Following up with my doctor
with an online message
…this is good, that’s still a problem…
Sharing all the little embarrassments
as we often must, with those
who’ve taken the Hippocratic oath
While composing my missive
I let out a shout of triumph
startling my wife, just a bit
“What is going on?”, she asked
“I spelled diarrhea correctly”, I quickly rep...
Saturday 30th April 2022 11:26 pm
Also by Mike McPeek:Cohabitation | At The Red Rock Cafe |
We are taught that this is the way
The system of decay
Saturday 30th April 2022 9:42 pm
Also by New Shoes:Be a Kid Again |
It’s always grounded in the two-four beat
of boot soles tramping across a field,
the plod of units across terrain
a general stakes his name on.
Holding the line, the kettle pounds
its rhythms of mutual fear. Embellished
with fifes, the snares are brash,
their prattle false as speeches
on recruitment day. Add some chimes
and majorettes, high-stepping,
Saturday 30th April 2022 7:19 pm
Also by David Cooke:Gold | Magnesium |
when I had nothing left to give
You gave me everything I will ever need
when spite and hate defined me
You loved me the most
the sound of a door closing scraped my bones
and You showed me the way of re-association
distant planning and laughter set fire to my mind
You simply taught me the power of unending Love
I will never again condescend
those gorgeous bei...
Saturday 30th April 2022 5:14 pm
red blanket spreading across the greatness of this unknown lake
green could be seen in the corner near the shore, nature's store
blue kept his head cool and decided to part in beautifull dreamy pieces
yellow kept creeping up to conquer sporadic traces of an empty skyline.
Saturday 30th April 2022 4:52 pm
Also by RudyardK:Tint. | Sage | 1917. | . | Lonesome. | Evans to me and you. |
he is being observed closely by death
who is looking on from that other world
but his hope is far from defeated
its infringements are still possible even at this late point in time
despite his lifes map nearing completion
he hasn't signed any contracts with time
and contracts have been broken anyway
and tomorrow is always another story
and some stories are...
Saturday 30th April 2022 3:04 pm
Also by Bethany Sallis:if only | dead end | moving towards a close | a deep embrace to be | oh really mother! | misused | indecisive prodigal | look out new pc here comes me! | Lord of Loneliness | spirit of the angelical human | from fly to fertilizer | all aboard! | poverty | hole in my time net | mucky merry go round |
Eternal Full Moon
Fitful angels squirming fraught with red burned demons caught by fishermen drawing final breaths from Arctic seas. A catch once wild and free culled fatefully finally crept up beh...
Saturday 30th April 2022 1:06 pm
Also by leonard Grant:Dear Doctor | Time is Nothing | Blue on Mauve | Abyss | Behind that Jaguar | Barricade | The Grim Reaper | Poetry died by suicide | Harmony | Fast cars. | No Ordinary Planet |
Bluebird whistles in the air,
We were there, when
The bluebird dipped into the lake,
It reminds me of us, once singing sweetly
Overcome by the black waters of indifference.
Bluebird rises up, not confidently
Spluttering shoreward, down, gone,
It reminds me of us, quick to love
Then speedily to oblivion.
Love remembered but hopelessly lost,
In those dark ...
Saturday 30th April 2022 8:40 am
Also by Russell Jacklin:Bitter Colours | Not the worst thing? | Need some help? | Every day is Earthday | You Can't | Alliterative Dating | Is it too late to kick start a wasted life? | Diabetic Discography (Sung to the tune, Prince Charming by Adam and The Ants) | You Can’t Fly A Kite In The Rain | Life Has No Refund Policy | Ministry of Misanthopery | Stevie 1902 to 1971 | Happy ever after | Uxoricide | Wooden Flooring at the Bottom of our Stairs | Morning Canine Constitutional Stroll | Turgidity | I Don’t Know What Went So Wrong That Day | All about love (By a recently jilted lover) | Holidaying in Cardigan Bay | Yesterday, Today, No Tomorrow | Not Too Young to be a Pensioner | Miss |
I feel cold,
Sitting beside you.
