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After Virgil

From a very early age I had imbibed the opinion that it was every man's duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his country as good as he had found it.. William Cobbett

My native land – England – has gone from me
Shrouded in a so-called unity, called ‘diversity’
a shibboleth, as fake as those who preach it.
Our ravished land is no longer a king’s demesne,
But is now a poor, peculiar, ...

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Also by John E Marks:

i.m. C. P. Cavafy, poet | Destitute | Premonition | Dogs who love the rain | Avoiding the Apocalypse | ANGHARAD’S DREAM | A Sweet May-day | Pebbles from my skull | Vignette | METEMPSYCHOSIS | DUBLIN, 1988 | Only love can break your heart | Anti-viral | TO THE CRAGS, WHERE EAGLES SOAR | Troubadour | WORKING GIRL | Run for your life | The decline of the west | The swan's last waltz | A quiet disbelief in nothing | Infant mortality | DOGS | The Pharmacology of Shadow | Charlie (2007 - 2020) | In commemoration of the fall of Kōnstantinoúpolis 29 May 1453 | VICTIM | NEVER FORGIVE - NEVER FORGET | AH! BRIGHT ANGEL | THE EGOTISTICAL SUBLIME | Northern Fells |

GRUMPOUS MAGNUS

 

He was a seemingly unhappy cat

moping around the way he did

just sliding under the table and

no interaction of significance

just the short look when food

appeared and he took from the

cat bowl studiously as if there

was something intangible on

his furry mind – until that is

 

Netinu moved in next door

and it was love at first sight,

then the kittens came an...

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Also by Philipos:

GRUMPUS MAGNUS | PENSMANSHIP | BRINGING IT HOME | DICTIONARIES | COMPARISONS | TURNING ABOUT | (untitled) | THE DICTATOR | FOLICULES | INFUSIONS | A SENSE OF SPRING | BLANKET COVERAGE | VERILY | SHOOTING STARS | A MORNING IN MAY 2020 | HARBOURED TALES | UNHEAVENLY CONVERSATIONS | RUSTIC THOUGHTS | SHRINES | COSMOS | AFTER THE GAS | SENSING A PRESENCE | OVER THE TOP | SHUTTERS | STARFISH | FLIGHTS | SEMPERVIVUM PECTORUM | LAST POSTS | SMOKE AND MIRRORS | BANDS IN THE MALL | FAIRY TALES | BUCKING OFF | SPARING A THOUGHT |

Nonsense Books

Have you got any Stephen King?

-No, we don't do horror.

 

Have you got any Agatha Christie?

-No, we don't do crime.

 

Have you got any JK Rowling?

-No, we don't do children's.

 

Have you got any Danielle Steele?

-No, we don't do romance.

 

No horror,

No crime,

No children's, 

No romance,

What do you do?

 

I'm a greengrocer, mate,

What do you...

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Also by branwell kent:

Rhyme |

old friend

Give me some time
to remember
who I was
when we met
you might not like
who I am now

 

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Also by Liam Osaneo:

marching | torch | need | sold | journey | clouds | friend | full | universe | burn |

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Rain

Oh! the rain sky poured,
And I stole sometime from busy life,
clearing the mess of my room,
to do my favorite task.

Oh! the tiny water droplets,
falling in laps of the mother earth,
 with some thunder and lightning,
playing the music of rain.

The dance of nature,
and green leaves of trees,
playing and refreshing itself with zillions of tiny droplets of rain.

The aroma of rain,
co...

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Also by Ankita Srivastava:

Plight of Migrant Labor Covid19 2020 |

Black Umbrella


here a tallow skull spurting mist
of red and smoke chokes the air
here a woman with a broken mouth
screaming for mercy face down 
in the concrete 

an old black man long-alchemised 
from ashlar to pillar cries in throes 
of righteous anger as the skeletal horde 
burn down his fought-for foundation 

there an elderly couple threading waves of angry bodies 
beaten to a pulp simply
for...

