Poetry Blog by NICK ARMBRISTER (2021, life)
nick armbrister on poem from book One Thousand Plastic Trinkets Nick Armbrister (Mon, 11 Jan 2021 08:48 pm)
New Shoes on poem from book One Thousand Plastic Trinkets Nick Armbrister (Mon, 11 Jan 2021 06:00 am)
on Biscuits (Sat, 9 Jun 2018 09:03 pm)
on Biplanes Attack! (Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:23 pm)
How many people have it all and want more?
Just one more toffee from the box
Or one more lady to make love to
Or a car 10 miles per hour faster
Is the grass always greener?
Step over the fence to see
There’s no way back over tho
Make a choice and away you go
Cross your fingers it’s better
Are all people like this?
May I look inside their heads?
Sunday 10th January 2021 10:12 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This life, these actions, the situations,
the people I meet, cars I drive, places I go.
All of the above make a life, my life.
What do you make of it?
The same as I do or something different?
Do you sum it up simply or in a complicated way?
My own views are hidden, known only to me.
Should I share them with you?
Is that wise? Not just yet.
There's more to follow...
Saturday 26th April 2014 2:35 pm
The weight of the world on a spider’s web.
Everything is relative, life force flows in each blade of glass.
In each house is a guy or a gal just like me.
I see them from the Edge. This epiphany is mine.
Soon to leave my northern lands, south bound.
Writing to where? Autumn views from
Oldham Edge. When will I return?
Wednesday 19th February 2014 4:07 pm
CELEBRATING HARVEST TIME
Here we are celebrating harvest time,
a once a year event so important to everyone
of us, man and best alike. We light a candle,
burn some incense and drink some wine
in an offering to the gods at this sacred time of year.
You can feel the magical power all around you
coming from within and from the universe both at once.
We eat some bread and ...
Thursday 30th January 2014 6:30 pm
Ireland is death.
Death is an island.
Hope transmutes all. ...
Friday 27th September 2013 3:15 pm
This high brick wall borders East and West, a Cold War frontier that symbolises the divisions between two mindsets. A time of paranoia and of being taken away in the night, soldiers only following orders, you’re going to the East, not to be seen again as you’re an enemy of the state, Stassi style.
For those who resist and fight there is only one option, eliminate ...
Thursday 25th July 2013 6:26 pm
Old Hammer Divine
My anxiety is like an ambush predator.
WHAM! I’m fucked...
Would you manage a year in my head?
I think you should...
...if you’re man enough then inbox me.
Into my head you shall go...
A mirror image of my town.
Shame it’s not Be...
Friday 10th May 2013 11:15 pm
The mighty planet Earth slowly turns on its own axis through space.
There is only one planet Earth with all its myriad forms of life.
A lot of this life has been here long before Man, so long before.
When Man came he was the hunter in skins and fur.
Today he is the hunted by his own kind and the skin is burned from his back.
The planet is never c...
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 7:01 pm
What a life, running on twin rigid train tracks going to a certain point
but how easy it is to come off then end up hurt!
You see, this is life and we are all in it together coping how we can to do our bit.
I do things differently than you. Sometimes I succeed while others I fail.
At least when I’m down I can say I’m not the only one.
There are o...
Sunday 23rd December 2012 11:22 pm
So we went out to see a film, with cars and music:
The Fast and The Furious. It’s like old times, you know,
Nick and Deb, when we had that thing.
Now the film ends and we go to your house,
reality hits home in the usual way.
The bloke you met sends you a text “Hello beautiful…”
and then I know it’s time to leave.
The trauma starts as I realise, th...
Tuesday 8th May 2012 6:17 pm
We fly towards the new millennium in a heady rush
of life not knowing where it will end,
or if this is only the beginning of the rest of our lives.
Who has fucked who, who is at war,
who loved who? It all seems inconsequential
compared to the death of the millennium.
Will we be happy or sad when those seconds fall
on a virgin new year?
Tuesday 10th April 2012 11:42 pm
HOW FED UP
Brave people take control and change their lives.
Stuck in a boring job, just for the money.
Stuck in a loveless marriage, just for the kids.
Stuck with a knackered old car, falling to bits.
It’s up to you to make happiness and change your life.
Sunday 25th March 2012 6:26 pm
We were together after I was alone for so many long awful months; it seems I cope best when I’m happy with a gal. My friend Karen sees this, anyhow you left me after three months and looking back I see we’d of never worked. I saw you a couple of times, one after I’d been on a date with another strange gal in Manchester; I felt rather strange seeing you in town and you looking...
