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M.C. Newberry

Updated: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 03:28 pm


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Author of poems printed in national and regional publications. Also factual articles and short stories. Writer of six on spec screenplays - some read (Paramount <US> and also BBC/ITV etc.) - none accepted to date. But it's great therapy! Poems published by Red Candle Press, Peace and Freedom Press and Poetry Now. This author's "concept" collection of verse & lyrics was compiled under the title "SINGING WORDS" and published by Janus Publishing.Co.Ltd. The Otley Press collection "SPOKES" (2014) - celebrating the Tour de France in Yorkshire - contains my poem "LYCRA CLAD LOONY". My CD - "POETRY TO PLEASE" contains 21 poems in verse form with music settings. One of the poems, "English Hills", was given a four page spread against superb colour landscape photos in the magazine "THIS ENGLAND". Very rewarding in content and context! The cover of the CD, using my photo, adorns this page. Also happily writing songs, song lyrics and tunes, some recorded by Women In Country (JIP Records of Nashville, TN. USA). Admires the craft and skill of yesteryear's poets and songwriters, but can still be pleasantly impressed by more modern material. My comic-crime novel NOVEMBER UNIFORM (Grosvenor House Publishing/ISBN 9781786232502 is available from Amazon (p/back & Kindle) and on order from bookshops.


THOUGHTS AT CHRISTMAS How fitting now in deep December, When days are short and spirits low, That in our hearts we will remember Those we knew who had to go. Christmas hours are briefly bright... Their spark is spent in winter's pay And soon surrenders to each night When light retreats and fades away. But O how wonderful this living! How magical this life we own, That we are given to go on giving When time takes those that we have known. .............................................

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Audio entries by M.C. Newberry

WONDERING (11/07/2020)

YOU ARE THE MUSIC - song/lyric version (22/02/2020)

IT'S A HEARTACHE THING - Country Lament (22/09/2019)

DOWN BY THE MEWSTONE - folk song (21/02/2019)

AN IRISH REJOICING - song (13/02/2019)

CHRISTMAS SNOW - sung by Marcie Summers (bless her memory). (23/12/2018)

WHERE DO YOU GO? (17/06/2018)

CHRISTMAS SNOW - Instrumental - recorded by Pete Dymond (15/12/2017)


THE MENIN GATE - Remembrance Day Remembered (09/11/2017)

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Tue 15th Sep 2020 17:52

At this stage
our talents fade-
what's left is me
and my old age.


Sun 13th Sep 2020 01:53

check your mail every day
there may be something important
like this news or
a summons for jury duty!


Sat 12th Sep 2020 11:10

finally back home.
feeling better.
will write more
as I progress.

thanks for your concern.


Tue 8th Sep 2020 23:27

Surgery tomorrow.
Not sure when I'll be back.
but then again,
you may need a break!


Mon 7th Sep 2020 23:11

well said.
In fact you said it
better than I.


Fri 4th Sep 2020 03:21

They want us to become nameless and subservient
so they can control us-
we shut down
we wear masks
we give up our jobs and businesses
Baa Baa Bah
we are now complacent sheep.


Sun 30th Aug 2020 00:52

your sister has to endure therapy for years?
Yikes. Well now I do not feel so bad.
It's just that I hate hospitals and bureaucracy.
You can call for something and by the time they show up
you forgot what you called for. hahaha😁


Sat 29th Aug 2020 08:42

what a great response!
"the eyes of Texas" are indeed upon me.

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Kevin T.S. Tan

Sat 22nd Aug 2020 18:04

Thank you for responding on my profile. I think every nation has something unique to offer. Learning to appreciate that.


Mon 17th Aug 2020 00:48

do you still have that record player?
by now, it would be worth a fortune
signed with Your autograph!


Sun 16th Aug 2020 02:07

no, not a joke.
In America, this is what they are proposing.
Defund the Police is the new buzz phrase...
cut police budgets,
add more social workers and counselors.


Sat 8th Aug 2020 13:02

yes, but did you ever pay off that record player?


Mon 3rd Aug 2020 01:43

don't mind getting wet.
it washes away bad poetry.


