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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.

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What odds my conception

Blog Posted:7/20/2019 5:52:00 PM

I have been engrossed in Genealogy of late and on one side have actually gone back to 1507

It got me thinking though about the unfavourable odds that I would ever exist.

If I went back in time on my Fathers side by eight generations to the year of Thomas born 1781. It would take a combination of 256 people coming together to create 128 pairs. So on these facts alone at the very best odds it would be 256/1 against me ever being concieved. In terms of winning the Lottery or seeing Aliens from Mars these may seem quite short odds but if you asked someone to guess a number that you have written down between 1 and 256 how long if ever will they take to guess correctly

Nothing to do with poetry but does give you an idea of how unlikely it was that any of us would exist,

Eight generations of my family
To Thomas on my Fathers side
Born in Blackburn Lancashire,1781
Records say he was a Weavers son
It got me thinking of my existence
Ruminating perhaps to deeply, but
What were the odds of me being conceived.
Best odds 256 to one

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Date: 7/21/2019 7:40:00 AM
If you think this stuff back far enough, you will basically go insane. The odds get so close to impossible that they pretty much ARE impossible. And on top of that, the odds that you are living RIGHT NOW? It actually makes me feel a bit sick thinking about it! Suddenly Elon Musk’s “we’re all living in a simulation” theory sounds quite credible...! (But not that credible!) I’m off to lie down now. Thanks for that!
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Date: 7/22/2019 5:43:00 AM
I agree Nina, lets just be grateful for the here and now and that we here to ponder the impossibilities, regards, Kevin xx
Date: 7/20/2019 11:11:00 PM
What if we're all living in the past and one day soon we'll all go back to the future? What are the odds? Where's Doc when ya need him!
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Date: 7/22/2019 5:45:00 AM
You just never know Keith !, regards Kevin
Date: 7/20/2019 6:52:00 PM
Therefore you probably don't exist so this blog was never really written and my comment is moot
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