Poetry Blog by Chrystel Roberts
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.
Saturday 21st September 2019 8:40 am
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...
Wednesday 18th September 2019 2:48 pm
A modern phenomenon;
Millions being raised
In a one-parent home;
-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.
Tuesday 17th September 2019 10:34 am
From early childhood
Til our days are done;
We're conditioned to strive
For 'Number 1' ;
Of Me! Me! Me!
A society rent
By blind ambition;
A victor's not the one
Who wins first-place;
All are winners
Who finish the race!
Saturday 14th September 2019 10:42 pm
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
Friday 13th September 2019 9:06 pm
Foolhardy was I
And deceived by my eyes
Forgot all that glitters
Too late I realized
True beauty lies inside
My handsome prince
Turned out to be a toad!
Wednesday 11th September 2019 3:33 pm
A many-faceted colour;
A king among hues;
Evoking a rainbow?
Or a new bruise?
On a sunny day?
Or gloomy moods:
Sad and depressed?
Or little pills
That start with an E?
And jazzy tunes!
Sunday 8th September 2019 7:32 pm
A voice in my head, talking to me
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?
Friday 6th September 2019 2:05 pm
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
Wednesday 4th September 2019 10:30 pm
Shot like darts
May injure some
Call me aloof
-or better yet:
Call me Butler
Or call me Rhett.
Is what I am
“Frankly, my dear
I don't give a damn"!
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 6:33 pm
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...
Monday 2nd September 2019 8:11 pm
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!
Sunday 1st September 2019 7:34 pm
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!
Saturday 31st August 2019 6:59 pm
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...
Friday 30th August 2019 9:23 pm
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.
Friday 30th August 2019 12:34 am
(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!"
Thursday 29th August 2019 1:51 pm
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
Thursday 29th August 2019 1:57 am
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 ...
Wednesday 28th August 2019 4:21 pm
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.
Tuesday 27th August 2019 6:12 pm
i need not your condemnation;
i need not commiseration;
when you see me, in a pit;
help me climb, back out of it.
Tuesday 27th August 2019 6:22 am
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.
Monday 26th August 2019 4:50 pm
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?
Sunday 25th August 2019 7:50 pm
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!
Saturday 24th August 2019 11:48 pm
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!
Saturday 24th August 2019 11:11 am
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.
Gender bias continues to be an issue in my home country (Zambia) and globally, especially in developing nations.
Friday 23rd August 2019 1:30 pm
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!
Wednesday 21st August 2019 11:51 pm
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!
Wednesday 21st August 2019 7:48 am
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!'
Tuesday 20th August 2019 6:55 am
a flower divine;
a bell-shaped face
of exquisite design;
a pervading aroma of
it's beauty belies
a sinister power;
a deadly flower!
Monday 19th August 2019 8:41 pm
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 ...
Saturday 17th August 2019 3:51 pm
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...
Friday 16th August 2019 6:35 pm