An image of that man,
Yet unseen nor heard,
I speak it just out.
I am moon,
Which came way down,
The morning coffee.
Saturday 30th April 2022 7:37 am
Also by Alita Moore:Friendly reminder | My Burden | Lemon | Disappointment | The Vile Aisles | Death |
What are they thinking?
The conversation - such that it is, slows…
eye contact again
a general inquiry as to some bullshit that I also do not care about.
Off it goes again
I’m not listening again
thinking about other things,
Why don’t I care enough to listen?
Because they are the sa...
Saturday 30th April 2022 5:40 am
Also by Bill Dodsworth:Rosewater |
How can we make parliament more professional?
this question was asked on the news tonight
A question that surely should not need to be asked
in any workplace that was managed right
Surely our government is the highest office
where the examples should be set
Surely parliament is the most important workplace
where rule compliance should be met
Friday 29th April 2022 11:04 pm
Also by julie callaghan:View From 30,000 Feet | Snapshot | Yorkshire Sunrise | Cherry Blossom | Ding Dong | For Jo | Poolside | Too Hot | Morning Stroll | Glowing Embers | Cherry Blossom | Blackpool Sunset | Spectacular Show | Rule Maker, Law Breaker | Dramatic Scene | Monumental Disgrace | Magnolia | Tired | Delightful Show | And The Award Goes To “Staged Event” By Stephen G | Hyacinth | The Prince and King Rat | The Air Of Spring | Early To Bed | Wordle And Quordle |
A son of David pitched against a midget Goliath
but one who has such might behind him.
The ogre claiming he has come for a deliverance
(he was a man of cunning from his youth).
The other fighting in the simple name of freedom,
full well knowing the effect of The fetid Bear's breath
forever felt on their necks during decades past,
his razor-sharp claws ready to subdue, imprison...
Friday 29th April 2022 10:09 pm
Also by Jennifer Malden:Circulation |
12.38: The clock ticks slowly, my mind spins fast
Imaginings hover just out of reach,
how long can a minute last?
01.32: A dialogue in mind as I try, to unwind.
Imagine if I could send you a screen-shot.
of my mind. I'd save all these words.
No. that'd be absurd.
I'd need a screen-shot of time.
01.48: I'm going to oversleep,
I'm going to be late.
Friday 29th April 2022 9:34 pm
Also by John E Marks:The last Byzantine | Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought | The blossomest blossom | For the Azov Brigade in Mariupol | The foggy, foggy dew | Harvest moon | Butterflies alight | Nova Roma | I'd like to walk that way again | Metamorphōsēs | End time | A warmish Easter long ago | Hearts are thrown at Strangers, aren’t they? | Pilgrim soul | STUTTERER | ETC ETC PINK | Дух Нації" ("Nation's spirit") | Drinking where the river bed is dry | When an old cricketer leaves the crease | Troubadour | To feign | A settlement, of sorts | For Woody | Poem for an anonymous Moorish Poet on the defeat at Seville November 1248 | Go tell the Riverman | A lonely sailor boy | Children | Kassia: a bold and beautiful Byzantine poet | All souls |
The night time air grows still, chilled
The sun now well below the horizon
Children lie snugly in tidy beds and cots
Quiet, slumbering from a day of work and play
Grown-ups nod in the firelight’s glow
A ginger cat toasts his whiskers
Draped across the hearth
Like a discarded feather boa
Outside the black tom cat
Spits at a lone rust-coated fox
Who prowls its...
Friday 29th April 2022 8:52 pm
Also by Brenda Wells:The April Pink Full Moon | Bitter April Winds |
Not many shepherds live around these parts,
But down the road the buildings are ablaze.
In semi-darkness, citizens with pails
Run like hares towards the smoky haze.
I stop one in passing. ‘I’m Jan,’ he says.
His features throb with duty and despair;
His younger friend stands polishing a gun.
Our lives are here, but could be anywhere.
