Poetry Blog by Fred Varden

Forces of Nature

Monsoons creating mudslides

Volcano erupting in dark of night

Tornado wrenching up trees as if matchwood, 

as flood water sweeps in unabated 

Forces over which we have no control


Bone dry, arid landscape, parched and thirsty

Strangely alluring and yet deadly in its nature

Cacti defying the climate by storing fluid

How many stories could they tell of lost souls?


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Bad Romance

Fist slams down

Vice like grip


Bruised split lip

What was said?

What was done?

Dinner gone cold?

I had some fun?

Bank card slashed

SIM card ruined

Friends deleted

Trouble brewing

Stay indoors

Can’t go out

Children terrified

Even of the shouts

Got no money

Not of my own

Can’t buy clothes

I’m home alone

Kids at school

Partner ...

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    time to reason


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Randomly Wonderful

Life can be as captivating as it can be cruel

From the opening of a car door, to the unusually silent journey to an unknown destination.

Intriguing, suspicious,

but in a strange way, randomly wonderful.


A chance encounter in of all places, a supermarket, bringing back images past.

Impressions in the mind now unlocked

As if being released from a dark eerie crypt

Black, but...

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Alexa and Siri


(A digital love story)

By Fred Varden


They met whilst travelling the digital world

Alexa on the Amazon, Siri at the iPhone tower

Alexa had no hair, no not a single curl

Siri, lithe, dark, no frills and no flowers


Both very different in many ways,

but some things in common, voice recognition

And worked twenty four hours a day

They reacted and o...

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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
completely dimmed
By the length of time 
The process takes
Apathy kicks in
and it all goes away
The bulldozers
then appear In view
To produce more nei...

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Bi-Polar Poetry

Seek help they say, don’t bottle it

or throttle it back any longer

By doing this you’ll be stronger


I’m strong in my own eyes

Why?  Because I still survive

A never ending tsunami tide


A roaring surf of emotional conflict

Riding on guilts, responsibilities, anxieties

Dread of the fear of disappointment 


Expert strategies against my mind

A perfect facade ...

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Cinema Mortgage

Popcorn sweet and butter toffee

Costing more than a gallon of coffee

Whatever happened to the penny chew?

We used to share between me and you?

A kiss or two on the back row

Would give our cheeks a rosy glow

But now before we even get in

We’ve nothing left, bereft and skint!

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I’ll Take That!

If you want a win you’ll take a draw

‘Cos losing hits a nerve that’s raw

As good times go you’ll take the bad

An alternative to going mad

Now as for diets and keeping slim,

you’ll take whatever clothes your in

As long as they look reasonable enough,

to get the doubters to call your bluff 

You’ll take any odds on a winning horse

As long as the nag just finishes the course...

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The Extra Terrestrial Poets

I’ve never read Keats, Coleridge or Chaucer

I don’t believe in flying saucers,

but inspiration I sometimes find

in an unknown source that’s in my mind


It’s as if something weird has taken me over 

Infiltrated my thoughts as I get older

But how can I stop it, making me write

scary things that give people frights


When I feel it inside it sets me off shaking

In fe...

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It’s hard to stop (audio)

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Truth and Lies (audio)

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Virtual Unreality (audio)

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I were out last night at The Brewery Tap
It’s a pub in Lymm where the real ales at
After finishing me second set of poetry
A guy said I needed positivity

Positivity is what I need
Positivity I need to see
If I do nothing else in this life
To be positive is what I’d really like

Now it’s all well and good to have an opinion 
But over positivity I have no dominion
Being morose is what I...

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Rebel Rebel

I wanna be a rebel, no more goodie two shoes

I’m done with being PC

I wanna be a rebel you see

Get myself a girlfriend or three

Or would I prefer a strong cup of tea?

With a double brandy, a lager shandy?

Not radical enough? I’m just not tough

But now I’m growing old I wanna be bold

Eat loads of meat pies, kick sand in eyes,

and because I may havedementia,

say there w...

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Why Does it Have to be So?

Why did we have to connect?

Was it because it was genuine?

Is there really any chemistry?

Or did you like me out of respect?


