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Sun 28th May 2017 11:06
It's been a while Paul. Hope you are well.
Well worth a chuckle!!
Here's one for you:
I’m a dog trainer. Before I met with a new client, I had her fill out a questionnaire. One question asked, “Why did you choose this breed?”
My client responded, “I often ask myself this very same question.”
Comment is about A Dog's Life (blog)
Original item by Paul Waring
Sun 28th May 2017 11:05
such a well written and quite complex piece. It brings to mind those unplanned happy days, often it seems which occur on 'Bank Holidays' such as now. Lazy afternoons turning into heady evenings, lovely.
Thoughtfully written and fascinating in its detail.
Comment is about We One (blog)
Original item by ray m
Sun 28th May 2017 10:53
Lovely poem about humans through a dog's eyes."thinks he's in charge but you don't see me picking up after him"
Funny and all the better for being short and concise
Sun 28th May 2017 10:41
An interesting and amusing take on a dog's life Paul.
Good to see you, i have been visiting a little less often also.
All the best,
Sun 28th May 2017 10:24
I see your point Ray.
I suspect that a mind that thought like this could only think in terms of domination or subservience. So i would conclude it would be unlikely to offer advice on how to overcome it, so that aspect of the poem is abstract as you may be suggesting.
Not having insight into such a monstrous mindset, i'm unsure and anything is possible i suppose. I've met a few terrorists/people with extreme belief, they are rarely logical or rational people.
Thanks again Ray,
Comment is about Look what i did (blog)
Original item by Wolfgar
Sun 28th May 2017 10:14
I got the irony, David. Still, I did wonder if "beat" had been a misprint for "bear". Makes more sense to me! Would this kind of ego give advice on how to be beaten?
Sun 28th May 2017 09:53
Thanks for reading and commenting Ray, much appreciated.
The piece is based in irony, maybe that might offer some clarity, i'm not sure.
Often, as we know from history adversity promotes unity, unfortunately after a period of time it seems that unity has a tendency to gravitate back to division. The last line is suggesting hope, personally i think the road ahead is a long one.
Thanks again Ray,
PS, I agree on the unfortunate aspects of Sting and Bono's bleatings.
Sun 28th May 2017 09:46
Enjoyed. I hate dogs, but my wife loves them, so I have three to endure. The penultimate verse puts my feelings very well.
I don't think the final verse quite comes off. Maybe
they're both soft touches
and when they argue
I've only to bark to shut them up
Sun 28th May 2017 09:45
I have to go now but will pop back later. Good to see you around Paul.
Sun 28th May 2017 09:42
cheers Ray - I'm happy with critical so don't hold back. In defence of the likes, there are a number of repeated words throughout - the intention to give it a rolling, thought-looping feel. But I know what you mean. I'm usually hyper-vigilant on repeated words when I write. Occasionally I let them have their own way.
all the best,
Comment is about One Day Highlighted (blog)
Original item by Colin Hill
Sun 28th May 2017 09:38
A strange poem. The first two verses had me thinking of the likes of Sting and Bono, but then we all know that they do exist, unfortunately.
"to beat me all you have to do" - I don't understand why the beneficiaries of this largesse would wish to beat him.
Sun 28th May 2017 09:33
so if any of us here on WoL have a computer issue and need some friendly advice... 😉
seriously though, I enjoyed reading this and look forward to delving into some more of your computerised thoughts in due course.
all the best
Comment is about First Bytes in Computing (blog)
Original item by Peter Roe
Sun 28th May 2017 09:32
Enjoyed, Colin. The 2nd verse has a lot to like. To be critical, the opening has too many likes, perhaps
"Like" an anniversary or
The Centennial of Something
One day -
It looked nice "like" that
"Like" it had been a sunny day
Kevin and Colin,
Thank you for your comments. Great minds think alike Colin as I had intially written fuel but let energy go instead. Point taken and thanks. If it should rain here soon I shall refrain from flashing as the Guardia Civil are not fans of nudity. Much appreciated. Keith
Comment is about The Heat of the Night (blog)
Original item by keith jeffries
Sun 28th May 2017 09:22
Comment is about sandy walk (blog)
Original item by jan oskar hansen
Sun 28th May 2017 09:21
what a wonderful justification for our dismal climate albeit completely unfair that we should suffer for the Italians' viticulture industry. Did you watch that programme recently about the bunch of Brits hoping to make a go of it in Tuscany?
thanks for posting David - very much enjoyed. I think it deserves a title tho - suggest using the rather delicious quote from Galileo Galilei?
Comment is about (blog)
Original item by David Lindsay
Sun 28th May 2017 09:14
well said Rose - a touch of the LOTR especially in that last line. Ta mate. C😃L
Comment is about the returning curse (blog)
Original item by Rose Casserley
Sun 28th May 2017 09:10
What a beauty of a poem Tom - I love the way the swallows become the divers. I almost wanted them to become our own children in the third stanza - making the most of the last of the summer evenings to stay out late in the garden, swooping around with arms outstretched in imitation.
