Recent Reviews for John Flanagan
Shadows of Substance (Book) - 11/8/2011 11:42:15 AM|
The patient building of characters drew me in to such an extent I was worried for Henry’s daughter even as she had grown into a strong successful woman. I shared the book with my mother & she became so enraged with Henry Davidson that I had to remind her that he was a fictional character. You done well in giving the reader a geographical feel for the setting. In short – we were pulled in.
Shadows of Substance (Book) - 10/2/2010 6:12:09 AM
Shadows of Substance is now one of my all-time favorite novels. Good and evil were deftly woven into the book's characters along with the author's accurate historical perspective. I laughed and cried as I read this absorbing story of women trying to survive in a man's world. Bravo to you John Flanagan!
~ Christine Tsen
Shadows of Substance (Book) - 11/28/2007 5:03:02 PM
Angela Farrell and Rosa(Gonzalez) have posted reviews on the Lulu website.
Rosa wrote: "John Flanagan's storytelling draws you in and you cannot but submit to the impulse to keep on reading. He describes the type of family situation that one rushes to get caught up in.
It's beautifully written and I know already that I will be reading this book many times over.
For a first novel this is a tremendous effort."
Angela wrote: "I downloaded this book immediately I saw it on Lulu as I had already hugely enjoyed 'We're All Men Here' by the same author. 'Shadows of Substance' is a very absorbing read. The locations and the range of characters are vividly portrayed with immaculate historic accuracy and resounding authenticity. The wonderful quality of John Flanagan's writing is, once again, a joy to read. What I found most striking in this book were the strong female characters, real women, survivors who take on and come through life's challenges, devoid of bitterness, with breadth of vision.
To me, this book reads as a labour of love and tenderness for all women of the second half of the 20th century in the West of Ireland."
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 10:07:22 AM
Odd, how this goes on and true all over this world and in every culture
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 8/27/2013 7:55:23 PM
Together in sickness and health. These are the ties that bind!.....M
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 8/24/2013 4:20:06 PM
Such intelligent observation in what some see as mundane, or are just asleep - blind, yet here we see the universal in life's smallest detail.
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 7/20/2013 4:33:39 AM
enjoy the profoundness of your writing
peace be with you
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 6/18/2013 4:21:19 AM
this one strikes home, john.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 5/5/2013 12:49:29 PM
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/17/2013 12:23:04 PM
Your heart tender in this splendid write.
Lady Mary Ann
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/11/2013 7:35:53 AM
you have the ability to take commonplace experiences and situations and bring out the quintessential ceremony of the moment ...
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/10/2013 12:12:35 AM
a true love poem
love in sickness and in health
tender strong real
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/9/2013 1:38:47 PM
You immediately and deftly take us into the textured world of this couple making the poem an experience through your technique and your genius.
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/8/2013 2:36:12 PM
Of Heart and Soul
You have touched
with such Love!
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/6/2013 6:26:30 AM
Easily felt as the whispers of one's inner voice, knowing that certain realities are better served in poetic musings. Beautifully rendered in just the right syncopation of rhythm and searching structure.
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/5/2013 12:20:29 PM
I always enjoy the high creativity of your poems. It seems to me that there is an older person in the house being taken care of and some of his belongings are being examined. Otherwise, I haven't a clue.
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/4/2013 8:41:17 PM
John - You have captured that love that deepens over the years to support the loved one in the inevitable frailties of living. The lines:
words he sent from far
that can't avoid often opening and folding,
traces of fingers and balm of lips
on the starts and endings of his tenderness
reflect the early love that has grown to the present.
The lines, "take his arm
first time out together in a while"
remind me of a book I read about an Irish farm family. The author tells of an elderly aunt and uncle who can't get around alone so they always go out together because they can get around by supporting each other. This poem brought that wonderful image back to me.
Wonderfully written as always.
