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Hello to all friends of Poetry

My name is Kevin Shaw I was born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire in 1955 I now live in Huddersfield and have done for almost 40 years.Married with 3 grown up children and 8 Grandchildren.

I have always enjoyed poetry but only started writing it quite recently. I don't take my poetry to seriously, but it's a hobby and a lot of fun.

My writing and composition could be described as childlike or naïve, looking at life in a quirky way through verse and rhyme. Most of the poems blossomed from a random thought or line, sometimes it makes sense but usually it doesn’t. I like to play with words and enjoy Limericks and nonsense. One or two of my poems are reflective or reminiscent, but hopefully never too personal that they can’t be enjoyed by all.

I rarely write Prose and to be honest, find this form of poetry difficult to read. Prose is often deep, dark, a little bit cryptic. I like my Poetry to be in the main upbeat and joyful.I must admit however, to liking and writing Bittersweet stories.

You will find that most of my poetry is in four line Stanzas, with relatvely equal line length.I find it easier to both write and read in this format. I have written a few Haiku style poems as they are quite challenging.

Inspired by Edward Lear’s book of nonsense and the zany surreal world of Spike Milligan. Other comedic influences are Monty Python, Not the Nine O’clock News, Tommy Cooper, The Goon Show and Lewis Carrolls' Alice stories.

Kind Regards



Pet Hates

Blog Posted:5/2/2019 7:12:00 AM

Hello fellow poets

May I begin by thanking all the folks who entered a poem in my "Lets have an Argument" contest. The contest was inspired by my controversial poem "Miracles cannot happen" I certainly took some stick over this one. In all honesty I did expect a bit of a comeback. I followed it up with a quickly put together poem called "Sincere Apology" a tongue in cheek offering, which I  entered in Line Gaultiers contest. Thank you Line for the high placement, really delighted.

I have just today set up a new premium contest about pet hates or something that really gets you going off on one. My current big pet hate is online gaming ads for the likes of Bingo and Roulette. Please check out my poem entitled "Champagne Corks and Ticker Tape"

Another pet hate of mine, particularly since becoming a member of PS is the endless number of different forms of poetry that can be adopted. Some of them are just so random and pointless. If I have something to say, I just say it, usually listing it under Rhyme for the sake of consistency. I do respect the ancient forms like Haiku, Tanka and Seynru although even these are difficult to describe as poems, more phrases, proverbs or expressions. But anyhow what do i know, most of the time my punctuation and vocabulary is all over the place.

Regards to all


2nd May 2019


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Date: 5/4/2019 12:15:00 AM
Kevin! A great idea. I know of no human being with a heartbeat and a pukse who has No pet peeves or hot buttons. Or unless they are on some fab hash-hush trip, may enter your terrific Contest. Panagiota
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Date: 5/3/2019 7:41:00 AM
I don't believe in pet hates!
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Son of Spock
Date: 5/3/2019 3:36:00 PM
I do believe in pet hates I do I do I do believe in pet hates...
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 5/3/2019 7:46:00 AM
agree...anythin' takin' up free rent in me hed (resentments) consumes far too much of my energy, who needs it! enjoy the moment!
Date: 5/2/2019 9:45:00 PM
Poetry of love & reconciliation has used many forms considered random & pointless in their day...I think of Rumi in the 13th century or Neruda in the 20th century...we have the pleasure here of encouraging poets creativity...if delivered effortlessly, what a joy!
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 5/3/2019 6:54:00 AM
Appreciate your thoughts, Kevin, sun is finally out here in Minnesota, geez, been a stretch, have a wonderful day! jimbo
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Kevin Shaw
Date: 5/3/2019 4:24:00 AM
Thanks for the comment James, regards, Kevin
Date: 5/2/2019 4:57:00 PM
Me? I hate pet hates. Weird
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Kevin Shaw
Date: 5/3/2019 4:26:00 AM
Ah yes the subtle irony, I think I will join you, my pet hate is now pet hates, regards, Kevin
Date: 5/2/2019 4:48:00 PM
I enjoyed your contest, Kevin, and am thankful for my nice placement. I've been blessed with miracles in my life. Congrats too to all your winners. I'm looking forward to your 'pet hate' contest, and I entered my poem today. Thanks again, Sandra :)
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Panagiota Romios
Date: 5/4/2019 5:16:00 PM
Hi Sandra. I can't find the Pet Hates Contest listed. You said you entered it. Is in under another heading? Panagiota Romios
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Kevin Shaw
Date: 5/2/2019 4:55:00 PM
Thank you Sandra, regards Kevin x

