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Luke Mayo
Channelling my thoughts through rhyme
is something that I find sublime.
Read my stuff as you please,
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I wish you a wonderful time.

P.S. I also do non-rhyming stuff. Just so you know.
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No Place for Me
"Cocooned" deals with being within a protective shell. "No Place for Me" takes a rather different view- being stuck on the outside of another person's protective shell. When you love a person, but they won't let you get near them, the heartache can be difficult to deal with....
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Inner Strength
When I think of "Muscle", the first thing that comes to mind is strength. This, of course, applies not just to physical strength, but also to mental and emotional tenacity. It can be difficult to be strong in this wicked world of ours. To survive, we have to muster up all the strength we...
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So Brilliant, So Alone
"Asteroid Belt" addresses a sense of loneliness. It made me think of all the many people who achieve greatness by going up into space and exploring its wonders. There are, of course, other ways of achieving greatness- through art, science, invention or anything else. In keeping with...
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Plants and People
Inspired by the idea of personal human development featured in "Grow", I have considered another type of growth that can be seen in the world around us: the growth of plants and nature. "Plants and People" compares these two different, yet very similar, types of growth.
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Call-Out to Nobody
In response to the theme of "Nameless Peoples" and the struggles that countless Syrian refugees are undergoing, "Call-Out to Nobody" reflects on the loneliness that many people feel throughout their lives. When we are in the midst of struggle, that's when the support of others...
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Under Examination
When considering the imagery of "Windows", I wondered: what are windows used for? To observe the world. Of course, this can be used in reverse- the world can use the very same windows to observe us, and our inner selves. Everyone has that feeling that people can see their inner being and...
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Dull Realities, High...
In response to the theme of "Human", the poem "Dull Realities, High Hopes" considers what the human condition can be like at times. Sometimes, as humans, all we can see is the mundane, slightly boring world around us. It can seem like we are limited by the world, and by our...
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The Joy of Sunsets
I recently saw the most beautiful of sunsets. I was so inspired that I had to write about it. "The Joy of Sunsets" is the result.
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The Power of the Arts
"Art can be a weapon" inspired me to think about the power that art in all its forms has over people. It influences us, gets us fired up and brings us together. That sums up what "The Power of the Arts" is all about.
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Fear of Change
"Revolution", to me, implies a sense of change. We all know how the world changes around us every day, yet this truth terrifies us- hence the poem "Fear of Change".
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A Natural Fusion?
"Will I Ever Understand Nature?" discusses nature with all its wonders and ways. "A Natural Fusion?" discusses mankind's attempts to unite with nature, and the dubious effects which have resulted.
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The Mountain Path
"I see a mountain at my gates" creates in me a sense of awe and wonder. This inspired the poem "The Mountain Path", comparing the process of travelling through life to the process of travelling up a mountain.
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Shackled to Reality
I was inspired by "In Between" and by what may (or may not) be happening between in section. This made me think about being between two different worlds: the physical world that the body inhabits, and the world of imagination which the mind creates. "Shackled to Reality"...
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The Serpent Sleeps
"It is not good to wake a sleeping lion" got me thinking about the tension and fear that would be felt in this type of scenario. "The Serpent Sleeps" imagines a similar scenario with a different animal- the snake.
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Time by the Tree
"Lonesome Blues" emphasises how sad being alone can be. "Time by the Tree" takes the feeling of solitude to a happy, peaceful place.
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In the Cupboard
"This is MY joy... not yours" got me thinking about the kind of things we share with others, and the kind of things we keep to ourselves, hidden away where none can see them. "In the Cupboard" is all about the secret place within ourselves where we keep all our deepest truths...
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Excluded from Joy
"Habitual Jealousy" deals with that well-known emotion in the human psyche- envy. It got me thinking about the conflict that we can so often feel when we see happiness that we are not a part of. We want to be happy for other people, but the feeling of not being a part of it comes to the...
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Tauntings of a Ceaseless...
"Soon comes morning" makes me think: what do we do when we wait for the morning? Sleep! Or at least we try to. Sometimes our brains can make sleep rather difficult. "Tauntings of a Ceaseless Mind" tells the story.