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/4/2013 9:23:41 AM
life, married life in particular is a serial of opportunities, challenges and an ever evolving process of recuperations. each demanding that we enlist additional resources, strength and accommodations to survive. as we fumble our way through we are buoyed by recollections of the fond times past and search through the hard memorabilia to support them. your creations, the howards are emblematic of the eternal cycle passed between the generations, not by choice of course, by the hands of circumstance and fate. unwilling yet unable to amend the courses we are dealt. john, i see my grandparents, parents and now me in the roles you have set forth with great care. acquiescence rather than acceptance of what is. you have set tenderness to the work which embraces the reality. here is an emotional event that few will not readily relate to. i wish you love and peace my dear friend. jon michael
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/4/2013 6:54:29 AM
such a dear feeling in this
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/4/2013 5:23:30 AM
The ambiance is genuine, quiet, heavy with closure. The sadness is lifted by a degree of comfort and familiarity. It simply is as it is, as it must be. You create in full-color. I bet you dream in full-color, too. This is beautiful and compassionate, John. I imagine an open window to let in a spring breeze laced in birdsong to further ensconse the bond between two.
mr howard sees mrs howard... (Poetry) - 4/4/2013 4:12:34 AM
Wow.. I read this and was drawn back to another time..and another couple, my mom and dad.. a beautifully bittersweet piece.. thank you John
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/25/2013 3:46:36 PM
a gripping story with a strong and thoughtful end, John, a masterpiece of grit and grace!!!
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/23/2013 12:45:49 AM
a remarkable story told by a gifted writer
this will stay with us a long long time
Winnie sends love and gratitude as I do
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 10:22:54 PM
Such class you displayed in the
telling of Od's hardships.. yet
happy ending!!! And I'm sure
would be a successful novel!!!
God Bless the meek...
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 6:18:07 PM
Since he told you the story I figured he was possibly free after her death, but, no there is a dramatic escape. He seems to have found some happiness and the ability to move on. Very glad you conveyed this to us in style!
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 3:26:40 PM
his story seems to highlight how we are the product of our cultural enviorment and the god(s) we report too. His mind is an embassy of seculsion. In his heart he lives by different rules and he knows it. You can only hope there is a way out for him....I see you have posted the next installment so I will read soon...Beautifully presented this passage.........~ MOrgan
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 11:53:41 AM
Brother John - What a story! Our sense of reality is changed and expanded. Glad Od created a life for himself with a wife and child.
Real life offers few happily ever after stories and this is no exception: These lines cling to my soul:
I have no answers and I wish I didn't ask.
I wish I could clean my head.
I never heard of him again
and heard nothing about Lady of the House.
Here, we keep strange things quiet if we can
and amnesia helps us be happy.
Profound story Brother John.
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 10:59:24 AM
That is a heart wrenching story, all too common in parts of the world where children are expendable and sometimes considered property. The story within the story is what is interesting. Looks like the makings of a book.
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 10:36:39 AM
This is great, more fantastic as I continue reading
waiting on the edge for next chapter Or Part
which ever may be
Peace be with you
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 8:19:23 AM
A passionate write to Od's story. He has his wife and two sons.
That in itself a blessing. Thank you for sharing his story.
Lady Mary Ann
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 7:48:54 AM
What a treat to see in my inbox! I just will keep patiently waiting for more.. this story is something special, my friend..
love and hugs, Myrna
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 7:34:22 AM
A classic of the true total mix of humanity, whenever we think we are at the summit, this we'll tell us, we have a long way to go as a species, for this resides in all of us, depending on the circumstances of time and place. You have immense depths of understanding, of the connivance of the human heart and mind, and are a master at portraying such with your immense skill of the pen. A much worthwhile time spend reminding me of all possibilities that could confront ones being. With the highest regard John. Jasmin Horst
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 6:59:09 AM
What an awesome story...you should expand it and make it a book, or at least a novella.
Cheers to you my friend.
