Recent Reviews for Rafika Anderson
Arkansas Adventures (Article) - 9/12/2011 8:19:15 PM|
GREAT STORY - WELL WRITTEN - THOROUGHLY ENJOYED.
NEVER KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT ARKANSAS ... TOM...
Home from Africa (Article) - 2/2/2011 9:37:30 AM
I am both amazed and appalled - but also captivated by your wonderful writing style. It is so sad to hear these countries and how they are caught by capitalist systems without support. Garbage and no landfills? I cannot even fathom on something like that could come about? I did spy a bit of hope in your article, but not enough - to have produce they cannot ship? Why not just go back to raising food for themselves? I am struggling myself - this is on an individual scale now - of wishing to be independent, rather than dependent, and not find a way out of the hole I've dug myself. So I empathize very highly here.
Angling the Arabian Sea (Article) - 12/29/2010 10:54:49 AM
I was a fishing fool after catching my first Muskie at 13 and miss it immensely. I only experienced sea fishing off Pompano Beach with my cousin, once. I got seasick and we had to be towed when the battery died, but the six fish we caught, bonito, snapper, and a 3 ft barracuda provided a fabulous broiled fish dinner that evening.
Felt like I was a gull, there with you and the dolphins.
Home from Africa (Article) - 12/29/2010 10:35:32 AM
This was 2008. I would hope things would be better now, but I think not. I have not visited Nigeria, but Bangladesh and Guatemala give me an idea. I have several naturalized Nigerian friends, universally friendly and sincere. But, as you so eloquently wrote, I have mixed feelings about their motives with so many tribal, religious, and governmental baggage. Thanks for the education. Makes me fear for all of Africa.
Arkansas Adventures (Article) - 12/29/2010 9:40:03 AM
A few years ago, my helpers, Daisey [Black American], Beh [Vietnamese], and I took a brief four-day Autumn respite from Houston to Hot Springs. Like you, we found the place friendly and delightful. I fear that summertime brings traffic jams to that long main drag that the off-season allows easy passage. Thanks for the memories.
On my website [mytube] I have videos and stories of our adventures.
Arkansas Adventures (Article) - 12/23/2010 10:42:25 AM
Sounds like a sweet time. I enjoyed reading this, getting a small sense of some of your experiences there. One of these years we'll have to take it all in ourselves. Merry Christmas, Rafika.
Home from Africa (Article) - 12/7/2010 7:49:57 PM
Welcome back to the good ol' U.S.A., Rafika!
This description of Nigeria sounds like what our America may be like soon, if present trends continue here. I believe our great Nation is like a termite-gutted wall that appears strong on the outside, but is on the verge of crumbling. Your article is very interesting and well-written. I have never been to Africa, so your article is very illuminating to me. Thank you.
a fellow human & poet
Home from Africa (Article) - 5/28/2008 8:37:43 AM
A most informative and poignantly sad account, Rafika. Your article is very well-written and certainly more than worth the time investment in reading. Although it made me sad to realize such conditions exist, I very much enjoyed reading every word. Thank you. Welcome back. Love and best wishes to you,
Home from Africa (Article) - 5/28/2008 4:56:12 AM
Been a few times at Port Harcourt and Lagos.
Welcome back and thanks for informing us of a culture that continues to develop despite tribal conflicts.
Home from Africa (Article) - 5/28/2008 4:22:21 AM
Welcome back and thank you for this most informative and eye opening account of your trip..I just cannot believe that this can exist in this modern world, I have a fear that our world as we know it is going to come to an end really soon, and we must be ready and prepared for this change. You my friend are a very brave and wonderful woman.
Much peace, love, and light,
Angling the Arabian Sea (Article) - 12/27/2007 4:46:33 PM
What a fine experience you have shared here, Rafika. As I read your words, I feel that I am where you were. Thank you for sharing this "slice" from the Arabian Sea. Love and peace to you,
Mourning Your Passing (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 5:59:06 PM
Beautiful expression, Rafika...unparalleled work.
Mourning Your Passing (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 12:19:19 PM
A most apt and timely sharing; a fine and heartfelt tribute; thank you for sharing it, Rafika. Love, peace, and best wishes,
Mourning Your Passing (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 10:01:08 AM
It is springtime in South Africa, but with frost on his head and the sleep of one frozen in time, Nelson Mandela gave up the this spring come. We are all indebted to him for the weather he endured so steadfastly and won our hearts. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful man.
Mourning Your Passing (Poetry) - 12/6/2013 3:33:24 AM
ahhh, winter at it blustery worst
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 1/31/2013 12:40:36 AM
Oh, great ode to tea, the amber gold that still holds its own against the coffee community (so many communities!) This poem whets my whistle as I am the typical tea-drinking Briton (with a drop of the Irish!) Is Irish tea like an Irish coffee? Mmm!
