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Tue 23rd Apr 2019 13:49
Thanks for your note on The Ties That Bind, Keith. Wrote itself really quickly, funnily enough 😉
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Thanks for your note on The Ties That Bind, Dorothy. Wrote itself really quickly, funnily enough 😉 Lots of genuine material to draw on. Made myself feel sick writing it, and remembering all the times I've had them hurled at me.
Comment is about Dorothy Webb (poet profile)
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Tue 23rd Apr 2019 13:48
Thanks for your note on The Ties That Bind, Greg. Wrote itself really quickly, funnily enough 😉
Deffo going in the next collection! And in the set, soon as I get it learned!
Comment is about Greg Freeman (poet profile)
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Tue 23rd Apr 2019 13:47
Thanks for your note on The Ties That Bind, Martin. Wrote itself really quickly, funnily enough 😉
Comment is about Martin Elder (poet profile)
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Tue 23rd Apr 2019 09:06
'The discarded becomes the regarded,' I like that.
Comment is about ray pool (poet profile)
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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 23:56
aye up Stu - thanks for commenting on 'Monday Morning - 9AM' glad to say I've left all that corporate crap behind - so writing that from a safe distanmce. Don't miss those early morning meetings at all - or the folk depicted in this poem 😉
Comment is about Stuart Buck (poet profile)
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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 23:54
thanks very much for your kind and thoughtfulo comments re: 'Monday Morning - 9AM' I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Of course you can use it on your blog - maybe just put a reference on there to my website www.thecrowsofalbion.com so folk might head over and take a look/listen at more stuff 😃
I've left those days of meetings behind - thank god. took early retirement and never looked back. I certainly don't miss any of the characters in this poem I can tell you 😉
Thanks once again - glad you liked it
Comment is about Frances Macaulay Forde (poet profile)
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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 23:50
thanks for the kind comments on 'Monday Morning -9AM' Jason - glad you liked it Mate
Comment is about Jason Bayliss (poet profile)
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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 16:40
Hi JC - regarding your I Walk The Line charity appeal - I
went to the link provided and "joined" via the procedure
on offer, completing the process right through - trying
via Paypal with an endless buffer on view to donate. I then
tried via my bank card - with the same endless buffer
for "processing donation". After many minutes waiting for
completion, I gave up and signed off - unsuccessful in my
effort to donate. Sorry.
Comment is about John Coopey (poet profile)
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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 16:36
Hi Vautaw, thanks so much for your comment on Highbury Fields and for all the likes 😃 I'm really looking forward to reading through your work. Tx
Comment is about Vautaw (poet profile)
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Joy LuvCamnkiancaleb Morris
Mon 22nd Apr 2019 10:05
This poem I written in memory of my grandad and his passion for trees look at them in unique way
Comment is about Joy LuvCamnkiancaleb Morris (poet profile)
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Sun 21st Apr 2019 15:46
cheers mate (re: Chelp) yes - it's Yorkshire dialect - very specifically Wakefield dialect from where I'm from. If you want to know any specific word translations - just let me know 😉
Sun 21st Apr 2019 11:24
thanks Keith for your review of "Restaurant"
i was surprised you thought so highly of it.
it was just another simple poem
that somehow meandered
into a restaurant.
Sat 20th Apr 2019 19:12
Thank you for such constructive criticism which I appreciate enormously. I make no distinction between people of faith and no faith. My problem, for the want of a better word, is not with God, but with the Institution of the Church which is manifestly corrupt and not worthy to represent Christ for whom it should be his representative on earth. For this reason I no longer attend church, yet thankfully this impasse has not damaged my personal faith.
I wrote this poem as someone who has lived for many years abroad. On my return I could make a clear comparison between the country I left to the one I now find. People are being knifed nightly on our city streets, which is an example of violence. Second the appearance of hampers in Supermarkets inviting customers to donate food to the local food bank. This was unheard of. Yet the Government proudly declare that we are the sixth strongest economy on the planet. My last example, as an ex serviceman, is to see fellow ex service men living rough on the street, sleeping in shop door ways with mental health issues. Something is seriously wrong here.
