Mon 27th Jan 2014 09:28
Yehep - I get this, been there done that etc.
I like your use of sparsity in here. It chimes with the feelings of trauma that are experienced on an ongoing basis. Sucks the life out of you does that.
Comment is about Dragging my Life to School (blog)
Original item by David R Mellor
Sun 26th Jan 2014 22:19
Good one, Laura.
Thinking of you in these hard times. Hope you are keeping yourself safe. xx
Comment is about "Peaceful Ukraine, Peaceful Maidan" (blog)
Original item by Larisa Rzhepishevska
Sun 26th Jan 2014 22:11
Stay safe, Laura.
Sun 26th Jan 2014 21:52
personally,I didn't do much 'dragging'but I'm still here.Great poem Dave.x
Sun 26th Jan 2014 21:49
great place to be Tom.Loved it all,especially the ending.x
Comment is about Forest (blog)
Original item by Tom
Sun 26th Jan 2014 21:47
awwwww!!nice one Grampsie people.x
Comment is about prized possession (blog)
Sun 26th Jan 2014 21:34
yep-will look out for yers tomorrow and chew the fat-ta folks.x
Comment is about sad interruption (blog)
Sun 26th Jan 2014 21:33
cheers guys.Actually knocked this one up on an 'off'day,surprise,surprise.x
Comment is about being not (blog)
David R Mellor
Sun 26th Jan 2014 20:21
thankyou Pat and Stef and that it resonates X
Sun 26th Jan 2014 19:55
Comment is about The Hierophant's Castle (blog)
Original item by Katypoetess
John F Keane
Sun 26th Jan 2014 18:05
A lot of these issues are very complex. Rather than the generals being incompetent, military technology at that time made attacking very difficult. The same was true of the American Civil War. Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg was very similar to the Somme, and for the same reasons. And at the end of the Civil War, both sides were fighting in trenches around Richmond, just like WW1. Unfortunately, Europeans did not learn the lessons of the Civil War on either side. They imagined WW1 was going to be Napoleonic. Many Civil War generals thought that too, until they learned better.
Comment is about A Centenary War Poem for my father Bill Baine (1899-1968) (blog)
Original item by Attila the Stockbroker
jan oskar hansen
Sun 26th Jan 2014 17:35
Comment is about How Absurd (blog)
Original item by Starfish
Sun 26th Jan 2014 16:40
The basic values never lose their importance in
life and it's worth being reminded once in a while
of that fact.
Health is wealth
With love just above,
They do for me
When push comes to shove.
Sun 26th Jan 2014 16:36
The downside of "progress" we can certainly
identify with. My previous netbook lost its
its screen image just long enough after purchase
to make the inevitable cost of check and repair
fall before the chance of a new (alternative)
make and so far I've been lucky with it. But
like all things electrical/technogical it can
defy human ambitions at times...hiss and boo!
But the compensations outnumber the cussed
blips that occur.
I agree with Harry - sacrifice something else
and make your peace with the wizardry of cyber
space and its many wonders.
Comment is about Disaster (blog)
Original item by Paul Sands
Sun 26th Jan 2014 16:33
I am so much thankful for commenting on my poem "My Long-Suffering Ukraine".
With warmest wishes,
PS You are incredible
Comment is about M.C. Newberry (poet profile)
Original item by M.C. Newberry
Sun 26th Jan 2014 16:24
How can you claim anything to benefit knowledge of East-West relationships when plainly unaware of
those of whom I speak?
These middle-aged/plus ladies were clearly chosen for their size and fiercesome visage -
like Giles' cartoon "Grandma". They had the appearance of having swept Soviet streets for most of a life and been given an inside job as a perk, without the pension no doubt. You messed with them at your peril!
Upon reaching the hotel room, it was fun to
speak in a very loud voice in praise of all the
wonders found in Mother Russia and her
glorious city. A trouble-free visit was the result. A happy coincidence? I still wonder.
Comment is about The Time I Saved Western Democracy from Communism (blog)
Original item by John Coopey
Sun 26th Jan 2014 16:12
Lord Russell of Liverpool wrote two books about
WW2 warcrimes that have taken their place under
the term "essential reading" - lest we forget.
