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POEM: Something Stinks

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 30, 2014 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Cerebral Eructation

By Mark Cantrell

Bubbles of thought


Burbling, from the murky

Depths of my stagnant Mind.

Fermented, deep, in the vats and tangled threads

Of a foetid brain,

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POEM: The Same Book Forever

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Book Of All Things

By Mark Cantrell


In the future

There is a book, as yet

Unwritten. It has no author


But all the same, it ...

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POEM: Gaza Again, But Not Only Gaza, Strife Ripens Everywhere

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 22, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Garden Of Weeds

By Mark Cantrell

Hate grows in the tended rows

Of coffins and body bags, all

Filled with corpulent fruit.

The crop is sown

In the furrowed brows

Of grieving faces,

Watered by ...

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POEM: For The Fury Of A Blood-Thirsty Deity

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

People Of The Book

By Mark Cantrell



So it spirals,

Howling high in frenzied lust,

The bitter cry of vengeance.

Violent rage, violent acts, all

Fuel t...

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POEM: Once A Fool

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fool’s Gold

By Mark Cantrell



If you want to make a mint

In the midst

Of a gold rush,

Don’t dig yourself a hole,

Sell the shovels,

And the props,...

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POEM: Thinking Through

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 19, 2014 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In My Humble…

By Mark Cantrell

 I like to think

I have opinions

Well-formed and worth a


As I grow older,

I realise

They are...

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POETRY: Wake Up And Smell The Brimstone

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Let Us Be Damned

By Mark Cantrell


If one is Damned

Then why not embrace

Your Hell in all its fiery intensity?

Make it truly yours, and


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POETRY: Try This For A Triage

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There's no rhyme in this threesome

Here's a small selection on poems for you to mull over, while I ponder what to post next. So, don't say I nerve give you anything, after all -- there's three posts here for the price of one...

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POEM: Embers Of Empathy

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Embers Of Empathy

By Mark Cantrell

Embers of empathy


Cooling to clinkers

In the heart’s hearth.

Shrouds of shaded smoke

Billow thick

From the suffocated fires

Of spirit’s furnace.

Ice clads the chilling soul,

Hardening to a bitter shell as heat of

Passion fades.

Mind numbed, heart deadened,

In shuddered cold,

All fee...

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POEM: Vampire's Soup

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

A Dish For The Dusk 

By Mark Cantrell

Vampires love warm soup,

Usually the

Haemoglobin kind,

But it’s little known

The delectation

They find

In a delightful broth of garlic.

They savour

This flavour

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POEM: In The Kingdom Of Freedom

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Speak Now,

Or Forever Hold...

By Mark Cantrell

First they came for the unemployed

And I said nothing, because I knew

They wouldn't listen.

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POEM: Tomorrow Asks The Question

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Future Asks Of Us

By Mark Cantrell


All the dead souls

Living now

Demand of us to know,

What waste of life and ruined hope

Shall they be left to reap?

In our mindless demand for consumer comfort,

Our constipated expression of mind conceited,

The pursuit of pleasure,

Denial of pain, of starvation in the midst of plenty,


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