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Thomas D

52 years old from USA


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My Spring Garden

2021-04-12
Winsomely exposited, with lyric grace and a clear eye.


Natureís Grace

2021-04-10
Joseph, kind sir! Skill and a certain grace are evident here. Grateful for this poem. The postage stamps, the shark's teeth.


Adam's Ale

2021-04-10
Glad to have read this poem!


Haircut

2021-04-10
Beautiful, direct, compassionate portraiture.


Soft words from a broken sky

2021-04-08
Such beautifully modulated proficiency. And yes, the corsages.


Through a Window on a Sunday Morning

2021-04-08
Nicely exposited. The tartan lawn!


we are not rooted

2021-04-06
I like the form that has found you here, or that you have found for the poem. I shall have to read this through again, more slowly, more receptively.


The Fish

2021-04-06
What a joy to read this poem!

Sending all stray orisons and benedictions to FT for her health. Good to see that the Coo & Co ensemble is posting!


Eyes

2021-04-05
I'm loving the poetically fertile permutations, the imaginative changes, of this poem. Quite lovely.


In memory of my father

2021-04-05
Deeply affecting elegy, sir.


Life and Death Eternal

2021-04-04
As I read the line "all who love unflinchingly" I am (I don't want to say "convicted", so I'll say) challenged by it, to examine where I have flinched from the arduous grace of Love.


EACH TO THEIR OWN WAY (Addanal line)

2021-04-04
Excellent, Ken, thanks!


Can't We Just Appreciate the Blossoms and Shoots?

2021-04-04
I am a partisan of blossoms
and a booster of the shoots!


Awakening

2021-04-04
The cadence is electric, and the diction "galvanised against inertia." Excellent poem on a timeless theme!


Happy Easter everyone by Ann Wood

2021-04-04
Happy Easter, Ann!


The Yellow Chrysanthemum

2021-04-02
Superlative. That third line! But the whole poem, really.


A Day Of Indulgence

2021-04-02
Joy recollected in gratitude. And a joy to read, for which this reader thanks you!


Antonius

2021-04-02
Vivid, imaginative, poetically potent.


Sergeant Roy Hare

2021-03-31
A fitting tribute. Memory eternal!


Baslilique de Sainte-Anne-d'Auray

2021-03-29
Perfection. Bravissima!


Bee lines

2021-03-28
O, what fun!

Bees are our friends. They rarely menace--
though once, a reckless sort named Dennis
poked at a hive with a sharp stick:
he learned his lesson mighty quick.

Bees gad about from petal to petal
to show that Spring's in finest fettle--
and they spread rumours (yes, they does!)
--none better to create a buzz.


Remembrance

2021-03-28
Grateful for this offering, vivid and fascinating!


I Donít know what to Feel

2021-03-27
Very sorry, sir, to hear of your loss. Allow yourself to feel whatever comes. Your tribute to your wife is beautiful.


Reconciliation At Dayís End

2021-03-27
Ooh, very St Francis Prayer meets Matthew 25. I cherish the tenor of this poem, and the words and cadence suit the theme admirably.


The Cabin

2021-03-25
So beautifully described, Joe. There are many fine moments in this poem I could isolate for special praise, but why choose? Bookmarked (or about to be)!


I am March now by Ann Wood

2021-03-24
"I have countless hopes in the primroses" ---- beautiful!


With a Wimper

2021-03-24
A vivid and well-aimed indictment. And a good poem!


Lockdown lullaby

2021-03-23
Wonderfully executed. Quadruple rhyme ain't easy!


Bunny Beware

2021-03-23
Curiosity killed the rabbit? Solid effort! Many thanks.


Capitale-Nationale?

2021-03-23
I liked hearing this poem. Many thanks! ("Hearing" in my mind, but nonetheless, the voice was companionable!)


The Legacy

2021-03-20
Affectingly written! I like "strode with measured pride" (the internal near-rhyme) and the last quatrain most especially. Also like the litany of the authors' names!

Thanks for posting!


Three Images

2021-03-19
Author's Note: I've radically revised these poems from the version that Joe is commenting on. I've eliminated some of the "darker" images.


Renewal

2021-03-18
Nicely, closely, accurately observed. Bravo Z!


Shuttled Clocks

2021-03-18
I'm recalling Cummings' line about the "colossal hoax of clocks and calendars."

Maybe we should have Winter Shrinking Time! We'll just call the last two weeks of February "spring"! (I'd actually love it if somehow we in the Northern Hemisphere could re-tool August into autumn, words who almost rhyme with each other.)

I like this poem heaps. Thanks for sharing it!


Spring Restaging

2021-03-18
Dave said what I wanted to! What I like about your writing, too, is the playfulness, the holy joy, I often find in it, even when you discuss "sweeping winter's detritus."


DAWNS LIGHT

2021-03-17
Thank you for this poem, Ken, concise and precise. It inspired a poem of my own, just posted! Peace (and of course, LIGHT).

Tom


Calm at Sea.

2021-03-15
Translated by Edgar Alfred Bowring.


Calm at Sea.

2021-03-15
Just curious: who was the translator?


a moment

2021-03-14
Now that's a good poem, right there.


SUFFERING THE BLUES

2021-03-14
Oh, those blues can hit you at the drop of a hat!


Haiku for Mothering Sunday

2021-03-14
That middle line is all that. Well done!


identity & labels

2021-03-12
I like the image of the puzzle-piece. And I like the near-repetition, with significant and meaningful changes, of the first stanza. The "snowflake with tough skin" and "wayward boomerang" are very fine touches. I also can identify with a certain feeling of solidarity one can get with a stranger, based on buttons they're wearing, or books they're reading, or things they're doing.

A very candid poem, true to your experience. Need we ask more than that?


The Fencing Master Reminisces

2021-03-10
Jaunty and lively. The verbs are clear and immediate (thrust, chug, plunge). Well, "thrusts" is a noun here, but the point remaineth. Well done!


Dandelion Woman

2021-03-10
"I tell you my stories of the wind and sky,
and you speak to me of warm earth and rain."

An exquisite couplet, elegant and eloquent in its disarming simplicity. Brava!


Snail

2021-03-10
A difficult combination: a beautiful poem, and a scientific poem. Marianne Moore, who pioneered such poems, would be immensely pleased! As is this reader. Bravo!


The walk back.

2021-03-10
You've come up with some beautiful language here. Well done!


Final Act

2021-03-10
These are hard emotions around a very controversial issue. I understand the Catholic reasoning (we are not, or ought not to imagine ourselves, the lords of life), but I also sympathise acutely with anyone who wants to be free of the unfathomable pain of a debilitating terminal illness. You express your thoughts well in these heartfelt stanzas.


Recycled Treasure

2021-03-09
Vividly, carefully, and one might say lovingly, described. A pleasure for the reader!


My Coffee Mug

2021-03-08
You had me at the title, and the poem did not disappoint! There are some polysyllabic rhymes here that are worthy of Byron: china/patina! delicate/alleycat!

Thanks so much for sharing this ode to a trusty coffee mug.


How would you go about it?

2021-03-07
Oh, very sorry to hear of this! But I'd be the last person to ask. I tend to just seethe and rage internally, and daydream of inflicting bodily harm. Has your other half offered any kind of suggestions, or broached the topic with the neighbours? It does sound quite distressing and difficult to endure. My sincerest sympathies.