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 A_Simple_Poet » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:37 pm

I'm back. I think. It would be disingenuous of me to make a Gandalfian return without fireworks. But since I cannot be trusted with matches, a poem will have to do. An original inspiration:

salon musings

so I’m sitting in this plastic salon
chair and Lesean runs dark, gel soaked fingers
through the long fettucini strands of what
I call hair. She kneads the thick cranial

frontiers of my gray matter like they were
pizza dough, through I imagine it smelled
more like drenched gardenia from my drug
store shampoo … or at least I hope it did.

Then she tells me: “You got a mole right here”
I ask her if she thinks it’s cancerous
she says “Honey, we are all cancerous.”
And what could I do but chuckle because

I was thinking the same thing. And that I
have found a new favorite hair stylist.


~ WHM 1.5.2014
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Ilyda » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:26 pm

Hi Asp! Love the poem!
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby A_Simple_Poet » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:34 pm

Thanks. So did I. And those who know me can tell you that I'm scarcely fond of anything I compose. And they'll also tell you that you can call me Will. :D
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Vanaladiel » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:17 am

Very graphic and great imagery, Will!! Welcome back hon! :hug:
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby A_Simple_Poet » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:25 am

Thanks Vana. :D It's good to be back ... and graphic in a PG-13 kind of way. :D Not many of my poems are, but I know that's not what you meant by graphic. :rofl:

Tell ya what ... here's another one:

more swamp water

tony joe’s loud strings rock my mind’s shack radio
on another swamp dawn
cause time is a murky marsh and
who am I to chart a compass through life’s morasses?
where sloth like pointlessness
drowned talent, vine choked dreams
bloody bad poems
and a grinning gator might gnaw a guy's nerves if he’s not careful
cypress branches claw at the
weepy Florida sky after the New Year’s high
biting snake venom kills yesterday’s albatross
cause life creeps you dead quieter than a redneck’s rifle
i’m near to forty and it’s all
sinkholes and quicksand
from here
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Vanaladiel » Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:27 pm

You know it had to do with the imagery that you make the scene so clear and visible.
Image Spring come quickly!!
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Inyë melmëlyë my love, for you are the melody to which I now dance!!

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

Postby PatriotBlade » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:54 am

Forgive me, Friends, but I stumbled across this song on YouTube and it made me think of "buy a bard a beer".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmksplb_JxA
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby siddharth » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:57 am

Oh I see the Bards of renown have come together again. I return too with, um, something.

Not really suitable for the occasion.
And oh, keep in mind I am a beginner Bard. So no laughing! :nono:

*clears throat*

Beneath the green falling leaves
engulfed by shadows of mighty trees
and wind as blew upon his face
with a soft whisper, a faint caress.
He wonders if this is be the world, no less?
As the time wheeled on, in the dead of night
Beyond a shadow, beyond a fright
wind-borne birds, soaring high
This be the world he wants to know.

As buds and shoots sprouted slight,
Spring having sprung and the winter hides,
If morn’s glory or silver sky
danced and laughed and sang and cried.
This place ceded by fathers thine.
Useless to him 'cept be a unctuous shrine
For here he stays forever, tells his mind.

But alas! Oh great Greenwood, my!
The bliss couldn't last forever, O why?
The world he had, the world he knew.
was taken away by what treacherous shrew?
'twas never meant for him, they'd lied.
He cried, he cried. That night he cried!
And he has, for you, hence every night.

But hope there is to return one day
If only to properly venge on them.
glimpsed a lot of the world out here,
a vagabond rider, on his steed astride.
not as ugly as he thought it might.
but compared to Lasgalen? Nay!
A strange commotion, perplexing mood.
when passing through an unseen wood.
graceful peaks. Slender brooks.
much to see, much to brood.
but none compare to glory thine.
where lay green bushes and trees reaching high
where peace and silence forever lie.
the green, the life, the silver shine.
whence the Valar watch the sky.
Till then, O mighty Eryn Lasgalen!
Fare thee well, Fare thee well, fare thee well
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby PatriotBlade » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:59 am

Sid, that was lovely! And quite appropriate. Mine was more of a joke anyway. :P
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Vanaladiel » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:11 am

As the Warrior Bard of Lasgalen I love that poem SIDD!!! What a tribute to my favorite place of Middle Earth!!
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Inyë melmëlyë my love, for you are the melody to which I now dance!!