Noreaster (Poetry) - 6/1/2012 6:12:16 PM
A love poem... passion and a natural setting, with the energy of the sea. I like the crash of "molecules of affection".
Noreaster (Poetry) - 5/27/2012 8:03:52 PM
Beautiful is the passion *Rafika*
even for a December love!!!!
Noreaster (Poetry) - 5/17/2012 5:22:33 PM
Atom-o-spheric! atoms, molecules of affection, April rain... i bet you love nature as much as I do. Anybody else would have called it something other than: 'Noreater' - this is a radiant explosion of word play from a Grand Soul... welcome!
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 5/7/2012 12:03:46 PM
Beautiful blue poem! Plants are amazing, and I always enjoy a well-crafted flower poem like this one.
Noreaster (Poetry) - 5/7/2012 11:18:14 AM
Powerfully poetic. I really love the way this longing for love is to read through this whole piece as though it would, some way, come true.
Noreaster (Poetry) - 5/6/2012 4:58:53 PM
Soul-felt, graceful writing ~
Noreaster (Poetry) - 5/6/2012 7:44:53 AM
Rafika ~ A beautiful heart in essence to breathe.
Lady Mary Ann
Noreaster (Poetry) - 5/5/2012 9:05:09 PM
love so strong it jumps off the page.
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/18/2011 11:04:47 AM
Wow! So up close and personal. It is the reality of this poem that moves me.
Retinal Burn (Poetry) - 9/12/2011 8:31:10 AM
There is a fine flowing consciousness here, dear Rafika, - like a rhyming waterfall ripe with ardent content. Incidentally couscous is a wonderful Moroccan dish that really cleans out the pipes. hahahahahaha. An excellent expression. Peace to you ... richard
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/12/2011 8:20:40 AM
Great word 'Gibbous' (more than half full) And your poem, dear Rafika, is a passionate expression of yearning, elegantly imaged. Your gift soars on gossamer wings. Well done poetess. Peace and continued inspiration ... richard
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/11/2011 5:17:34 AM
There's such intimacy and immediacy
in this poem, Rafika, and a tactile
sensuality...and it's beautiful.
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/10/2011 5:34:09 PM
Sensually and meaningfully engaging; I find that I can completely relate to what you express so effectively via your verses here, Rafika. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/10/2011 3:10:18 PM
deeply moving and well written ...
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/10/2011 1:49:57 PM
You managed to cover all of the emotions, with one standing out from all the rest . . . Desire . . . And you did it with grace and passion.
Gibbous Moon (Poetry) - 9/10/2011 4:05:35 AM
This is a beautiful, soulful poem Rafika!
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 9/4/2011 6:56:49 AM
So beautiful when taken literally, and equally lovely when read metaphorically. Superb verse! ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 9/3/2011 5:43:34 AM
I love my tea, but never have I explored the depths of meaning as you have presented in this magnificent poem. I need to keep a copy of this to read while I enjoy my next savory cup.
Stardust (Poetry) - 6/15/2011 1:10:39 PM
Oh, to be the one ... palpable emotion that stirs the soul. Touches this heart. Beautifully written! ~Hugs, Elizabeth
The Night You Left Me (Poetry) - 3/27/2011 11:13:40 AM
Oh to reach out and find them there...again. Tugs at this heart. So emotive. ~Elizabeth
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 2/25/2011 7:01:47 AM
oh yes! imagine a world where creativity is alive and well
for one and all!
beautiful words herein, rafika.
peace and blessings,
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 2/14/2011 7:59:43 PM
That is, indeed, a beautiful place to be...and not too much to ask...fantastic expression, Rafika
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/9/2011 7:16:16 AM
Rafika, you have described such a peaceful and tranquil place,
" Seeking Harmony "
" that feeds my hungry soul
a comfortable space
a vibrant community
where creativity is alive
and all I have to offer is appreciated "
Yes indeed.....that is how it is her at AD, Even though I do not get to visit as I would like to! What a blessing and a privilege to be here! Thank you Rafika for sharing and for caring!
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/8/2011 11:31:07 AM
Don't we all wish to be appreciated? Yes, you capture it so well, Rafika. I think we all long for a place where we can sing openly :) Beautiful write! ~Best, Elizabeth
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/5/2011 5:20:44 AM
A well composed piece, Rafika
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/5/2011 1:35:19 AM
I certainly share this little dream/poem.
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/3/2011 8:31:33 PM
Sounds like you need a poetry week in an English garden Big House retreat. Try the Arvon Foundation! Seriously, I liked this gazebo
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/3/2011 4:10:48 PM
Don't choose Houston! A real sense of longing. Something I can identify with.
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/3/2011 3:02:45 AM
LOVELY!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/2/2011 11:21:22 PM
It sounds to me like you needed to come back here in the den for a while because this is a place that really appreciates and loves you Rafika..
