Recent Reviews for Jerry Bolton
Crossword (Short Story) - 9/4/2013 12:46:41 PM|
To use a "black" pen when working
puzzles..no erasers allowed..Thank
You, Jerry, for this write
Crossword (Short Story) - 9/3/2013 4:37:28 AM
I've said it over and over...you are a masterful story teller...Wow! Read this last night before I retired to dreamland...mistake! giggle
Crossword (Short Story) - 9/3/2013 2:30:38 AM
such a well written story my friend, i really liked this a great deal
Crossword (Short Story) - 9/2/2013 7:17:32 AM
Wow! Wow! This makes you think, and the ending was a total surprise. Good job, Jerry.
Crossword (Short Story) - 9/2/2013 5:40:57 AM
A whole lot of imagination… and experience in such matters. A very nice try at the few seconds it takes to be properly hung.
I believe that if you are hung improperly, you have to choke to death. On the other hand, from experience, the snapping of the spinal cord does not kill, it just leaves one the strange feeling of a head suspended in space. And, I have no information or experience with how long it takes people to die during hanging, but people with severed spinal cords can live for a very long time until their brain no longer has oxygen-rich blood.
The story could use a good editing. While it is very well written, the few errors are very glaring and could be easily corrected. I don't see the connection between the title and the story.
Crossword (Short Story) - 9/1/2013 2:03:23 PM
Wow! At first I thought Percy had stepped into the Twilight Zone or had gone insane and was having hallucinations. I believe he saw hell but thanks to "some virtue residue left,.....", I believe he was directed to the path to heaven.
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 7/14/2013 11:23:35 AM
It's amazing to read or see something on the news and be able to put yourself in that situation. It's even more amazing to project that story into the complicated emotional situations that you were able to visualize here. You dealt with a couple of issues that I find fascinating.
First and most prominent, I think, is the right to die. Our society does not believe in that. It's somewhat amazing, considering our historical interest in personal freedom, that we fail to recognize suicide as an individual's absolute right. I also love the fact that you captured the difficulty involved in deciding that one wants to die and the conflicting emotions that make that decision malleable.
I also understand your frustation with our celebrity obsessed culture and desire to make our most private moments into public events. It is probably largely responsible for our sometimes mindless hero worship. One case that comes to mind was the hiker who, a few years ago, was trapped by a boulder and forced to cut off his own arm to survive. He made the talk show circuit, and a movie was made of his story. Everyone called him a hero. To me, a hero is someone who sacrifices to help others. Somewhere we seem to have lost that idea.
Great story. As you can see, it made me think. What more could we ask of literature?
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 7/14/2013 10:39:59 AM
Very good story. I did not see anything that was coming until you chose to reveal it. Excellent and creative idea.
The Wake (Short Story) - 7/1/2013 3:54:51 PM
One word. Excellent.
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 6/28/2013 4:47:47 AM
I hope someone with the ability to recognize your talent reads your work, as I "see" your stories. They would all be great on a screen.
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 6/28/2013 4:24:08 AM
I love flash fiction, and can't wait to read more or your stories. This really was engrossing and the ending was definitely unexpected.
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/18/2013 4:11:44 PM
graet story Jerry i relly liked the end of it all
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/18/2013 11:01:11 AM
Mighty and Powerful
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/18/2013 7:55:27 AM
Sure was a psychological trip. Paraphrasing the others, you have a gift for writing that comes from your vast experience with human relationships. The twist at the end makes for a very good short story.
Elizabeth was a “Liberian” (from Liberia?) And she had handpicked him, “way to[o] long to…)
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/18/2013 4:13:20 AM
Riveting!!!!!!!!! You are a masterful storyteller, Jerry! Awesome!!! I only wish the whole world knew your name....
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/18/2013 2:11:36 AM
Again you prove yourself as being a master of telling short stories
You keep your audience hypnotized looking at the left, filling in all the little details one by one
To end up with a total unexpected ending at the right side.
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/17/2013 11:13:48 PM
I am definitely saving this one. This will be read over and over again.........
Woman in the Trunk (Short Story) - 4/17/2013 12:31:47 PM
Excellent! Riveting! It kept me spellbound master story writer
I really loved this one Jerry :)
Love and Light
The Wake (Short Story) - 3/25/2013 7:42:42 PM
Well written, I could see the imagery.
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 2/26/2013 5:20:03 AM
Fantastic how you put yourself in the shoes of a man who wants to commit suicide.
How you dish up all his feelings and emotions in its smallest details
It was too long to read it in one breath, otherwise I definitely would have done it, so captivating.
Another prove of your great mind Jerry
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 2/20/2013 8:05:00 AM
Full of action and every ounce of human need.
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 2/17/2013 6:17:04 PM
You have a natural, appealing, believable flare for dialogue, Jerry. Your fiction doesn't feel even vaguely forced. That is a talent. ~~ Diana
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 2/17/2013 11:15:18 AM
This is an absolutely spine tingling story!
