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Started by virgil5 on Mar 9, 2011 11:02:32 PM
Poetry Notebook

Work on your own stuff.

Share stuff you like.

no Judge Mental-ism necessary.


virgil5 - 09 Mar 2011 23:11:56 (#1 of 7554)

Here's a couple I want to rescue from the WC site before it's gone:


She smiled and then the limo lurched

Out into Paris' traffic church

Beneath a torch for Liberty's hand

She smiled and reached out to her man

The cameras flashed

"...That sodden..."


Diana left us yet a plan


virgil5 - 09 Mar 2011 23:15:55 (#2 of 7554)

They stood on the soapbox

Shouting "Hyde Park!"

into the dark.

The death of a lark.

Their newspaper taxi erased its own mark.


(about the Guardian)

DugDug - 09 Mar 2011 23:28:30 (#3 of 7554)

Double Dip



my little ship


Man the lifeboat,

crowded, innit?

virgil5 - 09 Mar 2011 23:39:18 (#4 of 7554)

I'm still clueless on some of the formatting I took for granted.

If I want a line to tighten up with another line, I used to put "c" at the top, then the line, then another "c', then another line, and the lines would single space. Doesnt' seem to work here.

I need schoolin', baby, I ain't foolin :-)

levelgaze - 09 Mar 2011 23:40:10 (#5 of 7554)

virgil5 - 09 Mar 2011 23:42:11 (#6 of 7554)

Er. OK. Thanks.

<mutters to self>

levelgaze - 09 Mar 2011 23:48:39 (#7 of 7554)

Sorry - was that brusque?

virgil5 - 10 Mar 2011 01:23:00 (#8 of 7554)

No. Just that the formatting help doesn't seem to cover what I want to do anymore.

How do you make tiny font? Or make tiny font bold?

>indent tiny font


virgil5 - 10 Mar 2011 01:28:24 (#9 of 7554)

force the line to be a paragraph without a blank line following

good for limericks

now we're getting somewhere

levelgaze - 10 Mar 2011 07:10:10 (#10 of 7554)

tiny font needs a space after the '>'

levelgaze - 10 Mar 2011 07:10:38 (#11 of 7554)

I don't think you can combine tiny and bold here

virgil5 - 11 Mar 2011 21:23:37 (#12 of 7554)

The man who stole the soapbox from Hyde Park

He was a dim man at the back of the crowd

No one remembered what he looked like

The speakers came and went all day

He yelled at them all but they ignored him

The crowd parted around him as he spoke

They drifted away at the end of the day

It was just the little man and an empty soapbox

So he stole it


virgil5 - 16 Mar 2011 16:17:59 (#13 of 7554)

I'm turning to stone.

Yes, I'm turning to stone.

I stand all alone.

Yes, I stand all alone.

I'm stone to the bone.

I'm home to the known.

I'm home all alone.

Yes, I'm turning to stone.


Isolde - 16 Mar 2011 18:49:32 (#14 of 7554)

Not ALL alone, virgil5... :)

virgil5 - 17 Mar 2011 06:12:29 (#15 of 7554)

Thanks, Isolde. Cheers.

All those years on the old GUT. Now I'm wondering "Was it a dialog, or just a diary?"

I sit here typing this stuff, sending it into the void like a message in a bottle.

Then another bottle comes floating back with a reply. It's shocking--in a good way :-)

rainwoman - 17 Mar 2011 06:25:32 (#16 of 7554)

Hello, virg and Isolde.

Isolde - 17 Mar 2011 14:07:52 (#17 of 7554)

OMG rainy. Is this what heaven will be like? :) How are you??!

Yes... it's good to get some feedback. I've been quiet poetry-wise of late. And GUT-wise, obviously! It was only hearing of the talkboard's shocking closure that impelled my return! I have fond memories - mostly! I'm participating quietly though and will say something if something occurs and who knows I may be emboldened to write something vaguely interesting! :) And how are you virgil5, long time no see...

rainwoman - 17 Mar 2011 16:03:56 (#18 of 7554)

Hello, Isolde. How are you, lovely girl?

Isolde - 17 Mar 2011 19:00:52 (#19 of 7554)

I'm good thanks rainy, how about you, lovely lass? How's the kids - and the hens?

virgil5 - 17 Mar 2011 19:21:10 (#20 of 7554)

Cheers, ladeez. Hope your feathered friends are fine rainy

I have two suet cages at the studio here, on the east and the west, about 2ft from the windows. Right now I'm watching a downy woodpecker, but they also draw nuthatches, cardinals and plenty of chickadees. Also plenty of wood doves, finches, bluejays, redwing blackbirds, crows and others.

The bluebirds and humming birds will be here in a month or so. Also fun to watch the butterflies parade up this valley in the late spring.

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