A C T C - 2014/10 Entries - Poemhunter Poems

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by Brian Johnston Click to read full poem

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WELL, BRIAN, THERE IS SOOOOOOOO MUCH I 'could' SAY TO YOU ABOUT YOUR FINAL? ? epistle about this 2014/10 contest, and about Is It Poetry's (iip's) poem in particular. i won't say everything 'cause even i know when i am wasting my time (sometimes) ! 1. first, THANK YOU for admitting and correcting your error. ha! 2. second, in the future, don't admit a poem unless you are willing to let it win. iip's poem won honestly i believe. (a) Diane Hine voted like this: But 'Is It Poetry' has taken a lily and a rose, and given them hearts. This time, my vote goes to 'Is It Poetry'. so THAT is why she voted for his poem Lilly Kisses Rose. (b) i (Bri) voted like this: WORDS THE HEART OF IMAGINATION? is the title BJ chose. note, please, BJ's QUESTION MARK at the end of his title. yes, a question mark, indicating an uncertainty. iip leaves the uncertainty, perhaps, to float around among all of us, to ponder, to discuss. of course it is not TO ME as important an uncertainty as where does bri's next meal come from? , especially since my wife is not in a good mood these days! mcdonalds? ? the poem seems to have some rhyming which is not very obvious except for why/by near the end. the flow seems pleasant to me, and some of the images, expressed with his words, are cheerful, comfortable......whatever! though i can't say i understand it completely [and maybe iip doesn't either] i did find that, with careful reading, it did seem to all fit together grammatically (pretty well at least) . and i found no typos. come to think of it, i might not have found typos in any of the poems. BJ couldn't be the one correcting them! i even found myself, by the second or third reading, reading the poem softly aloud to myself. i like it. and i want some of the sweets! ! ! ! AND, if that is not reason enough, or clear enough, and i have to DEFEND iip's poem as one which DOES relate to the suggested (by Webmaster Brian Johnston) : Words: The Heart Of Imagination? , i give you this: Is It Poetry's poem, besides having all of the qualities i listed already, is made up of words and it shows imagination. he may even be, in his own way, trying to shore up BJ's weak argument that words ARE the heart of imagination. no matter what i say, i'm sure it will not satisfy Brian. i hope, as usual, i have given BJ (and perhaps some other misguided philosophers/physicists) something to chuckle about as they swig Dr. Pepper from a big brown jug. 3. third, with great trepidation, i hereby offer my services to try hosting the December (or later) Challenge on my Bri Edwards PH site. [what the hell am i getting myself into! ! ! ? ]. of course perhaps BJ distrusts my sense of reality enough that he will turn down my offer? ? at least i should be at least as funny, if not as ethereal as Brian is. do any of you really think that ethereal is the correct word to use? do i get to PICK THE TITLE/TOPIC? ? do i get to CHANGE ANY OF THE OTHER PARAMETERS, such as deadlines? ? do i get to accept bribes? (yeah, i'm not used to using 'parameters' either as a vocabulary word.) ha ha. bri :) bri :)
To err is human: but to forgive is divine. While I forgive BJ for his late voting, I would personally apologise for the same offence. Haven gone on an intellectual holiday, I had forgotten to pick my ID card to the voting center to cast my vote. But nothing is too late until is late, so please let me have the ballot paper....ok......Darlene Walsh has my vote this election month....... Besutiful and clear to the point. Am late, so cant talk much..thank you all.
Realizing that I missed the deadline for voting and so my vote can't be counted, still I vote in support of the fine poem by Abekah Emmanuel which should prove to anyone with half a brain that Bri Edwards is just a funny man with no other prospects.