Just awesome Jerry! From an article to a full blown
hair-raising story step by step along with an ending that
you could say, "Be careful what you wish for (death) because
you just might get it"
I truly loved this :)
Love and Light
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 2/17/2013 8:19:39 AM
As I started reading this, two remembrances came to my mind. The first was a guy, a maintenance worker at the University that I worked in, who had retired to a little cottage with his wife, to build a boat and hunt and fish. Unfortunately, soon after he retired, his wife was struck by crippling arthritis. When I talked to him about it, she was bed ridden and he had to take care of her alone. She was just skin and bones in the bed, unable to move and in great pain.
The second memory was of a friend of mine who told me about a guy like me in an electric wheelchair with a specially equipped van. I can't remember exactly, but I was told that he either drove his electric wheelchair (mine weighs 480 pounds and I am tied to it by a seatbelt) or his van (mine has an EZ-Lock that firmly holds my wheelchair in place) into Bray's Bayou (in Houston, our bayous are big concrete ditches) and drowned. Suicide was suspected.
I saw a couple of editorial corrections that I didn't make. No interviewee would call a “crazy guy” a “person.” And it would take more than a few seconds for the water to fill a car with all the windows rolled up. Some cars might even float for a while.
That is quite a convoluted story with most improbable twists. You must have something against psychiatrists and heroes to be hell bent on eliminating them. The hooker is every man's fantasy. Then, why did she turn him in? Like I said, “most improbable.”
I Wanted To Die (Short Story) - 2/17/2013 6:18:54 AM
I can just imagine this story on TV!! Fantastic!
Review of About The Rapture (Article) - 8/11/2013 7:15:22 AM
I probably won't get to it, but a damn good review.
Review of About The Rapture (Article) - 8/11/2013 4:54:23 AM
'Sounds like a good read! I was going to start a life insurance company for cabbage patch dolls at one time..........not so far away from the guy who was going to take care of people's animals! Elvis impersonators!!!!???? I'd like to find a church like that.
Review of About The Rapture (Article) - 8/11/2013 4:43:47 AM
Should be made into a movie. Excellence in humor and tolerance, as well as openmindedness and respect for the beliefs of others.
Review of the book Missing Ingredients (Article) - 7/22/2013 5:53:19 AM
I can see how you would be drawn to this book. And you've done a fine review of it. I'm sure that the authors had some horrendous tales to tell from their own experience. I wrote a story about my cousin from my perspective, and his sisters hated it. When I fictionalized the story, it was okay with them.
I don't often read books, and rarely, if ever, are interested in dysfunctional family stories. So I think I'll pass on reading Missing Ingredients.
Review of the book Missing Ingredients (Article) - 7/21/2013 5:39:30 PM
'Sounds like something I would like to read!
My Zoe (Article) - 1/14/2013 12:27:43 AM
I hope your darling pet was not put down.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/29/2012 12:47:14 PM
I'm sure Zoe will be okay no matter what. God loves dogs, Jerry. That why he made them loyal, noble, honorable, kind. and loving. He will always look after these treasures he has created for us. just as you have done. I've had the pleasure of being allowed to know a couple of wonderful dogs myself over the years, who eventually went home to be with their loving creator. I look forward to having the pleasure of their company once more, when my time comes to go home.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/14/2012 6:03:08 AM
I'm so sorry to read this Jerry, if we can do something for you. You've done so much for us with all that you write.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/13/2012 12:02:43 PM
Ahhh I'm so sorry Jerry, I hope that this passes and is not something fatal... let me know how I can help other than my mojo, what do you need and I will do my best to get it for you...
My Zoe (Article) - 11/13/2012 10:28:19 AM
my friend i just saw this and am so sorry, i hope it is less than you fear.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/13/2012 8:37:17 AM
I'm so sorry Jerry, I'll pray for little Zoe. It could just be a fat cyst, let's hope for the best.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/13/2012 5:45:45 AM
I feel your pain, my friend...my precious little rescue "Allie" is nearly fourteen and in renal failure..also she was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder a month ago...we don't know how long she will be with us, but I'm treasuring every single moment!!! Bladder surgery was $1,200.00 plus meds. But we'd rather not eat than see her suffer....Too bad vets aren't compassionate to our incomes!!!!My thoughts are with you, Jerry!...
My Zoe (Article) - 11/12/2012 3:39:37 PM
I'm glad that you reached out Jerry; that's what friends are for and we are a close knit family of friends here on AD. Our pets are so important to us and we suffer if we think they are ill. I am going to contact you about this, in the meantime... hang tough!
Joy L. Hale
My Zoe (Article) - 11/12/2012 9:09:24 AM
Wishing only good for you and little Zoe.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/12/2012 6:41:15 AM
I will wish for the best.. hate to here this about a cherished pet.. well any animal really... I have my kitties and if they hurt I hurt..((
My Zoe (Article) - 11/11/2012 10:56:32 PM
Perhaps, you can describe it to your vet over the phone, Jerry.
My Zoe (Article) - 11/11/2012 7:14:48 PM
Oh, Lord, I hope you are wrong! Maybe it's just a cyst. Sheh is so cute!!!
As I Waited in the ER Waiting Room - July 19, 2011 (Article) - 5/12/2012 11:01:17 AM
Dearest Jerry...YOU put a smile
on my face with your ending to
ripple forward into waves !!!!
