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    Default A Tweleve Poem Adventure: Grant me Sanctuary

    Get your thinking caps ready! I've got a sweet puzzle coming, with prizes and eternal glory riding on the outcome. You could win the Purple Thistle token!



    More details and the puzzle itself will be posted as soon as lucynymph's Tweleve questions challenge ends.

    In the mean time, look through the pictures on my MSN Group, and pick your favorite. Don't miss any, there are 27 photos!

    Cheers!
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    enjoying the pics - beautiful!
    looking forward to what is to come!
    em - luanne

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    success is simply getting up one more time than you fall

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    Nice photos, Moscow. I've made my first cut but will wait til another day to go through round two. We'll just see how things hit me on another evening...

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    Very nice pictures Moscow. You have a good eye for nature and all her wonder.

    Here is something to ponder: Why is it that pictures of trees look so good in black and white?
    .........time to add a DAR ring to my collection.........





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    Default Grant me sanctuary

    Beneath the grim exterior
    Under the erst facade
    Xanadu! Xanadu! the hidden, the missing, the lost!
    Kings and Queens no longer
    Tho' my sanctuary has disappeared
    Pater Zeus can see its repose
    Kindly hear my cries--
    Zeus, pater! Hera, mother!
    Allow my tears their meaning

    Precious time has passed away
    Since walls began to fall
    Persephone's muted cries fill my broken heart
    In retrospect, the pomegranate was not sweet at all
    Summer sun and winter chill
    Damning seeds, forbidden fruit, widens the gulf...
    Xanadu, no longer, thy walls I cannot see.

    Spring was here. The world rejoiced.
    September's setting sun brought Demeter's stinging tears
    Alone once more, both she and I,
    Find even the nectar, sweet nectar of the gods, bitter.
    Vinegar and gall, Ambrosia without taste
    Vinegar and gall do not bring solace

    Sanctuary, Xanadu, so very far away

    Just over that high mountain...
    Toward the brightest star...

    Orpheus, with enchanting song, was given one last chance
    Just don't look back, Just follow me,
    'Til lost again is found
    Music almost won her passage home,
    Lost one more for looking back

    Apollo, who sees it all, from your chariot on high
    Help me find my missing walls, the lonely Xanadu
    Lead me back to my abandoned gem
    Guide my feet, O great Apollo
    Forsake not the lost and vanished peacefulness!

    Do not leave my soul melancholic,
    Naked, exposed to the morning’s innuendo.
    Discover the place, O mighty gods, to my view.
    Beneath the grim exterior
    Under the erst facade
    Xanadu! Xanadu! the hidden, the missing, the lost!
    Kings and Queens no longer
    Tho' my sanctuary has disappeared
    Pater Zeus can see its repose
    Kindly hear my cries--
    Zeus, pater! Hera, mother!
    Allow my tears their meaning

    Precious time has passed away
    Since walls began to fall
    Persephone's muted cries fill my broken heart
    In retrospect, the pomegranate was not sweet at all
    Summer sun and winter chill
    Damning seeds, forbidden fruit, widens the gulf...
    Xanadu, no longer, thy walls I cannot see.

    Spring was here. The world rejoiced.
    September's setting sun brought Demeter's stinging tears
    Alone once more, both she and I,
    Find even the nectar, sweet nectar of the gods, bitter.
    Vinegar and gall, Ambrosia without taste
    Vinegar and gall do not bring solace

    Sanctuary, Xanadu, so very far away

    Just over that high mountain...
    Toward the brightest star...

    Orpheus, with enchanting song, was given one last chance
    Just don't look back, Just follow me,
    'Til lost again is found
    Music almost won her passage home,
    Lost one more for looking back

    Apollo, who sees it all, from your chariot on high
    Help me find my missing walls, the lonely Xanadu
    Lead me back to my abandoned gem
    Guide my feet, O great Apollo
    Forsake not the lost and vanished peacefulness!

    Do not leave my soul melancholic,
    Naked, exposed to the morning’s innuendo.
    Discover the place, O mighty gods, to my view.
    I caught you a delicious bass.


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    National Poetry Month!:
    http://tinyurl.com/c8f6sx
    http://tinyurl.com/nationalPoetry

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    There is an answer.

    The first one who posts or PMs it to me will win their favorite of the photos posted on my MSN Group in 10"x13" glory.

    I reserve the right to sweeten the pot, add additional prizes, declare a Rusful token, make arcane references, and whatever else I think necessary to promote the solving of this puzzle.

    Cheers-
    and have fun-
    Brady

    (yeah, that's my real name.)
    I caught you a delicious bass.


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    National Poetry Month!:
    http://tinyurl.com/c8f6sx
    http://tinyurl.com/nationalPoetry

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    I give 12PM about ten seconds before he nails this one, seeing as he's all over mythological references. It's got Lucynymph written all over it stylistically - I was surprised at how much you've changed your style, Moscow! Very nice. It reads like lyrics, a lot like you've been working on it for a long time. Well done. Good poetry, MBA, thought provoking questions, and good photography? Most impressive.

    (See Nodon? This is me being supportive... JUMP IN! )

    I submitted my answer, but it's a longshot...

    Carol

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    Such a familiar sound...

    WRONG!

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    Trying again... and again... willing to support any guess for the fun of it...

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    Never mind the puzzle.
    The poem's superb.
    And somehow I don't think Greek mythology will help me here too much.

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