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An Ethereal Sky, and other Ramblings

James R. Goddard

Prose, free verse, and how does one pitch a book of poetry, prose, and other ramblings of the heart and all that is OUT THERE.

 

I really have no clue if a book can sell as a book of one's introspective thoughts. I have been inspired by one of the writers here that, yes, it can happen. Yes, not a real pitch. Working on it.

 
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Chocolate

CHOCOLATE

 

Chocolate is good for curing:

The flu

Stomach pains

Headache

Broken bones

Broken hearts

Whatever

All ills related to everything

(other things might be needed to help cure, but  chocolate should ALWAYS be regarded as the main source for wellness)

 

Chocolate cures depression

Bad moments

Brain malfunctions

Insanity

Near insanity

Absolute saneness

Opens up grey cells

Clears the air

Makes frowns turn the other way

Is always a good way to make people smile

 

The time you eat chocolate is not counted against your life  (sorta like fishing, only you don't have to gut anything disgusting)

 

Chocolate bridges gaps

Explains theories

Sends the soul into ethereal never never lands

Explains the sexes

 

Chocolate takes you places you never would have gone if there were never any

chocolate to begin with

 

Chocolate has the distinction of never ever being the cause for war

 

The Beatles wrote a song "all you need is love", but the original title was "all you need is chocolate", unfortunately that didn't sound quite right, so they

shortened it to "love", and the rest is history

 

Moral:

When you think of chocolate, just substitute the word love...and all your problems will vanish

 

When you think of love, just think of chocolate – but the greatest of these is still....

...love

 

 

 

 

ETCHINGS

 

Waxing poetically

Singing softly little songs
 
Gently into my lady's delicate ear
 
She lays against an oak tree
 
Legs lazily stretched across the warm green grass
 
Feeding her chocolates

Letting droplets of wine fall upon her lips
 
Her eyes are closed as I lead her on a journey...
 
Wherein she can melt away her thoughts
 
Take her soul into never never lands
 
Forgetting the day
 
And all it's worries
 
 

Relax and feel the wind gently touch her face
 
A wisp of hair stroking a cheek
 
As her own heart tells the places she will journey
 
In life, in thought, in peaceful dreaming

Mediate in joy and never recover in happiness

To drift away

Wherever her imagination might lead

Gently, like a warm summer rain
 
Tell her soulful tales
 
Recite a Shakespearean sonnet
 
Let Barrett-Browning make love to her on the wind
 
"Let me count the ways…"
 
Speak to my princess of the ethereal lands
 
But never forget the chocolate

 

 

AUTUMN

 

I see you through autumn leaves

Holding a camera

Taking images only your heart can see

Adventurous spirit to whom I adore

I want to be your friend

Forevermore

In common we have much

Like chocolate

Dark, milk, and Dutch

What my heart craves can not be missed

All I want from this moment on is -

Just you, chocolate, and a kiss

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATION

 

Chocolate mystifies

Those who seek explanation

Refreshing to one’s soul

Awakens grey cells

Makes a woman’s heart leap

Men to cry

(this I have not seen, but I know it to be true)

 

Chocolate can not be

Explained

Rationalized or –

Even tested in a test tube though tried many a time

Chocolate makes you thirsty

For things intangible

Scientifically improvable

Like love

A child’s laugh

How it refreshes like a summer rain

Soothing one’s soul

Makes a heart glad

And causes your mind to remember…

Some things need no explanation at all

 

 

TOGETHER

 

Canadian geese soaring over head

Flying underneath a canopy of blue

Clouds sail between like ships upon an ocean sea

Lioness plays with her cubs

Others join her too

Children on a merry go round

Jumping as one on a trampoline

Ladies sipping tea at a side walk café

Talking about nothing in particular

It is friendship their common motivator

A place called a breakfast club

Where retired men gather

To sing, to eat, to hear a guest speak

Shake hands

To kiss a woman’s cheek

All creatures great and small

Like chocolate

Love, togetherness, and friendship brings together all

 

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE WITH LOVE

 

Chocolate with strawberries

Red wine and cheese

A partner to dance

A warm summer breeze

 

