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Just when I think I'm getting somwhere,

Getting somewhere with you;.

Just when I feel I'm floating on air

Up in the shiny blue -

Suddenly you let me have what-for:

Baby, you slam my door!

 

Just when I think I'm getting real close,

Getting real close to you;

Just when I think I'm there and you're here

In a sweet meeting place for two -

Suddenly I find I'm flat on t...

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VOLTAIRE LIVES!

A few words from an incisive intellect from the past to put the recent Euro Cup Final failure to bed.

"The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us."

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RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM

The ongoing situation of Covid-19 and its much-discussed effect on our freedom has me referring to a record

I kept of political restrictions on our lives in the recent past.  How about these as a reminder of how they can

appear and mount up over time - for reasons that are often worryingly spurious and populist in origin.

Firearm certificate holders banned.

Fox hunting traditions outla...

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BELIEVING THAT I LIED - a repost from a decade ago

I know that it always hurts

When I think of you;

And I know for sure it always will

Every time I do.

 

The memory of what we had

Just won't go away,

And knowing that it turned out bad

Darkens each new day.

 

I see that when we said goodbye

Something in me died.

You seemed to be so very sure

When you said I lied.

 

It wasn't just the words you used

To...

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THE SIMPLEST KICK IN SOCCER

Whilst acknowledging and applauding the team effort that saw England reach the final of the Euro Cup,

the repeated failure of penalty takers to capitalise on success deserves comment, not least when

considering the following backstory in the beautiful game here in England..

Seventy years ago, Charlie Mitten of Manchester United was famous for his ability to score these spot kicks.

And ...

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GROWING OLD ALONE

Growing old alone 

Has benefits to own.

No need for reassuring

(The very idea is boring!);

Company is at best

An interruption of rest

No need for noisy chatter

From mouths that do not matter;

No reminders in another's face

That time is moving on apace.

And when time makes its concession

To the Reaper taking possession

Better a detached but caring voice

Would ...

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HALF-WIT

Calling someone a half-wit can seem misguided at best;

To understand the reason there is this simple test:

Consider the reality that stares you in the face -

That applying the appellation presumes WIT to be in place!.

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GONE TO POT

So many seem to go to pot

(Do I mean drugs?  No, I do not!)

Too much of a bad thing comes to mind

Just look around and you'll soon find

The evidence is all around

Ounce for ounce...pound for pound.

Leviathans loom large in life today

Sashaying their substantial way

The visible proof that a junk food diet

Is only OK if you DON'T try it.

A little of what you fancy may b...

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BE COMFORTED

When the fire within me dies

And my spirit soars beyond the skies

I shall need neither ears nor eyes

To meet and greet the waiting prize.

 

This much I know - this much is plain

That I shall be but born again

To take my place in the timeless train

Of Creation's own eternal chain.

 

So save your tears - your sad goodbyes

For this severing of familiar ties

Be comf...

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SLAVERY KNAVERY

Slavery equates with knavery -

Who today would argue with that?

Evil is as evil does...

And wears its evil hat.

 

But every buyer needs a seller...

Market forces in the murk;...

About who was buying and who was selling

Sees one-way forces at work.

 

Across the world and throughout time

The two have conspired as one,

Without their cruel complicity

The deed cou...

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FLIGHT

Fancy a flight that sees your hair

Stand on end - try Ryanair!

You take a chance on getting where

You bought a ticket to get there.

Wherever that place "there" might be

You may get an extra flight for free

To some dire place you did not choose -

Fancy a stop at benighted Belarus?

Where they drag opponents from a plane

In defiance of diplomacy and don't refrain

From wa...

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ROBUST

Carp and criticise if you must

But I'd prefer you to be robust'

Fight your corner, stand your ground,

In for a penny, in for a pound.

Raise your sights and take your aim

At this modern myth of "We're all to blame".

Pull the trigger and fire your shots

At those who have lots and ignore the have-nots.

Let your righteous bullets kick up the dust

And remind them of the word ...

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RICHARD

For my brother 30.01.1937 - 13.05.2021

No one lives forever - today that's been brought home to me,

And never send to know for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for thee, you see.

No recent answer to the telephone and emails that were ignored...

The mind conjured up its reasons - perhaps he just got bored

With the expectations that went with the thought.: Reply you idle man!

You're ...

