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Sat Jan 25, 2020, 09:28 AM Jan 2020

I woke up at 3:30, wrote this down, and 10 minutes later went back to sleep. [View all]

Breaking Camp

This was a good place to camp
the folding hills and the shade
beneath the trees by the water.
The land was inviting and nurturing
but it's time to break camp
and continue the journey.
The great fires we danced around
with such fervor late into the night
are beginning to fade.
The fires danced too, their wavering flames
played tricks with the dancer's shadows
and sent sparks high into the darkness.
Did they die out or just disappear?
Tomorrow we leave and scatter the ashes.
It's time to break camp
but I will miss this place.

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K&R stonecutter357 Jan 2020 #1
Wow! Freedomofspeech Jan 2020 #2
Fantastic TEB Jan 2020 #3
Very nice. nt Atticus Jan 2020 #4
Apparently 2naSalit Jan 2020 #5
I've had a good life, many ups and downs, but I've always been lucky. panader0 Jan 2020 #6
May I ask... 2naSalit Jan 2020 #7
Not sure--I wasn't awake--it just showed up in my head. panader0 Jan 2020 #8
Cool, I love it when that happens. lark Jan 2020 #9
That's good stuff Bob Loblaw Jan 2020 #10
Wow lillypaddle Jan 2020 #11
Thanks. You reminded me of something Martin Eden Jan 2020 #12
Me too. I spent a lot of time camping when I worked in the woods, panader0 Jan 2020 #15
Good metaphor Martin Eden Jan 2020 #24
I'm jealous--what a cool quest-- keep us informed (and maybe photos). panader0 Jan 2020 #29
I don't have pics of Cold Mountain, but here's one of Linville Gorge Martin Eden Jan 2020 #42
The same Cold Mountain Bayard Jan 2020 #33
Yes, but the movie was filmed mostly in Romania. Martin Eden Jan 2020 #35
What a great way to put that - "it's the time spent enriching your soul." calimary Jan 2020 #36
Is this a Marge Piercy poem? I know there's a collection of her poems by this title. Just checking. ancianita Jan 2020 #13
I've never heard of her, (and me an ex-lit major and dropout) but will look her up. panader0 Jan 2020 #17
It's a beautiful poem. ancianita Jan 2020 #20
I hope that's not a foreshadowing of defacto7 Jan 2020 #14
I've created beautiful songs in my dreams... MrScorpio Jan 2020 #16
I do the same thing. panader0 Jan 2020 #18
Wow! Awesome creative process you've got there. ancianita Jan 2020 #21
Indeed! calimary Jan 2020 #39
Thanks for the respite from what is obvious SayItLoud Jan 2020 #25
Sort of a Bernie and Elton thing you seem to have going. PatrickforO Jan 2020 #40
Thank you for sharing. bpositive Jan 2020 #19
concise emotion. Trueblue Texan Jan 2020 #22
This message was self-deleted by its author RandiFan1290 Jan 2020 #23
I had to look that up--I used to watch Seinfeld but missed that one. panader0 Jan 2020 #26
This message was self-deleted by its author RandiFan1290 Jan 2020 #27
A great poem! Anon-C Jan 2020 #28
Incredible and Gorgeous! Docreed2003 Jan 2020 #30
Holy Shamoley!! Alliepoo Jan 2020 #31
Wow - amazing clarity of sentiments - now that's poetry! n/t Backseat Driver Jan 2020 #32
Native American roots? Bayard Jan 2020 #34
I'm one eighth Crow. panader0 Jan 2020 #41
I love when that happens! Iggo Jan 2020 #37
Well done! The age-old PatrickforO Jan 2020 #38
I once had an Englich teacher call it "Painting a Literary Picture". Mr.Bill Jan 2020 #43
That really touched me lunatica Jan 2020 #44
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