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Also by Kealan Coady:

Blackpills from Babylon | The Nephilim of Croghan Hill | The Sound of Blood and the Left-Handed Moon | We Are All That We Are |

DUE PROCESS

 Don't talk to me of "due process"

When I'm marching with the mob;

It messes with my actions 

And how I view my job

Of trashing up the neighbourhood

And plundering the shops,

Making hay as the sunshine sets

On the guilt or innocence of cops.

...............................................................

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Also by M.C. Newberry:

MAN UP! | FINAL CURTAIN | DIVISION ! | PAVEMENT ARTIST | CAUSE AND EFFECT | GOODBYE PICCADILLY, FAREWELL LEICESTER SQUARE? | NEGLECT | DOWN BY THE MEWSTONE | FAT CHANCE (or "Only in America") | BADLY, MADLY, SADLY | OOPS! (or "Double the fun"!) | GOOD ADVICE | WHY WOMEN DON'T READ IN THE BATHROOM | V.E. DAY 1945-2020 | LEATHER ON WILLOW | OTHERS |

MOBS

 

They group up

protected by numbers

they race around

hurling bricks

bottles

rocks

anything that hurts

or breaks

the idea is not to protest

the idea is to destroy

a savage inclination

a basic instinct

setting fires

burning businesses

looting stores

spraying graffiti

the ugly truth

they are the Barbarians at the gate

and no one stops them

...

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Also by d.knape:

New Worlds | City Library | At Home---a poem by O.L. Buzzerd | Satchel's Poem | Non-Profit | Daddy Long-legs | The 6 Foot Rule | Prisoners | Wild Rice | Hand Wringing | Morning Rush | OWED TO SPAM | Old Man | Cliff's Notes | Non-Essential | Thank You For Your Order | Doing A Favor | Double Rainbow | Southern Fried | Keep Your Distance | In No Uncertain Terms | Expectations | Fear Of Wife | Doctor's Appointment | No Comment | STAY SAFE | Buttercups & Such | Morning Dew | POET PROTECTIONS |

Mustn't Grumble

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Mustn’t Grumble

 

Thinks he’s the bee’s knees

One big bumble

He’s doing his best

Mustn’t grumble

 

All around

Dreams start to crumble

Chin up chaps

Mustn’t grumble

 

Gets his words

All in a jumble

An Eton boy

So mustn’t grumble

 

Discontent

Begins to rumble

He’s such a card

Mustn’t grumble

 

Staggering on

He’s bound to stumble

...

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Also by Ian Whiteley:

Ritual | Away The Lad | Kneel | Death (XIII) | Tunguska Dawn | Label On The Bottle | Elegy For Days Lost | Fog | Those Low Down Bottle Blues | Narcissus In The Age Of Plastic | This Machine Kills Fascists | fly | Zoomnation | Ye Tale Of Brave Sir Moppalot | Cuttings | Heart Of Stone | For Whom The Hammer Tolls | Unclean | Wastelands | Casting Runes | A Second Changes Everything | Tank Man | Magyk | A Life | Some Words | Third Beach | Freedom At Last | Black Metal Band Looking For A Name | Experts | Mother's Ruin |

boris johnsonbreathing spaceclownday61failureforgivenessgive him enough ropetoo many chances

Spooked

someone spread

a black shawl

over the sun

the long day

became night

 

the moon crept

inside the dark sky

in a hush

and cast stolen

soft sunlight around

 

an owl calling loud and deep

flew into sight

and spooked

dreamy watch-dogs

to disturb the calm of the night

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Also by Abdul Ahmad:

Kingfisher betrayed | The night the Milky Way disappeared | Just another lie | Busy rearing the young | Silence reigned in the end | Will we meet again? | Face to face with gentle giants | Uplifting walk | Life and death companions | What would you rather be? | Lockdown gift | No more | For love | Sonnet_ Love and Lust |

Billy No Mates

I've told you before stay clear of that

Boy if you ask me there's

Something wrong there

Turning up to school on his own not a soul

Knows a thing about him he's a

Right mystery

(Stand still when I'm

Talking to you) he may be good at

Maths and yes' he's

Tiny but he's always fighting he's

Beaten kids much

Bigger he made mincemeat of Jimmy

Cummings its autism if you...

