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Don Matthews

Updated: Fri, 5 Jul 2019 11:29 am

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Biography

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 only been writing for 2 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. 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) "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" (Myself) "The next time your mind wanders, follow it around for a while" (Jessica Masterson) 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 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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Do.RoThy

Mon 11th Nov 2019 08:27

HI brother Don Matthews, as you were quite upset about me having two profiles, so I have created one only. Actually brother Po and myself were good wol friends, suddenly he went away so I closed that Do account. For i missed my brother Po's presence. Therefore I created another profile. But when my brother returned on wol, so I switched on my previous profile also. I hope all your problem is sorted out with this explanation. To which you had objected. Now I have only one profile here on wol. I dont wish to cause any trouble to anyone because of me. Graham had inquired about it, now I just have one account. Thank you for your concern.
Your sister on wol
Dorothy

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Philipos

Fri 25th Oct 2019 09:23

Hi Don - Brewing Up. Certainly is politics and driving us absolutely potty with the different takes of MP input and delay. Politicians all seemed to have reached a new level of public disapproval - and it will take them a very long time to regain their street cred if they ever will. But I for sure, am not the lone voice in the wilderness. P 😫

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Hazel

Thu 24th Oct 2019 19:32

Thanks for the comment Don (Love Me) It was written lying in hospital bed after a hip operation

d.knape

Thu 24th Oct 2019 11:30

never mentioned Coin.

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Philipos

Thu 24th Oct 2019 09:14

Don - Mist - thanks muchly for the kind remarks - funny isn't it how sometimes poems just write themselves from stored memory. Obliged. P. 😎

d.knape

Tue 22nd Oct 2019 23:15

have you ever seen a Tasmanian Tiger?
there are rumors they are still around.
and that YOU have one.

d.knape

Tue 22nd Oct 2019 23:08

it's poetry.....sorta.

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Fred Nicholson

Fri 18th Oct 2019 19:22

Hi Don,
In your biography you note 4 people that influence you.
Comparable messengers have influenced me also.
I listen, hear and act upon the wisdom,
of those in the know.
f

d.knape

Wed 16th Oct 2019 00:24

There is poetry
in children's art
and those who receive
always support
No mystery
right from the start
their creating comes
straight from their heart.
😃

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Isobel

Tue 15th Oct 2019 16:59

Hello Don. Thank you for commenting on my poem.
I think we're all developing all the time as poets. I cringe at my early stuff but it was all part of a process or an ascent, to use your analogy - though I'm not sure I'll ever make it to where I'd like to be.
I used to live in Ausyralia. It's a beautiful country. You'll have to open an open mic night there! If you don't already go to one!

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Fred Nicholson

Sun 13th Oct 2019 02:45

I thank you for hearing me Don.
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d.knape

Fri 11th Oct 2019 22:06

I try to have one good thought a day.
sometimes it's difficult!
😁

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Fred Nicholson

Thu 10th Oct 2019 21:29

Don, I agree with you and thanks for commenting on my work, 'Color Matters'.

We rely on mind and the 5 senses to determine our actions. History repeats itself. It may be time to try another way.

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Philipos

Thu 10th Oct 2019 19:08

Ah but Don - did you not know that UK frogs put a front flipper to their mouth when they burp and say excuse me in the politest and froggiest of fashion - I bet Thalia didn't know about that either, and Matilda just wants to waltz the night away. 😕

d.knape

Tue 8th Oct 2019 02:59

if the light did not come on
and it occurs again
get a new light bulb
things are looking dim
the question unanswered
is it the bulb or him
that's losing his brightness
either way it's a no win!

d.knape

Sat 5th Oct 2019 10:31

what is a "Skippy"?

d.knape

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 10:30

Big toes are firm
hold feet to ground
but big people should not
shove other people around.

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Philipos

Mon 30th Sep 2019 18:45

Don, re my latest beef about junk mail. Is that something you get troubled with in Oz? Woz just wondering. Might check it out with some of my family members living out in your neck of the woods as well. Cheers. P.

d.knape

Sat 28th Sep 2019 11:51

thanks Don
for commenting on
"Hearts As Good As Hers"
a sad story
but true
a gentle heart afflicted.

d.knape

Fri 27th Sep 2019 04:44

thanks Don.
You always Respond In Kind!
😃

d.knape

Thu 26th Sep 2019 03:38

say nothing at all....

d.knape

Tue 24th Sep 2019 17:16

New ideas
can't penetrate
way past my prime
can't concentrate
Acquiring age
we'd rather wait
in the meantime
degenerate.

😃
haha

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Tommy Carroll

Mon 23rd Sep 2019 18:04

re "The Wild Woods"

Keith, shaken but not... never mind 😉

Don, %depends 😏

Ruth, Campari is but a delight 🤔😛

Tommy

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Ankita Srivastava

Mon 23rd Sep 2019 04:06

Thanks Don.
For stopping by and reading my poetry.

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Joe Williams

Sun 22nd Sep 2019 11:45

Haha, probably drunk I should think 😀

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Joe Williams

Sat 21st Sep 2019 13:24

Cheers Don, making people think is always good!

d.knape

Sat 21st Sep 2019 10:44

Ride it out Don or.....
find another road.
😃

d.knape

Sat 21st Sep 2019 03:33

you are not a Cow
you are a Bull.

(the poem was Bull also.) wink.

d.knape

Sat 21st Sep 2019 03:29

i liked your little typewriter poem
type on!

d.knape

Sat 14th Sep 2019 11:09

when you say Barbies
are you talking about the Doll?
(just kidding)
hahaha

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