Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Wandering into Winter

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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Come Spring! and be Welc

Postby Ladykat » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:15 pm

I wish Winters reign was past and Spring would come!

I'm more than ready.

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This Day is Ever Summer

Postby prmiller » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:40 pm

With friends the days are summer,
all fresh and cooling green;
there are both shade and sunshine,
and wonders to be seen.
My time at TORC is summer,
with joys that are sublime;
though I shall bless the autumn
as well as wintertime.
What fullness come with summer,
as needful storms appear,
Content I feel in summer,
when I am with you here.

Blessings,
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place at TORC: Ever Summer!

Postby Vanaladiel » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:06 pm

I don't know where the fires up there in Canada are but I pray that you, Mrs. PARM and the Parmettes are safe!
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We mourn the loss of Calma she passed away on 07/05/19 ! RIP dear lady! :rose:
Primula Baggins passed away on 02/27/19
Cockrobin has passed away on 02/18/2019 Rest in the arms of Jesus my friend!
oldtoby we will always remember you and your wit and smile! Love you my friend! RIP 1/20/18

Always in our memories, vison :rose:, Alex :rose:, Rowanberry :rose: and Watcher :rose:! Our world is a little dimmer without your smiles!

A tribute to Cynthia 11/14/2005 :rose:

For my dad who now resides with the Lord! :rose: 05/11/16 I love you daddy and will see you again someday in Glory!

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Christmas joys to all

Postby prmiller » Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:54 am

The time is well-past midnight,
thus Christmastide is here,
I shall awake in daylight,
to share in Christmas cheer.
For those who wake find this
my kindest thoughts to you,
and to this place and aegis,
a welcome word or two.
May you enjoy the gladness
that I have hoped to leave,
to find no trace of sadness,
nor cause to ache or grieve,
for it is my intention,
to leave my Christmas prayer,
in rhymes of my invention
my thoughts to show I care.
Let all the joy around you,
enwrap your heart with bliss,
and as a bard of Eru,
leave hug and smile and kiss.

Blessings,
Parm :)
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place at TORC: Ah! Spring!

Postby prmiller » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:47 pm

The Quilt of Life

The threads of time pierce in and through
the memories we gather in,
each piece, distinctive from the rest,
evokes a sigh, a tear, a grin.
I have, this year, such memories,
that are as flowers, multi-hued.
Thus, when I seem my quilt of life,
what comes to mind when it is viewed?
I find a scent wafts through my mind,
I may hear music, feel the the rain,
taste the spices from a meal,
or touch the nettles from some pain.
The quilt is precious, but to me,
it has a power I hold true,
it gives me moments when my heart
can spend some time with friends I knew.

Blessings,
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The Journey

Postby prmiller » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:25 am

Imagine then, that three-score pounds,
and then add ten, have left my frame,
I have good friends to thank for this,
(and one would blush to see his name),
but thanks to them, my less is more,
less strain, less, stress, more strength and speed,
less girth, less weight, but better heft,
farewell to foods I do not need.
Though I have said goodbye to those
who helped me travel paths unknown,
who need to leave me, for their paths
are roads they need to tread alone,
I honour them within this rhyme,
a poem I can send to bless,
for they have helped me love life more,
by helping me embrace much less.

Blessings,
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place at TORC: Ah! Spring!

Postby prmiller » Sat May 11, 2019 7:50 pm

The Mother-Heart

Look not to find a mother-heart
in pillared halls of arms and shields,
in portraits left as legacies,
for stellar skills in varied fields.
Look not to bronze nor figured stone,
to honour those who care and keep
the whispered secret, cherished dream,
from nightmares comfort those who sleep.
The mother-heart is well acclaimed,
'tis lauded boldly throughout time,
but I shall join my voice with those
who say, "Amen" throughout this rhyme.

Blessings,
Parm :-)
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place at TORC: Ah! Spring!

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Sun May 12, 2019 8:35 am

That was lovely, as usual, Parm.

I'll just say "Happy Mother's Day" to all the moms!!!

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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place at TORC: Ah! Spring!

