Recent Reviews for Chip Bergeron
Mikdnight Magic (Short Story) - 1/27/2012 7:11:42 AM|
Great memory, Chip - one which has stayed with you throughout the years, and now passed onto us. Good, well written tale.
Mikdnight Magic (Short Story) - 5/30/2011 11:21:06 AM
A beautiful tribute, Chip. Well done and such a pleasure to read -- you've given me the goosebumps to prove it.
Hugs to you,
Mikdnight Magic (Short Story) - 12/21/2010 12:24:51 PM
There is magic in a pipe organ. The mass....well not so much. I know, I'll do penance. Patrick
More Ponderisms (Article) - 8/1/2012 8:22:45 PM
in reference to Syria: Cher Chip Bergeron, my dear friend. The problem is that our occidental culture is completely different from their culture. To your question, the Arabs do not normaly revolt, because for centuries the obeyed their leader whether he is a king or a dictator. The problem here is that foreign powers are the ones who initiated this revolt like in Tunisia, Lybia or Egypt. We as Americans have helped them and gave them knowledge of how to prepare a revolution. You may want to read Obama's speech he gave in Cairo and you will understand (between the lines).
More Ponderisms (Article) - 2/27/2012 9:41:29 PM
LIKE DIARRHEA ... I LIKE IT !!!
Ponderisms (Article) - 2/12/2012 3:11:49 PM
CHIP ... THANKS 4 SHARING, VERY GOOD QUESTIONS.
Ponderisms (Article) - 2/11/2012 10:13:57 PM
I'm a big fan of ponderisms. Patrick
Change I (Poetry) - 11/13/2013 10:03:28 AM
Well done my friend. This is a good poem. Love Emile
Change I (Poetry) - 9/14/2013 12:01:33 PM
I seem to be letting it slip away without any problem.
Change I (Poetry) - 9/13/2013 9:08:48 AM
that it is for sure
Tattoos andn Attitude (Poetry) - 8/26/2013 4:53:57 AM
your well written piece is taken to heart
Tattoos andn Attitude (Poetry) - 8/23/2013 7:26:23 AM
A rant that I would have except for the last part that was very revealing and heartfelt. You have the experience to express it the way you did.
When I became paralyzed at 20, I gave up all ornaments altogether, rings, my wrist watch that only spun around my bony wrist, and my contact lens that I could no longer put in myself. I still wore the clothes of a square, and later, a business person, only to give up a fake, hang on tie, for a much more comfortable open neck shirt that it seems the whole world has copied since.
I asked a disabled counselor about a young man that I saw in a wheelchair with one of those grotesque scars on his arm portraying some symbol or another what he meant by doing it. She replied, “Low self-esteem.”
I guess that sums it up. People are so fearful of not being included––they don't think enough of themselves––that they resort to strange customs and behaviors just to fit in with their peers, regardless how stupid it may seem to others. By so branding themselves, they become part of whoever they want to become part of. And, as well, separate themselves from everyone else.
Fortunately, while I don't have children, the children of my brothers and sisters don't seem to have picked up on tattooing and all that other stuff. I'm pleased.
Tattoos andn Attitude (Poetry) - 8/22/2013 11:46:31 AM
Ahhh . . . I could have written this, especially when you got near the end of it. Although I have tattoos . . . three on each arm, names mostly and one on my left shoulder in the back. Back to your rant. I liked it very much. I can't seen any part of it that I could take issue with. I lived with that pain you spoke of until October 2011 and on tat date I forgave everybody except one, even myself. This is a keeper.
Tattoos andn Attitude (Poetry) - 8/22/2013 11:00:22 AM
A very strong story dissected and revealed by a wise old bird. The ending is absolutely perfect. Exceptionally well done.
Monochrome (Poetry) - 8/18/2013 6:42:45 AM
I like this unique take on what aging does to our perception, going from the fiery hot emotions of youth and dangerous risk-taking, to the rather drab and dull endless days of boring routine and fending off growing infirmity leading to the inevitable… Perhaps that's why some people, like Ernest Hemingway, cut it short.
Like my uncle, 101, said recently, “Nurse, please bring me the bucket. I want to kick it.” He got his wish last week.
So Now I'm 65 (Poetry) - 8/17/2013 4:15:02 AM
Welcome to the club, Chip! You have a great attitude. I also get bombarded with membership appeals to sex clubs, from young sexy ladies just dying to meet me, and of course to big discounts for Viagra and Cialis. My attitude is "if they die, they die." My wife sees it differently.
We All Do It (Poetry) - 8/2/2013 7:18:09 AM
Human infants, even caged pro-simians have an innate sense of fairness and democracy. They accomplish this even in their most ego-centered learning cycle. We adults, as we've been programmed to do, go to great lengths to 'beat' that out of our children. Somehow we manage to think of those fingers pointed back at us as acclaim. Wouldn't it be useful if we understood finger-pointing and condemnation as just another addictive behavior, another 'self medication'? Having 'just' written your thoughts shows us your awareness of an essential flaw, and you've written it with skill. Your sense of right spirals ever outward, I think. Well done!
We All Do It (Poetry) - 7/18/2013 1:11:55 PM
Good folksy, common sense, down home distillation of life. Well said, Chip.
We All Do It (Poetry) - 7/18/2013 7:00:32 AM
Full of wizardly, alchemy, wisdom and common sense, you have written a classic pointed poem. What do I think of it? I love it. Hope that everyone reads it and understands where they're coming from with their outrageous conclusions.
