To Be Free
I thought you had departed,
truly, for better skies,
and I sadly started preparing
for the celebration of you,
but then you returned,
knocked about by your journey, yes,
but still breathing,
so I happily started preparing
for the celebration of you.
Oh, these fleeting days!
We cling to them like chains around our heart,
breathless with fear,
until one day
Thursday 30th March 2023 4:58 am
Also by Hélène:Luminescent | Doing | Distillation | Family | Easter | Midnight | A Walk & A Prayer | Prayers for Healing of the Mind | Every | Altar of Our Suffering | Today, Welcome | Today, Welcome | Learning & Communicating (2 parts) | Faith | Community | Slowly | Freedom | Float | Perhaps | 3 Course Meal | Prayer for Healing | Inexplicably |
hope my synonyms are right, i graduate soon tehe
Can't wait to be free from the shackles of university.
The weight of the future is in your hands! It is up to you to save the world from global warming, freezing temperatures and from lightrays that can pierce through overpriced sunnies.
My head aches from the anxitey of university.
The token of diversity, the physical persona of the 'I have a dream speech', and the face of fake progres...
Thursday 30th March 2023 12:01 am
PAUL O'GRADY D.L.
All along the Rainbow Bridge
The people are crying;
But the dogs are out running,
Running and tumbling,
All the way home.
Wednesday 29th March 2023 11:45 pm
Also by John E Marks:All that love can do | An adamantine distress | Day Out | A Love Supreme | Casting stones | GIANT STEPS | Homage to Nietzsche | STUTTERER | Genocide | Northern Morning | Widows & Orphans | Generation 27 | Parvenu | Vanishing point | Shadows of a broken vessel | Walking solo | Subliminal | BLANK SLATE | Mater Mea | Adamantine Blue |
Seeds For Gaia
she shivered a rainbow
upon the knoll where bodies lay.
Yawning flowers took note,
flaunting their colours as a veil.
Her fingers dug deep into the fertile soil
until she could feel the root.
The old oak swaying its gnarly arms.
The moss, so moist and sweet, sang.
She could hear the breeze whistling the grass.
A lullaby of morning dew.
From the forest ...
Wednesday 29th March 2023 10:26 pm
Also by Stephen W Atkinson:My Ambrosia | I'm Me! Can't you see? | Tears In The Rain |
Suffer the People
those poor people
must be desperate,
forced to flee
they have so little and
have been through
enough already and
deserve a break
it must have been
risking life and limb
to even get here,
but one thing is sure
it wouldn’t be right
to let them live
© Graham R Sherwood 03/23
Wednesday 29th March 2023 10:26 pm
Also by Graham Sherwood:Tick Tock |
Expressions of Love: Part XXXVII
Expressions of Love: Part XXXVII
Written On/For: 3/29/2023
Title: I Write In Pen
I write in pen.
Because, like our relationship,
It is final.
There is no going back,
only forward; ink building
and growing like our connection,
every single day.
Wednesday 29th March 2023 8:52 pm
Also by Jason Phillips:Dad | Consumed | Expressions of Love: Part XXII |
I Knew the Sun would Shine.
They said I’d never make
A good poet
So I told them they could throw it
To the wind
For all I cared
I knew the sun would shine
On those who dared
And so I dared
I gathered words
I wove them with emotion
Gently placed them
Into empty spaces
And watched the wonder
On peoples faces
I took tears
Wednesday 29th March 2023 8:30 pm
Also by Clare:People Like Us | Indelible. | Stick it where the sun don’t Shine!😂 | Back Into The Grey |
I’m screaming at the top of my lungs
But she can’t hear me.
I might as well be yelling in French or Spanish because
She just doesn’t understand me
When I tell her I can’t do this.
She doesn’t get it when I tell her
I don’t know—
Je ne sais pas,
Yo no sé
—how I’m going to see this through.
It’s like my brain es en fuego from all
Of the información being ...
