Poetry Blog by Chrystel Roberts

Can't is a four-letter word

A euphemism preferred

When short on courage or will;

We sweeten up the word

Like a sugar-coated pill;

'Sorry, but I CAN'T help you...'

Sounds a little less uncouth;

'Can help but I DON'T WANT TO.'

- Much closer to the truth.

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Ageless

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She looks in the mirror;

What does she see?

Hair stained grey by the cruel hands of time;

A face lined with age, worn past its prime.

 

He looks at her;

What does he see?

A crown of silver upon the head of a queen;

The face of the loveliest girl he's ever seen...

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IRREPLACEABLE

Absentee fathers

A modern phenomenon;

Millions being raised

In a one-parent home;

'Throwaway partners'

-a causative factor;

Adults should know that

Young lives matter!

Kids need assurance

During formative years;

Two loving parents

To calm their fears;

A devoted father

I was blessed to have had;

Nothing can replace

The love, of a dad.

 

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Numero Uno

From early childhood

Til our days are done;

We're conditioned to strive

For 'Number 1' ;

Anything less 

 is incompetency;

Everyone thinking

Of Me! Me! Me!

A society rent

By competition;

Virtue displaced

By blind ambition;

A victor's not the one

Who wins first-place;

All are winners

Who finish the race!

 

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Tomorrow is far away

Life in the fast lane:

An adrenaline rush;

Yet you miss out on much

Along the way;

 

Slow down the pace;

Embrace what you love.

You may not have

Beyond today...

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My bad!

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Foolhardy was I

And deceived by my eyes

Forgot all that glitters

Isn't gold;

Too late I realized

True beauty lies inside

My handsome prince

Turned out to be a toad!

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BLUE

A many-faceted colour;

A king among hues;

Evoking a rainbow?

Or a new bruise?

 

Cloudless skies

On a sunny day?

Pristine waters?

Cornflower bouquet?

 

Or gloomy moods:

Sad and depressed?

X-rated movies?

Warmth suppressed?

 

Or little pills

That start with an E?

Extreme frustration?

Or rigidity?

 

Adorable Smurfs!

And jazzy tunes!

Ba...

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Out of my head!

A voice in my head, talking to me

Badgering, incessantly

Through the night, disturbing my sleep

Couldn't count any bloody sheep!

 

Went to spill my guts to a friend:

"Think I'm going round the bend!"

"Don't worry about it", she said

"Voices argue inside my head!"

 

Off I went to see a 'shrink'

"Am I insane? What do you think?

Straitjacket? Shock therapy?

What...

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Hope Springs Eternal

Having firm conviction, tho the day is bleak

Optimistic of attaining, the Shangri-la you seek

Prayerful expectation, of a perfect rainbow-day

Envisioning tomorrow, while it’s yet today

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Call me Rhett!

Snarky words

Shot like darts

May injure some

Fragile hearts.

 

Call me aloof

-or better yet:

Call me Butler

Or call me Rhett.

 

‘Non-fragile'

Is what I am

“Frankly, my dear

I don't give a damn"!

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Huh???

I'm really not fond of verbosity;

(Although the ex-hubby may not agree!)

Why use many words if you need a few?

A common expletive has only two!

Physicians use words we don't know;

Perhaps to soften the blow.

An attorney-at-law, we recuse:

He intends to mislead and confuse!

Politicians know not what they say;

But they're voted-in, anyway!

Him in the pulpit, I think I'l...

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why i like Poets

Poets: a menagerie of creative minds,

Risen above societal class;

They see not whether, it's half-full or half-empty;

Poets see the beauty of the glass.

 

Versemakers are free and tolerant souls

-no finicky rules, in poetry.

They care more about rhythm-and-rhyme, than grammar;

-AND around Poets, I can be me!

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RIGHTS and wrongs

A driver's license gives to me,

The RIGHT to drive, legally;

I too get, the RIGHT to use,

Any public road I choose;

But if I drive, outside the lines,

I pay hefty traffic-fines.

 

Obligated to uphold,

A comprehensive safety code:

I should never, put at risk

The life, of another motorist;

While, I have the RIGHT to drive,

He has the RIGHT to stay alive!

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Three Empty Words

I love you! Recycled words, that fall on deaf ears;

I'm sorry! Can't un-cry, all the tears;

Don't leave! She needs a reason, to stay;

I love you! There's nothing else, he can say.

She's gone. He stands alone at the gate;

WORDS; a little too little, much too late...

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who cares, anyway?

Met twelve busy people

On the street, today

They all asked how I was

I said: I'm OK

I'm really NOT

I said it, anyway

I said it, because

It's what I'm

EXPECTED to say.

