Recent Reviews for Jerry W. Engler
Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland (Book) - 10/29/2008 4:40:07 PM|
I truly enjoyed the little excerpts from this book and think that they're well written and capture the scene nicely. You can just sense some kind of hilarious trouble brewing over that lumber.
And "bananas don't grow in Kentucky?" has a foreshadowing ring to it as well. Great writing!
Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland (Book) - 3/15/2008 4:03:35 AM
Reminiscent of Mark Twain’s marvelous style, the author has included many nostalgic, whimsical, and humorous stories in his first volume of tales from the prairie heartland.
These are stories that enchant and delight and captivate; stories that introduce the reader to some very interesting characters, both human and animal, and often have an unexpected ending. And these are stories that take the reader back to a much simpler time in America – a time of small town living, family farms and businesses, country values, and those ‘good old days’ of family, friend, and neighbor that many of us truly miss today in our modern, impersonal, hustle and bustle world.
Mr. Engler really knows how to spin a yarn; and if you enjoy good old fashioned storytelling, you’ll surely like this book.
A Heartland Voice: Just Folks Two (Book) - 7/24/2007 9:04:25 PM
Jerry, your writing entertains..it's rich, visual, funny, smart and at the same time brings us a good dose of reality...love the 'real life' feeling to it.
Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland (Book) - 6/8/2007 6:26:33 PM
Reading this collection of short stories is like embarking on a wonderful journey, and as with any journey, one never quite knows exactly where the road will lead. Enter the world of Jerry Engler, master storyteller; a world where times are simpler, and people are anything but ordinary.
Glimpse into the lives of Jerry Engler's "people" and you will chuckle over Hard-Sell Harry, the con man who gets conned into saving a carful of kittens. You will ponder the wisdom of eighty-year-old Aunt Edna, and laugh out loud at the capers of Ricky and Roland.
With his unique blend of charm and humor, and an incredible understanding of human nature, Jerry Engler creates characters who will steal their readers' hearts. And with a keen eye for detail, he manages to make their settings seem like places you have visited and loved. Places you will want to return to again and again. I know I will.
Just Folks: Earthy Tales of the Prairie Heartland (Book) - 5/25/2007 9:40:22 AM
I love the 'visual' writing...one can picture Harlan and his smart wife...and 'hear' them as well. Their conversation in this brief sampling shines with wit and shows the practical way of thinking of the Mid-Westerner. It's funny, too.
Much enjoyed this excerpt...thanks for posting and best of success with the book. It promises to be a treat for the TBR pile.
A Heartland Voice: Just Folks Two (Book) - 4/9/2007 7:17:16 AM
Since I really liked your Tillie the Dog Tale posted here on AD, Jerry, I just ordered your book through Amazon.com. Can't wait to read it!
Anna Marie, You'll Be With Me (Short Story) - 2/9/2010 12:56:38 PM
Who knows what a person might see as they near the death experience in the final year of life? Perhaps ours is not to doubt them at this time, but to give them the benefit that we believe in them.
For now we see through a glass darkly, then we will know all things.
Your compelling story effectively supports the above theme, Jerry. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Driven by love to sleep on a bench (Short Story) - 4/21/2009 10:10:44 AM
I knew when I saw this title that there would be some sort of twist to it...hee, hee...
You didn't disappoint!
Sure do love your stories, Jerry!
The Hanging of the Greens (Short Story) - 1/1/2009 6:05:08 PM
Happy New Year to you and your family. I've missed reading your works too. The last months have been a bit rough for me and i daresay it was one hell of a bumpy ride.
I sort of liked the Greens and esp I.B. for bringing out the truth in details which in turn made the jury come up with a wise verdict. I was glued on my seat inside that courtroom <smiles>.
On a lighter note, I always look forward to the hanging of the greens inside my little home for the holidays. This is a good story and I truly enjoyed reading it. More power to you, Jerry.
Thank you for your inspiring comments on my works. Be well.
The Hanging of the Greens (Short Story) - 11/29/2008 3:10:58 PM
Jerry, this is a pre-review. I'm too busy reading out of your first and second books, but will get to this one too. You must be on a book tour, or are you ok? I'm barely there or here, might have to have sinus surgery. I'm doing more positive thinking to get through small-town life. I'm trying to add a poem on my newly programed computer with Windows XP. Happy Thanksgiving weekend.
The Hanging of the Greens (Short Story) - 11/26/2008 11:01:47 AM
Wow. What a story. Hanging of the greens will never seem the same again. Liz
The Hanging of the Greens (Short Story) - 11/14/2008 5:12:25 PM
Jerry, this is a delightful story. Different from your others, a bit darker, but even so, filled with wit and humor. I enjoyed it!
The Hanging of the Greens (Short Story) - 11/14/2008 9:47:05 AM
As a learner, I was awed with how simple episodes were assembled and crafted to create this fine story. The portrayal of the Goodfellow character as a prosecutor and that of the way he instead implicitly argued for the accused is marvelous. Thank you Jerry.
The Hanging of the Greens (Short Story) - 11/13/2008 10:51:48 AM
You have a way of catching the reader and then reeling them in...keeping us caught up in your words until the end.
Be thankful for friends in all forms (Short Story) - 11/11/2008 7:44:12 AM
Love this story Jerry. It's so clear in my mind, Mutt leading the way then running back to check on Edna and Smudge. Experienced the scene a few times and feel really good that you put it into a fine story. Thank you so much Jerry.
Charmin' Carmen Finds His Soul (Short Story) - 11/4/2008 11:17:59 AM
Excellent story. Horse trading can be dangerous. Liz
Payback Time' for Mean Dean (Short Story) - 11/2/2008 5:07:52 AM
Felt good reading this Jerry. Hurried through to find out who had that 'gravelly voice'. Never thought it was her till the last few lines. Nice to have a Sharilyn around to remind us to pay back for our misdeeds. Thank you for sharing Jerry.
Payback Time' for Mean Dean (Short Story) - 11/1/2008 4:54:31 PM
Sweet story, Jerry. Yeah for Sharilyn!!! Love and peace,
Charmin' Carmen Finds His Soul (Short Story) - 11/1/2008 4:51:18 PM
In my humble opinion, this is a mighty fine story, Jerry. Thank you very much for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
Charmin' Carmen Finds His Soul (Short Story) - 10/24/2008 2:53:07 PM
Such lively characters with believable quirks and perspectives. Funny how we can assume another might be thinking one way, when he is really harboring thoughts we couldn't have guessed. Interesting how you weave the same tendencies toward justification and rationalization for behavior into Carmen's character that so many weave into their daily lives. But, in the end, goodness prevails - and that's just to my liking.
Charmin' Carmen Finds His Soul (Short Story) - 8/13/2008 7:51:41 PM
Loved the story, Jerry!! I love the way you always seem to intertwine humor into your works...whether they are serious subjects or not. This one left a tear in my eye and a smile on my lips.
