Some of my poetry has been published over the years in small press publications. Examples of the sort of stuff I write can be found under my name in www.hellopoetry.com
by Wally Smith
From the author
This is a
collection of poems written over a number of decades, and
includes a number of styles reflecting my mood and my age at the time they were
Published Jun 22, 2010
won second prize in the Slough Writers Poetry Anthology Competition of 2013 with Learning Curves. Here are a couple of poems from the
An image of younger years:
Plying a soft, soothing slime
Of muddy soil. Pleasured dirt,
Where the only clearest crime
For my mother was to the shirt
She had made me wear that day.
The maternal smack did not hurt
So much as the awful way
My ignorance left me in tears.
I live in a neighbourhood and wear it darkly,
tightly over my ears to quiet the arguments,
pulled low to keep me to myself.
I sleep in my neighbourhood for safety
behind four sealed walls of solitude,
a comfort from coldness.
My neighbourhood is made from many fabrics:
real or imagined, most from overseas,
and all I can afford.
One day I shall discard my neighbourhood,
and don my adulthood, which has a peak
for seeing things better.