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Safe Space

When danger seeps

some gentle press of melancholy

a tremulous catch upon the throat

or the heavy weight of torpor,

make haste to your safe space

put on a heavy coat of books 

hide beneath a rich curtain of music

be guarded by old family photographs

precious mementos will warm you

summon strength from old diaries

and epic poems,

reminisce with fishing rods

old wa...

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The unchosen path

Do not seek the armpit of distress

Bury your head

Lock the door

Draw the curtains

And pull up the drawbridge of despair

Do not fear the uncertain breeze

Of cough and of sneeze

 

Be the people you are destined to be

Meet the challenge

Light the light

Of love and of hope

Don’t run like frightened hungry rats

You are not one of a pack

You are part of a fami...

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Also by Martin Elder:

Alone together | Mr and Mrs Death |

The smallest tendrils of smoke rising from the dying coals

Maybe I'm just too old now for passion

Maybe I've let my fear become my life

Am I any different since I've done it all to myself?

Am I any less selfish since all I do is display my emotions?

What is the meaning if I can't remember the words

Spoken to me early and quickly ignored

Blindly through feeling with no thought ...

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Also by Collin Pulmano:

(untitled) | Saga of April Dark: Song Twelve | Saga of April Dark: Song Eleven | Saga of April Dark: Song Ten |

Fading

The stories never told

    dissipate

    irretrievably swallowed

    buried

    out of sight

            in the quicksand of memory

 

Take hold of my words

    dangling on the hand

                     stretched out

 

So I can stay a little longer

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Also by Jeannot:

Right side up | Nothing out of me |

Earthereal Enlightenment

What if the Sabbath weren’t a day
but a state of being
that permeates our earthereal Eden? 

What would you keep holy? 

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Also by Ushiku Crisafulli:

Herd (Co)Mmunity | Purple Pill |

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AT THE GRAVE SIDE

 

(Of William Butler Yates)

 

Here beside the many tombs

the bones of Yeats are re interred

under bare Ben Bullen’s head

where once a kinfolk Rector

psalmed – a church stands near and

beside the road an ancient cross

at Yeat’s plot, are chiselled words

poetically embossed:

 

‘Cast a cold eye

on life, on death

Horseman pass by.’

 

Note: Part of a coll...

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Also by Philipos:

PRANCING ABOUT | BREAD OF HEAVEN | ALAS | FIGMENTS | NIGHTINGALES | ROUNDS | CAT'S EYES | THE COMPASS ROSE | DRIFTING | SMOKE FILLED SALOONS | ZENDA | MEANINGFUL DECISIONS | GONGOOZLING | CREATIVE THINKING | THE SANDMAN | LEAVE TO SPEAK | GHOST | GLADSTONE DOCK (1950s) | SPRINGS | VOICES IN AN ELEVATOR | GORGONZOLA | ENTANGLEMENTS | CONICAL | ADVANCES | PACK ANIMALS | FANFARE |

Boy Without A Story

 

He doesn't ride anywhere
not a flying horse 
or one fashioned in gold
he has walked these hard streets
apparently every day
have you seen him?

Too shy to sing out
no will to write
no telling his past or future
he stood where doors were closing
and still when lights went out
who knew?

Not recognised in the mirror
nor noticed in the dream
he has taken clouds for his friends
a...

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Also by Adam Whitworth:

The Matter Of The Heart | today's poem- | through the round window | Another Chance | Alternative Vow |

atlantic/s (03/28/2020)

imagine doing the thankless job of rivets 

hold together, you beleaguered son of a bitch 

hold together, this heaving, creaking hull
this, sinking, stinking patchwork glory 
made at the end of so many stubbed cigars
held wet, by the mouth
while two busy hands 
idled towards retirement , pounding away 
christening by the light of midnight oils, annointed 
(10 in 1!) 
in the warbled so...

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Also by Zach Dafoe:

placeholder for something darker II (03/25/2020) | you can probably guess the title, there's a theme going here (03/09/2020) | a placeholder for something darker (03/03/2020) | Recycle (03/02/2020) |

Imagine if the last thing I said was you nailed it

Silhouettes Of Trees

 

The silhouettes of trees

inspires a poem in me

 

the fiery sky highlights

the dark gracefulness of trees

 

No matter where we see

sunsets are always free

 

This poem will obviously

ne'er compare to trees like these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also by d.knape:

Cheeto Stains | Trash Days | Remembering Yesterday | Tree Tunnels | Still Life | Behind Bars | No Hugging Allowed | Waiting In Line | Boys & Bikes | Sheltered In Place | COMMUNICABLE POEM | SOME | When Things Were Nicer | Always Hope | MADE IN CHINA | God Had No Wife (Warning: Could be offensive to half the population>) | God Had No Wife | Face Masks | CORONA | Stationary Bike | Acting My Age-A Poem by O.L. Buzzerd | LEAVES | NewAgePoetry | Voices In Another Room | An Idle Life | How To Apologize To Your Wife | The Reunion |

Friend or foe??