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Also by simon lucan:

Holy Orders | Glory | Nerves | The Visionary | Three Friars | Auntie's Clock | Key Worker | Badged | Venice Treacle | The Servant | Low Sugar | Grey Areas | Legal Tender | Mrs Todd | By The North Star | A Bruise On The Cheek | The Asylum Seeker | The Teacher | Safe | Escape | The Specialist | Underground | The Visitor | Hoard | Snake Hair | Snuff | Fear | Valves | Concrete and Bunting | Slapped | Peace Talks With The Virus | Bird Strike | Taking Stock | Ventilator Dreams | Pram Girl | Digging | Social Work | Memorials | Tutors | Two Sacred Stones | Longships | Mr Crotty | Tyred | Evening Class | Tattoo 1942 | Residues | Fourteen Cats |

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Road By Road (Write it Slow)

Road by road I turn the car

and travel a phrase to a line,

move a sentence to plural,

then to verse to vent a thought,

but within the limit,

as speeding is futile anyway.

[2020]

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Also by Hannnah:

Smoke and Mirrors (A Letter to Section Twenty Eight) | A Side of Me | God or a Vision? | This Stranger in the Room | Her Heart, My Heart | Photographs | Morscode (And Blue Tunes) |

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They Hadn't Learned

Noticed two little kids playing in the park.

One child was black, one child was white.

They were happy; totally engrossed in their play.

They hadn't learned how to hate.

Lovely to see. It gave me hope.

And I wondered:

What could we learn from them?

 

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Also by Dorinda MacDowell:

Art Gallery, Stockport - A Tribute |

The tooth is out.No more check-up appointments 'til 2021

Jane was given four courses of antibiotics,her pain was intense,

Getting a dental appointment was impossible, she was left in suspense.

She had been in agony with an infected tooth since the end of last year,

How long would it take to redress the problem ,she did fear.

 

For a check-up at the dentist you will  have to wait til 2021.

Treating a back log of urgent cases will be the...

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Also by hugh:

Exercise,exercise get fit | Hells bells | Aya Hachem ,only 19 years old,R.I.P. | Back to school too soon!! | Written by a funeral director | Belly Mujinga 47 years old R.I.P. | Stay alert !!! | A neglected gift | Advice from a homeless victim |

Hope

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How a mother touches her baby to sleep

How the cool wind in the dusk smells of the last rays of the Sun

Silence has her ways to comfort our soul to stillness

She scrapes the rust of carelessnes

Flinging the debris away from the beating heart 

Planting a single seed of hope husked within doubtfulness

In the now fertile soil of calmness

 

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Speaking In Tongues

 

I just saw a poetry teacher say that we should write in our own way,
Speak in our own dialectic tongue,
No fancy poetic language, just rap our crap as we would in the neighbourhoods where we belong,
Don’t fret about scansion, or rhyme, or rhythm, or our own distinctive dialectic style being understood,
And to be fair it just made me smile and think, “Ok, good,”
So I started thinking, “we...

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Also by Jason Bayliss:

A Bitter Bite | Old Dogs, Old Tricks | Singularity | Give Me Space | One Last Dance | One Last Dance | It Bleeds | Buds | In Summary | Once More | Metamorph | Still Hope | Blind | Punch Drunk | Rich |

Hit The Biggest First (a sesquel to The Ingrates)

 

 

 

Hit The Biggest First

 

Hit the biggest first

It’s become the family mantra

Passed down through the generations

My dad said it to me

And I said it to my kids

Whenever you’re confronted by more than one person

Hit the biggest first

 

I don’t even know how I got here

Out in the street

In front of my own house

Split lip

Buttons torn from my shi...

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Also by kJ Walker:

The Ingrates | The Devil Came To Grimstone Low |

The Forests will Echo with Laughter. Part 3.