As I Waited in the ER Waiting Room - July 19, 2011 (Article) - 5/11/2012 6:29:04 PM
I'm sorry for your shock Jerry and hope you're ok as far as being in the ER. I myself am trying to decide if I should get a face lift or get fat. I think getting fat is cheaper :))
As I Waited in the ER Waiting Room - July 19, 2011 (Article) - 5/11/2012 4:58:33 PM
I concur completely having been in the er with my grand daughter two nights ago and going to hospital tomorrow for another mri and xray for my rheumitologist i feel your angst, when did this occur. my mind knows its true but just can't fathom when it sneaked up on me.
Good one my friend.
Those Were the Days (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 7:30:39 AM
J. Roseline said what I always think of; why in the world is so much relegated to so few? Too bad we don't live in the fairy tale of a happy hereafter reward.
Those Were the Days (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 6:08:53 AM
it is so sad that you had to live this
Flashing Knife (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 5:11:14 AM
This touched my heart too.roseline
Those Were the Days (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 5:07:41 AM
O Jerry! So touching, but why some lives are made to be so complicated while there are even now people who have very ordinary sismple lives happening without any issues till the end -roseline
Flashing Knife (Poetry) - 12/5/2013 9:40:34 AM
Too few people understand the ripple effect as you do.
Flashing Knife (Poetry) - 12/5/2013 8:33:42 AM
You bring up many emotions and feelings within this poem. It is a senseless act of violence. No one can ever really know what is in the mind of a killer. It's been a mystery ever since the beginning of time.
You haven't lost your touch for mind thinking poetry!
Peace, love and light Amber
Flashing Knife (Poetry) - 12/5/2013 7:03:09 AM
What makes the serial killer do these things? Is it that maybe he or she feels the need to have control over who lives and who dies? Or is it jealousy or hate? As you write here, it is not just two people affected. It is many. Excellent write!
Flashing Knife (Poetry) - 12/5/2013 5:35:18 AM
the far reaching repurcutions of any one act are as myriad as you so well wtite here
Taking Measure of Intellect (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 6:27:42 PM
catchphrase perfection that actually transcends itself ...
What's Undone (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 2:06:48 PM
Damn, Jerry. Send me some of your artistry pills. You've gone off the charts again. So much with so few words. That last line...so forgotten a part of being, of growing, of remembering.
A Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 10:27:20 AM
revisiting a wet dream? M.True
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 9:57:15 AM
So many dark alleys explored, sans body armor, foolish children in an adults only world. SF will always have a place in my heart. Like a chocolate sampler, the world at one's fingertips. M.True
Taking Measure of Intellect (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 9:16:52 AM
Thanks for the new word. Guess I don't read enough these days to pick up words like I used to. Oh, the poem? That was cool too. Let's transcendentally relate. Or at least, pontificate.
Taking Measure of Intellect (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 7:51:15 AM
This would be like "The Magical Mystery Tour"! Cool write!
Taking Measure of Intellect (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 7:38:23 AM
As you've succinctly wordsmithed, magic depends on acceptance that not all things can be explained, or even felt...beyond that place void of words. Beautifully penned.
Taking Measure of Intellect (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 6:11:30 AM
this write is inspiring
A Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 5:24:45 AM
Hot and steamy!!! Loved the phrasing...great writing, Jerry.
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 11:24:27 AM
For me the color of lonely is deep blue...
Driftwood (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 10:01:56 AM
A Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 9:13:25 AM
Sweet stuff! I'll just bet your stalwart faltered as you reached for her fantastic..............Oh, yes!
A Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 7:13:33 AM
Now that's living and loving to the fullest. Or was it just a lustful moment? I particularly like the way you and did some phrases with what was obvious, but not obvious. That's what I like about your way with words.
As for me. One day I was about to leave the building to go to my office before my next class. With my hands paralyzed, I was never able to hold an umbrella and always got soaked. Of course it was pouring out and I had to go. Suddenly, a young English teacher I hadn't met before said at my side, "You can walk under my umbrella." As she walked me off to my building we were very close together. We didn't say a word, but I was struck by her beauty and her demeanor. Later, I tried to make contact, but found that she was dating a motorcycle gang member I didn't care to confront.
Maybe I should write a poem…
A Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 5:34:58 AM
Been a long time for me but ahhh... the memories....
A Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 3:25:22 AM
standing soaked in a warm torrential rain, wow, how great is that
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 4:04:15 PM
well this would not be my style, but the writing is well done
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 4:00:14 PM
I remember when I was a kid. I got there looking for the scene. Nobody told me the flower people packed up and left and all that was left were the other lost souls who looked for paradise and got left in the rolled up carpet. Don't know how it is now, but the summer of '69 sort of dried it up. Scored some good acid on the way out of Californis, so it wasn't a complete bust. Still a freaked-out place though. A well done piece Jerry. I enjoyed the read. Bob
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 9:47:35 AM
I'll stay here on the North Coast of America, thank you.
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 9:02:54 AM
Never been there but I have to say this made me giggle a bit too... I remember the Louisiana version of this time still oh so well...