Friday 29th April 2022 5:43 pm
Also by Stephen Gospage:Missile | The Slowing of Spring | Sir Harrison Birtwistle (1934-2022) | Let us pray | Tears | 'Grieving Ukrainian Mother' (As seen on TV) | Rain | Mariupol | Staged Event | First Trip To Kyiv, June 1996 | Professionals | Carnival |
Take me to the hidden lake
let us wander through
the valleys of your heart
Let us revel in the splendour
of all that rests within
Accumulations, it’s what we are
everything we’ve felt and seen
Let us swim in the hidden lake
in that secret world
deep at the core of you
Make it rain, bring forth the sun
We’ll watch the waters flow
across your canvas
into the sea, into reality
Friday 29th April 2022 2:49 pm
Also by Tom:Young Family In The Sunshine |
I came alive by night
brought the night to life,
music bled through every pore
a career of sound in black and white
black and white the piano keys,
and when the light came calling me
summoned again to stoke the fire in my veins
I played and prayed for the passing of time
its metre was my game.
And now i've served that clarion call
I miss the calling not at all...
Friday 29th April 2022 1:46 pm
Also by ray pool:WHILST IN PUTNEY | MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES | TAKE YOUR PARTNERS | AWAKENING | UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS |
Silk wraps baseball caps
Cotton bow ties on wedding hats
Vintage buttons on modern jackets
Handbags designed like crisp packets
Fishnet tights and lycra cling on
Printed t-shirts Jeans with bling on
Rara skirts with vivviene shirts
Tight mini dresses for all you flirts
Over the knee boots
Boots with studs on
Jogging bottoms and tops hoods on
Pattern socks odd socks if you're feeling sil...
Friday 29th April 2022 12:53 pm
Also by Sarah Louise mcnee:BORN INTO WAR | HAYLEY OVER THE ROAD | JUST INCASE | 40 |
Waited a lifetime
For her return.
words and images TH Carroll
Friday 29th April 2022 12:37 pm
Also by Tommy Carroll:Hold back the louring sky! |
Don't fall from your perch
Oh sweet bird of youth
For life doesn't always
Tell you the truth
There's many who lie
Deep in their lies
And hover around
Like unwanted flies
But, pay no heed
Oh sweet bird of youth
Ignore those who taunt
Or call you uncouth
For you are the blossom
The sweet morning dew
Unique to yourself
The most beautiful you!
Friday 29th April 2022 7:31 am
Also by Stephen W Atkinson:Knock, Knock! | Knock, Knock! | Masquerade | Equilibrium (a re-post for Earth Day) | From The Hollow | Imodium | A Dead Good Night | Falling | Nymph | My Little Girl | Bad Seed |
Dear souls of the city of Ibrahim
Why is it that you are still asleep
What more do you need
Don't you have a legacy to carry
Dear souls of city of Babylon
Your history is oldest in the world
Where once the civilizations thrived
Of Mesopotamia along Euphrates and Tigris
Dear people of the two great Rivers
Can't you see what you inherited
There are many a ...
Friday 29th April 2022 3:49 am
Also by Ghazala lari:It's all from Allah/God Almighty | Ramadan Mubarak!!! |
Look to the sky...clouds dark and grey.
But nature soon chases them all away.
It's God's way for a better day to create.
Then comes the sun, well worth the wait!
Now the day is warm, sunny and bright.
Because all those clouds are out of sight.
A bit like clouds, some people seem to me.
Casting their dark shadows, for all to see.
Frowned upon and disliked by one all all.
Clouds blow aw...
Thursday 28th April 2022 11:09 pm
Also by Mike Bartram:Universe | Walls | Turn To Me | Minute 7 | Fears | Darkness Descending (For all those reds who helped) | Shoulder To Stone | Without Song |
Our government should have looked ahead,
Before numerous care-homes became hot spots for the dead.
To 20,000 vulnerable , elderly residents we said a sad goodbye,
Spending their final hours confused and alone to die.
N.H.S. hospitals were allowed to discharge untested patients of declining years,
Throwing the care-home residents to the wolves and festering covid fears.
