Mirror Poem Celebrating New Spring Green Wind

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem was inspired by looking at greenery swaying in the divide between two roads; lit by sun shining through clouds to create warm spring air.

Mirror Poem

The poem echoes one of his earliest Folding Mirror poems, created after seeing a similar scene in a field of barley, and posted on fmpoetry five years ago this month (available from link above, or by searching field barley).

Cihuatecayoti was chosen out of the many world wind gods as it mirrored Cinderella the most.

Winding Between, Two Roads

where was the wind
before now
had it already inspired
thoughts, dreams, wonder
beating
tender hearts
Cihuatecayoti remembered
mind refreshed

riding the magic, blades green grass

march awoken
Cinderellas released
captivity ceased
creating
tribal, dance, writing
other planets have breeze
similar chemicals
is their reaction poetry

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Mirror Poem Reflections from Poetry Collection

Over on Marc Latham’s central Greenygrey site Writing and Poetry blog he’s been serialising the reflections of mirror poems contained in the 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections collection.

Mirror Poem Collection

The Folding Mirror poems have been posted on this site. I thought I’d post the reflections five at a time here, with the first five below, along with links to the poems they reflected.

The book’s available from Amazon for under £3 and under $6, and lots of other currencies for the equivalent prices; and Smashwords and other ebook readers for much less.

There are links at the end of the post. Here’s the first five reflections:

Reflection 1

The first reflection mirrored a poem that reflected on the similarities between space and mind in the latest technological imaging called: SAGAS: Solipsistic Astronaut Gravitates Agnostic Space

It’s only a small one, trying to be philosophical, and many of the other reflections are much longer. Here it is:

What I am incapable of understanding has no meaning,
What I understand has no interest.

The second reflection mirrored Hopes Rise With The Sun

Reflection 2 

Concorde on takeoff

Concorde on takeoff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Narcissism and Ego

I wanted to be famous for being famous, but too late now…?
A little bit of ego allows me to do this, rather than making me do it.

Has my writing and public profile fuelled narcissism, or given it an outlet?

Finding out that you aren’t the centre of other people’s world is a relief, but also a disappointment in some ways, as you wonder why not.

Titanik

Titanik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Addressing narcissism should help overcome a depression fuelled by feelings of failure: you can’t change the world, and nature of humanity, so don’t expect too much.

Concorde boomed the sky
but clouds still quietly fly.
Trains carry tons of freight
but the land doesn’t have to wait.
Titanic caused a commotion
but didn’t change the ocean.

Reflection 3 reflected Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion

Reflection 3 

Between the freedom of travel
and the solitude of home
is a fantasy world
called society.

Reflection 4 mirrored Adrift in Unnavigable Oceans: Sodium Chloride

Reflection 4

The well-behaved British working class used to be known as ‘salt of the earth’ when they were compliant up to the 1950s, but not so much anymore.

Were things that different in history? I don’t know.
And have they changed that much? Well, elite corruption has been exposed more since the 1950s, making the workers less likely to trust and revere the upper classes; Thatcher decimated the working-class industries in the 1980s, destroying communities; and New Labour betrayed their traditional voters by squeezing them out of the workplace between high-earning elites and foreign workers willing to work for less.
So things have probably changed, but I don’t know how much, or if it is the main reason for there apparently being less ‘salt of the earth’.

Reflection 5 mirrored Night is a Part of Day

Reflection 5

I have welcomed the sunrise
and dreaded it.
On mountains in the dark
the first glimmers of light
are a welcome sight.
On all-nighters when young
the first realisation of light
signalled beginning of end.
They were the same darkness and light
of the same day, which is basically just
the way our planet tilts towards the sun,
but I was in different situations, feeling
different things, on different sides of Earth.

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Mirror Poem Travels Two Mountain Ranges Railways

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by train journeys on the trans-Pennine and traws-Cambrian railway lines.

Pennines and Cambrian Mountains

They traverse a couple of mountain ranges either side of the English-Welsh border, which is historically marked by Offa’s Dyke in the lowland Marches.

The railway journey links the east and west coasts of Britain, so is quite monumental, and should make a relevant mirror poem. Here it is:

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Train Journey Rise and Fall, Either Side of Offa’s Dyke

English east coast
Scarborough Yorkshire Coast queen
steaming south through Malton to York
Leeds, Huddersfield and Dewsbury
West Yorkshire canals and mills
trans-Pennine
often white in winter
villages high on hills
Stalybridge signals
City of Manchester
stadium seen before centre

South West to Shrewsbury, Welshpool past Halfway House

castle visible from town
Powis county name
Newtown notifies
farms rising in altitude
sometimes grey clouds hidden
traws-Cambrian
Mid Wales rivers and farms
Caersws, Machynlleth and Dovey
riding parallel Estuary widens to Borth
Aberystwyth Cardigan Bay pier
Welsh west sea

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

274 Mirror Poems and Related Poetry

WordPress kindly wished the blog a happy 5th anniversary recently, so I thought it’d be a good time to count and register the poems on fmpoetry.

I was delighted to see there are now 274 mirror poems and related poetry on this website, as listed in the blog post Poems and Poetry on this Site.

There are now two collections of poetry books containing most of Marc Latham’s poems from this site at: Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

2013 WordPress Review for FMPoetry

WordPress.com prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. It’s summary is posted below. Thanks for all your visits, and I hope you continue visiting throughout 2014.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Mirror Poem Celebrates Wonderful Women and Wacky Wolves

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started its incubation on January 28th, when Chris Packham’s Inside The Animal Mind highlighted a wolf’s sense of smell by showing that it loves strong scents such as Chanel. Then this week Grado visited Nicky Clarke’s salon in a documentary about Glasgow’s Insane Fight Club wrestling shows, and had his hair coloured by the lovely Rebecca Rock. The two halves of the Folding Mirror were put in place. Here’s the poem:

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Women and Wolves, Different ways Delectable

perfume in air
way you wear
feminine essence
flowing sun hair
smiling eyes
a graceful touch
oozing strength
to be yourself

good humoured woman, wolves love scent

swimming in chanel
rolling euphoria
one shaggy sight
laughing mouth
full coated fur
natural exuberance
lights up life
paws upside down

wolf roll

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Mirror Poem Imagines Animals from Insects

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by watching the insect world, which resembles the animal world in many ways.

Animal and Insect Comparison Poem

Worms, beetles and ants all have great qualities and can be very interesting, although it is usually from a collective intelligence built into their evolved genome.

They are anyway very valuable, as all life is precious in its own right, and they can be beneficial to humanity through the Earth we share.

Rhino near Lake Naivasha, Kenya.
Rhino near Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

 

Wander the World, Insects and Imagination

air safari
feeling barmy
looks like a lion
resembles a rhino
acts as if an anaconda

500 feet above animals, insects underneath by five

worm at one with world
beetle a battler
ant acts all organised
returning reality
grounded humanity

Ants near Kibale forest, Uganda.
Ants near Kibale forest, Uganda.

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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