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 7/4/2013 1:49:22 PM
Getting old is not always a fun but it teaches us other aspect of life that we did not know before. Love mon ami
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 7/2/2013 10:33:08 AM
I enjoyed reading your poem today, You gave a very descriptive array
of how your life is and has become because of the choices you made in life. Yes, I agree with you whatever or however you live will come back to haunt you, your life is in your hands to do good with it or choose whatever road you will take. Make you have a Peaceful
and Blessed life and get some of the things you longed for, it is never too late, nothing is impossible, if you believe you will recieve, if you longed for companion who know you will get it. (smile).
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 6/28/2013 10:57:11 AM
Yes it is tough and growing older is not for cowards. Powerful pen Chip.
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 6/22/2013 11:21:10 AM
There's good news and bad news. The good news is that you have that knapsack full of memories that you so eloquently laid out here in a very coherent and accurate voice for all to see, showing that your still a player in this life. The bad news? You won't know it because that will occur later after you no longer will know.
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 6/22/2013 7:10:21 AM
I agree with Edward...this is as open and honest as it gets...really great poem.
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 6/21/2013 3:32:26 PM
This is as good as it gets: honest, sincere, and it comes from the soul. Brilliant, Chip.
It's Tough-a lament and a rant (Poetry) - 6/21/2013 8:21:36 AM
i hope so too for you
Infatuation (Poetry) - 6/18/2013 8:03:04 AM
Oh, so true! Infatuations are as common as the grass, but little have enough gas to last. A cute one.
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/17/2013 1:24:01 PM
These words carry with them a sense of vulnerability Chip. Emotions of love and sadness all wrapped up as one. I feel your grief.
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/17/2013 6:24:58 AM
I guess if I had a choice, I'd be the first to go. I can see your plight. There is another side to this. Many who lose a loved one early, find love again. My great uncle did it twice.
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/17/2013 2:48:23 AM
it is sad this write of being the one left behind
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/16/2013 7:38:28 PM
Your poem is deep. I pray for the best for you. Poety can help release the inner most thoughts and help to cope with life. Amen
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/16/2013 5:01:57 PM
I enjoyed her poetry, and enjoyed this candid write. Thank God for pleasant memories of time spent together!
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/16/2013 3:34:33 PM
And the good news, Chip, is that she's waiting to greet you.
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/16/2013 10:58:46 AM
I, along with many others, know the feeling well. Hang in there.
All I Have Left (Poetry) - 6/16/2013 9:30:19 AM
I miss Sue, too Chip...she was a lovely lady and I'm glad we met through poetry...it really is a healer...keep writing...fill up those empty rooms and empty hours with poetry...I leave rose petals and cat toys filled with catnip upon her memory...
Absolutes (Poetry) - 6/14/2013 5:24:42 PM
Thought-provoking, Chip. Were you ever a priest or a minister? Just wondering. Love and blessings to you,
Absolutes (Poetry) - 6/7/2013 7:33:58 AM
The absolute thing in this world on earth is God's truth! He is the way truth and the life...
You are not insane my friend, you are looked at in heaven as Spirit filled! If you are insane, there sure alot of us out here!..hahaha
I am glad we have the techno stuff out here because of it we can view work like yours and know we have kindred spirits!
I like the song: On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.
And my hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
And I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name
I heard this when I was reviewing your thought provking words..
God Bless my friend
Absolutes (Poetry) - 5/16/2013 11:11:50 AM
A thoughtful article-poem. The only absolute that I know of is death. I don't look at death as either good or bad, loved or hated. Death is just the end of our life. Since we know it is coming, I like to believe that we need to do all we can with the short time we have in this life. Some do very well with the life they have and we call them saints. Some don't do very well and we say that they have the devil in them.
Absolutes (Poetry) - 5/15/2013 9:40:28 AM
as do any of those truly faithful
Absolutes (Poetry) - 5/15/2013 8:29:25 AM
A metaphysical write that I liked all the way to the ending.
Intereior Voyage (Poetry) - 3/23/2013 5:38:17 AM
a well extended metaphor, Chip,
appropriate and thought through;
Intereior Voyage (Poetry) - 3/23/2013 5:21:16 AM
You have excellent story telling skills, Chip. Rely on them and your readers will overlook your flaws.
Intereior Voyage (Poetry) - 3/21/2013 7:00:59 AM
Yes, even the best laid plans of mice and men.
Intereior Voyage (Poetry) - 3/21/2013 2:47:53 AM
yes tis the journey we must take
Intereior Voyage (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 8:05:08 PM
Enjoyed! Stall well...
Peace, love and abundant blessings,
Grief..... (Poetry) - 3/18/2013 8:33:03 AM
You impart so much passion and compassion through this perspective of a young man's grief. So much of what we end up doing in life is for society, for other people like a parent, and there is pain.
Grief..... (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 8:07:03 AM
You sure read a lot into a photograph. like my brother told me once, “ You sure wrote a lot of your life into that novel.”
Grief..... (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 6:59:47 AM
simply wonderful, so well penned
Grief..... (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 5:43:20 AM
Chip, through your story telling, you have brought to life the 'grief' that hopefully one day will go away. Wonderful writing.
Grief..... (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 4:35:25 AM
that this, to me, is written through
the eyes, feelings and responses of
a young person growing up and confused
about relationships and parental interference
makes the poem all the more poignant, Chip,
and the expressions, those short focused lines,
are perfect for the delivery.
Grief..... (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 10:04:34 PM
Whatever it is that pains you can be forgiven in the blink of an eye. Believe it and move on.