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 5:07:26 AM
truth is indeed stranger than fiction and the horrors of life's every day events for more than a small majority is horrific with physical pain and mental anguish not to be imagined by those who are fortunate enough to never experience it. when life leads no further than the daily quest for mere sustenance and the possibility of shelter, where is the joy in a man's heart be found? primitive and cruel treatment begets cruel and primitive treatment. the gardener was no longer willing, or able, to contend with the lady's(?) abuse. Od was to indirectly benefit, by chance. reading these facts of Od's life make me want to bath to wash the overflow of inhumanity from my body. John, your work is worthy of widespread distribution to relate the story of the Ods of the world to all who would read. I wish you love and peace my dear friend. jon michael
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 4:36:00 AM
The pathos and compassion exhibited in this piece is extraordinary. We all know of like people, have read about them, or witnessed some aspect of such a plight, but to read about one with such disciplined vocabulary and structure (never telling us the story without infusing a detail or two of what made such and such happen)was indeed a treat. Thank you.
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 3:46:40 AM
a deep tragic end to a fine sad story
Od's Story, Part 5 (final) (Poetry) - 3/22/2013 2:52:42 AM
Truly a sad and tragic story, John. Thanks for sharing it so well and for making the reader ponder horrors in life that other souls are forced to endure.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/21/2013 7:36:31 PM
now this is something special
Winnie and myself are enthralled
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/21/2013 5:35:45 AM
Getting better with every chapter presented
turning into an awesome story "Fantastic"
Peace be with you
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 7:24:19 PM
I'm hooked. Caught up on 1,2, 3 and 4 and anticipating more of Od's Story.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 8:12:23 AM
Another glimpse into Od's world. Outside he hears the world changing, touching him for a moment then moving away to leave him there in his own restricted reality. We see the mysterious ceremony of the Lady and understand it's meaning faintly as does Od. Little changes for Od. The most telling lines are:
From my mat I saw a hundred new moons;
the hardest dreams are when you're awake alone.
Can't wait to read the next installment.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 6:07:06 AM
This is deeply touching my heart, I hope you include this epic in a book John.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/20/2013 6:04:51 AM
I'm truly fascinated with your story John.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 9:27:55 PM
Haunting questions of the ritual!
Right out of the deep South perhaps!!
Thank You *John* for this intriguing
story..such a master to relate!!
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 12:37:14 PM
Under moonbeam's a ritual of enchantment.
Sheer wonderment of it's meaning.
Lady Mary Ann
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 12:27:44 PM
Extremely fascinating and suspenseful. One can only wonder at what comes next.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 7:43:04 AM
Every character in this story has their own 'right of passage' and you are an amazing story teller to bring this all to life.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 7:25:36 AM
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 7:18:44 AM
Your realm of "discovery" is alive and well, and quite frankly, imbued with the essence of a humanity's inner core, enigmatically radiating from this piece of prosetry like nothing I've yet read of yours. In my simple world, it reminded me of the getting in touch with myself, kneeling on a mat, ohming for hours, legs falling asleep, mind inching closer to that goal of every-day-man nirvana I attempted for so many years out there...you know, Hollywhore. Sometimes one's "hundred full moons" are not found where one expects them. Magical piece.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 7:02:55 AM
a dramatic peek into a very secret and private rite laced with moonbeams! Oh I am enthralled! xx Christine
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 6:28:23 AM
the sacred rituals, pagan rites of passage(?) leave me askance, not certain of Od's location other than it appears to be south east asia. there are many descriptions that float into my mind, new, mellow sensed impressions, "the moon belonged to others", a marvelous example that imparts a primitive, parochial atmosphere about Od that engenders respect for his observations from this reader. focused upon the very basics of survival Od's observations align with that focus. a vacation to a far off place, a new home, automobile or another item not attached to survival have no value under those conditions to the Ods of this world and his observations reflect that. this is not only an intriguing diary it is revealing to the point of anguish. "but by the grace of God go I". john, Od's story gives credence to what is truly of importance in life. the will to survive and abiding faith. I wish you love and peace my dear friend. jon michael
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 5:25:23 AM
OK, so what happened next?
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 4:16:46 AM
Each of these intrigues me more, John...and I'm always patient for the next..)) Myrna
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 4:05:18 AM
"The moon belonged to others"
So very sad for any being enslaved and abused.
