I have been writing most of my life,mainly verse and only really got to grips with poetry after joining Write Out Loud . I really enjoy being involved at all levels of this unique poetry scene. My poems have been published in anthologies, Poetry Now Northern England Editions 2001 & 2002 and Poems of the Millenium. Check out my website for more information about me and to read my poetry….
Broken Heart Where is the love that once was ours How many years has it been? Since you took the sun and left me showers How much rain have I seen? My broken heart will never heal The fissure is deep and wide With only a superficial seal. That opens and bleeds inside When all the hurt is again revealed By the memories I thought where sealed. The knife that cut was long and thin Silent as it slid right in. It gave me pain that I could not bear So hot and searing was the tear That ripped my heart so deep and wide; And I cried as I have never cried. I swore, stamped and got up steam To howl and scream as in a dream. I was angry, despondent, suicidal and mad The love was gone the love I had. Betrayed dejected depressed and alone I felt my heart turn to stone. Val Cook 2001 My Hearts Triumphant Cry This day I will remember As the first day in my life, When I rose and realised That I was now, no ones wife. The feeling, the elation Was a great exciting buzz. Truly liberating, there Would be no more of Us. I Can come and go at leisure. Buy without consent, all the Fripperies a female wants With complete abandonment. Will this make me happier, I won’t know till I try. But I will go from strength to strength Is my hearts triumphant cry. (c)ValCook 2001 You Are The One When I saw you sitting by my side So quiet and still I nearly died. My heart stood still, tears filled my eyes. Your presence took me by surprise. You smiled at me, then you where gone Yes, yes you are the only one. My one and only Valentine. I saw you again today walking by. My heart stopped I gave a sigh. I didn`t even say hello, I stood in silence and watched you go. I should have nodded and smiled at you, But now your gone without a clue That I would like to know your name. Next time I see you I`ll be just the same. I`ll stand there like a block of stone, Until your gone and then I`ll groan. You are the one,the only one; My one and only Valentine (c) ValCook 1998 TheOcean Are we indifferent to the fate of the sea? By what we do and what we allow to be. With sewage sludge PCB and DDT Nuclear waste and plastic debris. The consequence of trashing the sea Are horrendous and fatal to you and me. With factory farming by acoustic device Shoals of fish are collected in a trice Along with turtles and dolphins as sacrifice The rewards and profits of avarice. We over fish and ocean dump. No more will we watch the dolphin jump. And the humpback whale’s tail thump After the massive tankers with excess sump Poisons these creatures with this foul clump. Still we hunt and fish to overkill We trash the beaches uncaring until The ocean becomes a sewer fill And the creatures in the seas we will kill Who cleans it up, who pays the bill. Who cares that is the bitter pill. <©> Valerie Cook 1998 Good Mother Was I a Good Mother I asked of my three? Because that was what my mother asked of me. I told her yes,she was always gentle and kind, That would be the memory she would leave behind. As a child she lost her mother And was raised by another. This woman was mean and didn`t love her. So the question is. Was I a Good Mother, Brought up by a mother Raised by another Who wasn`t her mother And didn`t love her ? I was put the test I did my best. Knowing I was blessed With a good mother. Val Cook 2006 Celebration To place us high in the scheme of things, We cover our nakedness and all that brings Is to make us feel ashamed of our humanity Our common sex our vulnerability. Cover by all means to protect and warm, Ourselves against intrusion and that icy storm But on warm summer days In the heat and the haze of the suns glorious rays. We should be allowed to strip without discrimination. Remove all clothes in celebration. Of our wonderful human form. Introduce a style to transform The human race To a much gentler pace. Val Cook 2008 Kill The Humpback Whales, Quickly turns tails. There`s blood on the ice, they won`t pay the price. Horrific scenes to see. This carnage they flee. Back to the open sea. Red stains on the ice, Sacrifice at what price. Seals slither and slip away, Helpless Cubs stay and play. Clubbed to death by men of greed. Society demands but do they need, This brutal act that feeds the coffers. Surely there are alternatives on offer. The shame stays with me, When this slaughter I see. We must continue to fight, For freedom`s their right. Gods creatures are lent; They were never ment To be hunted and killed. But this heritage is instilled In a world full of greed. Yes, we have people to feed. But as sport must they die. To the hunt is the cry; Fox and stag fly by To be torn into bits, While in fear and fits. It`s inhuman it`s wrong In this world they belong. We should treasure all life Not introduce this strife To gods creatures on earth. Why kill soon after birth? To pander to fashion or fame These beautiful creatures are slain. This action is a disgrace. And taints the whole human race. <©> Valerie Cook 2000 War Why do nations wage war on nations. When the world is so small, we are all relations. Brother Sister Husband Wives Everyone is living in each others lives. We see face to face fighting in city streets, While politicians discuss it from their parliamentary seats. Homes demolished and people in flight, Carrying all they can throughout the night. Almost daily we hear of insane Evil perpetrators, of misery and pain. Yellow Black White or Brown passing the blame. But mingle our blood the colours the same. We will all count the waste of mankind For years to come; from land that is mined. Africa Rumania Kosova and Pakistan Ethnic cleansing, since time began. Man was killing his fellow man. People fled Many dead Those who stayed Knelt and prayed Children cried As their Mothers died Savaged and ravaged: when will it end And when it does will we ever mend. <©> Valerei Cook 1999 RunningAway The road leads nowhere, But I have to go somewhere. Anywhere is better than here. I`m leaving not shedding a tear. Running away without regret. Happy to be leaving, but yet Thinking of the good times I have had. But then recalling when it all went bad. I took a chance when I caught this ride. Now tears and fears well up inside. My life from now on will be inside out. But I know without a doubt That I was right to take this chance To leave this place without a glance. There is nothing but an endless wall. Of poverty, that destroys us all. I may never get a chance again I know That is why, I must go. Its ten years since I ran away But I think about home almost everyday I have been away a long time Some will view this as a crime I am going back to make a amends To say sorry to family and friends I left them when the going got tough I went because I had had enough Maybe things have changed, I`ll never know Unless I face my fears and go I am older now ,more mature Will I be welcome, I`m not sure. I hope they can forgive a friend Who made mistakes and wants to mend The bridge that separates our hearts Because that is where friendship starts. <©> Valerie Cook 2007 Bliss His sleep inhibits my touch; I feel his warmth, Inhale his fragrance. His peaceful form so close But in another place. He moves and groans I tingle with desire. Is this my opportunity. I kiss his soft unshaven cheek, My hand slowly slides across his chest, I feel his heart beating. He turns his face , His breath cools my cheek. I move close Gently kiss his lips. His eyes open and look deep into mine. Arms draw me into his embrace, We both smile. Bliss. Val Cook 2007
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