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Highland -- by Member: Emomoemi Newcourt, Nigeria -- added: 6/16/2019 2:46:11 PM

Conrad van den Bergh said:



This is a lovely poem with vivid images! Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed reading this poem. A beautiful write! Warm regards!

on 6/17/2019 8:15:47 PM

Samantha’s Smile -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 10:22:00 PM

Conrad van den Bergh said:



What a lovely poem!!! Thank you for sharing Dwayne! Beautiful write!!! Conrad

on 6/17/2019 7:30:37 PM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - ("To err is Human, to forgive Divine") -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/16/2019 9:42:47 AM

Conrad van den Bergh said:



Dear Richard. I beautiful sonnet and one which I find very personal and emotional. So many times in this life we make decisions which at the time of making them, were perhaps the only option or seemed to be the logical option. In retrospect, many years later, we judge ourselves harshly for making them. It is at times such as these that we also need to reflect on the context that we made those decisions in. My thoughts of you are as of being a kind man. A humble man with a gentle heart. A man who loves and cherishes those he holds dear and who leaves a soft footprint upon the Earth. These are to me the qualities of the noble human spirit. If there were only more in the world like this, then it would have been a kinder and gentler place. Warm regards dear friend. Conrad

on 6/17/2019 7:28:45 PM

What Could Have Been? Musketeer 100th Challenge. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 6/16/2019 1:16:32 PM

Conrad van den Bergh said:



Dear Denis! A powerful write. "Surely, what could have been? I’ll never know, but truthfully, I have no wish to undo or go back in time, to vary or change a single thing!" Thank you for sharing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this very well written verse. Warm regards dear friend! Conrad

on 6/17/2019 7:14:30 PM

Say No Sorry to Hard Luck -- by Member: Shweta Chatterjee, India -- added: 6/4/2019 11:35:41 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Shweta an inspiring poem, "To make each day smile", is certainly a good start to a "gain". "What is lost is gone", let us all heed your poem and continue moving forward with that smile! Thank you, great poem to begin my day.

on 6/17/2019 12:41:30 PM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - ("To err is Human, to forgive Divine") -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/16/2019 9:42:47 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Richard a soulful poem of life and regret, choices made are never easy but we are only human. For all the readers in their youth, keep these words in mind and for us of age let us not let our retrospect be so deep we do not enjoy what we have left in life. God bless to you, Sudarsan for choosing and Roy as he rests in peace.

on 6/17/2019 12:36:10 PM

Now and Forever -- by Member: Chad Martinez, USA -- added: 6/16/2019 6:22:18 AM

Mike DeVincenzi said:



Very nice fathers day poem. Your father sounds like a great father. Thanks for sharing your feeling about your father. Peace

on 6/17/2019 11:00:47 AM

WHEN -- by Member: Phillip Hussey, UK -- added: 6/17/2019 12:26:08 AM

Onyeka Anyakora said:



"Life is all about living, forgetting and mending". So true, really nice poem.

on 6/17/2019 7:27:22 AM

Everyday Try Something New -- by Member: Mike DeVincenzi, USA -- added: 6/16/2019 12:23:21 PM

Chad Martinez said:



Great job on this one Mike. 5 star poetry! CCM

on 6/16/2019 5:06:08 PM

THE WRITER -- by Member: Marcia Schechinger, USA -- added: 1/3/2010 7:13:25 PM

Frank Davis said:



Don't doubt that your grandfather was a unique poet--as are you. This piece radiates great beauty and masterful craftsmanship. An utterly sublime creation, Marcia!

on 6/16/2019 4:17:27 PM

What Could Have Been? Musketeer 100th Challenge. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 6/16/2019 1:16:32 PM

Chad Martinez said:



