Open your eyes and see
What's there before you
The reality isn't a dream
Nor a state of day dreaming
Open your mind and reflect
What's real is in the form of flesh and bones
The ghosts and spirits never have it
There's a difference between two things
Open your heart and feel it
Fake friends and love that promises ghosting
True friends and love are ...
Sunday 25th September 2022 12:14 pm
Also by Ghazala lari:The Knowing | After years of hardships | Lessons of life | It's all in the name | A better bargain |
We walked atop twelve thousands years
Each metered strata rich with toil,
Beyond the streets that nurse our fears
We breathed the air time could not spoil.
While deeper down the past was trod
Each step on step we moved on by,
And too uncaring of the sod
Raised up our gaze to fragile sky.
And as that thinning blister yields
Might we pay heed upon the Land?...
Sunday 25th September 2022 11:31 am
Also by Massoud:Britannia Rex |
After the armies moved on, either routed or doing the routing, the field would be left to the looters. Soldiers, no doubt, but also camp followers such as wives, prostitutes and baggage train minders, along with any locals. They’d loot the dead, dying and wounded of anything of value – coins, clothing, weaponry, rings, boots. Even teeth were pulled out with pliers, which for years were known as...
Sunday 25th September 2022 10:49 am
Also by John Coopey:DISABLED PARKING | FROM KANE TO SON | BUYING TIME | CORGIS | Serena Serena GOAT | DO THEY LET MAN U FANS INTO HEAVEN? | THE PONTEFRACT SHAGNASTY THREE |
If you're only losing, if you can't win your game
If all you draw is out of luck, unhappy and insane
Then think of Arianne and how we used to be
The hope of generations, a light for all to see
And I don't know why they took you
But this is all I know
I will never let us go
I will never let us go
Sunday 25th September 2022 10:21 am
Also by Kevin Tan:There's always a h ❤️ art in cappuccino | ♚ Castling ♖ | Distressed 😖 out | Taxing 💸 value of contributions | The 🖐🏻 Goodbye | Rest in Peace, Queen Elizabeth 👑 | Please let me believe in l💖ve | Mac🍪ron | You don't have to tell me 🧑🎨 (Dutch) | For my 🧍♂️ mates 🧍 | 🐚Metaphormo🐛is🦋 |
this land of pleasant green
"Long live The King"
"Britannia rules the waves"
and other jingoistic phrases
that were used,
while flags were waved,
so many years ago.
that grew fat on trading slaves
the struggling poor controlled
by lack of education.
a land of pleasant green
Sunday 25th September 2022 9:53 am
Also by Flyntland:FADING OUT ? | RUSSIAN SOLDIER | AUTUMN GATHERINGS | THROUGH THE EYES OF ANOTHER | SOWING SEEDS | CLOSED BOOK | QUICK SANDS | SPINDRIFT | 1954 | PROGRESSION | ? | PAUL ( A second time round for this poem ) |
A sweary man goes by;
Young Pauline and her brood
Buy more unhealthy food,
No trains run this weekend,
Replacement bus is late,
Street’s in a shoddy state,
The sports shop has closed down;
New nail bars and the ‘caff’
Look positively naff,
There, where the bank once was,
An empty carcass stands,
But no one dirt...
Sunday 25th September 2022 7:59 am
Also by Stephen Gospage:Difficult Decisions | Izium | High Season (Our Village Liberated) | Time | 1966 | The Big Men | King |
Once there lived an amazing man -
Nelson Mandela was his name.
And though he suffered much injustice,
No-one would he ever blame.
Twenty seven years he spent in prison,
And with much cruelty he would face.
And while he felt to no-one hatred,
He wished to make the world a better place.
Without bitterness or vengeance,
Everyone he understood.
And though he was badly treated,
He saw in...
Saturday 24th September 2022 5:58 pm
Also by Stuart Vanner:Believe... |
Poem 127 of 230: TO SPACIOUS SOUTHPORT - AUTUMN 2000
Most of the leaves
Of poplar trees
Had fallen free
When to the sea,
By bus then train,
In stop/start rain,
From Radcliffe Town.
The train began
To pass across
What to me was
A coastal plain
To see again -
With varied crops,
And grazing ops.