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The sun was filtering through a gauze of green

and ripples of lustre rolled pearl-like over moss

as if her path lay deep beneath the sea.

The branches overhead 

seemed polished with a gloss

 

that flung each iridescent spark of light

ricocheting sideways, bud to bud,

before they sprinkled, sharp and diamond white,

to soak into the vibrant

forest’s spongy bed.

 

...

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Also by Tim Ellis:

The Forests will Echo with Laughter. Part 2. | The Forests will Echo with Laughter. Part 1. |

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REAL WORLD

Truth is hiding in dark places

I want to find it but do not

know where to look

People toss it back and forth

like blind children

Where have the grown ups gone?

I long to find them

I take a deep long breath

then lay my head on my pillow

Hoping to wake up to a real world

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KEITH FORDYCE AND A PHOTO OF MY PARENTS

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KEITH FORDYCE AND A PHOTO OF MY PARENTS

A first kiss on the battlements

with your daughter's friend

while everyone drank downstairs

and Harry Worth for company

as my father hopped around

taking snapshots of actors.

 

You interviewed celebrities,

hosted music shows and quizzes

but looked better on screen

than in the cold flesh of reality

pottering unshaven, hung-...

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Dear mister right one

I need me a good one 

Do anything for me fun 

 

I might lose my way to stand 

Promise me you will make a plan 

 

I need one to hold me tight 

Not just in the dead of night 

 

No matter what I ask will do 

Just because you love me too 

 

I know I can depend on us 

It's simple just give me trust 

 

Life's not perfect it's true 

So you don't have to be ...

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Also by Darkest sunflower:

Don't go after cute Bun buns | Not what I expected | Broken at the same time | Hidden secrets | Mask of season lies | King size pain | Deal | Us | Whole lot of shame | Mirror heart | All alone | In between | Cuts | Dream or nightmare | Broken road | God what's normal? |

100% pissed

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It said my disc was running at around 100%

Trust me that’s not good, it’s bad

In actual fact to be quite honest

It was driving me totally mad

 

I could not write a single line

of poetry or prose

I was having a really bad day

Have you ever had one of those?

 

Into the forbidden registry

where novices fear to tread

I knew that I must venture

a path I truly drea...

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Also by Paul Sayer:

I never lied in the rose garden. (Cummings and goings) | A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square | Our world is crying | Clouded Judgement | Let me out! | The Mad Hatter's Tea Party | ‘Without so much as a by your leave’ | The End | A mesage of hope and inspiration. (not a poem) | Oh! Death where is your sting? | Signum crucis | (untitled) | Unmarked grave. | Hades | May the forth be with you. by Poda | A poem for Jon | Tracks of my tears |

Registry issues

Dream State

Left alone the forest
is deserted in your dreams
and across the fields
that the horses are left to run free
every Tuesday and Thursday.

Left alone the way to the river
is untouched and unlettered
with human influence
across the rust laced gates
all the way to the water reservoir

Stealing hours in seconds
as the water rises to ocean levels
free from human hands
sitting waiting for ...

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Also by Andy N:

Isolation in Spring | Homage to Harold Budd | The trees in lockdown | Life minus the subtitles | Turn the Tide | Hitching a Ride (II) | Face in the crowd | Temporary Freedom | Hitching a Ride | The Flowers |

RISE

RISE (from QUILT)

burning
hell
tolling
bell
taste of
bile
left over 
vile
climbing
bevel
disguised
devil
shifting
shape
desperate
escape
crazed
clown
merry go
round
carnival
mirrors
terror
fear
haunted
house
pyre
douse
on the
run
beating
drum
released
hounds
leaps
bounds
low
growl
full moon
howl
warrior
cries
evil
dies
shadow
boxed
demon
outfoxed
...

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Also by cindylee loucks:

BEEN THINKING OF YOU | NO LOOKIN' BACK | LINK | IN THE I |

POEMS by cindy lee loucks

The Overthinker in Me

They say I'm a bit too much,
too much of everything.
Sometimes too caring and sometimes too irritating.
So here I am, under the constant worry,
'What if this is too much?'
So busy going around in my own head,
That I forget relations have to be maintained with the heart.

