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Stu Buck

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 18:19

i see you've spent some time in wrexham

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Stu Buck

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 18:19

i like this. its nicely laid out and quite delicate. good stuff. i cant resist a dandelion clock myself, both in poetic terms and in real life.

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Stu Buck

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 18:18

cheers damon. great read. dont know what milotic means, all i can find is its the name of a pokemon!

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Stu Buck

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 18:16

i love 'you went west and i went mad'

great stuff

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 18:08

P.S. Examples of his loathed behaviour include his often
personal and abusive confrontations with the media whom
he often thought to be gunning for him - rightly or wrongly.
Even in what are usually more settled middle years, he'd refer to disliked women reporters as "10 cent hookers".
No conciliatory concessions from that Italian-American!!
Examples of his loved behaviour include his financial support
of the sick actor Lee J. Cobb, unsolicited and something of a
life-support solution for the ailing and alone Cobb faced
with ruinous medical fees from a life and career threatening heart ailment. And there were others, not least his work
for children's causes.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 17:51

Interesting thoughts on an interesting entertainer.
I guess FS's origins in Hoboken, N.J. would've introduced
him to the real world of a pre-WW2 time and place when
gangsters were your neighbours and often hand in hand with your local politicians. They also controlled a lot of
places of entertainment and the comedian Joe E. Lewis
(later portrayed by FS in the film "The Joker Is Wild") had
his throat slashed when bravely daring to confront the
mobsters It's a fair bet that FS never quite shook off the
association and its use to him to advance his career but it
is also reported how he scorned a top Mafiosi whom he
suspected of being involved in the suspicious death of Marilyn Monroe. A contradictory and controversial figure
to be sure but I think he would be content to know he
went to his grave as being the greatest interpreter and
singer of the immortal American Songbook. There'll never
be another as good or as consistently loathed and loved
in equal measure for his wayward behaviour.

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Brian Maryon

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 16:21

Colin - two out of three ain't bad!

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jennifer Malden

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 15:21

Hilarious! Keep on the good work!

Jennifer

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Joe Williams

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 14:10

I've posted this before, but I'm posting it again because Keeley got married yesterday. Our love was never meant to be 😥

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:43

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:43

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:42

Lovely poem!

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:40

Lovely stuff Jon

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:39

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:35

I think the other soul is probably indefinable and impenetrably personal, I would liken it to “The Scream” by Munch.

Always thoughtful work Rachel.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:29

Ah Jon the necessity of moving on, bearing all the curses and the indelible bruises of love lost.

A lovely poem.

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Colin Hill

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 11:11

graffiti on a Brighton pub toilet door c1984:

'Free Nelson Mandela'

someone had crossed out Mandela and scribbled 'Piquet'

under which someone had added 'with every packet of cornflakes'

still makes me giggle . . . 😂

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Hazel ettridge

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 10:55

No words. Poetry. Full stop. Keep. Running.

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Brian Maryon

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 10:39

Thanks all for the interest shown.

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raypool

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 10:35

I was thinking that Norwegians in general are rather tall Jan. That gives an added dimension to your poem. There have been many throughout history who have over reached their height and tried to make a mark - take Ronnie Corbett for example. Although he was funnier than Putin i'm sure.

Ray

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Colin Hill

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 10:11

what a splendid poem, totally captivating from start to finish - the poet sits down, observes, writes, and puts the different elements together coherently. Good stuff Darren. Col.

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Colin Hill

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 10:01

and a big thank you back to you Jan for sharing your words with us - keep them coming for they are very much appreciated and loved. All the best, Colin.

