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Sun 1st Aug 2021 08:42
Wonderful memories here, Graham. A rich seam. Pop songs rang through my head too on my paper round, around that time. Baby, Now That I've Found You, by the Foundations, is the one that always comes to mind.
Comment is about On the Milk (blog)
Original item by Graham Sherwood
Sun 1st Aug 2021 06:15
Thank you for your comment Stephen. I didn't know that you lived in Belgium but then of course, I didn't ask!
I'm sorry to hear about the floods in Belgium. Thinking of you and all of Belgium-people, animals and land. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Comment is about Hope (blog)
Original item by Rasa Kabaila
Sat 31st Jul 2021 22:17
Thank you for the likes folks and the lovely comment Rasa. I follow Dr Amir Khan on Twitter as he posts some lovely videos and photos. I have his permission to use these as inspiration for some of my writes along with the photo. I think this forest is somewhere in Yorkshire, England.
Comment is about A New Day (blog)
Original item by julie callaghan
Sat 31st Jul 2021 20:30
Thanks M.C., and hear hear re poetry.
I'd heard a while ago how much Russians love their poetry, but only learnt recently, on a TV documentary, that the same applies to Afghans, with well-visited monuments to their poets.
Comment is about WEEKLY WALKABOUTSVERSE, E.G., 207 of 230: REGARDING DRUG ABUSE (blog)
Original item by David Franks: Walkabouts Verse
Sat 31st Jul 2021 18:59
Brings to mind the tale of "The tortoise and the hare". Craft and
guile can outwit youthful prowess occasionally.
Comment is about The wisdom of age (blog)
Original item by Stephen Gospage
Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:28
Many thanks for the like, Holden.
Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:27
A beautiful, atmospheric poem, Brenda.
Comment is about Summer Is (blog)
Original item by Brenda Wells
Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:22
Thank you, Rasa. This is so relevant to the situation in Belgium, where we have had terrible flood damage and loss of life and yet people have not lost hope and so many have rallied round to support the victims.
Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:18
Nice one, Leon. I reckon Tony Blair must have run you close in his day, and former President Macri of Argentina.
Comment is about King of the Dads (blog)
Original item by Chameleon
Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:13
Thanks, Graham. Delightful poem. Yes, the brutality of the 11-plus and all the friendships it ended.
Comment is about Days (blog)
Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:02
Hi Ray. I enjoyed this but must confess to being slightly bewildered. However, I 'm prepared to go with it.
Comment is about BARONESS BROWNING (blog)
Original item by ray pool
Sat 31st Jul 2021 16:56
Thanks, Ray. Very enjoyable. It's a pretty good film, although without some of the grit of the New Wave Northern classics. I used to be taken back to the East End of London as a boy to visit relatives and I do remember how much was still bomb damaged, as you mention.
Comment is about THIS IS MY STREET (blog)
Sat 31st Jul 2021 16:29
Ha-ha. A humorous but suspiciously realistic view of a certain
breed of workman.
The ending here is rather neat
Revenge is often very sweet!
Comment is about PLAs TuRd (blog)
Original item by Edbreathe
Sat 31st Jul 2021 16:17
An enjoyable saunter through the yesteryears that a number of us
can recall. The inclusion of those names towards the end adds to
the verisimilitude and encourages images of others to appear in
the mind's flickering projection booth.
Sat 31st Jul 2021 16:07
Pithy and pertinent!
All abuse stems from self-obsession of one sort or another. The
trick is to adopt healthier forms - like poetry!! 😉
Sat 31st Jul 2021 12:15
Fact is we don't always catch attention, but it's always a challenge trying! Thanks for the wordplay Leon....
Sat 31st Jul 2021 11:16
Great atmosphere, real sense of place. Thanks
Sat 31st Jul 2021 10:28
This is beautiful Julie. It reminds me of 'A Midsummer Night's
Dream'. I imagine you are writing about somewhere beautiful in Europe where it rains a lot? Or am I wrong?
Thank you for sharing your poem.
Sat 31st Jul 2021 00:55
Summertime sea says
to the breeze
beyond the tree
I found this poem.
Comment is about Across the Land (blog)
Original item by Andy N
Sat 31st Jul 2021 00:26
Thanks for your likes
Your Royal Poetess
Comment is about Sinister Lurks (blog)
Original item by Nigel Astell
Sat 31st Jul 2021 00:21
Stephen I spend one week cutting it all back then within days my jungle returns.
Sat 31st Jul 2021 00:15
I used to have one that lived under my shed five years ago.
Watching the night wind create shapes I thought I heard something and I did - - -
Fri 30th Jul 2021 21:26
Spruce was local colloquial name for a bottle of pop like Tiger or Vimto
Fri 30th Jul 2021 20:25
Ah, the 11-plus. That cruel divide, that last summer before secondary school, a paradise lost. But what was 'spruce', Graham? I've never come across that.
Fri 30th Jul 2021 20:22
Enjoyed this, Ray. Reminds me of the Kinks song Dead End Street
Fri 30th Jul 2021 19:23
Surprised to be the only liker!
I'm guessing this is based on fact but with a big dollop of poetic LICEnce (groan)
Fri 30th Jul 2021 17:44
Thanks for looking in Leon!
Fri 30th Jul 2021 15:34
The paradox of freedom stays with us. The question remains:
To what extent does your version of freedom impinge on my own
understanding of the word?
