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March 21st World Poetry Day
« on: March 21, 2020, 12:20:45 AM »
What better excuse do you need to write a poem?
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 08:16:24 PM »
Here's my modest, short poem:

Yahtzee

Double Yahtzee on old scorecards
memories of games with Grandma
Granny, Nanny, Auntie, Mom …
the way she always asked about her
Large Straight and Three of a Kind
and her fiendish mirth when she had four sixes and four fives
her eyes held the telltale lines of laughter and bonus points in the upper tier.

A hopelessly good sport
I don’t remember the scores
the wins or loses
I remember the moments
playing Yahtzee with an old woman who loved me


and I miss it still


~Deb
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A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2020, 09:22:41 AM »
Pawns

I wish I knew how it happened.
One day we were kids
playing in the woods near the village.
The next day
we were on a train to Germany.

I wish I knew how it happened.
One day we were slaves
building roads and bridges
for the men who'd stolen our country.
The next day
we were in a camp, prisoners
of the Americans.

The man said he represented
the Polish Government in exile.
He spoke of patriotism.

Did we want to fight for Poland?
If not, we'd remain POWs
till the end of the war.

We fought for Poland.
We died for Poland.
And in the end
they simply gave Poland away.

I wish I knew how it happened.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2020, 09:32:45 PM by Mark Hoffmann »
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2020, 09:03:59 PM »
Yeah, someone played along. Thanks.


I like your offering, Mark.  :)
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2020, 09:35:22 PM »
I'm sure it could have been better. I went to see my dad on Tue. I've been trying to get him to write his story.
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2020, 09:54:32 PM »
It's a bit late, Deb.  But here we go.

Interesting Times

There's an ancient Chinese curse,
which doesn't sound so bad.
You may mistake it for a blessing.
"May you live in interesting times."

We are living in those times,
and they are indeed interesting.
We're seeing the good, and the bad,
and the selfish.

We're on a war footing,
against an invisible enemy,
circling the wagons and waiting,
to see what happens next.

Our future depends on clever folks,
with test tubes and petri dishes.
And a runny nose is a good sign.
We live in interesting times.

Gyppo

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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 07:33:52 AM »

It's a bit late, Deb.  But here we go.


Gyppo, any time is a good time.
 :)

Interesting times, indeed.  I'm glad you wrote this and I got to read it.



Mark, ask your dad if you can record him. If he's not comfortable with video, maybe he'll agree to a voice recording. No matter what, someone needs to record what they can, in his words, even if in scribbles.  ;)
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2020, 11:54:43 AM »
It's not the media that he objects to it's the process. He says no one would be interested. That, of course, is cobblers, but he seems unmoveable.
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 06:08:43 PM »
I came here to announce the upcoming NaPo challenge y'all know where it is. But then I started reading, came to Mark's piece and must comment. I am in the leading edge of a demographic (b. 1942): those of us whose parents told us stories about a world under a particular siege. We need to keep telling those stories, relate them to the present and future. What stories, I wonder, will be told about this pandemic, what can we say about the spirit of worldwide cooperation?

Mark I love your poem.

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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2020, 08:37:23 PM »
Thankyou, Indar.

I confess I have written more about the first war than the second. My maternal grandfather laid mines under the German trenches. He has buried alive and escaped. He has gassed and survived. He fought the Turks at Gallipoli and survived but suffered malaria for the rest of his life.  He died when I was 8, so I never knew him man to man as I know my father man to man.

And I think that is a factor. I can't really capture in words what my dad went through and I don't want him to see me fail. I've certainly not shown him that attempt to capture his life.
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2020, 08:39:39 PM »
You are so right, Indar. Good to see you. :)

 I look forward to seeing you guys here and at The Tangled Branch.

Hopefully, we won't be moving throughout April and May again this year. I'm sick of moving but everyone is Hell-bent on seeing this other place. Unless I fall in love with the interior of this country house we're looking at tomorrow and there is enough built-in storage, I'm not moving and will likely become a subject of indignation in our household. :-\
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2020, 08:42:50 PM »
Thankyou, Indar.

I confess I have written more about the first war than the second. My maternal grandfather laid mines under the German trenches. He has buried alive and escaped. He has gassed and survived. He fought the Turks at Gallipoli and survived but suffered malaria for the rest of his life.  He died when I was 8, so I never knew him man to man as I know my father man to man.

And I think that is a factor. I can't really capture in words what my dad went through and I don't want him to see me fail. I've certainly not shown him that attempt to capture his life.

Feels and sounds like there's a Found poem in there, Mark. :)
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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2020, 08:47:04 PM »
Maybe ... but there's a Bob poem bubbling away just out of reach. Bob has something to say about the plague. Now there's a surprise.

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Re: March 21st World Poetry Day
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2020, 09:27:23 PM »
I can hardly wait. I love reading about your Alien, Bob and his exploits.  :D

Is there an actual image of Bob or do you prefer to leave his image up to the reader's interpretation?
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2020, 10:32:48 PM »
Sorry, no pics. There are plenty of clues in the poems, but as with humans, his appearance is not the crucial thing.
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