Sat 30th Jan 2010 16:36
tanks for the comment cynth wen i say knowledge is a tranquilizer i mean it is medication from the pain of not knowing. Also the reference to death of an embryo is the sub conscious anguish of a foetus from losing something attached by d.n.a.
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Sat 30th Jan 2010 16:00
Both! (your comment on my dolphin poem). Someone was telling me yesterday about how they'd seen a pod of dolphins when they were on holiday in New Zealand. Some people were swimming with them, but my friend said she didn't think that was a good idea as it might upset the dolphins. I'm not sure if she meant upset in quite this way, but that's how I saw it. Poor unpaid councillors to the human race! xx
Sat 30th Jan 2010 15:55
Good afternoon Cynthia-(re my'letter' poem).As always,thank you for your observations and fair comments.Yes I see your point.The overall target I was aiming for was the sender being as you suggested uncertain,but also frustrated that the person he or she had written to had no knowledge of the senders desires and wantings.This little poem mentioned lines of meanderings(outside the actual poem itself)and by the tone of his/her wording,he/she hoped would hold some appeal maybe.Thank you again so much.As I have mentioned to you before,your comments are a very good inspirational measure,be they praise or criticism.I shall always look up to you and your wonderful work on this site.my very best regards. Stefanx.
Fri 29th Jan 2010 15:54
thankyou for your comment on Mr. Skoulikaris. It really is appreciated and i've missed your input to my poems because you are always so helpful and encouraging at the same time.
Incidentally, i too would hope that the fisherman did not catch the dolphin. Maybe the fish that ate the worm was proverbially speaking 'the one that got away' and that fish fed the dolphin?
Continuous existence of some kind.
As for Darwin influencing the poem. Who knows what's possible?
Wed 27th Jan 2010 16:16
Thank you for your kind comments with regard to 'Martin'. Nobody seems to have picked up the slightly 'Brideshead' vibe that I had hoped to create...how come I know his tears were hot, and what his breath smelled of? I think I may have edited it a bit hard and taken out the obvious signifiers. Can a poem be too subtle? I hope to submit it as my final piece for the OU course that I've been doing and I think I may have inadvertently turned a tale of boiling unrequited love into a piece of whimsy?
Your comments are always valued.
Tue 26th Jan 2010 11:45
Hi Cynthia, thanks for your comment, helpful and insightful as ever. I've corrected the typo. I can't decide about the opening line, I did wonder about it for a while but then I just got used to it being that way. I may yet adjust though... Cheers, Thom
Mon 25th Jan 2010 12:40
Hello Cynthia, thank you very much for your comments on January. I suppose it's all to do with the looking back and forward at the same time, the Janus thing, January often being the most miserable of months for many. thank you again. Graham
Sun 24th Jan 2010 13:09
Thanks Cynthia for another kind comment (Valkyrie). Maybe it's because I am a gemini that lots of odd thoughts pop into my head!I will post a poem called Butterfly Mind sometime, kind of sums it up. Much love Ann x
Sat 23rd Jan 2010 18:24
thanks again for reading and considered comment
Thu 21st Jan 2010 12:50
Hi Cynthia I could not be happier with your succinct appraisal of my latest offering.Thank you ;-) TC X
Thu 21st Jan 2010 11:40
Cynthia, it absolutely made my day to read your comment on my poem 'Tear drop' - thank you so much for taking that time and for being so kind - I was just so in need of such a lovely boost as well!
Wed 20th Jan 2010 12:30
Good morning Cynthia.All comments are as always,kindly welcomed.Yours I hold especially dear.Your evaluations are extremely important to me and all on here.Keep well lovely Lady.Stefan.
Wed 20th Jan 2010 11:53
Thanks so much for your recent comments Cynthia. The title Fable came to mind because the poem made me think of an ancient copy of Aesop's Fables that someone gave me when I was a child. All the stories seemed to be about animals, the illustrations were lovely, and when I saw the dove and the fox in my mind, I thought of that book.
Wed 20th Jan 2010 11:26
Tue 19th Jan 2010 08:51
Hi Cynthia -
thanks for taking the time to read and make comment on GTi
Sat 16th Jan 2010 15:36
thank you very much for your kind words.
