Poetry Blog by M.C. Newberry

STATIONS

Clutching our ticket to life,

We wait at the station

Where risks are rife

As we seek our next destination.

The ticket is not marked "Class",

We take our chances to go on as one,

Hoping to continue the journey - 

With a safe arrival when it's done.

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TEA FOR ONE - today's govt. approved version of an old song

Tea for one

And one for tea

Just stay at home

Act sensibly

It makes sense

As far as I can see

There's no requisit

For anyone to visit

No caring or sharing

No nosy folk staring

We can enjoy enough

Of the stuff for three!

Earl Grey for you

PG for me

Semi-skimmed will do

(No lactose-free!)

Now let's see

How healthy we can be. 

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TEA FOR TWO - with acknowledgments to Irving Caesar

 

Right you lot...sing along in accordance with the latest government instruction !

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Tea for two

And two for tea

Me for you

And you for me

Can't you see

How healthy we would be?

Nobody near us

To see us or hear us

No friends or relations

On viral visitations

Can't you see how happy we would be.

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MIN. OF HEALTH INST> COV19

OFFICIAL - for strict compliance until further notice.

If you feel a sudden unease

And an overwhelming need to sneeze,

Speedily settle the matter at issue

By sticking your nose into a tissue.

Then throw it away and understand

It's vital to vigorously scrub each hand.

Steer clear of germ and acquaintance alike

And tell this virus "On yer bike!"

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WUHANDEMIC

This Wuhandemic

Is now totemic

Of an epidemic

That is systemic -

And points to this panic-buying polemic.

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AS IS

I find in retirement my lifestyle situation

Now provides a surprise reason for self-motivation.

Restricted by personal physical restraint

I find I'm advised not to do what I cain't!

In domestic terms it's "make do and mend"

An instruction to which, I (with difficulty) bend.

I accept it's no cause for wider elation

But I'm happy "as is" in my self-isolation.

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"I GOT IT FROM AGNES" - LAUGH WITH LEHRER

Those of a certain vintage will remember with glee the various scabrously funny songs by Tom Lehrer.  I

still recall doubling up with laughter at some of the content.  One for the atomic age was "We'll All Go Together When We Go".  Then there was "The Masochism Tango" and "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park".  In grateful

memory of the great man at this time, may I draw WOL readers to his hugely ...

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SELF-ISOLATION - going viral - sing along !

With a deserving nod to the late lamented Big O.

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Don't be any dumber than you are

Self-isolation shows the way

Or be any glummer than you are

Live your life day by day...only the lonely

Only the lonely

Know the way I feel at home

Only the lonely 

Know what it's like when you can't roam,

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SO LONELY - a lyric

I wonder, when she wakes in the morning

Has she been dreaming of me...

When the darkness makes way for the dawning

Is my face the face she would see?

 

I wonder, do her days feel longer

Are her nights over too soon.....

Does the memory of our love get stronger

When lit by the light of the moon?

 

My world is on hold and it seems that

There's little in life to be fo...

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ADVICE

It's always nice

To get well-meaning advice;

And here's my own:

Sometimes - think twice!

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HOW GLAD I AM

How glad i am that I happened to be

In the England I knew and used to see,

When roads and lanes were mostly free...

Hurrying home from school to tea.

 

How glad i am that I used to know

Those places where I would come and go,

Up hillsides high...over bridges low

To see my England on daily show.

 

How glad i am to recall country air

Like champagne when cycling every...

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BRISTOL FASHION

Greta Thunberg, the media's muppet,

(On anonymous strings,this well-travelled puppet),

Tells us here that the world is on fire;

Anyone got a boat for hire?

Whiie a media hack was on the box

Saying Russia and China are in the stocks

For causing the storms from off the Atlantic,

But excuse me if I appear pedantic -

The prevailing winds from off that ocean

Are westerly - no...

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GRANNY ON A TRIP

In the cause of lightening up someone's day - read on.

A boy asked his Granny.  "Have you seen my pills.  They're labelled LSD".

"F..k the pills", Granny replied, "have you seen the dragons in the kitchen?!"

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IN PASSING

Age is but a number,

Death is but a phase;

Allotted time spent awake or in slumber

To mark our passage through mortal days.

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SOCIAL MEDIA - A USER'S GUIDE

Let's you and  me go

Together we go

Eagerly exercising inflated ego !

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CHANNELS

Authority has a duty far and near

To keep river and stream channels clear.

To that end I duly make a mention

Of that which surely needs attention.

The flow must find its way unimpeded

To where its content is most needed

The ocean waits - with a beckoning arm

To where the flood will do least harm.

To do less earns guilt and rightly so

When the growing silt interrupts the ...

