Confusion 1 by Peter Rivendell A game with destiny? You decide. [169 words]
Threats by Peter Rivendell Sometimes, even in a crowded place you can feel totally alone... [73 words]
You Deserved It All by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A poem about anger. [143 words]
What Whales Dream by Stuart Eric Longridge A 500 million year old reincarnated whale day dreaming what it was like when he was a stupid ... [124 words]
Wake Up Sleepy Dead by Stuart Eric Longridge Dont fall asleep at the wheel. [175 words]
Trapped In The Masque by Peter Rivendell A dark hymn for troubled times. [120 words]
Trails, A Collection Of Verse by Akanihu C Wilson A collection of verse. [1,051 words]
Thoughts At An End by Eric A Hofmann Met a girl. It didn't work out like I thought it would. She was my first love. It is a pr... [179 words]
The Waking by Keri McGriff - [16 words]
The Mists Of Dreams by Judith Goff Sensuality. [69 words]
The Maya by Stuart Eric Longridge Lost but not forgotten. [221 words]
The Internal Storm by L A Winterburn A poem about what its like when I get a panic attack and the hope that I feel, that things w... [96 words]
Subliminal Messages by Stuart Eric Longridge Don't talk crap. [114 words]
Spirit Dancer by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [514 words]
Sisters Of The Heart by Judith Goff In Memory of Joey Callihan 1949-1999 [120 words]
Requiem by Judith Goff -Perhaps a final goodbye [40 words]
Real by R Palooza - [137 words]
Please Now by Judith Goff - [49 words]
Paint My World by Paula Poland A woman struggles with depression and self-isolation. From a strange dream I had. [111 words]
Only Words by Judith Goff - [61 words]
Nothing Much by Pearl S - [328 words]
Nightscape by Peter Rivendell - [100 words]
Night's Sorrow by Rose Trimovski A poem about a man, who has no friends, is all alone... [101 words]
My Friend by Michael Allen Rosendo This poem is about a girl. I liked her, and she told me that she wanted to date me. At the same time... [160 words]
Marching Band by Peter Rivendell When love fades... a lyric as much as a poem... [96 words]
Mans Dust by Stuart Eric Longridge Under the cosmic carpet. [106 words]
Lycanthrope by Judith Goff Poem or short story... you decide... [197 words]
Lets Get High!! by L A Winterburn My new year's resolution and The title speaks for itself LOL. [88 words]
Jinny by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [176 words]
Iraq Attack by Stuart Eric Longridge Don't believe the hype. [209 words]
Freeky by Judith Goff Feelin' kinda dirty ... feelin' kinda mean ... [81 words]
Flow by Peter Rivendell - [106 words]
Expedition by Peter Rivendell A view of the future? Or a view of the past? Is there any difference? [170 words]
Evil by Judith Goff Another song? What's up with this? [118 words]
Earth Bound by Stuart Eric Longridge Again more origins. [220 words]
Descent To Hell by Judith Goff This is actually a song I wrote for a novel. [233 words]
Crop Crap by Stuart Eric Longridge I made one with my face. [95 words]
Creation Copyright by Stuart Eric Longridge Over my head. [40 words]
Children Of The Night by David B Doc Byron Vampires! Dark shadows! Ghosts! Blood sucking! I'm sorry, I couldn't resist! [108 words]
Cave Man Monkey Stinker by Stuart Eric Longridge Monkey magic not. [143 words]
Burn Out by Alan T Geake This was written after hearing about a rock singer's suicide. [88 words]
Book Of The Dead by David B Doc Byron A sinner signs their soul away. [81 words]
Blue Jean Kangaroo by Michael Allen Rosendo Surrealistic poem. [103 words]
Blind Faith by Stuart Eric Longridge Giving away your mind. [274 words]
Art Thou Art? by Mia Angello - [44 words]
Adventure Playground by Peter Rivendell - [113 words]
A Verse Of Doubt by Eric A Hofmann - [41 words]
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When you feel like an outsider, sometimes you hope no one ever notices...
Written when I was 18. Seems strange to me now, but can just about remember feeling like this - glad I was able to write it down.
Who me? Born in 1962. Wrote prolifically as a teenager, heavily influenced by books & the music of the time. Stopped writing for 20 years more or less. But started again...
Some of the work here dates from the "early period" - 1979-1982. The rest is since 2000.
I`ve no idea whether I`m a better writer now or then. Maybe I was never any good! I`ve always wondered.
Feedback most welcome...
