Seasonally whitened time of the year
each dawn declaring themselves with so bright a glare
Jack frostily fingering everything everywhere, and exhaled breaths turn to mist and disappear
icicle pendants bejewelling every ledge
the pace of life slows down to a lesser pace
tis the hillsides days of children, each to their sledge
smiles adorning each happy, cold flushed face
Monday 31st October 2022 11:22 pm
Also by Bethany Sallis:Silencing his snapping fingers | Grandma's golden hours | Age of dilapidation | Accelerations | When Jekyll goes out and Hyde returns | Almost disbelieving your death |
No foot marks in the sand
To mark my passage.
No disturbance in the air.
I cry and grieve and cherish
My face immobile, as I stare
Out at stormy autumn.
O! living through November
Demands a certain flair.
Foggy bafflements afflict me everywhere,
Pea-soupers some might say,
And as I gaze beyond the moon
I swoon into another dismal November day.
Monday 31st October 2022 10:13 pm
Also by John E Marks:The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month | BEGGAR | Paralysis | The sullen dead | Charlotte | The Armenian genocide 1913 - 1923 | Late November | Coincidence | BOWIE | Kaddish | Feed your head | The summer of love | Uneasy words | ......early onset | Be-witched | A wise fool | Bonfire Night | Mocking Bird | Music to eat by | All Souls' day | Cavalier | De Profundis | The Fall | The way of the cloud | A recreation | A splinter from Armenia |
She had a thing for Spiderman,
she loved his legs so hairy.
Some would shriek and run the tap,
she never found him scary,
The way he walked,
his great big eyes,
he drove her up the wall.
But he never did the dusting,
in fact, no work at all,
On the web hour after hour,
hanging round all day.
For her he lost his superpowe...
Monday 31st October 2022 7:09 pm
Also by mike booth:Words of Wisdom |
All the pain and despair
Emptiness, loneliness, and longing
All the heart wrenching moments we've had since we were young
And all the things that try to bend break you
Even if they sometimes succeed
All those awful things that hurt so much
Are merely devices which mold you into who you were always meant to be
Face down the anguish and use it as a tool to sculp...
Monday 31st October 2022 6:40 pm
Also by Steven J Fish:Unbothered | Snack Bear | On Death, Grief, and the Fragility of Life | The Dreaming | One Day |
The moon at Halloween
In adolescent phase
Filled out a little
Tilting back on its heels
Draped with pale grey
Cobwebs of clouds
On a sky of light pumpkin
Shining down, with a secret grin
Monday 31st October 2022 4:52 pm
For your patience
And staying in
For everything you did
And never said: I quit
For being rude
Confused and confined
For being suspicious
I like you
Since the day we first me
Even on days when your sweat smelt of smoothie eggs
Since our first hello
Till all the days you went ghosting, Protecting
Monday 31st October 2022 4:38 pm
Also by N.B:Morons | They thought | Key to knowledge | Playfulness strewn around | Closure | Peace, love, harmony and me |
You're a LUSH pumpkin
And a little mean
I wish all of us
Happy 🎃 Halloween!
Monday 31st October 2022 11:05 am
Also by Kevin Tan:I need you, Stef | Holding our hands | I get by with a little help | Too skinny, love | Do you still love me? | Guinevere | N.I.V.E.A. (Dutch) | Humans Are The Heroes & Heroines | The bells of North-Holland | The Miller | You Are The Function | When ever becomes never (Dutch) | The Next Generation | Karaokay | Christian✌️Rocks | Abusive Love | Non-binary nopes | Buitengewoon Nederlands!!! 👊 👍 ✌️ | Formal Love | You're A Brave Star | Not So Nice | Tout est beau | 🌶️ For She's A Jolli🌶️ Good Fellow (Dutch-English Bi) 🌶️ | Be My Guest | The Too Disabled Students | Am I really that different? | Great Grand Parents | Core Business | Poetry (no epic failures) |
What light is this where light is lost
Through dappled shroud
Where no song of bird can be heard
From the autumn blast and snickered breeze
The willing wilting leaves
Who shed their chameleon green
In favour funeral yellow orange and red
Those willing leaves
Who give themselves
For next year’s rise and sap
What light is this that spreads its wings
Upon the op...
Monday 31st October 2022 9:16 am
Some lad was doing ninety
in a forty mile an hour zone.
He passed me on a corner
In a car he clearly didn’t own!
What was the flipping hurry?
Was his stupid house on fire?
Had his brain been deprived, abruptly,
Of a vital connecting piece of wire?
Or was he a founding member
Of a firm called ‘Morons for Hire?’
