Poetry Blog by Fred Varden
Kate G on Doorstep Beauty (Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:41 am)
Remember the time you forgot your lines
In that play you were in at the village hall
The crowd got angry and chucked pork pies
In the air, on the ceiling and up the walls
It would have happened anyway
We went out on a date and we got back late
You suggested a coffee to round things off
But I explained that I’d got a lot on me plate
You took it the wrong way and binned me off
It would ha...
Wednesday 10th April 2019 11:49 pm
Remember to double check all ingredients
Take everything with a pinch of salt
However it turns out, it’s never your fault
Just stick to the recipe and be obedient
Ensure the work area is clean and dry
Then decide whether you grill or fry
If at first there’s no success then just try
Firstly take a person on face value
Sprinkle with trust and a little TLC
Add hope, d...
Tuesday 9th April 2019 11:00 pm
Another day at Trump Towers, whatever Donald does,
he comes up smelling of flowers
Because he’s the head of a major world power
Build the wall!
Some say he’s had a serious makeover
As hairstyles go it’s a huge combover,
now Is he white or is he foreign?
Maybe the future’s bright,
and the futures orange?
Build the wall!
Trump’s had meetings with Kim Yong- Un...
Tuesday 9th April 2019 12:07 am
Memories are made of this?
You must be joking stop taking the mick
They say that little things mean a lot
But you say in my case, definitely not
Remember that day when we first met
In the bookies when you were ‘avin a bet
One place short of an each way double
When your nag pulled up with bladder trouble
The others all raced down the home straight,
By the time yours had a pee it was fa...
Sunday 7th April 2019 11:46 pm
Orange grove fragrances dominate my senses
Seville’s humid heat almost overpowers
Landscape appears through tangerine lenses
Revealing meadow adorned with multiple flowers
Alcazar de Sevilla with courtyard and towers
Is where we met, albeit by pure chance
In a single fleeting second, seeming like hours
We immediately recognised instant romance
Saturday 23rd March 2019 9:51 pm
A rock, a hard place, an impossible choice
A voice of reason or one of despair?
The stark realisation that you have no voice
As you concede defeat on a road to nowhere.
Around in circles your thoughts and feelings
The pro’s and cons continually revisited
Over and over, back and forth, looking for solutions but with options limited.
Between the Devil and the deep blue sea
A rock and a h...
Tuesday 19th March 2019 11:19 pm
Mirror, signal, manoeuvre
Make sure you have the appropriate shoes on
Ease off the clutch when your ready to go
It’s not a race but don’t go too slow,
or they’ll fail you for not keeping
up with the flow.
It’s called not making normal progress you see
You can even overtake a car or three,
provided you take due care and attention
Not everything in the Highway Code...
Monday 11th March 2019 10:53 am
What’s more important than ambience
and mood, at a point where your about
to eat gourmet food?
What’s more confusing than legal jargon
When you’re trying to increase that profit margin?
The red tape and rules are surely for fools
In this day and age,
where like minded people
are on the same page,
and those that are not, just don’t give a jot
about what is importa...
Friday 8th March 2019 5:12 pm
I fell in love with an older woman
Well when I say old, I mean, older than me
Now I know what you’re thinking,
that can’t possibly be,
but that’s where you’re wrong
cos she’s a hundred and three
Ok, so what’s the attraction?
Money or looks?
Her experience and intelligence?
You’re all on tenterhooks,
‘cos you want me to give you all ‘t gory bits,
and your conv...
Friday 8th March 2019 5:02 pm
🎵Oh battery hen, oh battery hen
Oh when will you be free again?
Let’s stick a human in the cage
and watch him cry and shout with rage
Yes watch him cry and shout with rage
How does he like being in a cage?
Oh battery hen, oh battery hen
let’s make you all free range again🎵🎵
The Urban Poet 2019
Friday 8th March 2019 4:59 pm
Is the answer to the question acceptable?
Does the question deserve an answer?
If I ask you to be honest will you hear me out?
Or is it going to be distractions, deflections?
There’s a pattern emerging here, that fills my heart
with fears, doubts, what’s this all about?
Answer the questions, don’t counter with another question,
it gives me verbal indigestion
Monday 4th March 2019 11:52 pm
Pierre de Paris acted wild and free
so much so, that it resembled a show
when he turned up in town, causing
ladies to cry, and their siblings to frown
With cane in hand and moustache finely honed,
he cut quite a dash in those pinstriped
clothes, suits, blazers and jacket with tie
It was like mix and match, apple meets pie
An eye for the ladies Pierre did have
Sunday 24th February 2019 10:28 pm
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
Sycamore and Maple
Standing tall li...
Saturday 16th February 2019 10:26 pm
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...
Friday 8th February 2019 9:52 pm
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 ...
Friday 8th February 2019 9:47 pm
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...
Saturday 2nd February 2019 11:31 pm
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...
Friday 1st February 2019 11:56 pm
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?
Friday 25th January 2019 11:43 pm
(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
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 11:47 pm
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
Sunday 13th January 2019 12:35 am
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...
Tuesday 8th January 2019 11:18 pm
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...
Tuesday 1st January 2019 3:50 pm