I've not visited this site at all since January 2006 as I shortly after discovered the unfettred joys of blogging. I'm still writing and actually had a very good summer of writing. I'm posting a recent poem here now but all my recent work is available on my blog - take a look - http://peter-rivendell-poems.blogspot.com/
|AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (53)
A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky (Poetry) A cheery work about emotional displacement, I suppose is one way of putting it. But whatever you think. [184 words]
Across Fields (Poetry) - [25 words] [Relationships]
Adventure Playground (Poetry) - [113 words]
Afraid Of Buildings (Poetry) Written one unhappy morning, but I got a poem out of it... [132 words]
Arriving (Poetry) Just a poem about the way I`ve been feeling lately. [65 words]
At Sea (Poetry) - [39 words]
Best Friend (Poetry) Sometimes you can`t even choose your friends. [62 words]
Catch The Moon (Poetry) An uncertain tale of "forbidden" love. [92 words]
Confusion 1 (Poetry) A game with destiny? You decide. [169 words]
Curiosity Of Nations (Poetry) The destruction of an old way of living leads to escape and renewal. [254 words]
Decisions (Poetry) - [59 words]
Decisions Of Allegiance (Poetry) As a teenager, I revealed my most precious secret to my best friend - my love for him. He rejected me. That painful experience influenced some of the thoughts in this poem. [150 words]
Deep Water (Poetry) Just another day. I know this feeling but we`re not close friends, fortunately. [107 words]
Distortion (Poetry) Written about a million years ago, but still makes a kind of sense...? [129 words]
Drowned (Poetry) A lyric for a love song of sorts - [293 words]
Echoes On Water (Poetry) - [19 words]
Expedition (Poetry) A view of the future? Or a view of the past? Is there any difference? [170 words]
Falling (Poetry) the first poem I wrote after years of not writing... it`s about a feeling that I often have lately, that somewhere along the line, something`s gone horribly wrong and I can`t quite put my finger on it... [132 words]
Flow (Poetry) - [106 words]
Flowers That Only Last A Day (Poetry) - [40 words]
Global Warming (Poetry) - [64 words]
Gone (Poetry) Being miserable is the new black. [197 words]
Heart Of Our Home. (Poetry) Betrayal is not always the greatest betrayal. [83 words]
I Wait (Poetry) Another tale of urban anxiety... probably as much a song as a poem. [133 words]
In Memoriam (Poetry) Short and bitter-sweet. [38 words]
Isolation (Poetry) A poem about... [26 words]
Magazine (Poetry) This poem was inspired by the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood (which inspired the musical "Cabaret"). It`s a story set at the moment when you realise that while you`ve been oblivious to events ... [251 words]
Marching Band (Poetry) When love fades... a lyric as much as a poem... [96 words]
Nightscape (Poetry) - [100 words]
Nightwalk (Poetry) About walking alone at night. That`s it. [193 words]
Opening Up (Poetry) Am I no longer enjoying my job...? [198 words]
Paused In Traffic. (Poetry) The January blues, I guess. [100 words]
Pierrot (Poetry) A love letter, after a fashion. [196 words]
Pushing The River (Poetry) - [39 words]
Random Acts (Poetry) Written by writing lines at random and then organising them into a more "organic" kind of flow - and somehow, it tells a story and makes sense. Just an experiment, but a telling one? [204 words]
Sarcophagus (Poetry) Grief and betrayal in a bleak landscape. [204 words]
Scared (Poetry) - [74 words]
Scratched To Grey (Poetry) ... being in love with someone who can never love you back... [145 words]
Sequence (Poetry) Playing and losing a game with fate. [202 words]
Silent Command (Poetry) - [208 words]
Swimming Against The Tide (Poetry) - [90 words]
The Beating Of Wings (Poetry) For you to decide. [254 words]
The Fundamental Loneliness And Futility Of Our Lives In The Context Of The Vast Infinity Of Time And Space... (Poetry) A feeling. [28 words]
The Storm Inside Him (Poetry) The Storm Inside Him [108 words]
The Trees (Control) (Poetry) It`s up to you to decide. I know what I think. (Title: Control - but that was already taken) [161 words]
Thoughts Of A War (Poetry) Leaving home... [240 words]
Threats (Poetry) Sometimes, even in a crowded place you can feel totally alone... [73 words] [Gay & Lesbian]
Trapped In The Masque (Poetry) A dark hymn for troubled times. [120 words]
Triptych (Poetry) Three linked poems about alienation. [339 words]
Two (Poetry) Just a fragment... but it tells the whole story. [24 words]
Unending Rain (Poetry) Crime doesn`t pay. [76 words]
Wave (Poetry) - [34 words]
When Winter Comes (Poetry) The struggle to connect. [148 words]
Movements to defend
A role we played with melody,
And lines we spoke recall the military calm.
Creating that disorder from degenerated lies,
And sordid opposition spies,
We move against the growing tide.
Contradictions of the soul
Retire and while away the hours,
And cloud the brighter path that leads away,
Beckoning with candour.
We suppress our growing anger,
And eagerly accept alternatives which boldly come to view,
With none of the old played-out sagas
Which suggest nothing new,
And leave an aftertaste of humiliation and despair.
Realising is a milestone and our eager destination
Appears out of the gloom.
The Grecian dream, reaching across the centuries,
Returns to our catalogue of possibilities,
But like yesterday`s deliverance, whimpers at the task.
Blindfolded, but unaware of the blindfold,
Friends tread willingly into careworn footprints,
And condemnation dissolves in opposition.
Stability and social approval tempt us into denial of temptation.
Our brief flirtation with ideals, which remain ideal,
Becomes only an aspirant solution
Fading at the competition.
And realisation marks the passing of another mile.
Our destination gets no closer
But the journey is almost justification enough.
Sights along the way cram our mental scrapbook
Until the cover pales into an echo which never quite fades.
The negative impulse of planning the arrival,
The inevitable conclusion,
Jars with the freshness and joy of this,
A moment just beginning.
And a day without ending calls with friendly voice.
Subverted and sidetracked,
Disarray descends into unreachable depths.
With impeccable timing, sanity emerges, blinking, into the light,
And dark monumental question marks vie for the blackest recesses.
Anticipation renewed, we submerge into today`s drama
And with dextrous subtlety
Ensure that people are impressed by our performance.
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