Poetry Blog by NICK ARMBRISTER (2018)
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Oh How Then
The powers that be took us into this mess
And we as people decided to act
Yes that’s right we banged our pans and spoons
Screeching ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
You there over there yes you in Europe
With your plans and rules and laws and languages
We are English and do not want your rules
Or to be ruled by you from citadel Europe
What will we gain from this?...
Wednesday 26th December 2018 12:06 pm
Peace Future Peace
I live in a world where you fucked me over
Stole my wife who was a damn mover
Worst of all you shot my dog
Burnt my car out even if it was junk
You tattooed my name on your head
And stalked me over six US states
But I am smarter than you
For I exist in your head
And live in plain site
Wednesday 26th December 2018 12:04 pm
Before She Fades (On a dream who are you girl?)
I see you you've come back to see me
You all in black trouser suite
With a bit if lipstick not needed
You're slim and medium height with tied back hair
We get on well you tell me how you feel
I say I've done a poem for you
I fumble in my book to find it
So many messy pieces here
Where is it?
I was just working on ...
Wednesday 26th December 2018 12:02 pm
I’ve known many unsavory characters from my home city of Manchester
There’s the ex-demolition guy who took a great dislike to me
Did he have visions of blowing me up instead of my old car?
He had a trainee apprentice in the wings and had connections
I knew several football hooligans who fought for what?
For England, their home team, themselves, for violence?
Wednesday 26th December 2018 11:59 am
The war to end all wars ended exactly one hundred years ago
That war failed in its objective of making war and bloodletting obsolete
Just like the bow and arrow is now outdated war was meant to be
The renderings of battle and conflict consigned to the history books
When children ask their parents: WHAT WAS WAR?
The answer should have started thus: Well child...
But that scen...
Sunday 11th November 2018 2:09 pm
Letters in Wartime
Words on paper
Telling the story of a soldier
Or airman or sailor
Letters from the front
To a sweetheart
First read by the censor
Telling of longing to see you
And hardship in battle
Seen thru with determination
And a love of country
Fighting for them
The loved ones
Far from where
He is stationed
Saying about his mates
Monday 15th October 2018 2:13 pm
The manila envelope was full of shit. It stank so fucking much. There was too much of it. One example was this: a tattooed skate boarder was blown away after being severely beaten. He was full of lead. The stitched up bullet holes showed this. There were 6 or 7 in his upper body. It was amazing how the mortician cleaned him up. He looked asleep. And was, forever…
…part of the current mad p...
Tuesday 9th October 2018 3:58 pm
The dream the dream the dream! I write like Liz Hand. The dark underbelly of the city. Not just people dying. All of it. Every city has one. All are the same. The dark 3am beat. Put my poem in your book. My dream of it. An artist painting an artist painting an artist painting an artist...
The big young potentially dangerous Russian stood in front of me. He thought what he had to say is i...
Wednesday 29th August 2018 4:13 pm
There goes a cookie
I'm feeling lucky!
Observed the RAF aircrew
When the huge bomb blew
An explosive filled dustbin
Made of little more than tin
Killing more damned Germans
The blame was all Herman's
Sending the Krauts to Hell
Sound of the final bell
Dead in their beds at night
What an awful Satanic fright
We gave them a real blitz
Enough to m...
Monday 25th June 2018 5:00 pm
Defuse The Bombs
When the war was over there are many things left over
That never went bang and were there secretly hiding
The Germans defused them in many places
And were paid in food and reduced sentences
Some new types of British bomb had a tricky fuse
Hans lost two of his friends to these tricky things
The fuse diagrams were held up at the docks
Was this on purpos...
Monday 18th June 2018 4:41 pm
It will take time to adjust to this new reality
There will be good days and bad days on the way
Along with other pre-discerned times unmentionable
Where life will be Mad Max esque and totally lawless
What will I do at such times and what will life do to me?
Tea and biscuits with pals or robbing banks with sawn offs?
Friday 8th June 2018 9:41 pm
This is what I don't like about my parents dying
The awful fucking grief that kills me inside
The knowing I won't see them again in this world
I will have to wait till I cross to the other side
How will I find myself for the rest of my life?
Wondering knowing feeling hating these emotions
And thoughts that have never ever been like this before
It almost feels li...
