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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Tue May 30 16:48:42 2017

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My Review of CHARM FOR LOVERS by princeofpersia
Thanks to my dear late gran and mother, roses have always been my favourite flowers. And they have always been the perfect symbol of love and romance.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Tue May 30 16:44:59 2017

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My Review of A love poem, In French and English hope you enjoy. by tomdavis
French truly is the language of love, the way the emotions flow so freely with the words. Even if there was no translation, I think there is enough French in the English language to understand the meaning. For love is a universal language. As it comes from the heart, it needs no words at all. But when expressed in words, French is the perfect means to do so.

L'anglais est vraiment la langue de l'amour, la façon dont le flux des émotions si librement avec les mots. Même s'il n'y avait pas de traduction, je pense qu'il y a suffisamment de français dans la langue anglaise pour comprendre le sens. Pour l'amour est un langage universel. Comme il vient du coeur, il n'a pas besoin de mots du tout. Mais lorsqu'il est exprimé en mots, le français est le moyen idéal pour le faire.

Love shines a light, so I will shine a spotlight on love. Thank you for writing this enchanting poem.

Best wishes, Alex.

L'Amour met en lumière, je vais attirer l'attention sur l'amour. Merci pour avoir écrit ce poème enchanteur. Meilleurs voeux, Alex.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Tue May 30 16:33:19 2017

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My Review of When I Found I Had a Sister! by MySongStar
My sister is three years younger than me, and on the whole, we have got on over the years. We have become closer since our dear Mum passed. She was the lynch-pin of the family, and often found herself in the middle of things, as your mother seems to have done. They have to take so much of the burden. As Dad was at work when Sis and I were growing up. Even after he retired, he hasn't played much of an active role, esp with his grandchildren. Which is a shame. Sis is a wonderful mother, and is lucky to be married to a hands-on kind of man. They compliment each other so well, in a way that Mum and Dad didn't, as they were too different. I try - as 'nutty Uncle Alex' (as my eldest niece calls me - we are quite alike, esp. in humour) - to get involved as much as I can.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Tue May 30 08:53:20 2017

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My Review of Flame by D_bill_A
As the poet Horace said in his 'Odes': “Pulvis et umbra sumus". (We are but dust and shadow. And we are indeed 'star dust', as you rightly say: "Existence comes from the cosmos". My religious beliefs, for a variety of reasons, have swung to and fro like a pendulum throughout my life. But I have always believed there is a Higher Power, and people can decide for themselves whatever that may be. I think death is merely a 'door', a transitional state. Not an end in itself.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Tue May 30 08:46:36 2017

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My Review of Ramble On (Song of an Old Bard) by SketerMichaels
I think you ought to set this poem to music, my friend. Because it has a lyrical cadence about it. Especially with old words such as ''psalmist" and ''cantor". The ''takes root" couple with the bardic tradition, reminds me of the Celtic Tree of Life and Norse sagas. And you are so right about young people according themselves ''hollow status", as they often think the world owes them a great debt. When life experience has to be lessons learnt and through mistakes made. In short, it comes with age.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri May 26 02:02:35 2017

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My Review of Of times gone by by JimSlaughter
I have fond memories of childhood and growing up, especially when I look at the photos. But we can get nostalgic, as the sun always seems to be shining in a clear blue sky, and everyone is happy. That ''golden glow'' infuses our memories. Though, that said, I think things were better back then. People seemed to be more polite, and have more time for each other. And less in a hurry. Time isn't moving any quicker these days. And surely, with technology, we should have more of it to do the things we enjoy, not less?

Namaste, Alex.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Thu May 25 15:09:59 2017

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My Review of A Musical Matter of Taste by JimSlaughter
You have certainly hit the right note with me, my friend (pardon the pun)! My family is full of Classical Music buffs. My Dad listens to Classic FM to help him get to sleep. My late Mum was always playing records - her taste ran mainly to opera and ballet. (But she also loved jazz and country and western - very eclectic mix, her collection.) I have always loved Mozart, Bach, and Handel, and cannot work at home without a CD on! But I also listen to swing-dance, like Matt (MySongStar). In one year I went to 9 concerts (with friends or My Beloved)! Last year we managed to get the last two Caro Emerald tickets at a local concert venue. Talk about luck, as she is my favourite singer!

