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    Since I was the last person to post in this thread, I am starting the new one, and copying over the challenge from my post! Have fun! If you need help, some of the authors are Masefield, Wordsworth, Kipling, Keats and Chesterton. And Shakespeare, of course!

    After pondering carefully about this, I decided this was the best place to post this challenge! A bit of fun for my fellow poetry lovers – there are 11 classical English language poems referenced in this poem about the pandemic, plus one reference from a well-know Shakespearian play!

    How many can you identify? Have fun! (And no, using Google is NOT considered cheating!)

    I won’t arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
    I’ll sanitize the doorknob, and make a cup of tea.
    I won’t go down to the sea again, I won’t go out at all,
    I’ll wander lonely as a cloud, from the kitchen to the hall.
    There’s a green-eyed yellow monster to the north of Kathmandu,
    But I shan’t be seeing him just yet, and nor, I think will you.
    While the dawn comes up like thunder to the north of Mandalay,
    I’ll make my bit of supper, and eat it from a tray.
    I shall not speed my bonnie boat across the sea to Skye
    Or take the rolling English road from Birmingham to Rye.
    About the woodland just right now, I am not free to go,
    To see the Keep Out posters or the cherry hung with snow.
    And no, I won’t be travelling much within the realms of gold.
    Or get to Milford haven. All that’s been put on hold.
    Give me your hands, I shan’t request, albeit we are friends
    Nor come within a mile of you, until this **** show ends.

    I did not compose this. The author is anonymous. The poem first appeared in a parish magazine back in May of this year.

  • Parm's Pleasant Pondering Place: Falling into Autumn!

    telcontarian updated 6 months ago 13 Members · 37 Replies
  • JudyA

    Petitioner to the Council : 10 posts

    Oh goodness… any chance that we might possibly see Parm? That would be SO awesome 🥰

    Jan 20, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    • Jonathan

      Servant of the Secret Fire : 52 posts

      I’m friends with him on facebook! I’ll see if I can get him in to drop in 😀

      Jan 20, 2021 at 1:18 pm
      • JudyA

        Petitioner to the Council : 10 posts

        That would be SO great! 😀

        Jan 20, 2021 at 2:19 pm
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    I heart leaps up to see this place,

    where much is filled with fun and grace,

    where whimsy and good laughter rules

    where heroes may appear as fools;

    where strength is measured more in heart

    that by some dark occultic art.

    Oh, yes! I shall be glad to be

    with friends of such nobility!

    Parm…and I do not like to be gone for long!

    Jan 26, 2021 at 10:42 am
    • Sunsilver

      Petitioner to the Council : 19 posts

      Parm, glad to be a part of this lovely corner of the universe!

      Jan 26, 2021 at 11:16 am
    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      Reflection Upon Walking About on the Hills of Nose Hill Park

      in Central Calgary

      The wink of sun upon the brow

      of snowblown golden grassy hills,

      gilds all the more these gentle crests

      above grey roads that traffic fills.

      The many hues that rush about

      enhanced by red and yellowed light,

      do not outshine the marvel here

      though only dimmed by starry night.

      Upon these hills I see the towers,

      which commerce built, but most are bare,

      but on these God-blessed mounds of earth

      is nature’s busied thoroughfare.

      The rabbits bound to find some food

      and coyote’s too (Run, rabbits! Run!),

      while magpies float in frosty air

      and have a bit of magpie fun.

      Yes, there are dogs that scamper here,

      off-leash, but seem intent to play

      with other dogs and owners, too,

      who find some calm this wintered day.

      I shall hike down to my own steed

      of rubbered hoof and painted steel,

      and venture out with memories

      to savour with a noon-time meal.



      Jan 27, 2021 at 3:39 am
      • parm…prmiller

        Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

        A Template Post for Future Posts

        Jan 31, 2021 at 10:55 am
      • parm…prmiller

        Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

        This Poet’s Heart of Mine

        Mine is a poetry drawn from the rhythms

        my life seems to echo from heart-beats around me

        all crying for words.

        I call on all rhymes, then, to serve me, in fashion,

        to aid my reflections in poetic creations

        in handfuls not herds.

        Oh yes, I hear lyrics in car horns and klaxons

        in rib-splitting laughter and hard-breaking sobs

        I use words to grasp

        Indeed, I am startled by whimsical comments

        of magpies and robins, of breathless squirrels running

        of rabbits who gasp.

        It starts by a simple, but humble requirement,

        that I must just listen, allowing no comment–

        they will soon follow.

        Then bursting with some akin to child-bearing,

        I give birth to limericks, couplets, and sonnets–

        never left hollow.

        Here then in fragments, no never completed,

        are images for you to grasp what transpires

        when poetry calls.

        No, not like a Siren, who trills one to ruin,

        but more like the angels who call me much higher

        to bright heaven’s halls.



        Jan 31, 2021 at 11:24 am
      • parm…prmiller

        Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

        Look something more poetic,

        not so barren or pathetic.

        Grateful still to write and post

        for I love blessing TORC the most!

        Jan 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm
      • parm…prmiller

        Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

        The Choices of Winter


        Watch snow.

