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Reflections 31-35 from Folding Mirror Poetry Book

Over thirty-five reflections from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections are on the Writing and Poetry blog now, so following on from reflections 1-5, reflections 6-10, reflections 11-15, reflections 16-20, reflections 21-25, and reflections 26-30 here’s reflections 31-35.

Reflection 31 mirrored As each second of the present passes:

Living the life extraordinary
is of course not as easy
as surviving the life ordinary
in mind as in body
to accomplish
tremendous feats
you must overcome
temptation to weaken
tire or tweet.
You must raise your game
in body, mind and spirit
and tame those thoughts
which would lead you astray
and one day you will make
it to a brighter day.

Reflection 32 mirrored Blue Skies, Delta Blues:

The poem was inspired by research finding that the human desire for love and drugs are both linked to the striatum part of the brain.
Like many Folding Mirrors, it combines the personal, social and wordplay. The words in the first half of the middle line; try, stray and from; derive from the main word of the second half of the line and poem: striatum.
It was thought that the poem was more psychological than social or literary, so it was included in this chapter.

Reflection 33 mirrored Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?

Bipolar highs take you out of your shell, but increase your chances of getting shot at.

Reflection 34 mirrored Inside Out:

People and societies vary in levels of individuality. Some people pride themselves on being independent, while others want to be in the middle of everything social. Whatever the levels of individuality, if people have been born into any kind of society, they are likely to have been shaped by it to a certain extent, and will be expected to abide by the rules of that society. People might rebel, or consider themselves more independent than others, but usually they do it within the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, and follow previous examples from within that society.

Reflection 35 mirrored Railway Line Division Vision:

Ballad of a Young and Old Hobo

The young hobo
all full of myths and dreams
setting out on the highway
with nowhere to go
Where would the road lead him
what route would he follow
to a destiny of riches
or realisation of world hollow
The end of the long road
led to attempts at rooting
but the horizon always called
with new places for scooting
So the road has not ended
nor ever shall it likely
it was just suspended
reality upended
As ambitions tended
bended by society
a life in jeopardy
with no escape ahead of me
The old hobo moving along
myths and dreams no longer the fuel
new places on the old trail
sights and movement keep travelling cool.

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Mirror Poem about Summer Photos in Winter

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by posting Portugal summer photos on the travel25years website this morning during stormy winter weather in the U.K. It is also winter in Portugal now of course, but the photos are still summer.

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Loved Moments Caught in Time, Helps to Loosen Winter Grip 

golden warmth captured on film
feeling the heat, refreshing the swim
walking with short shadow
sun’s cool you on sizzling floor
remembering sights that inspired photos
sheer cliff faces falling to sandy shores

photos more than pictures, memories stored in mind

travelling back in time helps look ahead
navigating winter hazards like mapsA-Z
human season cycles never stop spinning
like moon’s sideways grinning
savour the cold, only passing through
clouds under sky always blue

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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).

 

Mirror Poem Travels Norway’s Bergen – Oslo Railway

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:

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Highest Railway Line, A Beautiful Time

Riding fjord mountain roads
ferry keeps afloat
travelling Haugesund
to Bergen
by bus and boat.

Ruby Sunday snaking
east with Osteroy
across water
to north
Dale, Voss and Naeroy

lead to Flam – Myrdal, metres 1222 ascent at Finse

Orteren, Ustevatn and Rodungen
looking south
over snow
swallowed wide open
Hardangervidda plateau mouth

Forest and lake scenery
to Oslo
through Honefoss
waterfalls accompany descent
completing la vida loco.

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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).

Mount Ulriken, Bergen, Norway Photos and Poem

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary independent travel correspondent at the Greenygrey, and poet. Marc Latham this morning posted a blog and poem about returning to civilisation from the wilderness so it was right up my street… or mountain path.

Returning to Bergen from Mount Ulriken 

Greenygrey provides first aid kit on Mount Ulriken.
Greenygrey provides first aid kit on Mount Ulriken.

