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by Gyppo
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: the music of cows
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: the music of cows

Once you see the cows' white faces as musical notes the fence wires could double as a musical stave ;-) In this musical context I saw crochet as a single note, rather than reading it as crochet the verb. I've never really thought of cows as musical, but a happy herd can sound quite melodic at a dist...
by Gyppo
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: The time has come...
Replies: 2
Views: 108

The time has come...

This comes from way back, possibly in the early eighties.  I can actually recall writing this on my portable manual typewriter, sat out in the garden.  It was a hot and sweaty day like today and I was sat under a tree, which provided enough shade to stop the paper glaring at me but did nothing to re...
by Gyppo
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic:  Poem in F Flat
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re:  Poem in F Flat

Sometimes all you need is a smile.  Which this supplied, and which is still lingering several hours after the first reading ;-) I can imagine a performance poet delivering this with a touch of theatrical resentment.  When they think they've done enough for one evening but the audience want more. "Yo...
by Gyppo
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Sapper
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Sapper

'To my American ear the words "lad" and "lane" sound as if they are from a classic Brit movie dealing with WW2. Is that your intent or is that language still in common use.' My generation still use lad, lane, lass without any sense of using it for deliberate effect.  I suspect having a fairly rural...
by Gyppo
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Sapper
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Sapper

Sapper 1. (Military) a soldier who digs trenches 2. (Military) (in the British Army) a private of the Royal Engineers. ===== Ah, the sounds of war, which can evoke such terrors , or sometime just a quiet 'unnerving' in old soldiers.  My maternal Grandad survived 'The Trenches' in WW1 and even years ...
by Gyppo
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: If only they knew.
Replies: 2
Views: 101

If only they knew.

A group of feckless youths, bored with life, loitering near our shops. Swaggering with untested aggression, making mock of those who passed. Their leader saw me coming, targeted my long hair and headband. "It's like something from the bloody Bible." And his cohort sniggered. I smiled and ignored the...
by Gyppo
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic:  Town of Stawford 
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re:  Town of Stawford 

Just a quick visit to say these two lines were particularly resonant for me. 'To sense how shadows feed through rubble  of a collapsed shed which rabbits shun,' Over the years I've come across a few places like that, deserted buildings or patches of woodland where no birds sing or even fly.  I've al...
by Gyppo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Adrenaline
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Adrenaline

    It is all too easy to forget the spoken result when in the creative flow of writing .     Written and spoken English have some distinct differences.     If you are regular 'performance poet' you may well write your poems in a way which helps guide the performance.  They may look more like stage ...
by Gyppo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Adrenaline
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Adrenaline

I've been pacing up and down, reciting it aloud and realised why I changed books in the first verse to book (singular).  It was to avoid the sibilant 's' which annoys me by sometimes tripping over my tongue. When reading aloud I have a similar problem with the word months .  It reads just fine, but ...
by Gyppo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Adrenaline
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Adrenaline

This is simple, almost classical in style and lovely. Apart from removing the s from books I can 't think of anything to change. Funny how things disappear only to reappear much later from the depths. Dave   Thanks, Dave, and AJ. I agree about losing the 's' in books. Must admit I was fascinated at...