Sign of the Times-0216 Image by Christine Renney

Talk is hard but it will find you.
It will make you feel.

Talk is skin and the heart beating
Too fast and
All the colours raging in your head

Talk is raw and it has edges
It is sharp and slimy

Talk is soft but it will hurt you
Talk will get lost
Others will take it and hide it
Keep it from you and you from it

Talk is skin and the heart beating
Too fast and
All the colours raging in your breast

Talk is hard
And it is soft


17 thoughts on “TALK

  1. chrisnelson61 June 5, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    This is a masterful piece, Mark. You have said all that needs to be said with concise elegance. Fine writing – I’m feeling a little envious!

    • markrenney1 June 7, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      That is a lovely thing to say Chris – thank you.

  2. Tony Single June 6, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I’m really enjoying your poetry, Mark. It feels like talk is all I get, and it feels like my talk is taken from me. I love how you’ve illustrated something of that here as well as some of its different facets.

    • markrenney1 June 7, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      Good to get some positive feedback on this poem, Tony. I had put aside writing poetry but was inspired by a recent visit to a literature festival to get back up on that particular horse so thank you for your comment. Regards Mark.

  3. unbolt June 7, 2015 / 9:52 am

    WOW… a gem. The real poetic diamond. Awesome!

    • markrenney1 June 7, 2015 / 5:47 pm

      I am holding up a mirror to you…regards Mark.

      • unbolt June 9, 2015 / 9:22 pm

        Oh… I feel really honored! Thank you!
        (I try to hold my breath… I don’t want that a mirror was covered with steam)

  4. field of thorns June 8, 2015 / 2:28 am

    Mark, this is wonderful. “Talk” appears to love you and hate you at the same time, perhaps it’s just useless painful noise. What a great line, “All the colours raging in your head”. You have produced some fabulous ideas here, so many variables, so much to think about, so good!

    Take care,

    • markrenney1 June 9, 2015 / 4:43 pm

      Pepper, I am overwhelmed by your response – thank you so much. Regards Mark.

      • field of thorns July 1, 2015 / 8:17 pm

        Hi Mark, I have a challenge for you, I would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in the Allergic to “E” Challenge, here is the link It really was an intellectual challenge to write something without using the letter “e”, at least for me, LOL! I hope you pick up the torch and have fun with it!

        Take good care,

  5. BookOfPain June 9, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Write poetry more often…this is good!

    • markrenney1 June 10, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you John. I will most certainly try.

  6. Joseph Nebus June 12, 2015 / 3:28 am

    It’s got a particularly strong closing couplet.

    • markrenney1 June 12, 2015 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you Joseph.

  7. megdekorne June 12, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Wow Mark …you are an amazing poet …I love how you talk ! Hope you have a wonder-filled weekend , love megxxx

    • markrenney1 June 12, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you so much Meg and the same to you. Hopefully our notebooks won’t lay unopened and forgotten. Regards Mark.

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