Anna Marie, You'll Be With Me (Short Story) - 8/8/2008 5:09:50 PM
This is a lovely work. Written in a unique and plain people way...which is folksy, but even more! This type of writing is indeed special. lindalaw
Crank One Long For Central (Short Story) - 7/28/2008 3:54:13 PM
this is funny. Liz
Crank One Long For Central (Short Story) - 7/21/2008 6:54:24 PM
Seems just like listening in on a party line conversation in my wife's mid-Western home town, complete with lots of Bohunks in town and Monkey Wards catalogues. Of course, the surest place to find the Monkey Wards catalogue was in the outhouse, you know. No, of course it ain't for reading. No light out there.
What I liked best about "rubbering" in on the phone calls of others on the party line is that the more people that were rubbering, the weaker the sound got. When it got so you could hardly hear at all, someone would tell everyone else to "Get off the line, will ya?" And you'd hear about eight or nine clicks, and then suddenly the line was all clear again. Yeah, that's one reason why there's no secrets in small towns.
By the way, Jerry, I've got one of those old wooden crank phones mounted on the wall in the entryway of my California home, now. Catches everyone's eye. Me? I just use the long mouthpiece for a hat rack, myself.
Yep, "Crank One Long For Central" sure takes me back. You're the acknowledged master of "Takes ya backs," Jerry.
Charmin' Carmen Finds His Soul (Short Story) - 7/19/2008 7:16:24 PM
Reading this gave me a religious experience, seeing heaven and earth coming together uniquely on the back of a saddle, an Angel on four legs, and the one on top trying to be one for a change, a beautiful descriptive story with humour and wisdom, there is much to learn from it. EXCELLENT as usual! Blessings Jerry! Jasmin Horst
Crank One Long For Central (Short Story) - 7/18/2008 2:13:33 PM
This is adorable and I must confess that my grandmother always called Montgomery Wards "Monkey Wards" too! I remember those old, giant catalogs - especially Sears. It's been years since I've seen one. You've taken me back beyond the point where my memories begin and it has been grand!
Crank One Long For Central (Short Story) - 7/7/2008 9:21:47 AM
hee, hee, hee....
The knife stories really had me laughing! I must admit that I am that protective with my kitchen knives... But I have to protect them from my husband. Because of his use of my long, thin, deboning knife as a screwdriver and a crowbar I now have a short (as in less than two inches long) and slightly pointed "green pepper" knife. I must admit that it is perfect for cutting the core out of green peppers, and it is unique...I don't know anyone else with a green pepper knife...
But a woman can only have so many green pepper knives before she has to take action and protect the rights of her knives!
Oswald K. Underfoot finds a firefight treasure (Short Story) - 7/5/2008 5:40:04 PM
Special for Cryssa. There will be another installment of this story, and both stories will be in my new book coming out this fall, Highly Embellished Truth and Some Poetry: Just Folks Three. Thanks to all of you for your great comments.....Jerry
Oswald K. Underfoot finds a firefight treasure (Short Story) - 7/3/2008 8:47:46 PM
Oh, This is good. Cryssa sent me over here, and true to her word, I was not disappointed. You've a marvelous gift for story telling. --Charlie
Eddy Burnt By Harlan Medlam's Lucky Happy Birthday (Short Story) - 6/20/2008 8:49:34 AM
Delightful tale. Harlen didn't get to be 86 for nothing. Enjoyed. Liz
Oswald K. Underfoot finds a firefight treasure (Short Story) - 6/11/2008 10:27:04 PM
Jerry, I just never know when I sit down to read your stories what I am going to get. But I always know I will be entertained.
Mennonite Heritage Saved (Article) - 11/23/2012 3:53:13 PM
Great article Jerry! I've been to the Alexanderwohl church several times. And I lived not far away in the town of Hesston, KS. where Hesston College prepared me for the ministry.
Conniving My Retirement (Article) - 10/26/2010 9:36:20 PM
Love the humor in this, Jerry.
Conniving My Retirement (Article) - 10/26/2010 9:11:17 AM
Intelligent and humorous with a lot of meaning as well; thank you for sharing, Jerry. Love and peace to you,
Geo-referencing Soil pH for Liming (Article) - 9/11/2010 2:07:44 PM
Geo-referencing Soil pH for Liming (Article) - 8/26/2010 3:59:07 PM
Wow... amazing the way farming still continues to change after how many thousands of years!! What would Adam and Eve think of all of this... hee, hee...
Mexican Retriever, Huh (Article) - 8/26/2010 3:56:43 PM
I don't know what the solution is, but I always enjoy your full-imagery accounts of life.
Geo-referencing Soil pH for Liming (Article) - 8/23/2010 10:12:19 PM
This article points an advance in farming systems, that of associating farm soil characteristics with its geographic location, making it possible to regulate liming based on geo-referenced pH level. There's no doubt that this technology will also be used in regulating the application of other farm inputs like fertilizer to more precise levels. This is a very useful article Jerry.
Mexican Retriever, Huh (Article) - 8/23/2010 4:55:53 PM
Many Filipinos have willingly gone to wartime Iraq for work. A day before the start of the first Gulf war, my cousin took the last flight to a Middle East country for work. I cannot imagine what measures can ever stop desperate illegal immigrants to the United States.
Geo-referencing Soil pH for Liming (Article) - 8/20/2010 10:59:45 AM
Fabulous information to know and to think we were able to do this all the while Lindsey Lohan was in jail. lol. Great write. Liz
Geo-referencing Soil pH for Liming (Article) - 8/20/2010 9:09:03 AM
Thank you for sharing this most informative, apt, timely, and important article, Jerry. I find this stuff very interesting. Love and peace to you,
Desperate Self-Definition Times for America (Article) - 8/18/2010 5:48:16 PM
Certainly substance to reflect upon, Jerry. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Winter for the Birds (Article) - 8/18/2010 5:43:28 PM
I love birds and I love this article, Jerry. It's a funny thing about Canada geese. When we moved from northern Alberta in the early sixties to here (west coast of British Columbia), I really missed the call of the Canada geese on their way north in the spring and south in the fall. Canada geese were seldom seen around these parts. Now they are everywhere and actually quite a pest. Go figure. Love and peace to you,
A Fair Love Affair (Article) - 8/18/2010 5:40:21 PM
It is good that you reap the benefits of your gifts, Jerry. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,
Mexican Retriever, Huh (Article) - 8/18/2010 5:38:49 PM
I think this is a most apt, timely, lucid, and very important article, Jerry. Thank you for sharing your perspective. Love and peace,
A Fair Love Affair (Article) - 3/19/2010 3:22:42 PM
I can only imagine you visiting with everyone that walks by...and maybe even doing some peddling on foot as well. :~) The picture brings a smile to my face. I am sure that anyone who talks with you or begins to read one of your stories gets hooked pretty quickly! You are one of those people that is a friend to all he meets. But... then... I have a real soft spot for you in my heart.
A Fair Love Affair (Article) - 2/16/2010 2:34:53 PM
With your talent and gift of gab y ou are a sure winner. Your easy style in writing and I guess in person just sets a person to want to kick back and pause and read a great read. Love it. Liz
A Fair Love Affair (Article) - 2/15/2010 4:39:01 PM
There is a fair bit of truth to what you say, but of course it helps to be a good writer such as yourself, and that the stories are relevant to your potential and admiring readers. You have a wonderful way of observation and the admirable skill to verbalize them, and as you do, in your surroundings aged in historic events, and popular communality, you add to this the poeples history and lifes, a wonderful gift for all. Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Well, There's a Power Struggle (Article) - 1/9/2010 10:17:29 AM
great story, sounds like my home town. Mayor gets in, does good the first term, runs again and it goes to his head. Wait that sounds like the US government.