Thursday 28th April 2022 9:45 pm
It's the age of the humour-free ditty,
The depressing dirge of self-pity.
Why make others feel low
When you;re just too slow;
To run with the chance to be witty?.
Thursday 28th April 2022 5:05 pm
Also by M.C. Newberry:GOD, MY DOG AND ME | LIFE IS BUT A JOKE | ROGUE | BACK AT SCHOOL? | PARTIAL | WHAT HAPPENED? | LONELINESS | FOOTBALL CRAZY |
Och! tha nae sa grrrand awd paedaw McDuke a porrk
he deed harv tun thoosan mairn an thayn he dinna
boot nah hez marmy hez letum keep hez taytul
wal he ba marrchen tham oop ana doon agairn?
boot wance tha are oop wel tha stay thayer
orr wel than coom ronnin doon agan
with prence porkae McYorkae a-chairsen
tae dew som moore shert tal leften ana cocoa shunt'n agairn?
Thursday 28th April 2022 3:42 pm
Also by Jock Strapp Jr:Furthurr advenchurrs o Capn Jock! | Jock loves tae goo a wanderen | Watch yoor step young lovers! | Beware! |
Within the rainbow heart
Grows little happiness
Plucking the weeds
Giving way to the seeds
Rainbow heart dances and sings
It's time to play the heartiest tunes
Rain and sunshine to form the lovely crowd
A party worth the love to see it grow
There's a rainbow heart
Playing my favourite tunes
Young and fresh voices sings
An orchestra for a rainbow me...
Thursday 28th April 2022 12:48 pm
Also by Moonlight:Truly yours forever and ever till eternity 💓 ❤ 💖 | Freeze | Pause | Infinity | Silent poem |
As a projectile on its trajectory
the very kernel of a heart’s story
unfurls and beckons to those who care
allows for both sides, their minds declare
each line, each verse, each accentuated pause
altogether bring, joint longing; their inimitable cause
Thursday 28th April 2022 8:00 am
Also by Frederick Kesner:last night | online poetry | tears you should have cried | with reckless abandon | pygmalean reverie |
Out of the vastness
of silence, emanates
the restlessness of sound,
to life duty-bound,
conferring upon it
an affirmation of existence,
and a smiling potential
that with a little persistence,
those vagabond reverberations
may just be tamed
into a dulcet serenade...
Thursday 28th April 2022 1:49 am
Also by Holden Moncrieff:Oarless | Futility | A Sigh | Reluctant | Beware the dyads... | Specimen. |
When I was little
I fancied the moon was home to my mother
Peeking out from under my covers
I would search for her face
I imagined her sitting
Next to the man in the moon
-Perhaps he was my father
Night after night
As my heart took flight
My eyes would shine bright
To imagine them hugging each other
Sadness would smother me
When the cloudy nights
Wednesday 27th April 2022 10:53 pm
Also by Clare:I See You. | Glue | Living in Hope | Bling | Osmosis Of Emotion | Ready By Nine | The Eagle's Wedding | She Knows Her Worth | BOGOFF | Why? (A quick ditty before dinner.) | Sunshine and April Snow Showers |
Golden chips and golden hours
You beamed over us like gold sunflowers
Always stiving to provide
Always making us pleased
You took us on a plane
Over the gold Pyrenees
To the park a meander
And tea in the veranda
Games on the grass
Like the Mill Lane Olympics
And the 4 yard dash
The essence is there though some memories fade
You gave us pennies for...
Wednesday 27th April 2022 7:33 pm
A gorge of towering cliffs;
the Guadalmina unseen
below the road. We visit
a park to feed rabbits
with carrots, take our turns
with party pieces
at the open-air theatre,
while other families wait
impatiently to photograph
and film first communioners,
one young girl bedecked
like a bride.
I read a poem from my phone
about Simon Armitage,
Wednesday 27th April 2022 12:41 pm
Also by Greg Freeman:A ticket to die |
As a child I found a stinking gas mask.
It consisted of decaying rubber and plastic.
