Recent Reviews for Ruan Mills Burke
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/26/2013 6:13:41 AM|
A refreshing story. I love the way you presented each animals
part. Full moon protects.
Lady Mary Ann
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 11:06:57 AM
I second what the others have written. You sure have created a fine, “cat and mouse,” mystery.
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 9:02:23 AM
I echo Odin and Asa's astute observations. You have shown us that a story is always unfolding around us, and with care and imagination, it can be transformed into a mystery, a poem, or just a quiet, contemplative tale that stirs our hearts and souls. Well done.
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 6:37:43 AM
This elegant piece layers the reader with impressions, imaginings in juxtaposition that when studied closely, are all elements of oneness. A beautifully formulated allegory for further pondering.
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 3:20:30 AM
Written with the artistic pen as deftly as abstract brush strokes, leading the reader to adventure after adventure. Wonderful story. Happy ending. Frustrated feline.
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 2:52:00 AM
a very cool way of telling this story, very much appreciated it
The Crack in the Door (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 2:45:07 AM
the child will look back one day and remember...as she warns her children about listening at cracked doors. well done
Events Intertwined (Short Story) - 4/16/2013 2:39:57 AM
nature, humanity, survival and love...when these needs are intertwined through the mystic eyes of the mysterious feline...what a so worthy artistic prose work is produced. awesome! thank you
The Crack in the Door (Short Story) - 6/26/2012 11:13:10 AM
WOW. Great story...but I want to read more. I think Jean Piaget would have loved this too!
The Crack in the Door (Short Story) - 3/31/2012 5:13:28 PM
A wonderful piece with a perfect ending. When we endeavor to learn what we were not meant to hear we can hear what we would have rather we hadn't.
The Crack in the Door (Short Story) - 3/28/2012 5:43:42 PM
~Ruan~ A story expressed so well. The little girl is in despair
and crocodile tears flowing as she listens from the crack in the door. Wonderful writing. Lady Mary Ann
The Crack in the Door (Short Story) - 3/28/2012 2:57:25 AM
So they were talking about her. They were going to move, and she thought they were going to send her away. I'm glad you told us what her parents were talking about.
A Bear Like Me - Chapter Two - Lost Property (Short Story) - 6/23/2011 12:29:31 PM
Yes. I think this is a great story for children and, since I've been told many times that I never "grew up," I am certainly enjoying it too. Thanks, Ruan. Love and peace,
A Bear Like Me - Chapter One - Taking The Plunge (Short Story) - 6/23/2011 12:24:32 PM
I think this is delightful, Ruan; and it does capture the attention and the imagination very effectively. I have tried my hand at writing some children's stories but really short ones. I have one posted here at AD entitled, "Nanor." Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,
A Bear Like Me - Chapter One - Taking The Plunge (Short Story) - 6/18/2011 9:20:44 AM
A GOOD OPENER...IT LEAVES ONE WANTING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TINY BEAR. YES...I LIVE NEAR TWO OF MY ELEVEN GRANDS, ONE IS ALMOST FIVE AND THE OTHER JUST TURNED TWO...A I DO BELIEVE THIS WORK(WITH PICTURES) WOULD CAPTURE THEIR INTEREST AND HOLD THEIR ATTENTION. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
A Bear Like Me - Chapter One - Taking The Plunge (Short Story) - 6/15/2011 3:59:30 AM
ah, poor thing-like so many...looking for love. i will stayed tuned in for the next chapter.
The Lunacy of the English Language (Article) - 3/13/2013 3:33:09 PM
yes it is a crazy language--I can understand why people from a foreign country when they come to North America tell me that English is so hard to pick up--and all this slang and manner of expressions is proof of that-I am from the Maritime provinces and if you ever go into say a bar in Newfoundland you will think you are losing your mind as some of the locals have their own shall we say " unique " way of expressing themselves--their accent is wild
The Lunacy of the English Language (Article) - 6/26/2012 11:40:08 AM
Yes, English is a crazy language. I have spent a lot of time in Korea. Hangul is the written portion on the Korean language. One can actualy learn to read it in a matter of days. English takes a lifetime.
The Plague of Mankind (Article) - 4/4/2012 6:50:07 PM
Bravo! The Planet will fight back as it has in eons past and although nature may be altered its existance has been many times longer than ours. bravo again!
The Plague of Mankind (Article) - 3/15/2012 8:59:51 AM
We certainly are looking out the same window!!!
Alter-Ego (Poetry) - 6/1/2013 4:02:09 PM
you know cat's well, great write. ~ Morgan
Alter-Ego (Poetry) - 6/1/2013 9:24:30 AM
You and I are two halves of the same coin. I dig the imagery because I've been there. Have you ever heard the owl fly overhead? Neither have I, because the owl flies almost soundlessly so as to reach prey without startling them. And I, like the cat you are, will come and go unseen and unheard.
