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    The Poetry Thread Re-Booted

    Hello my fellow TOT’s, I feel it is time that we once again had a space to post our own poetry, so please feel free to post any of your penned thoughts here:

    I’ll open this thread with an old one of mine.

    The Imbalance

    All along the sleepless hours’ men dream within their Ivory towers,
    Of profit looming large as life while hunger cutting like a knife,
    Precedes the Reaper with his blade and fells a man who is betrayed,
    Not just by ‘brothers’ in the West whose butter-mountains are the best,

    But also famine in the East where the masses have increased,
    To levels which they can’t support and just to live they must import,
    All food at an inflated price – an economic cash device,
    Which makes one rich, another poor but all this must be changed before,

    This beautiful and ancient race has disappeared without a trace,
    From this our own fair Mother Earth, whose nourishment about her girth,
    Should be enough for all to share, and feed the starving everywhere,
    Here, where selfishness is rife, what then is the price of life?

    For caring people seem so few, yet others say: ‘What can I do?’
    Now is the time; become aware, no longer just to stand and stare,
    Act now please make a solemn vow, dying children need you now,
    The sharing-out has just begun there is enough for everyone …


    c1980 John Parslow

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    John that's absolutely gorgeous, love it mate! This isn't poetry as such it's rap but its very spiritual and of course writing rap lyrics is a form of poetry in itself, so I hope you don't mind me posting it?!

    It's called Keep Me Awake and it's written, produced and performed by me. i made the video too, not that thats much of an accolade lol. Hope you enjoy!


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBv5cwflDI

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    Ahhhhh that's off the hook Ben .. Seriously I love it !, nice backing to it too , top class ! Well done my brother ! X

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    Excellent Ben! I love the sentiment in the title – keep me awake, I wish I had thought of that line for a poem … Don’t put yourself down the video is pretty cool too. I would love to see the lyrics printed below the video as a stand-alone poem and just for reference rap is poetry …

    All the best mate. JP

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    only time will tell

    sometimes the hitting the ground
    is worth the fall
    sometimes the pain you feel
    from love is all
    that you will ever know
    maybe with a closed heart and sad eyes
    the only thing to say is goodbye
    words will hurt
    but time will mend
    sometimes a broken heart
    is only a bend
    falling is hard
    falling is rough
    hitting the ground isn't easy
    but maybe that's love
    love never is easy
    love isn't always hard
    but the feeling when you try to start again
    only to get shot from the sky
    is very hard
    sometimes love will give you wings
    so you can fly
    and if they're ripped off
    the harder you will fall
    when you crash to the ground
    who will you call?
    who will pick you back up
    who will help you start again?
    will it be family?
    will it be friends?
    will you be on your own?
    only time will tell...

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    Tennis

    Twang
    Bouncey bouncy, bouncing, bounces
    Thwack
    Thwock
    Sigh...
    Twong

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    Another not-so-oldie:

    Broad Beans

    We harvested our broad beans yesterday,
    Banana-wrought legumes of satin-green,
    Into the plastic buckets one by one,
    The stalks growing naked as Winter trees.

    Olive-green fingers rape the pregnant pods,
    As pristine coins lay in downy velvet purses,
    With slippery thumbs we made them tumble,
    Into colanders and our hungry mouths.

    The young and sweet were blanched and frozen,
    And old-men left to dry in garden trays,
    In the August sun they quickly turned to stones,
    And packed away for spring times yet to come ...


    29th September 2010 John Parslow
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    today

    after today ends
    where will i be?
    will life be great?
    will i be free?
    will the sun ever shine?
    will i be able to breathe?
    in twenty years
    where will i be?
    will all the people i have hurt
    be able to forgive me?

    i dont have all the answers
    but im not afraid
    because i still have today
    today is a chance
    to make it alright
    today is a start
    to ease the pain
    i dont know if i have tomorrow
    but i still have today
    so why wait?
    so why hold back?
    im living today
    like its my last
    for it very well could be

    after today ends
    i will not be afraid
    as long as there is a breath inside of me
    i am going to set things right
    i am finally going to be
    the person i set out to be
    like it or not this is me
    life goes by so quickly
    so lets just get a grasp on today

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    I hope my initial efforts did not be interpreted aa disrespectful?

    I hope y,all know what im about by now ;-)

    I will try in earnest to deliver something a little more soulful (may have to pich some of your stuff though to do it!)

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    I know rap is not everyone's cup of tea, but I consider it modern poetry.

    Here are the lyrics to one of my favourite songs at the moment:

    Breathe by Hilltop Hoods, an Australian rap band.

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hillt...erestrung.html

    Actual song Live, I will post in a minny (originally posted on 'what I'm listening to now).

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    BLUEBELLS

    A gnarled Ash stands lonely sentinel, dark, coarse and brooding our worth,

    The solitary guardian in our garden: the one which we call Earth.

    'Neath its umbrageous leafy canopy, bluebells rock their dance of doom,

    A prolific blue-helmeted army - foot soldiers in the penumbral gloom.

    Underfoot they grind a yellow carpet, celandines cowering in shadows low,

    The indurate Ash looks on oblivious, to this carnage wrought below.

    Faces veiled, wood anemones observe, to and fro their creamy heads,

    In mute disapprobation - dumb prisoners of their beds.

    With furtive glances; this way and that an occasional glimpse across the leas,

    They watch the Bluebells legions toll, relentless on the spring breeze ...



    10th August 1981 John Parslow

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    Rainbow fly-by

    Silvered chrome, droplets, speed gliding,
    SunLight disc lines growing and receding,
    Searching for nothing and all,
    Metallic audio, the reverberation tasted,
    Modulated, synthesised,
    supreme Acceleration, misted canopies,
    Pristine awareness, pristine surveyor,
    Impossible flight,
    Limitless in the colours,
    Intention is joy,
    Intention to be.

    (Taken from powerful strange memories I have from what seems to be during a joyful experience of flight in a unspoilt lush land as some kind of part machine being,.....go figure?)

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    Mumbo Jumbo
    Gobble dee Gook
    Good guys
    Bad guys
    Us and them
    Pick a side
    Shoot far, shoot wide
    Happy and sad
    Peaceful and mad
    All kinds of being
    in waves of eternity
    from here to infinity
    until, yes until
    the internal flame burns out.

    A mind filled with stuff
    that repeats over eons
    discard the dischord
    laugh at the clowns and
    the ringmasters booming voice
    Mumbo Jumbo
    Gobble dee Gook
    The war is not out there
    Its.....

    in you!
    "...throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance..." ~ Nikola Tesla

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    Upon Hayle Cliffs in Spring Tides

    Perched upon a craggy ledge once part of the ocean floor,
    On soaring granite black-hued cliffs with flotsam strewn ashore,
    Wrap’d against the elements, Oh hark to the shriek and whine,
    A convoluted sorrow on this metamorphic aureole spine,

    Riderless white horses buck and scream at Mother Earth,
    Their fury unabated, fragment and smash onto the surf,
    Now, morbid sky lugubrious with voluminous clouds of lead,
    A panoramic terror looms, above the anguish and the dread.

    All at once the heavens rent exposed on a dilluvial stage,
    Immeasurable precipitation churns the boiling foam to rage,
    I pull my sodden raiment’s close and trudge towards the lea,
    But I’ll not forget the beauty of this massive storm at sea …


    3rd October 2010 John Parslow
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