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Hope you enjoy these poems!

  • A Long Time Ago A short funny poem about living in the age of dinosaurs
  • A thought? Good God! A cynical poem about conformity
  • A time of change A poem about 9/11 questioning the root causes
  • Aberration of morality The casual dismissal of destruction as ‘stuff happens’.
  • Against the wall Supermarket ‘colleagues’, backs to the wall, low-paid, lip service
  • Alien What would you do if an alien landed in the playground?
  • As I walked home A poem about the characters met on the walk through life
  • Blackberries In the cool chill of a morning Dew-lapped, birch bark curling proud and the scent of ...
  • Change I would tear apart this constricting veil That chokes my mind and cleats me to this ...
  • Chicken-Hawk The chicken-hawk is flightless, Running on scared little feet: Yellow-bellied, it doesn’t soar, But pecks cravenly at the ...
  • Christianity and Islam So this is Christianity, they say: Peopled with the intolerant, the sad, The wildcards and all those ...
  • Curled up like a child Curled up like a child Or a flower unborn, Hair fanned out across a pillow rumpled and ...
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E When my Dad left my Mum They didn’t have a fight. Not really. Mum told him to go ...
  • Dog Hater In one end goes squashed brute, Out of the other end comes pavement-turd, And in-between is a ...
  • Dragon Flying Test Wild wings stepping on the breeze – Hit the gas, Smash clouds, Dash through space, Brake and turn, Gently, gently, Far ...
  • Dreams I’d like to magic myself to the moon And fly across strange seas, I’d like to drift ...
  • Eating Chestnuts Burst open with a stamping foot descending on its chest The green, spined shell reveals a ...
  • Every morning, every day Every morning, every day, We all meet in the hallway – Shoes on, hair brushed, coat on ...
  • Everyone grows up Everyone grows up, and your adventure is just beginning – Manhood beckons the child, and the ...
  • Eyes like a hawk Eyes like a hawk As the children play, Ears like a bat’s (For arguments), Tuned in like a shark (For ...
  • Feline Fandango Let’s lick our lips together, side by side – I kiss, you kiss, Purrrr-fect. Like lissom sheets of ...
  • Ferdie was a pit bull Ferdie was a pit bull, With a face like squashed-up beef – His owner washed his coat ...
  • Fire Newborn, fierce, a struggle of terror, Terror pulling at its heart, Pulling it up, pulling it out, Reaching ...
  • Free-spread the wings of mystery Free-spread the wings of mystery, Free-spread to the hills and dales of my youth, Yearn for ...
  • Freedom Dust Freedom Dust burns to the bone in screaming agony, Freedom Dust (like French Fries) – sorry, ...
  • God Bless America! God bless America! Oh deary me, God also belongs to the Muslim world too – Let us ...
  • God, I wish I was an ignorant lump of meat God, I wish I was an ignorant lump of meat To mix unthinking with unthinking sheep, To ...
  • Gold Moon High, high flows the moon In a sea of mackerel waves, Head-scarved in a glow of quiet, Still ...
  • Gun Lore It’s a funny mental right of all Merry Bums to bare arms. With so many bullets ...
  • Height was born to distinguish between low and low Height was born To distinguish between low and low. Height was sent to Differentiate – The mountains, The seas, All owed ...
  • Hospital Nightmare Once you talked of dying, and my heart gave a heavy thump As the blood drained ...
  • Hours into hours Hours into hours, And the setting sun my life; Days into days, Weeks into weeks, Years into years, And at ...
  • How to Create a Ghetto – a Dish for one Community First, find some third generation immigrants, Add some racism and confused cultural identity, Mix – to create ...
  • I am I am: useless, fool, most stupid of them all, I am Curse, and hide, and sometimes ...
  • I am no stranger to these people I am no stranger to these people But we walk as ghosts Down the long dryness of ...
  • I am the Guardian of treasure I am the Guardian of treasure, Gate-keeper to another world – Let all who would come near ...
  • I could walk on clouds I could walk on clouds and catch moonbeams in my hands, Kiss the morning dew as ...
  • I had a hope, I touched a dream I had a hope, I touched a dream, There was no easy way – I walked into ...
  • I have a fog that clouds my feeble brain I have a fog that clouds my feeble brain, And wraps all sense in veils through ...
