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Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2017 by Tudor Rickards




A noble and historic name to share

With Kingsley, Darwin, Dickens, Charles de Gaulle

The great and good upon the honour roll

For purity of soul or exploit rare


The Bonnie Prince, pretender to the throne

Born to be Charles the Third, across the sea,

Might have been crowned, historians agree

And witnessed thus upon the stone of Scone


Neither should the Charlies be forgotten

On stage and screen, they kept us all awake

Chaplin and Chester, Griffith, George and Drake

Some really good, some fair, some rather rotten


For Charles LX, a new decade appears

Here’s to the next half century of years.




TR May 2017

I Took a Little Tiger Moth

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2016 by Tudor Rickards
[In Memorium:  to John Magee and his High Flight]
I took a little tiger moth
On its last journey, today.
We started out from Woodford,
Where before, the great planes were built
In peacetime and in war.
It was sunny.
Blue skies, no wind
All  clear on the smooth unhurried run.
So smooth, I hardly noticed the familiar sights.
We approached Bramhall, where they are building now
To  speed the flow of Cheshire traffic to the airport.
It was only after we arrived, and I had stopped the engine
That I noticed my companion
The beautiful tiger moth
Securely strapped in
And attached to my driving mirror.

Muhammad Ali

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2016 by Tudor Rickards

Muhammad Ali
The greatest
for me.

Don’t think I’ll see
Another Ali
And now he’s free.

I learned to box

But here’s the thing

In a kitchen

Not in a ring


Good King Wenceslas looked out …

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2016 by Tudor Rickards

Good king Wensceslas looked out

On the feast of Stephen

Then he heard a snowman shout

“Don’t get mad, get even”

You should never go it alone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 24, 2016 by Tudor Rickards

These lines were put together from an observation I made about self-publishing.

You should never go it alone

You need all the help you can get

The Roulette Wheel of life

doesn’t pay on a single bet

Terry Gilliam was walking in Rhyl

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2016 by Tudor Rickards

Terry Gilliam was walking in Rhyl

in search of a script that would thrill.

But the wind and the gales

made him get out of Wales

and head for the shores of Brazil

Sonnet 101

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2015 by Tudor Rickards


OK so listen up, put down your phone
Here are the lecture notes I made for you.

Start a notebook or even a word or iPad document

In note form like this, ask an interesting question and search for a ‘creative’ answer.
As it is your poem, you are part of it. More later on this. Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet has the first person pronoun as its second word.

Write all thoughts down
Try to find and describe a vivid thought which helps you give life to the idea
A visual metaphor or simile helps me
This needs distance from your interesting central question.

The Q will make up the three quatrains of your sonnet
The A will be the knockout last couplet
Read out loud and listen to a sonnet you like
Say out loud one you leaned, to hear how it sounds.
Look for your starting line up
The line will carry a rhyme
The last bit of aline is a sound bite
Each quatrain has a structure of sound bites
Like abab
Or abba

Deda Deda Deda Deda deDAY
Deda Deda Deda Deda deBEE
Deda Deda Deda Deda deBEE
Deda Deda Deda Deda deDAY

Play around with these as rhythms

Practice with promising line end or rhyme candidates.
It seems there are rhyming dictionaries you can obtain but I never bothered.

Some great words don’t have enough rhymes so don’t spend a lot of time with them

Others show lots of rhymes. Most of these will have been used too much. You see the obvious lines coming, like in those TV advertising doggerel by advertising dogs.
Don’t give up on these but be ready to go beyond the obvious cliche rhyme

I would not want to start another line
And end up with a much used word of mine

I would not want to start another line
Hoping to write a satisfying verse
Then seeing all I have is worse
Than earlier experiments of mine

Line verse worse mine
Just about struggles past the TV doggerel test. I might even keep it

I f so, I have four lines in sonnet form.

Looking back on these notes the ‘starting line up’ helps more thoughts. I have been working on a book about football,
The manager picks a starting line like a poet picks up candidates for his team of players.

I remember The Rubaiyatt of Omar Khayyam. Fitzgerald got stuck into a game of chess as part of his line-up musing on the nature of life.

So my question might by

How can I write a sonnet?

Shakespeare got there first as usual. By the ‘I’ is different. The subject or do I mean the object will be different.

Put in context, the final two lines although not great poetry, have some honesty. I might keep them.

I would not want to start another line
And end up with a much used word of mine

To be continued

I am on my way.