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Don Matthews

Updated: Fri, 5 Jul 2019 11:29 am

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Biography

I love the creative process. Watching an idea evolve from the mind onto the page. Feels good. Having traveled extensively in UK and Europe over the years I now live in my country of origin, Australia. I have only been writing for 2 years. I occasionally write in prose but am drawn to rhyme. I write for my own enjoyment but you reach a point of wanting to share with others. My style may be different to what you expect. I work to my own rules - bending grammar, inventing non-existent words. I just like having fun.... I am influenced by the following people: "The most damaging phrase in the English language is 'It's always been done this way'" (Grace Hopper - computer programming pioneer) "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" (Dr Seuss) "As long as we allow convention to govern us we will never make progress" (Myself) "The next time your mind wanders, follow it around for a while" (Jessica Masterson) I look forward to my association with WOL.

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Comma Dilemma I am a poet learning A poet in progress Learning alliteration Learning to assess I have my eyesight set on A rhymic peak I see Maybe I'll never get there At least not rapidly I poet that I know of Said it could take a year For her to sign a poem off As happy to her ear Oscar Wilde – all morning Spent taking out a comma Then all the 'noon restoring it - A wildish kind of drama Like Wilde I have frustrations Right words don't come about Where do the bloody commas go Where do I leave them out ? This poem that I've written It did not take a year Now finished – it does satisfy It's pleasing to my ear Don Matthews March 2018 Are There Mind-Stretching Listeners Still Out There ? While pushing my mind to its boundaries Am I sweeping acceptance away Are there mind-stretching listeners still out there Who absorb and accept what I say ? I won't push my ideas upon you. I'm spinning a web of some sort And just like the fly and the spider I hope you might 'sort of' get caught Don Matthews April 2018

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Philipos

Fri 3rd Apr 2020 23:38

Thanks for commenting Don. Pinheads. P. 👍

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Philipos

Wed 25th Mar 2020 12:16

Don - Cat's eyes - thanks. And Thalia asked me to enquire how you were doing with all this Novo scare. Are you under house arrest yet like those of us in Blighty? Coming in the wake of the Oz fires, it's the last thing you would have wished for eh.😕

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Philipos

Tue 24th Mar 2020 12:38

Don 'Drifting' you could be right about the open negligee complex - along with the 50% of our world population, I plead guilty as charged. 🎖

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Philipos

Wed 11th Mar 2020 00:38

Don - Entanglements - obliged to you for stimulating the thought - triggered by my poem on discarded traffic cones 👍 P.

d.knape

Tue 10th Mar 2020 10:02

Mr. Magoo

Fictional cartoon character

Mr. Magoo is a fictional cartoon character created at the UPA animation studio in 1949. Voiced by Jim Backus, Mr. Magoo is a wealthy, short-... en.wikipedia.org

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Philipos

Tue 10th Mar 2020 08:25

Thanks Don - have added a comment to Cones in light of your kind remarks. P

d.knape

Sat 7th Mar 2020 10:27

Roger Joseph McGough CBE, FRSL is an English poet, performance poet, broadcaster, children's author and playwright. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, as well as performing his own poetry. McGough was one of the leading members of the Liverpool poets, a group of young poets influenced by Beat poetry and the popular music and culture of 1960s Liverpool. He is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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d.knape

Sat 7th Mar 2020 04:45

whoisrogermcgouh?

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Philipos

Mon 24th Feb 2020 08:57

Don - Tongues - thanks for the words. Too much media manipulation out there. Cheers. P. 👍

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Philipos

Mon 17th Feb 2020 19:05

Don - Merseyside - many thanks for the kind remarks. P. 👍

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Philipos

Mon 17th Feb 2020 19:05

Don - Merseyside - many thanks for the kind remarks. P. 👍

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Philipos

Sat 15th Feb 2020 23:56

Thank you Don for comments on Squeaky shoes. P. 👍

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Philipos

Fri 14th Feb 2020 18:28

Don - nothing more exciting than having your new shoes being delivered by Shoe Zone. And, I was very excited to hear that you were excited to hear about it. It was so exciting in fact I drowsed off in the chair with the excitement of it.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 26th Jan 2020 16:32

Hello Don - am I right in recalling you mentioning Adelaide as your
part of the world? I've just been watching the cycle race Tour Down
Under on Freesport TV here in the UK - featuring the countryside
around Adelaide. A big event in a big country, given big attention.
AND won by a certain big name: Richie Porte. Hurrah!