  • I know what men are I know what men are. Men drink and are routinely unfaithful, Can’t see beyond the ends of ...
  • I know what women are I know what women are. Women drag knives down each others’ backs, Stick in the small-minded safety ...
  • I love you when you pick your nose I love you when you pick your nose, I love you when you fart; A love like ...
  • I met a little dog on the bottom of my shoe I met a little dog On the bottom of my shoe – Hello little doggy, How do you ...
  • I want a nuclear-powered wotsit I want a nuclear powered wotsit, Dad, And I think we should make it now – And ...
  • I was 18 when they married me I was 18 when they married me, 16 when I died: 15 and my hopes were full, 14, ...
  • I watched the miracle I watched the whole miracle: The child on his mother’s arm, walking home, The teacher leaping in ...
  • I’m a rich adventurer I’m a rich adventurer, I’m crazy for a laugh: I’ve aquaplaned to Timbuctoo, I’ve abseiled in a bath. I’ve ...
  • I’m not racist BUT … I’m not racist BUT – These people are inferior to me, Their kids pick on my kids ...
  • Illusions These squares are all an illusion, Light reflecting onto cells in the eyes, A brain that interprets ...
  • Imagination is a thin frail thing Imagination is a thin frail thing, A door to worlds unborn, untold: It slips silent through the ...
  • In Love The force of a thousand volcanoes hits me on the back of the head, The world’s ...
  • In the jungle drums will roll In the jungle drums will roll, Daddy’s boy’s elected – His brother bent the voting (Entirely expected). In the ...
  • In the wake of the World Trade Centre, and before going to War I have watched the habits of men: seen how They articulate all that is best in ...
  • In this, the passion of our embrace In this, the passion of our embrace, Stir embers of a fire lit long ago When trembling ...
  • Is He Bright Enough? they said Is he bright enough? they said, As I bent my aching head Around the nonsense they forced ...
  • It’s boring being a monster It’s boring being a monster, Chasing kids around, Hiding underneath their beds, Not making any sound – It’s boring ...
  • It’s in the building that the job comes alive It’s in the building that the job comes alive – The hammering of nails, the grasping ...
  • It’s Somebody Else’s Turn – or, Pax America Bye-Bye Amazing how every country in the world has had it’s Empire. There’s Egypt, of course, And Rome, Turkey, Britain, France, Spain, Those ...
  • Katrina In orderly file the rich, white people drove out of desolation. The sun was dark with ...
  • London Calling Falluja The terrorists destroyed mosques and schools, Killed maybe a thousand people, Flattened half the houses. No comparison to ...
  • Losing me I had, inside, a bit that was ‘me’, That responded to certain calls like a bird ...
  • Madman On drugs to scald the heavens, Bully-necked and the arms of a rower, To the maddened moon ...
  • Me and my video recorder I once programmed a video-recorder – Sat there for hours growing tetchy and grumpy, Melded mind with ...
  • Meet the Neighbours A UFO flits into existence, Flips off its lights, hovers. ‘Hmmm’, go the Aliens. ‘Roger, Over and Out,’ ...
  • Mister Cat had far to go Mr.Cat had far to go, In the bitter, driving snow, To find a shelter for his hide Since ...
  • Mrs. Conservative She lived in a neat world, Hair just right, jewellery just so, Clothes freshly washed, shoes unscuffed, Underwear ...
  • My companion The chaos of looking after a baby – At nought, never more than six inches apart, He ...
  • My Golden Girl My golden girl Sings to the stars With a voice like the winds And love deep in her ...
  • My Neighbours For twenty years they lived in this country, Working hard, praying to God, living lives Of tolerance ...
  • My Understanding I lay in Shadow And looked up at Perspective, Fancied a wash across a watercoloured sky, Studied Form, ...
  • Nan’s funeral In the cold aloofness of death and the silence of the half-hour tale completed We rode ...
  • News! News! Spread like wildfire, Ate their hearts, Corrupted their minds, Distracted their spirits, Made it ALL SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS! ...
  • Nihilism Every age has its nihilists, for sure, But nihilists don’t find fertile ground In the rich and ...
  • Nobody in their right mind Nobody in their right mind Wants to die for Bush or Blair: War is death pointed out ...
  • Notes on ‘Conform, Conform, Conform!’ The overall message? That conformity is embedded into us through society, but sooner or later ...
