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HIGHS AND LOWS

More bombast from President Puking

Along with real bombs and threats of nuking.

To suffer defeat must be very vexing

But can be relieved with some annexing

 

Of parts of a land you've chosen to invade

In the hope you've got it made

By a "special military operation"

Designed to achieve quick domination.

 

But aiming high can bring you low

And Puking has some way to ...

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ADVICE TO AN IMMIGRANT

Being British is as much a state of heart and mind

As was ever by any official term defined.

Understand this simple truth and you may feel affined...

To take your place with this island race and the ties that bind

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WORDS FAIL ME

I was in two minds about androgenous

(i had to check its leaning)

But I knew about misogynous

And how it was demeaning.

 

But the word had been created

And that fact got me thinking

What had seen it often stated

With no hint of nudge or winking?

 

What had brought about the name

And the accusing finger

That is very quick to blame

With cries of "Shame" that li...

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LEGACY

She united us in life

She unites us now in death.

What greater legacy

Could there be

From our great Queen Elizabeth?

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100

In the midst of the poignant pageantry one lingering thought comes hard

That Her Majesty will never send herself a 100th Birthday Card.

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MY LONDON - SEPTEMBER 2022

In all the world there's nowhere quite

Like London in her mournful plight

As history tearfully turns the page

To close our Elizabeth's golden Age

 

While all around the very air

Resonates with time - as if aware

That this great city sets the scene

For the farewell to a much loved Queen.

 

So much history...so much done,

So much lost...yet so much won.

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THAT SMILE - a final image to treasure

Who will have slept easy in their bed,

Thoughts teeming endlessly in the head;

Senses numbed by the lingering pain

From a September Thursday in the rain.

 

The mournful sun hid all the while

Outshone by the radiance of that farewell smile.

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HITTING THE SPOT

On YouTube i saw someone displayng

A T-shirt with a very relevant saying.

Perfect in the way it hit the right spot:-

Abnormal is fine

Stupid is not ! 

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IT'S A CRIME

I reject the intention to implicate

Hyperbole into hate;

To complicate and exaggerate,....

In short - to mendaciously overstate

And knowingly distort "dislike" each time

This abuse of English should be THE crime!.

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WOKE IS NO JOKE

It is reported that the term "woke" originated in the USA  (quelle surprise!!) as a term for an attitude that

seeks out injustice and discriminisation.  The problem arises from the absence of that all-important

word "perceived" which throws a wholly different perspective on what is happening or intended.  Perception is

irredeemably linked with self-deception and is apparent in a woke fram...

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DARKNESS AND THE OTHER SIDE

There;s something eerie and impossible to  explain

And no use trying - so little to gain

About the darkness that can't be defied

And soft voices heard from the other side..

 

The sensation of being caught between

Something unknown, mysterious, unseen,

When the lights go out and a hush descends

On life itself and all that it lends.

 

While disbeiief creates a departing...

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GALLOWS HUMOUR

A recent clear-out in the flat revealed an old press cutting displaying my favourite example of "gallows

humour" (albeit deliciously uinintentional).

The content was a widely syndicated news photo from New York showing the aftermath of the shooting

of mafia boss and aspiring "boss of bosses", one Carmine Galante - in an Italian restaurant,  and the

scene as the deceased's corpse was be...

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MEETING HER MAJESTY

If I needed any reminder how modern technology has made blindly obedient servants of us all, it was

watching the YouTube video of Her Majesty The Queen - in her 96th year - visiting a hospice near her

Windsor Castle residence in the company of her daughter HRH The Princess Royal.

Her Majesty had barely shaken hands when meeting the male carer of a patient when his mobile

'phone rang.  ...

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PUNY UNI

Over taught...over wrought

Today's university hero

Common sense scoring nought

And maturity stuck at zero.

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CHANGES

I liked to peruse travel brochures

Wishing I was there.......

Fine sand dribbling through my toes

And the tang of Ambre Solaire.

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But now I prefer the online sights

Provided by race horses

Digging in their well-shod hooves

Around assorted courses..

 

With the aroma of instant coffee

And a list of runners to scan;

A contemplative sip...a considered "tip".

Occ...

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NOTIONS

I've these notions

That emotions

Resemble potent potions

Either stimulating sensation

Or offering soothing lotions!

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END OF LIFE CARE - for my brother-in-law David Wood

Unconstrained by the weary body, the spirit flies.....

Like a caged bird finding joyful freedom in the skies.

