I have to do better
I have to do more
I have to improve
To not be ignored
I have to be stronger
I have to be brave
I mastered the failures
It's you that I crave
Saturday 28th January 2023 1:15 pm
Also by Kevin Tan:Walkers | misschien voor de liefde (maybe for love) | Will you come along? | Regardless (teach your children well) | The Free-Travel Zone (Schengen) | Ik ga het doen! | el desprecio | We don't hate |
Cold and dark
here I lay
waiting for you at bay.
The orange pearl is sinking into the seas.
Thousands of sand grains surround me,
yet I still feel so lonely.
I have given my heart to you
and now it’s sinking slowly in the seas.
I will wait for eternity
may the seas direct you back to me.
Saturday 28th January 2023 11:20 am
Also by Oizys:Ashes |
One outstayed welcome, your invite was short.
I turned to you, when in dark times I was caught.
I was trapped, had nowhere to go, so I let you in.
You convinced me of a battle, that I could not win.
You painted my past, present and my future black.
You crept in, stole my soul and now I want it back.
I was in troubled times, full of doubt and self hate.
But an even darker life for me, you he...
Saturday 28th January 2023 1:03 am
Also by Mike Bartram:Cowards Are We | The Jester | The 'Gift' | Let Summer Be Nigh |
In expensive shoes,
he negotiated life in the third person;
toes swathed in top quality calfskin,
safe from random shit and shards,
where neither grass nor paved path
could sully his soft arches and soles.
He wore fine suits;
an actor avoiding the fourth wall,
costumed and painted with lines learnt,
senses fenced off with silk and cashmere,
any truthful light blo...
Friday 27th January 2023 11:15 pm
Also by Jonathan Humble:What It All About, Albert? | Clearance | Masterclass |
Memories just diamonds and rust,nothing more.
though time’s chasm opens before my sight,
& the vertigo returns with the Lapis Lazulii.
I devote time to resurrecting the lived poetry
of the Byzantimes, Persians, Armenians, Assyrians.
Greeks. It is so strange that each civilization
alloted supreme value to the blue of lapis lazuli.
Mined so sparingly in the wilds of Afghanistan.
Friday 27th January 2023 11:11 pm
Also by John E Marks:Wild butterfly | Swan | Love will tear us apart, again | Sacred | Serendipity | Perforce | Hiraeth | Angelus Bell | If Revisited | funeral plans | Bait | The speech of angels | Ynys Môn | THC | And so it is | The golden bowl | A persistent geography | Purest heart speaks wisest wisdom | Drift & Swell | Triptych |
MEDICATION, MEDICATION, MEDICATION
The medication that squats on my futile life,
squats on my brain, my thoughts, my Inspiration,
even squats on the first, unformulated spark of
appetency in Nothingness preceding Creation…
I could write the word “entropy” backwards and
if we could agree on its meaning, you and I,
it would become a real word we could understand;...
Friday 27th January 2023 8:48 pm
Also by JOHN F B TUCKER:GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM | RETURNING FROM WHICHAM CHURCH ON THE DARKEST DAY OF THE YEAR | TOM | THE RISK | ON MY LIST | ERASING THE DEBT | SOMEWHERE OVER MARS | THE BUZZARD | WHICHAM VALLEY AS A SCRATCH ON A CD | PURPLE | UTILITARIAN MARTIANIST LOVE POEM | WHEN F LEFT THE ALPHABET | A REALIST VISION OF WINTER | LONDON FLASHBACK | CONFESSIONAL POEM | THE EMOTIONAL CONDOM OF THE WORLD | TO REDEEM A DREAM OF FREEDOM | SPYING A WILD DEER IN THE COMBE FIELD | THE LOCAL TRAIN LINE | EMPTYING THE INBOX | A FACT ON TIME | LOOKING CLEARLY AT MY SADNESS | THE LADDER TO THE HAYLOFT | TEACHING MY SISTER THE SILENT ALPHABET | DEFACED | TO THE BROS IN THE DEN IN THE WOODS | RANDOM ACCESS CO-IMAGINATION |
Ask me where I come from
And I'll tell you about white cotton fields
And honeysuckle vines that cling
To rotting wood fences
Ask me where I am
And I'll describe a lonely, sunken house
Resurrected by a lonely, hurting family
With nothing left but eachother
Ask me where I'll go
And I'll say somewhere, anywhere
But here in this empty town
Where memories make...
