Poetry Blog by Fred Varden
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?
Monday 20th August 2018 10:46 pm
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
Can’t go out
Even of the shouts
Got no money
Not of my own
Can’t buy clothes
I’m home alone
Kids at school
Friday 17th August 2018 9:05 pm
Wednesday 15th August 2018 10:43 am
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.
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
Tuesday 14th August 2018 10:50 pm
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...
Monday 6th August 2018 6:28 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
then appear In view
To produce more nei...
Wednesday 1st August 2018 10:38 am
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 ...
Wednesday 1st August 2018 10:33 am
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!
Tuesday 31st July 2018 11:58 pm
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...
Sunday 15th July 2018 9:37 pm
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
Saturday 14th July 2018 11:49 pm
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...
Sunday 1st July 2018 1:21 pm
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...
Saturday 16th June 2018 2:12 pm
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...
Tuesday 12th June 2018 10:39 pm
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...
Wednesday 6th June 2018 9:40 pm
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
Friday 1st June 2018 10:45 pm
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...
Friday 1st June 2018 10:42 pm
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
Thursday 24th May 2018 10:05 pm
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?
Saturday 19th May 2018 10:18 pm
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...
Friday 18th May 2018 11:21 pm
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
Tuesday 15th May 2018 11:08 pm
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
Thursday 3rd May 2018 10:25 pm
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?
Thursday 3rd May 2018 10:21 pm
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...
Thursday 3rd May 2018 10:15 pm
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...
Thursday 3rd May 2018 10:10 pm
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.
Sucked into a vortex of despair, a dangerous situation in which you become more...
Thursday 3rd May 2018 10:07 pm
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
Sunday 1st April 2018 12:51 am
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
with those of He...
Friday 30th March 2018 7:20 pm
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
As well as trying to track ...
Saturday 10th March 2018 11:17 pm
It’s own goals
Thursday 8th March 2018 9:03 pm
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,...
Thursday 8th March 2018 1:18 pm
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
from its own sources
sometimes creating mystery,
intrigue and a baffling conundrum
Killing point, autoignition
An unexplained phenomenon
Human combustion without rules?
Thursday 1st March 2018 11:07 pm
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
Wednesday 28th February 2018 11:24 am
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
Sunday 25th February 2018 11:40 pm
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...
Sunday 25th February 2018 11:27 pm
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...
Wednesday 21st February 2018 4:49 pm
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.
Wednesday 21st February 2018 4:36 pm
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...
Wednesday 21st February 2018 4:28 pm
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 ...
Monday 12th February 2018 9:53 am
Oh Rotating neutron
Dense white dwarf
Emitting your strange,
Luminous thermal energy
When pointing to
only then is your
Pulsating in milliseconds
A precise, accurate,
You are the Pulsar
Saturday 10th February 2018 12:21 am
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...
Sunday 4th February 2018 10:44 am
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...
Saturday 27th January 2018 12:51 am
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
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
Thursday 25th January 2018 10:14 pm
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
Sunday 21st January 2018 11:22 pm
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
Sunday 21st January 2018 11:17 pm
He’s moral, ethical,
good, clean and nice
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
Sunday 21st January 2018 11:14 pm
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
Tuesday 9th January 2018 12:53 am
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...
Tuesday 9th January 2018 12:39 am
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