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 8:19:27 AM
Looks like you really got into it when the Summer of Love became the Fall of Hatred and those were becoming mean streets.
Never liked that fog (or smog) very much. That's why I stayed on the Peninsula. Although I did take a look at high-priced dives a couple of times and turned that grit down.
San Francisco Moment (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 6:57:39 AM
OMG! This made me giggle...I was there in 1980 to attend a family reunion, so I only saw the tourist side of the city. Nice city.
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 3:30:37 AM
this is the worst kind of lonliness
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 7:37:14 PM
It's also interesting to think through the differences in lonesome and lonely. I've found the lonesome have a good chance of staying connected or find they still belong. Whereas the lonely...well, if we could truly define the layers that finally weigh down the spirit and thus loneliness creeps in, we just might be able to address it better. But, defining the straw that breaks that back remains defiant.
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 9:26:12 AM
I spend a lot of time alone… And prefer it… But I'm not lonely. My mother, on the other hand, a communicator all her life, is now isolated by aphasia and near deafness. She finds it a very lonely existence being unable to play the games she loves with others in good-natured chat.
There is a cure for the loneliness that you express. Shy or alienated people need to force themselves to get out into the world as much as they can, even though it may be painful. Eventually people of like mind will be found and loneliness will diminish.
" Only the Lonely," the classic by Roy Orbison, comes to mind.
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 9:18:30 AM
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 9:03:48 AM
When you are living or moving with a crowd, you long to be all alone to get some 'me time'. Roseline
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 7:59:19 AM
It is true that a pill won't cure loneliness. The only thing to do is take that first step...............out the door and go somewhere where there are people or volunteer and help people. Loneliness is like a hole in the soul. It hurts.
Dreams (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 7:39:47 AM
excellent poem, Jerry ...
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 7:19:44 AM
yep, the same sad song sung by the lonely heart's club band ... only the lonely know of their pain ...
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 5:49:05 AM
Maybe those born on the outside, remain on the outside. They might get in for a while during the course of their life, but who ever is in there will soon turn them out again.
Perhaps that's just the way it is.
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 5:37:27 AM
Teehee...gave me a laugh..thank god , I am not a lonely person...at times just ups and downs..and writing and reading gives pleasure and happiness
Nice poem...loved it..
Best wishes, neerja
The Lonely (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 4:56:04 AM
Most of us who write and read are insular to a point. I spend a lot of time by myself, but can't always say I feel lonely. Doing poetry will fill a void. Like bolemics we cloak our addiction in a lot of ways. The only difference is that we get to show our quirks where other addicts just hide them. Not sure that makes sense Jerry, but that's the only thing I can say about it right now. You expressed it well here. Bob
Thoughts of Taylor, Arkansas (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 12:18:03 AM
Trouble is, not knowing what's ahead of you becomes an issue at one time or another. It sneaks past the child-like 'devil-may-care' attitude and, as life gets shorter, we might well wonder just how much more we can cope with.
Thoughts of Taylor, Arkansas (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 6:03:55 PM
Stop the world and be a child again. A nice impractical thought, but sometimes we can suspend it long enough to bring it out in words. Great description of stars and cobwebs transformed by dew. Adults can ruin a childs life or make it wondrous. Hard to suspend that past though. Bob
Thoughts of Taylor, Arkansas (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 11:37:01 AM
That's what Michael Jackson said. Fortunately all my memories of my childhood are pleasant and rewarding.
In this poem you show your observational skills that have carried you well in your writing.
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 11:02:23 AM
A haunting moment of reality for two lost souls...you write with a pen of sad truth, Jerry.
p.s. any chance of a Ram Slade new book in the future?
Thoughts of Taylor, Arkansas (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 8:25:10 AM
I love the part where you describe not knowing what was ahead of you that day as a child and the cobweb with the dew still on it. It's a shame you had a mother who was obviously a very "sick" person.
Thoughts of Taylor, Arkansas (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 5:46:56 AM
If only they could... and if only the bad could be erased ...but I like to think those dreams never of childhood never truly leave us.. they evolve and become new dreams... great work here
Thoughts of Taylor, Arkansas (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 5:08:16 AM
But what evr is left of the young dreams and years in your life, you can still be. Nobody can question how you want to feel. Young or old or child like!!!roseline
What's Undone (Poetry) - 11/29/2013 9:22:37 AM
Another that is open to our own interpretation... well crafted.. Myrna
Driftwood (Poetry) - 11/29/2013 9:20:43 AM
I had the same thought abut a kitty... a poem open to many interpretations...
well done.. Myrna
Driftwood (Poetry) - 11/29/2013 8:01:34 AM
So many thought go through my mind while reading this. I love it's rhythm and rhyme. This makes me think of Carol's kitty that just crossed over.
Driftwood (Poetry) - 11/29/2013 7:25:23 AM
I love the way this rhymes. Why am I thinking about a pussycat?
What's Undone (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 3:00:14 PM
Time...time is so gone. Crazy like a puff of smoke, floating away on the breeze..gone, gone, gone...instants like drip,drip,drip...I forgot that was months ago and now the years flown'way..The older we get Jerry...gone. Bob
What's Undone (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:24:25 AM
I agree with Budd, well said and deep my friend, Laura
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 7:04:22 AM
"the dark mood of the jukebox hour." I really love that line.
