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The tale of a golden gun

by Ravi Panamanna
(Palakkad, Kerala, India)


A poem about Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed leader of Libya, who died on 20 October 2011 during the Battle of Sirte. Gaddafi was found hiding in a culvert.


The golden gun finally saved him not,
His own kingdom disowned him.
Stars and crowns fettered him down
And even a drainage pipe sheltered him not.

For four decades and more
Heavens were under his belt.
As a grand ring master
He met every growl in grand splendor.

His was an oceanic wave
Even the king became his slave.
And the wave finally swept
The very soil under his feet.

If the rule is by force,
The force will finally rule.
If the heavens are born out of storm,
Storms will finally purchase heavens.

And countless factions were born,
Groups began to fight.
Finally, it was a quest for survival,
Those misdeeds began to answer.

Then, for peace and lease of life,
Unto the world it was a long plea.
But the seeds were already sown,
The fate was already drawn.

And don’t we still hear his last voice,
An implore for life?
But, amidst the roar of the mass
He finally lost his face.

And in a market place and a cold storage
He lay for days as a thrown away garbage.
What finally saved his life?
Those glittering decades or his golden gun?

Oh! my friends,
Authority is like a passing lightning.
When the thunder is gone,
Rains are bound to follow.




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Wendy's Prayer

by Pam Harris
(Devon UK)

I wrote this prayer for my friend Wendy after her husband left her for another woman. She had suffered a long time with him taunting her about her faith and she was finally taken into a refuge for battered women. She came to stay with my family and I for 5 days during which time my daughter was getting baptised. The total immersion baptism so move Wendy that she asked me to write her something to place above her bed in the new home she was hoping to move to 3 weeks later.
This is Wendy's prayer.




Wendy's Prayer

I bring myself to you, Lord
And trust your loving care
I never will give in, Lord
You save me from despair

I take your gentle hand, Lord
I know that you will lead
Now give to me all things, Lord
That I may daily need

So as I walk through life, Lord
Beneath your loving eyes
I ever will be glad, Lord
For each new days surprise.


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The Journey

by Caren Batham
(Colwyn Bay)

If nothing changes in my life
In my contentment now I'm fine
Not rich or young and on my own
Life's journey so far had its blows
I now accept all that I am
And of my oddities am quite proud
I strive no more for more and more
The Jones rat race stops at my door
My wanton maid days have now passed
It's not just couples happiness
I'm fortunate that in mid life
Ive learned great lessons from the past
Compassion and an open mind
Is mine to travel forth in time
For sure the journey will still hold
Karmas lessons hot and cold
But not alone again I'll be
The greatest love I've found in me...



Webmaster:This deserves a wider audience among the contented red hat wearing, purple shawled women who have stopped teaching bulls to sing and are happy in their own skin. Perhaps you should submit it to Positives 4 Women




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Tiny One

by Margaret
(Canada)

I found this little poem in a local newspaper.
It was inserted on a page with baby photos sent in by proud parents to celebrate new births in their family for the year 2010.
I think it is beautiful! It simply took my eye!
Hope it is enjoyed by many readers.

Margaret.


Tiny One

How very often I have dreamed
A world of perfect bliss
To be the mother of a boy
Or of a tiny miss.
To hold its tiny hands in mine
To count its tiny toes
And when to place a tiny kiss
Upon its tiny nose.
To hold it very close to me
Warm against my breast
To gaze into its tiny face
Sleeping and at rest.
Oh, what would be more perfect
Or what could hold more bliss,
Than to be the mother of a boy
Or of a tiny miss.

By Elizabeth Anna Fetters (Pachella)

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Serious Deep and Fun Poems

by Victoria Tapp
(kent england )

I've written loads of poems, some fun, some serious and deep.
I've not really shared them outside of friends and family tho.
I really appreciate some feedback.
(Webmaster says Congratulations, Victoria, you're now a published poet)

Love me hate me,
But don’t even slate me
You may be right,
But probably wrong
Give me time
And I’ll show you I’m strong

Watch out man don’t be pretentious
You're so tight you're like an eighty year old's dentures
Chill out, be cool
Stop and feel the breeze
Keep that frown
You’ll permanently freeze

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Light a Candle

by Kathy Holler
(Edmonton, AB, Canada)

I wrote this to be included in memory candles that were sold to raise money for a hospice. It can be personalized for male or female.

