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Poetry with Friends @ The Mission ……….The Big Spooky Bang

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A full house at The Mission last night for a fun filled evening of poetic fireworks and other spiritual goings on.
The evening opened with an ancient Chinese poem bu Cheng-Kung Sui entitled ‘Inviting Guests’ which summed up how I felt the evening should go ………..

I sent out invitations
To summon guests,
I collected together
All my friends,
Loud talk
And simple feasting:
Discussion of philosophy,
Investigation of subtleties.
Tongues loosened
And minds at one.
Hearts refreshed
By discharge of emotion!

My vision and invitation were accepted and the evening duly came alive with friends old and new, feasting on Chicken broth and all manner of philosophical conversation and lovely poems. We welcomed several new ‘friends’ who we hope will return, one of whom, Ken Creen, performed ‘The green eye of the little yellow god’ by J Milton Hayes, as well as another of his own about a boy named Susan. Meanwhile Elizabeth shared a lovely image of her gran and Alan wrote a verse while feasting befoe giving us the world premiere of ‘Death in the Garden’.

The complete lists of poems is as follows:

Adrian Mitchell – 21st century werewolf

J McManus – Fireworks

Michael McCourie – Fireworks for love

Paul Gerrard Reed – Bonfire Night

Edgar Alan Poe – The Raven

Ann Sexton – Her kind

Lu Yu – The pedlar of spells

William McGonagall – Tay bridge disaster

Dylan Thomas – In my craft and sullen art

Lilian Susan Thomas – In the fireworks business of words

Moira Andrew – November night countdown

Algernon Charles Swinburne – A Reivers neck verse

Alan Madison – Death in the Garden

Paul McCartney – Full moon eve

Elizabeth Burn – Nanna

Our next meeting of Poetry with friends at the Mission is on Tuesday 18th Nov, 7pm – 9pm ……..and our subject is ‘Health, Illness and Disease’ ……….or there abouts. Everyone welcome, just drop us a line to let us know to expect you and keep you a seat. Cost £3 which includes tea/coffee

Next meeting of Poetry with Friends at whitley Bay Library is Thursday 13th Nov, 11am – 1pm ………with the subject of ‘Secrets’. Everyone welcome, just drop us a line to let us know to expect you and keep you a seat. Cost £3 which includes tea/coffee

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