My best wishes for a very Happy New Year!
Peace, love and light,
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/2/2011 6:42:04 PM
Exquisite beauty, makes me want to immerse as well!
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/2/2011 4:24:03 PM
You have described an idyllic place most effectively here via your verses Rafika; heaven perhaps. Love and best wishes,
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/2/2011 4:10:11 PM
Such an exquisite place you lead us to, Rafika.
Sadly, though...too often I find my way there miraculously enough and then, because I am too headstrong, it disappears on me.
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/2/2011 3:40:16 PM
You've captured well the longing for community, and evoked a powerful sense of place, tangible and resonating with mutual respect. Nicely done, Rafika.
Seeking Harmony (Poetry) - 1/2/2011 2:28:36 PM
i really like this...felt myself carried away...sometimes this beautiful place comes to us from within i think...this is lovely musing...patmedlin
Longing (Poetry) - 12/31/2010 8:48:40 PM
beautiful...soft spoken words,sensitively put. Best Wishes.:) neerja
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 12/31/2010 8:43:57 PM
wow...nice, refreshing,wonderful tea song...loved it.:)neerja
Longing (Poetry) - 12/31/2010 9:04:11 AM
Rafika, You commented about one of my recent poems, so I "CHECKED YOU OUT" (Well your site, anyway) I've just read 4 or 5 your poems. I've liked every one of them to this point. I even "SHARED" one with a friend. You are very talented. In the near future, I'll be sure to read the remaining works. Well done girl. Dick
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/29/2010 4:08:18 PM
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/29/2010 9:15:42 AM
Of all of the 'lost love' poetry on AD, this is the best I've seen.
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/24/2010 5:21:40 PM
exceptional imagery stimulating both heart and soul ...
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/22/2010 1:18:55 PM
this is like observing the metamorphosis of a beautiful nightflower somehow... that straining towards love and maturity through painful love and neglect.. the eventual blooming "alone" and unobserved. Beautiful, emotion-laden writing, Rafika. The images are lovely. May you and yours be blessed this Christmastime; have a very safe and happy holiday. xx
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/22/2010 10:30:16 AM
Such depth to this piece. Beautiful images surround the reader.
Apologies to Boanerges (Poetry) - 12/21/2010 6:17:30 PM
Rafika: Your elegantly expressed feelings of passion find their voice in rhymes so carefully chosen, yet so naturally rendered that they seldom feel the slightest bit deliberate, forced or confined. I love the way you give just the tenderest hint of regret at the loss of your first lover and then allow that idle breeze to saturate the entire poem. Like Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac told us long ago, lightening strikes maybe once, maybe twice. I hope you feel the thunder again, and that's not just because I'm crying for a sequel to this or because I'm totally thunderstruck, either! Again, nice to hear your voice.
Roger Wayne Eberle
Alone (Poetry) - 12/21/2010 6:02:10 PM
Rafika, this poem makes wonderful use of personification, nice contrast between the conscious and the unconscious life, and delicious ironic understatement at the end. I am reminded of W.S. Merwin's fine poem: "Your absence has gone through me / like thread through a needle / everything I do is stitched with its color." May you always color outside the lines drawn to hem you in, Rafika. Always good to hear your voice.
Roger Wayne Eberle
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/16/2010 1:08:19 PM
Very nice, Rafika. Excellent mechanics and structure: just the right 'write'. The sentiment is not lost on me, either, as the image of frozen planetary peripheries swarm into my mind, attended by images of a dying star...frozen star-dust, now turned to scattered icy crystals on a dessicated cosmic sarcophagus. Um.
Aloha mai e, Kalikiano
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 5:21:19 AM
There is deep stirring, longing and agony in this most precious poem!
Surely you have created a masterpiece!
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/14/2010 3:22:36 AM
Is it possible to recover from loss? A right question to ask, Rafika, but a difficult one to answer and we have to surmise it depends on individual circumstance and personal character.
This takes me into a world I think and feel I understand, I may be wrong, but wrong or right, this work strikes a deep chord.
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/13/2010 9:22:42 PM
I agree with Amber; your verses and what they express reach deeply into my soul and echo there; and I can completely relate, Rafika. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes to you,
Stardust (Poetry) - 12/13/2010 9:03:43 PM
This poem takes my breath away! Absolutely stunning poetry, Rafika..You haven't lost your touch. So good to read you again, certainly have missed you much.
Peace, love and light,
Apologies to Boanerges (Poetry) - 12/13/2010 10:17:25 AM
Marvelous in concept and expression. I admire and envy your
great talent for rhyme, Rafika. Give my regards to DC. I lived
and worked there for many years. --gene.