Marc posted a blog with several snowy mountains and waterfalls photos about returning from Mount Ulriken to Bergen on travel25years.wordpress.com.

Marc unexpectedly returned not to the path he’d ascended the mountain on, but to one he’d nearly visited a few days previously, when a tunnel ended his random ramble.

Poem about Returning to Humanity from Wilderness

Greenygrey for the future.
Greenygrey for the future.

Writing up that blog reminded Marc of a poem he’d recently written about the joys of returning to human civilisation from the wilderness, so he published it on fmpoetry.wordpress.com.

The poem contrasts with the previous poem published on the website, which had a theme of the joys of isolation within wilderness. There’s lots more explanation over on fmpoetry, but here’s the poem:

Lights of Life, Homes to Humanity

waterfalls, willows, wheels
fireworks outshine city neon
enlightened valley
signs of humanity
on New Year’s Eve
through canyons weave
weary travellers emerge tunnel
poured from natural funnel

enjoyed time’s contemplation, downhill to destination

memories of my species
hive aura buzz oozes
entering concrete civilisation
time of peak imagination
dogs of wolves
wildcat shadows
skyscrapers mirror mountain memories
avenues, alleys, abodes

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Mirror Poem about Civilisation and Wilderness

Marc Latham was writing up his return to civilisation from Bergen’s Mount Ulriken on the travel25years.wordpress.com blog when it reminded him of a Folding Mirror poem he’d written previously but not published. So he thought this was an ideal time to publish the poem and have a simultaneous blogcast.

The Joys of Leaving and Returning 

It is also timely as a contrasting partner to the previous poem published on this site. That poem had a being independent with nature theme, while this one has a joys of returning to humanity theme.

Neither emotion and experience is independent of each other, and Marc hasn’t decided to opt for one or the other before or since writing them, or moved in preference for one or the other. Ideally, he’d like to spend six months in the wild and six months writing it up.

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

To Marc and many humans they are two sides of the same coin; fitting in with the folding mirror theme of this site, and the greenygrey theme of Marc’s main site. Some people don’t want to live much with humanity; some can’t live without humanity; but most balance times of independence and company pretty evenly. Sometimes it’s nice to escape human civilisaton, and sometimes it’s nice to return.

As well as telling of the joys of returning to humanity the poem also mirrors the city with nature in the two halves.

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Lights of Life, Homes to Humanity

waterfalls, willows, wheels
fireworks outshine city neon
enlightened valley
signs of humanity
on New Year’s Eve
through canyons weave
weary travellers emerge tunnel
poured from natural funnel

enjoyed time’s contemplation, downhill to destination

memories of my species
hive aura buzz oozes
entering concrete civilisation
time of peak imagination
dogs of wolves
wildcat shadows
skyscrapers mirror mountain memories
avenues, alleys, abodes

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Blog about return from Mount Ulriken, Bergen, Norway.

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).

 