Desperate Self-Definition Times for America (Article) - 12/23/2009 6:44:31 PM
Fantastic article. I was in high school in the later 60's in Kansas City. We ended up under martial law with a curfew after rioting broke out. 50,000 men gave their lives in piece meal attempts to stop the north Vietnameze. How many lives will it cost in Iraq and Afghan this time? 2 boondoggles if I've ever seen one. I can still remember the smoke on the horizon of KC. Love it. Liz
Well, There's a Power Struggle (Article) - 12/23/2009 6:31:53 PM
Yes, Jerry I agree. It is better to have a grain crop then worry about how you are still being ripped off, again and again. Love the article. Liz
Author Youtubed (Article) - 12/22/2009 11:50:01 AM
Congratulations, Jerry! Love, peace, and continued success to you,
Well, There's a Power Struggle (Article) - 12/18/2009 8:37:32 PM
As far as I can tell, Jerry; it is not any different up here. Nicely done, friend. Love and peace to you,
Well, There's a Power Struggle (Article) - 12/18/2009 5:50:43 PM
Hell Jerry, you worried about Kansas, we got a whole country run like that up here, they're not even ashamed to do it publicly, for instance signs saying, this project is made possible by your progressive conservative government, using my tax dollars for the sign and for the project to keep themselves in office. These monies of course, is money from the covers of the general tax revenue, from all tax payers not just conservatives, I remember some other God awful party doing this in more undemocratic times ha. What you need down Kansas is a good strong wind, and blow some fresh clean air through your system, I mean you gots lots of wind don't you, I mean Kansas of course, it's a good thing you're letting yours blow free, it might help to highlight the evils in paradise. So write my friend, Sarah will appreciate it at least, she got a lot of wind too, though I think it's an ill wind, and not one you'd want behind your back. Now I told you often enough, Jerry, you're a terrific author, and I doubt your little gems could not fetch millions, what is it that Sarah's got, you don't? maybe you don't swill enough beer, go to enough hockey games, have illegitimate children, or kill innocent wolf cubs in their den, etc, etc, and maybe you is just plain ugly, are you? ha, listen, I wish you nothing but the best of Holy days, stay away from the Corn whiskey, we need it for our new energy efforts. Jasmin Horst
Author Youtubed (Article) - 12/16/2009 4:06:47 PM
The book fair looks like a fun event Jerry!
Thank You for sharing this!
Peace & Inspirations Den Brother
Winter for the Birds (Article) - 12/5/2009 4:18:48 AM
Sounds like a real birdland worth visiting. An informative article.
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 6/24/2013 4:26:43 PM
Enjoyed your tree analogy. There is a great need for the wisdom of respect, both to our environment and to our elders. M.True
NightWake (Poetry) - 5/28/2012 2:05:34 AM
This realistic poetry brought me back into my own nest of memories of hospitals and operations and a cold shiver ran down my spine...hope you are well my friend.
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/20/2012 9:04:58 AM
Felt like being punched in the face, such is the power of your description.
Best of health!
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/16/2012 10:23:23 AM
I have spent too many nights in similar states, with similar views... for different reasons. :) I hope and pray that your coming days and weeks are filled with peace and health.
Always a pleasure to see you posting, and despite the topic which gave me a sharp intake of breath, your words never disappoint with the poignant pictures you paint... making this all too real.
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/14/2012 4:07:01 PM
I call it the Horror of the hospital. Got me in the gut.
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/14/2012 10:22:50 AM
These lines deliver the smell of hospital disinfectant and medicine, nurses' lounge coffee with cream and sugar, but not for you... shiney floors of a place no one likes to see, the sweaty palms of dread and unknown, the unnaturalness of it all. Disconnection from all else, it is full of wrench and and wretch and scarlet fear. All that is in here. Yell. ~~ Diana
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 4:53:44 PM
it's such a relief to see you writing
again after all you've been through;
i'm still waiting for that email you owe me, lol!
stay strong, my friend,
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 4:22:54 PM
You take us there. Uncomfortably there. It's stark and sterile - an atmosphere that brings turmoil to the mind but promises bodily restoration, at least that's the theory. You are, as always, adept. Your words are your (and our) best medicine.
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 4:22:01 PM
Truly a grippingly real account, Jerry; I feel the pain both physical and mental. Thank you for sharing. Love, peace, and best wishes to you,
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 1:24:38 PM
So wonderful to see you posting, Jerry. This one is so very real. Short and sharp, you have said it all. One of your best ever.
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 12:32:29 PM
Jerry, you see quite clearly with limited vision, it must be hell, you already paid for you sins with this stay, not saying you had any, but suppose if, so from here it can only be upward, great poetry as always even with all these bolds in your head, keep on writing, hugs! Jasmin Horst
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 11:31:13 AM
Hope you aren't going through this at all right now. But good description of what happens. you don't really get sleep much in a hospital setting.
NightWake (Poetry) - 4/13/2012 10:53:05 AM
Good writing. It really brings the feeling of sitting in a hospital to life.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/1/2011 3:18:12 PM
Oh so lovely, Jerry, the words spoken.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 10/16/2011 1:57:53 PM
Beautiful, heart felt and grateful with a hint of sadness. Awesome. Love it. Liz
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 6/14/2011 4:24:21 PM
This is so incredibly beautiful. I relate so well to the feelings that well between these words. You have used "mercy" in such a prayerful and sincere way that one cannot help but to want to reach across time and space and soothe the pain. Your word choices are wonderful and when read aloud, your sounds are emollient to the soul...especially that wonderful "s" sound in your last stanza. Beautiful, Jerry!
Love Decision (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 2:04:23 AM
destiny there is, I found it in an old school friend whom wasn't even a friend to me in 1962. He is so into my life now, it is amazing how we can relate now when we couldnt in H.S.
Dot Com (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 2:02:11 AM
Don't know what i
d do without FB in my life now. Takes up lots of my spare time though
My Room (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 2:00:28 AM
A puzzline poem but very interesting and takes time to absorb it.
You are so sincere in your thoughts, and I enjoy your writes.
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/7/2010 8:08:24 PM
Thanks for sharing this comforting, illuminating and encouraging piece. The gentle pace and thoughtful points made in each line were engaging and provocative.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/23/2010 12:29:24 PM
Another work that touches us all with your unique observations of the physical world around us even as we pray to share the Mercy of blessed sleep to awaken once more surrounded by Love and the ones we cherish in our heart.
And I am so thankful to be flooded with the love of family and, especially, my Dearest Jodi, with whom I have shared all of life
for nearly sixty-four years.
Happy Thanksgiving, Jerry, and to your beloved Belinda.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/19/2010 5:07:03 PM
Really lovely work, Jerry. It fills me with a sense of peace, calm. Gorgeous imagery.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/19/2010 12:03:18 AM
The spiritual dimension of a forthcoming celebration,
'Mercy' a fine choice for central thought.