MY VOTE: i vote for IS IT POETRY aka iip. have a nice day. bri :) i have, however, left a comment, individually, for each poem/poet, except my own. thank you all for participating. good grief! is it almost time to scribble more lines for the next challenge? something about 'gift-giving', something i rarely do, but i'll come up with somethin'. oh, if you read all of my comments you will find these thoughts: 1. words are not the heart of imagination, but imagination is (or may be) the heart of words 2. words are the heart of communication. this was first expressed here by R.A. Poteet (but i was thinking it!) . of course communication comes through many other means than words. - - - - - - - - - - - - - additionally, a unicorn could and once did exist without words. i saw one once before i learned to speak or write or understand words. honest! :)
up next...... IS IT POETRY aka iip: WORDS THE HEART OF IMAGINATION? is the title BJ chose. note, please, BJ's QUESTION MARK at the end of his title. yes, a question mark, indicating an uncertainty. iip leaves the uncertainty, perhaps, to float around among all of us, to ponder, to discuss. of course it is not TO ME as important an uncertainty as where does bri's next meal come from? , especially since my wife is not in a good mood these days! mcdonalds? ? the poem seems to have some rhyming which is not very obvious except for why/by near the end. the flow seems pleasant to me, and some of the images, expressed with his words, are cheerful, comfortable......whatever! though i can't say i understand it completely [and maybe iip doesn't either] i did find that, with careful reading, it did seem to all fit together grammatically (pretty well at least) . and i found no typos. come to think of it, i might not have found typos in any of the poems. BJ couldn't be the one correcting them! i even found myself, by the second or third reading, reading the poem softly aloud to myself. i like it. and i want some of the sweets! ! ! ! OK, i am finding myself irresistibly [had to check that spelling; 'ibly', not 'ably'] drawn to vote for this one. hmmmm? thanks for sharing. bri :)
up next: DARLENE WALSH (ace landscaper/leafscraper) . : ok, Darlene has fallen into BJ's trap. well, she IS young, so she has more of an excuse as to how she could be tricked by the old guy. - - - - - - - - - - - - - my favorite stanza is: Romance, mystery, and magic flowing through every word pumping your heart with adventure so that spot in your brain is stirred ............especially word/stirred - - - - - - - - - - - i say WORDS ARE THE VOICE OF IMAGINATION in most cases, where words are available. YES! spoken and written words are the VOICE of imagination, though imagination may be expressed with music, painting, sculpture, punching someone in the face, etc. honorable mention to Darlene, but not my choice this time. but i am narrowing it down. thanks for sharing. :) bri
OK now. Reason A. Poteet has now given me, at the same time, both reasons to admire her and to (sort of) despise her! in her comment on my poem she mentions that words are more the heart of communication! my thoughts yesterday EXACTLY(except that i did not plan to use the word more) . but she beat me to the keyboard to inform all of you about it! ! ! Yay! AND Hisssssss! ! ! ! bri :)
Lovely pieces one and all investigating the Heart of Imagination. Re: Darlene piece. As a retired teacher of young children, I often wonder what happens to their imaginations over time. There is far too much emphasis on test scores in today's schools - imagination is beyond testing. Love the summary last verse ending her piece with such clarity. My vote goes for The Heart of Imagination by Darlene Walsh. RE: Abekah's piece. I think I would agree with you that words are the anchor which aid memory of our thoughts and imagination. Without memory, where would imagination, communicating our minds with others builds our database in our brain. I think of my 10 month old grandson watching the development of his mind and I am amazed at the complexity of it all. It is truly a miracle of God. Enjoyed your thoughts, Abekah. RE: Bri's piece. Well-done explanation of the question - are words the heart of imagination? I clearly understand your point, words are more the heart of communication. Is that why we forget dreams so quickly because there are no words to record the event in our mind. As for the ice cream, I always start with my mouth but not to talk, that would be a waste of my time and yours. I have wondered how God created words and what language Adam and Eve spoke. Great writing, Bri, many thinks to consider here. RE: Brian's piece. I was most impressed with your last lines, God spoke the world into being, didn't He? But I'm still wondering with Bri about the school he held for teaching Adam and Eve the rudiments of language. Enjoyed your trip through the sights, smells and sounds of the imagination. A worthy piece, indeed. RE: It is Poetry's piece. As with most free verse, I get lost. But perhaps you have proven your point well, Free verse is usually very open-ended and interpretations run wild at times. Kinda reminds me of Ma, Look what they've done to my song. Your piece brings to mind also of testimony of witnesses to a crime scene, sometimes conflicting evidence is given which makes the jury wonder if the parties are describing the same event. RE: Diane's piece, Again I am out in left field playing in the sand. You have given us many examples to consider and to spark our imaginations; and your repetition is mark of good poetry (IMHO) . The most significant part of your piece to me is found in the title: Chinese Whispers, the introduction of that idea that words that are totally foreign do nothing for one's imagination.