Od's Story, Part 4 (Poetry) - 3/19/2013 3:46:26 AM
Don't usually read long poetry but this gem was a pleasure to read and comprehend the thought put into it. Great introspection that many can can see in there own lives. One of your best in my humble estimation.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/18/2013 6:05:48 PM
Wow! Outstanding writing. Kept me spellbound until the end. I don't know how I missed these but I will read the other installments.
Blessings and love,
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/18/2013 3:14:18 AM
Such a sad and tragic story, but you tell it very well.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/17/2013 5:21:52 PM
Oh let this not be the last of Od's Story!
Write on masterful minstrel xx Christine
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/17/2013 5:20:23 PM
The voice of the child rings clear! Wonderful drawing me ever into his story ~
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/17/2013 5:17:01 PM
an epic in the making, and what riveting verses!
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/16/2013 6:31:30 AM
How long, indeed. What a compelling story you're telling.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 8:05:42 PM
Od is fortunate that YOU are telling
his story..as I feel All the sadness!!
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 4:31:21 PM
I think his voice comes right through your poetic styling here, I picture a very matter-of-fact tone yet, bewildered at the same time. It's interesting the need for him to tell you all this. The flip=flops get me. Did he say more?
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/15/2013 3:34:28 PM
There is so much to glean from the sub-text of this journey of soulful bent, the venting of what we can all identify in our own lives. For who can represent they've not had similar experiences in trying to make it to grown-up-time? Oh, how invigorating this read was. Kudos.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 4:47:26 PM
can't wait for the next installment
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 3:01:25 PM
and stood while he worked
the frog and
broken glass and wire on top
in a world where an egg is a treat!
and a boy is constantly threatened
by a bully
such a grim life wonderfully shared with us, poet
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 1:18:06 PM
another fantastic part
looking forward for the next part
know it will be as masterful as the last 3
peace be with you
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 12:47:50 PM
The way you depict Od's life through his child's eyes help me comprehend his situation, much more so than just telling what happened in his life. Those last lines are so touching and condemning:
I kept my old pair at the bottom of my mat,
last touch with home.
How long till I had earned what my father took
of the mighty fist?
Can't wait for the next episode.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 7:22:40 AM
a generation of indentured slavery, no, generations, and It's personal perspectives shaped by physical blows, and psychological scaring that will only be healed at his death - subservience is ugly, it takes away a man's self respect, but not his dignity - only black hearts and arrogant elitists could contrive such roles for mankind - John, Od's plight gives me immense emotional discomfort - thinking of the insignificance of human life those inhumane enough to conjure up a world where ethics, compassion, love and peace exist only as an aside for public notoriety by the elite of some/any socio geographic environments - Od's grounding as a method of staying in touch with his roots, you/Od, state so perfectly with, "I kept my old pair at the bottom of my mat, last touch with home" - and then the last line is dramatic in the awareness of human suffering - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 7:09:20 AM
This is an unfortunate reality for many in this world. Harrowing things go on every day, and we are powerless to prevent ghem. Makes me angry. Makes me want to cry.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 6:07:52 AM
It gets deeper with every part running a maze undiscovered with so many twists and turns to add to the suspense of that poor lads indentured life.
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 5:28:22 AM
Oh My what a tale you have woven. The last line, gets in the gut!
Peace, love and light,
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 5:04:43 AM
Harrowing of hell in this tale of fright.
Lady Mary Ann
Od's Story, Part 3 (Poetry) - 3/14/2013 4:24:52 AM
Oh my goodness, John.. that last line.. that question... just resonates like a hammer to the heart.. patiently waiting (yes I am) for part 4..))
love and respect,
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/13/2013 11:08:58 PM
I love the transition you gave this from part one to this excellent crafting. Od's story is proving to be odd but so powerful in its detail and how it is building up.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/13/2013 11:02:50 PM
I am at the edge of my seat reading this excellent work...now on to part two I go.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/12/2013 12:23:32 PM
This is very powerful stuff, John....it's astonishing to realize that such situations exist even today. If that was the least of Od's problems, it wouldn't be so (comparatively)bad, but I unfortunately suspect your friends problems are just beginning.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/11/2013 4:16:57 AM
John... you asked for patience and I will try but I will say this .. I do hope your plan to publish these as a collection. With only up to Part 2 and I am hooked.. totally.. Okay patience.. I know I know..))
