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  two in a skiff
by richard lloyd cederberg
Friday, September 21, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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Image is a pencil drawing by William (Willy) Cederberg - my beloved grandfather now deceased.

Even though we are
surrounded by friends,
family -
detractors -
enemies -
encouragers -
instigators -
philanderers -
panderers -
demi-gods -
zealots -
fornicators -
wannabes -
doubters -
all those diverse characters that
make up the complex puzzle of
life and society … we still live
our lives, and walk out paths
SEARCHING for oneness and
peace within ourselves; an eternal
spirit temporary in failing flesh,
hoping -
creating -
applying what we know to our dreams, and
what we aspire to, to bless and enrich others.

This life,
like poetry
or writing
or painting
or music
requires vision
diligence, and
hard work …
Isn't it more than
A few well chosen thoughts
S-T-R-U-N-G together to
Paint a word picture braided
Simultaneously with
Metaphoric cunning -
Personality -
Imagery -
Simile -
Symbols -
Allegory -
Apologue -
Artistic cryptograms -
A host of anecdotal insights -
Philosophical mumbo-jumbo -
All in a stew of distinct adeptness
To divert and enlighten the readers
Penchant to feel progressive or improved
By the innovative verve of another’s thoughts,
As if capturing enchanted dust to make phrases
Or dipping hands into pools of verbose acumen
- To shed abroad - as the newest most liberal
Elixirs were a mandate for high regard and the
Satisfaction that comes with accomplishment?

In the grand
scheme, it matters
not what we achieve,
or how much we make,
or how influential we are,
or who we impress …
the only thing that really matters
is loving the God that created us -
loving one another as we love ourselves -
an out-stretched hand helping the ill-fated -
an encouraging word given in a time of need -
considering others more precious than ourselves -
working together to accomplish something valuable
like two in a skiff purposing in unity to
reach another shore – together!   

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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/7/2007
This is a great reminder of what is really important in life. Sometimes I wonder what I'm missing while walking the path I currently tread. This poem makes me realize that my path twists with just the right amount of everything, yet still leaves opportunity to groom.... ~Sheila
Reviewed by Russell Cederberg (Reader) 10/11/2007
YES! That is really what it all boils down to and in that skiff we; the whole human race, are all on the same playing field. We only have 24 hours a day. Lovely!
Reviewed by Charlie 10/11/2007
Beautifully put, and inspiring.--Charlie
Reviewed by Butch Howard 9/25/2007
First of all I must say I am astounded at this pencil drawing! It looks like a photograph. Thank you for sharing this amazing artistry by your grandfather! The last nine lines in this poem comprehensively state the absolute truth as I see it. For, if we successfully accomplish these things in life, we will reap riches and rewards far beyond our wildest dreams. -a fantastic piece of writing!
~Butch Howard
Reviewed by David Young 9/24/2007
Enjoyed greatly and its poetic message of self purpose
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/24/2007
STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING!!!! Jaw-droppingly gorgeous in both art and words. The whole seems to me an object lesson in patience, somehow. And the teasing out of nouance and shade through the lead of the pencil of life, both its harsh lines and its smudged detail. We are all a mixture of light and shade and it's the tension of both held together that compose the accurate picture of who we are. And we are, as you conclude, intended to co-operate and participate and allow the wind and the waves to take us where they will... together! Could stare at the artwork for hours. Have you prints? Love, Kate xx
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 9/24/2007
If this doesn't lift one out of the waves. . .
What will?
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 9/24/2007
The complexities of our intellect do tend to take us through intricate paths to sought happiness, dearest Richard… and that is why we so often lose sight of the true path, so obvious and yet so unobtrusive, like all the natural things – simplicity… the only ever fulfilling element, because it includes, yes, love; naturally. (I am in awe of your Granddad’s drawing… and “feel” it, in its complementary quality regarding his Grandson’s poem, as… the ultimate “goal” of serenity, of contentment, which his Grandson – you, dear friend – seeks to attain.)

Much love & many hugs,


Reviewed by jude forese 9/23/2007
love is indeed the fabric of the universe and binds us all ...
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 9/23/2007
This is very well done and I'm glad I ran across it. It's a journey in the skiff crossing some huge lake as in Superior to be able to do that, 'considering others...' Cheers
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 9/23/2007
"...considering others more precious than ourselves - ..."
This has been my motto in life. The whole writing speaks of this, to me. But... the ending, what God meant for all us - to work together in harmony. Today, is Sunday, and this is a most inspirational piece on which my heart will dwell.

