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Clare

Wed 3rd Aug 2022 20:44

Tom, I just want to Thank you for your recent comments on a couple of my poems - very kind words! I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss your offerings here on WOL. I Just had a read and now you have a new follower! 😊

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n

Mon 6th Jun 2022 20:20

thank you for your lovely comment on my poem!! the party went exactly how I imagined, however I was rather at peace with that 😊

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keith jeffries

Sun 2nd Jan 2022 12:08

Tom,
Thank you for your comment on my latest poem New Beginnings. I appreciate your comments as I also appreciate your poetry.
Keith

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Lee Campbell

Mon 16th Aug 2021 18:55

Also meant to say, I originally write 'I am a body. A complex historied web of... ' 'well' was a typo but I didn't spot it and I actually prefer 'well' !

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Lee Campbell

Mon 16th Aug 2021 18:49

Thanks so much for your comment about 'See Me', I thought you'd like to see the video poem version
https://youtu.be/8mMlsUM7mb4

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Adam Whitworth

Thu 12th Aug 2021 15:07

Hi Tom
Thanks for your comments on "Buzzing Of The Saw"
Glad you like it

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d.knape

Tue 13th Jul 2021 03:42

you like the poem
so do not mock it,
just take your hands
out of your pockets!
?
(your photo.)

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Rasa Kabaila

Sat 29th May 2021 06:24

Hello Tom, I love your prose 'Why poems'. These lines in your poem in particular touch my heart and resonate with me deeply:

'Poems are my expression
the sum of interactions
they show my working out
Poems are the breath
of lost lovers
against my neck'

Beautiful. Thank you.
Best wishes,
Rasa

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keith jeffries

Tue 27th Apr 2021 10:06

Tom,
Thanks for your message on my profile which I appreciate greatly. We seem to have a similar approach to the way we write poetry. The word inspiration is at the root of the matter. From where does this come? Is it random or formulated in the subconscious? I often pass through times of aridity then the opposite occurs and I find myself in full flood.

I enjoy your poetry. Never stop writing.
Keith

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keith jeffries

Sat 24th Apr 2021 00:03

Tom,
Thank you for your comment on my recent poem "An Outlook"; for taking the time to read it and giving it a like.

I am curious about your profile, especially the last paragraph of your biography where you deal with the writing of poetry, the tools used and where the ideas for poems spring from. As someone advanced in age I still write my poems in long hand using a fountain pen. This is not because of some attachment to days past, but I believe that hand writing flows from the mind of the writer along the arm and into the hand. It is as if a connection exists which I do not experience when using a key board. Inspiration for my poetry is drawn from a number of sources often determined by subjects which interest me, such as spiritualty and the realm of the natural world and man's place in it. A spoken word, a piece of music, something I read, a passing thought or an observation triggers a response which ferments in my mind and invariably I am able to form words to express myself on paper.

Poetry is so highly subjective that it is impossible to explain only express what the writer wants to say. This is how I write. Whether I am a good poet must rest with the opinions of those who read my work and then I seek and appreciate their comments.

Hope this throws some light on your questions.
Keith

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D Joshi

Fri 5th Feb 2021 16:42

Thank you for your lovely comment Tom,
and yes i can add WriteOutLoud to another of my lockdown discoveries ?

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Lasse Krey

Mon 9th Nov 2020 18:33

Hey Tom.
Thanks for your comment on my page. I was quite surprised about our similarities. It is very unusual for me to meet someone who is similar to me, in fact I met one person in 26 years from whom I thought he looks at the world like I do.
The last months, my soul has been very restless and it's hard for me to find peace inside. Even though I have the time, I don't read many of the poems on WOL cause I lack the attention they deserve.

Aloha?

Lasse

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d.knape

Tue 27th Oct 2020 17:16

That poem "Death Sentence"
upset a lot of people who thought it
was too dark and sad
But Truth is sometimes sad & depressing.