love ya my friend
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 6:26:54 PM
Part two is as interesting as the first, John. Can't wait to hear where
Od's story leads next. Can't help but think of Frederick Douglas' words
to the effect that to paraphrase, " The other end of the chain around the slave's ankle is attached to the master's." impatiently waiting to read Part 3.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 9:08:38 AM
The mastery of language you continue to share with us is indeed appreciated. I look forward to reading more of this story's evolution.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 7:53:26 AM
What a life! Can't wait for the next installment.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 7:22:11 AM
We have a large brazilian population in surrounding communities and they do this interesting thing. I do not have a maid but, I'll explain. If you hire a person to come clean your home. The first time they clean the person you hire comes with one other person, the next time they come there are three. The next time, the person you hired does not show up at all, the two helpers come to clean possible with another stranger to help. The point is the person you are paying to do the job has hired someone else for less money. They book as many jobs as possible and staff up. Which makes me wonder in this story/poem does the Lady of the house know the treatment here? In this particular case I bet she does and its sick. You tell it well....I'd be interested for you to tell more. heartwrenching.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 5:43:31 AM
Od's story a read that faith tears.
Lady Mary Ann
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 5:29:53 AM
Yes John, there are reptiles masquerading as humans among us,
revealed by their lack of empathy.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 4:30:09 AM
What an intriguing yet poignant story! I am captive and keen to read on. Such a tale should be acknowledged and held in history's memoires.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 4:00:03 AM
Lady in her Mercedes, and a slave in her garden - and some say that mankind has 'advanced.'
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 3:56:46 AM
So very sad, and so many believe that slavery no longer exists in our world.
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 2:55:18 AM
miserable, just miserable, poor child
'and the hand that cuts must be innocent'
Winnie senses this is highly significant
what has he been thrown into?
cant wait for 3
youre a brave good man
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 2:50:32 AM
if youre not moved by this you either
have a heart of stone or youve been dead
at least a year
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 1:31:41 AM
I take it the kid was a slave, he was fed and treated like one
but then again I am still anticipating the continuation Part 3 of this great script
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/10/2013 1:18:11 AM
great imagery in this fantastic narration so far in part 1
I am so far consumed in this story well done John
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 10:51:41 PM
Count and re count one's blessings!
I pray you the strength and courage
to relate Od's story, we so need it!!
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 10:26:41 PM
an aptly put addition to the first
Od's Story, Part 2 (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 7:48:25 PM
The utilization of a thinking, intelligent human being as a simple machine performing menial tasks to please one person. Indentured slavery leaves a bad taste in my mouth, acrid, and a bad smell in my nostrils, fear and abuse. The parochial view of the value of human life is down to a financial expenditure as far as the slave owner is concerned. Compassion, sympathy, the tolerance for all people as equals when the desire is humanitarian are lost deep within the vast pit that is human bondage. John, this poem is a heart wrenching reality that touches more rather than fewer. When the concept of equality is crushed by those desirous of nothing but self pleasures, human dignity is tossed into the open flame of injustice and thick smoke of prevarication fills the air with a stench. This second tidbit has begun to form a vivid and unique image of the lives of the oppressed. An emotionally challenging work is the poem Jon. Thank you for sharing this perspective most, myself included. could not imagine unless we lived it or had the story related to us by a masterful writer. I wish you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/9/2013 10:16:35 AM
This is heartwrenching, I can't imagine what will be said in part two.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/8/2013 7:05:27 AM
Fascinating and attention riveting John. Written is such a conversational tone that it reads seamlessly. Looking forward to part 2
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 11:14:48 PM
God Bless the victum and the storyteller!
for this certainly needs to aired by any
any medium..especially for people of our
country where this is not the norm!
Looking forward to the rest, John
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 2:53:31 PM
To Ronald Hull:
Thank you, Ron, for your comment.
