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Up the côte

All at Coo & Co heartily thank otp for the comment. The mossops have decreed that it be summer throughout our trip; we are not sure why, but we are not minded to question them :>)

Of all the poetry.

Hi John,

A beautiful poem :-)

I've just sent you a private message here; I'm notifying you by email too as I'm not sure whether you log in anymore.

A Rainy Day

Woo-hoo! Larry's loon! :>o

All at Coo & Co very much appreciate the description of this dear bird. Once we were lucky enough to spot a common loon in our local park :>)

Land of Opportunity

A pleasantly ironic title, members of Coo & Co suggest. This scene is rather familiar, for the chair, online news, and codeine. And some elements of the land you describe find echoes in the UK at present, unfortunately. We particularly like the porcine crackers :>)


The party appears confused. This poem is composed in the key of Coo, otp; Ep. (Epicurus) left PoetBay about three years ago. We are still in touch with him, though :>)

The Blind Leading the Blind

The avid newspaper readers of Coo & Co nod together. This is clearly and accurately drawn, Larry, and we enjoyed the artistic references particularly for the asses' heads.

We once read that Denmark is a pleasant place to live. 'Perhaps we should all trip there,' suggests Coo :>)


'Season of mists,' chirps Coo (of course) ;>)

All at Coo & Co enjoyed this piece. The rich description enabled us to enter the story, experiencing the mist for ourselves. We particularly like the patterns and the appearance of steam. 'Puff... puff... puff...' :>o

One Wednesday Morning

All at Coo & Co find this poem very engaging, Thomas. It has a smooth flow and it holds a lot of interest in its themes. We're really drawn to the speaker. And we particularly like the repeated words in the final lines, which have an almost prayer-like quality, somehow.

We note that the poem was written two or three years ago. We keep our old poems too; it is pleasant to revisit them sometimes :>)


Very much enjoyed, Larry. We particularly like the alliteration in the 'house that is hidden by hedges', and the description 'agreeably blank'.

Members of Coo & Co echo your appreciation for being read here, at PoetBay :>)

so ends

Comment in return! Comment in return! :>)

All at Coo & Co really enjoyed reading this, otp. It has a most exuberant mood and we love the setting. We wouldn't have picked up the literary references, so thank-coos for mentioning those at the end. Our favourite bit is the 'happy tears'. We look forward to reading you again soon :>o (coo)

Samson story

PS: Our image is 'Scilly Seal' by Tim Allsop :>)

Someone Must be in Need

Members of Coo & Co enjoyed this encounter, Larry :>)

We like the character of evening, as one who turns up to soothe. That is necessary. We also like the description of the poet's day. The description of the perceived hero on horseback is very effective too. All in all, it is very engaging, with a slightly dramatic ending if one considers night a character too :>)

dangerous game

We're pleased to see you posting again, otp :>)

Members of Coo & Co enjoyed the seaside setting and the hunt in the sand. The hunt creates a tension, which builds to excellent effect. We particularly felt the racing heart in the third section, and we find an echo in 'broken' of the earlier 'crushed shell'.

The ending interests us. To have hope is something quite special, we think, although we acknowledge we might not have grasped the full sense here. 'That is possible,' Coo concedes :>/


This is excellent, Larry :>)

The trees around the Coo & Co offices are early to turn this year, perhaps because our summer was so dry. We appreciate 'morning' and 'mourning', as every day moves towards the season of chills. 'Season of chills and bitter with'riness,' Coo suggests, making up words again ;>)

I still am looking for you my Friend by Ann Wood

Yes, we agree with otp, Ann. And there's a very pleasant flow to this; it feels very natural :>)

The New American Poets (1960)

Hoo, hoo, hoo! :>o

All at Coo & Co are laughing joyously together, being fond of rhythm and rhyme. We enjoy list poems too! We must admit, we haven't read much on the whole, but we really like these descriptions. Watching for fires while getting high sounds good to us! :>)


This is indeed a dreamy piece, Ashe :>)

All at Coo & Co like the mysterious beginning, and 'words without meaning' recalls Mendelssohn's 'Songs without Words', for which we thank-coo. The romantic music finds an echo in this poem, we think, with its wistfulness and charm. The fourth stanza is particularly appealing for its imagery (nomads and fire!), while the notion of a field of dreams is very beautiful to us :>)

Seattle, Then and Now

All at Coo & Co very much enjoyed reading this, Larry :>)

The distinction between then and now is very well drawn, and very interesting as a subject, we think. Being fond of coupons ourselves, we like the details of the food stamps and the chewy steaks. It is fascinating to think about how earlier experiences shape one's character. And we agree with Ashe about the note of hope towards the end :>)