Friday 27th January 2023 8:03 pm
Also by purplemoon:Storm | The World Sings to Me | Drifting | Late Night Memories | In My Corner |
Frozen landscapes below
and fiery skies above
Winter in all it’s bleak beauty
what’s there not to love
All is silent, all is still
across the frosted fields
The stage has been set
nature’s wintry tale is revealed
Photo credit Dr Amir Khan
Friday 27th January 2023 6:16 pm
Also by julie callaghan:Spectacular Show | Elegant Grace | Perfect Yorkshire Days | What A Belter | Winter Spirit | Darkness Doesn’t Last Forever | Small Victory | Wintry Morning |
I understand but don’t rejoice;
Steps may be both sad and vital.
In Prague in sixty-eight they said
That no one argues with a tank.
How right they were, although one man,
Brave as hell at Tiananmen,
Stood firm and stopped some in their tracks.
Now ministers of every hue
Queue up to mount these phallic toys,
The pitiless monsters of hate,
Murder machines for far-flung ...
Friday 27th January 2023 4:47 pm
Also by Stephen Gospage:Letter from Ukraine | Tchaikovsky | Friendship | Prayer for Ukraine | Zero Sum | Hirohito | La France Profonde | Last Man Standing | Muttering | Parachutes |
I try not to
wrap in judgment
I try not to
frame in boxes
I try to be fluid
like a river
I try to flow
down here on planet Earth
there are alot of judgments & boxes
you me us them
conflict guns death
sorrow tears anger
I try to build on forgiveness
I try to climb on long views
oh, to see existence from the mountaintop!
Abraham & Marti...
Friday 27th January 2023 4:15 pm
Also by Hélène:Midnight | Tiny Drops | Illumination, Everywhere | Voyage of the Soul (in 2 parts) | Life as Play | A Quiet Visitor While Sitting in the Patio | Love | The Wings of Your Soul | Deep Silence | Dawning | Wisdom | Remedy | Circle | Pep Talk | "Change, Change, Change" | Another Day in Paradise | A Beam of Light | A Quilt of Many Colors | To Life! | Good Vibrations | All Day Long (2 parts) | Everything | Whole Again | Just For You | The Homemaker |
The feast of colour should be an etching of nature's joy
not of horror rendered forever into minds.
The nazis were thorough
versatile in their methods
for such is the pornography of cruelty
satisfaction in putting to death the innocents
pleasure at a job well done.
Arbitrary hanging was one such habit
the ending of precious lives
by choking on a rope in full ...
Friday 27th January 2023 3:49 pm
Also by ray pool:LENNY | I'M PAM AYRES | PTSD put to music | NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION |
Friday 27th January 2023 1:44 pm
Also by Black:Modi. | (untitled) |
Something for Holocaust Memorial Day - but a different angle.
They took us near Vinnytsia in 1941
Supply lines long since severed, ammunition all but gone.
We numbered 97 boys, all from Podillia’s lands
They shot a half of us right then as we raised our hands.
They ordered us to strip our dead beneath that wintery sun
I’ve asked myself a thousand times, “What would you ...
Friday 27th January 2023 12:45 pm
Also by John Coopey:NAKED ATTRACTION | ZAHAWI | SO FAR AND YET SO NEAR | OH, THE PAIN | FREE TOMMY LEE ROYCE | ROSIE | THE GENIUS OF THE KIT KAT | SPARE | THE WATERSPLASH FINAL | THREE LITTLE LETTERS | "Front or Back, Sir?" | ROLLING IN THE DEEP (HORNSEA NEW YEAR SWIM) |
after the end
before the beginning....
underneath the lies
over the pain....
with the belief
against the fact....
behind the mask
opening the veils....
our sun drops the shadows of the words;
penned down by prophets and poets!
saints and leaders!
and singing with the chorus....
flowing with the chords;
when we decei...
