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Monday, 17 January 2011

The Language of Poetry

THIS WEEK'S THEME: Languages, Signs and Symbols

Maybe you disagree?

I used a memory of an educational TV programme, which explored an inner city, multi-racial, primary school teacher discussing skin tones with the children as part of an ethnic awareness/inter-racial harmony project. Having discussed the browns and tans of the other children, she referred to the pink skin of the ‘white’ child as flesh colour, which in the context was inappropriate. Yes is the dictionary term used for the colour of some animal flesh once skinned, but not all flesh is the same colour, now is it?

I hope when reading it that you see where I'm coming from here.

This poem is my first attempt at Imabic Pentameter.

I have scheduled a few posts again this week and apologies if I'm being quiet at the moment, I have done my lower back in and have had some stomach bug over the weekend that hasn't quite gone, so I'm trying to take it easy now.


  1. I found you through Margo's list of blog awards today. Well done with the Iambic Pentameter and on capturing the racism we so often express almost unawares in our language. It's surely all the more dangerous for the lack of conciousness we have of it.

  2. lovely and thank you for sharing.. here's my potluck.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/my-whole-world/

  3. So glad you're getting into poetry. It gives me such a nice little high to write it!

  4. I can't comment on the Imabic Pentameter, as I'm useless at poetry, but it was a thought provoking poem! Well done.

  5. I always enjoy your poetry Madeleine.

    I hope you feel better.


  6. What a beautiful presentation, yet the tale is sad.

    It is Martin Luther King Day in the U.S. I wonder how he would have felt by her words?

  7. Always awesome poetry! What a great day for it! Feel better!

  8. You're so great at poetry, Madeleine. Always enjoy reading your entries. :)

    Take it easy and feel better!

  9. I loved the poem and the the tone of the message is balanced.

  10. While things are better, folks are generally more aware and considerate... at times we still define folks by the colour of their skin, unforunately.

    I enjoyed this piece.

  11. Fabulous, I knew I fixted your link but sorry for coming in late.

    you have done perfect job.

  12. Hiya, I'm back from my 'sick bed' now so catching up on the posts and fests.
    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments to my poem.
    Yes I think things have improved in society, though some things still stick out like sore thumbs. :O)


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