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by Gyppo
Mon May 13, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Marching Out
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: Marching Out

AJ, I was reliving , not just recalling.  As I read it aloud I was back in the middle of that 'cavalry charge'.  The girl marching next to me, Felicity, was tall for her age, built like a beanpole, and normally cursed with a stutter which made her very self-effacing.  But she  strode out like a conq...
by Gyppo
Mon May 13, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Marching Out
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Marching Out

I stumbled across a military march in You Tube earlier today, and it unlocked the time machine ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuVYS4uw0as ===== Marching Out After Infant School assembly, all lined up in neat rows, boys on one side, in shorts and shirt, girls on the other in blouse and skirt, we...
by Gyppo
Mon May 13, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: The Commons
Topic: great lines
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: great lines

Sometimes I get taken by a poetry passage. Here is a morsel from Eliza Rotterman: . . . . if I have a body it is rarified as air at thirty thousand feet if I have a moon it bears the cold fresh of snow I left at midnight and heading west it stayed midnight a long time As someone who mainly writes p...
by Gyppo
Mon May 06, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill
Replies: 39
Views: 761

Re: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill

Dave makes a very good point about the cross-pollination of ideas in the sprawling big thread.  Several of my offerings this year were triggered by an odd phrase or line in someone else's work.  The rest came from roaming the streets or looking out of the window, or overhearing conversations.  A few...
by Gyppo
Sun May 05, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill
Replies: 39
Views: 761

Re: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill

Thinking about next year: In previous years I've rather enjoyed the somewhat 'shambolic' nature of the NAPO thread.  It's a bit like wandering a beach and finding stray starfish or pretty coloured glass pebbles when you least expect them.  But this year, with more players, it was definitely a bit c...
by Gyppo
Thu May 02, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019 - Post Poems Here!
Replies: 827
Views: 9701

Re: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019 - Post Poems Here!

Deb, Stuff touches a chord ;-)  I still have some stuff from my caravan childhood.  A clockwork train sits on the very top of my bookshelves, away from casually grabbing fingers. But I find that memories come back without  something to hold.  Sometimes it's a similar physical action which triggers r...
by Gyppo
Wed May 01, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill
Replies: 39
Views: 761

Re: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill

You never know, Colm.  Anyone in here could be suffering from PTSD. P oets T raumatic S hutdown D isorder.  Brought about by a sudden cessation of extreme poetic activity.  A few days of cheap doggerel can ease the symptoms, but does anyone listen? As for the bearded one.  How does he drink that stu...
by Gyppo
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: Losing
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Losing

The snow as sculptress (active) rather than the cliched blanket (deadening.)

Quietly evocative, painting a clear picture with words.

Modern Nike footprints in timeless but transient snow.  A lovely juxtaposition.  The words will linger long after both have gone.

Gyppo
by Gyppo
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019 - Post Poems Here!
Replies: 827
Views: 9701

Re: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019 - Post Poems Here!

Lisa, You came along for the ride.  You stuck your toe in the water a few times.  You made your marks.  Next year you can come and play again. If you come here and play in between the yearly challenge it keeps the 'writing muscle' supple without the 'performance pressure' of a daily deadline.  Some ...
by Gyppo
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: National Poetry Month Celebration 2019
Topic: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill
Replies: 39
Views: 761

Re: Aprés NaPo Bar & Grill

[ Ambles in, pen stuck behind one ear, rolled up notebook crammed into one pocket, looking faintly bemused like a convict freshly released, gazing on a world which is familiar yet strangely different.] All done and dusted for this year.  I guess that's Colm laid out on one of the tables tightly wrap...