Poem On the Road to the Epic of Gilgamesh

 Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by reading David Lewis-Williams and David Pearce’s Inside the Neolithic Mind and the British cinema release of Walter Salles‘s On The Road. On The Road is of course Jack Keroac‘s classic 1950s Beat novel, that inspired Marc Latham to travel and write.
It has taken over fifty years to bring a film version of On The Road to the screen, and it has received mixed reviews so far, although the acting is supposed to be great. Most critics think it is hard to capture that time now, with the Beats having helped liberate Western culture to such an extent. Marc doesn’t think the book is really that exciting anyway; it was just the idea and philosophy it contained: to live for the moment, seek truth and meaning, and really savour life. It can mean being quite selfish and nihilistic, and Kerouac was disappointed in what the Beat inspiration turned into in the anarchic and messy hippy culture of the  sixties.
It is released a fortnight after Marc Latham turned 47, Kerouac’s last age, and Marc is now the sceptical grump that Kerouac was at that age, rather than the free and inquisitive twenty-one-year old he was when he took to the road in search of Kerouac’s life. Marc is writing this fuelled by strong coffee the Kerouac way, and hopes to watch and enjoy the film soon.
In Inside the Neolithic Mind Lewis-Williams and Pearce write that The Epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest Near-Eastern myth known, and one of the oldest pieces of literature in existence. It tells the journey of Gilgamesh, the semi-divine king of Uruk, and a wild creature created by the gods called Enkidu. Together, they travel through the tiered Sumerian cosmology, and following Levi-Strauss’s theory of society being formed around binary oppositions (which is not considered entirely accurate now), Lewis-Williams and Pearce consider ‘their personalities constitute a set of parallel oppositions that can … be read horizontally and vertically’ :
  • Enkidu : Gilagmesh
  • nature : culture
  • wild : civilisation
About 4,000 years after the Epic of Gilgamesh was formed, Kerouac and Neal Cassady travelled the American highways together, immortalised in On The Road as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriaty, and have widely been considered to be a modern version of the culture and nature binary opposition.
So Marc thought he’d combine them into a Folding Mirror poem, and here it is:

Travelling Humanity’s Existential Contrasts
On the Road
classic of fifties free thinking
into the twenty-first-century
Sal Paradise and Moriaty
travelling America’s California dream
searching for life’s answers
risking all to escape
modernity’s false reality
captured in book and film
cultural representative, nature’s perspective
etched on tablet of stone
antiquity’s oldest mythical record
leaving palace and divinity
seeking sun god solicitation
journeying Forest of Cedar
Uruk King and Enkidu
written in third-century-BC
insight into early civilisation mind
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English: Caption in book reads: "Izdubah ...
English: Caption in book reads: “Izdubah and Heabani in conflict with the lion and bull”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

New Folding Mirror Book Cover and Contents

Hi, exciting news on the book publishing front, with 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections nearing completion for Amazon Kindle. Here’s the cover and contents:

