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Old 05-08-2018, 11:53 AM
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me, now long gone
drowned in the sea of us
how to bare such sweetness
intimacy fears the loss of itself
having sought and found our cup
we’ve poured all of us into this grail
now life hold’s this glass in a shaky grip
drinking gladly everyday, knowing all ends
loving with out any question to my last breath.

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Old 05-08-2018, 11:56 AM
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beautiful and monty pyton ish??
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:48 PM
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Glad you liked. Funny I had been thinking of Monty pyton - here is a piece based on them:

The Dead Parrot Society


Dead Parrot? - Yes, indeed! As you may recall, there was a comedy group called Monty Python who did quirky off the wall improvisational sketches. One of their most well known sketches involved the sale of a dead parrot. Bear with me, there is a point to all this.
In the sketch a man comes back into a pet shop to complaining he was just sold a dead parrot. The salesman tells him that the bird - which is clearly dead - was in fact not dead ‘it was just resting’. The customer points out that the bird is nailed to his perch in the cage. The salesman responds that the parrot is nailed to the perch so that he will not fly away. Well, to shorten it up, the customer continues pointing out all of the evidence that the bird is dead and the salesman continues to deny the evidence no matter how compelling.
As this goes on the customer becomes more and more frustrated and agitated and finally begins to bang the bird on the counter while yelling “The Bird is Dead!...Dead!...Dead!!!...”
At this point, the salesman calmly looks at the customer and says, “Well, yes, now”.

My first response was a short burst of laughter. It then occurred to me that I had been to that pet shop - many times. Indeed my whole life people have been trying to sell me dead birds.
“This spanking is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” - Hmmmm. “These carrots taste like candy” - I still hate carrots. “After the surgery you can have all the ice cream you want.” - Who wants ice cream after surgery?
Not only from childhood have I been sold dead parrots but also I have been taught to sell them to others. Often this takes the form of the ‘White Lie’. Telling people how smart, thin, attractive or whatever even when no reasonable person would agree that any of those things were the case. It seems polite society is populated by accomplished liars and in fact, that polite society could not exist without them.
We were taught not to say Aunt Blanche smells funny. But instead of
saying nothing we were taught to ‘kill the parrot’ by saying something like - “Aunt Blanche what nice perfume you are wearing.” - (Evening in Parrot? - or is that Paris, one forgets.)
And then there are the parrots that are self-serving - “I am so skilled that I can’t help but win” (even though I know I have limited skills.) Or D.P.’s that serve our bosses - “You are so smart that I believe everything you tell me.” (Even when we don’t believe a word of it.) How about those birds served up by politicians - “I will increase all your governmental benefits and none of it will cost a cent.” - (Oh yea,- right). All of this gives new meaning to the phrase - giving someone the Bird.
The list of types of dead parrots is endless and more are added to it every day. With more and more technology and less social skills to interfere with it, Dead parrots can be e-mailed and texted and by any other numbers of ways be sent around the world instantaneously. No one anywhere is safe from the dead or dying birds.
So what! (You say). You believe that you know whether a parrot is alive or dead in all cases - Do you really? And if you don’t always know - Is that so bad? To quote from an old movie - Have you ever been stung by a dead bee? (look up To Have and to Have Not.)
I submit to you that not knowing the status of the parrots presented to you can be horrendous and that the longer you don’t know the worse it gets. If you don’t suffer the tooth being filled, eventually they all will need to be pulled. E.D.P.D. (Early Dead Parrot Detection) is essential to successful living. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be required to ‘feed’ some dead birds (more on that subject to come) but it is important to know which are dead while you are doing it.
But who can you depend on to stand up and point them out to you? Who can you turn to in times of confusion? There are few, in this world, that possess the perceptiveness and fortitude needed to identify the status of the parrots in our lives. There exists an organization that is committed to the identification and communication of this bird data - ‘The Dead Parrot Society’.

This semi-secret society has existed since the dawn of ‘sometime’ but as ‘knowing’ is not always labeled as a ‘good thing’ it has remained in the shifting shadows until now.
Given the current situation of the world it may be the time has come for full disclosure. We shall see. More to come.
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this piece is very enigmatic, and dramatic. nice work! i think it could use without the space in b/n "with" and "out". i dunno if it's on purpose... lol, ur so fun vince. nice one!

circling like snakes,
in the dark beat--
i go onwards for more
but cannot bear the heat.--

(distortion, dun dun, distortion)
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:13 AM
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Nicely done, direct and passionate, with apt use of imagery. The only thing that doesn't quite work for me is line 4 - feels a bit redundant.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:46 PM
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Box, you are the spring to my winter. So nice - very glad you liked. The stream of me babbles so I do too.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:48 PM
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Leila,

glad you felt it - when you get old you get redundent.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:34 PM
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how old are you, vince? age has come up on writers beat a lot lately...
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Old 05-12-2018, 05:48 AM
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I'm 72 - a real old goat
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still thriving
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:31 AM
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Thriving mentally - I think. life changes when you are old. Not all bad but clearly different.
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