Moonlight, Abbey Garden

'The picture might be titled "Sunlight, Abbey Garden",' adds Coo. 'Please forgive this; we are rather tired today following a hospital appointment. We shall leave the picture as it is because we think fellow poets might appreciate the colours' :>)

Over Again

This is excellent, Larry; we felt very much in the moment while reading the poem :>)

Our favourite bit is the details at the beginning, the whirlpool of people in contrast to J's one smiling face. We really like that contrast :>)

Trying to Hold Onto Water

A delightful description, Larry, of both the kayaking trip and an experience of oatmeal. Each is enhanced by the other :>)

All at Coo & Co were pleasantly reminded of the Okavango Delta by your memory of lily pads, although we have only tripped there in our heads. The question posed in your penultimate line is interesting. Perhaps, one day, time will be frozen. Who knows? :>)

Almost one year with out our beautiful Ashley, we miss you so very much sweetheart by Ann Wood

This is a beautiful tribute, Ann. All at Coo & Co are very sorry for your loss, and we very much hope that writing brings you some comfort through sad times :>)

The Lot

At Coo & Co, we're pretty fond of list poems too, so this is a very enjoyable read for us, Joe. We also relish a little mystery and magic! This builds well too, as you let your imagination strengthen in the space. We're especially drawn to the 'roaring forge' and the steadfast ivy of the final verse :>)

Worlds You Left Behind

This is great fun to read, Friend D., and poignant too. We particularly like the contrast in the second stanza and the use of the word 'gobbledygook' in verse three. And the final four lines are very well observed.

Incidentally, our FT had two grandmothers called Dorothy, and both of them had a gap between their two top teeth. We enjoy thinking about that sometimes :>)

PS: Nice rhymes!

her love

We really like the opening simile, otp, and the way the poem develops after that. Your reluctance to be drawn in to these musings adds to their charm, and we also enjoy the moon simile. We are fond of the moon :>o

Wheel of Fortune

This sounds like a terrific trip, Larry, very well described. All those details of time spent in Paris are beautifully rendered. We particularly like 'peeked'!

Day twenty three of our holiday and day eleven in hospital 19th of July 2018 by Ann Wood

Hi Ann,

Coo and I hope you were enjoying your book! I remember waiting for doctors to come to talk to me in hospital, feeling nervous and glad of a good distraction. We're pleased you were getting on well with the other women, and enjoying another walk and more time in the garden until the rains began. It must have been lovely to speak with your mom again, and we hope you have a pleasant view. We wish you All Good Things for the days ahead :>)

she knows

Hiya otp,

Members of Coo & Co really enjoyed reading this, as a sort of portrait not only of Colin but also of Marcy and of yourself, and of the inter-relationships, if that's the right term. We think 'sunday social', 'so ends', and 'she knows' makes for a deft trio of poems :>)


All at Coo & Co like the matter-of-fact tone of this poem, Larry. There are some strong images too, and we appreciate the 'siren sound of alcohol, / Combined with opiates', which strikes us as particularly apt :>)

Day twenty one of our holiday and day nine in hospital 17th of July 2018 by Ann Wood

Hello Ann,

Coo and I are so sorry to read that you had a bad day. We really hope you had a better night's sleep the following night. Fasting blood tests can be a shock to the system sometimes (I find). We're thinking of you.

All Good Things,
Coo & Co :>)

Sacred Scroll

'The read was a delight,' all at Coo & Co respond to the PoetBay prompt, 'and it is our hope that the author signs in to this site again soon, to find that we have responded to his most recent message.

'Until such time, we send All Good Things,
'Coo & Co :>)

Like My Shadow

We think of R.L. Stevenson (as intended?), but this is much more interesting. The description is very well wrought; our FT empathises, of course.

'Well done, Larry,' Coo approves :>)

The Whales Arrive at Montijo Bay

All at Coo & Co enjoyed the trip we went on with this poem (-:>)

The description is vivid, pulling us into the water. It's very sensuous too. In fact, it's so powerful and written with so much enthusiasm, we don't think you need Neptune towards the end. We're fascinated by Panama, and whales rule the sea! We hope you'll write more about your experiences, Ashe.

Last Night I Had A Dream About You

It's fun to try out new styles (-:>)

The repeated first line of each stanza and the 'you' at the end of each line puts members of Coo & Co in mind of a variation on a ballad. Our favourite stanza is the final one, the awakening, subtly anticipated in the final line of the penultimate stanza. We like the concept of a dream as a sort of gift too.


