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jennifer Malden

Updated: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:11 am

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Live in Italy and love it, especially Sardinia. Enjoy reading and writing. Love dogs, good food and cooking for friends. Also going to museums and art exhibitions, and travelling when possible. Not very often, alas!

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Creek at San Teodoro - Sardinia Where else can you watch the red people wading knee deep in copper green against a lapis sky? Where else can you find white sea lilies trembling wind teased next to azure sea holly? Nowhere else. (The red people are what the Sardinians call the flamingos)

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 25th Mar 2018 13:57

I have to say Jennifer for all our communication you have still failed to address the central point I raised, that is the insult contained within your poem which I believe I clearly identified. Whether intentional or not (I'm sure not, it does grate with soldiers that they are so often thought brainless/thoughtless)

I have spent much of my life coming to understand and dealing with situations and beliefs which I had initially found repellant. I think I am fairly well practiced at understanding the motivations and actions of those who have at some point taken dramatically differing views than myself. I say this because on several occasions I have come to agree with their interpretations and dispensed with my own. I have even achieved this with former enemies who have killed friends of mine, what greater understanding and humility is there than that? feel free to give personal examples.

Regarding Glass houses, do I really need to explain that? I'll leave it for you.

The exchange of views is always preferable to silence, especially when it meets with some understanding and clarification.

All the best and respectfully,

David.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 25th Mar 2018 09:38

Jennifer,

Resorting to grammar nazism is always amusing to me, but thanks for the pointers (maybe you should review your own response, which appears to have been written in a glass house) anyway I hope it helped to vent some of your annoyance at me daring to comment upon your poem.

You may wish to consider that Hannahs response reinforced my desire to comment. I would have thought the opinion of a former soldier would have been welcome in a way which offered perspective, evidently not. But as is often the case people don’t wish to hear from soldiers and of their experience, I find that very strange and dismissive.

I think you have missed my point entirely, in my response I stated that we mostly agreed.

The insult which lies within your poem is the assumption that soldiers are unaware of the probable consequences of their undertaking, and are somehow naive to the lies they are often pedalled. Occasionally that is demonstrably true, but many soldiers are aware of the untruths that are spoken. This is especially true of soldiers who may have already served in previous campaigns.

I note you state you can be a pedantic scot too, which seems to indicate you believe me to be Scottish. I am an Englishman who happens to have been born in Scotland, I identify as English because my blood is. Not that it is important in any way, merely an indication that assumptions are easily and often made.

I think now may be the point at which we should break contact. Your poem has reinforced my feelings about how attitudes of the uninformed sometimes lead them to carelessly insult the subjects of their utterances. It is a shame that happens.

All the best,

David.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 24th Mar 2018 19:47

Hello Jennifer,

Many thank's for your response to mine on your poem.

Just a quick one, what century are you living in? no members of the NATO alliance shoot deserters anymore (most often they are given a days pay and sent home) irrespective of how long they signed up for.

All soldiers can refuse to soldier (I’ve seen it done) you'd be hard pushed to find any soldiers willing to make up a firing squad these days, who and what on earth do you think soldiers are these days?

It seems you think they might not be able to think for themselves.

Evidently we agree on almost everything. Of course soldiers are led to believe false truths, aren't we all? it doesn't mean to say they indulge the persuasion, most in recent years have the wherewithal to make up their own minds, and many ill informed people believe soldiers are thugs and delinquents, do not doubt that. I have been spat on and insulted by the brightest ill informed people you could imagine, whilst protecting their delicate freedoms.

Nothing though can prepare anyone for the true horrors of war, that is not to say soldiers don't expect it, current training is quite brutally honest. I would ask you, who would not at the start be shocked to see limbs blown apart, I didn't contest that, nobody is ready for that, I have seen it many times over, you are never ready. You may not have meant to insult but maybe some would be insulted, I am not because quite simply you evidently are not aware of how modern soldiers feel.

Of course peace keeping is very complicated and those who have not taken part in it cannot be expected to understand what it entails, for example protecting people who want to kill you, and occasionally having to meet that desire with lethal force, sometimes that is what peace keeping amounts to, it doesn't quite sound like its description does it, why do you think that is Jennifer? and yes before you mention it an enforced peace is not peace keeping, I can assure you the lowliest grunt understands that far better than most civilians ever could, for example being threatened at gunpoint by so called loyalist supporters in Northern Ireland after being petrol bombed all day by republican sympathisers, do you know what that feels like Jennifer, or what its like to see it misrepresented on the news and discussed by ill informed civilians in TV studios when your mates are in the RVH with third degree burns, do you?

The difference I suspect between our understandings is that I and many others have experienced it whereas you merely assume you know what you are talking about.

Of course your opinion is as vital as mine, though maybe not as well informed. I am quite aware of the point you were attempting to make I was merely speaking on behalf of one of the most unrepresented minorities in the country as I happen to be a member of it, I trust that is OK with you.

A soldier can leave any time he likes, its called freewill and courage, qualities that all good soldiers should treasure.

All the best,

David.

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Joe Williams

Thu 7th Dec 2017 14:42

Thanks for the comment Jennifer, glad to hear you liked it!

patrick D Ortiz

Thu 16th Nov 2017 16:55

good writes Jennifer Malden one day I will aspire to be one of your favorite profiles....our wordplay and imagery are much alike..we are poet dreamers.


Patrick

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 3rd Nov 2017 21:15

Hi, Jennifer.

Welcome to WOL. I'm sure you'll enjoy the site. 'Where else can you find ...' is delightful. Made me homesick for Bermuda, the view itself and the creamy texture of your words.

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