Fri 15th Jan 2010 18:04
Hi Cynthia, thanks for sending "Perspective" to me.
I enjoyed it very much, in its themes and in its writing, and of course the use of the phrase "through a glass darkly". How right to bring to the fore the fact that we can have but imperfect vision and understanding.
Paul is so quotable. I loved what he said about fighting the good fight and running the race to the finish.
If you haven't already read it, I recommend the novel "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbary. It's about some of the very things your poem touches upon ... being considered an outsider, scholarship, humility. It's a lovely, philosphical and humane story.
Very best wishes,
Fri 15th Jan 2010 17:27
Hello Cynthia and many thanks for your kind comments about "Mole".
I used funereal gauze as trees in mist/fog always remind me of being under burial shrouds.
I used nauseous because the oppressive silence when one stands in a snowscape can be really debilitating. Funiily enough I didn't reckon on their rhyme value, Regards, Graham
Wed 13th Jan 2010 22:00
Hi Cynth.Yes email your poem inspired by "through the glass darkly"
I'l love to read it.
Wed 13th Jan 2010 21:51
As a voluntary worker in my local school, I often feel that parents are looking and wondering what an old gimmer like me is doing working with 6 and 7 year old children.
Mon 11th Jan 2010 13:25
Hello again Cynthia
I suppose most of my poems are 'worked on' to some extent.
I write almost everything sat at my computer, generally arriving at a draft fairly quickly. I then let it sit, and generally keep returning to the computer over the next 24 hours and perhaps change the odd word or two, but the bulk of it remains. Fine tuning may be the best phrase, if that doesn't sound too up-myself.
Thanks for the message
x Steve x
Sun 10th Jan 2010 13:46
Thanks for the comment.
I know it sounds naive, but I'm not sure what 'worked on' means. Put before a workshop? I wouldn't go near one. I'm not blase, it's just that a poem wouldn't be mine afterwards.
The poem came to mind after the Copenhagen conference on climate change, and a comment by a scientist that we are only 2 degrees away from an irreversible change in our climate.
xx Steve xx
Sun 10th Jan 2010 13:03
"Rude logic measures the steel, the wind, the wand" love that.
thanks for your encouragement and continued comment, I read your profil and would love to chat apres poetry event! Never enough time to talk at these gigs!
Sun 10th Jan 2010 07:35
Hi Cynthia. thanks for reading 'Browns Convention'. the poem has been edited and I have added some commentary on the blog. Win :-)
Thu 7th Jan 2010 22:29
Thank you for reading "Timeline". Your kind comments are most appreciated.
I like "Force Seven".very much. I'm from Georgia, U.S.A., and I know a lot of people recognize us for our accents. I am just as intrigued by accents and expressions different from what I normally encounter in my part of the world. I especially like "Higgledy-piggledy"; Brilliant!
Thu 7th Jan 2010 21:27
Thank ye kindly for your comments and advice - don't worry, we pirates make more withdrawals than investments!
Thu 7th Jan 2010 19:29
Hi Cynthia , I am not Welsh. I will have to look at the Celtic reference's regarding coffin and plural. As always an interesting point.
Wed 6th Jan 2010 19:18
Cynthia , glad you like my New Year contribution, thank you for your comments, they are always welcomed as they are intelligent and constructive.
I see your additions are well worth reading as always.
Wed 6th Jan 2010 11:59
Hello Cynthia and Happy New Year. .Thank you for your kind comments on Villtur Augu.I hope I didn't cause you to waffle for too long : ) I didn't mean the stone Angels, ( that sounds like a band) more about individuals who I could take to be one thing, but who could be another.Judging them by clouded thoughts when they could be Angels in covens. hmm, sometimes I lose part of myself..sometimes I also lose another person..but you're right,neither are dead in the literal sense, it just feels like it at times. thanks again for reading and giving my words so much thought, deb xx
Tue 5th Jan 2010 22:04
Thanks for your attention Cynthia - your comments are always near the mark.