She has been sneezing in her palm

Rubbing the dirt all around

Coughing on my face

Rubbing her bare finger on my hand

Touching my clothes after coughing

Trying to hold me after sneezing

Is she a friend or a foe, difficult to say

Actions speak louder than words

Her actions bad to my dismay

She is lost in some deep thoughts so as to say

I just have trust problems develop...

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Also by Do.RoThy:

Virusified!!! | Devastated!!!!!! | musical chamber!!!!! | Happiness ahead!!!! | I loved like a fool | Done and bunged!! | To win the race!!! | Sealed it with love and prayer | To write!! | I'm but ....... | Let's play a game | lullaby dame!!!! | Dreamy lockdown!!! | Just surrendered!!!! | Islanded!!! | The cure!! | Wings!! | Et tu!! | Sigh!!!!! | Picture haiku | Love you dear friends!! ❤ | Aide de more | Nothing without you | The pain of love!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Faith vs. Suspicion | Nirvana | I ❤ U | Next stop!! | Good morning world!! | Night life! | Hidey n seekey!!! | It's just not normal. | Making kinda love!! | It's time now!! | God and me!! | 💞 | Jubilant!!! | O God!! | Truth I live and die.....ilu | ❤💕💘 | Mists of doubts!! | Hexagonal walls within!!! | Hey you!! | Help please!!!! Desperation!! | Never means never!!! | Exam fever!! 🤪 | 😛 | I've to live my dream!! |

It Jolly is Frustrating

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It Jolly is Frustrating

 

I have a little problem

Can't seem to overcome

I jump into the next poem

Before the last one's done

 

It jolly is frustrating

I blame my active mind

It's like a spinning clothes-dryer

Working overtime

 

Some poems spin out easy

While others try and flout

All my hard-spent effort

Trying to bring them out

 

Creating things ...

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Also by Don Matthews:

UK Corona Can't Come Down | Have a Nice Day | Stockpiling | The Adventures of Mary (she hopes it helps to brighten you up) | Cock A Doodle Do | Why Cannot It Be Two-Way ? | Interesting | My 'Light-Bulb' Ideas on Coronavirus | Flutter Flutter | Urge | Also Spake Samuel | We're Animal Lovers Through and Through | Do I?... Or Do I Not? | Lockdown | Latro Spider Robot | Problematic | Billy's Problem (LMS) | Intensify Your Efforts Governments | Bonkering Aound on the WOL Site | Coronavirus and the LMS Theme Park | Bookmark Page 64 | Unmasked...At Last | White Blank | It's the Australian Way | The Enigmatic Poet | Concrete |

And the host tonight is...

And the host tonight is...

 

i lied i stole i cheated

i’m having lots of fun

ripping air from your body

attacking healthy lungs

you think i can not see you

standing in the crowd

let me tell a secret

if i am allowed.

 

I will not stop at doors

if you allow me in

when you venture out

then my fun begins

i drift upon the breeze

until i find a host

the...

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Also by poemagraphic:

bleat bleat bleat | Another Victim | Ovid on the Covid | Two Steps Away | Far Cough | Closed minds | Masking the problem! | Dying for your touch | Here we go again | Cheapskate | A man in Grief | Mindlessness’ | Apotheosis | LGBT | Type 2 Diabetes |

WE NEED A SENSE OF THE UNITY - ALEXIS KARPOUZOS

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We need a sense of the unity of life and of humans for the sake of human welfare and for the survival of the planet. We need a sense of unity with the cosmos so that we can connect with Reality. But we also need a sense of individuality, for the sake of our own dignity and independence and of the loving care for others. We need it to appreciate each natural form, each animal and plant, each human ...

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Invisible Enemy

oh where, oh where can the virus be. 

It's in your shopping carts

It's  your use of money

it's in the hands of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, world leaders and the heads of the universal banking anthority

out to colaberate 

out to orchrastrate

out to compose the new world order

I hope you're plugged in

'cause if your not

you won't get to be a part

Oh where, where can the viru...

