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Postby Calandria » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:56 pm

An Hour

An hour. An hour,
crawling, stalking,
skittering
like a one legged spider
movements so fast -
indistinguishable from standstill
an hour?
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:00 pm

And... I'm back! :x

I'll try to post as often as I can, but between work and translator school my free time is somewhat limited; not to mention family and friends who would also like to have a bit of my attention.

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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:04 pm

The Jester

A jester sat in the dark
screaming and laughing
until there was only silence

A fool sat surrounded
rhyming with death
and only deaf ears to hear

A clown in motley sat singing
hearing music only he could perceive
in tune to the slow
drip
drip
drip
blood on sharp blades
dripping on.



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This Jester would be Cicero from Skyrim
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby soxtalon » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:09 pm

It's starting to feel a little more...right with this thread :). You haven't lost your touch midear :)
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:12 pm

Loving the new stuff, Cala.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:15 pm

Hehehe. I actually missed having a place to throw my work at. There's quite a bit of it sitting rusting in notebooks. Trains are good for something after all. ;)
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Emperor's Prize » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:31 pm

Trains (LIRR, specifically) are how I finished my book. Great stuff, Cala. Love the imagery (one legged spider; A clown in motley sat singing hearing music only he could perceive).
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:17 pm

Well I do have 2.5 hours one way to get to my classes... and that 2x a week. Plenty of time to write or just daydream. Or whatever else you can do on a train :p

But I didn't stop writing in the past few years. Some of it just tends not to be publishable. ;)
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:15 pm

Je chante

Snow falls, blanketing the world in white.
A sheen of ice covers all
Yellow shimmering gold
Green entwined with purity.

Je chante. Je chante.
L'été et l'hiver
La vie et la mort.
Je chante.

Screech over silent fields
lifted heads
shrugged shoulders
Another one dead?

Je chante. Je chante.
Une prière et un juron
Sacré et condamné
Je chante.

There's blood on that snow
innocent or cursed?
There's blood on those hands
and no one left to care.

Je chante.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:07 pm

Sublime imagery, Cala...
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:22 pm

Thanks :)
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Emperor's Prize » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:45 am

I love the juxtaposition of French and English. Reminds me of a poem I wrote years ago. Beautiful imagery and message. Keep singing, Cala!
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:12 am

Thanks! I love playing with the different sounds/feel of languages. I'm working on one eith German and Italian right now, but it still sounds somewhat off to my ear.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:29 pm

Fire

Tap. Tap. Tap.
His words flow dry as tinder
in tune with his steps.
Enough to burn us all to ashes

There is no fire
No match to strike
No spark

Tap. Tap. Tap.
The incessant pacing
Whirles the words about
Leaving them bereft of meaning

The drumming of his feet
Smoother any remaining heat -
our execution

Tap.
Executioner
Tap.
Speaker at our funeral
Tap.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:00 pm

Wow ... haunting visions. Reminds me of Wordsworth: "Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; Our meddling intellect Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things: We murder to dissect"
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Postby Calandria » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Oddly fitting quote EP. Especially since the lesson which inspired this little poem of mine was about technology and the effects of technology on nature.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:28 pm

Well, you captured that spirit very well, I'd say. :D
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:31 pm

I thank thee for the compliment. It's not always easy to get the effect I want, but sometimes I see just a few of the words as they should be, and the rest eventually trips in and falls in place around them. :D
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:37 pm

I love that part of the process. Especially with poetry. A few surgically placed words ... and you get something very powerful as a result.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:40 pm

Sometimes when I read back over some of the things I've written, I'm amazed at how the words seem to work together. I've developed a new passion for poetry and can actually understand one of my professors who could talk for 2 hours about a 10 line poem. Seeing words used in perfection is just awe inspiring to me.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:59 am

As much as I have enjoyed my transition into novels, there's still something incredibly sublime about poetry.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby soxtalon » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:35 pm

Poetry gives a more immediate satisfaction. It's not easy...but it can be completed relatively (to say a novel) quickly. It's a good feeling...
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby The Count » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:43 am

My latest obsession has been the First World War and its literature, and I have to say that Je Chante and Taps strike me as thematically similar. Maybe I just want to read everything this way, but the bleak, lifeless imagery next to French (which I don't at all understand) take me right to the resignation of Belle Epoque men stuck in trenches. There's apathy over (and amongst) death, with "screech[es]" overhead. (The sky is a fickle symbol in WWI poetry--it's at the same time the only pure nature left to view from trenches, but also a mysterious source of death. Soliders know where the enemy is, but never the artillery shells they fire.)

Taps had a brisk rhythm to it that moves with a Wilfred Owen-like speed from its simplicity. It has a military air, and is also filled with dispassionate recitation of likely death.

Maybe I ought to find a new genre to get into, because its making everything seem so depressing and hopeless. :p
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby Calandria » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:09 am

Well, there's nothing wrong per se with depressing and hopeless... as long as you're not there yourself. :p

But morbid as it is, war poetry (in general) tends to have a beauty in it that tends to be forgotten. As bleak and depressing as those works are, they tend desperately hang on to that one spark that might just help them survive (the beauty of the sky, a hint of warmth, the way the snow covers the ground.) I tend to find those works as by far more reflective of base human nature than many treaties on the subject, because they tend to be at the same time more gruesome and idealistic.
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Re: Cala's Poetry Corner

Postby The Count » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:14 am

Actually, Sassoon and Owen were making me just as depressing and hopeless. :p I've found a lot of similarities between the themes of WWI literature and the fire service. I might even write some of it down.
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