Thursday 8th March 2012 11:41 pm
BANK OF IDIOT
Hey mate you're in the bank of idiots. You had the lady and acted out of character. Do you regret your actions? The art is in your house with positive sentiments off the lady. Signed with love and kisses, like her letter was. Do you still keep the letter and read it? What do you feel? I bet you like her art; it reminds you of your brief time together. In the pub she talk...
Sunday 15th January 2012 2:57 am
To be a Goth, do I have to suffer so? Have loneliness burn into my soul, sadness fill my heart, loss bring me to my knees?
All I have is my life and a few songs to help me by in this endless grey world of mine,
no Goth girl to save me, no real escape from this morose existence to gain ascendancy to the heavens.
A soul mate I yearn for, to escape the barest mini...
Monday 12th December 2011 4:36 pm
NUCLEAR-ARMED ANGELS WINGS
It’s hard to leave you all behind
all those times we laughed together,
once my friends but now no more.
All the special girls gone for good,
“Yes I’ll love you forever more”—
now just an aching memory.
Where are they now?
Do they think of me or block me out?
If only I could say sorry to those I’ve hurt,
turn the cloc...
Saturday 26th November 2011 10:33 pm
Strange lights in the sky tell that something is wrong.
The continents are shifting and our planet is dying
in her ageless agony.
When the world splits open we will all perish
in Armageddon, but a new beginning will finally come.
It will take so long, maybe fifty million years
but who then will inherit the earth?
How long can man really stay he...
Saturday 26th November 2011 2:33 pm
EYE FOR AN EYE
So tell me, is it because I dared to do what I wasn’t meant to
that you turned against me?
Having feelings for my sworn enemy, doing the thing I was sworn
not to, my love turning me a traitor to my cause,
my religion and all my beliefs?
The way the cards fall are often the strangest hand of all.
To save an enemy from the grave, her grave,
Monday 17th October 2011 10:41 pm
I live in the desert on my own little farm near the damn secret airbase where they do their testing. My grandpa saw your nuclear tests in the 50s shook our walls and gave him cancer. I sued the government and got $36,000 a fortune back then. Re-vamped this old farm and met a girl who worked at the base, her car broke down on the road and she became my wife. She ha...
Wednesday 5th October 2011 1:37 pm
I’m one of the boys; I’m one of them who lives in my southern English town of Witches’ Elbow.
We just love it in our quaint little town by the sea, we chill out on the beach on the long summer nights, drinking warm beer and making love on the sand dunes knowing these moments will last forever.
I’m originally from the north and moved to Witches’ Elbow coz I ...
Monday 3rd October 2011 3:20 pm
THE TRAGEDY OF SONG
She sings in such hushed vocal tones one second,
then she shatters glass in an attack of tragic beauty the next.
The truths and traumas of life seem so real and painful when her voice glides over them,
after all, isn’t this the life that you and I and her live?
We are all in the same boat on this rough ocean at the mercy of the gale.
Sunday 2nd October 2011 4:16 pm
PASSENGERS OF LIFE
You’re a passenger of life livin’ out your remainin’ days on borrowed time.
You stick two fingers up to the world, life for you is not an oasis but it’s a charred blackened shell.
You steal from anyone to feed your dirty habit, as you slowly deteriorate in your own little hell.
When they find you dead in your bath, a load of needles by your side, w...
Sunday 2nd October 2011 1:18 pm
Every generation has its own hard men
who rule the block, kick the new kids ass’s.
Who rule every bar, don’t take no for an answer,
are not to be messed with and demand respect.
They use the weapons of their trade, knives,
brass knuckles, guns, bats and more.
Take them away and their fists are a back up,
sure fire way of defence, offence.
Thursday 29th September 2011 3:17 pm
LOVE IS DEAD
So it is time, love is dead, I have no girl only desolate loneliness
spreading out inside me, sadness leaving tears beyond belief
in this dark hour of my blackness. Mental instability threatens
my very existence, brings trauma and flashbacks, past into focus,
fight as I might. Breaking down to cry in anger at my own loneliness,
find a knife in my...
Tuesday 27th September 2011 10:08 pm
I know a girl who is such a babe.
She walks down the street looking really cool,
not caring who looks at her ample curves.
You can’t have her coz she is mine
but I don’t mind you looking
but please don’t touch.
