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Born in Skipton raised in the village of addingham in wharfedale, moved to New Zealand for 36 years, now a resident of Perth Western Australia, i have 2 sons 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren..Sons were born in the uk, 2 grandchildren in New Zealand, 1 grandchild and 4 great grandchildren are true blue aussies.

Carolyn Devonshire

Blog Posted:8/20/2021 7:59:00 PM

A poem, from my favourites by Carolyn which to me epitomized everything about her as a poet, but more so as a human being.


Why I did it, I don’t know

Tornado of regret tortures my heart

On a moonless night,

he approached

Limping toward me as I pumped gas

Why was it fear and not compassion

With which I greeted him Surely homeless,

he must have slept

‘neath stars Society’s outcasts camp on the beach,

Crossing the coastal highway

only under night’s cloak

Deep lines on his sun-aged skin

Bespoke many years, perhaps 70 Dirty clothes tattered,

barely covering his thin frame No,

I have no spare change No, no,

I won’t help you

I just wanted him to go away

Disappointment filled his eyes

He turned and hobbled to a nearby bench When he sat,

I was horrified

All his possessions lay beside him

on the seat

An old Army cap he pulled out And placed it on his head

He fought for our country

And I could not find a few dollars to help As I drove away,

I burst into tears Feeling ashamed,

disgusted with myself Only two blocks from home,

I turned my car around But he had moved on.

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Date: 8/22/2021 8:08:00 AM
You showed us a really good one, Harry, which denotes her generous spirit. I wrote a poem on this topic once about the shame I felt for not giving to the REd Cross that was standing outside a store trying to get money from us during Christmas time. Sometimes you don't have change on hand. Carolyn showed her feelings very well in this writing she did. Thanks for sharing this.
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Date: 8/21/2021 11:44:00 AM
Harry, thank you for sharing one of Carolyn's poems, she could write a poem with so much emotion and imagery. Her final days were accepted with so much courage. I will never forget Carolyn, she is in my heart forever ~ Constance
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Date: 8/21/2021 2:08:00 AM
I read this one of hers online as a picture image, Harry, and it just exemplifies her generous heart:) thanks for sharing:)
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Date: 8/21/2021 1:20:00 AM
Anyone who had a heart would’ve turned their car around, that Carolyn had a heart made of gold is well known… Belle
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My Recent Poems

