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A patteran is an arrangement of stones and sticks in the form of a coded message left by Gypsies at the roadside for those following on. This blog is my digital equivalent.
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Sorry - late in responding to responses. Many thanks for the comments, everyone!
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Shared with The Mag. LINES Straight talking, that was what was needed, so you said. And you smiled a thin and final line, and you turned, as they say, on your heel, on a sixpence, and you strode, straight-limbed, along... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages
7. Many thanks, Maria.
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4. Thank you, Kass. 5. They were the darkest nights I have ever inhabited, Tess. We camped by the River Chusovaya in the Urals & when there was no moon & no stars, there was an extraordinary sense of the weight of the invisible sky. But when the stars were out, there really was a sort of liberation into weightlessness!
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1. Thank you so much, Elena. Maybe you had to be there! I took the Trans-Siberian three times & the intensity of the experience never lessened. 2. большое спасибо!
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Balezino Station is shared with The Mag. BALEZINO STATION At Balezino Station we disembark in silence under the great arch of night. First whispers leave breath hanging, shining like bright smoke. The old moon leans through cloud. A silver wind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages
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Sonny Black is a leading acoustic guitarist based in the UK, who plays blues, rags and original compositions usually fingerstyle or slide. He has performed live sessions for BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones and Johnnie Walker shows and, under the name of Bill Boazman, has produced a guitar tutorial DVD,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at BROKE DOWN ENGINE
Sorry, folks, a late pick-up of further comments! 10. Thank you, Tess! 11. Kind of you to say so, Dominic! If I could master the art of the video poem I might have a go. 12. Many thanks, Natalie. Re email problems, I've just this minute emailed you.
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7. It can be a stormy coastline!
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1. Thank you, Shers. 2. That's very kind! Thank you. 3. Many thanks, Berowne. 4. My thanks. It's based very loosely on a one-time fishing village on the Pembrokeshire coastline, near St David's. 5. Thank you, Sandra. 6. Hi Kass. Many thanks.
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Shared with The Mag. BRINGING IN THE FISH A small island race raised on this brief silver harvest: fish slithering like coins from treasure chests hefted down from rusting boats that seem too nutshell frail to ride these stacked northern... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages
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15. Thank you, Tess!
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1. Many thanks, Berowne. 2. Thank you, CC. 3. They do indeed, Bekkie. And then poets come along & anthropomorphise them! 4. Thanks, Kathe. Much appreciated. 5. Hi Marja-Leena. Many thanks. When I was in BC the only forest I spent time in was around Hicks Lake. Somewhat tamer, I think! 6. Thank you, Sandra. 7. My thanks, Elena. 8. Happy to be classic, Rommy! Many thanks. 9. Hi, Kass. Thank you. 11. Thanks for the regular support, Helena. Much appreciated. 12. There's nothing more impassive than a fire hydrant! 13. Hi Rae. Many thanks! And now, a commercial break! 'Green Man' & many other poems can be found in my collection 'Ancient Lights', obtainable from: http://www.phoeniciapublishing.com/ancient-lights.html
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Thanks, everyone, for the comments. Back tomorrow to respond properly.
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Shared with The Mag. THE GREEN MAN Trees are so certain, implacable, even when fallen, each one a manifesto proposing stillness around a slow heart. Philosophers out of the earth, they breathe into the secret sky. Where they reach with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages
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13. Thank you, Rosemary. The essence of the question is somewhat bleaker than that, isn't it? The implication is that happiness as a steady state of being can only be the consequence of ignorance since the getting of wisdom must bring with it a degree of suffering.
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11. And what choice would you make?
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8. I waited a whole parcel of years, but stinted on the nakedness & the rain, I'm afraid! 9. Many thanks, Kass. Much appreciated.
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7. Many thanks, Susie. 8. Hi Rali. I'm not sure what Socrates actually decided for himself on the issue. For him, as for all great philosophers, the question is more important than the individual answer. 9. Many thanks, Natalie. I'd been meaning to write it for a long time!
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12. Thank you very much, Carrie!
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Shared with Imaginary Gardens... The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. SOCRATES “What would you rather be?” our teacher asked us. “Socrates, wise but unhappy, or happy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages
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5. We managed to miss the gorse. The path ran between the bushes. So modesty - up to a point - was preserved! 6. As indeed it does! Thank you, Karen. 7. I'm honoured, Helena, many thanks! 8. Thank you, Keith. 9. Many thanks, Tess. Poetry is so useful as a means whereby to ring-fence experience safely & securely!
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Sorry, folks, I've been away. Back shortly to respond to your comments.
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10. Thank you. I think!
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