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Nightmares Take Control
"Occultation" addresses "psychological fears", both "real and imagined." I wondered: what if these two elements of fear, imagination and reality, became intertwined? What if life itself became overwhelmed with fear, our nightmares woven into the fabric of the world we...
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An Unsafe Landing
Having considered the various perspectives involved in the story "What do you do now?", such as the cat, the religious people and the criminals, I next decided to consider another possible perspective: that of the meteorite. I wondered- what if the meteorite were, in fact, an alien...
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Loved Unto Death
Thanks to the meteorite, the world is coming to an end. What better time for a previously tongue-tied would-be romantic couple to share their true feelings for each other? In response to "What do you do now?", the poem "Loved Unto Death" tells the story.
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Crimes at the End of Days
"What do you do now?" includes a marked increase in crime rate- the end of the world is coming, so no one cares for the law any more. "Crimes at the End of Days" is a poem about a person just like this- a character who has spent a life living in crime, and is now determined to...
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Prayer to the Rock
"What do you do now?" contains a religious element- people joining together in prayer for salvation from the impending meteorite strike. I wondered- what if people turned to the meteorite itself in their prayers? What if, at the end of days, the meteorite becomes a new object of worship?...
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Cat's Eyes
In response to "What do you do now?", I was particularly fascinated by the presence of the cat in the story. The poem "Cat's Eyes" focusses on the cat's perspective on the meteorite's arrival, with an explanation as to what the cat is doing there in the first place.
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I Shared, You Laughed
I love the way "Begin" addresses the struggles in communicating ourselves with others. The poem "I Shared, You Laughed" addresses these same struggles- how we seek to connect with people who don't understand us, and go on to mock us.
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Island Features, Sea...
"Tropical" is a theme with an emphasis on paradise. In the poem "Island Features, Sea Creatures", I have considered: what if that tropical paradise was corrupted by fear? What if the troubles we'd gone to paradise to escape from caught up with us? What if the dream became a...
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Life's Black Holes
"Temptation", with its quote from Oscar Wilde, got me thinking about how difficult it can be to break free from the things that tempt us in life- no matter how unhealthy those temptations can be. A similar case of affairs exists around black holes- escaping them is impossible. The poem...
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Remembering to Breathe
"Choking on Consumption" got me thinking about breathing, about how important it is and about how troublesome life can become if it is affected negatively. It got me thinking about how, when we're afraid or anxious, making sure our breathing is regulated as effectively as possible can...
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Shadow Self
In response to "Creative Thoughts" and its consideration our "personal relationships with the self", the poem "Shadow Self" addresses our struggles with self-doubt and self-loathing. If we can find love, with each other and with ourselves, the dark voices of doubt will...
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Flow of the Tide
I enjoyed the piece "Nothing is Permanent", created in response to my poem "Joy After Rain". I liked its emphasis on how things change. This made me think of the process of inspiration: how ideas come and go without warning, and how they must be cherished before they fade away,...
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Gateway to the Beyond
The gate which is central to "The old allotments dance", and its transformation into a beautiful piece of artwork, got me thinking about gates and what they mean to me. I realised that the gates that are probably at their most inspiring are the ones that are rumoured to be waiting for us...
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The Departure Of...
With the piece "Shattered", I was particularly inspired by the idea of illusions being broken. This made me think of the illusions we experience in childhood: that the world is this lovely place where nothing is wrong. The poem "The Departure of Childhood" addresses this...
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The Lost Sandwich
I liked the idea in "Passing By" that, as we journey through life, we leave parts of ourselves behind. This idea is at the centre of the short story "The Lost Sandwich", in which the central character's absent-mindedness has some rather problematic consequences.
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Calm Waters of Death
Inspired by the peaceful connotations of water in "Silence", the poem "Calm Waters of Death" addresses the darker side to this calmness of the waters- what would happen if we relax too much when beneath the surface? The consequences may be too dire to contemplate...
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Trampled Lives
"Underfoot" prompts me to think of all the many and varied creatures that we, as humans, encounter in our lives- along with our reaction to them. The insects, the rodents, the so-called "pests"- we can't stand them, and we murder them. The poem "Trampled Lives"...