Chocolate with coffee

Bogart and Bacall

Seniors holding hands

New England in the fall

 

Chocolate with milk

A lady’s diamond ring

Sunset over a meadow

Wild flowers in the spring

 

Chocolate with love

Dresses laced with glitter

First love’s fondest kiss

Snuggling in winter

 

 

 

GRANDPA’S LAP

 

She sits

On grandpa’s lap

Unafraid

Chocolate on her face

On her Easter dress

Fearless

Grandpa doesn’t care

How messy his Sunday suit has become

Love

 

 

GIRLFRIENDS

 

She sits in a an over stuffed chair

There is a small round table

Her hands in gesture linger over

The other side of the table is another she

She leans an arm on the arm of

Her own overstuffed chair

Listening to the one who is so animated

Crossed legs

The table has two paper containers

Coffee or tea

Water or some strange brew

They are friends I can tell

For they share some chocolate

 

 

THE OLD MAN

 

The old man

With an old lonely heart

Upon a bench did he sit

Gazed across a porch

This is what he saw

Holding hands

Lover’s Kiss

Children play

He felt something touch him

And turned to look

An old woman

With an old lonely heart

Sat next to him

And offered him some chocolate

And this is what happened

They held hands

And kissed

And played away the day

 

 

I REMEMBER NATTER

 

(dedicated to my youngest)

 

He's just a little guy

Chestnut hair

Smile from ear to ear

Delight in every new discovery

Watch him

Innocent to everything

But to beauty he knows much

.....I remember you...

When every day was new

And everyone still smiles

When they hear your name

Laughter was invited

In the bosom of your soul

Smiling effortlessly

Hazel eyes which glitter even in the dark

I mis-speak

For wherever you were

Darkness has no chance

I want to see you dance again

And smile

Like today has no end

Chocolate on your face

Makes you all the more delicious

 

 

HER LIPS

 

She stands on a grassy place

An ocean behind her

She wears a purple sweater

Her blond hair swept by the wind

Her lips are parted slightly

In a curious smile

She looks at me

And dares me not to like her

I care nothing but to know

What chocolate tastes like upon those lips

 

TAPESTRY

 

Like tapestry and sculpture

An opera or ballet

Designed, created unique all its own

Chocolate is the stuff fine art is made of

 

Like the length of the universe

Or the way of a lover’s kiss

Time and eternity

Chocolate can not be measured

 

Like a smile found any place on earth

Laughter, play or touch

Unexpected moments of happiness

Chocolate is universal

 

Like the wonder of the movement of a mountain stream

Or way of the stars, the planets, their courses to go

Chocolate is its own remarkable self

And can not be placed into a box

 

 

SELF TALKING

 

When you talk to yourself

The only voice you’ll hear

Is that of your own

In those lovely times

When breathing isn’t enough

Find someone who needs chocolate

And you’ll never talk ….

Or…

Possibly…

Walk alone again

 

 

A SCIENTIFIC FACT

 

Once upon a time

A man named Professor Sam

Placed chocolate in a test tube

Wasn’t sure what he’d find

However he was on his way to find out

He inserted milk chocolate into one tube

Bittersweet into another

Semi sweet into one more

Dark chocolate placed in one too

Yes, he tested them with water

With heat and fire

He shaked them

He stirred them

He literally tried to fry them

With assorted chemicals he experimented

Every conceivable condition did he attempt

To find meaning, answers, and most importantly WHY

Chocolate did what it did, and most often does

To so many innumerable others

 

WELL his wife stood at the top of the stairs

Staring down at her husband’s chemical experimental scientific basement shrine

She sighed

He didn’t look up

Intent on his mission

To solve earth’s most widely kept secret

A mystery indeed never fully explained

This reaction chocolate extracted from mortals all

He stopped, and mused and carried his thoughts to such intellectual extremes

Couldn’t figure it out

His wife sighed and shook her head

She shouted “give it up!  Have some chocolate!  I’m going to bed.”

 

He pondered and mused on that one.

And left his chemicals and tubes behind.

Leapt up those chairs, crossed across the house to their bedroom…

She yelled back at him “don’t forget the chocolate!”