Friday 27th January 2023 9:08 am
Also by NilavroNill Shoovro:The Deep Secret | Waiting For The Last Ritual | When We Dance Together |
In a while the wicked will be no more ,
And into our lives goodness will pour.
With the calamities of the past we will cope,
Pushing them to the side building up hope.
He who looks after us from above,
Will shower us with unlimited love.
A bright future is there to share,
Drawing us close to Him up there.
Friday 27th January 2023 7:23 am
Also by hugh:A highly rated family dentist | Rishi Sunak “A fine poem” | A mist opportunity | Plan carefully how to manage your money ! | An early wake up call !! | "R.I.P. young lady, we love you so much." | Unemployed !! | A visit to the psychiatrist !!! | A simple answer | It's raining,it's pouring ,your driving me mad !!! | Larry the cat welcomes Rishi to No10. | A job for a yob !!! | He got 12 months !!! |
The Seclusionists Paradise
He had a thought,
he thinks, thinks it will be fine one day,
he is ‘now’ before the sink, filling a kettle
to boil his fifth cup of tea.
The thought was of course;- genuine,
and in control, the journey never travelled
fractal enclosures of reliability and he did think
he was enjoying his inquiry.
Friday 27th January 2023 5:31 am
Also by ZTK Space:Update | where did 'You' go? | Sides | What is this Curse Called Talent? |
Whenever you start to fret or worry,
If you feel impatient or in a hurry.
And you realise that you may be stuck
Walking your path of dreadful luck.
You feel despondent and dejected,
And by the whole world quite rejected.
Then you may ponder and you may think,
How much lower can my despair sink.
But can you just step off this road?
Can you set your mind to a cheerful mode?
Your view o...
Friday 27th January 2023 1:51 am
No-one looked less scarier
than Gerhardt from Bavaria
sitting quietly pondering his feet.
As he thought about his life
with Hildegard his wife
it was hard to think of anyone more meek.
Dressed in his lederhosen
he denied that he had chosen
to administer the use of Zyklon B
Thursday 26th January 2023 10:30 pm
Also by Reggie's Ghost:Mis-diagnosis | Lacking Motivation | Paula's Cremation |
My Bay the one I love
Times a ticking by and by
Time is flying bye
I get tí make some money
Got to get our life together
Got to go to mass
All this depans in who I listen to
Am trying to see through to fog
Trying to see through the politic smoke
Trying to back it back home to you
My life in you hands
My mood depaning in yours
My dreams are entwine wi...
Thursday 26th January 2023 9:55 pm
Also by Keith Byrne:Back home to you | A latter to the passed | I dunno | A light | Your rebuild | Where to | Coping not | Lost | Strated | Strated | A letter to me |
Turning on the shower this morning,
bleary-eyed and sleepy still, I spied
a charmingly awkward Daddy Long Legs
Whenever I encounter them
it seems as if they’re quarreling
with their circumstances,
trying to get where they want to be
with their uncertain, stop-and-start gait
This one, now wrestling with hazards
I had just carelessly introduced,
near the f...
Thursday 26th January 2023 7:46 pm
Also by Mike McPeek:Love Story | Accommodations | Blackest Crow | Motorhome | Second Date | Tournament Top |
I could not care less, at first
who was sitting beside me in 14A and B
Having spent the week in Helsinki in search of
He who drew men in bulging black and white, leather
Through forests, through trees, in amongst the heather
I could not find Tom of Finland
Now gazing out of my window at those same forests now miles above me
With feelings akin to those of...
Thursday 26th January 2023 7:37 pm
That person holds me
I wish you'd be here please
I feel so lonely without you
So shaky I don't know what to do
Your not my boyfriend
But seen all of me
And help me when I need you
I wish you could hold me in my bed
Kiss my head
And say it will be ok
We arn't just frineds
But you just dont like me that way
I miss you
And wish to kiss you
But you only hol...
