Don't ever fear as technology sings
But beware Cronus on the wing
Artificial intelligence won't become conscious by itself...though it maybe donned by Cthulhu!
Saturday 31st December 2022 11:28 pm
Freezing winds off the Irish sea
Blow me away from hearth and home
At such a cost , loss pressing upon loss –
Yet still the winter-birds sing,
Seemingly so carelessly,
And yet we know it costs them their whole life
To fly this way and sing and eat and build and build
Yet still this merely human, this body framed of earth,
Cannot scrape away the cur...
Saturday 31st December 2022 11:00 pm
Also by John E Marks:Under the Volcano | Empty | Distant echoes | The family face | THE OXEN | Tolerance | Feedback | Munaẓẓamat al-Taḥrīr Filasṭīniyyah (PLO) | Torn: a poem for Christmas | For Chris | Collateral damage | Front man | Sonnet | l'Afrique | Recovery | A late Easter | VICTIM | So heavenly | CONQUEST: May 29th 1457 | The rags of time | Morecambe, 1970. | The dying of the light | The riverboat song | Redemption song | The Blues | An Irish girl | Outfoxing the Furies | Blind faith | A way a lone a last a loved | Am-a-deus | Die Zauberflöte | Light show? No. | Unknown unknowns | OUR DEEP GUILT | WHIMSY | The emperor of meaning | Policing the language |
Happy New Year
happy New Year
Family and friends
raise a glass and cheer
Some wish for peace
some wish for health
Some wish for joy
some wish for wealth
Some wish for luck
some wish for love
Some may wish for
all the above
Whatever your wish
I hope it comes true
This is my New Year wish
for all of you
Saturday 31st December 2022 7:16 pm
Also by julie callaghan:Double Rainbow | Boxing Day Morning | Christmas Eve Morning | Happy Christmas All | There By The Grace Of God | Godly Sunrise | Unfortunate Christmas Tradition | Imperfect Reflections | Winter Wonderland | Ho Ho Ho, We Have Snow | Dreamy Picture | Intricate patterns | Red Kite | Christmas Time | Warm And Cosy | Christmas Fair | Get Your Foxy Off | Gentle Ripples |
It's by night you must rush
into your truelove's arms.
Unmoored souls will drift afar
easy as mindless clouds.
Could it be the moon's guile,
in rivalry with the sun,
stealing them away?
Some swear the night itself
dissolves neglected souls,
leaves no trace at all.
Love calls on the unwary:
do not be lured away, maddened,
forever lost in wilderness shade.
There's whisper of mania,
Saturday 31st December 2022 6:47 pm
Also by Adam Whitworth:All It Takes | The Difference In The Master's Instrument | Apartment | Swansong | Think | What's Past Is Prologue | LeapFrog |
Now we have finished 2022,
What did it mean for me and you?
Had it been for you a lovely year?
Or was it full of dread and fear?
In 2023 do you feel you'll cope?
And shall it contain joy and hope?
Will it contain great determination?
Will it bring unhappiness or elation?
Is it a year for special missions?
And one to plan new ambitions?
Shall it be a year full of belief?
And from you...
Saturday 31st December 2022 5:20 pm
Also by Stuart Vanner:Enthusiasm |
It just simply does.
My arm fits behind your head,
as we lie on the bed, in the glow.
Your head on my shoulder,
comfortable and light.
It just does.
Staring at the ceiling;
at the cobweb on the fan.
Nobody cares. There are no thoughts,
just reverie, and peace. Just to be.
It just fits.
This life with you,
and who we are.
This growth togeth...
Saturday 31st December 2022 5:10 pm
Also by Chris Bunton:In My Life Time | Justice | Adam |
Oh my dear friend
how I wish you were still here
to grace this planet.
Your most fervent desire
was to be in union
with the Divine,
maybe that's why
your sweet soul
flew away so soon.
You embodied so much light,
your kind words and compassionate sentiments,
your music & poetry
& invitations to stroll,
you were earnest in all endeavors.
Your friendship was...
Saturday 31st December 2022 5:08 pm
Also by Hélène:Introspection Trilogy | Always | Prayer for a Person Seeking Recovery | Wonderful | A lovely poem written by my niece (JB), mother of 3 little children. (Sharing with her permission.) | Love Note | When the Light Smiled | Night Angel | She Chuckled | Tiny Blossom | Look at the Skies | Palette | Old Gal Christmas Song | Beautiful Heart | Steady Within | A Solid Lady | A Slow Walking Lady | Imagination | Dance | Songs of Joy & Wonder | Healing | Every Day Alchemy | Renewed | Prayer for Wisdom | Finding Myself | Suddenly | Things to Remember | No Doubt | Serving Up Joy | Night Song |
Facing the new year
you look at the old year
mourning it's passing.