One was "The Scourge of the Swastika" and the
other - "The Knights of Bushido".
The horrors perpetrated by the Japanese -
especially in their assault on China (the "rape
of Nanking" for example) are set out in plain
unadorned prose and have stayed with me since
reading both books as a young man. Like the
Nazis they took photographs of their atrocities...
bayoneting bound victims, burying folk alive..
their brutality was unspeakable and inexcusable. The mindset that allowed this may have been a
product of their idiotic belief in a divine
emperor who was in fact the pawn of a brutish
ambitious military wielding the real power...
but their unwillingness to face their behaviour
since those days disgraces them still.
They would rather forget while expecting others
Comment is about Brutal Not Comfort (blog)
Original item by nick armbrister
Sun 26th Jan 2014 15:57
Hello Lynn - thanks for your reply on my profile
I was astounded to read the other day that-as of
May 2013-there was a figure of 2.49 million
claiming ESA/or old-style incapacity benefit.
What country of any small size/population can
"Disablement" needs the most rigorous yet fair
assessment. What might be a disablement for one
job might not restrict employment in another -
especially interchange between physical and mental work.
As I recall, the introduction of the system was
a right-minded policy to alleviate hardship
in the short term, not provide an entitlement
life-style. Abuse of the original concept has
now brought the latter into being - which cannot
be good for either self respect or productive human effort in the cause of national well-
Having said that, the onus is on any government
to make a system easily understood and just as
easily applied. There can be NO excuse for
confusion or complications when dealing with
people's well-being OR the nation/s collective
purse. It is NO place for jobsworths seeking
to "play" the administration of public payments
and give deserving cases the run-around and
increase their difficulties.
Comment is about Lynn Dye (poet profile)
Original item by Lynn Dye
Sun 26th Jan 2014 15:16
yes the image suits the poem. we can change it. use your time wisely andy.
Comment is about A BREAK IN THE OLD ROUTINE (blog)
Sun 26th Jan 2014 15:12
Enjoyed this too, though sad. At least they got to live their dream for a little while.
Comment is about the English couple (blog)
Original item by jan oskar hansen
Sun 26th Jan 2014 15:08
Lovely imagery and an enjoyable read.
Comment is about kaleidoscope of life (blog)
Patricia and Stefan Wilde
Sun 26th Jan 2014 12:50
really good poem David-one that one of us can well relate to-along with thousands of others.xx
Sun 26th Jan 2014 12:47
keep 'em coming!xx
Comment is about Don't take your Elephant to School (blog)
Original item by Gray Nicholls
Sun 26th Jan 2014 12:45
good-grim-and hypothetical,we hope?xx
Sun 26th Jan 2014 12:36
we just wish Solar,that foxes could lead a 'superb' life,instead of being treated like vermin.Thanks chuck-chat soon? xx
Sun 26th Jan 2014 12:03
can relate to that m8 - usually most weekends when not in work but good stuff
Sun 26th Jan 2014 12:01
excellent, gray. short and funny. made me giggle throughout. love it m8
Sun 26th Jan 2014 11:14
What's your idea?! :-)
Comment is about Tommy Carroll (poet profile)
Original item by Tommy Carroll
Sun 26th Jan 2014 10:31
hmm... I have an Idea!
Comment is about untitled (blog)
Original item by Kath Hewitt
Sat 25th Jan 2014 22:56
Harry, I think the rise in the national minimum wage has something to do with electioneering.
I'm not quite sure what you mean about the growing discrepancy in pay - but certainly we have become one of the most unequal countries in the developed world.
Starfish, I totally agree with your findings on welfare spending, and pensions etc. I think Cameron may sometimes forget that even pensioners have children and grandchildren they don't wish to see demonised, let alone go hungry!
It was the banks that caused the recession, yet the new help to buy scheme could land us back into another crash, our politicians just don't learn, do they?
Even the drop in unemployment is largely a lie, because over 500,000 people have been sanctioned and while they are not able to claim, they are not included in the unemployment total. Neither are the tens of thousands that are on Workfare, forced to work for nothing. The more I read, the worse it gets.
