Poetry Blog by Jeffarama!
Dear all, if this is up your street, the poetry and music band I'm in, Bard Company with other poets Ian Whiteley, Gordon Zola and Tony Kinsella, has released a lockdown book to help pass time in the current crisis and it's out now! We couldn't tour to promote our new album 'Raising the Standards' so we thought it best to do this! It's packed with 64 pages of poetry, humour, articles, biographies ...
Tuesday 4th August 2020 7:32 pm
Enough is Enough (bigot with a bible)
Centuries of oppression
the murder and harassment
of those with black skin
A lifelong battle
Some of us will never understand
in our privileged white skin
In a world where a race
is second class
In a society where their needs
always come last
They’re fighting for change
and they want it fast
They’re sick and tired
of the lies that are cast
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 7:40 pm
The end of the world as we know it?
Early hours, I check the clock
A vivid dream has woke me up
Bizarre times, now par for the course
Yes, I‘m not dressed up, and I’ve nowhere to go
In a couple of hours it’s time for work
It’s like groundhog day, but in reverse
A bit of breakfast, watch the news
No daily commute, no traffic queues
So here we go, it’s back up the stairs
No need ...
Thursday 28th May 2020 6:16 pm
To you, who gave everything…
To you, with your empty words,
hollow promises and lies
To you, who ignored simple orders
to stay at home, just stay inside
To you, who scam the vulnerable
exploiting their struggle and plight
And to you, the perpetrators of abuse
the fear you create, is all we despise
You gave nothing, absolutely nothing
In our darkest hours, this tragic time
But to ...
Tuesday 28th April 2020 6:28 pm
God, grant me the serenity…
I watch in fascination
as the clouds pass over the moon
Then I watch in disgust
as another life is ended, all too soon
I listen to the wind
like a train it courses through the trees
Some hope it’s a wind of change
but sadly not all, they’re already on their knees
I enjoy the stillness
of the calm before the storm
But that calm and the following storm
Sunday 12th April 2020 6:50 pm
Cities falling silent, towns growing ever quiet
I haven’t felt this eeriness for a long, long time
Like the malevolence during the riots
From something we can’t touch, smell or hear
Something we can’t see
Feel the apprehension in the air, everywhere
Turn on the news, growing ever more real to you
Growing ever more real to me
A micro-organism es...
Sunday 15th March 2020 5:53 pm
I never thought that I would see the day
Friday 13th with a sting in it's tail
Torrential downpours reflect my mood
After all, no-one likes to admit they've failed
Incessant rain flushes working class votes
down the River Tonge, and well beyond
No-one knows anymore
exactly where they belong
This Socialist industrial heartland
built on mining, cotton and steel
We thought it...
Thursday 19th December 2019 6:18 pm
Give me a country that cares
Give me a country that holds it's head high
Give me a country that still has some pride
But make it one that loves it's neighbour
Whether they vote Tory or Labour
No matter what the colour of their skin
Their sexual preference or building they pray in
So don't talk to me withyour patronising words
Wearing the mask of someone who cares
Don't talk to me like...
Sunday 8th December 2019 5:02 pm
Just for a moment
On a cliff, on the north Somerset coast
We’re overlooking the Bristol Channel to South Wales
We eat, drink and talk
We try to work out where Cardiff, Swansea and Barry Island are
We wonder if those in Wales are doing the same
It’s easier at night, when their lights shine bright
The Sun is blazing down
Welcome but untypical for an English bank holiday
Kids are c...
Wednesday 18th September 2019 7:52 pm
The Only Band That Mattered!
This is a public service announcement
Without guitars! - But how they still ring in my ears
The first time I saw the Clash
a memory frozen in time, after all these years
with Mikey Dread on the 16 Tons Tour
the lights went down
cue Ernie Tennessee Ford
we charged over the seats
I've no idea how many rows
then the lights come up
to Safe European Home!
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 8:25 pm
It’s OK, NOT to be OK…
Sometimes, it hits you
right out of the blue
No escaping that feeling,
that feeling of dread
No matter what you say,
no matter what you do
When that grey day turns black
When there’s no turning back
It’s like there’s nothing to win,
but everything to lose
The lights go dim
The walls close in
You think that it’s no-one else
We might not under...
Monday 13th May 2019 8:33 pm
Divided City, Divided Land?
In hope, the Peace Bridge spans the majestic Foyle
Although the sectarian divide is plain to see
Since our time there, it's difficult to imagine
the tragic events that hit Derry City,
or Londonderry depending on your allegiance if any
The death of Lyra McKee, on Good Friday of all days
has rocked the city to the core
The loss of Lyra, a child of the peace pr...
Wednesday 24th April 2019 5:33 pm
They were only saying their prayers
It might have been the other side of the world
and people I'll never know
It might have been folk I'll never meet
and somewhere I'll never go
But the tragic news this morning
hit me like a train
Innocent defenceless people
mercilessly slaughtered again
They were only saying their prayers
just going about their lives
Another attack on humanity
Friday 15th March 2019 9:57 pm
The kids are alright!
