Sunday, May 14, 2017

Place In Paradise to Fire Dance Old School vs New School 
The flames of paradise 
The flames are passed from old to young 


Place In Paradise (Shakespearean sonnet) 

I found my precious place in paradise
Beside the tides which sweep across the shore
Of dreams so soft like nothing felt before
That all which once was me it did entice
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I found much more than I was looking for
From waves which braved those places imprecise
Excited by such dreams your kisses spice
The silken sighs of pleasure to explore
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And though the need to breath may call me back
I drowned within an ocean of desire
I feel my very sole is now on fire
Till all at once my whole world turns to black
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I found my precious place here next to you
Where paradise is always in my view


A lover discovers his paradise on the shores of this Shakespearean sonnet. This sonnet is loaded with word play. It has rhymes within rhymes and reapearing consonants. We probably noticed that three of of the stanzas start with "I found". Did we notice line two of the third stanza ("I drowned") rhymes with "I found". Let our imagination go. There was something else going on in this sonnet. 

I have often shared how Arlene loved to drive. We were driving back from Los Vegas and passed through this town. There was this restaurant with an inordinate number of trucks outside. Arlene and I learned that a restaurant and a lot of truckers meant there was good food. We were right and they had great music. It was late, and we thought it best to find somewhere to bed down for the evening. We found a charming little motel with a pool. This and a moonlit night was an invitation to lovers to lose themselves in a star filled sky. The next day, Arlene and I happened into a quaint old coffee shop with marvelous desserts, Over coffee we decided to look around the town, as we had never been there before. We had a special day.

Arlene and I told some of our friends about the town and the fun we had there. Later they reported back to us. Where we crazy?  They found the town more than boring. How could this be, we wondered? Then one morning, Arlene and I were kissing and there in a full length mirror came the answer.

The world really does change depending on how we look at it; Depending on our attitude. It's true. Take a bunch of people to see the same picture and ask them privately what they saw. They will each describe something different. We hear some people describing how beautiful the world is, while others are focused on all of the problems. The world does face challenges. We face challenges. Challenges are all around. How we face those challenges; How we take in everything around us depends on us. It all starts here. This goes beyond simple positives and negatives. There are an endless "state of affairs" involved.  It all starts here. Don't like what we see, then change it. The easiest road to change is us. There is  a lot in that statement. Active, inactive, internal, external,the easiest road to change, to enjoyment, to everything is here, is us. As we discover our power over our world, Enjoy.


Let's drift into paradise: CafĂ© del Mar "Paradise" 

Let's fire things up a bit 


Polynesian fire dancing began hundreds of years ago. In an area spanning over 4,000 square miles with hundreds of islands, it’s hard to pin-point exactly where in Polynesia fire dancing began. It is believed that the Maori people of New Zealand were the first pioneers as the originators of poi (“ball on a string.”) This ancient art has undergone many changes. Devinsupertramp has put together a video showing what might happen when the old world comes head to head with the new. 
Let's join ScottDW at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the Island of Oahu. "FIRE DANCE BATTLE! Old School VS New School!" 


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22 comments:

  1. We hear some people describing how beautiful the world is,
    while others are focused on all of the problems

    All goes to show how simple things can be made complicated. Choices in life tend to accord assertions often held on selfishly by those who had bad experiences on similar episodes. Incisive thoughts Martin!

    Hank

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    1. Thank you, Hank
      Choices in life can also come from a hopeful voice. Good to have you as part of that chorus.

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  2. We choose how we see things indeed, attitude can make all the difference. Plenty of crap out there, but keep on pushing through it and can get a little light to spare.

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    1. Light to spare (and share) is right.
      Thank you for what you do to make the world a better place.

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  3. Even in the darkest times there is beauty for those with open eyes, hearts and minds. Sadly sometimes we do need to focus on the crap to change it.

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    1. There is an oil company who may have us check our reality. We should not allow anything to drag us down.
      Thank you for listening.

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  4. Very much I think perspective influences experience... Your poem is lovely, the words "And though the need to breath may call me back" are so powerful.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and sharing your thoughts

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  5. What a lyrical poem, Martin. You really have mastered the sonnet. I so agree with your notes after...you and Arlene would find anyplace enchanting.........

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    1. Thank you for the compliment.
      Your work too is inspirational. I hope we all can enjoy much more.

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  6. There are those of us who find the glass half full, and those who find the glass half empty. I think I once wrote an essay titled "What You See Is What You Get". I still think it's true! Enjoyed my visit here, as always!

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    1. I believe you are quite right. We are the best indicators of what is right.
      Thank you for sharing your smile.

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  7. A lovely sonnet, beautifully rendered. Michael, my husband, and I have had the same experience as you and Arlene had while traveling. Happiness is very much a state of mind - and it colors your perceptions, magically. Great post!

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    1. What a wonderful world we live tn. We do add sparkle to the world around us.
      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences

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  8. Very true. It's completely a matter of perspective. Though how anyone can dislike a star filled sky is beyond me.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Spoken like the ray of light that you are.
      Thank you for all the fascination you excite.

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  9. Your Paradise poem is really lovely.
    Definitely good food when trucks stop to buy.

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    1. So it is the same in your neck of the woods. (the truckers)
      Thank you for all your warm thoughts.

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  10. To glimpse paradise is perhaps a gift despite the pains it brings

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    1. Perhaps even it makes one put aside the pain.
      Thank you for dropping in.

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  11. I absolutely concur, I have seen two places in one, when I chose different eyes with which to see.

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    1. You are truly blessed. To see and choose.
      Thank you for all your wonderful work.

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