From the station,
Saturday 24th September 2022 3:28 pm
take off your coat
take off your pants
off come scarves
and the hat
I remove my shoes
I lose that watch
stripping off jewels
in this dance
the planet spins
we lean back
in light years
I kiss your hands
you scratch my back
we eat our flesh
sucking on nails
with the on...
Saturday 24th September 2022 1:26 pm
Also by Robert C Gaulke:Competing narratives | Dedication | Personal Spam |
Plastic Ono Band
Radio wave bands
New age bands
Brit pop bands
Saturday 24th September 2022 1:00 pm
Also by Rick Varden:Needles and Pins | Customer Service | Lady Desiree |
Trickle down, my arse...
Trickle away, more like...
Up some wall
Or down some leg
or if you'd like it more poetic
ebbing away on a foreign beach
Some 'haven' in the sun...
Saturday 24th September 2022 12:20 pm
Also by Isobel:A Poem for Elizabeth |
Jealousy is a friend of evil doers
They get along well with eachother
It helps them enjoy others sorrows
And they celebrate when others they hurt
Jealousy is a lethal weapon of a weak man
He holds on to it like a child holding his mother
And carries this weapon everywhere he goes
Envying all those who live a comfortably happy life with their family...
Saturday 24th September 2022 10:32 am
Also by N.B:*healing | Dark souls | One last time | *crème de la crème | Teaser | 😁 | B. E (Bachelors is Eng) | Live and let live | Psychopathic?? | Who am I? | Who am I? | Trace my feelings if you can |
3 liars on the shirt
P.Patel still smirking
HanCock likes to flirt
Johnson still is shirking
Saturday 24th September 2022 10:18 am
Easy to spot them.
Another metallic voice in parliament.
Exterminate the economy!
Pound plunges, Britannia unhinged.
The Daleks take the Treasury.
Saturday 24th September 2022 7:59 am
Also by Greg Freeman:The funeral |
All my life
I’ve been enthralled
by the magic
and the mystique
of morning people
with their exercise
with their coffee cups
with their dew-kissed lawns
and shop shutters still rattling open
as they arrive to get a paper
who wake, rise and stretch
without the solar flare of daylight
Saturday 24th September 2022 12:06 am
Also by Tom:The Sunlit Ocean |
Lifting stones find meanings hid
You noticed it but didn't notice you did
I've been there too its in my ordinance
But I didn't officialy register the coordinance
I thought it too but didn't play it through
So the finders rights are all for you
Friday 23rd September 2022 11:15 pm
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
On 29 May 1453 the Greek Christian city of Constantinople finally fell to Muslim armies. At least 4 million Christian Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians, who had resisted conversion to Islam for 500 years, survivors of the Byzantines, were slaughtered by the Turks, many in the early C20. Now there are 2000 Christians in Constantinople and 15 million Muslims.
Friday 23rd September 2022 10:58 pm
Also by John E Marks:Unholy | Homage to Nietzsche | Sheer lunacy | AGNUS DEI | Glance, glimpse, gleam | Tired starlings | Fear in a handful of dust | The Resurrection of the Dead | Epiphany | Rainy September | Konstantinoupolis | A sort of virtue: Θάρρος thárros | Where I'm from | Patriotic | Wind-blown | The biggest council estate in Europe | Between | Half-term | EARLY MORNING INNER CITY | The photograph | PROSE & CONS |
He comes again to me
Peering through my window
Penetrating my mind
Taking over my body
He was rarely there before
But now stands beside me
All the time, a steady constant
His cry is now loud
He used to whisper calmly in my ear
Guiding me gently
Across fields , down rivers
Delighting me with his magic
His wondrous conjuring tricks
Friday 23rd September 2022 10:54 pm
Also by Edbreathe:ReST | Silence | Q | We must move on | X plains |
if you show yourself to me
i will disappear under the vastness of linen filled lines.
i will run through clouded streets until my legs give way.
if you loan yourself to me
the farthest hills out yonder
arent far enough for me.
the distance to be put 'tween us
must be longer than the wizened vines that grow from your mothers childhood home.
must be wider th...
Friday 23rd September 2022 9:48 pm
Also by Nadia Coia:sure | big girls don't cry except when it is absolutely not the right time to do so. | don't hmu. | I couldn't think of another stanza |
Our tram car sets off with a mighty jolt
And proceeds with haughty, indignant haste,
Which seems to suggest there is no time to waste.