Friday 8th June 2018 9:39 pm
My dream took me into the darkest reaches of my mind
So far inside I met the black part of me where it all is
The grief of my dad who only recently died
All my past actions that hurt people and caused pain
The wrong parts of me still alive and hiding there
All this and more that I forget upon waking
A natural barrier that can’t be penetrated just now
Wednesday 16th May 2018 8:13 am
I took pills all my damn life to cure this and that
None of them ever fucking work
So I write about my ailments instead
The way only I can words on the page
Putting my ills into them to free me
Who am I blooody kidding eh?
Myself to give me some backbone
And MAN IT UP NICK!
But that doesn't change how I feel
Nor take way the illnesses that rest inside
Waiting to get me li...
Tuesday 8th May 2018 4:50 pm
The world wasn't built on fat laziness
But some people are so damn lazy MM
The world wasn't built on false hopes
But some people are fine liars
The world wasn't built on fake cash
But some people are excellent fraudsters
The world wasn't built on blood money
But some people are lethal gangsters
The world wasn't built on unw...
Friday 4th May 2018 4:17 pm
garnets and emeralds
the pretty girl
puts on some blusher
from her compact case
on it is an image
just like her
a pre-raphaelite print
this girl scans the sky
her eyes always above
she watches the planes
go out and come back
for she counts them all
one by one
is her guy up there?
or is he missing?
she remembers him
and cares for his comrades
the girl who counts the plane...
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 4:56 pm
In the mid 80s my dad took me to a plane crash in North Wales
It was a B-26 Marauder that hit a mountain
We climbed up to the area nearby
I froze when I saw our last climb
Up a seemingly vertical dry waterfall
There was only a bit of metal at the bottom
The rest was hundreds of feet above
We had to ascend a series of rock ledges
These were like steps and gav...
Friday 27th April 2018 7:41 pm
Digital beeping death tone
Radio net is up and running
Sailors die under enemy fire
Same with our soldiers
Souls harvested to heaven
Or taken down down below
Whatever the reason or cause
Digital death tone keeps beeping
Beep pause beep pause beep ...
Missiles flying up up high
Soon to arc down and hit
Guess nobody killed the archers...
Thursday 26th April 2018 4:17 pm
good you understand
not many do
some are judgemental
yes its possible
to have too much
of a good thing
living on a mountain than hikes
we are all old souls
some just dont realize
Wednesday 25th April 2018 11:56 pm
The roar of the Nazi automatic guns
That threw their exploding flak shells
Mixed with the shout of our engines
And bone dry rattle of our machine guns
Gave the French battle scene life
As we strafed and bombed our enemy
To give our troops more time
Our biplanes were made to fight the last war
Not a Blitzkreig but a target was a target
We went after th...
Friday 20th April 2018 4:20 pm
My life is like a movie
Seeing that replica Mustang roll in and crash at the airshow
My life is like a movie
Witnessing an ex dealer who'd just been shot in his home
My life is like a movie
Viewing Oldham riots on TV that were five minutes away
My life is like a movie
Gazing down upon Manila Bay at the enduring sunrise from Bataan
My life is like a movie
Wednesday 18th April 2018 5:19 pm
Life insurance death payout doesn’t make sense
Surely you’re meant to be a live to enjoy the payout?
But they only pay when you’re dead and buried
Something aint right there…
Saturday 14th April 2018 8:45 am
When will the company payout?
Just like Catch 22
All the benefits come after death
You sign on the line
And pay the cash
For the listed benefits
But you don’t see them
Not a single f*cking one
They’re left to your loved ones
Don’t have a wife or kids?
Too bad then
Uncle Sam will claim your benefits
To enrich his war chest...
Saturday 14th April 2018 8:43 am
I walk these majestic corridors of the huge tower block
Skyscraper clawing down the sky into the earth
Thirty two floors above ground
And ten below where anything goes
Tell me, what’s down there?
Ornate toilets fit for a king
That I use three times a night
When I have a right big shit
And wash my armpits, tonsils and nipples on the bidet
Saturday 14th April 2018 8:40 am
Born just like any other girl, life hardly started
when something happened.
It was the drug’s fault, some type of reaction stopped her
just after she started.
Try to imagine how she went through life
not being able to do what we all can do.
To talk to her computer.
By pure willpower and by logic she managed.
Gigs came along and brought new meaning,
Saturday 14th April 2018 8:35 am
I wonder where they go? Your looks have left you all haggard
and old and derelict like so many different coloured mirrors,
all shattered to jagged shards. Black mirror, silver, green, blue.