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

Postby siddharth » Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:45 am

I didn't see the following posts!

Thanks you two!
Though I am sure that you could have written the same thing miles better! :)
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby erinhue » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:29 pm

Sure is mighty fine to see some poetry and song here once again. It is inspiring me to give it another go I can't seem to write poetry any more nothing comes to me at all not since all that bloody drivel I was spewing back when I was crazy. Have not tried to even make a rhyme, got no time with that boy of mine. Oh, well look at that, could be there is hope for me yet. :D
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby PatriotBlade » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:02 pm

MASTER HUE!!! :hug: I've missed you! So good to see you!
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby siddharth » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:53 pm

erinhue wrote:Sure is mighty fine to see some poetry and song here once again. It is inspiring me to give it another go I can't seem to write poetry any more nothing comes to me at all not since all that bloody drivel I was spewing back when I was crazy. Have not tried to even make a rhyme, got no time with that boy of mine. Oh, well look at that, could be there is hope for me yet. :D


You are the Master for a reason!
Of course you'll make a mighty song once you sit down with your golden pen with a proper mind! :) :hug:
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby erinhue » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:19 am

Thank you for that, Sid. It lifts my spirits. Feeling rather melancholy tonight, missing things and times and people that once were. Some times I feel my age and sometimes I feel it all has been too long, too much has been lost forever. I look back more than I look forward sometimes and the looking back kills me every time so I try not to do it but sometimes, some nights when it is late and dark and quiet... I can't help but remember and wish for things that are no more.

And then the sun comes up and I look at my boy and it is all alright again....almost. Did I ever tell ya that he has her eyes?
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby PatriotBlade » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:24 am

I have no words except that my heart breaks for your pain. You are loved and prayed for, Master Hue. :hug:
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Cock-Robin » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:51 am

I'm so sorry, Hue. My heart and prayers go out for you.
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Ilyda » Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:43 pm

You're in my thoughts, Hue. :hug:
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby markkur » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:49 am

erinhue wrote:Sure is mighty fine to see some poetry and song here once again. It is inspiring me to give it another go I can't seem to write poetry any more nothing comes to me at all not since all that bloody drivel I was spewing back when I was crazy. Have not tried to even make a rhyme, got no time with that boy of mine. Oh, well look at that, could be there is hope for me yet. :D


Greeting erinhue,

I hope you are still about the place. I read your last post and can only say that I was affected enough to say; keep
"Fighting the good fight!"...with love.

@ All

I've spent years contributing at other sites and the funny thing is, not about what I cherish most. What has always mattered most to me is the Spirit behind JRRT and the necessary Magic behind the Lit and Lays of the human heart. So now I am typing this and thinking; "I've never posted at a site dedicated to my earthly mentor?" Hmm, old Wizards can still see new vistas.

Here is something that I wrote one day, when an inspiration grabbed me and set me down. If you are an aged staff-man like myself, than you know exactly what I shared. A "have-to" possesses you and then you must comply or the world will never be quite right. I suspect all Bards will understand the unexpected urgency of now, this moment.

I will not claim it is good poetry I've never been sure it can be defined from one soul to another but it is a good record of a thought-flood. :D



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Behind the façade of a barrister look,
came the intricacy of a monumental book.
Under the haze of treasured pipe weed,
rose the fruition of his epic seed.
While world war was killing living things,
the story came alive before the Inklings.
Out of a past filled with the ages,
was born a thousand middle earth pages.
Poetry forged with inventive hand.
Nature defined in an unspoiled land.
Adventure grows in the youthful mind.
Treasure exists for the seeker to find.

