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99th Musketeers Challenge- The Law of Compensation -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 4/22/2019 11:53:06 PM

William Willis said:



This is such an incredible read. From its Darwinian beginning with the poor turtle plodding along to the traits we have ourselves. We must not be jealous that others have traits we desire, is a wonderful sentiment Betty. My *****LINES OF THE DAY*** are "Ignore envy with this revelation... Remember the law of compensation!."Love this take on John's Challenge. Wm. A FIVE STAR AWARD WINNER.

on 4/23/2019 11:43:52 PM

When Once I Dwelt Within the Cave… -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 4/23/2019 7:06:29 PM

William Willis said:



Betty, you are our very VN miracle writer. Coming through both traumas and finding that chink of light is remarkable. I loved every aspect of this one. Lovely rhyming and oozing a fighting and loving personality. You have come a long way and I wish your recovery to progress dear poetess. I liked the title and the contrasting colours between "cave and envelope. "A most inspiring piece and great to see a wee mention to the VN friends. Wm. *****

on 4/23/2019 11:31:24 PM

Diversity ! Musketeer Challenge #99. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/23/2019 12:02:55 PM

William Willis said:



Hi Denis, we are all formed from the same elements and isn't it amazing that we are so diverse. We all have s doppelgänger so they say. Ha! I have been mistaken for Brad Pitt on occasion. Haha! I wish. I see even he has his troubles to seek these days. Just being yourself and keeping to nice steady principles is good enough for me. I will let others do the ranting and raving. Life is too short, each day should be an adventure. DIVERSITY of activity. Enjoyed! *****wm.

on 4/23/2019 11:24:19 PM

When Once I Dwelt Within the Cave… -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 4/23/2019 7:06:29 PM

Denis Barter said:



Hi Betty and it's great to see you posting again! My mind boggles at your poem, for it just does not seem possible a year has already passed. It proves what I have thought all along. You're one tough Cookie and it's been a great pleasure and honour to have got to know you! You deserve a rest from your daily struggles, and that goes for your sister Alive too. Great way to celebrate your recovery. Never give up, for once you do, it's an even harder road to take! I have been working in the garden - until it poured buckets of rain earlier on. Great feeling to be out in the warm air, looking forward to carrying out some of the plans I made this winter! Optimist that I am, I also know that many will not materialise! Too much work and I'm out of shape! Physically that is! Mind/brain remains sharp though! Take care and give Alice our regards too. Pauline and Denis..

on 4/23/2019 10:58:28 PM

Plasticity -- by Member: John Starks, USA -- added: 4/23/2019 7:27:12 PM

Denis Barter said:



I just have to comment on this John! I am - as well you might guess - of the older generation and quite happy to remain thus! My dear wife and I do not own one of these new fangled devices. No cell phone, no IPad no carry-on device whatsoever, and have no wish to own one either! I have saved one woman from certain death - at least, when crossing the main highway, into the path of oncoming cars. Eyes down, fingers "texting" as I believe it is called, and no concern whatsoever for whatever might be coming! When I grabbed her from walking out, she was surprised and started to round on me, until the driver of the car, stopped and cursed her loud and clear! I concurred with all he said, but won't repeat it here - family website - so I'm told! Some family! We watched a group of three sitting at a table, eating what one presumes was their evening meal. Not one word passed between them. All texted one another, as though their lives depended upon it! Goodness gracious me, what is the world coming to? I will also add a little account of how one fellow - big, strapping young fellow was headed down the sidewalk towards me. Texting of course. So rather than step aside, as is my wont, and the more polite manner, I stopped: braced myself and stopped him dead! He sat down on his rump wondering what hit him? I simply said "Have a great day, and look where you're going" and proceeded on! I never looked to see if he did as I suggested, although I was quite prepared to sit him down again, had he thought to confront me! I haven't seen him again, but I think he got the message - and a well bruised rear end! Soon we shall be seeing Marriage Vows 'texted" in front of the vicar who will be tuning in to their replies - no doubt quite happy to do so! Lol! Okay, so I may be taking it a little far, but who knows? What next? Incidentally, thanks for your various comments. I am a very busy man these days, now Spring has returned, and commenting is very restricted. I find poetry keeps my mind active, and I do read - thanks to my computer skills. Eyesight being a very restrictive curse for me. Very inhibitive to say the least! Say Hi to Birtie and keep composing. I must get the evening chores done now. It rained torrents this afternoon and I have a lakeside view - my garden low lands! Lol! Fondest regards. Pauline SWMBO (Rumpole - BBC Barrister character saying - "She Who Must Be Obeyed!) and Denis aka Rhymer.

on 4/23/2019 10:49:54 PM

By Whimsy Moved! -- by Member: John Starks, USA -- added: 4/22/2019 7:40:54 PM

William Willis said:



