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Michael

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After the storm

All around people stop and stare
What are they doing just standing there
I can see the thunder, lightning too
Through which the rain obliterates the view

Talking to each other about the sight
Of nature threatening all its might
As it rumbles away into the night
Irrespective of the people’s plight

Now it’s quiet and the sun appears
The land once again reverts to the norm
Flora and fauna begin to re-emerge
And the people once again disperse

Once again I sit on the bank
listening to the sounds of the night
Peace descends and envelops me
And I begin to snooze under the tree
 
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Just a day

Sat within these office walls
A window showing the outside world
Trying to 'buckle down' to a small computer screen
Thinking that my life sometimes feels so obscene

Then I think of times gone past
Where working conditions were such I could not last
Here I have home comforts and minimal stress
Now I feel guilty for such pettiness

But still I yearn to get outside
And see where the land joins with the sky
Then to draw and paint exactly what I see
Then express in words the feeling it gives to me
 
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My dog and I

The weather has turned from blistering heat
To warmer showers and now a sneaky wind
The showers now strengthened into storms
Now my dog has a cold and looking forlorn

Sneezing and coughing she really looks fed up
As she goes to her bed and then curls up
She looks at the weather before she goes out
Then gives a growl whilst trundling about

Soon she finishes that which she has to do
And comes back in muttering as she says ‘achoo’
Curls up again and with her single eye
Looks at me like she wants to cry

When the weather looks good we both go out
In between the showers we lark about
For exercise is something that we both need
To shed these pounds our waistlines have revealed​
 
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36 years

36 years have now passed me by
When then I married this lass of mine
Some words have been spoken, some I regret
But none of the time will I ever forget

The good times and bad we have weathered together
Doing things together has been our umbrella
For two can shoulder the burdens of life
Where with one it can hamper and cause so much strife

Compromise is the bye word that we have had to learn
Now we have learnt, our fears have not returned
We both go together, well most of the time
For we are still human and need our own kind

The minds of women (well yes men as well)
Is something that bewilders as most will tell
So yes it is healthy to mix with your own
And listen whilst others are being so forlorn

So now we sit back, glass of wine in hand
Recall some of the lessons that we have learnt
Then look to the future and what next we shall do
And spend the inheritance the kids think there due​
 
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My head today

I'm in daze almost a trance
My mind is empty of song and dance
At work now and I can't think what to do
It's almost embarrassing if I only knew

Pieces of paper flutter in the breeze
People speaking making me feel ill at ease
For usually I can see the work I have to do
Now it's just blank I cannot see through

Words are just floating within my brain
Making the writing of this not such a pain
For when one lines complete the next comes along
And then I just write - it goes on and on

I know there is plenty I have yet to do
Inspiration is still refusing to come on through
I look at the papers, charts and reports
I can't think of a word to give a good retort.

I look around the office almost in despair
Well it would be if I knew what there was out there
So I huddle around my screen looking busy with this
I wish my mind would help and unravel this twist

Now I look and 2-3/4 hours to go
Can I manage without causing a furore
I have to keep my head down and keep out of the way
And trust that I can make all this time up on another day​
 
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Friendship

Friendship I've realised is a beautiful thing
Sharing an interest that two people can bring
So if an interest you have found with someone
Why not tell them or the friendship will not have begun

So become a 'friend' to enable to share
Everything else that the world has out there
Don't let the friendship be all on one side
For they may feel alone and the friendship will die

When writing I find it much easier to do
To write to friend maybe that’s you
For then a context will bear meaning to my words
When writing to a person and not a meaningless void

What do you like to see or to hear
What brings emotion to the people on here
What can you see when reading my words
Or do they leave you like a stone unturned.