I’ve been to the lonely mountain so drear,
and left my familiar Shire with fear.
On paths I’ve trembled before riders in black,
and regretted not being able to turn back.
Reward has come from the less traveled way.
There are Inns of magic where we can stay.
Venture to places where beauty lives free,
unfettered unhindered by you and me.
Where golden leaves of our days gone by,
blanket the ground under a deep blue sky.
Laughter can fill the air like a fragrant flower,
where bright lightning explodes in ancient power.
Water does still run in the brooks of Lore,
cascading down to our forest floor.
In companions eyes fires burn bright,
reflecting glowing embers of fellowships light.
Sounds of magic still call our ears,
whispering to us through the mounting years.
Unknown byways and highways yet abound,
but only in the adventure can they be found.

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Edit= Almost forgot...a very nice one Sid
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Cock-Robin » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:02 pm

A bump! A bump!
And not to make a lump;
The Guild we don't want to dump,
Or leave upon a stump!

So we talk like Forrest Gump,
and make the grand, big Bump!
Not dressed like any frump,
But ride a camel's hump.

To this I make a jump,
And avoid any mention of mumps,
We stand up by the pump,
From head unto the rump.

So, to start again, we THUMP!
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby PatriotBlade » Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:58 pm

:rofl:
Cockleburr, that was great! It's good to see you!
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Vanaladiel » Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:16 am

Lord Hue is that son of yours going to be driving soon? Or did he get his license already? It is so hard to believe that the time has going by so fast!!!!
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Frelga » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:11 am

I imagine he's driving by now. He's older than Lufu, who just drove off to school. They do grow up fast.

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

Postby Cock-Robin » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:22 pm

I'm putting the poem Meneldor made of the Four Winds that I did in Mithril Knights here as well. I didn't want to copy the style of the lament for Boromir in FOTR, so went my own way in it:

O North Wind,
Thou cold, bracing blast that does chill the bone,
And yet, brings strength that few others bring,
What news do you bear?
The rede that you import
Is sooth to the soul.
From you came the tidings
Of Dirk the Daring, my mentor, my friend,
What counsel do you convey for our guidance?
The cold doth ruffle my feathers
As the word is imparted.
Servant of Manwë,
Lord of the Skies,
Look to the valor, the gift of the Daring,
Who went into the darkness,
To save all from great danger,
The Dragon more fell than Ancalagon,
In such you will move forward,
But look to the South Wind, for the counsel is partial.

Warm blows the breeze
Where I turn to next,
Bearing up my feathered form
To great heights.
The South Wind speaks gently,
Of warmth and of love,
Which brought strong Djaleh,
Sunbird of far land.
O Eagle, lately a Knight
Of Mithril countenance,
Hear my words
My words to the wise.
The strength of a mountain
Must deliver thee,
To hold off the storm
Of the terror you face.
The power of love,
Which the Beorning does bear
Must uphold thee as well,
And forward you go.
But now look to the East,
Where once you did wander,
That counsel is wise,
And heed those gems.

To the East now I look,
And the mysterious breeze,
Which long has been shunned
And tidings not heard,
For the East Wind was endured,
But not asked its advice,
For darkness obscured it,
Until the Tower fell.
O East Wind, I seek thee,
What words do you have?
Where once I was felled
By an arrow so cruel,
Until the Blue One found me
And healed my hurt wing.
"Ah, great one, you know
What you now must seek,
The One who you follow,
One Pallando the Blue.
He it is that guides you
On your quest for the lady,
The briar rose,
The Tempest that you seek.
But the West calls most urgent,
And you know its hail,
The cry of your soul
Which tears thee in two."

