In the Sea

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I didn’t know what it was like

in the sea, I only imagined

cold, depth, darkness;

a sliver of the unknown;

‘The Inchcape Rock’ – Peter Graham,

1908, that which stayed

pinned to my father’s wall;

a navy blanket slung careless, crumpled.

 

And strange to think

at sunrise, the mist would seem

to cover, then to clear, and wave

for the gulls to pass on thr...

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Tags: 2013,Yesterday's Weather

Also by David Blake:

Coalition | Chapter One |

SHAME

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~~SHAME.

A bare light bulb burning
An ancient vinyl churning
Out a long forgotten tune.
A love song crackling in the gloom.
A cum stained mattress strewn
Across the floor
Waiting for the flaking bedroom door
To swing
And bring
The next abuser
Of her morals
There are no laurels,
Only losers here.
She has a need
A need to feed her habit
With eyes like a frightened rabbit
Caught in...

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BERSHAM

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BERSHAM

We wonder amongst the ruins

Rusting trucks and cutting gear

Severed cables protruding

From weathered walls

And the pit head wheel

Still proud above us

Preserved temporarily

By municipal crumbs

And volunteer labour

 

Only open occasionally

For public inspection

We whisper questions

Reverentially

Here the miners lamps

Here the cramped ca...

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Tags: Coal Mining,Liverpool poetry,Liverpool Poets,Poetry,Welsh Poets,Welsh Poets.David Subacchi,Wrexham.

The Wars Between the Sexes

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The war between the sexes gets fought out in en-suites

But really!  What’s the issue girls?  I’m talking toilet seats.

We want it up to do our stuff; you want it down for yours

So if it’s down we lift it up (then pee on toilet floors).

So if you find we’ve left it up no need to frump and frown

Cos, sweetheart you’re a big girl now – just put the bugger down

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Also by John Coopey:

Seven Deadly Sins | Nigel Farage | Sharing the Wealth | The Hoaxers |

Trev in Texas 2014: The run up.

04.02.14: 1) I should be composing poetry about this years trip

Words flowing like water, like firing a pistolfrom the hip

REady to take stock, seems like I've a mental block

So much has been going onm

One year by this time I'd written many, so far this year I haven't writen any

Hopefully in April when I get on the plane

My inspiration will be back again

 

17.02.14: 2 No...

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Grandchildren Of The Somme

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Grandchildren Of The Somme

the dead lay on the injured earth
all wearing grey death masks of mud
a tally of what life is worth
just bone and sinew flesh and blood

attrition wrought its deadly cost
the river Somme held back its flood
humanity forever lost
just bone and sinew flesh and blood

sixteen miles wide and just six deep
survivors wondered if they could
block out the dreams t...

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Tags: kyrielle form,memorial,the somme,war,war poetry,WW1

Also by Ian Whiteley:

The Walkin' Man (Audio Version) | Bruises Of The Norman Yoake | Children Of The Glamned | The Bicycle Scout (21st August 1914) | Flamborough Head |

WEEKLY WAV 106 OF 230: TESTING 4,3,2,1

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Poem 106 of 230:  TESTING 4,3,2,1

I’ve tried to learn to sing a song
Well enough to let a singer
Know the way I found to sing
My lyric-only songs.

That is, just in case a singer
Was in want of a way to sing
These lyric-only songs.

But I’m sorry there’s no notes with the songs,
And hope they’re okay said, if not sung -

As love songs.

(P.S:  writing, via mimicking, my tunes came...

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Illegal Government of Ukraine

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When paranoia the gang has,

It throws the propaganda information

And all the Russians they would hang,

As not the Ukrainian population.

 

When dragons and chimera

In the illegal admin appear

They write the laws of terra

Which frighten you with fear.

 

Their poisonous will and power

Can bring every man to death.

With every coming hour

The news runs out of br...

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Tags: politics

Also by Larisa Rzhepishevska:

Only Once the Spring Comes | The first or the last ...? |

Wave

 

In a hotel room, 

on a blank wall,

 

a photograph titled 

'short break in Algiers circa 1950'.

 

Looking in, I wore 

the tone of the beach -

 

the black and white heat blurring

any bladed glint already run-through 

 

album verdict of others held in the framing

lines reflecting my face and everything 

 

that goes with it -

the laughter...

