Poetry Blog by Tony Earnshaw

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Constancy and Betrayal

I was enjoying sitting in the garden, pondering the beauty and the timelessness of nature, compared to the fickleness and unreliability we see in our leaders and found myself writing a villanelle. First draft below – may yet be edited but I wanted to share it now.

Constancy

Reminders of a life, a dream now torn
Scabia, flags and tulips, forget me nots
Behind the privet hedge a rolling lawn

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The things that must be done

Encouraged by comments on my latest blog - and reminded that I always intend to post my blogs on WOL and usually get distracted before doing so - I'm repeating a blog from a few weeks ago which I didn't post here. With thanks to those who commented on the last one!

 

I've been thinking about what happens next. There's been a lot of talk in the press, and shared posts on social media, about t...

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On line poetry - and history in the making

I've tended to have an old fashioned view of libraries - a very positive one, but limited to book borrowing, quiet spaces for reading and a children's corner. Of course, there is much or to a modern library than that and I have become involved with a couple of aspects of Surrey Libraries of which I was previously unaware.

The first of these is a poetry blog. This is a regular feature which incl...

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Some poems seem to stay topical

Some poems seem to stay topical, even when you'd prefer they didn't. This is one of them.

 

Abdullah

 

Omar is a fighter,

Arifa is a nurse

And Abdullah?

Abdullah is twelve

 

Omar is dangerous.

Arifa is a healer

And Abdullah?

Abdullah is twelve

 

Omar kills hostages

Arifa tends the wounded

And Abdullah?

Abdullah is twelve

 

Omar’s full of hat...

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Sea Battle

 

Salt spray the sensation you’d think to miss,

the heaving deck your only anchor

as the sun rises on set sails

and the canon roars.

 

A shout into oblivion, the black

trajectory of the missile falling

short, creating a fountain of brine

while the mate mouths

oaths and the captain shouts.

 

Blood on the decks as all hands

wield mops and pails ...

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Olympics in Dorking

 

Olympics in Dorking

When the cyclists come through Dorking

They'll do so at a speed 

that's probably illegal 

At least those in the lead

They'll shoot round Pump Corner 

As a speeding, flashing bunch

While we watch for a moment 

And then go back to our lunch

We'll raise a cheer, they'll raise some dust

Don't get some in your eye

No. Watch the wa...

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