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Hello...one and all...

A short spell between carrying out necessities brought on by illness here at home. The future is still a blur, however it does not seem to be getting worse. You might say it's like watching sand flow in a damaged hour glass. The grains of time will be deterred from passing through in a steady stream. Every now and then one grain plugs it up. That's when you have to wait to see what, when, where, and how soon the natural flow of life will continue once more. The stepping stones of life become a bit less stable as the years pass by. Reference to my poem SNOW STORM and the recording that was made for me. It has been 3 years now, and the recording studio that made the recording is holding out for more dollars.. to proceed. I have taken the liberty to send it to another recording studio to see what they think, and how much they hold out for further production. I am going to leave again.. my physical presence is now needed once more. My days are no longer planned... they become a happening. Bless all of you until I get another fleeting moment. R. G. Jerore (YarnSpinner)      

YarnSpinner

YarnSpinner

 

Snakeskin

I have one appearing here... http://www.snakeskinpoetry.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR0HO1-_9GMiKAFwI2KgvNhxGWpFy_LwzcEX3RjIU93bolzD6ffF95yDeQo Thank you to Tony for his feedback on this write cheers Phil

badger11

badger11

 

A Lost Sheep!!!

To all who may have wondered.  During the past 3 years I have had to make many changes in my life, as to what was of most importance to me. Being in my 26th year of retirement, this should not have been much of a problem. (1) Writing  was a top priority which I wanted to to be able to do at will;   (2) Creating graphic illustrations...using the computer to do so, was high on my list, (3) sculpting, (carving in  Plaster-of-Paris) was demanding as well. For a short period of time, I managed, but then, into our lives came a family member who did not realize. he was plagued with T4 Terminal Cancer. During these 3 years past, his time for medical requirements were very demanding. Radiation and Chemo treatments and waiting for the treatments to take place, took up much travel time . After these treatments came a a waiting period for the results to indicate he could be a candidate for surgery. This too took place; he spent 8 1/2 hours "under the knife." During this same period of time my wife was discovered to have Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. 5 fractures in lower spine-vertebrae were creating havoc. The pain could only be subdued with injections of Steroids and (for the lack of actual terminology) had a cementing solution injected into these fractures to prevent further damage. She still has 1 small fracture not treated.  At least 4 months went by and suddenly her back pains started up again...not in the same place as the past fractures which were treated.  This time it was farther up. Medicine was prescribed by our Doctor to the pharmacy we use. It was early in the morning; the pharmacy would have just opened. I could go pick them up and be home in 25 minutes. Fate has a way of creating new rules, and that did occur. I waited 45 minutes for the medications before returning home.  I called out to her to let her know I was back in the house; she had remained in bed to prevent anything further to happen while I was gone. I got no response. When I reached the bedside, she was staring at nothing at all, and could not respond to my waving my fingers back and forth before her; she could not talk as well. I immediately called Mobile Medical Response. Her temperature was 103 degrees. The small amount of time I may have had to wait longer for  her prescriptions, could have cost her ...her life.  She reached the hospital in time for treatment to restore her to a more normal level. The next 4 days passed before a blood infection specialist discovered she was loaded with Kidney stones which blocked the blood from flowing into the kidney.  The kidney was swollen and the infection she had, was  backing up into her system. Thus her shut down was in progress, when I came home. Once the problem was discovered she was taken to surgery and with Electropathy...  the stones were broken to the point they could be flushed from her  kidney. She spent a week in the hospital and then transferred to a rehab center where she is making a fine recovery. I thank the GOOD LORD for that, as well as the Doctor, Technicians and Specialist who discovered her problem. Finally...this week,  my youngest daughter required my intervention to see she got through a very similar situation as that which my wife recovers from. She too was overcome by kidney stones blocking the urinary track. Fortunately hers was discovered in shorter period of time and she to went under the same sort of surgery as my wife. Today I returned her to her  home from the hospital. NOW...One oft times wonders what triggers the mind to write poetry. Even though I did what was necessary to get medical aid to my wife as quickly as possibly; words were pounding inside my head,  but not in logical order. Sentences were at random as well. I knew something was going on which I had to put on paper. I am grateful and thankful my wife is still with me. However had she expired, I would have written this poem anyway.
My Dearest - My Loved One Many years have passed
Filled with happiness and woe;
The good LORD called to her,
It was time to go. I held her hand -
She tried hard to stay,
Her grip slowly loosened,
As she slipped away. She was sleeping now,
There’s a smile upon her face.
All the worries she had,
Have slowly been erased. She was my wife-
To cherish and to love;
Her spirit now journeyed
To a better place above. Dear LORD...       she’s coming-
She looked forward to this day,
To be welcomed to your Kingdom
Where forever she will stay. YarnSpinner
10/16/’18 I do not know how soon...I well return again to this Writer's Sanctuary, but I felt the need to explain why the passing of time, and no participation. Be well my friends and may you keep on writing. YarnSpinner  

