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Mirror Poem Inspired by Wolf Photo

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
tongue-twisting
on thin reaching branches

both stand on rock, green and grey coloured

under strong running legs
tree-like
paws resemble  plinths
keep head grounded
feminine tongue smiles
sunrise eyes shine
below mountain peaks

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Irkutsk Fantasy Travel Prose and Poem

After a couple of months and eight chapters/episodes virtual travelling by Google Maps greenYgrey has reached the more populated west of Siberia. Irkutsk is an important city on the trans-Siberian highway and trainline. gYg is still travelling with Alexander Sibiryakov.

J.K. Rowling (of gYg world) Introduction

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, fiction writing correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by highly successful writer J.K. Rowling.

The new chapter of the X Files parody begins with thoughtful information mixing the greenYgrey rebranding with Irkutsk maps and symbols, before Bert the butterfly enters the story.

After a tad too much time travelling, the episode ends with a little literary nonsense poem that rhymes A-B-A-B-A-B-A-B-A-B.

XaW Files Chapter 1 Episode 9

I felt at home looking at the Irkutsk map, as it seemed to have everything that the new rebranding of the greenYgrey has to offer, with large areas of green and grey, and a yellow Y shape in the middle.

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I also liked the Irkutsk coat of arms, featuring Dauria the Siberian tiger amongst lots of old-fashioned greenygrey, but not so much that it was carrying a sable.

Irkutsk (Irkutsk oblast), coat of arms (1790)
Irkutsk (Irkutsk oblast), coat of arms (1790) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I liked the greenYgrey Irkutsk Oblast district one better:

English: Nizhneilimsk rayon (Irkutsk oblast), ...
English: Nizhneilimsk rayon (Irkutsk oblast), coat of arms Русский: Нижнеилимский район (Иркутская область), герб (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A butterfly called Bert then got in on the greenYgreying act, so I asked him if he’d seen anything of our Wolfhol.

He said there was a lot of greenygreyness around Irkutsk, but he didn’t know if any of it had been created by Andy. We looked all around the city, but couldn’t find any signs of Wolfhol, so Bert asked if we’d fancy some time-travelling.

The club in Irkutsk, Russia in the early 1900s
The club in Irkutsk, Russia in the early 1900s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We jumped at the chance, and were soon flying through time. However, we must have jumped too high, and found ourselves back in the early 1900s club.

It looked a lovely design,
but wasn’t really Wolfhol’s style,
I looked for an immaculate sign,
with horses waiting a while,
Sibiryakov had a glass of wine,
while Bert fluttered for a mile,
I suggested we follow the line,
down the street in single file,
and if we don’t find Wolfhol it’s fine,
at the arc we’ll take another time trial.

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X Files Parody 8th Episode Epic Comedy Poem

From snail to Sibiryakov
Greenygrey did accelerate
no sign of art or Wolfhol
recursive Droste effect
Andy’s Matryoshka doll trait.

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writing poet satirical comedy correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by Jack Kerouac. Here’s the latest post from the Greenygrey/Grey/greenYgrey’s third epic fantasy travel by Google Maps; the search for Andy Wolfhol across Eurasia.

The poem is a seven stanzas quintain rhyming ABAAB, unlike the limericks of the last episode, which rhyme AABBA.

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Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
sang Gene Pitney in 1963
now I’d travelled all day
but was still 36 hours from Irkutsk
by car driving continuously.

Twenty Four Days Walk to Irkutsk
according to Google Maps
2,868 kilometres, 1,781 miles
578 hours divided by 24
like running Earth axis laps.

There’s a bus once every 24 hours
but it takes two and a half days
for the Siberian journey
I was feeling daunted until
meeting an explorer in history’s haze.

English: Alexander Sibiryakov
English: Alexander Sibiryakov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sibiryakov – Alexander like Orlov
but surname has a structure
mirroring Greenygrey
with five letters before a y
followed by four after.

Hello old adventurer
I did read and greet
have you been sailing to Pechora
or trekking across the Urals
it looks the latter from your feet.

Ah Greenygrey, your name
seems familiar to me
I think I heard about you in Tobolsk
from a Womble called Tomsk
before my island in the Kara Sea.

So off together we did ramble
and it didn’t seem like a day
before we reached Irkutsk
not cutting corners before Chita
or milking it under Ulan-Ude.

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Alexander Mikhaylovich Sibiryakov (RussianАлекса́ндр Миха́йлович Сибиряко́в) (October 8 [O.S. September 26] 1849, Irkutsk – 1933) was a Russian gold mine and factories owner and explorer of Siberia.
Sibiryakov graduated from the Zurich polytechnic institute in Switzerland. Later in life, he financed the polar expeditions of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (see Vega Expedition) and A.V. Grigoriev. He also sponsored the publication of works on Siberia’s history. In 1880, he made an attempt to enter the Yenisei estuary through the Kara Sea on a schooner. In 1884, Sibiryakov reached the Pechora estuary on the “Nordenskjöld” steamer and proceeded up the river. He then crossed the Urals using reindeers and reached Tobolsk by the Tobol River. Sibiryakov contributed significantly[how?] to Siberia’s economic development.
Sibiryakov Island, an island in the Kara Sea at the mouth of the Yenisei River, is named after him, as well as icebreakers A. Sibiryakov andSibiryakov.