On AuthorsDen, you enjoy the freedom to post your work in
whatever form and genre you choose without question or snide
comment; i'm fortunate to enjoy the same freedom.
i know equality is irritating to many but it's worth pursuing
and tolerance is classy.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 1:08:32 PM
To his mother not hugging or to a kiss goodbye. Now to the nighttime too scared to run. You have drawn a vivid picture John.
Lady Mary Ann
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 1:08:07 PM
When I was growing up in the West of ireland I observed that for some farmers the line between livestock and children was blurred. Of course they couldn't sell them off but i believe that they would if they could. Education was neglected and they were worked hard - like animals. Thanks for writing this man's story John and for having the patience to listen.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 8:56:19 AM
Unfortunately this is the way it is too often in places where there are too many children and too little money. I await future installments. It's a testament to human resilience that Od made it through and isd able to tell the tale.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 8:22:45 AM
There is a poignancy to the structure, style and natural vernacular that makes this an extraordinary read. Wish there was more.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 7:57:31 AM
This is the poetry section, but I'm looking forward to, “the rest of the story,” anyway.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 6:45:37 AM
John, this is just the right length to keep this reader anxious for the next installment. Brief, yet we already are in the emotional grips of the crush of humanity's unjust hand thrust upon its own kind. That you have related the story utilizing Od's vernacular lends the credibility required to relate the abject horror those unfortunate enough to be victims endure. This is an emotionally hard hitting work that you have ably balanced as a writer. A task only creative writers are capable of. My hope is that Od II will not be long in coming. I wish you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 6:45:27 AM
Now you've got me hooked...can't wait.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 6:17:27 AM
Brother John - You got me. I already want to read more.
" they were big men with dead eyes." The only criticism I have is that it's too short. Can't wait for the next installment.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 5:38:37 AM
I can't fathom it. How heartwrenching. I am happy to know by the foreward that the subject of your story lived long enough to tell his story, and that you are the one to share it. Sometimes, the nitty gritty of humanity rubs so abrasively.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 5:11:38 AM
Okay where is part 2, my friend? I am already intrigued... keep them coming as I want to know Od's story...
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 4:35:03 AM
I am already fascinated and awaiting part 2.
Od's Story, Part 1 (Poetry) - 3/7/2013 3:44:20 AM
still happens today i am affraid
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 7/25/2012 11:29:54 PM
And yet, at the height of his anxiety, King Henry V wished for no more than this and indeed envied the life of the simple laborer who... "
like a lackey, from the rise to set
Sweats in the eye of Phoebus and all night
Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn,
Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse,
And follows so the ever-running year,
With profitable labour, to his grave:"
It's all perspective I guess and I love raising alternatives. Thanks for a thoughtful work.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 5/2/2012 2:15:21 AM
know that feeling of "sleep the surrender of the (bone) tired..."
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/27/2011 7:32:11 AM
i once read a book called "confessions of an economic hit-man" by john perkins. he talks all about this kind of stuff, exploitation of the third world by trans-national corporations and the appalling living conditions these poor bastards have to endure. before long, we will have the same thing here. powerful writing!!
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 8/5/2010 12:41:14 PM
A MASTERPIECE...! PERFECT AND PROFOUND...YES! YOU HAVE DESCRIBED THE 'EASYLIMBED, INSTRUMENT OF DELIVERENCE'...SO VERY WELL!!! THANK YOU ONCE AND AGAIN...FOR BEAUTY. LOVE AND BLESSINGS,
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 6/29/2010 8:31:59 PM
LABOUR...SOME RECEIVE THEIR 'REWARDS' ON THIS SIDE, WHILE OTHERS...TOIL ON AND WAIT, WITH DIGNITY...FOR THE OTHER SIDE. AS ALWAYS JOHN, AN EXCELLENT 'DELVING' INTO STALK REALITY. ENJOYED VERY MUCH. THANKS FOR SHARING, BLESSINGS AND LOVE, JOYCE*HIS INSPIRATIONS
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 5/17/2010 11:16:38 AM
There is satisfaction in a hard day's work, but for those who toil in places of inhuman treatment, filth, and only pennies for their broken backs, life is most difficult and a lie-down at the end of that torture is well-earned. Not only is your pen colorful, John, painting vivid pictures, but your heart and soul spill sensitively onto the page. So fine! ~Elizabeth
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/25/2009 5:49:46 AM
Mandela is my inspiration, John. Thnaks for this beautiful tribute.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 5/5/2009 9:02:53 PM
Love the rhythm in this one, John. Another thing that dazzles is how you've communicated this runner's love for running. There's a meant-to-be, natural feel as the scenery whips by. Excellent.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 5/4/2009 7:53:00 PM
I think that only once or twice in a generation, there comes a voice that speaks in the wilderness AND has the strength to go the distance.
