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by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 31
Views: 5415

Re: Favorite Quotes

Tracy Mitchell wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:01 pm
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L'Amour

Absolutely.  You can always tear it up if you don't like it.  Better to tip out bad lines and lose them than let them sit and fester, like a bad apple spoiling the whole barrel. 
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Neighbors
Replies: 12
Views: 127

Re: Neighbors

I'm glad you took that bit out.  The 'slapstick comedy' moment didn't set well amongst the rest.  I did a 'theatrical walk-through' to see if I was reading it correctly.

Lots of words there which add to the mood of pending violence.
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Island Fiction
Replies: 18
Views: 299

Re: Island Fiction

Sleepily evocative.

Fraying waves:  I would never have thought of them this way, but now you've mentioned it the image has stuck.  Waves along the shoreline sometimes seem more solid than liquid, despite their movement, so fraying is a good metaphor.
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Accelerating darkness and broken protons
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Accelerating darkness and broken protons

But in the back of my proton filled mind
I'm just waiting
for Hell to freeze over.


Colm:  I love the image this triggers.  How can anyone fear a shivering Devil wearing ice skates and a thick hooded parka ;-)  Especially if it has striped sleeves.
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Hi, Wren,  thanks for dropping in. The lighter moment was just in comparison to a couple of my more recent postings. There probably won't be a sequel. Trouble is turned away.  Usually gently, sometimes more abruptly, but always quickly. Trouble usually, but fortunately rarely, comes in the form of d...
by Gyppo
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

In my house I pulled the door, it clicked behind me, and it was locked. Secure enough. Well, nobody ever robbed me, but it wasn't just the lock. I had a quiet reputation. A decent enough chap, but not one to mess with. Just like my Father. People came to him for help, but they never brought trouble....
by Gyppo
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Spectacle of Death
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: Spectacle of Death

Deb, it's the curse of being a writer, or of being empathetic, that we notice things which we'd sometimes rather not be aware of.  Maybe we are too coldly  analytical at times and can't hide behind a comfortable gloss of conventional platitudes.  Once we have noticed them our minds worry away at the...
by Gyppo
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Dancing With My Demons
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Dancing With My Demons

Thanks, Folks.  You can't let them win.

Gyppo
by Gyppo
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Wind in my eyes.
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Wind in my eyes.

May I just issue a general thank you to all of you who've commented.  I've been a bit pre-occupied of late with so-called 'real world' stuff, but your words are much appreciated.  You're a great bunch of folks, and I'll be back later.

Gyppo
by Gyppo
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Happy 2nd Birthday
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Happy 2nd Birthday

To be honest it doesn't seem that long.  But I will bow to the numbers.

Plus, a lot's happened here in those two years ;-)

Gyppo