The News

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the waking the raising
the peeing the showering 
the drying the brushing
the spraying the dressing 
the boiling the squeezing 
the popping the spreading
the sitting the scoffing 
the clearing the washing
the listening the watching
the ringing the standing 
the walking the opening
the facing the greeting 
the inviting the entering
the hearing the shocking
the hearing the shocking
the hearing the shocking
the news .......

 

 

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Paul Waring

Sun 8th Jan 2017 08:59

Martin, thank you, another great compliment, I really appreciate what you and others have said about this piece which has been interpreted in different ways, ways that didn't occur to me as I wrote it. What I tried to describe is the rhythm of a morning routine, then a ring of the door bell and the delivery of devastating news. Thanks again, Paul

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Martin Elder

Sat 7th Jan 2017 23:10

I have to agree with what has already been said here Paul , a stunning yet simple poem, well delivered, just emphasising what actually is News?

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Paul Waring

Sat 7th Jan 2017 19:09

Rose, thank you, what a touching compliment. I've only been posting here for just over two weeks and I'm incredibly happy to be part of so many interesting, creative and inspiring kindred spirits. There are so many people on here encouraging each other's work and sharing humour too, as you and several others do. If I was 40 years younger I wouldn't hesitate to to say, "big up yourselves"!!

Hazel, thank you, short and sweet, and on the money.

Paul

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Hazel ettridge

Sat 7th Jan 2017 17:58

I know I know I know
The shock of the new

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Rose Casserley

Sat 7th Jan 2017 17:35

re-being a ropey version of Oakley or, butt-poor Bono impersonator-maybe-but I think I can say with fair certainty,that you would beat that 'duo' hands down,when it comes to writing poetry!

An opportune moment to say thanks Paul,for bringing a breath of communicative fresh air,to WOL.



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Paul Waring

Sat 7th Jan 2017 17:17

Thank you Rose, lovely to read your insights, it always amazes how many different creative interpretations can come from a piece. Reading the rich variety of feedback about poems makes being on WoL so interesting and enjoyable. As for me singing, imagine a poor man's Bono or a ropey Phil Oakley from the Human League! Paul

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Rose Casserley

Sat 7th Jan 2017 16:38

this has the 'force feeding' aspect about it Paul which in sad reality,that,is how it (the news) is almost inescapably served up.

fortunately,there is also the more acceptable kind of 'force feeding' which we most certainly would not want to escape-the gifts of nature!

let me hear you sing-# and so say all of us!#



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Paul Waring

Sat 7th Jan 2017 15:23

Thank you again Cynthia, you have absolutely nailed it, I'm so pleased it has come across as I intended. Thank you again for such positive comments. Paul

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 7th Jan 2017 14:02

Very interesting - clever concept - drawing out the sameness of the average morning shattered by 'the news'. The repetition at the end is brilliant, simulating the idea that the words can't quite be 'taken in', or that they 'hammer the senses'.

The never-ending variations of poetry are thrilling to write and to read.

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Paul Waring

Sat 7th Jan 2017 13:45

Thanks Jeff and Raj for your interesting comments about this poem that tries to describe the flow of a mundane morning in someone's life that is suddenly shattered by bad news. A bit dark I know.......! Paul

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Raj Ferds

Sat 7th Jan 2017 10:45

Nice one Paul.
I likened that to a mantra. Still resonates.

Sadly bad news sells but at the end of the day good will triumph. Always has.

Raj.

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Jeff

Sat 7th Jan 2017 10:17

Worlds still a wonderful place...but politics & religion will see us all dead one day... Well put.....Jeff..

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