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Frenzy’s Flash Feature #15

18 Jul

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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/

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 1st August 2013

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Bridlington Harbour

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Bridlington Harbour

by Greg Mackie

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It’s the summer of my first decade

and Bob Marley’s on the radio –

telling me to be wary about women.

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Outside the caravan,

on deckchairs,

Dad’s wearing a straw hat;

Mum’s wearing a smile

and they’re both on holiday –

from themselves. 

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This is the time – 

polaroided into my memory,

like a instaflash of happiness.

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Tonight,

as every night,

we’re going down to the harbour,

where the sea is inky black

and vast and unknown like my future.

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The sea stinks of dead fish and engine oil,

doughnut wrappers float on gasoline rainbows,

and yet  – 

the ice-cream is the sweetest in the world.

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Frenzy’s Flash Feature #11

23 May

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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/

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 6th June 2013

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COPYCAT

by Greg Mackie

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Every morning,

my cat,

jumps onto the kitchen table,

steals a milk top, 

jumps down,

drops it on the floor,

walks past,

(casually) 

pretending to see it for the first time,  

(he’s a great actor)

pounces on it, 

takes it between his paws, 

pops it back into his mouth – 

and then repeats the whole scene,

about 40 times.

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Eventually, 

the sound of plastic, 

bouncing, scraping, screeching,

on a wooden floor

drives me mad

and I throw a shoe at him –

although not really;

because he’s just following

my bad example.

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Every evening,

when the kids are sleeping,

I take a tub of ice cream,

and put it on the kitchen table,

and walk past it,

(casually)

pretending to see it for the first time,

(I deserve an Oscar) 

take just a spoonful –

and then I repeat the whole scene,

about 40 times.

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Eventually,

all the ice-cream is gone,

and nobody, 

unfortunately,

throws a shoe at me, either.

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Frenzy’s Flash Feature #10

9 May

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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/

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 23rd May 2013

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COLLECTIVE NOUNS

by Greg Mackie

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I usually hide

behind a collective noun,

and drift past –

one of a river 

of conveniently 

cynical commuters.

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I flow downstream

onto the warm platform,

half-man, 

half-liquid –

and then I go home,

and watch tv

and drink espressos

and shout at my children

over ten grains of rice

stuck

in the dishwasher.

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I know absolutely nothing

of her world,

except –

she spends her days

sitting on a bench 

that looks colder than my fridge,

and she looks weary,

and this evening,

as I glanced across 

and saw her eyes,

I almost tripped.

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The energy required,

to ignore,

so completely

another human being,

whilst simultaneously clinging,

onto a pretension of goodness,

is more,

than I have in me.

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Frenzy’s Flash Feature #9

25 Apr

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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/

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 9th May 2013

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ACCIDENTAL WILDERNESS

(Drowning in the Ozarks)

by Greg Mackie

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First, were destroyed

the homes 

and the factories

and the churches –

then the railways, 

ripped up,

and the trees,

torn down.

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Damned –

the river rose

and broke its banks

and flooded the fields

and drowned the valley –

and my memories, too,

were mixed into the mud.

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How many times

did I stand

on the edge of my mind,

watching my childhood 

shining pristine –

in a man-made Atlantis

of necessary nostalgia?

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How many times 

did I drown 

in that lake of memories – 

so thick, 

so quick,

to drag me down?

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Stubborn, 

as the wild flowers 

and the weeds 

and the long grasses

and the persevering plants –

I have become 

an accidental wilderness,

of unfinished stories 

and shifting sentiments

and dislocated desires.

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And though wild animals 

may wander, carelessly, 

through my long grasses – 

and though they may drink,

greedily, 

from my purest waters –

I too am wild, 

and as the wildest of accidents –

I will prevail.

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Frenzy’s Flash Feature #8

11 Apr

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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/

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 25th  April 2013

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BROWNIAN EMOTION

by Greg Mackie

 

That big ball in the sky,

Is a hunk of burning rust,

And that dancing dust – 

Red iron ore.

 

The particles,

Those proud and pudic, 

Brownian bustlers –

Silently side step,

The emotionless others,

In a solitary, 

(And slightly sad), 

Soft shoe shuffle.

 

Avoid, 

Do not collide.

 

Sometimes, 

When it rains, 

They get trapped together,

And caked together,

And the water, 

And the heat,

And the forced contact, 

(Once they get past that intitial moment of embarrassment),

Makes them fertile –

For a while. 

 

And from that caked mass,

May shoot a stalk or two of garish green,

Bold and bright, on a burnt, bleached land,

Bold like the green of a gangrened hand.

 

And garish,

Like that hunk of burning red rust,

As it burns and it bleaches and it starches and it leaches –

 

And until that final dusk,

Dries them back to dust.

 

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Frenzy’s Flash Feature #3

31 Jan

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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.tumblr.com

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 14th  February 2013. 

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The Brand-New Me

by Greg Mackie

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I didn’t see it coming,

Although it happens every year,

And the complete and utter shock,

Has left me drowning in my tears.

My trousers have all shrunk,

And my shirts have all changed size.

I’ve got nothing left to wear,

Except some socks and a wrinkled tie.

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I need to give myself a shake,

Before it’s finally too late,

I need to get down to the gym,

And get back into decent shape.

It’s time to count those calories,

And eat those low fat meals,

It’s time to shed those extra pounds,

And roll back twenty years.

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I want to be trim and healthy,

And I’m determined to make it last,

Those fish and chips and chocolate bars,

Are sins of a forgotten past.

I’m going to eat five a day

Until my curves do melt.

Carrot sticks and celery,

Until my figure’s svelte.

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And if I’m really well behaved,

As a very special treat,

I might be tempted to enjoy,

a prize of my favourite sweets.

So, to celebrate the brand-new me,

A man who’s in control,

I’ll start my diet that’s for sure,

Just, after this one, last, sausage roll.


Frenzy’s Flash Feature #2

17 Jan

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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.tumblr.com

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

We hope you enjoy this  ‘Frenzy’s Flash Feature’ entry. Greg will be be back with another great combination on Thursday 31st January 2013. 

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Original Photograph by Greg Mackie

TOURISTS INTREPID

By Greg Mackie

Tourists intrepid,
From all around the globe,
Emerge from the subway,
Braving wind, rain and cold.
They’ve travelled thousands of miles,
By bus, train and plane,
And waited boldly in line,
Again and again.

They’ve ventured to see,
Those momuments that I,
Pass every single day,
Without batting an eye.
For this world is a wonder,
Its beauty so bright,
When seen that very first time,
Through camera sights.

Oh! To be like them,
And escape from this life!
To see it all again,
In a different light!
I need six months vacation,
A complete change of scene,
But not from this fine city,
From the jerk that is me.

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