It's good to see you again, Jerry, it's been much too long.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/18/2010 12:32:23 PM
This is truly a lovely, apt, timely, and splendid poetic gift for Thanksgiving, Jerry. Ours is in October but your poem is relevant at all times anywhere. Love and peace to you,
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/18/2010 7:57:42 AM
You have outdone yourself, Jerry! This is simply breathtaking... You left me with tears in my eyes under the summer stars I used to dream under while the bullfrogs sang their mating songs.
I've missed you my friend. Hope you have a splendiforous Thanksgiving.
Mercy, My Own (Poetry) - 11/18/2010 7:52:08 AM
You leave us all with a most beautiful and touching poem, a poem that will always touch every human experience. You'll be a poet on the other side, I am certain that Mercy has heard your soul song, and will be with you. You strung a ladder of pearls, of words, and wisdom, and feeling, and someone will surely hold the other end, to help you up, for you are a treasure to them, as you are to us.
Bless you always friend, and bon voyage, say hello to our friend Mark Twain will ya. Love and peace! Jasmin Horst
Dot Com (Poetry) - 10/30/2010 2:09:37 AM
I like the vowel and consonant repetitions in this piece - can really imagine this would work well performed live. As I type these words - the poem influences my fingertips :)
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 10/30/2010 2:07:16 AM
The ancient symbolism of the tree! Tree of life. Cosmological tree. Tree of the shamans and visionaries. Alchemical tree - silver or gold. Genetic trees. Trees that process the atmosphere. Little wonder the ancient Celtic bards, druids and ovates described themselves as memebrs of 'groves'. This poem captures the ancient widsom of the tree.
My Room (Poetry) - 9/11/2010 2:05:56 PM
"...decades of experience
focused on this moment--"
I read this when it was first posted and it reeled inside my mind so erratically that I couldn't wrap my thoughts around it. It feels somehow like pain, like a throb that rears up to dim a twinkling eye or slow the breath in full retreat of memories cut deep in the skin of time and place. And somehow, there is a light that tries to shine through - a warmth that burns of its own longing to stake its place. This is straight-from-the-core writing, Jerry - superb.
My Room (Poetry) - 9/5/2010 7:53:05 PM
So many brilliant facets in this gem. I have to confess that I don't always understand what is going on, but the sight of "the little
blond wiggler" and that beyond-wonderful "report" stanza more than
make up. SO much going on. Feeling! Memories dash back
and forth in time, covering and uncovering, changing sequences and
backdrops. Only increases their power.
Brings tears to my eyes, Jerry. Half sad, half happy because I am in the presence of a sensitive, intelligent, and caring soul. . .with
talent and wit to spare!
Thank you, my friend.
xOx Phyllis xOx
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 8/29/2010 6:11:04 PM
I've been reading a few of your poems, but I'm tired at 10:25 p.m. and to comment on such stellar offerings would take more thought and concentration than I can give just now.
HOWEVER, I can respond to this adorable writing that reveals the beginning of your day. Any puppy would love this one! and many humans would relate to your morning grumpiness.
When Dark Chaos Overcomes Me (Poetry) - 8/28/2010 4:41:37 AM
Powerful, beautiful and uplifting.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/28/2010 4:40:13 AM
Jerry, the feeling and thought process that you've used in this are wonderful.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/26/2010 4:04:30 PM
I find it amazing how much our minds hold in memory... and not only that, but the emotions that each minute memory can also recall. I detected many emotions within your poem, but the one that stuck out in my mind the most was the sadness tinged joy of watching children grow up...the remorse I believe all parents live with... wishing they could have someone done more... but then... maybe that is just because my mind is stuck in that rut right now with my three oldest gone away to college. Life at home is feeling pretty empty right now with only 9 children at home! hee, hee...
P.S. So glad to see you writing and posting again! You are sorely missed when you are away.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/23/2010 4:19:47 PM
Random thoughts stitched into fine verses, like chaos regulated.
When Dark Chaos Overcomes Me (Poetry) - 8/22/2010 1:04:53 PM
This is beautiful---like being in the throes of danger-perhaps even death, and then the worst passes and life floods into our shell again to create a lightness of spirit unequaled by anything else.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/22/2010 1:01:42 PM
Some complicated thought processing in this poem--The workings of the mind are very personal and like dreams that seem somehow foreign to our natures, our thoughts are real experiences that have to be processed.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/20/2010 9:36:48 AM
Quite Creative Jerry! It took me a moment to get it, but when I did, it was all clear. Our minds can be so amazing!
My Room (Poetry) - 8/19/2010 5:16:41 PM
As I read I felt a pulse throb in each line and in me, here is a poem about to explode with feelings and yet with your skill you hold it together and that makes it more intense and relevant. It's a genuine pleasure to read this and I hope we see more from you very soon.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/19/2010 2:11:46 PM
Such a treat to read your work again, Jerry. Been quite a while. I love this, love the imagery and the energy behind each word. I'm not sure I entirely get it, but I really, really like it :)
My Room (Poetry) - 8/19/2010 6:46:03 AM
You words are intense in their saddness.
My Room (Poetry) - 8/18/2010 8:57:18 PM
In this room I live in,
the fires are forever furious,
criss crossing in continuous cascades
of lightning speed image
I love the imagery, the symbolism and the alliteration here, Jerry. This is a most meaningful and compelling piece that draws in the reader. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
My Room (Poetry) - 8/18/2010 6:18:27 PM
... and such a stunning ride~
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 8/18/2010 5:33:18 PM
A delightful and very "real" sharing, Jerry. Thank you. Love and peace,
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 8/18/2010 5:31:17 PM
I love the way you have "personified" the tree, Jerry; and the philosophy that you have shared via your verses here. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 5/15/2010 12:11:43 AM
as an enduring tree hugger in good-standing, i say, well scribed, jerry! richly penned, deeply felt, laden with wisdom.
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 3/21/2010 5:06:14 AM
the sage advice of the elderly,
that though the snow
of white hair and beard
may cover the peel of my skin,
I’m still required to endure,
and let others climb
to the top of my mind
for what comfort and beauties
my spare branches offer."
Beautiful writing, Jerry.
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 3/19/2010 3:33:30 PM
Your poem made me chuckle and smile... Reminded me of my dad in some ways. ;~)
Oh my father (Poetry) - 3/19/2010 3:30:42 PM
I am humbled by your words. How often it is that we forget to really be thankful for the peace we have within our world... and the freedoms that are given to us. Really, they are God-given freedoms that we all should enjoy, and those who fight to grant those freedoms to all I am sure have earned their reward in heaven. How could the Father not grant them the same safe haven they tried so hard to secure for others in this life?
Thank you for sharing these words about your father, Jerry. I especially like the last stanza with the word play on "Father."
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 3/19/2010 3:25:24 PM
Your poetry over the last few months has taken on a mellow tone... one of languishing down memory lane. I like it... love it, really. Love the comparison between the tree and yourself. The last stanza is really powerful. Something we all need to hear now and then...
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 3/2/2010 6:57:07 AM
I love it Jerry! You do such a good job at your wording. Endure, I will!
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/25/2010 11:57:48 AM
This is excellent Jerry.
