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Don Matthews

Updated: Sun, 10 Mar 2019 11:24 am

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Biography

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 12 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.

Samples

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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Comments

d.knape

Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:47

Thanks for your comment on "Lasting Love".
We all search for it.
Some are lucky enough to find it.
I'm one of them and i consider myself blessed
to have found her.
I hope you find your lasting love someday.

d.knape

Fri 12th Apr 2019 10:51

did you just give up?

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 10th Apr 2019 12:54

blimey - has 'things we buried in the garden' finally silenced you Don? I suspect not 😉

d.knape

Tue 9th Apr 2019 19:06


what happened to Don Matthews?
if found, tell him his mother
wants him to call.

😃

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 7th Apr 2019 23:37

glad you liked 'Simple Pleasures' Don - thanks very much for taking the time to comment
Ian

d.knape

Sun 7th Apr 2019 19:59

just throw the whole computer out
be done with it
write your poems on paper
trees provide!


wink.

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 7th Apr 2019 00:21

thanks for the comment on 'the parable' Don - glad you liked it
Ian

d.knape

Sat 6th Apr 2019 03:45

thanks for always coming back.
you are fearless!

d.knape

Fri 5th Apr 2019 12:41

if you wish to post you must log in
if your log IS a post
do not.

(I don't know, it just came to me.)

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 4th Apr 2019 11:41

Cheers folks re (My Bookshelf): Ray, Don, Martin and M.C.
I think I may have failed in my attampt to be ironic lol. And now I have lost the point that I was attempting to make - oh the irony of it all. 😉

Tommy

d.knape

Thu 4th Apr 2019 03:00

glad you liked "Man in a Truck"
I kinda liked it myself. ha.
men must have human contact
to survive.

jennifer Malden

Fri 29th Mar 2019 09:54

Thanks Don, for the like on Bureau'rats.

d.knape

Thu 28th Mar 2019 23:14

Socks soft and warm
can comfort souls
the thicker the sock
the less the holes.

d.knape

Thu 28th Mar 2019 09:45

get out of those ski clothes.
aren't you hot?

d.knape

Wed 27th Mar 2019 10:47

for me
"Old Buzzard" Memorial Highway!

hahaha

d.knape

Tue 26th Mar 2019 11:07

love those lovots but...
couldn't you just get a dog?

did you go to Las Vegas?

d.knape

Sun 24th Mar 2019 09:09

you are the only one who liked it.
haha
off to the dump!

Leonard Blake

Thu 14th Mar 2019 16:49

Dr. Seuss turned over in his grave today and said he wants you to stop pretending to be him for a day.

Please heed his wishes.

Thank you.😌

d.knape

Thu 14th Mar 2019 13:21


help. sneak in saw in chocolate cake.
I'm in cell-block #4. have car waiting.

d.knape

Tue 12th Mar 2019 19:38


WD40 will mend anything
including fences
also good as a deodorant
so come to your senses.

d.knape

Sat 9th Mar 2019 23:32

A "Low" is cow conversation.
otherwise known as "Moo".

(should have been
"their lows mellow.)

d.knape

Sat 9th Mar 2019 03:55

So YOU are the guy that spreads graffiti all over.
At least you can spell. haha

d.knape

Fri 8th Mar 2019 11:13

Preserve what you can, young lad.
Performance goes away,
desire never does.

wink.

d.knape

Thu 7th Mar 2019 11:51

thanks Don.
no rhyme
no reason.

wink.

d.knape

Mon 4th Mar 2019 15:40

Don't have a ridin' mower
I push my mower
much as I push
the envelope.

😃

d.knape

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 12:12

Your take, as good as mine.
the poem says only Time heals all.
Your experience may be something different.
write a poem about it. 😃

d.knape

Fri 1st Mar 2019 09:19

most poets are not Normal.
it comes with the territory.
haha

d.knape

Wed 20th Feb 2019 13:57


Hey Don---for some reason WOL stopped sending me
my notifications, so I did not see your comments and consequently did not respond. Don't know why.
Has it happened to you?

d.knape

Thu 31st Jan 2019 03:52


Don,
try writing some free verse
see what happens.

😃

d.knape

Sat 26th Jan 2019 23:02

Jacqueline Bisset !!

(an actress, before your time.)

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