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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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WOKE'S WEAK!

Woke is no joke,

A pig in a poke -

To fool the perceptions

Of well-meaning folk

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EVENTIDE

Once I was young

And now I grow old;

My fling has been flung

And hot blood runs cold.

 

Yet the mind 

Can still find

Its pleasures and treasures

To benefit old age

In pleasing measures.

 

And the refuge of bed

Provides for the head

And relaxing relief

From the body instead.

 

Old Age has its uses,

Aware of life's abuses,

Learn from its lessons ...

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A POX UPON THIS PARADOX

In my long lifetime, I've witnessed the appearance of the self-contratulatory, virtue-signalling  mode 

of behaviour that would persuade us that "nowadays" is to be admired and emulated if we are to be

considered good and worthy human beings.  We are lectured and preached to about our obligations

and duties towards the world and its dog, while,closer to home, things occur that give the li...

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QUESTION?

The poetry world can resemble attrition

When contemplated in "competition".

I try to free my mind from grudges,

But still I ask: who judges the judges?

It can seem odd - and kinda funny

When you see just what gets the money.

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FINAL CURTAIN? WORDS FOR AN INTERMENT

We are assembled here today

For the closing act of a lifelong play,

With all its laughter, joy and woe,

The curtain descends on this one-man show.

 

But somehow, somewhere, out of sight

We know there'll be a new "first night",

For this soul re-born to take the stage

Returned to life in another age..

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IT'S JUNE IN JANUARY

"It's June in January"...so goes the old song -

And if written in 1661 wouldn't seem far wrong!

Love and Nature keep us spinning around

Or so old Samuel Pepys once found.

On January the twenty first of that year

That famous diarist of this earthly sphere

Dipped pen in ink in those days of yore

To record the startling things he saw.:

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ACTIVIST

When i observe the word "activist"

I tend instead to think of "pest",

Often wishing they would desist

And spare us the charge for their arrest!

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TODAY'S "CONTRACEPTIVE"?

No thanks to yet another parking suspension affecting residents' cars in my local street to faciliate

private interest, I found myself having to re-locate my own vehicle a distance away last night.  It was

while making my way home that I noticed the number of discarded Covid face masks lying around along

the way.  Funny how the brain works but they took my own mind back to my youth and a ...

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QUESTION

We are told God loves a sinner

But why should we think He would?

If sin is such a winner,

What's the point of being good?

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