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My Friends

My friends are singing a most beautiful tune . I can hear them in the distance . When sitting in my room . Before its light a faint little tune . You know all is ok when  hearing their tunes . I awake every morning before five and know when all is ok I can just carry on .  This special day comes once a year when our clock goes forward .  I Enjoy the moment thanking for what I have . The songs from...

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Also by Wendy A Higson:

The Faithful Blackbird | Embarrassment | My Inspiration | We Will Survive | Seventy Five And Reminiscing | All Women | We Will Survive |

Another Frontline Note

We embrace
What kills us slowly
But greatly fear
What kills us quickly

We are not ready yet 
To die.

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Also by Hallielle Rose Dawson:

All Fall Down | Child | Windmills | Devastated | Wind travelers | Aquarium Hysteria | Buried | Lillian Marie | In Verse | Pocket lights | Lucky, Right? |

Tennessee River

~He pretends the river is an ocean

When one can't have the potent dose

One makes do with the dilluted potion

Caught between two jagged green coasts

The murky current slowly propells his motion

If he has a good, sturdy boat

He might just last to see his ocean~

 

 

 

 

 

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Also by M3RK:

Mosaic | LLJ | When will I see you again? | Love Letter to a Stranger | Plastic Razor Blades | Invisible | Summer |

journey

Drove to See You

I drove down to see you,
stood in your doorway unannounced 
you were there with another,
I again felt like an outsider
I didn't belong
after I wrote you at length
many love songs

My poems wrapped in a box,
delivered but only to be forgotten
my heart still in shock
you were going away
never to be seen again
until the month of May
when I would fly thousands of miles
just to see that ...

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Also by Mika:

Three Little Dots | Our Story is Done | The Truth Within | A Pause... | Deep in Thought | Words At Night | The Haunting | Learning To Forget | What Really Matters | A Sea of Red | Start with ‘Hello’ | Knowing Limits | Heartbeats | Little Baby | The Disposables | Another Love Poem |

what loving you was like

Honestly, I don’t think I want to even write this poem.

Because as soon as I begin, I will fall for you all over again.

It’s ironic how much I loved you when I didn’t love myself.

I feel like all the words, all the phrases, everything you said, 

It was all a sick joke.

Loving you felt good, and when I believed you loved me too, I felt okay.

But now I portray that I am okay, 

L...

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Also by Cameron Bounds:

If it ain't you |

so cruel when in love we hurt us please stop

Silly Rhyme

Although her name is Lotty

I call my girlfriend Spotty

My pals all think I'm dotty

But they've not seen her botty.

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Also by branwell kent:

Another Bad Joke | Whatever Gets You Through The Day | The Girl Next Door | Mr Perfect (Believe It Or Not) | Typical | Tessa | Dirty Sex Poem | First Love | RIP | Where's Olly? |

F*****G STAY AT HOME

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(Warning: the audio is unexpurgated)

 

It’s been a source of some regret that I had missed my chance

To be a superhero with my kecks inside my pants.

I wanted to be Batman and to fight the city’s crime

I’d get hold of The Piddler and I’d make him serve his time.

Or whizz around like Superman, on guard by day and night

Looking out for phone boxes in case my pants got tight.

...

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Also by John Coopey:

WE DON'T NEED NO VENTILATORS (Brexit Before Breathing) | LP's, SINGLES and 78's | MY SWEET HOARD | I'LL BEAT THIS VIRUS WITH TOILET ROLLS | I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE | UNSKILLED LABOUR | CORDUROYS | A BLOWJOB A DAY | TORY BULLY | CRADLE - A TRIOLET |

Solace

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Solitary.  Alone. Social distances blown away

On a fine spring day. Bloom like the moon.

I've been practising self isolation for decades

I say aloneness is central to the human condition.

Not loneliness.  Not that which scars and scares,

Sinks and separates. But a choice, to recognize

We are born to be alone. We die alone.Cowards

Die many times, the brave, just that one signif...