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Shell-Shocked!

(With apologies to Aesop!)

“Hurrah!" cried Tortoise, after the race;

“Now, who's the one, with egg on their face!"

Gloating and boasting; self-praising was he;

Failed to notice, a Lamborghini!

No time for life to, flash before his eyes;

Tortoise met with a speedy demise!

Hare hopped on by, with more swag than before:

“Tortoise won the battle, but I won the war!"

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REGRET

Crossed a line, that cannot be uncrossed

-a cross that's heavy to bear

Across a stygian sea; hope lost

Crossed over, into Devil's lair

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Green, green grass of home

My sunny homeland, of Zambia;

And numerous other lands, too;

The powers-that-be are flummoxed;

What to do? What to do? What to do?

 

The cause of their baffling problem;

Has nicknames and tags, galore:

Mary Jane, dope, weed, grass -and Chamba;

And names, 1000 and more!

 

Legalize it or not? they ponder;

Some are pro, while others are con.

It's really a point of ...

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Perfect Strangers

Solace sought,

From those I know;

When dealt by Life,

A staggering blow;

A lesson learned;

And now understand;

The comforting touch,

Of a stranger's hand.

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fallen

i need not your condemnation;

i need not commiseration;

when you see me, in a pit;

help me climb, back out of it.

 

 

 

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Mother Knows Best

A mother summoned her kids, all three:

“Now, listen to me -carefully;

Your cellular phones, will have to go!

THEY CAUSE CANCER, don't you know?

Numerous studies have recently shown,

RF waves come through a phone!

Now give them here, without delay;

You'll be thanking me for this, one day."

Silly kids, to get so upset!

She frowned, as she lit a cigarette.

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English is Greek to me!

English, a language, rich and refined;

All too often, boggles the mind;

The plural of goose is geese;

But, the plural of noose is nooses?

Fellow poets, help me please!

Two mongeese? Or two mongooses?

 

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just ducking around!

donald's inanity drives me insane;

perhaps, it's insanity that makes him inane?

he's definitely not, the sharpest tool in the shed;

i wonder what goes on in his head!

some people idolize donald duck;

but most people think, he's a ‘stoopid' CREATURE!

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“Sorry" Is A Sorry Word

Many a woman or man, have erred,

Thinking “Sorry" is a magic word;

Present an apology, after the fact?

Or think before you speak or act?

It's well and good, to be contrite;

But “Sorry" cannot all wrongs right!

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Different but Equal

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Partnership of a knife and fork;

Useful when you are lunchin' ;

Both, complementing the other;

Each, a specific function.

Using a knife in place of a fork,

Would potentially, be doomin' ;

Another pair, different but equal:

MAN AND WOMAN.

 

Footnote:

Gender bias continues to be an issue in my home country (Zambia) and globally, especially in developing nations.

I ap...

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Give a dog a bad name...

A dog is a representation

Of loyalty and dedication;

So, why is it a denigration

To call a man 'a dog'? 

 

Perhaps, it's vilification;

An outright humiliation, 

For the canine population, 

For a man to be called a dog! 

 

 

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Tick-Tock

Life is a journey that's way too short;

To waste precious time, being a worrywart. 

Fretting and fussing make one dour;

When life gives you lemons, make a Whiskey Sour! 

 

Care not for either, frivolity or sloth;

Work and Pleasure; there's a time for both. 

Watch a cloudburst, through your window pane;

Or run outside, and dance in the rain! 

 

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#wonderful

There once was a billionaire

Who tweeted: 'I just don't care

Folks think I'm odd

But I am a god

And I love my orange hair!'

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Beneath Beauty...

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The Lily-of-the-valley

 a flower divine;

 a bell-shaped face

of exquisite design;

a pervading aroma of

angelic incense;

milky-white petals

pure innocence;

it's beauty belies

a sinister power; 

the Lily-of-the-valley

 a deadly flower!

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Heartbreak and Toothache

An unhappy marriage is like a bad tooth;

At first you ignore the obvious truth:

Something is wrong; it's causing you pain,

But you have no time to consult your brain.

So you take a pill -or have a drink or three,

Hoping to relieve your agony;

But the pain escalates until one day,

You realise it's not going away;

You're gripped with a feeling of horror and fear,

It can't ...

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HELL, NO!

Two apes having a head-to-head:

"It's friggin' absurd!" one of them said,

"Eight million species inhabit this earth,

Balancing nature and proving their worth;

But look at those creatures that are called 'man':

Ruining our planet as fast as they can;

They've polluted our air and poisoned the seas;

Their revolting habits cause death by disease!

Some of them perish with nothin...

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