D-Day (6 June 1944)

This poem is in memory of all those brave souls who asked for so little,
but gave so much. May they rest in peace.

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This poem is in memory of all those brave souls who asked for so little,
but gave so much. May they rest in peace.

D-Day (6 June, 1944) – 71st Anniversary

71 years ago today,
History teaches,
Was not a holiday
Time on the beaches.

Juno was not a film of repute,
Gold was not a song,
Sand was in hot dispute,
In a war raging far too long.

The British were put to the Sword,
Omaha and Utah were the States,
All part of Operation Overlord,
Uniting Neptune’s mates.

Land gained was so hard fought,
Blood too easily bled,
Lives lived far too short,
As sea and sand turned red.

Yet without this call to arms,
And unselfish acts of bravery,
We’d be singing foreign psalms,
And living lives of slavery.

Seven decades have past,
So history has taught,
Time enough to make their actions cast,
Keep the young alive in thought
And make their memory last.

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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Is It Enough?

New poem today…

Written after the General Election in the UK on 7 May 2015. Voter turnout was about 66%, which is considered high, but actually means about 14 million people didn’t exercise their hard-won right. A sad state of affairs. Will those who didn’t use their vote still complain? Probably. Anyway this was the inspiration and starting point for this poem.

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Is It Enough?

Is it enough
To wear badges on your vest
Send texts to protest
And go on away-day marches?

Is it enough
To casually vote
Then sit back to gloat
And verbally attack those less informed?

Is it enough
To read the papers and watch the news
And express their views
On where it all went wrong?

Is it enough
To let others act
To not react
And enact change yourself?

Is it enough?

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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‘Voters’

Yesterday was a General Election in the UK…all the votes have now been counted with the Conservative Party (Tories) winning by a narrow majority. For me, being a Socialist, it’s a sad day…so I thought I’d post this little poem…

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Voters

Little people,
Village stories,
Tiny lives,
Voting Tories

Original draft: circa 1989

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 30 – Sugar-free (Lord twat version)

It’s the final day of this year’s NaPoWriMo…so here’s my final poem…

Inspired by the broadcast of last series of ‘The Apprentice’ TV show with Alan Sugar.

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Sugar-free (Lord Twat version)

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

You’re not admired
You’re not desired
Lord Sugar
You’re fired!

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 29 – The Never Never Men

Today is the pen-ultimate day of this year’s NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), so here is my last but one contribution.

This poem was inspired by a combination of the song ‘Stormy Weather’, the proverb ‘It never rains but it pours’ and Roger McGough’s playful poetry. 

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The Never Never Men

Sleepy weatherman:
It never rains
When he snores

Lazy footballer:
He never trains
But he scores

Escapologist:
He never leaves
By the doors

Spoilt rockstar:
He never entertains
Doing the chores

Anti Anti-social Relative:
He never distains
The in-laws

Royal Photographer:
He never frames
C-list celebrity bores

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 28 – Toast

Today’s poem for NaPoWriMo 2015…this acrostic poem came to me whilst out on my postal round in the pouring rain.

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Toast

The
Only
Acceptable
Supplement to
Tea

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 27 – Road Tested Poem

New poem for a new week…the final week of NaPoWriMo 2015…

 

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Road Tested Poem

We’re not at home,
We’re not at work,
We’ve got no chores
To drive us berserk

We’re staying away,
Relaxed and well rested,
With plenty of time for wordplay,
Literally road tested

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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