Thursday 26th January 2023 6:31 pm
Also by Dolly:Smile | How scary would it be | Anxiety |
The Tories all from under their stones,
The UK’s now corrupt to its bones,
New normal moral squalor,
As our poor face daily horror,
Human Rights? Brits are on their Jack Jones!
Thursday 26th January 2023 1:21 pm
Also by Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh:Green Book | ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος | National Emergency: Life or Death Fight for the NHS! | Do Not Conform | Never Mind the Bollocks! | Has WOL been hacked? | Telling the Truth is Now a Hate Crime | For The Many-Not The Few | There's no F in "Beds on the Wards"! | "Shoot a Migrant" | Vienna Boys and Girls Choir | A 俳 句 for you, Ku. |
Mr Brown, the butcher, was sawing through a large beef bone.
Hard white bone chips and sinew flew up and out,
hitting the underneath of the curved glass screen,
it sounded like the machine gun noise I heard
when watching the Daffy Duck cartoons
at the Odean’s Saturday morning pictures.
As he strained to cut,
the large muscle at the top of his arm bulged.
I’ll have musc...
Thursday 26th January 2023 12:49 pm
Also by JD Russell:We moved house but left the tree behind | Swiss Roll Family Robinson | The Spare | Greatest Gift | The Siberian Tiger |
Gazes free, reason of this dream, swords, and screams, it’ll be the ending of me, you’ll see.
It was inevitable to meet your soul in the after sun, bright eyes paralyzed me in the hallway wondering where you had been. Would you bring me back my brave? I wanna know your name!
Baby, it’s written on your face, evil inside our veins, they are coming with flames surrounding us in a haze, ignoran...
Thursday 26th January 2023 7:01 am
Also by Dilsonn A. Mejía:Hey, you! | What if...? |
bleeding lamb-like the split throat splaying
on temple steps for Set's quiet-dark smirks
among scam-based chakra shenanigans
the iron-scented mist of blood
atonement propelled through bone-white air a mass of military-grade psychic driving
travelling by darkness fear-first
deep in prayers of accidental blasphemies regrets melting salty on a quickly-creasing face threats...
Thursday 26th January 2023 1:29 am
Also by Kealan Coady:Third Witness |
Bless me Father for I have sinned
I honestly didn’t intend not recycling my bins
All that glass got mixed in with the paper
I swear I was gonna sort through it all later
But I got distracted by that young lady
Oh and whilst it’s confession time,
I’ve been a bit shady
I told her I was single you see
When I invited her in for a cup of tea
I’m not sure she believed me ...
Wednesday 25th January 2023 10:12 pm
Also by Rick Varden:The Theatre of Our Minds | No Rest for the Wicked (Insomnia 2) | Lady Penelope | Haiku Football | Alexa and Siri (a digital love story❤️) |
Smoky night down the
Harbour Street, Whitstable.
The tea on the windowsill
Is getting cold while the
Night stayed frozen and still.
The construction man resting
After a clean slate repair
Of a decomposing building,
Eavesdropped on the indistinctive
Voice heard from inside the window.
Tascam played the last words
Of a mariner to the love of his l...
Wednesday 25th January 2023 3:42 pm
Also by Manish Singh:December | May | The Payphone Booth | Nonversation | Latibule | At the Bar. | One Day |
An empty vessel makes most sound
especially when it's upside down
but when it stands upon the ground
it's no more than a common noun
discovered in the Lost & Found
saying nothing twice as loud
to stand out from the madding crowd
Wednesday 25th January 2023 8:04 am
Also by Telboy:Inefficiency at the NHS |
Though unready for such leaps,
Forced to confront
All the crimson of the epoch,
And a lexicon that lives
Closer to comfort, yet
Further from the truth,
As we stand faithless
Before the fulcrum
That could let flourish
The coveted equilibrium,
An un-becoming of the ego,
A veto to the vertigo
Caused by a nexus
Of the nefarious, angling
For the negation
Wednesday 25th January 2023 2:09 am
Also by Holden Moncrieff:Butterfly... | Chrysalis... | Alchemy... |
it’s a peculiar habit
day in, day out
every day, same time
at every corner or junction
he pauses as if looking
for danger, or to make a
crucial decision, a choice
Beatrix, our granddaughter
once asked if he was lost
as he stared up and down the road,
he looked somewhat perplexed
at her enquiry, henceforth
Tuesday 24th January 2023 10:11 pm
I woke up this morning at quarter to nine
And made myself breakfast of waffles and wine,
This unhealthy mixture went straight to my head
So after six helpings I went back to bed.