I'm afraid I don't know what I desire or deserve.
Is it wrong to anticipate a love of the same intensity,
or is it jus...

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careloveOverthinking

For John Coltrane

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As over and over the same chords churn

your notes pour forth in spate –

sheets of sound erupting till harmony

 

is wrenched awry; and when you sweated

smack to cleanse your system,

you were hell-bent on an afterlife,

 

a body refreshed, believing.

You could call it Love, but sombre,

that force that drives you on.

 

Hearing you now, I feel reproved

for all the...

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Also by David Cooke:

Miles Davis | Miles Davis in Paris | An Elegy for Charlie Parker | Chasin' the Breeze | FOR HOWLIN’ WOLF IN HEAVEN | The Way We Were | Getting It Taped | A New Shirt | When Smokey Sings | John Martyn | For Robert Johnson | Aretha Franklin | Stereogram |

To find my soul

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Into the forest I go to loose my mind and find my soul 

Because it's for the best to put this wandering to a rest

So for this spirit I'm not sure is my own let us travel into the unknown

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Also by Zoëlla:

Dear best friends | Guardian angel | Tick...tock |

He

He looks he stares
He's kind and loving
His heart is pure
Strong and mighty
Can he love forever or
Will he lose his passion for loving
He wanted to reach for the stars, but his mind and soul wouldn't let him flow.
He was changing before his own eyes
Falling apart at once
Couldn't find who he once was or even who he is now
This man is lost
Trying to pick up pieces that has always been br...

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Also by SuccessfullyAmazing:

My mind | My Black is beauty |

Peaceful

Just three weeks ago I had you in my arms
I still ask for commission to take off your clothes
You said yes and my mind was peaceful
We were both naked in my bed
You wanted sex but I didn't
Now I'm lonely 

Wasting away inside my mind
How could you kiss me 
And think that it wouldn't Fuck with me
You Firefly as why I want to die

I don't have peaceful days I just have nightmares
Do you...

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Also by Damon Blackery:

Whatever Happens, Happens | happiness | Sweetie | Melancholy Relapse | Lunar Eclipse | Space Cowboy (Listen!) | The Lonely Goddesses Lover | If you feel alone, look at the moon. | The Honeymoon Phase Is Just A Sentence To Death | Vengeance is The Best Motivator | Love Won't Save You | Routines | Doomed | Under and Out | The Quarantine Doesn’t Make It Better | Mother Day | Autumn Winds Twisting Secrets | You're Gonna Carry That Weight | Firefly Would I? | 831 (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning) | Fifteen | Blue Cafe | The Longing For Answers | The Death | No He's Dead |

Change

The evolving and metamorphosing of life

The birthing of ideas and innovations

The inspirations and visons that enlighten the simple

The voices that wakeup nations

 

Many run from this, hoping to stay in their old ways

Thinking if they run fast enough, change won’t come to stay

In vain they hold on to that which is obsolete

Hoping, yes wishing, they would just remain the sam...

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Also by Mocosy:

Sunsets | The art of communication | The Observer | Pieces | Beauty of maturity | Today | Sacred memories | Clutter | Saying i love you |

Same Behaviour

Repitition was key

But never the key to success

The key to her chest

Was hidden in the black depth of her soul

 

Repitition was inevitable

Outsiders were impatient

And also knowledgable 

About what was likely to happen next

 

Repitition was boring

A different mask for her to wear

To hide the recurring sadness

That she endured from his actions again

 

Re...

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Hot and Sad

Hot and Sad

 

flavors combined

in one mind 

hot and sad

that’s fine

 

don’t take my tea 

with sugar 

don’t eat more 

than two donuts 

 

"that’s enough" 

the stomach growls 

 

sensitivities of life 

cut like a knife 

that’s what I like 

the rest is too dull  

 

going through our heads 

the time to respect

all that development 

tha...