Hi John you are the sweetest of warblers for sure. Poetry means a lot to you and your writing is on another level. Keep singing John. Forever a fan. Wm.*****

on 4/23/2019 9:55:10 PM

It Is Always Raining You -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 9/16/2013 2:01:37 AM

Nancy Crossland said:



Dear Nishu - An absolutely stunning poem brimming with vivid imagery and joy. What a pleasure it was to read! Blessings to you and hugs from across the seas

on 4/23/2019 9:26:41 PM

Diversity ! Musketeer Challenge #99. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/23/2019 12:02:55 PM

John Starks said:



Hello Denis, Great it is to note your return to this theme. Your comprehensive treatment of this subject is incomparable, You have given us an excellent rendering, as is your wont. Throughout the poem, your unique stamp is on display. Your rhyme pattern is representative of skill which is also marked by diversity. You are an excellent example for those who wish to express themselves in the historic form made famous by legendary greats of years gone by. Others may differ, but for me verse five is nothing but bedrock, a sure foundation for a substantive poem. I shall quote it, as such a thing may rivet the attention of those scanning the 'Response' section, "The formula for existence, is diversity!/Being an essential for shaping humanity./Seemingly alike, we differ in diverse ways:/divergence the force that guides our days." Pay dirt! 'Nuff said! My warmest regards to you and Pauline. Your friend and fellow poet, John!

on 4/23/2019 6:38:29 PM

99th Musketeers Challenge- The Law of Compensation -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 4/22/2019 11:53:06 PM

John Starks said:



Dear Betty, I am pleased to see you responding again to this topic. What a lovely, pertinent poem. One that gives needed admonishment in a beautiful manner. Using nature as your ostensible motif, you share (by giving timely examples) how each one is endowed with a means of survival; each has a unique exposure and a unique manner of coping. Each needs some 'grace' to survive. I appreciate and enjoy the reference to the turtle and 'things that fly'. Where turtles are a part of the ecosystem, they are generally numerous: they thrive despite their slowness. Here, in Virginia where I live, I often see them in ponds, near where I live. It does not appear that animals are envious of one another, but 'man' is another story. This line is so instructive, "You must find joy while embracing your place/Accept what's given, with a smile and grace!" I am taking this to heart, as you make this dictum more memorable in its poetic garb. Your final lines are also spot on: "Ignore envy with this revelation.../Remember the law of compensation." Should many be prone to forget this dictum, may your poetic 'Revelation' be long 'Remembered'. Thank you so much for this excellent, poetic response to the 99th Challenge. My warmest regards and peace to you. Your fellow poet and friend, John.

on 4/23/2019 6:08:20 PM

Promised -- by Member: william andrews, Greece -- added: 4/23/2019 6:24:00 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



Strikes a chord. Very nicely expressed. Fondest

on 4/23/2019 1:45:16 PM

Diversity ! Musketeer Challenge #99. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/23/2019 12:02:55 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



Very true and as always, well written Rhymer, diversity must be valued, respected and cherished. It adds richness to the world, makes it colourful and interesting, Enjoyed reading this. Fondest to you both.

on 4/23/2019 1:41:41 PM

My sailboat and me -- by Member: Westly Shaw, USA -- added: 4/15/2019 5:05:20 AM

Dale Costello said:



"and you may even see a sailboat made of clouds, sailing in the sky above" and when I do I will think of you Westly

on 4/23/2019 1:33:14 PM

Torch.. (reconstructed) -- by Member: Dale Costello, Australia -- added: 10/7/2018 3:04:47 AM

Dale Costello said:



thank you Westly!

on 4/23/2019 1:30:22 PM

99th Musketeers Challenge- The Law of Compensation -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 4/22/2019 11:53:06 PM

Denis Barter said:



Hi Betty, and so true what you say in your lines. I am often humbled by what I see in others, and what they've overcome!. The person who seems to have little or nothing, is often one who has risen above all troubles - whatsoever they might have been? At times we belittle what we see - on the surface - being nothing but a small 'glitch' in life, until the truth is discovered later! First appearances are often deceptive until it is weighed against what they have gone through. I have written poetry on this topic, for it is one that has had a huge impact on my life. I seldom, if ever,. judge a person by what I see up front. It was advice from my Father, after I made disparaging remarks about a man suffering - (called shell shock at the time) (PTSS nowadays I believe?). He had won the Victoria Cross for his bravery, in WW I. Later, when I got to know him better, he was found a humble man, who was lampooned by many, but admired by those who knew his history! Never once did I ever hear him brag about his exploits, or complain of his troubles! He taught me, in his own way, life was far different for us all. Diversity allows us to reap some compensation. Leastwise, I think so. Compensation is a 'gift' that can be difficult to see, but when 'found' allows many to see life in a far different manner. Please pardon my 'rant'. I feel sure, your personal compensation, has, to some extent, to include writing and communicating with other Members of VN. A prime example of how it works sometimes. Hope you're still progressing? Fondest regards. Pauline and Denis.

