2 accepted by Sam Smith’s The Journal

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2 accepted by Sam Smith’s The Journal

Post by Firebird » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:33 pm

I’ve had two poems accepted for edition 61/62 of The Journal. Haven’t had any poems in The Journal for a long time so was really pleased.

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My father said his big mistake 
was to think that others were 
the same as him. 
But what exactly did this mean?
That others said what they thought,
enjoyed befriending people who 
were different to them,
or believed all people were 
essentially the same as them?

The Book of Backronyms

They do not mention me 
at first. And when they do
on the back of packs, I 
am mistaken for 
a thick black toxic liquid 
that nobody wants
on their lungs. So 
my name is put
in quotation marks 
to show that I am different. Then,
they say the letters of my name 
stand for: ‘total aerosol residue’,
and I wonder
that if the letters in these words, 
stood for other words, 
and the letters of those words 
stood for others, and so on,
would I eventually disappear.

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Re: 2 accepted by Sam Smith’s The Journal

Post by Macavity » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:48 am

Congratulations Tristan. As usual your thoughts/words drew me in.



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Re: 2 accepted by Sam Smith’s The Journal

Post by ray miller » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:02 am

Well done. I thought the ending of the 2nd poem was quite Trumpian. Not just because I misread aerosol as arsehole.
I'm out of faith and in my cups
I contemplate such bitter stuff.

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