I am so glad I stumbled on this.
I agree with John.
Blessings to you poet ...
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/25/2010 1:32:07 AM
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/24/2010 9:41:11 PM
Oh Jerry, i know life is tough sometimes and this deeply meaningful piece is aptly written at a time when everyone (including me!) i know seems to have to endure whatever life offers and to wherever it may take them. Faith and perseverance are keys to reach our dreams. Another fine poetry. Speaks volume to those who can relate. Best wishes to you, my dear friend.
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/24/2010 5:22:36 PM
It's a gift to be allowed to endure, that carries in the bones, the centuries, the march of time, death too has to be endured, but I'm afraid today it's, here today and gone tomorrow, does not lend much credance to endurance anymore, you were one of the lucky ones, like your tree, though I hope its seeds, haven't all been pissed on by the fertilizer called greed. Bless you! Jasmin Horst
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/24/2010 3:30:22 PM
The opening stanza - overture - sets a light yet caring mood, squirrels and cats slipping - funny and perfect - and then you raise the bar and a grand theme plays and it's eloquent. Among your finest, Jerry, definitely.
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/24/2010 2:03:55 PM
Endure is right. But so tough to do sometimes. Love it. Liz
Endure, Endure, and Endure (Poetry) - 2/24/2010 12:58:22 PM
That last stanza says it all, Jerry. This poem kind of reminds me of one I wrote called "The Old Oak Tree". Nicely done. I enjoyed the read.
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/20/2010 8:42:27 AM
Wonderfully fun reading, Jerry! I really grew to love the title as I read and re-read; "puppy love roast" is perfect!
Oh my father (Poetry) - 2/18/2010 10:07:39 AM
I remember when this was in the Hillsboro Free press. Such good work at giving a visual of the pain and thoughts often brought on from war.
God bless you Jerry!
Love Decision (Poetry) - 2/17/2010 5:43:37 PM
You have delightfully touched my heart with this beautiful piece, Jerry. I can relate a hundred percent. For me, it would be better to wear my heart out on my sleeves than have a mind that intelligently thinks because by being so, i need not decide for it is already there for all to see. The heart has the purest of all languages. Best wishes.
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/17/2010 5:33:57 PM
Gosh, this is sooo cute Jerry! Your lines are filled with lots of love and fondness for Puppy Love. A way to melt the heart of a big man! Thanks for the smiles... then chuckles... :) :)
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/15/2010 11:43:54 AM
It never takes long for a puppy to melt your heart, they are the original anti crab medication. Patrick
From 1873 (Poetry) - 2/14/2010 8:11:30 PM
I love the thought behind this poem. So Good!
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/14/2010 8:10:28 PM
Crazy! How funny! So what kind of mood were you in when you wrote this Jerry? Very good, I can really visualize this morning.
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/14/2010 8:09:06 AM
Jerry, like the humor in this (and also the that everyday slice of life!)
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/14/2010 3:52:17 AM
Ah, Coffee - Ah, Puppy - Ah, Coffee - Ah, Puppy
Now that's the way to live!
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/13/2010 6:44:01 PM
...no petting any little devils, especially me...e
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/13/2010 3:10:09 PM
That dog has you round his little paw...and good for him...luv the naturalness and immediacy of it all, Jerry, that's how it is...and it's fine.
Puppy Love Roast (Poetry) - 2/13/2010 10:27:14 AM
Oh my God Jerry, this is precious, what a humourous, though most real story, for a minute, I thought I was in your morning slippers,
I remember those days well, and coming to think of it, if we just could all of us a bit more, as that innocent puppy, blood or not ha, but then the wife would complain about my weight ha, and those puppy eyes like yours I can get barely open to look at her, I take my coffee downstairs. You have the greatest! and thanks for the smile!
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/12/2010 7:02:15 PM
Dear Jerry, i've missed out a lot on your usually witty, meaningful works, having been away from AD for a good one year. Now that i'm back, you sure got all my dots in place! Beautiful work, as usual. Happy Valentine's day to you and your loved ones.
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 2/12/2010 8:44:36 AM
Your poem is imbued with rich imagery. I think the thing that I loved the most about this poem was the way you used so little punctuation and no stanza separation. Your use of those tools made the reading of your poem seem like the mist of early morning hours that hovers and winds its way around the shadows of all who trod therein.
You're a master, Jerry!
Love Decision (Poetry) - 2/12/2010 8:40:03 AM
Love your play on words at the end. Love can move mountains and perform miracles and heal hearts.
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 2/12/2010 8:35:03 AM
I said your poetry always makes me smile, but I lied... This one didn't make me smile, but rather made me cry. It is stunningly beautiful and full of raw soul. The last stanza just... well, it is perfection to me.
Thank you for sharing your gift with us, Jerry.
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/12/2010 8:28:41 AM
Your words never cease to make me smile. :~) I have missed reading your words.
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/12/2010 7:31:39 AM
Oh Jerry, time to take a long walk! I love this; it's fun, light, airy and poignant all at once. It's always wonderful to see a favorite poet strike a different pose every now and then! I've always admired your bright sense of humor, but you've let it take center stage here as it much deserves. Thank you for the smile! AND - Happy Valentine's Day!
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/11/2010 1:27:09 AM
Clever, cute and witty!
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 9:10:52 PM
Buy Yahoo options...not
Search engine dance on broken legs
Great poem. Patrick
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 5:29:54 PM
"...with a dot-dot here and a dot-dot there," and ole McDonald had a... you're on a lovely roll here, Jerry, sharp, witty and with the right irony -
"Perchance we prance
to enhance poetically."
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 3:47:39 PM
lol. You've got the dots just right. Love it. Liz
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 2:06:12 PM
Dot, dot, dot - dash, dash, dash - dot, dot, dot...isn't that SOS, so you must need assistance, will send some...Ed
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 1:51:45 PM
Almost hard to remember what life was like before the dot..
Be always safe,
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 1:41:18 PM
I appreciate your writ and humor, Jerry; most apt and timely. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 1:18:05 PM
...---... ...---... ...---... Amen
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 1:12:18 PM
Silly, cute, and funny. I feel that way some days.
Dot Com (Poetry) - 2/10/2010 8:00:46 AM
wow...brilliantly done...dot...dot...dot...dot...me thinkslife with crazy poet's always fair...
Love Decision (Poetry) - 2/6/2010 10:50:34 AM
I completely agree with your perspective on love, Jerry. It is truly a force to be reckoned with and I think those who claim not to know this are in denial... ...or they are sadly lacking. Love and peace to you,
Love Decision (Poetry) - 2/3/2010 12:22:12 AM
Beautiful, beautiful work...this goes into my library, Jerry.
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 2/3/2010 12:20:23 AM
You have captured youth with perfection...such good writing, Jerry.
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/30/2010 12:29:38 PM
With a sigh, I admit I relate to the lamentation more than the comprehension -- at times. John Flanagan et al commented very well already, so I'll leave it at that.
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/24/2010 6:06:02 PM
"It bids the illness go" is my favorite line in this wonderfully touching poem. It feels young and fresh like the love that moves through bones of any age.