Bravo, Jim! Take a bow in the spotlight

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon May 22 11:28:17 2017

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My Review of Another year older (Birthday 2017) by JimSlaughter
I can relate to the first two lines only too well. As I woke up this morning with a shooting pain in my left hip. Just trying to get out of bed was agony. Fortunately, I had already booked an appointment with my chiropractor! She may be a little brutal (she is a Nordic lady built like a Valkyrie), but the treatment did the trick. My hair is OK, although going greyer every year. Which is why I now shave every day. I refuse to dye it, and my brother in law (3 years younger) is starting to look quite distinguished, as he is of the same mind. Most of my friends are of 'mature years', I've noticed. I suppose because my parents were older than those of my contemporaries. So I feel as though I am in good company.

Many happy returns. Namaste, Alex.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Mon May 22 11:18:56 2017

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My Review of 565. The Hero Of Breon by Profanisaurus
Out of pure curiosity (I should've been a cat), I ran 'Breon' through Google. It seems to be Irish Gaelic for Brian. There are a number of variations of both Breon and Brian. The name means ''strength" or ''power". Which gives a bit of a twist to the poem when I read it! Btw, how did you decide on that name? My favourite verse is the final one, because it is in couplets. That stanza gives your poem a Medieval air.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun May 21 04:10:44 2017

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My Review of A Song For All Seasons by Silverblue
As Shakespeare wrote: ''if music be the food of love, play on." Your ''angel'' sounds divine indeed, my friend! This is a poem for the heart and harp strings. But true love does have a ''melody'' all of its own, playing deep chords in the soul. It is - as you say ''a song for all seasons", and for all time.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun May 21 03:50:57 2017

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My Review of Suspended in a sunbeam by SAnthonyH
When two people are close, no words need to be spoken. Because there is such an affinity between them. One just knows what the other is feeling or thinking. Two have become one through a deep bond of love.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun May 21 03:47:51 2017

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My Review of The Light at the end of the Tunnel by SAnthonyH
Your powerful words struck a deep chord with me - especially in the first, fifth, and sixth stanzas.Because of something that happened to me 15 years ago. An accident almost cost me my life. I was knocked down on a pedestrian crossing, by a car that failed to stop in time after the lights turned red. I don't recall the accident itself - that was related to me by the police when I was in A + E - from witness statements. I recall nothing of it - about 40 or more minutes of my life I wasn't 'aware' of consciously. I appear to have experienced an NDE - the darkness, the light, voices telling me I would be fine. Then coming round to find an ambulance there. I think it was serendipity that on of the paramedics was a former classmate of mine - I had lost touch with him when I left school, over a decade earlier!

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:31:43 2017

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My Review of The Curse of the Odd Socks by Abra
This poem made me laugh, my friend. Not only do I suspect that many people can relate to this 'curse'. But that it particularly afflicts members of my family! My dear late mother would despair of Dad and I when she did the laundry. As so many mismatches came out the machine. It was like a woolly lottery. But my sister and her eldest daughter also seem prone to it. Then there was that very odd classmate of mine whose mismatches were in day-glo colours, and got remarked on by everyone!! Thank you for writing this, and making my evening.

Best wishes, Alex.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:16:56 2017

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My Review of Using Invisible Ink by Constance_
To find out who we really are (our 'true self') we have to search inside, and be prepared to dig deep. There will lie, I believe, the solutions to our problems. But all too often we ignore that 'inner voice' - and then it says ''I told you so; if only you had listened".

Namaste. AL.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:10:54 2017

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My Review of Adored Her by artspoems
My heart goes out to you, my friend. As cancer is the curse of the modern age. I have lost so many loved ones to that dreadful disease. We can only hope that, one day, it will be cured for once and for all. So no-one - either those with it - or their family and friends - ever have to suffer again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Namaste. AL
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 13:05:48 2017

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My Review of My Friend Olivia by MySongStar
This poem raised quite a smile, I can tell you my friend! As I know - and have known - a few people uncannily like your Olivia. They seem to talk at - rather than to you - and you are never certain that they are listening to what you say. So you either end up at cross-purposes. Or holding two conversations that bear no relation to one another! I like saying things for effect, and that usual gets the other person's attention And you are so right about love. It is a 'strange' and inexplicable thing indeed!

