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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]

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).

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).

Experimental Poem Images Words Mind Inspiration

Always trying to bring new developments in Folding Mirror poetry, Marc Latham’s latest poem uses images in the first half and text in the second.
So instead of two mirroring halves of text either side of a folding middle line, there are three images above and three lines of text below; either side of an image and line of text.
Hopefully the images and text tell the story of how inspiration for a poem strikes (the muse); with the images in the top half metaphors for the working of the mind told in the text in the bottom half. The images and words hopefully mirror each other either side of a folding middle line of image and text.
The poem therefore describes being inspired by the muse after being inspired by the muse in images and words, so there are multiple layers of mind and art contained in the short poem.
Poetic interpretations of images are called ekphrastic poems; this poem combines the images and descriptions within the poem, so it’s semi-ekphrastic or mirror-ekphrastic (new poetry form?).
The bottom half also structures the lines into two-by-two word-first-letter combinations, such as two Ts and two Cs in the first line. Here it is:

Imagination Inspires, Physical Produces

am

am2

bird

a wheel

turned thoughts channel cascade

winged words fly free

dawning descending heating hand

fingers form inscribed ideas

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).