What's Undone (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 7:01:34 AM
so well said
What's Undone (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 6:42:58 AM
Another year goes by and bye bye just as a moment that's for sure. When does anyone have time to do all they need to do ? I like this a lot! It packs a punch!
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 12:09:34 AM
a dream at a time -good toughts roseline
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 5:56:25 PM
Truly a fine write indeed Laura
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 1:34:24 PM
One dream at a time, relived.
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 9:06:42 AM
Fresh and original wording of a cliche-made subject. Well done.
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 6:25:42 AM
i so enjoyed the imagery here
Dreams (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 5:49:17 AM
with the moon bearing witness
a dream at a time
beautiful lines here... simply beautiful!
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 3:25:24 AM
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/27/2013 3:21:03 AM
I fully agree with Ronald Hull...six more days to give us more great good poems from you!!!
Best wishes, neerja
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 4:06:47 PM
As the saying goes, "The great way is not difficult for those who have no preference."
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 3:39:02 PM
Deeply moving indeed Laura
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 11:45:20 AM
Some people refuse to change, living in total fear of it.
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 11:26:14 AM
Feelings Indeed, Jerry
in the writing skills
of a poet..Very well
said where love abounds
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 10:23:42 AM
So easy just to stagnate and not have to make choices...it's scary no matter your age...very deep and provocative writing, my friend...
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 10:09:10 AM
I sure hope that fork is silver so that whoever finds it in the road can cash in. ;-)
You don't fit in that category because every day you struggle to come up with an entirely new view of your world that you express in poetry. You also take the dark and dank swamp as a repository of all the ideas for your novels, coming forth daily from the deep.
As for "them," may they rot in their ruts!
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 9:13:01 AM
stagnate not revive!!! roseline
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 8:18:10 AM
It's all in making that decision when one comes to those forks in the road but one must strive to not stagnate. I've seen opportunity gotten by volunteering for a benevolent cause by some who otherwise would have stayed put and stagnated. Great write.
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 6:05:27 AM
what you so expertly state here is too true for all to many
Silhouette of the Swamp – Vol. 1 – Stagnation (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 5:13:46 AM
scary and real thoughts here. I think I'd gladly give up the security some days if I could just figure out what direction to start walking in.
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 1:42:28 PM
the starkness of some realities can sear the eyes... yours a pin prick vision. M.True
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 1:38:54 PM
A day of rest and reprogramming... How difficult we have made it to recognize the perpetuation of this, our human myth. M.True
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 1:31:53 PM
dark visual. Open wide the screaming mouth, oooooohhhhnnnnooooo! M.True
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 1:20:41 PM
So deeply touching Laura
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 10:50:22 AM
A very telling write up two lost souls. One still finding himself.
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 9:51:36 AM
Capturing a bittersweet moment very well...
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 9:22:02 AM
Writing itself is catharsis for people like us and when you know others are reading it, it is a beautiful way to connect indeed. Cheer up. Your best is yet to come.roseline
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 9:03:57 AM
A story of disappointment and dismay for sure. Those days are over for you. You have so much to give with your writing and your caring!
The Woman and I (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 6:05:16 AM
here in is the sadness felt by many
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 10:11:07 PM
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 9:48:07 PM
Living to write another day
with love yet in many forms
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 9:27:28 PM
A picture..a huge undertaking
for such a brief moment snapped
in time, but then there is always
more to it than that.. the way "we"
remember it to be
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 9:04:25 PM
The Saddness of the Fog (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 8:39:55 PM
Fog, forever the pawn,
to know the sun
Love’s Rocky Road (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 8:12:16 PM
Yum Yum, Jerry
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:45:36 PM
I was watching something on Netflix
called Interview with an Assassin
and some guy said he had a short time to live
and wanted the world to know he killed JFK
he had a bullet in the safety box...
I now wonder if it was a true encounter?
Great write Jerry...
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:41:31 PM
the closing lines send goose bumps Jerry
I felt touched by Edgar Allan Poe!!
I am absorbed there now...that was beautiful!!
Even Under Dismal Skies
Hope has beatific eyes
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:38:26 PM
this is beautiful
a lovely love
a sensitive love poem
Love's Safety Net
& cool FaceBook stickers :)
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:36:27 PM
I relate to this poem
I feel this poem too Jerry
it's my brother though, I get it
crazy that I see this poem too
just confirms everything he is telling me
Love Never Dies
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:33:30 PM
and you do Jerry because you are the poet
the profound findings of all the poems
you are also loved
Keyboards & Spilled Coffee
Tear stained hearts...
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:30:33 PM
I have been a couch squash & loving it
it's cold outside anyway
Apple Butter & Toasted Bread
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 2:58:25 PM
I love the idea of a Sunday, lazy morning, coffee, gathering your thoughts for the week . God or not, it's a pretty good day.
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 10:59:25 AM
Got that right.
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 9:42:43 AM
Love those last two lines. "Monday Monday, so good to me…" Thanks to him (God), we've got a day to invest any way we can while escaping from the churlish bonds of job and work (except in my case where every day is the same in retirement).