My Past Blog Posts

The Hermit
Date Posted: 5/16/2019 3:51:00 PM
Pet Hates
Date Posted: 5/2/2019 7:12:00 AM
Miracles Cannot Happen - My Poem of the Day
Date Posted: 4/18/2019 4:45:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/16/2019 Away with the Fairies Rhymedream,fantasy,fun,nonsens
5/2/2019 Red Squirrel Rhymeanimal,nature,peace,seaso
5/2/2019 Champagne Corks and Ticker Tape Rhymeangst,how i feel,
4/30/2019 Pawns Tetractyswisdom,
4/30/2019 Sincere Apology Rhymehow i feel,
4/30/2019 Seven Deadly Verses of Sin Rhymeanger,death,emotions,lust
4/27/2019 99 Years old Epigramage,humorous,old,parents,
4/27/2019 Waterway Nomad Rhymeappreciation,celebration,
4/19/2019 Sunday Morning Creation Rhymecreation,god,humor,
4/19/2019 Charles Darwins House Rhymeappreciation,science,
4/18/2019 Haiku Seasons Haikunature,
4/18/2019 Haiku Eternal Haikuspiritual,
4/18/2019 An Unusual Poem for Easter Rhymeanalogy,easter,philosophy
4/12/2019 Miracles Cannot Happen Rhymeallusion,atheist,conflict
4/10/2019 Pink Pirate Limerick Limerickfun,word play,
3/16/2019 21 Syllables Free verseriddle,
3/11/2019 It's Alright to Cry Rhymecry,smile,
3/11/2019 When I'm 64 Rhymechildhood,fun,memory,musi
3/11/2019 The Fire Rhymeloss,memory,sad,
3/11/2019 Nine Syllables Coupletnonsense,word play,
2/25/2019 The Bucket List Rhymeholiday,travel,
2/14/2019 Bugler Rhymefun,music,nonsense,silly,
2/14/2019 To see the Northern Lights Rhymebeauty,inspiration,word p
1/28/2019 National Gallery London Rhymeappreciation,art,imagery,
1/28/2019 Prussian Blue Rhymeart,character,color,satir
1/28/2019 Happy Place Rhymeenvironment,happiness,how
1/28/2019 Blonde Moment Rhymefun,nonsense,silly,
1/28/2019 Cello Seduction Rhymebeautiful,music,sensual,
1/16/2019 Ageless Free versedeep,memory,perspective,
1/6/2019 Frost Limerick Limerickart,winter,
12/19/2018 I Hate the Cold Rhymewinter,
12/17/2018 Help Homeless for life, not just at Christmas Political Verseangst,christmas,how i fee
11/30/2018 Dancer knows the answer Limerickchristmas,december,fun,ti
11/30/2018 Circle of Life Rhymeautumn,life,nature,rememb
11/12/2018 Childhood Theme Park Rhymeadventure,appreciation,ch
10/28/2018 Homeless Alexander Rhymeappreciation,lonely,pover
10/25/2018 Halloween Pumpkin Rhymenonsense,nursery rhyme,si
10/22/2018 Anthem for a Veggie Rhymeanimal,food,how i feel,
10/17/2018 Remembering the Eighties Rhymefeelings,music,nostalgia,
10/17/2018 Not Sleeping Just Resting my Eyes Rhymelove,marriage,memory,rela
10/15/2018 Three Wishes Rhymestrength,trust,wisdom,
10/14/2018 Set Sail in my Camper Van Rhymedesire,dream,fantasy,reti
10/11/2018 Dead Man's Prologue Rhymedeath of a friend,friend,
10/10/2018 Marmalade Trees Rhymecreation,funny,nonsense,s
10/10/2018 Utopia, New World Futurism Rhymefuture,science fiction,te
10/9/2018 Conspiracy Theories Rhymeearth,political,universe,
10/8/2018 Alice in Unreality Land Rhymecharacter,confusion,nonse
9/27/2018 Scabby Knees and Chimney Smoke Rhymeemotions,life,memory,reme
9/14/2018 I pondered lonely in a crowd Rhymeparody,poems,