The speed increases as we race down the hill,
We're holding on tight to the guardrails, still,
Before we slow down to an easier rhythm,
As we turn round a corner and start to climb,
Leaving tall buildings and hotels behind.
Friday 23rd September 2022 6:30 pm
Also by John Botterill:The Final Blessing | Life as a golf lesson | Her Word was her Bond. | A Grand Day Out | Cloud Nine | On Holiday in Sheringham | The Old Vicarage Garden | Not Long Ago |
It can change its shape, and its form.
Just like the Sun, disguising a storm.
It can even lend you a mask to wear.
But deep inside, it'll always be there.
It can suddenly appear out of the blue.
Just like an old acquaintance to renew.
Sometimes I think has it chose to leave.
Has it got anymore tricks up its sleeve?
On your shoulder, you might feel a tap.
Alł you energy and fervour, it...
Friday 23rd September 2022 5:15 pm
Also by Mike Bartram:The Voices | Pink For Olivia | If It Can Fly | Two Little Girls |
Wake up Mr Putin
smell the coffee hot and strong
You may consider you are right
but you couldn’t be more wrong
Hear them Mr Putin
the strong women of your land
Not willing to give up their men
to risk their lives as you demand
Watch them Mr Putin
as the brave men turn and flee
Rejecting your coercive ways
and military call up plea
Wake up Mr Putin
your tactics are weak a...
Friday 23rd September 2022 5:13 pm
Also by julie callaghan:WOL Access to previous posts | Calm Morning | Ducks In The Rain | We Will Meet Again | Just A Number | Marmalade Hues | The Queue | By The Lancaster Canal | Interesting Read | Rich Tapestry | Dazzling Dahlias | Brave Robin | The Cortege | A Wonderful Image | Our Queen | Beautiful Soul | RIP Her Majesty The Queen | Her Majesty | Todays News | New PM | Cloudy Outlook | When A Robin Appears | Ip Dip Sky Blue | Sunrise Gold | My Name Is Herdy | Question | Innocent And Young | First Of September |
~ exPRESSions ~
Friday 23rd September 2022 1:33 pm
Also by Frederick Kesner:hands off that snooze button! | gems inside | Hey! You bit my sandwich! | live-fed matins | thicker than blood | for a would be people's queen | frequent flier | non-elegy | do you still remember | the insolent bystander | in the setting moon | forsaking all else |
Apologies for not responding / commenting promptly.
Have been very busy getting my own website up and running.
Friday 23rd September 2022 7:15 am
Also by Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh:BIGOTS |
See what I see. A world full of people. Who want to be Free.. Free to be loved. Free only to see. All hands together. A World that is Free. Free to love. Free to please. Free to care. And free to Share. These Feelings like no Other. A feeling of being Free. Our hands are made for Joining. Our faces show how it feels.Join all hands together. Be as one . Be At Peace.
Friday 23rd September 2022 5:15 am
Also by Wendy A Higson:Queen Elizabeth |
You smile—I smile
You laugh —I laugh
‘You seem ready to meet the love of your life’
‘I am—I don’t do things by halves’
‘I want it all’
‘So do I’
‘What brings you joy? And what makes you cry?’
‘Kindness is so important’
‘I think so too’
‘You seem like the real deal, sir’
‘And so, do you’
I thought you were a knight, sir
A quiet success th...
Friday 23rd September 2022 4:56 am
A head versus heart duel,
for the hard-headed
but not the faint of heart;
could this be that pivotal
moment of choosing
between the mooring
of a leaden logic,
or the timeless chagrin
of a mercurial reverie?
Thursday 22nd September 2022 11:28 pm
Also by Holden Moncrieff:Universal | Home... |
like taking a core sample
searching, pushing deep
a savage gut twist,
Michelle ma Belle,
sont les mots qui vont
tres bien ensemble
an exhumation dragging
memories back to the surface
kicking and screaming
as captured evidence
Lucy worked a different club every day
and though she put her mind to it
her heart was never in it
neat slices, a ...
