Mountains climbed

Does the scuff of your shoes?

And the tear on your dress

Mark the graze on your shins

Away from the grins

And the gaze into your soul

Brush away the gaping hole

Is there a fence

Around your heart where the birds use to sing

And where the sun used to play

In your eyes and your lips


Do the wrinkles and the bags

That form on your face

Hide some previous misdemeanour

You call disgrace

Or are they the marks of a tree

Not endangered and defenceless

But resolute determined

As you have put to one side the speaker of lies

As you can rub off the graffiti

No longer tagged and tied

And you speak out


I am not defeated


Because I am



◄ old kid, new tricks

It will be the death of you ►


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Martin Elder

Tue 28th Aug 2018 10:14

Thanks Sal much appreciated

Big Sal

Mon 27th Aug 2018 23:31

Beautiful poem Martin.?

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Martin Elder

Tue 24th Jul 2018 00:06

Rose there are times when we all need to be reminded that we are all beautiful without exception

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Rose Casserley

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 16:12

you have come on poetical leaps and bounds since I was last on Martin. More power to your quill sir! As to the last line, you will not find me disagreeing.

Rose ?

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Andy N

Sat 16th Jun 2018 06:55

agree with suki here it is very lyrical and have almost a musical tone in places for me.

we are all beauitful indeed.

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Martin Elder

Tue 12th Jun 2018 08:33

Thanks to Ruby Anya and Darren for liking and thanks to Suki Pat and Brian for commenting

Much appreciated

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suki spangles

Tue 12th Jun 2018 04:49

This flows really well, Martin. Very lyrical..


Pat Hughes

Sun 10th Jun 2018 23:04


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Brian Maryon

Sun 10th Jun 2018 16:08

Might be one or two 'no's' as well.

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Brian Maryon

Sun 10th Jun 2018 16:07

Martin - my answer is yes to all questions, I think.

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