Monday, September 7, 2009

The Monday Poem

Monday is the new Saturday thanks to te poetry extravaganza.Do we carethat the Weekend is over? Not a jot, for the highlight of the week has arrived.TFE's world famous 'Let's post poetry on Monday coz it used to be the worst day of the week writing academy'( A poetry in the community art project funded by the arts council of the RepubloEEjo)

Quick off the blocks and first out of the starting gate is Dominic (The google king) Rivron. Musician ,athlete,writer.Get ye away to his blog pronto and see if the world is not a better place with a Monday poetry(or prose) injection. post. By the way did I mention that Tipp were robbed, ROBBED.Cats have nine lives and a referee.
Next Poet and ex-police Dog (everything you say will be taken down and used in a poem) Titus
Weaver of words,teacher,learner,Farmer's wife The Weaver of Grass
Prize winning buskers singer/songwriters,musicians poets The Watercats
Poet painter cartoonist illustrator reviewer P Nolan
Jeanne, professor ,author ,poet, academic,harpist has posted her poem in the comments section but check out her blog at
Niamh Bagnell, poet, broadcaster, Diva performer type thing.
Kate Dempsey ,Emerging (I would argue Emerged) writer, performing Diva and poet
Domestic Oubliette,Poet ,writer,radio star, vegetable gardener,

And here's mine TFE ,Blogger, alcoholic,photographer,Bon Viveur,Porn Star, Haggis Farmer,Astronaut and Pizza delivery boy.
Reflection of the artist as an old man

Four glasses downed before the rain
has dried on the brim of my hat.
I’m fingering coins in my palm,
praying for the price.
I must be at least seventy,
a body held together by
tight knotted scarf
thin black overcoat
and blacker pints.
A wife dead,
or gone, my children just
a card at Christmas?
In the mirror, I see
a young couple embrace,
such a big-picture background,
so many dark possibilities ,
can our whole lives be painted
in a moment of light?

Fugh it, we're back to miserable monday again...Ooops!


Niamh B said...

that's lovely TFE, really.

NanU said...

oooh, I like that!

Mine's done too.
& Too long!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Brilliant poem and very moving.

Heather said...

Very poignant TFE - beautifully put but with luck, just a bad dream. May I point out that 70 is the new 50!! It is not old - well not quite!

Rachel Fox said...

I wasn't sure if this had to be at 7pm too! I've just finished mine and will post it in the next hour or so!
You're a fierce taskmaster so you are!

Heather said...

Just posted my 'poem' and am off to check out Dominic's. Love the photo - my kids would have loved that when they were young.

willow said...

"a body held together by
tight knotted scarf" wow, I love this.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am just about to post mine TFE - like the idea of your being held together with a scarf! Cafes don't feature highly in my life-style, so it,s Spotted in the Supermarket instead. Enjoy - posted at 15.09 (word verification is hic is this significant or is it significant?)

the watercats said...

Nice poem!.. I'm a sucker for things about ole fellas... really beautifully observed :-)
Love the new photo too.. have they got a generator for those amps or what?.lol

Jeanne Iris said...

Brilliant poem, TFE!

I'm posting my Monday poem right here in the Eejit Cafe:

A Choir member's View from the Altar of a Catholic Church

Singing the hymns quite harmonious
We implore the congregation to join us;
Some do, most don’t; they’re not so wired
But I wonder what does transpire
In those dogmatically trained minds
As the good priest moves through
The rituals sublime, taking his time.
Then ‘in medias res,’ a child, God’s child
Anxious and free, boldly implores with glee
“Time to go! Please, come with me!”
“I’m already there,” says my mind to his.
I left with the first hymn, and the views
Of the curious stares, inhabiting the pews.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Never mind mine Mrs Niamh,where's yours? Well? I'm waiting. And forget about electro picnics, huge crowded poetry recitals and radio shows- this is much more mportant :)

Rachel Fox said...

I like your 'blacker pints'.
Mine's done.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks nanU. And Ralph-any giraffe poetry at all in cameleopardalis?I hope i spelled that correctly also HAPPY (recent)BIRTHDAY!

Totalfeckineejit said...

And don't you forget it young Rachel!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks Heather,the kids always loved running up those yokes!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thhanks Willow and where is yours??
Very bold :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Highly significo Weaver.And thanks!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Car battery I think Watercats.And thanks, but where's yer poem? ye did such a corker last week!

Totalfeckineejit said...

The EEjit cafe? Mmm ,I like that!EEjit Bar and Lounge? Anyway an interesting poem this one Jeanne from a different and revealing perspective.If there is a zeitgeist around struggling catholics (myself included)this surely taps into it.It struck a real chord, pardon the pun, with me.
Nice one amigo, mucho gracias!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Tanx Rachel.

Niamh B said...

Had to wait till i got somewhere public to spot a vic... i mean subject, 'n anyway I'm waiting till 7pm. That's my plan anyhoo.


That is a beautiful poem, TFE. You have great depth, you know. :D

I'll get a poem up by the end of the day! Of course, it's only noon here.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Yes,Susan, I am like the ocean-I make people sick Ha ha! But thanks and delighted your joining in!
In fact come on in everybody ,the water is lovely!

Titus said...

Hi TFE, very impressed that you found mine before I'd told you. Had to be out at work this morning and away all day. You're right - it is an academy with "no rules but one", which I like. Very much, in fact, as this week I wrote in a way I hadn't before.
Checking out the rest, all with that same initial, single rule, is the best bit.
First two lines of yours pulled me straight in - good. And such a sharp, bitter taste by the end.

P Nolan said...

Holy Feck! Quick off the blocks is right - lookitemall!!!!

Here's mine;

Totalfeckineejit said...

hey P Nolan, I'm mainly bad ,occasionally good but never Holy, but thanks for the title anyways it has a certain gravitas to it. :) or maybe it should be 0:) That's supposed to be a halo.

Emerging Writer said...

Sorry so late. Many brain cells left in the field in Stradbally. Also didn't take so much time.

Domestic Oub said...

Okay... here we go

Dominic Rivron said...

I just said something similar about Rachel's Monday offering: this has instantly become one of my favourite TFE poems.

Eryl Shields said...

This is great, and I really did mean to join in but I failed to take into consideration that today is my son's birthday so I've been a bit distracted.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks Dominic and I like Rachel's too.Coincidentally both self portraits, one from the past and one from the potential futur.That she may not have written it without this propmt is a buzz that I never envisaged.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Hey Eryl, very Happy Birthday to your son, hope you all had a really great day. Join in next time if you can, you'd be more than welcome! :)

BT said...

Well, ok, I forgot. I've just done it. It's 12.15am, am I in time???
That's me if you get time to look.

Jeanne Iris said...

I want Titus's dog. : )

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh this sounds good! How can I join in?

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I do like the way you think. Thanks for the vicarious introductions. -Jayne

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks BT, it's never too late, until it's too late, :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

He y Jeanne,Titus IS the dog, a great little dog perhaps the greatest canine writer in living memory.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Welcome Mrs Nesbit, join in, by joining in :)You can do last weeks assignment, or next weeks or both, looking forward to it!Yee haw!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks a million, Jayne, I'm glad you enjoyed them and that you took the time to have a look.Joining in next week,there's plenty of room ? :)

swiss said...

thanks to a tiny bit of motivation form niamh mine's is up. may do the music one next