Wednesday 29th March 2023 4:56 pm
Also by Elle Shaine:Understanding | Dead Rat | Hit and Run |
ALFIE THE INCORRIGIBLE OPTIMIST
I’ve been wondering about ancestral memory recently.
Take Alfie. He’s my daughter’s little white dog. She describes him as a bichon frise-something-or-other cross. I call him a mongrel.
Alfie doesn’t mind.
He’s about 7 years old, although he’s rather guarded about his age. Vanity, I suppose.
Anyroadup, Alfie does that timeless thing that all dogs have done since cavelady times. (S...
Wednesday 29th March 2023 4:36 pm
Also by John Coopey:IF THEY COME | IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL LIE IF I WANT TO | "SPEND! SPEND! SPEND!" | DEEP THROAT | MATCH OF THE DAY - CANCELLED | THE FANNY PIT | INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY | INTERNATIONAL BUGGER-ALL DAY | "NOT A FUCKING CLUE" | WETHERSPOONS |
As I write, each line reaches for memories
lost, fallen beyond the edge of the world:
kamarupa dwelling in infinity, fading
when my lines do not find them
and my words fail passion and desire.
Eons, lost pasts. Which of them
could dream my frail dream of this
verse? Which, thrown
across the fabric of time, could make
Wednesday 29th March 2023 3:00 pm
Also by Chris Armstrong:Who includes diversity... | Resistant News | Consequences |
The horse’s leg,a miracle,how did it come about ?
A horse can gallop up to 30 miles per hour,
This involves ingenious mechanical power ,
The muscles in the legs act as dampers vibrating to any length,
A highly specialised muscle design that provides agility and strength.
Horses can sometimes be seen standing up as they sleep,
So that they can run away as predators upon them creep.
The design of the horse's legs engineers ha...
Wednesday 29th March 2023 2:16 pm
Also by hugh:That’s snot very funny!! | A bad move having a meal out with a mate!! | Revenge | Good news for me and you | The spread of kindness | Avoid an unhealthy hell and look after your body well. | A depressed teenager's hope for the future was lifted | Our world is in turmoil !! | Hip hip hooray for women's international day !! |
In the great tempest of eighty-seven,
Mum and Dad remembered milk bottles
Bouncing and blowing down their quiet street.
Incredibly, none of them were broken,
Though hordes of healthy trees were smashed to bits.
But soldiers do not escape so lightly:
One bullet shot is easily enough
To shatter for good their unprotected shield.
The broken glass has to be collected
Wednesday 29th March 2023 7:44 am
Also by Stephen Gospage:Pot Shots | Villanelle for a village cricketer | The Reunion Party | Circumstances | Dumb Animals | Bakhmut | Anonymity | Footprints |
Tuesday 28th March 2023 9:23 pm
I don’t know if she understands
the music she makes for me like I do.
Even though I can feel it plainly
simply when she breathes.
I listen to it over and over.
A melody so beautiful
it makes me feel sorry
for the shortcomings
of the best blueberry pie.
Tuesday 28th March 2023 9:19 pm
Also by Mike McPeek:Train Ride | Constant Companion | Personal Notes on Angels | Window Seat | Rain Song | Drift-Away Gifts | Local Weather |
Rember the words you said?
The kind, loving words?
The I love yous?
The I'll always be there for yous?
The let me do your makeup?
The let me dye your hair?
I always aspired to be like you
But you changed
The I love yous
The I'll always be there for yous
The I'll always protect yous
You changed the way you do your hair
You changed the way you held me...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 7:06 pm
Also by Dolly:Lynching |
2023: Trev returns to Texas for National Poetry Month incorporating NaPoWriMo: Part 1 The Run Up
So called because both events run together and I come home on April 28 which leaves two days of NaPoWriMo, so there willl be extra poetry after The Journey Home.
Image: A look to the future, some of the events planned for West Texas, they went well last year in November, here's hoping they go well this April.
