Friday, September 10, 2010


There is a phase between sleep and wake,
Where the liqueur of life is brewed.

A world of possibility -

Free from the chains of  madness awake
There is a well of pure conceit -

Where the only truth is now.

Powered by a beating heart,  
the electricity of a soul -
Assembled by a  hand unseen -
The  author of it all

Drink deep, travelers, from this spring 
Drink deep , drink deep.


Anonymous Susannah said...

Oooh, I like this very much!
Truth and good writing, an excellent mix. :-)

2:46 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

oh yes, I like this very much.. a phase b/w consciousness and unconsciousness...

My Magpie

3:07 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

what an intriguing take ont he prompt...i like this a lot...and hope i always drink deep...nice mag!

4:01 AM  
Blogger willow said...

"...where the liqueur of life is brewed"

I often am inspired in that delicious spot, somewhere between sleep and awake.

Brilliant, Lane.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Jinksy said...

"There is a phase between sleep and wake,
Where the liqueur of life is brewed"


8:17 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

So incredible that you have
picked up the Magpie challenge
and have weighed in at #72.
I love the lines /Free from the
chains of madness awake/There is
a well of pure conceit/ where
the only truth is now/
Great stuff, sir!
I don't know what the hell
happened, but it seems
that I have been trying to
convince you for years that
you were a poet, and a
wordsmith, and one morning
you just got out of bed
and began writing poetry
hardcore for real. I am proud
and excited to have been a
small part of this wonderful

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dis iz whey kool, dude. Dat Glenn
hadit rite all along. Youse cudda
been riting dis vurse long time
ago, and sortof were, but now,
damn, fuggitaboutit, youse hav
launched a load of poems on dis
wurld. Keep after it.


10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to take a little credit
in this latest turn of events too.
It was in no small part that your
love for me all these years had
finally found its outpouring,
its poetic voice.


10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you could be a lyric
writer now too, besides being
a world shaking innovative
modern composer, and ex-wrench

..............Eddie Emerald

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep this up, Doug, and I will
have to write my Next Movie
about your life, and the turgid
and emotional journey you were
on to begin to find your true

................Woody Allen

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This particular poem seems to
echo some of the feeling of a
few of my darker tomes, so
bite me, Emily, for I, too have
been an influence on the
emergence of these exciting

...................Edgar Allen Poo

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a fast read, private,
and it went through my viscera
like crap through a goose; but
I must say no one expected
this turn of events.

.................General George Patton

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will paint something unique
and personal for you in tribute
to your power of poetry, and
I will entitle it EXPANDABLE

..............Salvador Dali

10:42 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Like a proud godfather I posted
this over on FFTR, and even on
my FB page, bringing more focus
and recognition and promulgation
to your fine work. Then I left a
comment on your FB page alerting
the media and the populous.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have inspired me to shake
off the inebriated slumber of
the ages, and paint yet again,
paint your REM, on a 10 foot
by 5 foot canvas. I hope you
will like it. I will show it to
you next Thursday during
your dreams.

.................Jackson Pollock

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one really gets the blood
pumping, kid! You even got
old Burroughs to come to the
surface and take a look.
You have got me Howling
again! Excellent job!

............Allen Ginsberg

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have the gift of perceiving things
way off center. I can dig it, and hope
to see more of your work soon.

..............Richard Gary Brautigan

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember friend, it may be
a good time to be a poet,
but the pay is still shitty.

...............Bobby Byrd

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of tame stuff, but I like it.
Get mad at it, open a vein,
flog your log, drink some wine,
get laid, piss some people off,
and write another one!

..............Charles Bukowski

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many's the day
out there on the road
I have felt the same.

.............Jack Kerouac

11:00 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

I love your perception of
/a world of possibility/,
and I do agree that one
of the things that fuels
us as poets, writers,
composers, and such is
/the electricity of the soul/.
If you can slog through it,
check out a speech Jerome
Rothenberg made posted
over on FFTR, or Yi Ching Lin's
new daily poem, IMAGINATION.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Strange, but my poetic challenge
over on Magpie Tales,
ODE TO OVUM, was a dynamic
rewrite of a 1966 poem of mine,
and it seemed to work well
in the latest challenger, although
not so well perhaps as your effort,
but ironically when Lynne Rees
put out her poetic challenge over
on APPLEHOUSE yesterday, it was
supposed to be a poem about
mothers, so I was able to submit
ODE TO OVUM, with the overtitle
BETTY & BUTCH. Small and crazy
world, enit?

11:08 AM  
Blogger kathew said...

very thougtful and well written

12:29 PM  
Blogger Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

drink deep my friend...

good stuff


your comments amuse me

6:38 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

I take no responsibility for comments left by dead or imaginary people.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Do you take or accept any level
of responsibility for the comments
made by living breathing folks?
Your gaggle of followers from
the other side is unique in the
Cyberworld; probably illegal too.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wonderful write - I love your take on the image

5:21 PM  
Blogger Reflections said...

Love it... especially your line of 'free from the chains of madness awake'

Great mag!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Kristen Haskell said...

Great Magpie I too also like this very much.

5:39 PM  

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