I totally adore swallows, house martins and swifts - swifts being my favourite because of their sickle shaped wings and the fact they spend most of their lives up in the air even sleeping on the wing. And they screech and scream too.
I'm wondering when you wrote this Tom and could you not have held it back till Late Summer? But I'm glad you did post it today - as I said before, it's a beauty.
Comment is about Late Summer (blog)
Original item by Tom Harding
Sun 28th May 2017 08:55
oh gosh I love this I do - it has everything I need in a poem and having grown up in Sussex between the coast and South Downs my mind is instantly transported back to the childhood landscape that was my outdoor PlayStation or Xbox - before any of that stuff was invented.
beautiful - my kind of poetry Kim. Ta.
Comment is about Chalklands (blog)
Original item by Kim Whysall-Hammond
Sun 28th May 2017 08:46
Our recent humidity was broken by a storm a couple of nights back and the air is now fresher and refreshed. Sultry nights make for a good theme in poetry and as Kevin said you painted the scene well. I wonder if 'fuel' instead of 'energy' would make the 'gecko' line a little less syllable heavy. All the best Keith.
Sun 28th May 2017 08:38
good to see you back posting Lynn. Hope all is well on your patch of the planet. Your poem mentions rain, well we had some fierce downpours here the night before last and with it the most amazing lightning that just went on and on. Everything now looks green and vibrant after its nitrogen rich energy boost. May the sun shine and your flowers grow tall and strong and beautiful.
Comment is about Time (blog)
Original item by lynn hahn
Sun 28th May 2017 08:31
So good to see instruction being taken seriously Ray.
Comment is about O TO BE A POET (blog)
Original item by ray pool
Sun 28th May 2017 08:26
I often think writing poetry is one of the weirdest things we can choose to do in life and standing up reciting it is the second weirdest. But like all unfathomable needs it becomes almost obsessional and now that we don't have to obsess about hunting and gathering the whole day through we can give ourselves up to these daft obsessions - like cycling in lycra, twitching, train spotting, car booting, collecting ornaments of pigs. Nothing can stop us. Hang on, it's Sunday, best nip to the car boot and get me a chipped china piggy to put in my hermit's cave next to the railway tracks where the birds nest and there will I recline in vestments of the finest lycra as I pen an ode and pretend to be a poet. Did I mention my depression?
Sun 28th May 2017 08:12
thanks Kevin and Rose - I am as always in a state of much appreciatedness. Power to the Biro! Or the laptop keyboard in my case. Hope your new machine is inspiring works of great wonder Rose. Write me a poem about jots and iotas.
Sun 28th May 2017 02:33
I love this because it explains what poetry is and i love that
Sat 27th May 2017 23:20
Thank heavens for small mercies. At least with the dry spell we're spares from middle aged streakers.
Just kidding. I liked this one, it painted the scene well.
Sat 27th May 2017 23:10
Another good poem and very topical. Well done. I enjoyed it. Thanks. Keith
Comment is about A little something to eat (blog)
Original item by Aishah
Sat 27th May 2017 20:45
On re-reading this piece in presenting it to friends I have made some minor refinements.
Comment is about The Horrible Forest (blog)
Original item by Roy Chetham
Sat 27th May 2017 20:32
You've got it in a nutshell, Keith. And so say all of us (on WOL) !
Comment is about The Madding Crowd (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 19:40
A fine poem, with a fine subject.
Comment is about The Demobbed (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 17:59
A superb piece, Greg. Tony was a member of our first steering/working group and credited Write Out Loud with helping him get started. However, as much as this might do his career some good, knowing Tony, his sole motivation will have been to express his personal response and, as Jeannette Winterson says, to help others articulate theirs. He loves his home city, and Manchester loves him. Well done, Tony.
Ironically, the blast happened very close to where my mother was trapped in a bomb shelter that was hit during the Manchester Blitz, and she often recalled her pride at how everyone pulled together to help each other. Love overcoming hate.
Comment is about 'This is The Place': Tony Walsh affirms Manchester's spirit with poem at vigil for bombing victims (article)
Original item by Greg Freeman
Sat 27th May 2017 17:29
Thanks Mark for your considered comments. My poem was mainly angled to the ladies who attach themselves to the demigods - as far as the programme revealed they were plucked from obscurity rather than having means of their own. Of course there is a thriving porn market coming from Russia but we can't possibly comment on that for safety reasons!
Comment is about MEET THE RUSSIANS (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 17:14
That flourish of red lippies were so timely Rose. Curative actually. Especially after that unpleasant phone call just after I settled down to eat.
See there is a psychic side to you.