To Whom It May Concern (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 1:59:08 AM
ps am saving this one..thanks Chip!
To Whom It May Concern (Poetry) - 3/8/2013 8:18:01 AM
Quite a confession! The power of your words cannot be denied.
To Whom It May Concern (Poetry) - 3/8/2013 6:17:36 AM
very deep feelings expressed in so well
To Whom It May Concern (Poetry) - 3/8/2013 4:29:40 AM
there's no holding back here, Chip,
and reading this i feel smacked in the face
in the best poetic way, mind.
your feelings certainly run deep.
Peace to You
So Comes the Storm (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 3:28:05 PM
Chip your words for the seasons are right and true. Oh, by the way, nearly 60 degrees and sunny today in Portland, Or.
So Comes the Storm (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 1:00:17 PM
This is a well-crafted poem, Chip, signalling the end of winter and the birth of a new season. Nice word choices, nice message, very uplifting. Well done!
So Comes the Storm (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 8:36:53 AM
yes it does and the results are so great
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 3/5/2013 9:46:05 PM
Dear Chip, I will never interpret any dream. It remains a dream. Continue on you path and don't let your dreams hold you back.
The Beast (Poetry) - 3/5/2013 1:22:11 PM
I find this powerfully meaningful, Chip. I also think it is sad that boy grow up to become men. I guess that is why I don't mind when people keep reminding me that I never "grew up." Thank you. Love and peace to you,
The Beast (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 9:51:52 PM
Well done Chip!
This poem reminds me about the old Christian woman name Molly who was interviewed with an atheist on CNN.
Reporter: I understand you Christians LOVE everyone. Is that correct?
Molly: Yes sir, that is a commandment.
Reporter: I guess you have something good to say about everyone.
Molly: Yes, sir everyone has some good in them, no matter who they are we are all God's children and he has given us gifts.
Reporter: Is that so?
Molly: Yes, sir!
Reporter: Well Molly what would you say to the devil himself if he stood here right beside us. Would you have a good word for him?
Molly: Yes sir, I would tell him that he is a very, very hard worker.
Reporter: Hey guys, I am getting nowhere. Cut this interview off!!!
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 4:01:59 AM
'Better to live in whatever it means'
how good is that! and how wise!
fine stream of consciousness here, Chip,
the mind in flight
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 3/1/2013 9:57:16 PM
Please check out your poem as it has question marks all over the verses. I am sure this is an electronic error but it gets lost in the translation of well intended poetic expression.
Peace be with you and may love and blessings over flow from above.
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 2/28/2013 4:34:55 PM
in dreams we do many things
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 2/28/2013 12:19:13 PM
Reads like a nightmare to me. A puzzle that cannot be solved is usually nightmarish in the end.
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 2/28/2013 8:49:13 AM
I've never tried to interpret anyone else's dream, only my own...and that hasn't worked out too well. I enjoyed reading your dream.
Dream Sequence 2013 (Poetry) - 2/28/2013 8:36:37 AM
I have a similar recurring dream, Chip. In mine I have a destination to make but obstacles of every kind continually jump up that prevent me from getting there. I interpret it to mean that I still have lots of things to do before I can board that "train to glory." Cheers!
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/20/2013 9:44:10 AM
This is a great poem, filled with truth and able to hold interest from beginning to end.
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/20/2013 1:05:04 AM
Unique tour through the inner country of the arcane of the mind to depict its mysteries... "The Beast" made its way to constellation Soul, and revealed the psychoanalytical light of its stars with exoteric pictures.
An exquisite poem I have read... "The Beast" is a golden literay Scroll.
Viva the Poet!
In respect and admiration,
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/18/2013 10:11:25 AM
Such genuine writing, a philosophical GEM Chip ~
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/17/2013 4:38:45 AM
very well penned and presented
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/17/2013 12:52:40 AM
that beast comes for sure, Chip;
to face and take on is the challenge
and i believe the only choice..
no it doesn't creep me out but it certainly
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/16/2013 12:02:53 PM
Yah, what Ronald said.
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/16/2013 11:14:07 AM
Men? Now that is what I call, “thought-provoking.”
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/16/2013 4:41:33 AM
We can imagine the worst at times when our dreams catch us unawares.
The Beast (Poetry) - 2/16/2013 12:08:46 AM
Chip, you're a cross between a teddy bear and Santa Claus, but a beast...never.
I Never Had (Poetry) - 2/13/2013 6:33:02 AM
I have no big brothers, but I am one. Somehow I got all those things missed in your poem.
I Never Had (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 6:28:03 PM
So heartfelt Chip!
I had four big brothers, so I can say you are right about missing out on the big bro thing...they taught me all the boy things I needed to know and I'm more boy than girl from it :))
I Never Had (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 2:13:22 PM
i did but he was 16 years older so never there, i understand
I Never Had (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 1:14:16 PM
You got one in me,Chip. I'm a boyish 75 and I can kick ass with the best of 'em. Just let me at 'em. But I have to tell you: You're on your own in the love department. Remember: left hook, then a right cross.
You Never Know (Poetry) - 2/9/2013 11:51:50 AM
It always amazes me––your creativity!
You Never Know (Poetry) - 2/9/2013 9:12:27 AM
It doesn't matter to me if its real...what's real is that this is really good writing. Well done.
