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Mirror Poem Reflections 21-25

Over thirty reflections from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections are on the Writing and Poetry blog now, so following on from reflections 1-5, reflections 6-10reflections 11-15 and reflections 16-20 here’s reflections 21-25.

I originally repeated Reflection 22 in 24, and have now edited it. Sorry about that!

Reflection 21

Reflection 21 mirrored Between Times of Fantasy. Maybe it was thinking of some time in the future like now when it was written. Here’s Reflection 21:

Sometimes I have written poems about my unknown future with inspiration from the forgotten past.
Then, a few years later I read it again.
The time when I wrote the poem, which is now of course the past, is then relived by the future mind that was written about.

Reflection 22

Reflection 22 mirrored Multitasking Melody:

Been walking
around the mountain
looking for a clear path
enjoying the view
now it’s getting late
time’s running out
fog’s forming
need to make a decision
or just keep rambling
to the end.

Reflection 23

Reflection 23 mirrored Not Love, Gnat Empathy:

Is it worth contesting people’s religious, political and cultural beliefs and views? While you may save them, you could also destroy them.
Somebody who might be saved in one way from a life of slavery and ignorance may in other ways die from freedom and knowledge.
And if you show them the possibility that life has no meaning, without providing anything else, are you not like a doctor taking heroin away from an addict without providing any methadone.
And for yourself, maybe you’ll ruin your career or life trying to do what you think is good, and do very little to change anything: or even make things worse by giving those you consider wrong more ammunition and an enemy to deflect attention and legitimise their cause.

Reflection 24

Reflection 24 mirrored Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming:

Keep honey cooking in the kitchen
memories on the mantelpiece
old flames in the fire.

Reflection 25

Reflection 25 mirrored Inner Strength, Mental Health:

The poem was written after the UK riots of 2011. Although I sometimes dislike modern society and yearn for a more natural one, the scenes of mass destruction against homes, businesses and landmarks looked all wrong.
Whatever the pressures and problems (if it wasn’t just greed and power), there are always places to escape if desired, rather than trying to create space in somewhere densely inhabited.
Many people feel they’re not their real selves within modern society; which is literally a construction. Most think they become their real selves outside the work environment, when they spend time with their family, play sports, or escape into the countryside.
I often wonder whether this is something inspired by life in modern society; a natural desire of your life in the here and now; or is it something imprinted in your genes stretching back to our ancestors in prehistory.

Michael McCarthy was also quoted from an article about St. Kilda published in the Independent newspaper on August 9th, 2012: ‘…I think the longing for nature in its pristine state is much older. Remember, we have been computer operators for a single generation, and workers in offices for about three; but we were farmers for 400 generations, and before that we were hunter-gatherers for perhaps 20,000.’

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Poetry Reflection on Modern Society and Political Speech

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth. There’s no new poems to import and report from the fmpoetry world this week I’m afraid, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have time for reflection.

Modern Politics and Society Poetry Reflection 

Phascolarctos cinereus Koala eating eucalyptus...

Reflection 9 reflected the Folding Mirror poem Quality Words are like
Koala(ity) on a Eucalyptus Tree at Sunset.

The reflection comments on the changes in modern technology that has created a 24-hours news and media world; and a desire for instant information in society.

Politicians have had to adapt to this change, and this has perhaps caused a lowering in political dialogue, as politicians seek to avoid saying something that could be considered negative, and try to talk in soundbites created to achieve good instant media headlines.

Is there time to think
before talking
in modern society,
where everything is instant,
silence is belligerent
and noise is magnificent.

Politicians still try to do it,
play for time
get answers to mind
see the interview through
hide the reality
reveal nothing on telly.

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British Prime-Ministers’ Greenygrey Photo Opportunity

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, legendary newshound at the Greenygrey. As greenygrey becomes symbolic of balance and unity, trust and truthfulness in the United Kingdom, British Prime-Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, chose a greenygrey background for their most recent press conference, as shown in this Birmingham Post photo:

Disclaimer: The Greenygrey was not consulted on the photo, and has no connection to Cameron and Clegg, or the Conservative and Liberal Democrats political parties. It also warns people not to trust all combinations of green and grey, because as all that glitters is not gold, all that is greenygrey is not good.

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News: Sun on Sunday in the Sky World Poem

English: The Earth's plasma fountain, showing ...
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Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started out as one about perception and reflection, and what we see not always being real; but then the inclusion of sun, plasma and sky twisted it more into a Rupert Murdoch, News International, Sun and News of the World newspapers, Sky television one.
It is quite timely, with The Sun on Sunday first published yesterday, and maybe that was what unconsciously inspired it. Media privacy was also discussed yesterday on The Big Questions, which is available in the UK until next Sunday, March 4th in the  UK; don’t know about other availability.
Marc is ambivalent (greenygrey) about Rupert Murdoch from what he knows, thinking he has done a lot of good and bad things in his career. Marc values a free press, and enjoys watching Sky News and reading News Corporation newspapers; but doesn’t agree with invasions of privacy that are not in the public interest, and too much of a country’s media power being in the hands of one person. Former Prime-Ministers such as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown being reduced to Murdoch’s lapdogs (when they weren’t being pets of the bankers) is evidence of the dangers contained in the latter! Here’s the poem:
News of World – Sky – Sun on Sunday
The sun isn’t yellow
and in our sky
that’s our perception
of magnetic fields
holding together
hydrogen, helium hot plasma
Sky watching, viewing Sun
plasma screen, signals sent
political hegemony
in messages from
News Int. proprietor
is the picture clear
does The Sun care?
Marc Latham’s central site is @ the greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk)

Poem Plays with Words and Pays World

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Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem has a social conscience.  Although its message is not new, it tries for originality with its use of words and rhyming.
The top half of the poem has a double rhyming of ‘ity’ words on the top half, and the bottom half has a double rhyming of ‘ion’ words.
Does that make sense?  Please check it out for yourself:
Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Homo-sapiens became the height of clarity and hilarity
knowledge of sanity at backend of insanity
yet impoverished humanity can’t break parity from disparity
human is in the middle of inhumanity
media show images of construction coming before destruction
leaders use rigged elections or God’s intervention
justifying wars and excusing pollution is our evolution