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Uncle Meridian

53 years old from USA


The latest comments that Uncle Meridian has written.

Sainsbury's

2022-06-21
Alan, so sorry to hear that the cafe was closed, especially at a time when it was needed. Hope that other shops prove more accommodating.


Prairie Grass

2022-06-14
Nicely done. The language seems firm, settled, secure.


LYRICS OF A SONG

2022-06-13
Beautifully exposited. About to bookmark!


UNKNOWN SONG IN ME 'EAD

2022-06-13
Oh, we've all been there! You've captured it well, Ken.


A Day in the Life of

2022-06-11
The contrast between innocence and malevolence here is quite skillful, the diction of "horsey-park" and "bad teenager" being so childlike and guileless --- but still premonitory tension in the terse simplicity of the sentences. This is a memorable poem for all the right reasons.


Anxiety

2022-06-08
You've made the sensations and emotions palpable, and unforgettably so.


DEADENED MIND

2022-06-04
I like the second stanza a lot! And the whole poem gives us proverbs and apothegms about the art that engender and nourish reflection.


Musings #327

2022-06-01
Bravo, sir!


Tonight

2022-06-01
The love with which this poem was written is palpable. One reads it reverently, with commiseration for your loss, and with admiration for the gentle music of the poem.


Moonlight, Summer Moonlight

2022-05-16
A companion-piece, perhaps, to Robert Burns's "Afton Water."


trailer park

2022-05-15
That first stanza is difficult to surpass! And I cherish also the first two lines of the last stanza. An accomplished poem throughout!


HAVING A ROAST

2022-05-15
Thank you for this poem!


ALLIGATORS ALLIANCE.

2022-05-09
I cherish the irrepressible humour of this and of all your poems!


this time and place

2022-05-07
Very glad to be reading this poem.


As It Is

2022-05-07
I cherish the last stanza especially!


Ramblings 595

2022-05-05
Sending compassion and a hug. Those memories are harrowing. I wish you ease and rest, or at the very least a respite from the worst of it.


Peace

2022-05-02
There's a line missing from the second stanza:

Not all the joy of living could impart.
Patient to bide, yet willing to depart,
With dauntless faith and courage therewithal,

--- all the other stanzas having seven lines, I had to doublecheck!

I found the complete text on the University of Michigan's website.


i am lynn

2022-04-30
Superlative. These short lines are tentative and questing, like the grey light before dawn. There's something wonderfully fresh and new about the diction, the tenor of the poem. Something tender and surprising.


plain language

2022-04-29
This reader approves mightily. Well done.


This city

2022-04-28
I like this a lot. It reminds me in spots of Theodore Roethke's freer poems, and I intend highest praise by that!

A joy to have read this poem.


Life by Ann Wood

2022-04-28
As the American saying goes, "From your lips to God's ears!" May this poem-prayer be heard by the Universe and may all that it wishes come true.


Into a Sanctuary

2022-04-28
A very engaging and accomplished poem. Welcome to the 'bay!


rusted gears

2022-04-28
I'm especially liking lines two and three. And the last stanza is quite strong, vivid.


On Thriftiness

2022-04-26
Holy mackerel, Batman! That's some alliteration!


DOING TIME

2022-04-24
I like the rhymes within the lines of the first two or three stanzas! Thank you for posting it!


SPRING

2022-04-24
This happens sometimes! And it's always remarkable when it does. Thank you for posting this word-picture!


QUICKER THAN A SHRIMP

2022-04-24
This poem is a joy! The "flower mines" stanza especially spoke to me.


Respect

2022-04-24
A splendid poem, very real. And the situations and feelings that the poem describes are not unknown to this reader.


En ce moment (with translation)

2022-04-23
époustouflante is a great word!


No title

2022-04-22
Excellent poem, lively diction, vivid! And a heartfelt welcome!


PRAGMATIC FROG

2022-04-22
Lively and fascinating and fun! Many thanks!


A Description

2022-04-21
The description manages to be, all at once, scientific, personal, and a solid poem. And I'm so sorry you're enduring all that. A gentle hug from a few miles south.


Special

2022-04-19
Eek. So sorry, especially if this is a person whose esteem you value or once valued.


appalachia

2022-04-19
That's darned good.


Freak Street

2022-04-12
The language and imagery are so inexhaustibly rich, so refreshingly sharp, that I'd have sworn you were there in the '60s! Marvellous!


Baby's First Time

2022-04-11
It was so kind of the cashier to take things as well as she did --- although I'm sure part of her laughter was due to her perceiving or imagining your reaction!


NOTHING

2022-04-10
The first stanza reminds me of a poem by the French poet Paul Verlaine --- the language of your poem is your own, but the sentiment is similar to his. I'll have to find Verlaine's poem; you might appreciate it!


AUNTY(NOT A POEM)

2022-04-10
It's deeply unfortunate when people say thoughtless and ill-considered things. Or ask rude questions (as this person did about your marital status).

Let it slide off you like water off a duck's back. You are a poet! And you are you. Other folks' labels and definitions are their problem, not yours.

I value your presence here at the Bay, and am sorry that someone was being (in plain American English) a bit of a jerk.


Never apart from the universal Heart

2022-04-10
I'm always grateful for meditations such as these, providing gentle correctives to my own inherited spirituality where the love of God (and it was a male, scowling God!) was conditional on whether I "made the grade," morally speaking.


QUANTUM THINKING

2022-04-10
What a poignant last line! And the whole poem is marked by an ease of diction, and a jauntiness (if that's the right word) that in no way diminishes the serious intent.


Palm Sunday by Ann Wood

2022-04-10
Am always grateful for a gentle blessing! Peace to you as well.


Conscript

2022-04-08
Ooh. Devastating, and all the more so because understated. Very good poem, sir.


Irritated Church Ladies

2022-04-08
As one who remains --- what's the right phrasing? --- fascinated by the poetry of religion, I nonetheless hear you on the church ladies. I never had any use for them.

I remember once being herded into the Catholic boys' club chapel to say the rosary, and it was led by two horrid women, one more vocal than the other --- am still recoiling from the memory of their bitter, procrustean spirituality, how their method was to browbeat rather than to encourage. Egad and yuck.


Oh but I Insist!

2022-04-08
I hear this poem loud and clear. Very effective.


The Muse

2022-04-02
Been there!

Praises from this address for the cadence and shape of this fine poem.


Snail

2022-04-02
Smashing! (Sorry.) Reminiscent of Ogden Nash, and other masters of spirited verse!


Thirteen Ways of Reading a Poem

2022-04-02
Oh, this is a joy! And the mimesis of Stevens is enhanced nicely by your own touches of brilliance. Bravo, and indeed bravissimo!

(I laughed out loud at X and XII.)


War

2022-04-01
Can't argue with that! And a deft suiting of the words to the tune.


Tant de rien (with translation)

2022-03-30
Sending compassionate thoughts, comme toujours. You exposit the emotion very well.


DARLING

2022-03-29
There's a lot to like in this deeply affecting, thoughtful poem. Thank you for posting it!