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Callyope
http://www.fanstory.com/callyope
Location: Redlands, California
Gender: Female
Born: On Earth Day
Interests: Spiritual and Creative Growth among many other things.
Member: Standard
Joined: April 2013
INFORMATION
Born in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and now residing in Southern California, Callyope discovered at a very young age that she possessed a deep interest and equivalent talent in the literary arts. Happily married and mother of 3, she continues to write on borrowed time...
FAVORITE QUOTE
Fortune comes a' crawlin', calliope woman, spinning that curious sense of your own.- Jerry Garcia
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Callyope: An Accidental Thought:

To be as free as a rooted tree, doesn't seem all that free to me!
July 8, 2013 at 12:32PM
    William Walz: Whoever said a tree was free?
    July 8, 2013 at 5:16PM
    Callyope: Not anyone, ever, at all to my knowledge... Then again, what do I know?!
    July 8, 2013 at 6:00PM
    Xylok: that IS an interesting thought indeed! sounds like poetry muse to me! how free is ANYTHING, is what it makes me think of.
    August 7, 2013 at 9:43PM
    Callyope: Hi Xy! And, yes! That's exactly what I'm screamin'!
    August 20, 2013 at 11:55PM
    Selina Stambi: Born free ...as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows ...!
    November 1, 2013 at 9:40PM
    Xylok: like i said before, sounds like poetry to me. thanks for the muse, love the thought.

    Give Me Freedom, Or I'll Take It
    by us

    Freedom is as relative as time.

    To be as free as a rooted tree
    doesn't seem all that free to me
    for what good are wings you cannot test
    if talons be tangled in the nest?

    Though they are able to dance in the wind,
    and love to do so time and again,
    boughs strong enough to hold up the sea
    rooted trees aren't totally free.

    They go around the sun the same as the earth,
    ranging from them all, to starting at birth.
    If I were to choose to be as free as a tree
    I'd be imprisoning me.

    No, I want to be without roots ensnared,
    want to be free to encompass the air,
    not just here but also there,
    somehow, happily, everywhere!

    I want to be so free there is no me
    but all there is in totality.
    I want to be so free, I can decide
    if I should live, or die.
    January 24, 2014 at 4:33AM
    Xylok: probably change the word 'if' to 'since' I'm thinking, though. lates.
    January 24, 2014 at 4:34AM
    Xylok: here yar; final copy:

    Give Me Freedom, Or I'll Take It
    by us

    Freedom is as relative as time.

    "To be as free as a rooted tree
    doesn't seem all that free to me"
    for what good are wings you cannot test
    since talons be tangled in the nest?

    Though they are able to dance in the wind,
    and love to do so, time and again,
    boughs strong enough to support the sea
    rooted trees aren't totally free.

    They go around the sun the same as the earth,
    ranging from them all,
    to starting at birth.

    If I were to choose to be
    as free as a tree
    I'd be imprisoning me.

    No, I want to be
    without roots ensnared,
    want to be free
    to encompass the air,
    not just here,
    but also there,
    somehow, happily,
    everywhere!

    I want to be so free
    there is no me
    but all there is
    in totality.

    I want to be so free,
    I can decide
    if I should live,
    or die.
    January 24, 2014 at 4:46AM
    Callyope: Yes, Yes, YES!!! Absolutely awesome and a philosophy that I consciously try to live by!
    September 3, 2014 at 7:19PM

Callyope:
I promise, I'll be you're #1 poet if you promise to be my #1 fan...
July 7, 2013 at 3:35AM
    country ranch writer: hey girl posted the Angels and Unicorns on widbook also my book on Going Home
    July 7, 2013 at 4:20PM
    Callyope: Congratulations Country! I'm so very proud of you for navigating the darkness of publication and going thru with it!!!
    September 3, 2014 at 7:21PM

Callyope: I'm so excited to share with all of you that my poem, "Champagne Dream," was chosen to be published in a book of contemporary poetry containing 300 poems, written by both well-known and amateur poets alike. Titled, "In My Lifetime," it will be available at amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble website.

I had submitted this piece to an amateur poetry competition and unexpectedly received a letter from contest officials shortly thereafter expressing that they feel my submission would make a strong contribution to their book. Furthermore, it was also chosen to be featured as part of a professionally-recorded CD of poetry in the baritone voice of Al Rose!