Sunday 25th September 2011 7:15 pm
Scotland, beautiful land, land of the sky, clouds
hugging your mountains, mist in the glens.
Deep black lochs full of mystery and monsters,
age-old secrets for very few to find.
Everyone can see the beauty of this land,
next to England but a million miles away.
Once we were enemies but now friends,
a country with so many moods and colours,
the sky, timeless in her gaz...
Saturday 24th September 2011 3:36 pm
MY LITTLE COLD WAR
My mate sent some song lyrics to me, by some band. I read them after reading my story on my nuclear armed stealth jet being used in anger. I’m trying to make sense of the cold war I grew up in now, so many years later. It’s so crazy. The younger kids have no idea but my mate does, he’s only 21 but he tries to understand what it was like growing up under the shadow ...
Thursday 22nd September 2011 11:44 pm
I see what you do to your fellow man, bombing him with weapons that obliterate him and destroy all before it. No mercy at all. You get told to do, when to pull the trigger or to push the button, if you refuse then you die. Think what you do to women and kids, they can’t experience life.
Their freedom whipped away, a candle flame snuffed out. Men of other nations go to stop yo...
Thursday 22nd September 2011 11:40 pm
I’ve been on an eight mile hike with my mate, getting out of town.
Up roads, to the Waterworks to give a witch my Amelia Earhart spell.
Venturing through farmer’s fields, over dry stone walls and under barbed wire fences. ...
Thursday 22nd September 2011 11:39 pm
Peace across the skies, across the continent, for now.
Across all those people, all those faces, all those minds and lives.
Many millions died for that peace, now only fragmented memories
gone forever, forgotten by this generation but remembered by
God and Satan. All the blood has dried into the cracked earth and
the guns are silent as we trust our...
Friday 9th September 2011 11:08 pm
She is the girl from Sheffield who turns heads wherever she goes.
Her name is Anne and she is a uni girl, into bands and cheap student beer.
I met her on the bus while she was going gigging; she invited me along
and away we went to see the next big thing. At that moment I knew she’d
be mine, this raven haired girl from a foreign place unknown.
Thursday 8th September 2011 9:21 pm
Aliens don’t care about our plight, if you live or die, nah they don’t give a fuck. See a man shot dead, UFO could have zapped the shooter and stopped it. Grey aliens abducting drug dealers before they sell their evil drugs, not gonna happen!
What to do next? Ask the US president to do a protocol with aliens to stop crime on earth, would it actually work? What do we do? Do ...
Tuesday 6th September 2011 12:44 pm
MEN AND MACHINES AND GIRLS
I want to die in a machine and get my limbs crushed and my blood thrown upon burning metal and to die, to die, TO DIE!! I don’t fit into this world, no day job moving shit brown boxes from A2B in a warehouse, no long term girlfriend to love me and be there for me when I feel down, few real mates to back me up balls to the wall.
See on TV speeding bikes w...
Tuesday 6th September 2011 12:43 pm
All he ever wanted to do was to improve his life, make a better life for himself and not be a lazy freeloader. Certain people thought he'd never make it; this view rubbed off on him through time and really depressed him. He was determined to show them they were wrong, that he wasn't lazy and could prove something to first himself, then them and finally the world.
Saturday 3rd September 2011 1:56 pm
In the belly of the beast, dwelling within where the monster can't get to me, I'm safe for now. Will the beast stir and sense me inside? Find me and pull me out of his gut? Am I Jonah inside the whale? Safe or ask risk? Time will tell. Thinking I'm going to be free when I'm out there in the world, my world keeps me a pri...
Friday 19th August 2011 1:25 pm
Do you want to renounce violence against other people on a personal scale and on an international level, where countries are bombed and shelled? This isn’t good, people are injured and die. Think what happens if I hit someone and kill him with one punch, this does happen. If a mortar falls and kills a dozen people in a busy market place.
What does it solve? Each person has a relative ...
Friday 12th August 2011 11:36 pm
Young French woman is very pregnant and about to give birth to a baby. She lives in a remote area so the air ambulance helicopter is called, a state of the art Eurocopter with a highly trained crew. Modern helicopter and trained crew, they know what they’re doing. Pick up the girl to take her to hospital, arrive in style in a cool chopper. Time moves on exceedingly fast, medic ab...
Wednesday 10th August 2011 12:09 pm
You don’t see me; you ignore me totally cos I mean nowt to you. ...
Tuesday 19th July 2011 1:16 pm