It could be global warming
It could be global greed
But it took the kids to make a stand
To highlight our planet’s hour of need
And the cries went up of truants
How dare they defy what we say
How dare you leave school early
Come back now and stay!
What for? The kids said
Something needs to be done
You grown ups aren’t even bothered
But there’s a battle to be...
Wednesday 27th February 2019 6:02 pm
Grenfell Falls Green
Another minute’s silence
Seventy two seconds to be precise
One second for the loss
Of each precious life
Please join me for a moment
To remember those beautiful lives…
As day turns to night
Grenfell falls green
Green for Grenfell
Everywhere to be seen
Grenfell, once a green field
Now the tower is green
Green for peace
Green for love
Green for so...
Wednesday 20th June 2018 5:13 pm
A Brief Moment in Time
Behind the wheel again
for the daily grind
up early for a good start
in the eternal rat race
Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn'
plays on the radio
the sun shines over the valley
melting a frosty land
I feel good
news headlines announce
the death of Stephen Hawking
the chancellor threatens
a withrawal of copper coins
Russia warns Britain
not to mess with a nuclear p...
Friday 16th March 2018 6:54 am
While the Salvation Army Band Played On
It could have been the 1870s
You’d be forgiven
For thinking it was a different time,
Hymns and carols playing
While the poor folk wait in line
While we rush around Christmas shopping
Wrapped up in our
'Not a minute to spare' lives,
Those who have little or nothing
Cower in doorways out of sight
No feeling of Christmas spirit
No festive che...
Sunday 24th December 2017 6:55 am
Another battle, another day
From afar, she seems to go
Happily on her way
What you don’t know is
She’s doing her best
To cope with incessant pain
With remarkable courage
She’ll give it a go
But the hurt is something
Only her Fibro buddies
Will really know
On good days it’s bearable
But incredibly, she’s been called a fake
From those whose b...
Tuesday 18th July 2017 8:15 pm
This is the heart and spirit
Your hate filled eyes will never see
You can try all you like
But your sinister plans will fail
All you've done is made us stronger
Your world of evil will never prevail
You attack helpless children
You kill and you maim
But their deaths and injuries
Will never ...
Thursday 25th May 2017 7:53 pm
Please shake my hand...
I don't know it it's just me
these days things hit me hard
overcome by waves of emotion
too many close to me
have left this world too soon
Maybe we'll meet on the other side
maybe those dark days will help me see the light
maybe, just maybe
Puts things into persective
I see conflict all around
the world imploding
in an undercurrent of hate
None of us is...
Sunday 1st January 2017 4:23 pm
Delighted to announce that my second book is finally out! Bolton Calling! - titled as a proud Boltonian in respect of my home town, my last poem being the tribute. There's a couple of other references to Bolton, in particular Ghosts of Rivington Moor in there, but also some other tributes to Ian Curtis and Joy Division, and the Wigan Diggers!
There are 40 poems, and after overcoming that diffic...
Friday 16th December 2016 9:38 pm
Working class folk
A working class town
Loud n’ proud!
Got a BL postcode
Not Greater Mancs!
Built on industry
Built on diversity
We could be a city
Now we’ve got a university!
Work town, boom town
A famous cotton town
Hear the engines
And machines sound
The Spinning Mule
Went to Bolton S...
Monday 21st November 2016 6:11 pm
Peterloo - Two Hundred Years On
Almost two centuries ago
and the struggle hasn’t ended
the battle of St Peter’s Field
not the peaceful one intended
A right to vote, a right to liberty
freedom from oppression
freedom from poverty
Come and join us said Hunt the orator
but seen as the trouble cause, the instigator
Over sixty thousand strong
gathered in their throngs
and why wouldn...
Monday 15th August 2016 8:09 pm
I could still hear the music on the breeze
As the Pyramid stage lights faded
I didn’t think I’d get much sleep
Yeah, this camping lark
Ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!
I suppose I could have picked somewhere quieter
A mountainous retreat or coastal haven
The biggest festival in the world
Was kind of asking for trouble
I’m in an English country garden
But there’s no w...
Sunday 26th June 2016 8:17 pm
It took decades
To realise it’s significance
In two short days
So many met their fate
In the battle of Jutland
Many still lie in the murky waters
Where their ships went down
Ear splitting shelling
Death by shot or drowning
Over twenty ships lost
So many lives was the cost
Germans perished a hundred score
The allies more than thrice more
Over two hundred ships had clashe...
Wednesday 1st June 2016 8:13 pm
Diggers of the World Unite!
We are the Wigan Diggers
In Winstanley's ideals we believe
From the North of England to St Georges Hill
Heads held high, hearts on our sleeves
This Earth was made a common treasury
For everyone to share
Not just the money making fat cats
Who don't appreciate it or care
Like the Levellers and Diggers before us
We must protect and defend the land
Friday 11th September 2015 9:27 am
A heart as big as Syria
It always seems to happen at this time
Must be the time zones across the world
I can’t sleep, I get up in the early hours
And someone has lost their life
A member of the Paparazzi
A soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq
This time an aid worker
A taxi driver in fact
He left his home at Christmas
Leaving family and friends behind
Not to worry, there’ll be others to ce...