Alter-Ego (Poetry) - 5/31/2013 6:31:23 PM
Is this really the cat, or have YOU been out prowling around...? LOL, e
Alter-Ego (Poetry) - 5/31/2013 9:59:35 AM
A both lyrical and fact-filled ode to the felines among us. I have one such lady who knows well your cat that "walks alone." Beautifully measured in its lean and succinct choice of words and phrasing, remaining true to the cat's nature of being selective.
Alter-Ego (Poetry) - 5/31/2013 6:31:22 AM
well in the natural sense this is a wonderful portrayal, excellent on many levels
Alter-Ego (Poetry) - 5/31/2013 6:12:55 AM
YES indeed, walking alone is at times the only way to go, especially if you are a tough, but sensuous alley cat searching for amorous prey. Gotta love it. They DID make a lot of noise, huh? He took on a screamer. Heh.Heh
Love Knots (Poetry) - 5/31/2013 5:50:32 AM
You appear to be describing hormones in high gear. While they are great for attracting the opposite sex and creating babies, love takes longer and should endure after all these wild hormones are gone.
Love Knots (Poetry) - 5/30/2013 9:19:55 AM
Beautiful hearts at peace when they are together. ~ Morgan
Love Knots (Poetry) - 5/30/2013 9:04:01 AM
it is real, we have to but find it, so we write of what we know is there somewhere to be experienced rather than just wrote
Love Knots (Poetry) - 5/30/2013 8:44:51 AM
Beautifully rendered aspiration of love's rewards...and frustrations.
Love Knots (Poetry) - 5/30/2013 8:39:47 AM
. . . and you will feel them, Ruan, my friend, I have no doubts . . . Although it seems you have them . . . You know how this works . . . Turn a corner and there he is . . . Eyes meet . . . Stomach flutters . . . The beginning . . .
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 2:42:45 AM
We all should have such grand Bucket Lists.
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/22/2013 11:30:03 AM
Oh! not the non perels!
Patch that bucket for the soring adventures.
All at once for sure.
Lady Mary Ann
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/22/2013 10:33:04 AM
Go for your list, one by one… And check them off. But please, oh please don't waste precious resources while doing it.
PS. Looking forward to that book with a master hook.
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/21/2013 11:43:23 AM
Your bucket list is a whole lot cooler than mine...Rene and I were just discussing it the other night and we have come to the conclusion that any trips we "had" thought about taking, outside the country are now just pipe dreams...we keep getting sick and I don't want to end
up in a foreign hospital, so we compromised and are doing more in the states, so many places we NEVER saw yet here...I don't feel like going through the hassle, as well, of fighting for a passport...e
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/21/2013 11:36:39 AM
a better bucket list than most can even perceive
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/21/2013 8:13:23 AM
What a gem! Not a list of things for your pleasure but for us, your furry friends, and the planet. Humble, fun to read, and full of treasures.
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/21/2013 6:50:59 AM
Odin says it better than me, he always seems to do that. This is a bucket list to outdo all bucket lists. Would that all your wishes come true . . . er . . . uh, leave a little of that junk food around, okay? Please? Just a little?
Need A Bigger Bucket (Poetry) - 5/21/2013 6:46:04 AM
A surprisingly moving piece. Surprising, because the issues in and off themselves brings rather bleak and sad thoughts to mind, but housed in your rhythmic flow, the work quietly segues its feelings into a mantra of peace and calm. Couldn't help but feel Om mani padme hum while reading it.
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/21/2013 6:21:45 AM
In dealing with grief of my son's death, you did that very well. I love it. it resonates with me. Wonderful.
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/20/2013 2:50:50 AM
i hope the friend understood
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/19/2013 8:02:44 AM
My best friends wife just passed this past Thursday & I agree that writing makes it feel better inside...though your write was so much more beautiful than was mine...but still we get the same result, we hope...e
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/19/2013 6:31:58 AM
It's hard for me to fathom because, however fortuitously, I have not experienced grief over anything except a lost love. I do expect, however, to experience grief in the future. For that, I am inexperienced and unable to say how I will respond.
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/19/2013 6:21:22 AM
That small reserve, your mission bell.
May your spirit bestow serenity.
Lady Mary Ann
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/19/2013 5:54:20 AM
My sympathy to you and your friend, Ruan. God bless you both and may He comfort you both.
Love and blessings,
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/19/2013 5:07:29 AM
As Eastern philosophy is a large part of my life, I can relate to the process of creating the space to merely be, not attempt to be, which is a piece of hardwiring we as a species continue the trial and error of managing. Well spoken wisdom here. You'll find being a natural instinct eager to please.
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/18/2013 4:36:49 PM
Excellent things to do when things are going from bad to worse. I have been in some bad situations, where I realty didn't know if I we going to live or not. I did not beg, I become a force to deal with and the ones who I was dealing with had no idea who I was and what I knew. I didn't want them to know. anyway, I walk. They let me go and they could have kept me a puddle of broken bones and my life's blood's blood polling around me. This poem isn't touching on what I was taking about, but it doesn't matter. Put you best face forward and don't give them the satisfaction that they have you pegged. Don't show fear. Never. I know this poem was a inner batter, but my way works with that also.