O West Wind, I call
Where my heart finds its home,
Taniquetil the Great,
Where Thorondor doth dwell
Meneltarma the Holy Mount,
Where the Three ever watch,
What counsel do you bear,
Which calls me ever home,
From my vigil so lonely
The Last Eagle, Sorontel,
Calls unto thee.
Will I never see peace
In this forsaken land?
What morsels of hope
Do you bear unto me
And to my companions
As they stray so afar?
"Ah, lonlely, tempest tossed,
Left all alone,
Forsaken you are not,
Our counsel you know.
Look in your heart,
The wisdom is there,
But search long and truly
Only then will you find
What you search for.
The King of your race
Looks on with awe
At the quest that you seek,
And great things shall all do
If only you remain true.
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby erinhue » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:54 pm

And with that we have our newest Master bard who is also entitled to the rank of Warrior/Bard :D

No, Vana, darlin' The Danimal is not yet old enough for driving but he very soon will be. He is 15 now and in High School. Next year I have already promised to sign him up for Driver's Ed at school. He is rocking a peach fuzz mustache and just an inch or three shorter than me. :Q
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby Vanaladiel » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:24 am

I am sorry I thought he was as old as my grand daughter. She turned 16 last month and had her classes and tests all done before her birthday so all she had to do was walk in and get her license. Her folks even bought her a small used car to get herself around to her youth group meetings and such.

A mustache already? :Q I guess I did not think of that part of his growing up but that is cool!! So he is definitely becoming a young man! How time flies! Is he still dancing at Pow Wows and the like? I would love to see the costume you made for him.
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Re: The Bards' Guild - Let's Sing It One More Time

Postby A_Simple_Poet » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:42 pm

I've established elsewhere that I'm back. Hopefully longer than the last time.

And here's an offering. I hope you enjoy the content. It's very Will of me these days. And bear in mind. There's no "Part II" as I've mostly retired from poetry. But I've only just begun to Bard. Again.

The Study of Poetry, Part One

The study of poetry isn’t quite calculus.
It’s more like following that fetching biker girl with the pink wellies flying

by you on the highway.
Or watching newborn baby spiders scavenge the scales of a dead fish.

Or the tennis player that never wins.
Or blowing off the pixie dust covering Lionel’s Hampton’s xylophone.

Or accepting Supergirl’s subtle schizophrenia.
Or going as yourself on Halloween … content with your own warts.

Or resisting the urge to insert that obligatory line about nature.
Or refusing to fret over form, meter, and the million dollar lingo.

It’s all about the snapshot of what’s not, what wasn’t, and what never will be.
The antithesis of physics.

The marrow of you,
and she,

and him,
and me.


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

Postby PatriotBlade » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:32 pm

Not much new going on with me, but I had to pop in and say hey. Trying to get back into posting regularly. It helps my writing.

Don't know if I ever shared any of my work beyond my poems, but if anyone's bored, I'd love your input. It's mostly fan-fiction (yes, there's a Tolkien one) but I've got some original projects I'm trying to get motivated to work on too...
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So Let There Be Song

Postby prmiller » Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:28 pm

We seek the hearth as embers glow,
find cheese and bits of fruit to fill
the empty spots our feasts have missed,
as harpers strum and minstrels trill.
Then silence falls, and soon our thoughts
drift off to savour ages past,
of mighty heroes and their quests,
of power lost and wealth amassed,
of legends, lore, and mighty deeds,
on one of these our bards find song,
the harps are tuned, the pipe finds voice,
and notes find ballads great and long.
A brief refrain may find its way
into the lyric that enthralls,
that takes us over grassy plains,
and deep inside once lighted halls.
There may be riddles dragons weave,
their cunning hearts reveal our lust
for riches far beyond our dreams,
that turned a kingdom into dust.
There may be power carved in runes,
when uttered change our fragile fate,
there may be wonders found that heal,
that bring release from binding hate.
There may be legacies to find
in staffs and shields, helms and swords;
there may be these and even more.
Come bards and sing of great rewards!
Let there be song! Let there be song!
And let not silence reign for long.

Blessings,
Parm :)
Hooray for the joys of June!

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

Postby PatriotBlade » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:45 pm

Parm!!!! :D
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