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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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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).

 

Poetry Narrative based on California Dreaming

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem has been brewing for quite some time; since he found the Fog and Smog website. It’s stayed in the to-do tray since then, until an interview for the California-based Dan O’ Brien Project (due to be posted tomorrow, April 2nd) brought the idea to the top of the pile.
The poem’s title references the original inspiration, and there are a few more references too: The Mamas and The Papas song California Dreamin’ and John Cougar (Mellencamp)’s Jack and Diane. The top half, set in San Francisco, references the 1960s counter-culture; while the bottom half, set in Los Angeles, is based on 1980s heavy rock and metal. The rhythm of the poem is also based on American folk ballad on-the-road narratives.
San Francisco sky
San Francisco sky (Photo credit: davidyuweb)
Fog and Smog, Sun lights Fame
California dreaming, drove down Highway 5
love for freedom, felt good to be alive
I picked up some hitch-hikers, one boy and one girl
Diane enjoyed picking guitar, Jack took his turn
dropped them off in San Fran hills
crossed the Golden Gate
drove down into Chinatown
on way to the Haight
mixed Dim Sum with Summer of Love
and ended up in a stew
The Redwoods cleared my head, felt love for Santa Barbara
emerged like a star on hill
Hollywood bit parts working around temp job
never got the break needed
to enjoy creative freedom
elevated City of Angels
set me down path to Sunset Boulevard
walking the neon streets, night was a blur
I frequented a rock bar, not knowing where to go
my fame exploded, after auditioning for a band
American dream, living the promised land
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl (Photo credit: Burns!)
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).

Rafa Nadal Wins Werewolf Style after Joining Team GG

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, back with the second part of my two-pronged opening 2013 to a sporting theme Fantastic Mr. Fox Greenygrey comedy-satire marketing campaign centred on Spain. Yes, not only was Marc Latham kitted out in greenygrey for his big sports event of the year, but Spain’s top tennis player Rafa Nadal has chosen greenygrey for his new kit.

Rafa Nadal Wins in California Comeback

And the greenygrey worked wonders, as Nadal won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Nadal, who has always showed the potential to be a great werewolf, beat Juan Martín Del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final, after also being 0-2 down in the second set. Nadal earlier knocked out his old nemesis Roger Federer, who seems more of a vampire.

It was a great win for Nadal in his comeback from a serious injury, suffered before he chose greenygrey, and the Greenygrey was delighted to be chosen as part of his return and rehabilitation. Here’s an image of Nadal and the Greenygrey celebrating his final victory from the Guardian:

Rafael Nadal

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Wolf of the Year and New Wolves get it Right… Whale

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’re proud to announce that our Wolf of the Year 2012 is OR7, who at the end of last year became the first wild wolf in California since 1924. Moreover, it also posed for a great greenygrey gif.

Its lean appearance suggests life is hard on the wilderness road for a lone wolf in new territory, but it is probably enjoying its freedom and new experiences.

New Wolf Pups 

Cuter than Alexandr Orlov’s meerkat pups, these new wolf pups on the Defenders of Wildlife facebook page provide hope for the survival of the species, and wolves continuing to provide great greenygrey gifs.

Right Whales get it Right

And while we were wolf-watching on the Defenders of Wildlife facebook site we couldn’t help noticing one of the few remaining Right Whales having a whale of a time getting greenygreying right.

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