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Apr 15

When I Am Gone

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When I am gone, when I am gone,
will you then think of me -
not this for long drawn hours or days
or for eternity ….

Nor yet through Winter’s cold decline,
nor Springtime’s sweet embrace -
not during Summer’s long-spun days
to dwell upon my face.

But only for a moment’s time,
a fleeting memory
that passes through the twilight hours -
one second just for me.

And when I’m gone, yes when I’m gone
please then recall my name –
not as the raging ocean’s swell
or brightly burning flame  …

But merely as a passing cloud,
a softly blowing breeze,
or as a distant murmuring -
a whisper in the trees.

I ask only a moment’s thought,
to think of me, then smile –
not this for long drawn hours or days
but just a little while.

Apr 15

O Poetry

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O poetry, you fickle thing
You bring both joy and suffering
Though some may say that I am blessed
You give me neither peace nor rest

Each verse that in my mind is born
If not quite right leaves me forlorn
And so to ponder through the night
If all the lines are ‘loose’ or ‘tight’

And will the meaning full connect
A challenge to my intellect
If not, then in the light of day
Adverse critique shall come my way

And furthermore each line should be
Designed to work in harmony
With words selected as to rhyme
Along with rhythm beating time 

















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Apr 15

Universe

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Today I held a universe
Within my palm confined
It glittered in the shining sun
A galaxy defined

So tiny this phenomenon
So tiny yet so vast
Before my eyes I saw just how
A universe is cast

It was so beautiful to see
Its parts less than their sum
So large in its conception yet
Atomic to become

Today I held a universe
Set there upon my hand
It glittered in the shining sun -
It was a grain of sand

Apr 07

Memories

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Voices whisper through the ether
All that’s past, so long ago,
Memories of distant places
Some forgotten, some to know

I recall those days of splendour
When the world was so sublime
When the cherry blossom lingered
In my heart and fixed in time

Love was young and life eternal
Rich the wine from ag’ed vines
Fresh the wind and sweet the honey
Warm the sun that ever shines

But through time such mem’ries languish
Fading with the dying sun
Many gone, no more to glisten,
Past, forgotten, ever done

Now the night grows darker, darker,
Long the shadows cast below
Cold the sun and deep the waters
As through all the valleys flow

Recollections there as phantoms
Fixed within illusions’ store

























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Mar 23

To Joy

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O come when I am sleeping
And take me to your care
For I am spent with weeping
And yearn for regions fair

Pray glance upon my sorrow
Endow me with your grace
Bring forth a new tomorrow
Redeem my saddened face

Then fly me to your arbour
And hold me there awhile
A calm and sheltered harbour
Where I shall softly smile

Where I may ever tarry
Become again at peace
Upon the wind to carry
All heartache to release

O walk into this sadness
And take away the pain
Enfold my heart in gladness
That I should live again

Mar 23

Soon There Will Be Roses

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Soon there will be roses
Adorning gardens fair
Soon there will be roses
Their perfume everywhere

Roses white and yellow
Soft pink and crimson too
Roses in the sunlight
Bedecked with morning dew

When I touch the roses
Caress them tenderly
If I feel them quiver
I’ll know you still love me

Roses hold a secret
A secret in my heart
Roses are a symbol
Of love to thus impart

Soon there will be roses
I wait for them to bloom -
Roses sweet and fragrant
Shall sanctify my room

Mar 23

Two Shadows

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I saw two shadows walking
Yet I was there alone -
Two shadows softly drifting
As I walked on my own.

Two shadows in the sunlight
Two shadows there with me -
As I turned round to see them
One mine, the other he.

But he was not there with me
Not there, not by my side,
Yet still two shadows lingered
Though long ago he died.

I saw two shadows walking
Upon that lovely day –
I saw one softly drifting
Then slowly fade away.

Mar 23

A Poem Taking Flight

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It drifted past my window
As I gazed into the night
It sparkled as a diamond -
‘Twas a poem taking flight

It fluttered in the darkness
And I saw it floating by
With wings of brightest silver
How it moved across the sky

I thought upon the message
That this poem might impart
Of love, of hope, of freedom –
Words to hold within my heart

Such poems are eternal
That shall move the soul to love -
A gentle voice so tender
That falls from heaven above

Mar 04

Impressions

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Ripples in the water
Teardrops in the snow
Footprints in the golden sand
Paintings by Van Gogh

Rain upon the window
Colours in the sky
Phantoms drifting through the night
Eagles as they fly

Music by Debussy
Hands that mould pink clay
Dreams that float like thistledown
Through the fleeting day

Stars set in the night sky
Asterisks of time
Shadows falling on the hills
Fossils in the slime

Poetry by Rimbaud
Words upon the page
Actors playing out their parts
‘All the world’s a stage’ …..