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Disenchantment

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been almost a lifetime

 in gyrating spiraling flow

 

Defying constant onslaught

of getting pulled far below

 

Each time tried resurfacing

in a new vortex got caught

 

Adding on presented misery

to existing scene distraught

 

Tired of repetitive challenges

testing every bit of strength

 

Wonder extent of all tr...

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Tags: change for the better,expectation,regret,sadness,Struggle

Also by Sunny Chopra:

Trading Places | Fraught Grapple | Typical Day |

Where Will We Be Tomorrow?

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Where Will We Be Tomorrow?

Idly thinking I wonder where we will be in the future,

will we ever reach the stars after the death of our own world,

killed by pollution, war and overcrowding?

Will we do as in Rome, on a new planet? If we survive that far.

Our path is tough. Some actions we do are abysmal, look at how we treat one another. We do need to learn to talk and not shoot first.

...

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Tags: events,life and death,life times,mystery of life

Also by nick armbrister:

Thread That Binds |

Carbon Shaped Life-forms

Carbon Shaped Life-forms

 

 

     Aye, carbon based we are,

Carbon based within integrations

Of H2O,

     And it’s not just molecular,

It’s not just cells though,

We may be ‘carbon based’ but,

We make angles of our carbon forms,

 

     Ninety degrees of humanity,

One-eighty degrees an animal,

We move we flow,

We structure our courtsh...

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Also by Noetic-fret!:

In Every Day An Hour |

Imaginary letter to older self

Dear Gray;

When you are 60
Will you still listen
To the same crap music
That annoys the hell
Out of most people
But still leave you
To headbang
While stood up
On the bus
No matter what
Everybody else thinks

 

And still wear
Those t-shirts
That look like
They are held together
By bits of invisible tape
And should have been
Thrown away
30 years ago.

 

Dear Gray; 

Wi...

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That other place

Drifting into overwhelming

and obligatory strangenesses.

Leaving behind the command of time.

I am beyond the touch

of its unexplained momentum.

 

Here many visions

inscribing themselves in ripples

on the shadowed fluidity

of nothingness pulsating

in its own excellence.

 

Awakening day breathes a newness.

Enigmatic magicality

having performed so many d...

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Also by Patricia and Stefan Wilde:

lesson in fighting | Born to be Wilde | Cumulous and Co. | Granddaughter | misguidance | Insider | Questions for the ascended one | Balletomane |

THE MENIN GATE -11 November 2013 (Music Setting)

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Written following the ceremony on November 11, 2013, a copy has been received by the Adjutant,

Wellington Barracks SW1.  The poem is especially relevant this year...the 100th anniversary of the

start of World War One - "the war to end all wars".  This version is included in a forthcoming CD

of my work called "Poetry To Please".  

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Poem: Lord, You Are...

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Lord, You are my strength,
whenever I'm completely weak.
You are the spiritual delight
in Whom I only seek.

Lord, You are my morning light
that's shining above the mountain peaks.
You are my hungering desire -
For each day of every week.

Lord, You are my vigilant Father
over earthly trials through which I eke.
Please keep me mindful of Your Word,
so my attitude remains... humble and mee...

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Tags: breunig,christian poetry,faith,Lord You Are,poetry

Also by Joseph J. Breunig 3rd:

Poem: Standard of Cooperation | Poem: Game Theory | Poem: Spoken Word | Poem: Prayer Scented Incense | Poem: Violet Muwanguzi | Poem: Silent Tears | Poem: For Just One Day | Poem: Cleanse Me Lord |

Electricity

In that lift ascending
electricity
In that hotel bedroom
electricity
In that empty office
electricity
On that leather sofa
electricity

In your midnight bedroom
electricity
On the last train home
electricity
In my en-suite bathroom
electricity
In the Soho cinema
electricity

In the tips of your fingers
electricity
In the palm of my hands
electricity
Peeling those clothes off
...

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Tags: Electricity sex passion lust desire

Also by Tom:

Ruins |

Easter All Rapped Up

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Thank god it’s Good Friday - come what may

Just don’t expect me to kneel and pray

I’m a doubting Thomas - a non believer

A lapsed catholic with cabin fever

If you are of a religious persuasion

Elevate yourself - rise to the occasion

Hallelujah praise the lord

Jesus loves you - climb on board

Crucify yourself - make that connection

Check it out right now - here come...

