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

The words.

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.

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!

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

Good to hear! ;-)

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

Here are two links.



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

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

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

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.

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

Here me hiss?

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

That should be "hear", I imagine.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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


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