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Gone But Not Forgotten
In the light of the recent Manchester Attacks, the poem "Gone But Not Forgotten" reflects on the souls who have been taken away by too early a death, and on the love for those souls felt by those of us who remain.
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Tortoise Inferno
"Figures in the Flames" got me thinking about fire, and about the destruction it can cause. This destruction caused by fire forms a prominent part in the story "Tortoise Inferno", where a man loses his home in a fire thanks to one woman and her beloved pet.
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Nature's Sneeze
Inspired by "Pop a Fragrance", I've considered what particular smell stands out in my mind. That smell would have to be freshly cut grass- a smell I would enjoy a great deal if it didn't give me hay fever. The poem "Nature's Sneeze" deals with this smell and its ensuing effects.
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Disappearing Dog
I was inspired by "Unfinished Fox". I liked the idea that the fox is partially visible and partially hidden. This same idea applies to the story "Disappearing Dog", in which the titular animal demonstrates just how talented it really is.
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Ticket to the Mountain
"Think Travel" inspired me to think of all the train journeys I have embarked upon, and how happy most of them have made me. Many of my train journeys have taken me through rural areas, and I have always found such a lovely sense calmness, along with excitement as to what lies at the end...
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Drink Like a Fish
In response to Katie Borkin's "Bottle", I considered what most people do with a bottle. One of the most obvious answers is drink from it. "Drink Like a Fish" is the story of a man who has done just that, and it leads to a rather unfortunate set of circumstances.
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Inner Life
I was fascinated by the idea of "innate life force" portrayed in "Natural Marvel", along with its suggestion that beauty exists within each person. This inner beauty, as well as inner darkness, is addressed in the short poem "Inner Life", which expresses the duality of...
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Elements Unite
I liked the idea in "Water Meets Land" of two different parts of nature joining together. This same idea is central to the short poem "Elements Unite". If two seemingly contrastive elements can join together, why can't humans do the same?
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Built to Last?
"Brick", to me, conveys a sense of stability and security. It represents a solid foundation on which we all attempt to build our lives. This got me thinking about how we all crave that sense of stability, but often struggle to find it. The poem "Built to Last?" addresses this...
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Observer of a Thousand...
"Silk Road", with its focus on the trade route used for transporting various goods, inspired me to think of what sort of people travel down this road. What is it that they take with them? What if there was someone who took up permanent residence on the road who could help them on their...
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Solitary Bliss
In response to the theme of "Tranquil", the poem "Solitary Bliss" addresses what it's like to have social anxiety- the anguish that can be felt in unfamiliar social situations, and the sense of freedom that can be found by escaping into your own mind.
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In the Realms of Sleep
Inspired by "Deep inside the Sleep...", the poem "In the Realms of Sleep" considers what the mind undergoes while sleeping- the adventures, the struggles and the lack of permanence of both of these.
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Sorrowful Silence
"Sad Girl" portrays a deep sorrowfulness through body language. Words are not necessary to demonstrate how low someone feels. Hence the poem "Sorrowful Silence": the saddest people in life are often the quietest.
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The Sinister Deeds of...
I was intrigued by the idea at the centre of "To Hell and The Woman He Loved" involving volatile relationships. Sometimes things can take a turn for the worse in said relationships, causing a whole wave of problems to present themselves. Such problems are addressed in the short story,...
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Safe Place
"T42" by Sander Steins prompted in my mind some very calming, relaxing imagery. This is something I believe we all search for: a sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic world. The poem "Safe Place" explores this search for peace in the midst of the craziness of life.
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Flights of Fancy
In response to the theme of "Culture and Diversity", I have considered what it is like to travel. I have wondered what it is like to travel around in a unique manner, and the effect that such a different way of journeying around might have on the traveller. And thus I present the poem,...
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Stolen Away
"Missing Girls" maintains a sense of sinister eeriness, with all the people (especially women) who are taken away and trafficked by society. The poem "Stolen Away" depicts this same sense of dark mystery with all the people around us that we barely notice, who are taken away to...
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Dance Your Way Through...
