Ticking By

Days spent in nine-to-five watching the seconds tick by wish time would go faster to the end of the working day and the years pass by in the days of free time...

The Thankless Art of Painting

Utrillo’s life could not have been a more Bohemian one. For many the romantic concept of la vie bohème was living a life in Paris of the late-19th and early-20th century but far less dazzling in its reality. The son of Suzanne Valadon, a former circus performer turned artist model and avant garde artist Utrillo never knew his father. Rumours abound that it could have been anyone from Puvisde Chavannes to Renoir to Boissy...

Persepolis Sonnet Notes

Created by: Leny RooversStructure: Octave and sestetMeter: Octave 11 syllable lines, Sestet decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: aabbccdd efgefg Example Taking Chances by Jez Farmer A doorway to where, a mystery to goA ready-made adventure and who’s to knowWhat lies just beyond this, an unopened doorI don’t know as I haven’t been there beforeYet anticipation tingles … Continue reading Persepolis Sonnet Notes

A Question of Heaven by Iced Earth

The time is close now, the end is near My walk through the valley, trails of fear I feel empty, my penance overdue, I guess it's too late now to be with you I'm extremely frightened of what will surely be I sold myself, the death of me I know you can't forgive me I know I'm on my own, I've betrayed you I walk alone...

Quiet Life by Japan

Boys, now the times are changing The going could get rough Boys, would that ever cross your mind Boys, are you contemplating Moving out somewhere Boys, will you ever find the time?...

Departure by Henry Van Dyke

Oh, why are you shining so bright, big Sun, And why is the garden so gay? Do you know that my days of delight are done, Do you know I am going away? If you covered your face with a cloud, I 'd dream You were sorry for me in my pain, And the heads of the flowers all bowed would seem To be weeping with me in the rain...

Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev

https://youtu.be/oZ5WMZUbKy4 Peter and the Wolf1936Orchestral Sergei Prokofiev Sergei ProkofievClassicalBorn: 23 April 1891, Sontsivka, UkraineNationality: RussianDied: 5 March 1953, Moscow, Russia Prokofiev was a composer, pianist and conductor. He is considered one of the major composers of the 20th century as the creator of accredited masterpieces across a variety of genres. His works include the ballet … Continue reading Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev

Hyper Sonnet Notes

Created by: Marnie KanarekStructure: Four triplets and a coupletMeter: varied meterRhyme scheme: axa axa xaa xaa aaExtra Notes: A chain of four tercets wherethe first line is iambic pentameter,second line is iambic tetrameter,and third line is iambic trimeter,and ending with an iambic pentameter couplet Example It’s Our Fault by Jez Farmer Only the ancient ones … Continue reading Hyper Sonnet Notes

The Runes: Lagu

Encompassing the elements of water, Lagu deals with emotions. It teaches patience rather than rushing in and forcing an issue in an attempt to have what we desire before the time is right. Interpretation In its upright position, Lagu is a caution to wait for things to come or develop, rather than forcing the desired … Continue reading The Runes: Lagu

The Ant-Eater by Roald Dahl

Some wealthy folks from U.S.A., Who lived near San Francisco Bay, Possessed an only child called Roy, A plump and unattractive boy - Half-baked, half-witted and half-boiled, But worst of all, most dreadfully spoiled. Whatever Roy desired each day, His father bought him right away -...

Birth by Kenneth Noland

Birth by Kenneth Noland Birth1961Post-Painterly AbstractionOil on canvasSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA Noland focuses on the relational qualities of the three colours as well as contrasting the vibrant hard-edged rings with their neutral background rather than creating an illusion of depth for ‘Birth’. As the title suggests the circle is the universal symbol … Continue reading Birth by Kenneth Noland

Night Ride by Brian Easdale

https://youtu.be/KRSf6cHn4wU Night Ride1948Film and TV Brian Easdale Brian EasdaleOpera, Film and TV, Orchestral, ChoralBorn: 10 August 1909, Manchester, UKNationality: EnglishDied: 30 October 1995, London, UK Easdale was a composer of operatic, orchestral, film, and choral music. He was best known for his film music including Black Narcissus(1947), The Red Shoes (1948), and The Battle of … Continue reading Night Ride by Brian Easdale

Bina Notes

Created by Bob Newman, the Bina takes the general idea of the Sestina from the six-line stanzas to a two line stanza form. As with the sestina isosyllabic lines are preferable.The Bina uses an end of word pattern and a closing envoy, therefore it gives usThe following schematicWord 1Word 2 Word 2Word 1 Envoy: Word … Continue reading Bina Notes

Petals

Once when my rose bloomed her petals were silken white and her beauty held my heart in wonder her laughter sparkled like fizzy champagne spilling over the rim of the glass enchanting all it touched with sweetness entwined with the scent of my delicate white rose...

