“Clean As You Go” (poem / poetry)

When I put my foot down, it disturbs the dust,
I take a step forward and almost trip up,
It’s blocking my exit, I can’t get away,
I guess I must face and accept this decay.

For a long time now, I’ve acted oblivious,
Let problems pile up, now their scale is ridiculous,
They’ll be no more sweeping stuff under the rug,
From now on I’ll face things head on, and clean up.

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For those of you in the restaurant industry, you may well have already heard of the term that forms the title of this poem, for those of you who are not in the know, the method of the same name basically ensures that mess doesn’t build up, that they don’t run out of clean cooking implements, crockery or utensils, and that surfaces remain hygienic.

This process also bodes well in life, as I’m sure we’ve all had moments when our negligence in matters that required our attention, eventually made for a much harsher outcome, when we were finally left with no alternative but to address them.

If we all acknowledged and began to process things in the short term, such as our emotions; pending tasks; debt; bad habits that negatively impact on our health or loved ones; obstacles; ignorance; fear; foolish pride; and other harmful issues; this world would be a much better, more united and less turbulent place.

Here’s to being proactive; openminded; less judgemental and fearful; more open and honest; more loving; more understanding and compassionate… here’s to a brighter future for us all.

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“Napalm Nights” (poem / poetry)

It’s so hot tonight, I can’t get to sleep,
I’m roasting, and there is like, no natural breeze,
The windows are open, the fan’s on too, honest,
But this humidity’s like a rainforest!

I’d love to sleep starkers on top of the bedding,
But someone might see me, which I’d be regretting,
It’s way too risky, I’ll just have to suffer,
Damn you Sunshine! …you’re lucky I love ya!

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Super hot and humid nights, pain in the bum… nuff said!

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“Where You Please” (poem / poetry)

I envy you, Ambassador Leaf of One Tree,
As I stare out my window, you dance right past me,
Yes, you’re estranged from your humble beginnings,
Yet, it seems like your freedom and fun have no limits.

You have no guidelines, or conditions of passage,
Nobody treating you like you can’t manage,
I can join you briefly, if I’m exercising,
But I yearn to just travel, no reason, or timing.

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Can you remember when the World was your adventure oyster? When your travel opportunities were limited only by your free time, finances and other obligations… when you could choose to go and explore a continent, should you wish, making plans on the fly, if you chose to.

I have been lucky enough to visit many a destination on many a continent, so having a sense of the potential mysteries and wonders I have yet to explore, only serves to make our current restrictions in movement all the more frustrating for me. I long to be free to roam wherever and whenever I please, once again.

Who else is getting a bad case of “explorer’s twitch” right now, or is it just me?!

Also, which places do you recommend me and my family of six exploring, once we’re able to?

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“Good Investment” (poem / poetry)

Thank you for telling me that I inspire you,

But don’t get it twisted, I have problems too,

Challenges I wrestle with every day,

Flaws and faults I try my best to embrace.

Nobody’s perfect, despite how they stand,

It’s about finding peace, the best way that you can,

Invest in accepting and loving yourself,

And when you’re in a good place, give others help.

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On the whole, we are worthy of much more than we give ourselves credit for, as we make comparisons with our view of others. Some of us mistake someone’s ego for their worth, and in contrast, their worth for ego.

We tend to undersell our own value initially, but once you start to unearth your inner truths and show yourself unconditional love and acceptance, things get interesting.

We become more insightful, compassionate and peaceful individuals, and this begins to unfold in our every day relationships and interactions, with us innately spreading good deeds and good vibes. This has a knock on effect in the lives of others too, and so it grows, and grows, and grows.

That sounds like a wonderful way to invest our time and efforts, to me!

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“Root Cause” (poem / poetry)

Friction can be summed up by the care of one’s teeth,

What happens on the surface, can affect what’s beneath,

Teeth need attention, during nighttime and day,

When not cared for well, you’ll see signs of decay.

And with it, the pain; bleeding gums; cavities;

Losing your teeth’s one likely tragedy;

Bad breath; sensitivity; are some other outcomes,

Take care of your pearly whites, or end up without ’em.

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Friction is no joke, whether it’s a friendship; relative; team mate; someone you’re in a relationship with; or something else; if you let it fester or actively cause the decay, you can’t turn around and say that you gave a damn about seeing them smile, or wanted the bond to truly blossom.

The main thing that’s needed to keep a bond strong is reciprocity, but when someone has your back and you don’t have theirs, it can come across as plain rude. Also, if you can’t handle the truth when it’s presented to you with no malice, then you can’t claim to value honesty.

Truth be told, some people like their fake grillz, in order to mask the fact that they lack the ability to fully care for something other than themselves, and when they do seem to care, it comes with conditions like pay day loans (hundreds or thousands of percent worth of interest).

So, to those people who seem to revel in decay, despite the sincere efforts of others, all we can say is… enjoy your false teeth, and don’t forget to stock up on denture adhesive cream, or brace yourself for screw-in teeth, because the real ones are outta here, peace!

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“Ascending Descendants” (poem / poetry)

One of my core functions is the righting of wrongs,
To leave this place better, by the time that I’m gone,
As I look at our future, the children, so innocent,
They’ve much to learn, for them, we must all be vigilant.

If we make mistakes, they pay the full price,
It could cost them their health; prosperity; life;
I promise to work hard, to give you the best,
Young loved ones and strangers, I hope you stay blessed.
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I wrote this piece to emphasise the importance of the legacy each of us leave, not the valuable or sentimental items left to others in our will, but the accumulative impact we have had on this planet and its inhabitants, upon our passing.