Alone (Poetry) - 12/10/2010 8:05:43 AM
Oh yes, and what a wrestling match it is ... this kind of love haunts even in our dreams and all during our waking hours ... so deep and reaches this heart. Well done. Best, Elizabeth
Alone (Poetry) - 12/8/2010 1:09:58 AM
Pithy and poignant, Rafika, the brevity expands in the reader's mind after... like a note that has stopped but it still heard.
Longing (Poetry) - 12/7/2010 8:19:49 PM
Sensually alive...dramatic contrasts that touch my heart.
Alone (Poetry) - 12/7/2010 8:15:44 PM
I could identify with the feeling captured in your poem,Rafika. The brevity of this poem really magnified the sense of loneliness. Also, the personification of loneliness was perfect. It made a nebulous, abstract feeling more concrete and palpable.
your friend -Z.B.
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 12/7/2010 8:07:51 PM
Like being there!
I especially like reading narrative poems, so right away I was drawn in.
The intimacy you create with your words reminds me of times I've felt like this...Very skillful use of visuals.
I especially like the way you used the last line break before "while I prepare for my departure". Very dramatic and satisfying.
Retinal Burn (Poetry) - 12/7/2010 8:00:08 PM
Every word is filled and overflows in 'Retinal Burn'!
Very passionate and invigorating write Rafika.
Musical in cadence, and a joy to read and savor.
M-mmm! This poem is magical.
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 12/7/2010 7:55:01 PM
"Cast all your care upon the Lord, for He careth for you..."
I love the symbolism and gentleness of this poem. If it were a melody--it would be so relaxing and reassuring.
I love reading your poems!
Proximity (Poetry) - 9/8/2010 2:36:07 AM
Very well written poem, Rafika
Proximity (Poetry) - 9/5/2010 7:16:21 PM
LOVE it, Rafika! So sensual and romantic. Deeply felt and
Like, W O W.
"...to sense your wounded soul undress..."
"...unlocking the fragile joy..."
...dark Godiva chocolate..." :)!!
'Soon's I cool off a li'l, how 'bout more?
xOx Phyllis xox
Proximity (Poetry) - 9/2/2010 11:56:58 AM
Powerful, articulate and evocative. Beautifully polysemous! Renews my love of language and its ability, artfully crafted, to engender animated spirituality. This is the first one of your works I've read and I greatly enjoyed it. Mahalo nui loa, Kaliki
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 9/2/2010 10:11:10 AM
I am drawn deeply into the ambiance that you have created and so effectively expressed within your verses, Rafika. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 2/7/2010 3:24:26 AM
Magnificent piece.I enjoy it,take care
Stalled Ignition (Poetry) - 2/7/2010 3:22:47 AM
This is very good
Proximity (Poetry) - 2/7/2010 3:20:53 AM
Hi Rafika,I love reading this poem.My favorite line is "I crave you like dark Godiva Chocolate".Reading this poem puts a smile on my face.It is excellent.take care
Proximity (Poetry) - 5/21/2009 12:37:25 AM
"your nearness, divine
tortures me each day
I believe we understand and share the same poetic emotions, Rafika.
Beautifully expressed and totally consuming to anyone who loves completely.
Proximity (Poetry) - 5/9/2009 2:16:43 AM
This is beautifully written, Rafika. I really like how the rhymed lines are scattered and subtle. Something about that format draws my attention, urging me to read. Those lines are like little surprises. I also like how your imagery takes the reader in from the start. Hugs,
Proximity (Poetry) - 5/7/2009 6:01:05 AM
Stunning poetry, and the photo so vibrant and beautiful. Your return has been long awaited!
Peace, love, and light,
Stalled Ignition (Poetry) - 5/6/2009 8:17:12 PM
Succinctly powerful in what is not said but clearly expressed. Thank you, Rafika. Love and blessings,
Proximity (Poetry) - 5/6/2009 8:16:06 PM
Exquisitely expressed, Rafika. Missing someone so poignantly aches to the depth of one's soul; at least it does for me. Thank you for sharing this meaningful poem. Love and best wishes,
Stalled Ignition (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 3:22:50 PM
O, excellent! How much is being said in so words! An outstanding work.
Stalled Ignition (Poetry) - 4/19/2009 5:59:45 AM
Sometimes tis better to not say anything it's more meaningful that way!
Awesome poem. Welcome back my dear friend, you have been missed
Peace, love, and light,
Stalled Ignition (Poetry) - 4/19/2009 4:42:18 AM
Very well written sweet lady..enjoyed...stay safe and well..Hugss
Stalled Ignition (Poetry) - 4/18/2009 9:49:35 PM
So much impact in so few words - wow. Perfect!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Nice to see you again!!
Alone (Poetry) - 2/23/2009 6:35:42 PM
I come to your poetry through your comment on mine which I only just learned of. First, my thanks for finding me and for allowing ,e to find you.
i appreciate your concise style...direct, so much said, and emotions flowing directly through the heart in only a few well chosen words. I, especially, should take note of your style.
