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The Place of My Contemplation

29 Jul

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Phantasmal in its construction,

enchanting in its realisation,

a place where residing is welcome,

solitude disturbed only by the whimsy of imagination.

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There is a place that consumes that twilight field on the edge of sleeping.

In this world of impulse and fancy,

mysteries conjuring enigmas,

even the hallucinations are illusory.

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Undertones haunt,

of faintly sinister presences.

Companions on the impenetrable quest.

Their unreal deviances becoming peripheral.

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Revelatory images,

solid as ethereal forms can be.

Pulsing through the veins of this earth come the grandiose, the pompous, the prosaic and the lusterless.

In this ancient place we are forever young and easily led through its arcane mysteries,

the unknowable is unexpected.

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This is our place, the place of escape,

the place we never escape.

The fancy of ingenious fantasy or the cage of the unwary.

We dare to dream because we forget, we dare to dream for we must.

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65 responses to “The Place of My Contemplation

  1. Alastair

    29/07/2013 at 17:47

    Another poem to show that you are a man of many talents.

    This is excellent.

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2013 at 17:50

      Thank you, it is still tentative new territory for me. I spent ages reworking it getting less closer to finishing it, I almost gave up and binned the lot. Monday got stressful for a bit, lol.

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      • Alastair

        29/07/2013 at 17:54

        LOL I … ooh a rainbow

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      • Alastair

        29/07/2013 at 18:01

        Sorry there has been a clear day rainbow a couple of times. Unfortunately my camera doesn’t pick it up well.

        You wouldn’t believe that you were new to this. The way you use the words, you do so like a pro. You use prose instead of poems. Not using rhyming words like I do. You go more for the feelings which makes it a far better form of poetry.

        The amount of times that I have gone to bin a poem. The amount of times I HAVE binned a poem. At least once you publish it, then it is done and out into the big wide world πŸ™‚

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        • Ste J

          29/07/2013 at 18:09

          Perhaps not a better form of poetry just a different sort…rhyming has it’s place and always makes a poem sound like running water to me…I struggle to rhyme which is probably sue to the influence of to much prose and not enough poetry, so you are right in there in your observations.

          I have thought of saving all the old lines and using them again in something else, cannibalising it and reducing my metaphorical carbon footprint, if you will. Your words inspire to keep having a go and publishing more…Boom! It is a good Monday lol.

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  2. suzie81

    29/07/2013 at 18:03

    Beautiful, although my brain exploded slightly with all those big words… πŸ˜‰

    Keep it up!

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2013 at 18:12

      Thank you my friend. Haha, that’s the last thing you want on a Monday brain explosion…I always thought balaclavas were made to keep exploding brain matter in, I was a strange child, not much has changed really…

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  3. shadowoperator

    29/07/2013 at 18:03

    When you wax poetical like this, I can’t help wondering if you’ve been reading Marquez again (do I detect an influence? Someday when you’re famous for your poetry, I’ll be the first wannabe I-told-you-so around!).

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2013 at 18:16

      After realising I have read a good half of MΓ‘rquez’s back catalogue, I am trying to slow down on him and savour his words…he is a powerful writer and I do love magical realism, so yes I believe you are right, influences haven’t been at the forefront of my mind but that will be interesting to muse upon…I am glad I never read the Twilight series…just in case that came out in my words lol.

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  4. boomiebol

    29/07/2013 at 18:43

    Beautiful piece Steve…a lot of big words in here but I think they contributed well to the fantasy feel of this poem. Very well done. Thanks for pointing me to it too πŸ™‚

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2013 at 18:48

      Due to my literary tastes, I tend to litter all my writings and everyday language with big words…as one of the people who have inspired me with their wonderful words, as well as the confidence to post, then it is really thanks to you that it is here. High fives all round!

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  5. quirkybooks

    29/07/2013 at 23:45

    I took a photo of a tree with hearts in it, when I visited the London Aquarium for Valentine’s Day. Your picture reminded me of that tree.

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 17:47

      Connections are everywhere, I love it…makes it ever more worth the while that I spent an hour hunting for the right picture.

