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Break the rules my shadow said

Standing 'longside me

Do you want to stay trapped in

Conventionality ?


Conform like all the others

Sitting on the shelf ?

Predictable and frightened

Afraid to be them themself


No! rebellion's in me

Keeps coming to the fore

To do my thing regardless

Of all poetic laws


The rules say spell correctly

But I say why can't I

Change the rules around a bit

To rhyme with poetri ?


Then there's the rules 'bout grammar

Like in my second verse

When shelf/themself just don't make sense

Good God, I'm getting worse


I'll do my bit regardless

Whate'er you think of me

I will refuse to be trapped in



Don Matthews November 2018


As long as we allow convention to govern us

we will never make progress” - don matthews

◄ We're Clever Down Here In Australia

I'm Confused ►


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Martin Elder

Sun 9th Dec 2018 19:03

I just love the opening line of your shadow talking about breaking the rules.
Nice one

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jennifer Malden

Sun 9th Dec 2018 16:25

Great work! A conventional life is so inhibiting and boring. I'm all for growing old disgracefully, (but discreetly). A much more eventful life.

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Brian Maryon

Sun 9th Dec 2018 13:42

Rebel Rebel you've torn your dress
Rebel Rebel your face is a mess

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Trevor Alexander

Sun 9th Dec 2018 13:27

Keep doing as everybody has always done, and expect a different outcome! Break out of that box!

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