Saturday 31st December 2022 4:26 pm
Also by Andy N:Christmas Card Poem (2022) | Snow II (Haiku) | 5 days until Christmas Haiku | Nearly Christmas Haiku |
Saturday 31st December 2022 1:29 pm
Also by Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh:Logical Phallusy 2 | Objectification of Women ? | Carúl Inis Córthaidh | War Declared on NHS | About Islam | Letter to the Editor of the Sun (Is that a Newspaper?) | Our Armed Forces | On "Stephen Lawrence" | Logical Phallusy | Old Mordaunt's Web (or Penny's for the Poor) | 俳 句 General strike NOW! 3 | 俳 句 General strike now! 2 | 俳 句 General strike now! 1 | A Few More Lines? | Путин научит тебя любить Родину (Official Video) Something Even More Beautiful for You | Something Beautiful for You | Claps Won't Pay Bills | Quixote's Windmills | Etonian Gaslighters | Chewin' a Wasp | It's Christmas not Winter | 1st Sunday in Advent (V1) |
This is the body I love
And I can change it
You take food from it
Let it shiver in winter
Make it wait 9 hours in an ambulance
As it withers away
This is the body I love
But you have changed it
It waits in a
don’t kill me
It gasps for breath
In a frozen sea
This is the...
Saturday 31st December 2022 1:14 pm
Also by David R Mellor:Terry Hall |
The Ice was broken
A glance of recognition ignited us
as strangers in an uncomfortable silence
Aware of where we were, and almost alone
as empty tables surrounded us
Sounds from the kitchen in the background
with a waiter who hovered in boredom
We glanced once more, only furtively
as we took in each other's presence
I became increasingly concious of his pr...
Saturday 31st December 2022 12:15 pm
Also by keith jeffries:The Writer writes on | The Poet | Wisdom | All will be well | Austerity Returns |
Carpenters working by the beach,
The wind tips the wide hat over,
The metal of the beam,
The wooden ladled deck,
Partition a wave just before ten,
Crowds did gather,
And in the distance it took flight,
The shadows of the foul,
Monitor the gas light beaming,
It's a comfort to sit by and not sin.
Saturday 31st December 2022 10:45 am
Also by Alita Moore:The prescience of death | Kneeled before god |
~ imPRESSions ~
Saturday 31st December 2022 10:30 am
Also by Red Brick Keshner:grand coterie | not all that glisters is gold | carillon | what i'm not saying |
On the New Year brew,
I reckon what it'll retrieve?
To my melanolucus mind,
Which anticipating dance in rainbow-twined.
The New Year changeth old order
With garnished gold border.
The border shines with aspirated hopes,
Passion of heart into its throbes.
The New Year reveals multicoloured flowers
Where fragrance welcomes in each bower.
Hark! You beholder!
Don't blindly into t...
Saturday 31st December 2022 8:39 am
Thar hiz a fing in ma fridge
Tha dear not spike its naym
Han so I hav called hit midge
I fink it com from Spayn
Hit ides beheynd da Milk
And laffs wen the dor clouses
He as a chin lak Acker Bilk
An does has e' suppozez
Once he ate all me lard an gin
Han had folks there far owez
E' even ad mor drinks sent in
An spent me dosh on flowez
◄ Icelandic poem 2 In the voice of Bjork
Saturday 31st December 2022 8:02 am
Also by Tommy Carroll:American Suffarage - or - Gallows Music |
Oh, I won't be silent & I won't let go
I will hold on tighter 'til the afterglow - Ed Sheeran
I remember when summer
Kissed my walking skin warm
Now it seems eternity claims
My body breath spirit brain
In the silence of tonight
I will myself to stand upright
Startled slip then almost fall
Into the gravity of it all
Angels on the archipelago
Saturday 31st December 2022 5:25 am
Moon-wise and heavy under the sea
Living down those lost depths
Sure footed, even marked for death
Terrible wind that befell you
Agony that you not once mention
Love in a pathless wood
The sea-house you search for
Paucity of words but not without melody
Not without fire and delirium to passion
Saturday 31st December 2022 1:22 am
Also by Mirabel:Morena in the night | The mother of nine | ríonmháthair [queen mother] | Hellia |
Not ‘If’ but, ‘When.’
