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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:

grado

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).

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Valentine’s Day Poem with Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror was inspired by seeing The Pretty Reckless in concert a couple of years ago, and thinking lead singer Taylor Momsen reminded him of Debbie Harry, who he’d idolised when Blondie were at their peak around 1978-1981.

He didn’t complete it then because he didn’t think British society was ready for it. He now hopes it might be, so he completed it for Valentine’s Day.

Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen

Debbie Harry was about twenty years older than Marc, and Taylor Momsen is about twenty years younger, and both hail from New York, New York.

It was so good they named it twice, and it produced two great rock chicks. Moreover, the missing link between the two, from the same generation as Marc, would probably be Madonna (although she’s from Michigan and is seven years older than Marc).

As Blondie declined Marc got into rock and metal music, and Guns N’ Roses became his favourite band. Another link is that The Pretty Reckless opened for GnR a few years ago.

Unconditional Appreciation

Although Marc would have loved to see Blondie in their heyday he’s never gone to see them. He never expects to see The Pretty Reckless or meet Taylor Momsen.

The poem idea was created instantly, with the generational divide giving Marc the idea of a Folding Mirror poem.

He hopes women like Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen continue to emerge, succeed and live free happy lives.

As well as being beautiful and a great singer Debbie Harry was also inspirational, dressing like what some people would consider a stereotypical slutty bimbo, but always proving them wrong by being articulate, and faithful to fellow Blondie bandmate Chris Stein, and nursing him through long-term illness.

Marc doesn’t know much about Taylor Momsen, but hopes she continues to rock the music world, and emulates Debbie Harry; although she is of course original and her own person, and The Pretty Reckless are much more rock than Blondie were.

The Mirror Poem

The poem contains 19 Blondie song titles and two albums in the top half and middle line; and the same amount of The Pretty Reckless music in the bottom half. The former’s singles are written in green ink, the latter’s in blue; all the albums are in orange. Atomic and Rapture are two different songs without a gap between in the poem.

The poem kind of tells a story through the song titles, but it was mainly an exercise in constructing a mirroring poem rather than telling an original or personal story. Some of the lines mirror quite nicely.

Happy Valentine’s, posting around 11.59 G.M.T.!

Valentine Love Poem, Songs Without Music
Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen, New York two Generations R&R
Heavy Metal Ballad, Beyond Elite Understanding

Dreaming of Your Prescence Dear
on an Island of Lost Souls
Plastic Letters melted In The Sun
The Hardest Part was Hanging on the Telephone
waiting for you to Call Me
don’t have a Heart of Glass
so it would have been Atomic Rapture
to meet you In The Flesh
but Parallel Lines don’t cross
and my vow that Pretty Baby
One Way or Another
I’m Gonna Love You Too
disappeared at 11.59
that time when The Tide is High
didn’t even Die Young Stay Pretty
instead developing a Poet’s Problem 

Go Through It writing, Nothing Left to Lose

Factory Girl manufacturing my thoughts
ideas that Make Me Wanna Die
exploding into silent angst Since You’re Gone
Void and Null
I never was no Superhero
Where Did Jesus Go
not leading your Blonde Rebellion that
did once Light Me Up
seems a place Far From Never
when my love Heart would always Panic
but Everybody Wants Something From Me
so didn’t hear You say Follow Me Down
I’m Going to Hell wanna Burn
together I Really Fucking Love You
Sweet Things please Kill Me 

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 Combining Io Space and Coldplay Chris

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started bubbling in the mind on January 7th: exactly one week ago. He answered a Facebook question set by the poet Sarah James (Leavesley) on an ‘I’ he’d like to visit with ‘Io’. Io is one of Jupiter’s moons. He had Typically Tropical’s 1975 hit Barbados going through his mind for the rhythm.

Mirror Poem Inspiration

However, he’d also seen the Gravity movie in December, and after spending ninety minutes in 3D space he related to images of life on Earth at the end; he  thought that although it would be nice to go into space, it would also be nice to return. The return journey desire gave him the idea that it’d make a good Folding Mirror poem.

Then yesterday he saw a photo of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow exuding warmth in the Metro newspaper. Paltrow rhymes with Io, so he thought he’d combine the two.

Coldplay Songs, Io Facts

The poem contains a couple of relevant Coldplay songs in U.F.O. and Parachute, strategically placed to mirror, as well as some Io facts. Mars is the only planet between Earth and Jupiter.

The initial letters of the heading and middle line’s words also mirror. Here’s the poem:

True-color image taken by the Galileo probe.

