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ray pool

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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.

Audio entries by ray pool

STANNAH STAIRLIFT (08/11/2018)

CONFLICTING INTERESTS (23/10/2018)

ROYAL DISAPPOINTMENT (15/10/2018)

WHERE I LIVE (09/10/2018)

FOOD CULTURE (06/10/2018)

EPITAPH (03/10/2018)

I WASN'T UPSET (27/09/2018)

THE DISAPPEARED (19/09/2018)

STATES OF MIND (17/09/2018)

PLAYING THE SAXOPHONE (04/09/2018)

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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

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Big Sal

Fri 7th Sep 2018 23:27

Glad you stopped by Ray, thanks.šŸ‘

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Joe Williams

Tue 4th Sep 2018 19:37

Thanks Ray, glad you liked it šŸ˜ƒ

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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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Jane Briganti

Mon 27th Aug 2018 18:55

Thank you ray for commenting on "Piano Man". Always appreciated!šŸ˜Š

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Becky Who

Sun 26th Aug 2018 21:41

Hi, thanks for your comment on International Bake-off (Brexit? Don't get me started...) It was only for fun, glad you liked the rhymes.

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Matthew Nicholson

Thu 23rd Aug 2018 16:10

Hi Ray,

Thank you for the comments on 'Total Tosser' - very much appreciated.

Sorry for the slow reply.

Matthew

Tony Hill

Wed 22nd Aug 2018 07:37

Ray, just wanted to let you know that Iā€™m leaving the WOL community. Reasons too complex to explain and Iā€™m not sure I even understand myself. I could not disappear without first thanking you for the many kind words you have written about my poetry, which I will continue to write. I hope your own poetry goes from strength to strength. Your recent poems have been your best, in my opinion. My email address is anthhill12@hotmail.co.uk. Feel free to keep in touch. Tony

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Kate G

Fri 17th Aug 2018 23:42

Thanks for your comments on Painter's Paradox Ray. It's about human nature, and the way that the nature of others can be corrupted by others, and conversely how being with others can create something bigger than the whole . Really appreciate you taking the time to read it.šŸ˜„

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Christine Renshaw

Tue 14th Aug 2018 19:05

Thank you for your feedback on 'The language of Trees' yes indeedy! Trees are wise!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 10th Aug 2018 21:33

Thank you for commenting on The Book, Ray.

I had very similar thoughts myself.
The TV screen is a distraction.
It does not draw me in the way a book does. The concentration needed to read, I believe is the secret to its ability to soothe and calm the inner self.
Excuse the rant.

d.knape

Thu 9th Aug 2018 03:39

thanks for your comments on "corner man".
i think we all are afraid of ending up there,
of being the Corner Man.

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Hannah Collins

Mon 6th Aug 2018 08:57

Hi Ray
Thank you so much for your comment on my poem Wild Heart.
Very encouraging.

Hannah

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 26th Jul 2018 19:23

thanks for the comment on 'blown it' Ray - been away so apologies for late reply - glad you liked it - back to normal service ;-)
Ian

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Darren J Beaney

Tue 24th Jul 2018 08:06

Hi Ray

Thanks once again for the positive comments - just to let you know, The Same Old Dance is made up.

It came from a writing exercise using the picture that I have posted with the poem (The Dance by Paula Rego).
The exercise was to look at the picture and imagine the world that it exists in the picture and then write down 6 laws that operate within the world/picture. Then I had to write a monologue speaking as an inhabitant of the world, but not refer directly to the laws.

Cheers

DJB

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Darren J Beaney

Mon 11th Jun 2018 07:55

Hi Ray

a quick early morning hello - thanks for taking the trouble to read my stuff and commenting from time to time.

Cheers

D

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Thu 31st May 2018 04:26

Absolutely no need to apologise, Ray!

I did not take offence at all - I totally understood your response to 'Counting Sleep'. After all, Edna is an Aussie icon - some even say, a 'queen' - Ha-Ha!

Your comments and compliments are always welcome and gratefully received.

Best.
Frances.



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Ian Whiteley

Wed 16th May 2018 14:54

thanks for commenting on 'sunset over lupset' Ray - to quote an old and poor joke 'nostalgia ain't what it used to be' šŸ˜‰ as always you offer an insightful analysis and add your own flourishes and thoughts - that capture what I was 'after' perfectly. Thanks again for taking the time to comment - it's appreciated
Ian

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 6th May 2018 20:23

Ray "Backwards glancing" nods in your direction. Tommy

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Hannah Collins

Mon 30th Apr 2018 20:10

Hi Ray thanks so much for your comment on my poem The New Love.
I look forward to reading more of yours.

Hannah

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Joe Williams

Thu 26th Apr 2018 10:00

Thanks for the comments on 'Killing the Piano' Ray, I'm glad you liked it. That one always strikes a chord (pun intended!) with people who play or who grew up with a piano around the house. It's one of those little tragedies of the modern world, I think.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 24th Apr 2018 13:59

thanks for the comments on 'pub quiz theory' Ray - just one more piece of modern living that I've come to despie - in my day it used to be called cheating - now if it gets you gold you do it - rather than take your natural place in the world.
Ian šŸ˜ƒ

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