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Time for another outing so others can appreciate these wonderful poems…

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My (current) ten favourite poems for World Poetry Day 2016:

  1. “Don’t make me fall in love again…” by Nan Witcomb © 1979, from ‘Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, The Thoughts of Nanushka, Vol I – VI’.  I discovered Nan in the early  80’s when I needed to find solace in words and simply beautiful illustrations.  Soaked with romance, this poem resonated – seemed to speak from my own heart.
  2. “The Dolly on the Dustcart”  by Pam Ayres © I’ve loved this poem since I first read it, even before I watched her perform it at the Perth Concert Hall in the early 90’s.  It was hard to choose just one of her poems (I have a few of her books) this one makes me smile with its many layers.
  3. “Fascination Waltz” by T.A.G. Hungerford © 2005 p. 223, ‘Whatever Happened to Joseph’, 1st pub by Jacobyte Books.  Tom most graciously allowed me…

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Priority Seating No 2.


This poem was written while commuting to University in 2001.  I hope we’ve learned to care for each other more, in these awful COVID-19 times. 


Young woman sits
   while an old man stands.

She gazes through layers
  of foundation.

Does it screen
  the opposite wall?

Can’t she read the
  “Who are you fooling?”

Fake fur-collared jacket
  and label shoes.

Large black leather bag
  clutched to protect her

- it doesn’t – she’s mean!
The old man has turned

  his neat and clean
  but well-worn back

  and solidly sways,
  not expecting courtesy.
Frances Macaulay Forde © 2001


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Letter from 1889

Dr Angus Macaulay MB CU

Angus Macaulay (1843-1922), Doctors Residence, Keose. Angus graduated from the University of Glasgow and worked in the parish of Kildalton on Islay for 7 years and then in Kirkmichael for 2 years before moving to Lochs. He was the doctor here from 1888 to 1895 and was the first doctor to use the new residence, built in 1889 on the site of the old Parish School. He moved to Stornoway in 1895 before being appointed Medical Officer for the Isle of Barra. He retired to Creagorry, Benbecula.   

Quoted directly from: https://www.hebrideanconnections.com/

With a lot of help researching my family history, I received this copy of a letter written in 1889 by my great-grandfather.  Thank you, Angus Smith, researching people of the Isles.  



#FamilyResearch  #DrAngusMacaulay  #AngusSmith  #MacaulayFamily  #MedicalOfficerOfTheIsleOfBarra


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I have been blogging for three years, and one unexpected result from following other bloggers has been the inspiration (and the courage!) to try new forms of creative expression. Here is what I have so far: A Video First: “Cape Elizabeth: 1962” (Video Poetry) A Fiction First: “Beware the Ides of September” (Ghost Story) Finding […]

via Another Poetry First: Tanka — Elizabeth Gauffreau

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05FMF Postcard 2

#PoetryPostcards  #POEM:StraightUp  #VoluntaryIsolation  #Lockdown  #FrancesMacaulayForde

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