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Brian Maryon

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I play tennis...I started by writing poems about social events with my tennis friends. Since joining Write Out Loud I've started to write about other subjects. My poems rhyme, mostly. My influences are Sir John Betjeman, Pam Ayres, Clive James, Spike Milligan, John Cooper Clarke, Roger McGough, Alexei Sayle, Benny Hill, Jake Thackray, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Victoria Wood


ON THE ESTATE People are stuck in a time warp Frozen in their favourite era There are goths and punks, Mods, rockers and hippies The betting shop's owned by a skinhead A teddy boy runs the chippy The shops cater for their every need Two mini-marts sell cheap food, Cigarettes and scratch cards There's a cafe and three takeaways, A gastropub and a Bargain Booze To while away the days The estate is full of single mums Overweight with orange faces They're always shouting at their kids. The dads are no longer around Most of the mums are white Half the kids are brown Unemployment is very high But no-one's short of cash There's a car on every drive Life doesn't seem so hard Every house has Sky TV It's all on the credit card Personal health is terrible A lot of them struggle to walk Some have a limp, some have a stick Some have electric trikes They speed along the pavement They do what they bloody like Medication is a way of life It gets them through the day There's also booze and fags Illegal drugs and legal highs People seem full of life But they're dead behind the eyes MAN ON THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS The man on the London Eye said "this is what you wanted, just pick the choice you want to make, we're keen to know your views, we'll tell you which to choose" The man on the Clapham omnibus had nothing much to lose. He thought it through carefully before he made his choice, grateful to be given voice The London Eye man was annoyed and urged him to think again, but he batted it straight back saying "I've made my choice. I'll put my trust in the driver of the Clapham omnibus" UNHAPPY HUNTING GROUND Here they come in droves, the humble pot boilers  to worship at the feet  of the traitorous elite with hair pulled out in clumps  in frustration at those unable to muster  the inspiration to rise  above the level of lacklustre    Now nowhere to be found, The Enterprising have packed up their teepees  and headed for a happier hunting ground

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Audio entries by Brian Maryon

We Don't Move Very Much (08/12/2018)

A Minor Roasting (24/11/2018)

Banjaxed (17/11/2018)

Waiting to Leave Home (10/11/2018)

Westonbirt Arboretum (01/11/2018)

Going On A Demo (27/10/2018)

Uncle Seamus (22/10/2018)

Unhappy Hunting Ground (18/10/2018)

SOAP : Corrie (15/09/2018)

Chicken Bhuna (25/08/2018)

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 2nd Dec 2018 01:00

Hello Brian - I commented on your "First" blog yesterday
(Saturday) afternoon but now it seems my wit has not been
appreciated on WOL and is nowhere to be seen.
Humour is not always a laughing matter, it seems.


Fri 23rd Nov 2018 14:52

People seem full of life
But they're dead behind the eyes...

You my friend have eye for detail and a voice for much much more.


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Ian Whiteley

Thu 15th Nov 2018 13:54

thanks for the comments on 'a poppy in winter' Brian - I do think the amount of poppy colours is getting a little silly - but the red is for remembrance and the white is for peace and the rest is for personal choice - the very thing that was fought for - so I'm OK with it - better to remember something than nothing at all

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 6th Nov 2018 15:18

thanks for the comment on 'that which autumn leaves' Brian - an oldie but goldie adapted from a short story I wrote years ago


Thu 1st Nov 2018 23:00

are you allowed a cell phone
in Jail?
How's the reception?
(all those metal bars.)


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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 1st Nov 2018 17:05

Thank you for reading This Lonely Journey Brian..xx

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 31st Oct 2018 10:56

thanks for your comments on 'a sting in the tail' Brian - yes it's got a buzz honey :-)

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 30th Oct 2018 15:48

Thanks for the comment Brian...xx

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 27th Oct 2018 17:38

Hi Brian thank you for commenting on I Protest you are hilarious..have a nice evening with her indoors...😂


Fri 26th Oct 2018 13:59

when you board a plane
do you have Maryon luggage?


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Ian Whiteley

Tue 23rd Oct 2018 16:36

Thanks for your insightful comments on 'Blood Brothers in Arms' Brian - I'm pleased you liked it

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 21st Oct 2018 15:40

Thank you for reading 'How' Brian I hope you are keeping your daughters dog well walked...💕

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 20th Oct 2018 16:06

Hi Brian, Thank you for reading my Saturday contribution... Always appreciated..have a nice evening. Taylor 😊

ken dykes

Thu 11th Oct 2018 10:34

Hi Brian.

Haven't been on here for a while now, (Natures put a block on my creativity) so I missed your much appreciated recent comment. Apologies for this belated reply.


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Jane Briganti

Sun 7th Oct 2018 19:02

Thank you so much Brian for commenting on my POTW and for your continued support. I really do appreciate it!😊

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Mae Foreman

Thu 27th Sep 2018 13:50

Thanks Brian for liking my piece "I can tolerate Death". I like your work too! Writing about the things you love and doing it your way, without being pompous and pretentious makes you pretty unique! Kudos!



Thu 27th Sep 2018 10:34


Not often for there a poet laureate going spare any where...?


Fri 21st Sep 2018 02:25

I did not think tennis boys went shopping.
nor poets.

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 18th Sep 2018 23:42

But Brian "Me" that is its 'its'.
And I know that you will
shiver with recognition
because of your poignant


(It's all me, me, me Tommy!- Brian's post) tc


Sat 15th Sep 2018 11:26

Dec got rid of his ants?
what does that mean?

is Dec male or female or trans?

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Don Matthews

Mon 10th Sep 2018 05:56

Gosh! Brian you're a dumping
A dumping hole for comments
Have you dug hole deep enough?
(My verse it does make no sense)

I came here looking for
Some gem to take away
But stumbled on these comments
I bloody lost my way

What more can I say? ....


I have been sidetracked nicely
I should be pulling weeds
Or getting off the carpets
Vacuum cleaner feed

Gotta stop Brian 😎

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Matthew Nicholson

Sun 9th Sep 2018 21:49

Thank you for your comments on 'Role Reversal' Brian. I wrote this several years ago after watching something about young carers on Tv. I caught something on TV last week about young carers and it reminded me of the poem so I felt I would share it.


Thu 6th Sep 2018 22:34

on "Drive Time"

so you're the guy!
a madman behind the wheel.

and what's the deal about Taylor's feet?

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 18:52

Thanks Brian for the comments on My Feet....😃 hang on that doesn't sound right...oh yes that's right I found them after all..

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Joe Williams

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 16:30

Thanks Brian, glad you liked it 😃


Sun 2nd Sep 2018 21:56

is that you in the photo here? up above?
You look like Jesus.


Sun 2nd Sep 2018 10:59

is Brill a fish?

Your scary photo
I don't get
and yet somehow
I must admit
for you somehow
I think it fits
a Kung Fu poet
in our midst.

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 25th Aug 2018 13:28

Can't judge a book by its cover Tommy!

Clever Brian

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 24th Aug 2018 12:17

Going to have to point it at some stage..thanks Brian 😂

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Matthew Nicholson

Thu 23rd Aug 2018 16:04

Hi Brian,

Thank you for the comments on 'Total Tosser' - very much appreciated. I'm glad the inclusion of the c-word didn't break your chilled time on holiday. Hope ou had a great time in Holland. Did you work on the poem 'Holiday in Holland'? - it definitely cries out to have something written, though I understand that what happens in Holland often stays firmly in Holland.

Sorry for the slow reply.


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