I believe that we are all here on this ball of rock, within this dimension, to feel; learn and grow; but also to bless and elevate the lives and souls of others. Our choices and actions invoke a certain set of results, results which ultimately, we all pay the karmic debt for, especially those who will be around when we have ventured on.

It is a great responsibility placed upon each of us, one that we should not take lightly, and within this responsibility, lies the need for us to see even complete strangers as our descendants. I mean, do you know who your Great Granddaughter or Great Grandson will marry? No. Therefore, everyone’s included in your potential family.

We are one race, the Human Race. We are one family, and as such, we should all look out for one another. We must begin to look further than the end of our noses, to perceive our true impact; our true potential; our true legacy. In the spirit of this sentiment, I wish the very best for each and every one of you, may you ascend beyond our checkered past, and may your future be bright!

Love and Respect always,

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“Rebuked Conditioning” (poem / poetry)

Freedom’s important, it delivers our dreams,

But you’re trying to redefine what freedom means,

As you discuss in private, what I can and can’t do,

Those same restrictions, are not placed on you!

I feel trapped in a school teaching obedience,

Some rules are illogical, enforced without lenience,

We’re ushered towards being house trained pets,

But this free spirit in me, will not lay to rest.

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This piece follows on from last week’s message, encouraging our vigilance, regarding scenarios developed to bring about our eventual subservience.

Our freedom is one of the most valuable treasures we possess, we must protect it as if our lives depend on it, because in the grander scheme of things, they do.

Remember the atrocities of the Holocaust, it was only made possible because regular people in Germany and their occupied territories, chose to follow the orders of a few rotten souls, when deep down, they knew it was wrong on so many levels.

However, we all possess the strength inside to stand up for what’s right, we also have the advantage of vastly greater numbers than those wishing to enslave and harm us, so there is nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Acknowledgement of our individual and collective worth; protection of our human rights; and championing self love and compassion; these are but a few of the many wonderful ways we can ensure our global future, is increasingly brighter and nourishes our souls.

Do not let your free spirit be extinguished, my friends! Stay true to you.

Love and Respect always,

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“Cooped Up” (poem / poetry)

Did Chickens at one time, actually fly?

Did they start out on first-name terms with the Sky?

Maybe, being hand-fed enough to get by,

Made their radical skill and ambition rewind.

Once majestic, now ruled by domestication,

Imprisoned, with a lifespan that our hunger hastens,

Seen as commodities, controlled by the apron,

One day, may the Sky once again be their haven.

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Although this piece appears to be about Chickens, it actually speaks volumes about Mankind’s journey thus far, and the pitfalls that may await us, if we don’t keep our wits about us!

We’ve already surrendered to a system, that for the most part maintains our survival, but rather than striving to be the majestic beings we were always meant to be, many of us are content with being hand-fed, and complacently sign away most our freedoms and rights for the privilege, without ever reading the small-print.

However, sacrificing our say in how our lives progress, how we are able to conduct ourselves, not to mention the hoops we must jump through, just to avoid the chopping block of the butcher for a while longer, hasn’t really worked out for Chickens, has it!

It’s important, especially during this turbulent and uncertain era we are facing, that we stay vigilant, and understand what the long term knock-on effects may be, of the solutions we’re offered, such as a Universal Basic Income, a Compulsory Vaccination Programme, Policed Travel Restrictions, etc.

Be careful that you too do not become a commodity, much like a bird species losing its ability to fly, now unable to liberate itself from the jaws of its predators, or decide its own destiny.

Please be careful.

Love and Respect always,

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“Surplus” (poem / poetry)

When you give a Geek a mission, don’t be surprised,

If they surpass expectations every time,

Their mind is a force to be reckoned with, fact,

They’ll stick with a problem, until it is cracked.

Ask a question, and you may get a whole speech,

Geeks value knowledge, and are eager to teach,

I’m proud to be geeky, resilient as rubber,

And love that there’s always new things to discover.

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Man, I love a challenge! I also love learning, sharing interesting information, and I can seriously waffle on about anything, given half a chance! 😬😆 How about you?

Oh, and before I go, I simply had to say… “May The Fourth be with you!”

Love and Respect always,

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“Caught Out” (poem / poetry)

I’m hidden so well, I’ve got this game sewn up,

My siblings can’t find me, neither can the grown ups,

Ninjas could learn some cool techniques from me,

The others were caught, see, they can’t evade properly.

I’ve set a new record, I’m the Hide And Seek Champion,

Forget what I said, I submit my retraction,

It’s seems my perceptions may need rearranging,

As they all gave up, and forgot I was playing!

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Recently, I got to thinking about a memory from my childhood. When I was 13 years old, I went on a weekend trip as part of a bonding exercise with my fellow actors, all paid for by Channel 4, for whom the Drama we were filming, was due to be aired on.

It was a fun weekend, we played sports, went horse riding, etc… all of which I did with a broken arm, no less! We stayed in dorms on a big accommodation complex, and one of the memories that stands out most for me, is when around 30 of us played Hide And Seek in our rather large dorm.

One person counted, while everyone else hid. One by one, people were being found, the room I was in was searched, others were spotted, but I wasn’t, as I’d curled onto the tiniest ball under a bed, that you couldn’t even see me, even if you looked!

Around 3 hours later, I resurfaced, thinking I was the Ultimate Champion, only to realise that the game had been concluded more than an hour earlier, and they thought everyone had been found! This was my inspiration for this comical piece.

I hope it amused you, as much as it does me! Have you ever had a moment in your life, where you were caught out or mistaken, which you can look back on now and laugh at?

Love and Respect always,

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