My perspective is therefore somewhat different to most people who have witnessed these gradual changes.
I don´t write out of a sense of judgement but out of indignation, not as a Christian but as a fellow human being. The Church can go and hang. Recently my local parish church put out an appeal for 10,000 quid for the restoration of its bell tower, but what about Private James Bladdon down the road sleeping rough with a bottle of vodka concealed in a brown paper bag.?
My poetry often focuses on social and moral issues. I endeavour not to offend rather to highlight the plight of the less fortunate.
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article. This I do appreciate.
Kindest of Regards
Comment is about Graham Sherwood (poet profile)
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Sat 20th Apr 2019 12:08
So YOU are the Sleepy Head.
Actually I get up at 4-5am
to get my poems into WOL,
a 6 hour difference.
Sat 20th Apr 2019 11:10
thanks for the comment on 'AmericaZ' Keith - glad you liked it 😃
Sat 20th Apr 2019 00:09
sorry MC - conviction - fat fingers and alcohol 😉
Comment is about M.C. Newberry (poet profile)
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Fri 19th Apr 2019 16:51
Ian - it was "conviction of purpose" that you misquoted
as a quote from me in your reply on my home page.
Comment is about Ian Whiteley (poet profile)
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Fri 19th Apr 2019 14:50
d.k., I always turn my computer off before going to bed to avoid any such inappropriate behaviour Sometimes they can get quite loud.
Fri 19th Apr 2019 12:32
A stairway to Heaven?
Comment is about Lisa C Bassignani (poet profile)
Original item by Lisa C Bassignani
Fri 19th Apr 2019 12:29
emojis drive you crazy? me too.
i think they breed at night, in the computer.
Fri 19th Apr 2019 12:27
emojis are the little icons that you can add to an e-mail.
like happy faces, or thumbs up.
Fri 19th Apr 2019 11:55
thanks for commenting on 'down at the end of lonely street' Jennifer - yes Elvis had a unique voice and talent - not so sure about Buble though 😉
Comment is about Jennifer Malden (poet profile)
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Fri 19th Apr 2019 11:53
thanks for commenting on 'elegy for a ghost' Laura - I know you've been through similar grieving and, as you say, it doesn't get easier with time 😞
Comment is about Laura Taylor (poet profile)
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Thu 18th Apr 2019 18:53
Hi Cynthia, I think you're thinking of Babyliss for the beauty products and Trevor Baylis for clockwork radios.
I honestly didn't know about the menorah until you asked, funny isn't it, I've loved this picture for years and yet never researched it. Not even sure who the artist is now.
Thu 18th Apr 2019 11:12
It's a well directed joke I can't deny that.
To be honest apart from when I meet close friends (infrequently these days) I don't really talk very much to people. I used to play a little game of "how long could I go without speaking to anyone" it was quite some time ago in darker days, I managed a good stretch once or twice. Of course it didn't stop me talking to myself because I was barking.
I do try and make things amusing or interesting, but I guess that is a matter of taste and opinion.
Thanks for checking in Cynthia.
Thanks for remarking on my photographs.
Comment is about Wolfgar (poet profile)
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Cynthia Buell Thomas
Thu 18th Apr 2019 09:49
David, have you ever actually 'talked' anybody to death?
HAHAHA! It's a joke, David, a joke!
Great photo. I'm too chicken to post a real photo. Besides, I don't know how! An early friend on WOL put that iconic picture up for me, and I loved it. Still do. It works.
Your other pictures are superb.
Thu 18th Apr 2019 09:33
I also thought the 'fork symbol' had a connection to the Jewish menorah. Ancient symbolism is an amazing 'study', and still so apt in our modern world. Like whether a) the circle embraces the square or b) the square embraces the circle. Huge concepts for human life, emphasising the 'why', not the 'what, when, where or who'.