Very nice Dennis, another powerful piece to follow up your on your great poem The Three Rooks. Thanks for sharing! 5 stars, you are such an inspiration for aspiring writers such as me. God Bless. CCM

on 6/16/2019 3:34:42 PM

IN SPITE OF AND DESPITE, TIGERS AND MICE -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 9/3/2012 12:31:53 AM

Frank Davis said:



Reminds me of the time I thought I'd solved the mystery of one hand clapping. Figured slapping your enemy's face would do it; unfortunately, Zen practitioners did not agree--nor were they, the least bit, amused. Anyway, Nishu, as far as I'm concerned, the "hero" of your story simply chose to die happy. Very much enjoyed your perplexing near-koan, good poetess.

on 6/16/2019 1:53:19 PM

Samantha’s Smile -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 10:22:00 PM

Dwayne Rankin said:



thank you Nishu, I had her mom read it first then gave it to her. she was busy with getting things ready for the celebration party (for her graduating) so she put it in with the rest of the cards. I left before she read it. but her mom really liked it hahah

on 6/16/2019 1:43:42 PM

What Could Have Been (100th Inspirational Challenge) -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 6/14/2019 10:52:33 AM

Denis Barter said:



Hi Nishu - late as usual with my reading and commenting - when I want! Lol! I seldom think along the lines to which you refer in your poem, but having said same, I do not deny there are times when I do. For the most part, when I think Life per se, had dealt me a 'wake-up' call, it's then I realise I do not have the talent to accomplish what I aspired! Maybe as well? I always wanted to be a Pilot in the Royal Navy flying around the world from the deck of an Aircraft Carrier. My (extremely long-sightedness) prevented that, but I did sail half way around the world on a Carrier - HMS Warrior - and that brought home the reality that reinforced why? I could not do as I wanted! Not too many other "wishes" that were refused me, so all-in-all, I've had a very rewarding life. Accordingly, my own poem is a confirmation of sorts, to that acceptance. Enjoy your 'dreaming' Hope all is well with you and yours? Fondest regards, as always. Pauline and Denis.

on 6/16/2019 1:29:13 PM

Nothing Rong. W -- by Member: Alex Seagrave, USA -- added: 6/10/2019 1:42:11 AM

Onyeka Anyakora said:



Really sad story but love the realistic point of view you come from, it's a lovely poem.

on 6/16/2019 12:37:09 PM

That with which God Finds No Fault -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 1:25:06 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Frank a beautiful message on this special Sunday, thank you for these loving religious thoughts. God bless!

on 6/16/2019 12:35:57 PM

Now and Forever -- by Member: Chad Martinez, USA -- added: 6/16/2019 6:22:18 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Chad a wonderful father's day message and gift for all fathers on their special day. Happy Father's Day to all the great fathers and step father's around the world. To you and your dad - God bless!

on 6/16/2019 12:33:50 PM

I Still Miss You Dad -- by Member: Linda Bates Terrell, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 8:55:44 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Linda a lovely tribute to your dad, may he rest in peace, and to all the memories he left you. God bless! Such a wonderful day, to all of our dads on VN and to the memory of your great father -Happy Father's Day!

on 6/16/2019 12:30:22 PM

Three Wise Old Rooks. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 6/14/2019 5:58:47 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



A engrossing narration with a wonderful, much needed message, Rhymer. So well composed and rhymed. A tale to remember - wise words. Fondest to you both.

on 6/16/2019 10:59:08 AM

That with which God Finds No Fault -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 1:25:06 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



Very very powerful and can’t agree more, Frank. And if we can get ourselves to be kind and caring towards all of His creation - it would make Him happy. Wise words from your quill as always. Fondest x

on 6/16/2019 10:54:36 AM

I Still Miss You Dad -- by Member: Linda Bates Terrell, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 8:55:44 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



A very beautiful poem, Linda. Full of love for your father. I don’t think it’s possible to get over losing a parent - my father passed away 5 months ago and it’s a struggle to come to terms with his loss. Take care. Here’s to all fathers - forever loved xx

on 6/16/2019 10:49:41 AM

Samantha’s Smile -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 10:22:00 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