Some fool was doing ninety
In a speed restri...
Monday 31st October 2022 6:49 am
Also by John Botterill:Meeting Juliet | Poetic Licence Book Release | Too soon to know? |
The time has come again
upon his noble steed he rides
He holds something that no one else can seem to put their finger on
Non threatening boldness provokes curiousity
The ways of love woven through truth
Threads that women naturally have embroidered onto their central source of Being
Motion of seductive power
As feminine tend to gravitate
And the men puff thei...
Monday 31st October 2022 5:55 am
Also by New Shoes:The Doors are Always Open |
It's made the charts at Amazon.co.uk! Top 4, could it rise up more?!
Help a fellow WOL poet out and get your own copy of The Writing Group.
Monday 31st October 2022 12:54 am
Also by Frederick Kesner:through the night | coaster poetry | use ubiquitous in a poem | moloch's dagger | licence to keel | advance of the hermit of Chester ( 1066 A.D. ) | singularity | to be agreed | Strindberg's Principle | looking for a real bargain | a father myself | sunrising sunset | to be seen |
What is beauty?
When I call upon the beautiful,
what am I summoning?
Not physical symmetry,
not physical perfection,
not that gorgeous look
of the put-together body,
the lovely home,
the splendid garden.
No, all that is fine & wonderful to admire of course,
that true beauty,
that lifts the stars to the sky
& carries the seeds into the ground,
Sunday 30th October 2022 11:20 pm
Also by Hélène:Seed of Joy | Writing | Beautiful Day | Like a Child | Planetary DNA | Glowing | Green | Once Again | Fill Your Heart | That Open Space | Happy | Alchemy | Sensitivity | Always Believing | Wind & Rain | I Say | Carried Along | Blossom | Invitation | Empty Cup | Oh Friend | Letting Go | Overflowing | Slumber | New Things | Colors of the Day | Surrender | Loved | A Beam of Light | Into the Night | With the Sun | Without Fear | My Heart | I Pray | Wish List | At Least This | Far Away Stars |
That’s what I thought, arriving in Kyiv.
It was December and minus fifteen.
‘This is nothing,’ said the driver. It felt
Like something. Hat, gloves and scarf were no use.
The hotel was marvellously porous,
Rooms glacial, the restaurant shivered
Behind flapping Perspex windows. The wind
Reached all protected parts. The next morning,
To the lecture. Everyone double-wrapped,...
Sunday 30th October 2022 9:44 pm
Also by Stephen Gospage:Foot Soldiers | Saxmundham | Day after Day | Mountain People | Revenge | Apartment Block | Heyday | Here and There | Suburbia | Sympathetic Stars | Generations | Small Print |
Fall softly and have your way
A grey blanket in the night or day
Make coastlines and skyscrapers a secret
Whispered only when you say
© Candice Reineke 2022
Sunday 30th October 2022 9:33 pm
Also by Candice Reineke:Lids | Saturday | Air to Austin |
Today's BBC is not for me,
Its newsreaders barely able to contain their glee
At reporting stuff they prefer to see
All paid for by the license fee.
"And Nation shall speak unto Nation" -
Such a shame about the deterioration
In the method of communication.
Sunday 30th October 2022 4:45 pm
Also by M.C. Newberry:GOODBYE TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY | GOING WEST - POETRY IN MOTION | WE ARE ALL RACISTS (ULTIMATELY) | PASSING WORDS | TOO MUCH |
I was telling Gareth Southgate
only this morning about
of having my weekly
train ticket on my phone.
He said that I had made
a sensible choice.
He was also pleased
that I make myself a ham
and pickle sandwich for my lunch.
Although he suggested
the occasional Scotch Egg.
We skipped down the lane to the station –
our hands were almost touching.
Sunday 30th October 2022 4:15 pm
Waiting to be seen at the dentist with a patient I did chat,
To pass time numerous topics we did discuss,mainly this and that.
"Are they all your own teeth?"a question into the conversation did land.
I answered,"They should be,they cost me nine and a half grand!"
Sunday 30th October 2022 3:47 pm
Also by hugh:I lost my case !! | A change of plan and two vampires ended up having a bloody good time. | Disruption on a flight from Heathrow to Madrid | An expensive mistake by a shepherd | Homeless and faced with the unexpected | Hey Jude, why do you eat snails ? |
I tried to deprive myself of what I knew best in this world. In a way it began to feel like an addiction, no matter how hard I rejected the thought it was the only way for me to cope.
I'm a hopeless junkie desperate for an outlet wealthier than this.
Angry, I decided there was more to me than just self expression.
It didn't take long until I broke down.
