Poetry Blog by Robert holyland

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Contemplation (only)

Contemplation.
Past endeavours.
Reasonable doubts.
Future uncertain. 
Desire to know. 
Delusion intrusion. 
Continuing distraction. 
Fragments scattering. 
Kaleidoscope vision.
Twisted view.
Sadness marauding.
Captivity closing.
Mind squeezed.
Unwilling to see.
It’s a superficial hope.
 Just a liars promise. 
Trust betrayed.
A calamity befallen. 
Meandering consciousness. 
Reali...

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Omega.

I stand alone.
In this far-reaching sky tower
Can you hear me......
Is there anybody there?
A deafening silence on the line.
From the window......
Just deserted streets.
Where are you now?
Sweat beads across my furrowed brow. 
An unease takes centre stage.
Confusion spreads uncontrollably. 
What has gone wrong......
How can I understand this?
The clock is ticking away.
I lose my comp...

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Ascension

Get ready the day.
A day to remember. 
Shouts of joy.
The joy of salvation. 
Bring out the wine......
And a feast for a king!
With arms outstretched.
Let’s celebrate for the coming time.
Peace in our time, glory ahead.
Hallelujah for our eternal transcendence.
Dance and sing, deliriously alive.
This is the beginning of forevermore. 
Shalom is ours.

 

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Kingdom of comfort (political manifesto)

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We're responsible for the chaos.
The crumbling foundations.
Our lifestyles contribute to suffering. 
We watch idly as many have died.
Stand by as nations bleed.
Not recognizing the pain, the hurts caused.
Numb as we possibly could be.
Laughing ourselves stupid in synchronicity.

Should we be merciful?
Appease the climate protestors?
In a world with so much division......
Is there much ...

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Lovers moon

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Looking up.
A sickle moon.
Lovers embrace.
The night could be theirs. 

Turning away.
A cheap perfume.
Senses dulled.
Makeup sliding. 

Only this night.
Desperate to find
Something more.
Not this twisted sight.

Burning desires
Tempered by morals.
Awaiting reward.
They have an accord...

Breathing slow.
Ankle chain lost.
Steam on the windows.
Stains on the carpets.

Sunr...

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There will be Silence.

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What’s there to say?
That hasn’t been said before.
Are the dreams of the young still realised?
Do dreamers believe in their dreams.
Have we not stolen that from them?
Aren’t we to blame for the times we’re in?
Has the time of rebellion arrived on these shores?
Haven’t there been enough broken dreams.

Are you looking for answers?
Best get the questions right first.
Can most of us actual...

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Nobody

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Vocabulary fails me.
Intellect gave me a wide berth at birth.
No wisdom, no deeper understanding of the mechanics of life.
Out of the loop, ignorance my prize.

Foolish thoughts of grandeur.
Pretending to be a somebody.
All the time displaying the qualities of a nobody.
Praying that no one will find me out.

If I could rewind in the hope to find.
A better me, someone of standing a speci...

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Idle thoughts of the mad.

Idle thoughts linger.
Daydreams merge.
Senses swirl.
Coherence disengages.
Shadows are cast from mysterious light.
Electricity flows.
Strange reality filters recognition.

Something needs to break.
In the hope of coming back
To escape the imaginary.
Find home.... find liberty.
Free to think clearly. 
Without prejudice. 
Beyond my stupidity. 

Yet my mind wanders.
On paths remote a...

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United States of Nowhere

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Driving.
Blistering sunlight and splitting tarmac.
The desert highway stretches for miles and miles. 
Tumbleweed dances to the call of these wilds.
Cacti are towering, defiantly noble.
Nature’s last stand against this corrosion. 
A bullet scarred sign.
Pointing to storm battered tracks.
Leading to dust bowl ruins.

Once a golden rush....
Long ago spent.
All that remains are splintered ...

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Take us to Heaven

Flight into the unknown. 
New universes. 
Uncharted space.
A playground for the human race.
Nebula far reaching towards us.
Dreamscape unfolding before the eyes.
Enlightenment just a solar glare away.
Holding breath awaiting God’s Angel’s. 
To carry us to another dimension.
Revelations to inspire a second birth.
Spiritual healing for sorrows lived.

Weightlessness.
Lifted high on the ...

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Undeniably Fierce Origins

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Aftermath of warring Angels.
Mists lift. 
Figures rise.
Ancient people of Sumerian praise.
Banished for treason.
Their time ....long, long ago.
They descended to this realm
An army in tatters...in search of a paradise lost.