You Never Know (Poetry) - 2/9/2013 8:40:31 AM
"It's always one thing or another. You never know." --Gilda Radnor, wise philosopher (RIP)
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 1/11/2013 9:10:20 PM
Quiet Night (Poetry) - 1/8/2013 12:38:26 PM
Sweet, Chip. Thank you for sharing this. Love and peace to you,
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 1/6/2013 10:00:31 PM
It's nice to find another fellow Christian on the Den. I loved your poem about Christmas. Amen and Amen! Come and visit me my friend.
John Michael Domino
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 1/5/2013 5:07:14 AM
writing of a fine order
for its truth and intimacy
and overwhelming honesty of feeling
may 2013 see you strong, Chip,
my very best to you
Rainy Night (Poetry) - 12/31/2012 4:59:18 PM
A very visual piece of writing, I like all the adjectives and phrases that describe the shining black surface, the mirror-like reflection, the light that prevents you from seeing what lies behind. Very nice!
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 12/30/2012 5:13:12 PM
This is very moving, Chip.
I hope for you to have joy instead of so much devastation and heartache in this new year ~
Rainy Night (Poetry) - 12/25/2012 11:33:18 AM
It's good that you see beauty beyond the obvious. You make me even more grateful of what I look out on every moment of every day. Thank you, Chip. Love and peace and best wishes to you,
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 12/25/2012 11:31:25 AM
Sweet, sentimental, and seasonal; may you be blessed, Chip. Love and best wishes to you,
To You in the Great Beyond (Poetry) - 12/24/2012 1:53:56 PM
Thanks,Chip. This is simply beautiful and touching. Keep talking and praying. Sue hears you.
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 12/24/2012 1:43:23 PM
Thanks for this beautiful tribute to your wife, Chip. I'll drink a toast to both of you. I went back and re-read your bio. Love your down to earth humor. Mark Twain would be proud. Merry Christmas, old friend. I turn 75 in two weeks, so I'm acquainted with many of your ailments.
Christmas 2012 (Poetry) - 12/23/2012 9:57:46 AM
such beautiful thoughts of Christmas thank you
Rainy Night (Poetry) - 12/22/2012 1:16:49 PM
Engaging ~ an almost haunting unfolding of imagery ~
Rainy Night (Poetry) - 12/22/2012 10:25:07 AM
Very visual word picture Chip. Love it!
Rainy Night (Poetry) - 12/21/2012 3:38:37 AM
well worded depiction of the urban night, thank you
The Cat Who Likes Music (Poetry) - 12/13/2012 5:33:33 PM
I have noticed that some cats seem to appreciate classical music and will leave the room if there is a sudden change of style... I can easily picture a cat that enjoys baroque music! And I love the line "long tail flicking like a drunken metronome".
Quiet Night (Poetry) - 12/4/2012 8:57:40 AM
Cute and cuddly companions, and very feline at that. I had a flash of a rock band being named Cat Rapture! Maybe you need to write the novel. I hear the Life of Pi is doing very well.
Quiet Night (Poetry) - 12/4/2012 3:47:33 AM
warm and personal, an intimate work, Chip,
very appealng to this reader; i really enjoyed it
I Am Happy (Poetry) - 12/2/2012 4:57:25 PM
A fine testimonial of faith in face of adversity; thank you, Chip. Love and peace,
Juggler (Poetry) - 12/2/2012 4:55:13 PM
Love the meaningful analogy, Chip. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace,
I Am Happy (Poetry) - 12/1/2012 10:02:35 AM
I know the feeling. It happened to me twice in recent years. Very costly, but no injuries. I think you do not have to rely on anything or anyone else to be happy. I'm hurting right now from a flu, and know that I will get through it and be much better next week. I think that your attitude, too.
I Am Happy (Poetry) - 12/1/2012 8:04:10 AM
Chip, two things are obvious; one you survived the accident, thankfully,and two, you're a happy fellow...not much else matters.
Juggler (Poetry) - 11/26/2012 8:32:03 AM
so engaging and artistically crafted!
Juggler (Poetry) - 11/26/2012 7:15:31 AM
As usual, you do a bang up job. And this one has the necessary angst. ;-)
Got me to thinking about all the things I have up in the air. Fortunately or unfortunately, mostly women and mostly unfulfilled but promising. Such is life.
Juggler (Poetry) - 11/26/2012 5:32:08 AM
strong and interesting perspective here, Chip;
i like how you deliver it;
the final line strikes home!
Here in New England (Poetry) - 11/15/2012 5:29:38 AM
i saw New England when i was much younger and
was lucky to visit Vermont and Maine one October
and the colours still stay in my spirit; a NE apple
"is a rite of passage" indeed
i love this, Chip, love its atmosphere
A Gun (Poetry) - 11/15/2012 5:25:46 AM
succinct and sharp, and it's that
brevity, that no wastage of expression
that makes this work so poignant and effective
fine indeed, Chip
My First Manchester Poem (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 7:01:42 PM
A meaningful and impactful write, Chip. Well done, mon ami. Love and peace,
My First Manchester Poem (Poetry) - 11/8/2012 7:36:18 PM
Cher Ami Chip Bergeron, J'ai lu avec plaisir votre poem qui me semble avoir un p[eu dfe nostalgie. Mes felicitation.
My First Manchester Poem (Poetry) - 10/10/2012 4:39:49 AM
I think this is brilliant, richly perceptive of both the landscape and your inner frustration with it...so much honesty, and so much charm and wry wit ~
My First Manchester Poem (Poetry) - 10/5/2012 10:47:29 AM
Lego town. Levittown. Little houses on the hillside, little houses made of ticky tacky. I live where a thousand shopping centers look for a city. Things are not as they seem. I think that in order to like a place, you have to grow up there and develop an affiliation through all your trials and tribulations. And then you become loyal to even the worst place to live.