He made a side trip to the kitchen

Found what she longed for

And journeyed onward to spend a pleasant night

Moral:

Forget the strain and try not to figure

Just feed your wife chocolate

Else she might pull the trigger

 

 

FIELDS OF JOY

 

Across fertile fields of joy

Through forests and thickets

Over and atop rocky mountains

Snow blanketed and pure

Gliding across lakes and streams

The wind is whispering these words -

“I will love you forever”

 

As long as the wind blows

And the mountains stand tall above the plains

Lakes and streams still carry water

Will I cherish thee

Come and fill your soul

With the sweetest of love’s song

And the sweetness of your chocolate kiss

 

 

He placed chocolate

In a plastic container

Shipped it across the seas to her

When it arrived

She opened and smiled

Chocolate was melted, ruined

But not her love for him

 

 

STRAWBERRIES

 

Chocolate with strawberries

Red wine and cheese

A partner to dance

A warm summer breeze

 

Chocolate with coffee

Bogart and Bacall

Seniors holding hands

New England in the fall

 

Chocolate with milk

A lady’s diamond ring

Sunset over a meadow

Wild flowers in the spring

 

Chocolate with love

Dresses laced with glitter

First love’s fondest kiss

Snuggling in winter

 

 

 

FORTUNE

 

She was just a little girl

With big hopeful dreams

Doe eyes

And quivering lip

(which she could turn on and off when ever it best suited her)

Long pig tails and dirty nose

Her mother handed her a chocolate bar

She could not believe her good fortune

And all became right with the world

 

 

TO BE FREE

 

Oh, this mortal coil,

That hinders the internal spirit -

….A spirit which remains,

……….In spite of its pains,

Undaunted

……Unafraid

This spirit 

…….Trapped

Within that shell which labors    

………against the eternal need 

 ……………..to be free.

Love, it be true

………There is comfort only in chocolate

……………..And in you

 

 

 

TOGETHER

 

Canadian geese soaring over head

Flying underneath a canopy of blue

Clouds sail between like ships upon an ocean sea

Lioness plays with her cubs

Others join her too

Children on a merry go round

Jumping as one on a trampoline

Ladies sipping tea at a side walk café

Talking about nothing in particular

It is friendship their common motivator

A place called a breakfast club

Where retired men gather

To sing, to eat, to hear a guest speak

Shake hands

To kiss a woman’s cheek

All creatures great and small

Like chocolate

Love, togetherness, and friendship brings together all

 

 

IMAGE

 

Silently I write

And another takes an image

Together we immortalize what has already become

Immortalized

Chocolate

Can never be made a redundant subject

There is always a new audience

And always a willing old one…

To be make anew…

By the daily adventures of chocolate

 

 

PONDERINGS

 

Use to be simpler days

When you wore skirts and dress shoes

And didn’t care how muddy they became

Nothing extended much

Beyond the shelter of your front yard

Nor your back

But your dreams extended these earthly boundaries

Set by mom and dad

Your spirit took you places

Far and beyond

And it was so simple a thing

To dream

Simple times of chocolate and things

Which made you smile

Moments they pass…and -

Now that you are grown

Remember the simple moments

Quiet pleasures

And dream again

Chocolate never ages….

And will see you through

 

 

REMEMBER

 

He was angry

Out of work

Sitting on a park bench

Thinking

Always thinking

Trying to remember

The last smile his lips knew

A little girl

(his daughter)

Brought to him a half eaten –

Chocolate bar

She looked at him

Not understanding his grief

Nor his impoverished soul

Her only care –

Dad is sad

And I’ll make him better

He looked up

To see her tear stained eyes

And quivering lip

He smiled

Taking the food we call comfort

Swallowing it into his soul

Reached for her

And this is what he said –

“I love you”

Chocolate makes memory work

When it comes to the matters

Of a child’s heart

 

 

RAPTURE

 

Gently touch me

Let my fingers gingerly take you into my mouth

My lips slowly part

Like a theatre curtain

As it slowly rises

And the audience is anticipating what is about to come

So does my stomach and soul

Anticipate the arrival of you, my dear sweet delight

Eyelids slip down to half

Mouth watering in glee for what it expects

Fingers nimbly, delicately, lovingly holding chocolate

Like a man holding a woman’s heart in his own

Lips like a curtain

Tongue and mouth take completely its ethereal beauty

Close lips

Close eyes

Dream and take in

The essence of a chocolate kind of pleasure

 

