Monday, March 29, 2010

Uncle Jim Comments

Rating: 4.7

“White folks is white,” says uncle Jim;
“A platitude,” I sneer;

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Countee Cullen
COMMENTS
Rajnish Manga 09 September 2017

Fantastic poem which is sweet, thought provoking and satiric. This goes into MyPoemList now. Thanks. He smokes his pungent pipe, And nods at me as if to say, “Young fool, you’ll soon be ripe! ”

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 09 September 2017

I have a friend who eats his heart Always with grief of mine, Who drinks my joy as tipplers drain Deep goblets filled with wine. A verse that deserves high rating. Beautifully done. Congratulations!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 09 September 2017

Interesting writing. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulation to his soul for being selected as poem of the day.

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 09 September 2017

I have a friend who eats his heart Always with grief of mine, Who drinks my joy as tipplers drain Deep goblets filled with wine. Nice write. 10+

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Edward Kofi Louis 09 September 2017

With bitterness! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Lantz Pierre 09 September 2017

Powerful. As poignant today as when it was written. Which partly is praise for the power of the poem and partly condemnation of how little race relations have changed in the interim. Or at least how much more they need to change. The ambiguity of the last stanza is mesmerizing for me. Beguiling. The reference clearly to Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn. But are the figures on the urn he and the one he lies on the grass with, or he and his uncle? The implication of each turns the poem hard in very different directions. I think that ambiguity is very purposeful, reflecting and even creating so many of the other turns in the poem. From the concrete moment to musings of memory. The perceptions of color and race. Of love and of the irritations that love can engender. Very rich. Delicious. But with a bitter edge.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 09 September 2017

Such an interesting poem posted and shared.....

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