Mar 04

Broken Heart (Sonnet)

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I found a broken heart the other day
So torn it was, it took my breath away
The noise it made was palest ever pink
It’s beating just as but the weakest blink

I wondered who once owned this precious thing
Was it by pauper, poet, or by King -
No matter, for it’s all the same I deem
Whoever that poor owner might have been

For poverty or wealth bears no effect
Upon this broken heart with its defect -
A heart is still a heart, it must be said
With care and tender love it should be fed

I rescued it and held it to my breast
That it may lie content and be at rest

Mar 04

Nosey Neighbour

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Come here, oh my darling, please come walk this way,
I heard your poor mother sat crying today -
These walls, being ever so thin, that I fear,
They make it too easy for someone to hear.

She whispered so softly in her solitude -
Oh please do not think, dear, that I’m being rude,
Speaking of how she had burnt all his cakes,
And also of other such foolish mistakes.

Of how all the jars were not set in a row,
Was so sad to hear her my dear, don’t you know,
With things that your father just can’t understand -
He’d slapped her so hard with the back of his hand.

And oh how she whimpered, sat there all alone,
I think she was speaking at length on the phone -
Talking to someone I guessed was a mate,
Saying how love could turn quickly to hate.

Your father, he has a short temper, it seems,
And last night I swear that I heard dreadful screams -
Was while you were out at the movies, I think,
He’d been to the pub and had too much to drink.

He drinks lots of beer, and malt whisky as well,
She said how her life is like being in hell.
Come closer and listen to all that I heard,
I promise I’ll try to recall every word.

She said she intended to purchase a knife,
The type that is suited for ending a life -
I’m not sure whose life she was plotting to end
She spoke oh so soft on the phone to her friend.

This morning I saw her with tears in her eyes -
She hailed for a taxi – I heard her loud cries,
And when she returned, she quickly looked round,
Going inside without making a sound.

Your dad, he came home at his usual time,
Not knowing your mother would do such a crime –
The noises I heard, how they filled me with fear,
I really did hear them, I promise my dear.

Oh come here, my darling, please don’t go inside
I heard you poor mother – and oh how she cried …….




Mar 04

Can't Believe

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I can’t believe that you are gone
For you are all around

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Mar 04

I Wrote A Poem

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I wrote a poem
a simple poem
from a simple mind -
it languished in obscurity
and then I dared to set it free
though ‘twas not well designed.

(Through the ether then it fluttered
‘Off it goes’ I glibly muttered).

I wrote a poem
a simple poem
from a simple mind –
I should have thought it better kept
this poem written so inept
but I was sadly blind.

(How will my poem be received,
hopeful, but yet self-deceived).

I wrote a poem
a simple poem
from a shattered heart
and though it was a simple theme
it was the one and only dream
I wished then to impart.

(Will my poem be understood
and will ‘they’ think it bad or good).

I wrote a poem
a simple poem writ’ through tearful eyes -
it fell upon a stony ground
lay writhing, turning round and round,
not ever set to rise.

(It seems it did not make the grade
as on the ground it still is laid).


I wrote a poem
a simple poem
from a simple mind –
I guess it was a big faux pas
and as it was my coup de grace
it’s to the bin consigned …..

oh yes, it’s to the bin consigned !





Mar 04

Summer Comes

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Summer comes splendid in its coming -

bringing to maturity
the promises of Spring.

Summer comes
with the aching wantonness of fertility
and fulfilment 






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Feb 20

Too Much To Drink

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I’ve had too much to drink tonight
I’m feeling rather funny
A glass of wine, a tot of Port
And Whisky mixed with honey

I thought that it would be okay
To take a little Brandy
But one small drink turned into two
And now I’m feeling randy

And then I took a swig of beer
To finish off my boozing
I know that was a big mistake
For now I feel like snoozing

To wake me up I feel I need
A mug of real black coffee
But being drunk and quite confused
It turned out like thick toffee 


So what the heck, I think I’ll try
A schooner of that Sherry
The Vodka also looks quite nice
And now I’m feeling merry

I’ve had too much to drink tonight
I need the bathroom quickly
Its all gone to my silly head
I’m feeling rather sickly

And when the morning comes around
My head will feel quite tender
I know that I will so regret
I went on such a bender

The moral of this little tale
I hope will be explicit
It’s not a good idea to drink
Beyond one’s limit – IS IT !!

