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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

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)

WHEN YOU WALKED INTO MY LIFE - audio reprise (01/09/2017)

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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 Iโ€™m not going to write any more but I canโ€™t help myself my mind is a whirlwind cannot help myself never had anything published donโ€™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... ๐Ÿ˜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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Mon 8th Jun 2020 22:27

Touchdowns - thanks MC - your take, I always find to be an interesting one. Wasn't sure how this one might be interpreted but most of us now live in a cosmopolitan world free of radical undercurrents and I can remember having a Malaysian pen friend years ago when such things were the lingua franca of the times.๐Ÿ‘

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John Coopey

Mon 8th Jun 2020 17:09

Thanks for the heads-up about George Lloyd/Floyd. The name somehow got scrambled in my head sometime between โ€œA Black Life Doesnโ€™t Matter Any Moreโ€ (where I got it right) and โ€œHideaway (where I didnโ€™t). The confusion should have been obvious to me when I made the audio - it needed a few takes because I kept involuntarily singing โ€œLloyd Georgeโ€. Age, eh?


Sun 7th Jun 2020 23:41

The stars and the celebrities always have to stick their noses in
like they know something. All they do is repeat the lines
someone else has written.
Pretty faces. Not much upstairs!


Wed 3rd Jun 2020 03:48

It's the old "Golden Rule"
Do unto others...

the bad part is...
those who burn and destroy businesses
are in fact destroying the lives of those
who built them, sometimes taking years,
their life-savings.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 2nd Jun 2020 12:11

M.C., I always thought 'penny wise, pound foolish' COULD mean 'those people who skimp on pennies constantly, might get hit emotionally and helplessly, by something they absolutely WANT, regardless of cost. Something other folk could consider silly or unnecessary, anything from art to the finest cut of meat for just one meal.' I agree, it's a toughy!


Sun 31st May 2020 23:58

I agree M.C.
so obviously,
I am with you
and you're with me!


Fri 29th May 2020 22:01

Hauwei Five - OH! Brilliant!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Fri 29th May 2020 07:36

Mark, thank you for your welcome input on Berkley Square.

I have not written much in the way of parodies before.
I can see there is an unending supply of material...

However, do you think it cheating or being lazy using other's talent to feather your own nest (excuse the pun)?

btw. this is not a rhetorical comment.

I have to say I did enjoy writing this and have often decided not to take the rise out of some really highbrow musings and song lyrics in the past.


Thu 21st May 2020 03:22

Eat at home.
It's cleaner and safer.
Plus you don't
have to tip the waiter!

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Tue 19th May 2020 20:47


Tue 19th May 2020 04:13

you outdid yourself on this one!
Very good!


Mon 18th May 2020 11:42

Wisdom comes from age
imagine that,
Oftentimes it comes
after the fact!


Sat 16th May 2020 11:27

my wife says
if I don't behave,
I'll soon see the inside
of my grave!


Sat 9th May 2020 09:29

"Manners" are a thing of the past.
Along with common courtesy.


Wed 6th May 2020 13:20

think Facebook, Mark Zuckenberg,
Imperial highness
controlling all thought and speech.


Thu 30th Apr 2020 22:19

how does one qualify to be an "Edwardian" father?
(apparently you are the only one to get the humor,
then again, you may be the only one who read the poem0


Tue 28th Apr 2020 23:14

"lambs to the Laughter"
I like it!!

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