Table of Contents

1. Personal – Psychological
1. Sagas: Solipsistic Astronaut Gravitates Agnostic Space
Reflection: Understanding and Meaning.
2. Hopes Rise With the Sun
Reflection: Narcissism and Ego.
3. Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion
Reflection: Social Fantasy and Maintaining Interest.
4. Adrift in Unnavigable Oceans: Sodium Chloride
Reflection: Thoughts on Class.
5. Night is a Part of Day
Reflection: Perceptions of Sunrise and Sunset.
6. See Below Sea
Reflection: What People Show in Society.
7. I Am What You See, But You Are Not Me
Reflection: How Words Change with Travel.
8. Orbital Perceptions
Reflection: Doors of Perception, Time and Space.
9. Koala(ity) on a Eucalyptus Tree at Sunset
Reflection: Communicating in Modern Society.
10. Driving Through the Desert
Reflection: Living in the Void.
11. Tale of the Weakness Tail
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
12. Human and Society Chicken and Egg
Reflection: Getting Even.
13. Mine Bipolar Mind
Reflection: Bipolar Mind.
14. All Cooper
Reflection: Benefits of self-analysis.
15. Climbing Over the Hill
Reflection: Is Middle-Age Purgatory?
16. Middle-Age Memories
Reflection: Our Age is One of Great Importance.
17. Living in the Middle-Ages
Reflection: Middle-Age Choices.
18. The Futility of Life and Death
Reflection: Vampires are all in the Mind.
19. Art of Humanity
Reflection: Travelling with Janis Joplin.
20. Summer’s Sunset Soliloquy
Reflection: Strength and Death.
21. Between Times of Fantasy
Reflection: Creatures of Habit.
22. Multitasking Melody
Reflection: Walking Around the Mountain.
23. Not Love, Gnat Empathy
Reflection: Dangers of Bipolar Highs.
24. Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming
Reflection: Old Flames.
25. Inner Strength, Mental Health
Reflection: Thought of Rioting.
26. Dying to Live, Living to Die
Reflection: Life is Like…
27. Life has More Meaning than Death
Reflection: Making the Most of Depression.
28. Y Green and Grey Go Together
Reflection: Funny Farm Sounds a Laugh.
29. I Can See Through You, Why Don’t People Understand Me?
Reflection: Social Masks.
30. Space Brain Becoming Plain
Reflection: Thoughts Beyond Vision.
31. As each second of the present passes…
Reflection: Living the life extraordinary.
32. Blue Skies, Delta Blues
Reflection: Striatum Controls Desire.
33. Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?
Reflection: Vicious Circle.
34. Inside Out
Reflection: How Society Controls Thought and Individuality.
2. Social
35. Railway Line Division Vision
Reflection: Ballad of a Young and Old Hobo.
36. When Life Looked into the Mirror of Death
Reflection: Facing the Reality of Humanity.
37. Sacrifice and Celebration
Reflection: Passing of Time.
38. Humanity is the Filter of the World
Reflection: Trying to Like Humanity.
39. PEACE DAY POEM
Reflection: Life and Soul on Golden Wings.
40. British Electorate Reunite Long Lost Political Twins
Reflection: Red Sky at Night or Morning.
41. Libran Scales
Reflection: Spin or Sorry.
42. Remembrance Day Poem
Reflection: War for Freedom?
43. The God PiL
Reflection: Punk Thoughts Time Cycle.
44. Twist and Shake the Snake
Reflection: Reward or Complaint.
45. For God’s Sake
Reflection: Life and Death Mystery Tour.
46. Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Reflection: Wisdom of Enjoyment.
47. What’s Your Work Worth?
Reflection: Jobs Don’t Define Personality.
48. Status Haters
Reflection: Shadow of the Stone.
49. Distraction in Spin Action
Reflection: Both as Bad as Each Other.
50. Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth.
Reflection: Rebel Without Applause.
51. My God, An Insect
Reflection: Comparing humanity and ant society.
52. Natural Disasters
Reflection: Humanity is a Part of Nature.
53. For Richer, For Poorer, In Life and In Death
Reflection: Analysing Axl Rose.
3. Culture
54. Cloverfield Central
Reflection: Inside and Outside the Political Centre.
55. Life Reality and Media Publicity
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
56. Wonders of the South Park Solar System
Reflection: Benefits of Television and the Media.
57. Immersion Meeting Mirror
Reflection: Image Dependent on Time.
58. Vera, Pink Floyd, Doris
Reflection: Necessary Heroic War?
59. The Whistle Cried Heavy
Reflection: Nothing is Worth Dying For?
60. Two Days When My Cultural Worlds Collided
Reflection: All My Heroes are Dead.
61. News of World – Sky – Sun on Sunday