Love the style and descriptiveness of this poem.
My First Manchester Poem (Poetry) - 10/5/2012 8:24:41 AM
Chip, you are a wonderful storyteller. You're also a bit of a curmudgeon, but with a sense of humor. I sense that, down deep, you love your new little spot, your home-away-from home. Well written! AD needs you.
Here in New England (Poetry) - 10/4/2012 12:16:12 PM
My perfect picture of what an Apple should be. There was a time when I expect to see the same kind of landscape for Washington apples. I was sorely disappointed when I found that the Western Washington apples were grown along stream beds in desert country, a far cry from the New England image I pictured in my mind.
Rafting in the Storm (Poetry) - 10/2/2012 12:56:33 PM
Moving,touching and frighteningly beautiful.
Barbara J Henry
Much Like Today (Poetry) - 9/29/2012 3:42:38 PM
unfortunately, their greedy screwed-up narcissists
and human nature is still in adolescence ...
good poem, Chip ...
Much Like Today (Poetry) - 9/22/2012 5:58:20 AM
Beautiful writing, Chip!
Be well, xo
Much Like Today (Poetry) - 9/20/2012 11:48:44 AM
I'm thinking about what the president said, that we could absorb major catastrophes like this and the unnecessary death in New Orleans during Katrina. I think it is better when we do not retaliate by war, but seek out the criminals that cause such acts and bring them to justice. War only begets more hatred and more war.
Think Beyond (Poetry) - 8/29/2012 3:37:33 PM
Emotionally resonant writing, Chip!
Think Beyond (Poetry) - 8/20/2012 10:19:30 AM
If we don't, we are just slaves to the matrix. Love to get in trouble for breaking the box that everyone is trying to think outside of.
Think Beyond (Poetry) - 8/20/2012 9:03:09 AM
I try to do, Chip...enjoyed.
On the Persistance of Remembering (Poetry) - 8/8/2012 5:30:37 PM
"Sometimes a lie is more merciful"
so right that and so painful at the same time;
here, Chip, your heart is on display in all its truth
and hurt and it is a fine delivery of a work that
must've been difficult.
i wish you strength and hope and my very best
On the Persistance of Remembering (Poetry) - 8/7/2012 4:58:38 AM
some things...we don't want to forget and so we persist in remembering. thanks for the share
On the Persistance of Remembering (Poetry) - 8/6/2012 11:30:59 AM
Assuming unrequited love was the varmit...
Yep... like knocking a scab off a sore spot.
Next time... pour some Peroxide on it ...
Burns like hell for awhile... but bubbles the Pus out!
Prosthetic Memory (Poetry) - 7/27/2012 8:25:51 PM
Substance to reflect upon, Chip. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
An Apple a Day: An Allegory (Poetry) - 7/18/2012 5:55:08 PM
Love this way of seeing, Chip,
always love the individual exploration
of well-known event/metaphor..
An Apple a Day: An Allegory (Poetry) - 7/18/2012 8:46:52 AM
You provide substance to reflect upon, Chip; thank you for that; and I do appreciate the perspective that you have shared through your words here. Love and peace,
An Apple a Day: An Allegory (Poetry) - 7/15/2012 6:43:09 AM
"look but don't touch, touch but don't taste, taste but don't swallow" ...
An Apple a Day: An Allegory (Poetry) - 7/14/2012 4:30:46 PM
I often ponder the whole issue of the Garden of Eden, why did God if he knew that he had made man to weak to resist temptation, make him of a stronger character, or why was all mankind judged on the actions of one man...hmmmmm interesting.
Prosthetic Memory (Poetry) - 7/14/2012 7:22:19 AM
excellent points ... much to consider ...
Prosthetic Memory (Poetry) - 7/14/2012 6:47:11 AM
Love the self-effacement in
"Nothing there to recall"
but love more the entire perspective
of the poem and how, Chip, you see
and how you respond
This is very worthwhile.
Prosthetic Memory (Poetry) - 7/14/2012 6:13:54 AM
Just as surely as our math skills deteriorated with the introduction of the cash register and calculators; and our reading skills declined after the advent of the TV and talkies; your poem would have us believe so shall our memories suffer from the preponderance of "PROSTHETIC MEMORY" found in today's world. I guess I'm on board with that. Dick
Prosthetic Memory (Poetry) - 7/13/2012 4:46:22 PM
Definitely causes me to think! (Thank U for the reminder) Excellent write!
Prosthetic Memory (Poetry) - 7/13/2012 3:45:39 PM
It is frightening to pause and take our fingers off the keyboard and our eyes off the screen and just ponder how far and fast technology has taken us and wonder where it will go next.
Whiny, Incoherent Rant #457 (Poetry) - 6/17/2012 8:02:22 AM
true love in unconditional ... telling it as it is ...
The Old Bridge (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 8:09:07 PM
Chip, I love the way you start this. So true. I love the way you end this. So true. Patrick
Whiny, Incoherent Rant #457 (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 7:42:30 PM
Excellent, Chip! Reminded me of my best friend, I need to call her.. The last sentence is the kicker, so to speak.
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Whiny, Incoherent Rant #457 (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 4:21:21 PM
Chip, I'm with you, I think. I'm one of those guys who worry’s about saying something that I might regret. Once you throw it out there, you can never take it back, you know? And it seems that almost always, after I cool back down, I'm damn glad that I kept my mouth shut instead of blowing up.
