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· Perceptions


· Prosetry at Work

· Said and Unsaid - Vol 1


Short Stories
· IT

· Faux Companion

· Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)

· Beer Neck Flower

· Closed

· What Do You Do?

· Dream-Blisters

· The Nap

· When the Wheels Stop Turnin' (flash fiction)

· Nomadic Heart

· The Dogs of Sochi

· A Crow With Super Smarts

· Targets Be Warned

· Simple Times (an observation)

· Cavemen in Tuxedos (an editorial)

· Ghost Town Ghosts

· Note to Self

· Essay on Poetic Theory

· Love's Enigma

· Lamplight Visits

· Crayon Hook Up

· Time's Subtle Movement

· Last Call Musings

· Ashen Quest

· Hate

· Ladybug, Ladybug...

· Winter Cabin Reverie

· Heroism Marauded

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by Odin Roark
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Trenches is an attempt to give credit to all on the site who've fired up my own thinking and made me more and more aware of what little we really know about the mystery of creating. Thank you all for making this site a place for exploration and earning... especially for me.



Forever lost are the voices of fearless hope

and long gone are the rains that muddied the foundation


Even as we long for the innocence of heroic action

framed honors were not meant to be for some

and there remains only the mud of experience to nail on the wall


So say some of the dying


So say some wishing to escape the agony of...?


Is home only found beneath the buttons of shielded resistance?


Can death be the only sanctuary from the insanity of fear?


Is one's true home but a place locked safely away

beneath some naked honesty known by only a few ?


Might those who dare

to seek out that place

where stripped away layers of protection

saturated with the tears of elusive answers

find nature's compass pointing to yet another unexpected direction?


And is that direction

seen only by those whose open buttons

ravaged by wanderlust and the shedding of mud caked insulation

leap from the twisted abyss with abandonment into another time?


What drives us to leave behind the habit of place and protection

to once again run, walk, and ultimately crawl

through barbed spirals of isolation

into those battlefields of the unknown?


Is it enigmatic, this home we seek

without assumed walls and roof

or fortified landscape?


Is home only beneath the buttons

where a naked and vulnerable essence beckons one to enter?


And if home be the purpose of the journey

what validation allows entry?


Those with answers must now ask more questions

Cogito, ergo sum

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Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 5/3/2012
creativity almost requires to be in non-stifled mode. constantly question, forever reassess. Inspiration is just bonus.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/3/2012
"...a place locked safely away..."
and the courage to find and open it,
i don't always do that and am ambivalent
about the value of full disclosure..i suppose
i settle for less, lesser forms of truth;
as for having answers, i don't know, i really don't

you are always worth the time, Odin, always

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/3/2012
I am therefore I think.

We all, unless we are Barack Hussein Obama supporters, tend to forever evolve. Sometimes that evolving means replaying the past, to make it right, to truth up to it, to forgive it.

You make good questions, and I found myself within the grouping of your quest for enlightenment. Again, I say,I am, therefore I think.
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 5/2/2012
Great thoughts! Thank you.

Jane Noponen Perinacci
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/2/2012
Home is where we feel most ourselves, with those we choose as friends, our home, our family, our sharing. You are there.

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

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