Thursday, 14 June 2018

Paperwork and why falling in love is like owning a dog!


Nose to nipple
The kitchen table is a mess of paper and folders.
I'm getting to grips with jobs long overdue.
Winnie's pet insurance changed......tick!
The warranty on the wood burner and thermal store found.........tick!
William's inoculation record.........tick!
Sheep registration.....tick!
Guarantee on double glazing .....tick!


Of course the work gets sidelined for an odd hour.
You always find more interesting reading than an old electricity bill.
I found a box of papers this afternoon.
More shite to wade through.
Nursing assessments of my student days, my mother's obituary, a photograph of a consultant I used to work with wearing a sombrero! A one dollar bill! Various newspaper cuttings...
My first assignment for my film studies degree exploring the narrative structure of The Poseidon Adventure, postcards and lists of things to do.
The box was a snapshot of some thirty years
Tucked away in a moleskin notebook that was filled with lists and receipts was a hand written poem.
It wasn't my own work....god no......I'm not quite that fey
But it was a poem I liked
It was written by Taylor Mali


54 comments:

  1. The picture of the consultant wearing a sombrero made me smile.

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    1. Me too.......sadly mr Ravichandran died a few years ago

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  2. Lovely picture of you in the local rag! My dream dinner would include John Gray as a dinner guest. I don't think we would have a lull in the conversation. x

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    1. I'll have a back up stash of scotch eggs in the fridge.

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  3. What a fabulous picture of you, you handsome brute !!!!
    ......... Charlie Dimmock 😱 ????!!!!!!!! XXXX

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  4. You don't have to be fey to write poems. It's better to be rough and tough with testosterone coursing through your veins like red hot lava.

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    1. I just knew you would answer that comment YP X

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  5. Did you delete a post?

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    1. I previously posted a blank one

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  6. Hey John, I don't have love in my life anymore but I have a brute of a black Lab! Love the pic of you in the local newspaper! xx

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  7. I thought of your dogs in this video.
    And then how true..."love needs love".
    Greetings Maria xx

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    1. Greetings Maria...it was the poem that was read out at our wedding

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    2. Having found that poem to read by myself I can understand how fitting it would be for a wedding, and perhaps even why now you found it worth sharing with anyone that may read this post.You,Good Sir, have a wonderful heart, may happiness and peace ever fill it on your journey through life, Mary

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  8. Anonymous5:36 pm

    Reminds me of Leanne Womack’s song “why they call it fallin”

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  9. Isn’t it nice to come across life treasures that carry us down memory lane? You looked so handsome in your sombrero; youth and vigor! Gabs

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    1. Gabs that is a 60 year old tiny Indian consultant !

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    2. John, as I sit in the library and reread your entry. I see my silly mistake. Gabs

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  10. Hmmm...
    I don't know. I think I've enjoyed love a lot more than I ever did enjoy owning dogs. Perhaps in my case I've just loved the right man and didn't own the right dogs. But yes, sometimes I have wanted to roll up a newspaper and say, "Don't ever do that to me again, LOVE!" Of course. We all have.

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  11. Just sent this to my builder who is constantly asking me advice about his latest lady love... who unfortunately doesn’t feel the same way about him. His dog however he loves dearly and he can’t find the time to take him to the vet for a diagnosis on his constant scratching. Due in no small part to him wasting his energies on a hopeless case of a woman. I honestly don’t know what to do?

    The poem is superb, I loved it!

    LX

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  12. Whatever the author is walking at the beginning of his poem does NOT sound like a dog. Rather, it screeches like something from Jurassic Park! Which is exactly the kind of ferocious creature you should take for a walk on the mean streets of Amsterdam, where rude cyclists abound and try to run over tourists and pedestrians! No wonder drugs are legal. You need a hash brownie to calm yourself down after surviving a walk on those busy Dutch streets.

    The sombrero consultant looks amusing. I'm guessing he was a consultant from what I imagine is your former career as a party planner. The print ad for Dream Dinner looks great--like a fancy, classy escort ad! You look awesome!

    Cheers!

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    1. Anonymous6:34 am

      Love to you too,
      Elsewhere from amsterdam

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  13. I like love, but it is too much work right now!

    Finding old memories in a box can be wonderfully heartbreaking.

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  14. Yep, sometimes you want to get a piece of newspaper and swat love on the nose.

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  15. Wait -- you took a film studies degree?? That explains a lot! Like how you come up with such well-written film reviews, for one :)

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  16. Going through 30 odd years of the past can be exhausting and yet exhilarating at the same time.

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  17. ...defuse the bomb: tick, tick, tick...

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  18. I have never seen that poem and I really like it. It is very true but there are times when dogs can be a little easier than love.

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    1. I think the idea that one is the other

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  19. Brought tears to my eyes.

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  20. It always feels great to get backlogged tasks done like that. And if you can spend time reminiscing with a found box of documents, all the better!

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  21. I have started filling memory boxes, momentos to look through when the time is right.

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  22. Sometimes we are the archaeologist of our own lives...digging through the junk and treasures of our past...
    Barb from Canada

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  23. Owning a dog IS falling in love!

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  24. That is beautiful John & made me sob.I have never felt love as great as I feel for my dogs - certainly no relationship with a human x

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  25. Young John Gray is a hottie!!!

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  26. I met your double today at work and he's lovely.

    I looked at my patient's husband and was thinking he looks like someone I know. Then I figured it out. Even has facial hair!

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  27. I have loved all my dogs, but have only 'fallen in love' once.

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  29. Can I be at your 'Dream Dinner' please? Lily Savage and I would make a great double act! (I'm desperately in love with Paul O'Grady too, even though I'm barking up the wrong tree there!) X

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  31. Beautiful, I am over loved by my spaniel Lucy, who is a constant companion. But love is a precious jewel, and we should be very grateful for it.

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  32. A one dollar bill? American?

    (It's a biased question, but I'm curious about how far my nation's currency travels.)

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  33. I think I performed it better...

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