God's blessings to you,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/23/2007 perfect sketch....this is perfection !!

Thanks for sharing your creative side with us!!

Love Sissy Tinka
Reviewed by J AG 9/22/2007
words woven majestically, like the rolling of waves upon one another, a passionate twist in its own right that moves in unison with the other waves as a force to work with in a journey that requires two to work as one. delightful imagery that uses the very freedom it proposes as the wind harnessed gently by the sail to reach the destination. i have been missing my grandfather so much these days. i can share in so much of what is in the art of the pencil and the poetry. the only thing that really matters . . . indeed. you capture it and present it for the taking.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/22/2007
Hey Richard, you won't believe it but I actually understood and agree with this write and that picture is really neat and done by a pencil is hard to believe...I wish you well on your vaca but Rufuz wants to come along...can that be arranged...;) Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/22/2007
Looks like you have pared the World down nicely. That philosophical mumbo jumbo--seen a lot of that lately.

I can't believe that is a pencil drawing. If it is, it's priceless.

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 9/22/2007
What an extraordinary poem and equally as magnificent the artwork is! A powerful combination, your poem sends a wise message...enjoyed this my friend...have a great time on your vacation!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/22/2007
Two in a Skiff - working for the same goal. Marvelous, as is that drawing by your grandfather, Richard!
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 9/22/2007
Your style is amazing, Richard. You leave no stone untouched. Each element in your lists punches, boggles when considering this quagmire od life, yet evolves rung-like in the ascent of conclusion. You lift the weight of the world in the glorious simplicity of the true importance of the "grand scheme"...this definitely floats my boat.

Your grandfather's pencil is purely photographic, Richard. He obviousky willed you a piece of his talent in the gifts of your lead.

Thank you for this today, dear've added a hugely needed peace to my morning. What a perfect reminder of the Captain of my ship. I join my friend Panda in awe once again.

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 9/22/2007
In the first and second strophes ~ there is plenty of intellect fuel to energize the wings of imagination; it leads one to develop thoughts on teleological, ontologic and theological matters; and to revise the history of society and its governing systems. The closing stanza did not match the free thinking and the subjects dealt on the supporting strophes, for in its line EIGHT it presented a dogmatic archtype imposed by the Roman-Greek empire, which was etched on the stone of humankid by the power of the whip and the sword... "Two In A Skiff"
is a literary glowing page.

In respect and admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Miss Pandora 9/22/2007
Richard, whether your themes are light or dark, your work is always inspiring and generally leaves me reflecting. This piece almost leaves me lost for words as I really feel that you have encapsulated 'the reason' here particularly in your closing stanza. The artwork as others have already said is truly magnificent. Simply in awe my friend, hugs, Panda :)
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/22/2007
Dear Nominated Cart-Pusher of the Year, you couldn't say it simpler, if somebody doesn't understand he or she are on the wrong side of town and should not bother coming back for another dose.
Your pen shows another faset of a literary diamond.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/21/2007

THAT is a DRAWING? I am in awe of the talent that runs in your family! It looks like a photograph, it's so richly detailed.

And your words have more joy in them today, like you found your happiness. Good on you, I've missed that. Thank you for blessing me with your poem/art today.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/21/2007
I'm floored by the art Richard, though I shouldn't be with your artistic talented family. But that ocean and sky with pencil is awesome! The poem is also, you are so good at using words to
achieve your intent,and not wasting any.

Sugar Chum
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 9/21/2007
It's hereditary...It's awesome!!!
Reviewed by F William Broome 9/21/2007
My good and talented friend, you and I have so much to say to the world, expressing how much we love what is created for us. Your word count on this one is perfect, for it says what it says, and stops.

Your poem embraces and encompasses togetherness in such loving ways. What is said appears so effortless, and as an offering from the offering plate! The wonderful work of art from a GRANDFATHER, and the adequate words of love for human kind, are a beautiful and inseparable duo... good enough for keeping ! ! ! - One who know what he likes! - Bill

Reviewed by Ann Marquette 9/21/2007
I am confused, I left a review of this when first I received notification and I saw it here. Then I got another notification of this poem and now my review is missing. what i said was..........
wow! i love your grandfather's artwork and this wonderful poem.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 9/21/2007
In Grand: Why I Always Give Everybody Benefit Of That Doubt...

Another Grand Write Right On...

Your Friend,TRASK

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  2. Meant To Be
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  4. Something Beautiful
  5. Just As You Are
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  7. In An Instant
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