Dulce et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to … Continue reading Dulce et Decorum Est

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The Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire? And what shoulder, & what art, Could twist the sinews … Continue reading The Tyger

Vale Walking

Silently amid the green fields he watches over the Vale a visage over centuries like a guardian from a distant time rising hills beckon the foot falls walking with the peace of nature escaping the fast-paced living of neon lights in the towns and cities the rural idyll of great kings and warriors and time … Continue reading Vale Walking

Jabberwocky

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the … Continue reading Jabberwocky

Shattered Love

I walk the stony ground wrought in life’s pain That echoes the tales of a broken heart My tears lay lost in the rivers of rain That mirror the sorrow inside my soul Yet mere words have no thought on where to start No solace nor comfort of joyful parole For lines of poetry hold … Continue reading Shattered Love

Rhyme Categories

Rhyme Type Example Masculine Rhyme Sprite/tonight Feminine Rhyme Waiter/equator Triple Rhyme Drastically/fantastically Assonance Rhyme Stub/rug Partial Consonance Rhyme Wild/fold Full Consonance Rhyme Wild/weld Eye Rhyme Heard/beard Rich Rhyme Time/thyme

Poisoned Blood

Her spell is cast and surges through my blood The ebb and flow of life within my veins It cannot change the emotional flood That leaves my soul lost in an angel’s chains A heavenly place yet it burns of hell Of pain and pleasure in melodic song Nothing to say with no story to … Continue reading Poisoned Blood

Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, … Continue reading Ozymandias

Sleight of Hand

It’s mind over matter this sleight of hand Simple illusions that deceive the eye But it’s never easy to understand As the man in a black suit casts a lie Silently stunned so we never ask why The speed of hand faster than what we see And nothing’s what we perceive it to be But … Continue reading Sleight of Hand

It’s Just a Dream

As I awake the last dream I see is you fading away as my eyes open and consciousness replaces sleep ordinary replaces the fanciful it’s just a dream and in the cold light of day working boots and hi viz beckon my only companions as the day begins the essence of darkness echo from the … Continue reading It’s Just a Dream

Changing Direction

When the wise talk of love is it a dream And do they dance beneath that moonlit beam Just like you and I as we kiss goodnight To hold the moment of love’s sweet delight In a courtship that leads us to the heart A prelude to the passion we behold The beautiful gift granted … Continue reading Changing Direction

Love Savvy

The tender touch I can’t feel as paranoia steals my breathing yet desire burns a raging flame drawing closer pushing away on the precipice of despair love me don’t touch me I seek beauty not lust there are other things we can do talk to me shared philosophy in conversation inspire my thinking in gentle … Continue reading Love Savvy