  • Oh Queenie – an odious reflection on the funeral of the Queen Mother Oh Queenie, how the horses mope, Tugging at that royal rope, Solemn as they trudge along, Listening to ...
  • Old Times When she said she wanted to see him He was pleased – at first. ‘Can’t we talk ...
  • On a high rock On a high rock under a lonely sky, Where pink waves crashed and wild birds flying ...
  • On silent trees On silent trees, on hanging breeze, On sun’s shared moments shaping these A river’s rush cools dappled ...
  • On the run The rich became poor: In Africa the refugees were given no shelter – Their welcome ran dry ...
  • Peacenik gun The Peacenik gun Blasts from far away, Designed to ‘ricochet’, The Peacenik gun is error-proof: Which is to ...
  • Polar Bear How fierce the bear in its’ cage, All gone to the wind, All purpose lost in a ...
  • Poor Young Men Poor young men. Driven by sexual hunger they watch the girls in the streets, Their clothes, the ...
  • Prisoners An audience of old folks in the neat-tiered theatre, The play about prisoners: Well-constructed set, competent acting. At ...
  • Radio play snippet The sea lashed and splashed the promenade in half-hearted whispers …
  • Rain Rain – incessant, bitter, unrelenting, Water smearing down house fronts, Gathering in vast roadside puddles, Spattering, Dripping, Spitting from ...
  • Relic Stolen out of her era to live here, Of hers but a dim reflection, She dwells upon ...
  • Round Robin To all our dear friends – It’s that time of year again! Phoebe is now fifteen and ...
  • Sea The roared thundering salt-white sea-flung wall Foams, wells, forms fermenting froth fiercely sprung From forced fractured underswell’s ...
  • See, on this summer’s ripple of love See, on this summer’s ripple of love How the wind blows soft through your hair, And the ...
  • Seven years old Sometimes when she screams The violence of her emotions Is only matched by mine In a growing tide ...
  • Short Monster Poems The Snarkel The Snarkel has a hairy face With warts the size of feet, It spends its life ...
  • Short poems Still trees stand proud by the neck of the river Still trees stand proud by the ...
  • Short poems for kids The whale The whale sailed slow beneath the moon, Its baby by its side, Crossing oceans three miles ...
  • Shy like a bright whisper Shy like a bright whisper she rearranges her mind in neatness And humbles herself in oblivion, Sliding ...
  • Sleep, sleep the silent night Sleep, sleep the silent night, The moon up high and the stars so bright, A frost on ...
  • Slug On a bed of foot-spittle Glides through the night towards dreams of vegetation, Will devour in one ...
  • Snow and the snow I remember the snow falling, Thick in gobbets, The chill wind blowing out of the North and ...
  • Spider Tight arms on a tight web, Thick-gobbed strands hawser-like Stretched between mountains of dark and light, A lifetime ...
  • Spider-trap Spider-trap As soft as a breeze And covered in dew, A trap for the tiny Is waiting for you, Wielding ...
  • Sport And so the season of sport is upon us: Cricket, and the sound of willow hitting ...
  • Success Success is the wind in the trees, A star in the night, The green of grass, The weight ...
  • Teenage daughter The terrible witch Is a bit of a bitch, Rude to the crows and the people she ...
  • Teenager Slip into sunshine, Between the shrieks and calls of this strange creature Bellowing for the wild wind ...
  • The Bank was Big, the Bank was Strong The Bank was Big, The Bank was Strong, The Bank was Never In The Wrong: It fleeced its ...
  • The Book The book came alive, wept, Dragged him in, Pointing out its sorrow – The book let him sleep ...
  • The Boooooooogies Don’t you dare go out there, It’s where the booooooogies hide, They nibble at your fingertips, Then wriggle ...
  • The Curse The Curse was born in darkness: Struggled to get out, Beat off light, Grew wings and flew, Screeched its’ ...
  • The Drumbeat Poem Annabelle was Peter’s friend, Peter’s friend was Tom: Tom was very steady, Tom was very strong. Tom began to ...
  • The false teacher Good Morning, I am your Teacher – My name is Master So-Hum. In English I am known as ...
  • The Frightening Dark at night And the stars aglow, Crunching on gravel Down below, And the winds blowing fierce And then it ...