Comment is about Love, Freedom and Forgiveness in Concert (blog)
Original item by Chakraj
Sat 27th May 2017 16:28
Hello MC. Well said my friend. I recall the words of R Kipling in his poem Tommy. Its Tommy this and Tommy that.....¨
As an ex serviceman of 10 years I can remember my Dad and his homecoming from Burma. We need to be reminded of their sacrifice and for many the supreme sacrifice for our country and its hard fought freedom. Thanks again Keith
Sat 27th May 2017 13:48
Beneath our desire to be seen as caring and humble lurks
the old human ambition to be "someone" in life - and
wealth is the most visible and influential sign of success,
at least on a surface level. We castigate bankers if they
play fast and unsuccessfully with money, yet slavishly
follow sports people for their brief but often hugely
rewarded forays in their chosen activity, barely rousing
ourselves to comment if they perform badly for their
weekly fortunes; likewise, film and other entertainment
The emergence of the UK Russian rich folk (probably
originating from the old peasant stock as often as not)
and their appreciation of opulence and privilege is as
good a contemporary example as any of the endless dance of social demarcation that exists in the western world.
Sat 27th May 2017 13:28
A timely and appreciated reminder of the sacrifices and the
hopes of our own people who played their part in the
fight for the freedom so often casually treated as a
"right" nowadays. They were "there" - and if they were
lucky they came home to a land less fit for heroes than
for the politicians, chancers and black-marketeers who profited more than they ever did from the self-serving safety of home shores.
Sat 27th May 2017 13:19
A call to arms, yet a platform for peace. Defiance, yet
reliance on the better aspects of the human condition.
Let all people of good will join hands and vow resistance.
Evil may assail
But it will not prevail!
Comment is about #RoomsForManchester (blog)
Original item by Jeffarama!
Sat 27th May 2017 12:28
Oooooh Rose, that last line is laden with reassurance.
That's a gem.
Love transcends all. Every time.
good afternoon Raj,before I log off my friend-have this with your lunch.......💋
Sat 27th May 2017 12:24
Yessssss I can't wait for that day my dear Rose.
Let's keep asking for an encore for love, freedom and forgiveness.
Thank you so much for your flattering feedback. xx
Sat 27th May 2017 12:21
I might have picked up my mischievous mannerisms from you dear Rose. 😛
Comment is about Are you out there? (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 11:18
😈!!! 😂!!! love your cheeky monkeyness Raj!
Sat 27th May 2017 11:15
Dear Raj,if only the world couldgo on being populated by people like you.
maybe one day? touch wood,touch hearts.
Sat 27th May 2017 11:10
not one jot less than clever,not one iota less than beautiful.
Great piece Col.All power to your Biro dude!
Sat 27th May 2017 11:03
oh! my poor hot coffee genitally damaged Raj! you have my sincere sympathies,besides which,you have my helpful hint
when next sat at your computer,I suggest you wear one of those hats that have drinks attached to them,delivering their contents by straw to the mouth...😃
sympathies? yes!...compensation? on your bike!
(if its not too painful!) 😂
Thank you Cynthia.Hey! had you not taken up what turned out to be (according to your bio) a wonderfully varied road through your life,you would have been a FANTASTIC agony Aunt
and,of the most intelligent,and sincere kind!
much love y'all
Comment is about agonizing agony Aunts (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 10:46
ta Col.Do not DARE wipe it off! (no matter what colour)
you have my permission for its removal,only,
on the twelfth of.......NEVER!
Raj,tech troubled as one is,and having suffered bout upon bout of LAPPY CRAPPINESS (which will go on unless I permanently chain myself to the computer)
I nevertheless appreciate your fund raising,which I hope has reached record levels? yeah right! 😂
and,your pedestalizing of my poetical 'attempts'
dude,you are a STAR!
lorra lerv guys
Rose 💋 (shade ok?)
Comment is about my participation in Mothers longest game of hide and seek (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 10:34
as long as you are "with the spirit of the poem" Ray,that's all that matters.Appreciated.
Dear Raj,am with you ALL the way my friend,and soooo much appreciative of your continuing kindness and Laura,Tom,and Maxine (liking's)
Comment is about Spirits of Monday (blog)
Sat 27th May 2017 09:15
the tags at the beginning and the end are very different for you, Jeff but the poem is from the heart as it is always with you, Jeff. it's a good un and wrote at the time for all of us who live in the area are still suffering.
proud of you buddy. loved it. one of your best. hope mine will follow next few weeks.
Sat 27th May 2017 08:49
Hi Col. Brilliant, as ever, and yes very much "open to interpretation". (me being the eternal optimist), I could see hope for a better future. that ONE DAY things are going to get good. I suppose we all see what we want to see.
Sat 27th May 2017 08:24
Thanks for the comments. I was hoping to give a broad overview of where I come from so you can see what inspired my poetry. Maybe there's a pinch of social history in there too! (o;
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