Category Archives: poems

Christmas/New Year Limericks #poetry

As parents we parrot the mantra ‘Be good or you’ll miss out on Santa’. But they know we’ll regret Making good on our threat By morphing from angel to gangster. * Annually we solemnly resolveOur past crimes to try and … Continue reading

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You’re Never Too Old poem #poetry #whenyouareold #wbyeats

As part of my on-going series of rewritten famous poems in English, this takes W.B. Yeats ‘When you are old’ as it’s starting point. As before, the first line and structure remains consistent, the rest is down to me… When … Continue reading

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The Christmas Letter #amusedpoetry #chelowens

Chelsea runs her A Mused poetry contest here. This weeks it is the Christmas letter, in poetry form… okay, what about this? Anus Horribilis – my bum year Well 2020’s been one hell of a year Though as you see … Continue reading

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The Relief Of Waterloo #poetry #worldtoiletday

As a small homage to those wonderful people the world over who provide us all with toilet facilities and in praise of World Toilet Day I give you my rewrite of After The Listeners, Walter de la Mare Is there … Continue reading

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Forbidden Love #poems #poetry #theowlandthepussy-cay

Here’s another top 100 English poems reinterpreted, this time the beautiful The Owl And The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea To escape the prying attention Of an intrusive media, and several far seedier … Continue reading

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After Sangatte: Based On Sea Fever By John Masefield #poem #poetry

It’s about time I revisited a classic English poem and added a modern spin to it. This one was prompted by the regular tragedies that take place between France and the UK as desperate refugees try and make the short … Continue reading

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Dotty Doggerel #poetry #poems

I’ve penned some nonsense recently which I thought I’d share as we plunge into lockdown. It may amuse or instigate a groan… Limericks Being part troll, Jane was excessively hairy Which sad to relate made her naturally scary. She tried … Continue reading

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Basil And Mabel #A-musedpoetry

A silly little poem, for Chelsea’s prompt Basil and Mabel Basil and Mabel went to SpainAgain and again and again. He drove from DoverAnd to remain soberHe’d refrain, refrain, refrain. One day on the CostaHe thought he’d lost herThe pain, … Continue reading

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My Favourite Poem #booklaunch #poetry

Is there a more impossible question for a poetry lover than that? Well, Robbie Cheadle asked it on Writing to be Read, as well as pinning me down to a favourite poet. That and she reviewed my first book of … Continue reading

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Verb Love #poetry

Her past was tense, poor Sally McGrawPerched on that fence, neither either nor or,Plucking a flower, he loves me or notDriving her crazy, forget-him-the clot.But Harold McGee’s principle weaknessIs plain, you see – a crippling shyness;Harold loves Sally, and that … Continue reading

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