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Do you do it?

terry  Male  West Yorkshire 24-Feb-2019 13:51 Message #4735958
Read, write, listen I mean...I've tried for many years to get my head 'round it, love Sylvia Plath, the war poets, Khalil Ghibran, the landscape poets, many different ones but I end up coming back to the 'easy' ones, ones I can understand. Who is the one from Manchester, done a lot of recordings, wears dark glasses and has long straggly hair, tall thin bloke, I like his stuff.
Otb  Male  Dorset 24-Feb-2019 14:06 Message #4735960
My elderly friend, Barbara, is now banned from even coming within earshot of me if she thinks she can roll out yet another of her ridiculous "Ye This. Ye That" poems in my direction.

Lyrics put to music I can understand but poetry, any poetry … brrr … chills me to the bones.

But if it makes someone happy and they keep it to themselves … that's just fine.
Otb  Male  Dorset 24-Feb-2019 14:08 Message #4735962
John Cooper Clark?

The milky way she walks around
All feet firmly off the ground
Two worlds collide, two worlds collide
Here comes the future bride
Gimme a lift to the lunar base
I wanna marry a monster from outer space

I fell in love with an alien being
[She had a head as big as a TV screen]
Whose skin was jelly, whose teeth were green
[A glutinous complexion with a day-glow sheen]
She had the big bug eyes and the death-ray glare
Feet like water-wings, purple hair
I was over the moon, I asked her back to my place
And then I married the monster from outer space

The days were numbered, the nights were spent
In a rent-free furnished oxygen tent
Where a cyborg chef served up moonbeams
Done super-rapid on a laser beam
I needed nutrition to keep up the pace
When I married the monster from outer space

But when we went walking tentacle in hand
You could sense that the earthlings would not understand
They'd go nudge nudge when we got on the bus
Saying "It's extra-terrestial, not like us;
And it's bad enough with another race,
But fuck me... a monster! from outer space?"

In this kind of atmosphere love went lame
She took a flare to from where she came
I read all the papers, looked up the stars
"Uranus is active and so is Mars"
My horoscope was horrible, told me to my face -
Avoid monsters from outer space

In a cybernetic fit of rage
She pissed off to another age
She lives in 1999
With her new boyfriend, a blob of slime
Each time I see a translucent face
I remember Errrxxzztt from outer space.

The above being the exception to the rule! :-)

Anyway. His lilting tones passed for music. lol
Orson  Male  Tayside 24-Feb-2019 14:08 Message #4735963
John Cooper Clark, Terry.
Otb  Male  Dorset 24-Feb-2019 14:09 Message #4735964

Clarke with an "e".
Otb  Male  Dorset 24-Feb-2019 14:10 Message #4735965
Afternoon, Orson, :-)

Beach xxx
terry  Male  West Yorkshire 24-Feb-2019 14:24 Message #4735968
That's the bloke!
Thank you both of you, and it's great to see you Orson...hope you are well.
I can actually see where you're coming from beach, in my younger days I was the same. My friends wife writes nature poetry and I can't understand a word of it. As for words to music, that to me is a form of poetry and as you say, if it makes people happy go for it.
Jeff  Male  East Sussex 24-Feb-2019 17:03 Message #4735980
Dear droll Orson,
We missed your portion.
Forget your caution,
Post some more, son,
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire 24-Feb-2019 17:29 Message #4735983
I like Longfellow, Tennyson, Sam Taylor Coleridge and Patience Strong but rarely read any of them now but I can still recite many of them, especially the Song of Hiawatha (Longfellow) which I loved when I first read it aged about 7 years. lol
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 24-Feb-2019 18:12 Message #4735988
Hi Orson, long time no see, how are you?

I'm not a huge poetry fan, although I like some of John Donne's work and some of WIlliam Blake's too. My favourite is The Emperors Babe, by Bernadine Evaristo, its a novel in verse about a young black girl in Roman London, its very clever. I think I'm more into rap as poetry than poetry poetry if you know what I mean? I often can't find the rhythum in written verse and I think my mental imargery must be different from that of most poets as I can't understand what on earth they're on about half the time.
NotHermit  Male  Derbyshire 24-Feb-2019 19:04 Message #4735997
Orsons in the house.
But quiet as a mouse.
He escaped the tentacles.
On his unmentionables.
But the bronze Adonis got him.
Clocky  Female  the West Midlands 24-Feb-2019 21:58 Message #4736025
I don't read much peotry for adults, but I love reading it to children ... the more silly it is, the better. Roald Dhal did some lovely ones based on fairy tales ... this one is The Three Little Pigs ... if you fancy a listen :)
BunnyGirl  Female  Buckinghamshire 25-Feb-2019 09:30 Message #4736056
The poem from John Cooper Clarke reminds me of my ex ha ha

No i am not kidding he was a monster from outer space lol

You never know how bad until it is too late.

Yes andi found oit the hard way.

He was everything rolled into one
terry  Male  West Yorkshire 25-Feb-2019 11:39 Message #4736065
Sorry to hear that Bunny, hope the memories aren't too real for you.

That's what I like about the poetry though, whether accompanied by music or not. Some people have a knack for putting our emotions into such few words and conjuring up all sorts of thoughts/feelings in our minds..

Sea Urchin  Female  Essex 25-Feb-2019 13:13 Message #4736075
Yes, I like poetry. A couple of my favourites are 'The Lady of Shalott', by Tennyson, 'The HIghwayman' by Alfred Noyes and 'Prayer before Birth'. by Louis MacNeice. I have also writtten a few. I find it a good way of recording your feelings, at a particular time in your life.
Tweetie Pie  Female  Oxfordshire 7-Mar-2019 10:44 Message #4736561
Nice one Beachy x
Love littke Tweetie
Nemesis  Female  Dorset 9-Mar-2019 09:21 Message #4736649
My nephew is the current poet laureate for Birmingham. Never understood poetry myself.
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 9-Mar-2019 12:48 Message #4736661
Hi Nemesis, long time no see, I'm glad I'm not the only one who dosen't get poetry.

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