Mon 23rd Dec 2013 14:10
...and the same to you all, whoever your God is.
Comment is about Poetry is our beating heart: a very happy Christmas to all (article)
Original item by Greg Freeman
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 13:53
Strewf! Me comment were longer than me story.
Comment is about Aggie the Elephant (blog)
Original item by John Coopey
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 13:51
Thanks for the comments, girls.
Starfish - Aggie the Elephant is a Marriot Edgar monologue about a train of elephants passing over a level crossing. The last one, baby Aggie, gets hit by the train.
"Joe thought she were dead when he saw her lyin' there,
With the back of her head on the line
He knelt by her side, put his ear to her chest,
And told her to say " ninety-nine."
She waggled her tail and she twiggled her trunk ;
To show him as she were alive;
She hadn't the strength for to say "ninety-nine,"
She just managed a weak "eighty-five."
Isobel - It is rather nice to be free of the kids (once you get used to it). But one drawback is Christmas. Both of ours are spending Christmas Day with their boyfriends' families (it's their turn). So Our Gert and me are off to Le Raj for a 5 courser.
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 12:34
lot of detail here, neil in such a short piece. feels like not a word is wasted.
excellent. best piece i've read on here in a while.
Comment is about Compaction (blog)
Original item by Neil Fawcett
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 12:28
Thanks for welcoming me to the site. Sorry it took so long to respond. Happy Christmas!
Comment is about Ann Foxglove (poet profile)
Original item by Ann Foxglove
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 11:50
A lovely winter poem evoking so many sights, feelings and sounds. I particularly like the knots of wood cracking like imploding stars
Comment is about Christmas Eve (blog)
Original item by Ian Whiteley
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 10:53
Season's Greetings Harry :)
Comment is about Snowman Xmas Rap (blog)
Original item by Tom Doolan
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 10:32
Wishing you a Merry & spiritually satisfying Christmas Harry, all the very Best to you, Yvonne, family & friends. I'll pass on your warm words to Natalie & Glenys
Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year
See you on the other side of it lol
Comment is about Harry O`N eill (poet profile)
Original item by Harry O`N eill
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 09:53
Wow indeed! There's so much to think about and like in this - though I'm talking poetry/ideas not life circumstances.
'it’s so much easier to smile once
your shit has sailed, once your dream has failed
and there’s nothing left to prove'
This idea stood out for me - the fact that we can almost be released in some way by absolute failure - released from the effort and the pressure of continued expectation maybe.
Comment is about did I ever say I was “good people”? (blog)
Original item by Paul Sands
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 09:42
Well I can't quite empathise with this one yet John, but I'm bloody well looking forward to being able to ;)
That abrupt ending somehow works.
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 09:24
Ahhh, I seeeee :)
Well thank you again Harry, means a lot to me, that.
Wishing you all the very best for christmas and next year - hopefully see you at a gathering at some point :) xxx
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 07:53
Comment is about M.C. Newberry (poet profile)
Original item by M.C. Newberry
Mon 23rd Dec 2013 00:59
I can empathise with this one, as can anyone over a certain age i.e. with children of a certain age. Aggie? It's Echo that got me!
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 23:01
definitely ditto previous comments.
Well done Frederick.x
Comment is about The possible dream (blog)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:50
Paul,this rocks!sooooo cool! and just love the 'so... ending-
now I HAVE been WOWED!x
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:07
same to you Wildeys!cheers beachcombers!
have a good one-xmas I mean-lol!x
Comment is about ALLAKAZAM! just like that! (blog)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:05
nice to see so many caring people on W.O.L.
Thanks guys have a great yuletide.x
Comment is about After the soup kitchen closes (blog)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:03
Thanks for the endorsement. I guess I wanted to tell a tale of failed youthful excess. Hedonism doesn't come that easy to all of us you know.
Comment is about Who Invited You? (blog)
Original item by Piss Poor Poet
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:00
It was the McGarrigle poem…I liked the calmer style of it, and also the neater stanzas. I couldn`t hear you reading it in your usual `go get `em` style. It was much more - powerfully - controlled.
Comment is about Laura Taylor (poet profile)
Original item by Laura Taylor
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 21:49
I've never had a poem written about me before. Thank you.
Comment is about BUYING GIFTS (blog)
Lady Ha Ha
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 21:23
I'll second that. Good kickings all round. Would you have a Bethlehem poem to by any chance Mr. F?
Comment is about Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's poem for Christmas (article)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 17:48
Excellent idea Philip; and then post one of your own so we can do a head-to-head.
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 17:40
Less is certainly more in this instance.
A direct little vignette of heart and hurt that
says much in a few lines.
Comment is about Restricted choices (blog)
Original item by Shevaughn Pimenta
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 17:34
In my own way of seeing things, I believe that
poetry is "encountered" and this encounter can
encourage one's own expression through the
medium in whatever style that is chosen or
found most appropriate. I like verse - which
requires (and develops) a command of language,
plus a sense of rhythm that can extend into
the creation of song; & finally the imagination
that creates its own worlds through words.
Serious or humorous, this use of words can find
a way to entertain a reader and satisfy the
author's wish to make a point or "paint a
Master the use of the tools that do the job
and let your mind make others see something
they find intriguing, interesting or inspiring.
Remember - "In the beginning was the Word..."
Comment is about Shevaughn Pimenta (poet profile)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 16:51
A popular song from the great days of American
songwriting was called "Accentuate The Positive".
It is clear you have a similar view of life.