Light a candle it helps to remind you
Of your time together on earth
And as the flame flickers, remember
Her (his) kindness, her (his) goodness
Her (his) worth
In the glow of the memory candle
You'll know that these memories can't die
As you see her (his) face in the glowing,
Say a prayer, shed a tear, then goodbye.


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I love you God and Jesus

by alexis
(kentucky)

God i love you and thank you 4 having me i love you and my family and every one else !!! im so happy if i go to heaven not now only when hes ready well xoxo God i love you!


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Set it Free

by Karla
(Horwich)

Somebody I care about very much lost his father suddenly and still stuggles to accept what has happened and has sadly shut me out of his life. Im holding onto the hope that this is temporary and have written this poem and sent it to him in the hope that someday soon he will be in contact again.

Take off the mask, embrace the dawn,
His love's still there, it has not gone,
Take off the mask and cry those tears,
Share your pain, share your fears,
Take off the mask just let it be,
Mourn your loss and set it free,
Take off the mask, the day must end,
But know I'm here, I am your friend.

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A SAD DAY

by Juanita Hunter
(Cortland, Oh. 44410)

I'm 79 years old have written 110 poems. I'd like to publish them, but don't know how. I've written several that are quite long - two pages. My poems are all true.true.


A SAD DAY

As I sit by the window - gazing out at the sky
Tears come to my eyes - and I don’ know why

There’s nothing I need - nothing I want
So why am I feeling - so down in the dumps

As the tears keep flowing - I ask myself why
I’m in good health - I’m not about to die

My heart feels heavy - a sad feeling inside
I should be happy - be glad I’m alive

I’m probably just lonely - tho I have my dog and cat
I guess I need a human - with whom I can chat

But everyone’s busy - with a life of their own
No time for someone - who’s feeling so alone

If I could see better - I’d go for a drive
But I can’t take that chance - for I don’t trust my eyes

So I’ll keep busy - doing things I like to do
Someone may drop in – and chase away the blues

And if and when they do – I’ll let them know I care
Glad for their company - and friendship to share

By
Juanita Hunter

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My Gift

by Angel Fadel
(Cairo Egypt)


My poem is called My Gift and I wrote it for those times when you simply wanted to say thank you.
My Gift

Thank you for all you say
thank you for all you do
though the words of gratitude
maybe far and few-

You are a blessing
a gift from up above
you fill my days with cheer
and light up my life
with your love-

The sun shines bright around you
The clouds I never see
You are all things bright and beautiful
this world could ever be-

So look within my heart
and see the smile that you put there
from all the many ways you show
those around you
how much you truly care-

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Good and bad.

by Vanessa Lopez
(Chicago,ill)

as you go on in life
remember ur past
only the good
but never the bad
your heart was mended.
and broke again.
you kissed who u loved
but left by them.
you held ur amazing
they slipped away
you remember that time
when things weren't fine
you thought you were loosing them
when they were rite there.
you were scared and wanted to leave
you gave up in love, it was hard to believe.
you made wrong choices
regretted a few things.
looked at your self
saying what's wrong with me.
see don't blame yourself
you're a wonderful person.
it's her fault she's not there
whenever you need her.
but then it popped in ur mind
that special moment in space.
where both of you were alone
enclosed in a space.
staring at each other.
looking in her eyes.
thinking "i love you"
but never telling it to her face.
although you think you'll never get her
never give up.
there's still some more laughter.
you deserve better.
so to my friend (E*****)
you're the coolest guy i know
don't waste ur time liking that one.
there are more to see.
it's hard to get over someone i know that for sure.
but if u realize all the pain.
all the hurt that they cost you.
u know that shes not the one for you.
so, as you go on in life remember your past.
only the good but never the bad.
your heart was broken.
it could be mended again. you're gonna kiss who you love and never
left by them.
you’re gonna hold your amazing
and they’ll hold you back.
but when you look at her its not going to be
(C****).
it may be someone else.
but (E*****) you're the best.
through the good and the bad.



