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  1. A Poem For The Disenfranchised

    by , February 6th, 2021 at 08:27 AM (Scrawlings From The East)
    Fag and a can

    Got me sen a fag and a can
    Two black eyes cos I’m the man
    Tattoos and dots on me face
    Scars and jeans to hide me grace
    Sovereign rings on every knuckle
    Think we’re cool but our mover’s chuckle
    Payin’ through their eyes and nose
    So we can trash it with the bros
    Shake it out and strut our stuff
    Violence is a poor man’s bluff

    Got me sen a fag and a can
    A girlfriend and a brand new pram

    Updated February 18th, 2021 at 11:50 AM by TheMightyAz

  2. A Sea Shanty Poem

    by , February 4th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Scrawlings From The East)
    Bumbling Burrow

    In bumbling’ burrow of barrowill wood
    Where the bumblebee Bernard was mumbling
    An oath of a groat for cutting ones throat
    While kicking a juggler jugglin’

    “I swear I will kill’ ‘im,” he spat while a-swillin’
    And croonered a pooch name of saphron
    The swirls of her hair shished shoulders of pearl
    As she pranced by the splash of a lantern

    Now Bernard’s big belly was fizzlin’ and swelly
    Cos he’d gulped

    Updated February 5th, 2021 at 02:30 PM by PiP

  3. Struggling with Senryu

    by , October 30th, 2020 at 11:19 PM (A Creative Spirit in Portugal)
    Does anyone else find senryu addictive? I have been working on this one for weeks and it still does not feel right

    tequila sunrise
    autumn colours in a glass -
    nature served with ice

    tequila sunrise
    sunset colours in a glass -
    nature served with ice

    tequila sunrise
    sunset flavours in a glass -
    nature served with ice


    tequila sunrise
    happiness served in a glass
    Poetry , Poetry
  4. untying knots

    by , October 15th, 2020 at 06:13 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    the other night, i spent some time writing a few random
    snippets of poetry. while i don't know if there is
    a thread i can use to tie these together, i figured
    i'd share some of the thoughts and see what you all thought,

    reflected in dewdrops
    the eye finds

    Such sadness
    ado, ado, for(with each
    passing night)comes
    a foreignness
    from oneself

    a mask ...

    Updated January 30th, 2021 at 10:47 PM by Greyson

  5. time

    by , October 9th, 2020 at 08:04 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    it’s been a week. where to begin, i don’t know. maybe because
    all time has lost its meaning, and each day has blended to a blurred
    abstract of what we all once knew. but regardless, what a week it’s been.

    to begin with, i have been finding my moods more stable and controllable.
    something that two years ago seemed unattainable and elusive,
    but has slowly come as water erodes stone into unimaginable shapes.
    i have found, more and more, that at day’s

    Updated October 9th, 2020 at 10:23 PM by Greyson

    Poetry , Journal
  6. The Night Before Lightoff (With Annotations and Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore!)

    I spent three years aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) and qualified as an engineroom supervisor. Bringing a marine steam powerplant from cold iron all the way to 'ready to answer bells' is almost a lost art. I thought that I would document the process in verse. Enjoy.

    The Night Before Lightoff
    with annotations…and apologies to Clement Clarke Moore!1
    By Eric H. Bowen
    USS Missouri (BB-63) #3 Engine Room “A” shift MMOW, 1988-2

    'Twas the night before ...

    Updated August 12th, 2020 at 07:13 AM by ehbowen (Post text from attachment)

    Tags: navy, ship, steam
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  7. If I looked like you, I'd kill myself...

    "If I looked like you,
    I'd kill myself,"
    he said
    to his reflection
    in the mirror.
  8. Submissions for Poems to Mayo Clinic - You Can Submit Till May 12th!

    So instead of a blog, I'm working on a project collecting Cheerful, inspiring, uplifting poems or saying for the healthcare workers at Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville, FL. I'm opening it up to anyone here at the Writing Forums if you make it here to my blog site I guess......... Not sure where else it might be appropriate to post this...... I have the submission details on my poetry chapter website for all those details, so I'll save it by referring you there. www.northfloridapoetryhub.org ...
  9. Golden Rule

    Do unto others
    as you would have them do unto you
    unless you don't like them
    in which case
    you can commit all sorts of evil acts
    unto them.

    Updated April 16th, 2020 at 09:58 PM by Irwin

  10. Feeling under the weather

    Woke up this morning
    feeling a bit under the weather
    unsure of what was wrong
    until I remembered
    the four margaritas I drank
    last night. DOH!
  11. Guatemalteca

    A note of thanks to Darren White, who really helped with the English translation!

    And I put in the "Balear", in honour of Marjon, because the original left her neighbours out.

    The New Little Princess* (2025)

    Chorus: (Typical Latin music: D progression, slow) Chorus: (Typical Latin music: D progression, slow)
  12. weighty, oppressive things

    by , March 19th, 2020 at 04:32 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    i am tired of many things today. i am tired physically and mentally from poor sleep and a listless mind.
    i am tired of the virus. i am tired of the reactions to it. i am tired of being shown humanity’s true face.
    and i am tired of this creative bump.

    but despite this tiredness of mind and spirit, i am being mindful. i have given the advice ‘speak to yourself no different than you would a friend’ and i have begun to heed it myself.

    this week, despite the anxiety

    Updated August 16th, 2020 at 03:00 AM by Greyson

    Poetry , Journal
  13. Rescued from Oblivion

    If you’re feeling a little bit low
    why not purchase my poems below?
    diverting and cheap
    with nothing too deep
    you carry them round as you go.