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9/11/2021 Anna and the French Kiss Free verselove,
9/9/2021 It's A Long Road Light Versedream,
9/8/2021 Now Or Never Haikunature,
9/6/2021 Human or Nature or Both Tankahumanity,nature,
9/6/2021 Why I Loved CD's Poem Colour Of My Heart Rhymededication,
9/1/2021 Life's A Fraction Of Time Free versejourney,
8/24/2021 An Autumn Almanac Senryuautumn,
8/10/2021 Experts Senryupeople,
8/10/2021 Which Comes First Senryufun,
8/2/2021 Stroke-a-Back Rhymeremember,
7/26/2021 The First Time Ever Rhymelove,
7/13/2021 Jesus Christ Tankafaith,
7/9/2021 Before the Last Sigh Free versejourney,
7/7/2021 Honey Versefear,
6/29/2021 Married To The Cook Limerickfun,
6/21/2021 Over Indulgence Senryuweather,
6/8/2021 Poetry Of Purpose Free versededication,
6/1/2021 A Time To Savour Sonnetlove,tribute,
5/13/2021 Love In The Kitchen Sink Free verselost love,
5/10/2021 The Road is Long Rhymesad,
5/1/2021 From The Fields Of Grief Monokulove,war,
5/1/2021 2nd May 2021 Senryuanniversary,
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4/26/2021 Toxic Versedeep,
4/25/2021 Whispering Ferns Free versememory,
4/15/2021 Quest Versemusic,
4/9/2021 Little Girl Once Lost Free versefather,lost,
4/7/2021 Jailer Senryuriddle,
4/5/2021 Optimist Versededication,
4/3/2021 The Last Token Chance Rhymeaddiction,love,
3/29/2021 Tableau Lamp Verseweather,
3/29/2021 There Is A Way Free versepolitical,
3/11/2021 Always on my mind Senryuremember,
3/7/2021 Wild Bouquets Senryunature,
3/6/2021 One Waits upon the Horizon Sonnetnature,
3/3/2021 A Musical Spring Diminished Hexaversespring,
3/2/2021 Ingredients Questionkulife,
3/2/2021 Been There Done That Acrosticremember,
2/17/2021 Anna Akhmatova Free versefreedom,political,
2/14/2021 Wharfe Haikuriver,
2/14/2021 Naked Words Senryugrave,
2/10/2021 Balmy Dawn Haikunature,
2/10/2021 No Money Senryusocial,
2/8/2021 Silent Thoughts Attract Tetractyslove,
2/7/2021 Significant Pen Senryudedication,
2/4/2021 Human Rights Rhymehumanity,satire,scary,
2/3/2021 One Man Senryupolitical,
2/3/2021 Make No Mistake Senryupolitical,
1/31/2021 Still Recording 2020 Senryumusic,
1/28/2021 Nature's No Motherly Love Tankanature,
1/25/2021 My Addingham Free versenostalgia,
1/22/2021 The Bosses Son Suzette Primerude,sad,
1/18/2021 She Makes me Laugh Monokucheer up,fun,
1/17/2021 Gagged Senryufashion,perspective,
1/16/2021 Cheaters Verseangst,
1/14/2021 Melting Moments Haikunature,
1/10/2021 One Direction Senryudepression,
1/7/2021 If Poets Unite Free versepeace,perspective,
1/4/2021 Awaits The Dawn Diminished Hexaversenature,
1/2/2021 Unwellness in Railway View Sonnethealth,
12/27/2020 Paradox Tankairony,
12/23/2020 25th December 2020 Chastushkachristmas,
12/20/2020 A Sad Rain Gonna Fall Free verseweather,
11/11/2020 A Thief Called Time Free verselife,time,
11/8/2020 Chelker Reservoir Haikunature,water,
11/2/2020 One Hit Wonder Haibunangst,song,
10/26/2020 Rock and Roller Free versemuse,music,
10/19/2020 Trapped on Canvas Rhymeanimal,nature,
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10/2/2020 Birthplace Monokunostalgia,
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9/26/2020 Cometh Night And Day Tetractysnature,
9/22/2020 The Plight of Might Versebullying,
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9/2/2020 V Senryuinspiration,nature,
8/31/2020 Calling Senryuallusion,confusion,
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8/22/2020 red dawn Haikunature,
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Fav Poems