I look forward to more,
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 1/29/2009 9:51:57 PM
Very romantic and sweet with longing.
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 7:09:38 PM
Godspeed and may your journey be a safe one....
Be always safe,
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 5:28:13 PM
Safe journey, my sweet friend, It is bittersweet to miss a love when you go away..Time will tell.
Peace, love, and light,
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 3:35:17 PM
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 8:46:30 AM
I wish you all the love your heart desires to keep you warm and wanted. Beautifully expressed Rafika.
Cold Rain (Poetry) - 1/6/2009 7:06:51 AM
Oh, how I've missed YOU. THIS, my dear, is poetry. Beautiful, heartfelt yearning, very well penned.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Alone (Poetry) - 11/29/2008 3:57:55 PM
...fine poetry...holds the safety of your return...within the heart...and upon the page.
my best wishes...
Alone (Poetry) - 9/15/2008 2:04:45 AM
A very powerful and deep poem,Hang in there,take care of yourself
Alone (Poetry) - 9/14/2008 8:42:31 AM
Very powerful. God be with you.
Alone (Poetry) - 9/14/2008 7:39:56 AM
Oh my, such a tender offering, beautifully written, God Speed to a safe return. Have certainly missed your presence here on the den. Come back soon.
Peace, love, and light,
Alone (Poetry) - 9/14/2008 6:07:44 AM
Remember Rafika, we all care and are thinking about you. Stay well and safe.
Alone (Poetry) - 9/13/2008 7:07:02 PM
I sure can relate to these sentiments although in no way would I claim to be "worthy" of knowing what you may be going through. I have written and posted a poem here at AD entitled, "Absence." Your words so remind me of that which I know and feel. I send you my sentiments of love and wish you all that is good and safe, Rafika (Tanya),
Alone (Poetry) - 9/13/2008 6:23:41 PM
O, how I've missed you! Hope you're okay?
Powerful impact in short lines of loneliness: well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Charmed (Poetry) - 9/6/2008 6:40:09 AM
Rafika - Your words captured me and held on until the end! What a grip on remembering, you have. Enjoyed tis voyage into loveland, lost. And, thank you for your interest in my writings. My best wishes for your wiring future. - Bill
Deep Love (Poetry) - 8/12/2008 8:52:38 PM
Your writings are so lovely and i am so much fasinated, hope to meet in person sometime keep up with the good work.
Longing (Poetry) - 7/6/2008 10:04:32 AM
A longing like this is so sentimental. We never should be not knowing where our friends and loves have gone. I know my Tom went to heaven, and I miss him too. I also miss my dog Joy too. But have a lot of friends still here on earth I hope don't go without letting me know.
Longing (Poetry) - 6/21/2008 9:33:36 AM
Wow, Rafika, this work is a true work of art...all of it!
With You... (Poetry) - 6/19/2008 4:04:40 AM
Vivid imagery in this beautiful passoniate poem. Well done....M
Longing (Poetry) - 6/19/2008 4:02:28 AM
Beutiful images in this poem. It touches ones heart....M
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 5:40:43 PM
Very potent words. Your poem reaches to the core. Excellent!
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 5:28:03 PM
Beautiful! Thank you for writing. Warmth and Love
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 11:35:31 AM
Memories held so reverently close, yet as you say the longing still remains, well said...
Be always safe,
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:50:15 AM
Powerful and soul-reaching; your verses "speak" to me in a language I know all too well, Tanya. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 7:11:16 AM
Good stuff, Kiddo! Senses stimulated and poignant message.
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 6:51:05 AM
Spot on perfection that lingers in memory and feeling - well done, Rafika, I've missed you!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Longing (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 4:37:29 AM
Perhaps to hide inside your heart?
Walking with Sally (Poetry) - 5/21/2008 12:15:53 PM
I like the middle stanza the best, followed closely by the first. I like the words "solar plexus"; that's a really cool phrase I never thought of. I also like the parts about "silencing my reawakened song" and "ashes falling...." in the way it connects to winter. I like the way the title does not directly reflect anything in the poem too obviously, as opposed to most poems that are named after a line or phrase in the poem. It makes you think about this one more... it makes you wonder who Sally is and that makes the poem interesting. Very cool, I'm glad to finally read your work.
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 5/2/2008 7:18:08 AM
Beautiful, uplifting, courageous. I am especially moved by the phrase,'who subtly pours moments of innocence and kindness into your loving cup'. A wonderful insight into the art of living in the moment, taking sustenance from the wholeness and purity of NOW, whatever the activity. A simple ceremony becomes an act of reverence and devotion. I look forward to reading more of your work. john
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 4/13/2008 1:24:50 PM
...as one leaves you...you leave us with strong images...all coming down...around you...natures outburst...taken to heart...and peach the color of tears.
excellent poetry pours forth Rafika...
