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Don Matthews

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I love the creative process. Watching an idea evolve from the mind onto the page. Feels good. I have something extra to help me. I'm bipolar. Intense emotions, intense drive. 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 9 months. I occasionally write in prose but am drawn to the challenge of 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) "I want to create. And I want to share" (Don Matthews) "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" (Don Matthews) 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 the 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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racha chafik

Fri 15th Jun 2018 02:06

thank you don for your kind comment
Racha

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 13th Jun 2018 19:14

Don hi, the second verse is an attempt to buy drink in a pub/bar πŸ€”

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Big Sal

Tue 12th Jun 2018 23:59

I had missed your sample 'Comma Dilemma' until just now. πŸ˜…Regret it. Read it. Enjoyed it. What a tone of self reflection! Keep up your craftsmanship.πŸ‘

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 10th Jun 2018 19:34

Welcome to WOL, Mr. Matthews. You'll enjoy this 'lot'. We're a very mixed bag in every conceivable way, but we are united in the need to write and to share poetry. And we love to comment and receive comments.

We are world-wide.

(This 'lot' - you 'lot' etc. is pure Bermudian slang, for 'group of people'. Haven't used it in years - and up it popped - effortlessly.)

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Hannah Collins

Sun 10th Jun 2018 18:35

Thank you for your comment on my poem In The Tower.
I do understand what you mean.
I have written a poem called 'Men Can Cry Now', it's on my blog, written back in February.
I sensed a change by something I had seen on TV about men now being able to show their feelings in public. Especially crying.
Thanks again with your support with my writing.

Hannah

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Hannah Collins

Fri 8th Jun 2018 09:20

Thank you for your comment on my poem The Laughter Artist.
Much appreciated.

Hannah

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 5th Jun 2018 01:38

Isn't it sweet
To hear that beat
And tap your feet
When the thing's complete?

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 29th May 2018 16:32

"There'll never be a time
When there isn't room for rhyme."
MC Newberry πŸ˜‰

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