wind mutters softly Haikunature
how do I say good-bye? I do not know?death,father,loss,sad,hou
What Easter Means to Me Rhymefaith,holidayheart,easter
How A Blue Rose Came to Be Rhymedeath,imagination,love,ro
The War's Over! Free verseallegory,introspection,li
Senior Moments Rhymefunnycar,
Yesterdays People Free verselife,peopleautumn,
My Poems Are Children To Me Free versepoems,
A Question of Faith Ethereefaith,
Modern Marketing, A sonnet Sonnetangst,men,
Snowdrops Rhymenature,winter,winter,
THE PUPPET MASTER Dramatic Monologueintrospection,
Greed and Deceit Free verseangst,family,
Woman's Work Sonnetallegory,caregiving,dedic
Dementia Rhymelife,sympathy,life,life,
Broken Eyes Rhymelife,sad
Peer Pressure of the Worst Coupletfear,life,loss,war,
Leadership Rhymeon work and workingpeople
Modern Life Rhymefunny,life,car,me,work,wa
Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie Brain Lyricfunny,political
Henry the Eighth Narrativehistoryme,age,age,body,me
Bethlehem's Star Free versefaith,holiday,
Morning Has Broken - 1 Quatrainday,fantasy,fear,me,plane
Skin Deep Rhymeintrospectionmen,
Morning Has Broken - 2 Quatrainfantasy,
Autumn Reverie Rhymenostalgia,autumn,flying,
White Lace Sonnetlife,seasons
No Greater Hero Free versededication,father,inspira
A New Year Rhymeholiday,peace,peace,
Devils Deadly Dime Dramatic Monologueabuse,day,irony,judgement
And Now For Something Completely Different Free versemystery,funeral,old,funer
Love Scattered Free verselove,sadlove,me,
'Uniquely You' Free verseintrospection,life,
Plockton - Wester Ross Rhymeadventure,angst,death,fea
Summer Restored Haikunature
Virgin America Free verseadventure,allegory,animal
Time Unwinding Free verseimagination,inspirational
To me True Love is Verselove,romance,
Gold Star Narrativechildhood,war,war,star,bl
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Simple Words for Simple People Free verselove,on writing and words
Unconfined Quintain (English)lost love,
Thirtieth High School Reunion Rhymefunny,school,me,me,
Sentinel of Strength Rhymededication,mother,women,
Wisdom I do not know?life,
In the Sun's Last Glow Quintain (English)heart,lost love,may,red,
'Memories' Free verseconfusion,life,love,
A Great Unease Rondeaulife,me,
Dark Angel Sonnetangst,
THE DEVIL IN A BOTTLE Verselife,happy,dad,work,praye
TAPESTRY Acrosticlife,mum,
Harridan in a Housecoat Quaternpeople,children,father,da
Missing Mom Rhymedaughter,loss,love,mother
Morning in the Conway House Coupletlife,me,morning,
The Green Eyed Lad Quatrainfriendship,fun,green,long
Contract Balladadventure,
5 W's Quintain (English)friendship,
An Eagle's Prayer Rhymefaith,inspirational,visio
911 Aftermath Misguided Haters Versefear,on work and working,
Poet Free verseart,tribute,
I Pine Free versenature,
Pain Balladadventure,
Poets Quatrainconfusion,funny,art,art,p
Natural Born Dreamers Dramatic Versebaby,death,loss,me,sad,ti
taliban Acrosticangst,people,places,war,
Occupy My Home Dramatic Verseintrospection,
Once Upon A Car Ride Free verseconfusion,depression,fear
Poetry Tankaon writing and words,
The Flame Rhymelife,light,
Wishes and Dreams Coupletday,deep,dream,health,lif
Woodland Path Coupletfriendship,inspirational,
Broadway Airs Free verseintrospection,life,city,
Ruby Lips Light Verselove,passion,romance,love
Eleven Words Free verselifeold,tree,old,tree,
No Tickee, No Washee Quatrainjourney,life,old,old,
As Lovers Go Personificationnature,summer,sun,
One Second Delay Free verseintrospection,me,me,
Just Too Much Rhymeintrospection,
Save The Last Dance For Me Coupletlove,romantic,dance,night
Gift Exchange To Brian From Mandy Coupletfriendship,poets,
Do You Remember Sonnetdaffodils,friendship,
A Road Still Driven Quatraininspirational,love,
Down for the Count Rhymehealth,
wishful Dramatic Monologueinspirational,journey,lif
Lest we forget Light Versegoodbye,
The Dart Chalker Rhymehumorous,sports,
Our Christmas Eve Dinner Coupletdad,humorous,mom,prayer,
Jungle War Quatrainhistory,war,home,home,
Taken Rhymefear,grief,
Guns Coupletdeath,life,nice,nice,
He Touched Me Free versemiracle,
The Strange Marriage of Love and Pain Personificationlove,marriage,pain,
Yesterday Acrosticboyfriend,
Sweep in Like a Summer Breeze Lyrichusband,lost love,
Waves Of Roosters' Songs Rhymeintrospection,
Color me Purple Rhymeemotions,
We Don't Need No Stinking Contests - WRONG Coupletirony,satire,words,
The Four Seasons Rubaiyatage,allegory,allusion,sea
Dangerous Green Rhymehumor,

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