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John Coopey

Mon 23rd Dec 2013 14:10

...and the same to you all, whoever your God is.

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John Coopey

Mon 23rd Dec 2013 13:53

Strewf! Me comment were longer than me story.

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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."

Poetry indeed.

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.

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andy n

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.

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Joe Nodus

Mon 23rd Dec 2013 12:28

Thanks for welcoming me to the site. Sorry it took so long to respond. Happy Christmas!

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Andy Ainsworth

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

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Tom Doolan

Mon 23rd Dec 2013 10:53

Season's Greetings Harry :)

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Chris Co

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

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Isobel

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.

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Isobel

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.

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Laura Taylor

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

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Shevaughn

Mon 23rd Dec 2013 07:53

Thanks M.C

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Starfish

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!

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Rose Casserley

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 23:01

definitely ditto previous comments.
Well done Frederick.x

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Rose Casserley

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:50

Paul,this rocks!sooooo cool! and just love the 'so... ending-
-magic touch!
now I HAVE been WOWED!x

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Rose Casserley

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:07

same to you Wildeys!cheers beachcombers!
have a good one-xmas I mean-lol!x

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Rose Casserley

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:05

nice to see so many caring people on W.O.L.

Thanks guys have a great yuletide.x
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Oscar Wright

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.

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Harry O'Neill

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:00

Laura,
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.

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Starfish

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 21:49

I've never had a poem written about me before. Thank you.

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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?

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John Coopey

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 17:48

Excellent idea Philip; and then post one of your own so we can do a head-to-head.

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M.C. Newberry

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.

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M.C. Newberry

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
picture".
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..."

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M.C. Newberry

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.
Keep contributing!

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M.C. Newberry

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
somewhere.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 16:29

A timely reminder of the transference of love
and how its importance of interaction remains
constant - and vital.

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M.C. Newberry

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
humanity.
Enjoy your mince pie for one, PF. Merry Christmas!

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M.C. Newberry

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!
Bah humbug!!
(But I like it really).

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Ankita

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 08:16

Thank you for your comment and the correction. :)
Best wishes
Ankita

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Ankita

Sun 22nd Dec 2013 08:13

Hi Harry
Thank you for your comments on 'White winter'.:) Hope you are doing well, have a nice a winter.

Best wishes
Ankita

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Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Sat 21st Dec 2013 23:42

Hi Steve.

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

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John Coopey

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.

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Roy Chetham

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!

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Steve Higgins

Sat 21st Dec 2013 22:27

Point of view is everything. Excellent poem, best wishes, Steve

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John Coopey

Sat 21st Dec 2013 19:43

You capture well the pace of activity.
(For some reason it reminds me of "Night Mail")

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Chris Co

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!

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Lory Gaur

Sat 21st Dec 2013 17:54

i'm glad u liked it harry. thanks :)

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Julian (Admin)

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.

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 21st Dec 2013 16:40


Strangely sinister.

Like the `translucent vision` through the `heavy eyes`

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 21st Dec 2013 16:34

Merry Christmas Tom!

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Harry O'Neill

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!

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Fkx

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

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Lory Gaur

Sat 21st Dec 2013 09:46

thanks for your comments on my poems "yellow" and "the music turns away". its really inspiring.

Lory

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Isobel

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

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Lory Gaur

Sat 21st Dec 2013 09:41

thank u andy..

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Lory Gaur

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 :)

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Fkx

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.

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Fkx

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

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garside

Fri 20th Dec 2013 21:33

balancing small stones or a column of water on my chest

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