Uncomfortable though it was, I tried it on,
Constricting my breathing. As under a green sea,
I saw my sister, smiling…
I didn’t keep it on for very long!
I flung it back into the drawer
With all the farthings and the ha’pennies
And a ration book, redundant relics
From the Second World...
Wednesday 27th April 2022 8:41 am
Also by John Botterill:The Skylight | A Convenient Time | My Mother, Waving Goodbye. | Your Tears Returned | Hand in hand | After Life | Retirement Time Crush |
(resubmitted on account of probs with audio)
Solemnities hero be already dead -
for she never lived, was never there,
Her favoured plunge had already
swanned to fantasy where meeting
minds were no longer chaste, nor
wanting loins expressing lions dare.
The citadels of spite remained as
peoples strewn in tatters – navigate an open
Wednesday 27th April 2022 5:59 am
Swiftly she comes
Smoothly she ascends
Bright yellow petals flap in the wind
White brick soft shadows
Reflects tabletops, the glassy ones
Sleek wooden benches
Independent all day
Save when she sits to contemplate
Massive light fixtures
Flirty and fun
Urban Outfitters retro undone
Sculpture Park sweats next to
Tuesday 26th April 2022 10:13 pm
We’re hoping to see you returning again
To give us your hard-earned bunce
So make sure that you gamble responsibly though
Don’t lose all your outlay at once.
The last thing we want for our business
Is a punter that goes to the wall
Depleting our customer numbers
And not good for cash-flow at all.
Our public position is “Take Control”
And “Gamble Responsibly” to...
Tuesday 26th April 2022 4:33 pm
Also by John Coopey:FAIR COP | WHY DON'T WOMEN LIKE ME? | DANCES WITH WOLVES | DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES | ET IN TERRA PAX (In Chester Cathedral) | WAR! | THE DEATH OF IDEALISM | ENTRY MODERATED | HARRY POTTER |
The rings to my eye sockets,
Deep and purple.
I do not have the luxury of being lightning in a bottle,
I must make my presence known through substance,
Filling the sea of aspirations with my own,
Intoxicating and plentiful,
The key to any readers hearts,
My own suffering.
I will expose myself bare,
Devour my offering so that I may find release.
Tuesday 26th April 2022 3:56 pm
Also by Michael Berry:You Will Never Know | Finally Concrete | Neurosis | Silence | Confrontation |
Think real hard
You best not forget
Some red that’s left
Off with the showerhead.
I sometimes forget all the people I saved and vice versa
But I never forget the stories I’ve spoken in tongue you’ve never heard of.
And now I remember nails pressed into skin
With your mouth wide open and spit rolling in.
I saw verses printed into ribcages and necks
Tuesday 26th April 2022 3:38 am
Also by Caleb Gorey:Makes You Angry | Story |
You wear a mask, so do I.
I have possessed many masks.
Each one chosen with forethought,
Not a soul would see my face.
My masks were all spectacular.
Some assumed the mask was me.
While it remained out of sight,
Forgot what my face looked like.
Till I wearied of the façade,
And every mask I ever wore,
Lay hurled away and broken.
Discarded pieces on the fl...
Monday 25th April 2022 7:47 pm
Also by Ursula O'Reilly:HAVE YOU SEEN THE FAE FOLK? |
Laughter and fun
Beautiful yellow sun
Gentle and warm touches
Which the heart clutches
Sweet jokes and banter
Let go of the anger
Does not feel the same
Just ease the fiery flame
The secret eye contact
Cannot resist for a fact
Soft and cuddly hugs
Not forgetting delicate arm rubs
The heart wanting to talk
How to start, let’s go for a walk
What shall we cal...
Monday 25th April 2022 1:11 pm
Work long hours
In a job
That you hate
Make a shedload
Spend it on stuff
You don’t need.
If that doesn’t
Make you happy
Work longer hours
Make more money
Buy more stuff.
Do this until you are
Too old to do it
If you’re still
Then there must be
But I guess
You always knew that
(On behalf of the Economy
Monday 25th April 2022 6:44 am
This world they say is cruel
This world they tell you people lie
But i prefer to have a taste myself
This world, they tell you love is beautiful
Dont i know it; that is all i long for
But i know better.
