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Ferris

Updated: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:08 pm

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I love the truth and exploring the many facets thereof with literature. Love George Orwell, Zadie Smith, Iain Banks, Irvine Welsh, Sylvia Plath, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Akala, Kate Tempest, Eminem, Tupac, Malcolm X: they are among my favourite speakers/ poets. Peace and love x

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The Election A wounded Chihuahua, bug-eyed adorable, scrap-starved and shitty, Limped, Towards me, shaky-legged and sorry Looking for love, warmth, home, I thrust forward the brunt of my foot and punted the mutt under the chin, His twinkly little head snapped back with a sickening crack as I flanked him and rained punches down like torrential hale. His ribs yielded under my knuckles as he coughed blood up my trouser leg, I was not offended by this, in fact I laughed, The little haggard fuck tried to get up and fell to the floor in a pathetic flop, He wheezed and begged between spasmodic waves of rigid jerking, I thought of Donald Trump; I stamped him out of existence. A little butterfly landed with a flutter like nervous eyelids, In my hand, I was very still, you see, I closed my fingers ‘round her, and squeezed, Till I could feel her fizzing and bubbling, her broken symmetry disgraced by my aimless lust, When I opened my hand, Not a splinter of cocoon betrayed her debasement, Guilt purveyed and attempted to snatch me, I thought of Donald Trump, And my sins were no more, So, I laughed to myself, and she heard me alright. When the doctor, Finally asked me if I was truly sorry, His eyes urging remorse to make its way to mine, I thought about Donald Trump to stop myself from laughing.

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Blog entries by Ferris

Drunk Dad (12/08/2017)

Angry One (02/08/2017)

My Father's Father (02/08/2017)

Beth II (02/08/2017)

Beth (02/08/2017)

Gosport, Hampshire (02/08/2017)

How I Feel and Possibly Nothing Else (02/08/2017)

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Tue 15th Aug 2017 10:29

G'day again Ferris,
Must apologize as I have only just found this comment about 'Roots and Wings' so here is the poem. Hope you enjoy.

ROOTS & WINGS

When someone asks for a memory
of Africa, I always remember
those dusty hours spent outside
Katie’s Khaya under the Mopani…

Quiet melodious chattering,
the smell of sunshine and family.
Bright white sudza plops in the pot
while bundu sticks crackled with fire.

Low stools where we crouched
in total concentration on a square
of a dozen small indents for stones,
scratched out of Africa’s skin.

Today Eddie talks of ‘roots and wings’,
of flights of fear or stoic stance:
the holes left by those who uproot
and the bravery of those who stay…

I visualize a map of Zimbabwe
systematically marked with holes.
Is this just another game of ‘Stones’
where only one man gets a turn?

Frances Macaulay Forde ~2007

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kJ Walker

Mon 14th Aug 2017 20:23

Hi Ferris, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my last two poems. as always this is much appreciated
cheers Kevin

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ken eaton-dykes

Sun 13th Aug 2017 08:09

Hi Ferris

Thanks for your most welcome complement. I don't identify with any particular poet, in fact I don't know the first thing about the many technical aspects of poetry, just took it up passing time in retirement. and after finding Julian's wonderful conduit WOL I developed an even greater interest into being a confident open mic performer.

Ken

Ferris

Fri 4th Aug 2017 17:48

Hello Frances,
I have searched for your poem 'Roots and Wings' but can't find it. Perhaps you could inbox it to me? I'd love to read it.
I have no connection to Africa, I haven't even visited, but I'd like to.
To be honest, I'm not even very well researched on Africa, but i know that my country (UK) is responsible for countless atrocities there.
I also know that for a long time, Zimbabwe was named after the colonialist: "Cecil Rhodes", as in Rhodesia. I know that this disgusts me- I am very much in favour of felling the statue. I am bitterly disappointed that so much effort was put into keeping it. It makes me ashamed of my ethnicity.

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Fri 4th Aug 2017 12:09

G'day Ferris,
Thank you so much for reading my profile page and commenting on my poem 'Easter Tragedy'.
Have you also read the one I posted on that page on the 23rd April 2008 (almost at the bottom of the list...) 'Roots and Wings'?
May I ask, do you have a connection with Zimbabwe or Africa?
Frances.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 3rd Aug 2017 12:32

And your other comments as well. I was most delighted to find your further interest, and your excellent points made. I've been long on site right now, and must go, but I'll try to catch up with your work.

Be cautioned just a bit, that too many poems posted at once doesn't always go down well with regular readers. It's not a given, but a tendency. Perhaps yours will beat the odds.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 3rd Aug 2017 11:42

Thanks, Ferris, for your comment on 'The Farmer's Wife'.

Welcome to WOL.

I laughed at your version of 'milky comfort'. Bailey's indeed!

Actually 'milky/creamy' verse are excellent words to describe good poetry. I tend to use 'musical' but it's exactly the same idea. The personal criteria of my own work henceforth might be: Are these lines 'creamy'? Rich and smooth? Love it.

As a 'seeker of truth' you search a wide range, as it should be. I remember reading 'Malcolm X' years ago, with great interest, and Margaret Atwood, whose work was often very difficult to assimilate. I read the 'Handmaid's Tale' way back, but couldn't stomach the TV version just aired in the UK.

Your bio poem is 'interesting', a mite distant from 'peace and love', but superbly written. A good writer has immense power. Use it wisely. 'Truth' is not a fixed idea.

Ferris

Thu 3rd Aug 2017 00:32

I appreciate that a lot, thank you Rose.

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Rose Casserley

Wed 2nd Aug 2017 23:47

big welcome to you Ferris.I'm pushed for time at the mo,but I really must and really do want to read your poems at a respectful pace without rushing through them.

Catch you later.Enjoy your stay.


Rose

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