Catfish (Poetry) - 4/1/2008 6:23:23 AM
A excellent write, well done! Holly
Catfish (Poetry) - 3/10/2008 4:33:29 PM
We reach out trying to grab and hold onto love... then poof, its gone. Should we seek solace as Alfred Lord Tennyson did in his poem "In Memoriam":27, 1850:
I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/27/2008 6:37:53 PM
Very nice writing...I feel it.
Geisha by the Sea (Poetry) - 2/24/2008 4:49:23 PM
Beautiful heart felt,, sorrow filled sentiments. It takes the reader there!....M
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/16/2008 6:25:08 PM
oh this is outstanding! Grand imagery, great flow and rhythm...superb composition! I must get in here and look up more I see.
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/15/2008 9:41:46 PM
I've been in a relationship like that. Very painful and extremely well expressed in your words.
Charmed (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 12:23:55 PM
in this desiccated land
the soil and I cry out to the heavens
to bring forth life again
I find these verses symbolically powerful. You express deep emotions and strong meaning in this poem, Rafika. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Charmed (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 10:49:41 AM
Simply AMAZING!! Your talent is undenying! Mimi
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/12/2008 8:05:48 PM
Strong emotions in this poem of passion, loss and lonelyness..
Sometimes its hard to walk away, but for the souls survival it should happen........M
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/12/2008 11:01:36 AM
Ah the "ups and downs" of love. You have expressed them very effectively with your verses, Rafika. The photo captures the imagination as well. LOve and best wishes,
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/11/2008 9:32:14 AM
I enjoyed this lovely piece.
Pluto in the 5th hour...Wow!
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/9/2008 11:14:38 AM
ain't love grand? if this is love, then i don't like it!
Whenever I had dated lasses who would have long periods away, they were cheating...never take anyone at face value...
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/8/2008 10:50:36 AM
...stretches of nothing...perhaps argyle socks...no elasticity left...to support the love of one...who chooses to come and go...leaving a prescription filled with pain.
excellent thoughts penned Rafika...
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 10:07:55 PM
Passionately written as if pondering over what once was or what one wanted the reality to be, nice writing...
Be always safe,
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 9:04:03 AM
five houses!!!!! I admire Plutos stamina!!!!!!!
And talking about eruptions...I am melting already...
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 8:44:30 AM
Excellent write, intriguing photo...
Charmed (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 7:37:56 AM
I love this stream-of-feeling poem from the soft warmth of your lovely photograph to your closing, "...your words travel to meet me rubbing against my consciousness like some hungry kitten seeking my attention."
"Charmed" has a very nice flow.
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 7:19:23 AM
Ain't love grand?!
You've expressed the ecstasy and the PAIN of love very well.
Catfish (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 7:16:03 AM
This one's sad, Rafika, wild moments of passion followed by days (days? Weeks? Months?) of drought. Excellently penned questioning, yearning - well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Charmed (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 2:09:38 AM
And the embrace never was warmer and the kiss more tender than the one we yearn for so long...and at last it came.
Charmed (Poetry) - 2/6/2008 7:41:16 PM
Much to yearn for in this intense love poem.
Love Magic (Poetry) - 2/6/2008 7:32:19 PM
Magical!! Beautifully penned, well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Charmed (Poetry) - 2/6/2008 7:31:20 PM
Yearning for salvation in moisture...excellent comparison, Rafika, well done!
((((HUGS)))) and love, Karla.
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 2/5/2008 2:33:36 PM
Is that a rug? It's gorgeous--my favorite color being yellow, it really moves me! The poem is precious as well.
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 2/5/2008 8:25:48 AM
Powerful pen and lovely photo~`
Love Magic (Poetry) - 2/4/2008 1:40:29 AM
A beautiful meld of heart, mind and soul in this piece.
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 2/4/2008 1:38:59 AM
I love the imagery laid out on this piece and in particular the ending lines...
"turning peach twilight midday to darkest night
proving that even the gods shed precious tears"
Night Magic (Poetry) - 2/1/2008 1:48:58 PM
A deep sensuous poem. Your words capture it all. Great images..........M
Love Magic (Poetry) - 2/1/2008 1:46:17 PM
A beautiful blending of hearts. True communion of becoming one!.........M
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 2/1/2008 1:43:36 PM
Wonderful images in the poem. Its powerful and moving!.....M
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 2/1/2008 3:01:43 AM
The imagery in this is beautiful. A stunning write, Rafika!
Night Magic (Poetry) - 2/1/2008 2:58:56 AM
A sensuous write that's well done!
Tears for Benazir (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 9:11:22 PM
Eloquent write. Oh, to have the answers to each of the questions...
This poem reminded me of Haiti...
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 9:09:34 PM
I love your last line...
"even the gods shed precious tears"
I am sure they do.