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  6. Christina ~

    30/07/2013 at 00:10

    This is deliciously divine with powerfully evocative images! Your words paint a place so vivid and real and yet mysterious and intangible…a place I’d love to visit and not leave…this has transported me…into the dreamscape…for that I thank you. I most sincerely wish…nay…hope you will write more…and then some more…I am politely demanding! xxxx~

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 18:04

      Haha, I will do my best to write more. When an idea hits I will acquiesce and put something down on paper. I like to think that I made the Dreamscape just tangible enough for you to explore it in more depth and put your own personal stamp on it and live there…with visits from moi of course, so put the kettle on. xxxx

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  7. RoSy

    30/07/2013 at 13:42

    Love the flow & the feel of your poetry. More, more, more…!

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 17:33

      As soon as the ideas hit, I shall post more…I’m rather enjoying this poetry malarkey, although it’s not as easy as it looks.

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  8. sakuraandme

    30/07/2013 at 13:43

    OMG! You!!

    That was awesome. I read it 3times. Lol
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    I agree with Alistair…. glad you published it!
    I hope your night has improved beyond Licorice and Pepsi? Lol

    Maybe hot chocolate and bickies! Lol πŸ™‚
    Hugs Paula xxx

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 17:42

      Three times?! I am honoured that you read it so many times. Chuffed is the most accurate word I could use here…so I will.

      Now pay day has arrived, I am off the liquorice and Pepsi…I may go back to something saner hehe.

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      • sakuraandme

        30/07/2013 at 21:06

        Haha! πŸ™‚

        Gosh I remember those days when I lived from one day till the next. πŸ™‚ its now 5 am, raining and I can’t go back to sleep.

        So, tea and honey is it? πŸ™‚
        Did I spill any when I passed it to you ? Lol

        Morning from Oz and have a great day. Hugs Paula xx

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        • Ste J

          31/07/2013 at 18:16

          When you said Oz, I did look to the complete collection of Oz books I purchased non to recently, before realising you were referring to the terrestrial place hehe. You spilled nary a drop and I shall come up with a new ‘interesting’ concoction when my money gets tight again, you encourage me to get creative with my vile cocktails lol.

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          • sakuraandme

            31/07/2013 at 21:13

            Haha! One day you will have everything you deserve and will look back at these days and smile. πŸ™‚

            Some of my best stories are from the years I had no money! Morning from Oz (5am) πŸ™‚

            Have a great day when you wake! Hugs xxx

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            • Ste J

              01/08/2013 at 17:17

              Good evening from England! I seem to be happy with not much money, I don’t need to spend much…naturally I’m shunned by capitalist peers but the simple life is the one for me…with one or two dramatic risks of course!

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              • sakuraandme

                02/08/2013 at 01:13

                I love hearing that. You will be much happier and healthier for it.

                I’ve been around money for years and it doesn’t make you happier. What it gives is freedom and choices. I can’t stand snobbery of any kind. Have a great weekend. Hugs Paula xxx

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                • Ste J

                  02/08/2013 at 18:28

                  If I had money, after the inevitable book buying binge, I would be happy to live like I do now with the odd extravagance and security for myself and the people close to me. I am nice like that…all this ambition and greed for more money that goes on embarrasses me. Have a great weekend yourself, have cheese.

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  9. anna amundsen

    30/07/2013 at 16:10

    The only problem I had with this poem is its rhythm. One moment it’s there, the next one – gone. Did you wrote reading it aloud? Haven’t read any of your other poems (yet) but, based on writings I have, I judge you can make this poem even better…
    Yesterday I had trouble concentrating on my own writing so I amused myself reading first couple of months posts on your blog. I like your ways with style and composition, and I find your vocabulary delightfully exhilarating.
    I don’t have to say keep up the good work because you obviously will.

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 17:32

      I deliberately made it quite a disorientating read, rhythm wise, to reflect the strangeness of the world and unpredictability of it all. The longer later stanzas reflect the deepening of the sleep. Perhaps an experiment to far…something to think upon, thanks for your words my friend.

