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jim

69 years old from USA


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Love Story

2022-06-23
I found this compelling. Laura's character is carefully drawn, believable. The ending was a surprise.


Welcome

2022-06-16
The heat must be working on us, feeling wilted.


the Lord is with thee

2022-06-14
I'm looking forward to the second poem, should you choose to post it. This and "among women" are, as always, a pleasure to read and appreciate.


BEING ME (CORRECTED)

2022-06-12
This engaging, almost hypnotic, and relatable. Well done.


[maybe if i find]

2022-06-10
This style, without excess, can be, is, a true pleasure to read.


BREAKFAST WITH

2022-06-08
Here is gentle and sweet optimism, and appreciation, which makes this lovely to read. Beautifully expressed.


SLEEPLESS IN MY BATTLE

2022-05-29
This hits home, so well expressed. This struggle for inner-peace while witnessing, from a safe distance, horror has become relentless.


The words

2022-05-29
Beautiful, and gentle, and heartfelt.


Alan Watts

2022-05-27
I have had the same experience with certain writers, and I think that was their intention.


A Page from Her Journal

2022-05-27
We grow up with stories of happy endings. Life rarely complies to the storyline.

This is where friends come in, and offer hugs and love.

hugs and love,
j.


HOW I FEEL

2022-05-15
You have a way of expressing yourself very, very well. I admire this poem, and your grace and humor.


CAROL AND ME

2022-05-13
This is sweet, I identify with the depth and longevity of your marriage.

Best wishes to you and your carol.


Dreams are free by Ann Wood

2022-05-10
I like both your poems today, Ann. They seem to be about what is important and uncomplicated.


For Steven, Who Asked Me My Favourite Colour

2022-05-09
After talking with Uncle M. I've come to understand the meaning of the last line. I retract my shudder!

A delightful poem, rich in colour, much to savour.


For Steven, Who Asked Me My Favourite Colour

2022-05-09
Your last line caused me to shudder, have chills.


The Mayberry

2022-05-07
This is mesmerizing and ethereal, Elle, captivating.


THE FEW FROM OH SO MANY

2022-05-06
I wonder about this, too. All but "the few" fall into obscurity, the few become iconic. Is that right? Is that the way it should be, or merely the way it is?

What is it for?

Thoughtful, thought-inducing poem.


WAKING UP 3am

2022-05-05
"I wonder do caterpillars,
Wear pyjama's?"

is a wonderful line, in an almost lighthearted poem. But it's not so lighthearted to live through long nights with tinnitus. I understand every line of this poem.

Bravo.


The Dynamite Club

2022-05-03
Sweet memory!

My friends and I had the D.I.M.B. club. If it isn't obvious: Danger Is My Business. We were adventurers.

I also recall a spy agency: the Boris Badenov club.


Regen:

2022-05-01
Well expressed, one needs a regen at certain of life's junctures.


1974

2022-05-01
I concur with 1LFD, and add that the atmosphere you create hits all the senses and sensibilities.


Mud In The Crack

2022-04-29
At some point the student becomes the teacher becomes the master becomes the student. This poem reminds me of that cycle.


Whalen

2022-04-29
I know the feeling, this is wonderfully expressed.


NO BIRDS TODAY

2022-04-29
This makes me smile, thank you for that.


jeunesse

2022-04-29
A wonderful time-piece. I suppose each of us, here, could jot down their influencers, and it would be an eclectic and fascinating list. Mine would begin with Frost as well, then wander into a very different realm, but that's as it should be.

You knew what you wanted to do, and you did it, and you are doing it. The journey continues. I'm curious what influences you today (W. H., still?)


Day 4

2022-04-29
Ah age, when you look at a "happy littering of school children," and feel their wonder but cannot feel it yourself, not a pleasant sensation, but well-captured here.

What does it all mean? Those Queens and Kings, wrapped and preserved, died, despite all, and put on display. Shudder.

Better to be remembered by one or two or three, and lie quietly, unobserved.

That's my take, but I'm the quiet sort.


Into a Sanctuary

2022-04-28
All three of your poems went down very well, very engaging. The musical and literary references were welcome and appreciated.

Welcome.


Respect

2022-04-24
Your blend of language and imagery and intent has captivated me for a very long time. Very long. It only gets better. I write this with a certain ache in my heart, or gut, not sure which.


No title

2022-04-22
Great rhythm, great voice, great poem, love it.


Passover

2022-04-15
I would love it if someone were to say chag Pesach sameach to me. In my community that isn't going to happen.

Somehow I imagine your good intentions were relayed and received.


The Pasture

2022-04-12
This was the first poem, other than a nursery rhyme, that made me sit up and take notice of what a poem could be.


NOTHING

2022-04-09
Nothing happens in your heart? Your heart is overflowing ~~~


AUNTY(NOT A POEM)

2022-04-09
Gray is awesome, I know, I've been gray since my 20's.

The things he seemed to think significant: age, hair color, marital status are too superficial to even mention in a serious conversation. Don't take it to heart—you, like your gray hair, your age, your marital are awesome.

"No" to Auntie.


Dear Terry

2022-04-07
This is unspeakably sad. Your words and her story make it hit home with a deep, penetrating smack to the chest.


Conscript

2022-04-07
Spot on.


DEAD END

2022-04-05
This is intense, the dread is penetrating.


Rain

2022-04-05
Lovely. It always a pleasure to read a poem of appreciation.


Anne Bancroft

2022-04-02
I'm with you. It's a gem of a movie and the kind of book you read and recommend to everyone you know—which is exactly what you're doing in your poem.


Eliot's The Wasteland

2022-03-23
I hadn't read this since Mr. Pink's senior English class, '71. I couldn't make heads or tails of it then, but am quite taken by it now, thanks for posting it.


Home & Away

2022-03-22
Musing on what is without judgment, I love it.


After a Long While

2022-03-11
Adopt a kitten or puppy?


Song for W. H. Auden

2022-03-11
It is a wonderful thing to listen to the disciple sing praise for his teacher, and do it so well, with grace, humor, dignity and love.


Made for Each Other?

2022-03-06
It would make a pretty good discussion as to why Simic's seems, or seemed, lacking, while Williams's seems so rich:

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

`


Made for Each Other?

2022-03-06
Don't knock The New Yorker, it has Roz Chast, and she is worth ten times price of admission!

For the curious (I'm guessing this is the poem):

An alarm clock
With no hands
Ticking loudly
On the town dump


Impotence

2022-03-05
That's the word I've been searching for but couldn't find. Thank you.

That and horror.


Iron

2022-02-27
I wonder about words, if they matter. Then I think of the iron in the people's voices, defiance and determination, and know they do.


Homeless Innovation

2022-02-27
When I was in high school I worked on the adolescent ward at a state hospital in Chicago. It was grim. The public hospitals were shuttered long ago. What became of those kids, now adults?Where are they, on the streets, thriving, dead? I fear the worst.

Your poem, so eloquent, casts a hopeful, positive light on a dire situation.

Best wishes, Joe.

jim


Family

2022-02-25
speech-grudging beer-hoist // word-thirsty Tom

'nuff said? : )


I STILL FEEL THE RAIN

2022-02-25
You have the soul of a poet: to feel the rain, to want to express it in words—it can never be lost, though sometimes misplaced.


Either Way

2022-02-25
Dearth Vader.