on 4/23/2019 12:31:02 PM

HOW FAST THEY COME . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/21/2019 11:53:59 PM

Betty Janko said:



Dear Eddie, I almost forgot this one, Happy Birthday dear friend! Time seems to speed up as we grow older doesn't it! I do hope this year will be a fruitful one for you and May since it has certainly been a challenging one. Stay strong and stay well dear friend! *****, Betty

on 4/23/2019 12:30:52 AM

When Searching for Truth (10 words) -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 4/20/2019 9:59:28 AM

Betty Janko said:



Oh dear Drsudarsan, This speaks volumes as I am currently living in it still. Powerful as always dear friend. *****, Betty

on 4/23/2019 12:20:09 AM

ONE KEY TO THE TREASURES -- by Member: Drsudarsan Prasad, India -- added: 4/18/2019 12:49:46 PM

Betty Janko said:



Dear Drsudarsan, I had to take time to respond to this piece for I have an unusual regard for snakes, even a King Cobra. As a child I was terrified of snakes of all kinds, but thanks for my father I soon respected them as creatures of nature serving a purpose. It saddens me to see snakes locked within closed glass cubicles instead of living out in the wild. I would certainly not want to encounter one myself, I leave that to the mongooses, but I have handled many non-venous ones. My favorite encounter was a pet 65 pound python named Annie who was old and very gentle. Nature is like a giant puzzle and without all of the players a picture cannot be fully seen. Be not afraid dear friend and always look down where you step! Lol! *****, Betty

on 4/23/2019 12:15:25 AM

Would You As I... -- by Member: John Starks, USA -- added: 4/7/2019 6:22:48 PM

Edwin Jepson said:



A wonderful sonnet John, As William said , Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder . The line that says it all. Yet I am happy , still, despite your flaw. great poetry my talented friend . Eddie . May . Take care . Best Wishes to you and Birtie . Eddie . May.

on 4/22/2019 9:02:18 PM

HOW FAST THEY COME . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/21/2019 11:53:59 PM

Edwin Jepson said:



It isn't my Birthday . Sorry I misled you . an old poem I wrote some time ago . Eddie . Thanks for your responses though. My Birthday is on . 6th March 1938 .

on 4/22/2019 8:50:22 PM

Niche - 99th Inspirational Challenge - take 2 -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 4/12/2019 11:02:28 AM

Frank Davis said:



A thoroughly lovely piece glorifying God's natural world--rich in possible metaphorical applications. Elegant post Nishu; work to be proud of!

on 4/22/2019 1:03:09 PM

HOW FAST THEY COME . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/21/2019 11:53:59 PM

Drsudarsan Prasad said:



Belated Happy Birthday Eddie pop. May you live a thousand years and enrich our lives teaching us values of honest toil and inspiring us.Magnificent heart warming poem. Warm regards and good day. Thanks and good day

on 4/22/2019 10:22:48 AM

I am the resurrection and the life -- by Member: Reginold Jacob, India -- added: 4/21/2019 3:17:20 PM

Drsudarsan Prasad said:



I remember a proverb that those who hate is far away from the Lord. A beautiful spiritual poem highlighting the spirit of Easter and proclaiming the law of eternal life. Sad to hear and read about those deluded children of sin who failed in their purpose to live as a human and snuffed innocent lives. Let all the departed souls get peace and attain to God. Amen. Thanks and happy Easter Reginald.

on 4/22/2019 10:17:32 AM

ON A TREASURE HUNT -- by Member: Drsudarsan Prasad, India -- added: 4/21/2019 5:24:27 AM

Drsudarsan Prasad said:



Hope you had a wonderful Easter Nishu, Eddie and May. We all seek meaning in life, and try to find answers when we awaken the human. The world picture changes and so soars our spirits. As a child I had neighbors who were Christians and hence Xmas and Easter used to be joyous occasions. I still live those happy moments. God bless and a ton of thanks. Good day.

on 4/22/2019 10:03:49 AM

When I'm With You! -- by Member: John Starks, USA -- added: 4/19/2019 4:39:24 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



A beautiful sonnet, John. An absolute masterpiece and a joy to read. Fondest

on 4/22/2019 3:01:02 AM

My Favorite Poetry... -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 4/21/2019 11:14:32 AM

Nishu Mathur said:



That’s what I love about poetry too, Frank. One can say so much and captivate the reader with the right words. Enjoyed reading this. Fondest

on 4/22/2019 2:58:58 AM

HOW FAST THEY COME . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/21/2019 11:53:59 PM

Nishu Mathur said:



Indeed, dear Eddie. Time does fly and we all slow down as years go by. A beautiful little verse. Things change so much. Take care xx fondest

on 4/22/2019 2:57:13 AM

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