When their anger is raging,
when you sense reason cannot defend
blatant acts of the social engineering of pressure,
When you know but are made weak, disabled in body
and the split sees your children wonder if you ever cared,
While standing shakily as all avenues of help are closed,
Friday 30th December 2022 10:10 pm
Also by ZTK Space:Never Say It's.......... | Notions of Independent Thinking | The 'Ness and Red, El Why and ER.' | The Psychologist Vampire | Nina Simone | The 'Broken' - Hinting Escalation |
The pocket book with its red cloth cover
well thumbed by a neighbour's hands
offered self improvement of a spiritual nature
via prayer and procedure, hymns,
holy etiquette in a cruel world.
If proof of this condition was needed it was evident
from its cursory disposal in a skip
by her grandson after her husband had died.
Inside the cover in enthusiastic biro script was:...
Friday 30th December 2022 9:27 pm
Also by ray pool:LOST AND GONE FOREVER | TRAVEL |
I go to my room for an afternoon nap,
leave the curtains open
to watch the last of the day.
Thirty minutes later the lights
of the stone cottages are on.
The wind along Longframlington's
ridge is blowing hard, which
gives me comfort, wrapped in warmth
inside, even when it howls a little.
Sometimes it's a sea battle,
guns thundering. A mile or two...
Friday 30th December 2022 9:15 pm
Also by Greg Freeman:Watching England with Carol Ann Duffy |
(Catherine the Great’s statue is removed from its place in Odesa following an on-line poll)
To pacify our much-bombarded town,
Catherine’s statue has been taken down:
A nod to the invader’s former might,
Now banished from the population’s sight.
Some will object – ‘let history remain’,
But others think of violence and pain,
With all that this construction represents,
Friday 30th December 2022 5:30 pm
Also by Stephen Gospage:Plea to the Warriors | Service Provider | Breaking Point | Scrapheap | Funfair | 'Well, you know' | Mile End | Ukraine poetry book published |
Bitter woman wrapped in black lace
You don’t know how to feel anymore
Crying only when you hear Petty sing
Is your heart so broken that you forgot how to breathe?
Friday 30th December 2022 3:23 pm
Also by Jordyn Elizabeth:to be so lonely | Wild Woman (19.) | Third Wheel. | November | A taste of blissful irony. | Wild Woman (18.) | To a Poet | Hazel |
Living life or standing still
my vices are in the middle of what i’m doing and my potential
logically I am perfect
my actions yield the difference.
And in between wright from wrong
Lies the difference between myself and me
The recipe to disaster that complacency tends to weave
Knowing where you want to be is the torcher to those not driven
The future is birthed by the...
Friday 30th December 2022 12:52 pm
Also by Chelsea Crossman:High tide |
A new year, a new start?
Don’t make me laugh
Nobody gives a fart
Whether it’s old or new
The year just flew
Stuck in your ways
Over endless days
That all seemed the same
Mainly tears and pain
And the fact remains
That it never seems to end
On whom can we depend?
Oh, and what’s a ‘real friend’?
Cos when the chips are down
And you look all around
Friday 30th December 2022 12:49 pm
Also by Rick Varden:At Christmas time with Bells on | Christmas Rocks but once a year | At Christmas time with Bells on | Rivers of living water | My 12 Days of Christmas | MAYBE | How are you, all right? A conversational poem | Time | Signs of Christmas |
I’m old enough that I have seen him live upon our telly
Though not in ‘58 or ‘62
A number 10 in blue and gold whose name we knew as Pele.
His grace suggested poetry of Byron, Keats or Shelley
A ballet dancer cast in gold and blue
(I learned this from the magazines and not from our old telly).
The players in opposing teams had legs that looked like jelly
”Go left? Go ...
Friday 30th December 2022 11:11 am
Also by John Coopey:CANTO CORTADO | QATAR - WHAT WE HAVE (AND HAVEN'T YET) LEARNED | IN THE BLEAK MID-WINTER | BANGERS AND CASH | HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK | RESPECT THE REFEREE (A VILLANELLE) | "FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS" | NINE POINTS OVER CHRISTMAS | DEUTSCHLAND, DEUTSCHLAND UBER ALLES | SO WHERE DO YOU COME FROM? |
Love has no definition and no meaning
If you try defining or finding meaning
You will destroy it's very essence
Stop defining and finding meaning
Instead let the LOVE flow
A meaningless love full of meaning
A definition free love with definitions
Love is an emotion, it's a feeling
The moment you try to give it words
It loses it's intensity
Friday 30th December 2022 3:06 am
Also by Ghazala lari:What if and whatnot | She's the light | Tomorrow is forever | Healing | Winter breakfast | Divine blessings | It's all a perfect plan | A new leaf | Muslim terrorist | All for good | Bitter end | Front man | Wealth and power |
Oh what a day on the front line
Mental illness running wild
So many down
So much rage from such a small man
So much pain for such a big man
Am not God but some Devine inspiration will help
Theirs only so much intelligence can do
I do believe love is the cure
But when the day us over wheres the love for these loving hands
Who cares for the carer
Who's cares t...
