Love For The Now


We wait for love,
Until we can wait no more,
We don’t look at what we’ve got,
Instead we look for what could be in store.
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Life is simpler,
If you love what you have,
And don’t think about what you want,
But be content in the now and thank for the tomorrow.
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Grab your friends,
Remind them you are there,
You will love them no matter what,
And will never be unreachable when they need you most.

I Learned to Love From You


My heart was hardened before I met you,
And you softened it up,
Made me see I deserved love,
Made me feel I could love.
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But now you have gone and fallen silent,
And my heart is growing still,
What have I done to push you away?
Will I ever know?
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You have stolen my heart,
And left me lonely,
will I ever know,
How I pushed you away?
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Just come to me and talk to me,
And maybe we can see this through,
But if we can’t please don’t worry,
I learned to love from you!

Mountain Hare


There is a cat upon my garden wall,
I don’t know why,
A garden wall is there.
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Why is that cat upon the wall?
I don’t know why,
I can’t help but stare.
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Is the cat even there?
I have no proof,
But should I care?
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Oh, there is no cat upon my wall,
It was just a mountain hare.

Will Boys Just Be Boys


Will boys just be boys,
Or girls just be girls,
Or can’t people be people,
In our small little world.
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Why do genders have to be genders,
And not girls be like boys,
Or boys be like girls,
Or just let people be people.
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Can’t we look beyond the gender,
And see the person,
Who likes pink and Buffy,
But is still a straight man.
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Care not for the sex,
And ignore the gender,
Stand shoulder to shoulder,
And never surrender.
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We are all human,
The same under the skin,
Red blood flowing through,
The veins in all of you.
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We are born the same,
Have the same needs,
Expel the same waste,
And leave the same way.
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Love people as people,
That’s all we need,
Don’t act out of hate,
Respect, love and be great.

A Poem To Stephen


Stephen, I would like to say,
I feel what you mean,
In all that you say.
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I writhe with language,
And feel the play of words,
Especially at the blank page,
Where I can write my verse.
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There’s something exciting,
And mystifying about language,
Whether it is English or gibberish.
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A rhyming poem,
Can get me going,
I absolutely also appreciate,
A good bit of alliterate.
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Never have I felt more myself,
Than swooning over words,
Like a tailor over felt.
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There is also an excitement,
In that special moment,
You hear a foreign phrase,
And you just know it.
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So thank you Mister Fry,
For this spectacular piece,
That please my ears to eat.

I’ll Watch Over You


(c) In Shade , The Caterpillar Shivered, 2019

You may not see me,
My presence may not be obvious,
It may feel like I’m not there,
But I’ll always watch over you.
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In shade or in sun,
When you’re bored or having fun,
It may be blowing a storm,
And I’ll be watching over you.
***
As you sleep in your bed,
Resting your weary head,
Laying there dreaming of what’s ahead,
I’ll be watching over you.
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And when the day is done,
The sun has been and gone,
There’s no-one left for fun,
I’ll watch over you.

With Friends


(c) Friends, The Caterpillar Shivered, 2019

There are days we walk alone,
Quiet with no-one to speak to,
They seem to go on-and-on,
Like an never ending issue.
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Those days are few,
Thanks to you,
We walk together,
Whatever the weather.
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There are days we feel lonely,
No-one here but our thoughts,
And we doubt ourselves loudly,
And judge ourselves lots.
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But you come along,
And we sing a song,
I’m not alone,
When you are home.
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There are days we are sad,
The world keeps us blue,
Everything seems so dark,
And all we need is a spark.
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That spark is you,
A friend who shines through,
With you my sadness ends,
Everything is better with friends.