Poetry Blog by Fred Varden
Hugo Paz on Ga Ga Rhyme (Thu, 25 Jul 2019 01:13 am)
on Blind Date (Mon, 8 Jul 2019 04:15 pm)
Have you heard the latest rumour
About the Vicar and his Wife?
They got stuck in the crypt
no one there to assist
And it changed their whole outlook on life
You see with no one there to help them
And Devine intervention not seen
The Vicar chose not to pray to God
But sought solace in a few G and Ts
So is the moral of this story
As we amble along in life's race
Saturday 17th August 2019 3:00 pm
Claws tearing at the stinking mattress
A source of sustenance or rodent madness?
The urge to cause chaos, to scare, to shock
Water dripping down a filthy pipe blocked
Rats, rats the symbol of filth?
Rats, rats, won’t cure you they’ll kill
Running in packs, working hard to destroy
Everything that crosses their slimy paths
Vermin of the first degree, representing evil
Friday 9th August 2019 4:09 pm
The life I knew is faded and skewed
In a way that even I didn’t expect
As along the way I start to collect
Memories sweet and those to detest
It’s as if the years have past and so
It leaves me in a place I just don’t know
Or recognise in shape or form
From those I remember since being born
I suppose that it’s my kind of life
The ups, the downs, the laughs and frowns
Wednesday 7th August 2019 10:21 pm
Ga Ga romama
Please don’t stop
Ga ga rhyme
Rock and roll
Drill and soul
Rap and r ‘n b
Breaks the mould
it sets you free
The Urban Poet 2019
Wednesday 24th July 2019 11:38 pm
No strategic plans in this battle
A war without guns or explosives
Yet many victims and casualties
Some succumb to its powerful draw
Others battle on defencelessly
Along the way they experience fear
dread of an endless existence bubble
A treadmill of pills and well wishes
A mountain of advice to climb
Even though it’s futile words again
Do they really understand the pain?
Is there compr...
Tuesday 9th July 2019 6:42 pm
I’m late, I’m late
For a very important date
I don’t mind you see
If it’s a blind date or three
‘Cos I prefer not to know
What she looks like and so
I just turn up, give her a sultry look
and then hope for the best
(You can imagine the rest)
Now in me minds eye
She’s a looker, that’s why
I always prefer, to buy flowers for her
But I’ve had too many shocks
Like a bird with Botox
Monday 8th July 2019 2:34 pm
First day of June in twenty six
Blonde bombshell born
will star in many flicks
Childhood spent in foster care
but stood out from the crowd
especially her hair,
her beauty and so much so
she was popular with the guys
who all wanted to know
who she was, where was she from?
Where did she tarry?
At sixteen though
she went and got married
Oh Norma Jean your s...
Saturday 29th June 2019 11:18 pm
The stress the strain and endless pain
Is normal in a world where sun is rain
Where white is black
and you daren’t look back
or answer when they say “hey what’s up?”
When was it that for all this I signed up?
Don’t get me wrong I do the caring
not for money or gifts but for love and sharing,
and promises I made on that special day
but hey! When did I sign up for th...
Tuesday 18th June 2019 10:35 pm
Can’t sleep at night
wake up with the light
I’m crabby, angry
and up for a fight
The night before
I slept on’t floor
To try and change
the old routine
It worked at first
but things got worse
when I needed a leak
and the floorboards creaked
I tossed and turned
So I made a brew
Grilled a slice or two
but me toast got burned
and me plans were spurned
There was nothing else for it
Saturday 15th June 2019 11:44 pm
Forty more years with nothing to show
Only fragmented memories to join together
The past behind so just go with the flow
Keep it safe, don’t push it, can’t live forever
Who is this please?
In this cellophane dream?
Is it you, or is it me?
Promise me that I’ll soon be free
From a hazy world I can barely see
Who is this please?
Trying to establish connections to gaps
In time and spac...
Sunday 9th June 2019 10:09 pm
True friends laugh
when you laugh
Cry when you hurt
Know your favourite colour
The cut of your skirt (or shirt)
They feel when your down
And know when it’s real
See all the signs when
you’ve had a rough deal
When you’re far apart
Their best wishes they send
You know it’s genuine ‘cos
It’s from a really true friend
The Urban Poet 2019
Friday 31st May 2019 11:13 pm
I’m not radical, controversial or bad
UnInteresting, a mess, or completely mad
I admit to sometimes being the sad
Boring little old me
I’m not a Goth, gay, a punk or a follower
of any group, icon, not a self pity wallower
I’m not big, or tall or tiny like a Borrower
I’m just boring little old me
I’ve never been trapped in
Or had secrets in a closet
Been in a bank and tried to rob it
Friday 31st May 2019 11:07 pm
The happiness of all mankind is the goal
In any type of war we become someone else
You’re not you anymore, you will never again be you,
once you have taken a life,
or violated someone or something
You wake up the following morning
and you’re still you,
realising that it was you all along
This person who could act or react under orders
to help facilitate the goal of all mankind
Friday 31st May 2019 11:03 pm
Nigel’s feeling cock a hoop
The others are having to regroup
The vote is done, we’ve had our say
It’s still not June but it’s the end of May
The Tories look towards Mr Johnson
So don’t worry Jeremy just carry on son
Cable Guy’s pleased, his term almost finished
So his group will probably soon diminish
UKIP looks a ghost of it’s former self
And CHUK with Chuka is left on ...
