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Poems about family and society.

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).

Mirror Poem Seas Choppy Human Communication

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by noticing lies and isle are an anagram, and thinking they fitted into the FM form, as islands stick out above the ocean surface.

Mirror Poem Anagram Metaphor 

He then put the poem together to fit in with that idea. The poem is from a lifetime of experience rather than anything recent. Human communication is as constant and unpredictable as the ocean waves.

Since writing the above, Marc decided to add another couple of anagrams from, in alphabetical order, the letters e-i- l-s, that sound like negative words, which was something he thought about, and also fitted in with adding a couple of words at the bottom to finish off the mirror falling-sinking form nicely.

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Anagram Ocean Inspiration, Navigating Uncharted Metaphor

slie esil
lies are not an isle
jutting up jealously
sticking out
high above surface

stormy poisoned seas, dragging sailors down

tattered tugboats try
staying together
seeing out storm
truth usually sails against wind
often sinking

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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).

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 Celebrating Halloween Horrors of Humanity

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Halloween, which is known as the Day of the Dead in some countries. Inspired by the weakening sun in the northern hemisphere, as our planet’s tilt switches to favouring the southern hemisphere, old traditions thought the boundaries between the living and spirit worlds were at their lowest.

Humanity is the Destroyer of Life

The Halloween tradition has evolved to portray fictional creatures such as vampires and werewolves as the monsters of the night time world. In reality it is humanity that causes nearly all the problems at all times on our planet; both for  humanity and other life.

While sometimes it is real life psychopaths, like the Halloween movie‘s Michael Myers, most of the world’s problems are caused by normal humanity, and its incessant desire to expand and control, killing and destroying everything in its wake.

The Banality of Evil

Individual humans are usually unconscious of their actions, simply living to the norms of their society. Sometimes the norms of society support some pretty gruesome behaviour; which looks like pretty similar to what the monsters do in horror films.

More humanity means more horror. As Francis Coppola and John Milius‘s Colonel Kurtz exclaimed in Apocalypse Now at the end of his lifetime in humanity: ‘The horror… the horror… the horror…’

ezimba-web- Shapes 3D Folded Mirror Pop Art
ezimba-web- Shapes 3D Folded Mirror Pop Art (Photo credit: krossbow)

Defenders of Nature, Demonised as Witches

catch a falling star
transform it nuclear
capture the rainbow
mine every ounce glow
hunt sweet shaped cloud
sow together Earth’s shroud

humanity radiates acid rain, ancients interpreted to explain

fall of humanity continues
overseen by wise retinues
loving their lowest hour
protected by power
Big Bang reverse
one god no universe

dominion building
dominion building (Photo credit: AЯMEN)

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 of Greek and German Philosophy

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by reading about Diogenes of Sinope and Friedrich Nietzsche. They were both influenced by Aristotle (384-322 BC). Diogenes (400-325 BC) was a contemporary of Aristotle, while Neitzsche lived from 1844-1900.

Superman and The Dog

Although over 2000 years apart, and living in very different societies, both believed in questioning their dominant culture, and freeing themselves from doctrines that drained their creative energies.

Nietzsche believed that humanity should free itself from external controls and strong influences while channelling desires for power into creativity.

Diogenes was nicknamed the Dog, because he chose to live with dogs as a beggar. He believed that living that way was more real than within society, and that mastery of the self could not be taken like material possessions.

Power to the People (song)
Power to the People (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aristotle’s Disciples Meet, Middle Divides Ages

rise above
others
yourself
what outside forces expect of you
what power you seek to gain
to create your ideal
to be your ideal creation

self control, humanity’s goal

living at one with nature
creating a visible virtue
a reality within mind and self
that cannot be broken or stolen
proud
living
outside society

Diogenes sitting in his tub. Painting by Jean-...
Diogenes sitting in his tub. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1860) (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).

Mirror Poem about Civilisation and Wilderness

Marc Latham was writing up his return to civilisation from Bergen’s Mount Ulriken on the travel25years.wordpress.com blog when it reminded him of a Folding Mirror poem he’d written previously but not published. So he thought this was an ideal time to publish the poem and have a simultaneous blogcast.

The Joys of Leaving and Returning 

It is also timely as a contrasting partner to the previous poem published on this site. That poem had a being independent with nature theme, while this one has a joys of returning to humanity theme.

Neither emotion and experience is independent of each other, and Marc hasn’t decided to opt for one or the other before or since writing them, or moved in preference for one or the other. Ideally, he’d like to spend six months in the wild and six months writing it up.

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

To Marc and many humans they are two sides of the same coin; fitting in with the folding mirror theme of this site, and the greenygrey theme of Marc’s main site. Some people don’t want to live much with humanity; some can’t live without humanity; but most balance times of independence and company pretty evenly. Sometimes it’s nice to escape human civilisaton, and sometimes it’s nice to return.

As well as telling of the joys of returning to humanity the poem also mirrors the city with nature in the two halves.

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Lights of Life, Homes to Humanity

waterfalls, willows, wheels
fireworks outshine city neon
enlightened valley
signs of humanity
on New Year’s Eve
through canyons weave
weary travellers emerge tunnel
poured from natural funnel

enjoyed time’s contemplation, downhill to destination

memories of my species
hive aura buzz oozes
entering concrete civilisation
time of peak imagination
dogs of wolves
wildcat shadows
skyscrapers mirror mountain memories
avenues, alleys, abodes

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Blog about return from Mount Ulriken, Bergen, Norway.

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).

 

New Mirror Poem Comments on British Class System

Dedicated to the British class system and Islamic gender apartheid elites: to a decade of cooperation and support against the lower class and gender! (That’s irony by the way!!).
While recently travelling, and having time to look around, Marc Latham sheltered from rain, and saw it was falling as snow at a higher altitude. He thought it could be a subject for a Folding Mirror poem, and when it had absorbed into his mind a little later, he also thought it could be a metaphor for the class system. Here’s the poem:
Essentially Water, Landing Dependent
Snow falls on high
icing the mountains
evaporated droplets
randomly settling
above the dividing line
of temperature
Thirty-two Fahrenheit, Zero-degrees Celsius
longer falling
drop below the cut
driving hard
almost invisible
washed down gutters
rain muddies the ground
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).