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ray pool

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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.

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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.

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

Blog entries by ray pool

CEREMONIAL (19/02/2019)

TEMPLE IN THE SKY (18/02/2019)

I'M IN LOVE WITH MATT BAKER (17/02/2019)

VALENTINE (15/02/2019)

POSITIVE (13/02/2019)

THROUGH THE GATES (12/02/2019)

WAITING (09/02/2019)

PEAKS AND TROUGHS (09/02/2019)

75th BIRTHDAY (08/02/2019)

FOG BANK (05/02/2019)

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Blog link: https://www.writeoutloud.net/blogs/raypool

Audio entries by ray pool

CEREMONIAL (19/02/2019)

I'M IN LOVE WITH MATT BAKER (17/02/2019)

POSITIVE (13/02/2019)

75th BIRTHDAY (08/02/2019)

FOG BANK (05/02/2019)

TRANSFORMATION (02/02/2019)

LOST CAUSE (31/01/2019)

MURDER MOST FOUL (26/01/2019)

ENDINGS (24/01/2019)

DRINKER (22/01/2019)

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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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Tommy Carroll

Sat 12th Jan 2019 06:36

Thanks Ray for your comment re "Then 19". Your Generosity of Spirit is most welcome.

Tommy

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David Cooke

Sun 6th Jan 2019 15:47

Hi Ray Thanks for comment on my Freemo poem. It's Poem of the week on Monday so there will be a little feature. In case I didn't send you it before here's a link to my journal:
https://thehighwindowpress.com/category/poetry/

jennifer Malden

Fri 4th Jan 2019 17:47

Hi Ray!

Hope you have a good year! Really loved The INN- to be really nitpicking, 'barman' in the second last verse seems out of context as this is presumably the Roundheads versus Royalists period, and it would have been a tavern/Inn. Wouldn't 'landlord' be better, as barman is a more modern word?

If you tell me to mind my own business or get lost or something coarser, it's quite OK! Anyway really great poem as one expects from you.

Jennifer

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 4th Jan 2019 00:08



( Tommy takes Ray's coat from off of his shoulders and ushers him towards the bar while winking at Wolf)

Big Sal

Fri 28th Dec 2018 23:18

Thanks, Ray. Sometimes people need to bask in the little things and not fret over the big ones.

Little things like scents of lavender and smiles in the cold.😏

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David Cooke

Sun 23rd Dec 2018 11:22

Hi Ray glad you liked my Waldorf Salad poem. We'll soon be stablemates at D & W as it's in 'Reel to Reel' the book they are publishing for me in February. David

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 22nd Dec 2018 15:41

Cheers Ray re 'Nietzsche Declared' I was telling Dave (Wolfgar) 'A poem is never finished, only abandoned.Paul Valery' malarky. Tommy

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 7th Dec 2018 08:35

Thank you for your continued support Ray..💕

Big Sal

Sat 24th Nov 2018 18:28

The gravitas of an "ah-ha" moment can never be overshadowed by forethought and analysis of a bigger picture. Sometimes it's the little things that bring the most smiles to the most faces.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Ray. Your well-read responses bring back the hope that all is not lost in the poetry world, and even the best can be modern.

I also hope you'll keep reading, and writing since you weave quite the tapestry with your own words my friend.👍

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 23rd Nov 2018 18:55


ah...gotchya Ray

Tommy

d.knape

Thu 22nd Nov 2018 02:39

sorry, did not mean to offend.
maybe my humor was misplaced or misunderstood.
that's all it was, Humor.

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 21st Nov 2018 23:22

'Austerity':
'Loyalty' Ray? I'm not getting your point here.
Tommy

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 21st Nov 2018 21:21

Thank you for your comments on The Dance Ray..😃

d.knape

Thu 1st Nov 2018 03:35


how are things in the Pool?

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 31st Oct 2018 10:57

thanks for commenting on 'a sting in the tail' Ray - glad you liked it mate :-)

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 7th Oct 2018 15:48

Ray thank you for those very kind words on Jake's Place.

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kJ Walker

Wed 26th Sep 2018 21:57

Hi Ray. Thanks for taking the time to comment on "The Bricky Pond".

Cheers Kevin

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 21st Sep 2018 12:04

Ray as with Keith's comment I appreciate your thinking about the verse "Persephone".
Tommy

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Matthew Nicholson

Thu 20th Sep 2018 09:15

Thank you for the comments on 'Having a Boss Time Behind Bars' It was intended as an uplifting piece about a young lad wanting to better himself and avoid repeating the patterns of his father. Sadly the patterns have already been repeated but there is a definite optimism and desire to break that cycle and change for the greater good.

I will be adding a follow-up piece to this today about his life after being released. I'm just trying to finalise a title for it.

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 16th Sep 2018 12:41

thanks for the kind comments on 'Above The Light Of The Morning Star' Ray - something a bit different from me and I'm pleased you picked up on the themes
Ian

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Becky Who

Wed 12th Sep 2018 05:39

Hi, thanks for commenting "I hope the sleep function is working". Your comments and feedback are always appreciated. I wrote it when arriving into bed a few hours after my husband, as I often do, as the dead of night is the only really poetry oppportunity for me. How poetry fits into couples' lives could be an interesting discussion thread...

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 11th Sep 2018 19:48

thanks for commenting on 'Sister Magdalena' Ray - been meaning to write this one for a while - about 50 years to be precise. Glad you liked it
Ian

Big Sal

Fri 7th Sep 2018 23:27

Glad you stopped by Ray, thanks.👍

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Joe Williams

Tue 4th Sep 2018 19:37

Thanks Ray, glad you liked it 😃

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 4th Sep 2018 18:19

thanks so much for your kind comments on 'Under August Skies' Ray - apologies for the late response as I have been away on holiday - I'm really pleased you liked it
Ian

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