May 302021
 

Poems by our members

Various poems by various of our members.

 
Also, see some poems written by our Poetry through the Ages group, Lyn Richard’s poems about birds and Andrew Leopold’s poems about Eltham.

Jun 082021
 

Marcel the poodle
Ate oodles of noodles
And haute cuisine
From his fork.

 He wolfed down croissants,
Soufflé and poulet
 And duos of baguettes
 Served with pork.

“It’s a mere bagatelle
To dine out so well,”
Said stylish Marcel
Looking great.

 A true gourmet like me
 Has éclairs with tea
 Plus a big pile of snails
 On his plate.

“And I’m fond of fondue
Or a gateau or two
With a bowl of French fries
Till I’m sate.”

With a glass in his paw
Marcel poured himself more

Bordeaux red and some fizzy champagne,
Then he sniffed and he licked AND HE ATE!

May 292021
 

Grey shadows flicking under the oak trees,
The last summer marigold song of the honeybees,
Paint in the fire from the beacons in bare fields,
Put blush on the apples as summer yields.
Note where the swallows are ducking and weaving
Once more round their nest in the eaves before leaving.
Breathe in the perfume from the last of the roses.
It lingers around us as summer’s door closes.

Dec 072020
 

I’d like to be the Movie star, it’s always been my dream
To see myself the HEADLINE in some glossy magazine.
Red carpet, lights and cameras, crowds cheering on the action!
The bold the beautiful and ME, the starring main attraction!
Will I always be an extra eating extra people’s lunch,
Standing by the food van, just another in the bunch?
In this film there's office workers, bankers, dancers, a rowdy mob,
Some actors, policemen, firemen BUT- I got the cleaner’s job!
"You’re just the type." That’s what they said. "The apron's yours so wear it."
"Here's the bucket, mop and cloths" So I just grin and bear it.
BUT!!!! The star wears mink and diamonds and dresses made to die for!
I can’t help the way I feel. HER role is what I cry for.
So as I'm waiting for my cue with extras just like me,
I think of how magnificent my starring role could be.
I dream that I’m arriving in some flashy limousine,
Red carpet! Crowds are cheering! I'm a movie maker’s dream!

Nov 242020
 

Four years under Trump
Has created loads of woe.
Some thought his shameful ego
Would help America grow.

The opposite has happened
And they are now a basket case.
With the absence of Covid masks
Rarely worn around the face.

Lies and pathetic leadership
Were the order of the day
And whenever things became too tough
Useless Donald golfed all day.

He has no sense of fair play
Or the suffering of others
Didn’t try to understand
His sisters or his brothers.

His reign was a tragic sham
Although that he won’t confess
And it becomes abundantly clear
That he’s left things in a mess.

The new leader brings a lot of hope
And while not actually in his prime
Joe, confident that he would prevail
Was quietly Biden his time.

Oct 052020
 

A bride, she sailed away from me
    The darling of my heart.
My hands, my soul had gifted her
    The freedom to depart.

A bride, my child has left me
    And tears of pride I shed.
The loss, the loss. The empty sea
    Became her bridal bed.

The years of toil, my calloused hands,
    The camaraderie
All gave my life a purpose
    That never more shall be.

The years of toil to shape my child
    to make her strong and true.
In fear and love, I blessed her
    as in majesty she grew.

The iceberg waiting silently
    Was beautiful as she.
Cold death her consummation and
    My bitter legacy.

Sep 142020
 

Men is dark suits and club ties
wielding dollars and promises,
bid for his young panther body,
poised and sleek in the marketplace.

Grace and skill, courage and heart,
he soared above the pack.
He has a good football brain as well
they declared afterwards, at the Club.

Soft-haired moth-girls danced in his flame
Choose me. Choose me.
Their whisper wings stirred his body
but his heart belonged to the Club.

His name was chanted in a litany of praise
till his Judas body betrayed him.
He’s lost his edge, he’s getting on
they agreed sagely, at the Club.

In the end they tore out his heart
and barbequed it with onions
and a little regret, one pleasant Sunday morning
at the Club.

Aug 092020
 

We googled profit and found
a multitude of sites, an infinity of words.
Market, free market, market forces
and Share Market, where no-one wants to share.
Interest rates, loans, mortgage, prime mortgage
mortgage belt, tighten your belt, belt you wife.
Bulls and Bears, profit and loss,
hedge funds becoming bushfires,
unbecoming greed becoming hedged, wedged
between profit and unimaginable loss.
As it was in the beginning, they say
so it will ever be.

We googled prophet and found
Abraham with an aged wife, Ezekiel, ecstatic in the fire
and a man nailed in agony to a tree.
We found Mohammed, the Buddha
Martin Luther King who had a dream and
Desmond Tutu, incandescent with forgiveness.
T.S. Eliot, in a jingle, foretold the slow dying
that scientists observe in arctic seas and polar ice
and algorithms, burdened with despair.
All sweetly human. Flesh encasing mind and spirit.
The English tongue must stand accused
if we fail to find the way because we
don’t know how to spell.

Mar 312020
 

I was after something finger lickin’
Maybe a crispy roasted chicken?
Alas, how deep was my despair
To find that all the shelves were bare.
Neither bird nor feather remained in sight
They’d all been plucked and taken flight.
But there I spy in a corner,
alone
dejected –
A sole bird the crowd rejected.

Fine wine tonight to toast
and roast
The last of that feathered flock

My sad little spatchcock.