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(A re-post from 2011.  But class is timeless)


As quiet closes end of day

When evening’s calm has gripped us

I set a fire and in it lay

Dried logs of eucalyptus.


A billowing blue smokiness

And flames begin to dance;

The leaves and trees stand motionless,

No breeze to break their trance.


The silence of the setting scene

Occasionally lifts

From traffic on the A19

And screeching of the swifts.


Of all the ways I might desire

To welcome dusk’s descending

I’d choose this garden and this fire;

There is no better ending.




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John Coopey

Wed 10th Jul 2019 16:30

Thanks, MC.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 10th Jul 2019 13:41

I don't recall this from 2011 but it is certainly worth a re-post. I can
almost smell those burning logs and see the smoke wafting upwards.
Betjeman and Binyon would surely approve!

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John Coopey

Wed 10th Jul 2019 08:53

Thanks, Don. I think.

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Don Matthews

Tue 9th Jul 2019 15:51

Oh, John I see Bet Boop's come back
She's seen your bod, she craves
I think you've done it, well and good
Your clothes is all you'll save.....

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John Coopey

Tue 9th Jul 2019 11:41

Forgive me, Don, if I have strayed
From my usual stuff,
But if it helps then picture me
Writing in the buff.

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Don Matthews

Tue 9th Jul 2019 09:39

John this poem ain't like you
It's not in genre Coop
Where is the bit of sauce I ask
A bit of Betty Boop ?

You did build up my hopes, you did
You built a fire, said 'lay'
I thought, indeed, he's on right track
A Betty Boop sex-play?

Betty Boop did not appear
Gave up, went down the road
Looking for excitement
For sex episodes......

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John Coopey

Tue 9th Jul 2019 06:59

Thanks, Wayne.

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Wayne McLellan

Mon 8th Jul 2019 23:49

Enjoyed this piece John.



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John Coopey

Mon 8th Jul 2019 22:15

Thanks for the kind comments, Ray and Mindy.

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Mon 8th Jul 2019 21:42

Lovely and reaching cherished memories for each of us, I expect.

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Mon 8th Jul 2019 21:17

A wonderfully sensitive atmospheric offering and I am in total agreement; I havn't got enough room to let a fire rage where I am, but I do have some big eucalyptus rings , so I can dream can't I?


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