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En la sombra del almendro

In the almond tree's shade

The boy

(stood on the burning deck). The story continues.
Gold cherry

Among friends

I feel more Spanish when I’m out. It’s a strange old business. Three and a half years. Brexit one year in. Ties in UK. Ties here. Responsibilities...

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159 of my comments have received 166 Great Feedback votes

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Very uplifting. I like the

Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018

Very uplifting. I like the idea of abandoning the quinine altogether and going straight to the juniper. Nice piece Richard.

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Posted in It's More Than Poetry

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That last lingering line is

Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018

That last lingering line is brilliant. I almost heard the cuckoo.

Great poem, Di_Hard. Great pick of the day. Sets spring into summer up nicely with a terrific pen portrait.

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Posted in renewable 2 (second go at this)

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Lovely. You've written the

Posted on Sat, 28 Apr 2018

Lovely. You've written the innocence of the crayon into the poem.

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Posted in Collaboration

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Enjoyable, again. Sounds a

Posted on Sat, 28 Apr 2018

Enjoyable, again. Sounds a bit like Dorset, but could be anywhere along the south coast.

I found I had to re-read the final paragraph a few times. It doesn't seem to read as easily as its predecessors.

Intriguing story.

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Posted in The Secret of Hillnesss Point 3

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He's in the pile by the bed.

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

He's in the pile by the bed. Sometimes he just hits the spot. What made me think of him was the way you closed this one. Not being a highly trained operative, I'm not sure if it's pathos. Could be. But leaves the story hanging in the air like...

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Posted in Something Hard Inside Him (Part 2)

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That's a good point from Ewan

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

That's a good point from Ewan. The story has a kind of Raymond Carver-ish sense to it.

No diagnosis, then. Googling things like that can turn a person to drink.

Great characters and scenes by the way.

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Posted in Something Hard Inside Him (Part 2)

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Always a shame about the kids

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

Always a shame about the kids, resilient as they seem. More so than Robert's abdomen.

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Posted in Something Hard Inside Him (Part 1)

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Yes, you're right, of course,

Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018

Yes, you're right, of course, about form. I love the Stonehenge analogy and I've learnt a new word. A friend introduced me to "Poetry" by William Wantling. Wantling makes a good point, but it's not the only way of seeing it. What could be more...

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Posted in So long

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Aaaaah. I haven't read him,

Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018

Aaaaah. I haven't read him, but I've read about him. You've just reminded me to take a look. If you like descriptive poetry with a natural or landscape theme, have a look at William Carlos Williams. Plath has her moments, too, in "The Colossus...

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Posted in Chutes of Spring

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The rain cycle /

Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018

The rain cycle / precipitation cycle, or whatever it was they tried to teach us, in a poem full of images and chill watery alliteration. I love the minimalism of this. Really nicely done Di_Hard.

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Posted in Chutes of Spring

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