Postby prmiller » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:26 am

Tookish_Traveler wrote:That was lovely, as usual, Parm. :rose:


...and now people know the joy I feel
to leave my poem's here;
to bless the day, the months, that come,
the journey through the year.
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Despite all Snow and Rain

Postby prmiller » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:31 am

The forecast calls for snow and rain,
the sky is overcast,
but one thing true of summer's heat,
the snow will never last.
Despite all snow and freezing rain,
the callous sleet that stings,
the flowers bloom, fruit ripens well,
and songs grace darting wings.
The moisture blesses farm and field,
the skiers have their day,
but summer shall begin its reign
and warmth shall bless my way.

Blessings,
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place: Welcome, Summer!

Postby orodreth111 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:04 am

I'm pondering where the Hell everybody is! Hiya Parm, pardon the intrusion, great poem incidentally. 8)
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place: Welcome, Summer!

Postby prmiller » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:08 am

orodreth111 wrote:I'm pondering where the Hell everybody is! Hiya Parm, pardon the intrusion, great poem incidentally. 8)

Intrusion pardoned,
Compliment accepted.
Chair offered...tea?

The Absence of Friends

Much like a train that should arrive,
a bus we need at 9:08,
there is a sense of not-quite-right
when ,unlike wizards, friends are late...
or worse, like me, get drained by life,
and find that naps that turn to sleep,
are our reward for endless toil,
to dream in woods, still, dark, and deep.
We miss the rhythms friends create,
the quip that quickly follows post,
but more than this, the fellowship,
the being-here we miss the most.
I carry names deep in my soul,
and think of them when drinking tea,
when raking leaves or playing ball,
then sigh, give thanks, that blessed they'll be.
So, absent friends, who shall not read,
this tribute here, until you come,
know well how you are welcome here,
without a calling pipe or drum.

Blessings,
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place: Welcome, Summer!

Postby orodreth111 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:03 am

Poignant and lovely as usual Parm. And Happy 4th to you and the rest of us fantasy loving geeks! 8)
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Awed by Storms

Postby prmiller » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:09 pm

To think that air, that gentle breath which sings,
could swirl with might that homes are ripped and torn,
the puff that puts out candles, gives kites wings,
leaves plains grass-bare like sheep-kind newly shorn.
Such breath, that pipes with lullabies caress,
and soups, all piping hot are swiftly cooled.
With breath-born joy we cheer and gladly bless,
but calming nature's storms showed how Christ ruled.
I may be called to pray and quell a gale,
for signs and wonders, use the Spirit's Wind,
but on my own? I know that I shall fail,
and make a pious heart more than chagrined.
So let me be in awe of stormy might,
and know they too shall pass like joyless night.

Blessings,
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The Wonder of a Seed

Postby prmiller » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:24 pm

Held in my hand
smaller than a period,
heavier than river-washed stone,
wrinkled like aged skin
wrapping newborn promises
useless
until
earthen shrouds wrap up
each sign of life
and we
watching wide-eyed
think our hopes of life
lie swallowed up by
greedy ground.
Death, too, thought this,
when Eden's Promised Seed
was entombed
stony shrouds
tuck way all hope
of restored life.
But we
wide-eyed see stone
like soil,
split wide by the seed-life
bursting forth
into day
into dawn
farmers rejoice
hallelujah
for the wonder of
earth-seed life
followers rejoice
hallelujah
for the wonder of
heaven-seed life.

Blessings,
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place: Welcome, Summer!

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:47 pm

That is beautiful, parm. :)
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place: Welcome, Summer!

Postby Quimrill_Renctar » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:43 am

I like the parallel. Straight out of John 12:24. Beautifully expressed. I like the line “heavier than a river-washed stone.” Good gravitas there. Thanks!
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Embracing Autumn

Postby prmiller » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:59 pm

Fall Fun

A pile of leaves is not a pool
in which I dive, headfirst, with glee—
but oh! The fun of tossing leaves,
a joy-filled fall activity.
I will not need my splashing-boots,
nor hunt for my umbrella’s place;
Instead, I find leaf-puddle spots,
and laughing, fling leaves high in space.
Down, down they fall and find I, too,
still laugh..and then I start anew.

Blessings,
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Embracing Autumn

Postby RoseMorninStar » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:05 pm

Nice to see you here Parm!

Natures first green is gold... ;)
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Embracing Autumn

Postby rwhen » Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:39 pm

Thanks Parm....I too love fall...but won't be falling into any pile of leaves any time soon my friend. I no longer bounce at this age. ;) Hope life is great for you and the Mrs Parm and the little Parms.
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The Expected Party!! is now on the road to Gondor to celebrate. Join us.