I woke up again at a quarter to three
And after my lunch it was time for my tea
And after my tea I was feeling so ill
I spent the night crying and writing a will.
Tuesday 24th January 2023 7:53 pm
Also by branwell kent:First Date 1986 |
It was my dream
To have a family
With Annabel Lee
There was no ocean
As deep as my devotion
To Annabel Lee
But Annabel Lee
Goes on sadness sprees
She tears herself apart
And brings her sorrow to me
I wanted to be loved by Annabel Lee
But Annabel Lee only loves misery
Tuesday 24th January 2023 6:15 pm
Also by Selma Garagic:My old bottle of perfume |
Try and try
an act of will
like taking a pill
on the world
your job at work
reaches its hammer
stretches a mile
turn those fears
allow you to act
Tuesday 24th January 2023 3:55 pm
Also by Robert C Gaulke:The Humanities |
Wisdom is Born
The varnish of life has given way
to the grains which now hold sway
Twinkling eyes are now gently dimmed
as the beard I wear is seldom trimmed
From this aged and sallow countenance
is a voice worn by years of utterance
But behind these wrinkled features
is the mind of an old and wise teacher
The mortal frame now creaks with age
but a mind...
Tuesday 24th January 2023 2:39 pm
Also by keith jeffries:The Bonds of Love | Life's Mysteries and Fears | Not yet Dead but Buried | All things are..... |
to pass you by is to long
for you close, lips sweet despite her
claim’s acrid taste. you wave.
your wandering hand runs up my thigh like
vines cling to ancient stone structures.
we make a sick picture, half-past-drunk
on years of tension, crushed
between mouths and confession in the dark.
you look at me as though
i might not run laps around the room
in hopes of catchi...
Tuesday 24th January 2023 10:40 am
Also by Madi Schlief:youth |
These paths we walk
grounded by responsibility
I could only smile
when you whispered in my ear
‘Take me away from this
take me anywhere but here’
Living in the moment
it’s all we know to do
as you pepper my shoulder with kisses
my fingers explore every inch of you
You said ‘the world is a minibar
cold and empty
but now we’re blessed by this heat
Tuesday 24th January 2023 10:26 am
Also by Tom:Lazing By The Well | River's End | Second Favourite Feeling | The Old Machinery | Petrol Green Eyes |
You had the dream-maker tell you riddles
You gave the way forward through your prophetic heart
We felt our way through what they call intuition
It is really the soul when it speaks
My magic is unceremonial, my turn is my own wand
When I walk I have wattage and the daoine sìth gather
My sea hymns are of certain instinct and make a good flood
Such as they seek of the river Boyne...
Tuesday 24th January 2023 5:23 am
The end was closer than ever before
Just a hint more of internal turmoil and I may crumble
Tonight I didn’t want to exist.
It’s not that I wanted to die, I just didn’t want this particular life
I wished for my only presence to be alive in ink letters, for the dusty pages to become my source of oxygen, to be the character in story of a finer setting.
Somehow misplaced I...
Tuesday 24th January 2023 2:43 am
Also by Jordyn Elizabeth:A Poet worth breaking for | my first love. | Empty. | Reminiscing upon simpler times. | Journal Entry- Send Help. | Fever Dream. | December | I'm leaving you tonight. |
I am damned to live a different life,
Sweat beading in the pores,
Dead maggots in my eyes.
I am damned to live a different life,
Not feeling or real,
Held hostage within me.
I am damned to live a different life,
Alone inside the shadow,
Unable to break free.
I am damned to live a different life,
Its not up to me.
