I have always loved words and admired those who have mastered them. Every word is a miniature work of art and there is nothing more satisfying than stringing them together so that each fulfils its potential whilst becoming part of something greater.
Over time I’ve accumulated a random collection of poetry I’ve written – or, to be more accurate, things that rhyme and/or scan. Much of it has been composed on demand – for example, for a friend’s birthday or anniversary. Most of these are intended to be funny. But you probably need to know the person to see the joke so I have not included them here. Others which (I like to think) fall into the ‘humourous’ category are based on personal experiences – many of which did not seem quite so funny at the time.
I have also written and composed quite a few songs, not least for the television series “The Darling Buds of May” which I also produced. Song lyrics at their very best are poems – think Bob Dylan, Gershwin and Cole Porter. Lesser lyrics, stripped of their musical context, are revealed as drivel.
Now and then I have been inspired to write a poem for its own sake. In hindsight, most of these seem self-indulgent but I have included a few which might pass muster.
(Please click the poem title to read the full poem.)