The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Words’ by Jon Stainsby

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This Monday sees poet Jon Stainsby chosen for the second time, with his piece Words awarded Poem of the Week. Our congratulations to Jon, who is another of our contributors living outside the UK, and our thanks to him for his responses to our Q&A.


What got you into writing poetry?
A long time ago in the 1970s, I was listening to Marc Bolan and his group of the sixties, Tyrannosaurus Rex. He was writing songs and poetry of a Tolkeinesque fantasy world.  I was inspired, and started to write.  That's how it all started, I think. :)  
School and university got me into ever more poets and poems.  These spurred me on to write, and influenced me in my writing.

How long have you been writing?
Since the late 70s when I was 16/17.  I started at school and published my own little pamphlet of poetry while I was in sixth form.   I have been writing on and off since then, and really started again fully last year.

Do you go to any open-mic nights?
I haven't plucked up the courage to do this, yet.  I would like to do it, though.

What’s your favourite poet/poem?
I have no particular favourite poets.  Whoever crosses my path, really.   I love 'Do not go gentle into that good night' by Dylan Thomas, at the moment.  It inspires me to continue writing and to express myself.  
I read the poems on WOL every day and love it.  It is so wonderful to read,  feel and mull over the emotions and thoughts of so many people.   The support and encouragement of the poets on WOL is so wonderful and inspiring.

You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?
My loves are music and words so, anything that allows me to enjoy both of these.


by Jon Stainsby


Once upon a time
we stumbled on words
Creation, mutation,
incomplete, never ending
They trip off your tongue
get caught in your throat
Lost in your memory
then, rekindled again.
Words full of colour
and monochrome, too
Words fill your belly
and empty your heart
Words knock you dead
make you feel alive
Raise you to the stars
and back down to earth
Words to a song
make your spirit soar
Words can be holy
and blasphemy, too
Words can be clear
but also misunderstood
A poem's phrase
makes you feel so raw
The sight of words
The sound of words
The wisdom of words
The naivety of words
The never ending story of words

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Jon Stainsby

Sun 18th Nov 2018 17:09

Thank you, Jennifer.

jennifer Malden

Sun 18th Nov 2018 10:25

Well deserved congratulations! had missed this one when put in. Beautiful poem, and how true - if you think about it you can do anything with words - save someone's life or condemn them - stop or start a war - destroy a reputation etc. etc.


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Jon Stainsby

Sat 17th Nov 2018 13:46

Thank you, Ray.

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Sat 17th Nov 2018 11:09

A thoughtful and satisfying piece Jon, congratulations !
I liked the couplet style, effective in this case.


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Jon Stainsby

Sat 17th Nov 2018 09:03

Thank you so much, Kevin.

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kJ Walker

Sat 17th Nov 2018 08:18

Congratulations on getting POTW for a second time. Sorry I missed the first one, I'll have to look through my back-catalogue to see if I can find it.

I really enjoyed this piece, especially the contradictions.

Cheers Kevin

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Becky Who

Tue 13th Nov 2018 14:40

Congratulations on your second POTW, and thank you for such a lovely and meaningful poem. xx

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Binte Afroz

Tue 13th Nov 2018 14:22

This is so beautiful. An awe-inspiring poem.

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Graham Sherwood

Tue 13th Nov 2018 12:57's what we are all made of!

Well done on joining the POTW double club Jon!

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Jon Stainsby

Tue 13th Nov 2018 07:47

Thank you very much, Kate, Mae, Keith, Big Sal, John, Bruce and Jane.

<Deleted User> (19836)

Tue 13th Nov 2018 04:15

Congratulations Jon! A beautifully structured poem! Well deserved.?

<Deleted User> (19788)

Tue 13th Nov 2018 04:15

Well done, Jon! Congratulations on getting Poem of the Week - it is well deserved!!!!!


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John Marks

Mon 12th Nov 2018 19:20

Words can be holy
and blasphemy, too

Words can be clear
but also misunderstood

Dr Johnson said 'brevity is the soul of wit'
And you got it!

Well Done Jon (without the 'h')


Big Sal

Mon 12th Nov 2018 18:16

Like I said before, Jon.

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keith jeffries

Mon 12th Nov 2018 14:08

Well deserved. Congratulations


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Mae Foreman

Mon 12th Nov 2018 10:34

Excellent Jon! Congratulations!
Thank you!

<Deleted User> (19913)

Mon 12th Nov 2018 10:22

Wonderful John and so true, every line.

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Jon Stainsby

Mon 12th Nov 2018 10:05

Thank you, Brian and Anya.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 12th Nov 2018 08:30

Congratulations Jon!

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