Sunday 28th December 2014 9:39 am
Last time I saw him
He was heading into town
He looked the other way,
crossed over, now a loner
I’d spoken to him before
Not making much sense
But in a way I understood
He talked of better times
Times of running the show, running on self will
But with the high life he rapidly went downhill
The times he nearly made the...
Sunday 31st August 2014 11:00 pm
Rock n’ Roll Love Poem!
Just like Chuck Berry
We can Rock n’ Roll
Like Tamla Mowtown
We can dance with soul
I’d love you on the dole
And while I draw the line
At Spandau Ballet’s Gold
I want you
We could sing and dance
From pole to pole
Like Neil Young
You’ve got a heart of gold
I’m a fan of your coconuts
Like Kid Creole
Yeah I’ve got to have you
Like a rock ballad
Thursday 12th June 2014 7:14 am
I once knew a man
called Snakeskin Sid
I knew that he didn’t
but he said that he did
Well who the hell do you know
who played for Real Madrid?
Oh you know the type
in his Ford Capri car
A Gin and Tonic
at the end of the bar
Hitting on the girls
but never getting far
Trying to make out
he’s a football star!
He had trials for United
but failed the test
Thursday 3rd April 2014 8:49 pm
Blame the Poor!
You say you love this country
Then help it live and work
Because right from where I’m standing
It's going from bad to worse
You’ve spent the untold billions
Now you have to fill the void
But don’t worry about the fallout
Take it from the unemployed
You could try taxing all the companies
Who haven’t paid for years
But we know if you scratch their back
There’s a fair chance they’ll s...
Thursday 9th January 2014 10:05 pm
Burnden Disaster 1946
They were only going to the match
Bolton versus the folk from Stoke
Cup fever gripped the town
Fans flocked down
Over eighty thousand of them
Burnden Park, home of the Wanderers
Excitement in the air
The war was over
No-one knew the terror afoot
Gates shut as the ground filled to burst
Some climbed in over the railway embankment wall...
Saturday 9th March 2013 11:05 am
‘It’s grim up north’
I heard him say
The old man knew
he’d worked in the mines
since the beginning of time
‘Salt of the Earth ‘
is what my mum said
‘Where the motorway is cobbled
and they still point at aeroplanes’
- but with a grin
we take it on the chin
I can only hope she was right
she used to s...
Tuesday 4th September 2012 9:17 pm
It’s the Music That Matters!
The Metalhead strums his air guitar
The Indian man sings while playing his sitar
It’s not the colour of his skin
- It’s the music that matters!
Panpipes in the mountains
Music in the fountains
It doesn’t matter where it is
- It’s the music that matters!
Synthesisers and Electropop
Strut your stuff and bop till you drop
Saturday 28th April 2012 9:33 am
It Just Ain’t Gonna Happen!
Like Bono becoming the next Pope
Like Glastonbury without any dope
Like the Dingles washing with soap
Oh well some things you live in hope
But I doubt they'll ever happen!
Like inflation rates going down
Like a cheap night on the town
Like Elvis Presley being found
Or Jedward making a decent sound
It just ain’t gonna happen!
Saturday 1st October 2011 1:37 pm
Ghosts of Rivington Moor
On a clear day from this windswept range
your eyes can see as far as the coast
and the mountains of North Wales
in heavy rain they can see little worth talking about
blindfolded by a dismal blanket of cloud
Centuries ago these hills were ablaze
warning of invasion from foreign lands
it’s pike still stands in solitary recogniti...
Thursday 21st July 2011 9:42 pm
Manchester Ritz, the glam n' the glitz
dancehall days, it's a ballroom blitz!
sticky carpets, sweaty armpits
see her dress, it just about fits
have a dance, or prop up the bar
glittering balls, a dancefloor star
see that girl, I can see her bra
watch her move, she's the best by far
sexy girls, crazy drunken nights
low cut tops, minis...
Friday 1st May 2009 3:52 pm
Appointment with fear!
It's that dreaded time of year
Appointment with fear at nine
Receptionist knows I'm worried
she remembers the drama last time!
I'm dragged kicking and screaming
into the cold clinical dentists den
from that deathly waiting room
Why the hell am I here again?
I stand there ghostly white
I pause, I think he knows I'm scar...
Thursday 5th February 2009 7:21 pm
Singing loud and proud!
It's Saturday's game
we go away on the train
spirits not dampened
by the torrential rain
Arrive on their patch
like lions in a pack
Moving on together
that tribal mentality
I know its not right
but it is the reality
Finishing our beers
Tuesday 19th August 2008 6:27 pm
Punk's Not Dead!
Times were hard
smashed to bits,
what no jobs?
my hopes are sunk,
I know mum
I'll become a punk!
Hippies are out
we need something new,
and sniffin' glue,
no Elvis, Beatles
or the Rolling Stones,
so long boys
here's the Ramones!
One, two, three, four
Friday 18th April 2008 8:56 am