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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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Fri 19th Oct 2018 12:10

haha. good retort!

we'll prop you up in the corner.


Ariana Leon

Tue 16th Oct 2018 20:21

Well I am definitely caught in the web - I really like what you have written!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 14th Oct 2018 08:08

Good morning from the Emerald Isles Don thanks for the comments on We..have a great day..Taylor πŸ’•

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Joe Williams

Fri 12th Oct 2018 15:26

Cheers Don, I'm hoping for a flurry of egg poems this time next year πŸ˜€


Fri 12th Oct 2018 11:30

wink wink wink wink wink wink wink

phew rest eye then

wink wink wink wink wink wink

some more


now my wink
is on the blink.


Sun 7th Oct 2018 22:56

thanks Don for your comment on "School Bus".
i was driven to write it
you are kind enough to read it.



Tue 2nd Oct 2018 09:07

Thank you for your comments on Koi Pond.



Fri 28th Sep 2018 19:33

on that "bring"
i do not know how to get back to the poem
to edit it.


Thu 27th Sep 2018 12:13


My original comment to Hugh appears to have gone awol...removed or wrong button pressed...?

I agree with you.

My name θ©©δΊΊ is Japanese for poet.

When I first started writing Haiku I got interested in the way Japanese words were written.

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Thu 27th Sep 2018 10:55

Hi Don Thankyou for your comments the purpose is Experiance comes from Reality and has be told love Wendy


Sun 23rd Sep 2018 18:42

not sure what you meant by your last comment...
it's a pity things like this stay as a poem?

by the way, what is that round thing on your head?



Sat 15th Sep 2018 11:23

who is Jane?
and why would she say such a thing?

watch out for ants.
(& uncles.)


Sun 9th Sep 2018 15:06

thanks Don
for having the courage
to read my poems
i don't know how you do it
or why.


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Thu 6th Sep 2018 19:41

Don, writing comes so naturally even your comments are poetry! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


"My daughter tells me not to
Eat when I am writing
Cos I could risk a spill-out
No food in mouth for biting

This spill-out food could land on page
(Or keyboard if you're typing)
The page it could be remedied
But keyboard? Hell, what griping....😎"

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Wed 5th Sep 2018 20:14

I'm caught! Love your profile and samples!! Thanks for your comment as well! Love this site.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 18:50

Thank you Don a bit of lighthearted humour is always a breath of fresh air...πŸ˜ƒ


Sun 2nd Sep 2018 02:50

What do you mean, Frivolous?
All those comments were true.
Do not question my readers
they know what they are talking about
plus...I pay them to say those things.


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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 29th Aug 2018 12:31

Thank you for commenting on I Want Don πŸ’•

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Hayley Taylor

Thu 23rd Aug 2018 00:54

Hey Don, thankyou for reading my work and commenting/liking it. You always give me good feedback that I can work with and improve with. It's also nice to have someone out there who understands you as well.

Thank you for being supportive from the beginning of my journey on this website.

Also, your work is brilliant and so relatable, and at other times amusing. Keep at it, people definitly like it!

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Shirley Smothers

Wed 22nd Aug 2018 16:54

Hello Don, thank you for your comment on my poem BROKEN EGG SHELLS.
Anxiety is a daily struggle with me.



Tue 21st Aug 2018 04:44

ha. my mistake.
i make them frequently.

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Jane Briganti

Fri 17th Aug 2018 14:09

Thank you Don for commenting on "Who Am I". I appreciate your continued support! I happen to agree with you 100%....❀😊


Thu 16th Aug 2018 23:35

Tennis Anyone?

a poem is like
a tennis ball-
it is sometimes returned
when you least expect.


Thu 16th Aug 2018 13:11

thanks for your comment Don.
on second thought,
you were right.

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Jane Briganti

Thu 16th Aug 2018 12:30

Don thank you for your continued support and on-going enthusiasm! I am appreciative! Jane😊


Thu 16th Aug 2018 00:34

no. the water poem is about water.
all water seeks its home
the sea!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Wed 15th Aug 2018 19:00

Thank you Don your support is invaluable..still puzzling about Switzerland..πŸ˜‹

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Sat 11th Aug 2018 16:34

Dear Don,

Thank you so much for your support!!! It means a lot!


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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 10th Aug 2018 10:48

Thanks Don..glad you like The Book 😁


Thu 9th Aug 2018 03:45

thank you for your feedback on "Corner Man".
and's summertime, you can take off your

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