      I am hoping to do something quite BIG at some point later this year but it will take some time to sort out and plan. I always appreciate your opinions and your visits and it is good to see you writing blog posts, I shall attempt to keep improving my style for your reading pleasure.

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      • anna amundsen

        01/08/2013 at 07:49

        I quite like the idea.. Maybe more verses πŸ™‚ is just what this poem needs – you know, three or four stanzas for each state thus allowing the rhythm of each to be fortified and consequently abandoned..
        I do wander what is that big thing.. A vlog you have mentioned in your comments?.. Whatever it is – it will most certainly be of quality and I’m looking forward to it.

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        • Ste J

          01/08/2013 at 17:39

          Ah the much promised vlog, people seem to want to see and hear me do something and I am up for it but I’m not sure what to do yet. I think people want to hear my less than posh English accent lol.

          I am new to this poetry writing gig but I will hopefully get not only better but will also plan and structure my work more.

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          • anna amundsen

            02/08/2013 at 10:06

            Maybe you could READ to them.. to us, I mean..
            What is it about the accents.. It’s not just words sounding more beautiful.. I’ll have to find some essays and research papers to inform myself a little bit better on the subject.

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            • Ste J

              02/08/2013 at 18:36

              I stumble over my words when I read, although I am getting better at it, so maybe one day.

              Accents are an interesting thing, same with language. Sounds like a blog post to me. By the way your comments come up with annaamunsden.wordpress.com which doesn’t exist, you may want to change that to up your hit rate.

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              • anna amundsen

                03/08/2013 at 06:23

                I do too.. Speech was never a comfortable area..
                Thank you very much for pointing it out, Ste. I’m working on it..

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  10. readinpleasure

    30/07/2013 at 17:04

    A powerful poem, Steve. Haunting

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 17:38

      That was what I was going for, yay! Thank you, I am still learning the craft but feeling positive and enjoying it immensely.

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  11. Penny L Howe

    30/07/2013 at 17:25

    Just beautiful SteJ. A work of art, also a great place to hang out!!!! πŸ™‚ xx

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2013 at 17:47

      Hehe, you are great you are! You are always welcome on my blog and in my mind, bring your tent and just ignore the slight smell of chlorine, I can’t get rid of it. xx

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      • Penny L Howe

        30/07/2013 at 18:01

        No worries, I believe your mind is most expandable and flexible isn’t it! xx

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        • Ste J

          30/07/2013 at 18:05

          I do my best by filling it with everything I can and then linking obscure things in a way that is equally obscure. It keeps me quiet at least lol. xx

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          • Penny L Howe

            30/07/2013 at 18:06

            Hmmmm. I’m reflecting here!

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            • Ste J

              30/07/2013 at 18:14

              I like your reflective face…I like it better than four pints of milkshake…and I like milkshake.

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              • Penny L Howe

                30/07/2013 at 18:17

                Wow, thanks, a bunch. Hey guess what, SteJ, Sometime this coming week, we’re digging through my storage unit to get to the back end where there are (count them) 40 boxes of books tucked away from my book store. Too cool, huh?

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                • Ste J

                  30/07/2013 at 18:20

                  I always long to be back with you guys, but this makes it just pure torture…I did just drool a bit on my keyboard…what are you going to do with the sacred boxes (and their contents naturally)?

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                  • Penny L Howe

                    30/07/2013 at 18:25

                    Sort through, save those I am attached to (most of them no doubt) and hold a sale for the rest (heart wrenching part) – but sitting in boxes is not what books are made for after all! Yes wish you were here to enjoy the rediscovery and wealth with us SteJ!