We can only imagine the wonders it knows

As on its eternal journey it goes.

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JUBILEE - The Jewel in the Crown

Throughout a life of royal majesty ordained

Always true in our lives she has remained

To the responsibilities of majesty grievously unexpected

None of which her royal role neglected..

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"IF" - a version for today - Brian Bilston

My posting about this apt and ascerbic gem was badly timed at the end of May so I'll remind WOL readers

to check it out.  Apparently the author is a well known Twitter(er). and has a substantial following on that

social media platform.  

MC

 

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"IF" (a version for today) - Brian Bilston

My attention has been drawn to a wonderfully apt and ascerbic version of Kipling's famous poem - framed to

describe what is going on in our lives at this time.  I strongly recommend any WOL reader to seek it out...with

the attributed writer's popularity on Twitter a good start.  I have had a copy sent to me and it really is a work of

satirical excellence that Kipling himself would probabl...

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I LOVE ME

I'm as happy as I can be

And why not when I'm in love with me?

I kiss the mirror every morn

And bless the day that I was born..

 

I see no worrying imperfection

In my day to day reflection

My words to me provide elation

In self-regarding conversation.

 

When I die I'll regret that its terms

Offer the unwanted company of worms

But underground in ashes I'll be

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WHO ARE THE LUCKY PEOPLE? (written in 2001)

I was delighted to read of the acknowledgement received by Julie Callaghan to her commendable

effort to communicate her feelings to Her Majesty The Queen for this Platinum Jubilee Year and 

how it brought back a memory of my own effort when The Queen Mother endured the need for  

an operation and a donor's blood very late in her long life over twenty years ago.  Here it is.

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CATS AND RATS

Consider two city swellers

Both strugging to survive

One is feted; one is hated,,

Both desperate to stay alive.

 

What lottery of life prevails

That sees their fates allot?

One might be fondly coddled

The other poisoned or shot.

 

When you happen to see either

Scurrying off, each to its lair

Just be grateful you are neither

And reflect how life's not fair

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DIRGE

It's the age of the humour-free ditty,

The depressing dirge of self-pity.

Why make others feel low

When you;re just too slow;

To run with the chance to be witty?.

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GOD, MY DOG AND ME

With acknowledgement to the photographer of this charming image.

We're two best friends on bended knee

Side by side in harmony

Offering up a silent plea 

That HE will care for you and me

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LIFE IS BUT A JOKE

Shakespeare would have us believe that all the world is a stage and we are but players.  i vary that 

concept  here..  All life is but a joke and we are its jokers.  Let's pursue that possibility for a moment!.

My ex-wife still misses me, but her aim is getting better.

When the past, present and future go camping, they always argue.  It's intense tense in tents.

Q: What's the differenc...

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ROGUE

I've a sneaking suspicion that in other days there was a certain vogue

That favoured a politician who was fancied a bit of a rogue.

"It takes a thief to catch a thief" vying with "Thou shalt not steal"

Was a fact of life for people then and considered no big deal.

Ivory towers might be suitable for cultivating innocent flowers

But you need to get hands dirty when dealing with devili...

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BACK AT SCHOOL?

I wonder if Bojo saw himself back at school

Secure in his higher class

Out of sight, out of mind - and just so cool

Disregardiing the difference, bold as brass.

 

Seeing his staff like the fags that he knew

Who came running to his imperious drawl 

Feeling privileged  if they heard him murmur  "Yes...you"

And eagerly answering his call.

 

Old habits - like old boys - t...

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PARTIAL

I'm partial to impartiality

It signifies a mentality

That dispenses with emotion

And indicates the notion

Of how to employ reason.......

Something never out of season !

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WHAT HAPPENED?

It might be thought that becoming enlightened

Would give us courage on our side

So how have we become so frightened

With every worry magnified?

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LONELINESS

Here is a word for those not seeing ---

Loneliness is a state of mind, not being.

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FOOTBALL CRAZY

It is reported that Lincoln City Football Club has suspended the playing of its theme "The  

Dambusters March" at its matches, offering the conflict in Ukraine as the reason.  

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The City of Lincoln in its pride has boasted the Lincoln Imp

But now it seems that civic pride has gone a little limp!

Citing ...

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POWERED DOWN

I tried to submit my meter reading

For my electric supply today

You'll probably guess where this is leading -

There was just no way! 

 

Despite my efforts across the hours

The message on view was the same

Sorry but failed systemic powers

Are the things that are to blame.

 

No matter that much time was had

To get their systems working,

How could the timing  be so...

