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John Duffus

Updated: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:08 pm

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Writes skewed verse, musician, mainly Folk, acoustic guitar. Interested in place-names, history, language, oral tradition.


Old Dog Rose In my garden, an old dog rose barks 
 Untended, healthily ignored
 She sprawls across the garden path 
Obstructing passage to the grass 
A result of natural breeding 
 With wooden posts I pegged her back 
With Parrot Beak I snapped her shafts 
But still her tendrils would attack
 My legs and arms still bear her scratch 
Where skin was torn and bleeding 
 Florid Orange flowers, lots of them
 Brief-gloried ragged flags 
Flagrant fragrance assaults the nose
 Then fades back 
To the dark-grained bark 
Of the old Dog Rose

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 18th Apr 2012 08:12

Cheers JD ;o)

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Dave D Poet Rhumour

Mon 26th Mar 2012 19:03

Hello John - may I add my welcome to WOL to those before me, I'm sure you will enjoy the time you spend here. :)

My thanks to you for visiting and commenting on 'Arise Sir Pain' - much appreciated.

Best wishes, Dave

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 21st Mar 2012 22:36

You are so correct on all counts JD :o)

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Shirley Smothers

Mon 12th Mar 2012 16:05

Hi john. Thank you so much for the kinds comments on my poem "Altars to the Gods".
Wow your poem is beautiful. You should also put this on your blog so that more people can read it.
Thanks again

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Julian (Admin)

Thu 8th Mar 2012 23:55

Life in the old dog rose yet, then? excellent piece. welcome aboard the good ship Write Out Loud.

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John Duffus

Thu 8th Mar 2012 13:13

Thanks Ann,
still trying to navigate through the site. I look forward to reading and contributing.

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Ann Foxglove

Thu 8th Mar 2012 13:07

Hi John - welcome to WOL. I enjoyed your poem and look forward to reading more. You'll find more people will see your poems if you post one in our blog section, esp if you are looking for some feedback. Interesting biog too!

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