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  In The Valley Of Pearl Mountains
by richard lloyd cederberg
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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Photography by Michele ... Aboard the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad nearing Cascade Colorado.

In the Valley of Pearl
Mountains I marked
The boundaries of my
Good judgment, and
Heartened my ears to
All I deemed moral.

With invisible lines;
I marked the borders
Of my pervasive soul
Darkness with the overused
Evangelical platitudes of that
Which was then deemed moral.

In the strength of my stature,
And fearing the displeasure
Of those greater, I took a stand
As one lesser, embracing those
Gods of virtue firmly, in the
Probity of my upbringing.

Alas . . .

Cajoling voices as a euphony of temptation
Convinced me to go beyond my asset of stature.
Whispering promises of modest retribution;
They convinced me to cross over invisible lines
To indulge in the rhythms of indiscretion.

In weakness I stumbled; as many had before.
Becoming yet another marker of failure, I gave
Way to the yen, and those stained voices corrupt,
Eagerly sampling that which was forbidden and
Afterwards hiding my shame in moist cellars.

Rising and falling - as I did along crumbling paths, -
And with renewed penchant for old memories fleeting,
I remember those days as a grave of dreaded recklessness
Where once a wanderer through soul deserts sought
The dulcet soothing lullaby of fidelity.

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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/6/2008
Another masterpiece, Richard! I like how you do not give away what you felt was "forbidden" for we all must make our choices based on what we know to be right and wrong. I love the line "Afterwards hiding my shame in moist cellars". This is the place we hide our wrongs; both actions and thoughts. A strong message here!
Reviewed by Patricia Bankhead (Reader) 8/1/2007
Wonderful journey you penned Richard!
I feel like I've been on vacation.
Great write and picture.
Thanks for sharing.

Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/30/2007

This is a poem I would like to recite by heart. I will read and re-read it to accomplish my will. "In The Valley Of Pearl Mountains" is a masterpiece.

I salute You, Poet.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Butch Howard 5/23/2007
Ah, the lessons we have learned through indulging ourselves "in the rythms of indiscretion" stay with us; and like the rythm of the rails we hear as the narrow gauge train passes through such beautiful surroundings sparks memories and whispers to us "The dulcet soothing lullaby of fidelity." These life lessons have certainly not been wasted on you, poet! This is outstanding inspiring didactic poetry!
~Butch Howard
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/20/2007
Wonderful memior of past transgressions without giving them away. I was distracted by the Durango Silverton train that I've longed to ride since seeing it in the station twice. Fortunately, I have taken some of the historic mountain rail lines in their gritty coal dust glide through vistas of unimpeachable beauty.

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 5/19/2007
Yep If You Get Back Up 1 More Time After You Fall You As I Will (stumble) Make It to The Your End...

Hey, I Joined MY Space.Com Got More Dozens Hits On My Books & My Love Life In Less 4 Days Than I Can Count...

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Reviewed by E. Richardson 5/19/2007
I have not been to this valley...but this wonderful piece of work took me back to similar journeys in my past. And to me, that is the mark of a good piece of writing. Your work is always vivid and evocative.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 5/19/2007
Hope you got the camera in before the trees.
Casey Jones still rolling.
Poem and photo well married, and albeit overused by americans.
This is awesome dude...
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/19/2007
That river talked to the Arapaho Medicine Man with the voice of the mountains, of coming pale-faced brothers that didn't respect his brothers, and as you fell and rose your feet stuttered the language of mother earth.
Great poem.
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight* Authors & Creations 5/19/2007
Today I'm starting earlier, in the hope that my computer won't overheat before I've been able to accomplish what I've been trying to for the last couple of days - to write a few heartfelt comments on some amazing poems read here in AD. And I'm starting right here at your den, my dearest Richard, to bid you a belated but very sincere welcome - and to express my wonder at the two extraordinary "accounts" of one very special journey you seem to have taken in parallel to your vacation trip, and which you generously share with us upon your return. I'm talking about this and the previous poem, of course. To this reader, both your "Search for Beauty" and these reflections "In the Valley of Pearly Mountains" are two stages of one same "inner journey" - "borrowing" the title of your series of novels, probably the most "Monumental Journey" anyone can take, and one of the most challenging, because, while taking us to places we know, both for the good and for the bad, it also dares us to "visit" those other places we maybe never wanted to acknowledge. I commend you, dear friend, for your courage - and celebrate your findings, along that path to wholeness, with you... while imbibing, totally spellbound, the beauty of the images Michelle - your remarkable companion in all journeys - has illustrated that path with.
Again, dear Richard, welcome back! Love & many {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 5/18/2007
I had a really great time in the Valley of Pearl Mountain
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/18/2007
Wonderful journey you penned Richard!!

Awesome picture!!

Love Sissy Tinka
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 5/18/2007
Dear Richard,

This is quite a journey you take us on and one that many a heart & soul can relate to. Please tell Michelle that I am really impressed with her magnificent photography. What's beyond that curve in the track and where do those raging waters lead? A peaceful place, I'm sure.

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/18/2007
A wonderful photo my friend, stunning how she has captured the flowing water as it wonders wrecklessly through the river bed. I could imagine riding the train that chugged along the predictable tracks while gazing out the window at the waters flowing freely! Very inspiring write that touched the depth of my soul! I love the serene mountains, so much going on within the picture and the heart of the poet within the lines of this outstanding write! Enjoyed this very much! You've inspired me this morning dear friend. So glad you're posting, missed reading your work while you were away! Bravo on both the poem and the photo, a powerful combination. I agee with the others, this combination would make a wonderful book!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 5/17/2007
The older we get . . .
Do we get softer. . . .
Or harder?
Wiser. . .compassionate?
After reading. . .I was left more or less. . .
Breathless. . . .
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/17/2007
Sir Richard you should give thought to combining your poetry and Michelle's photo's in one of those coffee table books! they are exceptional and should be published!

Sugar chum
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/17/2007
Outstanding indeed ,love the picture...Hugs
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/17/2007
Someday we will travel west and hopefully we can get a ride on that same choo-choo, have not, so far, been further west than Missouri...e
Reviewed by Linda Hill 5/17/2007
Awesome photography and verses. Outstanding work, Richard.

Many blessings to you,
Reviewed by H Cruz 5/17/2007
You had me at pearl mountains. :)
Reviewed by Zahala San Simone 5/17/2007
I remember those days as a grave of dreaded recklessness
Where once a wanderer through soul deserts sought
The dulcet soothing lullaby of fidelity.

One comment Richard--absolutely lovely!

Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/17/2007
Richard, first I must commend Michele for the beautiful picture, she captured the rough water, the serenity of the area, the train forging forward to an unknown area...beautiful!! In a flash, many of us become weak and cross over the line of rules we set for ourselves and memories of the past will haunt us. There is one salvation though, believer's ask and receive HIS grace. Both picture & poem were awesome!
Reviewed by Spirit Warrior 5/17/2007
So much...!!!
I could go on and on...
Loved the pic too, I just Love the Mountains!

God Bless -Spirit Warrior
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 5/17/2007
A brilliant write of reminisence, exploration and growth Richard. Had to read this over a few times to take it all in. Excellent write and great pic.

Reviewed by Bennett 5/17/2007
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 5/17/2007
Not that you're ever lacking inspiration soul bud, but you must see Michele's phototgraphy and your brilliant mind go Ah Ha, I feel a poem coming on. How can it not.
Extraordinary last two lines:
"Where once a wanderer through soul deserts sought
The dulcet sooting lullaby of fidelity."
BRAVO my dear.

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Between the Cracks

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  11. I'm So Happy
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