Feb 20

Dancing With The Daffodils

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I’m dancing with the Daffodils
In Spring-time’s warm embrace -
With golden hearts and coronets
They’re swaying with such grace

Together waltzing in the sun
A wonderful display
Upon a ballroom trimmed with green
On this, a lovely day

Such beauty thus besets my heart
And fills me with delight -
I’m dancing with the Daffodils
Of yellow, gold and white

Their perfume drifting soft and sweet
Across the verdant land -
I long to pluck them from the earth
To hold them in my hand

I wonder if they see me here
Amidst their glowing throng -
I’m dancing with the Daffodils
And singing all day long

Feb 20

Who Will Stand Beside Me

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Who will stand beside me
When my life is done -
There to watch me slip away
Just like the fading sun.

And who will hold my hand
At my final breath -
Who will say a last goodbye
When I am close to death.

Shall you see me weeping
Wipe away my tears -
Gently soothe my fevered brow
Dissolving all my fears.

Watching as I falter
When my time is due -
Softly whisp’ring through the night
A tender ‘I love you.’

As I lay there dying
Will you speak my name -
Shall I see you by my side
Once more with me again.

And shall you look upon me,
See my spirit soar -
Reaching out with open arms
To hold me then once more.

When my heart stops beating,
When I close my eyes -
Shall you gently carry me
With you to Paradise. 


In that final moment,
Touching the unknown -
O shall you stand beside me
So I am not alone.

Feb 20

Sometimes When I'm Dreaming

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Sometimes, when I’m dreaming,
I feel you by my side
In the moonlight gleaming,
And when the sun has died.

I can hear you breathing,
Behold your gentle smile.
Know when you are leaving,
Then pray you’ll stay awhile.

For when you are near me
The world’s a sweeter place -
As I love you dearly,
Beyond all time and space.

And when I am dreaming
Your hand entwines with mine -
Ah, when I am dreaming,
The world is so divine.

Feb 10

The Eyes of Love

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Look deep into the eyes of love
They glisten soft and true -
I looked into the eyes of love
When first I looked at you

I saw a gleam of tenderness
A heart so full of care -
Such sweet enchantment captured me
That naught else could compare

Within their depths I yearned to fall
Bewitched yet by their spell -
The eyes of love to carry me
To lands where angels dwell

And in that moment wonderful
That moment fixed in time
I never shall forget those eyes
Beguiling and sublime

I looked into the eyes of love
To see what they revealed -           

The truth, the truth is there, my friend,
It shall not be concealed

So if you would deny the truth
And live a life of lies
Beware to take a single glance -
Don’t look into those eyes

Jan 30

At The River's Edge

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At the river’s edge I’m dreaming
Fixed in silent reverie
Gazing into crystal waters
Rippling out to capture me

Shall I walk into its shallows
Slip into its icy deeps
Feel it lapping all around me
Linger where Poseidon sleeps

Deeper, deeper thus immersing
Into regions yet unknown
Where the river meets the ocean
Where all fantasies are sewn

I am falling, falling, falling
Further into time long past
Touching ancient worlds of wonder
Where all memories are cast

Let me carry you there with me
Drifting ‘cross the bridge of time
Soul by soul traverse together
Back to Eden so sublime

Jan 27

Before The Storm

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Before the storm the sky was blue
As blue as blue can be -
The air was sweet, so sweet to breathe,
And you were next to me.

We saw the flowers bloom in Spring
And watched the songbirds nest -
The world was full of wonderment
As fondly we caressed.

And all around the sun shone bright,
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Jan 24

It Matters Not

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It matters not how moves the world
Since you have gone away
For turning, as it turning does,
Turns not my night to day.

The sun may shine, the moon may glow,
Each in their due retur





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Jan 24

This Melody

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What is this song, this melody,
Which moves me so with tears -
Such gentle words, a sweet refrain,
To soothe away all fears.