up next: ABEKAH EMMANUEL - primary and Brian Johnston -adjunct poet. [IS THAT a junk poet? ] [i''m going to paste the poem here for reference, but i plan to erase it before submitting my comment] granted that ...today's reality was someone's imagination yesterday.............sometimes! SOMETIMES. BUT i will venture to say that some of today's reality is not due to imagination. some is due to careful scientific investigations, or to accidents! coincidences, observations, etc. can bring things to Mankind's attention and 'fruition' (is that a good usage?) , without imagination having anything to do with it (my opinion of course) . i still believe that a person who does not know words can still invent something or discover something. or imagine something using 'pictures in the mind', without the need for words. if a non-speaking, non-writing, non-word-using person imagined an apple pie and figured out [without words] how to make one, would i not still share the pie if offered to me? i would not need the person to say to me here is an apple pie. i made it with those green/red/yellow balls which i took off of that tall thing with the green things hanging from the limbs. :) bri even if it hadn't been admitted, i might have suspected Brian Johnston's sticky (with apple pie?) fingers in this poem. i would like to read how Abekhah would have written it without Brian's help. it is nice to help another poet; don't get me wrong. i'm always giving my two cents to some poet or another on PH. thanks for sharing. i'm getting closer to making my choice for winner, but i'd better stop for tonight! bri :)
next up: DIANE HINE: INTERESTING. but i don't like it when others call my poems interesting. well, it depends on what else they say. and, come to think of it, i'm not sure anyone HAS ever said my poems were interesting! drat! ! either Diane is with me and against BJ, or she is with BJ and against me. i'm not sure which it is. hmmmm? i do agree with BJ that 'invagination is a stumper/(a puzzling question; i just looked it up!) . it, invagination, IS a great rhyme for imagination. this sounds like a dream. or is it Diane's imagination she is giving to us, using words? ? nice enough. glad it wasn't too long. can a poem BE too long? thanks for sharing. for this poem and all the rest of the offerings here i shall send this page to MyPoemList. i may have already done it, but my mentioning it (again?) will make BJ's minute. bri :) speaking of imagination..........i think Diane has demonstrated that deafness is sometimes at the heart of what some people 'believe' other people are saying.
about REASON A. POTEET's poem: finally i am ready to comment on this trickster! the poem/poet. i CAN begin to tell you how exapterbated i have been trying to get a handle on this one, but i won't bother doing it now (telling you i mean) . but here is some research i did. [i know my vocabulary is not as extensive as that of some other poets, but...................... when i Googled each of the unknown-to-me words in the poem, i came up with the following RESULTS? ============================================================== Perspeucitous/PERSPEUCITOUS: “per•spi•ca•cious ˌpərspəˈkāSHəs/ adjective adjective: perspicacious 1. having a ready insight into and understanding of things. it offers quite a few facts to the perspicacious reporter synonyms: discerning, shrewd, perceptive, astute, penetrating, observant, percipient, sharp-witted, sharp, smart, alert, clear-sighted, farsighted, acute, clever, canny, intelligent, insightful, wise, sage, sensitive, intuitive, understanding, aware, discriminating; informalon the ball, heads-up, with it his perspicacious advisers recommended caution antonyms: stupid ========================================================================= antriphinal/ANTRIPHINAL: “an•tiph•o•nal ˌanˈtifən(ə) l/ adjective adjective: antiphonal 1. 1. (in traditional Western Christian liturgy) (of a short sentence or its musical setting) sung, recited, or played alternately by two groups. noun noun: antiphonal; plural noun: antiphonals 1. 