YarnSpinner

YarnSpinner

 

Answers to Unasked Questions

Many questions I have wanted to ask and instead of going to Administrators, I have been reading the back log of old posts. It is time consuming, but I have enjoyed reading the thoughts, feelings, and words of comfort not concerning myself, but to other writers  whose lives have had as many, if not more, "ups and downs" than an elevator. I'll poke my nose in wherever and make comments... even though many years have since past. I realize by doing so, these old posts come to the forefront again. There are a few writers  now gone from this site, I would like to have known. Hopefully, if I'm around here long enough, I will say I made friends of others  still active. I do want to start an Archive section of my poetry long since posted starting in 2015. I realize there may be some redundancy of what I am posting currently. I will also state, I have a habit of reworking poetry as far back as when I started writing in 1998. Bare with me if you come across some of them. YarnSpinner  

YarnSpinner

YarnSpinner

 

April is National Poetry Month

In preparation for April, National Poetry Month, I ran across an article at Poet's.org that gave 30 things to do for the month of April.   I modified the list and whittled it down to 15 ideas.  Although if you click on the link you can see all 30. 15 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning. Memorize a poem. Create an anthology of your favorite poems and post one a day under A Poem I Read Today with a short commentary from you. We already have a nice collection here. I'd love to see more of what you all read. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. Let's financially support poets we love to read. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state or province. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library. I've never done this, it always seemed highbrow but I think I will seek one out. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community. I've never done this either and I don't intend to start now.. But for someone out there . . . Start a poetry reading group. Or join the members of this group in reading and sharing published poems we've read. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk. I have some sidewalk chalk I think I'll do this with maybe a haiku. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.” Read about different poetic forms right here at PMO. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Join me in writing a poem each day of April and post it here at PMO. IT is number 15 that I have already committed to do. It would be fun to see other's join me. I did it once before a few years ago and I actually produced a couple of decent poems from the exercise. So schedule your time to fit in a few minutes of writing each day and join me in celebrating National Poetry Month with a new poem everyday. I was thinking how could I do this without clogging up the page of new poems. I've decided to keep the poems all in one thread, adding a new poem each day as a reply. The thread won't be broken if someone chooses to add a reply to my thread. I would welcome comments. So get ready, April is only 8 days away. ~~Tink

Tinker

Tinker

 

The story so far

I thought I'd keep a record of where my poems have appeared in publications: IST - A Child's Tale - published 05.12.13
       -  Cardigan Bay (crustacean) -  published - 14.05.16 Ink Sweat and Tears
         - family man - published 091217 Open Mouse - 7.30 - published 05.06.13
               Pearl - published 31.01.14
               Cairn -  published 20.02.15
               Surf - published 20.11.15
               Dry Stone  - published 18.10.16
              Oils, Cafe (Castell Harlech) - published 17.05.17
               that sound across the estuary; cove publised 270218  Cove London Grip - Ghost Dance -published summer 2013
                         Portents - published winter 2014 London Grip
                         A Man of Science -  published 02.09.16
                         London Grip -  Picnic With Megan At the Quarry - published sep 2017 4+20 - andy - published (mag has ceased) Message in a Bottle - canoe, blood blade - published
                               -I like the ending of walks - published
                                - A Fisherman No More - published
                                -Sitting On The Platform Opposite; His Last Supper - published
                                - Headland - Published Sein und werden - Les Deux Magots - published  
                        - The Mohune Arms - published
                        - Tales from A Hypnotist - published
                        - The Thief's Statement Lampeter Review - Mary Magdalene published    Lampeter Review
                            - Pirate Dreams, The Pastor's Diary, After The Age of Reason - published Lampeter Review
                 