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 22nd Oct 2020 20:36

Cheers Tom for your liking of my verse, A wave from the bus,
Tommy

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d.knape

Fri 9th Oct 2020 11:57

Don't electrocute yourself.
Wear rubber gloves
while writing!
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d.knape

Wed 7th Oct 2020 00:58

wear a seat belt.
don't spill the beans
and don't spill the poems.

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d.knape

Tue 6th Oct 2020 02:28

why is your hair on end?

?

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d.knape

Sun 27th Sep 2020 12:54

Hot sauce is made from
the green Jalapeno,
the Mexican thrives
esta muy bueno!

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d.knape

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 02:22

Holy Terrors
is an old expression here
now we have terrorists
who are not holy.

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d.knape

Sun 13th Sep 2020 01:49

doing fine, now that I'm home
the hospital was a death trap.
haha

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Flavia Gordon

Fri 4th Sep 2020 01:07

Thank you Tom, I take pleasure in your enjoyment...

I am glad I made an impression with my first post...I admit that was my desire.

I must say...and this is no lip service
Your samples are exquisite
The pot of my emotions are stirred
And you are the culprit...

Renee By a Thread is incredibly poignant.

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d.knape

Wed 2nd Sep 2020 23:28

marriage isn't perfect
but the data shows married people live longer
and are overall happier
so that poem "Making Allowances" was my ode to marriage
mostly mine!
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d.knape

Sat 29th Aug 2020 08:41

thanks Tom Alexander
(or is it Alexander Tom?)
anyway, I will take your words to heart
and deal with this in a positive way,
after all we must support our doctors
who are unhappy if they cannot do multiple"tests"
to find out if you are worth doing surgery on.
The White Coats are coming!

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<Deleted User> (19980)

Mon 17th Aug 2020 18:02

Thanks Tom for your lovely comments and interest in my work. Greatly appreciated!

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d.knape

Wed 8th Jul 2020 03:22

The beard poem was just all in fun
I see from your photo
you really don't have much of a beard
so you have nothing to worry about.
No birds in beard for you!
?

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Anna

Tue 7th Jul 2020 18:02

Hi Tom!

Thank you for the like!

Regards,

A

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d.knape

Sat 20th Jun 2020 23:59

when you bite your tongue, it hurts!

(I see you have moved indoors. good!
much better than a tent on the beach.
you get those nasty sand fleas!)

?

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 20th Jun 2020 23:50

Hi Tom - thanks for the reasoned response to my message about
statues, plus The Guardian's slavery connection..
I see your point about the statues - but maybe that should apply to all
personal memorials when taking offence is such a fashionable indulgence these days.
Historically, there are many countries with empires in their
centuries of existence but no one (except the barbarians of Daish)
would sanction the destruction of the edifices that survive. Indeed, what would we be able to make of the past had that been the case.
No Rome/Italy as we know it; ditto no Athens/Greece and so much
else across the lands once held by the various empires of recorded history.
Once started, where to stop?
Cheers,
MC

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 20th Jun 2020 16:04

Hello Tom - when there seems to be "understanding" and even
sympathy for the assaults on statues with a perceived connection
with slavery here in the UK, it is salutary to be told that that bastion
of the liberal position in this life - The Guardian (formerly The
Manchester Guardian) was, according to a reliable source of knowledge, founded by cotton trader John Taylor and gave unqualified support to the Confederacy in America's Civil War,
reprinting its propaganda and attacking slave liberator Abe Lincoln.. Here's an example:
"It was an evil day both for America and the world when he (Lincoln)
was chosen President of the United States" - 10 October 1862.
Would there be understanding and sympathy if the BLM made an
assault on the offices of that newspaper citing its links to slavery?
Would it be seen as a "good day"?
History always has something to teach us - and not always "of the
moment".
MC.




