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Familiar Scents -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 3/26/2019 11:29:11 AM

William Willis said:



I wish I could write like this. Absolute genius Nishu. I go back in time A harp back iotime to scents that rekindle memories indeed. You dear Mother's spicy "pulao."That "embroidered napkin" breezing the memory of home. Dad's aftershave too. My own Dad refuses to wear anything expensive. Family have bought him loads over the years but he still wears Brut or Old Spice. Kinda cheap but manly smells I used to have a wee spray when I began going to the dancing. Lol! I love " joyful scent of rain and earth as we played in puddles walking and slipping lost in the moment hearts as light as those drops of rain " Terrific dear poetess. You sum things up by saying " it's a different world." Indeed it is Nishu. Do you people so self engrossed in themselves and their phones smell and enjoy the scents of yesteryear. Poets/ poetesses have heightened awareness and indeed they do. You can really express yourself beautifully. A Five Star Award Winner ***** wm.

on 3/26/2019 10:57:39 PM

My Little Narcissist! -- by Member: John Starks, USA -- added: 3/26/2019 7:34:02 PM

William Willis said:



Hi John, spring has sprung here in Bonnie Scotland. The daffodils and tulips are awakening and buds on trees are forming. I am happy to see your muse again dear sir. It feels as if you have been in waiting too.I have only a few daffodils in my own garden (lonely souls) must get more next year. They are amazing in clumps and they really brighten up the place after a chilly winter. Yes, they sure do dance with a freshness as the days get longer. Our "Star" friend throws life to this planet and maybe others but one wonders where all the profusion of yellow comes. Did they hitch a ride on solar winds at the beginning of time? Were they part of our Eart's cosmic pitch and mix. I adore the lines "Come now my little daffodil, The harbinger of early Spring, And dance in chorus on some hill, To thereby teach coy birds to sing." Blissful poetry. The birds will sing as will the writers and soneteers as the rainbow gardens colours appear. I enjoyed "puppet on the breeze" as it conveys it is being worked by another and indeed it is. You tantalise us with this remarkable,fresh, vivid and expressive poem John. Utter brilliance! Spring has arrived! Wm. A Five Star Award Winner. *****

on 3/26/2019 10:42:06 PM

HELP THE AGED -- by Member: William Willis, Scotland -- added: 5/14/2013 8:36:18 PM

Edwin Jepson said:



A wonderful poem William. If only . read this poem before . and it's very entertaining . You're a fine Poet Athos , Eddie .

on 3/26/2019 8:48:10 PM

Musketeer 98th Challenge. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 3/26/2019 2:00:03 PM

Conrad van den Bergh said:



Dear Denis! What a brilliant poem! And this is so true. All these natural phenomena start off so small and eventually become ranging nature which sometimes can be quite devastating. While reading your poem, I thought of the incredibly powerful storms which sweep in from across the South Atlantic ocean to batter Southern Africa. I was told many, many years ago that some of these storms start off as a patch of tranquil sea somewhere off the coast of Antarctica, that just so happens to be either slightly warmer or cooler than what it should be, but just enough to cause a stirring in the air, and to cause the air to move. Then eventually they become breezes, moved even faster by more air and sea temperatures. And it carries on and on, until they raging gales are formed, blowing across the ocean creating waves and massive storms. I suppose the principle behind it all hold true for most natural phenomena out there. I really love this part of your poem: "...This is the small beginnings, that marks its birth, and as its volume increases, to gain strength and girth, defying all that’s found to hinder its onward way, it carves a winding course, through rock and clay... Beautiful poetry!!! Thank you for this magnificent contribution to the challenge title. It makes for a great read and really one which had my mind drifting to all the different places in the world where mother nature can show us her strongest side. Warm regards dear friend! Conrad

on 3/26/2019 8:18:04 PM

The Eagle’s Perch -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 3/22/2019 2:24:10 PM

Dwayne Rankin said:



so glad that you could see the photo Marcia, It is a scene taken about 3 miles out of town here. I couldn't but help to wrote of this photo scene.

