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Farce interrupted

by battering ram.


Cutlass thrown

into erstwhile Shangri-la.


Palimpsest burdened

by repetition: eras

erased, yet more

of the same.


Recitals of remorse

caress the ears

of the wilderness



Casuistry made king,

rather than curing

the paucity of wings...

◄ Songbird.

Silhouette. ►


Holden Moncrieff

Wed 17th Apr 2024 18:13

Thank you so much, John, that's very kind of you! 😊

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John Marks

Wed 17th Apr 2024 03:30

I love your final verse. Pithy!

Holden Moncrieff

Thu 14th Mar 2024 20:23

Thank you so much, Auracle, I really appreciate your kind comment! 😊

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Thu 14th Mar 2024 18:41

English Class here. Good job 👍

Holden Moncrieff

Wed 6th Mar 2024 14:57

Thank you, David, for your extremely thoughtful comment, you are very kind! It means so much to me that you really took the time to consider the poem and its possible interpretations. You have actually provided me with further insight into it; I couldn't be more grateful! 😊

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David RL Moore

Wed 6th Mar 2024 06:25

A fine poem Holden.

Each singular element of the quintet being a gateway to an idea we can dive into as if a welcoming rabbit hole.

The work seems purposely abstract to me, it will mean different things to each reader.

I particularly like the third stanza which reminded me of and set me thinking about the new Gerhard Richter exhibition at Oświęcim.

For me the final stanza is a plea to cut the crap and deal with damage before it's way too late, which it probably is already.

I suspect some people dislike poetry which requires research. Personally I admire that which sets us off on our own revelatory journeys. Words/language are/is elemental, it is the process by which individuals interpret them which gives them definitive meaning...that interpretation can open us up to so many different things.

So thank you.


Holden Moncrieff

Tue 5th Mar 2024 23:59

Thank you so much, Stephen and Manish, I am truly honoured by your beautiful comments and constant support! 😊💖

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Manish Singh Rajput

Tue 5th Mar 2024 23:12

I can only agree with Stephen A's comment Holden, "you never fail to educate me."
You make me want to read, research and understand, and that I think is commendable. Brilliant stuff.

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 5th Mar 2024 22:37

Palimpsest. Holden, you never fail to educate me! Brilliant, as always.

Holden Moncrieff

Tue 5th Mar 2024 22:01

Thank you so much, Landi, for your kind comment! 😊

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Landi Cruz

Tue 5th Mar 2024 18:44

The juxtaposition of casuistry and paucity is subtle--so fine...

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