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I am living, I am alive. I am still unsure as to what it is though. The best I can surmise, is that life is like a collage, a puzzle! Maybe one day it will all fit together.


Fated Bubble of Warmth We live within the Auspices of time Borrowed only To cajole a pleasant Place of comfort From the heckles And the baiting And nothing fates Each life that we Portray unless Crossing governors Of spite we Persist a melancholy bruise Defending positions Of the ego While shaking hands With demons Bargaining a fix Of Brown or Diamond White, Amphetamines and Cargo planes Affecting dopamine And chemistry’s Illusory and fantasy A hitch upon causality And be the peoples populous Echoing thoughts of sanctuary Sail the ships to freedom Dancing on the landscapes Of seas they call tranquillity Of non coherent thought, Navigate by sudden stars Sparkling like champagne The explosions gone All awry – the beckoning Of quandary the jibbing Past the compass Under swells And over peaks Out to sea Out to sea Out to sea Through a labyrinth of mind. The coming down From bloods of moons Lasts forever, Shaded and jaded Laden with guilt, And it wasn’t just enough Now you’re sitting in troughs Of depression with Co-dependency upon The chemicals you now Court to cancel fear, And it wasn’t near The brink of unknowns, It wasn’t near the drink That staggered home It wasn’t the love gone sour – It was ego, It was freefalling for a panic That you have to live a life, And now your wife, The dame you never met Sells honeysuckle sweets For a strangers fancy And your children, Are taken into care, And colder still is the needle That brings closer; A fainted bubble of warmth. Michael J Waite 15th October 2011.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 20th Dec 2016 12:23

Thanks for commenting on 'Advent' Mike - I'm really pleased that you liked it - hope you're keeping well - best wishes of the season mate

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Wed 9th Nov 2016 08:40

Hello Mike ?
Thank you so much for the correction. I rectified it immediately and I am really grateful for your encouragement and guidance.

I look forward to hearing more from you.


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Sun 22nd Feb 2015 17:21

Thankyou for reading my poem kind regards Wendy .

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Sat 21st Feb 2015 22:43

Catch you soon fella.x

<Deleted User> (9882)

Sat 21st Feb 2015 10:35

Hi again Mikey.'All' taken on board.Bit rushed this morning.Will get back to you.Lots of love.


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Noris Roberts

Thu 22nd Jan 2015 23:08

Thank you for reading me and thanks for your comment.
I do have have passion and I'm glad that discovered it!

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 15th Oct 2014 10:43

Hello Mike - having read your entry on my home
page, I found a report on MSN about promised
change(s) in the treatment of mental illness.
It featured a 24 year old woman who had suffered from degrees of depression since
12 -13 years of age. The saving grace of how
she was given help by one worker after her GP
seemed to have failed to put her forward for
talking therapy provided some light in a long dark tunnel for her.
Your own circumstances - also from a young age - exacerbated by your later experiences and a
failure of society to adequately accommodate your situation reads like something from Dickens or Dostoevsky! Your fortune seems to
be your family when material comforts remain scarce. Wealth comes in various forms and your gratitude for that blessing is touchingly
obvious. Life is an unpredictable adventure:
grossly unfair and cruel, amazing and glorious,
it gives and takes away without any apparent
sense or sign of fairness or justice. But it is STILL life and has to be met and greeted
with as much positivity as possible. The
alternative comes soon enough.
Love to live - and live to love! You may not
have had a proper crack of the whip in the
former but you have the chance to prove the
latter. Many never have that in their lives.
We are what we are but it's what we CAN be that propels us on through the vicissitudes of this journey through life.
Bon chance!

