Two poems on recent events

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Two poems on recent events

Post by Marc » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:23 pm

Second Amendment

Sam rolled up his sleeves.
Cleared columbine
from the sandy soil
and with his
bare arms,
toiled.

Wielding the spade,
he dug another
twenty
schoolkids'
graves.


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An atheist gets a Christmas reminder

In the bleak mid-winter
a kid with a gun
killed twenty children.
'Happy Christmas
Everyone!'


Westboro baptists say
it's the work of God.
Fuck them. But if they're
right: Fuck Him too,
and His son.
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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by oranggunung » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:54 pm

Hi Marc

I prefer the first to the second; it seems to show more (or preach less) than it tells.

The soil/toil rhyme feels a little heavy-handed, though.

The story can be told quite succinctly.
I wonder if it might be contracted into a haiku (or tanka) format?


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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by twoleftfeet » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:12 pm

Marc,

NRAmen to that!

I agree with Og - the first one is much better than the second.

schoolkid's / schoolkids' ?

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Post by Nash » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:21 pm

Hello Marc,

I'm another that prefers the first one too. It's nicely understated but you've got the hints to aggression with 'arms' and 'wielding'.

I like the soil/toil rhyme myself, it's balanced nicely with the spade/grave rhyme in S2.

I wonder if 'schoolkid's' is spelling it out a bit too much? It doesn't quite sound right either, to my ear. How about 'small' instead?

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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by Antcliff » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:34 pm

Hi Marc,
yeh, I vote for 1 as well.

Another reason for thinking that perhaps you do need to say "schoolkids" is that you do say Columbine.

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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by k-j » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:54 am

Very hard to get this kind of thing right. But this is pretty decent.

The first, you could just go with "kids'" - bit starker maybe. The image of Uncle Sam with his sleeves rolled up is excellent.

The second one I like because of its effing and jeffing and its unabashed anger. Now and again it's absolutely necessary to say this in a poem. It's not big or clever but it's right. Good one. Only thing I'd change would be the title. Maybe it doesn't need one?
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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by pseud » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:05 am

I like these as well, especially the first one but the second as well. Sometimes it is hard to write good poetry when emotions are running high, but these work well, even if they aren't subtle. I'm with kj, I don't think these need titles.
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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by Marc » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:47 pm

Thanks all. Geoff you're right of course re the typo - will amend.

I wrote these separately although obviously in reaction to events: firstly the shooting itself and then anti gun control comments I read that saddened me. Next the news that Westboro baptists were to picket the memorial services - unbelievable - but apparently true.

So the first was about 'the right to bear arms' enshrined in the second amendment. I feel the title is required because not everyone is as bright as you guys ;) The 'bare arms' in the poem may not be enough to get that message across to the thickos who need to hear it!

The second poem... Well, as K-J says - sometimes you've got to vent your righteous anger and spell it out....!

As for the title - I don't know how I feel about no title... Can't go out without a hat, can I?

Thanks all - will ponder further


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Re: Two poems on recent events

Post by dedalus » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:34 pm

Ouch! Got the point ....

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