I think I recognise 'Bayliss' as a famous 'brand' name, but I can't remember what product, or line of products. Body care maybe? I do have a vague idea that the products were both fine, and expensive. Am I way off course? I'm just curious, not nosey. Tell my beloved mother that! Who preached: 'Curiosity killed the cat!' And my flippant return: 'And satisfaction brought it back!' I'm surprised I didn't get smacks. But she just chuckled. Time and time again.
Thu 18th Apr 2019 04:38
Thank you for your feedback!
Comment is about Nathan Saylors (poet profile)
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Thu 18th Apr 2019 03:00
Welcome to WOL
Nice to see another rhymer
Comment is about Nur Lahuandor (poet profile)
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Wed 17th Apr 2019 23:35
your response was well thought out and well-said!
In fact your response was better than the poem itself.
I like your thought about us being Rememberers.
Wed 17th Apr 2019 21:25
I am waiting to be called. Then you will see the fireworks.
Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:49
You need someone to
Make England Great Again!
Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:47
Thanks for your comment on "Lasting Love".
We all search for it.
Some are lucky enough to find it.
I'm one of them and i consider myself blessed
to have found her.
I hope you find your lasting love someday.
Comment is about Don Matthews (poet profile)
Original item by Don Matthews
Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:19
Thanks Jason for stopping by, reading and liking my poetry "gift of sky". It makes me so happy. Yes rainy season is really beautiful season infact more beautiful than the poetry 😊
Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:57
thanx for the comment on 'from the attic' Laura - yep stilling having a whale of a time - don't know what the feck i'm going to do on 1st May 😉
Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:56
cheers Jason - glad you liked 'from the attaic' laughing and sinister just about describes me - so glad that came through 😉
Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:55
cheers Keith - glad you liked 'from the attic' I never go in ours - I am unsettled by the noises that eminate from it even though there's nothing up there. A bit like my head! 😉
Wed 17th Apr 2019 03:14
Loved your biography and if your goal was to make the world a slightly better place by gifting a smile, then for me, job done my friend, job done.
Comment is about Ankita Srivastava (poet profile)
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Tue 16th Apr 2019 21:47
Thank you very much, it took a lot of writing and is never the easiest of ones to perform, for obvious reasons, but it is one of my and my mother's favourites.
Comment is about Graham Parker (poet profile)
Original item by Graham Parker
Tue 16th Apr 2019 20:20
Welcome to WOL. Your poem Unbroken is food for thought. May we read some more of your work.
Tue 16th Apr 2019 19:54
'convistion of purpose' eh - sometimes I don't know what day of the week it is 😉 thanks again mate
Tue 16th Apr 2019 19:13
Thank you for your post on my blog. I am afraid you are right. We have lost our values and free spirit to be and to speak freely. The ´thought police ´maybe listening. Beware, You could be trumped at any moment.
Comment is about d.knape (poet profile)
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Tue 16th Apr 2019 17:29
I agree with your comments in reply to mine below. I feel it is an honour when someone takes the time to read my poems and provide comments, whatever they may be.
Tue 16th Apr 2019 17:06
thanks for commenting on 'Martyr' Dorother - pleased you liked it - that there determination you mention id just the Yorkshire roots coming to the surface 😉 thanks so much for your kind words
Tue 16th Apr 2019 17:05
thanks for commenting on 'Martyr' Keith - yes I'm going with the flow at the moment - some hits some misses but NaPoWriMo certainly makes you work at a pace 😃
Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:47
dk he is right
He does have a profile
It's black and not white
You just gotta watch him
He likes playing round
Pulling ones leg
And winking one down
I see he'll be happy
With capital J
No code to decipher
(I must be away) 😎
Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:29
you have many talents.
which is sensational-
i only write poems
and even that is questionable.
Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:24
ha. i don't know about the "extraordinary" part.
we can no longer speak our minds
we must measure what we say
someone, somewhere will be offended.
I say, who cares. that's life!
Comment is about Jane Briganti (poet profile)
Original item by Jane Briganti
Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:21
Regarding "Free Speech" and your comments
I think England has gone down the tube
much like the USA.
you cannot truly speak your mind.
the speech police will come and
take you away.
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