1. another term for antiphonary.” ==================================================== wixumph/WIXUMPH: “ POEM: A C T C - 2014/10 OFFICIAL ENTRIES - VOTE... www.poemhunter.com/.../a-c-t-c-2014-10-official-entri... PoemHunter.com Rating: 5/10 - ‎1 vote Nov 1,2014 - When perspeucitous meets wixumph, I can triumph, ... Words define, make shareable, make imagination's music memorable, Like a poem...” ================================================= Vursichomy/VURSICHOMY: “POEM: A C T C - 2014/10 OFFICIAL ENTRIES - VOTE... www.poemhunter.com/.../a-c-t-c-2014-10-official-entri... PoemHunter.com Rating: 5/10 - ‎1 vote Nov 1,2014 - Vursichomy! I call the shots, connect the dots.... Words define, make shareable, make imagination's music memorable, Like a poem frames and...” ======================================================== somatrise/SOMATRISE: “The word above Somatiser is the correct spelling for the word. It is very easy to misspell a word like Somatiser, therefore you can use TellSpell as a spell checker.” ======================================================== as you may notice, if you look carefully at my research results, this poet has pulled*** (or tried to pull) our collective leg(s) . *** [Pulling one's leg Meaning To deceive someone in a humorous or playful way.] she DID pull mine! :) give me my leg back! ! ! ! ! - - - - - - - - - - - - - nice one, RAP! :) now let's get serious about the poem. the poet truly has a vivid? imagination, and is trying to work with the impossible title given to us by the Webmaster. i think that is what Brian Johnston calls himself here; i have some different appellations/names (or appleatites) for him. great rhyming. AND I THINK this poet, R.A.Poteet, has given stark evidence that IMAGINATION IS THE HEART OF WORDS, ..............NOT that words are the heart of imagination. right on! ! ! ! [you may refer to my previous comment in which i give Merriam Webster's (the dictionary people) definitions of word and imagination.] :) bri p.s. you may like her poem Between Me and My Mirror, which i found on PH after i read her name on this page.
not to belabor [well, maybe a little bit] things here, BJ, but let us check on an accepted definition(s) of WORD. i read the following definitions, or enough of them, to decide that you are full of hot air if you keep insisting that words are the heart of imagination! ok, i'll admit that one has something to do with the other, BUT, come on already! WORD...............its definition from M-W online, Merriam-Webster (the dictionary people, Brian!) and i quote: word noun \ˈwərd : a sound or combination of sounds that has a meaning and is spoken or written : a brief remark or conversation: something that a person says : an order or command Full Definition of WORD 1 a: something that is said b plural (1) : talk, discourse [putting one's feelings into words] (2) : the text of a vocal musical composition c: a brief remark or conversation [would like to have a word with you] 2 a (1) : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use (2) : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements b (1) : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word [the number of words to a line] —sometimes used with the first letter of a real or pretended taboo word prefixed as an often humorous euphemism [the first man to utter the f word on British TV — Time] [we were not afraid to use the d word and talk about death — Erma Bombeck] (2) : any segment of written or printed discourse ordinarily appearing between spaces or between a space and a punctuation mark c: a number of bytes processed as a unit and conveying a quantum of information in communication and computer work 3 : order, command [don't move till I give the word] 4 often capitalized a: logos b: gospel 1a c: the expressed or manifested mind and will of God 5 a: news, information [sent word that he would be late] b: rumor 6 : the act of speaking or of making verbal communication 7 : saying, proverb 8 : promise, declaration [kept her word] 9 : a quarrelsome utterance or conversation —usually used in plural [they had words and parted] 10 : a verbal signal: password 11 slang —used interjectionally to express agreement — good word 1 : a favorable statement [put in a good word for me] 2 : good news [what's the good word] — in a word : in short — in so many words 1 : in exactly those terms [implied that such actions were criminal but did not say so in so many words] 2 : in plain forthright language [in so many words, she wasn't fit to be seen — Jean Stafford] — of few words : not inclined to say more than is necessary: laconic [a man of few words] — of one's word : that can be relied on to keep a promise —used only after man or woman [a man of his word] — upon my word : with my assurance: indeed, assuredly [upon my word, I've never heard of such a thing] See word defined for English-language learners » See word defined for kids » Examples of WORD How do you spell that word? “Please” is a useful word. Our teacher often used words I didn't know. What is the French word for car? Describe the experience in your own words. The lawyer used Joe's words against him. She gave the word to begin. We will wait for your word before we serve dinner. Origin of WORD Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wort word, Latin verbum, Greek eirein to say, speak, Hittite weriya- to call, name