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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜‰
Cheers
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 23:54

Hi Frances
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 πŸ˜ƒ
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 πŸ˜‰
Thanks once again - glad you liked it
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 23:50

thanks for the kind comments on 'Monday Morning -9AM' Jason - glad you liked it Mate
Ian

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M.C. Newberry

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.
MC

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Tom

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 16:36

Hi Vautaw, thanks so much for your comment on Highbury Fields and for all the likes πŸ˜ƒ I'm really looking forward to reading through your work. Tx

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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

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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜‰
Ian

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d.knape

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.

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keith jeffries

Sat 20th Apr 2019 19:12

Graham,

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 donΒ΄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
Keith

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d.knape

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.

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 20th Apr 2019 11:10

thanks for the comment on 'AmericaZ' Keith - glad you liked it πŸ˜ƒ

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 20th Apr 2019 00:09

sorry MC - conviction - fat fingers and alcohol πŸ˜‰

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M.C. Newberry

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.
Cheers
MC

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keith jeffries

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.
Keith

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d.knape

Fri 19th Apr 2019 12:32

A stairway to Heaven?

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d.knape

Fri 19th Apr 2019 12:29

emojis drive you crazy? me too.
but...they're everywhere.
i think they breed at night, in the computer.

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d.knape

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.
they're everywhere!

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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜‰
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

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 😞
Ian

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Jason Bayliss

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.

J. x

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 18th Apr 2019 11:12

Haha Cynthia,

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.

David.

Thanks for remarking on my photographs.

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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.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

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.

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Nathan Saylors

Thu 18th Apr 2019 04:38

Thank you for your feedback!

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Don Matthews

Thu 18th Apr 2019 03:00

Welcome to WOL
Nice to see another rhymer
Don

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d.knape

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.
so true.

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keith jeffries

Wed 17th Apr 2019 21:25

d.k.,

I am waiting to be called. Then you will see the fireworks.

Keith

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d.knape

Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:49

You need someone to
Make England Great Again!

πŸ˜ƒ

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d.knape

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.

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Ankita Srivastava

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 😊

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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜‰

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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜‰
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

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! πŸ˜‰
Ian

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Jason Bayliss

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.

J. x

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Graham Parker

Tue 16th Apr 2019 21:47

Hi Jeannot,

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.

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keith jeffries

Tue 16th Apr 2019 20:20

Hello Nathan,

Welcome to WOL. Your poem Unbroken is food for thought. May we read some more of your work.

Kind Regards
Keith Jeffries

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 16th Apr 2019 19:54

'convistion of purpose' eh - sometimes I don't know what day of the week it is πŸ˜‰ thanks again mate
Ian

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keith jeffries

Tue 16th Apr 2019 19:13

d.k.,

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 Β΄thought police Β΄maybe listening. Beware, You could be trumped at any moment.

Thanks
Keith

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Jeannot

Tue 16th Apr 2019 17:29

Keith,
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.
Thanks,
Jeannot

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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜‰ thanks so much for your kind words
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

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 πŸ˜ƒ

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Don Matthews

Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:47

jennifer, dk
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) 😎

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d.knape

Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:29

you have many talents.
which is sensational-
i only write poems
and even that is questionable.

πŸ˜ƒ

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d.knape

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!

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d.knape

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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Jeannot

Tue 16th Apr 2019 13:06

Graham,
I really like your sample poem.
Jeannot

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 16th Apr 2019 11:07

"Conviction of purpose" is always evident in your blogs.
Keep 'em coming.
Cheers
Mark (MC)

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keith jeffries

Tue 16th Apr 2019 00:04

Hello Jeannot,

Thank you for your kind words. In my profile I ask for comments on my poems as being essential to my development as a poet and writer. I welcome constructive criticism but this is double edged as I feel bound to criticise in turn to give my comments in the hope that they will be helpful to others. WOL is a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other.

Thank you again
Keith

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Jeannot

Mon 15th Apr 2019 23:21

Keith,
I enjoy reading your comments on the various poems you read. Very insightful and I’m sure helpful to the writers.

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Lisa C Bassignani

Mon 15th Apr 2019 21:14

I was afraid to let the crazy out, but after your encouragement....couldn't resist.

Lisa

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