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Jenny
1150910.  Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:39 pm Reply with quote

http://www.bartleby.com/122/36.html

The words.

 
'yorz
1150924.  Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Thanks, Jenny - but of course I had already googled the words. It's not an easy poem for me to fully understand. I get the gist, mind.

 
Jenny
1151053.  Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:25 pm Reply with quote

Frankly, 'yorz, as a native English speaker and with a Masters in literature, I don't fully understand it!

 
'yorz
1151085.  Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:04 pm Reply with quote

Good to hear! ;-)

 
Strawberry
1207575.  Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:22 am Reply with quote

Here are two links.

Link

Link

 
Jenny
1207687.  Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:56 am Reply with quote

Thanks for reviving this thread, Strawberry. I've enjoyed browsing through it and being reminded of some stuff we shared a while ago.

What were they like, the people of Vietnam?

Did the people of Viet Nam
use lanterns of stone?
Did they hold ceremonies
to reverence the opening of buds?
Were they inclined to quiet laughter?
Did they use bone and ivory,
jade and silver, for ornament?
Had they an epic poem?
Did they distinguish between speech and singing?

Sir, their light hearts turned to stone.
It is not remembered whether in gardens
stone lanterns illumined pleasant ways.
Perhaps they gathered once to delight in blossom,
but after their children were killed
there were no more buds.
Sir, laughter is bitter to the burned mouth.
A dream ago, perhaps. Ornament is for joy.
All the bones were charred.
it is not remembered. Remember,
most were peasants; their life
was in rice and bamboo.
When peaceful clouds were reflected in the paddies
and the water buffalo stepped surely along terraces,
maybe fathers told their sons old tales.
When bombs smashed those mirrors
there was time only to scream.
There is an echo yet
of their speech which was like a song.
It was reported their singing resembled
the flight of moths in moonlight.
Who can say? It is silent now.

Denise Levertov

 
Bondee
1233743.  Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm Reply with quote



A nod to Philip Larkin in honour of National Pet Day.

 
Bondee
1246956.  Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:10 pm Reply with quote

I'm a little teapot, short and silly.
Here's my handle, here's my willy.
When the tea is ready, here me hiss.
Lift me up and see me piss.

Former children's laureate (!) Michael Rosen on Twitter about 20 minutes ago.

 
'yorz
1246964.  Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:49 pm Reply with quote

Here me hiss?

 
suze
1246997.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:00 am Reply with quote

That should be "hear", I imagine.

 
Jenny
1247021.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:04 am Reply with quote

Ahem. Pardon the spam but my book of poems Sending Bette Davis To The Plumber is now available from Moon Pie Press.

http://www.moonpiepress.com/writers_artists.htm#JennDoug

http://www.moonpiepress.com/catalog.php

 
'yorz
1247046.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:24 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
That should be "hear", I imagine.

Gosh - never thought of that possibility. :-p

I just wondered how a writer/poet can let that one slip through.

 
tetsabb
1247051.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:00 pm Reply with quote

Spam pardoned, Jen.
Though I may have to report it to the moderators.
Oh....
😞

 
monzac
1247061.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:02 pm Reply with quote

... well at least we know who they are ;)

That's great news, Jenny. You must be chuffed.

 
'yorz
1247062.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:20 pm Reply with quote

Good news indeed, Jenny! Well done. :-)

 

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