Don't Think! (Poetry) - 5/18/2013 4:24:10 PM
Jarring, unrelenting, consoling, moving. Beautiful poetry.
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/9/2013 4:43:54 PM
Congrats to the happy couple and the you, mom, for getting the daughter out of the home nest...;-) e
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/7/2013 2:48:33 PM
Words coming from Mother's heart
on daughter's wedding day.
Congratulations to the Bride and Groom
and Happy Mother's Day to you Dear Ruan.
With warm regards Isabella.
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/7/2013 4:04:18 AM
This is lovely!
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/7/2013 3:22:57 AM
I thought this was going to be about you and he, but,surprise! It's a beautiful, well-written tribute to your daughter and son-in-law. Well done!
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/6/2013 7:13:03 PM
Beautiful, a wonderful love story for your daughter.
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 5/5/2013 7:38:53 AM
Powerful expressive verses that awaken thought, emotion, and meaning. Thank you for sharing, Ruan. Love and best wishes to you,
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/4/2013 7:46:40 AM
Beautiful and captivating...It felt like I was there listening to their vows.
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/4/2013 7:42:13 AM
I have to agree with Odin and yet, I attended my daughter's wedding last summer and I was very happy to see her so happy. This is lovely and true from your heart, Ruan. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 10:46:36 AM
A proud mother's impression. Let us hope that it is the start of the long and lasting friendship and love that seems to be what everyone desires but so often fails these days with so many distractions.
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 7:22:00 AM
Well...all except for the "Groom and Bride" I was with you. Your first 11 lines were true to the impeccable clarity of love whose base of value and potential endurance against all odds will prevail without any form of traditional legal bind. Love, today, bound by contract in writing seems to be going the way of the dinosaur. We can blame it on the inherent nature of "all" legal transactions--which by definition has to include the "me" "You" "us" "them" win/lose nomenclature. Two people in love stay in love (or don't) fully contingent on the strength of their mutual respect and honor, neither principal of ethics needing the emblematic shackles associated with a signed paper. Love, in my way of thinking, is not object oriented, but a "state" of being, i.e. to be in love with someone is to be in the state of love alongside that someone. But...of course that's just an opinion based on perhaps far too many years of experience and observation. --- As to the poem as a whole, it is true to your always consistent talent.
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 6:01:49 AM
Congratulations on those Perfect Vows. May they remain perfect and loving throughout their lifetime.
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 4:21:41 AM
Bestowing happiness for your daughter and her groom.
Lovely poem. Beautiful their English wedding!
Lady Mary Ann
Perfect Vows (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 2:11:15 AM
So happy for both of you that this is a marriage that will last forever and this poem should have a prominent place in your home for all to see and be happy for you both. God blessings on a very happy union.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 3/27/2013 2:59:42 PM
many things have changed with time, but at the right time and in the right place the attraction between a man and woman is still...
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/27/2013 2:53:24 PM
revelation in itself...is beautiful. thanks
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/27/2013 2:50:54 PM
we wake up...sooner or later. thanks
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 10:05:02 AM
Ruan, Very much loved this...
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/18/2013 4:25:24 AM
Fair winds and following seas!
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 3:14:37 PM
When the wind fills your sails it is powerful. Lovely write.
Love and Dreams,
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 1:17:20 PM
yes and it has set sail for gentler climes and peaceful moors
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 12:57:11 PM
excelent write enjoyed the rading
love & peace be with you
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 10:13:31 AM
Wonderful metaphor for the ship (shape) you are in.
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 9:38:28 AM
Sailing to some is relaxing; to me boring, I want power...e
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 8:14:00 AM
Not to trivialize the hurt of your experience, but "good for you." Obviously, your bob was still stuck in adolescent dead air. We guys take a long time, sometimes, to break loose from what the media machine knows is the key to profits: keep us adolescent. Good write.
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 6:36:32 AM
There may be a thousand ways to dump a lover
but not many with a knock out punch that resonates
like this. Well done...champ!
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 6:30:37 AM
The warm embrace of the sun breathes peace.
Lady Mary Ann
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 6:02:18 AM
May you find calm seas and a steady wind in your sails.
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 3:48:17 AM
Good for you, my friend. Bon Voyage indeed!
This Ship Has Sailed (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 3:14:18 AM
Beautifully sad. Well written.
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 3:27:51 PM
If only the genre, as a whole, could be as grown-up and void of histrionics as you. And if only the other genre could get past their adolescent acquiescing that media makes so convenient to hold onto...endlessly into their frickin' octogenarian age, indirectly making the other genre half crazy with WTF. But, such a determinant focus finds few as comers. As I reflect on my own very late wake-up call, it's not just embarrassing for me, and quiet frankly for the species, but personally a regret of so much wasted time playing the perpetual teenager. My awakening came long overdue, as I, like most, evolved through the years drinking of the "dependence" elixir, thus forever condoning and encouraging the media's mission: keep them vulnerable and reliant like children. So refreshing to read poetic thoughts that defy the so-called norm of societal philosophy. THANK YOU!