        Watch more snow.

        Watch snow melt.

        Watch more snow melt.


        Shiver some more.

        …and then there are the outside sports!


        Skating forward.


        Trying again…


        Like….down that slope?

        Cross-country skiing…ah!

        Like an elliptical but going somewhere.


        early 19th century:

        from Canadian French tabaganne,

        from Micmac topaĝan ‘sled’.

        …and there you have it.


        Like tobogganing

        but with blades…

        like having shoes

        with blades…

        Yes, 911? I went sledding–

        the sled rebelled!

        Ah, winter….


        Watch snow.

        Drink lots of warm stuff.

        Ah winter…


        Parm…who really does like winter,

        but then again,

        he also likes to arrange his

        paper clips in plastic bags

        by colour…

        People worry about Parm…

        Feb 6, 2021 at 10:13 am
  • Tooks

    Shield Bearer : 168 posts

    Lookit. Parm is here. 😀

    Jan 27, 2021 at 3:19 pm
    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      Oh, the dance, the songs, the fun,

      and we have only just begun!

      Jan 27, 2021 at 7:24 pm
  • Dunthule

    Petitioner to the Council : 6 posts

    Hello Everyone!

    I look forwards to reading the many heartfelt and thoughtful poems 👍

    Jan 28, 2021 at 5:50 am
    • Sunsilver

      Petitioner to the Council : 19 posts

      You think Jon could have added a ‘like’ button to the forums, so we can like your wonderful poems… 😍

      Jan 31, 2021 at 11:28 am
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    There are a number of interesting features one needs to deal with settling into this new place, rather

    like what happens when we settle into a new house that no longer has the idiosyncrasies we learned to love in the old one. (I hope we can still go back and visit there! I have poems I want to take out and save that I never got around to!)

    I am honoured to find a place where I reflect poetically among you. I am dreadful with stories, marginal with prose, only because I have to use it throughout my day, but I take on wings with poetry!

    Jan 31, 2021 at 2:50 pm
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    I Know the Dentist is My Friend, but…

    I know the Dentist is My Friend,

    but all tools, laid side to end

    and gizmos here and …needles! there

    gives this senior quite the scare.

    He smiles so nicely, pearly-white;

    I think they could be seen at night!

    still here I sit to face my fate

    for dental care that came too late.

    No fault of mine, though, I am told,

    and no amount of VISA gold

    can make another tooth appear:

    this is the toll of year on year.

    The tooth must go–infected now–

    serene I sit, blithe as a cow,

    and all that knowledge ably kept

    has made this dentist quite adept.

    The tooth is pulled, and I am blessed

    with gauze which on my wound is pressed,

    and fully medicated, I

    head home with sorrowed, doleful sigh.

    Despite the pain and drug-filled sleep,

    I vow my other teeth to keep,

    brushing, flossing, rinsing…there!

    Showing them my dental care.

    Still creep of years and things well past

    may take their toll on me at last.

    I then shall smile (with one tooth less)

    and find in aging more to bless.



    Jan 31, 2021 at 3:21 pm
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    There once was a bardling name Parm who strove to use poetic charm to write poems to pay for his meal, but folks say, all was paid when the cook flexed his arm.

    (Just a limerick folks…nothing to look into deeper,

    all is well…really.)



    Jan 31, 2021 at 3:37 pm
    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      There once was a bardling name Parm,

      who strove to use poetic charm

      to write poems to pay

      for his meal, but folks say,

      all was paid when the cook flexed his arm.

      (Just a limerick folks…nothing to look into deeper,

      all is well…really.)



      Feb 6, 2021 at 10:06 am
  • notlistening

    Citizen of Imladris : 31 posts

    awwww, so awesome to see Parm’s postings!

    Jan 31, 2021 at 8:56 pm
    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      The smile that spreads from ear to ear

      from reading words of kindness here,

      does much to bring much needed sun

      to wintry days, where there is none.



      Jan 31, 2021 at 9:09 pm
      • parm…prmiller

        Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

        I used to know how to make a post

        but seems like I can’t cuz I’m not the host?

        There’s lots of things I knew to do

        but welcome to places with many things new!

        Feb 6, 2021 at 10:15 am
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    …but what if I really don’t want to reply?

    I don’t want Sunsilver to feel crushed, and cry!

    I want to bring poems, all sparkly and new:

    But that was before, when I knew what to do.

    So here is my poem…Sunsilver? Enjoy!

    I hope there shall be other skills I can employ!

    Feb 6, 2021 at 10:18 am
    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      Out of greyness and barrenness, life bursts anew,

      for though winter has reigned, now a springtime is due!

      Barren tangles of branches will hold blossoms bright,

      Windows framed in dark shadows will soon gleam with light.

      Trees will bud, with green messengers, bearing such news!

      Wearied souls who observe this would never confuse

      the rich season soon coming with ones gone before.

      Ah, spring! Lovely spring shall bring treasures once more!

      Mar 23, 2021 at 6:42 pm
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    Hello, Sunsilver…just some administrative details:

    If you want to change the Heading: Wandering into Winter

    to something springlike…come March 21…I like this heading

    Dancing into Spring… (your call).