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Quoth Both

 

My daughter brought a Jackdaw in the house

And grief introduced itself

 

Melancholic and wounded

It hunched in the corner of the room

She fed him her loving eyes

Bread in tweezers

And named him Poe

 

Then this sanctuary

Took him

She phoned every night

He was mending well and with the magpies...

He was in the biggest aviary...

He was set free.

Bu...

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Tags: birds,childhood,children,daughters,faith,Grief,loss,parents,wings

Brevette Poems (Second Edition)

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Love

Inspires

Creativity

 

Creativity

Produces

Art

 

Art

Voices

Emotions

 

Emotions

Inspire

Love

 

 

 

 

I wrote this second edition at the suggestion of M.C. Newberry

 

 

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Tags: Brevette,Poem,second world war

Also by Shirley Smothers:

How am I going to Explain This? |

SLOW CLAP.

At ten past ten; ten fifty-five;
at midnight, then at five past one
slowly clapping clock-hands clapped
again, and slowly carried on.
Four twenty passed; five twenty five;
six thirty; seven thirty five;
sleep eluded me all night, now
I’m compelled to look alive.

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Also by Travis Brow:

THE CRACKS. | EVOLUTION. | HIGHWAY CODA. | WIDE ASLEEP. | CAR WASH | IN PASSING. | THE LONG HAUL. |

What I Heard in Sharrow Vale (for Pete Mckee)

Now then!
Folk tell tales here
with a wink and a stare.

In November 1950
Pablo Picasso
visited Sheffield
for a hair cut,
peace,
and some toast.

It was as cold
as cubism
on that day
in Butlers Café.

They say,
and I don’t know
if it’s true
that he had
a big old fry up.

Some even go on to say
that when the plate arrived
the artist made a face
out of the
eggs,
sausa...

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couples

Couples.

The couple who sometimes clean my house came today,

she has a new boyfriend now a nice looking man who work

hard and obey her. I don´t know what happened to her first

boyfriend he suddenly disappeared, rumours has it he was

a bit violent, and my cleaner is not a woman who tolerates

who tolerates that; I think she killed him if found out I will ...

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Also by jan oskar hansen :

black humour | San Clemente | Lavender | the right gift | strange encounter | milk churns | nails | friendly animals | misfit in Liverpool | Christopher Hitchens | hero or traitor | the wait |

April Collage Poem

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Flowers of colour under summer blue

Daisy chains bind maidens tight

Bluebells ring out their charming spell

 

The river's reflection may not be

what you want to see

 

The seasons shout hello but whisper goodbye

Spring colours into life; grey memories, white swans

neglected lighthouses

forgotten

 

I would like to wish you all well

as I can't think of anythi...

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Tags: Stockport Collage Poem

Glory

Is it the game winning shot

Is it thelasting mark we leave

Is it the continuation of our story

or the continuation of anothers story

Is it ours to have or ours to represent

Is it the focus of our actions,

on something greater than ourselves

Is it having that one thng that cant be taken,

a purpose for the thing we call life

Do we find it in religion, or in others, 

or...

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Also by some dude:

Lost |

between ink and a prayer

Should the blood of my pen

illuminate this draft and others

with the procurations I have made

from  innernesses

and the toying with scents and meanings

then nothing

will be allowed to make a home for itself

where words need to grow

and hopefully

evoke their own divinity

 

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Just enough to get you through

 

 

She was a romantic, warm hearted, sentimental fool in a very cold world, the type of world that sometimes seemed to have no refuge for dreamers and those that believe in true love.   At times she would feel loves warm rays dance briskly across her face and the seeds of self worth in her heart would just for an instant anticipate the beginning of spring and the end of her winter.  Th...

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Shakespeare Authorship Debate

I have arranged a panel debate on Shakespeare's authorship with the motion 'Shakespeare Authorship Question - Does this Matter?'  
 
The speakers booked are Dr William Leahy(author of "Shakespeare and his Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question"), Alexander Waugh (Executive Director of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition), Dr Duncan Salkeld (Reader in Shakes...

