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Don Matthews

Updated: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 01:03 am

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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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Jane Briganti

Fri 17th Aug 2018 14:09

Thank you Don for commenting on "Who Am I". I appreciate your continued support! I happen to agree with you 100%....❀😊

d.knape

Thu 16th Aug 2018 23:35

yep.
Tennis Anyone?


a poem is like
a tennis ball-
it is sometimes returned
when you least expect.

d.knape

Thu 16th Aug 2018 13:11


thanks for your comment Don.
on second thought,
you were right.

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Jane Briganti

Thu 16th Aug 2018 12:30

Don thank you for your continued support and on-going enthusiasm! I am appreciative! Jane😊

d.knape

Thu 16th Aug 2018 00:34

no. the water poem is about water.
all water seeks its home
the sea!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 15th Aug 2018 19:00

Thank you Don your support is invaluable..still puzzling about Switzerland..πŸ˜‹

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Anya

Sat 11th Aug 2018 16:34

Dear Don,

Thank you so much for your support!!! It means a lot!

😘😘😘

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 10th Aug 2018 10:48

Thanks Don..glad you like The Book 😁

d.knape

Thu 9th Aug 2018 03:45

thank you for your feedback on "Corner Man".
and hey...it's summertime, you can take off your
jacket.
πŸ˜ƒ

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 6th Aug 2018 13:17

Thank you Don, a case in point rhyme can deliver any emotion as we rhymers know.
πŸ˜„

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 4th Aug 2018 15:30

Hi Don, thanks for commenting on A Hot Evening.........always great to get feedback.
Off to do that washing....😞

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Jane Briganti

Mon 30th Jul 2018 20:55

Hi Don. Thanks for commenting on "What a Shame". I know it's not FUN BUS material but thanks for reading.

BTW...loved that last FUN BUS post!

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 29th Jul 2018 08:48

Don, re 'Adjectives' you have it there sir.
Ambiguity is, as Bart Simpson said "Your dammed if you do and you're dammed if you don't"
Don it's the bend and reach that defines the purpose.
Or is it?
lol
Tommy

d.knape

Sat 28th Jul 2018 14:21

after going through
reading all your comments
i have forgotten what i meant to say
when i logged in
i missed breakfast!
oh well
thanks for your bi-Polarism
speaking of that
since you traveled extensively
have you been to the Antarctic?

Also I like the fact that you quote YOURSELF.
Now that takes some hubris. but I can like them.
I also have something to say...but
it's not worth repeating. Wink.

dk

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AM Cash

Fri 27th Jul 2018 09:28

Thanks for your comment on Sunday Morning
AMC

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 25th Jul 2018 15:36

Hi Don, Great to have your thoughts. Thanks
I am making my way through all your poems at the moment.
Taylor

Elle Mehltretter

Tue 24th Jul 2018 23:20

In my mind,
words make towers.
Thank you for adding some to these towers.
Picking me up when I went down.
Giving me tips and compliments to aid in my journey
to becoming a real poet and author.
As they say,
some make a big impact on one's life.

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RandomBubbles

Fri 6th Jul 2018 04:25

Thank You For You’re Feedback It Helps. I’m super new to this. So thank you any Input is Good Input. 😁

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Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz

Wed 4th Jul 2018 20:32

Hey Don,

Thanks for the comment on the poem and my profile! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my stuff.

Alex

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Darren J Beaney

Tue 3rd Jul 2018 18:33

Thanks for comment Don - glad you like the poem, it will be interesting to see if it tickles the fetish of any other WOLers


Cheers

DJB

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Nigel Astell

Wed 27th Jun 2018 12:51

Thanks for your comment Don

Nigel

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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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