A thoughtful gesture, Dwayne and a beautiful poem indeed. I am sure you brightened Samantha’s day with this lovely inspiring poem for her. May god be with her always. Fondest

on 6/16/2019 10:46:27 AM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - ("To err is Human, to forgive Divine") -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/16/2019 9:42:47 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



A very moving sonnet, Aramis. Made me think. So often in retrospect, we wonder and regret the decisions we take. But I also know for people who we love, our Happiness lies in their happiness. We all have different aspirations, we make different choices and it because of one another’s support that we are able to realize our dreams. You can’t possible be unkind or selfish. Take care. Fondest x

on 6/16/2019 10:44:59 AM

100th Challenge , Inspired By Sir Roy's Title - 'WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN '. -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 6/12/2019 4:43:37 PM

William Willis said:



Hey Eddie, forgot to add the comment of "what could have been" eventually was as you did follow Head masters advice and did write, albeit many years on. Wm.

on 6/16/2019 6:35:49 AM

"I love you before it' s too late" -- by Member: Roche Rosos, Philippines -- added: 6/13/2019 2:25:01 PM

William Willis said:



An emotional and real life piece Roche. Enjoyed. *****

on 6/16/2019 6:27:52 AM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - Update (2 more Poems from Roy's Library) No's 11 & 12 -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/14/2019 11:01:00 PM

William Willis said:



THE BIG QUESTION" is the title for my favourite Roy Kneale poem. (William's Pick) I have heard him recite this piece and I can still hear his voice today. A voice that sound worldly, like the guys of nature documentaries. Softly spoken and the tone of a wise old owl who watches and understands all. That is Roy's voice. It really brings the poem to life. Roy is utterly distraught in his mood here and has just witnessed real life suffering which made him pen this on returning home. He asks that "big question" of why we are here and why is life so unfair to many species, especially fellow man.The poems astounding begining, I take my feathered cap off to " In thrall to stress In mists of pain One's mind seeks moral compromise To reason and to agonise As – in one's heart – The questions start Midst vales of bitter tears we cry We search for answers Asking – Why? Why the flotsam? Why the dirt? Why – the inner sense of hurt?" Utter brilliance.! Roy is at one with himself and continues with " The blemishes – on tattered page The scars of toil  The bruise of age The empty dams and dried-up streams The futile hopes The shattered dreams." Here he tells us that this unfairness has been going on for years. Generations think they know the answers through their faith. A great thing to have. But Roy states " No answer – to such questions – found In scorching sun On barren ground." Roy is educated and even he like so many brilliant scholars before him are looking for answers to the "big question. " And maybe we start to doubt our faith and Roy explains the crunching white knuckle ride lines of " In desperate prayer – as drowning fingers clutch the air In birthing pains In still-born fruit In noxious stains of ill repute." Brilliant. His "unfairness of life" theme continues with " No solution comes to mind To ease the plight of deaf or blind To stem the tears of orphaned child To mend the hurt in one reviled." Just glorious poetry which hammers at "whys" of this life. A poem that I find uttetly fantastic in every way. It searches for the answers in a searing, almost cataclysmic way. And when our loved ones die and we " Cry out (To who knows what or where?)" Be asks " How did such pain? How did such stress come forth from former nothingness? And WHY?" All the joys in the world and then the pain of losing the most important person. Why, are we here why does it have to end like this. I stand by my sword as I embed it in the stone and say "THIS IS MY FAVOURITE EVER POEM ON VOICESNET" Thank you Roy. *****/|\

on 6/16/2019 6:22:44 AM

What Could Have Been (100th Inspirational Challenge) -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 6/14/2019 10:52:33 AM

Linda Bates Terrell said:



Hi Nishu, as always a beautiful poem you penned. Hugs!

on 6/15/2019 8:59:19 PM

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