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Don Matthews

Updated: Fri, 5 Jul 2019 11:29 am

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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 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.


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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Fri 16th Aug 2019 10:39

no recession
fake news
Trump is making America great again!

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Tue 13th Aug 2019 20:34

Don, a froggy would a wooing go - need I say more! Nudge nudge, wink, wink - gosh those frog ponds pen and ink. 😑


Tue 13th Aug 2019 14:52

computer screwed up this morning.


Sun 11th Aug 2019 11:16

that's too obtuse
will leave you
even more confused
before your hurting head
comes loose
give it a boost
read Dr. Seuss.



Sat 10th Aug 2019 12:16

I'd like to read your comment but...
I lost my glasses.

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Sat 10th Aug 2019 08:38

Don re HTS - always good to get positive feedback - will be heading off to the Spoons later for me daily slurpo as the Aussies might say. Better I make sure there's no Kango poo on the pavement though - wouldn't want to slip up. You never know with my local town what's going on with all the whirring cranes - ever the building site is Woking - you want to take a look at the place - always something to write about here that's for sure or do I mean gripe about. Whatever. Cheers. P 😎


Fri 9th Aug 2019 21:00

I wondered why the cat had glasses on. 😃


Tue 6th Aug 2019 12:46

Unfortunately I'm lacking
a lucky charm
Also I'm lacking
a snoring alarm

With thunderous snoring
I'm fearful of harm
Unfortunately I'm lacking
a port in a storm.


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Mon 5th Aug 2019 21:50

Thank you for commenting on Marbles Don - appreciated. There's another poem about marbles somewhere in the making - the names of different types such as glarnies, if I remember correctly. They were the best kind and I hated losing those. Costly too then. P.


Sun 4th Aug 2019 02:54

thanks Don
for your kind comment on "Mom's Birthday".
written from my heart.

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Sat 3rd Aug 2019 19:47

Re; Scent: nudge, nudge, wink, wink. 😐


Fri 2nd Aug 2019 13:50

not sure what you mean here.


Thu 1st Aug 2019 00:07

is food for thought!


Wed 31st Jul 2019 03:04

age is all right-
what's scary is
the alternative.


Tue 30th Jul 2019 10:53

have not had any grouse lately.


Mon 29th Jul 2019 09:19

thanks for reading the poem,"Pulse".
your pulse should be good-
do not give in to IMpulse.

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Sun 28th Jul 2019 18:27

Don - Splashbacks - appreciate the feedback muchly. Would add more but my PC is behaving like a tortoise waiting in a long queue. 😫


Sat 27th Jul 2019 12:21

My mind went down
a one way street
I was hit head on
by an idea
but now I am being ticketed
for operating a poem
without poetic license.

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Ankita Srivastava

Sun 21st Jul 2019 18:04

Thank you Don for stopping by, reading and liking my poetries. This makes me so happy.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 21st Jul 2019 13:55

Hi Dev and Don
I do appreciate your posts.
I may have left the back-door open in this poem.
The shape of some light, on a surface through window glass, can be fancifully described as such.
And Dev pardon my use of "To clarify" that upon retrospect came across as a rebuff - far from it. It was a genuine request to enquire.

The legs and her legs.

Cheers lads.


Sat 20th Jul 2019 23:38

thanks for always reading my poems
hope they don't have an ill effect
but WOL is pretty lenient
so what did you expect.

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Sat 20th Jul 2019 23:30

Thanks for joining in the fun on 'Nuff Said' Don. 😊

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Rose Casserley

Fri 19th Jul 2019 12:27

re Big Sal, DM, naughty as in.........?

Rose 💋

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Mon 15th Jul 2019 14:45

Thanks for the compliment on my rant
Sometimes I rhyme, sometimes I can't
For the times in which I do
Are inspired by ones like you

Have a good day, Don!


Sun 14th Jul 2019 22:29

Don't argue with bear
but be beware-
it growls and bites
anytime, anywhere!



Sat 13th Jul 2019 23:52

I DID spell it "Humorous",
see my comment.

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Fri 5th Jul 2019 01:27

Thanks for your comment about Nine Greek Muses Don. A bit of fun eh?😀

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Thu 4th Jul 2019 13:57

Having read mine, you know how delighted I'd be with yours!

I am so new, dare I make a suggestion? Well...You use "progress" as a noun in the second line. That requires stress on the first syllable. If you wrote the line with "progress" as a verb, you'd move the emphasis to the second syllable. Something like this: "Trying to progress,"

If I'm being gauche, I'll grovel.


Mon 1st Jul 2019 00:00



Sat 29th Jun 2019 23:29

was the poem that boring?

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