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Mirror Poem Inspired by The Fall’s Mark E. Smith Documentary

I started writing the poem below as the introduction this now is, but T.V., brekkie and coffee rhyming inspired me to put it into Folding Mirror (my) poetry form.

Making Axl Rose Look Sociable

I think I’d heard of The Fall before Mark E. Smith’s recent passing, but didn’t know anything about them or him. I’ll let you make your own minds up if you watch the documentary, embedded after the poem, but will of course answer any questions and give my opinion if you ask any in the comments.

For those new to FMPs, the word count has to mirror, inspired by forms like the Haiku’s 5-7-5, but FMPs can be any length, and have any subject.

This poem mirrors names in the headline, with Mark Smith and the Magnificent Seven having the additional mirror of both being MSs (which I didn’t notice at the time of writing the poem.)

The narcissistic self-parody me jokes that he only included the E to have a 10-letter name like me, which is obviously just a funny thought, as he predates me biologically, and much more creatively.

The outer lines mirror 5-5-2,2-5, with the central line a 4,4.

There are also capital-letter words in the two outer lines, and two inner ones.

Mark E. Smith and the Magnificent Seven

This morning turned off T.V.
after brekkie and strong coffee
work ready, write away
but YouTube tempted astray

it was a documentary, calling out to me

didn’t know TheFall’s inspiration
five minutes, brain creation
hour later there were seven
Magnificent memory from movie heaven

 

242 Mirror Poems and Reflections by [Latham, Marc]

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Mirror Poem Reflection 20 from Poetry Book

Reflections of the I
Reflections of the I (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fmpoetry.wordpress.com website has just updated the poetry reflections from Marc Latham’s 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections book with reflections 11-15, so we’d better keep a step or five ahead, and post reflection 20.

Mirror Poem Reflections

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, satirical comedy poetry correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Reflection 20 mirrored Summer’s Sunset Soliloquy, which mixed balancing mental health and sunbathing in the top half of the poem; with balancing positive and negative attitudes and behaviour towards people in the bottom half. noel_gallagher_high_flying_birds_album_cover_location_beverly_hills

Here’s Reflection 20 of 121 in 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections:

Strength and Death

In youth I felt strong enough to die.
In middle-age I feel my strength dying.
In old age I expect to feel death strengthen.

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New Janis Joplin Mirror Poem

Cycling the Tour de France must be a great way to travel, but hard work. Travelling independently for a long time is the same, but different, in a greenYgrey kind of way. Both can be inspiring, and inspire a feeling of freedom. It can seem an illusion afterwards, but was real at the time. All feelings are transitory illusions between birth and death; probably never based on the whole truth, or actual reality of a situation; not that there is an actual reality, as every event has many angles; to be observed from the inside or outside, left or right, up or down.

Old Mirror Poem Reference

Reflection, Imitation, Experience
Reflection, Imitation, Experience (Photo credit: Rickydavid)

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, satirical comedy poetry correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Reflection 19 of Marc Latham’s 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections was Travelling with Janis Joplin. Janis left an unhappy youth in Texas and found fame in the California music scene, but never really found happiness, becoming disillusioned with hippy hypocrisy before dying of a drugs overdose in 1970.

Travelling with Janis Joplin reflected the Folding Mirror poem Art of Humanity, which was posted on fmpoetry.wordpress.com in July, 2011; yes, nearly four years ago. The reflection was:

Existential travel
searching for confirmation
only freedom to lose.

New Folding Mirror Poem

Oiseaux de Franz Marc
Oiseaux de Franz Marc (Photo credit: dalbera)

It’s only a small reflection, so I thought I’d ask Marc to create something new for all you poetry and philosophy lovers, as you may have been waiting eagerly for new material since my last thrilling appearance on this here lil blog.

Marc duly obliged, writing a poem entirely about Janis Joplin, in a biopic kind of way. It provides some factual information about Janis told through an imaginary meeting.

