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Dorothy Webb

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I am in my late seventies and was only educated up to primary school level so I have found 'fitting in' a struggle. I have never been able to master the art of spelling so writing was never an option for me until my late brother in law gave me a reconditioned computer with a spell check. He opened up a new world for me and I started to write poetry, at least I thinks it's poetry, it may be too primitive to go by that name but I would really like to know.


ENIGMATIC My thoughts drift aimlessly about me, a flotilla of small ships floating free foundering in a restless sea, flotsam and jetsom heading towards destruction, splintering beyond reconstruction lost without trace. 1958 Her voice still echoes down through the years sharp with accusations and confident in the knowledge of her right to be right. Discouraging misguided ambitions was her parental duty, knowing one's place was duly taught, firmly blocking rebellious thought. "Girl remember you're a servant don't step above your station you're working class - and you don't need an education just to marry and have babies" She taught us well by example, standing at the shallow stone sink to scour cheap Woolworths pans with red work roughened hands. "Reading's not good for you - it tires out the brain" She explained through the steam as she scrubbed worn greasy collars in the vain hope that they'd come clean. "Now mark my words well girl and heed to what I say you are what you are born to at the end of the day"

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Thu 14th Feb 2019 12:54

whoa! Is that a real live Cheetah?
does it have a litter box?


Tue 12th Feb 2019 12:01

You are off to a fantastic start Dorothy.

I can so relate to your comments about spelling and that godsend the speelchekur.

Keep up the great work young un!


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Greg Freeman

Tue 12th Feb 2019 09:19

Welcome to Write Out Loud, Dorothy. May you flourish and above all enjoy yourself here. I particularly liked your sample poem '1958', may I say. Best wishes, Greg

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 11th Feb 2019 20:20

Hello Dorothy,

It's good to see you here and to read your story (abridged)

I'm enjoying your scribbles.


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Mon 11th Feb 2019 10:23

Dorothy, I just wanted to drop by and tell you how great that photo is--what a lucky woman to be in the presence of such a magnificent animal.

Enjoying your contributions, also.


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Sun 10th Feb 2019 11:04

Nice to have a like from you for "Waiting" Dorothy. Thanks. Your poem 1958 resonates and casts a curse on future enterprise. How things have changed for the better in that grip of low expectation. I'm seventy five so I have strong memories of the fifties too.


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