The Run Up
26.12.22 – 1) The year got colder as it got older
I booked m...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 6:47 pm
POINTS TO PONDER
Those who deserve respect seldom demand it;
Those who demand respect seldom deserve it.
Those who merit reward rarely expect it;
Those who seek reward rarely reject it.
Those who choose to preen and preach
Can frequently miss the chance to teach.
Better by far to debate and discuss -
And be of far more use to us!
Tuesday 28th March 2023 5:20 pm
Also by M.C. Newberry:MY MOTHER - a re-post for Mothering Sunday. | NIGHT THOUGHTS |
For the unnamed
you once called style
‘cause that was all you truly had
an illusory life always felt for
encroaching onto otherness
in all its expansive power of constraints forgotten
and yet.. you never killed
you only killed your dreams for theirs
but not forgotten
is this what...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 3:47 pm
Also by osne:Ephemeral | Stranger | System error | Rictus | Missed call | Walking dead | Expected | Betrayal | One for another | The choice | Sonnet to absence | Lossless | Mishoped | Untitled 5 | Untitled 4 | The one | The classic | Galatea | The name |
I’ll hold up my hand and I’ll freely admit
to my grammar police inclinations,
because knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit
are two quite discrete revelations.
And if I make the statement “I’m going to”,
I should follow with my destination,
while if somebody else says “I’m going too”,
I might greet that with some trepidation.
To say I want a peace, or I want a...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 1:13 pm
The Pouring Rain
The pouring rain
Erasing the pain
Windows soaking wet
Similar to the Summer sweat
Wiping away all the dirt
From which the trees and grass are hurt
A perfect shower for the road
Vehicles have literally slowed
All cosy and gazing outside
Watching the rain as my guide
A great way to release your soul
Before I get up and go for a stroll!
Tuesday 28th March 2023 12:16 pm
Also by Aisha Suleman:Ramadan |
Don't despair when the cupboard is bare
here's a meal you can make out of nothing -
just suck on a piece of damp cardboard to start
then eat an unfilled skinless sausage
with a hot ice cube to follow.
When you wake up if you're still feeling hungry
have the same for breakfast tomorrow.
Tuesday 28th March 2023 7:41 am
Also by Reggie's Ghost:Team Building Day | THE SEAGULLS | We've Got The Builders In |
The Too Tall Tool by LADpoem (story of a 6ft 7 man)
Too Tall Tool by LADpoem
I wonder just how many people
think that it's ok
to comment on a person's height
having only met that day.
Coz so far I have noticed
that there seems to be a rule
that you can say just what you want
if someone's 6ft 7 tall.
"Oh my god how tall are you?"
I regularly hear
from rude insensitive people
when I'm out for a casual beer....
Tuesday 28th March 2023 7:16 am
Barter Books, Alnwick
Dozens of trains went back and forth daily
to and from the junction in its heyday.
Fifty-five years ago, the last service.
The terminus building still stands,
grand, too grand for just a branch,
but maybe not too high and mighty
for royalty visiting a duke of Northumberland.
Now far more browsers than ever waited
on the platforms throng the old parcels
and waiting r...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 6:31 am
Also by Greg Freeman:Song of the Ofsted Inspectors | Black gold | No, Minister! or Whatever happened to the BBC? |
To me, paradise is a form of happiness
The elite kind only for the determined
I tattooed the word on my arm
Foolishly pretending I inhabit it
But really it’s a reminder
That I’m not even within reach
I look for paradise in all the wrong places
I look for paradise in all the wrong people
I look anywhere but within myself
You won’t catch me getting spiritual
That never ...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 3:38 am
Also by Contemporary Soul:No One Understands | Time Steals | Bipolar Episode | Loving You Not Me | Moral Compass | I’m so Delusional | I Belong To... | This is Bipolar | Never Meant To Be | Dear Love | Prettiest | Poor Minded | Not Love |
I lay the knives, sharp, on the table, flat.