Why do I have these thoughts 

that haunt me and won’t go away?

Is it that I am fantasising?

Misinterpreting the things you say?


Why in an ideal world

Would there be no me and you

Because of the difference in age

Being together would...

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As we walk down the street

We look at the world and we see
how it’s turning,
each time we walk down the street.
Some changes we see make
our stomaches keep churning,
each time we walk down the street.

We don’t know why things have to be so
Why does it feel so unreal?
Who can be shy, with all that goes now?
it’s out of control, that’s true.

When all’s said and done
people just don’t feel safe now,
each time t...

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Why you should love your Cardiologist

Tick tock, tick tock,

beats time, life’s clock

Vital organ, blocked vein,

chest pain, blood clot

Paramedics, sirens wail,

poorly patient, looks pale.

Rapid admission, theatre prep’t,

hands washed, ready for the boss.


The surgeon, the man,

the star of the show,

is all masked up and ready to go.

Anaesthetist fires the first shot,

which soon takes effect


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Shards of Broken Glass

Lying motionless amidst knotted weeds and grass

Astride from bloodstained shards of glass

Lady with taunted expression engraved 

Surely nobody could have been so enraged?

As a missing person it started out,

until a neighbour raised an alarming shout

After a glimpse of a somewhat ugly scene 

That turned out not to be a bad dream

How on earth did it end this way?

Had she b...

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What could be better?

What could be better than memories sweet?

Thoughts to hang on to, savour and cherish

Your first love and kiss, as your heart skipped a beat.

Close relationships like food that you relish


What could be more important than life?

The good bits the sad bits, the highlights

Excitement, joy, feeling elated, the strife

The mornings, evenings, the beauty of twilight 



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Drifting between sanity and the surreal, 
I hold on.
Feelings of exasperation, desperation.
I need an explanation! Am I really who I am?
Am I unknown or lauded?  Hold on.

A perilous journey through many years it seems,
highs, lows, pitfalls, cross roads
and dead ends, hold on.
Who is this imposter who I can’t break free of?
Why can’t I defeat it, beat it, complete it?
Hold on.


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He’s got a cough, he’s got a cold
He is convinced he’s growing old 
The futures not looking very great,
and as coughs go, it may be too late
Oh and he may have lost a bit of weight?

The pain is bad, it’s jabbing hard
His family say he’s being mard 
But he’s convinced it’s something sinister
And they will need to call a Minister.

They seem to move around and around
The excruciating pa...

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A love so strong my heart throbs in excitement 
Excitement every time we are meeting up
Meeting up is different every time in every way
In every way we relate to, and love each other
Love each other and our hearts are entwined.
    Our hearts are entwined together, forevermore 
          Forevermore, we will last the course
          The course is set out in infinite detail
    In infinite...

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The Chapel in The Fields

Bendy lanes with potholes strewn

on bright and glorious afternoon

As cars whip by, not horse nor cart

On cinders past but not on chart


Corner hugging strategic location

lends itself to





The Chapel in the Fields, a place of creativity, spirituality, hospitality, worship, peace.

Steeped in history, a space to embrace

its ...

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Hey what’s up?

Hey what’s up?

How you getting on?

You gotta job?

You know that

Sally got robbed?


Hey what’s new?

Fancy a brew?

Time for a catch up

and talk about a match up


With the guys down the barbers

Lookin’ harder and harder

Sharper and smarter

With their sideburns and partin’s


Hey how’s tricks?

Are you still in the mix?

For a girls night out?


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Through the Archway

From hustle and bustle of busy village life,

through the arched decorated entrance 

the contrast of weather temperature and silence hits,

as the warmth of the cosy room

and aroma of rich ground coffee

fill nostrils and stimulates appetites


In an instant, noise from vehicles

straining up the steep gradient,

changes to easy on the ear tones,

of happy background music


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What are YOU Saying?

Let it all go over your head

Chillax and go back to bed

Take a bottle of cider

Don’t have any mither

Let it all go over your head


It’ll all come out in the wash

The affair she had with the boss

The times you suspected

She was not at the Dentists 

It’ll all come out in the wash


It’s all for the best you see

What they say about you and me

They’d all like...