UNIVERSAL

 

Science can not explain much

Not in the long run

The important things in life

The ways of love

A child’s smile

And chocolate itself

Chocolate is the universal answer to all life’s impossible equations

A universe which thirsts for knowledge

Even love

More a child’s smile

Can only be measured

By the amount of chocolate it consumes

 

WHAT IT IS

 

Like tapestry and sculpture

An opera or ballet

Designed, created unique all its own

Chocolate is the stuff fine art is made of

 

Like the length of the universe

Or the way of a lover’s kiss

Time and eternity

Chocolate can not be measured

 

Like a smile found any place on earth

Laughter, play or touch

Unexpected moments of happiness

Chocolate is universal

 

Like the wonder of the movement of a mountain

The stars, planets, their courses to go

Chemicals, reactions, and what we are made of

Chocolate is its own remarkable science

 

Not easily understood is Chocolate

Or universally defined into one lump explanation

Can not be placed into a box, but then -

Why should it be anything other than what it is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTEMPLATIONS

 

Writers write

Dreamers dream

Artists paint

Coffee and cream

 

Philosophers ponder

Singers sing

Lovers kiss

On a porch swing

 

Dancers dance

Riders ride

Nothing prettier

Than a wedding bride

 

Watchers watch

Doers do

In all in all

Kisses, chocolate, and you

 

 

EVERYTHING

 

But they’re not roses

True

But they still say

I love you

 

Fill me up

Never let the glass half full

Chocolate like a fountain

Makes me lose control

 

I have married

My soul

To many another’s heart

Chocolate is the river flowing through

 

Chocolate on an ethereal day

Patterns in my mind

I am too drunk in love to rhyme

Give me another, make mine with nuts

 

Where are you now

Your thoughts long ago departed

To another’s shore

Chocolate wipes many tears away

 

Married you

For long these many years

Dreams that did not come true a plenty

Still I taste your sweet lips of chocolate

 

Kids rush in

When chocolate lifts its voice

Smiles

And friendships round and round

 

Love lifts up

Chocolate sets us in concrete

Taste

Joy goes a long way

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MegK wrote 238 days ago

Lovely thought well expressed.

No, I'm not sure if you could sell such a book - and I'm not even sure who I'd recommend it to.

But I enjoyed reading it.

Keep working at it and if you do decide to pursue publication, trying describing it as "rambling poetry" or something similar (see if you can come up with a better phrase) and see if that does the trick.

Andrea Taylor wrote 518 days ago

I love chocolate too, but not THAT much! Really, it's a very sweet chapter ( :) ) and you sound such a romantic idealist I ache for the pain life must have brought you. But then, as you say, it's nothing that a bar of chocolate can't solve!
Andrea
The De Amerley Affair

Warrick Mayes wrote 532 days ago

James,
it appears that chocolate occupies your thought a lot of the time!

I like poetry, not all of it, it's like art! I particularly liked "Autumn". I also like poetry that has verses and rhyme, so I noticed that "Strawberries" has a strong resemblance to "Chocolate With Love"

Nice work
Best Wishes
Warrick
"Sleeping With God"

Clare B wrote 738 days ago

Thanks for your sweet comment, you have been eating too much chocolate ;) All we endeavor is to be brightness Jim, mind, body and spirit, embracing all things that gives us comfort...like chocolate. Keep up the good work Jim. Love, Light and Rainbows a plenty. Clare :)

Clare B wrote 738 days ago

What beautiful poetry, it was to me childhood days, cold nights, rain hitting the window, children, adult-hood memories, films, everything in between. Chocolate....is a best friend, travelling companion, healer, forgiveness, brilliant interpretation Jim.