I'm so pleased that you are able to come up with something so unique and creative every day. But now that Sunday is taken, you have only six more days to play with. ;-)
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 8:05:54 AM
This Sunday is great because I have a day off. Thank God!
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 7:30:28 AM
Every Sunday and everybody's Sunday brings out similar emotions.-Roseline
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 7:20:54 AM
I call Sunday my day of re-gathering..)
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 7:17:30 AM
i agree the day to rejuvenate
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:20:36 AM
Blessed be the God above
in who name we take a day off to praise him
peace be with you
Sunday (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 5:56:22 AM
haha! And without Him we couldn't have! (Once a cynic, always a sin, ick.) j/k... thanks for the message. I'll miss your daily offerings.
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 4:51:49 PM
Well, Jerry, it's been fun commenting on your poetry from time to time, and sharpening the iron of my wit against yours... I hope that whatever challenges you face as day goes down to day, you are more than able to handle them! It's been a pleasure knowing you.
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 4:25:15 PM
A dark, yet acceptable reality for those who observe and often face the undeniable truth. Well done, Jerry.
In The Afternoon (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 4:01:18 PM
Chantilly Lace quality, Jerry
Cold Rainy Day (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 3:24:17 PM
A setting befitting
the weather, Jerry
Fifty-Six Years Ago (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 3:00:54 PM
The way it was
The way it is
Liked it, Jerry
Love's Madness (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 2:27:51 PM
Love IS to be as free,
YOU know all too well!
Midnight Calling (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 2:17:57 PM
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 11:30:15 AM
I have seen vultures flying low over my house lately and wondered why? Perhaps your poem is the reason the vultures' time is nigh. Or maybe it's just a dead possum outback out back behind my house.
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 10:39:22 AM
So much has changed and not for the better as far as I am concerned...
Technology is wonderful BUT what happened to neighbors caring for
their neighbor, who helps the poor soul broke down along side the road, everything we once knew is collapsing! Take us back to the old days with the knowledge we have now to appreciate and spend more time in those days... I miss them...
Great write again Jerry
Love and Light,
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 10:29:38 AM
Interesting nostalgia in a different twist of all the memorable
things that happened during most of our era... And lets hope it never
Fantastic write Jerry, you do your research well your historically apt, you present it so all can have a vivid view of that time...
Love and Light
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 9:27:49 AM
Yes, they are hurrying in. No living thing can hide from them and what they are doing. Sad. Great work, Jerry!
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 6:20:56 AM
i hope i do not hear or feel them as they land
Deathbirds (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 4:35:28 AM
This doesn't sounds good ...why this trepidation ??? I too fear at times, but when I read my books, the ones I am so fond of...I feel safe...I think I can relate this one of yours with me, though I have my loving parents and my loving kids ..am much closer to my parents and I feel insecure to see them getting old :(
Best wishes, neerja
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 10:07:38 PM
perhaps your most rapt observation/interpretation with Beatlesque piggies and blue meanies running rampant. You have definitely zip-bagged an edgy recollection. M.true
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:57:14 PM
distance is always a matter of the heart... M.True
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 5:04:34 PM
proudly saying, "This could never happen again."... so there Odin.
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 12:49:02 PM
Jerry, this poem touched me on a personal and very emotional level...
and yes, something is very wrong!
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 12:35:25 PM
I know well the dance we do, holding on way past the time to let go...when deep down it feels so final.
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:48:07 AM
Indeed. How unfortunate there exists this kind of unconsciousness amidst death and its ripple effect.
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:40:31 AM
Most choose to talk in saccharin sweet sentiments, repainting the obvious over and over. Here, however, you've given the reader language of a lexicon never wavering from its ability to detail the sordid/agendized people's behavior so often taken for granted, until... yeah, only a fool would think this could never happen again.
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:27:15 AM
Distance can not sever nor stretch thin hard love. This is a heartfelt and beautiful poem. Hats off to you! I will save this one.
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:19:16 AM
That was a sad day indeed and I personally think it was an inside job. Fabulous write!
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:18:53 AM
I love the line your heart is my heart so beautifully written, Laura
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:16:04 AM
Truly an interesting write, well done indeed!! Laura
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 9:00:46 AM
Great title , great thoughts -roseline
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 8:59:41 AM
I can tell that you were really motivated while writing this one. While I can't comprehend some of the stream of your consciousness, it all comes together in the end.
Yesterday I read an article by a member of the Warren commission called upon to serve because of his expertise and not because he had any ax to grind. He stated simply and flatly that although they reviewed copious information from many sources, the only and the obvious conclusion was that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. Just as Jack Ruby's brother has said that Jack regretted pulling the trigger because he had stupidly acted out of anger instead of any motive or intent.
People love conspiracy stories, they are usually much more interesting than the facts and allow much fiction to turn into myth, legend, and eventually, supposedly fact from mere repetition. One sad individual shoots the president, and thousands of books are launched. What are writers to do except conjure up new sensational theories?
Conspiracy (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 8:56:55 AM
wow, Jerry what is this! Great , i will have to reread tomorrow morning or I feel like hearing an audio of this- roseline
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 6:40:05 AM
Very moving piece, Jerry...beautifully penned!
