The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Cock-Robin » Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:53 pm

Glad to see you again, Parm!
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby prmiller » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:37 pm

patriotblade wrote:Parm!!!! :D

Cock-Robin wrote:Glad to see you again, Parm!


That I should bring such swift delight
brings gladness to my pilgrim soul;
now may more bards enjoy our hearth,
so stoke the flames, bring out the coal!
I love the worldI am in...
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby PatriotBlade » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:26 pm

Wow. I feel as dusty as this thread! So I've been working a lot (I even missed Beryl's birthday last year) I hate my new job with a passion. I am ill a lot but too poor to go to the Dr. I have also noticed something quite alarming. I have noticed significant hearing loss in one ear. I have been a student of ASL (American Sign Language) off and on for most of my life, but that, coupled with some new friends who are Deaf have forced me to take it more seriously. As I started trying to get more involved with the Deaf in my area, I learned that there wasn't much socially in my area for us (Deaf and Hard of Hearing). So we've decided to try to change that. We had our first event today; A Slam (typically poetry, but we aren't typical so it encompassed more of the arts as well, but featured poetry)! As I was prepping for it I started planning a poem to perform. I realized that I had not written a major poem in THREE YEARS! I am ashamed, but since we had the event today, I thought I'd share the finished poem. At some point, I'll film it in ASL and will post the link to that when I do.

The Bridge

I am not normal.
I walk the in-between,
A dark place between two worlds.
I am torn.
I am lost.
I don’t fit here and I don’t fit there.
I long to fit somewhere…

In one ear is
voices, voices!
There is so much, too much sound.
So many things
demanding attention.
My head hurts! Make it stop!
I am so tired…

In my other ear is
Mumble, mumble.
I’m sorry, I didn’t hear that…
Say again.
Say again.
Please look at me when you speak.
I am so tired…

I don’t fit in the
Loud world anymore;
There’s too much noise all around me.
I can’t think.
I can’t focus.
The important things get lost in the noise.
Where am I?

I don’t fit in the
Quiet world either;
My hands are slow and clumsy,
My eyes can’t
Hear that fast.
The important things get lost in the silence.
Where am I?

I sit between
The two worlds.
I am afraid I will be lost here,
In the place
Between worlds.
Because I don’t fit anywhere else.
I long to fit somewhere…

So I shout to be heard
Or I wave to be seen.
This place between is lonely.
But what if…
The loud world
Would learn to quiet down enough to see...

That my hands and
My voice can speak...
And so can theirs, if they will try.
That my ear and
My eyes can hear...
And so can theirs, if they will try.

I am tired.
But I am strong.
I have a lot of work to do here between.
I am sad.
But I am determined.
I have a lot of work to do here between.
I am not lost.
I am the bridge.

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You Write a Poem

Postby prmiller » Mon May 15, 2017 9:54 pm

You write a poem
and craft a window.
so we peer inside.
What courage!
You write a poem
and build a door,
so we step inside.
What kindness!
You write a poem
and span a chasm,
so we cross to your side.
What ingenuity!
You write a poem.
and share a treasure,
so we revel in it.
What generosity!

With blessings,
Parm :)
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While Stars Peer Down

Postby prmiller » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:43 pm

I write my heart while stars peer down,
while moonlight glints on velvet greens,
while rabbits run, then pause and wait,
blending into midnight scenes.
I write my love while starts glint bright,
while winds coax chimes to sing their songs,
while voices from the frantic day
grow fewer; soon are gone those throngs.
I write my hopes while moon-limned clouds
glide swiftly in the eboned sky,
the darkness wraps me, but not tight,
and bids me rest my each limb and eye.

Blessings,
Parm :)
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby erinhue » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:00 pm

Just stopped by to dust off some cobwebs. Took a looky loo down memory lane. Those were the days and this was the place. :wink:
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Herger » Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:15 pm

Herger wandered up to the old hall, not entirely certain anyone had been here in some time. But he had a duty and he'd see it through.

The hall echoed his footsteps, empty but perhaps not entirely abandoned. Cobwebs dusted the corners but it was not otherwise decrepit; the frame was solid and intact. Perhaps there was still a hint of life keeping this place alive, a memory that would not let let go.

He found what looked like a nice solid-looking chair at the head of the hall, perhaps the guild leader's own? He tapped the folded letter in his hand a few times before finally surrendering it, laying it on the seat.

