I have two weddings to attend this year. My daughter's and the other one is my brother's. I was asked to write a poem for my brother's wedding - this is it although I have probably posted it before.
Who makes you laugh and lifts your spirits high?
Transforms dull days with happiness and fun.
Like breeze-blown leaves, will show you how to fly,
As spring buds burst when touched by warming sun.
Hand holding hand, who promises to care,
Vows gladly made, here standing side by side,
With smiling eyes, this moment we all share,
And wish the best for happy groom and bride.
Across green fields, down dales and upward hill
Together poised to face a future bright
With many dreams and wishes to fulfil
A landscape scene to cherish and delight.
And now the vows, together gladly made
Like that eternal summer shall not fade.
This method of putting poems in 'months' made them easier to find. If this doesn't work anymore - we can scrap it.
The church clock chimes to welcome the New Year,
Forget the past and make a bold, brave start.
Stand head to head and face each doubt or fear,
Find inner strength to play a leading part.
This life is yours to live the way you choose,
And friendly hands will help you on your way.
With confidence and charm you cannot lose,
Faith in yourself will always win the day.
No matter what, your resolutions keep,
Let nothing stop the things you want to do.
On solid path although the hills are steep,
Be firm and strong to make your dreams come true.
Twenty thirteen could be your special year
Look forward now with hope instead of fear.
there was a young lassy called Lin
who started the year with a grin
let's hope that her leer (!)
is maintained all the year
and that PD is dumped in the bin
(or at least put in the attic)
Please keep the month for at least the time being. Perhaps when the new site is up and running then we will be able to locate things again but for now this at least gives us a place to find the poems.
I have noticed a number of new posters and think that perhaps they are not aware of the issues. It would be great if the "Month Tab" was used for poetry only instead of for conversations. I know that communication is what the Forum is all about but without proper indexation many good things never come to the attention of the casual observer.
I know this sounds fuddy duddy but the Creative Corner should be what it says it is. When the month tab fades to the second page it is ridiculous. A few set tabs each month would be far better. Poems-Stories-Competition-Chat.
I agree with Bogman.
Sorry, meant to add that comment on the poetry would be o.k. to post, but not general conversation.
Hi Everyone. I must apologise , but I don't know what is meant by a 'Month Tab?' If someone could please explain it to me, then I would be more than happy to comply because being on the Forum has made a lot of difference to my life with PD .And, being a very talkative person by nature, I love to talk (or, write)about absolutely anything! Thankyou. Blue Angel.
To help BA and others, why don't we just post poetry and comment in January 2013, Which would be in Creative Corner, and general chat in 'January Chat', which would be in Social Club, and continue with this through February, March etc., 'cause Chat Room is difficult to find anyway.
I will try to explain the problems we used to have. I think we are waiting for this whole site to be revamped but as a stop-gap, I introduced the monthly date poem!
Have you ever noticed how topics are listed under the Creative Corner heading. At the top of the list just now is January 2013 and underneath that is something like Happy New Year introduced by turnip. As new topics are introduced, older ones move down the list. Then they fall off the front page onto the second, third and so on.
Do you ever look at the topics on page two of Creative Corner? I don't think many people do. For example, I started something called Book Club (as have other people in the past). When it fell off the front page list, few people know that it is there.
We have some great poets on here - yourselves included - and it got to be annoying how quickly our poems fell out of sight on to the second page. So,by putting them in a date slot - people tended to use that more and our poems stayed tidily on the opening page of Creative Corner.
This system was started in July 2011.Go back and have a read - you will find some fantastic poems.
Some poets like their work to be reviewed. Others do not. I suppose we could always ask for comments when we post something new - if we want them.
We compiled a booklet with some of our poems from Creative Corner.
Please let me know if I have helped or have I added to confusion?
Whatever - I like to read poems on here and I think it is great when we have new writers. Sometimes I can even forget how I came to be on this site in the first place!
I am 58 and have had Parkinson's for 17 years. With your help - I fight it!
You have explained it very well Lin.
This was the beginning - to be found on p14 of Creative Corner
Posted - 20 Jul 2011 15:30
My toe is in the water
Will it be hot or cold?
I had this strange idea
Not certain it was sold!
The month is now July,
I’ll put my poems here,
In this little file,
I think that much is clear.
If you think that I’ve gone mad,
I have, but it’s okay!
Please join me if you like,
‘Cos here I think I’ll stay.
But will it be solitary confinement?