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/13/2013 5:41:44 AM
honest, sane, mature evaluation
and self-awareness and awareness
of social position and history
without scream or arrogance;
well written, Ruan
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 11:21:25 AM
“Hear me roar.” Reads like you will not bow down anymore. That's good.
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 6:24:29 AM
Great poem...I like this last verse very much...
"My intrinsic worth has a value
Fair trade cannot be self-centred
I give, what I feel is deserved
It is not mine to conform to one opinion."
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 5:48:16 AM
Yes! And...confidence is very s-e-x-y.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 5:33:09 AM
wow--what you said here about writing and the Muse that Poets have is so true-well done--when I saw this title I immediately thought" I have to read this" and I am glad I did
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 4:49:04 AM
so very true and yes a perfect statement lyrically of your value and rightful selfworth
I Am Woman (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 4:16:54 AM
FANtastic! This is the best worded "I Am Woman" kind of poem that I have ever read, Ruan. Yes . . .
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 2:48:28 AM
the writing's tight as a drum,
not a waste word or redundant phrase,
truly impressive and when a thought-through
theme is in harmony with delivery
the work is more than worthy;
i may be wrong, Ruan, but i don't
believe i've read any of your work before..
i will definitely be back
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 11:32:12 AM
Compells the inner child for new wings freed..fascinating write.
Lady Mary Ann
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 9:34:13 AM
Freud couldn't have said it better himself.
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 9:04:34 AM
There's a perfection in structure here, not only of the poetic form chosen, but more importantly, for the evolution and depiction of one's awareness. Few see id's complexity as perfection or its instinctual capacity as an essential complement to the ego and super ego as readily as your poem suggests is possible. There is obviously an unbridled freedom and understanding of self which allows such a vision to be willingly shared. Well done.
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 4:33:47 AM
So marvelous when we discover Id.
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 6:29:21 PM
Thinking about this I am...interesting thoughts for certain...e
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 5:49:09 PM
While trying to decide if the "id" in question was your driver's license or your psychological source of pleasure, I decided you were being ambiguous so as to lead me to a fork in the road. And then? Not knowing what else to do, I took it. But that could be just my ego surfacing. :) Nice poem, Ruan. I couldn't help myself.
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 1:28:33 PM
I am so fortunate to be able to read such wonderful poetry here at AD. Another poem I could not add or subtract from, it's perfect to me.
Fool That I Am (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 1:28:33 PM
i hae an appreciation for both this poem and return of Id. very well thought out and penned.
Return of Id (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 12:52:38 PM
Id should have its freedom to be
Fool That I Am (Poetry) - 3/3/2013 10:03:40 AM
Quite a story. Now that you have made the affirmation of freedom, it's time to go out and do it.
Fool That I Am (Poetry) - 3/3/2013 8:05:06 AM
What a story, Ruan! Something good always happens after bad...
Fool That I Am (Poetry) - 3/3/2013 6:46:29 AM
You are a beautiful person with a heart of gold. Love will come
softly and true.
Lady Mary Ann
Fool That I Am (Poetry) - 3/3/2013 4:22:15 AM
i am glad you have seen it was not you that failed and that you have and had the worth
Fool That I Am (Poetry) - 3/3/2013 3:28:54 AM
I love this. No, Ruan, it is not too late. You may be a little more selective and watch for things that are not there, for fear you will have a repeat of the nightmare you have just described. Where the heart, though scarred, still beats, there is always a chance you will truly find your soul mate.
Two Sticks (Poetry) - 2/23/2013 1:50:28 PM
Beautifully written. Ignore this moral issue and miss a large piece of life.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 11:57:36 AM
Ruan, The rest of us are on the same schedule...
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 11:53:16 AM
Ruan, Love the metaphor and how you added the fiber being your life
Woman Emerging (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 11:43:39 AM
Coming out stronger than you ever have been!
Two Sticks (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 11:40:34 AM
I can definitely relate, Ruan. Thanks...
Two Sticks (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 10:31:20 AM
How seldom we consider such thoughts. Beautifully rendered.
Two Sticks (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 8:11:35 AM
~Ruan~ A lady once said "I have sat beside myself for years."
Splendid thoughts in love and grace.
Lady Mary Ann
Two Sticks (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 3:50:43 AM
so very true and so well presented for our reading
Two Sticks (Poetry) - 2/22/2013 3:08:21 AM
Woman Emerging (Poetry) - 2/18/2013 3:05:57 PM
Ideed, leave the walking dead and start afresh.
Woman Emerging (Poetry) - 2/15/2013 6:52:21 AM
An interesting twist to Valentine's Day.
Woman Emerging (Poetry) - 2/15/2013 3:24:21 AM
Little by Little, often the only way to go.
