Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem is an ekphrastic one inspired by a wolf calendar photo. The October wolf’s grey paws seemed to join it to the rock it stood on, so the connection between wolf and Earth seemed a good topic for a mirror poem. Here it is:
Wolves 2012 Calendar, October Star Wolf
fire melting gold
fall full flow
leaves oval shaped
seem to poke
fun behind rump
on thin reaching branches
both stand on rock, green and grey coloured
under strong running legs
paws resemble plinths
keep head grounded
feminine tongue smiles
sunrise eyes shine
below mountain peaks
Where is the Love? The Black Eyed Peas asked in 2003. I was down on the riverbank, but nobody told them, so I spent ten years struggling until being discovered by the Greenygrey last year.
The Greenygrey asked the same question an hour ago, and when it found me said I should post some stuff for the humans out there, after I focused almost entirely on voles in my first post… and totally on lovely vole photos.
Love the Valentine Vole
Hi, it’s Love the mixed-up vole presenting the blog for Valentine, as I have love coursing through my name.
Needing some quick human material I went over to the fmpoetry website to check for new poems.
Billy Joel sang New York State of Mind in 1976, and I think Marc Latham was in such a thought process when he wrote his latest Folding Mirror poem for Valentine’s Day, as it features New York singers Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen.
Valentine Poem New York Generations
There’s a lot more about the rationale behind the poem, and a couple of cool photos over on the fmpoetry.wordpress.com website. Here’s the info about how the poem works, followed by the 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 them 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.
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 anIsland of Lost Souls Plastic Lettersmelted In The Sun The Hardest Partwas Hanging on the Telephone
waiting for you to Call Me
don’t have a Heart of Glass
so it would have been AtomicRapture
to meet you In The Flesh but Parallel Linesdon’t cross
and my vow thatPretty Baby One Way or Another I’m Gonna Love You Too disappeared at11.59
that time when The Tide is High
didn’t even Die Young Stay Pretty
instead developing a Poet’s Problem
Go Through Itwriting, Nothing Left to Lose
Factory Girl manufacturing my thoughts
ideas thatMake 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 Hellwanna Burn
together I Really Fucking Love You Sweet Things please Kill Me
Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, satirical comedy poetry correspondent inspired by Romantic poetWilliam Wordsworth and wolves. I’ve got three Folding Mirror poems by Marc Latham to catch up with today, so won’t write an epic introduction. There’s more about the poems, as well as more photos and introductory poems, over at fmpoetry.wordpress.com.
Heaven’s Christian Pope, Providing Community Hope
Is Pope Francis
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
I’m March Hares
Completing Cycle, Living Life
to somewhere better
sweet talking serenader, becomes nagging poker
trying to suck
Drown Song, Sun Dry
through a block
out of broken dreams
until they rose buried
into my conscious
can’t change the past, no point seeing future
unconscious memory store
please give me more
living beyond whole nightmare
life is precious
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by an article he just wrote about Bergen for the TravelThruHistory website (not published yet). It brought back memories of his journeys between Haugesund, Bergen, Voss and Oslo alongside fjords and over mountains on the Hardangervidda plateau. Here it is:
Highest Railway Line, A Beautiful Time
Riding fjord mountain roads
ferry keeps afloat
by bus and boat.
Ruby Sunday snaking
east with Osteroy
Dale, Voss and Naeroy
lead to Flam – Myrdal, metres 1222 ascent at Finse
Orteren, Ustevatn and Rodungen
swallowed wide open
Hardangervidda plateau mouth
Forest and lake scenery
waterfalls accompany descent
completing la vida loco.
Times they are a changin’… Although summer is holding on in Britain, and could even be roaring back later this week, the nights are drawing in, and nature seems to be readying itself for the annual change from summer to autumn (fall). Over the last few days I noticed the leaves rustling in the wind.
They’ve probably done it at other times in the summer, and maybe it’s more in my mind, but the trees seemed to be shaking themselves up for the big change. Here’s a Folding Mirror poem it inspired, imagining what summer and autumn are saying in their greeting:
Good Summer Season, Warmly Welcomes Autumn
summer meets autumn
after year apart
shaking windy branches
upturned leaves smile
under changeable skies
warm greeting over, time for disclosure
my best season
for many years
autumn changes mood
I worked overtime
winter was late
It is nearly August. While spring in the northern hemisphere feels like a time to restore sunshine levels, late summer feels like a time to store up for the winter. Here’s a Folding Mirror poem with that theme:
Preparing for Summer Departure, No Time for Laughter
Two days left of July
the sky seemed to cry.
August, the last summer month
does the sun think we’ve had enough.
September and October last
warm winds keep winter at bay.
our star doesn’t really leave, it’s our planet’s circling weave
It’s the south’s turn to face
Australasia and Africa tilt.
Our annual repetitive cycle space planetary gravity
365, and a quarter days.
Colourful leaves before snowy scenery
six months before next spring.
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