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Happily married for over 44 years, having raised 2 sons, both married to girls named Carla.  Go figure. :)

"Glass is Empty" is my avatar.  It reflects a play on words with my initials, as "Empty" becomes "MT" for my name, Mark Toney.  The glass represents my creative process.  The glass begins to fill as I work through the process of writing, becoming full when I complete a short story or poem.  After publishing the work, the glass becomes empty again, awaiting new inspiration.  Empty or full, the glass is always "MT" :)

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Blog Posted:6/14/2018 10:05:00 AM

Just a short blog post to remind everyone that the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 begins today, June 14th, and ends 31 days from now on July 15th.  Since PoetrySoup is a huge international community of over 30,000+ poets, there has to be some of us who are looking forward to the World's most presitigious tournament.  

32 countries | 64 matches | 12 venues | 11 cities  

I eagerly anticipate reading the exciting, joyful, energetic, passionate, blissful, raging, and painful poetry that will be generated by you fans out there.  

See you on the pitch!


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Date: 6/17/2018 2:58:00 PM
As long as Sport is the Winner, and clean Sport at that. I'll be supporting Argentina as I have done since 1978, having watched a terrific team, and the wonderful Mario Kempes. Who do I think will win, apart the above, mm - I'll go for Spain :)
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Date: 6/14/2018 9:43:00 PM
Am I the only one who thinks it's an absolute disgrace that firstly FIFA awarded the tournament to Russia and secondly they didn't strip them of its hosting after the scandalous events at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Corruption and cheating is rife in Russia, not to mention Crimea, chemical weapons in Syria, shooting down civilian airliners and the list goes on, but FIFA couldn't care less as long as they fill their own pockets. I won't be watching! But if I was I'd go Brazil.
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Date: 6/14/2018 11:40:00 PM
Your comments are much appreciated, Keith. The valid points you make are an important part of the bigger picture that each of us has to process. And Brazil is the favorite to win.
Date: 6/14/2018 3:55:00 PM
The football is the poetry. Enjoy! Brazilian style vs German style. Clashes ahead!! Just a great month with Tour in July. ;ø))
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Date: 6/14/2018 5:24:00 PM
That it is, Wayne!
Date: 6/14/2018 3:35:00 PM
urging sportsmanship on Russian soil let’s play ball
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Date: 6/14/2018 7:34:00 PM
Good point, Paul. In the World Cup we witness the overwhelming desire to win vs. the moral imperative to play fair. Let’s hope sportsmanship controls.
Date: 6/14/2018 11:24:00 AM
Mark,Here is an extract of a football poem about the greatest player I ever saw(pre-tv)THE ONE AND ONLY Stan Mathews...Hopped on a tram to Burden park/ to see Stan Mathews make his mark./Through the turnstile into the town end,/crushed and crammed like cattle penned..Mathews,Mortenson versus Nathaniel Lofthouse,/a match that connoisseurs could not grouse./Wembly star Stan playing on at thirty eight /still making inch perfect crosses on a plate./Shimmy,side-step,feint and dazzle,/leaving the defenders in a right frazzle./Our ageing hero displayed all his twinkling skills,/the complete pro, without modern-day frills.
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Date: 6/14/2018 3:31:00 PM
Hi Brian. Stanley Matthews was one of football's greats! In his 50s he retired in Malta, at the time I was at college. He often came there, and I had the honour to play football and badminton with him.
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Date: 6/14/2018 11:34:00 AM
Awesome excerpt, Brian. Sir Stanley Matthews, "The Wizard of the Dribble", "The Magician", the only player to have been knighted while still playing football. Fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old! Thanks for sharing, Brian.
Date: 6/14/2018 10:38:00 AM
Hi Mark,here is an extract from a poem of mine of a football (association soccer kind) memory from the 1940's ..... each day,when school was out/ off to a green,hereabout-/ the teams often numbered seventeen!/ with our jumpers as posts,/ no boots ,referee /or coaches ,you'd see/ back and forth we'd be/ 'til tired out,and ready for tea
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Date: 6/14/2018 11:24:00 AM
Good exercise, good fun, good memories. Thanks for helping to set the mood with that delightful poem, Brian.
Date: 6/14/2018 10:35:00 AM
My interest will wane as soon as England are knocked out but will cheer on any European side after that, should be some good limericks from this tournament hopefully, come on England!!
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Date: 6/14/2018 11:20:00 AM
Thanks, Roy, for contributing to the dialogue. England vs Tunisia on June 18 (Monday), so we shall see what we shall see :) Cheers!

