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Tom Alexander

Updated: Sun, 28 Jun 2020 12:59 am

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I've been on WoL since 2009. I like people watching, the sea, animals, psychology, fountain pens, kindness and equal opportunities. I mostly write about human relationships and try to imagine what other people might be thinking. I just do it for my own amusement really. I love mulling over titles and phrases throughout my day, it also helps me sleep. I don't always have something to comment on a poem, so forgive me if I only leave a like. I prefer to leave a heartfelt comment than a meaningless platitude. I do try to read as much as possible of what is posted on WoL. Thanks for reading. If you'd like to know more: 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...

Renee By A Thread Down the corridor, comes a scream Was it physical pain or the horror of finally learning the way this game is turning They took your clothes gave you a gown there was nothing to do but lay right down Now, the machine breathes for you hung by a thread and leaving soon Faint flashes behind tired eyelids recalled moments from a busy life; the night before your wedding barefoot kisses by the Seine The tentative first steps of Child Two A shaking hand, a ‘thank you’ card from the family of one you saved Now, the machine breathes for you hung by a thread and leaving soon The ache, it came and spread like water the fever burned, the cough, it worsened they hooked you up, you knew the drill the butterfly, the slow sure drip and then it seemed to ease a while The bed you took, brought guilt at first your hands no longer helping Then suddenly; your quick decline Now, the machine breathes for you hung by a thread and leaving soon There’s a feeling in your chest and that sixth-sense you sometimes get the dawn tomorrow, you will not witness Nurses come, their voices hushed gloved hands hold, always too briefly you don’t like the letting go The room is quiet but for the wheeze as the machine breathes for you hung by a thread and leaving soon In the chair beside you, that loving face waiting at end of every nightshift You know that he will raise them right Ah, but which patient was it which desperate hand you gently held which reassuring words you shared with no fresh mask to wear Now, the machine breathes for you hung by a thread and leaving soon The family grieves a nation grieves for you gone needlessly soon…

High Tide, Low Life

You paint yourself blue, always blue this letter brings me down perched upon a rusty trailer paint peels over my shoulder I've been drinking since the boats were rested on the muddy estuary bed It's high tide, low life high tide, low life I won't stop my reaching out if there's any way to help, I'll find it you're so slow to take my hand scratching at your skin for answers I don't have any good advice I do what I can to just keep living right I'll listen if you'll let me you know; my love is not the enemy It can't be this way forever it won't always be like this It's high tide, low life high tide, low life You say you only paint when you get blue and I suppose that's just the way the sea feels You paint yourself blue always blue I guess that's just the way the sea feels...

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

Audio entries by Tom Alexander

Renee By A Thread (05/05/2020)

Born To Muse (08/11/2019)

Pocketful of Rain (10/06/2018)

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Wed 8th Jul 2020 03:22

The beard poem was just all in fun
I see from your photo
you really don't have much of a beard
so you have nothing to worry about.
No birds in beard for you!


Tue 7th Jul 2020 18:02

Hi Tom!

Thank you for the like!




Sat 20th Jun 2020 23:59

when you bite your tongue, it hurts!

(I see you have moved indoors. good!
much better than a tent on the beach.
you get those nasty sand fleas!)


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M.C. Newberry

Sat 20th Jun 2020 23:50

Hi Tom - thanks for the reasoned response to my message about
statues, plus The Guardian's slavery connection..
I see your point about the statues - but maybe that should apply to all
personal memorials when taking offence is such a fashionable indulgence these days.
Historically, there are many countries with empires in their
centuries of existence but no one (except the barbarians of Daish)
would sanction the destruction of the edifices that survive. Indeed, what would we be able to make of the past had that been the case.
No Rome/Italy as we know it; ditto no Athens/Greece and so much
else across the lands once held by the various empires of recorded history.
Once started, where to stop?

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 20th Jun 2020 16:04

Hello Tom - when there seems to be "understanding" and even
sympathy for the assaults on statues with a perceived connection
with slavery here in the UK, it is salutary to be told that that bastion
of the liberal position in this life - The Guardian (formerly The
Manchester Guardian) was, according to a reliable source of knowledge, founded by cotton trader John Taylor and gave unqualified support to the Confederacy in America's Civil War,
reprinting its propaganda and attacking slave liberator Abe Lincoln.. Here's an example:
"It was an evil day both for America and the world when he (Lincoln)
was chosen President of the United States" - 10 October 1862.
Would there be understanding and sympathy if the BLM made an
assault on the offices of that newspaper citing its links to slavery?
Would it be seen as a "good day"?
History always has something to teach us - and not always "of the

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Wed 17th Jun 2020 18:19

Hi Tom your samples are some of the best poetry I've read in an age.

I have much catching up to do... Glad I found you.

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Kashish Dawar

Sat 13th Jun 2020 19:02

thank you for dropping your kind words on my profile. your poems are amazing , will definitely read more. kd

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keith jeffries

Tue 9th Jun 2020 17:22

Tom, thank you for your comment. I am encouraged by your words. Reminiscing provides an enormity of space from one’ personal experience of life of life itself. Are you still using your fountain pen? Thanks again. Keith


Mon 18th May 2020 11:38

He has a new photo
out of the blue
appears he has
a new hairdo,
Like a rooster cock
upon review
looks like a sudden wind
came through!


Mon 18th May 2020 11:34

What happened to Tom?
He left the beach
and is now in Lockdown
in his studio apartment.
Life was a Beach!
No more!

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Thu 30th Apr 2020 12:49

Tom, Keeping Pace - appreciated your supportive comments. Blessings. P. 👍

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 22nd Apr 2020 17:00

Tom, you are amazing. Stay safe, you and yours.


Wed 15th Apr 2020 04:16

Thanks for your comment on "Windows".
It's too bad we had to shut down the world to deal with this Virus.
thank the Chinese for that!

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Fri 20th Mar 2020 23:06

The Sandman - thanks Tom. Will eventually get around to reading your file of promising material. Blessings. P. 👍


Thu 19th Mar 2020 22:53

I could if I wanted to
write a poem about that photo
the beached boat
the blue water cove
and that lone figure leaning
on the boat as if he stopped to
watch the time go by
or wait for the sunset
i could write a poem about it
but i'll leave that up to you
paint a poem!


Thu 19th Mar 2020 22:50

you are too flattering.
I hardly know what to say.

thanks for the kind words and
for that beautiful photo.
or is it a painting?
Blue Sea, White shore.


Wed 18th Mar 2020 10:46

am proud you responded to "Some"
not all, but some.
also glad you got out of those wet sneakers
and now are up on dry land.-
get in that boat and sail away!

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Wendy Higson

Sun 15th Mar 2020 04:58

Hi Tom Thankyou for your comments my mind is like a whirlwind if I don’t write things down I forget as soon has I start writing memories come floating back . Good or bad I just hope I can keep on writing love Wendy .


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. 👍

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.

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