Janis grew up in Port Arthur, Texas and had a younger sister who attended her wake in San Francisco. Janis started her California career singing in the band Big Brother and the Holding CompanySomewhere Near Salinas is part of the Me and Bobby McGee song made famous by Janis. Here’s the poem:

Happiness over Horizon, Jiving with Janis

on a memorable day of bopping
round clocking with Janis Joplin
at some Hollywood palace
of debateable excellence
I asked her if she treasures
memories from Port Arthur Texas

why did I ask, you really wanna know

forgetting love Somewhere Near Salinas
I remembered my past without fuss
boredom creates blues
feeling nothing to lose
replied singer in Big Brother
but I cherish Laura little sister

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New Mirrror Poem while Blondie Rocked Glastonbury

With a couple of hours of battery life, and feeling that he hadn’t created enough for a World Cup Rest Day, and with four days of World Cup double games days on the horizon, Marc Latham clunked out yet another Folding Mirror poem last night.

Blondie at Glastonbury

Moanin' in the Moonlight
Moanin’ in the Moonlight (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, satirical comedy music correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Blues singer Howlin’ Wolf.

Marc wrote his poem while watching Blondie at Glastonbury on television, and thought they played a great set. I watched it too, and in addition to the classic old songs, I really liked the uplifting Mile High and the heavy metallish guitar and drum solos.

Here’s Blondie’s Mile High played with greenYgrey backing at Miami earlier this year:

Glastonbury Weather

Rainbow
Rainbow (Photo credit: adwriter)

The greenYgrey justified its Glastonbury poster headlining status with a dramatic greatest hits set: producing thunder and lightning storms during the day, rainbows, and then a spectacular sunset in the evening.

Musical bands come and go, but the weather sings forever.

Mirror Poem Explanation

However, Marc Latham’s new mirror poem kind of takes the opposite view, in a greenYgrey kind of way, extolling the virtues of thought in creatures great and small; and how one thought by a small animal such as a mouse is better in that way than all the gigantic unthinking reactions in space.

Family business
Family business (Photo credit: onkel_wart (thomas lieser))

In a greenYgrey way, human thoughts are the best and worse we know, but animals have a lot of nice and nasty ones too; with the former shown by their caring for each other.

Marc wrote on fmpoetry.wordpress.com that ‘the title and last line refers to a single thought of a small creature being superior in that way to great giant stars, which just work unthinkingly by thermonuclear reactions. The last line also plays on the British television series about a vet, All Creatures Great and Small. So although the universe is mindbogglingly massive, life as we know it on Earth is the best we know for thinking.’

Here’s the poem:

Damselfly
Damselfly (Photo credit: Jan de Graaf)

Particular Preciousness of Thinking, Thought Superior to Reaction

crunch time for mortal minds
strangles infinite breath
day drags for damselfly
century crows to humanity
instinct, learning, loving, expiring
endless summer days

One’s outlook on life, age of calendar July

winter limits light
experience, remembering, warming, gripping
holding on for dear
life becomes more refined
sailing history’s horizon
all creatures greater than sun

We are family
We are family (Photo credit: *Kicki*)

 

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Glastonbury Begins World Cup Rest Day Reflections

life seems without meaning
until you see death
providing a finishing line
and then the game begins
you choose your best side
trying to stay alive instead of die.

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, satirical comedy poetry correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth. I hope you don’t mind a morsel of middle-age maudling in the above introduction.

There’s double news today, to match the double reflection that reflected The Futility of Life and Death in 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections. Futility of Life and Death was published on fmpoetry.wordpress.com in April, 2011.

greenYgrey Headlines Glastonbury Reflection 1 Screenshot (18)

It’s great that greenYgrey is headlining the poster of Glastonbury, England’s premier music festival, line-up bill this year, supported by the likes of Blondie, Metallica, Kasabian and Fatboy Slim.

The first part of Reflection 18, which mirrors my introduction more than Glastonbury’s fun vibe, although Lana Del Ray is playing there and has said similar recently, was: ‘I’ve fantasised about creating life, but dreamt about ending my own more. Suicide was my parachute, knowing it was there helped keep my plane on course when it was in trouble.’

South American Football Good News Story

After the Luis Suarez biting incident it could be easy to forget what a good world cup Brazil has provided so far, and the positives of South American football. Neymar and Messi have delivered for Brazil and Argentina, but the best South American football has probably been played by Columbia and Chile. Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon came on to become the oldest player at a World Cup finals

There was a nice touch at the end of Columbia’s third game, when they sent on reserve goalie Mondragon for the last five minutes of the game. At 43 he became the oldest player to play at a World Cup, and also became the oldest player to gYgboo (greenYgrey boomerang) too! Not bad work for 5 minutes of time!!