What wicked bits remain put back together in a kaleidoscope
of evil colour contrasting to your lost beauty.
Like your dreary voice so very ancient. When will you die?
Thursday 5th April 2018 8:24 am
An acronym for this, an acronym for that.
RTA, road traffic accident, metal meat grinder
crushing pulping raw red flesh.
Watch the skies and blink twice, was that a UFO?
See the little green men loop their unidentified flying object,
of course you imagined it.
You should feel safe protected by NATO
from the enemy whoever he is.
Yet there is no Soviet Union, ...
Thursday 5th April 2018 8:20 am
Sing me a song of life and times together,
do me a guitar ballad of mesmerising heart strings
being pulled ever so delicately.
My end game here in this town of a quarter of a million,
to a city 28 times bigger. Got me a girl and a job
and a future down there, what my own home town failed
to give me, of how it failed me ever so bad.
Not due to my efforts...
Thursday 5th April 2018 8:19 am
This life, this people, this city.
All living in a certain geographical area – here, this city.
Dying eventually, one day which only God knows.
Today under a tram or of old age.
This city with many names, is it like your city?
I know you were a cold war target, so were we.
People make love, fight, laugh, cry
in your city just like in my city.
You have been...
Thursday 5th April 2018 8:15 am
In three months’ time it will happen
The World Cup battleground
Taking place in Putin’s Neo Soviet Russia
England’s finest hooligans will meet
The paramilitary trained enemy Ultras
Who are pumped up steroid pimps
Wearing Sports Direct trashy gear
They claim there’ll be many dead Brits
My bet is on a few dead Russkis too
Bring it all on for this is the natural ord...
Wednesday 4th April 2018 6:10 am
These things in my head
Oh how they torment me
Feel like I'm flying in a biplane
Made of rags and wood and wire
Trying to dodge weapons that will kill me
The Red China hypersonic glide bombs
Neo Soviet Satan 2 ICBMs
Solid state lasers
Exotic alloy rail guns
All this and more aims for me
To nail me and my small plane
If I dodge one th...
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 9:06 pm
The old woman says the system only works for certain people
She's right for the system really fricking sucks
In the worst possible damn way
Some people waltz right on in there
And get what they want with no worries
Like thieves in broad daylight
Not giving a hoot about being caught
While those on the list are stuck in limbo
Caught up in a system that doesn't work...
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 8:06 pm
Why do I care for the dead more than the living?
Is it because the living are moody
Can double cross me
Always lie to me
Ruin my day in a thousand ways
Make unreasonable demands of me
Want all my time for their demands
And so much fricking more
I made the right choice
Prioritize the dead
And satirize the living
Who will all be dead in 100 years
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 8:03 pm
I feel like I failed myself for not joining the Royal Air Force
I wanted to join for years ever since I was a kid
But my teenage moods got in the way
Like they did with most other things
And still do but I see them for what they are, moods
Which stopped me from being elite
And serving my country and deterring the enemy
Be it Soviet Russia or anyone else...
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 8:00 pm
We Belong Here
Oh how we fly up away from the earth
A great nice happy feel good joyous rapture
Letting go of the ground's grip to ascend
Up into the blue blue blue where God lives
Along with Mother Nature and her elements
Nothing but beauty exists here in all ways
Ferocious to sublime to indifferent it's all here
Up where the angels live higher than cloud number nine
Thursday 29th March 2018 5:44 pm
Why do I feel like this?
Inside of me deep within.
A tempest of emotions and thoughts and feelings.
A real wind blown cliche.
Leaving me teary eyed.
Wpiping tears away when no one sees.
Thinking of my life.
How things could be different.
What I should've done different.
Or not done at all.
Oh the list is long.
As is my list of woes.
If I could redo it all, I wou...
Friday 23rd March 2018 7:29 pm
You had to see it to believe it in the call centre
How you had to queue up twice in the lines
To hand in your bag and phone
Mard arse ******* security guards thinking they're God
Elevated to a lofty status beyond you and me
Who the **** do these twoddles think they are?
Donald Damn ******* Trump?
At least he's a really rich arsehole
The fake guards bello...