First Known Use: before 12th century Related to WORD Synonyms expression, term [+]more Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile Rhymes with WORD bird, Bird, burred, curd, furred, gird, Heard, herd, nerd, spurred, surd, third, urd 2word verb : to say (something) in a particular way by choosing which words to use Full Definition of WORD intransitive verb archaic : speak transitive verb : to express in words: phrase [a carefully worded reply] See word defined for English-language learners » Examples of WORD Could we word the headline differently? [tried to word the declaration exactly right] First Known Use of WORD 13th century Related to WORD Synonyms articulate, clothe, couch, express, formulate, put, say, state, phrase ============================== =================================== AND, what the hell.......... also from M-W online: IMAGINATION: imag·i·na·tion noun \i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən : the ability to imagine things that are not real: the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced : the ability to think of new things : something that only exists or happens in your mind : something that only exists or happens in your mind Full Definition of IMAGINATION 1 : the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality 2 a: creative ability b: ability to confront and deal with a problem: resourcefulness [use your imagination and get us out of here] c: the thinking or active mind: interest [stories that fired the imagination] 3 a: a creation of the mind; especially: an idealized or poetic creation b: fanciful or empty assumption See imagination defined for English-language learners » See imagination defined for kids » Examples of IMAGINATION You can find a solution if you use a little imagination. The author does not tell us what happens to the characters. We have to use our imagination. He's a competent writer, but he lacks imagination. Is it just my imagination, or is it getting warm in here? Origin of IMAGINATION Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin imagination-, imaginatio, from imaginari First Known Use: 14th century Related to IMAGINATION Synonyms contrivance, creativity, fancy, fantasy (also phantasy) , ideation, imaginativeness, invention, inventiveness, originality ============================================= ANYBODY: i don't see the word word used in the definition of imagination. DO YOU? of course that is not enough to prove Brian Johnston wrong. BUT I THINK his imagination ran wild with him when he wrote the poem! ! ! ! ! :) :) :) :) NOW CAN I GET ON WITH THE TASK OF READING THE OTHER OFFERINGS OF WORTHY PoemHunter members? ? ? i've only got a few days left to vote! i'll try to not let my difference of opinion obstruct a true judging of the poems' worthiness. i know a lot is at stake here! ! ! ! bri :)
Many wonderful poems to stir the imagination. Bri LOL I do love Ice Cream :) And I also do dream A wonderful poem. And while I certainly don't need words to imagine, it is easy to receive someone's else's imagination through their words. I love to read. And I love to write words to share my imagination with others. And Webmaster, I love pizza too. If pizza grew on trees long ago, would we still be in Eden? Brian I've watched quite a few of the old B&W films, some of them are pretty good (I love Casablanca) . There is quite a bit of passionate imagination in the second paragraph. And creation is a very big amount of imagination, but He did spend 7 days on his imagination. Does that make us all figments? Reason Words that require full understanding of imagination: Perspeucitous antriphinal wixumph Vursichomy somatrisepower Indisputable proof that the pen (and the words produced by the wielder's imagination) are the mightiest creation we can create. Diane A very imaginative progression of thoughts, going in full circle. I got a little lost in the metazoan for a while, I'm glad Miss Marple's investigation brought me back again. Abekah As always, a wonderful quote to start our imagination. Hmmm.... Imagination = lie Absolutely, because if Imagination = truth life would be so much less entertaining. And while lies frequently lead to misunderstandings and destruction, the proper use of imagination can bring dreams and music, and words to share. Words for the imagination. Is Very pretty imaginative pictures drawn with words. I saw fragrant flowers growing in the forest on the bank of a stream, growing under a blue sky, with fluffy clouds floating by. I'm not really sure how close some of the poems come to fulfilling the topic/title for this challenge, but they were all wonderful, and imaginative poems. My favorite poem for this challenge is the poem by Abekah Emmanuel.
