Category: poems


The authorities are working round the clock to decipher this desperate message.

Actually, the desperation is theirs. Can you help them decode it?

H ave just been captured by geese. They will 
O verfeed me to death if pate de fois gras is 
N ot banned immediately. Rescue, I'm told, is impossible. They    
K eep their password secret, should you come disguised as a goose!

All too easy for us to laugh at other creatures, don’t you think? It’s like mocking foreigners who make mistakes in the language we have learned from birth. But the ancient species of waterfowl known as Antidae have long been useful to humankind. It is reputed that they once saved Rome from the barbarians. Not that they had much choice in the matter …

H ere we sit
O n the edge of a cliff, caged like canaries -
N othing else to do, when the 
K illers come creeping, but sing out danger.

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You Can Have Any Colour You Like As Long As It’s Orange!

Here are three for the price of one to end my little festival of acrostica. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Suppose now I’ll have to start thinking of something sensible to post about …


P olice came knocking on my door last night, ‘In
R esponse to a complaint,’ they said, ‘about music.’
E ver ready and willing to help, my very
F irst thought was to turn the volume down. ‘Is that
E nough?’ I asked. ‘Any level of free jazz is too loud,’ they
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P assion
R emembers.
E nnui
F orgets.
E asy choice if you’re sane!
R un that by me again …

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P lease don’t ask me whether I would
R ather attend this or that school, this or that hospital.
E very time you saddle me with choice, you duck responsibility and
F orgo your firm claim to be in charge. Any government worth the name makes
E ach school and every hospital a haven of excellence and safety.
R ather let us choose between the people’s champions and charlatans like you.

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Fine Art America

Debug Lies

National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and …

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Up Against It

So far I’ve enjoyed my week responding to the WordPress Daily Prompt. All the words have stimulated the old grey matter and I’m quite smug about satisfied with the results.

Until now. Today’s word is orange. Now I’ve nothing against colours … or even colors. Blue would be fine. So would green. Or red, yellow, purple, pink … all of them alive with ready associations! But orange! Not only does nothing rhyme with orange, nothing of any interest comes to mind with orange.

Oh yeah, Donald Trump – as I said, nothing of any interest …

What’s the big deal, I hear you say, it’s only one day, give it a miss, tomorrow’s word will be great … so good! Thing is, though, if you set yourself homework you have to do it. And a week spread over eight days isn’t a week, it’s a Beatles song.

Talking of which, don’t know about you but I could do with a bit of light relief from all this pointless agonising …


Ah well, refreshed by that fab and groovy nugget of nostalgia, here’s my penultimate acrostic poem:

O pinion is divided. Some friends
R eckon the girl of my dreams should be
A ngela from Amsterdam, extremely
N aughty but nice. Other friends
G o for Pamela from Preston,
E xtremely respectable but rude. So, reader, should I choose Pam … ?                                (continue by reading acrostic word)


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Perchance To Dream

S leep? Constant cafetieres of caffeine concentrate keep it at bay.

U nwelcome thoughts invade my mind, you see, like midnight shades.

R eal as day, I swear, whole nations lose their way in giant mazes.

R ising heat brings drought or flood while chimneys, cars and planes

E at fossil ferns. Whole species turn to face the wall while I’m

A wake! What haunted nightmares lurk in the dark if I should

L et myself slip into slumber? What unholy horrors wait for morning?


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Message To Love

– Zog from Planet Zogos – hereby
D eclare that my allegiance to anywhere in particular has come to an
E nd and that I am
N ow and forever a citizen of simply everywhere.
T he movie Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music finally got to our solar system.
I will therefore no longer be using my SuperSonic ZappoBlaster RayGun
T o deprive other sentient beings of life and shared wonder.
Y ou are all henceforth my sisters and brothers beyond space and time.


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Took a Leap

T ook a leap and began to write this without an idea in my head,
R eckoning something cool or clever would come along. Told myself it
A lways
D oes, sooner or later,
E ven though that’s usually later rather than sooner. But this one’s
M ore than halfway through
A nd I’m starting to wonder where it’s headed because we’re getting
R eal close to the end and for the life of me I just can’t think of a
K iller last line … OMG, You! For pity’s sake, don’t shoot!! AARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!



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