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Poem Details | by Joe Maverick
Categories: animals

Dinosaurs misty vale, curtains

World scene..'

Dinosaur snuffs noisey,

crash!  eternal silence.

Copyright Joe Maverick 2010

(breaking news) Dinosaur writes , for SKATS contest.
back to extinction...i mean retirement for now..!

Poem Details | by Victoria Anderson-Throop
Categories: black african american,li

STORM COMING African tribal violence

Storm coming, madam
Me-- I’m going up country-- 
Lay low and stay sweet*

*stay sweet--stay alive

Victoria Anderson-Throop
Nairobi, Kenya
November 26, 2012

Note: Political unrest near Nairobi, Kenya due to election strategies. Polish nun told me that she was warned by a local moonshine runner to hide. Too late. She was pistol whipped by local police who wanted more protection money. Didn’t get the money (it was a free clinic, so nurses had no money) Police beat the nurse/nuns and absconded with the very rare and precious AIDS meds to sell to the hospitals.Free AIDS clinic was forced to close.(Kenyan government does not have free health care for the poor)   Nuns are recovering then being transferred to other clinics. Three went back to Europe forced into early medical retirement due to permanent injuries sustained by police and/looters. The care program(education and/or placement) for the children whose parents were AIDS patients is gone. Children have taken to the streets in desperation.  Count your blessings.

Poem Details | by jack horne
Categories: history,light,light,

old Smeaton's Tower

old Smeaton’s Tower
spends its retirement dreaming
recalling its youth

no light in its eyes
glares at the young usurper
on Eddystone reef

Jack Horne for Russell’s In the Light of Haiku contest

Poem Details | by Leon Enriquez
Categories: butterfly,


Firm old man
Obstinate ways;
Will and testament

Lawyer consult
Due diligence;
Making a will

Retirement daze
So much to learn;
At my own pace

Human nature
To nurture;
Null and void

Means testing
Between old flames;
Wants and needs clash

Beauty greets
Truth is silent;
Love presides

Calm in chaos,
Stillness moves;
Cause and effect

Mindful knowing
Worldly ways;
No-thing fills void

Go beyond things
To unseen grace;
Herein is home

Learn to "Let Go"
See how you feel;
Embrace blissful rapture

Noise and conflict,
Opposing ideas;
Plunge into storm's eye!

Fatigue funnels
Body battery flat;
Deep sleep recharges

Echoes fade away
Dying day liberates;
Flight of night visions

Heavy eyelids
Boulders crashing;
Rejuvenation begins

There is a gap
In between takes;
Point of pure peace

Words like notes
Musical scales rhyme;
Poetic impulse


Tale for sale
Malt and ale;
Booze never fails

Wine culture
Red and white;
Sensory exfoliation

Small talk;

Rumour has it;
Be happy now


Twilight and luna
Lunatic wiles;
Moon glow magnetic

At the end
Start again;
At the beginning

At the start
End again;
At the ending

Three simple lines
Touch of magic;
Haiku fragment

Good day
Good night

Leon Enriquez
29 Apr 2014

Poem Details | by Leon Enriquez
Categories: beauty,


Dewy grass bed
Wait for sunrise;
Kissing goodbye

Sparrow choir
Sings chirpy psalm;
Unrehearsed splendour

Joy of morning
Aura of magic;
Blessing the earth

By winding footpaths
Butterflies flutter;
Flower promenade

July wears colours
Sparkling and grand;
Hot sun teasing

My window view 
Tells a fragrant tale;
Eyes soak the sights

Joy wears a gaze
Radiant with zest;
Smiles sparkle

Take a quick stroll
Greet sleepy neighbour;
Breakfast takeaway pack

Time looms large
With calm retirement;
So much undone

Day time dreaming
Impose new feelings;
Doing nothing

Excursion to nowhere
Time is no luxury;
We got a lot

My darling and I
In poignant gaze;
Years now a maze!

Self-talk heals
All sorts of unease;
Keep focus positive

Old age intrudes 
Upon the present;
Punctures young moods

Pursuit of happy
In insane world;
So much suffering

I remind me:
Live just one day;
One day at a time

Leon Enriquez
22 July 2014