Bri's logic is persuasive. Brian is superbly eloquent. Reason's poem is great fun, especially if you try to read it aloud. Darlene's poem is neatly written and very appealing. Abekah's poem has the best line of all: 'How can the world taste my imagination if I don't cook it with words'. But 'Is It Poetry' has taken a lily and a rose, and given them hearts. This time, my vote goes to 'Is It Poetry'.
About BRIAN JOHNSTON'S offering: well, i've waded through the webmaster's actual entry poem once again; i'm sure i left a comment a couple of weeks ago on his poem's page. BUT I SEE NO COMMENT now. erased? briefly speaking, then, if one likes flowery scenarios, this poem may be for you, but i STILL say words [as taught in grammar school when we were supposed to learn how to spell and read them] are not needed. it is the brain's concepts of its surroundings........call them feelings(?) ....which are needed for imagination. does a deaf, dumb, and blind child who has not had special instruction know words? but i bet the child has an imagination if it can feel the touch and warmth of its mother, the caress of a passing breeze, the sting of a bee. once it has experienced such sensations, i bet the child can imagine how it felt and might feel in the future. she/he can imagine the same feelings even though there are no words associated with them. and if i were with a woman in a 'romantic' encounter, or with a favorite pet, stroking its fur or feathers, but my brain had lost all knowledge of words, i think i could still feel sensations and feel good, uncomfortable, or happy etc. how about you? ? given, HOWEVER, that Brian insist that words ARE the heart of imagination e.g. the perfumes, sharpness, softness, etc. of imagination, then i do think Brian has given it his best shot to convince me. but, i'm not convinced. i'm ok on the father's strong voice and the mother's lullaby(if he is talking about an actual song) , but not the other stuff. so i've read the poem at least four times and it does sound better as i read it more and more. i just don't buy the premise. the poem itself is pretty good. :) i DO say that words are pretty useful to relate to others what one is feeling or what one has felt or what one imagines. nice try, Brian. bri :) [p.s. don't delete this! please! ! ............though you ARE the master. i'll send to MyPoemList, BUT if you delete this comment, i will ask Merov to punish you. ha! ! ]
i'm glad we have more poems than just mine and BJ's to consider. i will read the others later. :)
re the comment by the webmaster on my exquisite poem: Ha! QED! ! you have only demonstrated that your weaker intellect is (extremely) inferior to mine! ! ! save QED for your mathematics proofs! ! ! or is that spoofs? Foundations of Mathematics ] Theorem Proving ] Proofs ] History and Terminology ] Notation ] Q.E.D. Q.E.D. (sometimes written QED) is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum (that which was to be demonstrated) , a notation which is often placed at the end of a mathematical proof to indicate its completion. Several symbols are occasionally used as synonyms for Q.E.D. These include a filled square filled square (Unicode U+220E, as used in Mathematics Magazine and American Mathematical Monthly) , a filled rectangle (Knuth 1997, pp.3 and 39) , or an empty square square. SEE ALSO: Proof, Q.E.F. REFERENCES: Knuth, D. E. The Art of Computer Programming, Vol.1: Fundamental Algorithms,3rd ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, pp.3 and 39,1997. Referenced on Wolfram|Alpha: Q.E.D. CITE THIS AS: Weisstein, Eric W. Q.E.D.. From MathWorld- A Wolfram Web Resource. http: //mathworld.wolfram.com/QED.html thanks, however for your opinion, weak as it is! bri :) :) :) :) [p.s. i really DO like the webmaster] =========== late now (at night) and this old guy needs to exercise and go to sleep. library volunteer work in the morning! :) bri
well, once again, parade is in session........beautiful poems for this month's entry., Well done all of you.