Maybe that's why my parents named me after their favorite cake...Chocolate Eclair? Just kidding. Brillaint 6 stars. Clare Be The Human Sunshine.

celticwriter wrote 811 days ago

more to come

Scott Toney wrote 869 days ago

James,

What beautiful and enjoyable poetry! I really enjoyed the poems about chocholate. I always love coming across poetry on Authonomy because it can be a nice relaxing read that rejouvenates you. Yours is some of the best on the site and I'll be returning throughout the coming days for more. Thanks for uploading your prose for us to enjoy! I've gladly rated it six stars as well and have it on my watchlist.

Have a wonderful day!

- Scott, The Ark of Humanity and Lazarus, Man

P.s. Thank you for your time with Lazarus, Man and your comment! If you have the time to look at either of my other works I'd be honored! I'll be reading yours as well. Again, Have a fantastic day!

Neville wrote 901 days ago

Hi James, sorry I thought the chocolate went on a bit too long but it was sweet reading, ha ha.
What I did enjoy was the others, particularly ‘Wisdom for my Children’ which made its mark on me.
I also enjoyed your other book ‘London in Love’ some time ago now.
I hope you do well with this latest one. It’s certainly different and I wish you the best with it.
Well starred and on my W/L for backing when I can.

Kind regards,

Neville. The Secrets of the Forest – The Time Zone.

Walden Carrington wrote 910 days ago

Jim,
Your love of chocolate and the way it has inspired you to write poetry made me laugh while I read it. I suspect some of those health benefits are imaginary, but I can always appreciate an unusual sense of humor. I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing chocolate for years since I gave it up due to the caffeine and someone was once stunned to hear this from me. I've found carob to be a good substitute for chocolate, but there will never be a good substitute for love.

Walden Carrington
Titanic: Rose Dawson's Story

cheerful273 wrote 922 days ago

Jim,
I love, love, love the poems about chocolate!!
I agree, chocolate can never be the root of war.

I want the chocolate poem as a bookmark, please! Perhaps a card.

LOUVE it.
Alice

Lucia13 wrote 964 days ago

After reading this collection, I'm sure I'd read anything you wrote-- even a grocery list. You have such a beauty to your writing that it sings to me as I read it. I'd enjoyed this because sometimes I only have short bursts of time to read and can't always dedicate the time to reading a full length novel. I loved the variety in this piece.. I have a lot of books on my shelf that are plays and I would definitely buy a collection like this. Good luck with it!

celticwriter wrote 980 days ago

Writing some updates....hope to have some up soon.

elina914 wrote 1030 days ago

Jim --

I truly enjoyed your musings. They are original, and conjure up beautiful images, wonderful moments.

When the scientist came along I had to laugh out loud and run for the chocolate candy I´ve been storing for occassions such as this.

Original, yes. On my shelf.

Elina
CLASH - A Novel of Extremes

Amy Craig Beasley wrote 1053 days ago

Your poetic chapters are refreshing - I was glad I had chocolate in the house - otherwise, I would have had to go to the grocery :)

I absoluetly love how you have crafted such an ancient love story into a play - the chours is brillant - would love to see and hear this performed - loved just reading it too - stage directions are insightful- good strong voice -

thanks
~ a

Laura A. D. wrote 1171 days ago

I really liked this one too! You are very good with descriptive imagery! :o)

KNCHolmes wrote 1206 days ago

I was really drawn in to this...and thats not easy to do with poetry. I would say that sometimes the formatting is a little hard to follow, but I wouldn't know how to fix it as I am not expert in this area. I think this is the type of book that some beautiful photos would enhance and it could be marketable. I would buy a copy for myself(even though I don't really like chocolate) and one for my sister(who loves chocolate). I will keep my reading as you update. I know the poetry market is hard to break into...so best of luck to you!

mala iyer wrote 1232 days ago

i absolutely loved this. i sat reading it and let the imagery take me to all the places you so beautifully and eloquently describe....

DMHeadley wrote 1268 days ago

I love chocolate,so I have backed with pleasure :)

Dawn
Sammy and the Wise Willow

AnnEnglish wrote 1273 days ago

Chocolate
Goddard

The good news is that it gets a brief spin on the revolving bookcase.
Now I put on my nit-picking critiquer's hat.