Monday 23rd January 2023 11:07 pm
What is love
But snow falling softly in the crisp moonlit night
With layers of passion melting slowly into the next
To the rains and floods that churn our hearts into uncertainty
Only to see that the heavens still pull new life from the earth in a symphony of glorious beauty
To then the fun in the summer sun
As lovers swim naked in the waters made of their winter night's pass...
Monday 23rd January 2023 6:24 am
Also by New Shoes:Smile on Your Brother |
Xylene, Toluene, trichloroethylene,
Prior paint peeled away and fell.
All off-white, only ever warmer; morning sunlight in the east windows
1887, a ship-builder discussed between three widows,
That line there, fixed up by The Man, too
Them floorboards wouldn’t look as good as The Man could do.
Where did he go? One asked inside of the plain room,...
Sunday 22nd January 2023 1:50 pm
Into the office
someone's brought cake!
Don't they know
I'm a little snowflake!
I have no willpower
Can't think for myself
Then in strolls this cocky
little cake elf!
Like covid 19
Don't they know cake
should never be seen!
It's total carnage
There's cream round me gob
And, now, someone's brandishing
a chocolate hob-...
Sunday 22nd January 2023 1:37 pm
Also by Stephen W Atkinson:A Ballad Of Tide & Time | Land of the free? | Luxuriously Tranquil |
'Is everything okay?' She asked with a sense of duty not care.
This tells me that even the deepest of pains cannot be concealed. Humans know humans.
All those wasted hours I spent on pampering my appearance to hide behind a mask of beauty have been wasted.
My reflection routine of practising the performance of emotions must have been ineffective.
In response I say, ‘yes I’m okay!’ tr...
Sunday 22nd January 2023 1:27 pm
Also by Keira Anne:A Glance into Romance | My Mother's Mother. |
~ imPRESSions ~
Sunday 22nd January 2023 9:58 am
Also by Red Brick Keshner:why do we trust in you? | once | we were brothers | of resolute anticipation | on the banks of the Oise | basted glow | put a ring on it | a vantaged perch | aubade (2023) |
Melting into your being means aligning with your highest self, still lost in a fog hoping to ascend!
Sunday 22nd January 2023 9:40 am
Also by Grace:Rest Easy | An Ode to Grandmama | Men Like Trees Walking | Gargantuan | Winter Chill | Wanderlust! |
We don’t trust them.
Those giants who rule the Earth;
those fallen ones who stole our dominion.
We don’t trust them.
Those royal descendants of “gods”;
those of the divine blood line.
Why should we trust them?
They live in castles even today,
while we still cower in caves.
Why should we trust them?
From days of old,
we die in their wars,
we beg to consume what they own.
Saturday 21st January 2023 3:17 pm
Also by Chris Bunton:Smitten (A Sonnet) | Consumed |
Poem 53 of 230: WHY THE YEW?
To paraphrase one of my uncles,
Showing a church in Hertfordshire:
When you see an old English parish,
There'll be yews in its yard, for sure.
“Why the yew?” I obviously asked.
They were planted, he said, to stop
A resting-shepherd’s sheep chewing-up
The parish-graveyard’s gardened top -
Odour tells them: choo...
Saturday 21st January 2023 11:44 am
every line with it's rhyme
saved up to flourish at the end.
Then the crocodile passing the lollipop lady:
'Limp', Lazy' and 'Loitering'
a select congregation
branded with a cipher on the head.
And once commonplace
the dragon and the unicorn
now only haunt castle ruins.
When they pass a fallen wall
I clap my hands with childish glee.
Sadness also deepens-
Saturday 21st January 2023 10:27 am
Also by Adam Whitworth:How To Regard A Tycoon | Accidental Accents | You, The Fiddler | Retelling | Growing Up As A Rising Moon... |
i want to go for a walk you say
the sunrise is beautiful and the wind is gentle
though, i will never notice the sunrise,
not even when you point it out to me
i'll notice how your hand will brush mine
and the soft way you'll speak to me
so gentle, that early in the morning
i'll notice each gap in between the conversations we'll have
the small ...
Saturday 21st January 2023 4:49 am
Also by vueko:part of you | cough syrup | j. | me me me | it's raining |