on 3/26/2019 6:30:19 PM

the Weight -- by Member: Dale Costello, Australia -- added: 3/25/2019 8:29:13 AM

Edwin Jepson said:



I agree with Nishu. Dale . wonderful poetry . I can understand most of it though . All the best my friend , Eddie .

on 3/26/2019 6:17:18 PM

Musketeer 98th Challenge. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 3/26/2019 2:00:03 PM

Edwin Jepson said:



This is a terrific read Denis , You've covered a lot of ground about a trickle of water , the Amazon, and arctic storms . plus a few more . one great 98th Challenge . Best Wishes to you and Pauline . Eddie , May . 5 stars .

on 3/26/2019 6:14:05 PM

Familiar Scents -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 3/26/2019 11:29:11 AM

Edwin Jepson said:



A beautiful nostalgic poem dear Nishu . I can relate to some of this . Brings back wonderful memories about my mother and grandmother . oh what days they were , Thanks for the memories . Eddie .xxx\

on 3/26/2019 5:57:08 PM

The Lazarus Syndrome -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 3/25/2019 11:06:04 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Frank a wise and profound poem, definitely food for thought, as I live the rest of my own "precious life".

on 3/26/2019 1:26:10 PM

Familiar Scents -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 3/26/2019 11:29:11 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Nishu what a nostalgic poem, as I read, I think of my own mother and grandmother and think of all the delicious foods and smells their beautiful hands made."i miss the innocence" and so do I. Beautiful, just beautiful!

on 3/26/2019 1:23:37 PM

Tears of Life -- by Member: Elizabeth Olesen, Denmark -- added: 3/26/2019 9:55:16 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Lovely Eiizabeth! You bring joy and peace in this poem, and what a great last stanza.

on 3/26/2019 1:19:16 PM

The Eagle’s Perch -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 3/22/2019 2:24:10 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:



Dwayne I saw your picture on FB and this poem describes it beautifully. Wonderful use of descriptive words and rhythmic stanzas to display to all a bit of heaven.

on 3/26/2019 1:13:42 PM

Tears of Life -- by Member: Elizabeth Olesen, Denmark -- added: 3/26/2019 9:55:16 AM

Frank Davis said:



Crying is a quite natural function given to humans to, in many instances, help us "let off steam." (Not that I ever cry, myself.) In any event, a lovely and perceptive poem, Elizabeth; one I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

on 3/26/2019 1:10:27 PM

Fragile -- by Member: William Willis, Scotland -- added: 3/20/2019 11:11:27 PM

Krzeslawa Skrzypczynska said:



You give unusual comparisons, personalizations, excellent metaphors and we see your touch of what will happen or not.

on 3/26/2019 12:02:38 PM

Tears of Life -- by Member: Elizabeth Olesen, Denmark -- added: 3/26/2019 9:55:16 AM

Denis Barter said:



I seldom comment these days Elizabeth as I have great difficulty in seeing, but with your lines, you touch on a topic, which can and does affect all of us. Even the stalwart and hard hearted are, at times, moved by tears, no matter how dishonest they may be in admitting same! As a boy I was always told - Men don't cry'! Balderdash! It is a great therapeutic tool as many will tell you! Be they tears of joy, sorrow or for any other reason, they release tension and allow us to move on! Somewhere in my rather large collection of poetry I've_ written through the years, I too wrote a poem about this very subject, I found that the composing of said piece, helped me through a very tough time I was experiencing. I am not ashamed to say I have shed tears - and still doo - whenthere's a need! May you shed tears of joy for a Life of happiness, and for many years to come. Fondest regards, Pauline and Denis (Aka Rhymer.)

on 3/26/2019 11:37:50 AM

I CLOSE MY EYES . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 3/24/2019 8:53:41 PM

Denis Barter said:



