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Mae Foreman

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I'm a Greek girl, I am 26 years old and I started writing about four years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer. Writing helped me cope and got me through. I am not exactly a poet, I'm better at writing stories or anything in prosaic form or free verse. I joined WOL in an attempt to test myself and my abilities, see if people like my stuff, if I'm any good and also in order to read more stuff written by regular people like me and interact with them. And I've enjoyed every bit of it! I've met some interesting people and I've learnt a lot, besides the joy of rhyme! Maybe I come off too strong sometimes, maybe I'm too intense...But I've received the baptism of fire very early on in my life. That's not something you forget; it makes you tough. I've been through hell and back, so I apologize for the occasional excess intensity. But I'd never offend anyone, not deliberately at least. I always try to be a decent, humble as possible, just not an arrogant ass kind of person! I'm more than open to criticism! In fact I welcome it! Otherwise why show your work to people, right? If someone doesn't like me, that's ok. But I am what I am, I've fought hard to preserve this earthly shell and all its contents: grey, scarlett or white; warts and all, and I will stand by and defend myself and my views no matter what. Because everybody deserves that much. I won't try to impose any of them on you though, that goes without saying. I'm always eager to read your work! Also I don't have favorites! You're all great, each one in their own way; you and your unique contribution! It's precious and I thank you for it!🎈 And that's all folks.


Fleeting -It's on my left arm; it sears. It's on my wings; I try to bear it; in tears. It's in my chest; It beats. It's in the air; I suck it in and it fogs my wits. It used to be inside my mother. It still resides within my father. It's growing inside my sister's womb, as we speak. It fills every second of my time; be it minute, hour or week... I have it here, somewhere...Among my daggers and swords... Look! It's almost out but it's still lit! -Lovely. Any last words? -Yes. I wish I had some more of it. ------------------------------------------------------ It does not promise to deliver souls across the sea For it is not the ship of hope. It is meant for the Powers that Be that won't let me be; it was that or hanging rope. It is courtesy for the fragile fierceness that is my pen; and ash kicked at Their judging eyes It is the black garment meant to be worn only when I am in need of a good disguise. It is not the pulchritudinous bud of purple or white no fragrant blossom of a tropic shade! It is not the last crisp brushstroke of a spring night before rite of passage to summer is made. No hint of vague promise, no "perchance", “ perhaps”, no “maybe”, “possibly” or “might”. It stands for "I am mine"! May the old order collapse so that I alone decide what battles to fight! It is not plaintive of any permissions, no polite pray to be excused; feigning to be cordial. It is not the white glove of propriety, the polite way to offer a suggestion or proposal. It is not meant to poison you with doubt; albeit cryptic it is no vilifying naked tooth. It's an impression to hopefully lure the unbiased critic while taking the focus off of the dismal truth. It is meant to conceal, fog; a decoy till I make it safely outside; slip away when I must; be elusive. It is a meaningless empty herald that's there to hide the tedious person within; it's all illusive! It is the passport that will help me cross the border from cowardice to bravery; llike so many before me- It is necessity; mere letters arranged in a certain order: Mae Foreman: It means nothing! It's just a name for me. "Art is the imaginary solution to a problem that is unsolvable in real life."

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

Audio entries by Mae Foreman

Wrongdoer (17/02/2019)

GR (In the South) (09/02/2019)

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Mae Foreman

Mon 11th Feb 2019 18:10

Thank you Jason!🎈 You're very kind! It was just a trial attempt; I wanted to see if I can do it; I never thought anyone would like it. I'd love too recite something of yours some time!
Thanks again!🎈

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 11th Feb 2019 09:12

Ok, just listened to the audio file of GR. Mae you have a beautiful voice, a slight husky sultry tone which, for me at least, had a lovely lilting quality. Got to say, I loved it. You could read any of mine anytime you liked, it was great.


Mon 11th Feb 2019 00:21

excellent perspective on "We Never Asked".
your comments ring true for so many of us.

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Mae Foreman

Mon 4th Feb 2019 12:00

Hi John! You are too kind! Let's never stop exploring and discovering each other!
Pour l'amour des mots!
Merci mon ami🎈

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John Marks

Mon 4th Feb 2019 00:12

Thank you Mae for being kind and writing on my profile. Yes we both have suffered life threatening illnesses (myself twice, cancer and sepsis) but we are both still here. Hurrah for us!! I like your poems. You have your own style - pushing at the margins of meaning and encouraging your reader to think about the connotations of words and to read between the lines. I will come back to your poems.

La vie est une fleur dont l'amour est le miel.” – Victor Hugo

Viva les Mouvement des gilets jaunes!!
Take care and keep writing - John

Big Sal

Fri 11th Jan 2019 12:50

Appreciate you reading, commenting, and generally just being here and being you.

So, thanks. Much.🌷

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 9th Nov 2018 03:28

Thank you for the support, Mae.

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Becky Who

Sat 3rd Nov 2018 20:46

Hi Mae, thanks for commenting my poem "Motivation". It was just for fun... I'll be more serious sometimes I promise. Take care xx

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Sat 20th Oct 2018 03:10

Hello, Mae. It seems like you have quite much to say.

I've enjoyed watching, in silence, your participation here on WoL--from what I've seen, I've no doubt that you have much more to offer.


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Mae Foreman

Mon 15th Oct 2018 15:15

D.knape! I'm honored! And may I say, that makes one hell of a haiku! Thank you!

wink back!


Mon 15th Oct 2018 12:27

yet under
the influence.



Sun 7th Oct 2018 23:23

you mae? or may not.

thanks for visiting my site.
you have a strange way of putting things.
I do not understand it but it sounds poetic-
therefore you Mae be a success.
Mae the gods be with you.

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Sun 7th Oct 2018 18:59

Thank you so much for commenting on my POTW. I do appreciate it!!😊

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 4th Oct 2018 18:19

Hi Mae, thank you for liking Sat Here Thinking...I found your bio fascinating... Taylor😃

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Christine Renshaw

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 12:11

Thank you so much for your kind comments on 'The Language of Trees' Christine x

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 29th Sep 2018 16:54

Hello Mae - thank you for your messages on my page.
Remember some wise words: cynicism is the last resort of
idealism - and take comfort from them. Age (and I have that in abundance) should see us benefit in this life in
unexpected ways and these are always to be welcomed.
That said, youth has the advantage of an open mind and
the hoped-for years to profit accordingly. My working life
was spent in public service and allowed me many insights
into the human condition, its strengths and its frailties.
Now, in retirement, I can enjoy embracing the best of
both whilst not being too quick to be impressed by what
modern life and its values have to offer.
Be content in your own skin and above all, be kind (especially to yourself) when possible. I firmly believe
the latter to have the most value in our existence, whilst
being ready to recognise cant and cruelty - and reproach
them accordingly. Well-founded criticism always has its
Good luck with your WOL poems!

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Becky Who

Sat 29th Sep 2018 06:14

Hi, Mae, thanks for commenting my profile! In fact, English is my native tongue, but I live in France, so when I try to put my poetry "out there" it's harder to be fully understood. That's why I've appreciated this website as a place I can share with people who do understand English!

I do sometimes write poetry in French though, and I'm absolutely all for writing in languages other than mother tongue too. We use slam poetry in our English as Second Language programme and the students absolutely love it - some even say it's easier and more liberating to write in English than to write in their own language, as the "rules" seem less constraining!

I've read your sample poem and I think it's great, and even your biography is written very poetically. I look forward to exploring more of your work.

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