The daughter’s of eve.
So easily deceived.
To provide a fertile haven.....
For the fallen ones of heaven. 
Love for the enemy.
An eternal seed was sown into our ...

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Neat meat

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Its neat.
To eat meat.
Forests retreat.
As farms meet.
Time to greet.
Enjoy the meat.
From horn to feet.
Its so very sweet.
A bloody treat.
Tasty meat.

Feed the kids
For not many quids.
A burger, a pie
A leg a thigh.
Gristle and fat
A cholesterol stat.
Chips to go with.
Eating to live.
Ignorance of source. 
Are you eating a horse?

Flown from Brazil.
Cheap,  it’s a steal.
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Another cheerful Day (the beauty of decay)

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On this day.
Journey through. 
Mind whirling. 
Abstract thought.
Tripping.... reaching stars.
Skydiving in serenity. 
Unaware of descent. 
The long fall back down to earth.
Seeing future events.
Achingly beautiful.
Wide eyed ready for coming calamity.
Closing oneself inside the overcoat of sadness.
Bitterness rises to catch the breath.
Moments lost in the ice of its loneliness.
Sli...

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What if?

I saw you on the number nine bus.
A winter’s night.
Snow in the air.
Trouble in your eyes.
You fought to disguise. 
The fear you felt. The pain. 
Contained in vain.
There were signs of your hurt.
Unkempt, a slight shake.
Lines upon a young face.

I tried to read your mind. 
To see through, to reach the other side.
You stared right through me.
Oblivious to my concerns.
You lit a ciga...

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Days like these

Your beautiful eyes.
Wondrous hair that excites. 
A most perfect mouth.
The glow of your soul.
Makes me sigh.
Lifts my spirits high.

Running wild.
With youth on our side.
Taking risks.
Dancing out in the rain.
Kissing and laughing so pure.
Screaming out to the sound of the cure.

Many years have passed away.
So long apart from me.
Too late now to ever see.
Further than the trees.
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Get Away!

Your words.
I distrust.
No loyalty. 
Never from you.
Just self.
It’s all about you.
Alienation grows.
You reap what you sow.
Seeds of hate.
A hurtful germination.
Get away.
Leave this place.
I have no time for you.
Patience expired. 
No love you returned.
Just excuses. 
I’ve learnt to expect that.
Your alleged superiority. 
What a joke.
You’re not worth talking to.
I feel nothi...

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The Eventuality of Hell

The darkest of lights.
Penetrates my mind’s eye.
Blistering the soul.
It caresses my spirit.
I’m ready to accept.
The blackness overwhelming me.

Just a shadow of who I used to be. 
I’ve walked as far away as I can.
Never looking back. Into your light.
I can no longer give myself to you.
The selfishness within me has taken control.
I see no point in bothering to care.

A future await...

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Bread and butter.

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Earning a crust.
Pulling plastic from dust.
Just a mountain of poo
Rather them than you?

Two small boys dressed in tatters.
A fourteen-hour stint is all that matters.
To earn a few pennies....
Keeping hope for their families.

Day after day.
Does it really have to be this way?
In a world of technology.
Don’t you find it rather extraordinary?

That the lifestyle so many enjoy.
Is s...

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Dreams it seems.

Consider this.
A time of bliss.
To have, to hold.
Keeping out the cold.
On winters dawning.
Old men snoring.
The coals are burning.
Logs require turning. 
A frosty scene.
Taken from the longest dream.
In a far distant land.
Where the hardened people stand.
In animal skin.
Pagan men living deep within.

A hero to behold.
Great stories told...
The battles the war.
Triumphant, and m...

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Always waiting

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Popularity means fuck all.
It doesn’t matter if we all die.
In looking for the truth.
A truth that doesn’t sound as true as it used to.
And, it’s just a case of wait and see.
No one knows and no one dares.
Waiting for the hour. The final hour.
The last gut-wrenching hour.

Clenching teeth and holding your breath. 
Praying that the time will pass you by.
A vision of ugly tattooed on your...

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One Hundred Years

One hundred years.
Enough time to think.
Thoughts stretched.
Love and loss.
Memories bittersweet. 
For only dear memory......
Visions of the bygone. 
Rusty gates.
Broken earth.
The field of dreams.
Harvests of faith.
Long summer nights.
Short winter days.
A bruising life.
Building character tall.

Love one’s lost.
Scattering ash.
Tales of adventure.
Of hidden treasure. 
An old ...

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No answers.

Looking. 

Answers.

Questions. 

Disappointment. 

Sadness. 

Reality.

Nothing.

Numb. 

Waiting. 

Going.