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Wed 3rd Sep 2014 21:19

Thanks for reading my poem and for commenting.
The last line is meant to be puzzled over.
By it I mean we spend all our time worrying about things that don't might whilst destroying the world and not giving that a second thought

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Wed 25th Jun 2014 21:07

Nice and dark - How i like it ha , ha
How are you Michael ? just wanted to say hello hope you are well mate i have not been on here as much but i have been working on old stuff .take care mate Eoin

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David Cooke

Wed 28th May 2014 09:39

Nice to hear from A Coltrane fan. Just rushing out he door. Be back in a day or two re Coltrane info. Cheers DAvid PS OLe, yes, all his stuff on Atlantic Records is great!

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 26th Feb 2014 18:26

thanks for the comments on 'Anytown' and 'Here There Be Demons' Mike and apologies for the tardiness of my reply - I've not been spending enough time on WOL recently and I've got behind with both my thank-you's and my readings of other folks work - something I intend to remedy as we head in to March :-) will be back in touch I'm sure once I catch up on my reading

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Fri 20th Dec 2013 12:13

Thanks for the comment on my poem Fulfilment. Much appreciated, glad you enjoyed it. T

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Wed 30th Oct 2013 15:12

Hi! Thank you a lot for your poetry-comment on 'You may kill me'! Love your profile picture! Sunny wishes!

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chris stevenson

Mon 28th Oct 2013 13:05

Hello Mike ... thanks very much for the comment which obviously contains some of your personal understanding ...I logged in and wrote it so it has the immediate feel of a situation which others seem to have recognised .. thank-you .. chris.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 27th Aug 2013 00:25

Greetings - and many thanks for the Youtube link provided on my profile page.
A wondrous montage of shots of predominantly
human activity over the face of our world - but
not the downbeat message "in total" I feared.
The extraordinary achievments of Mankind in leaving its mark on our planet is there to see
but not all bad by any means. The cycle of
life goes on; even our human excretory product
can appeal to other life forms! I was amazed
only this evening to learn how reindeer are
drawn to human urine because of its salt content.
I guess we're back to human numbers - and, as with
other life forms, these must be carefully watched to guard against betraying the essential balance
of nature. Otherwise, everything increasingly
points to the sky; with our greatest modern buildings seeming to grab hold of the heavens.
As for the whale at the end of that Youtube clip
- was it saying "we're still here, pal!" - or
waving "goodbye to all that". Being an optimist I prefer the former. As one who successfully
lobbied against the use of sperm whale oil in
the leather industry back in teh 70s - resulting in the adoption of a synthetic substitute, I believe that it rescued a species "on the brink"; and I well remember many doom & gloom-mongers
readily predicting how the atom bomb would see
humanity bringing down the curtain on all life.
But au has provided a sentinel
for global safety and a supply of power. And
there are other examples to provide optimism
for the future. By all means, let us be on
our guard against excess in whatever form - but the hope is surely in the knowledge that we
are AWARE of the dangers in line and in time
with their appearance and threat. We cannot
say we have not been warned!
Onwards and upwards....

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:29

really sorry to hear you're struggling at the moment - I have had recent touches with someone who shares some of your feelings of despair and depression - not a nice thing for the one suffering or those who can do little to help. I suppose I would say to you what I said to the person close to me - don't give up, look for the positives in things and express yourself and share your hurt. That could sound hollow if you are in a really bad place - but I hope you appreciate that it comes from a good place in me and I really do mean it.
Meanwhile - your poetry seems to be helping you express your inner demons and, whilst it is quite 'heavy' I'm sure a lot of people 'get it' and thank god they aren't similarly afflicted.
Never the less - your poetry is thought provoking, stark and intelligent - and the back track is very fitting for the subject matter.
Keep at it mate - don't let the bastards grind you down - keep creating - because creativity just might help you recover some of what you feel you've lost.
Take care of yourself sunshine

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 31st Jul 2013 18:48

thanks for stopping by and commenting on 'Alien Feelings' - glad you liked it.
CTUSM - now there was a band - The Only Living Boy In New Cross - post punk classic :-)

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Steve Higgins

Tue 30th Jul 2013 15:13

Keep working on that collage -one day it'll all make sense (we hope!) Probably find out that the secret of life is 42 so that'll make my poem 'numbers' way out! thanks for looking in -Steve

Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Tue 30th Jul 2013 10:15

Thanks for the comments N.

