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Don Matthews

Updated: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 02:42 pm

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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 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.


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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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?


Thu 31st Jan 2019 03:52

try writing some free verse
see what happens.



Sat 26th Jan 2019 23:02

Jacqueline Bisset !!

(an actress, before your time.)


Wed 9th Jan 2019 03:25

not sure what you mean.


Sat 5th Jan 2019 14:25

thanks Don.
are you on your game
and on your skis?

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 3rd Jan 2019 23:28

Ta Don- re 'Expressive Allowence' you are to the point and correct sir.



Thu 3rd Jan 2019 00:14

Thanks for reading and commenting on
"The Leaving".
I am leaving now to go write another poem.


Sun 30th Dec 2018 16:46

Thanks Don.
Happy New Year to ya!
(control yourself.)


Wed 26th Dec 2018 12:29

You obviously have good taste!



Mon 24th Dec 2018 14:08

What exactly is a "Tick Box"??


Sun 23rd Dec 2018 02:28

(one idea leads to the next....)
how true.
Merry Christmas Don.
The best to you and yours.

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Stephen Mellor

Sat 22nd Dec 2018 22:19

Hi Don
I appreciate the time taken to leave a comment on Brexit TV.
I'm useless at critiquing, and write (as I think you may) pretty much to entertain myself.
I doubt I'll ever be a 'poet', but enjoy the occasional recital.
The major benefit from writing and reciting poems is that I met my wife through WOL

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 20th Dec 2018 19:31

Thank you Don re "Word Smith", one can never tire of bowing in recognition of such worthy praise,

yours etc



Wed 19th Dec 2018 17:33

very good Don.
glad you liked that poem. did not send a rhymed response.
so what is the problem?


Tue 18th Dec 2018 16:39

thanks Don.
I try to remain positive
despite my poetry.


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David Irvine

Tue 18th Dec 2018 15:43

Hello Don Matthews

Thanks for your kind words on my attempts at poetry. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas.



Sun 16th Dec 2018 09:07

just a joke
on how people order everything now
from Amazon
then have trouble returning.


Tue 11th Dec 2018 11:37

The poem described as written
makes folks wonder why I bothered,
Wasted time, both theirs and mine
in one ear and out the other.


Mon 3rd Dec 2018 12:23

A wallaby
a kangaroo
a boomerang
& Don Matthews

All of the above
are symbols of
a continent
that people love.



Tue 27th Nov 2018 00:21

no way.

ad lib.


Sat 24th Nov 2018 15:10

You Don, make it all worth while!

I like your style man.

Keep it up …. err, can you say that to a guy who lives his whole day upside down?



Wed 21st Nov 2018 11:16

no comment. 😉


Thu 8th Nov 2018 10:42

thank you Don
for your comment on "A Soldier's Death".

thank you also for
just being Don.


Thu 1st Nov 2018 03:39

i am happy.
but i can still hear those words
ringing in my ears.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 30th Oct 2018 15:53

Thanks for reading and commenting on The Last Apple on the Tree Don..much appreciated..💕

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 27th Oct 2018 17:37

Thank you for commenting on I Protest Don..😃


Tue 23rd Oct 2018 23:11

Read your response and honestly
your rhyme was rightly spun,
All I can say is thank you to
you rhyming son of a gun!



Sun 21st Oct 2018 18:14

Yes, there are different
degrees of Homelessness.
Some forced into it.
Some choosing it.
For some, Home is a shopping cart.
For others, it's a page and a pen.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 21st Oct 2018 15:39

Don, I want to thank you for commenting on 'How' it means a lot as I value your opinion immensely. 💕

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 20th Oct 2018 16:05

Thanks for reading my Saturday contribution Don..💕

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