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A true poet makes the difficult easy
Can turn water into wine, in a half-truncated line;
Growl with the full force of a Jesuit priest.
Whine like a man who's out of time.
Poetry's more about wine than whine,
Set out to express the inexpressible
No complaining about how difficult it is.
Caesuras can soar, in irredeemable words.
Poets learn how not to compromise,.
How not to be respectable,
How not to people-please
How not to be hindbound by hypocrisy:
Pull out his eyes! Pull out his eyes!
Apologise! Apologise!

Never apologise for beauty nor truth.
If it cost you your life. spit in the face,
Of all the stupidities of the human race.
Sniff out intelligence, growl with glee,
Shift the shade into the heart of darkness;
And break free, from this all-abiding stupidity..


An Absence ►


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John Marks

Wed 11th Mar 2020 17:23

Thank you so much Po, Tom and Cathy and also Greg, Ruvi and Becky. This is about the millionth draft of this poem and it seems, finally, just about right. So, comrades, never give up. Remember: "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."
Winston S. Churchill

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Wed 11th Mar 2020 17:17

Excellent as always John. Any subject you touch upon, you communicate it so well.

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Tue 10th Mar 2020 22:17

What Po said! Your poetry sometimes, like this, is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift with us John.

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Tue 10th Mar 2020 21:50

Another great piece of poetry to make me want to write... well poetry.

Good poetry, great poetry, poetry to make the reader stop and absorb the words and T H I N K...

Ponder on the masterfully crafted piece of writing.

Its just words on a page... but the order, 'your' order of the words is the bit I find so breath taking John.

At the feet of the Master.

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