I’ve been writing poems since I was 15. I don’t have any formal education in poetry, prose or writing but I know what I like. I try to read much of what’s posted on this site but don’t always have something to comment. If I do take the time to comment, it's likely because your work touched me. I definitely have a style I prefer reading (which isn’t necessarily reflected in my own work). When I find someone who writes in that way, I tend to love everything they do. Often, I try to put myself in the mind of someone else and write from their perspective, to help me understand what they’re thinking or feeling. At other times, it’s all me. The creative process fascinates me; I’d love to sit down with each contributor and find out where they get their ideas, what satisfaction they derive from a poem, how they know when one is finished and even what pen/tools they use to write. I have recently compiled 80+ poems (across 130 pages) into a paperback & Kindle book on Amazon. Yorkshire, UK.

Why Poems?

Poems are my photographs my diary my inner monologue poems are my measurement my record the fingerprints of emotions invisible no more Poems are my expression the sum of interactions they show my working out Poems are the breath of lost lovers against my neck Poems are my kisses for my family and my friends the hugs I seldom give And your poems... your poems keep me company a little light calling to my lost ship I sip my tea and slip into your mind...

Born To Muse

In the hammering rain of last night I slept the best I have all week I slept deeper, longer than I have done for months And would you guess who I should meet there on the dream stools at the dream bar ordering her dream gin sliding me a dream beer Well, you come here often I don’t have to ask I’ve seen you here so many nights before but it has been a while (and I’ve missed you) Back in real life; you live so freely you’re pure inspiration to me a scholar of your beauty besotted by your confidence, your creativity And when we went our separate ways (did we ever really agree on one path anyway?) after all those notebooks you drove me to fill after the purest verses I fear I may ever spill When we went our separate ways you found yourself an artist and now you’re all he paints day drinking, or in the nude the ways I still remember you you... you were born to muse Sitting on the dream couch in the dream bar your dream knees pushing against dream me You... you were born to muse...

Let The Tide Decide

On some night-time road with only the distant moon or your dimming torch meting its weak light out Do not be afraid of getting lost some new thing may come to you there on the path that you can't see some great thing may surprise you On that long journey towards day's promised ending without a real map to study or call upon Do not be afraid of being wrong take a chance and see what comes sometimes you'll be right and others you'll start again Free yourself to be wrong sometimes you will find new capabilities Be free to get lost sometimes you may discover treasures there Let the tides of your mind decide it's alright to be wrong sometimes Be free be free to get lost sometimes let the tide decide...

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

Audio entries by Tom

Get A Room (10/12/2019)

Born To Muse (08/11/2019)

Anatomy of Longing (01/12/2018)

Cooling Towers (18/10/2017)

Can You Hear The People Sing? (22/02/2012)

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Mon 17th Feb 2020 11:25

In the photo, are you checking your watch?
you still have time to turn your life around.
I am back. Now that wasn't so bad, was it?

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 16th Feb 2020 15:56

Tom - I appreciate your kind response to my comment on DB's recent poem. In an age that appears to indulge in negativity of various
sorts, I like to recall an old song from way back that has the line
"If i can help somebody...". Not a bad thing to bring to mind at times
like these.
Good luck to you !


Sat 15th Feb 2020 02:29

Thanks Tom.
I'll be gone for two days.

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Thu 13th Feb 2020 18:00

News about shoes Tom - thanks for such a quick response. Encouraging. P. 👍

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Mon 3rd Feb 2020 19:58

Thanks for the comment on my first poem! I'm very new here. Used to write a lot of poetry as an emotional teenager but I sort of lost my way with it.
I like 'Why Poems', it's very relatable!


Mon 3rd Feb 2020 11:36

Thank you for your comments on "Nut & Bolt".
what a wonderful thing to say.



Mon 3rd Feb 2020 11:34

Glad you liked "Retirement Village"
which was not really a poem
but more a rant with satire in mind.
Somehow I got away with it,
it was not deleted,
and I am still logged into this site,
a site for sore eyes!

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Thu 23rd Jan 2020 17:16

2025 - thanks Tom - glad you liked some turns of phrase. P.


Sat 11th Jan 2020 13:17

These poems are only scavenged
it's all that I can manage,
some of them make you grimace
most hope that they 'are finished!


Tue 7th Jan 2020 12:34

Thanks for reading my Honking poem!
We need more Honking poems.T
there are just not enough Honking poets!


Sat 4th Jan 2020 22:18

In the attic of your mind
in dark corners find
a hidden spot,
but be careful with
what is recalled
there's things up there
just as soon forgot!


Sat 28th Dec 2019 11:35

Hello Tom. wink.


Tue 24th Dec 2019 12:20

Thanks Tom of the Sea,

I am flattered.

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Ruth O'Reilly

Tue 24th Dec 2019 10:29

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas Tom, Enjoy yourself!


Fri 20th Dec 2019 05:12

thank you Tom with wet shoes
for reading "Men In Homes".
It might be depressing
but we will all be there
sooner or later.


Wed 11th Dec 2019 22:58

very good Tom.
You saved a book!
now leave another
for someone else...


Sun 8th Dec 2019 03:03

enjoyed "Why Poems"
well written!


Sat 7th Dec 2019 12:33

'Why Poems?' - Lovely work.


Thu 21st Nov 2019 04:37

Thanks Tom for reading
"You left before I could say Goodbye"
i think it could apply to many situations
and many people.
Haven't we all expressed that sentiment
at some point in our lives?


Thu 14th Nov 2019 10:22

Liked your poem
thought it was neat,
don't step on your
Blue- toed feet!


Mon 11th Nov 2019 15:11

by now
those sneakers
must be soaked
do you have another pair
and dry socks?


Mon 11th Nov 2019 15:09

Thanks Tom
for reading
"through 7 year old eyes"
my cousin's dad
heart attack.

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Wed 6th Nov 2019 20:38

Hello Tom

I have been on sabbatical and am so pleased to see new friends commenting on my poetry and as well as old friends.

There are no such things as strangers, only friends I have not met yet.

I adore sentimentality.... The more mawkishness I find appearing in my poetry.

I do need to balance the ying and yan.

Some of my doggerel can be a tad on the dark side.

Thank you for dropping in


Thu 17th Oct 2019 12:38

Grand-kids are our reward
for suffering through kids.

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Wed 16th Oct 2019 07:19

It's funny but before I'd even read Graham's comment I thought how lovely and refreshing your profile writeup was. A poet who's actually interested in how other people think and create. Not everyone is and you meet many on the poetry scene who aren't there to listen at all.

Thanks for commenting on my poem Tom. I very much enjoyed your Cooling Towers poem - a relationship poem with some depth and originality.

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 9th Oct 2019 17:23

Hello Tom, I hope you don't mind but I've set your request to learn how other poets write as a new thread in the discussion section.

Let's see if it catches anyone's attention.



Sat 5th Oct 2019 10:28

Why are you standing in the water?
in those new sneakers?

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Ruth O'Reilly

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 12:11

Thank You for your Kind Comments Tom I appreciate you reading some of my poems too. Happy National Poetry Day!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 30th Sep 2019 13:10

IMO, you are one of the 'shining stars' on this site, warm and wonderful, caring and curing. And still participating! Exactly why WOL exists.


Sat 21st Sep 2019 03:32

thanks Tom
for reading "Put Some Clothes On"
a spoof about celebrity selfies
and cows.

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