Comment is about "L’homme est condamné à être libre" (blog)
Original item by Holden Moncrieff
Fri 30th Jul 2021 15:24
Some interesting points here. I think dogs can anticipate death in
some way. I recall my sister's poodle - one of a number of dogs
she has owned over the decades - and how behaviour would
include unsettled movement between various human family
members , as if seeking to obtain comfort and reassurance during
the final days of her life. It was too frequent and disturbing to
Comment is about old animals (blog)
Original item by jan oskar hansen
Fri 30th Jul 2021 00:42
Thank you, Stephen 😊. You draw an apt parallel!
Thu 29th Jul 2021 17:45
An intriguing story, beautifully told.
Comment is about pyramids of salt (blog)
Original item by Erika Montoya
Thu 29th Jul 2021 17:42
Your'e lucky we have a family of three at the bottom of the garden.
Thu 29th Jul 2021 17:40
Fascinating poem. A rather abstract notion of absolute liberty still plays a big part in French and European thinking, as seen in recent demos against vaccine passports.
Thu 29th Jul 2021 17:30
Impressive and disturbing, Adam.
Comment is about a wave passed along the centipede's legs (blog)
Original item by Adam Whitworth
Thu 29th Jul 2021 17:24
I have experienced something like this, Nigel, and the poem really brings it home. 'Garden overgrown' has a worryingly familiar ring to it!
Thu 29th Jul 2021 17:15
John - Yes, probably best to bite your lip until the needle goes in.
M.C. Glad to hear you know Lord's well. I have missed it for the last couple of years. I was thinking of the incident when David Steele got lost on his way out to bat and ended up in the basement, thus risking being timed out in his first test innings!
Comment is about LES GILETS JAUNES (blog)
Original item by John Coopey
Thu 29th Jul 2021 14:26
JC - as I like to say: Onwards and upwards (but not too much of the "upwards" just yet!). 😃
SG - stepping across the flagstones that marked famous names like William Wilberforce was in itself worth the need
to visit Westminster Abbey for my second jab. As for Lords - I used to do duty there
during test matches so it was a familiar place in so many ways.
Thu 29th Jul 2021 14:17
It was ever thus! The late famous British actor/comedian Peter
Sellers made a recording lampooning the lack of of any actual
meaningful content in a cleverly constructed "political speech"
It should be listened to today, to remind us of what empty emissions can emanate from a politician's mouth. Latterly, the
brilliantly written UK TV series "Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister"
performed a similarly useful and hugely entertaining function.
After all, isn't politics about commitment to being non-committal?
Comment is about spiritual (blog)
Thu 29th Jul 2021 13:02
Dark is the love
that no blame
has a stake.
Comment is about Yami / 闇 (blog)
Original item by Your Royal Poetess
Thu 29th Jul 2021 02:28
Wed 28th Jul 2021 21:58
Write me some lovely words i keep thinking of the guy whose just done the dirty on me. Over analysing it like Bridget bloody Jones and replaying it all in my head its driving me mad xx
Comment is about d.knape (poet profile)
Original item by d.knape
Wed 28th Jul 2021 21:56
Is this a metaphor of your life . I've often felt like a lonely cloud , especially when I've been travelling on my own , but I must say sometimes its easier to be part of a group all wanting the same things x
Comment is about LONE CLOUD (blog)
Wed 28th Jul 2021 19:37
Thankyou, Stephen. I suspect the hi viz is designed for more pencil-like people than me.
What never ceases to amaze me is the number of people who want to argue - "I don't agree with it but the doctor made me come" "It's all a hoax you know" "I don't want it really"
I smile sweetly and think "So why don't you fuck off".
Wed 28th Jul 2021 19:31
Exceptional writing, particularly the closing line , it pins down so much and the lack of resolution leaves us reeling.
Comment is about And To Thee An Hourglass (blog)
Original item by Clive Culverhouse
Wed 28th Jul 2021 18:06
Entertaining, John. And well done for the volunteer work. Will a larger size become available? (I think I know the answer).
The violence of the Gilet Jaunes protests was very disturbing. It started out as a group complaining about fuel tax increases and then every habitual anti-Paris elite discontent from the far left and far right seemed to jump on board. Sadly for the eternal anti-Macron moaners, the increased vaccine take-up and overwhelming support for the vaccine passport suggests they don't speak for most French people.
M.C. I envy your august vaccine locations. I hope you found your way around Lord's better than David Steele in the 1970's!
Wed 28th Jul 2021 17:49
Many thanks to Keith and John for the kind comments. I must admit that this poem grew on me as I wrote and finalised it. I found the idea of being taken from an everyday experience like gardening into a competely different and mystical world fascinating.
And thanks to Holden, Eric and New Shoes for reading the poem and liking it.
Comment is about Parades (blog)
Wed 28th Jul 2021 17:11
Thank you again for your kind comments. As always they are much appreciated. I also enjoy your poetry especially when you use the voice of dissent and opposition. All good poets champion a cause. Many have found themselves imprisoned or worse for their writings. I also like the illustrations you use. The one accompanying Cogitare is particularly good.
Keep up the good work and thank you again
Comment is about Your Royal Poetess (poet profile)
Wed 28th Jul 2021 15:47
Thanks, MC. I have surely worked my passage to Heaven. Hopefully not too soon.
Your Royal Poetess
Wed 28th Jul 2021 14:23
Highly relatable! Well articulated
Comment is about These Year Have Took a Toll (blog)
Original item by Damon Blackery
Wed 28th Jul 2021 14:20
Great poem. Free Palestine 🙌🏾
Comment is about spyware (blog)
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