Doc Martin's Shoes

With a face that defied even maternal pride

brusqueness that walked away as he cried

Turned innocence round to brush love aside

Doc Martin's shoes walk Portwenn's seaside

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The walls kept secrets silent simmering inside

Resentments that brewed found a place to hide

Little boy lost buried himself in a book's abide

Doc Martin's shoes walk Portwenn's seaside

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Necessity the mother his imagination eyed

Adopted “keep calm and carry on” applied

Perception became the friend on who he relied

Doc Martin's shoes walk Portwenn's seaside

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Collateral damages breed a pragmatic stride

His brilliant mind leans to the cold quiet slide

The book reads awkward turns the page to deride

Doc Martin's shoes walk Portwenn's seaside

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Father's footsteps cut a precise surgeons guide

Left his heart to heal everyone but his lonely bride

The blame was laid at their only son's bedside

Doc Martin's shoes walk Portwenn's seaside

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Clipped matter of fact states his case typically snide

Acquired taste as his spoonful of medicine complied

Conclusive evidence in the scientific proof he tried

As Doc Martin's shoes walk to heal Portwenn's seaside

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

I don't watch these show or TV at all so I am not familiar with them, but your words describe the human emotion, the fear and escape well!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I know exactly where Doc Martin is coming from, Amy, even before I watched the videos of a TV show I have never before viewed. His demeanor and gruff exterior I have seen before exhibited mainly by surgeons I have known socially who adopt that manner to protect themselves from exhibiting emotions they may view as inappropriate. Sad, but true.

And your insightful poetry, m'luv, tells the story in six short sweet stanzas. Brava and voted Up!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Oh I love Doc Martin!! I absolutely adore Doc Martin's character! Great poetry here. I didn't actually know there were more seasons! I've missed so much!!

Voted up!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Sheez, Amy, I don't have much to go on here. I don't have a tv so I have never heard of this show....all I know is I love your poetry....I know for a fact you have a better vocabulary than I do, and your images are astounding. Love everything about your work, even when I don't understand it. LOL

I do know, watching the video, that you seem to have captured the all-too often brusque nature of physicians, which I have never understood.

love from afar,

bill


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I’m not familiar with Doc Martin and this series. He seems like a man trying to find himself and coming to terms with something that separates him from where he would otherwise be. Perhaps the secrets you mentioned that go beyond the physician’s aloofness – stiff upper lip and all that. He doesn’t seem to fit into his surroundings and the village. He is a work, and an in love, in progress I think. You have described him so well here, my friend.

By the way, I love Epi’s poem dedicated to you, “Amy’s Courtyard.” Hugs. :-)


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Never crossed paths withDoc but then I rarely watch TV other than news.

TFP


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well, Mark, you took a leap of faith and I thank you. Before I saw this series, which my mom told me about on PBS, I thought Doc Martens were just a cool pair of shoes. I figured I'd see advertising here reflect that. I appreciate your kindness, Mark, in reading this despite not knowing the character. You are a great friend.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hello Amy. I must also plead ignorance of this program though I do have a TV. Your poem describes a very aloof individual very well. I don't think I'd like him but I do like your poem. Well done.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dearest drbj, I looked and looked until I couldn't stand to look anymore for the episode that left me in tears and gave otherwise unknown insight into the Doc's demeanor. His childhood was dysfunctional, with a mother he didn't understand and a father who spent every waking moment (and sometimes beyond) away. The episode I wanted to include, but could not find, showed a private conversation that Doc Martin had with his mother, before she and his dad from a visit to their son. The visit was not really to see Doc, but rather to see the aunt that raised Doc for a portion of his life. They had a dispute with the aunt's will, wanting her property in the event she died before they did. Doc's mother was sullen and didn't speak to him at all during the visit. Doc wanted to know what was wrong, assuming it was something the father had done. Doc said to his mom, "I hope you know I'm nothing like my father." She smiled and said, "Oh, I know you aren't, Martin. Your father was so handsome at your age and he was the best surgeon in the hospital...not like you, just a GP in a small, forgotten place. After you were born, everything changed. When your father and I went into a restaurant, he couldn't keep his hands off of me. There was electricity between us. Then, when I had you, all he saw was a mother...he never looked at me as a woman again." Doc Martin looked as if he was in shock. All this time, he'd thought his mother's cold, distant behavior was due to her unhappiness with his father. So, he'd come to terms with being unwanted, but assumed it was only his father, when all along the dysfunction he grew up with was equally shared by his mother. The character in this fictional series had been protecting himself all his life and, for him, it worked on some level, but in the process of walling himself off from a world of hurt, he became his own worst enemy in having the love he wanted. He's got lucky in his fine mind, as it serves his patients physical health well, but he is so self-protective, he can't figure out that he's hurting himself. Although, the series is first and foremost a comedy, it leaves me crying, too. It's one program I never want to miss. You'd love it, my friend.

