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Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

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Tue, 22 May 2012 14:16:41 -0600

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Yes, welcome.

And what Roger said.

And then, to get the fiction going a bit more, for more fun: I see why the passive constructions for the 'I', but maybe more active ones for all those others that come in the first lines of the couplets?

Doug
On 2012-05-22, at 6:34 AM, Roger Collett wrote:

> Welcome Bill,
> 
> Just a tip.
> When you post here don't cut and paste from Word.
> Use a text file from something like Notepad and you wont get the surplus linefeeds.
> 
> Nice to have a new subscriber.
> Roger Collett
> Arrowhead Press
> http://www.arrowheadpress.co.uk/
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Wootton" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:17 PM
> Subject: First post
> 
> 
> Hi all.
> 
> Geez you are a hard lot to tap into. Thanks Max, Uche et al for walking me through the subscription minefields.
> 
> Now, is this what I do? Attach a poem and await comment?
> 
> 
> 
> Surrounded by Competents
> 
> 
> Everyone seems to know what to do.
> 
> I am bewildered.
> 
> 
> 
> Stepping in to the breach seems so natural for others.
> 
> Whenever I do, itís as a rabbit in the headlights.
> 
> 
> 
> The hands of others manoeuvre and tinkle.
> 
> Mine hold, at best.
> 
> 
> 
> Everyoneís a player or wants to be.
> 
> I spectate.
> 
> 
> 
> It seems so natural to get involved.
> 
> For me, itís always an effort.
> 
> 
> 
> Competent tradies do and do and do.
> 
> I am awed by their air of efficiency and sureness.
> 
> 
> 
> I panic into offering what unskilled assistance I can.
> 
> Initiativelessly.
> 
> 
> 
> Even opinions seem ready on the lips of others
> 
> While mine, such as they are, I have to summon.
> 
> 
> 
> Are they kidding? I wonder.
> 
> My natural tendency is to wait.
> 
> 
> 
> My blood pressure is lizard low.
> 
> The world seems full of pulsing bubblers.
> 
> 
> 
> Tentativeness is both my opening and fallback position.
> 
> Footholds are all I gain.
> 
> 
> 
> Cooking: I still canít quite acknowledge
> 
> the transformation from raw to plateworthy.
> 
> 
> 
> Cars: how the hell do they work ?
> 
> At 55, Iím no closer to knowing than I was at 5.
> 
> 
> 
> Turn the key, flick the switch.
> 
> I accept the consequent changes ignorantly.
> 
> 
> 
> I suppose it is pleasant enough. I wouldnít say
> 
> Iím wide-eyed. More even-eyed: seeing without discernment.
> 
> 
> 
> So long as the world doesnít betray my naivetť.
> 
> 
> 
> Bill Wootton 15.4.12 

Douglas Barbour
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