Category Archives: Poetry

Black History Month, 2022: Lyrics of ‘I wish’

I wish I knew howIt would feel to be freeI wish I could breakAll the chains holding meI wish I could sayAll the things that I should saySay ’em loud say ’em clearFor the whole round world to hear I … Continue reading

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OAP Blues song

Woke up this morning andGot myself a beerWashed down my pillsSwilled down eagerly.  Woke up this morning andGot myself some toastBuried it in jamFinished off in a cloud of crumbs Woke up this morning andOpened my eyesPinched my arm hardSmiled … Continue reading

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The Sycophant

I lay panting on the altarOf his ego, waiting forHis lacerating wit to disembowel meSo, his hangers-on can laughThey lurk around the great manHoping they’ll be the one that’sGoing to be his museBut they don’t know him. The four o’clock … Continue reading

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Tell Me Sweet, Sweet Lies

Tell me sweet, sweet liesTell me you’ll love me to eternityTell me you love my blindness. EyesClouded and milky in their sightlessness Tell me sweet, sweet liesTell me my pain is your painTell me you love caring for me. PainElusively … Continue reading

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The malign Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky’s sigh came from deep inside His Faustian soul. It unleashed Stories of moral degradation. Stories which were cunningly seductive. They soaked Europe’s bourgeoisie with Learned despair and nihilism Destroying their progressive world with Festering rancid introspection Dostoevsky’s sigh spread … Continue reading

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In Times Past

The peoples of the land knew, their world Each plant, the uses they might be put to The elixir’s and the cautions inherent In the most benign and kindly plants.  For longer years than may be remembered Avoided nightshade’s, or … Continue reading

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On a Summer day

Almost forgotten pleasures of feeling Sand squelching, between my toes The sound of sea rolling, to its Ebb and flow, of ceaseless time. That one moment, to remember A holiday of happiness, with family Bright sunshine, the beach hut On … Continue reading

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My Enemy

I tried to love my enemy I invited him into my house Offered a glass of chilled juice Talked about holidays and family (But I didn’t bore him with photos) Encouraged him to chat about himself I’d hoped that it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Short Notices

Robert Dallek ~ Franklin D Roosevelt: a political life (2016) The title says everything you need to know about Roosevelt. Everything that he did was filtered through a meticulous political calculation. Sometimes the outcome was gruesome and unconscionable such as … Continue reading

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If We Must Die

If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursèd lot. If we must die, O let us … Continue reading

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