Woman Emerging (Poetry) - 2/14/2013 1:38:35 PM
thats right you stand up and soar like the phoenix bravo
Woman Emerging (Poetry) - 2/14/2013 1:19:42 PM
Absolutely, Ruan. I am gratified to read this poem on this so-called day of love. I wish you all the strength you need to overcome the past and step strongly into the future.
Cathedral (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 4:44:17 PM
As others of us have found in our quest for spiritual peace, the comfort resounds not in close proximity to those self-proclaiming a connection to that which--many in vestments, as well as those in white shirts fluttering atop their bicycles--deem an exclusive privilege bequeathed the "faithful." The "quest" for spiritual wealth seems an open right to everyone, needing not a go-between-judge, or particular sheltering beneath worshiping spired cover. Rather--as the subtext of your exploration here suggests--spiritual omniscience is held by Nature for our discovery in a myriad of opportunities. History is full of such moments, bringing tranquility to both the religious and the atheist. "No comfort there" is the oft felt,but seldom uttered reality of many. Thank you for the simple, yet poignant verity of everyday for the many.
Cathedral (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 8:28:38 AM
This is an amazing poem, Ruan, absolutely amazing. There is not one word there which shouldn't be there. Each verse said what it was supposed to say. The truth unveiled itself completely and devoid of any spiritual trash talk . . . Saving this . . .
Cathedral (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 8:10:24 AM
A simple truth: Cathedrals are monuments to men. Can't compare to a sunset. Amen.
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 6:33:59 PM
great poem. Neat last three lines.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 6:06:01 PM
Would that there were more who wrote like you. Responding as you do the the quintessential drive of most creative energy: "inner dimension, hijack my day seducing my mind I am merely a vessel" Oh yes, if only.
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 12:12:07 PM
What a life you weave! I am drawn into the fabric of it like a stitch pulled tightly into place. So it all boiled down to a starry eyed punk? At least you haven't come out frayed.
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 9:04:20 AM
produced by those most valuable processes called wear, tear and endurance fine tapestry is produced...often times in the most unexpected places...and its value most certainly is priceless. well done. asa
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 8:48:20 AM
From the looms of Ruan: A priceless tapestry of words, wit, and wonderment. Masterfully woven.
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 8:31:25 AM
Wonderful flow and poignancy woven into this metaphoric dazzler. Well done. BTW, there is a retrospect of Ghanaian artist, El Anatsui, featured in this Sunday's NYT. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/arts/index.html I think you'll find this array of tapestry-like works as fascinating as I did.
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 6:13:24 AM
your mastery of the simblance is great, as jerry said priceless yet not near antique
Tapestry Thread (Poetry) - 2/10/2013 5:47:42 AM
Oh, I think you have already emerged as priceless, but I think antique you are not. I liked this poem very much even if I did have to look up selvedge and weft. To describe your life and yourself as a beautiful, hand-sewn rug is masterful and absolutely charming. Stand. Take a bow.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/19/2013 10:05:31 AM
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/18/2013 6:58:06 PM
I've been there,
And I do care,
So keep up your writes,
As if nothing else,
To you its only right...
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/15/2013 6:23:33 AM
A marvelously created write.
Pen to paper musings to a smile.
Lady Mary Ann
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (Poetry) - 1/14/2013 12:35:45 PM
Quite a unique and real perspective. Thank you, Ruan. Love and best wishes,
Night Hunter (Poetry) - 1/14/2013 12:34:36 PM
Such is nature's way and you have eloquently shared a universal and timeless theme via your verses, Ruan. Well done. Love and peace to you,
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/14/2013 12:32:33 PM
A sweet and loving offering, Ruan. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/14/2013 3:31:25 AM
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/14/2013 12:22:53 AM
...and the 4 am scramble for a pen before the poem is gone, again? lol
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 6:13:07 PM
your muse has found a perfect vessel to express great writing
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 1:17:21 PM
A very enticing little write about why we write. Love it!
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 10:57:34 AM
And that is the way it ought to be so far as I am concerned. I love it when words insist on being shared. Thank you, Ruan. Love and best wishes,
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 8:34:59 AM
Shining and shining like a star.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 8:33:09 AM
Well done, Ruan.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 8:05:12 AM
From a grateful member your artistic audience:
I write to acknowledge the works that I read
To praise and encourage the thoughts that are freed
Especially the ones that stir up my own
That thrill me or chill me right down to the bone.
Your words do all that with a touch that caresses
And sometimes they even relieve all my stresses.
Why I write, what I write (Poetry) - 1/13/2013 7:50:16 AM
It could not be said any better, nor more explicit, Ruan. This is truth personified and gives to the reader (me) total commitment when the sinister Muse stalks poet's thoughts and dictates our poetry.
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/2/2013 2:34:44 PM
well composed words of my friend
we share each others company
Peace be with you
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/2/2013 12:56:53 PM
they are like that you have captured them well
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/2/2013 11:25:57 AM
Truer words have yet been spoken about these faithful of the faithful. A much ignored lesson to be learned here for all those who would treat these animals with any less respect than humans.