I like the cadence here, especially of the last six lines that are like a victory dance. The meaning is carried so well. Fine tribute to Mr. Mandela, John!
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 5/3/2009 5:32:03 PM
Wonderful write, John!! Your poem says volume!!
Sandie Angel :o)
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 4/30/2009 5:46:35 PM
Such a meaningful write, John; and a fine tribute. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/26/2009 10:55:28 AM
Another great write, John. Love and Hugs,
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/23/2009 3:29:13 PM
I wish more Americans could see how hard the rest of the world works and where & how they and their families live. Heartbreaking.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/20/2009 1:14:28 AM
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/18/2009 7:32:30 PM
And corporations make millions off their labor. This write is powerful in it's imagery and intent...
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/17/2009 8:21:01 PM
when the rewards of labor conclude, the eventual surrender is a difficult task ...
excellent syntax and juxtaposition of its images ...
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/16/2009 2:25:27 PM
as always, John, some superbly strong and unusual images to evoke the play of your narrative commentary. You choose just the right details to enact your screenplay fully. A very acute portrayal of the luxury of time and ease; the uneasy and short-lived peace afforded by honest toil. Robust and colourful writing here. TY Kate xx
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/16/2009 1:48:31 PM
Oh my,very powerful writing ... ..enjoyed very much sweet John..stay safe and well..Hugsss
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/15/2009 10:08:29 PM
How true! You said it like it is. Vasu.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/15/2009 8:26:01 PM
John - Love the irony of the title. Labour has little dignity when it is
simply for survival with no hope as you so eloquently expressed in:
and under tin roofs recording
every outburst of cloud nod
inevitability to cheap beer
and whores, orange crate chairs,
dirt floors, and on mats rolled out
sleep the surrender of the tired.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 4:53:11 PM
I can relate. I have labored "hard" from childhood. I now relish in retirement. Thank you, John. Love and peace,
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 3:41:40 PM
Your words and tone are effective; I'm left feeling the black - moving through its dreamless corridors. I feel the heaviness emanating from between these words. I particularly love the first three lines, which might've taken one in an entirely different direction. I find your title very interesting, especially the use of the word "dignity."
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 3:20:34 PM
in my 22 years working overseas I saw time and time again the terrible conditions poor imported labour - that's what they were called - had to put up with, 20 sometimes 30 to a room, one sink, one toilet, one rusty cold shower, boxes for furniture, a thin mattress on a bare floor or more often a sheet, no privacy, no personal space and an overwhelming atmosphere of homesickness and tiredness, tired, tired, tired of low status, tired of being docked wages for the smallest mistake, exhausted after a 14-hour day, no time for dreams or love affairs.
God bless you for this and bless your talent for saying it so well
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 10:48:36 AM
Powerful and tru write, John you never disappoint, I read your every word carefully
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 9:22:48 AM
Hi John, a strong-penned deliverance for the surrendered tired. We miss a lot if toil is all we do.... thank you for sharing this...
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 7:35:28 AM
Talk about dismal, the dismal existence of so many people in this world. You are a modern day Dickens here John. Globalization has seen many a soul lost in sweat, grime, and starvation for both sustenance and faith.How can we continue to watch and not at least cry for them?
A powerful and clear penning of what it is to be human in an inhuman world. J'nia
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 5:39:43 AM
Another wonderful write you share with us John. Thank you.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/14/2009 5:12:49 AM
John I believe it is true as Thoreau said, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation" A fine poem that screams of the reality of those trying to dig themselves out of a bottomless hole.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 10:21:58 PM
John, this is so well constructed and speaks volumes!
