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  1. Thank you Tony-- your presence and input here is much appreciated. I find it poetically fascinating how the senses work in conjunction with the imagination. Most will have never heard of the word – but all will be familiar with imagery in the embers of a fire: cloud formations, and more famously, faces on the Moon and Mars, or even religious depictions in day to day objects. Perceptions of things that are perhaps uniquely and psychologically relevant to each of us. Kindest regards, Geoff
  2. Hello Dave many thanks for your review and comments which are much appreciated. I took some poetic license with “under the stairs” to present a traditional psychological place of mystery and uncertainty; a hint at the very English phrase: “below stairs” which represents the oppressive class structure of it's day and of “knowing one's station” :-) Geoff.
  3. Another Spring is on you! My heart cries. High in the trees the first woodpecker drives And clacks of jousting stags fill out the morn; Whilst passive does suspect my single form. I stand stock-still-- and watch them, silently; For there is no where else I have to be. And wonder, can they sense my loneliness, As through the gentle clouds I see your face.
  4. A masterclass in show not tell. Your brevity evokes expansive imagery:- imagery that's laced together in such a way, that it would take far more than your proffered six lines to interpret. Meticulously well presented. G.
  5. Thanks Tony. “The war to end all wars” seems like an ironic precursor when one examines 20th century history from 1919 onward. It may have changed attitudes both spiritual and tangible, yet we remain destructively human. G.
  6. Thank you Tony. Your time is much appreciated. G.
  7. Resurrected from my backburner.
  8. Out of a past under the stairs He breathes with anonymity Where mystery and madness range From tallow candles to Tesla bulbs The conscience of his human face A hunter's moon with spindrift bows And silver darts that pierce the mind On fields of Mars where countless died-- Still die-- to crowd his universe Where all religion is a foolish Answer to a foolish question And he haunts for a better life Headstone detached-- gathering dust Archaic as Ozymandias
  9. Thanks badge and Tink your comments are always appreciated.G
  10. Tony. Your efforts are much appreciated: Also, Judi's reference site is superb, a true labour of love. The members who contribute and spend time here may not be prolific but consistently present work of quality and variety. My best wishes and kindest regards to all. Geoff.
  11. Simple is good: it has a positive feel without feminine line endings and your 'warm' choice of language offers a broad poetic appeal. G
  12. I watch him laughing running wild and dangling upside down from rope that carefree happy feral child a pendulum of future hope in glorious morning of a life where eagerness and courage tend to joyful days that have no end still unaware of toil and strife till innocence receives the kiss of knowing-- from an oasis-- awakens the bewilderments that riddle life long common sense and reach me only in the sighs of crooked time through which he flies
  13. Nicely done. I had the inspirational Dunnottar Castle as “wallpaper” on my desktop pc for several years though never visited it. My current “wallpaper”is a cosmic view of the universe which proffers a more likely destination these days :-) Plural "stories" is a small typo you may want to address.
  14. Just read this knowledgeable and entertaining tilt at the carnal capers of Zeus. There's also a well worked irony that due to the way of Athena's birth, she became the goddess of intelligence and wisdom. Creation myths have survived through the ages and fed the minds of different cultures. Arguably none more fascinating nor intricate than the pantheon of ancient Greek gods.. Wonderful stories that evoke parallel thoughts of how well they have worn:- transpose perhaps into modern seductions by the great god IT and a philosophy of "alternative truths". Perhaps human imagination is too infinite to remain indefinitely tethered to the physicality of a frail host. :-) Excellent fare. G.
  15. Sky swelling with geese The commuters amber rush Each locked in his time