And getting into trouble with Rally The Eldar.

Yes Ayslhyn, I do still remember.

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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Wandering into Winter

Postby prmiller » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:20 pm

We mourn the loss of Calma she passed away on 07/05/19 ! RIP dear lady! :rose:
Primula Baggins passed away on 02/27/19
Cockrobin has passed away on 02/18/2019 Rest in the arms of Jesus my friend!
oldtoby we will always remember you and your wit and smile! Love you my friend! RIP 1/20/18
Always in our memories, vison :rose:, Alex :rose:, Rowanberry :rose: and Watcher :rose:! Our world is a little dimmer without your smiles!
A tribute to Cynthia 11/14/2005 :rose:
For my dad who now resides with the Lord! :rose: 05/11/16 I love you daddy and will see you again someday in Glory!


All These!
So many names and stories here,
that I once knew, and knowing loved,
but grief has struck my pilgrim heart,
and it has not been velvet-gloved!
No! Many friends I once believed
would ever sit by hearth and board,
are gone, gone, gone, so swiftly gone!
and seeing wonders with the Lord!
This is the price one pays for days
spent far away, with other tasks,
and I am filled with pressing chores--
no holidays or balls with masks.
A tiny space of precious time,
and opportunity is seen,
but sheaves are shorn and lives drawn in,
where I had hoped for full and green.
Oh, how my tears are lately shed,
Oh, how my heart bears long-spent grief.
Today I wander empty halls,
in search of hugs and comfort brief.
How boldly in I strode with songs,
with stories rich as bright bouquets,
but looking round sense muted cheer,
with reddened eyes when heads you raise.
Your signatures are sable-wrapped;
memorials I should have known!
Instead I let my posies fall,
and I, like them, drop as a stone.
Today I share your long-shared pains,
and seek for solace in this space
where students wonder at my tears
that trickle down my wrinkled face.
I shall remember all these lives;
I shall give thanks for all they meant,
though I did not, when time was ripe,
join with my friends when hearts were rent.
Forgive me for my long spent days
beyond this place where other shouts
and urgent voices sent me off,
to take up causes, make things work,
mop fevered brows, soothe throats that cough.
Within this place of pondering,
I now am sent on finding ways
to heal my heart that dare not sing,
but deal with sorrow these next days.
How glad I am I knew these hearts!
How good they were to each and all!
How welcome thoughts of them shall grace
each gathering and guild and hall.

Balms and blessings,
Parm :( <3
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Wandering into Winter

Postby Herger » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:13 pm

Too Many Goodbyes
The grieving soul with burdens heavy
All the more to love those who remain
Though tears are not always an evil
It wearies to repeat this refrain
This mortal gift, curse or blessing,
Takes its toll upon the heart
We sacrifice another shard
To the memory of all who depart
In fellow arms we see a comfort
We can never truly find
A shared shadow of the missing
A shared ache in those left behind

-elengil

*gentle hugs, dear Parm*
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Wandering into Winter

Postby Witchwench » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:08 am

So touching Parm and eldngil <3 ..just touching. <3
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Wandering into Winter

Postby prmiller » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:47 pm

Herger wrote:Too Many Goodbyes
The grieving soul with burdens heavy
All the more to love those who remain
Though tears are not always an evil
It wearies to repeat this refrain
This mortal gift, curse or blessing,
Takes its toll upon the heart
We sacrifice another shard
To the memory of all who depart
In fellow arms we see a comfort
We can never truly find
A shared shadow of the missing
A shared ache in those left behind

-elengil

*gentle hugs, dear Parm*


That was such a lovely gesture, Elengil.
TORC is so much a part of my life, but my life
can take me apart, one crisis after another.
I am very glad for this place...very glad.
Blessings,
Parm

To leave this place,
without some rhyme,
seems tantamount
to some great crime;
thus I shall leave
this briefest thought,
than simply leaving,
and then...not.

Parm :-)
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Re: Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place:Wandering into Winter

Postby Herger » Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:22 pm

prmiller wrote:That was such a lovely gesture, Elengil.
TORC is so much a part of my life, but my life
can take me apart, one crisis after another.
I am very glad for this place...very glad.
Blessings,
Parm


I am glad for this place, too. And I've missed it terribly over the last many years. Why that didn't translate into coming back... well, anyway, I'm here now. :hug:
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