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Part one

The leap from what appeared to be normal

was huge, but the change was as swift

as it was dramatic and rude.


Looking back sends a chill right down the spine, as you wonder how you reasoned

or justified the time, the actions, you’re maligned, blind,  Reasons to be fearful.


Part two

Sucked into a vortex of despair, a dangerous situation in which you become more...

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The Egg and The Stone (A poem for Easter Day)

New Year passes without a sound
Last firework fallen to the ground
Memories of a season been and gone
As folk continue and life goes on

Shops have stripped the shelves so bare
of festive gifts we all have shared 
It’s time to stock the store with eggs
and cram them in on every ledge

But what does Easter mean to me?
I can’t compute I just can’t see!
They say a man He bled and died

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WHY? (Good Friday Poem)

A Good Friday Poem
by Fred Varden

Why did Jesus have to die?
Why do we feel like we have to cry
and wipe a tear from a guilty eye?

What did Jesus ever do
to deserve the punishment
that He only knew
would come His way
on a specific day

Why do we think we’re the wounded one
when all is said and all is done
How can our problems
ever compare
with those of He...

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The scariest dream I’ve ever had

was one about me, it was really bad

It felt so vivid and real you see

Especially given that it was little old me


I dreamt I’d been bad and so much so

That the old Bill were hastily on their toes

No, not running away from me

But asking everyone if I’d been seen


They’d been busy looking for a stolen van

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Tolls and Goals

Bell toll
             Death toll
Road toll
             Bridge toll
Life aches
              Life breaks
Life sets
              It’s own goals
Make goals
              Achieve goals
Own goals
             Score goals
Great goals
              Impossible goals
My goals
              Your goals
Can take
              their toll 

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International Women’s Day Poem Extract

Extract from Lady Desiree

By Fred Varden 

Over many decades history has given us heroines, suffragettes, leading lady's and first Lady's, leaving legacies of great pride, and the building blocks for females to thrive not to hide, and be great leaders and thinkers.

All this I can see in a person whom to me 

Is this and much more as she glides across whichever floor she is given to walk,...

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A volatile air
to an already tense
and highly charged atmosphere 
Whilst some forces
now feel on the edge,
needing only a spark to ignite,
others lie dormant
damp and extinguished

Spontaneous combustion
from its own sources
sometimes creating mystery,
intrigue and a baffling conundrum
Killing point, autoignition
An unexplained phenomenon
Human combustion without rules?

High poin...

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Fairy Cakes, Butterflies and High Tea

Part one: Afternoon Tea
Sandwiches, scones and butterfly cakes
adorning lily white, fringed table cloths Matching gloved hands
giving silver service
Waitresses in linen aprons
and frilly hats
that cover locks
of unkempt hair.
Tea rooms steaming
The aroma’s from rich brews
of Indian, Darjeeling , Earl Grey
and mint teas
permeate through both floors
Crammed with aristocracy 

Genuine ...

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The Centre of Nightmares

A real experience by Fred Varden


A trip to get me iPhone fixed

I’m all set up but me feelings are mixed 

Pull in t’ car park just after one

Cant find a space till someone’s gone

Or died an’t car’s been towed away

To let another one park for the day


Now the issue of remembering,

which section I’m in, it’s never ending

Arrive inside the Debenhams store

But I’v...

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Shades of the North East past

Dwarf the uninviting landscape,

in the form of charcoal clouds,

the consequence of industrial fallout


Those who once worked the glass factory floors, ship yards and coal mines,

sat forlornly in terraced house rows, feeling void of self worth and purpose.

Where lives once filled with laughter,

at smutty workplace banter,

now lay barren indu...

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What is more fascinating than the close study of the created being? 
She is so intriguing that I cannot wait to discover the destination that she offers, in her jewel like eyes, as they try to conceal what she dares proffer to find out about her.

In her own way, she laughs, scoffs and scolds in tormenting fun, to the point where she searches your eyes, and coyly tries to look for answers about...