 

 

 

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Shadow victim

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Such ignorance.
In the eyes of the unwary.
Of all that is to come.
Happily singing, in a world of their own.
Late is this hour.
The lonely walk home......
Hatred is rising not far away.

Terror flirting with shadows.
Malevolence prowling.
The scent of flesh is relived.
Tonight, seems right.
Under a bridge an entity awakens.
While....
Stilettos chip away at lose tarmac.
A rhythmic sy...

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Why write out loud?

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Why write out loud?
Can what we write make a difference?
If so, do our words have any lasting impact?
The reality in part......
Yet as in the media.... words are here today, mostly forgotten tomorrow. 
Disposable thoughts.
Sound bites blown on the wind. 
Always moving on.
Looking for something new.
Something organic. Pure, Something for the intellectual crew.
Time to be true?

The trut...

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Fields of Glory ( young hearts )

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Young hearts.
Willing spirit. 
The call to arms.

Cruel skies.
Bullets.
Bombs thundering.

Mud.
Swallowing souls.
An alien landscape.

Blood.
Wounds running.
Hurts deeper than pain.

Wire.
Ensnaring limbs.
Still life.

Falling.
Dirt smearing.
Cutting, ripping.

Flags.
Wind driving.
Heroes dying.

Senseless 
Shameful.
It was betrayal.

The men in power.
Quite safe.
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Rotting Pumpkins

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9 million Pumpkins...
In wind and rain.
Abandoned to cold nights.
Slow decay.
A waste.
Food grown. Food thrown .
People hungry.
As the Pumpkins go mouldy. 
Such craziness.
Queuing at food banks.
Trick or treat.... no thanks.

Christmas delights.
Soon outshine Pumpkin lights.
Another chance to waste some more.
Do we ever stop to ask what for?
In a this land of plenty.
Is it wise to...

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hunger

Dream invasion

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Closing down.
Heading out of town.
Homeward to bed.
Not driving, walking instead.

I crawl under covers.
Not a scene for lovers.
Shutting eyes...
Drifting, expecting your lies.

And soon you come.
Accusing me of all I’ve done.
A spiteful intrusion. 
This dream is just illusion.

Its twisted within my head
I cannot control where I am led.
You’re calling the shots tonight.
I’m pray...

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dream

The End without You.

Light in eastern horizons. 
Moon spikes the shadows redundant.
I see your face this night.
You have come to find solace.
We stare into the starry sky ...
Then try to redefine.
The reasons for living, for believing. 
In that which we once shared.
A past of reciprocity.
The game of give and take.
Remembering how to forsake.
Knowing now it’s much too late.
A lover’s moon turns red.
This ...

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All will be dust.

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Searing winds scar the landscape.
This hell kills whoever enters.
A no man’s land, barren for many years.
So, hide your eyes....
Nothing here for us, no happy endings.
Only death and treachery await.

Where......
Rust and dust corrode the skin.
Many fools are taken in.
The lure of riches, tempting. 
Precious metal such an evil trap.
Drawn like magpies.
All that glitters, is not gold.
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Deluge.

Rain
Relentless, persistent.
Soil.
Sodden, over run.
Wind.
Deadly accomplice.
Tides.
Winter surge.
Torrent. 
Continuous, unforgiving. 
Defences.
Breached and coming down.
People.
Chaos, floundering. 
Time.
Into the night.
Victims.
Life’s lottery.
Nature.
So ruthless.
Disaster. 
Overwhelmed, torn.
Community........

Fragmented 
 

 

 

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To forget me.

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Sometimes a silence prevails. 
I think over and over.
Within my mind I want to scream at you.
But no answers and no questions have I to convey.
Turn your eyes.
Look away, please don’t look back.
Release this hold, let me be.
Forget me....
All about me.

Ignorance is my secret weapon. 
Thinking that’s the way to live.
Hurt me, kill me, do something!
The why is burning, always burning
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Finding the Promised Land

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These open wounds.
For all to see.
Running deep down.
They break this precious crown.
I look to you.
Can we find a new path?
Some direction away from here.
Anywhere to lose this fear

Peace in our time ...?

Sunrises in the promised land.
Are what my dreams are filled with.
A light that reveals who we are.
Let’s go now .... it’s very far.
Please run and don’t look back. 
No time fo...

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Looking at stars

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Looking at the stars...
Are you above me?
I shouldn’t ask....
Am I ever going to know?
That you love me.

I sit alone.
Suffocated by my fear.
Wishing there was a way.
That I could know for certain. 
You are with me and I am safe.
Am I?
Please .... say that you are?

