Frenzy’s Flash Feature #12

6 Jun

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Welcome To Frenzy’s Flash Feature!

Your fortnightly Poetry/Photo Combo with Greg Mackie

Poet, dreamer, self-confessed idiot. Addicted to chocolate and crisps, he regrets having cancelled his last two dental appointments. Attempts to write stuff. 

http://frenzyofflies.wordpress.com/

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We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 20th June 2013

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NOT SO GOLDEN

by Greg Mackie

His hands shake –
an effect of his stroke,
rather than the alcohol,
and his thick, grey hands
slip and slide
against the ring-pull.
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“Go on, love, open the tin”
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His accent is from Lithuania;
the words from Yorkshire –
and I open one tin,
and then another,
and after the third,
he says he’ll go hiking,
when he gets his legs back,
and he tells me about the hills,
around Bakewell,
and says that silence
isn’t silence at all,
and that it is,
in fact,
a beautiful noise
of crickets and
birds and
wind in your ears.
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I nod,
and see that he is no longer shaking.
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The thick grey hands
that have caressed woman
and hugged men
and held childrens’ hands
and pulled triggers
and that can no longer
pull ring-pulls,
are resting on the acrylic blue lap
of a second-hand tracksuit.
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After the fourth tin,
his voice is
thick and grey –
and the words that
slip against his mouth,
and slide out from his jaws,
speak of the silence
of a war in winter,
and a ditch of mud and ice,
and a detonation
that transformed a comrade
into a statue –
headless,
bloodless,
frozen,
hands, still pink,
in mid gesture.
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I lean over and
give him the last tin.
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How much noise,
beautiful or ugly,
does it take
to drown out
the silence
of dead friends
and empty houses?
 
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10 Responses to “Frenzy’s Flash Feature #12”

  1. M June 7, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Your insight and heart shine through this beautifully written account of a precious personal moment in time. I am glad you are there for him. Mary

    • frenzyofflies June 7, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks Mary, for your very kind and generous words. This is a moment that goes back quite a few years now, although the memory is very, very fresh in my mind. Much appreciated, Mary.

  2. frenzyofflies June 7, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Thanks Mary, for your very kind and generous words. This is a moment that goes back quite a few years now, although the memory is very, very fresh in my mind. Much appreciated, Mary.

    • M June 7, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      I look forward to each your writing features and beautiful photography. Your personality really comes through your writing and creates a very personal experience for the reader. You are extremely gifted.

      • frenzyofflies June 7, 2013 at 10:13 am #

        Thanks Mary, I am sincerely touched by your kindess. You’ve made my day, and quite possibly my week! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  3. M June 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I’m happy to share the praise that you deserve. Thank you – I WILL have a great day! 🙂

  4. Talon June 8, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    There is tenderness here that is heartbreaking.

    • frenzyofflies June 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you Talon, your comment is lovely, and I very much appreciate it!

  5. laurabesley June 10, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    I’ve read this several times and each time something different comes to the forefront. There is so much depth of feeling, life, loss and love in this piece that it is truly phenomenal.

    • frenzyofflies June 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Thanks Laura. It was a different kind of write for me, and your comments are wonderful, and very, very much appreciated 🙂

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