Assume the best in people but be prepared for
the worst. Not a bad reference for dealing with
the lives we all live.
Comment is about Ankita (poet profile)
Original item by Ankita
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 16:35
Frank Sinatra included a song called "Man in the Looking Glass" on his fine album "September of
My Years". I think it would appeal to you!!
Check it out. Maybe someone uploaded it online
Comment is about Philip Fletcher (poet profile)
Original item by Philip Fletcher
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 16:29
A timely reminder of the transference of love
and how its importance of interaction remains
constant - and vital.
Comment is about Love Unimagined (blog)
Original item by Roy Chetham
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 16:24
Good will to all! That is my main "take" from
Christmas - and long may it be so. One is
entitled to one's own "beliefs" just as long as
the good will is not impaired or reduced by the impatience of ideology.
"Live and let live" needs constant trumpeting from
the ramparts of civilisation, lest we forget our
Enjoy your mince pie for one, PF. Merry Christmas!
Comment is about The 'C' word. (blog)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 16:18
Ho-ho spelt backwards is Oh-oh! Probably the
more accurate reaction from many out in the shops
during the approach to Christmas.
Curmudgeons of the world unite - Ebenezer Scrooge
as President Emeritus!
(But I like it really).
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 08:16
Thank you for your comment and the correction. :)
Sun 22nd Dec 2013 08:13
Thank you for your comments on 'White winter'.:) Hope you are doing well, have a nice a winter.
Sat 21st Dec 2013 23:42
If you Google "The dark side of Nelson Mandela"
You will find that The A.N.C.are carrying out a Mugabe type agenda in South Africa
Comment is about Steve (poet profile)
Original item by Steve
Sat 21st Dec 2013 23:09
Thanks for your comments, Frederick.
As for myself, the man I could have been was a pale shadow of the colossus I've become.
Comment is about I Miss The Man That I Used To Be (blog)
Sat 21st Dec 2013 22:58
Yes, this certainly accurately but artistically describes the mayhem. So sad that most often the giver likes the present better than the recipient!
Sat 21st Dec 2013 22:27
Point of view is everything. Excellent poem, best wishes, Steve
Comment is about Nelson: good cop - bad cop (blog)
Original item by Tommy Carroll
Sat 21st Dec 2013 19:43
You capture well the pace of activity.
(For some reason it reminds me of "Night Mail")
Sat 21st Dec 2013 19:33
I think every organiser works hard to create a good poetry event; this helps to do just that by avoiding the bad experience of travelling to cancelled events. Thoughtful - emailing all organisers.
Good work on this!
Comment is about Christmas and New Year cancellations: organisers, please let everyone know (article)
Sat 21st Dec 2013 17:54
i'm glad u liked it harry. thanks :)
Comment is about yellow (blog)
Original item by Lory Gaur
Sat 21st Dec 2013 17:20
Both the collection AND this article deserve a wider readership. A superbly crafted review of the type that is sufficiently interesting in itself, regardless of its subject. Excellent work.
Comment is about On Euclid Avenue: J Fergus Evans, Flapjack Press (article)
Sat 21st Dec 2013 16:40
Like the `translucent vision` through the `heavy eyes`
Sat 21st Dec 2013 16:34
Merry Christmas Tom!
Sat 21st Dec 2013 16:33
Lovely, evocative account of a snowy winter night highlighted bythe comfort of the open door.
(But that maelstrom is too violent for it...and
maybe hushed instead of `dull`)
Sorry for messin`...but it`s good!
Sat 21st Dec 2013 12:47
Thanks, Isobel, for your holistic response. It is a very potent yet varied dynamic and each person will have, I imagine, their unique experience and position in the wide range of possibilities. You are much appreciated: 'The possible dream.' Frederick
Comment is about Isobel (poet profile)
Original item by Isobel
Sat 21st Dec 2013 09:46
thanks for your comments on my poems "yellow" and "the music turns away". its really inspiring.
Comment is about Andy N (poet profile)
Original item by Andy N
Sat 21st Dec 2013 09:43
I can see this from both sides - the parent's and child's. As a parent you do want your child to buckle down and make the most of themselves - it's such a hard life otherwise. There has to be a balance though - some space left for dreams.
I'm quite horrified by the way children from Asian cultures are led by the nose through the whole education system. They might well be highest in the world league tables, but at what cost? It must be absolutely soul destroying to go through such discipline if you are a free spirit.
If things beyond reach are like that moon;
then teach me to dream the possible dream
I find your last two lines incredibly sad. x
Sat 21st Dec 2013 09:41
thank u andy..
Sat 21st Dec 2013 09:38
oh yes i realise that violin is spelled incorrectly. i guess i typed in haste. anyway, thanx a lot :)
Comment is about the music turns away (blog)
Sat 21st Dec 2013 07:57
Excellent poem! For myself I miss the man I could have been and never was. Maybe stuff for another poem. Have a pleasant holiday season. Frederick.
Sat 21st Dec 2013 07:54
Thanks for the open feedback, Shirley. You are much appreciated. I guess my onus for the poem was a query as to why we are raised on ideals of aiming for the unreachable and then shot down to a compliant existence. I guess I believe that there are possible dreams if we go about them the right way. Thanks again. Frederick
Comment is about Shirley Smothers (poet profile)
Original item by Shirley Smothers
Fri 20th Dec 2013 21:33
balancing small stones or a column of water on my chest
Comment is about Lilac (blog)
Original item by Marianne Daniels
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