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The Baby

by john g 

Posted: 02 July 2004
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Sat curved
Hard; lamp bitten
Silence through glass
Twisting lips
Melting words
Why, I ask,
Donít you see
The tears?

© John Greaney 2004

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sam kb at 20:46 on 02 July 2004  Report this post
I think this is so poignant -
yes! you convey a strong sad image

roovacrag at 20:59 on 02 July 2004  Report this post
John G.
I feel a sad piece here.
Baby in incubater,you looking on trying to comunicate with life.

Am I wrong ?

Let me know.
xx Alice

john g at 21:12 on 02 July 2004  Report this post
Firstly, Sam. You're the very first person to comment on my very first uploaded work, so it was nice to discover that the apprehension I felt before I read your remarks was unfounded. Thank you for you kind words.

Alice. Your interpretation was very interesting and something that had never occurred to me. It does sound like that a bit, doesn't it? If the truth be known, the poem was conceived whilst sitting in a greasy-spoon-style transport caff, watching a baby that had been left in a pram outside, its mother, cigarette in hand, deep in animated conversation with a mate, totally oblivious to her offspring's apparent distress, out in the cold.
There, I've spoilt it now, haven't I?

roovacrag at 21:30 on 02 July 2004  Report this post
John, no you haven't spoilt it.It Happens.

Just sad to think, mother leaving a child, while she had a smoke with a man......

Poor kid.

xx Alice

Okkervil at 10:29 on 03 July 2004  Report this post
I thought it was a plea to someone else on the baby's behalf... but that's sad! I don't know what to say. Marvellously written, succinct piece... at the end do you ask the mother, or is that in your head? 'Cos if it is unspoken, what does it say about us? I've seen some pretty mean mums on the bus and stayed quiet- it never seems any of our business.

Lottie at 11:24 on 03 July 2004  Report this post
I think that this poem is very good and well written.

I took the last question as the speaker asking the question - the speaker being the *baby*.

Don't you just love it when poetry lets your imagination and thoughts go - I think the best poetry is when the writer/ speaker leaves it up to the reader to interpret.

Lottie :-)

Tarbra at 11:28 on 05 November 2005  Report this post
How anyone could ignore a baby in destress is revolting, nice piece, how you didn't say something to this mother baffles me or did you? I would have as I am sure a lot of other mothers would have? I find myself wondering what happened to the baby after? It would make a good start to a book, you could then follow the baby into later life by imagining what its life was,( was it a girl or a boy?) after a start with an uncaring mother? You could really do something from this start that would make a good read, think about it, Linda

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