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You define
the silence I cherish
as the absence of
all sound.

You define
the innocence I seek
by on your own dark guilt
so vile.

You define
everything I hold true
from an opposing perspective
to the one I will defend.

And still
you are telling me
with a straight face
that this is all
the same
in the end?

This was inspired by and entered at Poets United for the Vice Versa #5 prompt – silence/sound & guilt/innocence.

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Who am I without you?
Who am I
without the lust
you make me feel?
Who am I without it?
Who, just who,
am I without the need?

My life shouldn’t be about you!
My life shouldn’t be
about the lust you make me feel.
Who am I without it?
Who could I trust
if my lust isn’t real?

I’ve done OK without you!
There’s nothing in
the lonely me
that won’t heal!
But who am I
without you?
Who am I
when reality’s not real?

September 2011

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Did you know that on this day in 1606, in the wake of the Gunpowder PlotGuy Fawkes is executed for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England? Or that it was on this day in 1747 the first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital?

And on this day in 1865 during the American Civil War, the United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery, submitting it to the states for ratification, in 1876 (only 136 years ago) the United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations, in 1929 the Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky, in 1943 German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrenders to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed 2 days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of World War II‘s fiercest battles and in 1945, towards the end of World War II, about 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp are forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now YantarnyRussia) and executed.

It was also on this day in 1961 during Project Mercury and Mercury-Redstone 2 that Ham the Chimp travels into outer space, in 1990 the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow and in 2001, in the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 overLockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

Some birthdays you may want to remember (or forget) on this day are Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (1797-1828), Norman Mailer, American writer and journalist (1923-2007), Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese writer, Nobel laureate (1935), John Lydon, English singer (Sex PistolsPublic Image Ltd.) (1956), Minnie Driver, British actress (1970), Portia de Rossi, Australian actress (1973) and Justin Timberlake, American singer (1981).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of Independence Day, celebrating the independence of Nauru from Australia in 1968 or the quite interestingly named National Gorilla Suit Day?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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For every action you can sit back and wait
for the reaction that is sure to follow.
No, I’m not being glib,
there’s a law about this
even though it may be hard to swallow.
You see, Newton he proved
that you really can’t be
very stealthy when you take action.
As the law of motion goes,
there will always be
an equal and opposite reaction.

This was inspired by and entered at Sunday Scribblings #301 – Action (and please don’t ask me to explain Newton’s Law of Motion since I really haven’t a clue what it is really about!).

I also decided to share it with d’Verse Poets Pub’s Open Link Night Week 29, since I actually feel kind of smart for putting it together (and we are encouraged to feel confident). *smile* Please join this wonderful crowd for poetic fun!

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The moment is frozen in time
as the coffee cup falls to the floor.
No more, no more!
Heart pounding, urging my mind on!
No more, please, no more!
The moment,
precise to the nano-second,
when I know I’ve been here before.
Patterned cup floating through solid air
as it falls, in slow motion, to the floor.

This is my entry for this week’s Magpie Tales, Mag 102. My mother has cups with these kinds of patterns, which is possibly why my inspiration started spinning on the cup-theme.

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Did you know that on this day in 1648, at the end of the Eighty Years’ War, the Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück is signed, ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain? Or that it was on this day in 1661 Oliver CromwellLord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed two years after his death, on the anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed?

And on this day in 1847 Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco, in 1862 the first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor is launched, in 1933 Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany, in 1948 Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi known for his non-violent freedom struggle is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist, in 1969 The Beatles‘ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police and in 1971 Carole King’s Tapestry album is released, it would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician, 44th Governor of New York, and 32nd President of the United States (1882-1945), Olof Palme, Swedish politician (1927-1986), Gene Hackman, American actor (1930), Vanessa Redgrave, English actress and  Boris Spassky, Russian chess player (both born in 1937) and Phil Collins, English musician (1951).

Looking for that special reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of School Day of Non-violence and Peace (Spain) or Martyrs’ Day (India).

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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Think what you want,
I was not to blame
for anyone’s misery
but my own!
Think what you want,
it’s all the same!
Though I did think
you should have known.

Think what you want,
I cannot hide
all the hurt that
you caused me, my dear!
Think what you want,
I’ll be gone with the tide!
Though forever
hear me whisper in your ear.

Think what you want,
there are rules to the games
and lines that
should never be crossed.
Think what you want,
I will never name names
but we both know
the pain that we’ve caused.

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