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 5:17:50 AM
A nice poem to read first thing in the morning...
Hard Love (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 4:16:16 AM
The beauty and safety... chat to chat
fingers tapping away touching each others soul...
Two become one soul and nothing else exists...
Thank you for the beautiful morning vision Jerry...
A vision of "a hard love made to last"
Love and Light,
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 7:03:13 PM
No one should suffer, including that pet dog that's kept alive even though it can barely stand on it's hind legs, good for that owner, It's important to keep the choice yours somehow.
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 3:37:52 PM
Reminds me of my poem "Hemlock."
It is very good to see people agree with the compassionate response thus far reserved for our pets.
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 2:20:29 PM
oh my such a deep touching write and I to agree with you my friend!!Laura
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 11:10:12 AM
I agree with you that there something wrong with this picture. The cultural morality that life is precious and the Hippocratic oath, combined with medical technology's promise and expense has twisted our perception and we cling old ways of trying to sustain the unsustainable.
My father contracted an infection after major surgery and lingered for four months, exhausting all of his Medicare and extending his torture into Medicaid and the eventual death that caused my mother much suffering and expense.
We should make medicine pay for their failures instead of us having to pay for them. I have no problem with euthanasia. I think it is proper and a normal way of ending life. Why should we have to resort to the way that Ernest Hemingway did when faced with the inevitable.
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 9:23:22 AM
This story will continue unabated until we learn that there is no reason to fear death. Good observation. M. True
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 9:20:21 AM
never to ;eave until we let go and we, oh, so reluctant to do so. M.True
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 9:16:38 AM
To see or feel is to react, to write is to reshape destiny. M.True
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 7:12:17 AM
I agree. Something is very wrong and I believe it is the hospitals' deep pockets. My brother who just passed away went through the same agonizing non-existence as well prolonging a life that was actually over. I could go on and on.
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 6:43:46 AM
i so agree with you
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 6:17:18 AM
This is some observation worth pondering on ....but the solution lies in dealing with it, but we are not ready to accept euthanasia because of what would become if people misused this, for that so many have to suffer without thier fault and just because somebody wants to keep them like that. They should not be made to suffer like that. My father suffered just for half a day and that was so difficult for us to see in his old age, imagine two years of hell!!, my sympathies
Two Deaths (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 5:26:28 AM
It is, unless a soul wishes to remain on earth, I believe
in euthanasia... why should we not be shown mercy and compassion
My mother lingered horribly yet my father was afraid to give her
any more morphine for the cancer as it might cut her life short! I hoped he would give her more to put her out of her suffering... she
was not living .... she was in agony...
Great thoughtful one Jerry, where we have such compassion
for our 4 legged family members yet not for the human kind...
Love and Light,
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 4:16:49 PM
Words written so tenderly and heartfelt Laura
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 10:15:41 AM
Without any self-serving energy expended, you've offered a worthy take.
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 9:22:49 AM
We are a horse of a different color...gotta love 'um
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 7:24:14 AM
I understand. I believe we all have that one person attached to our heart that we really never want to let go of and wish they were still here. I enjoyed this write tremendously.
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 5:47:28 AM
a deep resonating write that will mean much to many
She Lives (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 5:22:10 AM
I believe in everyone of us, down deep is a hard ache...
like you say it is in repose, and of course when you least
expect it, it jumps up to attack your happiness...
those aching reminders of what once was...
You do not have to wage war on it, you may co-exist and make
a deal with it... only times (even if a glimmer) keep the happiness...
Excellent Jerry, you have once again touched something
that resides in all of us at some point in our life...
Love and Light,
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 9:59:39 PM
Thanks for this so much -roseline
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 7:06:03 PM
you do gotta love 'um.
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 7:04:23 PM
I stopped reading after public relations, no I read the whole thing but, you get my point.
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 12:44:40 PM
Jerry, I read this earlier today, and I was touched. I decided to come back to AD and write again. I have been gone so long. Have missed you and all my other friends here on AD.
Thanks you for being an inspiration to me!
Peace, love and light
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 12:31:17 PM
A eloquent capture of the awful truth, Jerry...well done!
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 12:12:39 PM
...moon, love and acceptence sadly do not always go together.
good one, Jerry
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 8:10:48 AM
No one thinks like a poet or sees anything as a poet does. I've heard it said that people in the arts are a little "titched (touched)". Well, perhaps our minds are wired a bit differently, but you "gotta love 'um". Most of us have lived lives that others would shudder at but we write about them. Go figure!
The Saddness of the Fog (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 8:07:42 AM
Fog is good. I love fog...nice write
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 8:01:17 AM
An Excellent write indeed Laura
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 7:42:59 AM
I really really like this... yep you gotta love em...as a writer friend of mine says "somebody has to" lol
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 7:25:48 AM
a wonderfully well written work
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 5:22:27 AM
Gotta love em indeed! Awesome poetry, my friend....
Poets and Poetry (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 5:16:27 AM
And oh how I love how you put everything to words
How you are a master of writing and poetry Jerry...
I cherish you and your written words into your life...
