Can We Talk About Poetry?

Ian Fortytwo

A quote is always memorable.
Dec 30, 2018
Somewhere on this mortal coil.
Here I hope we can talk about poetry. I've written quite a few over the last twenty years or so. I have had nearly thirty published (made no money from them) just the glory of seeing them in print. I have had two haiku printed in a leading haiku publication (still no money). I enjoy writing them, and now that I am semi retired I want to publish some of my recent ones and this time make some money as well.

Also here we can talk about poetry written by others here. I'm sure there are many budding Poets hiding here.

One rule I'm insisting on is no pinching of poems copyright belongs to writer.

Once going I'm sure this will become popular.

Here is one that I have recently written.

The Waterfall.

Splishing, splashing, sploshing,
Cascading water downwards,
A thundering cacophony of noise,
Little rainbows of colour everywhere,
Rocks below the surface tormented.

Watching from a distance safely,
Although even there a misting occurs,
With some courage and fortitude,
A photograph is taken at a crucial point,
So that the moment is never lost.

Trees on farthest shore make up,
A perfect background of green,
Yet your memory serves us better,
Remembered long after photo fades.
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paranoid marvin

Run VT Erroll!
Mar 9, 2007
Good idea. I do enjoy haiku, but I prefer 'senryu' which are more humorous or cynical than serious, and more about humans than nature.

My favourite poetry is quite diverse. I love the nonsense rhymes of Lewis Carroll, but also the work of the war poets (especially Sassoon) The more cynical the better, rather than that which promotes the glory of war.

It's great that you've had poetry published, well done indeed! And from the example you've given you are obviously an accomplished writer. My own tends to be restricted to that inflicted on others members in the monthly Challenges on this forum.

Astro Pen

Write now.
Jan 24, 2020
Wales UK
Here is one of mine to help kickstart the project :

For Lorca

From your seventh year
you knew they were coming for you
Young Princeling of the light,
young bringer of parental hope
new walker upon the earth
new speaker of words
new see’er of the world
Is this the price of your birth?
To be shown your grave?

Ride like the damned wind from hell to horizon.
The skies behind you full, those dark forms,
that fly by night to Lisbon or Madrid.
They pursue relentless, eating year upon year.
The dark well closer

So you run, chasing that exquisite leaf
that will blow onward, past autumn
Through snows and into a new spring
While others work stone and oils for elusive permanence.
And smile thin thinking their end somehow surpassed.

Brief and extinguished spark. That fleck of carbon dust
Its black ink upon the page all that remains
of scent and colour, sound and love.

Oh how beautiful would be ignorance,
To live not knowing of impending mortality
The care lessness of the bird or the butterfly
Which, even as they fall from the sky, expect continuation

And yet on you ride, thrashing that horse,
As if, by riding fast enough, you could escape
Grasp eternity and cry for joy
“Here I am and will always be”

But your steed balks and falters
Rearing and throwing you to the ground
The beat of leathery wings now closing in
Ahead, only the cliff, and the moonlit ocean
For life, was an island.


I have my very own plant pot!
Jan 4, 2018
North-east England
This is my attempt at a nihilist's elegy. It was originally conceived to accompany a scene in my first novel where the two main villains are burying one of their fallen comrades.

With each passing day,
the snowdrift grows

to nothing.

With every touch of the sun,
the drift sloughs off another scale
and, inch by inch,

slips free
of its skin.

Stretched out in sleep beside its friend,
the earth breathes in the last remnants of winter,
then rolls over and sends out green fingers
in search of something more.

But the snow has gone
to where mud and dust
cannot follow

and the earth must linger
and wait for the passing
of summer’s heat

and the welcome return
of cool and quiet sleep.

Robert Zwilling

Well-Known Member
Jun 12, 2018
I like to fill the page up, and also create an occasional new word.

Rocks, The Cradles Of Creation

Four score and four billion years ago, our solar system, just a dream
Born from a swirling cosmic dust storm, five trillion miles across
From dust, on to planet size balls of rock, a few with liquid cores
Some have radioactive cores that heat the entire planet, an internal sun
Others not so lucky, plain old metals and rock, cooling down to frozen
But the magic ones, hot forever, start out life, boiling molten rock

Oceans of volcanoes, rising out of screaming clouds of meteors, and comets
The dust filled comets pounding, cooling the surface, frozen water rocks
Oceans of water, packed inside life giving rocks, slowly squeezes out
The grinding starts, massive conveyor belts, reblending the rocky crust
Surfaces sucked below, the underground rises up, sunlight hidden by dust
Grinding rocks, bumping, elbowing for room, making cool cosmic dust

Cosmic dust, the stuff dreams of life are made of, thicken like a good gravy
From comets and meteors, sediments and clay, picking up cosmic lint
The chemicals of life, creating single cell creatures that churn out mud
Filling the cracks in the hard rock lands, dirt, the first pollutant appears

The oceans cradled in rock beds, peacefully snoring, oxygen all tied up
Bound up inside rocks and water, the oxygen waits, the great trickster
At the two billion year mark, one microbial family starts exhaling oxygen
The second great pollutant, now underway, the rest is history

Lawrence Twiddy

Self-loathing Cowboy
Feb 7, 2021
I have a few poems in a folder on my laptop and I have never shared them so this seems like a good place to do so.
I only ever get inspiration for poetry when I'm down so they are usually a little melancholy.


