Happy New Year Poets and Poetry Lovers

Happy New Year from Marc Latham and fmpoetry. Here’s a poem I just created as I felt a little seasonal inspiration flow. It mirrors words per line each side:
8-6-9-8 (9) 8-9-6-8
and the top half rhymes along with 2009 while the bottom rhymes along with 2010.

Enjoy and best wishes for 2010. Thanks for spending some of 2009 here!

New Year 2010 Poem

Auld Lang Syne my poetry friends of mine
please start singing goodbye to 2009
the year is nearly over but lets not pine
not while there’s life in the sparkling wine

celebrate the year and give wishes for the next

crack open the cool beer year women men
the new year almost upon us once again then
here’s looking forward with hope 2010
let’s hope it’s a good one once again

Hunting Animals and Conserving Species

Today’s poem mirrors Prince Philip’s paradoxical role as conservation champion and huntsman; one side of his character seemingly enjoying the saving of animals’ lives and the other taking them.

Prince Philip Walks a Fine Line

Animal activists want to protect critters and resist hunters
they say it’s cruel and barbaric

Prince Philip protects some animals and kills others

there’s a long tradition of sport
Hunters want to resist animal activists and kill critters

Climate Change poem

I just wrote this and feel a little out of order, as the UN Copenhagen Climate Change conference does seem to be getting the attention of the world, and looks like there could be something good coming out of it.

If Copenhagen goes well, please think of this poem as retrospective, and if it goes pear-shaped please think of it as prophetic!

I rely on heating and fuel as much as most people, and don’t advocate giving them up totally, just doing what we can to keep the planet and all life forms (including humanity) as healthy as possible (well, apart from flies, maggots, cockroaches etc!).

Keeping it Clean: Humanity, Environment and Earth

Underground overground wombling free
we are humans in search of energy
houses need heating, travel needs fuel
we can do what we want, cos we rule
Planet Earth is ours to utilise
we don’t have to harmonise
our material lives are finite
we only care what’s innit
for us and our generation
so lets all have a celebration

Tipping point on the environmental precipice?

put another log on the fire
Planet Earth’s funeral pyre
chop down all the forests
kill mother nature’s florists
let’s make more greenhouse gases
clone more cows and eat out of their arses
It’s not our fault, it’s happened before
but not in my lifetime I do implore
let’s leave it to those in the future
to clean up our mess that lands on their shore.

Marc Latham Interview and Poems Published in Etips

Marc Latham has an interview and two poems published in the December issue of etips, which is available for free if you sign up at the Norfolk poets site from the link on the left.

The first poem is an old one with a bipolar theme, while the second is the hiking Hadrian’s Wall poem that has the ‘bipolar’ Folding Mirror format.

Humanity is the Filter of the World

Hands up if you want to save the Nepal Himalaya

This is the 100th post here on fmpoetry. Thanks to all the contributors and readers.

This poem is hot off the ol’ noggin press, coming into my head just before logging onto the computer and finalised as I write. Maybe it won’t be finalised when I first publish, and further edits will come to me in the future.

It’s dedicated to all the climate campaigners trying to preserve the planet, and hoping for a good deal for people, animals and the Earth next week in Copenhagen. Although clouds may appear as the most obvious filter on Earth, I think humanity is the most powerful.

After a couple of coffees the sunrise has just come through strong and Dave Deen – Thomas DeColita Guest mix is sounding good on Discover Trance Radio. Together with getting some ideas out of the ol’ noggin and into some kind of form makes it not a bad start to a UK winter morning at all. Quite euphoric actually!

Poem Explanation

The poem can probably be seen as an addition to the Surface trilogy, which appeared here earlier in the year. Links to those poems follow the new poem.

It’s a simple Folding Mirror, using a container/filter/liquid metaphor for the world, humanity and concepts, but it hopefully brings together some truths/philosophy in a concise format, which helps to emphasise the points made.

The poem starts at the top and seeps downwards, as liquid does when emptied into a container. Humanity is placed in the middle, as a filter might be in a container.

It mirrors in a 3-3-1 (4) 1-3-3 format.

The Poem

Humanity is the Filter of the World

philosophy, politics, religion
concepts of time

Humanity absorbs, hosts, filters

bringing actions of
positivity, negativity, equilibrium


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This poem did not appear in Marc Latham’s poetry collection published by Chipmunka.

Surface Trilogy 1
Surface Trilogy 2
Surface Trilogy 3