Here's one I wrote for another forum :
What are benefits for I hear you say
Well mainly for those out of work with no pay
We don't mind the tax to help the needy
But lots of it seems to go to the greedy
We all know of some who milk us dry
Those able to work but just don't try
These are the people who give a bad name
To genuine claimants who do play the game
People say that billions are owed
By tax dodgers who are allowed
To get away with it by H.M. Gov
Priority Please guys give Dave a shove
If you concentrate upon those who cheat
Perhaps we could the budgets meet
And not commit political suicide it seems
By targeting those with little means
So wake up Dave reign in the greedy
Target the tax cheats not the needy
then the financial mess you'll clear
And voters will hold you ever so dear
This one follows a recommendation I posted on Lin's Book Club :
On the road to Winterhaven
Came the homeless man, unshaven
Dressed in clothes from the charity shop
Move along there Hobo said the local cop
So off he went down old Main Street
Holes in his shoes and ice on his feet
The snow kept blowing in endless flurry
The wind was biting, get shelter quick, better hurry
Else frostbite will get to his toes
What will he do then, heaven knows
He knocks on doors but no one hears
So wiping away the frustration tears
He settles in a shop doorway
And to keep warm begins to rock and sway
But In this doorway there was no wind
Looks like God tonight is being kind
So sheltered now and getting warm
He stops the swaying and lies down
hours later he's up and about
raiding the bins for what, last night's trout?B
Then he heard what could have been a voice
But was it wind or person, must make a choice
Snap out of this cold inspired oblivion man
Yes snap out & answer as best you can
Mister, mister are you alright ?
Don't tell me that you spent the night
In this doorway in the freezing cold
"Well that's one way to ensure you don't get old"
I'm searching for someone who used to live here
He said, Someone in my heart I hold dear
Hooked yet, yeah, we'll so was I
So I bought the book, gave it a try
Couldn't put it down 'til the end
The best two quid you'll ever spend
Well that was grand to see and without anyone getting het up.I used to write and post but have nothing left to say so it is good to read the poetry here.
There are some real poets on here, check out Lin and Marcel to get you started.
Lin has been the bedrock of the Creative Corner so when she mentioned stopping the "Month Tab" I was alarmed.In the 2/3 years I only started a new topic a couple of times. One ran for a while while the others petered out very quicly. It was then I realised that many poems being posted seperately only added to the confusion and would have found a greater audience in the section we had for them. It was after the update to the system which caused us to lose the control we had that we needed the tab which has worked well in maintaining a place on the front page of the index. It can be pushed to the second page very quickly particularly if someone want to be a nuisance and posts with disruption in mind.
Without order there is chaos, I know that has it's attractions and can lead to creativity as well but for my simple mind at least the system as is should continue until we get the new all singing all dancing site.
[u][/u]Back to the Future. (without a De Lorean)[u][/u]
Micheal J Fox is an inspiration.
A credit indeed to the American nation.
He's Canadian I know. But never mind that.
He's the man you should see if you want to chat.
All about Parkinson's and the problems he faces.
Even how he struggles to tie his shoe laces.
But is he discouraged? No, not a bit.
Yes, you will notice as with him you sit.
Limbs all a flailing all over the place.
But always a determined look on his face.
The foundation he set up he's keen to discuss.
He sets out his aims without making a fuss.
"We will beat this thing" he roundly declares.
Indeed he comes over as one who dares.
To stick out his neck without losing his head.
A fighting campaigner, as I've already said.
The Micheal J Fox foundation we'll see.
Go from strength to strength and I'm sure you'll agree.
His marvelous legacy is sure to endure.
His name will live on. Of that I am sure.
An observation: I composed my last poem (not on this site) back in October 2012. Since then my "motivation" has gone! This coincides with a decrease in my pramipexole prescription and an increase in madopar. I'm wondering if there is a correlation between the two or if there are other factors involved. I still appreciate poetry but the bard in me has run dry. Comments welcomed.
Well Bogman it's working it seems
Without too much objection and very few screams
We've started with 'January 2013' for poems and comments some
and 'January Chat' for general chatting between chums on the forum
with BA and Vivian and Ali and worrals too
To name but just a very friendly few
The Chat is working well so far and so good
Keep up the chatting gang , I knew that you would
The poems will come thick and come fast
The levels and quality so high in months past
Comments are welcome both good and bad
But no personal attacks to make people sad
'cause we're all in the same PD boat here
Looking for friendship and even help where
We can make the days easier for us and for others
By chatting together like sisters and brothers
Bad Poetry Society
I have heard other people say that they have lost the ability or desire to write after a change in medication.
Excuse my interference ......
like Eric Morecambe in the piano sketch with Andre Previn
you have all the right notes (words) but not necessarily in the right order!
I have heard other people say
A change of meds - no writing today
Can't be bothered, can't think straight
For my next poem,you'll have to wait!
Good thing with poems - they don't have to rhyme - in fact probably better if they don't.
Have you taken up something else to replace writing?
All the best
Hello Mike 700
You are doing a brilliant job - I enjoy reading your poems.