Notes of cinnamon and spices should keep the tempo light,
As I conduct the kitchen, for my dinner party tonight.
Knock knock, they melodically rap upon the door,
I go to greet my fine guests, yet moments before,
I turn back from the handle, for I'm not so sure,
Which of the four seasons should delight my decor?
To choose only one,...
Tuesday 28th March 2023 1:19 am
Also by Jack Roberts:Nothing |
Hello pal, you okay bud, you alright great to see you
Am friends with everyone
A chramer, a smiler,a real disco dancer a real nice guy
I have all the qualities am likabke all a round
generous to a fault, Nothing can get me down so they think
But you wouldn't believe that the life of the party is dieing inside his on the brink
My crown is begin to slip, I love a drink
Monday 27th March 2023 9:57 pm
Also by Keith Byrne:War within | My problem | I used to | I wish | A journey | Will you |
Death on the highway!
Death is so jarring, though we are cognizant of it’s looming presence, when faced with it, we cocoon our very beings in a state of stillness…
As a creature of habit, I embarked on a morning walk, silently welcoming the beginning of spring. The wind caressed my face ever so softly with the sun making an inconsistent appearance.
Ruminating over things past and present!
I walked gallantly, ...
Monday 27th March 2023 7:44 pm
Also by Grace:Tales Echoed |
Wounds of liberation
Imagine being totally untethered
After feeling chain linked
I feel split
That part removed
That half is trying to renew
But it hurts
To grow scab over wound
Missing you is mourning you
Leaving you is still losing you
And I’m just as lost
As I made you
If it could be
I would make it be
Should I be chain linked again
I would make it good
Monday 27th March 2023 3:24 pm
Cast Me away
Cast me away on a sea of dreams
And let me float away
I’ll be back later on
Cast me away on a sea of thoughts
And let me drift away
I’ll explore my inner workings and try to find
A little peace of mind
Cast me away from living people
Let me walk among the dead
And hear their stories from the past:
Thoughts and dreams and memories that last...
Monday 27th March 2023 3:04 pm
Also by Steve Higgins:The Big Spot | The Curve of Her Neck | The Godfather Part III |
Green Lights Turned Red
Traffic lights go green,
An empty late midnight highway
Gives the man the license to speed up.
The speed limit marked 80 or below,
Nevertheless, he gave in full throttle.
The girl sitting next to him had to reach out
To someone who'd been waiting to hear from her.
A sudden unexpected interception and
The situation was under grave repercussion.
The radiator gr...
Monday 27th March 2023 2:10 pm
Also by Manish Singh:Bonfire In A World So Cold | The Interloper | Lost In The Wake | From New York, With Love. | Dear Vincent | An Outsider's Story |
Ouvriers Britanniques en Solidarité Avec La CGT -" À bas Macron- À bas les Tories.
Jeremy Clarkson Said..."Striking Public Sector Workers Should be Shot in Front of Their Families".
Why wasn't he sacked,and arrested for incitement to murder +or grievous bodily harm?
L'internationale: French; and English below. https://youtu.be/Ptc1c5wi_X8
Debout, les damnés de la terre
Debout, les forçats de la faim
La raison tonne en son cra...
Monday 27th March 2023 12:43 pm
Also by Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh:Державний Гімн України State Anthem of Ukraine | Led By Donkeys Sting! | Screwed! | Tory Haiku | Happy Mother's Day - #Let Women Speak | Scríobh Amach Os Ard É!-Write It Out Loud! | Illegal Refugees Bill = The Bill that IS Illegal | Þunresdæg |
We’ve been there.
