'Elegant Lies' by Desmond Childs is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Elegant Lies’ by Desmond Childs. Desmond says that although he has been writing on and off since the age of 14 – he is now 58 – he has only been writing poetry for the last nine months or so. A favourite poet is Frieda Hughes, daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Does he have his own poetic style? No. "I just write what comes."  He is inspired by the "sheer diversity of life and opinions that abound in the world". 



Is poetry an important part of your life and can you remember when and why it became so?

Poetry is an important part of my life. I find that it fills my need to be creative, so it has always been in my life. I wrote my first poem when I was 14 and have been writing on and off ever since.


If you could only have one poet’s work to read (desert island book) which one would you choose and why?

That would be Frieda Hughes, I have just read her book Alternative Values and found it very enjoyable and inspiring. I particularly like the poem ‘Woman as Glass’.


How do you think your poetry style has changed since you started writing?

I don’t think I have a particular style. I just write what comes. Although I suppose I am influenced by what poetry I read, which I do try to vary. I have just been reading Emily Dickinson.


Do you perform your work and if so, what advice would you give to other young poets like yourself just starting out? If not, would you like to in the future?

 I do not perform my work, but might do so in the future if the situation should ever arise. I guess I am a young poet in a way ,as I have only been writing regularly for the last nine months but in fact I’m 58, I guess that makes me old. As to advice, I’d just say, just try to be creative and push the boundaries of your imagination even if it seems far-fetched.


What inspires you most when gathering material for new poetry?

Just the sheer diversity of life and opinions that abound in the world.




by Desmond Childs


you enter ghost like,

dwell, unbidden to my eyes,

elegant with flow, you memorise.

What immortal bliss you bear


Cool, calculated marble

hidden behind, the vellum of your eyes

To fall, one and all to your lies. 

With words, you choose, you carefully abuse


To know is not to prove

The viper in your tongue, that I elude  

Is the deceit of anyone, that you choose. 

One, then all fall, to your disguise 


Ghost like, you deceive

No one knows, but you and me

You dwell, unbidden to my eyes. 

Elegant, with flow you memorise





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Sat 4th Nov 2017 21:27

I would like to thank everybody who congratulate me on my poem Elegant Lies being POTW. I take great encouragement from the comments made. I would also like to thank everybody at WOL for giving me the opportunity to post my work, which would probably not see the light of day otherwise.
I think there are many good poets on WOL and feel very honoured for my poem to have been chosen as POTW.

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Chris Hubbard

Thu 2nd Nov 2017 10:33

Hello Desmond,

A beautifully crafted, pared-down but razor-edged exposition which maintains a cool, partially deceptive approach; the steel inside the velvet.

Well deserved POTW, and well done indeed!

Chris Hubbard

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Tue 31st Oct 2017 08:52

Well done Desmond. I've been enjoying your poetry since you joined WoL a few months back so I'm pleased to see your name up in lights on the front page. Unfortunately I have had very little time this past week to read much on the site and am just starting to catch up a little now. Agree with Martin and Stu re the flow. Keep 'em coming. All the best. Col.

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 31st Oct 2017 08:18

Congratulation Desmond,

well deserved, top banana!


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suki spangles

Tue 31st Oct 2017 04:21

Hi Desmond,

Congratulations of winning PotW. All the best!


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Stu Buck

Tue 31st Oct 2017 03:48

a cracker indeed. flows down the page like an intricate waterfall of words and images. and its got the word ghost in it (twice no-less) so its topical too. well deserved.


Tue 31st Oct 2017 00:52

I am in love with this. So well written.

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Martin Elder

Mon 30th Oct 2017 22:21

I am not in the least bit surprised that this has been chosen it is a beautifully flowing and well deserved POTW. many congratulations Desmond

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