Namaste, AL

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 17 12:58:39 2017

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My Review of Time by terrygodwin
Time is certainly deceptive, my friend. How it passes and catches up on us before we realise it. Or else seems to drag for an eternity, especially when we don't want it to. And, yet, the number of hours in a day does not change.The passage of time is a matter of perception. And as Anna rightly says, if we use it wisely, we have enough to do all the things we need to, and have time for relaxation too.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 16:06:36 2017

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My Review of A Patriotic Sunset by MySongStar
I really love this poem because when my family lived out in Hong Kong - when I was a kid - we visited Thailand. It wasn't too touristy back then, and left me with some wonderful memories of a very different culture PS: salmon is one of my favourite fish.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 16:03:12 2017

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My Review of Here, there and everywhere by terrygodwin
What a wonderful life you have had my friend! It reminds me of not only travels I have made "here, there, and everywhere", but the eclectic mix of my family heritage. I feel like a human passport! Although the stamps (pardon the pun) - which I inherited from my dear mother - I sold some years ago. And converted the currency into coins for my collection!

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 15:57:11 2017

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My Review of MY ALTER EGO by babyboomer68
What a fabulous world that would be, where dark chocolate rains down! Because I love the taste much more than that of milk chocolate. Especially when it is combined with orange....or mint....or, oddly, sweet chilli! (The highest cocoa content I can manage is 85%, though I was tempted to go for 100%.) And I think everyone would like to live in a world without disease, or poverty, or war.

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 15:51:48 2017

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My Review of Bipolar af. by carol28
i was diagnosed as being Bipolar in 2006. I had never heard of the condition before, and, therefore, tried to make light of the word when i was told. Something about ''being able to see both ends of the world at once". Which, with medical people goes down like the proverbial 'lead balloon', as they rarely have a sense of humour. But, when I began to read round, I wasn't surprised by the diagnosis, as it explained so much about the vagaries of my personality.

At the wake after my dear mother's funeral (2010), one of my cousins told me that he had been diagnosed as Bipolar two years before. It proved to be one of the most instructive conversations I've ever had, as we could help each other out.

Thank you for writing this. I feel that people should read your poem, as the condition is misunderstood.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 03:48:52 2017

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My Review of Death of a Dear One by Abra
I have lost so many loved ones over the years that it is heart-breaking at times. Especially my dear mother and a close family friend. But I feel that they are here in spirit still, watching over and guiding us all with love. This is a real comfort. And I feel blessed at having known them in life.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 03:43:38 2017

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My Review of A-roamin' In Th' Mornin' by Ginger-Ninja
You have always been an early-riser MAB! As I often discover. Though I did worry a bit at the castle when I awoke to find you had gone a-roamin at dawn. Because as you say yourself "th' hielan can be treacherous!" Especially in the mist. But as you ken the area so well, maybe I was just being my fussy self. And when I read this, I can see why you love to roam in the early morning ''tae brood''.

With my best, your AL

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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Sun Feb 5 03:37:48 2017

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My Review of Old Memories by Valentine
As I grow older, and try not to count the growing number of grey hairs, I think: are there benefits to ageing? I find my body creak and groan as I get out of bed, and my short-term memory is not what it was. I find I have to wear my glasses most of the time, as I am becoming dreadfully short-sighted. But as long as I am able to be up and about, doing what I have to in life, there is hope yet.
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ALEXJLOCKWOOD
Fri Feb 3 15:39:54 2017

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My Review of MAKING CHESHIRE CAT APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR by Galacticbeam
Because his quatrains are frustratingly enigmatic, on the whole, they have been widely open to interpretation since his day. Though two of his 'prophecies' seem to have been fulfilled in his time. They concerned the French Royal Family. Re the Delphic Oracle - a friend of mine recently gave me a translation of 147 tenets of that augury. Some appear very dated now. Though others could still be applied today. PS: I had to look up 'Tibetan Dakinis'!
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