Reflection: Using Media.
62. The Reverse Werewolf Transformation
Reflection: Benefits of Wolfdom.
63. Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole
Reflection: Poetry Time.
64. The Devil Rides Out… Of You!
Reflection: Frankenstein Features.
65. Samhaim to Halloween
Reflection: Flu Inspired Poem.
66. Dark Knight Fights Against Joker’s Delights
Reflection: Do People Get the Leaders they Deserve.
67. The Diamond Mermaid
Reflection: Sea Swimming Sun.
68. New Year 2010 Poem
Reflection: Free Life Limits.
4. Literary
69. Muse Scattered Seeds for Poets to Harvest
Reflection: The Point of Short Poetry.
70. When the Muse has no Consideration
Reflection: Shower Spain Paen to Poetic Disdain.
71. Breathing Works Both Ways
Reflection: The Games People Play.
72. Alphabetica Mirroretica
Reflection: Happiness in Fantasy.
73. Easter Nonsense
Reflection: No Talent.
74. In the Middle of Ahead and Behind
Reflection: Natural Reflections.
75. In the Beginning of the Conclusion
Reflection: Honey Bee Sees Things Invisible To Me.
76. Surreal Water Wheel – Wheelbarrow
Reflection: Propaganda Ranter.
77. Reflecting on Poems of your Future
Reflection: Poetic Reflections by the Unconscious.
78. Turning Around OCD
Reflection: When You’ve Controlled All Your Addictions.
79. Backward Static Messages
Reflection: Poe-ate-tree Poetry
80. Denied D9
Reflection: Poetry Can Be Cathartic.
5. Nature
81. On the Surface of it, Ants…
Reflection: Ants Seem Our Perfect Mirror.
82. The Caterpillar and Butterfly: Metamorphosis in the Middle
Reflection: Caterpillars and Ants Alliance.
83. I Mirror, Therefore I Zebra
Reflection: 6500 Zebra Views.
84. Chameleon Mix and Match Conundrum
Reflection: Clowning Clouds.
85. Reflecting on Rainbows
Reflection: Magic of Mountains.
86. Diffraction Delivers Sensory Satisfaction
Reflection: Travelling Storm.
87. The Day of Double Eastern Delight
Reflection: Sunset Love Poem.
88. Changing of the Guard
Reflection: The Locality of Philosophical Thought.
89. Valentine Night Sky
Reflection: Good and Evil’s Love-Hate Relationship.
90. Constellations of the North and South
Reflection: Literary Nonsense Twin.
91. Shadowless Seconds on Earth’s Equator
Reflection: Mind of Matter.
92. Ring a Ding Ding, it’s Spring
Reflection: Spring into Life.
93. Following the Last Light
Reflection: Midsummer Inspiration.
94. Falling Autumn Gold
Reflection: More Trees Thanks to Jubilee.
95. Autumn Air Spins Summer Samaras to Equinox Earth
Reflection: History of Helicopters.
96. Snowcatcher: Cradler of Cosmic Latte
Reflection: Life and Love in the Himalayan Mountains.
97. Eagle Down
Reflection: Grounded Thoughts.
98. Keeping it Clean: Humanity, Environment and Earth
Reflection: Catch-22 of Human and Nature Relationship.
99. Gold and Paper Compared
Reflection: We are Nature, not its Enemy.
100. Earth Hour
Reflection: 5×5 Nation and Planet.
101. Surfing Sea Psyche
Reflection: Ocean of Love.
102. The Secret Life of Chaos
Reflection: Mind’s Natural State.
103. Divided Earth, Unifying People
Reflection: Above and Below Mother Earth.
104. The Skull of Eyjafjallajokull
Reflection: Mountain Spirit Dancer.
105. Reflecting on Reality, the Reality of Reflections
Reflection: Time to Think.
106. Times of Dry
Reflection: Unnoticed Normality.
107. When Earth and Sky are as One
Reflection: Greenygrey Creation Myth
108. Greenygrey Sandwich
Reflection: Examples of Greenygrey.
109. Flight of Imagination Returns to Memory Destination
Reflection: How Images Inspire Poetry.
110. Embracing Sea at Midnight
Reflection: Sun, Sea, Fish and Coral.
6. Travel
111. Between City and Sky, Let Your Mind Fly
Reflection: Sky and City Mirror.
112. Jet Landing Through Cloud
Reflection: Above and Below the Clouds.
113. Dawn Cinderellas Pink Candy Dance
Reflection: Mountain Melody.
114. Islands of the Sky and Sea
Reflection: Is Britain Still Bearable?
115. ATM in the AM: Atacama Thought Mission in the Morning
Reflection: ADD a DD.
116. A Member of the Human Race Between Time and Place
Reflection: Making of the Cover Image.
7. Space
117. How’s that for a Mexican Hat?
Reflection: Repetitive Shapes.
118. Norma’s White Dwarf Colour Composer
Reflection: Computer Helps Create Art.
119. Space from Singularity Expanding Universe
Reflection: The Universe has Always Been Divided.
120. The Universe in a Planck
Reflection: Progress Breakthrough?
121. Future to the Back
Reflection: Telescopic Poetry.