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6/15/2018 2018 FIFA World Cup -Portugal vs Spain Senryubeautiful,fun,internation
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6/14/2018 2018 FIFA World Cup -Opening Ceremony Senryuemotions,football,fun,int
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6/6/2018 Oscar-ku 31 -Gigi Haikufilm,french,friendship,gi
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6/2/2018 Cycle of Seasons -Spring Haikubird,nature,seasons,sprin
5/30/2018 Oscar-ku 30 -The Bridge On The River Kwai Haikuconflict,courage,film,pat
5/30/2018 Oscar-ku 29 -Around The World In 80 Days Haikufilm,fun,humor,london,tra
5/30/2018 Oscar-ku 28 -Marty Haikuanxiety,character,conflic
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5/27/2018 What Of Our Children Senryuchildren,conflict,environ
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5/26/2018 Oscar-ku 26 -From Here To Eternity Haikubeach,conflict,courage,fi
5/26/2018 Tax Expert Limerickbusiness,career,money,wor
5/25/2018 Oscar-ku 25 -The Greatest Show On Earth Haikuanimal,children,conflict,
5/25/2018 Oscar-ku 24 -An American In Paris Haikudance,film,french,fun,lov
5/25/2018 Mt Everest Haikucourage,death,mountains,
5/24/2018 Bold Arachnophobes Senryuanxiety,fire,house,humor,
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5/22/2018 Little Brown Rabbit Haikuanimal,conflict,nature,
5/21/2018 Arachnophobia Haikuanxiety,car,insect,spring
5/20/2018 Oscar-ku 22 - All The King's Men Haikuamerica,anger,corruption,
5/19/2018 Juicy Fruit Haikubeach,fruit,fun,november,
5/19/2018 Oscar-ku 21 - Hamlet Haikufilm,literature,mother so
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5/18/2018 Abundant Blessings Continue ABCblessing,god,happy,jesus,
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5/16/2018 Oscar-ku 19 -The Best Years of Our Lives Haikuconflict,depression,film,
5/16/2018 Oscar-ku 18 -The Lost Weekend Haikuaddiction,depression,fear
5/15/2018 Paralyzed Free verseanxiety,dark,depression,g
5/13/2018 Oscar-ku 17 -Going My Way Haikufilm,humorous,inspiration
5/13/2018 Oscar-ku 16 -Casablanca Haikuafrica,conflict,film,love
5/13/2018 Oscar-ku 15 -Mrs Miniver Haikuconflict,courage,england,
5/13/2018 Oscar-ku 14 -How Green Was My Valley Haikucourage,family,film,
5/13/2018 Oscar-ku 13 -Rebecca Haikudark,death,film,gothic,lo
5/13/2018 Arigato KR Haikuappreciation,poetry,thank
5/12/2018 Oscar-ku 12 -Gone With The Wind Haikuconflict,film,love,war,
5/12/2018 Oscar-ku 11 -You Can't Take It With You Haikucommunity,encouraging,fil
5/11/2018 Oscar-ku 10 -The Life of Emile Zola Haikucorruption,courage,film,f
5/11/2018 Oscar-ku 9 -The Great Ziegfeld Haikucelebrity,dance,film,musi
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5/10/2018 Oscar-ku 7 -It Happened One Night Haikufilm,funny,romantic,
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5/7/2018 Fragile Lyricdeath,future,grief,sin,
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5/6/2018 Oscar-ku 3 -All Quiet On The Western Front Haikufilm,war,
5/6/2018 Oscar-ku 2 -The Broadway Melody Haikufilm,
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4/26/2018 24 Free verseanxiety,emotions,fear,hop
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