"Champagne Dream," is currently a contest finalist competing for a grand prize of $2,000 cash! Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck!!!
July 4, 2013 at 10:29PM
    Callyope: Thanks girls! There's no monetary gain involved, but they promise to provide a large audience... That's all I ever cared about to begin with, my voice being heard. I sure am hoping for that grand prize, though. More for the win than for the money, but $2,000 is an added deal sweetener for sure!
    July 5, 2013 at 2:00AM
    MoonMuse: Wow... Huge congrats! Way to go!
    July 5, 2013 at 7:05PM
    Cookie333: Well! You got it goin' on over here! Congrats lady, now...I came here to find a piece...
    k
    July 6, 2013 at 8:53AM
    The Death: Congrats!keep rocking always:-)
    July 8, 2013 at 6:38PM
    Xylok: congratulations abound indeed, a wonderful poem for all to read.
    August 7, 2013 at 9:44PM

Callyope:
The time has come, my little friends, to talk of other things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings... Calloo, Callay, come run away... With the cabbages and kings. ~
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
June 27, 2013 at 10:48AM
    William Walz: The guy must have been as nutty as a fruitcake.
    June 27, 2013 at 1:02PM
    Callyope: On the contrary, he embraced his inner child without doubt or fear or hesitation. He allowed his imagination to take the driver's seat while leaving any sense of real logic hanging from the limb of a willow tree. He thought some of the most bizarre and intriguing thoughts that any one person has ever thought. Well, that's just my opinion, and I happen to be one of Lewis's greatest fans. More so Alice than Lewis, but I think you get the gist of it... (wink,wink)
    June 27, 2013 at 5:22PM
    Xylok:
    I love that poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he has other great ones too, but a wonderful write be the walrus and the carpenter!
    this one's a great poem by him too...
    August 7, 2013 at 9:46PM
    Callyope: Thanks so much for these, Xylok! You don't know how much I love Lewis, and especially Alice. You're the best!! Hugs be unto you!!
    August 20, 2013 at 11:58PM

Callyope: "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what it is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" ~
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
June 26, 2013 at 8:49AM
    William Walz: Love that Mad Hatter!
    June 26, 2013 at 1:27PM
    DIS-illusioned: Ah, the joys of good pot! :-D
    June 26, 2013 at 2:27PM
    Callyope: A very, very Unbirthday to you, Billy! And if it's 'good,' the joys are countless, Bwaha... Since you mentioned it, I'd like for you to read an ABC poem of mine titled, "For Sale." It's a humor poem and I think you might get a kick out of it... Let me know what you think, k? I think it'll make you say, "Bwahahahahaha!"
    June 26, 2013 at 4:23PM
    Callyope: Look, I posted that 3 minutes late... Darn it!
    June 26, 2013 at 4:24PM
    Gypsy Starchild: Where have you been? Did you get the PM? Are the fairies behaving themselves?
    June 27, 2013 at 1:36AM
    Callyope: I'm not sure if I got it or not... Did it mention a pixie infestation? If so, then yes, I got it. And they're behaving well so far. I think a few of them are really warming up to me, while there are a few that continue to put their noses in the air and look the other way. I may need you to give me a lesson in faery song, I don't think they're too fond of my tuneless notes. But they do enjoy my dancing, and very much. They seem to like to hang out in the closets in my bedroom... What's up with that, any idea?
    June 27, 2013 at 2:39AM
    Gypsy Starchild: Closets are commonly extradimensional portholes,so are cupboards, cabinets, any doors that seemingly lead to nowhere.... :) Offer them butter, honey, and shiny silver things (it does not have to be real silver, nickels and dimes are fine).... and if you plant Fox glove flowers the fey will love you for it (but make sure that you educate the kids about them, they are poisonous). Most of the fey like cats, so if you have a cat pay attention, the cat will frequently alert you to their presence,cats seem to get along with all fey except for pixies and brownies....
    June 28, 2013 at 12:32AM
    Gypsy Starchild: Have you gotten a chance to check out any of those Alice decks that I told you about?
    June 28, 2013 at 12:35AM

Callyope: On this day, the 7th anniversary of her death, old wounds fester as a tragedy is relived.

