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by dedalus
Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Books We Read (Part One)
Replies: 3
Views: 564

The Books We Read (Part One)

Since children’s tales were read to me and my early encounters with Winnie-the-Pooh, I have never stopped reading books. I devoured the Victorian dramas of GA Henty and that chap (Beau Geste?) who joined the Foreign Legion, and taught the Froggies how to fight, before moving sort of backwards to ‘Iv...
by dedalus
Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: On the Hill of Howth
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: On the Hill of Howth

Thanks, pal, but it's getting harder and harder. I might quit poetry altogether and take up therapeutic basket-weaving as an alternative!

Cheerts. Bren
by dedalus
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:29 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: On the Hill of Howth
Replies: 4
Views: 643

On the Hill of Howth

High on the Hill of Howth, abreast with the smacking winds, I thought how I loved this country, and knew I could not stay. Ireland is small, reduced, alive with its fierce and miniature dramas, sucking out one’s spirit and blood, returning songs and poetry, little else. Life will return with action,...
by dedalus
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: My Life in the 19th Century Part One)
Replies: 3
Views: 825

My Life in the 19th Century Part One)

I’ll put the chicken down, I said, and I did while she looked at me with mournful eyes. She wsn’t angry or anything, just kind of sad, and she said, Son, you shouldn’t be stealing. I blushed bright red, nearly kicked the goddam chicken away, and I thought, but I’m so so hungry! Green apples and gree...
by dedalus
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:50 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Time Travel
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Time Travel

Yes, I rather like those two ... fingernails on a blackboard sort of thing.
by dedalus
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:09 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Time Travel
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Time Travel

Thanks, Dave. A few changes on top of your advice, but I think I'll keep "inanity" since it is less extreme than insanity and implies carelessness and absence of mind!

Cheers,
Bren
by dedalus
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Tale of Tadgh O'Sullivan (Parts 1 - 4)
Replies: 1
Views: 362

The Tale of Tadgh O'Sullivan (Parts 1 - 4)

O’Sullivan treads the bogs of Ireland, his feet squelching in peaty puddles, and a great big happy grin on his face. The face of O’Sullivan is not handsome, but broad and raw and of red visage, generally smiling, a display of broad teeth. Maureen Rua O’Flanagan, a witch I suppose, in the English und...
by dedalus
Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Tale of Tadgh O'Sullivan (Part One)
Replies: 2
Views: 526

The Tale of Tadgh O'Sullivan (Part One)

O’Sullivan treads over the bogs of Ireland, his feet squelching in the peaty puddles, and a great big happy grin on his face. The face of O’Sullivan is not handsome, but broad and raw and of red visage, stubbly smiling, with a display of fine teeth. Maureen Rua O’Flanagan, a witch I suppose, in the ...
by dedalus
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Time Travel
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Time Travel

There are no glaring problems with the rhymes and meter, unless in the strictly academic sense of Knowledge Theory, which is not the sense in which the poem was written, nor that in which for the most part it will be read. The Reader will supply or deny word emphasis as s/he always does. I suppose y...
by dedalus
Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Time Travel
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Time Travel

I walk through the world of far long ago, and over the stones I step just so. With regard to clothing I couldn’t feel tenser, since I bought all my gear at Marks & Spencer. I 'll reverse the work of the stolid old saint and revert to religion both ancient and quaint. If the Old Boy resists he'll dep...
by dedalus
Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:33 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Landing in Brussels
Replies: 10
Views: 1046

Re: Landing in Brussels

No interfering bloody sun in Belgium!
by dedalus
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Old Sins Cast Long Shadows
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Old Sins Cast Long Shadows

I hear stonebreakers in my mind, their hammers pounding, rhymithic, ceaseless, loudly sounding. Dead children do not give us dreams, they give us nightmares. After 20,000 – 25,000 days I am sitting in a pub in Dublin when the Squeaker walks in, grins enormously, then seats himself beside me. I’d buy...
by dedalus
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sunday Morning
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: Sunday Morning

Nice one. But you left out the newspapers and tea in bed!
by dedalus
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:48 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

Catchy! I caught myself smiling here and there. No ice??
by dedalus
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Oyster Pebble
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Oyster Pebble

Not everyone's dish, I fear, but extremely well described!
by dedalus
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Missing Piece (edit)
Replies: 15
Views: 4555

Re: Missing Piece (edit)

A very cool restrained poem. I liked the little local touches.
by dedalus
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: This Acting Life
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: This Acting Life

Thanks, joe 77. Fair comment!
by dedalus
Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: In Jocks Beach Bar
Replies: 10
Views: 1355

Re: In Jocks Beach Bar

This is a bloody good poem! I love 'the sly looks at England'.

Cheers, Bren
by dedalus
Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:50 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: This Acting Life
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: This Acting Life

The Flashman of his time! I loved writing it but it turned into a story rather than a poem. From my point of view, so what?

Cheers, Dave
Bren
by dedalus
Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: This Acting Life
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: This Acting Life

Thanks, David, 'Dedalan sprawl' made me smile, bringing back the days of swashbuckling Conor MacArt.
by dedalus
Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: This Acting Life
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: This Acting Life

Thanks, ray m for your comments. Needs a bit more work. Came over in a sudden blitz, about half an hour. Technically questionable!

Cheers, Bren
by dedalus
Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:06 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: This Acting Life
Replies: 8
Views: 889

This Acting Life

Son, brother, husband, father; nephew, cousin, uncle, friend. These are the roles ascribed to me, and to many others, and to which we attach or seek meaning during the meandering course of our existence. One moment one, one moment another, as in a circling kaleidoscope that creates malleable if not ...
by dedalus
Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:53 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Watching the World Cup in Japan
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Watching the World Cup in Japan

My life is becoming deranged, not totally, but bad enough: our 1 am is 1700 GMT and 1 pm in Brazil. Up at 1 am for the first match, which is (A) against (B), Who? Whom? Wha’? Not a speck of interest, very sorry lads; so it's back to bed, up again at 4. Plus, sometimes I can’t find the channel on Sat...
by dedalus
Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Waving, not drowning
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Waving, not drowning

Yes.

I get so close to these things during composition I grow myopic.
Many thanks, incidentally.
Bren
by dedalus
Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Waving, not drowning
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Waving, not drowning

The winter winds like absentee landlords whine and moan outrageously, wide and greedy, with no thought of conseqquence. And it was along this country road in seventeen seventy something they shot my cousin dead because he was a colonel in the Austrian Army astride a magnificent horse and neither of ...