Maybe that is my souls way of scream...
Sunday 30th October 2022 3:37 pm
Also by Jordyn Elizabeth:Pieces. | Death at loves first sight. | September |
the traveler asks,
what kind of weather will we have today?
the shepherd responds,
the kind of weather i like
the traveler, confused, asks
how do you know it will be the kind of weather you like?
the shepherd says,
having found out, sir, i cannot always get what I like,
I have learned to always like what i get,
so i am quite sure we will have the kind of weather ...
Sunday 30th October 2022 1:39 am
Did you see me?
I was there
I anticipated your
I wore my finest
Of your undying
I don’t think you saw
You were blinded
By the mist
I tried so hard
To be noticed
I hoped you’d get
You didn’t see me
You didn’t even
Smell my scent
Still I thought
Saturday 29th October 2022 8:37 pm
Also by Clare:You've been redacted. | Lady With The Sad Eyes | A Million little Why's? | Seasons Come and Seasons go |
This cold could burn the Galaxy,
each celestial body too far to gather fuel in earnest,
stranger still when met,
my vehicle now adorned with tapestry of ice bars,
a thin cover of frost upon every window,
all limb and body and, the blood moves slowly -
sometimes inert as yet again I creak my head against
a static enclosure at the top of spine; froz...
Saturday 29th October 2022 8:15 pm
Also by ZTK Space:Duet in Blue | Where | Genomes Beyond the Standard Conditions | The Taking of Gaia by Stealth | Feb 4th - Mike Ladd | Hiding Behind Latin |
The girl showed her fangs, most when alone
Her nails grew bigger, clear and they’re cold;
She showed her fangs when she got him alone
Clawing at skin; she’s ice and she’s cold
Showed her his doors and how they won’t close
Inside the living; curtains and carpets stained with cologne.
Epoxy the vase, stuck on the phone
Shirt into shre...
Saturday 29th October 2022 5:53 pm
A frost chilled dim moonlight night
Putrid air, no stars in sight
Just sheer black sky’s we have
and eerie sounds that shout out “MAD”
It’s moonlight Halloween
It started out as a Christian festival
Priests and Rector’s in their vestibules
The congregation on All Hallows’ Eve
Candles lit for the graves of the dead
No meat eaten, soul cakes instead
Then came ...
Saturday 29th October 2022 11:38 am
Also by Rick Varden:Split Personalities | Darkness and Light |
Let's hold each other's hands,
And in silence, stand
Where the fields of poppies grow,
Let us remember them
Our brave young men
Buried just below.
For those who cried
As they laid down and died,
So very far from home,
With just white clouds,
Deaths gossamer shrouds
Covering their tortured bones.
Let's think a little more,
Is liberty worth dying for?...
Saturday 29th October 2022 7:57 am
Also by JD Russell:The Small Square Table | Lest We Forget | Born to Die | Paint Life as an Abstract Expression | Running scared little maiden | The Mysterious Letter | Our love has a DVT | Ode to an M&S toasted teacake | The Last Will and Testament of a Poet | Symi | The simile of The Mist. |
The Angel almost
The trees turn
with every mile.
Tyne at low tide.
Network of bridges,
Four in the morning.
in dark sky. The silence.
look like people
in camera's flashlight.
The blinking of the internet.
a new start.
Saturday 29th October 2022 7:32 am
Also by Greg Freeman:UK takes a tumble | The way forward |
𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒕'𝒔 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅
𝑻𝒐 𝒎𝒚 𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒐𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖
𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆
𝑰 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓.
𝑺𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒊𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒘,
𝒊𝒕'𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒆
𝑻𝒐 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒍𝒚
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖
𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆
𝑰 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔
𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖.
𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒅𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖
𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒍, 𝑰'𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏
𝑰𝒏 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆.
Saturday 29th October 2022 2:12 am
Also by Ryker:𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒀𝑶𝑼 |
Deserted in land of people
People who's whisper yet don't hear
Beloved for those years were spent like a dawn
I search for a smile in trench of betrayl
Hope that can strengthen my spine
All I need is some softness to breath
Friday 28th October 2022 7:47 pm
Also by Happy Kim:Shallow |
Did you go to that place of the timorous tiger,
and look in awe in at an elephant with a very long ear,
which, according to legend was faithfully followed by a cow,
mooing in tune to God Save The Queen,
that wistful sound echoing across those mist-covered hills from the army camp,
I asked the spirit of my great-granddad, regimental Padre Beauchamp,
derided by his family as a 19th century mis...
