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elPintor

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Admittedly, I'm terrible with introductions.. I've worn many hats in my lifetime, and don't foresee becoming too comfortable in any one position anytime soon..somewhat of a gypsy at heart, though I hope for some still place that will keep me.. Writing is simply a way to get my thoughts out there rather than wrestling too long with them inwardly. It's an opportunity to say things I wouldn't otherwise. Most of my writing tends to go against the grain of what most might call "staying positive", but that does not necessarily reflect my personality. I am generally upbeat, especially around others, but (in case you need a hook into my motivation for writing) though I hope that I would be judged as something more than useless and superficial by others, I truly write for my own enjoyment. I enjoy my privacy but feel the sadness of living in a world, so populated, where people routinely look through one another or avoid eye contact completely. And, I regret the fact that most "in-person" discourse with others outside my small social circle goes no deeper than empty courtesies. That said, I do not feel the need for any contravention to my basic sense of humanity's emptiness through religion, especially chrisianity. I find most conversation regarding it as a way of life to be trite and quite irrelevant to our existence, especially in respect to our recent histories. So, please..no proselytizing..I'll be forced to tell anyone attempting conversion to get bent. I enjoy reading almost anything with humanity and its various groupings at its center. I am also attuned to history (mostly post WWI) and the many calamities contained therein. I have a strong sense of social justice and do not shy away from hearing perspectives that differ from my own. Yet, I reserve the right to disagree--very strongly, when necessary. And--always--I evaluate what I hear and see by following this rule: have an open mind, yet not so open that your brains fall out. I've enjoyed my stay here at WoL much more than I would've anticipated at my first posting and am glad to continue to participate.

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suck black noise eviscerates silence stirs my blood from chilled stillness like bootlegged milk drops in clear waters it colors and makes tangible, this clarity--immovable and without form. getaway car irretrievably a spoil of war guns beamed and men fell their tools glistened at the call we heard the swinging hammers of history to be made and answered the lightning strike of history meant to fade deals on wheels an underground stake driven deep growing metastatic root proto-negative flashes show light into the coming night of a future entangled nightfall Night comes to an Indian ghost town.. footsteps follow well-trodden paths through an inkwell of darkness upward toward a hidden citadel where apparitions of inhabitants welcome the returning.. Evening swans are still singing in the ruins down below to defy the arrogant rooster who's sure his day will come; and who fills his barn with domestic fare and sleeps in a snare of silence, unknowing that his days are fully done. burst whispered words salted into silent spaces between speech encapsulate within the flow of sound burst scatter-pattern landing deft upon the ear leave men groping for languages they've never spoken sublimate particles sprinkling their utterances with half-formed lies

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elPintor

Wed 28th Jun 2017 04:11

I so hate golf that my fondest wish is to move to a country where I would never be asked to join "the boss" in a game, no matter how high I climb the ranks of the corporate ladder...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4w7H48tBS8

(as if I would ever be caught dead on the "corporate ladder"...)

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Stu Buck

Tue 16th May 2017 14:33

hello
have a look at a poet called 'ocean vuong' if you dont already know him
i am just reading his book now and his use of language and space remind me a bit of you.
also he is an excellent poet.

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keith jeffries

Sun 14th May 2017 09:06

Good Morning Señora, Thank you for your comments on my poem She sailed in...
I too have often wondered why the feminine is attributed to ships. When at University I also recall the Books of Wisdom in the Old Testament as the Hebrew word for wisdom is also feminine. Looking at today´s world we can possibly understand why there is such an absence of wisdom. Thank you again. Keith

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keith jeffries

Mon 1st May 2017 09:31

Estimado Señor Pintor, Thank you for your comment on my poem The Essence of Forgiveness. You are the first person to comment on a chnage of style in my writing. You are right and I attribute it to being on WOL., reading the poetry of others including yourself and developing new and different ways of writing good verse. Thank you again. Keith

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keith jeffries

Sat 15th Apr 2017 10:27

Señor El Pintor, thank you for your comment on His Cherished Domain. You are right, as I believe it was all part of the front parlour syndrome. A place set apart, seldom used and beautifully kept for no one to use. Crazy, but true. Thank you again. Keith

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elPintor

Sun 2nd Apr 2017 01:49

It's a semi-short and somewhat arduous article but well worth the read. Just an aside, I came upon it while searching "what happens when robots administer the Turing test?"...

http://www.lolajournal.com/5/slaves.html

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keith jeffries

Fri 31st Mar 2017 09:20

Thank you so much for your comment. Well said. I shall remember it. Thanks again. Keith

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Matthew Nicholson

Wed 29th Mar 2017 11:26

Thank you for the comment on 'A Million Questions Unanswered' in my blog. I think it is the happiest i have been with something I have written for quite some time. It took numerous edits but I am delighted with the result. You summed up what I intended brilliantly when you said

"The juxtaposition of outer strength and the inner struggles with human need"

The nail has been hit firmly on the head with that.

