I’ve been writing poems since I was 15. The style, themes and success rate has varied over the years. I don’t have any formal education in poetry, prose or writing but I know what I like. Writing has been my outlet and a method of getting a grip on all the things I’ve seen and experienced. I try to read much of what’s posted on this site but don’t always have something to comment. 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 person on here and learn about 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 want to get better at writing shorter poems but the skill of rationing my words is something I’m still working on. Yorkshire, UK.
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...
The Sea At Night Does Not Rest
Too tired to rest I only care are you out there somewhere A glass of cheap wine on the arm of some expensive chair And do you... could you think of me sometime maybe... while I'm still alive The gravity of your movements swells the tides of my emotions and you'll probably never know You drag me to ecstasy, then to lowest ebb and you'll probably never know You amaze me with your vagary I could fall in love so easily but you won't let me Could you think of me sometime could you think of me sometime maybe... while we're still alive...
Can You Hear The People Sing?
They dwell in strange rooms the murky recesses of affordability barely buildings, bedrooms with sinks chair pushed up against the door flakes of lives flung everywhere a curtain, a quilt - who can really say? A bare bulb hangs in an open window no shade inside from day or night Still lives go on; the rudimentary, ramshackle, clutching at homeliness the need for shelter unites us all a hotel, a shed - who can really say? In bleak electric heat, so many sing it’s a different song all sing a different song Some higher, happier some lower, more desperate than mine flowing on through these days and nights a verse, a chorus - who can really say? The lawless, surging, movement of cars the self-possessed trains below the buildings so many pairs of eyes journeying on the things they’ve seen, things they still see those minds, all varied, wrapped in their own stories a tragedy, a fairytale - who can really say? Market stalls, street-sellers in threading gloves the inside world spills out, a necessity pavements become malls dressed in winter veils motorbikes slip ghost-like in and out of sight drunks stumble in high-spirits from bar to bar a wall, a urinal - who can really say? In tall towers, in basement bunkers so many singing their different songs some sing of the joy of things some sing only of the difficulty the tunes flow through this city’s veins a love song, a death’s lament - who can really say? But can you? can you hear the people sing? the miserable, the quietly ecstatic can you hear the people sing?
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Crooked Café (15/11/2019)
Born To Muse (08/11/2019)
Why Poems? (03/11/2019)
The Way I Write (09/10/2019)
The Winning Hand (04/10/2019)
As The Power Lines Crackle Overhead... (24/09/2019)
"The Ropes Are Fraying And Soon I'll Sail" (23/09/2019)
What Have You Done With The Daylight? (19/09/2019)
Songs From The Womb (17/09/2019)
Blog link: https://www.writeoutloud.net/blogs/tom
Anatomy of Longing (01/12/2018)
Restless (Sequel) (13/07/2018)
Cooling Towers (18/10/2017)
30 Steps (19/06/2012)
Can You Hear The People Sing? (22/02/2012)
Pull Apart The Perfect Nest (26/07/2010)
Our Home Cannot Be Here (28/05/2010)
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