I liked the emotional quality depicted in "Dance". I was inspired to write about this same emotional quality involved in dancing in the short poem, "Dance Your Way Through Life".
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The Greatest Adventure
I was interested in the idea proposed in "Chariot" of a child at play and all the imaginative prospects entailed therein. This very same idea I have written about in the short story "The Greatest Adventure", in which the protagonist Billy embarks on his most epic journey yet.
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A New Bird
"Division" uses the imagery of birds to highlight the balance between feeling cut off from others and wanting to be a part of something. I have used the same imagery of birds in the poem "A New Bird", in which a funky-looking bird joins the tree, and the other birds aren't sure...
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In The Mirror
I liked the idea in "Duality" of two people being in the same place. This idea inspired me to think about the mirrors, and of the nature of reflections. "In The Mirror" is a poem which examines reflections in from a rather grim, bleak perspective.
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The Spark of Life
Inspired by the dynamic of suddenness and explosiveness in "Igniting the Mind", I have written the story "The Spark of Life" to address the equally explosive idea of returning the dead to life.
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Cooking Up A Surprise
I like the idea proposed in "Heart of the Home" of the kitchen being that very same thing- the heart of the home. In "Cooking Up A Surprise", I consider the unexpected things that can come about as a result of working in the kitchen.
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Joy After Rain
I loved the way the poem "Cloudy Sky" addressed sadness through the symbolism of weather. Inspired by this, I have done a similar thing in this poem, "Joy After Rain". There are storms in life, but there is sunshine, too.
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Gingerbread Feud
I was interested in the idea used in "Acting on Cruelty" of searching for forgiveness in an unforgiving world. This brutal tension I have addressed using a fierce spat between two gingerbread men.
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Descent of the Animals
"Falling Skies" has a strong visual sense to it- images were created in my mind of the kind of things that may land from up in the air. Some bizarre ideas came to mind- like animals, for example. Addressed in the poem "Descent of the Animals" is this very same occurrence.
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Mystery of the Cocoon
"Metamorphosis" is a piece which inspires me to consider the animal kingdom and the changes they go through. What about new species? What if they go through a development cycle similar to species that we are already familiar with? "Mystery of the Cocoon" deals with the sense of...
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Small Company
The imagery of "Third Person" inspires me to think of the unusual forms that the company we keep can take. The people around us, our friends, can be unconventional. The unexpected friendships that can spring up in life is what inspires this poem, "Small Company".
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Wedding Vows, Mutant Cows
I was very much intrigued by the contrastive idea of "soul mate or cell mate" in the piece "Soulmate". This idea of being torn between what appears to be love and the reality of deeply dodgy (and rather bizarre) deeds is addressed in the poem "Wedding Vows, Mutant...
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The House of My Mind
"Lift the Sadness" inspires me to consider how low our spirits can become, and how we can attempt to raise them. In the poem "The House of My Mind", I address this dichotomy between sadness and happiness by using the mind (where such emotional earthquakes take place) as an...
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Blank Pages
"Erased Moments" provokes in me thoughts of times in life which are lost to the faulty recesses of our fragile memories. I decided to write a poem, "Blank Pages", conveying this same sense of lost memory in terms of life being like a book, and the affected memories being pages...
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A Little Voice
"Someone Inside You" deals with the beauty and wonder of the inner life of each person. In "A Little Voice", that inner world is twisted into a far more sinister idea. What if something dark existed within us? What if it controlled our actions and caused us to speak and act in...
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Dove or Crow?
"Sadness: When Angels Weep" had an ethereal quality to it, implicit within the titular reference to angels and the sound present within the actual piece. The idea of angels weeping created in my mind a sense of both peace (angels) and misery (weeping). I addressed this same sense of...
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Dead Forest, Dead Planet
"Toxic Trooper", both in title and image, conveys to me a sense of poison, along with all the negative, deadly connotations thereupon. It got me thinking: what if the effects of such a deadly poison were widespread enough to take on the entire world? What if this happened so quickly that...
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The Mark You Left
"Unfading" is a piece which deals with the way in which people "stay in our memory even after they are long gone." The poem "The Mark You Left" takes that idea of "unfading" to a far more literal, physical (and perhaps more embarrassing) level.