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YOU ARE THE MUSIC - song/lyric version

You are the music in my heart

With every beat I feel a part

Of some romantic symphony (alt. rhapsody)

Written just for you and me

 

You are the prelude bringing joy

The magic touch that you employ

Never ever out of tune

And never will I be immune

And so I see - it's you and me

Meant to be in harmony

 

You are the melody in my mind

And with each note I seem to...

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BY ALL MEANS

By all means...

Let's keep our plastic out of the oceans

And our carbon out of the sky;

But there's never a mention

Of what's going on with the sun,

And I admit to wondering why.

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ALL HAIL MOTHER NATURE!

Were you around in nineteen fifty six

For Mother Nature's conjuring tricks?

When they might have rung the warning bells

For what befell old Tunbridge Wells

That distant August bank holiday that saw

The likes of which wasn't recalled before.

And far beyond that Kentish city

The wrath of nature showed no pity;

In town and country - high and low

Piling up the heaps of hail ...

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LIFE'S LOTTERY

These lines form a comment of mine elsewhere on WOL.

Life is a frail and passing thing,

To which, like love and hope, we cling.

When healthy we barely spare a thought

For that which fate and fortune have brought;

But all things must come to an end

And our pleasure must be in the spend.

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GETTING YOUR WORDS' WORTH

 I wandered lonely in the crowd

That ebbed and flowed in overspills

Some striding upright:...others bowed,

As if overcome by nature's ills.

Across the pavement....in the street,

My heart stepped out to join those feet..

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Downtrodden or well-heeled, shoddy or fine, , 

Each seemed to wink as if to say

You're not alone - come join our line

Here is where you need to stay

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BBC LICENCE FEE

In an age when we're constantly steered towards giving,

It's worth bearing in mind the cost of living!

The announcement that the BBC seeks a £3 increase in the licence fee cost - sending it close to £160 per annum - was a salutary reminder of the increased cost of living. Some 58 years ago, the BBC sought an

increase in the said annual licence fee from £4 to £5 - despite opposition by MPs...

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TIME AND TIDE - A Post Brexit Viewpoint

Were you around back in nineteen sixty two

I mean mentally aware and not just alive?

Then these lines may mean something to you

With their tale of political duck and dive.

 

Back then the Common Market in question

Comprised a total nation tally of six,

But even then there was the suggestion

That we could face a "political fix" (read "tricks").

 

Lord "Clem" Attlee ann...

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PERDITION

When I see the words "Poetry Competition"

I envisage the portals of poetical perdition.

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SEMANTICS AND PEDANTICS - AN ONLINE NEWS REPORT

I' ve just been reading an online bit of news

That has a fiction writer a bit quick to accuse

The coin marking Brexit lacking a punctuation sign

That actually isn't necessary - what's shown is just fine.

When content is added  that uses the word "and" -

Continuing a sequence that goes hand in hand.

Then there is no need for a punctuation mark;

"Semantics and pedantics" - alway...

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LIFE TODAY

We've developed a frightened vulgarian society

And lost all sensible sense of propriety.

It's goodbye to good cheer

And hello to fear;

Have you seen the latest?

It's called "eco-anxiety"!!

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YOU ARE THE MUSIC - revised (currently being recorded)

A personal "take" on a show song.

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You are the music in my heart

With each beat I feel a part

Of some romantic symphony

Written just for you and me

 

You are the prelude that brings joy

The magic touch that you employ

Never ever out of tune

And never will I be immune

 

And so I see - it's you and me

Mean...

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DAYS OF WHINE AND POSES

Hardly a day goes by in this snowflake age

Without a media rant and rage

And repeated warnings of this and that

While the media moguls are growing fat

 

On what they feed the gullible masses

With what they presume successfully passes

For fact to trouble the susceptible mind

That wakes each morning expecting to find

 

The result from posters I can clearly recall

Tha...

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TOO MUCH TRAVELLING

Too many people go travelling

Taking to the air

With the atmosphere unravelling -

They do not seem to care

 

Hoping to help their personal woes

By visiting distant shores

That's the way the ozone goes....

Vapour-trails by the scores

 

Spending cash to head away

At any chance they get

I'd much prefer they made my day

<But I wouldn't place a bet>

 

On the...

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MUSIC IS MEDICINE FOR THE MIND

Music is medicine for the mind

A drug - but of the healing kind

That can serve to sooth the savage breast

Or see a soul rise to the test.

 

And if words are added to adorn

A tune from inspiration born

Something magical can glisten

To make us see even as we listen.

 

Amazing Grace of a timeless sort

That survives to give solace and support;

So let us give thanks ...

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