Will judges, all, please take the stage,
Drawing a line on this sordid page.
I won't vent my views on petty pages,
And won't give air to my churlish rages.
Let's write now of positive thoughts
Then let's, one and all, truly abort
All of the venom and all of the bile -
All the emotions that mar and defile -
These hallowed pages we use and adore;
Let us not shame ourselves anymore.
Don't let the 'others' with bombs and their guns
Work to unravel the work that's been done.
Don't let their whispers in trenches of spite
Put out the sun and cast us to night.
Over and over, this argument swirls
And all that is left and all that unfurls
Is an obvious gall - an unreasonable grudge -
And all of us then have to swim through the sludge.
Put armbands on; don't sink in your mud.
Join us on land, and clean off the blood.
A tale now, for those who care;
I want to make blinded eyes aware:
'Twas yesterday, my unborn babe
Brought such perspective and honestly laid
All of the things that are of no import
(And all the emotions such arguments wrought)
To rest and let me at last see the moon
And let me hear music where there wasn't a tune.
Perhaps there were problems, or so we were warned -
Such news leaves you numb - your being adorned
With thorns and a misery that nothing can smote;
My wife on the phone, her happiness choked.
But things were all well, and nothing else mattered,
So now with my words, I will quell and will shatter
Your overindulgence of banal trite
And say, once for all, you honestly might
Reach heavenward and swim in the stars,
Spreading some gold dust, near and afar.
Let's all let this go and actually live;
Let's write, and feel and humbly give
Our hearts and our souls and all that we can
And make this a magical, poetry land.
Ben Pickard 2019
*A genuine thank you to all the members and those
who judge for making this site what it ought to be.
Ben... Youve bared your soul writing this!!!!! ( congrats on the new arrival by the way. I do believe " a new life " ie. that of a newborn baby brings vigour, life, joy and happiness into our souls...as this poem has!!!! ) :D
This is indeed to a "magical place. . " it really is <3
There is so much warmth and love and soul connection! ( that I think only poets can truely share!!)
I came here my years ago feeling very down :/ and it was like a big digger came and lifted me out of the mud! lol. I hadn't wrote poetry since I was at secondary school, but took my pen in hand again after becoming a mum to four ... And i have to say the love encouragement and friendship here helped me.
This deserves to be wrote in gold over this site :D
Thank you for your friendship here Ben ...and for this write .. Best wishes forever <3
It really is a magical poetry land, in some way or another, I could say this place has contributed to who I became today :)
I really hope this wins!!! It is much needed to everyone :)
This is so special thank you to you too!!!
Ben, I just got home to comment but I saw this poem in between calls at work (shh, don't tell anyone I use the computer to look at PnQ when I need a break lol), but this made me sigh happily aloud.
I know you've shared tragedy on here, loss and so much of yourself... and that's what makes this piece that much more sincere. You are pushing and encouraging others. You perfectly captured the power and emotion of words, of how we can weld them into poetry and create what we may have once thought was hopeless - into something hopeful.
Thanks for sharing this with all of us, for being you and I am glad to know you (at least through your poetry!)
Lovely words, MA. I've only been on here a few years, and although I was 35 when I joined, I feel I have grown up immensely since. I have had adventures, and misadventures, on this site but most of it has been positive. I, too, am glad to know you through your words and poetry and others here too.