Friday 28th October 2022 6:44 pm
Also by Kevin Vose:Bubbling along | False teeth distort the truth | A Lancashire Lad Makes Good | The Spirit Meade | The African Animal National Protection Symposium | Little Lucy |
Wise not to go
Stained blood Party invitation
Candle lit room entered
Screaming hungry feasting starts
Ghoulish fresh meat frenzy
Crunching bones gritty flesh
Human body parts swinging
Pulled apart Zombie delight
Sacred table torso clean
Melted wax candles relight
More nervous guests arrive
Horror show menu awaits
A dead good time
Only if you like
Friday 28th October 2022 2:42 pm
Something a little disturbing for Halloween.
In those halcyon days of public executions hanging people was a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. The “science” of determining the drop needed, based on the height and weight of the condemned man or woman, was at best rudimentary and at worse not used. The result was that rather than a quick death from a broken neck the condemned would slowly and p...
Friday 28th October 2022 12:22 pm
Also by John Coopey:FROM RAGS TO RISHI | IT'S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE | SO…. | 5000 MILES | SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT - OLD SPIES | IT PLEASES ME | YOUR CHEATIN' CARP | U-TURN |
Loss reminds me
to appreciate the moments,
the beauty of time shared
This, the only kindness
grief seems willing to give
Luckily, memories know
to capture the fragments that remain
for refuge against the days to come
Friday 28th October 2022 5:38 am
Also by Mike McPeek:Breaking Up With Philomena | Local Errand | Protest Song | Toll Collector |
The night they killed Osama bin Laden,
we drank the bottles down to the shards
We pushed all the sand off the third deck
We racked every bolt in our soul
We shed every piece of body armor
We spat into the face of this childhood stupidity
War movies and old men talking
Watching the whole world fall down
Why did I find myself such a fool,
to carry a rifle for nothing
Friday 28th October 2022 3:42 am
I hope you don't mind, but I've Shamelessly used some of the comments I've recieved here on WOL & named some of you in both the books description & Acknowledgement. Just let me know if you would rather it be removed!
Thanks for inspiring me to complete it!
Here's the link, if you're interested 😄
The Darkness and The Light https://a.co/d/fvTz5om
Thursday 27th October 2022 6:37 pm
Also by Stephen W Atkinson:The Beacon | Never heard of this fella, but I'll give it a try.. |
As the days get shorter
and the nights get longer
The garden still dazzles
with this blast of colour
Vivid, vibrant asters
on late October days
Brighten up the garden
with their magenta blaze
A lovely floral show
such a radiant sight
Welcoming me back home
in the late evening light
Photo credit Dr Amir Khan
Thursday 27th October 2022 2:47 pm
Also by julie callaghan:Woodland Walk | Fiery Glow | Swans At Dusk | RIP Keeley | Mandarin Ducks | October Morning | Seasonal Bounty | It’s The Liz Truss Show | Autumn Morning | Verbena | Metallic Hues | Fishy Tail | Herdy Mug Competition | Acer Trees | Garden Robin | Grand Finale | Pie Off | Autumn | Eternal Cycle | HE, 29 Others And Me |
Love is a strange thing isn't it. Many got blessed by the love as it transformed their lives picking them up from bottom and taking them to the heights of the sky. And for some its a curse that only put sorrow and misery in their lives.
Once someone said something very beautiful about love and who loves the most a man or a woman.
By every mistake a man made and woman forgives just adds ...
Thursday 27th October 2022 6:02 am
Also by Agonizing Words:Love and Lust | Agonizing Words |
The room I stand in makes me blind
white before me white , behind
The same room which is painted black it’s floor and ceiling behind my back
Blinds my senses even more as stare down at the coal black floor
No doors or windows to escape
Black and white seals my fate.
I can’t see either , no distinction
Nothing near and nothing far.
My eyes are blanked
with burning ...
Wednesday 26th October 2022 8:40 pm
Also by Edbreathe:m US e | STEADFAST | Then |
All those things…
I’m just a cliché a classic mediocrity
My favorite thing is to dupe myself...
Always looking for my unsatisfied desire
Sometimes I’m just a lonely, and angry child
But always confident for all those things I can’t stand
Not another beautiful girl
Not another muse to be born
Not another object of desire
Sick already of the next good singer…s...
Wednesday 26th October 2022 5:07 pm
Through the bitterness of winter
life crawls, so lingering and lonely
and hauling your battered heart into
the shelter of some place holy
Your mind swims with the terrible things
those hands have groped toward
The grit of guilt and shame conspire
to serve as your reward
Such troubled thoughts reverberate
as they echo up into the arches
Gathering their mass and falling back
Wednesday 26th October 2022 3:30 pm
Also by Tom:University Payphone | Trust |
Our dishwasher went on strike, fed up with being taken for granted,
the penny dropped as we stared at the full up sullen machine,
white goods amongst others in a kitchen designed to please.
