Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flower In The Mud to How Tarzan Met Jane 
A flower is a reminder of how couple met 
A picture is a reminder of how Tarzan and Jane met 




Flower In The Mud (English sonnet) 

Amid the blackened mud a flower grew
Reminder of a time that couldn’t last
A lover’s passion burning way too fast
This flower bears the madness they went through
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Oh flower of such kisses from the past
What feelings fostered fate of lovers two
One wonders now if even they then knew
Speak flower any scent which you may cast
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A sunny day they say when couple met
To air some darkness brewing in their mind
Resulting in a flower in the mud
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What followed was a scene of deep regret
As blow by blow soft words became unkind
Resulting in a flower in the blood 


A flower, madness, a world unreal unfolds in this English sonnet. As in most English sonnets, this one is broken into two halves. The first half (the quatrains) discusses a strange flower which is a reminder of a romance. The second half (the triplets) discusses what happened to the relationship and the grim conclusion. From the beginning the sonnet is colored with the madness that takes place at the end. The ending is so grim that it effects the entire sonnet. 

When Arlene became president of the PTA, we rediscovered our old friends Steve and Molly, Steve and Molly were a couple from our high school to pre-disco days. They were a lot like Arlene and I: mad lovers. I'm not certain what happened, but here the were again... married... with three kids. The oldest was attending our school. Steve and Molly were hard working supporters and volunteers. We got together to catch up on lost years. After about a year Arlene started noticing some bruises on Molly. She found out from Molly that Steve had lost his job. It couldn't have happened at a worse time, financially. Steve turned to alcohol at nights. Arlene and I suspected the worst: Steve was attacking Molly. It all sounds easy for friends to step in and help. First off, Molly would blame her bruises on this and that. What were we to do? We had to do something, for the sake of our conscience. We went to the school principal. There were kids involved.  This led to an investigation. It turned out to be much worse. Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a happy ending, except that everyone is alive.

Life is a wonder, Was it mere coincidence that one couple was brought back into a world of another couple who would help them? There are many, many people willing to help, that are helping (making a positive difference). There are many who do nothing at all. Or so the media would have us believe. We read and hear about the damage being done to our environment. We don't often hear about those working very hard for our Mother Nature. There are many, many working, serving to make a difference, I have seen them. They follow many callings.  My main service was for the youth. There are some people who are willing to help but, for some reason, are held back. The right motivation at the right time and another hope is born. We should all help. We should all give back for this gift of ours. I'm sure we all do (or want to). Life is wonderful. We are wonderful. And as we work for a better tomorrow, Enjoy.


A sad song, in memory of a love: Thao Nguyen Xanh "Sad Romance" 

Talk about wonder: Tarzan and Jane come to mind 


Tarzan is a fictional character, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs for his 1914 book "Tarzan of the Apes". Tarzan was  an archetypal feral child raised in the African jungle by the Mangani great apes; he later experiences civilization only to largely reject it and return to the wild as a heroic adventurer. As far as meeting his mate Jane, is was nothing even close to a video created by Hannah Stocking.
Since Hannah's video is much shorter than the actual meeting of Tarzan and Jane, let's watch that. "How Tarzan Met Jane | Hannah Stocking & Anwar Jibawi" 


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There is always some madness in love. 
But there is also always some reason in madness. 
Friedrich Nietzsche


 



26 comments:

  1. Flowers are wonderful to bring people together, they can speak volumns.
    Many reason flowers are used ....to heal a rift, to say I love you. to say I miss you. Yes Flowers are wonderful things God invented.
    Thanks for a lovely poem.

    Yvonne.

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    1. You saw the scent within the nightmare.
      Thank you for this stream of hope.

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  2. A very sobering story. But everyone being alive is also a blessing, it might not feel that way while it is happening, but it is. Domestic abuse is an awful thing.

    On a different note, the poem appeared on my reading list as I was scrolling, the blog title rolled out of the frame, and as I read it the first thought that came to my mind was - this feels very Martinesque and I scrolled back up to check the blog title and the name of the writer and sure enough it was yours. You have a distinctive 'poetic voice.'

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    1. To see it happening to someone and doing something about it is an experience in itself.
      Thank you for letting me know our work is getting out there. This is indeed complimentry.

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  3. Yeah, there is much more giving than the news and crummy media would have you believe. You just have to watch out for the users in life, as they'll try and bleed anyone they can dry.

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    1. Let's do our share to make sure others know these hard working "Do-gooders' are all around.
      Thank you. We can do it.

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  4. Saying nothing allows evil to continue (and yes, I do class domestic abuse as evil). Thank you for stepping in. All parties being still alive is a huge plus. It may not have ended that way without your intervention.

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    1. You might have more experience than most. Even the little I did was very hard.
      Thank you for all you do.

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  5. What a poignant poem and heart rending story. I am glad you were able to help, it's good that everyone had their lives.

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    1. Thank you for the support and sharing your thoughts

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  6. A flower in the blood! Love this.

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    1. Glad that you liked.
      Thank you. (watching for your posts)

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  7. My youngest daughter was a victim of domestic abuse. One night her husband shoved her into a wall and she passed out. He drug her to the bed and watched her all night to see if she would die. She lived at the time in a city about eight hours from us. We had no clue what she was going through.

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    1. Sorry to hear this. I trust things were taken care of.
      Thank you for sharing this horrifying experience.

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  8. It was no coincidence that your paths met again, people are brought into our lives for a reason or a season. They help us in our time of need. You were a vehicle of change in this situation. It is always good when one comes out alive!

    Peace to you Martin!

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    1. Situations in my life seem to point to a preplanned path. Maybe you feel it too. Rather than dwelling on this, I prefer to enjoy.
      Thank you for everything...

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  9. Sad poem Martin.
    Poor Molly living with domestic violence. Then Steve loosing is job caused many problems for him and Molly. Such is life!
    Sad but true for some.

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    1. Makes us grateful to greet the sunrise with a warm cup of coffee and a smile.
      Thank you and may the you be blessed.

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  10. Beautiful, yet so sad. Glad to hear all are Okay. Our daughter and grandsons were victims of verbal abuse. We certainly had to get involved. Thanks

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    1. Sorry that it happened. Hope all is bright now.
      Thank you kindly for all the support.

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  11. It takes huge strength to live with an abusive partner. A heart wrenching story indeed... so upsetting!Beautifully penned, Martin.

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    1. Deep are the ways of an abusive relationship.
      Thank you for the gift of your thoughts.

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  12. Adore your opening quartet of lines, Martin. Solid like a fine foundation...

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  13. What followed was a scene of deep regret
    As blow by blow soft words became unkind
    Resulting in a flower in the blood

    One would have wanted all the romances to seek a beautiful finality. Sadly it was not to be. This is an all too familiar episode while growing up!

    Hank

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    1. I hit Arlene once. It would be my scar of shame to carry the rest of my life.
      Thank you and may life treat you kindly.

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