Doom and gloom...doom and gloom!

One wonders at the lack of room

Obtained by those who would employ

Poems of unbridled joy.


Envy, jealousy and hate

Appear daily to dominate

The minds of many poets writing

Lines of carping and back-biting.


Lift the darkness of despair...

Let lit lanterns linger there!

Bring about the welcome light side

And like the song: "Look on the bright side".






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M.C. Newberry

Sat 13th Oct 2018 10:14

WM - please see my comment on your WOL page about Capra/Capa etc.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 12th Oct 2018 17:09

Thanks for all the comments - and "likes". Life is too short
to see a monopoly on misery - in any part of it!!

Brian Blanchard

Fri 12th Oct 2018 16:46

Yes, but it doesn't just apply to poets!

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 11th Oct 2018 16:53

I agree, it would be great to see a real comedy win serious Oscars.

Interestingly when you look at films like "Its a Wonderful Life" (which I love beyond words) such films were hugely dark but the pay off was the feel good factor, the commonality of humanity was fully addressed. We definitely could do with more films like that.

Many thanks to you MC for relieving me of an incorrect piece of information I had thought correct for a good few years.


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M.C. Newberry

Thu 11th Oct 2018 16:46

A fair number of WS's darker tales were made into films -
while lighter subjects were seldom used...except perhaps
for "The Taming of The Shrew" (can you imagine THAT being risked today though?).
One of film's all-time top comedies was "Some Like It Hot" -
with everything going for it...great plot and script, top stars (with even a lovely tongue-in-cheek in-joke via Tony
Curtis's impersonation of Cary Grant's famous voice) -
and the most fondly remembered pay-off line in ANY film.
I must check to see what awards it won.

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 11th Oct 2018 15:23

Would that include the miserable poet and Playwright Will Shakespeares tragedy's Mark? those are definitly not Hollywood (though they were in their day) neither could they be regarded as nowadays. Admittedly he penned some rather amusing comedy to balance his portfolio.

Then there is Blake and Dante etc, not that we are likely to find their like on WoL, but should such a happening occur would we really chase them off with a tickling stick?

I think/hope not.

As I said Mark, room for all..."Inclusion not Exclusion"

LA LA Land was no comedy, but it could in no way be considered dark, I don't think it won best picture but it certainly won few Oscars.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 11th Oct 2018 15:10

There seems to be something of a "Hollywood" view of poetry around nowadays. How they love to unburden views
of serious social subjects, triumphing (or gloriously failing) over adversity! It's a tragedy that tragedy should be so
Ask yourself: how many times has a great comedy film
been nominated for, let alone won, an Oscar? 😎

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Don Matthews

Wed 10th Oct 2018 23:35

If I want lotsa comments I write doom and gloom
Which appeals to WOL poets on site (such a shame)
If I want just a trickle of comments for my effort
I'll write fun and laughter (such a shame)

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Tom Doolan

Wed 10th Oct 2018 20:07

Hi M.C - Laughter is good medicine. T 😀

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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 10th Oct 2018 19:04

Mark, I agree.

There is though room for all, and it's even better if contributors offer writings on multiple subjects and in varied genres.

It isn't a matter of right or wrong I think it's a matter of degree.

No subjects are off limits and people should not be made to feel there is anything wrong with expressing themselves, even if others might find it tedious.

There is much suffering and much joy in the world, there is more than enough room to share our experiences of both, and there seems little reason to turn a blind eye to any of it or exclude anything not to our personal taste. Inclusion rather than exclusion might just broaden our minds.

It is an interesting dynamic to me that it only ever seems to be people seeking fewer dark poems, who wish to banish that particular style. I have never seen those who lean towards the darker subjects request that lighter poems be less visable. I do not see how or why some people might wish to exclude others or turn such issues into a competition, maybe exclusion is more in their nature, shame really, and not at all amusing.

But I agree happy is healthy.

PS, some of what is passed off as comedy or humour is often the most depressing thing I might read all week. But that in itself is humorous to me, and I can always zone it out if I desire.

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Brian Maryon

Wed 10th Oct 2018 18:35

MC - you're leaning against an open door with me.

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Hannah Collins

Wed 10th Oct 2018 18:03

I agree with Taylor about balance.
Some of the more light hearted poems are overlooked on here.


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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 10th Oct 2018 17:54

I like the sentiment M.C. I like to write a variety of emotions into my poetry...some dark and some light...I think like all things in life it is about balance....Thank you Taylor 💕

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