Conwy Castle, Stonehenge and the Jurassic coast
Aberdeen, Newquay and Scarborough fair
Dover, Holyhead and the City of Lincoln
We’ve been there
Not sleeping after we’ve quarrelled
Shouting at each other without a care
Walking away when we should have been closer
We’ve been there
Pompeii, Herculaneum and Rome
Caves of Drach, Pollenca and Port de Soller
Monday 27th March 2023 12:06 pm
Also by JD Russell:It was, and always will be, 1969 | Unsure in love | The mind of a bomber | Does anyone care? | How many? | Winter has passed and with it, love. |
You don't have to love (strife)
You don't have to love me
For me to love you back
You don't have to colour
I love you dark & black
You don't have to like you
Or anything in life
You don't have to love, my love
And you don't have to strive
Monday 27th March 2023 9:45 am
Also by Kevin Tan:Cosmic Classes | You don't have to live like that! (celebrity lifestyle) | Lost track (1) | More Chores for Sores 😩 | Bad Boys | I just want you to be happy (1) | Not under this sun | New Europe (OKAY) | Unpoetics(1) | Jack(')s | spring break springs |
Food for Thought (Science Entry) four items
1. Take five live female rats.
2. place in aquarium like tank and tend day and night.
3. keep under guard twenty four seven.
4. tank is size of pen but aquarium so no rats escape.
5. keep at body temperature - akin to daily temperatures in equatorial regions.
6. infect one of the female rats with aids/hiv like condition the animals in equatorial regions are expre...
Monday 27th March 2023 9:28 am
Also by ZTK Space:Ode To The Warning Mocking Bird | Good Move Theresa | Amidst a Cuckold Clout |
Waiting For My Nobody
Tired souls sigh together,
lovers have given up on getting better,
but I will continue to stay with the withered tree until the end of times.
We have exchanged the word 'forever'
and thus I will patiently wait untill we are back together.
I will wait for you, my nobody,
until my body cannot anymore.
Until my body decays
and my bones slip into Mother's embrace.
Monday 27th March 2023 6:38 am
Also by Oizys:Mercy | I Love Myself (Unfortunately) |
Selected Poems For Mothers
It has to be
and not too crude
It can't be a sure-fire hit
you have to take a chance
or forget it forever
it doesn't need to be
a Ben Nevis
it just is
Right there in black and white
and you all for shading
might two agree to disagree
and still hear the ring of truth?
Sunday 26th March 2023 10:39 pm
Also by Adam Whitworth:Yes Sir | In Memory | Ecology In Crisis | Words for 'Thaxted' | Mood Of A Season | Between The Ages A Thoroughfare | Aflipbook |
To be young again, carefree, and be
Only me, free of responsibility.
You see, context is key,
I hope you agree that we
Live and grow like a tree,
Branch out and roots go deep
Which may at times keep us steady,
Ready to go or stay
And after hours, night and day
Passes, months become years,
And age amasses. Our fears
Allay and gray days hide the sun...
Sunday 26th March 2023 5:55 pm
Who had waged countless wars
That have all ultimately become
Pounds of wounds
Sitting on both shoulders
All the wars turned into
And lots of embarrassment
Came into being later on
Prayers can beat off
The soul's meanigless wars
Sunday 26th March 2023 12:38 pm
Also by Begum Burak:Evil in them |
My Grandson Writes his Name
The first letter he has known for months
in zig-zag lines getting nowhere.
Turned on its side and crayoned blue
he can stretch it out like a river;
or if he changes colour can make
a mountain, some grass, a fire.
Cut back to its simplest form
and laid out in rows like ghosts,
he follows the dots over and over
before he does it on hi...
Sunday 26th March 2023 12:20 pm
Also by David Cooke:Shadow Boxing |
The Self-Fulfilled Prophecy
The Self — Fulfilled Prophecy
Baby— I know they hurt you bad
It makes me mad
That one person's actions
Could leave you feeling— so small and sad
My darling— it’s not just my view
How you were treated— was not your fault
Please belief this
But you can’t shake it
You think the way they behaved
Was because of you
You were made to question ever...
Sunday 26th March 2023 9:49 am
Also by Rasa Kabaila:These Jeans Do Well |
Beauty of Mind
With a highly volatile temper
A person may lose the beauty of mind
Just like a sweet flower in the winter.