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Literary Nonsense Poem about Khabarovsk History and Tretyakov Art

English: Khabarovsk, Privokzalnaya square. Mon...
English: Khabarovsk, Privokzalnaya square. Monument to Erofey Khabarov, Far East’s explorer Русский: Хабаровск, Привокзальная площадь. Памятник Ерофею Хабарову, исследователю Дальнего Востока (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It looked like the Greenygrey was hot on the trail of the A.W.O.L Andy Wolfhol in the last chapter of the poetically funny X Files parody XaW Files. I can’t help but think GG has gone a bit off the trail in the sixth chapter, researching and poetically documenting the life of Yerofey Khabarovsk.

Poem about Khabarovsk 

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, fiction writing correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by J.K. Rowling. I know enough about fiction writing to know that  a little background and history is necessary, and that it’s best to fit it into the narrative of the story.

However, I also know that it’s important to keep the story progressing, and don’t know if Khabarovsk is going to be important at the end.

Then again, the Greenygrey doesn’t know that either yet, as it’s still searching for our Wolfhol. Some breather chapters and fillers are often a good idea anyway, and there’s some good info and poetry within this chapter, although all done in a loopy literary nonsense style of course.

XaW Files Chapter 6: Khabarov Stroganov Tretyakov Art History Mix

Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk
so well planned
I never got lost.

Named after Khabarov
an adventurer entrepreneur
once manager for Stroganovs.

Stroganovs were an important family
remembered in food and art
like latter’s showpiece Tretyakov gallery.

There’s Morning in a Pine Forest
by SavitskyShishkin
with a bear family looking cutest.

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Ivan Shishkin and Konstantin Savitsky, Morning in a Pine Forest.

The Bogatyrs by Vasnetsov
has three warriors
and a greenYgrey background.

Three bogatyrs
Three bogatyrs (Photo credit: paukrus)

Alenushka looking demure
reflecting above a pool
was another Vasnetsov picture.

Viktor Vasnetsov. Alenushka.1881 Oil on canvas...
Viktor Vasnetsov. Alenushka.1881 Oil on canvas 173*221 Tretyakov gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Khabarov was second to the Amur
after Poyarkov’s three-year expedition
three years before.

Khabarov was there in 1649-50
returning from 1650-53
end of history after refusing expedition 3.

I hope there was a happy ending for Yerofey
because his first name has two Ys
and rhymes with Greenygrey.

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Mirror Poem about Seasons, Sun and Space

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem was inspired by the first prolonged sunny hot spell of the year where he lives, which in month 5 has just beaten the official start of summer in months 6-8.

Marc has just had an article about Leeds hosting the Tour de France in month 7, July, published on Go Nomad.

Here’s the poem:

Spring or Summer, Sun flares Whenever

summer can’t arrive too soon
although not expected until June
sun doesn’t know northern reasoning
each hemisphere’s split seasoning
it just sits centre burning fuel
although solar winds wave like fool

our planet circles fusion fire, life on Earth reaching higher

comets dance around gravity bound moons
shooting stars whiz space like loons
judged on falling brightness
without knowing journey light years
hot weather come what May
spring doesn’t claim every day

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Kamchatka Search Goes On Coincidence and Literary Nonsense Poem

After the Greenygrey left to search for the A.W.O.L. Andy Wolfhol on April 1st it soon found itself travelling around Kamchatka. We have since discovered that Swedish rock band Kamchatka released an album named The Search Goes On in February. kamchatka

Greenygrey’s search hadn’t even started, but it’s now in a similar Kamchatka search as Kamchatka the band were three months ago.

XaW Files Episode 4 :
Around Kamchatka Shore

I must thank Karaginsky
for it did release me
in a downward direction
shot out its southern section.

Only resting in Palana
after rounding Kamchatka
I paddled all day, one way
come what may, to Penzhina Bay.

After widening an exhausted smile
resting on the mouth in a pile
I fell asleep dreaming I ran
waking two bays away in Magadan.

Скалы "Три Брата" на Камчатке. Three...
Скалы “Три Брата” на Камчатке. Three Brothers rocks on Kamchatka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marc Latham has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham), including previous Greenygrey’s rambles.

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Trees Poem Compares Uprooted Tree with Dumbbell

Trees are starting to spring green in the northern hemisphere now, with buds opening to leaves under the warming sun. These poetry thoughts date back to the autumn-winter, when storms had uprooted a tree.

West Philly Storm - Trees Down
West Philly Storm – Trees Down (Photo credit: kwbridge)

 

 

 

 

 

Trees without leaves
look at home
when the sun doesn’t shine.

Trees with roots
bitten from earth
look more balanced.

Trees look like bells
when out of their womb
dumbbells and barbells.

A dumbbell (Hantel)
A dumbbell (Hantel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

Trees of life
weighted with birds
raised high by humanity.

Trees stand for sacrifice
branches welcome visitors
axe and chainsaw.

Trees look cold
naked to the bone
lying in the lumber yard.

Lumber yard sorting table, Falls City, Oregon
Lumber yard sorting table, Falls City, Oregon (Photo credit: OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons)
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