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Read Poems by john mccartney

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why we must go on

propriocetion of an unhappy deltoid
the eyeball flambé of envy
and other itches stitches palsies and gouts
shout give up, throw it in, it’s too much!

such suggestions never make me waver
rather raise a stubborness in my endeavour
ring a bell far out in my stormy sea
inchcape finisterre inistrahull light

oh no stubborness is the star 
stops me bailing out
keeps me bailing
in the teeth of howl gales bark
though land and home and sky are out of sight
and my unwilling bark 
fills fast in time’s approaching night
and all is mist and sea’s unstable carp. 

Copyright © john mccartney | Year Posted 2011


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  1. Date: 2/18/2016 12:53:00 PM

    JOHN, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing and sharing your poetry. LOVE LINDA
  1. Date: 12/6/2015 12:55:00 PM

    JOHN, Enjoyed reading your poem today. LUV **SKAT**
  1. Date: 4/13/2011 4:47:00 PM

    dark and fabulous, john.. CHEERS for the fine win..:) huggs, nette
  1. Date: 4/13/2011 4:45:00 AM

    Congratulations for your win John in the contest "Why We Must Go On" sponsored by Matt Caliri. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 4/12/2011 8:57:00 PM

    Congrats John on your big win in Matt's contest with this great entry luv.. enjoy..
  1. Date: 4/12/2011 10:04:00 AM

    I loved the other-wordly wording in this piece...congrats on 6th place finish in my contest!
  1. Date: 4/8/2011 4:48:00 PM

    Ive been reading your work and you are a great writer!! I'd like to invite you to.. www.poeticvoice.ning.com We are an online writing community that provides writers with the feedback, motivation, and advice needed to achieve their goals.The Poetic Voice Community is fast and easy to join, and you will not get lost in it's easy maneuvering features. We at Poetic Voice hope to grow as a community of friends. Our intention, and wish is to learn and share with others. I hope to see you there!
  1. Date: 4/1/2011 6:08:00 PM

    Welcome to the soup, keep up the excellent writing~~
  1. Date: 4/1/2011 1:11:00 PM

    welcome to poetry soup. enjoyed reading this, very creative.
  1. Date: 4/1/2011 8:32:00 AM

    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. enjoyed reading your awesome contest entry of same name..good luck and hope all your time on P.S. will be fun and filled with sharing with luv.. happy weekend ...
  1. Date: 4/1/2011 4:47:00 AM

    Creative and thoughtful verses, john