Ringing in a great new year indeed!!!
Nearly two weeks since last Blog as I said they would be stretched out a bit, so hope you haven’t missed me too much?, but maybe not SO long a gap between the next blog ????….
I hope the year has started well for you, for it certainly has for me and "My Poetry World", so just a simpler "Synopsis" this time:-
News, updates and reports.
Photos: Lead one taken of me ringing a church bell in Greece, Blue lake Australia, "The Bears" and lastly me!
Poems: Will, Exposure and Days
So why has this new year been so great for me?
Well because my books are still selling at a quiet time of year for a start, plus a succession of both requested and interest in my “poem for you” service, some of my reading “gigs” done and new ones booked, and also my “poem production line” is rolling well again!
I feel privileged to have been invited and do a reading gig at Blind Veterans that went well, and I have been told that I will be asked again, and perhaps more times. I also did an Eastbourne Care Home in the same (last) week too.
A poem break then, and one that is quite apt I think. It is from my 5th and latest book “Life Presented in Verse” with the poem entitled “Will”. ( I am actually reading the start of this poem, AND the following one, on the video which is featured at start of my website).
Well weeks will come and weeks will go
And months soon follow in life’s flow.
But days we enjoy will pass by quick,
Whilst tougher times go slow.
So then we must remain steadfast
With our resolve strong and unbowed,
As all of us will have our turn
To be under a sad, tragic cloud.
For nothing in this world is given
To remain the same, or even arrive.
So grab those moments of delight
And just celebrate you’re alive!
There will of course be time for sorrow
With that very time going slow,
So try to cry behind your mask
Because others may not know.
Well at least that’s what I try to do
Not that I think men shouldn’t cry.
But I shed my tears in private
So the world doesn’t puzzle why
This chap with a constant smile
And a jokes all-day token,
May continue to laugh and grin,
When inside his heart is broken.
So back we will go to the weeks
Which pass according to our fate,
But whether going quick or slow
We should try for heaven’s gate.
Other positive news from the start of this year is some agreed bookings at the salubrious Lansdowne Hotel in Eastbourne, interest from a large school and some imminent publicity from Help for Heroes promotion department.
I mentioned earlier about this second poem being read on the website video, again from my last book the poem is called “Exposure”.
It takes a very brave person
To rise above the parapet alone,
And to show themselves completely
Whilst standing on their own.
Now of course they would expect
That others would support them too.
But sadly not quite the case
As some find it hard to do,
Something else for any others,
Or maybe it’s indifference
That causes them to duck out
All safe behind their fence.
Of course they watch keenly
To see what happens next,
With their well rehearsed excuse
Or some other lame pretext,
That will justify themselves
From any exposure to the fray.
As they really do believe it’s best
To run, and fight another day.
So what of our poor victim
Now standing open to it all?
Leading a flock who didn’t follow,
And maybe smile to see him fall.
For in some cases it would suit
The cowards to say, I told you so.
We were right to keep our cover
And thus not to have a go.
Which certainly would be safer
And not take any chance to gain
Successful wins in their life,
But all their fears remain.
My usual monthly article for The Sussex Newspaper online was published on 6th January and entitled "Peace and peaceful plea" and can easily be seen online at "thesussexnewspaperonline" (not surprisingly lol). Please take a peek.
A little extra "fame" for me this week was a (brief) mention of Laurie The Psychy Poet on Magic radio Wednesday evening Lynn Parsons show. Also a very nice text reply from Lynn saying "Laurie how wonderful and wishing me more inspiration on my work"! Nice one.
Before closing this Blog article I must give a mention and update on "The Mantel Farm Two" ??. From an earlier blog you may recall that the future of these two pigs ???????? was not looking good before a stay of execution, which is still in the balance. Meanwhile they remain oblivious in their pen. This story could become a saga as is ongoing… ????
Last poem then, and this one called simply "Days" (strangely all 3 have a simple one word title this time which is unusual for my titles really), and from my fourth book "Life Scene in Verse"…
We count our time and mark it
By the number of our days,
Although this can be deceiving
For they’re spent in different ways.
With some people doing nothing
Content to watch the world go by,
But others work or fill their hours
So for them their days will fly.
Though time will always beat us
As like the tide it never waits,
So before we’re mindful of it
We are at those proverbial gates!
So looking back at times past
Allows our yesterdays to arrange
Thoughts some will say are foolish
For those days we cannot change.
But perhaps looking back is prudent
With its memories and teaching,
To review and maybe smile
At our actions so far reaching.
Thus if those past times are sad
It is best not to mope or dwell,
As we can take lessons forward
So may prevent another hell,
Which perhaps befell our lot
Whether ours or others fault,
But if the learning has gone in
We should not again get caught.
Another concern for some folks
Is having ambitious dreams,
That can change days into nights
And a life not what it seems.
But enjoy and embrace such thoughts
Even if your body they do tire,
For it’s a very strong belief
That we need dreams to aspire.
So there is the quandary of life
No matter what you think or say,
For we live in the here and now
And must fulfil the present day.
With a “goodbye” from Ted n Beth ???????? and also me ????, it is time to close this blog, I hope you have enjoyed it, whilst as ever…..
The Journey Continues EXCELLENTLY !!!