Hi Eddie, and yes, as one moves on there are ‘things’, places,routines and even people, above all, that we will miss. The excitement or apprehension of the unknown, at times, has us in a grip and once moved, we will often return to wonder on what we’ve left behind and whether or not the right decision was made. The excitement of making new friends and getting to adjust to new surroundings, will soon give us time to reminisce on folks we knew and familiar sights and sounds, for that’s Life and the way it works. After a month or so, some of these - once much loved - and expected sights and sounds fade, and get replaced by a new set. As I know from my own personal experience, there are some that we never forget, and we hang on to them until we too are no more! Many are not clearly seen, until we move on and realise they were part of our daily landscape or routine! Life without those memories, is hardly worth living, in my book. Yet another good reason why we compose our poems and highlight whatever? A great way to refresh our memories. These folks and places meant much to us for so many years, and to forget them entirely, is not a good idea!. Although I was always a ‘restless spirit., recalling earlier times and folks who had an effect upon my life and the way I acted, was very important and not to be forgotten! and , remains an essential and important routine Pauline and I often enjoy. Hope you’re settling in ok, and your health is improving? Fondest regards, Pauline and Denis.

on 3/26/2019 11:24:42 AM

Life changing WORDS -- by Member: Banita Lall, India -- added: 3/25/2019 7:08:51 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



Wise indeed. Inspiring words, Banita. Warmest wishes

on 3/26/2019 11:19:05 AM

To Climb -- by Member: william andrews, Greece -- added: 3/23/2019 8:44:42 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



Very inspiring- well written and expressed. Fondest

on 3/26/2019 11:15:32 AM

THE 98'TH CHALLENGE - A 2'ND ATTEMPT -- by Member: Drsudarsan Prasad, India -- added: 3/24/2019 9:33:13 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



Such a heart warming reminisce - like you I have wonderful memories of such people when I was growing up in Delhi, Drsudarsan. A very powerful, descriptive and evocative narrative.i enjoyed reading this and a kind, thoughtful dedication. Fondest

on 3/26/2019 11:12:56 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE -- by Member: Louise Robello, USA -- added: 3/25/2019 5:22:15 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



A joyous poem and a celebration of a wonderful friend. I enjoyed this, Louise. Fondest

on 3/26/2019 11:07:38 AM

I Am Rich! -- by Member: Scott Zentner, USA -- added: 3/26/2019 11:02:36 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



So many things to be grateful for. Lovely! A great reminder.Fondest

on 3/26/2019 11:06:37 AM

For Mama ELVIRA on Mother's Day -- by Member: Kysia Talibong, Philippines -- added: 3/24/2019 1:21:58 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



A beautiful tribute to a mother. Written with love and tenderness, fond wishes

on 3/26/2019 11:05:14 AM

the Weight -- by Member: Dale Costello, Australia -- added: 3/25/2019 8:29:13 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



So beautiful, Dale. I can never completely understand your work, but I am enchanted with whatever I can understand and what you seem to imply. Lovely. Fondest

on 3/26/2019 11:03:29 AM

The Lazarus Syndrome -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 3/25/2019 11:06:04 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



Thought provoking Frank, true, words we should all heed. I like the way you balance what is left of life and death - wise, wise and a way to live. Fondest

on 3/26/2019 11:00:45 AM

I STILL REMEMBER. -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 3/25/2019 11:10:14 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



So nostalgic and beautiful Eddie. Like you I have memories of all the homes I grew up in - priceless, though life takes us here and there. A succinct piece of poetry that comes from the heart and reaches another one. Fondest xx *****

on 3/26/2019 10:58:25 AM

Tears of Life -- by Member: Elizabeth Olesen, Denmark -- added: 3/26/2019 9:55:16 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



So true and beautiful, Elizabeth O. Tears and sorrows make us kinder and gentler, I think, besides being cathartic and helping us to move on. A beautiful concluding stanza, too. Fondest

on 3/26/2019 10:56:20 AM

"No" Is Also a Response -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 3/23/2019 8:01:17 PM

Elizabeth Olesen said:



I do agree with you. Unanswered prayers can also return to us as virtues of patience, perseverance, humility and faith and trust without condition. Thanks.

on 3/26/2019 9:42:10 AM

March 21st. Birthday Greetings to Three Ladies. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 3/22/2019 7:22:52 PM

Elizabeth Olesen said:



Thanks, Denis, for your poetic kindness, raising tribute to these three great ladies! Keep on inspiring VN fellowship!

on 3/26/2019 9:37:36 AM

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