Thursday 22nd September 2022 11:59 am
During a McDonalds stint, I perfected the art of the squint
Escaping the gloom in the male changing room
It was late ’94, the first time I saw
this guy from the grammar school strip to his jock
I thought it rude not to glance what’s under his pants
My eyes couldn’t stop, my eyes were on lock
He had that grammar school voice my co-workers des...
Wednesday 21st September 2022 10:37 pm
The immaculate hearse
Noses its way forward
To meet the crowds
Within its protection
A coffin fashioned of English oak
Draped with the Royal Standard,
The noonday sun and sadness
This would be the final journey
One of committal; for our Queen
Deeply loved, honoured and respected
The route lined with loyal subjects
Their faces lined with tears
Wednesday 21st September 2022 8:38 pm
Also by Brenda Wells:The Poet She is Fierce |
Oh ask it from the universe,
Begg it through the all the magical miracles you experienced.
All the the prettiest dreams once began from manifestations,
A long process it seems,
Mixed with all the ingredients
Out of all one is the idea of manifestation,
It lies in the eyes of the believer, the one who is patient wins the battle.
A horse is always prepared for the day of battle ...
Wednesday 21st September 2022 3:01 pm
While the entirety of the world was in such a damn hurry she smoothed out the grass below her and fixated her gaze upon the most golden sky.
Wednesday 21st September 2022 12:16 am
Also by Jordyn Elizabeth:August. | Death at loves first sight. | Universe. | Addicted. |
I am grateful for...
The arched roof above my head
The twin rafters with
The twin lights, holding it in place
The four walls surrounding me
The two windows with
The two Venetian blinds, down & shut at all times
The red brick floor below my feet
The wooden shelves full of books & movies
The VHS by themselves & DVDs in clear totes
Tuesday 20th September 2022 6:10 pm
Also by Dee Allen.:SAMARITAN | DISEASE BREEDS DISEASE |
I was in two minds about androgenous
(i had to check its leaning)
But I knew about misogynous
And how it was demeaning.
But the word had been created
And that fact got me thinking
What had seen it often stated
With no hint of nudge or winking?
What had brought about the name
And the accusing finger
That is very quick to blame
With cries of "Shame" that li...
Tuesday 20th September 2022 5:08 pm
Also by M.C. Newberry:LEGACY | 100 | MY LONDON - SEPTEMBER 2022 | THAT SMILE - a final image to treasure | HITTING THE SPOT |
Not a sound,
Not a peep,
Not the orchestra or symphony,
Dancing shadows against the track,
Gold in flecks amounts to the bright,
A sun beam streaming through feathers,
And in a cold ground risen,
The water from the depth above,
Zealous in the natured tepid,
Concrete walls between foundations.
Tuesday 20th September 2022 11:52 am
Also by Alita Moore:clay bells ringing | empty | fleeting me | moments of childhood |
It was begging for a flask of tea.
Some friendly grief to ease
pomp and fallacy,
Not another curtsey, criss-cross
2am Catholic duty.
It was dying for some hot and sweet;
warm to whet collective whistle,
char to shuffle,
not like cards,
the Queen of Hearts in Carroll’s hand.
No rabbit, black, plucked from hats...
Tuesday 20th September 2022 9:44 am
Also by Laura Taylor:Simon Said |
The arch poet tends to his row of beans
as once he broadcast words across the land.
He sighs for these stems of rogue angle
for as he outgrows limelight well deserved
his arguments pale, but not love, for love
the arch poet tends to his row of beans.
For love the arch poet made the verses
to challenge the spirit of any age
who in adversity is found unfair.
He created a space for p...
Monday 19th September 2022 1:09 pm
Also by Adam Whitworth:Rehabilitation Of The Lemming | I Hear The Frog | The Weather-Vane | The Importance Of Being Decent |
I hope you'll love what's left of me
After life has had its fill
I hope you'll see in those old eyes
There's love & laughter still
I hope my skin of brittle parchment
Can be traced by loving fingers
I hope this weary sheet of braille
Shows an epilogue still lingers
I hope our hands still intertwine
Like stars cling to the sky
I hope we waltz through amb...
Monday 19th September 2022 12:17 pm
Also by Stephen W Atkinson:Goodbye | Our Lily | Love |
Derek’s in the queue
With a bag of whisky miniatures
He’ll need something warm
To get him through the night
He didn’t think his hip flask
Would make it through security
So long as he’s not too pissed
He should be alright
Derek’s in the queue
With a plastic union jack
But flags are not allowed
So he’ll drop it in the street
A patriotic queue
Should have f...