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/24/2010 6:02:57 PM
Jerry, this is stunning ~ I want to read and read again. This is a classic no matter the period. Your spirit gleams through your words and your style is impeccable. Your connecting strands between each stanza bring a holism that is made that much more complete and poignant by your knowing when to stop. Your timing is perfect. I think this may be my new favorite of yours, Jerry. Just amazing!
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 1/20/2010 6:22:58 PM
That is why I am not insulted when people tell me time and again that I "never grew up." Thank you for sharing this delightful offering, Jerry. Love and peace,
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/20/2010 6:21:13 PM
A soul-stirring write, Jerry. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/9/2010 1:11:12 AM
The first two stanzas paint dark and see dark with no denial of reality, just the truths of our condition and what and who we are; in the third stanza the change of mood is uplifting and inspirational, not a reliance on a crutch but a spiritual depth of understanding.
To return to the opening..."...in the great alone of life, eyes fogged by the blinding warp of the mirror imperfect,..." are lines and words of such great beauty they haunt, and I'm jealous, I wish they were mine.
Jerry, this is a very fine piece of writing.
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/8/2010 10:39:05 PM
Dawn is right-you have touched my heart, too-and that ending....stunning.
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/8/2010 9:34:09 AM
Beautifully written, Jerry. You show us the depth of your soul in this one. The last line offers comfort.
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/8/2010 5:41:48 AM
Such tormented golden letters rain from heart upon the universe, to soothe the burning fire within. Thank You! Jerry
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/8/2010 4:34:37 AM
How you touch the heart...
Lamentation Comprehension (Poetry) - 1/8/2010 12:30:26 AM
Allowing God to wrap his arms around you makes the hurt subside and give reason to rejoice and continue marching forward. God bless...
Be always safe,
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/4/2010 3:15:12 PM
This is fantastic, beautiful, touching, well-written and I can't find enough good words to describe it. A keeper.
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 7:30:58 PM
Ahh, Jerry, you moved my heart. Such a delight. Love it. Liz
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 6:11:08 PM
How lovely! Most men shy away from writing about love!
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Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 4:51:03 PM
I like this one Jerry,
"I’ll tell you love is patient,
love is kind,
it’s a force,
like iron against the earth."
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 4:38:52 PM
Excellent poem, I like it
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 11:11:28 AM
Jerry all I can say is Amen, and the poem does it justice, love carries on, and there are no victims of lost love, only losers, I can see here you are certainly not a victim, no matter how legitimate longing is. Bless you! Jasmin Horst
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 11:05:20 AM
Jerry, this was such a pleasure to read. The fun, impish quality made me smile. Definitely one of your lighter works. And tho it means growing a year older ... Happy New Year :)
Love Decision (Poetry) - 1/3/2010 11:02:31 AM
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 1/1/2010 1:07:54 PM
That is the way to be, for sure. This was a delight to read.
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 12/31/2009 11:45:37 AM
You've captured youth beautifully with this spry, energetic romp through yesterday. As you might imagine, my favorite lines are:
"maybe me and God create a few new worlds,
we give them their spins,
watch their lives kick in,..."
On the cusp of another year, it is good to remind ourselves that we need not "be" old. Happy 2010, my friend!
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 12/30/2009 9:07:35 AM
I don't want to grow up, either. Much more fun to look at things with childish eyes - they never see the ugliness or the pain - and if so, it doesn't last long. They still know how to forgive - and love - an excellent write, Jerry, enjoyed this one.
(((HUGS))) and love, and Happy New Year, Karla.
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 12/30/2009 2:43:04 AM
Spoken like a true man.
Well done, you speak for most blokes.
Like the humourous style.
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 12/29/2009 5:30:42 PM
and no where to go in a hurry, what in the end is the prize anyway right Jerry? You have a great New Year! Jasmin Horst
Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland (Poetry) - 12/29/2009 11:34:57 AM
lol. You're darned right. Write on Jerry. Liz
Memorial sleep (Poetry) - 12/28/2009 7:52:48 PM
You sleep the depth of childhood, and your time is passing along.
I don't know where this decade went so fast, Jerry. The above verse "speaks" to me since so many people tell me that I "never grew up." Thank you. Love and peace to you my friend,
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/27/2009 11:34:09 AM
Your imagery and entire rendition of this symphonic poem is breathtaking, Jerry. Fine, fine work! Love and peace to you, friend,
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/22/2009 3:53:09 PM
As I read these words, I cannot help but imagine the lives of my Amish neighbors - it's as if you've written them an anthem, a love song, a tribute. This poem warms my heart and puts me in the skin of old Mr. Troyer whose farm waits for me beneath a white wind mill every evening on my walk. I see him, his big, beautiful draft horses and his dogs, Ranger and Lucy, as he worked the fields this past fall. And, I recall his wife in bonnet and long apron picking me a baker's dozen ear of corn in thanks for the purple mums I brought for her one day. Beautiful writing, Jerry.
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/18/2009 11:10:18 PM
The comfort of doing a ritual task with horses, dogs and his woman all know their parts. A slice of Americana. Thank you for sharing. Serenely beautiful. Liz
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 5:55:51 PM
Such a wonderfully inspirational piece and yes the Almighty does smile. Nice to get to read your words again...
Be always safe,
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 3:23:03 PM
Sibilant 's' gives this poem its soft, slushy, dreamy autumnal feel
and the natural images are exceptionally well realised; warm and real.
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 3:44:34 AM
Jerry, this is such a beautiful piece written with such beautiful imagery.
Corn Slumber (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 1:11:04 AM
Excellent poem.A great piece.take care
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/11/2009 10:06:37 AM
Really lovely, Jerry. This one just seemed to go straight through my heart. Love the last line especially. Definitely one of your best. As I was reading, I saw that old man sitting beside the fire, thinking his thoughts, and it occurred to me this might be one to expand into a story. Ya think?
Blue Found (Poetry) - 12/11/2009 7:48:00 AM
'FOUND'...IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS IMPRESSIVE WORK OF WONDERFUL PROSE AND VIVID IMAGERY. GOD BLESS.
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/10/2009 11:20:46 PM
This is an excellent poem, Jerry. I am so glad to not have missed this one, and I will save it to my library for sure. It had the feel of Christina Rossetti's poetry and "A River runs through it" by McLean at the same time, which is an interesting, talented mix of an original you.
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/9/2009 11:57:22 AM
GOD REACHES OUT HIS HAND...EACH AND EVERY DAY...AND EXHAUSTED...WE GLADLY TAKE IT. THIS IS A STRONG, WELL DONE WORK. IT'S IMAGERY IS DETAILED AND PROVOKING...MAKES ONE THINK. ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/9/2009 9:11:18 AM
This really struck me today... I have been watching my dear friends in Haiti suffer as they deal with their young 2.5 year old son's kidnapping on Sunday. I know that if I were in their shoes I would feel as though I was sinking deep in the depths of a strong river's current...being pulled away from everything I thought was safe. And yet... my friend remains stalwart, resolute, and calm...asking first how my daughter Ahna is doing with her many current health issues before addressing my questions of how he and his family are coping. He is a man who reaches out his hand to God and takes His hand and walks on, unfettered by the drifts and currents and blowing sands of life. He knows that there is nothing that can't be overcome with God's help. His faith brings me courage to face my own trials in life, for he lives his faith...
