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by dedalus
Mon May 26, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Meaning
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: The Meaning

Don't go down that road. You are not dense. The poem opens up if you look at for a while. It really does. Read it 4-5 times and THEN tell me you don't understand.
by dedalus
Mon May 26, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Post-a-Translation
Topic: With my Brother at the South Study Thinking in the Moonlight
Replies: 1
Views: 3713

With my Brother at the South Study Thinking in the Moonlight

With my Brother at the South Study Thinking in the Moonlight -Wang Changling 同從弟南齋翫月憶山陰崔少府 高臥南齋時, 開帷月初吐; 清輝淡水木, 演漾在窗戶。 苒苒幾盈虛? 澄澄變今古。 美人清江畔, 是夜越吟苦。 千里其如何? 微風吹蘭杜。 Seated on a couch in the south study, we lift the curtain to see the rising moon pouring its glorious brightness upon the water, casting r...
by dedalus
Mon May 26, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Meaning
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: The Meaning

This is a very simple poem. Caleb:
Everything near and far, at home and abroad
is connected to everything else
wherever you live . Maybe you need
to read it again?

Slán anois
Brendan (dedalus)
by dedalus
Fri May 23, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lone Star State
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Lone Star State

everything, og, is another poem!!
by dedalus
Fri May 23, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Meaning
Replies: 5
Views: 536

The Meaning

I live in hopes of things to come, crystal cities with suspended bridges connecting shop to shop, bar to bar, man to woman; and in my dreams at night I toss and turn on the lilac sheets and reach for my true love who is no longer there. A silly quarrel, of no importance, and a world comes crashing d...
by dedalus
Fri May 23, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lone Star State
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Lone Star State

I wasn't, actually. It was a brilliant trip in several ways, a real family reunion. All my immediate family now live in Texas thanks to my father's job and subsequent retirement over there. I was with them for a while, went to the University of Texas, then departed on my world travels which saw me s...
by dedalus
Wed May 21, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lone Star State
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Lone Star State

Get lost, the pair of yez! Could be I was slightly sozzked ....
by dedalus
Wed May 21, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lone Star State
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Lone Star State

I want to live in the light, eyes narrowing, gazing hard over a turbulent stream and with a rifle in my hands. Who knows? You can shoot at the fish, poor bastards, or you can draw a bead on passing insects, avoiding the thought of what you really want to do. Life is for living in ways that our grand...
by dedalus
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sister Annunciata (completed version)
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Sister Annunciata Part One)

A fair point, Ian, but this is the imagining of the unlikely, the very thing that will not probably or even possibly occur. The newly christened Joan (I like the Christian effect of that, no longer Jane or Jean) may turn out to be a very mousy, bewildered and frightened individual in sharp contrast ...
by dedalus
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:23 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sister Annunciata (completed version)
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Sister Annunciata Part One)

Thanks for the tipoffs. The errant numbers represent line numbers from the original poems. I think I'll christen her Joan. Also, the poem is built around the quotations rather than vice versa: I thought (and think) they are smashing with rather more to come.
by dedalus
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sister Annunciata (completed version)
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Sister Annunciata (completed version)

[center]Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis Vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Σιβυλλα τι θελεις; respondebat illa: αποθανειν θελω.[/center] [center]I have seen with my own eyes the Sibyl hanging in a jar, and when the boys asked her “What do you want?” She answered, “I...
by dedalus
Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Baby Jean Collins (rv)
Replies: 0
Views: 1112

Baby Jean Collins (rv)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rkFP1yJw5VE/UZ5J2iYR6XI/AAAAAAAAAVc/xv9trlEvUPA/s320/Mary.jpg I'm so very sorry ... I've been prancing and dancing and even romancing the memory of Baby Jean Collins, the silent star, until she died last week of senility, anger, old age, or some combination of the three, a...
by dedalus
Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Telling Fairy Tales to Sweet Young Widows (3/7 update)
Replies: 6
Views: 751

Telling Fairy Tales to Sweet Young Widows (3/7 update)

http://www.lilialiu.com/photogallery/people/BenchLadies.jpg UC/ incomplete/ Under Construction Lock the apartment door, summon elevator, glide down to the lobby and its iffy Picassos, sing a cheerful hello to the guy with a mop, then step outside into winter sunshine. Another day! I am recovering f...
by dedalus
Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Black '47
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Black '47

Hi, Jackie -- been a long time, yeah? Actually, you're quite right since this is a kind of story. But it's pre-TV.
Slán anois, Bren
by dedalus
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Black '47
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Black '47

Awakening in the shattered gloom of a damp unhealthy basement room in London, 1847. Outside, the city moils and toils in its busy day of unpleasant smells, shouts and cries, and sings the song of a possible future for the working poor. But in my native Donegal, as in most of Ireland, starvation reig...
by dedalus
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Every other Wednesday
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Every other Wednesday

Gobsmacked (in stages) Davy.
Jesus Christ, this is a good 'un!
tart/ disobliging/ prequels
In my suit and tie, I am
the town come to the circus.
by dedalus
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: winter rains falling
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: winter rains falling

Your translation is more direct, Brian, but mine is more "literary" (not literal).
by dedalus
Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: winter rains falling
Replies: 3
Views: 358

winter rains falling

目を閉じる
年の思い出 --
冬の雨

me wo tojiru
toshi no omo-i-de --
fuyu no ame

closing my eyes
memories of other years --
winter rain falling
by dedalus
Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: A World We No Longer Wish To Live In
Replies: 0
Views: 690

A World We No Longer Wish To Live In

This is another draw on your patience, for which I do apologise. At least I got rid of the Chinese from the previous version known as 'Sideterms', largely owing to the fact that emotions were running high at the time and there was even a chance of some ridiculous war. There still is. The Japanese a...
by dedalus
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:10 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Ireland in October

Maybe so, Dave. Always tinkering (with the good ones, anyway).
Cheers, Bren
by dedalus
Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Ireland in October

Dear ennui & nottslinnet,

I don't believe we've "met" before, so ... Hello! Many thanks for the comments. Yes, it still needs a bit of work!!

Best wishes,
dedalus (Brendan)
by dedalus
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Ireland in October

This is admittedly a rewrite of an earlier poem which can be found at the link on the PG site below. Poems need to be shoved into a drawer for a few years to age and mature like good (Irish) whiskey. Then you pull them out again and see what can be done. Especially if you believe in them http://poe...
by dedalus
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Post-a-Translation
Topic: Parting at a wine shop in Nanking
Replies: 15
Views: 9406

Re: Parting at a wine shop in Nanking

Daithí a chara, What is this "anyway", anyway? I'm thinking of doing another longer poem from this fella: 1200 years ago but I can see inside his head (a little bit). Trouble is, a load of new stuff keeps coming down and I go chasing after it. Glad you enjoyed 'Broken Homes'. There seems to be more ...
by dedalus
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Broken Homes
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Broken Homes

Dear David, Yes, it rambles, it's conversational, and the rhyming is even more wayward than usual. "Asymmetrical Rhyming" - a new term, I just invented it - has been one feature of several past poems that seemed thoroughly to enrage some readers: was I too stupid to notice the rhymes didn't balance,...