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World Poetry Day

Started by Steve Downes Mar 21, 2015. 0 Replies

Today is World #Poetry Day So here are some of mine from over the last 20 years …enjoy Christmas at Christchurch         I feel translucent     a man of marble skin     as if dreaming my motions     every step a tread in water    each reach of my hand     a ghost grip touches     but nothing holds and yet     I clutch these stones and     iron spear barricades     as a sea-snail would the bedrock     for this is my folly     to hug close the masonry of charity     I feel nothing     no remorse…Continue

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Wrote a poem, felt like sharing.

Started by Misinformed Poet Aug 13, 2014. 0 Replies

Your ColoursHow vividly I see your anger cut a scarlet stripeYour tongue it flashes words in vicious blueAnd after, glow in tender rose remorseYet Amber bubbles warning deep belowYou keep your colours just for me to know.Continue

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The Ghost of Saint Anthony (poem)

Started by Steve Downes Jun 20, 2014. 0 Replies

The Ghost of Saint Anthony Once I was a man like youstrong in the heart and mindNow my spectre drifts the sands of Egypt these sixteencenturiesacross the tombs of Pharaohsfrom Alexandria and the sea into the desert mountainswhere only insects live and hermits come to die No longer do I feel the burning Sun of Purgatory on my bare backno longer does the word of God wet my dry lipsno more do I hope for resurrectionI only pray for eternal sleep to end my torment My shade counts the sands of…Continue

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Dame Street Messiah (poem)

Started by Steve Downes. Last reply by Steve Downes Dec 23, 2013. 2 Replies

Dame Street MessiahWeighty words wasted on the east wind blowing down Dame Street they don’t heed or even hear them the footsore army of suits and students the new Abraham or Jesus or Muhammad cries out but is ignored shoulder pushed to the side as the bus pulls up cries out new truths replace the old faith has become comical and morally weak Bus pulls away and the Saviour is alone in the crowded cityScreams as the police move in no laughter or mocking just snorts of disapproval…Continue

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Comment by abbie foxton on October 25, 2013 at 12:02

Hey Steve, nice creation. Shall I break this ice?

Flickering Lamp On The Pass

Adrenalin kicks through skins

with antisocial leanings,

the ones with high pain thresholds,

share the sharp implements,

make plans with psychopaths,

and hope for the ins and outs,

of an open mouth.

I break the aspic mold,

let me train you, well, it is my forte,

a softly softly approach and heavy

hand of salt,

and butter

and love...

My custard never curdles

Let's start lusts' first lesson,

food, smells, fear,

and will react in its uncertainty,

glad I don't bite?

Well...we only just met,

you're taken with my word fall?

s l u r p...

Most days I just get blank looks,

might as well talk to the cat,

great, we share an empathy,

both glimpsed the crushing dull,

I can taste the bile still,

chased by the spreadsheets,

spider's webs of coloured silk,

they follow me all day,

point and recite

till my eyes glaze over,

and my tongue expands.

Chef's pocket full of words,

even maintenance requests

can't escape my flowers,

flickering lamp on the pass,

reins firm, release once they

bury you sad masochists,

bust a blister's weep

revealed a cower

cornered deer,

in the headlights,

to wave a hand in front

of wide blank stares,

anybody in there?

Catatonic defense,

mechanised a mind fried
as tickets cascade, just

sit them in the corner

and dance like fuckin' shiva

in a thunderstorm.

Comment by Steve Downes on October 25, 2013 at 12:04

consider Ice broken ...love the poem

Comment by abbie foxton on October 25, 2013 at 12:06

*curtsies* thank you Steve

Comment by Steve Downes on October 25, 2013 at 12:08

*bows,bangs head on desk and wonders where he is* ...you're welcome

Comment by Kerry J. Hall on November 11, 2013 at 17:27
Wonderful poem! Is there a place we can all post our poetry here, or do we just post them on our own page? Thanks!
Comment by Steve Downes on November 11, 2013 at 18:56

I'm still getting to grips with the site, not tech minded, maybe ask the Admin that question, for now post your poems under a 'new discussion'

Comment by Ann K. Boyer on November 11, 2013 at 19:22
Welcome Kerry! To answer your question, there's a couple of ways you can post your pieces: you can post them into a blog post, which will broadcast to the whole site, or you can post them in the Poets Group. Posting within a group, depending on how it is set up, may limit your exposure to only that specific group. I'd check with the creator of the group to make sure. You can also enter your poem into the contest held each month, so long as it is 99 words or less, and the piece hasn't been published elsewhere (including on 99Fiction). I'm sure I speak for everyone here that we'd love to read your poetry and look very forward to more! Thanks!
Comment by Steve Downes on November 11, 2013 at 19:23

thank the gods someone knows what they're doing ... thanks Ann

Comment by Ashi on November 11, 2013 at 19:42

Oh, thanks for the reminder about the monthly contests.  For some reason, it didn't occur to me that a poem fitting the word count would work just as well.

I'll be posting some of my poems and other writing on my blog.  I'd be more than happy to hear some concrit.  We're all writers who want to improve, after all!

Comment by Ann K. Boyer on November 11, 2013 at 21:10

Steve, you make me smile. I'm here to help and answer questions, and if I don't know the answers, I can get them for you. Jem is the "God" of 99Fiction and a great person to go to with any questions, if I'm not able to help. :)

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World Poetry Day

Started by Steve Downes Mar 21, 2015. 0 Replies

Today is World #Poetry Day So here are some of mine from over the last 20 years …enjoy Christmas at Christchurch         I feel translucent     a man of marble skin     as if dreaming my motions   …Continue

Tags: poetry

Wrote a poem, felt like sharing.

Started by Misinformed Poet Aug 13, 2014. 0 Replies

Your ColoursHow vividly I see your anger cut a scarlet stripeYour tongue it flashes words in vicious blueAnd after, glow in tender rose remorseYet Amber bubbles warning deep belowYou keep your…Continue

Tags: colors, colour, Poet, Poetry, Poem

The Ghost of Saint Anthony (poem)

Started by Steve Downes Jun 20, 2014. 0 Replies

The Ghost of Saint Anthony Once I was a man like youstrong in the heart and mindNow my spectre drifts the sands of Egypt these sixteencenturiesacross the tombs of Pharaohsfrom Alexandria and the sea…Continue

Tags: book, free, poets, poetry, poems

Dame Street Messiah (poem)

Started by Steve Downes. Last reply by Steve Downes Dec 23, 2013. 2 Replies

Dame Street MessiahWeighty words wasted on the east wind blowing down Dame Street they don’t heed or even hear them the footsore army of suits and students the new Abraham or Jesus or Muhammad…Continue

Tags: book, free, poets, poetry, poems

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…

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Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

Premonition

Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…

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