WARNING, for although it’s only the middle of January this Blog will contain "joy, happiness and appreciation (mine)", rather than post Christmas, mid winter gloom, but please read on as it may well "rub off" on the less bright eyed and bushy tailed! ? ?
Of COURSE "bright eyes and tails all bushy" abound with YOU my wonderful friends !!! ? ALSO it is well worth reading right to the end, trust me I’m an ex Psychy nurse AND a poet…
The shower setting at the gym
Is a place for communal undress,
With all kinds of behaviour
But perhaps some you should guess.
You can see all the different types
By their various mannerisms there.
For some are quite shy and bashful,
But others just stand and stare!
There is though one unwritten code
Whether you smile or wear a frown.
It says you can do much as you like
But you never ever look down.
Though some it doesn’t seem to faze
They swagger like a smiling punk.
I’m sure it wouldn’t matter to them,
If they had a finger, or a trunk!
Others creep quickly out the shower,
A private person you’d have guessed.
It’s possible that they’re very quiet
Or else not been well blessed.
The kingpin though, a man of brawn
Absolute content with what he’s got.
But catching a glance in a mirror
It was surprisingly not a lot!
As for me with my large sized mouth,
I’m just happy to laugh with those.
Who also have no reason to brag,
But you’d not like it on your nose!
That poem from my second book, seems written a long time ago, is also at present on my Gym notice board, along with another about people not putting weights and equipment back, (a second explanation James ho, ho), so still very current a?
Last Wednesday 9th January I traveled up to Burgess Hill to Mabel’s Emporium for a free stall at their late night shopping (thanks Tracey K), where I "spread my and Help for Heroes word", got some donations in their collection tin, and book sales, so again I’m trying hard, but as I’ve always said "If you don’t go fishing you won’t catch fish". Other authors, writers etc can note that if they wish ?.
Another poem then, and I guess my "Free Lancer" fits here as perhaps another glimpse of "Laurie style behind the mask" from my latest book..
So how do I write this poem
And attempt to win a prize?
For if I try my usual style
It might not be too wise.
As I don’t follow correct form
Or pay attention to the rules.
But always scribe with passion,
To rant about my cause.
This sometimes pleases people
Who shy away from perfect prose,
And seems from latest feedback
That some recognition grows,
About words strongly written
By an impassioned, caring heart.
As sometimes a perfect writer
Won’t know where to start.
For Gray’s description of a poet,
Talks of thoughts that breathe,
And with their burning words
Many writers can’t conceive.
So I continue to express myself
On injustice, poverty and wrong,
In a spontaneous poetic style,
That makes my message strong.
Thus to me it’s most important
If venting an innermost thought,
That I’m free to condemn a world
Where inequality isn’t taught!
Again that was a poem to celebrate many successes, including recent one’s as above at the start, obtained often in the face of bias, contradiction of "rules", known agendas etc, but HEY, I’m very happy with it all and thus remain "often imitated, but never duplicated" ?
Last Monday January 14th following "me being recommended" I had a delightful afternoon with a Ladies Luncheon Club in form of near 30 wonderful ladies who "thoroughly enjoyed" (quote) my poems and presentation and of course adored Ted n Beth and the poems about them !!! Bears you MAY take a BOW ??!
That I was given a generous donation, got a tidy sum in Help for Heroes tin and sold books only compounded a great afternoon, (hope those near end of their parking time were alright) as we ran up to time, (I was allowed to lol) because of an enjoyable time, again quoted.
Photos then = 1) Lead is my me in satisfactory success pose. 2) My book with "prize sticker" 3) Ted n Beth with my latest book, 4) Classic "Success" statue, 5) My stall at Mabel’s Emporium and 6) Will be self explanatory at the end…. Stop LAUGHING you bears !!!!!
Last poem for this time then, and another about me really, doing my "thing" my way, my style and often isolated, but I’m "catching a lot of fish" !!!
It takes a very brave person
To rise above the parapet alone,
And to show themselves completely
Whilst standing on their own.
Now of course they would expect
That others would support them too.
But sadly not quite the case
As some find it hard to do,
Something else for any others,
Or maybe it’s indifference
That causes them to duck out
All safe behind their fence.
Of course they watch keenly
To see what happens next,
With their well rehearsed excuse
Or some other lame pretext,
That will justify themselves
From any exposure to the fray.
As they really do believe it’s best
To run, and fight another day.
So what of our poor victim
Now standing open to it all?
Leading a flock who didn’t follow,
And maybe smile to see him fall.
For in some cases it would suit
The cowards to say, I told you so.
We were right to keep our cover
And thus not to have a go.
Which certainly would be safer
And not take any chance to gain
Successful wins in their life,
But all their fears remain.
So concluding, well almost, still on a success theme, but whilst all a (little) bit tongue in cheek, there is apparently quoted "Many a true word spoken in Jest" ?
Before, but not forgetting to thank you and all readers, I close with my Journey Continuing SUCCESSFULLY,
AND a couple of quick jokes, ( it started with my slot at "Open Mic" lol ) =
1) I met a weird bloke last week, bit thick too as he thought an itchy fanny was a Japanese motorbike!!! ????
2) At our local swimming pool a Lifeguard came up to my friend complaining her little boy had peed in the pool, and feeling a bit embarrassed my friend said, "but I’m sure all young children pee a bit in the pool" to which the Lifeguard replied, "YES, but NOT from the top diving board" !!!!! Boom, BOOM
Love, light, power and success to you all, see you soon,
Laurie and Ted n Beth xxx