You are so intuitively intelligent, drbj, in recognizing me in the courtyard of Epi's latest masterpiece. I am very touched by his sensitivity. Thank you, drbj, and yes, Doc Martin is definitely a work in progress. Louisa left him in a recent episode. I have high hopes, though.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Bill, for trusting me with my spin on a program I really do enjoy. For the most part, it is ridiculously hilarious! I think, if you did watch TV, you'd like it. I was going to compare it to another British comedy, but instead I'll just say that before I understood the character, I was exasperated. His character is an acquired taste, but in time I could fall in love with him. I think his love interest, Louisa, does a top notch job of realistically portraying her feelings of frustration in dealing with him on a personal level and her admiration for his uncompromising brutal honesty. I think his rudeness is the result of not being able to fathom anyone disagreeing with his logic! Thank you, my loyal friend, for visiting even when you'd probably rather not. That's what I call a real friend.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Daughter of Maat, I am so glad you stopped by to tell me you love Doc Martin, too. Unfortunately, I must admit I am a television addict. Without it to keep me company, the silence is deafening. Lucky for Doc Martin fans, another upcoming season will run through 2013. I'll be watching! Thank you for reading this, Daughter of Maat, and the vote up!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi there, Frog Prince. I admit to even falling asleep with the TV on. It's a pacifier against the silence. I watch the news first and foremost. I'm up and down doing things all day and into the night. There are only a very few programs that I ever "sit" through, other than the local and national news. Doc Martin is one.

Thank you for stopping by to read this, FP, even though you aren't a TV fan. That says a lot about you and makes me a fan of you!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear drbj, When I got home from helping my mom at the laundromat and a few errands, I was anxious to read the comments here and respond. Please forgive me for juxtaposing some of your words and Genna's regarding Epi's poem.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Genna, I was extremely touched by Colin's "Amy's Courtyard". He is a sensitive, caring soul.

I have followed the PBS-aired Doc Martin since my mom raved about it. Now, we both are hooked by the quirky, eccentric, socially inept, but fantastic doctor of Portwenn. He could have come from Mars, for his complete lack of political correctness and common courtesy. But, I could actually fall in love with his character, because underneath it all, he is sensitive and caring, with no stomach for BS. Towards the end of one repeat episode I had missed, there was a tender, sensitive scene in the beginning of Doc and Louisa's relationship that left me so touched I was in tears. And, in the blink of an eye, after a kiss, the Doc asked her if she had a chronic sinus infection or GERD! The look on Louisa's face and horror at the thought she had bad breath, was priceless and when I got over my shock at Doc's sincere concern, I burst out laughing until I cried.

Thank you, Genna. I am so touched by friends here that, despite the fact they haven't seen the series, support me, nonetheless. I am one lucky woman.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Awwww, sligobay, what a sweetheart you are. I'm envisioning an episode where the dashing, no BS, knight in shining armor, rides into Portwenn and meets up with Doc Martin. Realistically, I haven't really seen a strong, forthright character have a run in with the Doc. It is a bit of a fairytale in that respect, because in real life, he'd get his lights punched out if he talked to people in such an obnoxious, rude way. Usually, this fictional story depicts anger or outrage that eventually is resolved with the Doc being the unaware hero. I guess it just goes to show how badly I need a bit of "happily ever after", even if it's only on the telly. Sending love to you from me, Gerry.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....I really can't say I've read anyone at the Hub who puts words together the way you do Amy - and there is such density and depth in your writing I find in order to navigate properly what you are saying that I must re-read your verses at least 2 0r 3 times.

When I first read the title I thought you were referring to the Doc Martin shoe from Great Britain unaware of a tv show by that name - lol - but I am not the least bit surprised because a great writer (which is you) can write about 'anything' and bring grace, meaning, soul and enlightenment to any subject that she/he so chooses and Amy when you 'choose' to share your 'gifts' it is your readers/followers who always are the winners here ......


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I have a pair of Doc Martens, boots in fact, that I bought at a second hand store for $5 that still had the tags on them. If I ever get into a combative mood like Doc Martin, I'll go into battle wearing them! Although the series is fictional and leans toward ridiculously comical, it is part Benny Hill slapstick softened by exposing a tender underbelly of tension and emotion. I find it always surprising, different and as quirky as real life. Although, I wasn't fond of Doc Martin at first, I am in love with the character now, who reminds me, in some ways, of how I saw and understood the frustration and crankiness of Andy Rooney. I think anyone who has been frustrated by BS, would relate.

Thank you, Mister C. Coming from a great writer, such as you, your compliments make me stand taller in my Doc Marten shoes.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I loved that series and the shots of the Cornish scenery were so lovely. I enjoyed it especially when there was someone with a Cornish accent as it reminded my of my dear Grandfather. Loved your writing about Doc Marten, too.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I wish i knew about Doc. Martin, that's what i should do more of, ( Watch TV ) I don't think i have time. Hubpages takes all of my time. I'm beginning to get burned out, but no matter, I love all of your poetry. Cheers my friend..