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/2/2013 7:40:10 AM
This is a wonderful tribute to your best friends that we can all relate to. Well said, and well received. Happy new year!
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/2/2013 4:00:00 AM
Man (and Woman's) Best Friends; always true blue. If only more of we humans were as loyal to them as they are to us.
Words Of Encouragement (Poetry) - 1/2/2013 3:36:47 AM
Dogs. The absolutely ultimate friend. I don't know what I would do without my little Zoe.
Reflection of the Aftermath (Poetry) - 12/20/2012 6:53:06 AM
As one who has done my fair share of "mirror" explorations in both my novels and poetry, I can attest to the power of reflections, be they from a manufactured ornament hanging on the wall, or the clone-like sense one gets from the quiet water's surface. As your poem reminds us of our ever changing outer wear and tear, it also signals we give our inner self the due it deserves. You've penned a simple and arresting piece of wordsmithing. Thank you.
Night Hunter (Poetry) - 12/20/2012 6:45:08 AM
As this poem proffers eloquently, nature provides, but also plays the paradoxical game of protection, knowing predator and prey are givens in the everyday quest for survival. Of particular note, the lyrical reality that is so easy to accept as natural to animals seems so foreign to most humans. As a species, there is a propensity to lunge forward, often blindly seeking but a visceral and momentary experience to satiate our appetites of both heart and intellect. Poetry such as this is a sure antidote for those so consumed. Thank you for posting. BTW, I was unaware of your work until a fellow writer on the site, Edward Phillips, brought you to my attention. I am indeed grateful.
Night Hunter (Poetry) - 12/14/2012 5:09:09 AM
Wild Animals will only hunt to survive;
We Humans now seem to enjoy taking lives.
Night Hunter (Poetry) - 12/13/2012 12:33:44 PM
The strong stalks the weak. Survival of the fittest in this world is the rule. The stalker hunts, the prey hides for naught. Those awaiting the stalker's return will be rewarded with food for all.
Night Hunter (Poetry) - 12/13/2012 12:22:38 PM
oh yes this is one great rendition of the hunter and its quest, kudos Ruan
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (Poetry) - 12/9/2012 3:31:12 AM
But what of the man in the Santa Claus suit?
Does anyone wonder if he's having fun?
Much Food for Thought here, Ruan.
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (Poetry) - 12/8/2012 10:21:02 AM
this is such an apt tale and so true all to often of those we see but really don not see. you wrote this excellently.
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (Poetry) - 12/8/2012 9:26:37 AM
Some fun, some happiness, some irony, some sadness. All well written and well received.
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (Poetry) - 12/8/2012 6:25:59 AM
It is too bad we don't take pause in
our busy life and think of these souls
who stand in the bitterness of the cold
calling out to others to care for those
in need. Perhaps this will cause others
to look to their hearts for these wonderful
Love and Light
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (Poetry) - 12/8/2012 5:13:15 AM
Soulful write, Ruan. The face of the man with the white beard and a Ho Ho Ho can certainly be misleading, as well as the gaggle of people passing by him without a look. They have their face on which many, many time does not reflect what is their hearts. To sum up my comments a bard once said, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/25/2012 4:02:44 PM
very uplifting, enjoyed. ~ Morgan
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 7:06:15 AM
What a beautifully written uplifting poem! I think you would make a great song.
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/20/2012 6:37:35 PM
it is with deep empathy that i hope you can dispell the shadows to feel the rain and sunshine you so richly deserve the bounty of life and love dear lady
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/20/2012 5:28:47 PM
Wonderful haunting piece, Ruan. Each line of each verse can be combined with its 'partners' to create poem verses within the poem. Such as lines 4;
Leave not, my soul in solitude
Oh, shine a light along the way
Inter them not, deep underground
Bestow my skin, soft kiss of rain
Dispel the shadows from my mind
Love this type of poem, where the sad sweetness flows softly yet deeply.
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/20/2012 3:44:41 PM
There is a mournful feeling of healing in your writing.
Along with a gravitas and depth, within the yearning.
The atmosphere is almost tangible.
A very special write.
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/20/2012 2:44:11 PM
Your words exude grace, style, and a warm sensitivity. I don't sense an emptiness, rather a gifted mind and a loving spirit that yearns to stay that way.
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/20/2012 2:12:08 PM
Open up and let yourself be free
when you can do this, you will open yourself
up to what you deserve dear Ruan...
Love and Light
Love, Let Me Not Hunger (Poetry) - 11/20/2012 11:20:01 AM
A beautiful, sad, very sad poem, Ruan. I wish for these pleas and entreaties will someday soon be a part of your life. I wish you happiness in the clutches of a love true and undemanding. I wish you everlasting, true love. Love the photo.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/15/2012 9:49:55 AM
Wow, enjoyed this immensely, Ruan! Your meter and rhyme felt effortless, drawing me into an intimate moment of life, joy, excitement and naughtiness as I smiled throughout with delight!
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 10:50:30 PM
Ruan, A really enjoyable write!