Matthew

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keith jeffries

Sat 25th Mar 2017 17:09

Thank you again for a very thought provoking comment. It is a subject which has forever troubled me as I was once a soldier for many years but over time became a pacifist. Thank you for reminding me of the supreme sacrifice made for our liberty in the face of unbridled tyranny. Yes, I would fight against that............I think. For me it is an ongoing dilema and I thank you for your comment which helps to me deal with what must be an eternal problem. Thank you so much. Keith

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keith jeffries

Thu 23rd Mar 2017 22:05

Sorry I forgot to mention how much I enjoyed The Traveller & Sleepless. The Traveller is beautiful indeed. Keith

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keith jeffries

Thu 23rd Mar 2017 22:00

I find your biography remarkably open and inviting in its honesty. Whenever one reads something there is often a sentence or phrase which leaps from the page to provoke thought. Your biography is eloquent with expression of which these caught my attention,¨ feel the sadness of living in a world, so populated where people routinely look through one another to avoid eye contact completely ¨.
¨I have a strong sense of Social Justice ¨. ¨I am also attuned to history (mostly posr WWI ¨.
You clearly speak from your inner self which will always make for good poetry and prose. On this site I have submitted two poems entitled The Quagmire of Hell and Nimrod. If you have time or inclination I would welcome your comments. Thank you. Keith

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elPintor

Wed 8th Mar 2017 23:44

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECF9d5fC8S0

..a story about a courageous woman who made a huge contribution to history for Int'l Women's Day.

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David Redfield

Sun 5th Mar 2017 16:04

Thanks elP for the comments on the bird poems. They actually are two separate pieces, written years apart, but they are a natural pairing I guess. I like the tension that arises from making a detailed observation using an unexpected register; the mismatch of vocab/diction with subject is a fascinating exercise.

Haven't caught 'Sully' yet tho' ...

Very best

Dave R

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 9th Feb 2017 19:35

thanks for your insightful comments regarding 'Blizzard' mate - glad you liked it. I appreciate you tasking the time to comment
Ian

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elPintor

Mon 26th Dec 2016 04:32

"I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures."

--Geronimo

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elPintor

Fri 23rd Dec 2016 01:58

You know, the mind is an odd thing. I recently heard (through a post here on WoL) of someone who referred to Hitler as a house painter. Read some time on the "Red House Report" or maybe about the gas chambers--"the little red house" or the "little white house" at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

elP

ps
Sellers' comedy was brilliant. It seems to me that comedy isn't only meant to make people laugh--it should also make them examine the world around them a little more closely. Though, it's likely that those who would've benefited most from understanding it simply couldn't understand it.

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raypool

Wed 21st Dec 2016 12:01

elP, I just read your comment on Freelance, and it triggered a comical sketch of Peter Sellers as a German soldier on the Parkinson show decrying the admiring of famous painters, and adding: "Hitler, now there was a painter. Four rooms two coats in von day!" Sorry , not at all relevant but just had relate it.

Ray

Endure Uno

Fri 16th Dec 2016 07:03

EL Pintor, thank you for visiting and commenting on my poems. I really appreciate it! I look forward to reading your work as well!

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elPintor

Tue 6th Dec 2016 23:03

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw0crLooBHg

..22 years later, it's as real as the first time I heard it.

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Colin Hill

Thu 1st Dec 2016 07:34

thanks elP for tumbling the image of a Slinky down the stairs of my childhood memories - it's been a while.

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elPintor

Thu 1st Dec 2016 00:30

"Some people are like Slinkies... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs."

--Unattributed

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Mel C

Fri 4th Nov 2016 02:12

Thank You elP for commenting on my profile...

Feels good to be here on WoL and able to express some of my battles with getting older and some of my life experiences to date through writing and poetry. So, Thank You for reminding me I am not alone. Lots like me out there....and lots of ways to express this life experience through writing....so I am here to listen and learn about others creativity and perspectives on this journey...and feel connected through our writings. Very excited about having this outlet.😁


Reaction to your comment on blog Fate as well:

Thank You elP!! That Gratitude for the relationship and especially in life..helps keep me focused and grounded on really how lucky I am, we all are, to live this life...and how important focusing on all the positives it has to give...is. But I need to often remind myself of this and you just did...so Thank You!! 💗

Take Care,
Michelle

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elPintor

Sun 16th Oct 2016 15:36

"The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in - we're computer professionals. We cause accidents."

— Nathaniel Borenstein

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elPintor

Sun 16th Oct 2016 15:33

I believe it should be, Adam..I'll get on that immediately.

Thanks a bunch..happy to hear you liked it.

elP

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Adam Whitworth

Sun 16th Oct 2016 10:58

I enjoyed your thoughtful piece 'nightfall'.

Should it be "who's" rather than "whose"?

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elPintor

Sun 9th Oct 2016 23:13

I found this while doing cryptograms today...

"A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation."
— Bertrand Russell

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