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Kashish Dawar

Sat 13th Jun 2020 19:02

thank you for dropping your kind words on my profile. your poems are amazing , will definitely read more. kd

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keith jeffries

Tue 9th Jun 2020 17:22

Tom, thank you for your comment. I am encouraged by your words. Reminiscing provides an enormity of space from one’ personal experience of life of life itself. Are you still using your fountain pen? Thanks again. Keith

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d.knape

Mon 18th May 2020 11:38

He has a new photo
out of the blue
appears he has
a new hairdo,
Like a rooster cock
upon review
looks like a sudden wind
came through!
?

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d.knape

Mon 18th May 2020 11:34

Whoa!
What happened to Tom?
He left the beach
and is now in Lockdown
in his studio apartment.
Life was a Beach!
No more!

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Philipos

Thu 30th Apr 2020 12:49

Tom, Keeping Pace - appreciated your supportive comments. Blessings. P. ?

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 22nd Apr 2020 17:00

Tom, you are amazing. Stay safe, you and yours.

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d.knape

Wed 15th Apr 2020 04:16

Thanks for your comment on "Windows".
It's too bad we had to shut down the world to deal with this Virus.
thank the Chinese for that!

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Philipos

Fri 20th Mar 2020 23:06

The Sandman - thanks Tom. Will eventually get around to reading your file of promising material. Blessings. P. ?

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d.knape

Thu 19th Mar 2020 22:53

I could if I wanted to
write a poem about that photo
the beached boat
the blue water cove
and that lone figure leaning
on the boat as if he stopped to
watch the time go by
or wait for the sunset
i could write a poem about it
but i'll leave that up to you
paint a poem!

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d.knape

Thu 19th Mar 2020 22:50

you are too flattering.
I hardly know what to say.

thanks for the kind words and
for that beautiful photo.
or is it a painting?
Blue Sea, White shore.

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d.knape

Wed 18th Mar 2020 10:46

am proud you responded to "Some"
not all, but some.
also glad you got out of those wet sneakers
and now are up on dry land.-
get in that boat and sail away!
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Wendy Higson

Sun 15th Mar 2020 04:58

Hi Tom Thankyou for your comments my mind is like a whirlwind if I don’t write things down I forget as soon has I start writing memories come floating back . Good or bad I just hope I can keep on writing love Wendy .

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d.knape

Mon 17th Feb 2020 11:25

In the photo, are you checking your watch?
you still have time to turn your life around.
hahaha
I am back. Now that wasn't so bad, was it?

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 16th Feb 2020 15:56

Tom - I appreciate your kind response to my comment on DB's recent poem. In an age that appears to indulge in negativity of various
sorts, I like to recall an old song from way back that has the line
"If i can help somebody...". Not a bad thing to bring to mind at times
like these.
Good luck to you !
MC

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d.knape

Sat 15th Feb 2020 02:29

Thanks Tom.
I'll be gone for two days.

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Philipos

Thu 13th Feb 2020 18:00

News about shoes Tom - thanks for such a quick response. Encouraging. P. ?

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lauren.mckay8927@gmail.com

Mon 3rd Feb 2020 19:58

Thanks for the comment on my first poem! I'm very new here. Used to write a lot of poetry as an emotional teenager but I sort of lost my way with it.
I like 'Why Poems', it's very relatable!

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d.knape

Mon 3rd Feb 2020 11:36

Thank you for your comments on "Nut & Bolt".
what a wonderful thing to say.

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d.knape

Mon 3rd Feb 2020 11:34

Glad you liked "Retirement Village"
which was not really a poem
but more a rant with satire in mind.
Somehow I got away with it,
it was not deleted,
and I am still logged into this site,
a site for sore eyes!
?

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Philipos

Thu 23rd Jan 2020 17:16

2025 - thanks Tom - glad you liked some turns of phrase. P.

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d.knape

Sat 11th Jan 2020 13:17


These poems are only scavenged
it's all that I can manage,
some of them make you grimace
most hope that they 'are finished!

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