Yes, there were lots of things I could have said, (really wanted to say) but one punch leads to another and soon you have a full blown fight. Who among us can say that they ever really and truly won a fight?
So, I bite my tongue and live to love another day. Dick
The Old Bridge (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 11:36:42 AM
CHIP ... PAR EXCELLENCE' !
Whiny, Incoherent Rant #457 (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 11:28:38 AM
CHIP ... GREAT 'SUGAR-COATING' ...
Whiny, Incoherent Rant #457 (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 10:46:36 AM
Funny how minds work. We give a compliment, and it's taken as an insult. Glad you got it off your chest without whining. I hate whiney poems.
Whiny, Incoherent Rant #457 (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 10:07:01 AM
I like it. You should rant more often, but you fibbed. It wasn't very whiny. Love the last stanza, how many times have we replayed the "woulda shoulda said" in our minds? Patrick
The Old Bridge (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 5:50:05 AM
Chip, This certainly brings back lots of memories. (one I hadn't thought of in close to 60 years) Bet your rendering was a rousing success.
Well done. Dick
The Old Bridge (Poetry) - 6/15/2012 1:53:51 AM
a cool rememberance well portrayed.
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/26/2012 12:20:16 PM
Such thirst for knowledge... I've been feeling this way since I was a child, and I don't know if it will ever stop. At the same time, I often wonder if knowledge helps. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Whatever we study and learn, mystery prevails! Enjoyed discovering this piece!
A Hug (Poetry) - 5/24/2012 3:36:25 PM
Understand the feeling...
((((((((( Chip ))))))))))) for you.
Thinking of You (Poetry) - 5/24/2012 3:33:04 PM
Beautiful yet bitter sweet. Memories of another time gone by.
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/24/2012 3:30:08 PM
Enjoyed this insight into the road we each travel and keep trying to stay within the balance so we can go on and on. Excellent verses.
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/22/2012 2:58:19 PM
Wonderful Chip...Such a creative poem about remaining in balance!
I have a piece I play that cracks me up each time I play it called "Donkey and the Driver" that reminds me a little of this notion.
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/19/2012 11:34:33 AM
This is simply fabulous Chip. Simply fabulous. I love the, "This isn't metaphysical grammar" stanza. Patrick
Take Shelter (Poetry) - 5/16/2012 8:07:05 AM
Chip, I guess I missed this one when it posted. Much enjoyed it, though I may be reading more into it than was intended...
Since we've both lost our spouse, I'm stuck on the phrase ".. Death’s finger - Spares no one"
I'm not reading anything about the weather into this, but something more along the lines of seeking shelter from the dreadful pain of losing a loved one. I guess that's one of the benefits of well written poetry, everyone doesn't get the same message from it. Thats a good thing.....
Definite thumbs up on this one.... Dick
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/16/2012 7:33:52 AM
"...thinking I know everything, ... thinking I know nothing" a conundrum, if ever there was one....
"...Being content in what I know, Being content in what I’ll never know," "... But moving forward," I couldn't conceive of a better way to deal with that conundrum.
Nicely done. Dick
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/16/2012 5:55:26 AM
CHIP ... VERY WELL DONE! I LIKE IT!
GAVE ME A MENTAL IMAGE OF OLE 'DON QUIXOTE' ... HEE-HAW !
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/15/2012 4:59:42 PM
..balance IS such a difficult thing
and i believe i fell off that donkey
quite a way back and am reduced to footing it;
you deliver this with real questioning, Chip,
and for me it's such a worthwhile poem
Drunk on a Donkey (Poetry) - 5/15/2012 11:41:31 AM
A very wise discourse except for the last two lines which make it fruitless for someone to think they are making any progress at all. Very interesting reading, indeed.
Take Shelter (Poetry) - 5/6/2012 1:00:14 PM
CHIP ... DON'T MESS WITH MOTHER NATURE ...
Take Shelter (Poetry) - 5/3/2012 7:08:58 AM
Scary place to be, in that path. We had a close call in our Missouri residence a couple of years back. Our neighbor lost part of his roof, we lost a window. Not bad considering. Patrick
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 4/12/2012 10:19:33 AM
Ah but push too soft and you'll never get a replay. Patrick
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 3/24/2012 6:07:12 AM
Some of us are balls, some of us are flippers. Then there are those who are only the background noise, or those annoying flashing lights.
Guess it takes all kinds, but it's sad when you run out of balls cause then there is no more need for flippers and all that noise and flashing stops.
Protect your balls, my friend.
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 3/23/2012 3:50:34 PM
So much to be left thinking about here ~
wonderfully creative analogy!
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 3/20/2012 8:16:54 AM
well written ... i enjoyed this allegory ...
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 3/19/2012 10:19:00 AM
A great parody of life. Very creative and effective. Ron
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 3/19/2012 7:56:08 AM
Interesting analogy - it truly does seem that our lives spin out of control at times. We just need to hang on for the ride. :)
Pinball Wizard (Poetry) - 3/18/2012 8:44:41 PM
CHIP ... AMEN ... AVOID 'TILT' AT ALL COSTS ...
Thinking of You (Poetry) - 3/17/2012 3:21:46 PM
Ahhh, such soul touching, authentic writing.
Thinking of You (Poetry) - 3/16/2012 9:44:28 PM
pain is difficult to deal with ... we must confront what ails us and move on ...
