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Alan Edward Roberts



Joined: 26 Nov 2008
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Location: Twickenham, London, UK

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mirror
(Exhibition of paintings by Edward Hopper)

In the light
dwells some magic diffusing of our dark,
their dark,
his dark,
all dark,
beauty found.

In blues and yellows and greens
ablaze.
In city-reds, rough, and
backwoods-yellows, dull,
on fire
with fire not seen
because unlooked for.
The still fire,
unseen or unregarded,
is aflame.

People are in pictures and
people look at pictures.
Isolated.
Mirror-upon-mirror,
with place-and-space reflecting
reality and dream.
Life, life-minus-life,
forever, ever. Amen.


(This poem was originally written about people and paintings, and of sharing a particular moment and space - but I think it might also have some applicability to the relationship between people and poems, and of sharing poetry as the spoken word)
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Alan Edward Roberts



Joined: 26 Nov 2008
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Location: Twickenham, London, UK

PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Doctor

Twenty-two years ago
I submitted my thesis for the degree
of Doctor of Philosophy.

All things are paradoxical,
contain and are contained within a paradox.
No thing is itself paradoxical,
its Self is its validation.

I honed my submission.
No need for the ten thousand words.
(No -
No need for the hundred thousand).
I would not endanger philosophy,
Not become a signatory
to the Order for the Destruction of
Wisdom.

I honed my submission.

I took up my graphite pencil.
I opened my virginal book.
In the centre of page one
I made my mark;
and then erased it.

Period.
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