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                    • Ste J

                      30/07/2013 at 18:28

                      I would be very excitable and scrutinising. Interestingly the parallels with what I am doing are appropriate. I will think of your excitement with happiness and not a bit of jealousy…

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                    • Penny L Howe

                      30/07/2013 at 18:31

                      Okay, well hurry up then (just teasing SteJ). I plan to reread a whole bunch of them also! As are you, I believe! xx

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                    • Ste J

                      30/07/2013 at 18:39

                      I am torn between recklessness and sensible planning, especially cash wise, it is a curse…woe is Ste. I don’t have time to reread I don’t think so it’s read as much new stuff, decide if it’s worth saving and then see what happens. Hopefully I will be sending a few of my favourites your way soon depending on shipping costs. xx

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                    • Penny L Howe

                      30/07/2013 at 18:40

                      Understood, all elements written here, SteJ. Best you can, as you can! xx

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                    • Ste J

                      30/07/2013 at 18:46

                      word…I always aim for better which is handy. xx

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  12. Lyn

    30/07/2013 at 22:29

    I want to go there…I love that floating “island” in the sky. It truly is lovely – the poem I mean. Like Alastair said, your talent is many faceted. I love that line even the hallucinations are illusory – brilliant.

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    • Ste J

      31/07/2013 at 18:12

      It took me yonks to find the right picture, Christina’s photos were a major inspiration for the one I picked. I appreciate your comment, I am looking to experiment and push what I already do and see how I can diversify my blogging skills. It’s all down to you awesome guys that I have this mindset.

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  13. Robyn Lee

    31/07/2013 at 03:21

    Just wonderful Set J– This “place” you describe so artfully, sounds like one I know well ~ this place of contemplation … yes ! You have taken us on a tour of the psyche in many ways… fascinating write my dear friend… a treat for me after a few days of craziness, and not enough contemplation. Sending Love ~ RL

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    • Ste J

      31/07/2013 at 18:07

      I was annoyed at my timing for being creative, just when you were shooting off for a bit, so I am really pleased that you could read this…I even got Boomie to come along for a look as well, I am glad that all the people who inspire me have seen me trying new things…makes for a happy Set J, sorry Ste J. I am glad to have taken you to somewhere interesting. xx

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      • Robyn Lee

        01/08/2013 at 05:36

        Well I may be a little busy around here… but I’m not going to miss a poem by Ste J !!! Not to worry – even if I’m absent at times..I’ll try to get my fill. It is wonderful you are venturing into poetry… I think you have such a vast comfort level with words/vocabulary/literary flow from all the reading, it may come more easily to you then you might expect. Best advice from me who really just got into the creative end of writing recently, allow yourself free reign on first draft ~ analyze it as little as possible – at least until it’s in its final raw form. Let it flow from your heart and the rest will just unfold. You have so many great supporters here… love boomie ~ and I see Christina cheering you on — and of course Penny and ME ~ the list will grow and grow! So maybe it will be a 1 or 2 x a week poem amongst some awesome book reviews? How exciting ~ Ok back to contemplating now dear friend:) Sending love! ~ RL

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        • Ste J

          01/08/2013 at 17:34

          Crikey one or two a week, I don’t think I am up to that standard yet but I will try and write more creative works. I appreciate your advice, with your words, it definitely works and I do enjoy cosying up on your blog. I do have great backing though so I will do my best. Love backatcha! xx

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  14. Robyn Lee

    31/07/2013 at 03:21

    sorry Ste J!
    πŸ™‚

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  15. Asha

    31/07/2013 at 06:49

    ‘We dare to dream because we forget, we dare to dream for we must’
    Nice! Nice!
    It is an altogether different side of you we get to see through these random musings. I like!!

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    • Ste J

      31/07/2013 at 17:59

      I like to keep you all guessing, wait until you see my pole dancing vlog….or not lol. Versatility is always great for the soul.

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  16. LuAnn

    02/08/2013 at 19:58

    I love this new side of you. There is so much depth to your poetry. I do hope you will continue to shower us with this newly-discovered talent of yours. πŸ™‚

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    • Ste J

      03/08/2013 at 18:16

      I have to wait for my muse to catch up but I would like to write more frequently in a creative sense, it is testament to the great writing that I see, that I have the confidence I do. I have learnt so much in my year and then some, blogging. I shall have a long think of some fascinating subjects for future works.

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  17. cricketmuse

    22/08/2013 at 17:48

    Oooh! If you were in my creative writing class this would be an open podium request. Yes– you would have to read it in front of the class.

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    • Ste J

      22/08/2013 at 20:24

      I am not very good at out loud reading but I am getting better at it so would love some day to take you up on that offer.

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