    When going by bus or by train
    you can read ‘em again and again
    just put up your feet
    on the opposite seat
    and agreeably tickle your brain.
    By keeping the volume close by
    you can use it for swatting a fly
    it is lethal and keen
    and will quickly wipe clean
    - another ...
    Tags: poetry book
  14. You’re Welcome

    If winters are warmer well, that’s down to me -
    for I run over bikes with my SUV,
    I put bottles and tins
    in the wrong colour bins
    and then just for fun,
    burn coal by the ton.

    My unnecessary drives
    save pensioners’ lives -
    cutting broken hips
    from frosty slips,
    wintery chills,
    and energy bills.
    But please - no applause,
    it’s for a good cause.
    Tags: poetry
  15. Nothing going on

    When you’re facing the realisation
    that you’re lacking divine inspiration
    and you’re struggling to bring to mind
    a topic of the worthy kind,
    and you wonder what occurrence might
    inspire you to start to write.
    You may proclaim in a poncey way
    ‘O whither Muse shall I go today?’

    There’s nothing in the daily news –
    no burning topic you could use
    to weigh up every view and then
    dispense your worldly acumen.
    Whatever ...
    Tags: poetry
  16. XI.

    by , February 5th, 2020 at 05:23 AM (This Is Where Some Things Are Kept)
    Last morning,
    a sparrow winged by my window—
    flashed a brief absence of c o r i a n d e r hues—
    and I thought it had to be you.
    The ghastly art a day gives.
    Science has permission to dissect the color of sky
    for our opera gl a s se s;
    Messiah or whomever never thought this far ahead.
    Could you s u pply some literature
    about these thebans?
  17. My Vice

    I’m a snacker of note
    I stuff it all down my throat
    The sweet, the salty and sour
    Give me more cheese
    On bread if you please
    For while snacking I cannot be dour

    When I’m feeling the need,
    For a nibble or feed
    I Indulge it, without doubt or shame.
    Indulgence my creed,
    Salt and sugar I’ll bleed,
    Love the feel of that crap in my veins

    A chocolate digestive,
    is really suggestive,
    when dunked in a nice cup ...
    Tags: humour, poem
  18. Sandcastle

    I am but just a grain fortified by integrity a correspondent to the waves of Fibonacci melody but fragile alas death's dry touch keeps tightening I am my own righting a lightning strike in short stride of transparency I finally know my place while my surroundings remain unknown to me I throw no stones because the unknown is the only true home of free heard through the conch shell's echo of gull calls until the sound asleep felt as a gentle breeze and ...
    Tags: poem, sandcastle
  19. Nightmare


    I'm having nightmares
    I gotta find a way to block them now
    I keep seeing demons.. who keep proceeding
    to come knocking... when I'm dreaming
    I gotta lock them out.. but how?
    I never been inside this room
    I must of taken shrooms and ended up in someone else's house
    yeah that's it...
    and from there it must of went south
    or maybe I was so drunk last night
    that I just black it out
    Naw you know ...
    Fiction , Poetry
  20. The Folies Bergèr


    Stuck in a gaze of various impossibilities
    while being served pale ale at The Folies
    Golden trim in the image bends
    what seems to be melancholy
    Suzon a bon appétit
    but with prudence of folly
    a courtesan of the trapeze...
    only gentlemen saw the trolley
    She kept the Order of Things
    like Emmanuel's painted bodies
    with spatial depth...
    impressionism was of real quality
    for Manet, you may ...
    Tags: love, mirror, poem
  21. A Joker's Heart


    A heart swallowed
    by the dark
    Leaves a mark
    To the mind it's
    Forever sore...
    your eyelids
    cross your iris
    Till your sigh-less
    How's time meant
    to heal a scar...
    Seams mend
    to pull apart
    When we see the
    end then to a start
    Or a start of an ending
    You know you've felt before...
    The endeavor never ceases
    Picking up the broken pieces
    While ...
    Tags: joker, love, poem
  22. Confidence

    Topic: Confidence is contagious, so is lack of confidence. - Vince Lombardi

    "It's their confidence!"
    said as if spoken off a hostess lips
    contagious like spreading lacquer
    a compound to renown success
    or lack thereof.. from the rest unfinished
    the non propound be left a mess

    a soggy pus that death had gripped
    embraced by lack of self worth constrict…. in it
    like cerecloth and a sarcophagus
    but for the ...
    Tags: confidence, poem
  23. Battle Scars


    Battle Scars like a lasting art...
    some skin deep, while others last in heart
    some battles end, while others start
    some love begins, while others abort
    new life springs summer, and falls apart
    while winter hits, like a contact sport
    you begin to wonder, how you came this far
    but still reminisce, the times when you came up short
    some days you have patients, and other days you can't take no more
    we're ...
    Tags: life, poetry, war
  24. All And None


    I am all of that, yet I am none
    I’ve seen your prospective and all others
    I’ve added in sum
    subtracted found common factors
    heard all of the songs sung
    took parallel pieces
    seen aunts uncles nieces
    the old and the young
    studied stories, read history and from which they come from
    I’ve lived it, eye scene it
    breath air in my lungs.
    As below so above never ending it runs
    seeing ...
  25. Puppet


    No glory for sheep
    Their legs great
    It's what's on the menu
    Tender hearts get torn apart
    Till all like them
    an do like them do
    Strings glued
    so like them
    they bend when others
    sway or say they kneed too
    Puppets of their destruction when
    Voodoo is needled in what's woven
    Leads to dolls weaved in thread
    but up holding
    in string an stride
    of their function ...
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