Thinking of You (Poetry) - 3/16/2012 7:58:35 AM
Hang in there Chip, I promise you it will eventually become less of a burden. Keep writing and stay active. Dick
A Hug (Poetry) - 3/12/2012 9:34:21 PM
I don't think anyone should or "needs" to "accept." I think you make very valid points with your verses here, Chip. I can relate to what you share. I am fortunate that someone found me almost a year ago now. Love, blessings, and best wishes to you,
Sleeping Dogs (Poetry) - 3/6/2012 6:10:16 PM
Well, you know the old saying about "sleeping dogs..." You provide substance to reflect upon in your verses here, Chip. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Sleeping Dogs (Poetry) - 2/29/2012 8:14:05 AM
well done ... enjoyed ...
Sleeping Dogs (Poetry) - 2/22/2012 1:52:15 PM
Truly clever and enjoyable Chip! I hope you are doing well these days ~
Sleeping Dogs (Poetry) - 2/18/2012 1:05:45 PM
My dear old Mom always told me, "It's best to let sleeping dogs lie." Course, you already knew that, didn't you... you clever old dog.
Nice one, Dick
Sleeping Dogs (Poetry) - 2/18/2012 6:08:15 AM
Muzzle them before waking them...e
Sleeping Dogs (Poetry) - 2/17/2012 8:03:11 PM
Just make sure you've got an ample supply of milk bones. Patrick
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/16/2012 10:34:53 AM
Great, inspiring piece, Chip
I felt growing encouragement and inspiration as I read each line.
Barbara J Henry
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/12/2012 3:56:00 PM
CHIP ... AND DAMN THE TORPEDOES!
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 5:58:08 PM
reminds me of the biblical adage "god helps those who help themselves"
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 3:15:21 PM
Gotta keep plugin' along, sounds as if you are...e
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 1:12:57 PM
Any sailor will tell you the doldrums are no place to be captain. Jump on the trades and swap out that tropical depression for sunny skies. Patrick
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 12:14:59 PM
Spirited thoughts that many should read… Full speed.
Ode to Optimism (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 11:28:50 AM
Very uplifting and encouraging, Chip. Thank you. Love, peace, and best wishes,
A Hug (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 10:57:36 AM
A hug to you Chip. Splendid write.
Lady Mary Ann
A Hug (Poetry) - 2/11/2012 10:15:23 AM
a hug goes a long way ... your poem speaks from those deep emotions ...
A Hug (Poetry) - 2/10/2012 12:19:08 PM
Nicely penned, Chip. Hope writing it offered you a small amount of relief. Keep at it.
Eventually, when you are feeling up to it, go to BINGO. There are a lot of people our age at BINGO. (generally far more women than men) I guarantee you, if you are friendly and outgoing, you’ll soon find yourself in a conversation with someone who’s is familiar with everything you are going through.
Bingo people are creatures of habit. They tend to go to the same BINGO halls and sit in the same seats, so break that mold. Go to several different games and don’t sit in the same seat,,,,, (unless you have taken a liking to your immediate surroundings…. If you know what I mean)
My Sweetie and I met on Match dot com. We both had lost our spouse to cancer, which gave us some common ground to get started, but we've been together for nearly 4 years now and we've discovered lots more common ground.
Even if it's just a new friend to have an occasional meal with or go to a movie with, it's so much better than doing those things alone.... and trust me, she's out there waiting to hear from you..... when you are ready for that. For now, keep writing. Dick
A Hug (Poetry) - 2/9/2012 6:20:53 PM
CHIP ... I GREW UP WITH A DAD & HIS IRISH FAMILY
WHERE 'HUGS' WERE NORMAL - NATURAL - NEEDED - GIVEN - RECEIVED!
AT EVERY GATHERING, THE WOMEN GOT KISSED - THE MEN HUGGED!
HERE IS ONE BIGGGGGGG BEAAAAAAAR HUGGGGGG 4 U !
P.S. I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT SUSAN ... MY BAD !
A Hug (Poetry) - 2/9/2012 11:11:26 AM
Here's an electronic hug. Kinda lightweight but maybe you can still feel it. Some things you must accept. But not your situation. Patrick
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/8/2012 5:13:35 PM
DEAR CHIP ... A FINE POEM ... ALL YOU NEED IS ...
A SWIFT 'KICK IN THE ARSE'!
We all have 'mood swings' - it's Human - it's Natural. When a 'bad day' hits, or we are 'down in the doldrums' - there is a very simple answer at that particular moment in time ... LIFE SUCKS!
DUH? However, a 'shitty' day, week, month, or even year ...
is a HELLUVA lot better than 'the Alternative' - isn't It?
"HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL!" ... "WHERE THERE'S LIFE - THERE'S HOPE!"
I did my very best to always teach my two children that HAPPINESS COMES FROM WITHIN! External Persons, Places, or Things can NOT make you HAPPY. It is a State of Mind - it is Achievable, but may require some Effort, or Work! It's a 'YOU CAN DO IT' state of mentality! Sure - SHIT HAPPENS! 'Get Over It!'
Very little in Life is constantly STATIC. Each & Every day, Each & Every one of us, who is 'Above Ground' is in a constant state of FLUX, or Change!
Millions, perhaps Billions, of NEW CELLS are growing in our bodies, Each & Every Day! The 'Old Suckers' are being 'sluffed off' in our bed-sheets every night. UGH!
This fact certainly applies to Brain Cells also! But, They're on the Pillow!
