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To a Sometime Morris Man


An Irregular Ode

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Sorry, Jim, I do not know what a Morris man is?

I really haven't a clue.

Im do know I like the way this poetry flows and these lines with the alliteration are very well written:

"can only long to be playing away,
on his tattered, battered old melodeon,
the polka rhythms of yesterday
that in its bellowed memory linger,"

Blessings, my friend. :) Bob


 Comment Written 03-Jun-2019



reply by the author on 03-Jun-2019
    The Morris is the traditional Male dance of England. Most of it centered in the south Midlands based on the villages of the Cotswold Hills. These days it is still popular and teams of idiots like me keep it going. Except I am getting a bit old for it now like the guy in the poem. Thanks for owning up and still reviewing.

reply by Mastery on 03-Jun-2019
    Thanks for understanding, Jim. I would love to see a demo of it. LOL Bob

reply by the author on 03-Jun-2019
    If you Google English Morris's Dancing You Tube. There are many films of it.
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Great title as it drew me in wondering "what is a Morris?" Thanks for sharing the complex nature of the poem's structure. Your word choice adds to the sense the poem is about a time-gone-by (cavorted, terpsichore, necromancer, melodeon, and other words not in common usage). There's a haunting echo to the final phrasing "we're led to the tears...that we shed for the years gone by."


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reply by the author on 03-Jun-2019
    Many thanks for reviewing this poem and commenting on the essential feeling of the past it engendered.
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Hi Jim, I liked your poem very much. It's a mix of joy and melancholy looking back on what once was. I especially liked this line:
that in its bellowed memory linger,
Thanks for the extensive notes. They're very helpful. All the best. Ulla:))


 Comment Written 03-Jun-2019



reply by the author on 03-Jun-2019
    Thank you for this complimentary review of both poem and the notes.
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Morris dancing tells a story, bet you miss cavorting. I loved watching the Morris dancers when I visited England. Lots of folks don't know that each dance represents a story. Thanks for sharing friend. Well done poet.


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reply by the author on 03-Jun-2019
    Yes indeed the Tankard of Joy was probably the best bit. Many thanks for this complimentary review, and the six star grading.
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Well, live and learn! Strange things endure across the pond! Whoda thunk after having read your work for years, I'd find that you, instead of being a regular human being, are an enfeebled morris man - a type of person I never knew existed! With a name like Jim, yet!

(We do have something in common; I, like you, can no longer do a proper jig.)

Hang in there,
Don



 Comment Written 03-Jun-2019



reply by the author on 03-Jun-2019
    Time creeps up on one and steals the oil can of life. So everything starts to seize up. Pity that. Many thanks for the review and the six star grading.

reply by Ogden on 03-Jun-2019
    Ah yes, that missing oil can.
    You are most welcome tp the acclaim, Jim.

    Don
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This well-written, moving piece makes excellent use of vividly descriptive
words to convey its theme. When one's heyday passes, loneliness ad longing may set in. Made me think of the song "Mr. Bojangles"


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reply by the author on 02-Jun-2019
    Thank you so much for this sensitive review. An interesting comparison that, with Mr Bojangles.
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Hello Pantygynt,
A wonderful poem on the old Morris dancers.
I recall you writing about them several years ago.
The poem seems to echo the steps of the dance in both meter and rhyme.
My great grandfather, originally from Fakenham, England, was known as "The Concertino Virtuoso of the World."
Alas, I inherited none of that particular talent, nor any talent as a dancer.
Therefore, I must reward you with the sixth star a retired Morris dancer deserves.
Well done
Robert




 Comment Written 02-Jun-2019



reply by the author on 02-Jun-2019
    Thank you so much for this six star review. I am honoured. Interesting that about your great grandfather. I know Fakenham. We lived near there when I was a child.
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I love both your poem and your picture. It's a little piece of history.
These lines are my favorite:
until life's tankard of joy runs dry,
and we're led to the tears we weep today
Thanks for sharing.


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reply by the author on 02-Jun-2019
    Many thanks for this review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the piece.
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I'm not familiar with irregular odes, so thank you for educating me.

The poem is a delight to read, its sad whimsy so beautifully expressed in words and imagery, even in the optics of your chosen font.

Old Man Time as a Morris dancer is a well conceived and effective conceit.

Well done. Even though retired, may you be blessed with capering dreams!


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reply by the author on 02-Jun-2019
    Thank you so much for this kind review.
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Great old photo and interesting notes about the Morris Men. They are much different to those I've seen here (dancing around waving handkerchiefs??)
Enjoyed your poem, Jim especially when - his steps exhausted, his years called "Stop!"
I can relate to that.
cheers,
valda


 Comment Written 02-Jun-2019



reply by the author on 02-Jun-2019
    Thank you for reviewing. Photo was of one old dancer acting as guardian of the horns and a musician. The kit is somewhat different these day and Abingdon dance their own dances that do involve waving hankies and clashing sticks.
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