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So Blind

by Gareth
(London)

This poem is the time I felt myself leaving my wife. It was over a period of a couple of months. I started to shut myself off from her. I knew the pain I was causing her but felt no remorse at the time. I slowing realised the grass wasn't greener and asked for forgiveness.


You watched me slip slowly away.
I remember my feelings that very day
Feeling my hand slip through yours
Turning away, not letting you have a say.

You watched me build that lonely wall
I can remember standing so very small
Feeling my heart turn so cold
Turning away, I'd do nothing but fall.

You watched me hide and withdraw
I can remember closing that very door
Feeling confusion build up inside
Turning away, why would I want more?

I watched you cry in my mind
You remember my love being so kind
Feeling lonely without you here
Turning to you....I've been so blind.

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Short Poems for Kids

by Maggie
(Bristol, England)

I read this in a comic verse book. It is entitled

Distracted The Mother Said To Her Boy
by Gregory Harrison

Distracted the mother said to her boy
'Do you try to upset and perplex and annoy
Now give me four reasons-and don't play the fool-
Why you shouldn't get up and get ready for school'

Her son replied slowly, 'Well mother, you see,
I can't stand the teachers and they detest me,
And there isn't a boy or girl in the place
That I like or, in turn, that delights in my face'

'And I'll give you two reasons,' she said, 'why you ought
Get yourself off to school before you get caught;
Because, first, you are forty, and, next, you young fool
It's your job to be there.
You're the head of the school

Perhaps this ought to be in the category of 'Short Poems for Headmasters'

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why does he?

by MONIQUE VELARDE
(YUMA,AZ)

Why God?
Why are you doing this to me?
Why are you bringing me so much misery?
Why are you makin my life more a living hell for me?
Haven't you done enough to me?
You broke my family apart!you made my mom not love me
So she went her own way and started a new family
With a guy I never met now he is my step dad!!
But I dont even know where my mom is now!
I dont know if she is safe or happy!
You made my dad not love me or care for me!
Because he has his own family!
You left me with my aunt, my dad's sister
Who doesn't even give a damn about me
And wont let me see my dad and other siblings!!
Why are you giving me so much more pain?
Sometimes I feel like my life is going down the drain
Because I just don't care
I give up on dealing with all the drama
I just wish i could have my family back together And things would turn out OK
But this is reality and wishes and dreams don't come true!!

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Soldier Poem

by Sandra Woolridge
(Stoke on Trent England)

Where Are You?


Where are you my brave soldier
In some foreign far off land
Fighting a war you did not ask for
Or even understand

Why then my brave soldier
Are you doing what you do
Giving your all for others
Who in turn know nothing of you

To all of our brave soldiers
Who paid the ultimate price
And were laid upon the alter
For making their sacrifice

God Bless you all brave soldiers
Each and every one
May your Countries always remember
The service you have done.


Sandra N Woolridge

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Memories

by Sandra Woolridge
(Stoke on Trent England)

Memories last longer than dreams,
Of this you can be sure
For when you lose someone you love
You leave ajar a door

From time to time you will look inside.
Where you will see a book
It’s called the book of memories
Just sit and take a look.

As you turn the pages one by one
Thinking of days gone by
You will recall such memories
That makes you feel warm inside.

Every ones' life is like a book
A beginning, middle, and end
But the book that we call memories
Will be read time and time again.


Sandra Woolridge



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Sweet 16

by Lauren
(Venice FL, USA)

I wrote this poem for my cousins 16th Birthday. She is only months older than I am and we are close so I wanted to write something for her.


Today it is your Birthday
You're turning Sweet 16
A long anticipated Birthday
That once was just a Dream
On your Sixteenth Birthday
My Birthday wish for you
Is that all your wildest hopes and dreams
Someday will come true.


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