I'm an artisan poet living in East Anglia. A frequent visitor to poetry gigs in Suffolk and north Essex, I'd welcome contact with other poets, particularly those in this area. I came late to writing poetry but now I write about what I see and also about what I feel, writing from the heart. Then, when my scribblings are finished, I throw them out to the world. I used to throw them on to my website [www.paxpoeticus.co.uk] hoping they would be of interest to somebody. Now, having got over 50 poems I have had them published under the title "An Early Spring Day" - which is available on Amazon. That may not be a lot for some people but I'm very suprised that I've lasted that long! I also run the monthly meeting of Poetry Plus, the poetry group in Manningtree, Essex.
Embers ---------- Was there really any point to it all? What useful purpose have I served While living out my bleak and lonely life? Searching for answers, many men Gaze into the dying embers of a fire And measure their life’s worth therein. So too have I been gazing – Into the dying embers of my life And taking the measure of my worth. There will be no statue to celebrate my life. No awards to mark some great achievement. No learnèd books to argue and explain A great contribution made to help mankind. Like an early evening shadow, dancing Across the choppy waters of the bay, I too have crept silently through life Un-noticed, un-seen and un-remarked. And just as that shadow will vanish Un-remembered with the setting sun, So too will my life fade from view And leave no passing mark upon the earth. © Richard Hartley 19/03/2017
I am delighted to say that my first book of poems "An Early Spring Day" has now been published and is available to purchase from the Amazon bookstore: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1081316624 I would like to thank those many kind people who have encouraged me to scribble away over the last three years. Nothing would have been completed without your support. Thankyou!
All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.
Memorial Day in Moscow (02/09/2017)
When I Die (26/08/2017)
Fishing for Poets (17/08/2017)
The Hearse (27/07/2017)
The Rose (27/07/2017)
The Last Train (27/07/2017)
Deo Gratias (27/07/2017)
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