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TERSE

I note the frequent mention of  "diverse"

But I'll keep my misgivings terse;

On its divergence from unity

Imparted with impunity

With no regard to the term "reimburse".

 

 

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BARBARY COAST

While reading about Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance" I was intrigued to find 

information about the subject of piracy in general, not least the slave-taking activities of the infamous 

Barbary Coast pirate mob from North Africa, essentially based in the ports of Tunis, Algiers andTripoli. 

Throughout the 17th century and beyond, they marauded around the seas. Sai...

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EMOTIVISM

You learn something every day, it seems, and a word previously unknown to me - coined by an American

philosopher - entered my existence the other day, chiming with much of what I note around me these days.

That word is "emotivism".  It describes a state of mind that views things when a need or wish to see them a

certain way takes precedence of fact.  The personal moral choice of what an i...

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BEDDED BLISS

I've long been in love with my bed!

You might say I'm easily led,

But it's a lifelong affair

That both of us share,

And we remain happily wed.

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GENERATIONAL

After World War Two in a ration-ridden rubble strewn land

The baby-boomers arppeared and quickly made their stand..

With a parental generation that had shown the world the best,

They in turn showed their intention to be up to the crucial  test

To drag this nation up by its bootstraps to prosper once again

And see a land that was on its knees stand on its feet and obtain

A future ...

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TODAY'S POET

Does it help to be a woman?

Or bring awareness if you're black?

Just be wise and make the most of both

The world has got your back!  

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NOVEL (def. of new kind...strange)

Here it is, at last - the novel for the age.  From the home of great life-changing social literary masterpeices

that stand the test of time, In the footsteps of the likes of "Persuasion", "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility", its publishers are proud to present the great novel for today -

GUILT AND GULLIBILITY by Morris Oxford

A nail-biter from start to finish - The Turns Lit...

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BE STILL - re-posted version

Be still, this heart, this  breath, this mind,

Be still and leave all grief behind.

Be still beyond this mortal air,

Be still in God's immortal care.

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RACIST?

Racist ! some would say of me,

For the English and England are all to me.

Roots of centuries in the blood

From English seed and English bud.

To both of these I stay steadfast,

My present formed by ages past.

Let others be what they must be -

Secure in their identity.

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POET

A poet is a composer, orchestrator and arranger,

Performer and promoter who knows creative danger;

Solo artist on the page and on the platform too,

The poet sings out loud and proud

And needs no back-up crew!.

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GONE TO POT

I am a potted plant

I need a lot of pot

To help me thrive

And stay alive

Pot support is what I've got.

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AN EASTER THOUGHT

The April page of my annual Foot and Mouth Painters Society calendar display the words -

"You do not find the happy life.  You make it".  For me, an appropriate consideration as Easter arrives.

Surely food for thought at this and every other time in our lives, not least when there is so much retreating

into excuse and its companion - justification for failure   Has there been any other er...

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AGENDA BENDER

I'm on what's called an agenda bender -

I head unasked to join the action;

I'll be your ready and able attender

At any display of dissatisfaction

 

The media are fans of fakery

They're ready to make up stories

They'd see meat in a bakery!

(And they love to blame the Tories).

 

I watch the daily mainstream news

For the expected biased depiction

Of who did what - ...

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GROUND ZERO (2)

I find myself pondering whether there's any cure

For the poet who persists in being obscure?

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MODERATION IN MODERATION

I confess to a morbid curiosity about what is judged to require "moderating" by those employed at WOL for 

the job, not least because I've had that experience myself.  Perhaps there could be an X-cert. WOL archive

of moderated entries, obtainable via a password and age-verification indicating maturity of outlook and  

resistance to taking offence?  That would surely provide much material ...

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GROUND ZERO

I think I'd rather be six feet in the ground

Than put up with a poem trying hard to be profound.

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WHITE BRILLIANCE

I'm so grateful for the white brilliance

That emerges day upon day;

Creative in it radiance,

Illuminating our way.

 

I rejoice in its recurring presence

That sheds an embracing glow

To benefit existence,

As on through life we go.

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AN IRISH REJOICING

The following is the lyric of my song of the same title - posted for today and every other such day.

Blessed are those who are born of this land,

Happy are they who can hold fast its hand,

Who can pull up a chair

And bid goodbye to care;

We won't  ask what you're thinking

When we ask what you're drinking.

