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Volume 2 - No. 3 - 2003

A Page of Verse

"My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' 
because it actually tells you something"  - Groucho Marx

A Winter's Visit - by Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse has been described as the greatest living Welsh poet.  He has the double advantage of being nor merely Welsh, but also Jewish.  How could such a combination fail to succeed?

Furthermore he is a qualified medical doctor.  Now this is clearly an advantage.  After all what Jewish mother would boast "My son the poet?"

Nurturing Potential editor, Joe Sinclair, has known Dannie for more than half a century, but has spoken to him only three times in the past forty years, two of which were to share sadness at a mutual friend's death.  The third occasion, quite recently, was more joyous, when Dannie agreed to our reproducing some of his poetry.  

Blessing of Blessings - by Laurie Phillips

Laurie has set himself a target of writing 2000 pieces of verse in one year.  Whether or not you appreciate his verse, you have to admire his dedication.

When a country obtains great power - by LaoTzu

There is nothing we can add to the body of knowledge of Lao Tzu, but we are certainly able to point the appositeness of this particular piece of verse to our contemporary situation.  (No names, no pack drill - but also, no prizes!)  And, after all, it was only written 2500 years ago.