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Originally published: 19th March 2020

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

This poem came 6th in Team Poetry Soup's "CORONOVIRUS COVID 19" Poetry Contest. and

3rd = in Brian Strand's "STRAND PICK 8" Poetry Contest.


 

Next door to 19 chimneys And 'the dark satanic mills' A flock of sheep is grazing Oblivious in the hills.

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Date: 6/29/2020 7:03:00 PM
Do not follow the flock if you wish to live You are safe so long as you keep running for the hill's
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Gary Radice
Date: 6/30/2020 3:42:00 AM
Hi Christopher! Thank you for stopping by and for your great comment. Appreciated. I love it when others suggest their own interpretations - it's what makes reading and writing poetry great.
Date: 5/17/2020 5:25:00 PM
A short but metaphorically rich poem, Gary. Congratulations on this very fine win. Regards // paul
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/17/2020 5:33:00 PM
Thank you Paul. I really appreciate your comments. They make this hobby of mine writing poetry all the more worthwhile.
Date: 5/14/2020 8:45:00 AM
There's a lot there for the mind to imagine. Excellent.
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/14/2020 4:27:00 PM
Martin, Thank you for reading and your kind. comments. Appreciated. Cheers.
Date: 5/12/2020 5:31:00 PM
Hello Gary Radice, very nicely done. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 5/12/2020 5:54:00 PM
Thank you Gary Radice, you enjoy your evening to my friend.
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/12/2020 5:38:00 PM
Thank you Darlene for your kind comments. Enjoy your evening too :)
Date: 5/12/2020 2:03:00 PM
love your explanation of the poem, many congrats on your win Gary:-) hugs jan xx
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/12/2020 2:15:00 PM
Hi Jan! Thank you for your comments! Here's hoping I can add a couple of lines to it about a cure some time soon :) Cheers Gary
Date: 5/12/2020 12:07:00 PM
You've obviously put a lot of thought into this poem, Gary. I read your explanation below and the write follows the intent beautifully. At first I thought the 19 Chimneys was a reference to the Cardinal's rather ostentatious home in Chicago (no reflection on the Cardinal is intended) until I read what you wrote.
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/12/2020 12:39:00 PM
Hi James! Thank you for stopping by and for your very kind comments. For one reason or another, the short poems always take me longer to write. I liked the way this one came together. Thanks again!
Date: 5/12/2020 10:21:00 AM
Gary, back to say congratulations on your win in the Covid 19 contest.
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/12/2020 10:28:00 AM
I've just found out Sam! Thank you for your support and congratulations. I honestly wasn't sure what anybody would think of the poem when I wrote it and I very nearly deleted it. :) Cheers. Gary.
Date: 5/12/2020 10:11:00 AM
Gary, congratulations on your win in the Coronavirus contest! Your short poem says so much about COVID-19 and society's reaction ~ John
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/12/2020 10:32:00 AM
John, thank you for your kind comments. I'm still a little in shock to be honest. :)
Date: 4/11/2020 2:00:00 PM
Gary, really nice irony in this small gem! You paint a picture that I think all of us vividly see - the stunning contrast, if I may use that weak word - between the glory of nature and blight of industrialization. Congratulations on your win!
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 4/11/2020 5:15:00 PM
I was wondering about the number 19! Thank you for the explanation! Makes the poem even more of a masterfully crafted piece!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/11/2020 2:30:00 PM
Thank you Sam! That was certainly a main theme of the poem - but there is also a very obscure idea too - The 19 chimneys are a metaphor for Covid 19 and the grazing sheep represent the blatant disregard and / or ignorance of those people of its dangers. The 'dark satanic mills' from the hymn 'Jerusalem' represent all the types of destruction brought on by the virus. Thanks again for your kind comments - Gary
Date: 3/21/2020 7:14:00 PM
Interesting poem - I like the drawing too.
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/22/2020 5:45:00 AM
Thank you Michelle! :)