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Drifting Through Time
In "The Wanderer", the figure depicted appears to be on a journey- who knows where? The path ahead seems unfettered with limits. "Drifting Through Time" is a poem which conveys a similar sense of limitlessness when it comes to journeying through life- or, indeed, through space...
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Trees, Dog, Neighbour,...
In response to the theme of Nightmare, I have considered in this short piece of fiction how even the most ordinary things of everyday life can be twisted into something nightmarish, and how the traumatic incidents of childhood can influence our current fears.
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Data Clone
In response to the theme of Big Data Flow, I've thought of the immense wealth of personal data stored by so many people online. What can be done with all that data? What if it were used for bizarre, extreme purposes? This poem takes a look at this prospect.
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Party Within, Lonely...
Desolation is a piece which highlights a sense of disappointment in life. I have addressed the same sense of sadness in this poem by focussing on a sense of loneliness, which leads to some rather grim results.
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Best Served Hot
Fire Burns Below conveys fire as a sign of danger. Best Served Hot uses the same imagery of fire to convey a sense of passion. We all have that fire in us- never, I say never, let it go out!
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A Life You Don't See
Homeless depicts the sad sight of a man who has fallen on hard times. This poem could easily be about that man. This deals with the struggles that homeless people face, especially being ignored by other members of society.
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A Blank Page
Sub Conscious deals with "emptiness". Life can sometimes feel like this. A Blank Page talks about how we can combat our feelings of emptiness in life by filling our days with good deeds.
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The End of the Forest...
Songs from the Wood depicts the "fantasy world" of a "quiet forest". There's so much mystery that can be incorporated into this. I thought I could address this mystery in The End of the Forest Trail, by discussing the surprises that can be encountered on a journey through the...
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The Signs Around Us
In response to the theme of "Signs", I've been thinking about the purpose that signs serve in our lives. This poem tells us that we should pay attention to what signs say to us, as they could help us to avoid a grim fate.
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The Helium Balloon Takes...
Floating Feather represents the "ups and downs" of life through the image of the floating path of a feather. I decided to represent this same idea of how life can go up and down through the image of a helium balloon.
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After Death
The smoke in Ancestor's Fire represents the spirit which moves on to another place after the body dies. I enjoyed this idea of the spirit living after death. I was also interested in there being a sinister undertone to this life after death. After Death, therefore, deals with the guilt a murderer...
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The Heart-Based Wall
Rocks Before Time includes the rocks of a Cornwall beach. These rocks make me think of being blocked off from achieving our goals by physical obstacles in life (in this case, rocks), so I started to think of barriers which stand in our way in a metaphorical sense. This is what inspired The...
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Caught in a Spider's Web
When I saw the Frozen Web, I thought of what it must be like to be a fly stuck in that web, and the feeling of being trapped that the fly must feel. This poem deals with that feeling of being trapped we all feel at various points in life through being enclosed by circumstances, and how we can face...
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The Two-Season Man
"Media Extensions" deals with "Strangeness" and with "two different things". I am fascinated by this idea of binary opposites, which is where the opposite ideas of this poem springs from. A man is spotted wearing clothes for both winter and summer, which initially...
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The Foe of Fear
A poem about facing fear and not being overcome by it. I was inspired by "Beneath the Surface", which has such lovely language. I hope to capture the same effect in my own work. What's so fascinating about "Beneath the Surface" is the idea of "concealed pain", which...
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Love Song of a Food...
This poem is all about love, and how love for someone can be conveyed through food-related imagery. I thought of how "Two Planets" combined two different realities, and of how I could combine the idea of love with food. I love the idea of there being two separate ideas which wouldn't...
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The Power of Words
A poem examining the impact that words and silence can have, and how both should be used to have a positive impact on others. "Medis Informacija", which is derived from a tree surface, makes me consider nature, and how the beauty of nature can inspire people. I've decided to examine how...
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A What-If World of...
A poem about how different the world could be, and the absurd possibilities that could take place as a result, and how nothing should ever be taken for granted. I found "Atlas Mapping" to be so compelling, so solemn, that I hope to create something similar here. The briefness and...
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