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Also by John E Marks:

The northern mockingbird | A thousand years ago | GLINT | Duhkha* | Seppuku* | The Resurrection of the dead | Stormy weather | To the crags, where eagles soar | Day by the sea | THE GHOST WHO SELLS MEMORIES | i.m. John Donne | The voice of death, the voice of love and the voice of art. | Tableau vivant | A time to leap | Solitary stroll | COVID 19 and the BLACKBIRD | from swerve of shaw to bend of bray | Tempered in the fire | JACOB SAYS | Lost love | An Absence | GROWL | VERBOTEN | Aphorism | hand-in-hand | Roundabout | words fail me | Writ in water | Manchester morning | The Isle of ghosts | For Kassia: a Bold and Beautiful Byzantine poet | CALL IT DREAMIN' | The unpurged imagery of day | Fugue | COVID - 19 PRAGUE | Lifting the Veil |

For the Staff. Let Tests Give Us Hope

HEAL PARK

The skeletal frame of a Rollercoaster

Onto which fitted wheels, seating

Garish moulded plastic coloured

Inert silence no power from running current

Except for birds in the sky theme park

Abandoned except for giant tent building

The envelope opened up hand around throat

Sent to every house in town

 

And from source iron doors

Air conditioning to breathe ou...

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Also by Aaron Murdoch:

Hi, I used to write in pen and type up afterwards. That was until I wrote this piece annnnnDDDD THE POWER!!! THE INFINIT- |

#coronavirusChessington

The whole of me

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Tell me what I want to hear,

Reassure me,

Kissing away my fear and doubt.

 

Tell me I'm the one you need, 

The one you want, 

The one you can't live without.

 

Have fun with my body, 

Play games with my mind, 

Then discard the whole of me. 

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Also by Emer Ni Chorra:

Sapiosexual | Yellow green iris | Dedicated to my Mother (Happy Mother's Day) | Sunshine-19 |

Out of the Darkness / Into the Light

- Days ago, when the darkness found a way to creep back

I must admit that guilt pours through my veins on days like today 

When inside of my head, all seems hopeless 

I may no longer be clinical 

But depression doesn't care that I was healing 

It doesn't seem to matter that for a few weeks I was doing better 

 

Despite the distractions I threw in its path 

Through the dark ...

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Also by Cait Abbott:

reincarnation in the debris | Final Closure | Plans for the Future | Hindsight | Dreamland | Coping Mechanism | it's all okay, now | Linger | Decadence | Of Something Good | 21:59 | Small Beginnings |

Dark Wine

As a sapling I was wounded now I'm a crooked tree bearing bitter fruit. I ferment my fruits and drink them as wine. Intoxicated with dark love.

I pursue the wind as life's servant. 

Cruelty shapes beauty to take the breath away. 

I regret knowledge but not learning. To know certain truths is to harbour a foetus of cancer. 

The voice of God should be ignored if you want to remain blissf...

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Also by Daniel Reuben King:

Oberon of All inside All | Half finished. | For The Suffering Of My Darling Limos | The Love Of A Wound For Another Is Deeper Than The Wound Itself | A Circle To Encompass The Universe |

dreamFragments

With Unquenchable Fire?

No-one could foresee the day would come when medical science is almost powerless to help

 

We have knowingly abused our bodies all our lives yet life expectancy continues to rise

 

No amount of gluttony, smoking, drink or drugs has resulted in lifespans being reduced

 

Until now......when an event of biblical proportions has caused the chickens to come home to roost

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Also by Brian Maryon:

Travel Whilst in Lockdown | Social Distancing in Tonypandy SHOCK HORROR | Stuck Indoors! | Stuck!!! | Huw Edwards Watch Out | How to Reduce My Carbon Footprint? | Roadkill |

EXPRESSIONS

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What if we manage ourselves, 
Then, 
We play extra time
And we both ref, 
What if we decide the lineman? 

What if I omit lonely from thine chambers, 
What if sadness is rid off, 
What if no one is able to fill this space, 
What if my rainbow isn't complete Without your daffodils? 

What if I meet your quest, 
What If I'm the map to your shape, 
What if your happiness is within, 
...

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Facades feat. ZTK Space

 

Mister Phillip Glass Sir, please forgive me but, I thought this piece would make great an accompaniment to your very thought provoking works. If it upsets you, I will remove the piece but, I am a fan of your works and hope you understand how it most definitely feels valid and sits well.

Facades is an Orchestral Piece written By Phillip Glass.

Thank you.

 

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Also by ZTK Space:

Guess Where Daddy's From | Going Home By Candle | A Prayer To K-Pax | The Silent Commodoties Born Poor | The Fashions of a Yeehaw Man | Tommy by Rudyard Kipling | Tin City | Transcode - The Return To Middle Earth | The Loan of Bread Now Stale | The Dance and Trickery of Evil |

A Truck Full of Turnips

Grandma used to tell this story, how she drove a truck into a wall,

in the war, when she was in the Land Army, a truck full of turnips,

knocked down a wall, and Grandad said he saw his mate die on a

boat, right next to him, shot stone dead, right there, right next to him,

just like that, right there.            And I tell you about how, in the 80s,

the shops couldn’t open on a Sunda...