Cold Play Words, Warm Poem Creation

oh I wanna go to Io
on U.F.O Gwyneth Paltrow
love its 400 types volcano
discovered in 1610 by Galileo
closest moon to Jupiter
inside Ganymede and Europa

looking tantalisingly nice, nowhere to live

no atmosphere or mirth
like home on Earth
missing liquid lakes and beaches
with over million different species
Parachute for Chris Martin
sure don’t wanna be a Martian

Gwynny and Chris cuddle up

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).

Christmas and Mid-Winter Mirror Poem

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates the passing of mid-winter, with the Christmas celebration ahead. In the northern hemisphere this means winter is waning and spring and summer are returning, as Earth’s tilt has reached it’s apex; as explained in this Mashable article.

I hope you have enjoy the poem, and have a great holidays!

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Xmas Horizon, Mid-Winter is Over

can’t see blue today
it’s all greenygrey
but yesterday gold lined cloud
as if putting arm around
the cold shoulder
making horizon smoulder

Earth’s ultimate tilt, 23 degrees hilt

northern hemisphere’s turn
towards warming sun
every day nearer our star
although still seems so far
world seems amiss
not feeling sun’s kiss

Revolving earth at winter solstice on the nort...
Revolving earth at winter solstice on the northern hemisphere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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).

Poem Wondering if Pope Francis is Finding Christianity

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by Pope Francis’s impressive start, and some people questioning whether he is too ‘socialist’ or ‘Marxist’. It is quite topical what with Christmas shining over the mid-winter horizon.

Christian Background, Critical Approach

Marc was brought up a Christian, but doesn’t really believe in it now, although he likes Jesus Christ the historical figure: the rebel socialist. While he would rather a world without religion and royalty, he doesn’t expect either to disappear in his lifetime, so hopes they’ll be as good as can be.

While some people might think a peasant pleb like Marc shouldn’t even be commenting on such things, they should remember that we live in an age of free speech and democracy. Moreover, religious and royal leaders get millions of people listening to their views, so the words of an independent blogger are hardly likely to matter much.

How Christianity Lost Its Way

Marc remembers reading in Peter Prew’s The Human Reality how the Christian church was hijacked by bureaucrats, and turned into a financial enterprise, resulting in its current wealth and use as a cash cow by T.V. evangelists etc.

So maybe Pope Francis is taking the Church back to its roots; after centuries of doing wrong a lot of the time; to the true teachings of Jesus Christ?

Pope Francis Portrait Painting
Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

Heaven’s Christian Pope, Providing Community Hope

Is Pope Francis
entrancing us
with Marxist thinking
or am I juxtaposing
his Christian actions
with media reactions

Jesus was socialist, criticising corrupt greed

love society’s poor
religions always implore
journalists and politicians too
speaking for you
everybody cares
I’m March Hares

March Hare Grenfell Reading - 7
March Hare Grenfell Reading – 7 (Photo credit: tom cochrane)

To be as mad as a March hare is a popular idiom.

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).

Autumn / Fall Poem with Aerosmith / Mamas and Papas References

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem is another seasonal one, waving goodbye to summer and welcoming autumn/fall. After a good summer in Britain it’s not too bad to see autumn/fall arrive, as this poem explains.

Mamas and Papas, Aerosmith and Mike Oldfield

The poem references Mamas and Papas and their anthemic autumn/fall song California Dreamin’ at the start, as well as Aerosmith’s Seasons of Wither in the middle. It also uses Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame instead of old fields.

Can you guess what the 10-11 signifies? Here’s the poem:

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Summer Jumps South, Autumn Falls North

leaves are brown
sky is grey
but Mamas and Papas
this summer’s been California
in the U.K.
many a day

season of wither, welcome come hither

excuse to rest
slowing cycle 10-11
deciduous trees glow dreaming
new seeds Mike Oldfields
hoping to replenish
as nature intended

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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).

 

Poem about Poetry Day’s Creation Valuation

Marc Latham’s newest Folding Mirror poem is about the creation of poetry, and how it would be nice to earn a living from creating a poem a day, written in an hour, and have the rest of the day off; especially in the current British heatwave!

Marc thinks that a mirror poem should be enough work for the day, but posting for free means no money; luckily, circadian rhythm provides second opportunity

Valmiki, a contemporary of Rama composes the R...
Valmiki, a contemporary of Rama composes the Ramayana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Morning Motion, Circadian Creation

Wake Up!
fresh mind
new day
coupla coffees
write a poem
thinking that one
day’s work done

posted for free, earning no money

stay on computer
finding more writing
fiction or journal
midday meal
nap refresher
second wind
Cyclic Rhythm°

English: Diagram illustrating the influence of...
English: Diagram illustrating the influence of dark-light rythms on circadian rythms and related physiology and behavior. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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).