I like coffee in my mouth
The three of you were sitting there,
A small and humble family.
I saw your head, so full of hair,
From the corner, I sat quietly.
I marvelled at how this came to be;
A baby – honest miracle.
I knew your mother, now you see,
Not one for being responsible.
For nine months we watched you grow
From idea into bump,
We knew and yet we did not know
You’d be real, in our throats a lump.
I cried when your father told me.
I laughed at the birthing tale.
I picked you up, so cuddly.
I missed you, which prevailed.
But baby boy, Joshua James,
Born on August 19th,
The world will never be the same,
Now you’re the centrepiece.
To Kim and Tom, the greatest friends
And parents (can you believe?!)
My pride in you has no end,
It pains me that I’ll leave.
The three of you are wonderful,
I wish you lives of joy.
I can’t wait to hear about it all –
Your story, baby boy.
If someone invented a time-travel machine,
And offered adventure to up-ahead or past-seen,
But you had only one chance to jump on and go,
Would it be past or future? Unforeseen or long ago?
You could try to stop Hitler, or meet Henry Eight,
Join Chris Columbus, find America the Great,
Sing with the Beatles and rock with Elvis Presley,
Watch Shakespeare at the Globe, or kickbox with Bruce Lee.
That old dinner with five people, dead or alive,
Not impossible thanks to this magic device.
But the past is the past, that is true enough said,
Is it wrong to want to visit those that are dead?
The future, after all, is a mystical place,
And we’ll never know what worries we’ll have to face.
Glimpsing years ahead may show you another war,
You could find out in advance what we’re fighting for.
Unanswerable questions could be already solved,
You come back to present, future problems resolved.
Do we stop being selfish, us human beings?
For the sake of our planet, are we foreseeing?
And what of your own life, your friends and family,
Is it all bright and joyous, or should you not see?
Could you return and be happy, or just feel glum,
If you saw that your future was squalor and slum?
So what would you opt for, were you given the chance:
Relive happy times or see new ones in advance?
Perhaps the right answer is one not considered,
Stay here contented, your mind thus not untethered.
Why visit the past when all is unchangeable?
Why see the future when right now is unstable?
Live for the moment while cherishing memory,
Embrace the next chapters; excitement and mystery.
Safely tucked under a duvet cocoon
Alarm rings to say that school will start soon
Arm reaches out and hits the snooze button
An act of defiance, fear – not glutton
Breakfast is quiet, chew slowly on toast
Mum stares, looking worried; angry almost
Toothpaste squeezed on brush, glance a reflection
How did you catch this nasty infection?
Walk to school with a friend who is drifting
Afraid they’ll catch the pain that’s inflicting
Criss-crossing fence, buildings, sign on the gate
School bell is ringing, don’t care that you’re late
Swerve round a corner and met with a sneer
A punch, kick, malicious words in your ear
Teacher as your witness turns a blind eye
Kids being kids, no real problem, a sigh
Worse day by day, week by week, let it end
Infinite problem, can’t even pretend
That the abuse will stop, life is consumed
Hoping someone might help, pain be exhumed
Can’t tell an adult, ignored by a mate
Perhaps it’s your fault, or all down to fate
Food goes untouched, body smaller and hunched
Internal trauma ev’ry time you are punched
What will it take, a hospital visit?
Before words explain, so it’s explicit
Because silence is pain, invisible
But not you, a soldier, with your own war
Temporary darkness, an end in sight
Words are the answer, not physical fight
Speak out, shout, find a saviour, finally
Because youth is too fleeting to be wrecked by a bully.
Here is a poem, written using song titles from my iTunes.
Full list of artists below, try seeing how many you can get before looking!
Hello, Ho Hey, Say Something
Give Me Love, Stand By Me, Sing
My Girl Livin’ On A Prayer
Baby, Fall, I Know You Care
All I Got, it’s Sad But True
I Wish, I Want, Only You.
We Are Young, Larger Than Life
You Ain’t The First, Laserlight
Chasing Pavements, Chasing Cars
Stay You, Just The Way You Are.
No Matter What I’m Me, I’m Yours
Feel The Love, Hurt, Human – Flaws.
Teenage Dream, Climb On Board
Jizz In My Pants, Rock Me, Roar
Pump Up The Jam, Praise You, Shout
Paradise City, Pass Out
Wake Me Up, Grow Old With Me
I Will Wait Tik Tok Happy
Without You I’m Half A Heart
Fly Away Encore Une Fois
Goodbye To You, Let It Go
I Knew You Were Trouble, Low
Internet Friends Under Pressure
No Love, No Good, and No Better.
LIST OF ARTISTS:
Martin Solveig & Dragonette, The Lumineers, Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Ed Sheeran, Ben. E. King, Travis
The Temptations, Bon Jovi
Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding
Newton Faulkner, Metallica
One Direction, One Direction, Ellie Goulding
Fun., Backstreet Boys
Guns n’ Roses, David Guetta feat. Jessie J
Adele, Snow Patrol
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, Ed Sheeran + Wiley, Bruno Mars
Boyzone, Lil’ Wayne, Jason Mraz
Rudimental, Johnny Cash, The Killers, Bastille
Katy Perry, Labrinth
The Lonely Island, One Direction, Katy Perry
Technotronic ft. Felly, Fatboy Slim, Lulu
Guns n’ Roses, Tinie Tempah
Avicii, Tom Odell
Mumford & Sons, Ke$ha, Pharell
David Guetta feat. Usher, One Direction,
Lenny Kravitz, Sash!
Ed Sheeran + Dot Rotten, Idina Menzel (Frozen OST)
Taylor Swift, Flo Rida
Knife Party, Queen
Eminem feat. Lil’ Wayne, The Prodigy, Lorde
(I just wrote what I had on my iTunes so if I’ve missed any featured artists or have listed a cover version well, stop being pedantic.)
The room’s in a spin,
My memory’s a blur,
I went out last night,
But what did occur?
The first drink I had
Was a bottle of lager,
Then we played Ring of Fire
To begin our drunk saga.
A shot of tequila
With lemon and salt,
Moved on to white wine,
Liver under assault.
Disaronno and coke,
A quick cigarette,
Before downing a pint
Of what, I forget.
Welcomed to the club
By a jug of cocktail,
A Sambuca shot
Caused my vision to fail.
I was handed a drink
Which was luminous blue,
With a hint of regret
I ran to the loo.
Then back to the bar
For some quick Aftershocks,
Jäger bombs and a Sourz
To knock off our socks.
Here, my memory fails
But I know I drank more,
Bruises all down my side,
Must’ve dropped to the floor.
I woke up in my bed,
That’s always a relief,
Pneumatic drill in my head,
Beer residue on my teeth.
How much did I drink?
I have no idea.
When I check my bank balance
I’ll be shaking with fear.
But a night out is worth
All this pain and the debt,
Because I’m only young once
And I’ll have no regrets.
Freckles on your nose,
Crying at movies,
Kissing you after.
Our time together,
Unfortunately it wasn’t happy ever after.