It was folded several times, and the front was penned in fine calligraphy, addressed to "Our Dearest Master Hue". The back was sealed with wax and stamped with a gold-trimmed leaf.


So long as even one is left
Alive with memory in our hearts
The Bard's Guild will not fade away
Though far and wide our path's depart

The whisper on a distant wind
Remind those who once gathered here
Of songs and stories that bound us strong
And fellowship and food and cheer

Return, return, when yet you may
Even if you can give but a token
For fate will claim us each and all
So leave no final words unspoken

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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Herger » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:23 pm

https://youtu.be/wPnhaGWBnys Ault Lang Syne - Scottish version

Happy New Year to my merry fellow bards :drink:
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Herger » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:56 am

Sitting in the corner, all alone with just a barrel of mead to keep him company - and keep him warm on this frosty night seeing as the fire in the great hall lays cold - he sings in a slightly drunken off-key way

Come brave sons of Rohan
And prove yourselves true
The king has commanded
And so shall we do
The king has commanded
The foe to be slain
So we’ll ride forth, we ride forth
We ride forth again

We ride forth in company
Our voices in song
Our steeds swift in battle
Our courage held strong
With swords and with arrows
Once more to the fray
Then we’ll ride home in vict’ry
At the close of the day

The blood of our fathers
In unbroken line
Our sons who come after
So fair and so fine
Our sons who come after
Will honour attain
So we’ll ride forth, we ride forth
We ride forth again

We ride forth in company
Our voices in song
Our steeds swift in battle
Our courage held strong
With swords and with arrows
Once more to the fray
Then we’ll ride home in vict’ry
At the close of the day


[to the tune of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksi3UgNbhRY ]
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Frelga » Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:40 pm

Hooves echoed on the flagstones. Two riders, clad in cloaks of Rohan green, rode into the guild's courtyard, bending low to avoid the branches of the overgrown trees.

Belufien looked around him. "I don't think I've been here before," he told his mother when she stopped alongside him.

"No, love. You have only come to festivals with me, and those were at the inns." The first time Frelga had come to the Chamber Pot, little Lufu was perched behind her, wrapped in her cloak and holding on to her belt. The last time, he proudly rode his first pony, named after his friend, a young bard. Now he was taller than his father and his shoulders filled out to a man's breadth.

The same years left a few silver threads in Frelga's golden hair. And perhaps the last time, she did not ache quite so much from the travel. But she felt no older, in her heart. Was that not the important part?

Belufien dismounted and came to help his mother down. "You don't suppose Facade will be here?" he asked. "Or the orcs, the one with the wargs - Ugluk? - and the tall one with the eagle's claw in his brow?"

Frelga sighed at the leaf-strewn pavement. It seemed the birds were the only ones disturbing the silence with song. "I don't think anyone is here at all. Take the horses, will you? I will see if there is a chance of a fire inside."

She discovered her mistake before she ever stepped a foot into the hall. The song ended, and Frelga went to join the singer. His singing was ever so slightly affected by the drink, which is how she recognized him.

"Master Herger. I wonder if I'd know you, if we ever meet when you are sober." Last time she had seen Herger, he kept a very drunken company to a heart-broken Facade. The memory was gilded with time, and Frelga's greeting was nothing but warmly amused.

My apologies for not bringing a song. This is the first time in at least six months when I managed to write something approaching coherence. Rusty does not begin to cover it.
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Herger » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:48 am

Herger squinted slightly in the dark interior of the hall, wondering if he was seeing a spirit. But then the figure spoke and warmly and he smiled.

"Oy! It's..." What was her name again? It was on the tip of his tongue but somewhat drowned at the moment. "It's... it's you!"

He smiled and lifted his flagon in greeting. "If ever we meet and I am sober, I will be none the wiser, for a certain I'll be dead."

He pushed himself to his feet, remarkably steady despite his imbibements. But then he'd had ample practice. He wasn't entirely sure how long he had been here now. He had showed up and then had just sort of... failed to leave. He wasn't even a Bard, but there weren't any of them around to shoo him out. And that barrel of mead needed to be tasted, just in case it, too, had started to go off. That would have been tragic. So it was his solemn duty to ensure the quality of the mead.

"Come, join me! I'm sure there is another mug to be found. The bread has long since turned to dust, I'm afraid. There was some cheese but the mice made off with all but the rind. But perhaps some salted meats remain that have not yet been found. Come, we'll find something for old friends to share!"




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