Reflection 18 (2)

However, the second part of Reflection 18 is more in line with Suarez’s bite! Although it’s more about bipolarity and depression in the mind than actual vampires!!

Vampires are All in the Mind

Molars dig deep
through unconscious neck
into conscious brain
draining lifeblood from mood.

Hourglass inverted
serotonin drains away
you join the living dead
for another day.

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Mirror Poem Inspired by Wolf Calendar Photo

There’s a new Folding Mirror poem on fmpoetrywordpress.com, and it’s one close to our hearts, as it combines the two things most important to a werewolf: a human and a wolf. Yes, it’s a poem created by a human about a wolf.

Romuléon - caption: 'Faustulus discovers Romul...
Romuléon – caption: ‘Faustulus discovers Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf on the bank of the Tiber; behind, he entrusts the infants to Laurentia. With text below and decorated borders containing the arms and badge of England.’ (Photo credit: The British Library)

While there are many examples of wolves making friends with humans, and even bringing up human babies, such as the Remus and Romulus legend about the founding of Rome, there is no existing evidence of a wolf writing a poem about humans… or anything else for that matter. Wolves are too busy being wolves, and doing wolf things!

Wolf Mirror Poem

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Yes, Marc Latham has created and posted a new mirror poem onto fmpoetry, and I’ve imported it into the greenygrey world this morning. Here it is:

Wolves 2012 Calendar, October Star Wolf

fire melting gold
fall full flow
leaves oval shaped
seem to poke
fun behind rump
tongue-twisting
on thin reaching branches

both stand on rock, green and grey coloured

under strong running legs
tree-like
paws resemble  plinths
keep head grounded
feminine tongue smiles
sunrise eyes shine
below mountain peaks

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Kasabian Connection Album and Book Covers

There were thirty-four poems and the same amount of reflections in the personal-psychological section of 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections. So we reach half way in that section in the serialisation of the book in the greenYgrey world today.

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent in the greenYgrey world inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Kasabian Album 48:13

Empire (Kasabian album)
Empire (Kasabian album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The poem and reflection are two more about the transition into middle-age. At the tail-end of his time before middle-age, Marc liked Kasabian the best out of the new British musical bands.

He also liked some of the rock-dance crossover bands like Pendulum and Chase and Status; and the poem of reflection 16, Middle-Age Memories, was partly inspired by Plan B.

The cover of 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections was inspired by watching a Sky Arts interview with Serge from Kasabian, when he said he liked music and art that was cutting edge, like Rolling Stones album covers.

Marc was just finishing the self-publication of 242, and thought his shadow photo was the most in line with what Serge had said. Not that he was trying to please Serge, just that he respected and agreed with his opinion.

In his youth Marc had also liked cutting edge bands: from punk and new wave in the 1970s to rock and metal in the 1980s; and looking back at counter-culture bands in the 1960s.

The Smashwords ebook just had 121 and 242 on the main cover picture, and now Kasabian’s new album is simply called 48:13; a minimalist title referring to the album’s musical length.

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Middle-Age Choices

After rebelling against the establishment during his youth, Marc was entering middle-age at a tumultuous time in British society.

After always feeling alienated from Britain’s class-based society, he now found himself disillusioned with the counter-culture; who seemed to expect peace, equality, openness and truth from the country’s leaders while supporting groups that did the opposite.

So Marc became more independent than ever, emptied of historical and cultural baggage, which is why the shadow book cover was an apt choice.

At a time when Marc saw his working-class demographic being crushed from all sides, the photo idea had partly been influenced by the Native Americans’ Ghost Dance, which developed from the Circle Dance at the end of their free life amongst nature on the Plains.

Reflection 17 mirrored Living in the Middle-Ages.

Reflection 17

Reaching middle-age
for a rebellious youth
leaves you with two pathway choices.
Try to continue as you are
while remaining cool
or become what you rebelled
against in youth.
Neither is easy or perfect,
and will include falseness,
compromise or both,
but there’s no alternative.
You are not what you were
and while not planning to survive
you continue to be alive.