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Don Matthews

Updated: Tue, 12 May 2020 10:58 pm

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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 been writing for 3 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. Pushing boundaries. 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" (me) "The next time your mind wanders, follow it around for a while" (Jessica Masterson) I look forward to my association with WOL.


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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John Marks

Thu 3rd Feb 2022 21:26

Don. Hope you are OK. Really worried now the Baggy Greens have thumped us English into the boundary boards. And you've said nothing. John


Fri 10th Dec 2021 16:44

are you now Mark Jhon?


Fri 10th Dec 2021 16:43

Forest Gump sat on a stump
then a thought came fleeting by
they say I'm dumb as a box of rocks
therefore no need to reply.

(where have you been Don Matthews? You disappeared.)


Wed 19th May 2021 03:32

What ever happened to Don Matthews?

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 2nd Dec 2020 17:00

Only thinking about you today Don. I hope you're well and back for a time.


Mon 20th Jul 2020 18:43

Don, in what way did my poem on Coarse Work, offend?

And since you described it as 'what a load of rubbish,' it would be really nice to have your constructive take on it.

Might prevent my going down a dodgy road again in future. P.


Thu 21st May 2020 11:40

Don - Thalia would be delighted with the signpost.


Sun 10th May 2020 09:01

Thanks for commenting on that 'clucking' poem. Always good having some levity. Appreciated. P. ?

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jennifer Malden

Wed 15th Apr 2020 18:45

Thanks for the comment on H&M Don! From what the gossip mags say Episode 3 won't be far off! I suppose one could admire them for saying they want to be financially independent, even if I gather it is Prince Charles who is coughing up large sums to keep up their lifestyle. It just seems a pity about the family bust up, and I would think he might be a little lost in Hollywood after the novelty value has worn off. Let's hope I'm wrong.



Sun 12th Apr 2020 08:46

Don, thanks for the comment on Chip Shop Butties. ?

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Thu 9th Apr 2020 20:43

Hi Don, I have deleted that mixed up poem from earlier on but thanks for commenting. Ta loads!



Fri 3rd Apr 2020 23:38

Thanks for commenting Don. Pinheads. P. ?


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.?


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. ?


Wed 11th Mar 2020 00:38

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


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-...


Tue 10th Mar 2020 08:25

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


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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Mon 24th Feb 2020 08:57

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


Mon 17th Feb 2020 19:05

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


Mon 17th Feb 2020 19:05

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


Sat 15th Feb 2020 23:56

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


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!


Sun 26th Jan 2020 09:04

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


Mon 20th Jan 2020 18:58

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


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.


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.


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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