Everytime i let you in
Everytime, you showed me that the world was right
But i cant control my heart
For Everytime i let you go
A piece of me cracks
Sunday 24th April 2022 11:40 pm
I had a dream
I was serving
in a government
of the dead,
I was the bulldog
the master of
the excel spreadsheet
a puller of
I built the pivot table
I built the filter curve
that measured every wave
that thinned out
I dreamt I
was a lorry driver,
hauling through the night,
a forty tonne...
Sunday 24th April 2022 10:19 pm
Peace is here
Sunday,24th Apr 2022
Where is He not there?
Why do we fear?
And refuse to go near!
When everything is clear!
nature is around
where peace is readily found
the fragrance is spread on the ground
we are all bound to go with it
Leave everything to him for consideration
you concentrate only on human relation
live peacefully as a good human being
Sunday 24th April 2022 5:52 pm
Also by Jadia4708au:Kind nature | Life-The dark tunnel | Pay an attention-Woman | The child is born |
Everything feels spinning around
The table The clock The bed all seems to revolve round.
Last thing I remmber was drowning two pints of beer
With me and my pal it was all about cheers
Suddenly now am laying in my bed
And the sun at top of my head
With a heavy heave I pulled myself
Holding on for my life as if it was in hell
Somehow i managed to glup down a pill
Before my head again st...
Sunday 24th April 2022 11:08 am
Thank you India
I didn't realise so many people could fit
In such a small place
Apparently it's even crazier in the North
It blows my mind
But I'll believe it
Markets full of incense and flowers
And rainbow dyes to praise deities
Sweets made of sugar cane
On the back of a tiny scooter
Being followed aroun...
Sunday 24th April 2022 10:06 am
Also by Rasa Kabaila:Tears | Dear Mama Bear | That Poor Man |
I was in a bad way the other morning.
I got lost in my head, thinking up horrible ideas that left me feeling ill.
What is it that makes us act so miserably?
Is it by nature?
The human condition is a crippling disease without a fix
The past will live to haunt you if you fail to make peace
I would know the pain of holding on better than anyone, because I myself cannot fathom the idea of let...
Sunday 24th April 2022 3:25 am
Also by Jordyn Elizabeth:Living in the Dark. | When Scars Fade. | Here I go to Carry On |
On “Victory Day” Knee deep in blood
The arms and limbs of the dead
Climb up you
In day and night terrors.
Murdered by you
All silenced by you
Your final solution…
Like the Jews in the ghetto.
All must go
But on your death bed
“Your god” whispers...
Saturday 23rd April 2022 2:38 pm
Also by David R Mellor:In the Silence |
My sister says she’d always refuse
to give us any biscuits.
It still annoys her now.
But I don’t remember that.
On her own since ’79,
when Grandad fell, fractured his skull.
One way to end a party.
I don’t remember that.
We bonded over puzzle books,
Wordsearch and Logic Problems.
If there was anything else we shared,
I don’t remember that.
In her sitting room, in ’83,
Saturday 23rd April 2022 1:10 pm
Also by Joe Williams:Results |
Death is a magnet
A black hole of no escape
Concentrating emotion in a vice like grip
Crushing the hearts of those left on the ship
With progress up the hill
Slowly step by step
Towards the final stillness of the grave
Above the tower St George, he waves
The last goodbye to all below
Framed against the clear blue sky
Peers down on grief and willow
Saturday 23rd April 2022 12:07 am
Also by Edbreathe:AbySS | Pirates | pOOl | Brother in law |
barely in focus
the sun dazzles you walking
out of the forest.
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Friday 22nd April 2022 11:00 pm
Also by Andy N:#NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) Haiku in Bloom 9: | Haiku in Bloom (#NaPoWriMo - National Poetry Writing Month Day 3) | Haiku in Bloom (#NaPoWriMo - National Poetry Writing Month Day 1) |