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ray pool

Updated: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:53 pm

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God, or what passes for it has now fleshed out my EFIT profile and this is what I have found out. My face has many expressions, as does my writing, and in consequence will try anything more than once - in fact constantly. I spent much of my life as a pro pianist, during which time my opinions of people as largely deluded lunatics has been confirmed. I should know - I'm one of them, though one should never take oneself seriously - should one? Writing poetry has been a constant activity throughout and now having retired I am delighted to be able to spent lots of time pursuing that and also reading live. I have had two pamphlets published called "A History nailed down" and "Tales of the Unaccepted" by Dempsey and Windle. I have an ability for mimicking voices and accents and often enjoy using them for live readings. I think poetry should uplift or inform, not depress and dull us down, unless it informs us of genuine issues, in which case it should not be over indulgent; just my opinion. That's me damned of course. At my late age I don't have to fit the EFIT anymore. I do try to keep a sense of wonder, though it gets harder. Thanks to all who took the trouble to read.


Amateur Musicians They straddled the bar big men all. I looked up to them as from afar. They talked of mouthpieces brass technique, perfection sought with breath in their cheek and huff in their puff following through with their lip speak. Embouchure, bores everyone that was their way of having fun. UP AND OVER. Climbing the hill can make you ill but try it anyway, to see what's on the other side. Make the effort, then let God decide. POST INDUSTRIALIZATION "There's trouble at 'Mill" someone said so they closed it down. Those who had the means got out of town. WISE MEN Where are the wise men when we need them? Packing in their lucrative jobs to serve the Lord, to put on cassocks in fine and respectful fettle, in celestial splendour, living off the investments of gold, frankincense and myrrh and the pretence of miracles, to which they appeared to defer.

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Audio entries by ray pool


PAST CONTENDERS (06/09/2019)

MY FATHER WALKS (23/08/2019)

THE SANDS OF TIME (18/08/2019)

TIES THAT BIND (09/08/2019)


TIES THAT BIND (18/07/2019)


SUMMER SEASON (08/07/2019)


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jennifer Malden

Sat 1st Feb 2020 18:23

Hi Ray, back from the dead!!! Not quite dead funnily enough, but flu - whole family even with the jab. Then Christmas with shopping /cooking etc. When I needed them, my computer, dishwasher, and washing machine all went on the blink, (that phrase is a bit of a giveaway)!!! Then to top it all my ..!!!!!!!!!........... husband fell, (entirely his own fault, I say nastily), cracked several ribs, and has behaved like a grizzly with a sore head ever since! As if that wasn't enough, had to cope with a son's legal separation. Whew!!!!!!!
Any way all moused up again and ready to go.

Liked your Masterplan one, but what fell deed or deeds is it referring to? Problem is I can think of so many!

with affection, Jennifer

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 11th Jan 2020 14:24

You are always a delight!

I'm 'not with it'. What does EFIT mean?

If I knew how to do it, I'd post a black and white photo of myself at twenty-five. I know you'd enjoy it, as I do yours: the older person shining through youth.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 24th Nov 2019 20:13

p o r t r a i t

by Tommy Carroll
Wednesday 20th November 2019 9:52 pm

Cheers Ray


Sat 16th Nov 2019 03:19

follow your wife's advice-
you can't go wrong!

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 14th Nov 2019 22:40

Ray you are correct. I stand corrected. Correction is the side-street to drunken doorways.


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Tommy Carroll

Sat 9th Nov 2019 17:27

Indeed Ray indeed.

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 30th Oct 2019 17:02

"The grindstone that wears a man into a polished version of himself."

Excellent Ray.

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Thu 24th Oct 2019 19:20

Thanks for the comment on Love Me it was I wrote it after a hip operation

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Tue 15th Oct 2019 23:44

Thank you Ray - Nut Hatch - appreciative of your kind comments. P. 👍

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Thu 10th Oct 2019 16:49

Thanks for the comment on Cooling Towers, Ray. Very much appreciated, as always. T

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Dominic James

Sat 28th Sep 2019 20:42

Hi Ray, thanks for comments on El Dorado: dodgy is in there, best

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 23rd Sep 2019 22:37

thanks for welcoming me back (again) Ray - glad you liked True Nature. As usual - you totally 'got it' 😃

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 24th Aug 2019 15:40

Hi Ray - you didn't say when you made a visit to West End Central
but the descriptions seemed to match a certain time. Who knows...if
you'd visited its opposite West End number up the road in Marylebone (just off Oxford Street) we might have met !!! A lot of
water has passed under the bridge since those days but the memories remain.


