Wayne McLellan

Mon 17th Jun 2019 16:24

Well said Sarah.

A really positive message puts things into perspective πŸ‘

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Wayne McLellan

Mon 17th Jun 2019 16:20

Hi Sarah,

I've just seen your message

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I'm still getting the hang of the WOL website- but I think it was in relation to my "Turkey in sheep's clothing" poem. I wouldn't know how to get started with an illustrated book . However I'm attempting to set up a Youtube channel and record my voiceover with pictures etc. Early days but hopefully I'll get there soon. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my profile x

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LEON STOLGARD

Mon 17th Jun 2019 14:42

as previously mentioned Dev, certainly not run of the mill material. Am I jealous of your skills? too right

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LEON STOLGARD

Mon 17th Jun 2019 14:36

but eve, you didn't say which beach or what time? but hey, no probs I'm standing by.

My bike tyres are pumped up, my flask is filled, my speedos are towel wrapped, my salmon paste butties are all done, I've even bought a new bucket and spade I'll have you know

but if its many clicks away, give me a week or two to get there and I'll be hoping you like stone cold tea and curly salmon paste butties πŸ˜†

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Nigel Astell

Mon 17th Jun 2019 14:13

Thanks for your like Vautaw the poet with so many names is this the famous one I wonder?

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LEON STOLGARD

Mon 17th Jun 2019 14:12

cheers two liking ladies and one liking gent.
Re the last line, you betcha!

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 17th Jun 2019 13:56

Thanks Martin, that is high praise indeed. I did surprise myself with how much I enjoyed doing them though.πŸ˜€

J.

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jennifer Malden

Mon 17th Jun 2019 13:45

Nice! Agree with Martin about the line 'my swimming brain spins out'.
Very evocative of youth and regrets.

Jennifer

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John Andrew Nield

Mon 17th Jun 2019 12:52

Thanks for your kind words, Martin. Although I try not to write too long a verse, they do tend to end up that way due to the story details, so thanks for sticking with it! 😊 Surprisingly it didn't take as long to write as with some of my other, shorter offerings. Btw, just had a read of your samples and must say that I find them very profound. I wish I could write to such a depth and imagination. Very moving. Thank you. I think that's why I err on the side of humour.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 17th Jun 2019 12:44

I know almost nothing about baseball but this held my attention. Just got to learn the offside rule now!

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Andy N

Mon 17th Jun 2019 12:42

Great choice for poem of the week here. Really powerful. Agree with martin E here but it stands up on page just as well i think

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Andy N

Mon 17th Jun 2019 12:39

I met her twice reading in Manchester, certainly was a one off. I've seen bits of her work since. I suspect this will be a interesting book and will be a worthy tribute

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 17th Jun 2019 12:26

Finely spun, evocative words. Good poetry is always a pleasure to share, whether writer or reader. Your 'subject' is universal, and so clearly captured with simplicity, whether from your direct experience or imagination.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:59


It boggles the Mind. And jostles the Soul. Which makes the unified gasp: 'How on Earth!' ideal.

Fate or Feat? Interesting - that switch of letter position. Like playing mind games.

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Angel whisperer indigo child x

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:49

genius πŸ˜‚

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Angel whisperer indigo child x

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:45

have you ever thought of turning this into a children's book?
it would be wonderful to read with illustrations x

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Robert C Gaulke

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:45

Cheers, Martin

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Angel whisperer indigo child x

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:41

Thankyou very much xxxπŸ’“

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:32

A splendid photo! Absolutely fabulous. Just my uneducated opinion, but I think it rocks!

Love the colour tone, the shop's choice of crockery and cloth, so earthy and classy simultaneously. The colourful guide booklet, the bag to the side, itself textured in contrast to the tableware. The compact, black cell phone (I'm guessing). Even the half-filled cups (an element of disturbance). The study of sunlight and shade and shadow.

The centre point with the lined-up circles on the cloth shooting like arrows OUT into the street life, the van, the people, the buildings across the way, with the teapot in the foreground so sympathetically angled. The 'idea travels', if that makes any sense to you, from one simple point out - to embrace the street, the town, the people, the way of life, its history etc. etc. etc. Even the idea of tea and sheep is like writing a history of the area.

You'll think I'm bonkers. But I think this photo is breath-taking. Art with Soul and Insight. Passion. And a Message.

There! I'm done!

