Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sunday Review

The week began with Joy France reminding us of the 32 years since the death of John Lennon with her very creative poem Sign of the Times. What was clever about this poem was that you read it from the bottom to the top like a ladder. A very mystifying piece reminiscent of Lennon's way of thinking.

Barry Woods' Urban Android was about the increasing Orwellian society we are living in. The news story pointed out certain stores were using hidden cameras in mannequins. Woods tells us in an almost prophetic tone that 'Soon even our dreams will be hard-wired directly to a command centre.'

On Wednesday we had Noel Loftus' I Think I Was Nine. This was a powerful poem and had us here at Poetry24 in certain discussions regarding the style of the piece. It's written in the voice of a nine year old so certain errors were on purpose and the animal imagery was shocking and powerful and highlighted the topic of terminal illness and euthanasia in such a different way.

We moved away from the seriousness for a while and used A Christmas Verse by Thomas Martin on Thursday. This was about the predicted white Christmas we're supposed to get over December and January.

On the same topic of Christmas and Winter we next had It Is A Winter's Tale by David Mellor. Here we were reminded that although it is a season of joy and cheer, there is also rising energy bills due to inflation which will affect households all over the country. A quick turn to the reality of the monetary side of Winter.

Like we began with an obituary, we ended the week with an obituary. This one was David Subbachi's Stargazer which told us about Sir Patrick Moore who died at the age of 89.

At the end of the week there was the tragic shooting at a primary school in Conneticut, USA. It was a terrible news story and we received some poems dedicated to it. First is Children Playing: Gone by David Mellor.

Children Playing: Gone

shoot them down over Iraq
let’s forget we are taking them down here
killing more children in our streets
defending ourselves
with children’s blood
let’s tell others be in control
when gun laws let anyone take out who they wish
defend democracy
carry little children
in our arms dead at school
but let’s remember you
tell us the rules

© David Mellor

Born in Liverpool in 1964, David rummaged around various dead end jobs, then back to college and uni. He first discovered poetry in his 20s, starting writing and performing and has done so ever since.

And secondly we have, respectively, Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre by Linda Cosgriff.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

28 dead, 20 under ten
A mother and other loved ones
Presidents weep
On days like this I wish I was a dog
a bird a sheep a cow a fly an ant a deer

I wish I didn't know how evil men can be

©Linda Cosgriff

Linda Cosgriff is an Open University graduate. Her poems have been published in ezines, magazines, various collections, and as art.