Apple Harvest by Paul Sérusier

Apple Harvest by Paul Sérusier Apple Harvest1891SynthesismOil on canvasPrivate Collection ‘Apple Harvest’ is a tripartite depiction of the progression of life. By using three panels, Sérusier has explicitly referred to the traditional structure of a triptych. Three different aspects of rural female life are represented; a woman nursing her child, women gathering apples, and women … Continue reading Apple Harvest by Paul Sérusier

Damien by Iced Earth

So the beast resides in me Deep down I always knew I never really did fit in So diverse from all of you Let him who comprehends Know the number of the beast It's a number of a man A number just for me...

Because the Night

I yearn for the long shadows of twilight While the summer sun rages up on high For the cool of night waited for through heat On the horizon dusk comes into sight...

Alice’s Wonderland

Sweet Alice she follows the white rabbit whilst tripping through looking glass walkways Not a sister but trapped in a habit she is a lassie of the nightly days...

Ode by John Dryden

Thou youngest Virgin Daughter of the skies, Made in the last promotion of the blest; Whose palms, new-plucked from Paradise, In spreading branches more sublimely rise, Rich with immortal green, above the rest:....

Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar

https://youtu.be/OPhkZW_jwc0 Cello Concerto1919Classical Edward Elgar Edward ElgarClassical, OrchestralBorn: 2 June 1857, Worcestershire, UKNationality: EnglishDied: 23 February 1934, Worcestershire, UK Elgar was a composer known for his works that have entered many English and International classical repertoires. Amongst his most famous compositions are orchestral works such as the Enigma Variations, Pomp and Circumstance Marches, and concertos … Continue reading Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar

In Her Kiss

A Garret Poet

In Her Kiss
Form: Roundelay

The first, a soft exploration,
That asks without exploitation,
Are we ready for all of this?
My lady holds me in her kiss.

The sleeping senses slowly wake,
As nerve endings begin to ache,
Our souls unite in love’s twist
My lady holds me in her kiss.

A simple caress upon lips,
That leads to our sensual eclipse,
As love placates the heart’s abyss
My lady holds me in her kiss

©JGFarmer2012

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Sort of OK

A Garret Poet

Sort of OK
Form: Roundel

The usual grin to hide the long held pain
A smile disguised the grief hidden within,
Inside the heart is falling to insane,
The usual grin.

A cloaking device to keep the truth in,
And let none see the simple smile is feign
As tears return for all that might have been.

So with the dawn the pain returns again,
And through the day until the dreams begin,
Whether the sun shines or clouds cry with rain,
The usual grin!

©JGFarmer2009

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In Marriage by the Witch’s Gate

Daniel Swearingen


“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires”. – William Shakespeare

My love, my love your all I ever see.

My heart beats in my ear, my eye will not see shadow, or color near. Oh, thought you have left me, tongue you cannot cry or speak. For I am a lost, consumed by faire fire and light, devoured by the craft of those sounds that cannot speak. And I must know you….

By the witch’s gate, in the sea of reeds, breath of female love, gives me mystery.Oh,you are the stars ofBabylon, with your eyes so green, mother to our magic children, born from matter drawn from we. On the salty tides, with a crown of leaves. On the grace that brings a shutter, let me fall upon one knee. Let me go forth now, pronounce my love of all of thee. By the…

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Redirection

A Garret Poet

Redirection
Form: Roundel

Where love can grow, a place to mediate
Where kind caring love moments swiftly flow
A masterpiece at times and a place to hesitate
Where love can grow

Lessons galore to heed be they complex or know
However lonely a place filled with treasured state
Briefly lost in strange land hunting a safe plateau
Finding more safe places of loving times with mate

Fantasies or rude awakenings we all must forgo
Imagine the world changing and everyone had fate;
Where love can grow

©JGFarmer2017

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Hypnosis

A Garret Poet

Hypnosis
Form: Roundel

Siren sing for me, hypnotize my mind,
Enchanted words afloating on the sea,
Entranced thy beauty questing heart must find,
Siren, sing to me.

Your song shall lead me to where're you be,
My stolen heart was surly left behind,
When you first sang upon the wind to me.

How can such beauty be so cruel and unkind?
Enraptured, alas I shall ne'er be free,
A soul bereft, only your song reminds,
Siren, sing to me!

©JGFarmer2009

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American Kestrel — Our Smallest Falcon — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. The American Kestrel ranks among my favorite species to photograph. Kestrels are exciting birds. They are high strung: they never sit still for more than a few seconds at a time and they often provide the photographer […]American … Continue reading American Kestrel — Our Smallest Falcon — Sonoran Images