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This is for Shopping-Trolley Thomas, Vietnam Veteran and street-wise philosopher. Today I’m not walkingdown the road to the town.Instead I’m climbing up it,to the distant green hill. I’ll find a…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Campbell Grant Nov 27, 2014. 1 Reply

For Bill Grundy [1923-1993] and good times at Granada Studios Manchester UK Grey days always remind me of Manchester,Salford Docks, kitchen sinks, Archie Street,of Rita Tushingham in Shelagh…Continue

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For Appius Claudius Caecus, he recognized the need for good roads. The water lies beyond the ridge,over the water, the ancient bridge,across the bridge on a tedious road,a weary pilgrim, in twilight,…Continue

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Started Oct 3, 2014 0 Replies

The restless Ibis walkswith delicately precise tread picking its waythrough the green, waiving,whispering  reedsskirting the river of life. The immutable Ibisstands high on an outcrop, surveying the…Continue

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Hello Sydney Poetry

Just a short profile: Sydney resident - travelled Europe, America, India, South East Asia, Oceania, New Zealand and Australia. I write songs, poetry, short stories and journal articles.

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At 12:09 on September 27, 2011, Adrian Wiggins said…

Hello Dermott and a warm welcome to Sydney Poetry.

This is a social site built by the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds) for the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds).

You can:

This being a social site the more we all do here the more interesting it becomes for everyone.

While there's no editor deciding what gets published there is just a bit of post facto moderation to keep it clean and on-topic.

I hope you enjoy your time on the site and find it useful.

Best wishes,


At 14:48 on October 2, 2011, Ethel Mildred Malley said…


Thank you for your hellos. Of course I'm aware of Mr McCauley and Mr Stewart. They were imaginary friends my dear brother Ern invented – he even created some poems for them. All three are long gone now I'm sad to say. I hope you're not surprised to learn though that I'm not a believer in ghosts. 

Best wishes, 

Ethel Mildred Malley

At 19:17 on October 3, 2011, william james falls said…
Dermott, will this mug shot suffice . . .bill
At 4:43 on November 17, 2011, Jewel Vercoe Rainbow said…

Dermott, thank you for your kind, wise and encouraging comments in the wake of the attack on my poem about domestic violence by the bitter and twisted Dave Wankering. Also thank you for pointing out the pattern of destructive commentary on other poets' pages by the same Mr Wankering - I doubt that he is a poet. I have notified the site moderator Adrian Wiggins about him, quoting your observations (hope that is ok with you - such people must be vanquished). Warm regards, Jewel

At 20:02 on February 6, 2012, william james falls said…

Thanks Dermott for the comments . . .

the Blarney gets the better of me sometimes !

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Posted on July 20, 2014 at 18:00 0 Comments

 In the early hours of September 1, 1983, Major Gennady Osipovich in a Su-15 missile equipped jet fighter of the Soviet air force took off from Dolinsk-Sokol Airfield on the island of Sakhalin to fly into history and into infamy and to intercept an unidentified aircraft that had penetrated Soviet air space. His unnamed partner was flying a MiG 23.


The unidentified aircraft was a KAL South Korean airline Boeing 747 – 200B flight KE007 from New York to Seoul via…



Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:00 0 Comments

The story of the limerick, the carrier of much folklore, may itself be folklore. Although some researchers assert that this form of rhyme was in use in the golden Grecian years, 448 to 380BC. The great Greek dramatist Aristophanes had a good hand at the terse verse.

Pre-eminent in the 'Old Comedy' genre, he was a brilliantly intelligent conservative with the greatest contempt for democracy. He despised the establishment dramatists. In 'The Frogs' he savaged several of them.…



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The severing of heads in moments of heightened excitement plays an intriguing part in the annals of the Welsh folk culture. This must seriously shine a light on the foibles of the Celts who lived in Wales in ancient times. Many may recall…



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I met him for the first time in the early summer of 1963. I was walking, guitar case in hand, to my appointed busking position. I was in no great hurry. Respectable street-musicians don't rush anywhere, especially not on sunny days, and certainly not in Paris.


He had a collection of sketches of famous people set out along the wall on the river bank. I remember that day and him very clearly. His big brown…


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