Centrifugal Eye - Digs - published
                        - Tintagel castle    published  
                        - Laugharne/Playing At Being Dylan - publishedcentrifugal eye
                        - Living - The Centrifugal Eye - published
                    (mag has ceased) Streetcake - The end of - published
                 - Ablutions - published
                - The Blank Page published
                - Many Things Are Writings - published
                - Love (overflowing bin image) - published
                - after - pub dec 2017 The Recusant - Street Theatre - published
                       - Accidents happen at Sainsbury's -  published
                      - Pnuemoconiosis - published
                      -  Dowd's Wharf - published                    
                     - Aberfan - published
                     -  Rainy Days - published
                     - Elysium - published 100318 published
                     - Paying for our Heritage - published 100318 Paying for our Heritage Militant Thistles - Food bank - 100318   Food Bank The Stare's Nest :     Aung San Suu Kyi   - published
                                Cardiff 2015 - Published
                                Calabria, Border Guard  - published 080616
Poet and Geek - Her Diary - published
                          The Last Drop Edinburgh - published  
                          Taormina    - published
                          Throw Back  - published
                          (mag has ceased) The Screech Owl - The Rambler -published
                               Muse - published
                               Waiting for Daffodils - published
                               (mag has ceased) The Angry Manifesto - bread - published
                                 - rented - published
Three Drops from a Cauldron - The Moor - published
                                           - Pilgrim -  published
                                           - Twmbarlwm, Incubus - Published
                                            - Prayer - Published
                                           -  Drama Lessons - Published
                                           -  Lycanthrope - published
                                           - Lost Garden - published June 2017
                                           - bed time - published September September 2017
                                            - on becoming a ghost DM du Jour -  Incubus -  Published Dead Snakes - Apple Pie, Walk  - Published
                     - A Heart Tells All; Ennui; The Taste Of Fresh Strawberries - published
                     - Tonight, Vermeer, Sleep - published
                     (mag has ceased) Jellyfish Whispers - The Fisherman's Wife, Dolphins (short version), A Gull Lost In Rain - Published A Kind of Hurricane Press:  Pippin - published The Black Sheep Journal -  Trecco Bay - published (mag has ceased) Clear Poetry - Shropshire,  My Neighbour's House is for Sale, Ghost Story - published
                    - Scribe, Last Orders, Debt  published 15/12/16 (mag has ceased)
Dactyl Zine - Mahogany - published (mag has ceased) For Take Ten (Fat Damsel) - Roundabout - published
For Take Ten (Fat Damsel) -  Believe (nighthawks) - published Land of Pometoes (Fat Damsel) - The Families of the Fishermen (mag has ceased) Autumn Sky - The Retirement of the Lighthouse Keeper - published Autumn Sky Daily Autumn Sky - Sea Wall - publised 080318 Autumn Sky Daily NOON - short poems -  bedtime story - published NOON POETRY Napalm and Novocain -  After he leaves for work - published 230716 (mag has ceased) Nuggets and Nutshells - Beaked thieves; Nail; Her Morning Goodbye - published 010517nutshells and nuggets allegro poetry - a school teacher retires - published 010518

badger11

badger11

 

The Essay

The more poetry I write, the more I realize that the craft of writing is the same for poetry as it is writing an essay, an article, a short story or a novel.  The same tools are available.  However, each has its unique personality.   I was recently asked to review an essay, a genre of writing I know little about.  College kids write them all of the time, well I was in college 59 years ago and I don't remember ever writing an essay.   So I went googling.

An essay "is a written argument, readable in one sitting in which some idea is developed and supported."  Gordon Harvey, Assistant Director, Harvard Exploratory Writing Program.  

OK so here are the primary elements of the Essay: it is written it is an argument, The idea should be true but arguable, not obviously true. it is readable in one sitting  an idea is developed. The idea must be limited enough that it can be argued and supported in a short composition. the idea is supported through exploration and documentation the essay begins with the motivation behind the idea, the why are we writing. exploring the topic or idea requires us to contemplate the alternatives to our view. the purpose of the essay is to convince, using honed writing skills as well as evidence. The evidence must be concrete and explicitly connected to the topic. the progress of the essay should be fluid and connected. there should be a final summary.    Clearly this is a different animal from writing poetry but we might find ourselves compelled to write an essay someday and now we have a guide.   

Keep writing,   ~~Tink

Tinker

Tinker

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