You share something so special that it touches every
heart that reads it... You show us human and humanity
weakness and strength, love, fear, hate, desire and lust...
You pour your heart and soul into everything you write...
I am probably one of your top admirers :)
Love and Light,
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 12:30:10 PM
One can really get lost in the memories that photo's open up it is a journey that I love taking, often.
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 9:49:23 AM
Yet most of us will go around saying that we are "free" to do is we damn well please… And do. Most of us don't really give a shtick about what the government is doing anyway as we go about our narrow little lives in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" with our sixgun at our side as we shave or not shave, tattoo our arms and ride Harleys to our grave. Jesus saves green stamps while we rave.
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 7:07:03 AM
True lies is what we are fed. I don't call the political realm leaders anymore, they are slime suckers...
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 7:06:54 AM
There is more truth in this poem than I really like to think about, Jerry.
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 6:40:38 AM
And sadly so many have been shammed...
Not only in government, even who we thought
were friends... we are left empty and feeling hopeless
for what it to come... Would like to say more my good
friend, but don't want to get in trouble :)
Love and Light,
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 6:17:17 AM
Oh, sing that song, my man! It's the truth!
Fifty-Six Years Ago (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 5:41:16 AM
Hmm 1957 - A big year for me - Apparently, pretty big for you too.
An Open Door (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 4:06:18 AM
so very true and sad that it is that way
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 3:54:21 AM
just the right words to hit home to us all
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 5:57:22 PM
Ohhhh...hits straight to the heart ! But beautifully penned!
Best wishes....neerja :)
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 12:38:16 PM
Ouch. No moon here it's raining, perhaps for the best.
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 12:34:29 PM
The moon and romance are seen everywhere in poetry, but you bring to us a sad tale; I can only hope these words have been written from your finely honed mind for writing and not from an actual event. A delight to read, as always.
Joy L. Hale
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 12:03:42 PM
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 11:33:30 AM
Dejection and the moon are the mother of copious poetry.
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 7:00:32 AM
This is so sad especially since the poems were written in the name of love beneath the moon. Short and sweet but packs a punch!
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 6:39:30 AM
In a few lines so very deep and told perfectly as always Laura
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 6:03:26 AM
I am truly laughing, I needed this Jerry...
How I have poured over pictures that meant something to me...
recalled and remembered and laughed over some in particular...
Huge smiles you planted on me...
Love and Light,
‘Neath the Moon on High (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 6:01:50 AM
Oh sweet sorrows, for how we all have
and poured our heart into it...
beautiful Jerry as only you can write
and touch our mind and soul...
Love and Light,
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 12:02:31 PM
No, reading your poem did make the earth move for me. ;-) However, since I am going through pictures to put in my autobiography, I realize what you mean… How a picture can revive a strong memory of wonderful things that happened, certainly enhancing the endorphins in our brains.
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 9:44:59 AM
A stroll down memory lane indeed a good write my friend Laura
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 9:38:22 AM
Well, the earth never stops "moving," but, I think I get it, Jerry. Thanks for sharing and making me think/remember. Love and best wishes,
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 8:34:12 AM
I love looking at pictures. The memories they hold can't be compared to anything else in the world. I'm sure that someone felt the earth tremble!
Was it Good For You Too? (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 7:50:16 AM
Jerry, I can relate to this poem, the memory of a picture tell a thousand words.
The Saddness of the Fog (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 2:59:41 AM
This is so compelling to me given what I am going through right now... the loss is overwhelming... the fog within me is so heavy, but I know one day through my pain the sun will win and come out to remind of lovelier times...
Thank you for this...
Love and Light
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 2:57:46 AM
I love the visuals you leave us of a man with an internal suffering Jerry. Trying to grasp onto it and at the same time let it go... The insecurity written in this poem is compelling and marvelous as usual for your ability to convey the message.
Love and Light
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 11:43:07 AM
I really like the last two lines as this write was sweet and deep Laura
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 10:18:29 AM
This was a good flow of thoughts without inturuption the thought moved to a pleasant conclusion. Rose
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 8:54:51 AM
Some good blues and a loving touch are just what it takes to get you back on track. This is a great work!
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 8:23:16 AM
That first stanza gave me a creepy feeling of more than just hiding from a memory. I can testify that the touch of a loved one can immediately remove the hurt.
The Saddness of the Fog (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 7:33:57 AM
The enigmatic lure supplies much of what should be written about. You've added some worthy words.
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 7:15:23 AM
Comfort and even occasional epiphanies occur where one least expects it. Well penned.
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 7:07:55 AM
a very diferent vision, the touch of a comforting hand is just that
Sour and Sweet (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 6:21:42 AM
Your imagination sure takes you in strange pathways. I'm glad she broke the spell by touching your hand!
The Saddness of the Fog (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 5:52:56 AM
To me the fog does not bring sadness but perhaps a sense of peace or maybe a chance to reflect... Myrna
Cold Rainy Day (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 3:23:40 AM
the poem is perfect for the weather here. thank you.
Another Time, Another Place, Another Day (Poetry) - 11/14/2013 9:33:41 PM
Becoming a better Man
out of the suffering