Therefore does anyone else think like me
That to acknowledge a friend is important to see
Maybe then we can spread the word to others
And join together a band of brothers (sisters as well)​
 
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this week

My task this week is to aim for release
From all my troubles and woes
I know, I know they will still remain
Even when I've closed all the doors

So I will continue my release by changing that I can
And for that that I can't I'll still remain calm
I'll tackle my life with doing what I feel good
To build up to tackle the all of life’s crud

So there you are I have myself a plan
To progress through the week and not become sad
Positive thoughts I keep around me
Then negativity will be lost in its own melee​
 
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Summer 2013

Another summer begins its final phase
I watch as the colours begin to fade
Brown edges appear on those leaves once so green
That shaded me in many places unseen

Soon the harvest will be collected in
The leaves will follow tumbling
Maybe a brief respite, an Indian summer
Before autumn relentlessly again takes over

Some memories I will take forward with me
Not as many as I think there should be
Of warmth and peace and lazy days
Just drinking in that summer phase

Somehow I shall now have to collect
So in my dotage I shall be able to recollect
And remember those days so brief
When I was there and in total peace

Many more pieces I shall have to write
Confirmation of all those sights
So as an aid to those who follow on
May be able to feel like me this summer’s sun​
 
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Summer draws nigh

The morning dew changes into mist
As the sun warms the evening's chill
Cobwebs glinting in the morning sun
A collection of the unwary that came along

Fruits of the trees getting ready to fall
An harvest of conkers a little's boys ball
Playground fun as the season progresses
As nature feeds up in preparation of that to come

The leaves take on a different hue
They start to darken, lack lustre too
More leaves now continue to turn to brown
Then die off and fall away down to the ground

This trickle is a warning of that yet to come
So the time is ripe to make more of the sun
to drink in more of those health giving rays
And to collect more memories to carry through the next phase​
 
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Meaning

What is it that makes you 'feel'
That what makes you alive or just surreal
Those days where you want to hide
And others where it’s just party time
Then there are others where you snap and growl
And then you want to laugh and until you howl

Some people seem to relish in fun
And others permanently down in the dumps
Many more seem to want to fight
And some need to calm things down
Betwixt them all are the movers and shakers
Or are they really just the trouble makes

An idyllic place where I want to be
Is somewhere I just can be free
To see and hear and fill all my senses
And not be fearful of people senseless
But alas that is not to be
Whilst this world seems full of disharmony
 
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Me, today 22-08-13

The weekday mornings I get progressively weary
As the week moves forward I get less cheery
Rest and sleep craves out to me
So now the weekends flat out I'll be

Where once I used to walk the mountain tops
Bike on the roads sometimes quite fast
Go out at nights to dance the night away
Now I just want to sit in my little old chair

My three score years are almost up
But I'm not ready to throw in my lot
So somehow I must shake myself from this melee
And get out and enjoy what is left for me​
 
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A good place to be

An alpaca sits chewing its cud
Two bunny rabbits waiting for the sun
Four sheep 2 black 2 white walking about
A small menagerie at the edge of our town

A cock is heard crowing away
Waking everyone up from the break of day
A procession of cows heading to be milked
With a dog behind standing its ground

Nothing unusual nor outstanding in view
Just a normal sight for me and for you
A continuance of normality in our ever-changing lives
It gives me a grounding that says I'm alight​
 
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Summer's waning

The morning chill has reached a stage
Where a jumper is being worn again
To take away that edge this morning
This makes me think summers waning

Looking closely some leaves are turning
Fruits are ripening close to bursting
Many animals begin their yearly feasting
Again its showing autumn is coming

Tabs are kept more on the weather
To know the clothes to make it bearable
Light or medium but not yet heavy
To make the most of this changing weather

My bird table and feeders are well topped up
I'm hoping for a large influx
Before the migration begins in earnest
For to sunnier climates they will be going​
 
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A week to wait

Soon I shall be taking my leave
To sunnier climes for a week
To bask and bathe under the sun
With scrumptious food and a little fun

Leave behind worries now few
And isolate myself with you
My wife now of so many years
With whom I want to share so much with you

Mediterranean waters and clear blue skies
A little breeze to cool us down
A glass of wine for you and fruit juice for me
Just sharing company, that’s how it should be

Who knows what tomorrow shall bring
But being with you I know we shall win
So with this break let’s re-unite
And fuel the spark that lets us both shine so bright​
 
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Turning of Leaves

Luscious green in chlorophyll it dreams
As the sun beams down it helps us to breathe
Carbon Dioxide it absorbs away
Replaces it with Oxygen in a miraculous way

Now these workhouses for all life to live
Start to recoil as the autumn hits
The colour fades as the chlorophyll now goes
To be replaced with a rustic brown which the leaves now goes

The wind picks up and scours the trees
Eliminating all the dead leaves
To return to the earth from whence they came
To fertilise the ground and start again
 
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