Nicola Beckett on d.knape
16 hours ago
your fingertips are pulsing
from all that touchlessness
where do you leave your fingerprints
when no human skin is around?
your hands sniff touch
and they find you
tangled being, hanging plant
with your roots in the clouds
you touch yourself and discover
that you have human skin
below your mind's weeds
underneath you vegetal body
so you i...
Thursday 11th March 2021 4:55 pm
Quick scribble. I just want to be the squirrel in the tree outside my window today. I've had enough.
Up and down the Ash trees,
Round and round they go,
Of these troubles that we know,
No Coronavirus seeping,
Through their very roots,
Dampening their daily walks,
Or tarnishing their fruits,
Searing, hurting longi...
Monday 1st March 2021 4:05 pm
A bit of light wordplay written pre Trump's eviction to lighten my mood whilst watching what seemed to be a love race to failure between leaders.
Two households, both alack in dignity,
(In fair Corona, where we lay our scene),
Where ancient men come under new scrutiny,
And touching handles leaves civil hands unclean,
From forth the fatal grip of this new f...
Saturday 13th February 2021 7:07 pm
I miss the way you make brews too weak,
Served up with endless biscuits,
I miss the way the room goes quiet,
When we howl with childish laughter,
I miss stealing words,
Between cries of our children,
Time standing still,
As we ramble through weeks again,
I miss lifting each other up,
Plotting schemes for the future,
'Thank goodness for videocalling'
I say it, it's true,
But oh, how...
Monday 8th February 2021 9:07 pm
It feels like the world has stopped in its usual tracks. Evidently deepening all existing cracks.
Prior acceptance to daily life is altered. Causing vibration to all that was taught to us.
The new is the unknown and previous certainty a distant memory.
A memory of which we fight and clutch tight too. A faded interpreted dream, our only prayed for virtue.
I feel a inhumane pres...
Monday 8th February 2021 9:39 am
All people now seem to crave success,
Though this road may be one of stress.
And so many try to be perfect,
Knowing success brings respect.
We all appear to be in competition
To get more money and more recognition.
So why do some have an endless need
To fulfil a constant greed?
So away with envy and with hate,
For we now have bigger things upon our plate.
The world now ne...
Friday 5th February 2021 11:01 am
I have been here before,
and yet it is a strange repetition:
this not going out;
this hording of food and handwash.
And then there are some familiar foes.
No use insisting on social distancing,
I am already caught betwixt twin sisters:
Vigilance and Anxiety.
Spanish Flu? Or Swine Flu?
Please, God, not Ebola?
No, none of the above.
This pandemic provision,
Monday 12th October 2020 11:04 am
(wrote back in March, which now seems an age ago)
The reluctant tears of morning dew
hang from foliage of vivid green.
A global pandemic is mentioned.
Ears barely prick
Minds drift like snow:
Mmm what's for tea?
The dew becomes gas and floats
Ribbons of wispy white melt into the blue high above.
Feet burn upon newly laid decking under an early summer sun...
Thursday 8th October 2020 8:59 am
The pandemic's killing the divorce rate
Those with any sense are not straying
My wayward tendencies are history
These days I spend my time praying
What good is my cute smile anymore?
Why bother all that dressing to impress?
When you're stuck in the house bingeing
How to find someone nice to undress?
When I do venture out a mask is essential
But my George Cloone...
Monday 28th September 2020 10:48 am
The world has gone from worse to worst
With people dying left and right
We know the cause but what's the cost
A dying race from an embrace
We hope that cure will come for sure
And see that worst will come to pass
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 2:57 am
After the pandemic,
I hope we remove our masks,
find more reasons to smile,
have more patience,
keep the faith,
help each other however we can.
remember what we're here for,
live, laugh, love.
I hope you find strength
to move your mountains,
courage to carry on,
seize every opportunity
to live the After now.
Sunday 20th September 2020 4:26 pm
Britannia Waives The Rules
Britannia waives the rules
Encourages returning to the pubs
Puts students back in schools
One rule for the inebriated
One to avoid uneducated fools
The slavering wolf of commerce
Rolls its bloodshot eyes and drools
Britain’s never, never, never
Shall be slaves?
Burying its vulnerable
In Covid-shallow graves...
Friday 11th September 2020 2:56 pm
Is it the job of a poet to comment on current affairs? Are we political? Are some issues facing us beyond the political? Just some of the issues facing poets in a world which is bufftted by crises and facing immense challenges.
Simon Armitage laid down the gauntlet on the climate emergency, effectively saying that it imbued everything we see or do, and MVP responded by dedicating our 2020 anth...
Wednesday 8th July 2020 5:41 pm
One thing I now know for sure,
a pandemic fuels power trips and paranoia.
Takes you back to first grade when everyone,
except your best friend, had cooties.
Playground bullies made all the rules,
their favorite game was keep away.
You better listen to them,
or you will rue the day.
You wore Halloween masks,
through suffocating sweat.
Take it off,
no candy you get.
Sunday 17th May 2020 2:23 am
She died in a
Care home before the
Complications after a broken hip.
She helped see off Hitler but
If granny had lived
Would she have
Seen off the virus?
During the War she worked in munitions
Her factory got bombed, she
Made ammunition for the boys at the
In the care home both her
Choked to death for want of testing...
Saturday 16th May 2020 12:03 pm
PRESS RELEASE 23rd April 2020 PRESS RELEASE 23rd April 2020
Poems from The Lockdown
Poetry anthology available Amazon and elsewhere from 18th April.2020
Every country on the planet has been affected by Coronavirus Covid-19, with many countries in Lockdown; where social distancing and self-isolation are now the new normal.
We at, Willowdown Books, believe this anthology, and other po...
Sunday 10th May 2020 11:02 am
Lock-down came at a bad time
We'd been daggers drawn for a while
Now we're in each others' pockets 24/7
I'd forgotten that you never smile
Careers kept us safely apart before
We were ships that passed in the night
Now I must endure you in the light of day
I must say its not a pretty sight
We try to keep out of each other's way
Coded messages signal the kitchen'...
Sunday 26th April 2020 11:51 am
How I wish the world was more quiet
I really hate all this hurly-burly
Too many folk are chattering
Some of them getting quite surly
Next door's lawn mower's buzzing
Birds twitter like a string quartet
My dog is howling at the postman
Soon I'll strangle that damned pet
Someone's hoovering fit to bust overhead
Pop music is screeching somewhere
Today even type...
Thursday 23rd April 2020 1:25 pm
Non existing life.
I miss deep kisses
And hands on my body.
I miss warm words
Nature goes on,
Blossoming in competition,
Nurture me with sunny spells
On empty train stations.
Spring in my heart,
But not in other's hearts.
I want to explode,
So full of life.
Blow all the ghosts away,
Past shadows of the winter.
Saturday 14th March 2020 12:45 pm
Corona Virus is sweeping causing panic and fear
Many lost to it now. It's in the uk it's starting here
Pray that a vacine can soon to found 🙏
Stop the corona in its tracks, don't hang around
China god bless you, so many you have been lost to it
Do something God, make it go, we don't need this sh..
Pray that is all any of us can do. Pray people won't you
Banish and stop...
Thursday 27th February 2020 3:16 pm
Epidemiologists and public health ethicists have been grappling for some time with the near certainly of widespread disease pandemics resulting from climate change. Changes in non-human animal migration and human migration will bring extant pathogens to new populations as warming releases long dormant pathogens on the world once again. Large swaths of the population could be wiped out in an incred...
Tuesday 7th May 2019 1:55 pm