Most of the successful people you meet
Won’t have let grass grow beneath their feet.
But it’s not all about making money,
More of creating your world that’s sunny
And makes you smile across your ways,
And grin back at whatever days
Don’t sit well or rest with others,
For the fact is we’re not all brothers.
So get up and get your ideas on
For tomorrow they could all be gone,
And disappeared down the slippery slope
Leaving you frustrated without hope
That you can ever move yourself,
To gain prosperity and wealth.
But do not worry too much on this
For money is not the only bliss.
Now cast around this world of ours
Where a negative thought always devours,
But if you have your health and brain
There is little that can restrain
You from doing what you will,
Ensuring happiness soon must fulfil
Your heart and all you do,
For there’s no point in being blue.
So to just finish and be very exact
It all comes down to a simple fact.
And in this there’s no need for debate
That you can a success create.
Down to us then, and I’ve been told several times this week, lol kindly, "you never stop", but if you’re happy and you know it….
On Friday March 1st I was allowed to collect for Help for Heroes and show my books on a stall at Tesco’s Langney Shopping Centre. Many thanks to Seb, Irene and the team who helped me collect a wonderful £175, sell eleven of my books and make many contacts! THANKS guys!!!!
As a further stunning surprise to that day, on messaging the excellent Lynn Parsons of "Mellow Magic" on Magic F M 8.00 pm to midnight Monday to Friday, to "whisper out my window on the day", Lynn made a wonderfully kind compliment to my poetry, mentioned my books, Help for Heroes and my Facebook page! Amazing and thanks again Lynn!!! 👩 😊😉
Again you have to put yourself out there, perhaps where others don’t, (Often Imitated, Never Duplicated a?), so another poem from my second book..
Game to Lose
Your game of life is often played
In front of the watching crowd,
Who see your each and every move
As you stand small, or very proud.
So the fence sitters will only watch
How others cope with their game.
And decrying all those who’ve lost
Whilst jealous of the victors fame.
For if you won’t take a part in life
You can deride and mock at will,
All those who try to do their best
To enjoy life, and so they’ll fulfill.
So that’s why I have strongly felt
It’s far better to have tried and lost.
For if you won’t compete or try
You’ll much later count your cost,
Of just cowardly sitting at the side,
Never taking any risk or chance.
Making you a lonely, boring case,
And not worth a second glance!
But by getting stuck in having a go
It’s just possible you may win out.
And that must be so much better
Than not to know a winners shout.
So our cosy spectators of the world
Will always rue not being brave,
And missed the warmth of joining in
Thus taking a sadness to their grave!
If possible I had another heart stopping and humbling moment from my "Tesco Day" in as much as a friend who bought my latest book resonated with a particular poem, as have other people for many reasons, and gave me a further donation for Help for Heroes!
That poem is a particularly strong one, written from frank accounts given to me, and my observations. The start of it follows…
Am I Dead?
I guess I must be dead now
For I feel no pain, or a life.
And nothing touches me
To bring succour or more strife.
And I can’t see outside my box
That’s how confinement feels.
Locked in consuming darkness
Which my personality steals.
Again I am deeply touched by some amazing compliments and comments on my poetry work as I strive to visit as many topics and subjects that I can, which of course hopefully will resonate with many people and in different ways!
An apt poem here then!
Poets and Scrollers
The news comes flooding into our lives
From places nationally or world wide.
Amusing, frightening or tragically sad,
Yet from it all, it’s hard to hide.
Graphic images often feature large
As the world comes to our door.
Exposing to us the very worst of man,
As the news channels try to explore
All aspects of life to fully scrutinise
Under a glaringly microscope.
Making you angry, laugh or cry
Or possibly give up all hope.
So how do we deal with a bombardment
Reeking havoc on mind and senses?
Confronting us with with manic thoughts
That causes mass upset and offences.
Some will merely just look away
Denying they have seen, or know it,
But others take it all to heart
And most likely they’re a poet.
For poets tend to write on things
With strong thoughts and burning phrases,
That encapsulates and rams it home
To the indifferent who it amazes.
So having seen it put into words
These ostriches or rock and rollers,
Still prefer to avoid any sympathy
By being just news reel scrollers.
Who turn a blind eye to sad events
Until something happens to them too.
When a poet will then come forward
To comfort their tragic view.
An insight into a (slightly different, deep and sardonic?) poet then. But for amusement and to show how much I try, in the last week I have given my card and details to "A girl in the gym Nicola, a tourist and my new dentist"!!! Nothing ventured……
Welcome aboard on here, Tina N, a truly smashing "Danish dish" and clever too, Nessy at last, and a Big Hi to all you great bunch! Anna Yellow glasses did I see you at Tesco’s on the 1st of March?
Getting through all my notes for this, but some will have to be missed out now, or skimmed.
As I brief further mention of "How and why I Write", that I’ve been covering the last few blogs, thanks James H, a quick description.
As normal now following publication of a new book, I concentrate on that and don’t write many new poems but DO make notes of ideas, titles, first lines etc for going back to later and like butterflies from moths, turn them into poems!
I have though written just a few since last book out in November. Remember last Blog "Big Ted the Minder"?
Well on Tuesday last, March 5th, I had a "Seagull Incident" that led to a poem I very quickly wrote and typed up (in record time) to read at the monthly Open Mic i read at, last night.
I was going to put the start up, but am now saving it, but will report it was very well appreciated and laughed at thankfully. See James, lol EASY 😉
Suffice to say at this near blog end that I have many new contacts, bookings, interest and sold quite a few books as well…. SHOUT it OUT !!!!
Quick couple of jokes, Tony?
1) I just recently met a bloke who thought "Muffin the Mule" was a sex offence! Like that Katie W???? he hee heee
2) On being asked about "safe sex" an Essex girl replied is it "In a car with the handbrake on?"….
Last clever themed poem. Value this Blog a?
A positive mind yields a happy heart
For troubles come, and some go slow.
But if you are steadfast in your way,
You can help any heartaches go.
For all of us will have challenges,
We must do our very best to meet
With strongest resolve we can find,
Or get knocked right off our feet,
By seismic shocks that shake you
And possibly cause you many tears.
Though if you tackle these heroically
You may have better future years.
For a positive mind yields a happy heart
And helps make worries seem smaller,
Thus meet them in a courageous way
And you certainly will walk taller.
For I feel I’m living proof of this
Being a very optimistic man.
Though I have had many troubles too
But met them the best way I can,
For even if I lost sometimes
I always stood back up again,
Which certainly was best for me
Although of course I felt the pain.
So onward in life and upwards
We must make our merry way,
Because even if sad times prevail
We can still fight another day.
Did you get my connection? Not too hard, and very "me" I think?
Photos are, lead, ME shouting it out in South Australia, Tesco logo, depressive statue image, those THREE Bears, me at poem reading gig, and "Thumbs Up" to how all is going!
Thanks to you all for being there, here, compliments, kind comments and encouragement!!!!
The Journey Continues "Shouting for JOY in Space"…
Cheers to you all from those three bears, and myself,