Thursday 29th December 2022 9:56 pm
Also by Keith Byrne:I be der | What happened | People walking | Could you | Grewing | Deal | My place | A letter to god |
We walked together around the moon
hoping we would see our friends
everywhere passing the time.
"Will they be here, do you think?"
“I’m sure of it. They’ve had forever
and a day to jump over it.”
Thursday 29th December 2022 4:09 pm
Also by Mike McPeek:Scrapbooks | Dear Santa |
Birds…… Birds…. Birds……
Keep chirping, keep chirping to make morning air fresh
Keep inhaling purging purging soul off imperfects
Keep swaying keep swaying to make clocks tick
Gyrating to the call of nature with innocence
Make the heart beat faster and faster
Stir the souls with flutter of wings
Make currents and tides dance and roll in the form of a mermaid
Keep the spir...
Thursday 29th December 2022 3:08 pm
Writing is a skill I long to learn
To improve my English what I yearn
Please do correct me if I'm wrong:
A better rhythm to be strong!
Thursday 29th December 2022 1:25 pm
There lies the body of one I loved,
weathering the dust of the meaninglessness.
And I do not mourn the face
or the body. I miss
the way she rolled her eyes
when I shamelessly lost an argument;
or her crescendo of anger
at my mistakes. I was not good enough
for her outrage. But her happiness
filled me with such abandoned joy.
And I will die regretting myself.
Wednesday 28th December 2022 7:32 pm
Also by Matt Foster:The Measure of a Man in the 21st Century | Christmas Tree |
I vow to spend the rest of my days for the rest of my life loving you.
to know that home is always in your heart and within your arms, I’ll love you so deeply with passion that it takes your breath away until the end of my time.
I vow to always agree to disagree on dessert first before every meal we share together . If I ever feel uneasy or unsure through the challenges that may occur I’l...
Wednesday 28th December 2022 10:24 am
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
But for who?
Those who can’t pay for gas and electric
It’s the same old tired songs that pour out
Of every outlet
Every café bar
In every town
Where shop staff in red and green
Looking like shelf stacking zombies
Try to ignore the fight for carrots in aisle 5
And the guy that’s at the back gate
As queues form at checkout...
Tuesday 27th December 2022 3:49 pm
Also by Martin Elder:Wise guys |
Another end of the road
As I look around and wonder,
Where have all the people gone?
Tucked in tighter to their circle
Under the guise of staying healthy,
They bother not to dine out or congregate.
O, where have all the people gone?
In their pj’s working at home
Two years on
but have they been the wiser
Or more isolated than society demanded?
Tuesday 27th December 2022 2:31 pm
We don't walk backwards
Except through time
The future is a hill we climb
Tuesday 27th December 2022 6:05 am
Words of rhyme
Etheric shell growns
Looming spirits recognize
Definition forming on the plane
Where thoughts intent travel
Sowing seeds of manifestation
Conscionious of spirit
One with material
Free of cognitive dissonance
Purpose is served
Glory shines through
Harmony of light purer
Tuesday 27th December 2022 5:53 am
Also by New Shoes:Spinning Our Wheels | The Harshness of Winter |
I remember those claws on my skin
scratching my flesh
they were treating me like a trash bin
I couldn't voice my screams
those iron rods through me
those bruises that buried me
beneath my own kin
I fought harder
But they had killed my laughter
I couldn't shake off the feeling
of those fingers on me
the wounds open and bleeding
I couldn't flee of those past memories
and flinch away of ...
Monday 26th December 2022 5:06 pm
a girl like me will meet a boy she loves and instead of loving them,
she will think only of the words she will use to describe them,
when she writes a poem that night.
i am not ashamed of my soul that i bear whenever i open it.
a girl like me will write about every person she encounters,
and hope that for some reason they stumble upon it,
and spend the rest of their life wonderi...