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Also by Joe Williams:

Urban Pedestrian |

I Want To Hold It Close

That scenic chorus paints pride blended tears

as suspended droplets thrum euphoria

those watchers notice, its nuance foreign.

They’ve never heeded- never recognised

the harmony befriending delicate words

that welcomed wrung emotions on inches.

rare colloquial feelings pouring traces

left to the table.

The playing record that tugs at my arm

to appear closer, pulling at ...

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Also by Hannnah:

Being Human Version 2 | This Is Our War | This Is The Worst of Us | Dwell | Constant Belonging | The Papers |

alison moyetfeelingspoetrysongthe rarest birdsthoughts

WEEKLY WALKABOUTSVERSE, E.G., 60 OF 230: GREEN-LIGHT

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Poem 60 of 230: GREEN-LIGHT

Things go relatively fast in England,
And traffic lights are no exception -
For pedestrians, a young fleet-of-foot’s
Street-crossing time seems the selection.
But if - re the aged - leaders increase times,
It surely won’t cost them election.

(C) David Franks 2003 - 
Walkaboutsverse.blogspot.com

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A clap of thanks

As darkness fell across the U.K.

Millions of people had their say.

Raising a thunder of gratitude clapping their hands,

An explosion of thanks on front line health workers lands.

 

In isolation we sent our thanks and respect to the N.H.S.

Risking their lives on the frontline battling this mess.

As a nation we thanked them  for their courageous fight,

For the sacrifices and ...

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Also by hugh:

Panic buying we all have a role to play, lets wipe it out and flush it away | Pot luck | A warmer planet [Written for the kids off school] | A pregnancy precipitated by a grudge | A superior view | A little bit of flirt | An age shock! | Guilty or not guilty? | A coronavirus cure might lie in a bat's brain | "White ,"said Fred. | Re John Coopey's latest disgusting blog | Problems with pupils | An eye catching experience | Wash your hands keep them clean. | My dad is getting old | The loneliness of Lucy |

বেদনাদায়ক নৈরাশ্যে উদীয়মান আলেম সমাজ

বেদনাদায়ক নৈরাশ্যে উদীয়মান আলেমেরা
           আব্দুল হান্নান 
সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যম বর্তমান সময়ে পৃথিবীকে আমাদের হাতের মুঠোয় এনে দিয়েছে।এই সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া আমাদের পুরোনো সেই দিন গুলোর কথা ভুলিয়ে দিয়েছে, যে কোন এককালে আমরা চাইলেই আমাদের প্রিয় জনের খোজ এত সহজে নিতে পারতাম না।তবে দেরীতে নিতে পারলেও তার সুদুর প্রসারী একটা প্রাণ আকর্ষন ছিলো।বাড়ী হতে দূরে থাকলে আপনজনদোর একটা চিঠির অপেক্ষায় থাকতাম।চিঠি ...

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Also by Md Abdul Hannan:

ওমা মাতৃভূমি | গুহাবাসী যুবসম্প্রদায় | THE THINGS ABOUT DEFOLIATE | ধর্ষণ বনাম আমাদের সমাজ |

আলেমদের জন্য

One's own company

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In the etherical fabric

Something resides

Fears knit together

Truth mixed with lies

Silence is loud

Feeling out words

Reality & fantasy

Suddenly blurred

Inner world becomes

More real than outside

We ran from ourselves

Now we can't hide

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Also by Ruth O'Reilly:

Spring! | Earthling Evacuation | Friday 13th just got serious | This Tree | Life In 2020 | Bird table |

self isolation

OUTCASTS

To the trashers, the spitters

phone snatchers, scam callers

acid throwers and other detritus

the streets are yours

we give them up

so that you can wander

baying under a sickly moon

and under the restless sun,

and by your shadows

may you be overrun.

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Also by ray pool:

ISOLATING THE SELF | WHAT IT'S LIKE OVER 70 | WHEN LOVE COMES KNOCKING | A MUG'S GAME |

The science

he studied collected 

understood

 

researched experimented 

found proof

 

observed hunted captured

preserved

 

was confronted attacked 

overturned

 

bound captured

let loose 

 

and everything he learned 

flowed from him into her

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Also by Robert C Gaulke:

All having had the same idea | Friends | Bleh! | Before the world came in | bully | Quiet Contemplation | The family you don't have | things called you | Posing | Our dog years | You're so expensive | I lose everything | Your Gong | The 26 | isolated tracks | Haptics | Lunch with Tomorrow |

meeting an old girlfriend

Meeting an old girlfriend

 

I met an old girlfriend from the days when we were

in our fifties, it had been a tempestuous affair.

