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Originally published: 1st October 2019

Image by Photo-abe from Pixabay

This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "UN-RHY-ME" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Brian Strand's "STRAND CHOICE9" Poetry Contest.

A poem dedicated to all the doctors and nurses at Southport Promenade Hospital (UK) who helped save my life in the '70s.


 

When respite was deckchairs and picnics on car blankets behind windbreaks Sand was blown into sheltered spaces behind driftwood and rock. Dunes grew as grains of sand accumulated over time. Then winds and waves ate away at everything in their path. As resilient barriers gave way to the full power of nature’s destructive forces The erosion cried out for radical intervention: Something to keep things at bay and buy time. Like the big plastic doors that closed behind me inside 'The Promenade'. Like the blue paper masks and the blue paper hats in The Theatre. Like the antibiotics and disinfectant on 'O' Ward. Like the marram grass on the dunes at Ainsdale.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 12/29/2020 8:26:00 AM
A metaphoric masterpiece, dear Gary. Many congrats on your top-notch win. ~ Elaine
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/29/2020 11:05:00 AM
Thanks so much Elaine. :) I'm making 2021 the year for writing more free verse. I do find it harder than writing rhyme for some reason but that's the challenge. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/2/2020 11:56:00 AM
Gary, my heart's imagination is swept up and away in the metaphoric beauty and inspired imagery of your amazing poem. An awesome salute to the doctors and nurses who saved your life. Congratulations for your excellent win in Brian's contest.. ~Susan
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/2/2020 2:25:00 PM
:) Thank you Susan.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 12/2/2020 1:54:00 PM
Yes, your poem has a very intimate feeling to it, thank you for sharing such a personal piece.. and I definitely think you should let loose your free verse pen more often, my talented friend :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/2/2020 1:17:00 PM
Thanks Susan. It's the most personal of my poems and the second free verse poem I ever wrote. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/1/2020 8:51:00 AM
Wonderful use of metaphor, imagery all against the backdrop of beach erosion! This is like a walk on the beach in the winter. I agree with Andrea - more free verse! The formatting really adds to the spirit of your poem. Congratulations on your first place win! Sending you the best for the season!
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/1/2020 9:58:00 AM
Thank you Sam for your wonderful comments and your encouragement. It's all very much appreciated and the very best to you too for the season.
Date: 4/20/2020 4:37:00 PM
this was truly brilliant. You should try to write more and more free verse if it's still true you have not written many!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/20/2020 5:12:00 PM
Hi Andrea! Thank you for your comments and encouragement. Yes, 2 free verse poems are all I've written (The other is Happiland at https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/happiland_1185339 ) I have to hold my hand up and say that I find free verse much harder to write than rhyme but I'm going to have another go. Thanks again Gary.
Date: 4/19/2020 9:27:00 PM
Beautiful.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/21/2020 3:53:00 AM
Thank you Line for all your kind comments :) Gary
Date: 3/1/2020 11:37:00 PM
A brilliant free verse poem, Gary, I think you expressed this moment in your life to perfection, glad to see you are still with us, a lovely tribute to your Doctor and the nurses who saved you, and a well-deserved win . . . : )
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/2/2020 4:14:00 AM
Thank you so much. Your comments mean a lot to me Indiana. Of all the poems I have written this one is by far the most personal.
Date: 1/29/2020 12:17:00 PM
Congrats on your top win my friend!;)
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/29/2020 1:36:00 PM
Thank you Brenda - I shall take a click over to read your winning poem soon :)