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/9/2009 5:30:03 AM
Jerry -Enjoyed your poem and admired its theme. Freewill requires the effort of choice. It reminded me of a joke I heard about Katrina. A boat stops to help a man stranded on the roof of his house, but he says that the Lord will save him. Another boat comes along, but he refuses again, saying that the Lord will save him. Finally as the house is sinking lower in the water, a helicopter hovers above as a rescuer is lowered to the roof. Again the man refuses, saying, "I have faith that the Lord will save me." After he drowns and is standing in front of St. Peter, he asks St. Peter why God didn't save him. St. Peter replied, " Well, he sent two boats and a helicopter. What else did you expect."
Anyway, enjoyed the poem. - David
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 10:43:36 PM
Jerry, such a wonderful message in this...lovely.
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 4:52:55 PM
right on philosophy, Jerry. Great to read you again. Liz
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 3:15:26 PM
You capture our condition well in these short, crisp, poignant lines; the way we are, things as they are.
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 1:24:42 PM
Surfboarding at the moment, hanging on to dear life, lightening struck the beam and viola deep fried, even before I got to hell, what else is there to tell, I guess your river was a safer bet should have taken it instead. Love your work as always Jerry!
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 11:49:02 AM
Beautiful writing, perfect message. Free will, indeed the Omni-Will, made manifest in every fathomable expression - you, me, everyone and everything...each of us the sum of the choices we make.
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 11:42:41 AM
Sand River (Poetry) - 12/8/2009 11:31:17 AM
I appreciate the philosophical perspective that you share within your verses here, Jerry. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Blue Found (Poetry) - 12/2/2009 7:59:43 AM
I love the questions within the first stanza...it brings heart to the poem that otherwise would only be a superb depiction of a winter storm. I love the words you use to create the imagery within this poem...words like "blue-white," "half-outlined limbs," etc... they provide perfect clarity and bring the picture you paint to life, with the reader trying to flounder through the snow with you.
Well done, as always, Jerry...
Blue Found (Poetry) - 11/27/2009 9:44:00 AM
Outstanding poem,magnificent work.take care
Blue Found (Poetry) - 11/25/2009 3:46:44 PM
Oh man, oh man! THIS is incredible! I loved, loved, loved it, Jerry! The writing is simply exquisite! Too many lines found their way to my spirit to quote favorites here. The ambiance is skillfully crafted. I have been on such excursions - I know the feelings. This may just be my new favorite of yours. It seems you have ascended high up into yourself and we, your readers, are the lucky recipients of all you've brought back with you. I am completely and utterly enthralled. And the title is perfect. Yes, I know I'm rambling.
Blue Found (Poetry) - 11/25/2009 7:53:25 AM
YEs they are angels in one form or another, true to their calling,
this write, a beautiful metaphor to life, and the storms of life, very vivid, very descriptive and engaging, you are a most talented writer Jerry. Blessings, and Happy Thanksgiving! Jasmin Horst
Blue Found (Poetry) - 11/24/2009 5:59:27 PM
A most engaging write, Jerry; I was drawn right into the expression of your verses. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/18/2009 8:18:40 AM
Wow... Maybe in some eyes this isn't a poetically perfect poem, but to me it flows in perfect ease and packs a punch of thought provoking power. All of this is why I love your poetry. :~)
I think my favorite stanzas are the second and third... because they hold such truth and I love the ending of the second stanza, maybe because I think we all need to be reminded of that now and then. This past week has been proof of that to me, but hearing the words always lifts a weight off my shoulders.
Happy Thanksgiving, Jerry. :~)
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/16/2009 4:36:50 PM
Very thought provoking, Jerry. It's something I sometimes think about, how we are all different, and yet, all the same. Nice.
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/16/2009 3:36:50 AM
An amazing poem.Great work.take care
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/14/2009 4:41:31 AM
An interesting and excellent write. Like you, I have thought of this great uniqueness of mankind and have wondered how could anyone ever NOT believe in a God who has created such.
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/13/2009 5:19:05 PM
You are in touch as much with yourself as with others...without such a level of awareness - elevated consciousness - you wouldn't be able to see the connections; there's a fine mind and a deep soul at work here. This is excellent.
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/13/2009 4:21:32 PM
Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Loved it. Liz
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/13/2009 3:39:20 PM
Jerry - All this with just a glance and a second's connection with another, recognizing his uniqueness as well as your own:
perhaps to account for what was done
with this gift
of single fulfillment,
to answer when asked
what you did with this life,
This poem is your answer. - David
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/13/2009 2:33:10 PM
Jerry this also is so uniquely you, You are one of a kind1
Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/13/2009 2:27:10 PM
Marvelous, Jerry! I particularly like: "or to escape to deceitful sameness,the black oblivion of easy out,the choice to choose to be
or to carefully search the tile cracks, not to look around in airport lines."
I once wrote that Life is the:
expression of the Source-Essence
in all beings – all dimensions;
eternally evolving and
transforming in an absolute
exploration of Omni-One.
You've very aptly brought this "home" for Thanksgiving by putting us in that place (eg., airport) where the inclination is to delve into anything EXCEPT one another - our iPODs, our newspapers, our laptops, or the tile floors. Would it kill us to look up and into each other's eyes and not only recognize, but honor the Light that runs through each one of us and makes us kindred? I know for sure that I'm thankful for many things and one of those things I'm most grateful for is that I've begun to grow into my awareness in a keen observance of and appreciation for all that surrounds me. Sending blessings, Gina
Biometrics Truth (Poetry) - 11/13/2009 12:59:26 PM
Your point of view hits right on target for me, Jerry. Thank you for sharing this meaningful offering. Love and peace to you,
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/10/2009 7:47:14 PM
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/10/2009 12:19:41 PM
Delightful! Thank you for the smiles, Jerry. Love and peace to you,
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/8/2009 8:05:46 AM
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/7/2009 5:30:17 PM
This is darling and I can almost see a twinkle in your eye from here...
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 11/7/2009 5:27:50 PM
I agree with Richard Orey's remark: "a dazzling marriage of nature and romance", which as you might imagine appeals to me enormously. I love your flow here, Jerry. Your words, images and feelings are very effective in evoking the reader's sensibilities. But mostly, I love this because it is a reflection of your heart and your deep understanding of the spirituality behind life and love.
Long House (Poetry) - 11/7/2009 9:33:46 AM
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/6/2009 4:16:29 PM
CUTE AND DONE NICELY...ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS.
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/6/2009 7:01:04 AM
I must say that I am impressed that you were able to rhyme anything with "cliches"!! Your poem made me smile. Hope all is well in your world.
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/6/2009 6:54:26 AM
Thank God for humour, and yours, which you so readily and whistfully share, it sure brightens an otherwise dour day, thanks Jerry!
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/6/2009 5:05:49 AM
I love fast paced, quick-wit poems like yours.
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/5/2009 11:10:54 PM
Fun write, Jerry.
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/5/2009 8:44:42 PM
Humor does have a place in our everyday
Daddy Said (Poetry) - 11/5/2009 7:28:15 PM
I see that you are a prolific writer!
I really like this one...