Drifting downstream. 
I float hopelessly.
Unable to stem the flow.
Vulnerable. 
At the mercy of these tides.
Will ...

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Shouldn't be easy.....

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Trying to forget.
Reoccurring thoughts.
Little faces covered in flies.
War torn landscapes.
Broken children’s toys.
Trips to fetch water.
Dirty water that kills.
Mothers that morn as a new born dies. 
Shallow graves.
Wild dogs dig, it’s a ghastly sight.

To western shores ......
As the world spins madly.
The five-star dreams are being lived out.
Every luxury.... every need taken ca...

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Blackness

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Black.
Circles closing.
Walls pressing.
Doors closing.
Tired.
Sinking.
Silence screaming.
Voices coming.
Past incarnations surface.
To terrorize.
Falling. 
Losing control.
Too late.
Arms outstretched. 
Desperate. 
Horror realised. 
Fear sky-scraping.
Doom rising, stifling.
Breath shortening. 
Snuffed, choked. 
Blackness.
Circles ...... dimming.
Walls crumbling. 
Doors lockin...

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Barriers

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Fences.
Division between us.
Alienation.
A Misunderstood people. 
There are drifting seasons, bitter reasons. 
Successive words of war and peace.
Rhetoric of failure again and again.
Too many lies.
As walls get higher.
Burning bridges. 
Neighbour against neighbour. 
The old and the young, worlds apart.

We need revolution!

A breaking apart.
Of each and every heart.
To change mind...

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Realisation

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Standing high above the sound of humanity....

I rescue thoughts
Before they drown in the cacophony. 
I look beyond the constant babble.
Afraid all I have here is monotony.
I don’t think I like this kind of story.

The uselessness of just taking part 
An excuse for living, taking up precious space.
The days roll past,  so unstoppable. 
Not a lot of reason am I giving.
Reason for being,...

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Everybody died 2050

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Troubled times indeed.
Polluted skies.... contaminated seas.
A revolutionary people cry aloud.
Desperate for change.... always passionate.
Begging for some resistance to corporate greed.
 Unfortunately, big business is burning the last seed.

A world full of corruption 
Struggling to act with any kind of morality.
Consuming everything everywhere in sight.
Nature dies under the cover of t...

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Not meant to be ?

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The simplistic view.
Looking around. Eyes searching. 
Nothing new.
Many victims.
A world askew. 
Coming undone. Double standards.
Pleasure for the few......
Left out to dry.
This is nothing new.
Facing the harsh truth.
Hungry? Join the queue.
Life is cold. Often lonely.
How’s it for you?
Not what was intended......
Is this what it’s coming to?

 

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Redemption

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Redemptive love.
Epic, gargantuan.... limitless.
To burn the pride from bones.
A purification of the soul within.
Love of the jealous kind.
Unfathomable, relentless...... 
Love that forgives, keeps no record of hurts or wrongdoing. 
Freely given to the sons of earth......

Selfless in conception to raise the seed of Adam.
Hung high, cut, bruised ......humiliated.
Crying out that it is d...

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Redemption

In a City.

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Darkness descends.
Distant echoes as a text resends.
Following crowds throughout this neighbourhood 
Strangers in black are up to no good.
The taste of fear circulates on the breeze.
Alcohol dependency creates such unease.
There’s religion for sale in each city centre 
Was Jesus Christ a real go getter?

Nightclubs spill out and soon there’s some drama
The hungry and homeless believe i...

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Seventeen steps

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Seventeen steps to the almighty’s chair.
To stare into his all-knowing eyes.
A thousand questions to scream out at him.
Will he hear me out this time?
I stumble and fall still waiting for it all.
Falling back down to earth once more.
Just to chew on the dirt of this life.
And wonder why I feel this way... why?

Life isn’t easy it’s a matter of fact.
I guess it’s just the same for you.
W...

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Goodbyes.

Slipping. 
Falling away from us.
We wish we could say all we wanted to say...
If only we had another day...

Ever present in our lives.
So secure in the love you gave.
Always there to wipe our tears
Unconditional......dependable.

Now we wave goodbye.
Brush a lonely tear from an eye.
See you in the next life.
Where we’ll run free in love eternally. 

And ....
How we love you.
How ...

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Disease pleas

Outer limits.
Shadow existence. 
Slow penetration. 

Willowy.
Poison lurking. 
A flicker...

Heads turning.
Silent running
Breathless ...whispering.

Sudden pain.
An injection of horror.
Blackness covers.

Mortality screaming.
Life force fades.
Essence slipping, slipping.  

 

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Death

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