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Posted 06/07/06 - 5:56 AM:
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Ex Hippies

Ex hippies and the various artistic types
Fetch up in sleepy seaside towns and there
We lay, like moved stones, unrooted in this
Ground and far from home.

Bemused locals tolerate our whims and ways, expecting
Nothing I suppose. Retired bankers, with noses
In their stocks and bonds, let us pass unnoticed
Or with some comment, ‘There’s a lot of them around’
Or such like this.

We look to the sea and the sky, watching
The sun with new eyes and catching western views
In small paintings that don’t sell (the locals paint
Their dogs). We feel the light hit us and we haunt the shore,
To see just where we fell; just where the high tide washed us in
And how this happened here. Why here or anywhere?

We are beached.

We put the curious driftwood in our rooms, maybe to tell
That we are still awake, a sign to hold the fragments of a
Moving life together at some point. We play guitar, and
Sing songs of change - for change is all we ever knew.

We did not stay in gloomy Northern working towns, we did
Not bend to masters saying ‘You won’t get where I am today without
Hard work” or harder words. We left those streets behind and took
Our ways, knowing that, for us, there would be no return.

A person can walk and walk, but you have stop at the sea. Even for us
There must be a boundary, and beyond that only dreams.

Aging lovers walk the promenade, or sit in teashops like they ever did, and
The city is far away, and my parents are dead. The wind blows memories from
My head, and days pass one upon another. I learn new chords on my
Guitar, write verse and think of travelling on again.

Sometimes I see the children in this innocent town, bursting with
Youth, and watch them with a gladdened heart. But I wonder, who of them
Will stay and who will go, who will be the seekers?

At some point in our lives, we learn a truth. One place is as another.
True home is in the heart. Some travel very far to learn this simple thing,
Seeking it under the stones, searching and rooting in the ground. Others have
Known it all along. We’d walk a thousand miles before we realise
That home was always with us, for we are ourselves.



Alex Williams (copyright) June 06




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Posted 06/07/06 - 12:44 PM:

God damn that is really beautiful. And there are few bits of writing which I'd characterize with that word!

You're a true beacon, e. Of both truth and inspiration. I quite enjoyed this.
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Posted 06/07/06 - 1:06 PM:

b.mellow wrote:
God damn that is really beautiful. And there are few bits of writing which I'd characterize with that word!

You're a true beacon, e. Of both truth and inspiration. I quite enjoyed this.

hear hear.
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Posted 06/07/06 - 3:50 PM:

Yeah same here e.
I get an amount of you when I read that.
All I can say without blubbering on for 5000 words is that you are a fine example of a person.
Your writing goes on and on after the words are read from the screen.
Thanks for a wonderful view through your artful window.
Art and reality collided in my perception so that I no longer cared for the distinction between the two.
Can you tell that you inspired me?
OKOK I’ll stop.

HEY WRITE US SMORE!

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Posted 06/07/06 - 3:52 PM:

That's right - we can't run away from ourselves. Beautifully put - I recognise myself and others in there.

JB


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Posted 06/08/06 - 8:02 AM:

I like it. Sad, reflective, hopeful.

e. wrote:
‘You won’t get where I am today without
Hard work”


I presume the differing types of quotation are a typo.
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Posted 06/09/06 - 9:59 AM:

Paul, Yes a typo and also the line lengths got muddled when pasting into the couch. Weird that.

Everyone - We can only write what comes out of us. Sometimes we are able to dig a little deeper into ourselves and into a common feeling that others share, and it looks like this was one those times! I'm just glad the the stuff is still flowing and that it means something to you folks.

PS - I think it was watching that DVD of 'Easy Rider' that kicked this one off, if the truth be known. William Wordsworth said that it is in rememberance that we savour the full meaning of our lives, not in the rush of it all happening at the time(or words to that effect).

Cheers, e

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Posted 06/09/06 - 1:02 PM:

Very nice.

"...and think of travelling on again."

Most certainly. cool
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