A bit different Blog this time !!!….
News = Performances, reviews, book sales..
Published:- “Ghosts”& Two poems..
Emotions:= Flying, ecstatic & humble..
Poems:- “Nellie and I, The Friend & Locked Inside” !!!
Wonderful poetry reading performances, well received in very different venues, from Care Home residents, dependant but appreciative, to Residents in affluent surrounding who were gratuitously generous in reception, understanding and compliments !!! (” That poetry man was excellent and could give Robbie Burns a run for his money” !!! NO, but one can aspire !!! )
Loved at The Hawthorns Friday 10th = “The Friend” from my first book..
Strong is the friend who stands by you
When others turn aside
The minute they’re asked to help
They are off to run and hide.
True is the friend who stands by you
In times of your demise,
Always there to chat and cheer
And make sense of all the lies.
Humble is the friend who stands by you
And can’t see what he’s done
By being right alongside you
With no thought to cut and run.
Loyal is the friend who stands by you
Even if he feels you’re wrong,
And tries to mediate a deal
To leave you standing strong.
Caring is the friend who stands by you
When all blows up in your face,
Then will resolve and tend your hurt
And play down the disgrace.
What have you done to earn this friend
Who shelters from the fame?
I suspect that when he was down
You stood by him just the same!
Published by me on my regular sites, but both seem special to me in different ways, THUS check out my monthly article “Ghosts” in “thesussexnewspaperonline”…
AND for Remembrance Sunday on zonezine .co.uk two of my poems that I’m proud of, and are presented on here!
Another poem very well received at The Hawthorns Eastbourne, (who welcomed me, gave me a generous fee for Help for Heroes and want me back), from my 2nd book and a true story = “Nellie and I”
Nellie and I
Nellie and I met out in Thailand
That I can never quite forget,
Along with other memories
On an island called Phuket.
We had gone to a safari centre
All proceeds to help animals there,
And I was really happy to note
An impressive level of care.
Especially the elephants at risk
All treated nicely and well fed.
With lots of activities to do,
Or be hunted outside instead.
So off on an elephant ride then
We travelled all over the park,
To see the animals at their rest
So no poachers could leave a mark.
Soon it was time for the animal show
The elephants showing what to do,
Like how to play games and football
And coming to meet me and you.
Then it came to the show’s highlight
People would lay flat like on a rack,
And an extremely large elephant
Put his foot almost on your back.
Delighted squeals and thumbs up
When punters went up one by one,
As if they were to be squashed
By this animal of many a ton!
Then they called for a volunteer
My wife pushed me to the fore,
To get a real close up of Nellie
Though I wasn’t really too sure.
But the staff quickly took over
Saying you sir please lay face up,
Oh joy, I was getting a clear view
But I didn’t want to win this cup.
Then the girls had soon taken over
Making me lay flat like on a bunk,
Slipping bananas up my shorts
Nellie would get back with her trunk.
But of course I didn’t know this
So that I wasn’t thinking too much,
That a banana seeking Nellie
Would trunk grope up my crutch.
Well obviously I was very surprised
As I really didn’t have a clue,
That when being pressed to stardom
Just what our big Nellie would do.
So I had to just burst out laughing
At this massive shock of mine,
Not expecting an elephants trunk
Up where the sun wont shine!
So as the the lead photo and headline says, “I’m flying, ecstatic and humble!”
Flying, due to an amazing week of compliments, money raised for Help for Heroes and more requests for me to read and “perform”!
Ecstatic, because my (optimistic a while ago) target of 1,000 sales of all my books is in very near range, (986 as of this moment), so VERY chuffed with this!!!
Humble, because of the many kind plaudits given to me this week, the honour of reading to disadvantaged people (there but for the grace of god go we), who “loved” my readings, AND the almost completion of above target of 1,000 sales to “a first time author nobody knows, selling poetry NOT a popular seller”, well HOLLYHOCKS to that !!!!
A bit of me, caustic, sardonic, acrid in rejoiner, (but soft as poo ??)..
Every one of us is afraid
At some time in our life
From small daily interactions
To more daunting tasks and strife.
We walk lost among the majesty
And wonders of our world,
But there’s hidden doubts and fears
That just want to be unfurled.
And these many uneasy feelings
That start to push and probe,
Can explode our inner secrets
Like a shattered precious globe.
Causing self doubt and foreboding
That there must be something wrong,
With what we’ve said or stand for,
So any peace can’t last for long.
For insecurities and paranoia
Will grow large and drown our mood,
As we batter down our hatches
So dormant shadows don’t intrude.
Others silence or covert laughter
Must all be aimed at us,
Seeming to look right inside
Our trembling souls, with no fuss.
So stand firm, proud and defiant
At this deep inner scrutiny,
And have the courage to roar loudly
That what you see inside is me!
Well that is it, a (hopefully) abridged Blog and slightly different style you can give me your opinion on please, (James?), but I’m praying equally interesting and appealing to you?
Ted n Beth want me to mention that they were in attendance for both gigs this week and “went down a storm”, with “many” of their poems read to great appreciation!
WELL DONE “bears” but WHO Chuffing wrote and read them out !!! ??? LOL, Know your place you two…. ❤❤
Another interesting and exciting week ahead, WATCH this space!!!!
AS ever, goodbye, thanks and take care from myself and Ted n Beth,
The Journey Continues…..