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/27/2009 7:16:57 AM
A treat of everlasting life, in a song of love and spring, as usual Jerry, your use of language is as breathing in your surroundings, and out again for us. Bless You! Jasmin Horst
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/26/2009 6:10:19 PM
A dazzling marriage of Nature and Romance.
It matters not whether you're sharing a charming short story, a humorous article or a poem of insight and revelation, your unique style of expression captures the eye and holds me till the end where I want still more.
Jerry Engler, you are a boulder among the pebbles.
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/24/2009 6:50:47 AM
Jerry - I agree with Jean, this reminds me of the song of Solomon, too.
Vivid imagery and the metaphor of nature and love. - David
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/24/2009 6:09:08 AM
The imagery in this is so beautiful...as is your metaphor!
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 4:25:13 PM
Love this one! It really brought back memories of 'togetherness' which is the most beautiful of all!
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 3:32:20 PM
Beautiful imagery, Jerry, in a sustained lovesong.
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 3:20:32 PM
Oh, to be closer to spring than winter.
Very, very nice, Jerry. This one rather reminded me of the Song of Solomon with its gorgeous imagery.
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 2:24:13 PM
MMMM... Your poem is delicious! It is filled with solid images that hold your metaphor intact...while all the while suggesting we should be thinking about two images and not one.
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 11:39:14 AM
A fine metaphorical and meaningful offering, Jerry. Would that all relationships could experience such passion. Love and peace to you,
Widower's Tear (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 11:36:13 AM
Only the body ages and never the heart in its love for someone who has contributed joy and warmth to one's life. Someone said to me, "perhaps our loved ones who have passed on are always with us, but we just can't see them." Your last stanza asks that question, "...will the warm suffusion of your presence assure me that love is forevermore?"
Spring Breath (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 11:28:47 AM
Your poem offers some wonderful images that capture the glory of spring. Spring really is a beautiful time of year and your poetic heart shows it in this poem.
Long House (Poetry) - 10/23/2009 3:52:09 AM
a splendid journey herein, jerry.
very much enjoyed,
Long House (Poetry) - 10/11/2009 10:18:12 AM
Nostalgic and bittersweet, this is a lovely and artistic composition that makes me want to put brush to canvas. The old long house may be gone, but its energy lives on in your memory, your heart, your spirit and your words.
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/11/2009 10:13:27 AM
Beautiful, vivid writing. You've eloquently expressed the appreciation as well as the misgiving that comes with the "turning inward" season. Fall hosts its grand ball of color and shimmer as it celebrates itself once more before yielding to the introspection and still of what can be a very long, cold withdrawal.
Long House (Poetry) - 10/8/2009 6:47:00 AM
Loved the intrinsic metaphor...
After all, it's the heart that makes the house a home.
Long House (Poetry) - 10/8/2009 4:53:56 AM
Jerry - Enjoyed reading the history of the long house which reflected the history of your family and the times they lived through. Liked the way you paralleled the house as,
a biological wonder
when it came down
to yourself as,
a biological wonder waiting
for a long house in heaven.
Long House (Poetry) - 10/7/2009 9:50:57 PM
The imagery...the sentiment...the memories...how beautifully you have told this.
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/7/2009 7:30:57 PM
Thank you for this tribute to my favourite season, Jerry. Love and peace,
Long House (Poetry) - 10/7/2009 7:28:10 PM
Home sweet home, Jerry. Love and peace,
Long House (Poetry) - 10/7/2009 4:40:23 PM
Home is home, strange that I was remembering the old old house I lived in, with Kusters bar down below, and the floorboard pointing uphill, but it was better than any home since, thanks for sharing, and by the way Jerry, dust is dust, but memories are forever, you'll always be alive. Bless ya! Jasmin Horst
Long House (Poetry) - 10/7/2009 4:13:49 PM
Excelllent imagery. Very touching. Liz
Oak Roots (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 10:04:37 PM
You use your pen like an artist uses his brush. Beautiful imagery and metaphor.
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 10:02:07 PM
Often times, although I love autumn, I have viewed it like a prelude to "death"...always having a problem with the season that follows...winter. It is only recently that I have been able to appreciate life's cycle...and you have written of this so beautifully.
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 4:08:36 PM
Jerry, what a lovely tribute to my favorite season, autumn. Your imagery is stunning:
above the round, plump-grain
red fields of sorghum grain,
the milo in wait of harvest,
above the golden shining
brown-eyed yellow sunflowers
And I love that it all comes full circle with the birds returning to nest again in spring, as life also comes full circle. All so beautifully, vividly portrayed in your verse. Gorgeous!
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 3:09:43 PM
This poem touched my heart today, as I muddled through the third anniversary of my mother's death. At first I felt the melancholy strains of the lonely heart of which you wrote, but the last stanza brought the joy of new beginnings to the forefront. I am sure my mother wouldn't want me to be bemoaning my loneliness, but would want me to be looking to the future...to the promise of a new tomorrow and new joys that await in the life to come...
Thanks for reminding me, my friend.
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 4:37:01 AM
Jerry - Enjoyed "Season's Climax" which you captured with the movement of your vivid images. Especially liked those last two lines,
new joys forever and ever again,
all ending bringing beginning.
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/4/2009 5:24:50 PM
Beautiful imagery. Liz
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/4/2009 12:27:09 PM
Precious wisdom in silver thread, beautiful, Jerry!
Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Season's Climax (Poetry) - 10/4/2009 11:00:30 AM
A beautiful poem filled with the mood of autumn that does sometimes feel like an ending instead of a beginning. Your last line denies that concept. For me, it means a recycling of leaves--oh my goodness, do I ever have a lot to rake.
Earth Flower (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:42:18 AM
A fine ode to an oft-despised plant, Jerry. It should be well-known that the dandelion is a prodigious plant in many ways. Nicely done! Love and peace to you,
1946 Chug Chug (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:38:54 AM
Well done, Jerry. I appreciate the meaningful and honest metaphor. Love and peace,
Poor Coconut (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:36:37 AM
A meaningful metaphorical offering that makes one think, Jerry. I often feel this way. Love and peace to you,
Blue Swirls (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:35:26 AM
I can completely relate to what is expressed via your verses here, Jerry. The feelings stir deeply in my soul. Love and peace,
Two Drunks Write A Poem (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:33:32 AM
Thank you for sharing your wit and humor, Jerry. Someone did say that "laughter is the best medicine." Love and peace to you,
Two Drunks Write A Poem (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:18:36 AM
Reminds me of an uncle of mine who was named Louie. He liked to get drunk to and while he didn't write poetry, he sure could spin a verbal tale or two. Cute poem.
Blue Swirls (Poetry) - 9/29/2009 9:13:32 AM
Thoughtful and interesting. I've always heard that holding on too tight can cause you to lose one you care for, but as in your poem, I suppose one can lose just by loosening the reins of control. Still, either way, you can't force someone to stay--if they want to go they will.
Oak Roots (Poetry) - 9/11/2009 1:26:20 PM
This is wonderful and I love the extended metaphor. The thoughtfulness and acknowledgement that run through this poem make it that much more effective. This is replete with splendid lines; your use of language is very skillful and brushed with the stroke of an artist's heart.