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by Mark
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: The Gospel according to COVID
Replies: 27
Views: 539

Re: The Gospel according to COVID

They've been moved elsewhere for further discussion in private.
by Mark
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Shine on
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: Shine on

Thanks Ty. Bit of a follow-up here - the Friday of the week that Japie died, with the funeral set for the following day, I showed the poem here to K while we were talking about Japie. She asked me to rework it into something more suitable for the occasion as a public offering. I declined that notion...
by Mark
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Sticking with You
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Sticking with You

Funny but scary.
by Mark
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Shine on
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: Shine on

Thanks Dave. You are right, of course, the piece is flawed in that it is lacking the human element we sort of expect. All I can say is that's how it came out - I only met Japie a few times, he was K's friend more than anything, so.... And yes, distraught is overcooking it, I discarded it first time ...
by Mark
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Shine on
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: Shine on

Thanks guys - nice of you to comment when I show up without paying any dues. Sorry, things are just crazy-busy around here, work-wise - making hay-sunshine. The poem was done quite quickly too. Thanks for the suggestions, good ones, the fixes are in. I dropped the loose line as redundant. Japie - pr...
by Mark
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Shine on
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Shine on

. Japie the lighthouse-keeper died this morning, in an ambulance, a daughter beside him. Inoperable liver tumour, barely afloat on billows of morphine, he was hanging on for December and full retirement benefits for his family. We liked ol’ Japie. K knew him for sixteen years. When we went into the...
by Mark
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Armitage Shanks
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Re: Armitage Shanks

Dylan di Vilde wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:30 am
I think we must go in very different pubs though.

The local here is like no other. If your timing is good, you may see a tipsy woman remove her panties, stand on a bar stool and hang them from the ceiling.

http://citybymouth.com/the-panty-bar/
 
by Mark
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 4
Views: 1002

Farewell

.    Dirty humanity then marched past all natural freedoms,    bade a silent farewell to dignity. Inside the Collective’s   razor wire and railway docks, paper apes faded away in tower blocks of taboo, privacy as sinister as roses .    l ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ l  As a digitised generation expired l             ...
by Mark
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Rain
Replies: 8
Views: 1424

Re: Rain

The specifics would be up to you, really. Regard my comment as encouragement to realize potential rather than a case to be proven under probing. But generally, I think it has room for more alliteration, for example, if that is the exercise. Unless you think it's the best it can be. I like challenges...
by Mark
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Two bedrooms and a bath
Replies: 8
Views: 1714

Re: Two bedrooms and a bath

How appropriate to their mutual lifetime that they should pass together. A heartfelt tribute, Linda.