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Ventriloquist Log
larrylark

On a solitary Sunday walk through the park,
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ground like underfelt turning to compost,
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shifting ground. The decibels of a dog's bark
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echoed in still air. A distant log branch,
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gnarled and thick, caught his eye.
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He smiled.For some reason,
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reminded of a ventriloquist's doll.
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Kids conkering, a football's thud.
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Two lovers wrapped in a single scarf.
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The thick log branch lay, almost obscured.
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He thought he heard a voice,
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staccato,cocksure, clear,
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"I'll give you a tour of the strange and obscure,
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lewd and obcene, spirits and sprites in the dead
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of the night." He wore an immaculate silver birch suit,
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black scar of a tie.
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One hardened sap bead had become a gleaming eye.
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Mouth a gash, where wood had been slashed.
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"Sod off scaredy cat, go home to cocoa and toast,
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chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mow the lawn,
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be a fucking trier, cuddle your sweetie wife,
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get back to your sad little life."
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A long way down the stoney path
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lay the park gate. Travelling at a rate of knots,
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he fled. Mocking words, a knife in his head,
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"You're the living dead , living dead, living dead..........."
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He returned to the welcoming roar of polluting traffic,
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laughing with relief, but people passing seemed
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as phantoms in fog, while in the park
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muttered the ventriloquist log.
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29 Nov 04

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L12, "steange and". L19, space after "wife,", l20, "you're". Very nicely done.
 — claudia

Thanks - having trouble getting the lines to work on this format.
 — larrylark

Ventriloquist log, eh?  Very very interesting. . . have to think on it.  I liked the repetition of "living dead"; to me it seemed like that was intended to give the impression of an echo trailing off --was it?
 — Rhibal

Dear Rhibal

Yes exactly,but it is also a very good and accurate description of myself at 6 AM just after the alarm has gone off

Larry If i could turn back time Lark       &nbs p;                 &n bsp;     
 — unknown

a distant log's branch.
mutters.
a distant log branch.
bugga.
indecision


the language is good but very slightly twisted here and there (an eg of that above)
also like an ocd sufferer, i want to place spaces in places. or bust.

really quite descriptive. not badly.
really quite ok. goodly so.

you changed the title.
that's all you seem to have edited though.
i liked ventriloquist alone better, allowed the end of the poem to be more ...
 — kaleidazcope

Dear K.
Thanks for your kind comments they have been noted and tonight i am going to take them to the park to discuss further with the Ventriloquist Log.

Larry Goggle a Geer ,Goggle a Geer Lark
 — larrylark

Awwww I thought it was going to be about a piece of wood :( gutter
 — unknown

Dear Unknown

And thats how it wood appear to a blockhead

Larry thick as a brick Lark
 — larrylark

why did this get 6? do only good poems come up on random?
 — unknown

Dear Unknown

Many great artists and poets have never been recognised during their lifetimes.I find a good wayto get recognition is to go up to a total stranger in the street and say "Hi,My made up name is Larry Lark and i'm phoney through and through."

Larry Two black eyes Lark
 — unknown

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