 

Lucky are those who share this old bond,

Eager are they who come...

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THE FIRE OF JOY

A well-received recent birthday gift was a collection of poems chosen by Clive James in a book of the above

title.  The author was signing off on a distinguished career that managed a perfect balance of literary

intellect and wry humour that made (and makes) his writing so appealing.  The book also contains comments

about each poem selected by him plus advice on giving public performances...

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SHEEP ON CLAPHAM COMMON

Did you know poor Sarah Everard? You didn't?  No, nor did I.

But no worries, let's go graze on Clapham Common and have a collective cry.

There's sure to be many others willing to ignore Covid pleas

Who'll turn up just like us and be dismissive about disease..

Oh, I know that grief's a private thing and somehow I suspect

There will be a lot of unmasked others careless who they infect

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LIFE

Life is the party which everyone eventually gets to leave to go home.

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HOPE

Hope is the power that drives us on

When despair descends to dwell upon

Our days to bring pain into life,

Each cut as sharp as a butcher's knife

 

Hope is the force that sees us fight

Our way from darkness to the light.

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BRISTOL FASHION

A slave to time, Colston set old Bristol up,

Now new Bristol has torn him down;

Displacing history in righteous rage

They dragged him off to drown. 

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LONG-SUFFERING MEN'S DAY

Throughout life I worked for my pay

To please I often went out of my way

If I disagreed I let others have their say

And was fair to females. come what may

Rarely ever saying nay

Always ensuring sleeping dogs lay

So that happy times would stay

So, now I propose (ladies, if that's OK?)

We celebrate "Long-suffering Men's Day"

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RECYCLING

There's something about recycling

That provides a rich reward;

Washing out those bottles and tins

And slicing up cardboard.

Peeling off the plastic bag

From its council-issue provision

And filling it with content

That demands domestic precision.

Sometimes one - or two tied  together

Get carried down to the street

To wait like weekly offerings

To the detritus deity ...

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EYES - RIGHT!

No matter what you seek to say

Your eyes always give you away.

No matter how you play your role

Your eyes are the window to your soul.

Maybe you should avoid my gaze

When you involve me in your plays

Of make-believe and innocence -

In shadow-sway of sweet pretence.

Even when you lower your lashes

I seem to see those deceitful flashes;

So now sense says that we should ...

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EXCUSES, EXCUSES.

A modern trend that plays fast and loose

Is the ready way people find excuse

For actions and attitudes than can hurt

Mind and body and serve to divert

Attention from the need to prevent

The sort of scourge that life can present

To inflict disease and death in its path

Like some vicious vengeful form of wrath...

Payback for all the vain pretences

That pretend deeds have n...

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A POLITICAL CLERIHEW

Nigel Farage

Endured a hate-filled barrage

From those who sought his exit

But instead got Brexit.

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A POP CLERIHEW (1) and (2)

Reg Dwight

Thought his name wasn't right

And decided upon

The name Elton John

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Elton John

Has been and gone

Like a moth that's pinned

Or a candle in the wind

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CLOSED MIND

Comment allowed - if you agree to agree

I'll do you proud if you suck up to me;

But if you take a different or questioning view

Then it's comment deleted - and goodbye to you!

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THOUGHT FOR ANY DAY

These lines were seen as a comment elsewhere - and duly acknowledged for their relevance in life.

Hard times create strong men,

Strong men create easy times.

Easy times create weak men,

Weak men create hard times,

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ARTY-FARTY - a clerihew

Tracey Emin

Was the guilty 'fem' in

That unmade bed

Where true art lay dead

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ANOTHER COMEDY CLERIHEW

Morecambe and Wise

Appeared average size

But when appearing on TV

Were as big as could be

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A COMEDY CLERIHEW

David Croft and Jimmy Perry

Created their version of Tommy and Jerry

The BBC bosses thought them barmy

But the viewers knew better and loved "Dad's Army"

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A CONSTITUTIONAL CLERIHEW

Donald J.Trump

Gave Democrats the hump

Now they seek retribution

By misusing the Constitution.

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A CONTEMPORARY CLERIHEW

President Joe Biden

Seems on course to widen

The deep division in the community

Whilst espousing unity.

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DISTANCE NO PROBLEM - a Covid poem

It;s been this way right from the start - 

This distance that keeps us apart;

But it's still about giving

To make sure you keep living

And retain your place in my heart.

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