The national debt was £760 billion in 2010. It is now £1.26 trillion. And they talk about Labour borrowing!
Thanks for comments, guys.
Comment is about Democracy is dead (blog)
Sat 25th Jan 2014 21:16
No worries Harry. It would be intriguing to see where it goes next. I appreciate the straightforward, 'building blocks' approach to play-writing rather than crowding everything with context. The more ambiguity the more the audience has to think about, always a good thing!
Comment is about Harry O`N eill (poet profile)
Original item by Harry O`N eill
Sat 25th Jan 2014 20:45
Dominic, thanks for commenting on Surbiton Lagoon, which has legendary status on Facebook these days. Other lidos survived - Tooting Bec, Guildford, Hampton - but Surbiton's did not. Shame on the royal borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. Talking of Kingston, I hope to be at Rhythm & Muse this coming Thursday. Maybe see you there?
Comment is about Dominic James (poet profile)
Original item by Dominic James
Sat 25th Jan 2014 19:45
I rather hoped you might have done more with your Babushka to cement East-West relations than leave her a copy of Country Life!
Sat 25th Jan 2014 18:10
Sad but it did burn pretty well which was nice when the cenral heating conked out!
Comment is about The Christmas Tree (blog)
Original item by Steve
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:30
"..the worst (government) I can remember, in terms of the brutal damage they've wreaked". Since this
poem is about conflict and its assessment, I suggest that a certain Tony Blair and his government would
win the "brutal damage" nod any day...no contest.
That "citizen's arrest" waiter had the right idea!
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:29
Comment is about Logic (blog)
Original item by Tom Dryden
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:25
tis sad Steve(re the eleventh line)x
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:20
roll on Spring!and roll on more of your poems David.x
Comment is about The Ides (blog)
Original item by David Blake
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:16
one of your best Shirley.x
Comment is about The Mirror (blog)
Original item by Shirley Smothers
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:13
quite an unusual poem.Love it!x
Comment is about Mute. (blog)
Original item by Francine Bowden
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:11
Comment is about Four Floors (blog)
Original item by Simon Austin
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:09
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:07
Hi Otis.A lot of work has gone into this wonderful poem,with excellent results.x
Comment is about Forgetting Home (or how can I forget you if you won't go away) (blog)
Original item by J. Otis Powell‽ (with interrobang)
Sat 25th Jan 2014 17:01
this is a superb poem guys,even if it did quiver my bottom lip.x
Sat 25th Jan 2014 16:59
Well done, JC! Their cunning ploy was thwarted.
I recall visiting Leningrad (as was) in the late
70s. Flying in by Aeroflot to an airport which
had barely any lighting and an empty arrivals
hall manned by surly young men in coarse uniforms - immediately reminding us where we
were. I was amazed that my copy of "Country Life" (taken for in-flight reading) wasn't found and seized!!
It was, however, an eye-opener is so many ways,
remembering that this was the St Petersburg of
Tsarist Russia - with all its history including its famous hold-out against German forces in WW2.
On departing, I left my "Country Life" in my room to give the Babushka who minded my hotel
floor an insight into the capitalist way of
life. I still wonder about its fate!
Sat 25th Jan 2014 16:47
But I must admit...there is something very
satisfying about alliteration: perhaps to do with the form of rhythm it employs.
Comment is about FALLEN ANGEL - a song (blog)
Sat 25th Jan 2014 16:40
tis indeed mateys.Have yer got a light boy?
Comment is about From a bar stool (blog)
Sat 25th Jan 2014 12:55
Firstly, let me thank you David for your kind support. Secondly, in response to M.C. Newberry, the reason for the funds being withdrawn are sad - the patron lost their additional funds on the stockmarket last year. Eyewear's business model was and is sound, and this is why new investors are coming to us with interest. Regarding age-restriction, Eyewear publishes poets of all ages, including Elspeth Smith, in her 80s.
Comment is about Publisher comes out fighting after losing funding (article)
Original item by Greg Freeman
Sat 25th Jan 2014 12:28
Happy to collect from you any time, Starfish!
(I assume OBE = Other Buggers' Efforts?)
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