A neat sweet treat here, otp (-:>)

The word 'delight' puts us in mind of Angel Delight, a type of mousse available in five flavours. We think thy poem is strawberry.

Day seventeen of our holiday and day five in hospital 13th of July 2018 by Ann Wood

Hello Ann,

This is FT, of Coo & Co, also known as Fliss.

I'm sorry that you're spending some of your holiday in hospital, and that you'll be without your mom's visits for a while. I hope your weekend with your brother is going well, and that you'll stay in touch with the ladies you've met while on the ward.

I hope you're as comfortable as possible, and that the hospital isn't too noisy at night. I hope also that you enjoyed your walks and TV time :-) :>) (smile from Coo too)


All at Coo & Co enjoyed reading this sequence of verses. Coo suggests the term 'pocket poems', which could also apply to series of haiku and other short forms.

We particularly like 4, for 'mattressed, pillowed', as though thy bed might be rather determined to keep thee in it.

Noo, we shall not let on about the bottle of Malbec :>) (Coo hides FT's bottle of special syrup)


Ooh yes, Ken, gulls and crows!

We really like this highly descriptive poem; thank-coo :>)

Descartes versus Rousseau, Twelve Round Title Match

Yes, very intriguing – we agree with otp.

Members of Coo & Co, aka BirdBrains, do not know much of Descartes and Rousseau either. And we suspect, were we to guess at the relevance of the poem's title to its content, we should only embarrass ourselves.

Therefore, we hope it is enough to comment that we very much enjoyed this poem, and we certainly picked up on the contrast between the mechanical lady and the instinctive gentleman, if those are the correct terms here :>)

Blood Flows

We agree with shells – chilling indeedy!

This short piece packs a punch, Friend D. Applause from your friends at Coo & Co :>)

Dead Muslims

Yes, 'sordid stew'. We like this.

Life Overboard (Ring the Bell)

Another fine piece, Friend D.

We like the regular rhyme scheme and the setting of the poem at sea. The word 'Dances' lends some vibrancy, and in connection with the final two lines it bestows a strong sense of unleashed energy. We attempt to convey this with movement, and are reminded of our FT's occasionally restless legs. (Last night FT was drifting off to sleep, only to wake herself up with an enormous kick. Foolish FT.)

Anyway... the mood feels quite melancholic, and it is well sustained. A seal surfaces, clapping for thee :>)

Ericson's Lakeside Resort

This is very well described, Larry.

We like how the poem begins by noting a few absences, drawing a clear contrast with the resort today. The thoughts towards the end are well expressed too. We have missed your direct style; it is appreciated anew :>)


This is very enjoyable, Thomas.

Our FT recognises the scene from Lear, as she studied the play during her A-level years. We like the vocabulary choices, the rhythm, the rhymes, and the poet's determination to continue his craft through the storm :>)

this is not

This is a witty little piece, Lynn.

Our FT shrieks with laughter, remembering a man trapped in a navy jersey. That was a long time ago, but some things are memorable, like this poem :>)

Wednesday Why

Members of Coo & Co are delighted that you are still posting here, 'Friend D.' :>)

This is a charming and lively little number. We like the regular rhyme scheme and the colourful sequence of musings.

The roosters part particularly appeals to Coo, of course, and we spend some time discussing the merits of this type of research. Our FT is drawn to the dancing fingernails and the man swinging a cat. It is all very vibrant, which is excellent.

Woo-hoo! :>) (we applaud)


Greetings, ken,

This is an interesting question, very well expressed.

All Good Things,
Coo & Co :>)


Greetings, otp,

We have missed your writing style. We remember colin, although we might have to visit your page to catch up with what he has been about during the last year or so. That would help us to fully appreciate his story, perhaps.

That said, we do feel this poem works well as a standalone piece, as we feel very drawn in by the details of the secret marriage and the abortion, which makes us sad. We're also drawn in by the eggplant and parmesan; we like little touches like that. And the final lines hold plenty of intrigue for the insights they provide into colin's character.

All Good Things,
Coo & Co :>)

As the Tents of Kedar

Greetings, Thomas,

This strikes us as a delicately composed love poem, very well presented and with some beautiful imagery. We particularly like 'the equatorial doves' and the interesting contrast between the heart 'ablaze' yet 'cool as the moon'. The sound of 'cool as the moon' is pleasant too.

All Good Things,
Coo & Co :>)

Suzanne's Dolly Gift

An arresting portrait of the relationship between mother and daughter, daughter and dolly. We particularly like the 'warming glow', as the poem makes us feel a bit shivery until that point, and we admire the description of the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. Well done, Kathy (-:>)