Our back up plan: taking out every plate and pan
cup and glass, immersing them into a sink with forensic thoroughness,
working as one, sharing the washing and wiping, an ebb and flow
Wednesday 26th October 2022 1:55 pm
Also by ray pool:TRANSFORMATION | INTERNAL AFFAIRS | A HEAD START | GANACHE GAVOTTE | BY BACK DOOR ACROSS THE MOOR | THE BALACLAVA |
If they could only see
What dream brought you to life?
As if you are the manifestation of positivity.
Such openness and mountains of understanding.
Shadow all who are not looking.
Blind to what I see,
Only projections and reflections of their own inner-demons they force on thee.
Quite unfortunate that the shallow can drown in their own fear.
Why fear the deep? Why fear ...
Wednesday 26th October 2022 2:59 am
Rain falls on the glass in the gloomy gray of today
You lie in that bed with nothing more to say
I wipe my eyes with my sleeve because I don’t know how to grieve
My heart breaks in the wake of your non-reprieve
The sins of my father fall on my shoulders
You left me here and now I’ve grown colder
Death claimed you for his own and my mother left me all alone
And now I’ve fa...
Tuesday 25th October 2022 8:37 am
Here they come in droves,
the humble pot boilers
to worship at the feet
of the traitorous elite
with hair pulled out in clumps
in frustration at those
unable to muster
the inspiration to rise
above the level of lacklustre
Now nowhere to be found,
the Elite have packed up their teepees
and headed for a happier hunting ground
Monday 24th October 2022 10:54 pm
Also by Telboy:Westonbirt |
there’s less to me
than meets the eye
most of my life is spent
staring at things
with less efficiency than a cow
you could fit any number
of exciting moments
through the empty spaces
of my existence
without ever touching
what I feel
I find that comforting
for some reason
Monday 24th October 2022 2:42 am
He had no face, he had no name
He used his silver bullets
to shoot you down in flames
I was Tonto to his Kemo Sabe
We were friends; I was a fan
When he rode off into the sunset
I was left to ask...who was he?
Who was that masked man?
Sunday 23rd October 2022 10:21 pm
Sunday 23rd October 2022 3:42 pm
Think of a most promising prelude to dreamtime.
A path in an english country garden.
A supernatural proem would cover it.
Rain at night.
Sound emerges from darkness.
The fact of it's existence vulnerable to doubt.
Tell me I'm not alone in thinking
the song of midnight rain
shines a light on the oneness of all life.
Yeilds a profound meditation on that truism.
Blown into a tre...
Sunday 23rd October 2022 9:05 am
Also by Adam Whitworth:Folk Music | Shoreline Lament | Stuttering Start | Gothic Nocturne |
Why do we have music?
How and why does it affect us?
It is a great and special art,
Which surely does connect us.
Why do we have music?
Is it to exult our souls?
It may bring us cheer and joy,
And make us feel whole.
Why do we have music?
Perhaps to give us a nice feeling?
And it's a universal language,
Which is lovely and appealing.
So why do we have music?
To see into the comp...
Saturday 22nd October 2022 12:54 pm
Also by Stuart Vanner:Basketball 🏀 | Stagnation |
Yo listen up you better pay attention,
I just experienced the DMT dimension,
Instantly I had a different set of 5 senses,
I wasn't even able to verbally express this,
Geometrical patterns were flashing so fast,
It was so intense I wanted it to pass,
Spinning kaléidoscope and my body was gone,
Infinite fractals after just one hit from the bong,
And there I was straight fucki...
Friday 21st October 2022 11:31 pm
here i am
into the cosmos
here i am
life is so beautiful
i want it to kill me
here i am
between the mystic and the psychotic
here i am
the buddha laughs
and i laugh with him
i was never really here
Friday 21st October 2022 9:36 pm
Also by Jacob Germain:what is | prisms | who prays for the fallen one ? | this, too, i accept |
Now take heed and understand
we are the Dreamers of this land,
we're not blessed with winning ways
and may look like waifs and strays,
but remember this - we have a place,
a part to play - a path to trace.
When you speak of us be kind
for we have the power to soothe your mind.
The songs we write that bring you joy,
and the pretty phrases we employ
Friday 21st October 2022 12:08 pm
Also by Flyntland:GOOD MEN AND TRUE | BREATH | FAITH WITHOUT HOPE - - -OR CHARITY | STORM COCK | STORM COCK | THE LESSON NEVER LEARNED |