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IT'S NOT ENOUGH - a re-post from other days

It's not enough to think it,

You have to tell me that you care;

Tell me every livelong day

And love will find me there.

 

It's not enough to tell me,

You have to show me that you're mine;

Show me that it's no cliche

And love will surely shine.

 

It's not enough to show me,,

You have to be with me to stay

Be with me for evermore

And love will light the way.

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PUTIN'S WOMEN

When a man goes off the rails

Like some nutter with a knife

It makes me contemplate what fails

With the women in his life?

 

Every man born has a mother

And many have a wife

So where is their restraining touch

When he submits himself to strife?

 

'It's said behind successsful men

A woman may be found

But what about the dangerous sort -....

The violent and uns...

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POLITICIANS

All politicians walk with lies!

With events like melitng snow

Treading warily if they're wise,

Watching where they go.

 

All politicians work with lies!

Melting snow or shifting sands.

Must see them vigilant and wise

.When shaking ruthless hands..

 

All politicians live with lies!

The essence of their trade - 

To detect deceit and avoid defeat

In the game tha...

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A QUIET PASSION

Almost by accident whilst browsing among films available on Amazon, I discovered the DVD of the 

film "A Quiet Passion", featuring the story of the American poet Emily Dickinson.  The writer/direcfor

Terence Davies was known to me from other films he'd completed and that was enough to persuade

me to buy a copy.  That - and, of course, the subject and content.  It is a moving, finely writt...

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UNTITLED

I confess to thinking it odd

That so many are in seach of a "god".

When all the world needs is a mind

That possesses the wish to be kind

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PESTILENT PUKING

Pestilent Puking

With his hints of nuking

Is beyond rebuking

And, regrettably, "Chinook-ing".

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PARANOIA

The paranoia persists!

The force of its fists

Always exists

And readily resists

Any view that enlists

Advice from centrists;

To oppose - it insists -

Bullying by fascists.

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UNITED

"United we stand - divided we fall" -

Many times history has heard that call.

Now we hearken to it once again,

From the brave who fight to save Ukraine.

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VLAD THE MAD

Vlad the Mad has set the stage;

Like the ass he is, he brays his rage,

But the Russian people too will pay

As they watch a shocked World turn away. .

 

But Vlad the Mad - does he care

About the view that others share?

Does he hear the growing groans

Or heed the misery of anguished moans?

 

Hardly likely - for Vlad the Mad

Is like a brat who likes being  bad

With...

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THE BEST LAID PLANS

In the Kremlin frets Vladimir Putin

Who had plans for some shootin' and lootin'

By invading Ukraine in the hope of some gain

But found pain when Ukraine put the boot in!

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UKRAINE AGAIN!

Ukraine will rise again,

As healing subdues pain.

Its people are undaunted

As Russia's flag is flaunted

In futile fashion when it's plain

Ukraine will rise again.

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A WEB TALE FOR TODAY

"Come into my parlour", said the spider to the fly,

"I cannot abide the freedom that finds you reaching for the sky.

It goes against my appetite for dominance and fear

To see freedom existing so bravely and so near.

You'll come into my parlour and that's the moment you 

Will be cocooned forever and see freedom lost to view.".

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DISHONOURING THE TITLE

Now that Putin has shown himself ready to attack a neighbouring country without

provocation or any believable reason, I consider that he has dishonoured the 

illustrious internationally recognised title of PRESIDENT that he currently enjoys. 

Therefore, it is suggested that forthwith all addresses to him or about him adopt

the more appropriate title of "PESTILENT"..

Pestilent Putin ...

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PARIAH

Putin - our pariah

Puts Ukraine under fire

The Gremlin 

In the Kremlin

Knows Biden's USA

Boasts NO JFK !!

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PUTIN

Vladimir Putin

Seems keen on lootin'

His neighbour Ukraine

With some haphazard shootin'.

This egomaniac defined the "crime" in Crimea

And now he's set on something similar here!

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NEW AGE

We're now in the age of touchy-feely,

Moany-groany and whiny-squealy;

To which my response is....

"Oh come ON...really!!!

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CARRYING A BIG STICK

Cressida Dick seemed to have missed the trick

Of knowing she had control of a very big stick:.

Insisting on the impartial enforcement of the law

Taking precedence over political 'hee-haw'..

For politicians are essentially "come and go"

In their aims and actions and tend to show

A changing face and a changing mind -

And WHAT politician ever readily resigned?!

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