Mon 20th Jul 2020 01:45

that's what they claim.
but I don't believe it.
Why does sweat still pour
into my summer eyes
and leave them burning
well into night?


Sun 19th Jul 2020 01:18

When pain arrives
we feel sensation-
When will it decline?
upon cremation!


Sat 18th Jul 2020 00:08

I try to be creative
sometimes like Frankenstein
I create Monsters!


Wed 15th Jul 2020 02:43

Harry Day, the Royal Flying Corps First World War fighter ace, remarked that β€œrules are for the obeyance of fools, and the guidance of wise men". Harry Day was captured by the Germans in WW2 and repeated helped others to escape and many times attempted to escape himself. He finally escaped, stealing a VW car and driving it to Allied lines. Harry continually fought against the rules set against him, and in doing so, he saved many lives.


Wed 8th Jul 2020 03:16

all in fun.
I really like beards.
Santa's is my favorite.


Tue 7th Jul 2020 03:12

I'll agree with you
if you agree with me
that I am right
as for you?



Sat 4th Jul 2020 03:12

very clever response MC.


Wed 1st Jul 2020 03:12

that's a cute saying
Is it British?
or Bulgarian?

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John Coopey

Sun 28th Jun 2020 19:28

Thanks for your thoughts on Al Jolson, MC. It would make a great quiz question in a picture round to identify AJ not blacked up. Personally, I have no problems with him black facing in the 1920's. I myself have done it in the past for a James Bond fancy dress night. I'm sure he'd have second thoughts now. Just as I would.


Sat 27th Jun 2020 11:52

a weak or cowardly man
First Known Use of milksop

14th century, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for milksop

Middle English, literally, bread soaked in milk

(i had to look it up.)

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Thu 25th Jun 2020 17:23

You got there just before I twigged the error and amended it of my own volition - good to see you were on the ball though just in case. I blame the hot weather. Keep well. P.

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Wendy Higson

Wed 24th Jun 2020 19:15

Thankyou for all your comments I keep saying I’m not going to write any more but I can’t help myself my mind is a whirlwind cannot help myself never had anything published don’t really know how to use my iPad There are lots of fascinating writers and love reading them Thank you love Wendy X

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Sat 20th Jun 2020 18:28

Hi MC, thanks for your perspective. Here's mine: I am not one for erasing the past, censoring and DVD-collection burning etc. In a country with as much history as ours, most long-lived institutions are going have histories that might make some modern heckles raise. However, do I think statues are a special case.

The people we choose to quite literally put (and keep) on a pedestal in our streets and cities for all to look up at are not always appropriate for the time.

It might sound flippant but if I had to pass a statue on my daily commute celebrating a historical figure who rounded up poets with ginger beards and slaughtered them or enslaved them - I'd probably feel quite unnecessarily awkward on a daily basis.

I do not think statues should be thrown into the sea either. Put them in a museum (it keeps them clean, safe, maintained, polished) and provide people interested in the history some context; the figure's pros and cons. And then let's have some modern, representational statues in their place; not just objectionable dead men. Maybe in 100 years, the new statues will need to be put in a museum and replaced too - so be it!

I'm not qualified to speak on what is and isn't offensive to minority groups in the UK, so it's important we listen to their voices and perspectives. We should be ready to act if the consensus is that dumb traditions (i.e. statues) need be challenged.

I love the range of views on WoL and the lively debate. I might see if I can write a poem about that... πŸ˜ƒ Cheers, Tom


Sat 20th Jun 2020 12:24

You will get no sympathy,
nor will you get a refund.
You are out of date
and out of order!

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Phil Kay

Fri 19th Jun 2020 22:27

Thanks for your comments M.C. I don't know the answer to policing any questions my poem raises. There is endemic racism in the U.S. but Britain also has its more than fair share.
I meant the piece not as a political statement but a account of an episode in my life that for me was positive. Its from a period quite long ago now.
Incidentally the conception of English people not being racist was transmitted to me on more than a few occasions on many many happy visits I have made to the states.


Thu 18th Jun 2020 03:36

Observe and watch,
then Write!


Sat 13th Jun 2020 03:37

"everybody needs to get stoned".
-B. Dylan

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