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· Perceptions


· Prosetry at Work

· Said and Unsaid - Vol 1


Short Stories
· Surreal Dummy--Still Here

· 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)

· Discipline of the artist

· 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

· Eye-Opening Light

· Marsupial Prison

· Dejection, Rejection, Connection

· Once He Wrote

· Closure Revisited

· Echoes of Silence

· Mr. Worm

· Chameleon Battlescapes

· Missed By No One

· Passion's Shoal

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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. unraveling
  2. Fading into the unknown
  3. Great King Phallus
  4. Presence
  5. In Loving Memory
  6. Breathe A New Love In Me
  7. You're Not Alone
  8. Reincarnation
  9. I Wish I Knew
  10. digesting newness
  11. Drawbacks
  12. Blood-Kin Beachcombing
  13. An Old Man Ponders
  14. See Me
  15. an aging man still searching...
  16. When the Devil Bites an Angel...
  17. So, What?
  18. Missed By No One
  19. spring times 3
  20. I'm Thankful For

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