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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 !!

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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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Tommy Carroll

Thu 22nd Feb 2018 22:36

Martin sir
well said sir
re your comments etc
re my work etc
yours etc
Tommy etc.

Ps etc.

Tommy ;- )
x

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 22nd Feb 2018 00:27

Thanks for the kind comments on 'the trilogy' Martin - I've been away a while - somewhere dark - but now I'm back so thought I would post this as one piece (having previously posted each individual poem). to get me started again. Hope you are keeping well mate - hope to see you somewhere soon
Peace & Love
Ian

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kJ Walker

Mon 19th Feb 2018 19:39

Hi Martin . Thanks for commenting on The Totter from Toulouse. I'm glad you thought it resembled Edward Lear, as that was what i was aiming for. I was feeling low when i wrote it, so i did it to cheer myself up.

Cheers Kevin

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Ankita Srivastava

Wed 17th Jan 2018 15:58

Thanks Martin for your comment over my poem.

I am really glad to know that you liked my poetry.

Ankita

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 19th Dec 2017 21:52

Thanks Martin for your comment on 'Where lays it?' Tommy

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 29th Oct 2017 20:23

Martin ta... cheers mate x

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 16th Oct 2017 10:57

thanks very much for commenting on 'Bait' Martin - glad you liked it - I'm hopeless at visiting WOL site at the moment - so only get to see comments when I come back to post something new - so sincere apologies for delay in responding - I really must make more of an effort to visit and contribute

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keith jeffries

Sun 8th Oct 2017 21:22

Martin, Thank you for commenting on my poem Depression. It is much appreciated. Keith

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keith jeffries

Sun 3rd Sep 2017 17:36

Martin, sorry as I should have said logophile. Keith

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keith jeffries

Sun 3rd Sep 2017 17:34

Martin, your poems Rested and Books are the best yet. I like your style and presentation. I am a logophobe, so addicted to books. Thanks. Keith

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raypool

Fri 1st Sep 2017 19:48

Thanks Martin for picking up on my poems World of Wheels and She loved that Cardigan.

Glad you like them !

Ray

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Stu Buck

Fri 14th Jul 2017 23:09

hi martin
yes, i may go. when is it? august still?
i am away for a lot of august but if im free i will certainly go
thanks for the reminder!
stu

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Mikhail Smith

Wed 31st May 2017 13:49

Hello Martin.thanks very much for your comment. The 'chords of flowers' refers to him being a musician and of course all the flowers that my wife had to receive . Thanks.

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keith jeffries

Fri 5th May 2017 09:56

Hello Martin,
Thank you for commenting on my poem Seek and you will find. I really appreciate this. Thanks. Keith

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keith jeffries

Tue 25th Apr 2017 19:16

Martin, thank you for commenting on my poem Daggers Drawn. Thanks much. Keith

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 23rd Apr 2017 14:16

I so appreciate your comments.

Thanks for the WOL/Sale support.

Having nothing in common but titles by alphabetical 'C', those poems gave me a challenge to veer off from a 'theme', letting each poem carry its own weight, totally. Maybe that was the extra impetus, desperation!

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Stu Buck

Wed 19th Apr 2017 12:44

thanks martin, i really enjoyed listening to your work again. i will definitely check out both those dates and keep in contact!

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keith jeffries

Thu 13th Apr 2017 10:28

Martin, thank you for commenting on my poem Shell Shock. Despite ten years in HM Forces the poem was inspired a World War One veteran who I knew as a boy. He survived the Battle of the Somme. Thank you again. Keith

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Mon 10th Apr 2017 10:25

There's something very hopeful in 'He's not the one' which I like, very much.
Thanks for reading my poem today Martin, now I shall return the compliment and take the time to read more of your.
😊

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 6th Feb 2017 10:52

Hi Martin,

I loved your "To write or not to write" also wanted to say thanks for your comments on "Orwellian lessons" its nice to find other Orwell disciples.

All the best,

David.

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Nigel Astell

Thu 26th Jan 2017 15:02

Open up the wardrobe put on my party frock
and go on a red hot date - - - then on the other hand I might just stay in and order a pizza!

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Nicola Hulme

Tue 10th Jan 2017 11:48

Hi Martin,

Fabulous poems as ever last night, well done.

I had to write and say Kate Tempest - wow! Thank-you so much for pointing me in her direction. I'm watching her perform at The Royal Court and am blown away.

Yet again I'm reminded of how high the bar is!

Nic x

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David Blake

Wed 14th Dec 2016 23:44

Thanks for the appreciation for 'The Drawbridge' Martin. It was a real off-the-cuff one to be honest! 😃

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lynn hahn

Mon 12th Dec 2016 19:33

OMG this is so what I am going thru. It is amazing....thank you

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 12th Dec 2016 16:18

thanks for the comment on 'Less Than Human' Martin - sorry it's taken so long to respond - good to see you on Thursday at Wigan - just a shame it was so busy we didn't really get time to talk much - hopefully see you somewhere again soon
Ian

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Nigel Astell

Mon 28th Nov 2016 14:14

This was brand new and not read before.

It was triggered off when out on Wednesday I had a conversation about people we see sometimes on the way to work but have no idea who they are!

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Tom Harding

Fri 18th Nov 2016 20:02

hi martin, thanks for the kind comments on harbour!

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 13th Nov 2016 12:18

thanks for the kind comments regarding 'red poppies on an autumn day' Martin - glad you liked it and look forward to catching up with you somewhere soon
Ian

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raypool

Sat 3rd Sep 2016 17:45

Thanks Martin for comments on The Man in the white coat. They call this the white coat syndrome I think.

Ray

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Nigel Astell

Thu 11th Aug 2016 15:41

Yes I did read it out - - - I hope you are feeling better.

Andy brought two more new Lady members to the group it turned into a good session!

See you next time.

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