Treva A. Fitterer
September 19, 1963 - June 17, 2006
My mom and closest friend...
May your next journey be feather-like and free of heartache. Until then, rest in serenity and be intensely missed. Our paths will cross again somehow... someday.
June 17, 2013 at 12:31PM
    DIS-illusioned: My sincerest and deepest condolences. :-(
    Take heart. You are together still, in spirit.
    June 17, 2013 at 3:55PM
    Callyope: My heart thanks you deeply for your gentle consolation, Bwa... It's like I can feel the weight of my soul, as if it were trapped in the midst of a frigid December rainstorm. As well as an emptiness in my chest that's filled only with a hollow heart.

    It'll pass soon enough. It's good to vent it out...
    June 17, 2013 at 4:15PM
    sunnilicious: Sorry for the loss of your mother. May peace always be with you. H&K, Sunnilicious
    June 17, 2013 at 6:37PM
    RPSaxena: Hi Callyope/Talesha,
    Today I could know the reason behind your 'Harbinger of chaos' and 'The Stairs'. You are facing an irrecoverable loss, but feel assured your Mom's soul is at peace enjoying God's blessings. That's why U r able to bring in light such wonderful pieces of poetry. Always feel her with you and go on and on the path you have chosen. May God continue to bless her soul and you too!
    June 19, 2013 at 6:09AM
    Phyllis Stewart: I know how you feel. We never get over the loss of a mom. Mine passed away 2.5 years ago, and I still sometimes think "I should ask mom..." I miss her at odd times of the day. I'm sure it's the same in 7 years, or 20. My aunt, when she was 80, broke down in tears talking about her dad...who died when she was 20. --Phyllis
    June 20, 2013 at 6:55AM
    Callyope: Thank you all for your kind and soothing words. I use her death day to exhaust all of the tears that I hold onto throughout the year. It's quite exhilarating to cry so hard that you can feel strange electricity flowing through every skin cell while you choke on your own breath. And then, the next day you feel recharged and refreshed. Pain and agony can bring about positive changes if it's experienced in moderation, like anything else. I feel much better, thanks for checking in on me. Especially you, Bwaha. It's pretty disconcerting when the perpetual jokester gets all serious on ya. You truly are a real friend, Bwaha, and I love you for that...
    June 27, 2013 at 2:30AM
    Xylok: hugs to you. many of them.
    August 7, 2013 at 9:47PM

Callyope:
Daily Quote for Pondering...

Don't live by my words, don't die by them, chew them slowly- digest them, and smile if they give nourishment to your soul. ~~
Stanley Victor Paskavich
June 16, 2013 at 9:26PM
    webfoot: how did you get that picture up there?
    June 16, 2013 at 10:19PM
    Callyope: While writing your 'status,' right next to the share button you'll find a button that says 'add image.' Click it and Smileys appear. You just gotta scroll through them and chose the one you want by clicking the share button. After the message has been generated, of course...
    June 16, 2013 at 11:23PM
    DIS-illusioned: Uh, and if they give me indigestion/constipation? :-p
    (Paint me a picture--slowly). :-)
    June 16, 2013 at 11:46PM
    Callyope: A little warm milk or cherry-flavored antacids should nip that right in the bud. (wink wink)
    8^)
    June 16, 2013 at 11:55PM

Callyope:
A thought provoking question... If you're bold, please leave a comment. Thanks
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
How short would your life have to be before you would start living differently today?
June 16, 2013 at 1:44PM
    William Walz: I think about 5 feet 6 inches tall would do the trick.
    June 16, 2013 at 3:46PM
    shelley kaye: i'm 5'6" now.... my daughter is 5 ft exactly.... so i'd have to say 4 ft 4 in....

    ;-)

    June 16, 2013 at 4:41PM
    Gypsy Starchild: I change my mind every five minutes and would probably continue to do so no matter how long or short my time. :)
    June 16, 2013 at 4:55PM
    Callyope: I've just realized that I'm too lazy to even contemplate this one... Man, that's pretty bad!

    Nothing gets a person moving quite like fear, though. It's gotta be one of the best motivators in all of the cosmos...
    June 16, 2013 at 9:18PM
    DIS-illusioned: I already live differently everyday, though I don't know how long/short my life is.
    Funny thing is, my life would probably become static if I realized I had a very short time to live. Go figure! :-p
    June 17, 2013 at 12:25AM
    watergirl: Yes, living in the now is an art. Eckhart Tolle, and his wonderful smile. Or the smile of the Cheshire cat. A wake up call never goes astray.
    August 8, 2013 at 9:48PM
    Callyope: That was beautiful, watergirl. And it left quite a deep impression as well. Thank you ;)
    August 21, 2013 at 12:04AM
    xotic flotsam: As a devoted adrenaline junkie, my temptation is fear. Sometimes all the best things in life are dangerous. By looking death into the eye, I know the value of the moment. Some fear keeps us safe. I'm not sure of life's time table, but I don't fear finding out. The Romans capture the idea with carpe diem. Fear keeps my thinking clear. Did I just write a random rhyme? Hold on to your hats, time to ride.
    August 27, 2013 at 1:56AM

