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by BobBradshaw
31 Jan 2023, 20:43
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Coming of Age
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Senryu revised

Ieuan, I like this version very much.
by BobBradshaw
31 Jan 2023, 20:26
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Will
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Will

“…thou hadst small Latin and less Greek.” —Ben Jonson about William Shakespeare Will Anne sailed into my summer like a ship loaded with spices, and me a merchant hast been waiting years for her to arrive. Her blonde hair an ode to sunlight, her breasts as boldly pushed out ahead of her as a vessel’s...
by BobBradshaw
29 Jan 2023, 20:51
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over)
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over)

Ken, I think your version is more accurate.

Thanks, Michael, for the bravo.
by BobBradshaw
25 Jan 2023, 05:52
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over)
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over)

Thanks, Ken. My father complained that the government promised to reimburse citizens for the expense of building their bomb shelters, but never did.
by BobBradshaw
23 Jan 2023, 09:32
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over)
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over)

Filling in the Bomb Shelter(the Cuban Missile Crisis Over) Dad lit up his Havana cigar that he had been saving for the occasion. On TV a flotilla of Russian warships were leaving Cuba. For weeks Dad stood in our driveway watching our neighbor Liam heave shovelfuls of dirt into the earth, patching th...
by BobBradshaw
22 Jan 2023, 20:44
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Frank Talks
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Frank Talks

Good poem! I enjoyed the interweaving of personal observations with the political ones. This self defacing humor really draws me to the character. I like the N a lot.
by BobBradshaw
19 Jan 2023, 22:08
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Will Shakespeare. The Road to London
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Will Shakespeare. The Road to London

Thanks, Billy. Appreciate it.
by BobBradshaw
17 Jan 2023, 08:06
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Will Shakespeare. The Road to London
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Will Shakespeare. The Road to London

Will Shakespeare. The Road to London When did sex become a lecture? Anne would interrupt our delight —to criticize or offer “advice”. For Christ’s love, Will, can thou not spend more time with the twins when I cook? Hast thou promised not to leave your hose strung on nails? No wonder they are torn. ...
by BobBradshaw
13 Jan 2023, 05:23
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Faith
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Faith

I am surprised by the options at the close.
by BobBradshaw
13 Jan 2023, 05:22
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: After the Rain
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: After the Rain

I really like this imagery:

The quiet won't let go.
It's not a storm that runs through streets

like a boy who won't ever come back.
The moment drips until nothing's left,
by BobBradshaw
11 Jan 2023, 21:52
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Shouldn't Every Moment Be A Preparation
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Re: Shouldn't Every Moment Be A Preparation

The opening paradisal image is so striking, and visually beautiful. Then the acknowledgement of death and disease(and new growth), but surprisingly seen like scenery on a stage. Perhaps that is the way most of us see it...not really believing in our own deaths but as something else, literature, myth...
by BobBradshaw
04 Jan 2023, 03:59
Forum: Writer's Block Palaver
Topic: Upcoming January IBPC 2023:
Replies: 12
Views: 1147

Re: Upcoming January IBPC 2023:

Michael, I’m not available. Thanks though
by BobBradshaw
01 Jan 2023, 22:23
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Marry Me, Emily Dickinson
Replies: 3
Views: 876

Re: Marry Me, Emily Dickinson

Thanks. Happy New Year, Michael!
by BobBradshaw
01 Jan 2023, 00:00
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Living in East Germany, 1963
Replies: 3
Views: 624

Re: Living in East Germany, 1963

Thanks, Michael. I wii employ some of your ideas.
by BobBradshaw
31 Dec 2022, 07:24
Forum: Writer's Block Palaver
Topic: Upcoming January IBPC 2023:
Replies: 12
Views: 1147

Re: Upcoming January IBPC 2023:

I second both nominations.
by BobBradshaw
28 Dec 2022, 04:40
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Living in East Germany, 1963
Replies: 3
Views: 624

Living in East Germany, 1963

Living in East Germany, 1963      The landlord watches from a slightly opened door  as I slip into my apartment, a book hidden in my coat.  There is a clattering of footsteps up the stairs  that stops just outside my door.  The light under the door turns to shadow.  There are whispers in the hallway...
by BobBradshaw
28 Dec 2022, 04:39
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Too Close to the Heart
Replies: 2
Views: 676

Re: Too Close to the Heart

Some interesting imagery. Somehow for such dark images I don't feel the despair as much as I would expect. The uniqueness of images like those found in the first and last stanzas makes me want to rate this highly. I wonder...would tying the images to a specific event or person produce an even more i...
by BobBradshaw
28 Dec 2022, 04:20
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: "O Night Divine"
Replies: 1
Views: 540

Re: "O Night Divine"

Such cleverness in so few words....though I wasn't moved by the poem, I enjoyed it
by BobBradshaw
21 Dec 2022, 21:41
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: The Belle of Amherst
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: The Belle of Amherst

I like any poems on Emily Dickinson. I like "domesticated lioness"....an apt description.
by BobBradshaw
20 Dec 2022, 06:33
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: A Swelling of the Ground*
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Re: A Swelling of the Ground*

Terrific, imaginative concept. Good poem.
by BobBradshaw
20 Dec 2022, 02:55
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Gently
Replies: 0
Views: 538

Gently

Gently I brush your long, dark hair, and speak to you quietly though my heart’s at a gallop. I’ve never held beauty so close. She’s always bolted off for the hills, a cloud of dust trailing her like a long tail. How I’ve followed her every time till she was out of sight. Walked slowly, you nuzzle yo...
by BobBradshaw
19 Dec 2022, 21:15
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: Mozart In The Fall
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: Mozart In The Fall

I wanted to work in something re the narrator's aging, being part of the process that all life goes through, and the father reference kinda references that. Don't know if it's distracting...
by BobBradshaw
19 Dec 2022, 21:13
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: That's Some Good Shit
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: That's Some Good Shit

I like the close the best...I like S1 as an opening stanza a lot. The whole poem works.

He returned an hour later, laughing,
then feigned a stern countenance, saying,
that's some good shit, be careful, it's illegal.
by BobBradshaw
17 Dec 2022, 20:40
Forum: Writer's Block - Where The Poets Hang
Topic: My Father's Hands
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: My Father's Hands

Another tough, strong poem, Ken. Making a fife from a finger grabs your attention immediately. Then the dangerous, clearly drawn father. The father knocking the kid from his chair with a backhand swipe will hit home with many.