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Also by Robert C Gaulke:

Multitasking | Parfum | (I’ll want this back if we split) | Small Reveals | The Memory Drill | New Album |

THE NAKED GARDENER

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When I set out my bedding plants

I garden in my underpants;

Cos now we’re all in isolation

I’m free from risk of visitation;

The only time my theory fails

Is when the postie fetches mail

Or Tesco’s Gill brings us our food;

She asked me “Why not garden nude?”

I told her she’s a silly twit -

There’s always chance I’d kneel on it.

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Also by John Coopey:

IT'S CUMMINGS' HOME | TALKIN' SAMMY'S HORRID DREAM MASSACREE BLUES | THOUGHTS ON BREAST FEEDING IN PUBLIC | DON'T DO FACEBOOK ANYMORE | LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION | BEAT THE DRUM | BUDGICIDE | THE MAN WHO MADE MODERN BRITAIN | I'M REALLY ENJOYING THIS LOCK-DOWN | LOCK-DOWN | SIX WOOD WIZARD | FUCK THE NHS! |

A 20:20 Vision

A 20:20 Vision

 

On the one hand, it’s thumbs up for this lock down,

For hand on heart, I prefer a gentler town.

We’ve lost our human contacts, now back in touch,

A world for reaching out, with more time and much 

Space for taking and for making stock.

We knead our dough, and minds unlock,

And saws are sharpened in this time of rest,

When breath and nature seem to teach ...

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Corona virushopeLockdownnormal

A revolver's grim prophecy

"It is over at last",
"What is? What is over? What is finally done?"
"The war" one broken .45 revolver answers
" The war is done",
"Forgive me for asking", I timidly muttered, "but who won?"
"Dunno" he says," it's still a bit hazy but it was a good day for the vultures"

"War always seems to be a grand buffet for the vultures", I replied
"But look now the generals are celebrating, saying t...

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Also by MortimerBlooming:

Conversations with the angel of dawn | Sermons of A Turnip Farmer | Advice from a grave digger | The Waters Of Love | The Emptiness of the Full Stop | Al-Barr (The generous and most courteous) | Prometheus |

The Living Room -A deep sea affair- (Please don’t drown)

It has been two years today
Since I have had a fight with my then girlfriend
And, crying bitterly, I entered the living room
Replied to my father’s concerns
And let him know his daughter was dating a girl.
No wonder he hasn’t spoken to me since.

But, this poem isn’t about me
And nor is it about a cousin sister of mine
Whose phone was found in the living room
Full with smuts and gay storie...

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the end of an affair

<he ends of an affair

 

a long maybe ten years relation with poem site

it has got a new editor who is critical of my work

finds it too brutal, left wing and not sweet.

My work is being blocked out and I~m is sad as there

is no point sending in poems that are no published?

Everything must come to an end ends in death or

divorce, pity really I have many friends there

and a...

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Also by jan oskar hansen:

the big lie | the disappearance | time is looking up | not a sage | dreamy landscape | Red Indians | indoors | the month of birth | sunday morning | like a painting | lack of women | from day to day | sweet revenge | when it rains | the wave | the heartland | hormones | the great change |

The Sorrow Of Tomorrow

   The sorrow of tomorrow began early, and again today.

Time tells, no time and yet the essence of the moment is gone.

The heart yearns for just one more day, yet it still slips away..

   The sorrow of tomorrow began early, and again today.

Desire became a fire, in the inner most part of the mind.

The way a body clings to the soul, of another spirit in twined..

   The sorrow of t...

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#ccblog #blogger #sorrowoftomorrow

THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE

What this pandemic has done to the world 

By shaking people's confidence and dulling senses 

Has inadvertently led us into that awful rule 

The law of unintentional consequences 

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Also by Joe Marcello:

TICK TOCK | YOU PICK | CONTROLLED CHAOS |

You're my Guest!

I got too comfortable,
Don't forget you're just a guest,
Take all that you care to!