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Philipos

Sun 26th Jan 2020 09:04

Don Wisps. Thanks for the comments. Blessings. P.

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Philipos

Mon 20th Jan 2020 18:58

Don - Droplets - thanks for the comment. Much obliged. P 👍

Jasmine

Sat 4th Jan 2020 03:40

Thank you Don. Your rhymes are good. Poems are hilarious still have deep meaning. To know you is difficult through your work. Like an ocean deep, your words have hidden mysteries. Yet, there is a drive to explore and discover those mysterious zones.

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Philipos

Fri 3rd Jan 2020 23:13

Don you might have read your version of it somewhere, but I specifically recall having seen the expression phrased as: A Picture Saves a thousand words. In other words, both of us could be right if there are 2 contexts. But thanx. Will check out the phrase elsewhere and if different to what I have just said will return to the arena. P.

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Philipos

Fri 27th Dec 2019 23:54

Don - I left a screed under my Seasonal Vegetables poem. Thanks a lot for the detailed reply. P.

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Ruth O'Reilly

Tue 24th Dec 2019 10:22

Wishing you very Happy Christmas Don, Stay cool, Keep safe!

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Tommy Carroll

Mon 23rd Dec 2019 16:20

Cheers Don
for your comment on
"thinking sideways"
Tommy

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Philipos

Mon 23rd Dec 2019 09:01

The Electric Chair - Thanks for looking in Don - no - not the neckline of the pretty dental nurse - the poem of course - mind you …. 👍

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Philipos

Sat 21st Dec 2019 22:21

Don - Eats - thankee. P. 👍

d.knape

Tue 17th Dec 2019 03:36

not quite sure what you meant Don
but no problem
I write
you write
write or wrong!

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Tom

Mon 16th Dec 2019 10:16

Just wanted to say thanks for all the comments and likes Don! Hope you're good.

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poemagraphic

Tue 3rd Dec 2019 22:41

Hi Don

You don't see what has been on our TV the last few weeks

Sometimes, some times we reach the mainstream news, most of the time, thankfully we don't.

It's why I come here to write, and more importantly read and ride the roller coaster of life.

Po

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Philipos

Wed 20th Nov 2019 21:36

Don - re Junk Mail - the big difference with your system and ours is that we have to provide an A4 page and envelope - requesting opt out (back through the postal system) every 2 years. With 41,000 residential homes (not including business premises) occupied, in my area alone we are talking big numbers of felled trees nationally over a single generational lifetime - and that is before we even get to the question of the junk mail itself. I know of no other country that does this in the English speaking world - and where the post office ignores the householders request in writing (usually a sign) on the door. It is a total farce - even 3rd world countries are showing better recycling ummph than ours. Makes me so cross. 😡

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poemagraphic

Tue 19th Nov 2019 22:09

The mighty Don wrote...
... "I bend my gramma, spell rong
Don't care if given shit
I am a happi little poet
Will keep on with it

So there...."


GO THE MIGHTY DON!

How is the weather BTW? It's below 0 here Brrrrrrrrrr!!

Po

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Philipos

Fri 25th Oct 2019 09:23

Hi Don - Brewing Up. Certainly is politics and driving us absolutely potty with the different takes of MP input and delay. Politicians all seemed to have reached a new level of public disapproval - and it will take them a very long time to regain their street cred if they ever will. But I for sure, am not the lone voice in the wilderness. P 😫

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Hazel

Thu 24th Oct 2019 19:32

Thanks for the comment Don (Love Me) It was written lying in hospital bed after a hip operation

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