Monday 26th December 2022 1:39 pm
Also by Nadia Coia:he doesn't text me anymore | first kiss | poets who raise me | she knows that she loves you, how can I tell you | weird girls and weird boys |
"Life on the street is really tough,
It's Christmas 2022 and I'm sleeping rough.
At the end of the tunnel there is no hope or light,
My addiction is taking over, darkenning my plight.
My head is spinning all over the place,
Each night searching for a sleeping space.
Finally I rest my troubled heavy head,
On my uncomfortable cardboard bed.
Last night couldn't get ...
Sunday 25th December 2022 4:00 pm
"Been extolled by the cynicals
stolen with the soul -
at the edge of precipice
clamouring why the praise is sour"
"floats over the praise on
a sequin lake
yet her heart & soul drowned"
"achillies heel her deluded mind
atoning for being so kind
as she molded by the angels soul
devoured in the devils knoll "
Saturday 24th December 2022 9:48 pm
Merry Christmas to all
Who answer the poetry call! 😄
...and a happy new year!
All the best to everyone at WOL x
Saturday 24th December 2022 5:05 pm
Also by Stephen W Atkinson:A Christmas Bauble | Woodchip |
We can't all be merry at Christmas
For some folk a smile just won't last
They bravely play on, into injury time
Dodging ghosts of Christmases past
Merry Christmas to all Write Out Louders, have the best of times you can.
Saturday 24th December 2022 4:22 pm
Also by Brenda Wells:Trees in Winter | The Story Teller |
Appreciation is due to Pete Dymond of Bristol for his recording of my carol.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
Saturday 24th December 2022 12:56 am
Also by M.C. Newberry:YOU ARE PREVENTED FROM COMMENTING | SNOW WHITE POPPIES | FOR THE BIRDS | SQDN. LDR. GEORGE "JOHNNY" JOHNSON DFC MBE - R.I.P. | CHRISTMAS SNOW - an annual seasonal song |
Husband, father, brother, son.
Just for another day.
Another day you'd see the sun,
shining bright through clouds.
Today the day was nice.
Only that you weren't there.
Will be more such days,
but you will never see the sky again.
Now there is silent, suffocating heat.
In the heart cold darkness lays.
As cold as metal shue shelf,
which you were hanging from....
Friday 23rd December 2022 11:36 pm
I met Jesus in a Needle Exchange above Greggs.
He was a bald bloke with an open face and bright T-shirt.
Ready to offer me free kit, no questions asked,
beyond my initials and date of birth.
It was the best welcome I’d had for a long while.
In fact, it was the welcome I’d been waiting for
since coming into the world.
I explained how I was there to learn,
and without a ...
Friday 23rd December 2022 2:07 pm
Finding a friend in this land of delusions.
This task is quite a feat around each bend you'll be faced with illusions.
Discernment must be mastered but not by intellect.
I'll always live from my heart, and the one with true love it will surely detect.
You must hear the message not just listen to the words.
Parables and riddles hidden language in the surge.
When you can dicifer the language ...
Friday 23rd December 2022 12:52 am
They bought themselves the country house
Of which they'd always dreamed,
A Tudor manor that in time
Proved greater than it seemed,
For six years after moving in,
Behind a hidden door,
They found another seven rooms
They'd never seen before.
Thursday 22nd December 2022 9:22 pm
You don't understand
that what you think I said
is not what I meant
what I meant to say
is not what I said
what I did say
was not what I meant
and now I have to say
that I forgotten what I said
or what I meant
but what I did say
I said with good intent
Thursday 22nd December 2022 8:50 pm
Also by Flyntland:COLD FEAR | VOICE FROM THE PAST | RUNNING THE GAUNTLET | MINDLESS MEANDERINGS | OUT OF FOCUS |
They rarely stay red for long
Holly in a pot would be better
And makes a superior Christmas song
but every year they appear in their glory
Doomed to an early demise
Every year a familiar story
Gone faster than a plate of mince pies
They come from the central American plain
Where it’s hot and it’s dusty and dry
Where you hardly ever get caught in the rain
And snow does...
Thursday 22nd December 2022 5:34 pm
serving in a squash match of philosophy
set on the Garden Route forest court
on the East Coast
i bounce my brain
off of the spekboom trees.
a treaty sealed in a binocular nod
with two woodpeckers perched on a yellowwood.
they lend me their wings & bird eyes
opening the dome sky window of flight above
Thursday 22nd December 2022 1:07 pm
Also by Rob Cohen:Meditations of a Mystic (Time is an Ocean Without a Shore) | Lucid Dreams of Jericho & Jenga |