Ghostly by night,
In the now crack of dawn,
The light glistens on the side of my pantry.

But didn't you see!?
This place known to little,
A weird and strange place.

It's hollow (I'm sure),
But the meaningless did wander,
And I feel nauseous at times.

But when the mountain sides goes rockin,
Whe...

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Also by Alita Moore:

My feelings are difficult | in wakes of the wave | Closer | untitled | forgotten |

The end of the world as we know it?

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The end of the world as we know it?

Early hours, I check the clock
A vivid dream has woke me up

Bizarre times, now par for the course
Yes, I‘m not dressed up, and I’ve nowhere to go

In a couple of hours it’s time for work
It’s like groundhog day, but in reverse

A bit of breakfast, watch the news
No daily commute, no traffic queues

So here we go, it’s back up the stairs
No need ...

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R&D

The deejay from the UK had a really great time
Staying up all night, regularly
For days and decades
Not just some weekends and the odd holiday

Vitamin D levels were not optimal
Midday sunless UK
No talk of Circadian rhythms
He slept in the daytime

Still about, and now in his fifties
In the flesh and not Photochopped
He looks like something chasing Frodo in those films
A cousin of de...

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From being alive to reduced to a few characters, 

A whole life condensed into a hashtag.

What is happening isn’t brutality but massacres,

By those who proudly serve the American flag. 

 

Colin Kaepernick took the knee for us, 

But George Floyd bear the weight of it.

He suffocated under 400 years of prejudices, 

But they’ll never understand. 
 

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Lifeless

Sitting in a box 

Surrounded by bouquets

Silenced by time

Nailed down 

Motionless

 

Slipping lower,

It’s too late

For someone to enliven these bones

Engage the masses

It’s time to say ‘goodbye'

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The Kingfisher

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A sudden vivid flash electric blue

so swiftly straight more sensed than seen,

streaking burrow-wise from his grey branch lookout

over the dark olive green lake water.

 

So fragile no halcyon days are his,

unable to command the creek or river water,

and inexpert divers are the fledglings

often waterlogged and trapped in weed or twigs.

 

Suffering from our pollution-pro...

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Limericks for May 12th | Loved to Death |

The Nape Of Her Neck

Festivity around the scene serene full of cheer

Hullaballoo! Everyone wanted to be there

She heard the noise outside from her balcony

White shirt and black trousers she arranged her hair

The lady looked pretty as she tied her hair

Oh, how beautiful was the nape of her neck!

 

She went amidst the crowd

Danced and danced feeling very proud.

The fiesta continued there for s...

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I Have Gotten To Know... She Is A Witch! |

beautiful woman

having words with the corona bug....

telling the bug to do one...

sod off mr corona bug

your not coming in

cause i'm staying in!👍

looking out the window i see you lurking about 👀

i put two fingers to you✌ and say "sod off"

if i come out ive got a vacinne to knock you out! 😤😀

you been warned mr corona bug

dont treat me like a mug! 😤

there's thousands of people you've harmed already! 😥

now its time for you...

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Arch of Love

Boundless spectrum

jumps over

sky blue haze

 

Yellow sunflowers

slumber inside

beds of green

 

Saying to

Mr Rainbow

please stay longer

 

Before  you

guide love

back into heaven.

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Clap For Key Workers

Ten weeks on,

clapping for key workers is coming to an end

Clap your hands,

in appreciation, for their dedication we commend

 

Every person,

old and young, women, men, girls and boys

Clap your hands,

whistle, shout, cheer, together make some noise

 

At the window,

by the front door, on the step or in the street

Clap your hands,

bang a drum, beep a horn and st...

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key workerNHS

Black Bodies

~Black bodies stained red

By hands of those whom color has not dared touch

Black bodies left for dead

Destroyed, discarded, desecrated, and given to death's clutch

Black bodies have always bled

For the sins of those who are yet to be judged

Black bodies are hanging by a thread

Waiting for justice, but receiving none such.~

 

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Nights in Neptune | What Do You See? |

Justice

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