Tuesday 28th May 2019 5:17 pm
Twenty four seven, three six five
Before imprisonment I felt alive
Free to do whatever I wanted
Without any fear or disappointment
Now I’m a slave and no longer free
Controlled by a screen and a PCB
It’s got that way that I can’t let it go
Every fact and answer I need to know
I used to have pets, a cat and poodle
Now I touch and stroke my Google
It’s my closest companion from dawn t...
Thursday 23rd May 2019 11:01 pm
Oh Doris the songs of joy you gave us
and the fabulous movies you graced
I was Bewitched by your Precious Love
As we were Making Whoopie on
The Black Hills of Dakota,
whilst on a Sentimental Journey.
Night and Day you were the Teachers Pet
Oh Close your Eyes and Fly me to the Moon
Move over Darling and let us share our Secret Love
I will sing you...
Tuesday 14th May 2019 11:51 pm
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Soon to be lauded by writers and singers
A media eruption as soon as you were born
People talking about you from dusk till dawn
Something worth celebrating across the world
In honour of you flags will be unfurled.
The Urban Poet 2019
Friday 10th May 2019 12:00 pm
An eclectic cocktail
The Urban Poet 2019
Sunday 5th May 2019 11:33 pm
A four line ditty for my young lady so pretty.
So beautiful, oh your complexion, your eyes!
Your are stunning, very intelligent and witty
I really wish I was like you and didn’t tell lies.
The Urban Poet 2019
Friday 3rd May 2019 10:09 pm
Parenting can be a joy
Whether bringing up a girl or boy
It can also be hard, it is no lie
Especially when you’re sleep deprived
But don’t lose heart and have no fear
It only lasts for twenty five years!
The Urban Poet 2019
Thursday 2nd May 2019 11:53 pm
Well for the sake of the story,
let’s call him Ron
Didn’t meet him on a Monday
nor did my heart stand still.
Just a good old fashioned,
oops sorry, meant complicated
We were in love, (or so he told me)
I was the only one for him (the lying b......)
He made me feel so very special
(you have to fake it sometimes)
We were an imperfect ...
Sunday 28th April 2019 11:44 pm
Lines set out in rhyme In time
with beats and rhythm
in metre sweet
To connect, correct
Inform, pour scorn
Create and form, adorn, purloin
“Am I bothered ” you said
they can tread on me
rat a tat on me, betray me
Sticks and stones they say
and that’s the way
I deal with it all
stand tall, don’t take a fall
for any dude who tries to be rude
‘cos it’s wate...
Sunday 28th April 2019 3:49 pm
All these years I’ve known this person
Every thought, habit, word and intention
The personal struggles of mind and body
Beliefs, experiences, natural, spiritual,
emotional and even transformational
The way they adapted to every twist, turn and bump,
in a long road to adulthood and beyond
Reinventing a personality along the way
to match what was bowled in their direction...
Saturday 27th April 2019 11:20 pm
A huge threat hanging over sheer beauty,
As the planners see it all as their duty,
to allow fat cats to trick them with compromise,
in order to see pound signs in each other’s eyes.
Governments will come and some will go,
but the beauty of our countryside
will continue to glow, with stunning new discoveries every day, and that’s one reason why we have to have our say,
Saturday 27th April 2019 10:27 pm
Plans for the future
Plans for the present
Planned by councils
Not with the residents
They know better
than us you see
They are the experts
To them we’re like trees
That blow hot and cold
In the political wind,
until our voices are
By the length of time
The process takes
Apathy kicks in
and it all goes away
Saturday 27th April 2019 10:24 pm
Gin and tonic
Filled with ice
Oh and a slice
of lemon in
and round the rim
to give it flavour
Just the one?
Do me a favour!
There’s pink gin
Plum, vanilla, Rhubarb
To name but a few
Gordon’s, Greenall’s and Whitley Neil
Gin’s the real deal!
So when you g...
Wednesday 24th April 2019 5:21 pm
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