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Blossom, thank you for lovingly mentioning your grandfather and his lovely accent here. I wasn't sure if anyone would know what I was blathering on about with Doc Martin. The clip that included the conversation between Doc and his mother was very telling. I wanted to include it here, but couldn't find it. I had no idea about the dynamics of his childhood until I saw that sad episode, although I knew from the series that his aunt raised him for the most part. Thank you for reading and leaving such a beautiful comment, Blossom.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruby, I know what you mean about hubpage preoccupation! It is consuming. Most evenings, I can hear the TV in the bedroom while I'm writing. There are only a few programs, Doc Martin being one, that ply me away from the keyboard. I need to get away from the computer screen regularly. It is as much an addiction as the telly. Thank you, Ruby; I always love seeing you, my sweet friend.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Enjoyed the poem but I don't know this Doc Martin series. Is this a British show? I'm going by the accents. The poem is lovely nonetheless!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yes, Suzette, it is a British series on PBS. My mom told me about it and it took me a couple of episodes before I fell in love with the story. I think you would love it. It is primarily comedy, but it is extraordinarily touching and meaningful, too. It is one of the few programs that I always make time to watch. I've never seen an episode where I don't laugh til I cry and shed emotional tears, as well.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Don't know a thing about Doc Martin but I do love your poetry. Videos did help though and thoroughly enjoyed.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I couldn't help myself, Gypsy. LOL I'm crazy about Doc Martin and though I wasn't sure if everyone here would know him or not, I hoped my wonderful friends would take a leap of faith with me and check him out. You didn't let me down, Gypsy. Thank you for welcoming an odd stranger in our midst, and especially taking a chance because you like my writing. That is the best compliment I can think of, my friend.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I must plead ignorance also, because I kept envisioning someone wearing Doc Martins while experiencing these emotions. Now I'm a little samrter today. Thank you for sharing.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Augustine. I appreciate your visit. I purposely called this Doc Martin's Shoes for those that are not familiar with the show (even though the shoes are Doc Martens!)


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Samrter? Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

One little transposed letter amounts to a "typo" or less. My laptop does a weird dance depending on the lighting and the cursor jumps like crazy to a random locations! I'll be typing along, look and find a scrambled tangled mess. On occasion, I miss correcting the first flipped letter. Anyone who uses a laptop knows the sum of that score.

Besides, you just took a typo and made it funny. It takes a smart person to be funny. Comedians are some of the smartest people around!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

HAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You are more than "smart", Augustine. You are brilliant!


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

I liked the narrative placed into this poem. Very interesting indeed, Amy. It's always awesome to read your work. :)


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I love your comments, Aubrey. Thank you so much for your kindness.


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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

"Perception became the friend on who he relied" was my favorite line! Though I'm unfamiliar to the series from the videos you posted with your poem, the poem by itself was what caught my interest. I love, love, love stories, especially when they are in lyrical or poetic form (since I write like that anyway) so I really enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end. Touching, and I'm glad to be back to read your work again, Amy :)


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm so glad to see you again, Haley. I'm happy that you enjoyed this story. My mom told me about the Doc Martin series. At first, I found him totally obnoxious, but I adore his character now, especially after seeing the episode where his parents come to visit. The conversation between Doc Martin and his mother was heartbreaking and explains his peculiar way of interacting. Thank you so much, Haley! If you ever get a chance to see the series (broadcast here on our local PBS station on Thursday night), I think it might "grow" on you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I have a pair of Doc Martin boots but I never knew about the TV show. Your poem is so brilliant Amy. I'm glad I found this hub. They just don't make 'em any better than you!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear vocalcoach, I hoped that the popularity of Doc Marten shoes, (though there is a discrepancy in the "Doc Martin" spelling of the PBS televised series), would be a curiosity that gave me the opportunity to stir interest in a program that "grew on me". My mom got hooked before I'd even heard of the series. When she first told me about it, I was skeptical. I figured it would be old school, outdated and certainly not like "House". Martin Clune plays the doctor in the fictional, scenic, seaside town of oddball but real characters. His character is, at first, offputting, but won me over with his sincerity, medical excellence, dedication and due diligence. It is a "serious" British comedy with charm, appeal and sometimes tears, especially the episode where the doc's parents come to visit. That particular episode explains the doc's demeanor in a sad, telling, touching way. Though I found the doc repelling at first, I was intrigued with the development of the love relationship between the doc and schoolteacher and I fell in love with the character. I never miss the show now, which airs on our local PBS station on Thursday nights.

Thank you so much, vocalcoach, for visiting my Doc Martin piece and giving me the opportunity to introduce you to one of my favorite TV characters. Your awesome comment leaves me over the moon!

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