Much appreciated


Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Tue 30th Jul 2013 10:09

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Tue 30th Jul 2013 08:07

Thanks for your comment on my poem Mike. It's more of a live performance piece really - it needs an audience - but I'm glad it made you smile :)

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Joshua Van-Cook

Sat 22nd Jun 2013 22:56

Hi Mike, thanks for your comment on "Worlds". I'm glad it appealed, it more or less started with me being somewhat over analytical of my own daydreams which most oft speak of a better tomorrow or even the present of a reality not so very far from our own. I guess you appreciated the pointers to ALbert Einstein and Edgar Allan Poe in that piece.

Much appreciated anywho, and all the best with the kids,


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kealan coady

Fri 3rd May 2013 07:35

Hello there just wanna say, thanks for that comment I appreciate when someone truly understands what I write

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Pete Slater

Sat 27th Apr 2013 21:56

Hi Mike
Thanks for reading On the Block
It's not a condemnation of the youth of today just an observation. This was only the fifth poem I wrote. Since then I have written a couple with a more sympathetic view of our young people. Blame was not the intention. Thank you for your comments though Mike, much appreciated mate.
Pete The Bus Driving Poet.

<Deleted User> (10123)

Fri 19th Apr 2013 12:30

Not seen it yet.
tag it: A day in the life of comp
that should do the trick
don't forget to send your votes
chow for now, nick

<Deleted User> (6315)

Tue 16th Apr 2013 22:12

Blimey I am not surprised you worry..that long?..Is there nothing that can be done?..I do know that you can make sure you receive no with-held numbers a message comes up to tell folk that if their number is with-held they will not be put through. (that is if they are calling from a with-held number obviously.) You may want to try would save you and your family having to deal with any more..Anyways good luck.

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 3rd Apr 2013 16:26

really pleased that you liked ' the clown' and found time to comment - much appreciated

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Tue 29th Jan 2013 12:19

I’m lucky, I don’t suffer except for some, maybe:
The headaches and the nightmares of what could nearly be.
An SAS saved my life by using his dawn knife,
But we weren’t there, so that can’t be,
No, we were not the cavalry.

I am so sorry that you feel the way that you can’t help,
But I have been in places where the enemy wants your scalp,
Before your time – so what? – Lost mates hurt just the same,
I try to sleep, but nothing, no, nothing is the same.

To break away from horrors – I write and do my best,
It’s good that you can, ‘get it out’ – despite my lame protest,
I wasn’t condescending, of that I am most sure,
For you, it is more difficult to quell the fighting roar.

A raw that I know well - that wears its anger for all time,
Ignore those fucking analysts; you fought and spent your prime,
This has now been taken – given to our Queen,
I trust that I do not offend – for I had earlier seen.

The wish was for your solid words to come across most strong,
Not ignored as babbling squaddie – redress always dies long,
I was not a ‘grunt’ but a ‘shiny’ you would say,
Nonetheless, I was there, albeit, previous day.

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Ann Foxglove

Sun 20th Jan 2013 11:44

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments on my January Fairy poem. I was a child in the 50s and remember our little plastic fairy very fondly!

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Andrew Peters

Mon 31st Dec 2012 11:07

very kind comments Mike, I would love to see the comments on your facebook page - how I do I find it? Please feel free to pass it on - am really trying to go back to why I started writing in the first place - the reflect back the world, to say something, to come from the heart {excuse the cliche but there is no other way to put it}. I think Wilfred Owen did that, as did Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas etc... - I used to do arts presenting on tv many years ago and did a prog on Wilfred Owen - I went to the house he was in a youngster in Shrewsbury and also met one of his descendants, who let me hold his war medals, his lighter and his christening robe - touching the hem of history! Anyhow, thanks again Mike,
Andrew Fusek Peters

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