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Updated: Wed, 8 Aug 2018 08:48 am

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Dabble with poetry. Like to do open mics around Yorks and Lincs.


Crossing Holderness by Bus A long wait ahead for the replacement bus ours has overheated. The iron of a bench griddles my legs the sun is high and hot, energy sapping hot but there’s a tree offering shade. I stand reading a book – Tom Paulin poetry retreating from the sun into his reality. He was First Division before there was a Premier League and knows how to write – this is rare. At my feet cigarette ends, an ant scuttling my sandal and encroaching light as cool shade retreats. I sit at the front – shady side glancing from Holderness fields to Belfast poetry Belfast poetry to Holderness fields ‘Thank God for the bus pass.’ A whirligig of young girls’ squirling swirling pigs’ tail giggling invades my ears. I tear a tissue in half suck each half into a ball stuff my ears to shut off the chit chat. I cannot bear the pathos - behind the tinsel worldliness they are innocent and young. A certain sundering will come. It is tapping even now discreetly tenderly at the pane of imagination. A tree branch rattling in the breeze. The time will come for kissing and cuddling innocent fumbling coupling and sleeping waking to motherhood. Ceaseless watching over squealing squirling swirling mothers-in-waiting of their own. That tearing, grunting, sundering blood pain by which the world renews. The old songs replayed. The old tales retold. They tumble the stairs. They are laughing.

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Shirley Smothers

Wed 22nd Aug 2018 17:10

Hello there, Rick. Thank you for the nice comment on my Haiku MOUNTAINS IN THE MIST. I was inspired to write this from the painting I did in 1991.


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 15th Aug 2018 10:48

Welcome to WOL. You call this 'dabbling'! I'm done for today on line, but I'll try to get back to your work soon. I'm enchanted.


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