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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




Blog Posted:10/4/2019 5:25:00 PM

I wrote a poem last October about a homeless man called Alexander, it isn't a true story but could so easily be. Like a lot of towns in Great Britain and I'm sure worldwide, homelessness is becoming more commonplace. A lot of people are genuinely homeless, others merely scroungers who discourage donations of help, cheating both the samaritan and the genuinely needy. Some chose to be homeless because its the only life they know, others have no choice. I invite you to read my poem "Homeless Alexander"

A conversation between a passer-by and a Homeless man. Their discourse is interrupted by words of encouragement and friendship from acquaintances passing by. 

It's not judgmental and has empathy for the plight of homeless people


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Date: 10/4/2019 9:49:00 PM
A brilliant write, Kevin. Thanks for highlighting this important community issue. ~Mark
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
10/14/2019 Anxious Rhymeanxiety,
10/14/2019 This House Rhymeage,angst,care,mental ill
10/9/2019 Water Feature Rhymeanimal,garden,nonsense,si
10/9/2019 Goldilocks Rhymeearth,planet,space,univer
10/9/2019 Mysteries of the Universe Rhymecreation,sky,space,stars,
10/9/2019 My Name is Deadly Nightshade Rhymedeath,desire,flower,fruit
10/4/2019 The Hypnotist Rhymeeducation,psychological,
10/4/2019 The Man who lives in the Moon Rhymehumorous,moon,word play,
9/6/2019 Perfect Imperfections Free versefreedom,friendship love,m
9/5/2019 The Lumberjacks Song Rhymenature,rainforest,tree,
9/4/2019 Armageddon Rhymeatheist,destiny,earth,wor
9/3/2019 Serendipity Rhymeclothes,happy,jobs,smile,
9/1/2019 Brushstrokes Rhymeappreciation,art,
9/1/2019 A Most Unsuspicious Death Rhymeriddle,
8/29/2019 Skimming a Rainbow Rhymeappreciation,art,nature,r
8/28/2019 Old Man of Crewe Limericknonsense,silly,word play,
8/28/2019 I Dread Tomorrow Free verseanxiety,dark,depression,f
8/28/2019 13:13 to Glasgow Rhymehumor,irony,travel,
8/26/2019 The Fear Free versehow i feel,spiritual,
8/20/2019 New Love Song Rhymeboyfriend,girlfriend,humo
8/20/2019 The New Diet Rhymechange,food,health,life,
8/15/2019 Poet Wanted Rhymehumor,poems,poetry,word p
8/14/2019 Monstrous Steel Structures Free verseenvironment,ocean,politic
8/5/2019 Waterfowl Trio Haikubird,life,water,
8/5/2019 Concrete Jungle Rhymecorruption,environment,
8/5/2019 Mesopotamia Rhymeconflict,holiday,travel,w
8/5/2019 Seat B12 in the quiet coach Rhymeangst,travel,
7/28/2019 Abattoir Away day Rhymeanimal,food,how i feel,
7/15/2019 North Carolina Limerickamerica,dance,humor,sad,
7/15/2019 Tardigrade in the Miniverse Rhymenature,
7/15/2019 Coming of age Rhymegrowing up,love,
7/15/2019 Night Music Rhymeappreciation,emotions,mus
7/10/2019 A Vegetable Story Rhymefood,humor,light,
7/10/2019 Suicide Sonnetdepression,suicide,
6/25/2019 God is a Bully Sonnetangst,god,religion,war,
6/8/2019 Mark Twain Rhymeappreciation,
6/8/2019 The Horizon Verseimagery,sea,sky,
6/8/2019 Perfection Odeappreciation,tribute,word
6/5/2019 When I was only Eight Rhymechildhood,memory,remember
6/5/2019 Ten Pence Coin Rhymeadventure,appreciation,hu
6/5/2019 New Zealand Limerickimmigration,people,
6/5/2019 Flat Earthers Rhymecreation,earth,science,
5/22/2019 The Meaning of Life Rhymehappy,how i feel,life,tru
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 Life 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 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
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,

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