Part of The 'SECRET' - if there IS one - is also very simple, working to find a 'happy' or 'workable' Balance between MANIA - Positive Thinking - everything is just 'Ducky' ... and DEPRESSION - Negative Thinking - ALAS! WOE IS ME!
Maybe it's like we're walking a constant 'Tight-Rope' - BUT - We Have a Balance Bar always with us ... my own little version of a 4-H Club ...
HOPE - HAPPINESS - HARD WORK - HYPE ... All generated from Within!
Now, if'n you Happen to Have - Halitosis, or Hemorrhoids -
yer in a Different CLUB!
That's my 'Two-Cents' Worth Story ... and I'm Stickin' To IT! ...
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/8/2012 11:32:26 AM
One of the best ways to get on depression is to express it. And you have expressed yours very well. I went through years of muddling through. Always writing my thoughts. Eventually I reached a place where nothing fazed me and I was ready to face the world no matter what it threw at me.
I hope you reach the same.
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/8/2012 8:43:53 AM
your write your stuff when you're depressed but believe it or not that's when your emotions are rising toward their zenith ,,,, your poem is lucid and expresses your emotional state at that time with precision and philosophical exhilaration ...
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/7/2012 1:41:08 PM
Chip, in my opinion, your friend is right on several counts.... First, this is definitely a decent poem. Secondly, whether it's depression, love, loss of love, or some other strong emotion, they often bring out the best of our writing talents.
Your "...what if’s and if onlys and somedays... as well as your ... maybes and I hope so’s..." are strong emotions as well. WRITE ABOUT THEM!!!! Write about anything, as long as you keep writing. I can't tell you that it will take away your pain, but it certainly helped me to deal with mine long enough for TIME to do its thing.
In the beginning, the goal is to get through today, but eventually you start looking forward to tomorrow. Then you go on from there.
Hang in there, buddy and don't be afraid to talk or write about it.
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/7/2012 11:21:42 AM
Decent is quite the understatement. Since writing is an emotional endeavor, it is only natural that strong emotional times extract thoughts that may otherwise be swept aside, even though they desperately need to be examined. This is what you have done here. Your continued writing will dilute the pain and each time you look at your situation from a slightly different perspective the healing process will advance. Hang in there Chip, and keep posting your work. Patrick
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/7/2012 10:42:01 AM
I think we have an extra edge when in certain states of mind...and you have captured something special here...Keep on asking for what you want...you just might get it...
A World Without Hope (Poetry) - 2/7/2012 9:21:03 AM
Very decent and deserving poem, Chip. I know it's got to be setting in right about now your loss of Susan, (we miss her) but stay in the poetry field for her...it's perhaps her muse pushing you forward. It's probably what she'd want for you...keep on keepin' on.
Love (Poetry) - 1/22/2012 4:27:33 PM
I think there are many "kinds" of "love..." ...many levels. I agree with you that love is essential; like sun and rain are to flowers. Thank you, Chip. Love and peace to you,
Just Write Something (Poetry) - 1/18/2012 7:06:09 AM
I too have sit with a blank page and no thoughts. Very upsetting to say the least.
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/18/2012 7:03:17 AM
AMEN! One day we'll live in a place where there's no more pain or tears. Loved this write! I am tracking you~!
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/17/2012 1:17:41 PM
Sadly, the theme of your poem is universal and timeless in this world/life. I do like the way you end on a positive note, Chip. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/16/2012 8:45:41 PM
CHIP ... Well Done, Lad!
"To Slumber ... Perchance to Dream ..."
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/16/2012 12:57:55 PM
A clean and well written poem with much deeper implications...well done!
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 1:33:36 PM
A slumber we awaken to will always keep us refreshed ... your poem has a poweful sense of renewal to it ...
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 10:54:57 AM
A truly empathic poem. Sensitive rendition. Puts me to mind of the oft-heard line about life involving a journey much more than an end. If the goal is to read a better place, best bring 'better' along for the trip, throughout all the pain and sorrow, through good times and bad-as-they-get times, too. The only way to do that is to talk to the one who made you. Like it seems obvious the writer of this poem has done and continues to do. Am I right, Chip?
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 8:19:48 AM
The medicine of the pen is working its magic. Might not seem like it. But it is. Your words have become more solid and though grief is evident so is hope. Hope goes a long way toward restoring a reasonable semblance of your new reality. Keep up the good fight Chip. Patrick
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 8:00:59 AM
Chip, I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's tough! It stinks! You shouldn't have to go through it, but eventually, if you are ever lucky enough to know love, you have to go through it, unless you are lucky enough to be the first to go.
You are doing the right thing by continuing to write and continuing to share and I thank you for that. Dick
Love (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 7:47:51 AM
Your puny efforts? I doubt Susan considered them puny. I’ve read lots of your reviews of her work and they always closed with your "...love the poet..." line. Saying it doesn't necessarily make it so, but it's been my experience that seldom do those who don't "feel" it say it and those who do feel it generally say it quite often. I also believe, as you say, "... it must be given away....To be received..."
I have experienced your loss and it’s damn hard to recover from. Each day is another day. Then there is another and another, but its really great that you keep on keeping on the way you have. I feel certain she would have wanted that and I feel certain that she felt she had "received" your love.... it showed in her writing. Hang in there, buddy. Dick
Slumber (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 7:06:26 AM
Filled with despair, but so honestly and beautifully written ~
Time On My Hands (Poetry) - 1/15/2012 3:06:35 AM
thinking of you... hang in there...it's suppose to get easier ...right?? april