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Martin Elder

Updated: Sun, 7 Jan 2018 10:41 pm

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the story so far.....as a spotty faced teenager back in the mists of time I once wrote a poem about the Vietnam war which has been thankfully lost. I then picked up a pencil again in my late thirties and started writing short stories and subsequently a couple of books. I followed this with an attempt at poetry . However a friend told me that he did not like them. (The poems that is) so I stopped. But the loss of a job back in 2012 stimulated me to write a poem again which was quickly followed by another and then another , sadly I haven't been able to stop pouring out a sea of babble and drivel since. Having tried the public domain few times in 2014 I have continued to subject members of the unwitting public to my utterances and dribblings through open mic gigs in a variety of locations with very few rotten vegetables or eggs being thrown....so far No awards nothing published and not enough vegetables to make a stew yet !!

Samples

sleepless unable to settle palisades and fortresses dried lips and flaming dragons maidens often seen but best never spoken all conspire against me make me tired and in a tiz Yapping dogs and sleepless nights visions of things I should have done and need to fix all provide me with early morning frights then catching me unaware a ringing breaks through the final attempts of sleep trying to tell me get up it's half past six He's not the one He's not perfect he's not right he does not fit into her nightmares or her dreams not quite what he seems He's not the one she thought he would be He's not the one to move or shake her tree not the one to make the earth move or her teeth rattle free He's not the one to warm her hearth, her bed or her heart he doesn't give her goose bumps fire up her stove or be her missing part He doesn't buy her flowers, chocolates or cards His ideas are like broken shattered shards of what love should be like But sometimes Just sometimes When she sees him smile She wants to say sit down have a drink stay a while and all that's been cold is warm the stone is chipped away and the blood and feelings begin to flow returning to something she once saw allowing her to break all the rules break all that had formed and become law Sometimes just sometimes she thinks she dares to believe they can be something more than friends and that there is a point and there can possibly be a happy end All our Gods have abandoned us All our Gods have abandoned us Yet we wear them on our sleeves Through the holes in our knees The badges we button up On chains around our necks The colours we display The flags the banners that we wave The stretches the stresses The must haves and the must do’s The teams that we so faithfully follow The words that we chant in stadiums and on the streets In concert halls The pictures that we wear The clapping and the screaming The adoration and the dreaming These are the Gods that we follow The foods and the fantasies The hero’s that we build up And then knock down Because they are out of fashion Seen as an extrovert or a follower of orthodox religion The clothes and the passion Just as long as they stay in fashion The houses and the pads The diets and the fads The glitter and the gold Sometimes we have given them away Determined for a new start Following a more strict regime Only to pick them up again When temptation gets too much All our Gods have abandoned us Save one But we haven’t abandoned them Just him

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Kate G

Mon 12th Nov 2018 10:17

Thanks for your comment on my repost for Remembrance Day Martin. It was written from experience so your feedback means a lot.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 7th Nov 2018 20:41

Thank you for your kind comments on Times of Trouble Martin. I value your opinion very much. πŸ˜ƒ

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 7th Nov 2018 20:41

Thank you for your kind comments on Times of Trouble Martin. I value your opinion very much. πŸ˜ƒ

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 27th Oct 2018 00:46

(re Sorry bone) Thanks Martin, High Praise; I blushπŸ˜‰
The words were poured out and while upon reflection I thought it a tad confusing, I then recalled that that is the case with most of my verse.
The photo' was taken by myself. It is of the interior of Liverpool's Tate Gallery. The silhouette is of an unknown (to me ) woman.

Cheers

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 8th Oct 2018 06:45

Hi Martin, Thank you for commenting on The Boy Who was a Funiosity. I love that word too, I often call it one of my little grandsons. Therein lies the inspiration. πŸ˜‚

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Jane Briganti

Sun 7th Oct 2018 19:04

Thank you so much Martin for commenting on my POTW and for your continued support. I appreciate it!😊

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Shirley Smothers

Sat 6th Oct 2018 15:29

Hello Martin, thank you for your comment on my SIX WORD STORY. I myself feel too much of peoples pain, sometimes I wish I could turn it off. Sorry it took so long to thank you. I have been lax with getting back to comments.