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The poetry of people

Sometimes
I wonder
About the poetry 
Of people
And of life
All of you
And me
With our
Dance
Our rhythm
Our search for
The soul
And yet
Sometimes
It all seems
So alien to me
Animals dancing 
To a hidden
Beat
Which even 
They can't feel
Most of the time
Yet still it 
Goes on
Inner music
Inner movement
Forcing the clockwo...

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Also by Twilbury Wist:

Blinded | Lost Love | The Battle | The Hat |

My Love

"It isn't love", he said
"Any love would know this isn't love", he said
And so I sat.
And in those hours
I asked my love to leave.

I slept.
And when I woke
my love woke too,
and everywhere I went that day
my love was there.
"Don't dwell", I told my love.
My love just smiled.
And I knew my love would stay with me.

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Offenders and books

As a proper poet I must have an unasked-for and misinformed opinion about the issues of the day. Here's my thoughtful response to the offenders/books debate:

My advice to offenders

The great and the good have decided
That you don't get no books at all
'Cos all you'll do is pile 'em high
To try to climb over the wall

So to conceal your block and tackle in
Swap your snout for a bloody big t...

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Tags: Comedy Poetry comedy verse politics

oo i ow

 

Do you know where Hoy is?
Heard of the Old Man
(back to him in a minute)
But do you know where it is?
The Orkneys.
God's backyard.
A golden place for our silver wedding holiday.
Caught the ferry to Hoy,
Wanting to see the Old Man,
As you do.
No sign of the hand of man, 
old or young,
in the wild windswept centre,
just the road and the heather. 
And then some cheery, elderly r...

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Night Out.

I keep telling myself not to take it so serious
All this time wasted and I’m left delirious
As old as bones and as cold as stones
Now I’m not sure I should be left alone
Free to think of me with wealth
Drunk, stoned and stupid
And in perfect health

Step out the door
Leave the brain on the shelf
Tonight I don’t see it being much help
A thought there then here
‘What was that?’
...

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Tags: amateur,dark,night,night out,poem,self loathing

Poetry video - Nautical Almanac by Leilanie Stewart

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Here's the link for my latest poetry video. Nautical Almanac is a poetic weirdo of mine that was first published in Spring 2011 and archived in the publication at the Southbank poetry library. More details are at my blog www.leilaniestewart.wordpress.com

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv1WN4ZRhpBLr3nw1e168Cg

 

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Tags: poetry reading

Also by Leilanie Stewart:

Joseph Robert's poems in Message in a Bottle magazine |

A CHILDS EYE

A CHILDS EYE

Imagine a world of love and laughter
Of fun filled days and freedom till after
The tea time call or the playtime bell
Get back into line or you'll catch some hell

Imagine a world of wildness and wonder, of fun and jest
Of questions and answers and adventurous quest
When time was your own and life was a whim
To walk, to run through grass so long, to swim

Imagine a world ...

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Tags: childhood,children,life,love,memories,world

Zodiac

Whilst our leaders wretch,

choking on the acrid stench of their own arrogance

and await the fall like curled leaves

into the domain of ghosts and shadows,

our inadequacies, once sown to our shirts like buttons

tarnished and dented by the dulling air of our apathy

now lie ankle deep around us.

Ergo we bend fossicking in the detritus

to salvage discarded nibs and inks and p...

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Question From A Supernumerary

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I feel a little in the way, a nuisance I suppose;

I'm like a green carbuncle on a supermodel's nose.

A fly found in the ointment, a worm upon a plate,

A banker's contribution to a probity debate.

A vegan at a hog roast, a snake inside a boot,

The water lapping at the feet of mighty King Canute.

A politician's promise, a long forgotten vow,

As useful as a set of wheels...

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My Sky

 Pulling corners from their isolation
 Pulling hallways from their lonely walk

 Seeing someone come along for the eye
 Promising it wont be long... enough

 Stayed and hid up in my mind
 Stayed and forgot the time
 Stayed to watch what I hate
 and stayed to hear "it's far too late"

 Clothed myself in laziness
 Changed my mind a million times
 Changed but found me still sn...

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Also by Athena:

Driving You | I'm Out |

Part 10 (Ghost Story)

part 10 of this is now online (these are going quick!) of my napwrimo ghost poems (http://napowrimo2014.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/part-x.html) and my third guest poet, Hazel Connelly who offers a lovely ghost poem herself (http://napowrimo2014.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/guest-poet-3-hazel-connelly-ghost.html). In a few days time, our fourth poet, Gray Nicholls will submit a piece too, then after that (...