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Colin Hill

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 09:49

thanks for the comments Hazel and Keith and the thumbs up Darren. I was watching a documentary about the history of the self-portrait (link below) which started with Albrecht Dürer in 1500 and ended with a 6' high sculpture of a capital 'I' by Mark Wallinger. It got me thinking how I would *write* a self-portrait poem without resorting to the obvious stating of facts - likes, dislikes, colour of eyes and hair, age etc. I had a spare half hour or so yesterday evening so I banged this out without overthinking or revising it too much - more an essence of than a shopping list if that makes any sense whatsoever.

thanks for Liking Damon, New Shoes and David. Have a lovely sunny weekend everyone. Col.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vngl0/ego-the-strange-and-wonderful-world-of-selfportraits

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 07:54

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 07:53

Wow! Powerful words, made even more powerful and moving when listened to!

fantastic poem and reading - thanks for that!

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 07:50

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Ruby

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 02:14

Thanks kj

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elPintor

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 00:44

I barely know what to do with this, it's so pitifully raw. I sometimes wonder why we bare such awful thoughts to one another but then I remember where else they go when we bury them...

Your openness is welcome here,

Rachel

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Don Matthews

Sat 23rd Jun 2018 00:06

I can't top 12 comments. I'm just an ordinary downunder boy 😎

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 23:31

I always read Jan, a truly authentic voice.

An old sea dog who immerses us in the oceans he has travelled.

Bloody great stuff Jan, congratulations.

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raypool

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 23:11

Totally genuine reflections on a lived life are what you give us Jan. There is justice in this , a treat for us all.

Ray

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keith jeffries

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 23:07

Not the fast lane Brian....the overtaking lane.

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keith jeffries

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 23:01

Colin,
your last two poems reflect a change of heart or mood, almost carefree as a free spirit realising its place in creation. I am intrigued by this.

The opening lines of the third stanza are inviting and I love the words, ¨sends me spinning through these landscapes ¨.
Enjoy this sojourn.
Thank you for this

Keith

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Hazel ettridge

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 22:42

This feels like an old poem that something has triggered. Maybe your son's 18th? Whatever.... It is beautifully written. The lone wolf finding arms in which to slumber.

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 22:31

Many thanks for reading and commenting Swetha.

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 22:29

Always read you Jan, you are someone with much to share.

Your writing is drenched in authenticity, a rare commodity.

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Stu Buck

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 22:17

one of a few writers i stop and read every time jan. a great voice.

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Colin Hill

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 21:37

he's currently shouting at his PS4 Hazel but he's gonna join me at 10 to watch Frankie Boyle - yep, job done 😃

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raypool

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 21:24

The honest truth Brian, I didn't know the right spelling, but just went with the wrong one. Glad you liked the idea. Yes, a great area with lots of industrial history. I cycled from Bridgnorth to get to Wales and had a trip to the Blist Hill Ind. museum. Not a good day for it as it was pissing down, and not much activity. My brother and I used to use YHAs in the 70s too ! .

Thanks Hannah - glad you liked the humour.

Nice back story Col. If only Irn Bru did have that magic potential! Funnily enough I played for Ronnie Corbett's daughter's wedding, and that only lasted a few months. What exciting lives we lead.

Thanks Darren. I thought it was worth a try, but truth is he has that cut glass accent, perfect enunciation. I find it easier to do public school drawls.

Thanks all. Ray

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kj

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 21:12

Love this!

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Hazel ettridge

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 20:45

Just want to cry.

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Hazel ettridge

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 20:41

Oh no! A rent boy? But I really loved him. I've spent my life looking for a Tonto. Ah well. There you go.

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Hazel ettridge

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 20:39

If he's whistling, you've done a great job.

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Hazel ettridge

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 20:26

Thanks for all the kind words. Visiting the woods seems to have become my addiction.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 19:23

Splendid, just splendid. Your ideas and your words, ie. YOU - are such a rich asset to this site.

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Colin Hill

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 18:54

virtual tissues heading your way Frances - thanks for liking and crying. It's been a good day - once I got over my early morning emotional slippage. All the best, Col.

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Ruby

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 18:01

Thanks The Carbon Quill

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keith jeffries

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 18:01

Did not like Tonto. Preferred rough trade myself💪

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Brian Maryon

Fri 22nd Jun 2018 17:15

Jan

I for one would welcome it if you came on more often to engage with us.

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