A poem that I read today by Mac

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Yes, and the mother's view of the man is understandably rather different than the child's. But she is only glimpsed in the whirl.

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The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
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The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
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My fave bit:

the happy faces of travelers headed perhaps
for a splendid ball, or a beheading.

Polish poets seem to have a gift for shock. Szymborska does it, so does Herbert.

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Sat Feb 03, 2024 8:04 am

I found that line amusing. The plain ending worked particularly well after that 'grenade'.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
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Sat Feb 03, 2024 12:58 pm

:) yup, it's a nice twist in readers' expectations. Here's the Szymborska i was thinking of, called "Synopsis": https://go.gale.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&u=go ... d=b3cb65b8

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The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
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Yup, that's nice.

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Fri Feb 16, 2024 5:07 pm

Brilliant. I'd not heard of Michael Longley, but that was a lovely poem, and the story is quite moving. As he says, "to have been of some use."

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That is very nice.

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Sat Feb 24, 2024 5:36 pm

It chimed with one of your poems John, you have a few diner experiences, I can't find the poem. It was in your geography MS, a town that you wouldn't revisit, but you'd always remember the diner and waitress!


Found it...

https://www.proleartthreat.co.uk/forum/ ... 39#p222391
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Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:23 pm

Yes, it rang that bell for me as well - the diner with French fries on the salad!
Thanks for remembering. :)

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John
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