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 4:17:34 PM
I love this painting enjoyed the take on it. Just great.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 12:56:17 PM
Impressionism, a beautiful time in PARIS...
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 11:10:00 AM
A wonderful rendition of the painting, encapsulating the passion of the dance, ending with the bursting bodice of delight.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 10:09:01 AM
An excellent ekphrastic write.
Enjoyed the internal monologue; the hesitant thoughts.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 8:23:49 AM
Beautifully written. I've had a copy of this painting for more than 40 years. Now I know why.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 5:30:30 AM
Lovely poem, as is the painting, and so passionately good.
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 5:03:48 AM
you have given us a well worded excursion into that period of history in the city of lights
Dance at Bougival (Poetry) - 11/11/2012 4:42:29 AM
Excellent. Both the exquisite painting and the poem giving words to both dancers. I thoroughly enjoyed this, Ruan.
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 10:15:50 AM
That must have been one outrageous time place in which to live. I would have given it a go.
Cheers on a good write,
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 9:36:06 AM
You have brought the painting and the times to life, Ruan. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 9:03:25 AM
a wondeful historic piece
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 9:01:49 AM
To delve into the Bourgeois and expend their gay abandon
with flair of golden days. Beautifully penned Ruan.
Lady Mary Ann
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 8:02:06 AM
Skillfully crafted, masterfully told. A portrait in words, graphic and bold.
60g of Fukitol, Please! (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 7:46:30 AM
Succinctly said, precisely done
With so much glee and so much fun;
And that is why in times like these
Fukitol is the new bee’s knees.
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 5:50:37 AM
Right off, thank you for a lovely history lesson
I am very interested in thoughts of others and the
why's we and they do what they do... You are a good
In a sorts I must agree with Jerry, however we all
deserve to have that gay abandon at times with our own
You write with excellent visions for us to enjoy and I
enjoyed this very much!
Love and Light
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 4:39:28 AM
Oh, I absolutely love this, Ruan. Scenes such as this (if only in spirit) seem to be global these days, the high and mighty being brought down to earth. You must be careful though what takes their places can be worse, very much worse.
The Boating Party (Poetry) - 11/10/2012 4:16:17 AM
Sounds like a marvelous party indeed.
Touchdown (Poetry) - 11/9/2012 6:54:23 AM
Mine was so young, I can't remember. Maybe it was those kissing games that my mother forced me to enjoy. For those that have enjoyed what you describe, it may lead to a lifelong affair. I can imagine being there.
Touchdown (Poetry) - 11/8/2012 11:23:08 AM
Lovely, lets hope each first new kiss
can breath this within all Ruan...
Love and light
Touchdown (Poetry) - 11/8/2012 10:30:32 AM
we all hope that tyhat first kiss is a touchdown..i have missed seeing you here
Touchdown (Poetry) - 11/8/2012 9:13:30 AM
Gotta love that "touchdown" kiss and those that come after that monumental one . . . There is NOTHING quite like it.
Touchdown (Poetry) - 11/8/2012 9:12:53 AM
Ruan, AAAaaahhh, I remember my first kiss...
Broken (Poetry) - 11/4/2012 8:38:15 PM
A heartbeat of faith echos your emotions.
Writing is a calming blessing.
Lady Mary Ann
Broken (Poetry) - 11/4/2012 1:23:02 PM
vivid imagery and phrases support the theme solidly. like the last line; one is not destroyed, just broken, nothing more - they will survive. thanks
Broken (Poetry) - 10/30/2012 3:54:51 AM
I am not quite sure what you are asking for here. The content though adequate, is an often-retold story. Which, I personally liked.
However, I feel it would have been better served in pentameter; tetrameter and trimeter tend to read quite fast.
The last stanza has lost the foregoing rhythmic pattern, by changing to headless iambic
“Breath that once expelled a laugh” A breath that once expelled a laugh.
You have breath following breath.
Having, two examples of icy in the penultimate stanza are usually frowned on by the purists.
It’s nice to see that metric poetry is still alive and well on Authorsden.
I hope to read more of you.
Broken (Poetry) - 10/28/2012 3:06:54 AM
Powerfully sad, Ruan.
Broken (Poetry) - 10/27/2012 11:05:31 AM
A sad, mournful tone rings from this beautifully written heartfelt poem. I hope it eases the agony to write of it so eloquently.
Broken (Poetry) - 10/27/2012 9:14:08 AM
It is difficult to write about what
is obvious quality without feeling
for what one goes through Ruan...
Quality of course is excellent
as you write quite well...
I am sure many have stood in
Love and Light
Broken (Poetry) - 10/27/2012 8:15:14 AM
We all succumb to our truths and especially are faith.
And even though you do not wish to pick yourself up
and start over, you have to otherwise that shell will
crumble and you have nothing!
Broken (Poetry) - 10/26/2012 4:32:58 PM
i had hoped this would turn around for you after so much pain before, i hope the pain starts to ebb and things start to shine again soon
Broken (Poetry) - 10/26/2012 12:41:13 PM
Oh Ruan, we're both pretty much on the same page these days. I had to turn away from these kinds of poem, they were cathartic to a point, but I got away from them today, and hopefully tomorrow.