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Also by Andy N:

Ghost Story Part IV |

I`m singing because....

I`m singing because…

 

I`m singing because I`m left down in this cold submarine and can`t get out,

Because people keep hammering on the hull and calling the noise music,

Because they think that this stale stench they breathe is really air.

I keep telling them it`s not so, but no one listens.

So I sing, as it`s only the singing makes them heed.

 

I`m singing because I wa...

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Reporting Live From A Sinking Boat featuring Frank Tower and Owen Coffin

watch the violated become the violators

they say what goes around comes back worse

only God knows of our past

and we doubt he will be telling anyone

and most of us are ready for anything

we love reality waiting to hear official information

and need to be told how we are doing

climbing the ropes biting a hold of the knife

some things i can't leave the house without

c...

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Also by SPACEGHOST:

Reddish Women and the boys of the H.G Divishion of nutters | Them Field's Of Brabyn | i split up | Underground Buildings And Things | climate change is here = 20 years |

To My Unknown Soldier

I hope these help to keep you safe.

Are you lonely at the front?

You have your pals, along the trenches.

And we have ours, inside the factory.

The laughs we have, us girls.

I didn’t mean, that kind of lonely.

 

That’s why I’m slipping my note

inside this box of ammo,

which, I hope, protects you.

It’s funny. Though we’ve never met

and maybe never will, I ...

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Tags: First world war

Repeat please

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I haven't had the time, you know,
or so it seems to seem,
to write a few few lines for you
and remind just what it means
to have you with me day on day,
quite often regularly,
warming, warming mind and balls
and leading beautifully
my thoughts, those thoughts
so deep and wide,
so broad and oft defined,
and honed and focused lustfully
upon your sweet behind.
A...

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The queen is alive but the king is dead

At the time I thought I was in love

At the time I thought there was no one who could come above

What we had all those days we spent

All those days when I thought I had meant

The world to him as he did to me

How I assumed it was meant to be

Please excuse me to act so corny

But I had honestly thought this to be destiny

When we first met, it was as though I was in a dream

O...

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.... walkin'

 

See you walking
On a sunny day
Takes my breath away
And like a child
again
I am laughing.

See you running
In an open field
Dancin’
with the butterfly
Like some child
again
You’re laughing
With me.

Now the day is ours to borrow
Never thoughts of a tomorrow
Laughter has the taste of sorrow
You’re here
Again.

Drink this wine
The brightness holds us
Feel the wind...

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I have not lost but forgotten to lose my way.

I Have Not Lost But Forgotten To Lose My Way

 

I with my baggy head,

 have spewed from mouth and eye a starry sand,

 so infinite in grain,

that my hurried hands could not contend nor capture, 

the copious wilds of my tattered brain,

how is it so?

that an animal such as this,

a palid ape,

creates a frame,

with which,

words but vapour,

manifest wooden and...

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Also by Average Joe:

Transient Revelation. |

sin came first

sin came first

traced into tungsten ringed confinement

where a woman fluttered accomplished mumbles

offering a  freeform montage of nailed harmonic and shoddily baked

reality whilst peeing through her lowcut tights as rudimentary

precaution against the weathered discharge of wearisome love

yet still she sports a fierce grin through the endless commitment

of shapeless corners ...

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Tags: lust,misogyny,stoicism

Also by Paul Sands:

breathe |

Rebellious Senescence

 

The cell awakens,

kindling skin.

Ignites to multiply, accommodate,

proliferate, then slows,

begins to slough;

falls

to

dust.

 

Becomes vacuumed,

brushed,

drowned in suds;                               

inhaled,

swept through global lobes,

500 million alveoli times the population;                   

...

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Also by Laura Taylor:

The Bitter Skald |

thank you poem to god

i realize my wrong doings and am sorry god for the lies and cheating im sorry for letting you down

when you gave me life and stability when you gave me my family and my boyfriend the only true love in my life god im truely thankful and so sorry for everything thats sinful that i think of everyday.

jesus you sacrificed your life and im truely thankful, and greatful for the life that you have...

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Also by olivia:

miles far behind | redemption |

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