Please (Written for Nina Lewis)

Please,

don’t censor that beautiful smile,

why mar that moment-meant mouth

with lippy?

You grip me,

when that smile comes from your eyes,

I cannot disguise my delight

when you appear without the mask,

the unnecessary makeup

that breaks up

the raw honesty of your performance.

Please,

don’t censor that beautiful smile,

your eyelashes laugh easily,

your moment-meant mouth

pauses

for poetry,

a momentary stall,

I catch my breath, suddenly realising,

I had not exhaled in a while.

Please,

don’t censor that beautiful smile.

 

 

Written for Nina Lewis (Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2017).  This true sentiment applies to everyone.  You are ALL beautiful the way you are.

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Fragile Houses

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Delighted, Baldy got his hands on ‘Fragile Houses’ (and his pal, poet, Nina Lewis)!  Nina’s debut pamphlet, published by V. Press, is an extraordinary journey through family history and relationships, penned with poetic precision.  There was a subtle sense of peeking at secrets and the joyous jog of pages read, and read again in one sitting, I loved ‘Fragile Houses’.

I felt connected to ‘Connections’ and thoroughly absorbed the other poems.  I was already a fan of Nina Lewis, enjoying her performances at a great many spoke word events, and melting into her eyes when she read to me privately during the Worcestershire Literary Festival & Fringe’s ‘Poetry Salon’.  To have a copy of Nina’s perfectly penned pages, is wonderful.  Inspiring.

You can get a copy of Nina Lewis’ ‘Fragile Houses’ here:

http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/fragile-houses.html

And I suggest you do!

Nobble (For Nina Lewis)

I like words that wobble,

like scribble and wibble

and bobble, greedily, I

gobble, codswallop, such

squabble! Nice to nibble,

but not to nobble…

 

Written for Nina Lewis, a superb poet, whose debut pamphlet is released this year.  Nina is as wonderful on the stage as she is on the page, a lovely lady (who likes it when I write silly stuff like this).  We celebrate National Poetry Day today.  I aim to do so by honouring some of the talented poets who have given me so much to celebrate.