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Age of Chivalry

A sultry look, a friendly smile
Youthful persona no edges rough
Educated, focussed, and ambitious 
Knows where she’s going,
as life can be vicious

She’s petite, pretty, with hair so long
but to me she’s tall and headstrong 
She struts around with spring in step
Its not that long since we first met 

She looks at me, with some admiration
Because we connect, well so I think.
I’m hopefu...

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Blue World Below

Forests of kelp flourish in shallow waters
in warm turquoise sea bed villages
Giant fronds rising up to heady heights
creating crowded thickets of life that
fight for food and space to survive

However the enemy in the shape
of sharp spiky sea urchins, descend quickly
feeding endlessly off this
life sustaining plant in seemingly endless
bristly armies in full flow

Golden coloured gari...

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It is not as if it creeps up like 
a hungry predator stalking the silence
Or that the blackness felt, is mixed
with the slightest tinge of grey 
But the fear is tangible.

It is strangely and eerily simple
Easy to reason, but not entirely
comprehensible in any sense,
Because it causes trepidation.
The fear is real.

Now too late to realise
That a solution has not been
discovered, to ...

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Oh Rotating neutron
Dense white dwarf
Emitting your strange,
radioactive beam.

Luminous thermal energy
When pointing to 
Mother Earth
only then is your
glow observed.

Electromagnetic presence
Pulsating in milliseconds
A precise, accurate,
Magnetised star
You are the Pulsar









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I utter words, you don’t respond

I try to explain that I’m not just fond

Of you, or want you as a friend

I can’t accept make do and mend

You turn away


Words you’ve said stay in my head

Churning all around even in my bed

I try to make you understand

You cover your face up with your hands

Then turn away


The fact remains that what you say

Seems almost like I...

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I’m a little bit scared

I’m a little bit scared

Of falling in love

Of not being able or capable to love

Of taking chances 

Of who I might me

I don’t know how much more

I can give or go through


I’m a little bit scared

I was so very satisfied you see

I never meant for it to develop so rapidly

When I’m up there on a pedestal 

No one understands how much I give

Or knows how it all aff...

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In these days of anti-social behaviour 
Nuisance and more petty crime
A way has been opened to broker
An agreement to repair any harm
Restoration, reparation,
agreement, peace

The importance of an admission of wrongdoing
By the person who committed the crime
Helps in bringing all parties together
To discuss and agree in good time
Restoration, reparation,
agreement, peace

Now everyo...

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Old Man Young Love

Once famous pop star

With a fading reputation

Sits wandering just how

he’s in this situation


Just how did he get

in so much debt no one knows

A tortured soul through

The life that he chose


A lifestyle demanding the best

Set him apart from the rest 

The upside being the age

of his admirers which he still

continued to attract by the car load


But ...

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A virtual man

With a virtual girl

In a virtual house

In a virtual world

Gets virtually lost 

Then virtually found

So no need to worry

He’s virtually sound


A plastic woman

With a plastic man

In a plastic dream

About plastic pans

That melted plastic

On a plastic stove

In her plastic kitchen

In a plastic home


A synthetic poet

Writing synthe...

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The Salubrious Mr Stevens

He’s moral, ethical,

good, clean and nice

Virtuous, pure

Innocent and chaste,


He’s encouraging, edifying

righteous and upright 

Upstanding, high minded

But never gets uptight


Non violent, not erratic 

Honest, just and noble

Respectable and decent

Chivalrous and honourable


He’s proper, correct, simple 

and right minded

Squeaky clean

Just l...

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Double bass rumbling strong
In time with dusty drum kit worn
Treble clef on the music sheet
As toes start tapping to the beat
Choir looking smart and neat
The audience stuck to their seats
Woodwind section tuning in with
Violins making a screaming din
It’s still in tune and keeping tight
Conductor waving baton white
Orchestra pit on tenterhooks each
Section exchanging nervous looks

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In slow stately ballroom style, she dances in triple time, a stylistically refined minuet, with her partner but not in step.

He being mesmerised with her beguiling beauty, and electric personality, as the orchestra plays in ambiguous tempo or so he says

Not tiring, Fanny looks to refresh her performance by swapping dance partners, and so I move swiftly in

No need for introductions as we s...

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