‘Comet’s Tail’

This poem was inspired by the successful landing of a robot probe on Comet 67P by the European Space Agency yesterday (12.11.14). It got me thinking about comets…

Comets Tail

Comet’s Tail

Come
Observe
My
Explosive
Tail
Streaking

Turbulently
Away
Invitingly
Luminescent

© Nick Ritchie 2014

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‘Two Minutes’

Today is Remembrance Day in the UK. We commemorate the sacrifice of the Armed Forces personnel who have given their lives in conflict with a ‘two minutes silence’ at 11 o’clock on the Eleventh day of the eleventh month. This poem is my mark of respect.

I wrote it especially for Remembrance Day last year. I believe it’s still entirely relevant. For all those who have experienced loss in the service of their country, we remember them.

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Two Minutes

For two minutes
The world falls silent
Or at least it should
For two minutes
If it was your loved ones
I know you would

Two minutes
To mark lives lost
Two minutes
To remember the cost
Two minutes
For those with so much to live for
Two minutes
I would ask for so much more
Two minutes
Is not enough of a measure
Two minutes
Is not enough memory to treasure
Two minutes
Is not that long
Two minutes
Is not even the perfect pop song
Two minutes
To put your phones away
Two minutes
To have nothing to say
Two minutes
To pause your games of violence
Two minutes
Silence

For two minutes
The world falls silent
Or at least it should
For two minutes
If it was your loved ones
I know you would

There is an accompanying piece, with photos, on the National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield, UK.

Copyright Nick Ritchie 2014

 

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‘Halloween’ (2013)

This time last year I wrote this, especially for tonight…Happy Halloween!

Halloween

Howling
A
Lupine
Like
Ode
We
Eagerly
Explore
Night

31/10/13

Copyright Nick Ritchie 2014

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‘Seagulls’

A new poetic offering today, seabird flavoured…

Seagulls

Shadows
Ebullient
Above
Gliding
Underneath
Listless
Luminous
Skies

Poem © Nick Ritchie 2014

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‘Sugar-free’ (mellow version) V2

Inspired by the broadcast of latest series of ‘The Apprentice’ TV show with Alan Sugar, which ‘aired’ as I wrote this. This is version 2, a more mellow version; there is a vitriolic version too, published yesterday!

Sugar-free red

Sugar-free

Alan Sugar
You’re not sweet
You’re not a bloke
I’d care to meet

I don’t take sweetener in my tea
I like to taste mine
Sugar-free

And if you ask me
“One lump or two?”
Then I just might
Lump one on you

© Nick Ritchie 2014

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‘Sugar-free’ (vitriolic version) V1

Inspired by the broadcast of latest series of ‘The Apprentice’ TV show with Alan Sugar, which ‘airs’ as I write this.

Sugar poison

Sugar-free

Alan Sugar
You’re not sweet
You’re not a twat
I’d want to meet

I don’t take sweetener in my tea
I like to taste mine
Sugar-free

And if you ask me
“One lump or two?”
Then I’ll simply choose
To lump one on you

© Nick Ritchie 2014

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‘Poetic’

It’s National Poetry Day in the UK, so here’s a little acrostic poem for you…

Poetic

Poetry
Of
Emotive
Texture
Inspires
Creativity

© Nick Ritchie 2014

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