I write a sonnet a day as a diary and / or commentary, and also other poems, mainly for performance, as and when time allows. The sonnets are on http://antonionionisnewonions.blogspot.com/ and I am currently adding the older ones to my associated blog, which is at http://antonionionisoldonions.blogspot.com/ I am hoping to do music performances fairly soon and have a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/Antonionionii I like travel and you can see evidence of this in the photo section of my Facebook page (see Tony Baxter (Manchester - close up of my ugly mug)
Timelines - July 2010 Time speeds up as we age, partly because Of work, or kids, but also fun, later While the weeds of decay twine without pause Decline goes on so long, but not faster Than when a baby’s smooth skin grows rougher And far slower than foolish youth’s car crash The more years safely passed by, the better In truth, deftly caught in the net like fish Wriggling but still held fast. And we catch cash And partners, but, inefficient spiders That we are, they often fly to others’ Better built webs. This life comes in a flash Of passion, lessened with each new-turned page But lessons learned teach us to feel richer Henry V at Agincourt - July 2010 You’ll win, you English rabble, or you’ll die In this muddy October field of France Our nobles will be spared and ransomed; I Cannot pledge your safety, so make no plans Therefore to be prisoners, but now advance Move your stakes nearer to the enemy That hesitates, but be quick, for their ranks May fall on you, their crossbows raining free On your unarmoured flesh, brave peasantry Look, see, they stand and wait; their chance goes by Men-at-arms in the centre. Take your stance On either side, good longbowmen; fill the Narrow strip between these two woods. Let fly Your stinging bows with weathered singing hands Good with money - July 2010 He was good with money He was bad with people He was good to himself He was bad to everyone else He had good and bad within him Only he saw the good Only others saw the bad He saw only good within him Others saw only bad within him With him it was bad Without him it was good But they couldn’t live without him He gave them their living He took what they gave Though they took it to be slavery It was good of him He was good with money The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar - July 2010 When you are of a certain age And you want nostalgia on the page It’s back to the 70s - it’s not that far The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar When you think back to those golden days The Golden Wonder packet says Nothing much about what’s in there The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar No, health and safety weren’t all the rage Human rights were still in a cage That stuff was boring - blah blah blah… The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar When kids played outside all through the days Whatever the weather, till light’s last fade Fighting, climbing, running to Ma The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Whenever we talk of those far-off days And the energy we got to fuel those plays Between the meals we had to be called in for The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar We always like to list those chocolate bar names Like a lad’s list of girls kissed, or favourite tunes… Tunes for a sore throat, with Lemsip… Ahhhhhhh… In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Nesquik and Golden Nuggets: Klondike Pete prays For a quick find, as Kwik Save expands out of Wales But not as far as the Aztec or Icebreaker The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Ma sprays the crowded house with a burst of Haze As the choppers drop Agent Orange on babies While I drink Treetops orange squash, or barley water In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Lemon curd, or dripping, on bread, what a taste Of British cuisine, pre-foreign muck days Beans, jam or marmalade: toast goes so far In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar A Milky Way or a Fudge finger were all that we could gaze Upon between our meat and two veg mainstays A Mars Bar would make Ma see red, Mars’s colour In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar A Marathon wouldn’t be snickered at in any case It outlasted clackers and the skateboarding craze But in my lunchbox, only Jacob’s Crackers or Ryvita In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Opal Fruits or Mints, Toffo or Smarties Spangles, the last Rolo, and Tooty Frooties What melts in the mouth not in the hand? (Maltesers) Ja! In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Barley sugar sticks and candy floss, Happy Faces And Fab lollies put our teeth through their paces Denting our dentine; dentists cried, ‘Bah!!’ In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar What about that girl who lived across the way? She liked her Flake, sucked it in a special way But she really sank her teeth into her Crunchie - Aaargh! In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar At half-past six we’d open the After Eights You could share your Twix with someone if you were real mates The power cuts, romantic candle-lit dinner In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Big bags of sweets, and 10p is all we paid Ice cream was all from Walls or Lyons’ Maid Walnut Whips and Curly Wurlies were far bigger In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Pot Black and Captain Scarlet seen in black, white and grey With a Caramac, its gold wrapper great for creative play Brightly coloured shirts, Speedoes, and wallpaper In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Keep Britain Tidy, I’d see written every day Spit your Anglo Bubbly in the bin as you go on your way But the Wombles will pick up all your dropped litter In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Bored of moon trips, who’s up for secret sips of lemonade It’ll be R White on the night; of the fridge we weren’t afraid For Cap’n Bird’s Eye watched us from the freezer; he’s a star In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Yes, even when we should have been asleep - Munchies Dairy Milk was posh; the poor got Galaxy I’ve got to stop now, got to shop for my supper Do you know where I can go to buy a chocolate bar?
All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.
Unlucky strike (01/07/2011)
Ode to a Grecian burn (30/06/2011)
Across the universe (23/01/2011)
Bloody students? (28/12/2010)
(End of) the golden age (12/12/2010)
What about Macca (Part 2) (07/12/2010)
What about Macca? (Part One) (05/12/2010)
Truth and justice (04/12/2010)
Thought waves (29/09/2010)
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