It just hurts too much, although I am positive I'll be back crying in my beer before long. Sorry for your pain and suffering, my friend.
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/24/2012 1:31:50 PM
I saw your poem on the list of most popular poetry and the title drew me to your site. What a wonderfully, wicked poem you have brewed up for our eyes to feast upon. I love scary stories, poems and similiar works of all kinds and your poem certainly did give me the shivers; I like the way you left it open ended... very clever. I am now a new fan of your work!
Joy L. Hale
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/23/2012 7:21:18 AM
A darkness surely to become it's hour of shivers !
Where's my quilt? Loving this well written spooky story.
Lady Mary Ann
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/23/2012 6:56:14 AM
Some dreams seem real, and this one is realer than most. ;-) It is almost if nature is trying to take revenge for all that we have done to destroy its bounty. Could also just a child's fear of the dark, deep woods. Very well written, creative and enjoyable.
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/23/2012 3:56:15 AM
Quite the chilling tale for Howloween.
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/22/2012 5:06:33 PM
Ahhh creepy my Dear Ruan and very well done
as always... It crept from bad to worse!
Nice visions :)
Love and Light
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/22/2012 3:51:09 PM
Mmmmmm what an excellent tale for all hallows eve
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/22/2012 7:48:57 AM
tHERE YA GO.
The Other Side of Darkness (Poetry) - 10/22/2012 6:41:23 AM
Whoa!!! Your dark had its way with me, Ruan, and I read each verse expecting the worse and it came.
In Reverence to the Boudin Blanc (Poetry) - 10/9/2012 5:43:13 PM
:) Yes silly, but as long as we
can in good cheer celebrate what
we consider all good things then...
Yes I laughed too!
Love and Light
In Reverence to the Boudin Blanc (Poetry) - 10/8/2012 8:15:52 AM
Which goes to show you that we Americans, in spite of our dismal economy still have too much time and money on our hands.
By the way, the sausage was delicious.
In Reverence to the Boudin Blanc (Poetry) - 10/8/2012 3:22:43 AM
Oh, well, getting together for silliness such as this is better than burning cars in the street. HehHeh.
In Reverence to the Boudin Blanc (Poetry) - 10/8/2012 2:51:40 AM
I can think of far worse things that people celebrate these days. And I hope you had a good time.
In Reverence to the Boudin Blanc (Poetry) - 10/8/2012 2:28:53 AM
such a sausage of fine repute
The Ghost of Lady Maud (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 10:53:36 AM
Ruan, I too have a friendly ghost it started out when I first
moved in...various odors would come and go, like roses,perfume,
after shave,toast, steak. Sometimes it would follow you outside.
The odors left after a year or two. Now I can feel light touches
on my calve and arm.
Great story poem!
The Ghost of Lady Maud (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 7:20:27 AM
A lovely story put to rhyme.
The Ghost of Lady Maud (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 7:04:57 AM
Sweet essence of honeysuckle. The ghost entranced
with the music she loved. The piano she cherished.
Love this poem Ruan.
Lady Mary Ann
The Ghost of Lady Maud (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 6:08:56 AM
Ahhh many are attached to what they love Ruan
I myself among the antiques and collectibles
I have house a few that make their presence
known... One particular soul her perfume is
quite strong :)
Great tale my dear Ruan
Love and Light
The Ghost of Lady Maud (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 2:31:05 AM
Those who dispute the spirit world (I used to be one of them) or ghosts could be in for stunning surprises before the end of their days. Enjoyable read.
The Ghost of Lady Maud (Poetry) - 10/7/2012 12:49:29 AM
we do seem to become attached to that which we love the most for the comfort it gives us, very well done Ruan
Lonely Friday (Poetry) - 9/5/2012 5:55:42 AM
A song is being written as I write. A new beat for
you in time and harmony. Hugs & Love abundant
for you to find happiness within.
Lady Mary Ann
Lonely Friday (Poetry) - 9/2/2012 9:50:12 AM
Trust what Lily has told you, for she is a very "Loving Soul,"
with such kindness in her whole being. She is of Love & Light.
You will be in my prayers!
Lonely Friday (Poetry) - 9/1/2012 10:59:43 AM
I have my passport and if I had the money Ruan
I would be there darlin' - trust me. Like
someone told me "in a New York second."
All I can do is offer my hugs and love from afar
For I have also been there and done that on what
you are going through.
Enormous wishes to be there with you!
Love and Light
P.S. words have meaning when said, but to hold
a friends hand and give a shoulder without a
spoken word means so much more.
Lonely Friday (Poetry) - 9/1/2012 9:40:39 AM
Solitude has its benefits. The hustle and bustle of family and friends gets old and doesn't lend itself to creative thinking. Alone with nature is where I want to be. But then you have other problems I can't solve––only you can do that.