Thank You
Shirley

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John Marks

Sun 30th Sep 2018 00:38

Thank you very much for your always encouraging comments on my poetry. It is very much appeciated Martin. I have now read your sample poems "and all that's been cold is warm". Thank you, again, from my heart.

John E Marks

d.knape

Sun 23rd Sep 2018 22:59

Yes, true story.
just turned it into a poem.

what about that "Poet" sign you are holding?
do you carry that around with you?

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Ged the Poet

Sun 23rd Sep 2018 20:12

Thank you very much for your kind words on the 'The ship they call Alzheimer's' and your warm welcome back Martin. With poetry... sometimes life just gets in the way.πŸ˜‚ I look forward to catching up on your blog my friend. Much appreciated.

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Wed 19th Sep 2018 20:26

Hello, Martin! Thank you so much for commenting on my poem. Much appreciated. With warmest wishes, Larisa

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Jane Briganti

Wed 19th Sep 2018 06:42

Thank you Martin for your encouraging comment on "The Sweetest Sleep". I appreciate it!!!😊😊

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 18th Sep 2018 23:39

Martin you please me
with your generous
comments re "Me" of its verse.
But your choice
of the particular lines
for comment
makes me warm in
its recognition.
Tommy

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 16th Sep 2018 22:58

thanks for the comments on 'Bevin Boy' Martin - very kind of you.
I haven't been to Wigan for a while - other stuff has seemed to clash every month (mainly rugby and my own gigs) but I am the guest at WOL Sale this coming Tuesday and will be doing a couple of sets of my poems set to music if you're about
Ian

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Marie Alyza

Tue 11th Sep 2018 22:59

Thank you, Martin, for the great feedback on my writings. I really appreciate it. β™₯

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Mon 10th Sep 2018 12:15

Thank you, Marin, for commenting on my poem. Much appreciated. With warmest wishes, Larisa

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elPintor

Wed 5th Sep 2018 00:23

Really, Martin, I can't imagine you as anything less than a gentleman--I have to think that your style of writing and commenting is a true reflection of who you are as a person. Thanks for your kind support.

Rachel

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Becky Who

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 13:12

Thanks for commenting "Clever Love". I hadn't really thought of this one as a speak-aloud piece, as it was an exercise in rhyming form (and theme). But maybe I could try it!

Really appreciate your thoughtful comments as always!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 30th Aug 2018 17:38

Thank you Martin as always your comments are valued, and appreciated..πŸ˜ƒ

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Jane Briganti

Thu 30th Aug 2018 05:20

Hello Marin. I'm glad you liked my collages. Yes, you should try it; it is a wonderful past time...sort of like doing puzzles - but better!

Thank you. Jane😊

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Eric Maynard

Wed 29th Aug 2018 11:28

Thank you for reading and commenting on my writing, always appreciated

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Jane Briganti

Wed 29th Aug 2018 07:36

Thank you Martin for the wonderful comment you wrote about "A Day of Quiet Deliberation". And yes, your are right I am slowly finding my stride! 😊Jane

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 28th Aug 2018 20:24

Thank you Martin it is very encouraging to have your thoughts on my work..πŸ˜ƒ

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Matthew Nicholson

Thu 23rd Aug 2018 15:59

Hi Martin,

Thank you for the comments on 'Total Tosser' - very much appreciated. I did write it with performance in mind and have managed to try it out at a couple of open mic nights so far. It has definitely been added as an option to future set lists.

Sorry for the slow reply.

Matthew

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Colin Hill

Tue 21st Aug 2018 19:53

*waves hello* πŸ˜ƒ

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 16th Aug 2018 14:40

Thank you for commenting on The Feather Martin..

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Kate G

Sun 12th Aug 2018 21:35

Thanks for your comments on Jazz Martin, I'm a huge fan of jazz and used to play in a jazz band through my teens and early twenties. This particular piece was about a performance I saw by a group at our local conservatorium. The group was young but inspired, and the singer captivating. A moment that warranted capturing. 😊

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Kate G

Sun 12th Aug 2018 21:32

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 9th Aug 2018 06:41

Hi Martin, thank you for your lovely comments..πŸ˜„

d.knape

Thu 9th Aug 2018 03:42

thanks for your comment on "Corner Man".
i am so glad you are still holding up that blue sign.
you and the corner man have that in common.
i think we are all afraid we will end up on the corner
with no sign and no future.

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