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by dedalus
Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:41 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 12
Views: 1772

Kris writes: How can I recall those?

Remember the fact that they were mentioned, I suppose.

The rain spatters violently, ineffectually,
against double-glazed windows. We pull
the curtains as the evening draws in, place
by dedalus
Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:02 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Weeping Statues
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Weeping Statues

One night as I lay sleeping the feckin statue started weeping and I thought that this was odd that the Blessed Mary, Mother of God, should start this awful bawling just as I was slowly falling asleep. Oh, Jayz, says I, what now? when the wife, a lovable gullible cow, leapt up and landed on her knees...
by dedalus
Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:36 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Memoir of a simpleton
Replies: 11
Views: 2011

Deceptively simple, and very nice indeed! I would have to agree, though, that the 'Excuse for forgetfulness' line strikes a somewhat jarring note which doesn't seem to meld or flow with the rest of the poem -- but what to change it to, if change is contemplated?
by dedalus
Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:26 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Arachnophobia
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Observed and observing, the spider as object and subject, going about his spiderly day! I liked particularly the accuracy and sheer precision of the language, with not a single extraneous word. One very slight quibble, perhaps, with regard to the closing lines ... works the shadows, bulbous spindles...
by dedalus
Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:07 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Funniest Song In The World (MP3 avail)
Replies: 11
Views: 1147

Bloody wonderful!! This one had me snorting in my beer (oops, all over the keyboard again -- hang another one out to dry). Some of the rhyming schemes were ingenious and what amazed me was how well sustained the whole thing was through a full baker's dozen of verses!! Very well done, indeed. Where o...
by dedalus
Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:54 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 12
Views: 1772

Oh dear, I should never have brought it up (the American forums)! Let's just say I am a great admirer of Jonathan Swift, a reluctant Dubliner himself, and deadpan irony doesn't go down well with the cousins. Then again they had an annoying habit of applying theoretical constructs in a rather rigid f...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 12
Views: 1772

Hi David, It was me going on, I think. Anyway, glad you could get your head around the narrative, with much left to the imagination. I'm new to this list. I have poems I am working on, a few new ideas, and poems I hope to write in the future. I want to stick around and I don't want to get banned. Wh...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ireland in October
Replies: 12
Views: 1772

Ireland in October

The rain spatters violently, ineffectually, against double-glazed windows. We pull the curtains as the evening draws in, place more sods on the dying fire, and then nurse our drams of single malt. The whiskey winks, goldgleaming, in Waterford tumblers; we listen, unmoved, to the shrieking Atlantic w...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Misappropriation (Warning)
Replies: 2
Views: 945

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may ... Orson Welles, too, in "Citizen Kane" -- but I think that was a play on William Randolph Hearst's nickname for his lady's private parts. There is a bit of sexual brutality in this piece which is initially off-putting, but then it fits into the rest of the poem and ...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: playing to an empty room…
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Interrrresting ....!! The second stanza seems to invoke the Middle Ages and the Great Plague which decimated Europe, and the third stanza with its "barricades" and "bourgeoise" seems to recall the angry French of 1848 if not 1789 -- well, they didn't have much of a middle class back in the 18th cent...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Under the Waves Stays With You My Heart
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

City of Manchester ... thanks!! Yeah, right, the poem was a bit long. I was trying to get into the mentality. I lived in Germany when I was a kid and there were a number of these people still knocking around, although getting on in years. Did they believe in the Third Reich? Oh, yes, they did! Some ...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Under the Waves Stays With You My Heart
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Under the Waves Stays With You My Heart

Unter die Wellen Bleibt Bei Dir Mein Herz Frau Elena Proschkow, 88, remembers her first husband, her abiding true love, Kapitanleutnant Hans-Christian Meier, commander of the submarine U-263, lost at sea on November 9, 1942. ------------------------------------------------------- O Christian how it...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Waiting For The Bald Eagle In Guantanamo Bay
Replies: 7
Views: 1386

They could be waiting a hell of a long time …. I don't think "the eagle" is any too worried about these boys!! Habeas Corpus, the supposed cornerstone of the legal system in the English-speaking world since Anglo-Saxon times, now flung on a heap along with the Geneva Convention. Sad times, marked by...
by dedalus
Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: 21st November (language warning)
Replies: 8
Views: 1504

If the Queen has her way you'll be drummed out of the regiment, boys -- not even the 'Dook' can save yer. Was it worth it? 'Course. 8)