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· The Goatfooted Children-Excerpt 1 or Who's That Stranger in the Mirror

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· Three Stories: Satan-A Dog's Story, Truth in Nakedness & A Child Too Near

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· The Ultimate Hit Contract - Part II: The Devil Is Not In the Details

· The Ultimate Hit Contract - Part I: Initial Contact

· Nightmare By Enlightenment

· Swiss Francs From Heaven

· My Four Horsemen

· Clashing With Love: Initial Encounter

· Mind Travels Ten-Two Poems

· Mind Travels Eight

· Mind Travels Seven

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  Not One Single Regret
by B. B. Riefner
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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Late in life some are forced to drink the bitter vetch. Others sit at a banquet for kings.



All my words are gone . . .stolen.

Sons and daughters took a few.

But all the others went to those I hardly knew.

Ragamuffins, student gangsters!

One entire generation of middle class fools.


And of course, a priest or two, joined

my twelve Apathetic Apostles.

Those who prospered strangling on the threads

Of what they thought they knew.

Wildly indicting me!


I gave pearls away for instant applause!

For belly laughs from fools and frogs.

Ten thousand volumes of reflections

thrown into that pool of cruelty that is youth.

Gave all of it without right or wrong.


Now . . . . more or less it’s gone.

Sunken into wall to wall carpets,

drying in sanitary bedrooms,

or buried in pre-formed concrete tombs

along the shores of the Potomac.


And if all of it began again

this time I’d play the clam.

Or run deep into the trees

To save my thoughts for

A wayward squirrel or dove.


. . . . . No I wouldn’t.


If somehow I still care,

If I still remember names and wonders,

It’s just because I cannot spit

Out the stardust I saw in a few dozen eyes.


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Reviewed by Z McClure 12/3/2013
You write from a depth and breadth of experience...and for those who understand, shared pain and regret. Read my poem TIME MACHINE. It does get better...

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 10/11/2010
It is indeed the stardust in those eyes that matters...
Well scribed, BB. Happy to have found you & look forward to
further readings.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 3/22/2010
Glad you write so frely and expressing your opinion counts here on the den. Welcom aboard, may many more poems come to us here from you.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/11/2010
Excellent poem.take care
Reviewed by Richard Arrington 2/8/2010
A very good write!
Reviewed by Joel Sattler 2/8/2010
You've buttered your bed, now sleep in it!
Reviewed by Billye Okera 2/7/2010
I love the stardust in those few dozen eyes.

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B. B. Riefner

Three Stories: Satan-A Dog's Story, Truth in Nakedness & A Child Too Near

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Mind Travels

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  1. synchronized
  2. The Garden of Death
  3. imaginable possibility
  4. I Sprung
  5. I'll Be Doing It Until I Die
  6. morning gesture
  7. Wolf at the Door
  8. The Fighter
  9. Ahhh . . . Thinking About Things
  10. ISIS, et al
  11. Bedlam in Thibodaux
  12. A Woman
  13. The Domino Effect
  14. Catch A Thought
  15. fusion of muse
  16. A women's day poem
  17. Shoes
  18. sky of reason
  19. A Few Words About You
  20. Fifty Bales of Hay....

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