Monday 19th September 2022 8:28 am
Also by Steve White:They Sang God Save the Queen | Spaffer Bids Farewell to Downing Street |
I keep calling my mother's voicemail,
though she’s been gone for months,
to hear her voice again
I consider leaving a message, but don’t
Even with loss in bloom,
I’m sure I’ll be stronger soon
Maybe I’ll think of something to say
when the torrent of memories
aren’t crashing in all around me
It’s just a simple message to leave
You’ll be there one more time for...
Monday 19th September 2022 5:08 am
Also by Mike McPeek:Diamonds on the Water, and Boats at Low Tide | Fixing a Hole |
It’s been a while since you came
Crashing on my shores.
Waves tore us apart,
Time widened the gap.
Seasons have passed,
Tides have changed,
And us with it.
I still scan the horizon
For a glimpse of you
How you have been,
How life has treated you.
I wish you’d come back to me.
Monday 19th September 2022 4:28 am
As the Courage That Sees The Blue
Our World keeps no company,
Our collective, ‘keep’ no company.
Ours is a vulnerability beneath The Van Alan Belt -
authority knows gives license to keep
us as lab rats - lame,
ours, is the company of pain,
‘ours, is more than the company of pain -
as they withhold a psychic ethereal – screaming.’...
Sunday 18th September 2022 11:12 pm
Also by ZTK Space:Now Pains the Builder | Incoherence | The Scabbard Done |
The Landrover bounced rapidly over the cumulus and cirrus
finding the Great Gate unlocked and opened wide.
A fine welcome she was given, with smiles and widespread arms,
and full angel choir to receive her, as certainly due
to one who had faithfully maintained her youthful promise,
and had always done her best even when severely tried.
Then a disorderly yapping silenced the ...
Sunday 18th September 2022 7:12 pm
Wherever I’ve stood.
Buttershaw, New Orleans, Basildon.
I’ve always looked for the people
who knew truths. Not Gods, but folk
who could tell the story of the Blues.
I could speak of theirs and mine.
But over time, I’ve reached a point
where history only informs. It’s how
and what we do next that matters.
When we turn from blue to gold, perhaps...
Sunday 18th September 2022 3:24 pm
Also by Ralph Dartford:18th Pale Descendant |
Why do you shout?
You’re really a loudmouth.
That’s without doubt.
You scream patriotism from deep in your lungs.
At those with diverse traditions, an assortment of tongues,
In the land of the free, you incarcerate those
Less fortunate than most, those too easily disposed
Why do you gloat?
As you sail away to damnation,
In your open-top...
Sunday 18th September 2022 2:09 pm
Also by Russell Jacklin:Faded Pictures | Simile and Metaphor | Goodbye | To old, too young | 1997, She’s gone | Death in polite society is quieter. |
Earthbound, spellbound in thrall to majesty
without a sound. Silence that fills some monstrous need
never to be satisfied with so many mouths to feed.
Still they come with muffled tread as if their mourning
might raise the dead. In years to come these thoughts
now fresh will set like the stone of ancient walls
witness to a light that dies, a silence weeping to the skies.
Saturday 17th September 2022 9:43 pm
Also by ray pool:THE SPIRIT OF JOHN BROWN | DEATH OF THE QUEEN |
They reek of curiosity, the ones in dark
Exuding hatred, for them a frivolous task
The robed gaffer said crippled was history
For me, 'twas a feint memory.
Saturday 17th September 2022 5:30 pm
Looking for subbmissons of poetry and and short stories for a one off book i am making. If I like the stuff it goes in, If i don't, It don't. send no more than 8 poems please. Would prefer stuff with a bit of an edge but will take a look an anything.
Saturday 17th September 2022 4:17 pm
Sitting all alone by myself
at the seashore awaiting the sunset;
Reminiscing the moments we had,
when we last met.
As I stared across the horizon
noticing how surreal it is,
The evening winds blew relentlessly
snapping out the twigs of tender trees.
An impending silence was setting in
as the birds have paused.
By taking me for granted,only I co...
Saturday 17th September 2022 1:09 pm
Also by Sagnik Nandi:A smile |