9/13/2018 Mick Jagger Epigramfun,music,old,silly,word
9/11/2018 Ideomotor Effect Rhymeatheist,how i feel,senses
9/5/2018 The Great British seaside resort Free versedrink,holiday,sea,vacatio
9/3/2018 Malevolent Moon Rhymefear,magic,mental illness
8/29/2018 A Scene from Laurel and Hardy Rhymecharacter,film,funny,sill
8/16/2018 haiku for a hummingbird Haikubird,
8/14/2018 Stop the World, I want to get off Rhymeabuse,anti bullying,how i
8/10/2018 Temptress Shapelove,music,sensual,
8/7/2018 What is Love Free versejoy,loss,love,pain,
7/31/2018 British Foible Senryu Senryuhumanity,sorry,
7/29/2018 Young Girl of Calais Limerickfrench,fun,girl,silly,wor
7/27/2018 Bury Me Rhymedeath,funeral,silly,
7/25/2018 Blackbird Haikubird,song,sweet,
7/22/2018 Catch a Weasel Asleep Rhymedrug,surreal,symbolism,
7/20/2018 Charlie Watts Clerihewcelebrity,music,summer,
7/16/2018 If one Mourn' Epigramdeath,humor,morning,
7/10/2018 If you see Epigramanimal,nonsense,silly,tre
7/8/2018 I am not the person you see Sonnethow i feel,i am,lonely,
6/25/2018 Save the Little Piglets Rhymeanger,animal,food,
6/24/2018 Duck Pond Disaster Rhymedream,nonsense,sad,silly,
6/24/2018 Jelly Fish Love Story Rhymenonsense,sad love,sea,sil
6/21/2018 Fairy Tale Rhymecute,fairy,fantasy,fun,hu
6/21/2018 Catepillar Rhyme2nd grade,cute,fun,silly,
6/18/2018 A Gift Free versedeep,emotions,inspiration
6/11/2018 There are no Martians on the Moon Rhymehumorous,planet,silly,tra
6/7/2018 Northern Hills Rhymeappreciation,beautiful,ri
6/3/2018 Daisy Dormouse Rhymeanimal,cute love,fun,word
5/30/2018 Regret Rhymesad,sorrow,sorry,
5/30/2018 Dirty Old Town Rhymeanger,angst,environment,
5/22/2018 Ginger Hair Rhymeabuse,children,fun,hair,r
5/22/2018 Meghan and Harry Limerickamerica,fun,marriage,wedd
5/14/2018 Spiritualist, Medium and Deceiver Rhymebetrayal,death,emotions,h
5/14/2018 Nobody Reads the Long Ones Rhymefun,word play,
5/13/2018 My Favourite Animal of the wild Rhymeanimal,cat,obituary,power
5/8/2018 Is It Really Sport Rhymehow i feel,men,pain,sport
5/6/2018 I Wish I was a Sloth Sonnetamerica,animal,appreciati
5/2/2018 Beggar of Old London Town Limerickbetrayal,pain,sad,soldier
4/29/2018 Adventures in a Cobbled Alleyway Rhymechildhood,growing up,imag
4/28/2018 Elm Tree Haiku Haikudeath,england,sad,tree,
4/25/2018 A Waft of Smoke, Old Whisky Twist Rhymeinspirational,love,memory
4/24/2018 The Woggle Rhyme2nd grade,children,fun,no
4/24/2018 Greatest Limerick Ever Rhymefun,nonsense,silly,simple
4/17/2018 Arrogance of a Sporting God Rhymecharacter,power,pride,spo
4/10/2018 Earl Grey Epigramdrink,funny,word play,
4/9/2018 The Charlatan Rhymecorruption,trust,
4/7/2018 Si Si Senora Limerickdance,fun,nonsense,silly,
4/4/2018 Antiques and Curios Rhymelight,memory,remember,
4/2/2018 A Silly Sombre Poem Rhymeirony,nonsense,sad,silly,
4/2/2018 Poor Millionaire Limerickfuture,money,nonsense,pov
4/1/2018 Prawn and Winkle Custard Rhymefood,nonsense,silly,
4/1/2018 Three Blind Mice a Parody Rhymefun,nursery rhyme,parody,

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