About Gretl

It’s really just me rambling nonsense which adheres somewhat in part to poetry in structure and appearance.

I cook and do garden stuff too and like looking at paintings, audiobooks, football and radio as well.

I am a dude from Scotland, Glasgow city forever innit haha. My user name is from a character in Time splitters 2; a computer game for the PlayStation 2

78 thoughts on “About Gretl

  1. Love ‘rambling vague nonsense which adheres somewhat in part to poetry in structure and appearance.’ It’s nice to meet you. I love Haiku. Lots of what you wrote in your likes fit my likes, esp. animals, poetry, books, reading, so much more. 🙂

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  2. Hi there, I look at it as a disclaimer of sorts haha as I am still very new to poetry and all its different forms etc…

    It’s a pleasure to meet you 🙂 Haiku is great, I really enjoy them too, I like to write them first then try to find a picture or painting that captures it best. Cool, I have a list of lots of my favourite films, tv shows, paintings and poetry as well as a new istory blog called the chronicle which I am trying to update daily.

    Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to more of your posts. 🙂

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  3. Thanks Lynz, nice to meet you too 🙂 thanks for visiting letters and notes, I hope you enjoy, your blog looks really awesome, some very interesting recipes, I’m looking forward to checking them out.


  4. Gretl, love your name and enjoyed reading your post. Appreciate your ‘singing your song’ and posting about your journey . . . I once had a Tante Gretl: she was my mother’s sister and lived near Ulm, Germany . . . I’ll keep an eye out for your posts . . . Blessings . . .

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    1. Hi Peter, the three poems I read on your blog were amazing, they just roll off the tongue and sound so natural in their flow. On economy and the poet in particular, I really enjoyed them. Cool story, I always thought it sounded german, I got it from the playstation 2 game Timesplitters 2, it was either Gretl or R-108 🙂 thanks for stopping by as well and checking out my page i’m looking forward to your next poem.

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  5. Hello, Gretl! So nice to meet you! And thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂 I look forward to seeing more of your poems and other posts, as it seems we share some common interests. Have fun with your blogging adventures! 🙂

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      1. It just opens up the world even more, when you see other people with either like-minded interests or else you see and read about subjects you hadn’t heard before. Truly fascinating! 🙂

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  6. I like how you describe your own writing in a very humble way…but I wouldn’t use the word nonsense! 🙂

    I’m really enjoying your verses, especially The Strangest Thing. I have also listened to a few of your videos on youtube. You wanted a word about what we think. I think that you might want to slow down just a wee bit. Take your time with your beautiful words so that we can absorb them and understand them better. You have a lot to say.

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    1. Nice one, thanks for reading and viewing. I’m quite uncomfortable reading poetry so I think it’s just my nervousness overcoming me, I’m going to repost nowhere dreams as I do think that one in particular is read far too quickly especially the last two lines:)

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    1. Hi Kimaya, thank you, great blog, enjoyed my little adventure there:) I’ll be sure to drop by from time to time as well 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting, really helps.

      The name is out of an old computer game for the playstation 2 haha timesplitters 2:D .

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  7. Enjoying the humour in here. Like your style. One word about iambic pentameter, which I love by the war, is don’t count syllables! Feel the scan – Di-dah-di-dah-Di-dah-Di-dah-Di-dah … count how many there are in the first three lines in the second stanza of “Little Big Man”; it shouldn’t work but it does. Have a read of any of William Shakespeare’s plays and see how loose his count seems to be sometimes; but it works.

    Thanks for popping over to My Poetry Library. Appreciated.

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    1. Thanks this really helps 🙂 I’ll totally check these out, the internet is full of so much stuff it’s hard to know where to even start sometimes. I also find it difficult to identify what certain poems are sometimes or is this just free verse?

      The Shakespeares I have read is really just poetry and they just roll off the tongue really nicely. I know the plays like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and I think there is maybe a Richard or Henry in there somewhere too 🙂

      I was confused I thought you meant the Rabindranath Tagore poem which I looked up and read (turns out it was totally amazing so thanks for that) and then also read the correct one which I really enjoyed as well.

      No problem at all, I look forward to future posts.


  8. Hi, How’s Hansel? Err..hehe
    Anyway, thank you for the likes and reads on my writings,
    as I am already reading some of yours.
    And are those your paintings? They’re great. 🙂

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    1. Hello there. No problem at all, no the paintings aren’t mine, you can find the artists names on the Art contributors page.

      Haha the name gretl is actually taken from an old playstation 2 game called timesplitters, but the Hansel reference has come up many a time 🙂

      Hope you enjoy your visit, you have a great blog, I look forward to future posts.

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  9. Of my own insecurities regarding my spewing of words I have been told that the difference between a good poet and someone who should just shut up is at least 2,000 attempts.
    I’ve also heard that the mantra of National Geographic photographers is “You have to take a thousand pictures to get a single good one.”

    I use those words to comfort myself, often. Anyhow, thanks for writing. Glad to know there are still those of out there sharpening this particular sword.

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    1. No problem at all. Doubt is always there, I just write so I have something, be it complete rubbish, decent or mind blowing genius, at least it’s something I can call my own.

      Also everything here is just part of the journey to gathering a better understanding of poetry, my sonnet section is a good point of reference for what I mean. The first few are loose sonnets at best when thinking of metre, rhytmn and structure, the next couple are better, an improvement I think and the latest one is a vast improvement that adheres to the rules of a sonnet in many ways so I think if you’re willing to learn you are onto a winner so I wouldn’t worry too much.

      Being a good poet is something that I leave for other people to decide, I just like working towards my goal of achieving something I can call my own and has had a decent reaction.

      That would be very satisfying. Anyway, best of luck and thanks for visiting letters and notes.


  10. Hi Gretl. Thank you for following my art blog. I’m not very astute in poetry but I look forward to reading your poetry. Do you know thefeatheredsleep.wordpress.com ? she is one of my favorite poets.

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    1. Hi there, no problem at all and yes I do know thefeatheredsleep blog, she is very talented and writes great poetry. Hope you enjoy what you read, I have a youtube channel as well, let me know if you are on youtube as well, looking for new exciting channels to follow. Have a great day.

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  11. Is it Gretl or Gretal? Nice to see someone else mention Pablo Neruda–I was recently captivated by some of his quotes, hence I combined 2 in my tagline. Wishing you all the best–thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

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    1. Hi there, it’s Gretl, just the name of my favourite character from a computer game when i was younger although I’m now often mistaken for a woman on here haha thanks for stopping by☺ I’ll be sure to drop in every now and then. Neruda rocks!


  12. Hi, thanks for following and liking my Diamante. My first attempt, but wanted to tell a story and it seemed to fit for me. I try but I am not sure if I do the forms of poetry right or not. Have enjoyed finding yours and will continue to read more.

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    1. Hi there.

      No problem, if you type poetry forms into google there are a lot of good sites/pages out there covering form/structure in detail. Glad you enjoyed letters & notes, if you like what you read, like and follow and I look forward to reading more of your poetry.

      Have a great day! 🙂

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    1. Hi, it’s just from an old computer game I used to play called timesplitters 2 for the ps2. It was a cyborg charachter I used to go. A lot of people think it’s from a movie but I can’t remember the name of it.

      Your art is awesome btw! 🙂


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