It stirs me deep, and fills my soul
With tenderness and love -
Such music surely fell to earth
From starlit skies above.

Perhaps I’ve heard this lovely song
Before, in some past life –
As rendered when the world was new
And free from mortal strife.

Or as a lay the angels sang
When beauty was designed –
And thus to issue from their lips
When love was first divined.

Such harmony and cadences
I’ve never heard before -
I deem these sounds ethereal
Escaped through heav’ns door.

And as I listen with closed eyes
I hear it in my soul –
A gentle song, a tender song
Which I shall e’er extol.

The words and tones so beautiful
That I could not forget -
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Jan 24

Secrets

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Keep them safely, guard like gold
All those secrets ever told -
Secrets whispered long ago
Only you and I can know.

Secret loves and secret woes
Carried on the wind that blows -
Confidences to my ears
Hopes and wishes, dreams, and fears,

Stories every heart can tell
(Keep those secrets, guard them well) -
They who told them now are gone
Though their mem’ry lingers on.

Of those tales I’ll never speak
Even though my tongue is weak -
Hidden there inside my mind
No-one else shall ever find.

Each who spoke them trusted me
Not to ever set them free -
You, my conscience, silent stay
Keep those secrets every day.

Jan 19

All That's Measured

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Let go of all that binds your heart
Unveil your eyes from clouded sight
Release your mind from tethered thoughts
Then fly in freedom through the night

Be least content with more than less
Desiring nought that can’t be met
Don’t strive beyond horizons far
Seek not for all you cannot get

Do not aspire beyond your world
Hold not such dreams that cannot be
Nor hope that’s fixed in hopelessness
Be now content and ever free

When in your eyes there’s beauty fixed
And in your hand a treasure clasped
Then look no further for reward
As all that’s measured you have grasped

















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Jan 19

Each Day

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Each day I watch the rising sun
Each night, the glowing moon
All time lays heavy on my mind
For you are gone too soon, too soon,
For you are gone too soon.

I count the days that pass on by
Which mark the changing time
But yet I cling to memories
Which tell me you were mine, were mine,
Which tell me you were mine.

It hurts to think that you are gone
When you were ever near
And now the world has lost its charm -
I loved you so my dear, my dear,
I loved you so, my dear.

Your name will rest upon my lips
For all my lifelong days
And I will hold your pictured face
As in your eyes I gaze, I gaze,
As in your eyes I gaze.

Remember me, remember me
If e’er your soul can know -
Down here beneath the shattered sky
I shall not let you go, oh no,
I shall not let you go.

Jan 19

O Starry Night

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I thought to count the stars last night
Glistening softly in my sight
Each one as a diamond laid
Upon a velvet gown displayed

Too many gemstones there were set
Upon that canvass, black as jet,
Too many for my eyes to grasp
Too many for my soul to clasp

Such beauty was beyond my reach
For I would hold them all, as each
Would so illume my fretted mind
To light the darkness hid behind

O starry night you move me so
To yonder regions I would go















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Jan 19

Those Days

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Those days which were by sunlight blessed
Which were by sweetness full caressed
Are now consumed by shadowed time -
(Cold church bells in the distance chime).


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Dec 15

I Tried

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I tried to touch the morning mist
To hold it in my hand
But through my fingers then it slipped
Like grains of golden sand.

I tried to reach the rainbow curved
Across the azure sky
Too far, too far beyond my grasp
Too high, too high, too high.

And then to see the smallest star
Full hidden in the night
My eyes could not yet capture this
So clouded from my sight.

I tried to hear the voice of God
To hear it in my mind
Then feel His love envelop me
But He I could not find.

I tried to touch, to reach, to see
To hear all that I sought
But nothing was there manifest
As all I found was naught.

Dec 15

Laced With Silver

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My hair is laced with silver now
For time has seized my youth
I’ve lost the count of seasons passed -
The mirror shows the truth

With eyes that sleep in long repose
And limbs now void of tone -
The years have taken full their toll
As I am older grown

Yet in my heart there is a space
Where time does not accrue -
Where youthfulness does ever shine
And all the world is new

Where passion moves as much as when
My years were counted less -
And love does stir my weary soul
To sing with joyfulness

There too is set within my heart
A brightling star that shines -
And sweet the wine I’m sipping from
Fresh fruit upon the vines

So I will raise a glass to youth
And all the joy it brings -
Will sing a song to celebrate


























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