Since she was not driving any more, I drove her home

to her house.

She invited me in for a coffee and before we knew it

the sex urge was back, she put a leg on a chair and leaned

forward over the oak table, her body shook when she

I had an orga...

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Also by jan oskar hansen:

2076 | a man upset | the day I met an actor | Dresden | life span | the Roma | the Russians | the office desk | a print | sunny days | whrn the mind speaks | enigma | the massacre | it is finally over | the new middle class | angst in the night | slow burning | so many ifs | two liners | Flanderd | droplets | spring | they call it love | dreaming right | sporty | nightly awake | nightly awake | we do not deserve |

Hare’s death

I remember death

The hounding of life; 

the moving into stillness

The pounding presence 

of reality 

Then the;

quite in the stillness 

The ringing of ears

The fill of anxiety;

the hack of the flesh

The dripping of time 

congealed in my blood

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Reflections

To be something you wish you weren't,
As though that could be true,
Let's take another dip?

Lollipop,
The tar at its center,
Take this breath deep.

Gawd,
Sank this way,
In the darkened waters.

Eyes shot,
My blood seeps through the veins,
And the rolled ends split.

Reflections,
Food for thought,
In a decedant moon.

Audacious,
Nah just such audacity,
To keep on breathing.

...

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Also by Alita Moore:

Diet Coke | The gift of life | Religion | Overwhelming | Power | so it were |

Solace

A Heroes Hero

Turn not a blind eye 

to the homeless heroes 

among us. 

 

Give a voice to the 

desperate and downtrodden. 

 

Acknowledge their somber silence,

lend a helping hand.

 

Stand up, be counted. 

It’s about more than solos 

in the end. 

 

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A poem to my bff

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A poem to my bff

I am from milk...................................................................       to nourish my bones........... ....................................

to enjoy with coffee and pastries 

I am from D vitamins

to build strong backpack bones 

From Jansport and polyester 

I am from the valley

Freshingly cool, of slopes, soily rich

I am from cherry trees

...

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All We Left Were Birds

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All We Left Were Birds

 

I heard the birdsong through the air

From far away and long ago

The sound of sparrow and of crow

And knew no human travelled there

 

They sat aloft without a care

No threat from humans down below

I heard the birdsong through the air

From far away and long ago

 

As time flew I became aware

Of how the seasons ebb and flow

When there ...

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Surrender

The future is uncertain,

The past remains unchanged,

Only the now is truly forgiving,

Worry is a burden,

Regret drives you insane,

Surrender both to the moment and start living.

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2020 Trev's Texas Tour (Not)

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So called because of the Coronavirus my trip was called off as country after country shut down as it swept across the world. Everything started out as usual, plans were made, put into action, events recorded in rhyme. Reaching 1500 travel poems would be easy, by the time I'd finished it could  have been well over 1600 but it was not to be. I decided to carry on writing and make 1500. The image see...

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Shall we be friends?

Skippy

A ginger tom

Loves

Outdoors

 

Spends

Hours

Prowling

In the garden

 

At dawn

This Spring morning

Distracted by a noise

Stops to investigate

 

Curiosity aroused

Sniffs the air

Ears honned in

Stares skywards

 

Recognizes sound floating

High above emanates from

A bird box

Home to Blue Tits chicks

 

Weighs up odds of nett...

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NHS Workers

All remember and do not forget 
Those to whom we owe our greatest debt. 
They help us when we are in distress; 
It is all of those who work for the NHS.

Around the clock they are always there, 
And all this time they surely care. 
Though it is something that we just expect 
From those who deserve more respect.

Each worker endlessly strives 
To cure and save all of our lives. 
So sure...

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IN THE TIME OF QUIET

IN THE TIME OF QUIET
No one’s told the daffodils about the pause to Spring
And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing
No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round
And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground
No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood
And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud
No one’s tol...

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Hadrian

Hadrian

 

A wall to predate that in Berlin or

One to mirror the Great Wall of China

Bestowed the name of the philanthropic Emperor

To consolidate his vast Empire, to discourage war

Steeped in ancient Greek culture he fell in love

Not with the Parthenon or the Temple of Olympus

Uninspired by the voices of Delphi

He was besotted by the beauty of a young man

Love flouris...

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