Peace, love and understanding have left the building

Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen

They’ve really enjoyed playing here over the years

It has been a wonderful experience for one and all

but now it is my sad duty to announce that

peace,  love and understanding have left the building.


Peace,  she left by the back door

Her sullen face only lightened by the thought

that it cannot always be this way

Wandering around between the ruins

of the past, present and future

weeping for a world seemingly

weary of compassion for itself.


Love,  she left by the side door

Despondent at the lack of empathy

Her heart in tatters looking for repair

in the furthest reaches of the globe

The wilderness will enfold her

and she will take respite

to return fuller and stronger.


Understanding,  she decided to just

use the front door bold as brass

Never a second hesitating

Straight into the street searching

for a ounce of forethought and

common sense amongst the

ignorant people aimlessly roaming.


Ladies and gentlemen

They will return

Please be patient

Please have faith

Please have hope

Thank you and good night.


◄ Summer calm

My mind is my prison, but I hold the key ►


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Jon Stainsby

Thu 11th Oct 2018 16:56

Thanks very much, Janey.

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Janey Colbourne

Thu 11th Oct 2018 16:45

Really powerful poem Jon. I love this! Well deserved that it’s Poem of the Week this week.

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Jon Stainsby

Tue 9th Oct 2018 19:42

Thanks very much, Chris.

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Chris Armstrong

Tue 9th Oct 2018 14:45

I liked that a lot - particularly as it offers a hope that I'm not sure is deserved at the moment... but we have to, of course. It reminded me a little of Leonard Cohen chatting between songs! Really good!

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Jon Stainsby

Sat 6th Oct 2018 16:07

Thank you, Rose 😘

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Rose Casserley

Sat 6th Oct 2018 15:28

good stuff Jonno!

Rose 💋

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 5th Oct 2018 16:05

Thank you, M.C. and Big Sal.

Big Sal

Fri 5th Oct 2018 15:55

Excellent piece Jon. I could see the stage MC standing there with the crowd booing wanting to take more advantages.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 5th Oct 2018 14:13

Good theme - always worth our time, especially when given
this sort of treatment.

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 5th Oct 2018 13:33

Thanks, Jane

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Fri 5th Oct 2018 08:27

Beautiful Jon! A wonderful theme! Enjoyed it!😊💕

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 5th Oct 2018 06:12

Rude of me not to thank the likers, too.

Therefore, thank you,


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Jon Stainsby

Fri 5th Oct 2018 04:59

Thank you Anya, Keith, Taylor, Ferris and Don.

Ferris, I took the inspiration for this from the Elvis Costello version, but I will definitely listen to the Brinsley Schwarz version.


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Don Matthews

Thu 4th Oct 2018 23:48

This is so good Jon 😎

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Taylor Crowshaw

Thu 4th Oct 2018 22:38

We live in hope Jon..thank you great poem. 😃

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keith jeffries

Thu 4th Oct 2018 21:55


Thank you for this as you have given a theatrical description of what ails the world but including the prospect of hope.
A good poem indeed and thank you

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