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I don't do new year
there is a lot of noise here
none of it is mine

when the chimes kick in
auld lang syne hands are unlinked
as phones point skywards

cascading fireworks
fall on lost souls in doorways
where poverty lies

auld lang synenew yearpovertyselfie-culturetri-haikuwaste of money

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Martin Elder

Thu 2nd Jan 2020 09:41

Both cogent and pithy as always Ian.
Nice one mate

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 1st Jan 2020 23:46

no problem Brian 😃

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Don Matthews

Wed 1st Jan 2020 21:59

Never thought I'd get to the end of this thread......


I liked your write Ian........

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Brian Maryon

Wed 1st Jan 2020 21:08

Ian...thanks for the exchange. Hope we haven't fallen out...I am a supporter of your work.

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 1st Jan 2020 21:02

Brian
I won't get into a political/ideological argument with you. One thing I will say is that poetry, music, art can highlight the facts in a way that (say) tory newspapers will not.
This does not alter the fact that your initial comment missed the point - so just to make it clear: £2,000,000 of fireworks, indeed, fell on everyone. It was the homeless who would suffer most by that money not being spent on them. So, as with rainfall, it rained on everyone and everyone got wet. Some people suffered that wetness more than others. Not political - FACT.
I don't explain my poems normally - in this case I feel I had to 😃

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Brian Maryon

Wed 1st Jan 2020 20:25

Ian, homelessness is a disgrace in a country as wealthy as the UK. Politics can solve it, not poetry. Unfortunately the party best equipped to solve it did not appeal to the demographic most at risk of homelessness...because they failed to represent their core vote's wishes. How mad is that?

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 1st Jan 2020 19:56

It is about the homeless - and my comments are still valid about your challenge to that line - is there any wonder so many poems are about the homeless these days? As a good friend of mine is wont to say 'we fight until they lose'.

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Brian Maryon

Wed 1st Jan 2020 19:50

Sorry Ian, perhaps I jumped to a conclusion that your poem was about the homeless. So many are these days.

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 1st Jan 2020 19:27

thanx for the kind comments.
Brian - I think you may have had a point if the line had been 'fall only on lost souls in doorways' otherwise your comment supports the line as it is as lost souls are a sub-group of everyone 😉
Ian

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poemagraphic

Wed 1st Jan 2020 17:14

Brian here's to plenty more chum lol
Po

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Brian Maryon

Wed 1st Jan 2020 16:59

Thanks Po. My first taste of patronisation of 2020.

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poemagraphic

Wed 1st Jan 2020 16:35

Metaphorical doorway Brian
Look beyond the words, to the meaning mate.

Or perhaps not

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Brian Maryon

Wed 1st Jan 2020 16:18

Fireworks are completely random...they'll fall on anyone, not just the homeless.

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poemagraphic

Wed 1st Jan 2020 15:09

I can see my 2020 is going to be very exciting Ian.

Having just discovered you... Today 01/01/20

I am full to bursting with anticipation of sitting at the feet of a Master.

Po

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