Poetry Blog by Fred Varden

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Doorstep Beauty

Broadleaved woodland spreads alongside

open meadow, wetland and arable farmland

Cereal and vegetable, thriving in abundance, 

in this gem to the eye of the beholder.


They are sheltered by their taller friends:

Oak and poplar

Cherry and birch

Rowan, Willow, Larch and Pine

I wish these were all friends of mine

Conifer, Hemlock

Sycamore and Maple

Standing tall li...

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They talk often of life’s own cross roads

when it becomes that time you need to unload

Problems, situations, mistakes and more

You may have done things differently

that’s for sure.

If it hadn’t been for obstacles in the way

Another life you may have had today

But hey, we are we are, and it’s a fact

Is what you tell yourself, it’s all part of the act

In convincing yoursel...

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Loss of balance feeling sick

Wondering if I’ll get over it

Room spinning, severe attack

Can’t make out where anything’s at

Loss of balance, can this be real?

It’s like living inside a Ferris wheel

that speeds up and then slows down

Leaves my system whirring around

My head, my brain, my thoughts a blur

What’s happening to me? it’s getting worse 

People think that I’ve ...

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Sat Navigation

You need me on every journey
To show you the way you should go
Without my expert direction
An A to Z you would have to follow
Navigation, I’m Sat navigation

My voice can be changed in an instant
I can be whoever you want
A man who is very assertive
Or a girl with sweet dulcet tones

For drivers I’ve solved all their problems 
No need to ever get lost
unless you’ve not updated my syst...

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I’m a footie fan!

I’m a man, I’m a man

I’m a football fan

everything else you can keep

Football’s what I eat and drink

No need for any sleep

That’s only wasting precious time

For me to tweet about that team of mine

Or watch ‘em on the box with a beer

Don’t ask macho me to drink any wine


I’m very sporting, win, lose or draw

It don’t matter to me if I bust someone’s jaw

In a figh...

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I knew it wouldn’t happen!

It came we saw
We waited with open jaw
How it could it change
our lives for bad or good?
When division prevented 
the plan to work
the way that it should?
We voted, the country split
Democracy then ruled over it
Time has passed
still no agreement 
The debate goes on
It’s like bereavement 
As things look dead
In the water that’s true
But in any case...
Does it bother me and you?
I ...

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Parody for the Homeless

(To the tune of ‘Star Man’)

Didn’t understand, I had nowhere to go, oh oh

Out on the streets in the freezing cold oh oh

Every man for himself is golden rule you see


My only shelter was a cardboard box oh yea

The trash my restaurant fending off a fox

and then, I’d lay my head and sleep with one eye open, thinking...


It’s a hard life living on the streets

Some peopl...

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When things are at their lowest point

And life seems harder day by day

When you’re in need of encouragement 

And someone to help you see a way

You don’t expect it to be made worse

Then wonder “hang on am I cursed?”

For trying my best for those I love

Then hating myself for crying out

The Urban Poet 2019

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Where do you belong?

In the big city amongst municipal concrete 

Along a rugged coastline, rocks protruding 

Within a deprived enclave, bereft of tears

No apparent progress for years and years 

Where do you belong?


Breathing clean country air out in the sticks 

Near woodland or forest with healthy walks

In a has-been village where coal was mined

Where in desperation people turn to crime


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On a Knife Edge

Crimes involving knives

Affecting peoples lives

Senseless reasons why

young people sometimes die

At the hand with icy blade

Too late the price is paid


A tragedy avoidable?

An issue or conundrum?

Is knife education working

from Edinburgh to London?

Is this a sign of the times?

Statistics, rising crime?

A social problem?

A youth rebellion?

To reasons we...

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