With all sweetness a flower blooms,
But the warmth of the sun
Does burn the soft petals.
The air does fade its aroma away.
The water hits the soft petals
With a mighty splash
Time and again.
If the beauty of mind blooms once,
Neither the sun, the ai...
Sunday 26th March 2023 8:20 am
Also by Ujjal Mandal:The Beauty of Earth | Beauty in Ugliness | Life, the Thrill of Infatuation | The Song of Beauty | Mother, My Muse! | Religion of Water | What a Mother Really Is! |
The millenia lurk
by the rafters
in the sky, marvelling
at the choices
of marionettes trying
to illumine a prophecy,
infuse it with fact;
epochs poke through,
to peek at the calcifying
of evil-doing, all
in the name of good;
not a name, of course,
but a pseudonym, cunningly
whispered by the dreaded,
Sunday 26th March 2023 2:35 am
Also by Holden Moncrieff:Dream-woven | Pantheon | Tick-tock... |
This is a testament to my will
I'm jumping ship and swimming home
All the way to Winchester, where the doors lead to plaster
To neither here nor there
Nor any hereafter
There's commotion on the other side
Interference on the other line
I can't tell where I am
Where I'm situated
Whether I was written into the grand plan
Or an honorable mention
An afterthought some...
Sunday 26th March 2023 12:16 am
Also by Katherine Lockridge:Impatience, Prudence | The Defender | In the Midst of Dying | The Silent Toll |
Weekly WalkaboutsVerse, E.G., Poem 115 of 230: SUNDAY CRICKET AND BERRIES - SUMMER 2000
Poem 115 of 230: SUNDAY CRICKET AND BERRIES - SUMMER 2000
From a bus (98 -
Bury to Manchester),
I got off at the gate
To Hamilton Road Park,
Where in situ I ate
(The taste too good to wait),
Before making my way
To a further park-gate,
Where for a while I watched
How Stand's cricketers rate.
(C) David Franks 2003 - https://walkaboutsvers...
Saturday 25th March 2023 11:13 pm
Rain on my window
Hissing like black and white interference
Unable to tune in
Searching the dial for a glimmer
A flick of a picture
A glimpse in the mirror
A speeding car
A lovers kiss
Peering into another world
The other world
A world of madness
Busily going nowhere
Or chasing reality
Pursuit of perfection
Saturday 25th March 2023 10:05 pm
Also by Edbreathe:Our friends |
I put a post of myself on again
And then think of all the critics
Those so called friends frowning in consternation at my narcissistic tendencies
As if am putting a mirror up to their own insecurities
That need to nuke the system sings in my synapses
Normality makes me mad
Friendship can’t be had
I am miles away from my mission but closer than most
God is not the Father, ...
Saturday 25th March 2023 6:39 pm
She walks past the icy road.
She floats by the freezing sea.
She carries a cold heart inside
Her expression is the reflection I see.
She laughs as it passes by
She haunts the rolling, painful cry.
She goes for the treasure that hide
Her expression is the reflection I see.
Her tears are made of Howling Blood
Her face reads out for help.
She would tell if her mouth wasn’t filled with ...
Saturday 25th March 2023 5:38 pm
Also by Zola Eppenger:I Brought | Day Dream | His Bucket List |
Saturday 25th March 2023 1:40 pm
~ imPRESSions ~
Friday 24th March 2023 10:19 pm
Also by Red Brick Keshner:skyward | exist-inguished crises | going, not gone |
LOST IN TRANSLATION
LOST IN TRANSLATION
It didn’t hurt if he stayed alert,
and kept on top of the pain.
Some days were better than others,
but I never heard him complain.
When asked why he went, he’d just say,
‘someone had to’.
But I’m not sure if he’d do it again.
So, what do you see when you look at me?
I’m curious to know. Is it someone whose father
fought for this countr...
Friday 24th March 2023 4:09 pm
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