Wednesday 21st March 2018 4:53 pm
we fought against the japs
but they won in the end
we went inland
away from the coast
do you see the mountain there?
we gotta climb that
up we went
we found a crashed american plane
and the pilot
we buried him by the wreck near a big tree
we found his wallet with a calling card
we were the last to see him for decades
his location became a ...
Thursday 15th March 2018 4:57 pm
one expedition found a key
from one of our iron rations
this was real evidence
it showed we were there
why would a fly boy eat our chow?
they ate in hotels served by waiters
those were army iron rations
eaten by us in the trenches
but food aside
we had one thing in common
we all hated the japs
Thursday 15th March 2018 4:57 pm
small nate was so high/huge cost is what it was then/lose death race crash fight
Thursday 15th March 2018 4:44 pm
The city is like the one Nostramadus saw
A modern metropolis where everything happens
Life death destruction creation
Around people who inhabit this place
And other locations like it globally
Ready for anything expecting it now
And it will in a massive way soon soon soon!
For we are being prepped for it
Expect the worst!
Get ready to die!
On and on and on!
Till we a...
Thursday 8th March 2018 7:58 pm
Warhawk and Nate
The Warhawks took off and flew upwards
Like angry hornets looking for trouble
Covering the frail old biplane
A flying camera with brave crew
Tasked to look for enemy locations
Flying here and there warlanes they were
American flown Curtiss fighters
Guarding the Filipino crewed Stearman
On a mission of war in the second global war
The Japs were ready and scrambled planes
Monday 26th February 2018 5:55 pm
the mosquito lamok flying fucker
kept biting me again and again
i venemously defended myself
doing my best to annihilate it
but kept missing and failing
till i had my chance and acted
a dead cert kill kill kill!
yet when i looked it wasn't there
where was it?
inside my pc keyboard
i inverted this and out fell the lamok
stunned vulnerable and soon to be dead
mosquito was u...
Friday 23rd February 2018 11:29 pm
what to write
what to think
what to do
what to say
what to dispose
what to ask
what to answer
what to design
what to suggest
what to refuse
what to confirm
what to dream
what to add
what to discuss
what to tattoo
what to read
what to eat
what to drink
what to be
what to fuck
what to shoot
what to bomb
what to corrupt
what to believe
what to dismiss
what to slaugh...
Thursday 22nd February 2018 5:00 pm
right now i miss you very much
this feeling inside that
i feel you will shrug off
for too much has happened
we've seen too much
done way too much
for this to matter to you
or me but it's there
right inside me
not going but residing
the feeling that i miss you
and we should of done more
gone to more places
cared for one another more
loved the other more
instead of fighting
Tuesday 20th February 2018 7:10 pm
Call me The Baron. My full name is Nicholas Arthur Armbrister. I bloody hate that name! Do you know how I feel? My first name used when I’m naughty. “Nicholas, you’ve had a new tattoo!”
You must be part German with a name like that. Say it slowly out loud:
They got images of Hitler’s panzers and Blitzkreig, Stukas and goose steps. No denying my heritage, I’m part Ge...
Monday 19th February 2018 11:01 pm
“Sir. They Hit the Wrong Town”
Ruth was concerned. Spitfire recon photos were the problem. Not the quality but something else. The target, it was wrong. Its street plan was different. Buildings, or what were once buildings, were different. What was wrong? Ruth thought. Do what thy will be the whole of the law. Do it right or it’s a cock up! What have our boys done?
She called her superior office...
Monday 19th February 2018 10:58 pm
What a cool gothic chick I hooked up with online.
We shared the same interests.
A pretty, kind, intelligent, funny woman.
I thought this is it.
I've met my soulmate.
No more loneliness or being misunderstood by the wrong gals.
What a catch.
Something stopped us being together.
She sensed it.
Bad news got in the way of us.
Half a bottle of vodka engulfed my oblivion.
Monday 19th February 2018 10:52 pm
She Defeated Death
She should have left the city when the chance was there.
Before the Nazis came, closing the noose.
She has so many regrets, except on her actions. ...
Monday 19th February 2018 10:49 pm
Brit gal went on hols to Thailand, wanted a good time. What she got was hell. Riding a moped down a road, something went so wrong. She hit a minibus while going fast, whose fault was it? Was she on the right side of the road? Catapulted thirty yards in the road, thud!
Mushy head time. A Brit cop working with his Thai colleagues saw her. Her head smashed in, brains spread onto the road. St...
Monday 19th February 2018 10:46 pm