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The Identification

Rating: 3.7
So you think its Stephen?
Then I'd best make sure
Be on the safe side as it were.
Ah, theres been a mistake. The hair
you see, its black, now Stephens fair ...
Whats that? The explosion?
Of course, burnt black. Silly of me.
I should have known. Then lets get on.

The face, is that the face mask?
that mask of charred wood
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Jon Holloway 09 August 2020
I love Roger McGogh even more than I loved him him 45 years ago. Along with the other Liverpool poets I was taught that there is amazing flexibility in the English language. I was taught that you can use words like paint.
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Shaun Cronick 29 July 2020
Just a tad on the dark side here good Roger. Not often if ever you read one of these. Very Stephen King.
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Mr Hayward the nonce 25 June 2020
oink oink peppa pig honky nonky nonce man
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Dr Antony Theodore 15 June 2019
No doubt he was minding them for one of the older boys. Yes thats it. Thats him. Thats our Stephen. a very good poem. tony
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Val Ross 28 April 2018
The Leader made me laugh out loud but this one had me in tears.
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Joshua 01 March 2018
Does Anybody Know When this was written?
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Susan Williams 23 February 2018
Part Two. We parents can see anything we want to hold death away- or to hold off any proof that our children were not exactly like we thought they were. But inside we know- -our child is dead and nothing is never going to change that horrid fact
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Susan Williams 23 February 2018
Part One- -A nice poem? Really? It is about the most heartbreaking poem I have ever read- -the father does not want this body to be his child's body- he fights recognition tooth and nail- -and to give himself some fragment of comfort he says the cigarettes must have been some other boy's and his son was being thoughtful enough to hold them for him.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 February 2018
Beautiful poem with nice diction. Thanks and cogratulations for being selected as the poem of the day.
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Edward Kofi Louis 23 February 2018
Trace of doubt! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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