Wed 21st Aug 2019 13:14

thanks Raypool. ?

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David Cooke

Tue 13th Aug 2019 18:40

Thanks, Ray, for your kind words on 'Man on a Wire'. David

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 11th Aug 2019 13:54

Truely Ray
"The grindstone that wears a man into a polished version of himself."
Is most beautifully put.

"school holidays..."

(is that an Alan Benett...voice?)


Mon 5th Aug 2019 23:52

you get your coat.
I'll get your goat!

jennifer Malden

Fri 2nd Aug 2019 15:59

Hi again Ray! About Nihilistic Poem- only just clicked!!!! Confess to being a 'cabeza di cocco'. Had a laugh anyway. Jennifer

jennifer Malden

Fri 2nd Aug 2019 15:19

Hi Ray! so sorry about all the fuss over 'tiredly'. I didn't read your comment, but I would have thought it was quite normal to suggest it didn't exist - np at all.
Loved your 'Genesis' am still seeing the despairing face beneath the ice - such an unusual image. Will get nihilistic when have time, or start quackling - if easier!
By the way, things have picked up, I would say - referring to the graffiti period.


Fri 2nd Aug 2019 13:55

Tech is easy
if you're young-
if old
it only adds

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 20th Jul 2019 22:52

Thank you Ray - for all of those words - Ymmot


Thu 11th Jul 2019 12:04

Thanks for reading and commenting on my poem.
Always good to hear from the cool Raypool!

jennifer Malden

Wed 29th May 2019 16:01

Hi Ray! Thanks for the 'Grimm's Fairy Tale' comment. Must be the awful weather we are having that has brought out a morbid streak!
Have another couple of 'Grimm's' coming up! The papers/TV have also been full of the most appalling murders/killings recently as well.


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Jonathan Humble

Tue 7th May 2019 20:24

Ray, I wanted to say thank you for all the comments you've made and support you've given to me on this site. I don't respond much to many poems/poets (my issues), but in all my time sending stuff up here, there are a number of poets whose feedback I value greatly. Thanks again.

jennifer Malden

Wed 1st May 2019 19:48

Hi Ray! thanks for the very positive comment on Hopeless. Glad you saw something in it. I was doubtful whether to post it or not, as it was more a word game than any kind of poetry. I really can't bear to think about not having somewhere to go on a freezing winter night. I was in the ER at the hospital in December, and there was a homeless man I know, 'cos he is always outside our local supermarket. He is at least 65, and was just trying to get through the night somewhere with heating, but they turned him out eventually. One feels so ashamed, even without being directly responsible.



Sun 28th Apr 2019 12:32

before you fall
catch yourself.

thx for visiting.


Fri 5th Apr 2019 12:44

thanks for your comment on "Ghost Town".
I appreciate your reading it.
As much fun as writing it.

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 5th Apr 2019 11:57

thanks for the kind comments on 'In Memoriam' Ray - yes, I guess we all reach that point in life where we are losing friends and relatives more frequently. I'm glad that NaPoWriMo has kick started me back on WOL again - I had 3 or 4 months off doing other creative stuff - but this has given me a much needed kick up the backside to get writing again.
Glad you liked it mate

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Becky Who

Thu 4th Apr 2019 20:58

Hi Ray, thanks for commenting on "How to be a terrible parent", your thoughtful feedback is appreciated as always. How come I missed before the fact that you were a professional musician? (I'm a failed professional musician).

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 4th Apr 2019 11:39

Cheers folks re (My Bookshelf): Ray, Don, Martin and M.C.
I think I may have failed in my attampt to be ironic lol. And now I have lost the point that I was attempting to make - oh the irony of it all. ?


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