Oh, the effect of the sheep looking directly at the viewer is terrific! And the idea of two, companionship, rather than
solitude. Evoking the question, 'Why have they gone, leaving their tea unfinished?' The picture has layers of ideas - layers!

Kudos to the owners of the shop. 'The Three Sheep' resounds with the glamour of 'The Three Wisemen'. Probably intentional. Or maybe linked to a local story.

Now, I'm done. I hope I'm not intrusive. Are you a Terry Prachett fan, by any chance?

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d.knape

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:17

Dear Afish (Irish or Arabian?)
thanks for reading my poem.

It says this site uses cookies.
try some.
they are delicious.

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raypool

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:15

Poetry served hot to trot with loving detail like a focussed small world and the temporary submission of the client is apparent as a towering influence. Great sense of immediacy a touch of Bukowski!

All the best ray

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d.knape

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:14

the line
about the ice chest and recliner
came to me at the end
an apt close to this funny poem
glad you liked it.

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Wayne McLellan

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:06

In the UK suicide on railways is so common the railway staff have been trained to spot vulnerable people and to engage with them. So sad.

Thanks for highlighting this issue

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Stu Buck

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:05

nice one martin will be good to catch up

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Devon Brock

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:02

Thank you Martin

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Wayne McLellan

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:00

Enjoyed the flow of this poem.

Thanks for sharing

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Devon Brock

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:00

Long runs on the Greyhound. I feel your pain. Excellent work.

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Lisa C Bassignani

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:58

Martin,
This is a song. In my head it has a melody like a Dead Kennedy's song "Holiday Inn Cambodia." One of Eric's favorite bands. Or it could go with a melancholy country sound like The Supersuckers "Sleepy Vampire."
Thank you

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:57

I hope to be there Stu
Cheers
Martin

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:56

Brilliant . I don't very often read long poems. But this was caught me straight away. It must have taken you a bit of time.
Nice one

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Lisa C Bassignani

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:49

Thank you Jason,
Unfortunately we do not always see when someone is at risk for suicide.

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:47

A very interesting metaphor here. This made me think of swan lake the ballet when reading this piece and the beauty that goes with that.

Nice one

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:44

I applaud you tackling a subject which for some will be a difficult one .
great poem
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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:42

Like many celebrations I have very mixed feelings about the crass commercialism that always accompanies such events. On the other hand I applaud the recognition of good fathering, because there are a lot of good fathers and step fathers around that so often don't get a mention. At the same time I grieve for those who have not had a good father experience for whom such events would be something not worth celebrating.
But good on you Ray I am sure you have made a good step father
Nice one mate

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:35

love it Tommy

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:31

A wonderfully textured piece as always Robert

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:29

A lovely poem of good memories. love the line
'my swimming brain spins out'

Nice one

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:24

This has the real feel of a song like quality about it with what seems to be a repeating chorus line.

Nice one

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:19

This strikes me as having a very lyrical feel to it making it worthy of being a song.
Nice one

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 17th Jun 2019 10:07

It's good to see you voted POTW for the second time Alexandra. Interesting to read your bio/answers too. I have a young granddaughter who has similar issues that you describe with both speech and writing but she also has your spirit too!
Good to know that you have graduated and are now perhaps freer to compose more compelling poetry.

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:58

I like this because it is not all sugary but portrays a genuine hurt.
Nice one

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:55

I thought the title was little harsh to begin with but started to twig half way through. A great poem Wayne
Nice one

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Brian Maryon

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:55

Sorry Don...not a risquΓ© poem....it's a poem about a video of someone else being risque.

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:53

I am there with you. Love the beach. You have captured this marvellously.
Nice one eve

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Mae Foreman

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:52

Incredible! Congratulations for a magnificent piece Alexandra!
Thank you 🎈
Mae

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:50

I am not in the least surprised that this poem has become POTW. It is an excellent use of words. because of its natural rhythm and pace I can imagine it being read or recited in a live situation.


Many congratulations Alexandra

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:46

This is a really forensic analysis of letters and how they can be used, and abused. A very clever and well thought out piece.

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:38

You raise a good point. I am afraid I can never quite understand people taking 'selfies'. But then I hate pictures of myself anyway, much less take them myself.
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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:34

I am just caught up in the movement and the trail of this poem. Completely stunning.

I look forward to reading more

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:32

'as he slurped up drama in great mouthfulls, as if she were kool-aid'


what a fabulous line in amongst a fabulous poem rounded of nicely with that final line.
Love it

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