    Feb 6, 2021 at 10:21 am
    • Sunsilver

      Petitioner to the Council : 19 posts

      Excellent suggestion, PARM!

      I regret hijacking your thread… 😟

      I will make sure I do that at the appropriate time!

      Feb 6, 2021 at 11:31 am
      • parm…prmiller

        Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts


        nothing to regret

        …in fact, I owe you


        for doing that!

        It’s the

        administrative details

        that come to mind

        as I blithely post


        and there!

        (aka rendering a letter into free verse…Well…if Faulkner can introduce us to stream-of-consciousness writing,

        I can create posting poems!)



        (who really, really, really loves poetry.)

        Feb 6, 2021 at 12:26 pm
  • Sunsilver

    Petitioner to the Council : 19 posts

    Gracious as always, Parm! Thank you!

    Now if you (and other denizens inhabiting this thread) love poetry so much, how come NONE OF YOU have taken up my challenge?

    Or should I just post the answers and be done with it… 😥

    Feb 6, 2021 at 2:06 pm
  • Vanaladiel

    Petitioner to the Council : 10 posts

    So happy to see old friends

    Hearing verses from special poets such as PARM!

    Thank you Jonathan for freshing up our new home!

    Love you all!!! 😍

    Feb 13, 2021 at 12:13 am
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    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      For JohnJames,

      May the flooring you seek to be selling,

      bring you joy in the days that unfold,

      but please savour the friendships around you,

      than with ways we shall part with our gold.

      You may not see this poem brought to you,

      a brief sorrow I feel for your soul.

      For entrepreneurial spirit,

      may you find this place makes you more…whole.



      (the Parm of the Pondering Place)

      Feb 14, 2021 at 6:05 pm
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    The Lenten Journey

    For those who know well those liturgical seasons

    that have their own special liturgical reasons

    for drawing our thoughts ever outward to God,

    may you feel much more grateful, inspired, and more awed.

    I find that by saying my “No” to more things,

    my Yes brings more wonders, with few sorrowings.

    My “No” is that discipline helping me see

    what is best, not just good, to bless more than just…me.

    I grasp how my journey, not only for strength,

    has far greater dimensions, not merely its length.

    Break forth, then, O Heaven, and teach me to sing

    how with sacrificed pleasures what more less shall bring.



    Feb 14, 2021 at 6:24 pm
  • SilverScribe

    Citizen of Imladris : 33 posts

    “‘Tis Parm, ’tis Parm!”, the joyous cry goes up
    among the faithful followers, all those of thirsty souls,
    who have tried to navigate this overflowing cup
    of sorrow and of solitude, wandering o’er deserted shoals.

    “‘Tis Parm, ’tis Parm!” the chorus ringing loud
    among the caring comrades, who have missed the gentle kiss
    of the poet’s pen, which always does said poet proud,
    and soothes our frazzled souls and minds, with his finesse.

    Gadzooks, am I ever rusty!!

    Nevertheless, it’s sooooo good to see our dear Poet back again! I have so missed your delightful meanderings my friend . . . 🧙‍♂️

    “When you carry a Broadsword, you never have the same problem twice.”

    Feb 15, 2021 at 2:40 pm
  • wrymero

    Petitioner to the Council : 14 posts

    I know for certain

    Parm doesn’t recall me

    But glad I am

    to simply learn that

    his heart still dwells

    in his lyrical mountains


    Apr 13, 2021 at 2:18 am
    • parm…prmiller

      Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

      The pleasure that comes from recalling

      may be ever distant and dim,

      but the fact that a friend has stopped by here,

      makes my faculty’s failing less grim.

      I rejoice that you find in these poems

      a reason to come here at all,

      and to sit with contentment and gladness,

      is the spirit that fills up this hall.


      Parm…who loves the joy of the word

      as much as The Word!

      Apr 13, 2021 at 6:20 pm
  • parm…prmiller

    Citizen of Imladris : 34 posts

    Thank you, my friends, for patiently waiting for my return. Many know me as “Parm” ,but my name is Paul, and I have been on on a very long and challenging journey to lose fat and build muscle. It’s been wonderful so far!

    Here is my story:

    1. My fitness story


    2. The rest of the fitness story…


    3. IDFA Body Transformation … Alberta…gold medal


    Begins at 28:28…or 28:37…for the audio to begin…

    4. IDFA Body Transformation … Canada …silver medal


    Begins at 13:00 and then on to the final standings…I am the top male contestant….and silver for Canada.

    Aug 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm
  • Lalaith-Elerrina

    Citizen of Imladris : 86 posts

    Hello, Parm! I hope you’re well.

    Sep 15, 2021 at 6:07 am
  • telcontarian

    Petitioner to the Council : 8 posts

    @prmiller I was chatting to an old friend of ours who has sent along his warmest wishes for you.

    The friend and fellow poet he knew as A Simple Poet bids him hello and wishes him copious blessings.

    Hope this finds you all well!

    Nov 17, 2021 at 5:17 am