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colin whyles

Updated: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:13 pm

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Songwriter for nearly 50 years. Been told it was poetic so have recently specifically produced poems. Got involved in the Suffolk poetry scene. Run the website for Poetry Aloud.


For this you need to know a cuckoo sings a major third in Spring and a minor third in Autumn. Probably because it is ashamed of itself! A Cuckoo Apart ============ The cuckoo mocks in major tones The bird condemned to fly alone Its family tree of broken homes And children never to be known No chiller killer feathered a nest No other brother brought such disrespect No sister kissed on frozen forehead All fallen broken to their deaths No colder shoulder levered them over No heart apart lived to be loner No quibbling sibling with whom to grow older All gone, no-one dares to be bolder With entrails trailed upon the floor And guts rebutted from the door No-one to teach you any more Than “cuckoo” as your only call Does cuckoo hear its parents' cries While strangers foster its desires To find its kind in empty skies And gift its own cuckolded child? A twig upon the family tree No branch supports the likes of me The father gone, the mother flown You give your gawp to beaks unknown But gawp you must and gawp you will Lest they not keep your belly filled Until at last you fly alone And you can mock in minor tones Copyright © colin whyles 17th June 2009 Pet Projects ========= I had a koi carp, just for a pet, Its constant carping led me to eat it, yet I knew that I would like a dog But its doggedness was such a slog I thought to have a hamster 'Til it was arrested as a gangster And my camel spat at people So I juiced it through a needle I thought a cat would be sublime But cattiness is just a bind So I bought myself a goldfish It was emotionless and cold, which Stumped me for a rhyme. Copyright © 19th June 2009 C Whyles

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Big Sal

Thu 18th Jan 2018 12:37

The Cuckoo poem as your sample flows very well. Enjoyable to read aloud.

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