Geisha by the Sea (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 9:03:29 PM
Beautifully written poetic piece... I especially love the first stanza.
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 1:28:17 PM
The powerful imagery and metaphorical substance of this write completely grasps the reader's attention. So well expressed, Rafika. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes to you,
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 5:57:48 AM
Such an amazing imagery you have spun in this poem..I can feel that storm brewing so quickly in your mind and heart...Much peace,
Love, and light to you dearest Rafika,
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 5:04:26 AM
Dangit, Rafika, wish I'd written this storming write! You capture the power vividly with memorable imagery/lines: my favorites ...
" ... bowling against the trembling walls of manmade structures ...."
Suddenly makes you feel very fragile, indeed.
" ... rough winds whisked away
the accumluated dust and sand of yesteryear ..."
The cleansing. :) Beautiful, a StormSpinner kind of write. :)
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 1/29/2008 3:35:18 AM
A Wagnerian view of an emotional apocalypse in the made...Vakiries should be more strong than the storm knocking on their shields...
Sudden Storm (Poetry) - 1/28/2008 10:28:54 PM
I don't know how the poem "proves" that last line, but I'll believe it. You sure made a glorious word-movie for me to watch-- those clouds building and roiling in the sky. Great visuals. --Charlie
Night Magic (Poetry) - 1/28/2008 2:32:10 PM
Wow, this one is hot and heavy with wonderful visions and deeply penetrating playing on words. What a wondeful piece, I hope you get this published.
Rain (Poetry) - 1/28/2008 5:16:40 AM
This is so stunningly beautiful, Rafika. The imagery, incredible!
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/27/2008 9:16:59 AM
It's emotions that can make love so hard sometimes.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/27/2008 9:14:00 AM
Lots of loving expression.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/27/2008 5:30:13 AM
Wow! This is a powerful painting of love and intimacy. Bravo! Jon Michael Willey
Mass for Athena (Poetry) - 1/25/2008 5:50:30 PM
Your work shows skill and care. Your lines contain poetic grace.
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/25/2008 5:46:33 PM
I've enjoyed reading this poem. Its flow is easy and the voice sincere.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/20/2008 2:23:04 PM
... and so do I on reading this, Rafika! Beautiful poetry that is poetic in its very essence and yet clearly and emphatically expressed. Your command of tone is wonderful and you seamlessly weave the sensuous with the intellectual, the reason with the heart. Such sensitivity and intuition that is physical and emotional as well as reasoned. You give good grounds for establishing this as Deep Love, it being so caring and full of a thoughtful concern as well as an uninhibited spontanaeity. Simply divine! Thank you, Kate xx
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/19/2008 7:05:24 PM
What a wonderful passionate poem!!!!! I like this a lot!!!!
Sandie Angel :o)
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/19/2008 10:09:17 AM
A wonderful sensual offering with powerful imagery, well done!
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/17/2008 9:33:12 AM
Sensual delight....superb write...love n luck....BHUWAN!!!
With You... (Poetry) - 1/17/2008 7:58:20 AM
"With You" reveals the wonderful sense of connection many of us feel with those whom we love. The fact that the object of our affection is beyond the reach of a "touching of souls" in no wise lessens the pull of our heart, even while we bring forth "magnificent dreams of tomorrow with you."
Rafika, you have penned a unique and poignant insight. Thank you for putting into words our universal feelings.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/17/2008 7:02:33 AM
Passionate and erotic. Great stuff.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/17/2008 2:35:15 AM
A little candle hasn't an smoldering flame but will burn a painful blister that wil ignite the senses as any roaring great fire could.
Just a little whisper can call that lightning...
Differences (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 9:05:26 PM
Bravely written! The details are just so evident of that fact that this was a "happening right now" moment with every line, every tear, every sense that was a part of putting this poem together Sis Rafika.
Missed the fact that you are in the DC area. We have connections there also...good ones that if you'd love to get to know who they are, I'm obliged with pleasure.
cynth'ya lewis reed
The Night You Left Me (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 8:41:09 PM
An exceptional piec of sensuality within poetic expression...truly nice display of thought...
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 8:38:53 PM
Thoughts that grasp one and hold them through the sensuality of another...a most invigorating view of poem...
Apologies to Boanerges (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 8:25:45 PM
This is a wonderful piece of art. Excellant rhyme along with a wonderful story line.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 7:05:55 PM
Absolutely beautiful flow through each line Rafika, thank you for sharing.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 6:26:50 PM
Love the portrait of serenty! Love and sensuality, a most beautiful way to be.....