My memories are eroding like the Cornwall coast,
Year by year they disappear and I forget the times that people remember most.

My futures bleak and what I seek is lost,
Only in the past it can be found,
at an unknown cost.

So I dwell in the past and neglect the present,
Further more my future is not what I want,
I have not learnt my lesson.

A wandering mind confused in thought,
For each life is different and cannot be taught.

As to where I find sanctum,
No invented gods will know,
In death which is infinite fulfilment may grow.

For what I find or learn to you will not be true,
You have your own path which you must walk through.

In order to be happy you have to be sad,
Because how can you measure good without the bad.
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Ian Fortytwo

A quote is always memorable.
Dec 30, 2018
Somewhere on this mortal coil.
Thank you for taking time to contribute to this thread. I am very keen on poetry, and write many different forms.

Simply Crossing the Road.

I held her hand very tightly,
As we crossed the road,
It was her first time ever.

At eight years of age,
I adored my daughter very much,
And wanted to do the right thing.

Earlier in the week was different,
She wouldn't cross by herself,
And screamed horribly.

Then I had a light bulb moment,
I bought her some sweets,
Took her home and comforted her.

So that was why now I crossed the road,
With her hand held tightly,
Now I had done my duty as her dad.

(By the way I'm not a father. I learned this lesson from a very good friend.)


Dec 10, 2012
x² + y² = r²:when x~∞
Depending on what you might call poetry would you consider this:

After the funeral,
the procession arrived
and perched at the pub

where the usual din
and cacophony of voices
nearly drown out

the celebration of a life
now washed out
in the wake of too much ale

and abundant memories
that through the remainder of the night
rested a soul

beneath the detritus
of unbridled good intention,
until all that remained,

near the break of dawn,
was an uncertain ghost
and the sobering sorrow of his lads.

paranoid marvin

Run VT Erroll!
Mar 9, 2007
One of mine from a Challenge I posted a few years back. It was a challenge in the style of Kipling, although the inspiration for the story came more from Sassoon's The General.

The Hungry General

'E readies us for battle
'E's made us fit an' lean
So we can raise the standard 'igh
For Country, God an' Queen

'E marches us to battle
'E says we're like 'is sons
But when the shells begin to fly
'E's nowhere near the guns

'E sends us into battle
'E's yet to 'ave 'is fill
So we must go on dying 'til
We've paid 'is butcher's bill

Ian Fortytwo

A quote is always memorable.
Dec 30, 2018
Somewhere on this mortal coil.
The first cut of Spring.

The caress of the wind as it tickles the leaves,
Leaves of yellow brown and occasionally green,
An Autumn feel to the air even though its early Spring,
I'm just about to mow the lawn for the first time,
And capture this picture just before raking the Leaves,
Checking carefully for dormant creatures hibernating,
Afterwards the fresh scent of cut grass fills the air,
Also seeing the stripes that everyone loves so much.
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Ian Fortytwo

A quote is always memorable.
Dec 30, 2018
Somewhere on this mortal coil.
Just occasionally a poem like this one will struggle to come, yet when it is written down a calmness sets in.

One Stormy Night.

On the window pane, the sound of a gentle rain,
The storm was only beginning now time would tell,
As the fury grew an evil edge tormenting the mind,
There would be no sleep this night, no dreaming,
Quiet whisperings forgotten, animals afraid of darkness,
This storm will be relentless releasing pressure,
Threading fear throughout, no gentleness now,
Window panes being battered, cracks appearing,
Soil becoming a quagmire, leaves stripped from trees,
Then trees stripped from the ground, hatred grows,
Dawn is still hours away, tiles crash outside,
Will buildings survive this night or even mountains,
A long shrieking scream terrifies the soul.

The suddenly quietness descends upon us,
And then calm, all fears and tears forgotten for now,
On the window pane, the sound of a gentle rain,
Its effects more consoling, and as you look outside,
The sun is rising and you brace yourself for a new day,
As you step out and let the gentle rain fall upon your face,
A freshness creeps into your body, nightmares flee.

Around you, surrounding you, is devastation,
And a rebuilding of a world can begin,
Slowly at first, but as you progress,
You can change things for the better,
And new future beckons for all mankind,
Bringing better times, peaceful times.

However on the window pane, the sound of a gentle rain,
Will remind you not to forget that fateful stormy night.


paranoid marvin

Run VT Erroll!
Mar 9, 2007
Old Tom and Me

As I sit and dwell in the past
Lost dreams, fleeting glances
No more second chances
Old Tom sits on me
And purrs contentedly

Not for him the bitter regrets
Of the days of his youth
For Old Tom in truth
With a clutch of his claws and twirl of his tail
Dreams only of what the new day may avail

Why shouldn't I be like Old Tom
Live for the present, never the past
Cherish the pleasure and hold on fast
Old Tom and me
In perfect harmony

Lawrence Twiddy

Self-loathing Cowboy
Feb 7, 2021
Ambiguous Gift

She gave me the gift of infinite love,
The moon, sun and stars; the world from above.
Her shine a galaxy of endless beauty,
My heart immersed but my mind at mutiny.
She said the gift was not one to have, nor hold,
But one too admire, one to watch unfold.