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THE MENIN GATE -11 November 2013 (Music Setting)

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Written following the ceremony on November 11, 2013, a copy has been received by the Adjutant,

Wellington Barracks SW1.  The poem is especially relevant this year...the 100th anniversary of the

start of World War One - "the war to end all wars".  This version is included in a forthcoming CD

of my work called "Poetry To Please".  


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MY LONDON - music setting

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This is posted to herald the welcome signs of spring in this great city.  Now put in a music setting, 

intended for a currently produced CD of "poems to music" called "POETRY TO PLEASE".


In all the world there's nowhere quite

Like London on a soft spring night

When saffron sunset sends its grace

To l...

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GLOBAL WARMING-how long forming?

When the westerly winds and wet came storming

How come they said "It's global warming"?

On high ground in the snow and sleeting

Why so quick with "global heating"?

In January sixteen sixty one

Samuel Pepys (yes, that's the one)

Wrote of dusty lanes and flies

That seemed to fill the winter skies

No peep from Sam why flies were swarming

No word from him of global warmi...

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It's strange but when we drift apart

You're never nearer to my heart,

And when life finds you far away

You're right here in my mind each day

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The recent posting of "Male Health Issues -No1" saw me digging out some lines I wrote for my late brother-in-law who suffered and had to endure an emergency hospital admission to enable him to pee properly.

This is a re-post from January 2012 - with sympathy offered to all those who know what it's about.


I ask you guys, isn't it gr...

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THE GALMPTON ROBIN - New Music Setting

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The robin sang his song to me

When I walked out by Galmpton Quay.

Alone he sang at twilight's gleam

Beside the darkening Devon stream.


I am Life,  his sweet song said,

An angel's voice above my head.

Exulting in his melody, 

The robin sang his song for me.


The tiny songbird touched my heart

That day beside the dreaming Dart.

My spirit soared as I passed...

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Michael Gove...

A curious cove,

Looks and talks like a toff.

A socialist with half a mind

(I hope that doesn't sound unkind)

Would think that good reason to scoff.

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The Environmental Agency boss

Has made much of Somerset cross

Lord Smith likes wild land

Beyond human hand

Now they think he doesn't give a toss!


It seems he hasn't a clue

About just what he should do

Too little too late

From this minister of state

As for dredging - you can blame the EU!

NB  Apparently some EU directive has interfered with the old proced...

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I'm intrigued by the correlation between the number of Russian political leaders whose names end with "in" - and the backward steps in human rights in that country.  On the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics....


It seems that they would happily line up Gays

For fearful souls to beat or shoot in

Old Moth...

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I loved to drive to the old songs

On the radio each day

They said the things I felt myself

And sure wished I could say


One day I met a wise man

Who read me clear right through

He said "You gotta learn son...

That's what you gotta do!


Hear that radio when you ride

But listen to what I say -

You could sing of what's inside

If a guitar you could play".


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BLACK BLOOD - a poem for the Great War

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My father survived the Western Front and the Italian Front in the Great War, promoted from the ranks to

2nd lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, attached to the 5th Division.  He was in

uniform again for WW2 and died aged 50 of TB when I was five.  I have a book about the 5th Division left

by him, containing some handwritten recollections of that terrible con...

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You sparkled like a shining star

When I first saw you from afar

You promised what I'd never known

And I sought you for my own


But love with you was not to be

You couldn't share your light with me

However hard you said you tried

The glow between us dimmed and died


Angel - you are my fallen Angel

All hope of love with you has flown

Angel - you are my fallen ...

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The Poor are always with us

Jesus Christ said so.

And who are we to disagree?

The Son of God should know!

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It's a truth in every business - the essence of all trade,

To come up with some thing or work for which you can be paid.

If in payment there's a lack...of cash return, a dearth -

There's the old way to recall - goods for money's worth.


If you have no gift for inventing, or creating from your mind,

Travel to look up those who and ye shall find!

Where family ...

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Con-sider the Conservethemall Party

Con-cerned with all but us Brits true

Con-spiring with the rest of the  turncoats

Con-tinuing rule by the EU.


Con-sulting none about our borders

Con-spicuous in their neglect

Con-sidering all others before us

Con-tempt for the concerns we expect.


Con-niving to despatch our billions

Con-tained in annual sums


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