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 3:40:35 PM
Splendid depiction of sensual pleasure
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 2:24:26 PM
electrifying amorous erotica at its best.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 2:11:19 PM
Now that is passion, Rafika...beautiful and erotic verses grace these eyes.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 12:13:45 PM
Would that all couple could know such depth of love, Rafika. Passionately compelling verses that draw the reader in; well done and thank you for sharing this gift. The photo complements the whole offering effectively as well. Love and best wishes to you,
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 11:55:11 AM
Ooooh, this one fairly GLOWS with sensuality! Your poetry is beautifully exciting! Indeed!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Deep Love (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 11:25:47 AM
You certainly glow in this poem, I love the way your sensuality comes through..You go girl..
Peace, love, and light,
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/16/2008 9:02:02 AM
Great message of love for our Master and Savior. Thanks.
Rain (Poetry) - 1/15/2008 6:28:18 AM
Oh, what a beautiful touching poem. You are very talented my friend. Keep on sharing you gifts. Best regards, Bonnie May
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/14/2008 6:40:47 PM
Creatively written and filled with words of beauty and love...
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/14/2008 8:08:23 AM
I can so feel your uncertainty. I too, have been in that situation. I believe that one knows for certain in their soul, but their mind is the uncertain one. We must stop thinking and react, and love unconditionally, especially ourselves...
Much Peace, love, and light dear sister,
Retinal Burn (Poetry) - 1/14/2008 6:37:53 AM
yeah exceptionally well written Rafika, real streaming poetry - mind's delight, love it, S
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/14/2008 4:35:28 AM
Be a true heavy oak door or be a revolving one that will never slam close? If the answer about love were that simple...
Great poem from a little cactus which didn't want to be one.
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/13/2008 5:46:16 PM
Such meaningful imagery and metaphors, Rafika. The whole poem is an ode to budding love. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and very best wishes to you,
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/13/2008 5:45:26 PM
A delightful poem with a mystery, will she remain true or be as she says,
only have wavering emotions that'll pass?
Rain (Poetry) - 1/13/2008 5:12:59 PM
Rain falls as tears in these shattering lines, Rafika...my ultimate compliment: wish I had written this. Beautifully moving.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Nightbird (Poetry) - 1/13/2008 5:11:57 PM
Such beautiful longing and anticipation in glowing lines of passion...well penned.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Rain (Poetry) - 1/13/2008 5:31:11 AM
Raw nature of this soul of a woman is obvious & the paper is indeed filled with(grace~love~beauty)forwarded through_As evolving to an endless entity _Together & beautiful .~.Evol_Ted
Peppers and Spice (Poetry) - 1/12/2008 11:15:43 AM
'blend the two halves of our aching hearts'. now that's a really nice phrase. enjoyed. lots of flavors here. cheers
Mass for Athena (Poetry) - 1/11/2008 9:43:31 AM
I know of this kind of loss. Deep ain't the word because you can never fill the abyss of absence from someone you love with all your soul. What I like the most about this poem is where you said, "the air pregnant with incense and nostalgic aromas hinting of the season." I like this because it shows how we remember the little things the day a person leaves and how those little things become memories to help us keep them on our mind and forever in our hearts. This is a reviving piece and thank you so much for all your uplifting comments on my poetry. Peace & Have a Ghetto Fabulous Day!
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/8/2008 3:46:23 AM
...and I will be the busy bee that visit your flowers as they hold the dew drops to quench my thisrt with their cocktal of water and nectar as you sleep, then I will make honey with your dreams.
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 11:08:31 PM
A beautiful piece filled with all the inner passions of romance....
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 7:55:54 PM
An exquisite rendering of romantic passions with the gamut of emotions. Eloquently written!
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 6:07:35 PM
Wonderful imagery here my friend, flows beautifully...romantic, tender, and yet passionate...excellent!
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 5:33:03 PM
The lovely imagery and metaphorical tones within this poem complement the theme most effectively. Wonderful poetry, Rafika. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 5:30:39 PM
Pure romantic poetry.
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 2:22:28 PM
It doesn't get much better than this, Rafika. Very romantic and poignant.
Blue Petunias (Poetry) - 1/7/2008 2:19:24 PM
Wonderful work...just wonderful.
Athena Rising (Poetry) - 1/4/2008 5:08:22 AM
Rwanda and many others around the world, emotional and physical genocide seems to be the name of the game.
This poem can be interpreted both ways, but only from the tongue of a survivor one will hear the truth.
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 1/4/2008 3:24:28 AM
I very much enjoyed this poem which expresses the gist and the delicacy of an every-day ceremony which is much more than that, as we both know. This is the work of a great artist and a sensitive and intensely aware person.
Eid mubarak to you too, eventhough a bit belated.
Tea Ceremonies & Eventide (Poetry) - 1/3/2008 3:31:33 PM
So beautifully and meaningfully written, Rafika. Your work is always with depth and substance. Thank you for sharing that gift.
Athena Rising (Poetry) - 1/3/2008 10:47:37 AM
It was as if you were narrating a powerful story of conquest and loss. Wonderful pen.