Callyope:
Random philosophical quote:

It takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place. ~ Lewis Carroll
June 16, 2013 at 5:56AM
    DIS-illusioned: Paradoxically deep. Much a do 'bout nada. Well said, Lewis. :-)
    June 16, 2013 at 9:51AM
    Callyope: Story of my life... I share this story with just about every other person on the planet lol! 8^)
    June 16, 2013 at 1:30PM

Callyope: Callyope's Philosophical Quote of the Day:

The eyes of a poet discover in each person a unique and irreplaceable humanity. While arrogant intellect seeks to control and manipulate the world, the poetic spirit bows with reverence before its mysteries. ~
Daisaku Ikeda
June 15, 2013 at 7:36PM
    DIS-illusioned: Um, I guess we all owe our (improved) quality of life to arrogant intellects, then. :-p
    :)
    June 15, 2013 at 10:04PM
    Callyope: Ah, no doubt! Lol!! And there's always room for more (improvement)!
    8^)
    June 15, 2013 at 10:14PM
    DIS-illusioned: I'll be sure to pass that on to the arrogant bast... I mean, intellects I know. :-D
    June 15, 2013 at 10:24PM
    catch22: I really like this quote. It's very true:)
    June 16, 2013 at 9:08AM
    watergirl: The road to magic.
    October 23, 2013 at 6:08AM

Callyope: As a writer, I seem to be presently consumed by the poetic arts. It happened so suddenly, without warning, almost by accident. It was January, 2013 when I discovered that I possessed a deep and ever-flowing passion for writing poetry. Perhaps I'm new to the scene, but my passion for writing something beautiful and genuine cannot be measured...
May 2, 2013 at 7:32AM
    Treischel: Those are fabulous sentiments. Writing beautiful poetry is a joy. Welcome and enjoy the site.
    May 2, 2013 at 9:08AM
    DIS-illusioned: Get out while you still can! Them dreaded haiku will do you in! *Gulp!* ... Bwaha! :)
    May 2, 2013 at 12:56PM
    Callyope: For all those who read and rate my work, I just wanna say that I can't thank you enough. Your comments have already made a dramatic impact on my level of confidence and drive after being here only a few days. And many of you have helped me find an ever deeper understanding of my own thoughts. I want nothing more than for my voice to be heard, and more importantly, "felt."
    May 4, 2013 at 5:44PM
    Selina Stambi: Dropping in to say hello, Callyope. So nice to meet you.

    Can't believe I'm agreeing with LOLz-Bwa: haikus frighten me too! :)
    May 6, 2013 at 5:33PM
    country ranch writer: YOU ARE OFF TO A GOOD START WELCOME TO FAN STORY EVERYONE HERE IS FAMILY MISIUS A FEW CRANKY ONES BUT MOST ARE GREAT HOPE YOU LIKE US ENOUGHT TO STAY AND GIVE US A SHOT
    May 11, 2013 at 11:41PM
    Callyope: Oh, I imagine I'll be here for quite some time. I'm having a great time here and receiving so much positive, glowing feedback. It's like a drug, the best drug one could partake! Thanks for the warm welcome, Country. Let's stay friends!
    May 12, 2013 at 6:53AM
    hellspook: There is nothing like playing with word to get understood. Shine bright, rising star.
    May 20, 2013 at 6:58PM
    Xylok: so glad you chose fanstory to share your entertaining thoughts. its a blast reading your posts. your passion for writing is obvious in your portfolio. keep on keeping on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    June 1, 2013 at 12:31PM
    Callyope: Aw, shucks... You're gonna cause me to blush, Xylok. I'm delighted to have found fanstory, it's where I discovered my favorite poet of all time!
    June 1, 2013 at 2:34PM
    watergirl: Ah, to express oneself, what a joy; with pen or pencil, with smile or deed, on horseback or running on beach with dog friends. Life is magical.
    October 13, 2013 at 6:06AM

 
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