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THE APRIL WRITE 2012 – POETS OLYMPIAD – DAY 17 – SURFACE FOLK

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Welcome to Day 17 of the 2012 April Write – the Poets Jubilee Olympiad.  

Today, I am delighted to introduce you to another of our Guest Hosts, AWC group member Michelle Lee aka ‘The Missing Ink’.

Your topic and title for Day 17 as chosen by our Guest Host Michelle is: “Surface Folk”

Please watch the video below to find out more about her and to read her poem entitled “Be Yourself”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EyRM2Gc_F8 

Angee

xoxo

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  1. Zita Holbourne

    THE DECEIPTFUL LIVE OFF LIES AND THRIVE ON DECEPTION
    FEED ON UNTRUTHS AND DISTORTED PERCEPTIONS
    SEEK OUT THE TRUTH AND RECYCLE AS MISINFORMATION
    IN THE HOPE OF CAUSING A SENSATION

    THE DECEIPTFUL ARE A LONELY BREED
    SEARCHING FOR FACTS ON WHICH TO FEED
    THAT THEY USE TO SET ONE AGAINST ANOTHER
    WHILST THEY SNEAK AROUND UNDER COVER

    PRETENDING TO BE GENUINE AND UPSTANDING
    WHEN REALLY THEY’RE CREATING MISUNDERSTANDING
    OR WORSE – HATRED AND ANIMOSITY
    CREATING DISHARMONY IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY

    THEY GAIN SOME WARPED FORM OF SATISFACTION
    IN CAUSING CONFLICT AND FRICTION
    SOMETIMES THEY’RE HARD TO RECOGNISE
    BECAUSE THEY’RE USUALLY DONNING A CLOAK OF DISGUISE

    BUT YOU MAY SPOT A SIGN
    BECAUSE BY DESIGN
    THEY’RE FAKE AND OVER EAGER TO PLEASE
    SMILING WITH FAR TOO MUCH EASE

    BE VIGILANT AND AWARE WHEN SOMEONE’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
    THEY MAY NOT SIMPLY BE IN TO YOU
    BUT WANT TO DESTROY YOUR REPUTATION
    SO RESPOND WITH CAUTION AND HESITATION

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK AROUND
    AND EVENTUALLY THE DECEIPTFUL WILL BE FOUND
    SAD UNFULFILLED PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE
    THE DECEIPTFUL ARE ALWAYS ON A MISSION, BUT NEVER GET FAR
    (c)April 2012 Zita Holbourne

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  2. Mark Paleologo ‎

    surface

    hiding behind
    open doors
    flashing passersby
    an urbane orchid
    clinging
    and this mossy branch
    precarious
    the man said
    when one points
    four would point back
    at this coat
    both red and green
    changing with the light
    changing as buttons open
    as eyes enlarge
    masks removed
    reveal other masks
    each more telling
    than the last
    til the tale
    grinds to a halt
    brick wall
    graffiti essence
    lost in a
    city of smiles
    the animal wonders
    why they expose
    their teeth
    to express joy

    (c)April 2012 Mark Paleologo

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  3. Halim Flowers (incarcerated):

    Surface Folk

    See
    It really isn’t her surface
    If you really looked hard enough
    You could see that it was just the callous
    That has accumalated all over her heart
    From shattered dreams and false hopes
    She is really deep
    Its just the pain that made her appear shallow
    See
    He really is deep
    He really isn’t a creep
    Its just that someone trusted use to touch him
    At night when he fell asleep
    So now he’s extra macho
    Or extra-sexual
    Because he wears a mask
    To hide
    And keep secured in
    His insecurities of masculinity
    So he appears tough
    Or deeply shallow
    When you get to know him closer
    But that really isn’t him
    Its not his surface
    Its just a veneer
    That he wears
    Because the real him thats really there
    He fears
    And regrets that its there
    So he wears the masks that we all wear
    But that ego
    The pain
    Is not love
    The hurt
    The fear to trust
    Is not us
    Is not our surface
    We really are deep
    Some deeply low
    In self-esteem
    But its not really us
    If you got to know us
    If we got to love us
    We are all really deep individuals
    Collectively
    We just have to get back to being
    Who we really are!!!
    (c)April 2012 Halim A Flowers

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  4. “Surface Folk” (Respect For Your Superiors)

    Being from a different generation
    Doesn’t give you an excuse
    To belittle, to tempt, to lead astray
    Those who are much younger and more naïve
    Respect for your superiors?
    HA!
    It’s obvious you don’t have any
    Or is it just me in particular you hate?
    You fluff and preen like a ‘can-do-no-wrong’ peacock
    In truth…
    You’re a manipulative, psychological stirrer
    And your negativity makes my blood boil
    Makes me ready to strike
    But like a snake I’ll wait patiently
    Taking my time
    Finding the right moment to deliver the final blow
    Your freedom time is over
    For your constant fluvial insubordination
    You’re not wanted here anymore
    Respect is earned
    Yes this I know
    But there is a chain of command
    That must be followed
    Eventually I’ll come up triumphant
    When the time comes and it will
    I’ll finally wash you off my hands.

    Most of all…
    I can’t stand your two-facedness
    Don’t think you will get away with it
    For too much longer
    The way you try to smarm your way around me
    Pretending to be the model employee
    As soon as my bosses appear
    Whilst stabbing me in the back
    As soon as I have gone
    Spreading vile vitriol
    Leaving me shocked, dazed and confused thinking
    WTF just happened there?
    You just did a Jekyll and Hyde on me
    And I never saw it coming
    Most of all…
    I wish I could just scrub away your surface
    So people could see the real you
    Because I see the real you
    Sad, lonely, bitter, confused
    Just aching to be recognised and worshipped
    But knowing no better way to get it
    Than by primping your office facade.

    ©17th April 2012 Angela Edgar All Rights Reserved

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