Tue 5th Jan 2010 21:37
Thanks for your kind comments on the weather girl. If you'd heard the audio the poem wouldn't have surprised you with it's ending! It features my son trying to sound like a dirty old man, and making a worryingly good job of it!
Mon 4th Jan 2010 17:07
Hi Cynthia - I'm going to be writing up my WOLOP summary tomorrow. Just wondered if you had a favourite this month. Don't worry if you haven't - just thought I'd check... x
Sat 2nd Jan 2010 20:12
Hi CBT ty!
Mon 28th Dec 2009 21:37
Thanks again Cynthia for taking time to read my stuff.It's lovely to get such affirming feedback. I laughed at the anal sex comment too!
Sat 26th Dec 2009 18:14
thanks for taking the time to read and make comment
Wed 23rd Dec 2009 08:35
Thank you for commenting. Much appreciated as ever. It has been sobering to learn about that particular condition - the challenges that some people have in life! Every day of health is a gift
Happy Christmas to you and yours
Tue 22nd Dec 2009 19:49
Happy Christmas, Cynthia, to you and yours. XXX
Tue 22nd Dec 2009 07:53
thanks as ever
Sun 20th Dec 2009 15:38
Thanks for the comment, thats a good idea I think i will change it, thanks for the advice, much appreciated.
Sun 20th Dec 2009 14:57
Thank you CBT.
Sat 19th Dec 2009 19:22
Cynthia I'm dead chuffed when people see anything of value in my work, thank you. I never wrote it as purposely ironic, more as an entertainment (typical pub poem, lots of swearing etc) with a kick. Symbolism has always been wasted on me, I was brought up in a concrete world with concrete language and I invariably fail to spot the hidden or abstract moral, message or reference, in any poem or story. Probably why I can't take to the "greats". The Buddha under snow just happened to be my only photo with a seasonal reference ie snow, I would have preferred one of a drunken orgy. Now you point it out it suddenly makes me seem like a moraliser. Didn't expect to have to think about my own work! Have a lovely yob-free Christmas.
Wed 16th Dec 2009 18:26
Thank you for your kind comments on my latest offering. Your critique is always welcome.
Tue 15th Dec 2009 20:36
Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for commenting on the poems.It's greatly appreciated..
Tue 15th Dec 2009 18:09
Hi Cynthia, Thanks for the comment! You're right as well, it's a problem I come across time and time again not knowing when I've said enough! You'll probably see this again in other poems too, but I'll take it on board for future compositions. Thom
Thu 10th Dec 2009 18:16
thanks for your comment on my poem 'Qercus Robur.' and noticing the typo. (bows = boughs)
Thu 10th Dec 2009 10:01
Hi Cynthia. Thanks for your kind comments on The English Teacher. I see you're a teacher yourself and I agree, I don't think Ofsted would have thought much of him! But he was the one teacher at my school that inspired me. Not exactly The HIstory Boys, but that kind of thing. As a result I switched to English in the sixth form and started writing poems while I should have been revising for my O-levels. Greg
Wed 9th Dec 2009 14:45
Thanks for your comment Cynthia.
I understand your concern about privacy. Every private person has an entitlement to it, but if you have built a career worth a billion dollars on the basis of your public profile, and your personal characteristics are used as part of that income generation, then your life has been exposed to comment by your own decision. Tiger Woods' personal problems are also the problems of Tiger Woods the multi million dollar corporation. The two things are inseparable and that was his choice.
Mon 7th Dec 2009 20:58
Thank you for kind comment on my cat poem - she is sleek and slim, and she always wears the purrfect little black dress!
Mon 7th Dec 2009 15:43
Hello Cynthia, many thank you's for reading and commenting on Copse. I think your comments are very flattering as I am not the most technically astute poet that you are likely to meet. Once again many thanks and regards.
Sun 6th Dec 2009 21:27
Hi Cynthia. Many thanks for your comments about "Patience". Regarding the last line - you are indeed fortunate to feel in a position that your life is complete. I realise that it is a state of being, rather than a set of circumstances, but the sad truth is that there are many people who do not feel there, to greater or lesser degrees. And is often felt to be the ultimate goal.
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