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 6:29:58 PM
images of victims lingering in self fulfilling prophecies painted for them by men of aggression -- denigration no man should receive a sentence for -- you've taken this to the level of gravel and guts John -- a masterful interpretation and the attendant observations required to make those pronouncements -- I very much enjoy the real life descriptors,"cheap beer and whores", that enhance and give your work its core value of, believability John -- in my opinion, critical to such a work -- peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 6:09:13 PM
How well you get your point across as so many suffer and so many more are being added to the list....
Be always safe,
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 5:25:03 PM
I think of all those billions that work hard without much in return and often go hungry while the wealthy play and treat the working class as if they are there to serve them like mindless machines. No wonder there are revolutions like the French, Russian and Chinese where the working class rises up and smashes the millionaire playboys. To avoid such slaughter, the wealthy should share enough of their wealth in hourly wages so those that work have enough to eat and shelter with roofs that don't leak. I see a strong message here that to dream is a luxury that should be cherished and take nothing for granted, which far to many touched by the madness of Midas do—those among us that believe they deserve more and more and more no matter who suffers. I read that there are more slaves today than in history. Someone is getting rich off coffee, chocolate and sex thanks to those suffering slaves. Powerful poem to set me off like this. Thanks. We need more reminders 'like dignity of labour'.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 4:57:04 PM
Perhaps those who toil and don't dream of the mourning
of a garden find a kind of poetry in the rhythm and sound
of the breaking of stone. John, you deliver beautifully on
a great title. Of course, I suppose, tiredness is not
conducive to absorbing a poetic line.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 4:03:22 PM
An honest day's labor in these lines reaching out for compassion and understanding - well done, John.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
dignity of labour (Poetry) - 4/13/2009 3:11:19 PM
The prolitarian is speaking with poetic words, of most of the worlds poor, stitching silk balls for the rich, but they don't cry either over a dead blackbird, they might even most likely be the cause of it, but you are right it took me fifty some years before I had time to even think about poetry, it might well take the hungry and poor if at all, a hundred. Well put together and expressed in most approbiate verbiage, Blessings John! Jasmin Horst
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 7/17/2008 4:42:23 AM
Mate, for what he went through, to me he is a great man, you have captured him so well.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/21/2008 9:01:13 PM
A great write. You've captured him so well!...M
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/12/2008 3:00:13 PM
What an awesome write John, you are gifted.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/10/2008 8:43:51 PM
John, I love the broad sweep of this, the beauty of Africa in a few lines, and a perfect ending. A fitting tribute to a great man.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/7/2008 8:50:30 PM
...wonderful words give recognition to the nature of things...imagery of beauty found in a journey...while your pen travels the years of remembrance...of one forever running through hearts.
excellent work John...
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/7/2008 7:35:19 PM
I like the sound and sight of your Marathon Man.
A great piece of work ... and a great tribute.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/6/2008 12:37:35 AM
Great rhythm and word choice in this poem about one of my "heroes".
The last stanza is incredible, it really makes an impact on the reader's mind.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/5/2008 8:57:20 PM
History in the making with a cadence...I hear the conga drums with the witch doctor conjuring up some rain...the drought of both politics and of Mother Earth...only those who endure the dry spell are the leaders, Marathon Man, Nelson Mandela...great poem, John...I love a poem which incorporates geographical mention and those we hold high...be well...
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/5/2008 2:31:11 AM
I am swept up in the breadth and movement of these lines, as I was in 'Call of the Wild' and 'Agoraphobia'. Lines to revisit, where one will always find more depth and meaning. A writer of superior thought, so wonderfully expressed.
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 7:07:04 PM
A man given little credit for all he has accomplished for mankind....
Be always safe,
Marathon Man Nelson Mandela (Poetry) - 6/3/2008 6:32:05 PM
Mandela is unique in Africa's history. His humanitarian efforts touched the world. God bless. JMW