Novels can struggle on despite occasional infelicities.
Poets in night clubs naturally stumble and hesitate.
In print, however, a single infelicity, mis-step, or hesitation shatters the illusion, for me. I'll make an effort, but if you haven't made the effort, the poem crashes.

Chocolate, for example. You say, among similar stuff, that "chocolate cures is always a good way to make people smile."

Maybe, but on the other hand maybe you just didn't think it important to write carefully, and to give us a list of things-that-chocolate-cures.

"She lays against an oak tree, legs feeding her chocolates." Perhaps some day "lay" will mean "lie", but for some time now that particular error, like misplaced -ING words, has rung alarm bells in the amateur writing world.

the punctuation is erratic it does not serve the ... meaning there are too many ..... dots and too few. Full stops. This is not fine full freedom and artistry it is a bore. In my opinion.

Enough of curmudgeonry. Good luck. As I said, I backed it.

Ann


Pamela Wootton wrote 1275 days ago

Nice one, I can't really improve on the comments below, except to add that I wish that I liked chocolates like everyone esle I know. Unfortunately it is something that actaully makes me sick, physically that is. So, I kind of have a eat it or leave it attitude towards it. Still I am betting lots of people will be drawn to this book with a difference.
Cheers and backed for its merit.
Pamela 'THE OUTRAGE'

Three Red Seeds wrote 1292 days ago

This is the only the second poetry I've come across on this site. Your presence is a blessing to us other writers becasue it's nice to be pushed out of the ordinary. I'm off to read more. Some nice images and ideas to ponder over the next little while.

Backed by E.

David Kidd wrote 1294 days ago

I like your poetry very much, and thanks for backing mine. regards David

Marija F.Sullivan wrote 1298 days ago

Very amusing and yummy poems. 'Chocolate is the stuff fine art is mad of'. I totally agree with your view on chocolate as 'the universal answer to all life's impossible equations.
In fact I would like to suggest you write a coffee table book on chocolates: are they product of love or substitute for love? Combined with your romantic poems, I think you have lots going for you.
Best wishes,
- Weekend Chimney Sweep
- Sarajevo Walls of Fate
PS.
The Beatles and chocolate? Really?

celticwriter wrote 1309 days ago

Appreciate the comments, thank you! Yes, just a work in progress.

J A Humm wrote 1309 days ago

I don't need much encouragement to back poetry. Not enough on this website in my view... especially fun, light, dancing poetry like yours. Well done and keep going.

J A Humm
(The Retreat)

Suzalex wrote 1318 days ago

Wandered over here, and Good God! Now I need chocolate! I'm afeady to go to page two, but I will.

Will back this when I finish.
Ha, this is great.

Suz

Valley Woman wrote 1324 days ago

Hi Jim, Yes, these are pearls of a personal nature, but everyone can relate to chocolate. I think you tap into the consciousness of humanity in how you string it all together, the nature, the humans, and the chocolate. Now, I feel a little hungry.

You might try contacting Grey Wolf Press which publishing poetry. It's out of the Midwest. I think that's the name of the press. It has wolf in the title.

Patricia

Shimmer wrote 1325 days ago

Jim, I enjoyed your poetry & prose very much. My very favorite pieces are "I remember Natter" and "Summer".
Though I liked so many that it's hard to chose. Backed with delight. Hugs, Shimmer

name falied moderation wrote 1325 days ago

Dear James

I have started to read your writing and must say that it is compelling. i feel strongly to back your book now. I do wish to be part of your climb to the top on this site. CONGRATS and I will comment more as I read more

BACKED BY ME FOR SURE.
Please take a moment to look, COMMENT which is important to me, and BACK my book. if not that is OK also

The VERY best of luck to you

Denise
The Letter

celticwriter wrote 1325 days ago

thank you!

SusieGulick wrote 1325 days ago

Dear James, I just love your Song of Solomon play :) - that's precious. :) I understand that you love "chocolate" & "love" :) - together or separately, even. :) I love all of your chapters & especially on how to treat girls :) - having had 6 bad husbands, it's a shame they didn't abide by your hints. :) I'm so blessed from reading your book. :) Thank you. :) Love, Susie :) p.s. we've already backed each other's book. :) Thank you. :)

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