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ray pool

Updated: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:53 pm

raypool@live.co.uk

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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.

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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

THE SANDS OF TIME (18/08/2019)

TIES THAT BIND (09/08/2019)

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE FIFTIES (24/07/2019)

TIES THAT BIND (18/07/2019)

WAITING - FOR URINATION (09/07/2019)

SUMMER SEASON (08/07/2019)

SHIPPING FORECAST (03/07/2019)

GLASS MARBLES (16/06/2019)

THE OFFICIAL VERSION OF EVENTS (17/05/2019)

ANTEDISESTABLISHMENT VEGETARIANISM (08/05/2019)

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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.

"Waiting..."
and
"school holidays..."
quality.

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

d.knape

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.
Jennifer

d.knape

Fri 2nd Aug 2019 13:55

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

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 20th Jul 2019 22:52

Thank you Ray - for all of those words - Ymmot

d.knape

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.

Jennifer

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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.

Jennifer

d.knape

Sun 28th Apr 2019 12:32

before you fall
catch yourself.

thx for visiting.

d.knape

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
Ian

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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. 😉

Tommy

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 22nd Mar 2019 21:56



Cheers Ray, I'm thinking the same - 😉

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 22nd Mar 2019 21:09

Hi Ray - welcome words re "Schemata" welcome.

Thanks Tommy

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Joe Williams

Wed 20th Mar 2019 13:02

Cheers Ray, yes I know 'Jarrow Song' well, it's one I remember being played in the house a lot when I was very young.

d.knape

Fri 8th Mar 2019 11:08

I love the poetry of Donald Trump.
I hear America singing.

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Phil Kay

Thu 7th Mar 2019 03:22

Thanks for your kind words on "spring" Ray. I surprise myself with my optimism sometimes.

d.knape

Thu 7th Mar 2019 03:09

what exactly did Jennifer mean when she said
"keep your pecker up"?
is that an olde English expression?


😃

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Phil Kay

Tue 5th Mar 2019 02:32

Hi Ray thanks for commenting on duality. The American is a woman whose unwavering total commitment to the afterlife that I just couldn't grasp. But she was such a good person living a good life.
She was honest in her beliefs and I admired and respected it.
In many ways envied it.

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Phil Kay

Sun 24th Feb 2019 22:07

Thanks for your comments on "tonight" Ray. Its a strange world to live in sometimes. I'm a great fan of Camus and I hope he would have appreciated this too.
Sometimes in social situations I find the banality hard to deal with, I know what you mean about feeling outside. With the urge but no capacity to be quite "inside". Thanks again. Phil.

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Jon Stainsby

Sun 24th Feb 2019 16:26

Just wanted to say I like your work, Ray.

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Phil Kay

Tue 5th Feb 2019 23:28

Thanks for your comments on "pub". Sometimes life just swirls around us barely do we have control. I subscribe wholeheartedly to the absurdity of life as we live it. A kindred spirit is always welcome. Many thanks.

d.knape

Sun 3rd Feb 2019 11:42

Glad you enjoyed reading it.
I enjoyed eating it.
Love those Tex-Mex enchiladas.

Thanks for visiting.

😃

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Phil Kay

Sat 2nd Feb 2019 23:00

Hi Ray. Thank you. Yes the sarcasm was barely concealed wasn't it. But so many poems have words and no emotive drive. We can all write words. Thanks again Ray.
Best.. Phil.

jennifer Malden

Sat 2nd Feb 2019 19:09

Hi Ray, sorry for having so long to answer your 'graffiti' post. Agree there were a couple of weeks when nothing much appeared, for what my opinion may be worth! The last few days have produced a lot of good stuff it seems to me. Chris Armstrong - Vautaw - Charlottle Peters Rock - Chris Hubbard - Jon Stainsby, as usual great. I think you have a very high standard, as set by your work. Not many people have such a plentiful fount of inspiration, or the ability to turn quite mundane sights/happenings, (the drunken man) into something intelligent, well composed , interesting and often moving. I loved the robin Haiku, small but perfect. Keep up your own good work!
By the way what has happened to Benu? I can't 'get' him anymore, so he has either left or crossed me off!
Keep your pecker up! No hidden meaning, I hasten to say!!!!!


Jennifer

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Phil Kay

Wed 30th Jan 2019 21:13

Hi Ray good to see your still here and reading and writing. Thanks as ever for your comments. I detect a kind gentility within you that makes me feel a happiness.

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