  • The ghost in the puddle The ghost in the puddle looked out with dark eyes, Its mouth shimmering, stretching, making small ...
  • The Little Drone The little drone climbed the stairs. Climbing stairs was easy for the little drone, Because his mind ...
  • The Marine and the Terrorist The Marine I’m the good guy, you’re the bad guy, I’m fighting for freedom. I want to do ...
  • The Old Warrior Major General Gutless (retd.) Looked sombrely at the War, declared it invalid: Pension secured, This proud MG pronounced ...
  • The Paignton Fishermen The Paignton fishermen pause on the long reach of the harbour wall, Eyes in meditation, brains ...
  • The plane trees of France At night they move, great shadows on the march, Positioning themselves on the bends of roads, Traipsing ...
  • The Prayer Our scientists have invented a weapon which, Though imprudent, Can destroy the world: We would ask you to ...
  • The Shadow At first the shadow smiled. Darkness has no weight, and its smile was as empty as ...
  • The Smile The Smile was sinister, Landed on a mountain and Spread (Like all sinister smiles do) Across the fertile ...
  • The Spaceship came out of the Sun The spaceship came out of the sun, Diving head-first in a ball of flame to a ...
  • The Stairs The Stairs Came alive, Slipped Into that puddle of dark At the bottom, Emerged, Glistening and unexpected, A trap to be sprung, A ...
  • The Stress of Living Sometimes the stress of living wraps me like a knife, Tight, sharp-bladed, Pressed close to my skin So ...
  • The Thermobarbaric bomb The Thermobarbaric bomb Sucks air from caves, Collpases lungs, Ruptures the liver and spleen, Bursts eardrums. The Thermobarbaric bomb Is deployed ...
  • The THING I fished in the lake with buttercups Tied on a long piece of string, I caught a ...
  • The Toilet The Toilet sucked and sucked, Sucked so hard it drew blood, Sucked and sucked so strong and ...
  • The War The war brought out their misfortune, Laid every problem bare, Revealed what hopes they had were none (Though nothing ...
  • The War on Stupidity That year, five giant transporters took off from the Capital, Each loaded with a hospital, Air-dropped into ...
  • The World was her world The world was her world – Spangled lights, Glitter, Smiles on empty faces crowded in to eat her ...
  • Their grief Like leaden weights they hung their grief around their child, Torn from her world of sunshine ...
  • They said, ‘There’s no such thing as God’ They said, ‘There’s no such thing as God – We’ve proved it in this book: The figures ...
  • This is my house This is my house, and you are a guest in it. Please – leave when you ...
  • This Painted Breath This painted breath you see before your eyes Is a darkling curse to hide bitter dross, Miasma ...
  • This woman walks down the road This woman walks down the road (With a blank face of despair) Towards me (That can only be ...
  • Through the dust of emptiness Through the dust of emptiness That is the space between your dreams and mine Stand carousels That in ...
  • Thunder on the rails Thunder on the rails, the evil train storms by, Black as the soul of satan, steam ...
  • Tickets please! No one with brains uses trains: Far easier to hop there, And cheaper still if you hire ...
  • To Skate Your legs become at one with the ice, Warmth that flows into the cold – The ice, ...
  • Tumour I was in the room when the tumour was announced, Though not so much announced as ...
  • Tyrannosaurus REX! Tyrannosaurus REX Eats through your bones with one little SNAP, Juggles your head for a moment in ...
  • We Banished Nature We banished Nature, made it bleed (As if Nature ever had the need for us). Clouds shine ...
  • Welcome to Tanzania! Welcome to Tanzania: Here poverty is so way off the scale that normal poverty looks rich. Welcome ...
  • When I sulk Oh, I’ve sulked, Stridden away, Hidden in that neck of the woods At the bottom of my garden Where ...
  • Where troubles play Where troubles play, the feeling’s light, The world comes out to see: The wind is calling to ...
  • Wild-winged poem A wild-winged poem burrowed into my brain, Crashed and spun and tore through neurones, Hooked into nerves, Jiggled ...
  • With A Scamper of Knitted Legs With a scamper of knitted legs She heads for sanctuary, Pretends to be busy, refuses first-rate, Grows wanton, ...
  • You were just hit by a vortex of uncertainty A swirl of chaos spins across the room – Doors open, a phone rings, a drink ...