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Richard Alfred

Updated: Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:54 am

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Urmston born Salford raised Poet My poems rarely reflect how I feel on any kind of personal level I like to write about broken hearts dark dreams and things of beauty and sadness....


And And I walk this street every day of my life visit the same old places see the self-same sorry faces trapped by expression of a useless life Derailed, abject, lost, fucked before they even stood a chance hours traded gladly for a high just to get by Just to make another fuckin day not last And he could be from another decade snot nose covered head to toe in shit and grime 8 maybe 9 fatherless no doubt, mother mostly not around Innocent now only just. And Beneath the bristle eyes sapphire blue meet mine and we two, see cabbage white silk wings, and something passes two hearts stop to hold one breath till at last he claps and she beats away for us just me and him a butterfly Kite How did i ever arrive, this place this age? I was never meant to be here alone. Memories too beautiful to now make so sad. Remember the kite, but the colour is gone. How I wish I could summon the wind from that day to Blow these feelings away Cruel impossible Love. Wonder in youth now old in regret decide. I will never find my perfect other. Thinking herself happy or sad, still lost never able to find me nor me her. Wife, a mother alone maybe, given up long ago the hopeless search for her perfect other me. Did she find solace in just making do? Forging contentment as so many before. Wild flowers countless meadows fill. Unique beauty, each smell a heaven. So alike are we, individual In flawed perfection. Emotional sentient beings no two a thumb print, save the one will never find. Certainty in middle years feeling you close. Foolish daydreams, now cynical older sees truth. Dull the years, death closer, fate set sure in failure. Perfect other, symbiotic light to shade mirror cast. Two halves never a whole. A mapless journey, Indefatigable unknown my search. Wasted agony. One for each of us No more Cruel impossible Love.

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

Blog entries by Richard Alfred

Siphon not Syphon (05/08/2019)

You (31/07/2019)

Pondweeds (11/02/2019)

Blackpool (04/01/2019)

Divorce=Loss (03/05/2016)

Magical Boy (12/08/2015)

Beyond an end (17/06/2014)

Hard Of Hearing (10/06/2014)

Listless 2 (29/05/2014)

Listless (13/05/2014)

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 12th Jun 2014 15:19

Hi Richard - don't get back from hols until around midnight on Friday - so can't make Cadence until S
aturday PM session

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 14th May 2014 14:59

I'm good Richard thank you - haven't seen you for a while - have our paths failed to cross or are you keeping a low profile :-) - I'm at the Cadence festival afternoon in June and going to Bolton on Sunday - are you at either of those?

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kath hewitt

Sun 28th Jul 2013 01:50

Thank you :-)

'and Morecambe weeps' - lpvely even in it's heavy sadness x

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kath hewitt

Thu 25th Jul 2013 13:00

Hi and thank you for your comment. :-)

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 23rd Jul 2013 11:48

Can't do Friday Richard - over in Wakefield for the Rugby League big derby game against Leeds Rhino's - already made my apologies to Jeff - but some things just can't be missed :-)

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 19th Jul 2013 22:43

thanks Richard - I really enjoyed myself and it seemed to go down OK - thanks for all your support mate :-)

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Fri 5th Jul 2013 22:22

yeh Rich,(re latest on our page)they do thin out,but dont worry,the gems shine through-keep chilled.xx

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 5th Jul 2013 22:21

thanks Richard - really enjoyed it - the Tudor is A.O.K.

Looking forward to the Cadence Cameo spot on the 18th - you will be getting a mention when I read 'that which autumn leaves' :-) will you be open mic-ing?

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Laura Taylor

Fri 28th Jun 2013 15:33

Oh, ta very much :) Wrote that one for a competition. Got nowhere :D Thanks anyway

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Fri 21st Jun 2013 07:39

Thank you for your comment on "Spring".
Best wishes

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kath hewitt

Fri 14th Jun 2013 10:37


I did intend to do this sooner but totally forgot. I just wanted to say a quick 'thank you' for your comment recently. Glad you liked it :-) Kath

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Jeff Dawson

Mon 3rd Jun 2013 22:46

hi Richard, cheers for joining Performance! open mic night at the cadence cafe, see u at the festival!

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Tue 28th May 2013 18:33

3rd Annual Cadence Festival 14/15 june

Tyldesley Wigan

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John Coopey

Thu 23rd May 2013 22:13

Hello Richard.
Danes Dyke - yes. In fact, we've just had a week at Sewerby.
The boats? I'm sure I will have as a kid. I'm absolutely certain about the Hispaniola, though; and bashing the Germans in Peasholm Park!

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Julian (Admin)

Thu 23rd May 2013 20:27

Richard, thank you for your positive comments about the site. very welcome indeed. came at a good time.

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 23rd May 2013 10:02

Hi Richard

you're nearly right - I'm on at Cadence on 18th July - it is my book launch event (book is titled 'A Step Towards Winter')but it isn;t really baseds around Poe - although 'That Which Autumn Leaves' is in the collection and a couple of the other poems are quite dark. Hope your reading of 'In The Belly Of The Whale' went down well :-) look forward to meeting you at Cadence

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John Coopey

Wed 22nd May 2013 23:35

Glad you liked "Filey" Richard. You're right about so many of those other Yorkshire coast towns (I'm not so sure about Brid, though!). The attraction of Filey for me personally is its memories rather than any intrinsic character.

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Shirley Smothers

Fri 17th May 2013 17:41

Hello again Richard. My husband was the stay at home parent for two years. So he has seen the pro and con of at home parenting. Your poem "Mother's Autumn" speaks well of this.

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Fri 17th May 2013 13:16

LOL - thank you Richard - I really enjoyed myself last night.

Performance poetry is all about hip action and don't let anyone tell you otherwise ;)

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 16th May 2013 17:26

Richard - thanks for the comment you left on "Dambuster". I look forward to reading your "Lancaster" poem in due course.

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Wed 15th May 2013 12:24

Hey John kind words as ever, the picture is the profile one) its a beautiful painting, of for me a beautiful place

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Wed 15th May 2013 11:28

Thought your Blackpool poem had gone mate,was looking for it then found it here.'Sweet smell from pink hair to eat.Clowns of glass,elephants and rock.' Love it,but didnt it have a posting of its own with the brill pic?
I could taste the candyfloss,feel its sticky sweetness as I read this.'Charm,romance,beauty!nostalgia'

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Fri 10th May 2013 15:52

Thanks for that comment on my write..pleased you found something within that struck a chord.

I have been enjoying your writes, I saw on tv those elephants in Blackpool, holding tails. :(

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Mon 29th Apr 2013 11:40

Hey Richard, Cheers for your comments on TWO a.M.-nice one mate!

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Fri 31st Aug 2012 22:35

Hello, dear Richard! Thank you very much for commenting on " The Autumn Is Coming". I would love you to check out some of my poems (when time permits of course) at and ...would really appreciate your opinion and feedback. With warmest wishes, Larisa

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Lynn Dye

Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:46

Hi Richard, welcome to WOL, I really like both of your poems, especially "Treasure".
I look forward to more of your work.

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Sun 19th Aug 2012 12:32

Hi Richard,
Some nice lines in your poetry;'In a house half built,that can't be entered,find me'and 'glass walls keep reality at bay'.

Interesting stuff,hope to see more posted soon!

John (Love the profile pic by the way)

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Ann Foxglove

Tue 14th Aug 2012 09:09

Hi Richard - a warm welcome to WOL. And good luck with your poetry journey!

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