just a fragment... but it tells the whole story. [24 words]
Unending Rain (Poetry) Crime doesn`t pay. [76 words]
Wave (Poetry) - [34 words]
When Winter Comes (Poetry) The struggle to connect. [148 words]
Thoughts Of A War
He shifts his suitcase from one hand to another,
Silently gauging the weight.
Contemplating gravity and situations.
Collar turned up against the rain,
He leaves the station and turns.
Converging in the distance,
The railway lines close that part of his life.
The final break.
Periods of rehearsal over the years
Seem irrelevant and with thoughts of home,
He switches to thoughts of a war.
With the air of a concerned stranger,
He surveys the unfamiliar scene,
And makes an arbitrary decision to stay
- as if leaving were one of his alternatives.
A figure brushes past his static form,
And heat flushes in a self-administered wave of humiliation.
In staggered forward motion,
He wonders if there is life on other planets,
And thinks of the life that is his.
A bus shambles past,
Negotiating a slope and advancing age
Like a red warning that bears no hope.
The taxis, lined up to swallow the intermittent stream,
Are financially out of bounds and the girl in the callbox
Smiles as she dials.
He can`t see a clock.
Is impatient with time.
He suggests what he might be waiting for,
And realises that he awaits a signal.
He comes from a town, but his instinctive reactions
Suggest pre-industrial climes.
He thinks of one person,
Perceived through an already vague notion of "home",
And ponders whether he will see him again.
Separation by distance and social design.
Can he be replaced in this new escapade?
This is his long-awaited chance to lay the foundations for some future.
A big opportunity in a big town. In a lot of rain.
And he glances down at feet of clay.
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"Something special, as most of the literature found here... I can see that “Thoughts of A War” is about movement. Movement of the mind, soul and tears, towards a condition in which the three will be able to properly “clothe” the individual. The words are simple, but what they have to say makes them somehow instable from a semasiological point of view. Not all words can deal with the amount of feeling we try to put in them... This usually happens when translating: sometimes the result is not even close to the original, and the feeling is gone. Anyway, that’s the way this poem is, and is not bad at all. I would say... eight or nine. See the young Verlaine in original and you will know what I meant. " -- Boris Merner, Bucharest, Romania.
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