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We Are Four, Who Once Were Five . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 18 August 2018; published on 21 June 2021

WE ARE FOUR, WHO ONCE WERE FIVE
A poem by Alice B. Clagett
18 August 2018

We are four, who once were five
Though Souls do tarry
on and on
in the halls
of the mansions
of God.

–from Link: “We Are Four, Who Once Were Five,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, written on 18 August 2018; published on 21 June 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-nsx ..

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Alice B. Clagett


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“Sleep” . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written ca. 1967; published on 15 April 2021

Image: “Sleeping Girl,” attributed to Sigismondo Coccapani (1583-1643); attributed to Domenico Fetti (1589-), 1620-1622, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Domenico_Fetti_-_Sleeping_Girl_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg … public domain

Image: “Sleeping Girl,” attributed to Sigismondo Coccapani (1583-1643); attributed to Domenico Fetti (1589-), 1620-1622, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Domenico_Fetti_-_Sleeping_Girl_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg … public domain

Dear Ones,

As I recall, I wrote this poem when I was in college. I recall one ‘No-Doz’ night prepping for a final exam. Could be that prompted me to write about sleep, which seemed forgettable until I neglected it.

“Sleep”
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
ca. 1967

Sleep is something that’s not there.
Try to trap it anywhere.
Try to catch it by surprise —
It’s not found in waking eyes.
Not here,
Or there
Or anywhere.

Yet sleep to us is everything
The what-from we get pep and zing
For ringing
and singing
with giving
and living . . . and yet

Sleep is something that’s not there.
Try to find it anywhere
Try to catch it unaware
You can’t trace it to its lair
Not here
or there —
Not anywhere.

Image: “Sleeping Girl,” attributed to Sigismondo Coccapani (1583-1643); attributed to Domenico Fetti (1589-), 1620-1622, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Domenico_Fetti_-_Sleeping_Girl_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg … public domain

Image: “Sleeping Girl,” attributed to Sigismondo Coccapani (1583-1643); attributed to Domenico Fetti (1589-), 1620-1622, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Domenico_Fetti_-_Sleeping_Girl_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg … public domain

–from Link: “Sleep,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, written ca. 1967; published on 15 April 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-mmh ..

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Alice B. Clagett


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The Troika . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 5 November 2020; published on 6 November 2020; video published on 26 November 2020
Location: Victory Trailhead, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Simi Hills, California

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • “The Troika,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words
  • PHOTOS BY ALICE

Dear Ones,

Here is a tiny poem. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

“The Troika”
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
5 November 2020

 

Ever and always
The rich
Ride a clean sleigh,
Tossing the bodies
Out
Into the snow drifts

PHOTOS BY ALICE

Image: “Victory Trailhead, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Simi Hills, California 1,” adapted, by Alice B. Clagett, 5 November 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Victory Trailhead, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Simi Hills, California 1,” adapted, by Alice B. Clagett, 5 November 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Victory Trailhead, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Simi Hills, California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 5 November 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Victory Trailhead, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Simi Hills, California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 5 November 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

–from Link: “The Troika,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, written on 5 November 2020; published on 6 November 2020; video published on 26 November 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-kRC ..

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Alice B. Clagett


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The Life of a Pond Turtle . a poemlet by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 24 September 2019; published on 30 September 2019; revised on 31 May 2020

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • The Life of a Pond Turtle, a Poem by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words
    • Credits

Dear Ones,

The shortest of poems: “The Life of a Pond Turtle.” A Summary follows the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

“The Life of a Pond Turtle”
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
24 September 2019

 

Oh, the life of a pond turtle is
Sits in the sun, and swims with fishes

Oh, the life of a pond turtle is
Better than, better than anyone’s biz

Credits

“The Life of a Pond Turtle”
Directed by Alice B. Clagett
Filmed on location: Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden – UCLA
Soundtrack” “The Life of a Pond Turtle” by Alice B. Clagett

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–from Link: “The Life of a Pond Turtle,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 24 September 2019; published on 30 September 2019; revised on 31 May 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-ek2 ..

Alice B. Clagett


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Wham Stomp Rap . a couplet by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 23 January 2020; published on 24 January 2020

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Wham Stomp Rap, a Couplet by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

Here is a couplet about psychic ‘raps’. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Wham Stomp Rap
A Couplet by Alice B. Clagett
23 January 2020

Wham, wham wham!
Stomp, stomp, stomp!
Rap, rap, rap!
What in Sam Hill was that!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also Link: “Alice’s Perilous Tales: Cannibal Man . The Greater Oblation,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 19 January 2020; published on 23 January 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-g9u ..

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–from Link: “Wham Stomp Rap,” a couplet by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 23 January 2020; published on 24 January 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-gac ..

Alice B. Clagett


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The World Is Like a Little Child . a visionary poem by Alice B. Clagett

Journaled on 3 December 2009

Dear Ones,

The world is like a little child, begging us
to come out of our heart home and play.
Come out and play with me for a little while!
Then when the longing returns —
to be home again — what a happy thought!
Heart is where the home is!
And here it has been,
right within me, all this time!

Alice B. Clagett


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Mission Accomplished. A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 7 July 2019; published on 16 July 2019

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

At writing class this month, we had an assignment to write a story that included certain words. Each person in the class contributed one word at that moment; and the words were: spelunking, no, accomplished, joy, green, deserted, mistake, and kaleidoscope.

My gift to the class was a poem that included those words. Here is that poem for you ….

Mission Accomplished
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
7 July 2019

No! Spelunking is not for me!

When my first grade class went to the Luray Caverns in Virginia, I went on sit-down strike at the entrance.

I remember our teacher said:
“Sit right here till we get back!”

Then, one by one,
my classmates walked
down the stairs
into the cave.

Deserted! I was all alone!

Time went by.
I stared at the dark entrance to the cave.
A cool breeze welled up to greet me.

As if it had a mind of its own, my foot started tapping.

I stood up.
“This is a big mistake,” I thought.

I stepped down one stone step, then another.
Down, down into the darkness.

Gone, the green grass.
Gone, the kaleidoscope of sunlit clouds and sky.

My sandaled feet tapped Morse code courage.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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