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  Story at 11
by Odin Roark
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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Even though choices continue to be subject to intimidation by those who would opt to have us controlled completely, there remains undaunted imagination for survival.

Story at 11

In the sun faded concrete
Amidst erosion of experiences past
Exists imaginative landscapes
Webbed with etchings
Only the child past
The child's older self can see

A poet dreams perhaps
While the quill urges scratchings
Yet passing from sidewalk to sidewalk
With eyes linking mazes of yesteryear
Onto today's winter season of freeze and thaw
There appear foot-engraved maps one wishes never to forget
The arid deserts once fertile with life's aquifers
Promising perhaps only one watering hole
Which would do...


Such a map languishes
Save the persuasiveness of perception's dessert
The sweet imagination of quiet meandering
Through ownership's reality
The calm of Time's patience
Flowing beneath anxious appetite
In trusting respite


For some
Such consideration accelerates rampant erosion
Where one's sidewalks become highways
Where languid pace giving reward of flowered fragrance
Succumbs to fast lane limitless speed quests

For a few

The obdurate wordsmithing of honesty
The melodious resonance of simple rewards heard first in one's head
The vision of every man's capacity to challenge an unjust status quo
Becomes the radical imagination feeding "what if?"

Such courage of preference
Will survive the everyday mediocrity of tonight's
"Story at 11."


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Reviewed by Kate Burnside
So many of us would love to see a "People's News" that tells things as they are, have a broader base of reportage and are less an endless spiel of predictable spin and slant perspectives. And some GOOD news might just be the alchemical homeopathic healing drop in the many muddied waters that might raise public consciousness to amass towards better things. Love the concept of "The calm of Time's patience" and of just how long-suffering it is.

Thank you for your always unflinching and unstinting thoughtfulness in presenting these weighty and meaningful issues with such clarion insight and integrity. So few of us have the courage or wherewithal to "go there" and yet need to be taken by those who do. And you do so admirably, Odin; and wonderfully so. xx
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
The daily news does get boring in the face of greater thoughts.

Reviewed by Budd Nelson
once again you have painted us a kaliedascope of images to ponder and contemplate
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