NIGHTMARE

and other
POEMS.
by
John Dyhouse
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NIGHTMARE
and other
POEMS
A third collection o !oetry
"y
JOHN D#HO$SE
© 2014 John R Dyhouse,
All rights reserved.
The copyright of all the poes and other content in
this volue !elong to the author. "nless other#ise
stated.
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This volue of poetry
is dedicated to y #ife and faily.
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Foreword
This is the third volue of poetry, #hich has !een
pu!lished in paper!ac% forat.
The first #as !ased on poes, #hich had !een edited
fro song lyrics #ritten !y yself in the si&ties and
seventies' #hile ( #as still a youngster. The era is
reflected in the thees and the use of clich)s often
copied fro current pop songs.
After a long !rea% fro creative #riting, ( finally
returned to #riting and the second volue, called
*oetry +ro A ,e# -eginning, #as a result and
contained poes ostly #ritten in 2012.
This volue carries on fro that second volue and
is !ased on poes #ritten in 2014. ( have
e&periented #ith ne# styles and thees #ith these
ore recent thees.
( hope you en.oy reading the.
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Ta!le 0f 1ontents
THE DRAKE EQUATION.......................................8
BLAST OFF............................................................10
LITTLE BLACK DRESS........................................12
THE IND AND I.................................................1!
.................................................................................1"
THE NESS TUNNEL.............................................18
A AKE#U$ CALL................................................20
LORDS OF THE AIR.............................................22
A NE DA%............................................................2!
U&BRELLA EATHER.......................................2"
S$RIN'...................................................................2(
TREE HU''IN').................................................28
HOLIDA% THOU'HTS .......................................*0
NI'HT&ARE.........................................................*2
STAND U$ TO FEAR............................................*!
HAIKU.....................................................................*"
THE CLERIHE...................................................!0
Fo++o, -e on the ,e./#...........................................!2
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THE DRA%E E&$ATION
Our Earth alone
Of nine sister planets,
Gave birth to life
Or so we think.
Stellar cousins
In uncounted numbers
Exist in the void
As we all know.
With each of these suns,
lanetar! potential
"arbourin# new life,
Or some do think.
$istances vast,
%eed lifetimes to travel.
"oldin# their secrets
&nknown to us.
%ever to know,
Alwa!s destined to wonder,
Such a difficult call'
Or so I think.
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The first poe in this volue #as one of t#o #ritten
after a visit to the ,ational 5pace 1entre, 6eicester.
0ne of the e&hi!its #as a!out the Dra%e 78uation,
#hich attepted to calculate the nu!er of planets
#ith a potential for civili9ations, #hich ay !e
capa!le of contacting the earth.
This iage sho#s ho# the e8uation is usually
#ritten:
, ; R< = f
p
= n
e
= f
l
= f
i
= f
c
= 6
6oo%s fearsoe !ut actually creates a very large
nu!er !y ultiplying together factors li%e the
estiated nu!er of gala&ies, the nu!er of stars in
each gala&y, the potential nu!er of planets and
others, #hich ( #on>t go into here.
(t results in a very large nu!er of potential earth?
li%e planets #here a for of life is li%ely to have
arisen.
0f course, others have then odified this #ith the
pro!a!ilities of finding the right conditions for life.
This reduces the nu!ers soe#hat, !ut still leaves a
very significant nu!er potential life !earing planets.
@e #ill have to #ait to find out Aif #e ever doB
#hich estiates are correct.
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"'AST O((
Standin# alon#side
(hat silver rocket,
ower and Grace
$ispla!ed with a spirit.
)an*made, massive,
+our stories hi#h.
Ima#ine i#nition.
Ima#ine it fl!.
,lack streak, ,lue Streak'
(heir names speak to me.
Excitement embodied,
)! mind wandered free.
-ount down commenced
Ima#ine the tension.
., /, 0, 1, 2'
,last off. Action.
3ust watch it #o.
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(n the Roc%et To#er at the "D ,ational 5pace
1entre stands a assive -lac% 5trea% Roc%et, one of
the last designed and !uilt !y the "D. (t sees to !e
!uilt out of aluiniu and gleas #ith a silvery
colour.
(t actually stands ne&t to a Thor A!le roc%et fro the
"5A, #hich is painted, ( %no# #hich stood out for
e. Eou can stand at the foot of the roc%ets and loo%
up to see the topost sections. A lift ta%es you up
four floors so that you can appreciate the #hole
length of the roc%ets. They truly are an aa9ing
sight.
This photograph of a Thor interediate !allistic
issile #as ta%en on a later visit to the RA+ useu
at RA+ 1osford.
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'ITT'E "'A)% DRESS
(hat little black dress
On the shop window dumm!,
Attractin# the crowds
Out shoppin# toda!.
(hat little black dress
Was so neat and appealin#,
It sparkled and shone
In a ver! fine wa!.
(hat little black dress
$onated in charit!,
"elpin# the need!
In so man! wa!s.
(hat little black dress
A si#n of a conscience'
)eans so ver! much
(hat little black dress' O4.
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( use a !us t#ice a #ee% to get to #or%, and ( catch
the !us in the to#n centre in front of a ro# of shops.
0ne of these shops is a charity shop run !y 0&fa. (
al#ays arrive at the !us stop early, .ust in case ( iss
it as the services are only once per hour id?
orning. This gives e a fe# inutes to coe up
#ith an idea for the poe ( #ill try to #rite, or at
least start to #rite, that day.
0ne day ( #as idly loo%ing around and caught sight
of the #indo# display in that charity shop. ( very
8uic%ly put a fe# ideas together and #ith very little
editing Adoes it sho#FB this little poe #as !orn.
Ima#e cop!ri#ht of ).%.A. van den ,o#aart published on Wikipedia -ommons
under a creative commons license.
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THE *IND AND I
I battled the wind to work toda!,
A friendl! little bout.
%o doubt I won and won 5uite fair,
"is fin#ers ruffled m! well*combed hair,
,ut I won without a doubt.
"e called upon his friend the rain,
(o help out with the match.
+ar too late to chan#e his fate,
(he result not ever under debate'
(his was, and is. m! patch.
After rain, the heav! bri#ade,
And now here comes the hail.
Solid chunks of ice came sparrin#,
3oined the fra!' set teeth a 6arrin#,
,ut it was all to no avail.
At this he became so an#r!
"e blew up 5uite a storm.
(hunder, li#htnin#, nothin# spared,
+or dama#e done he little cared.
I watched, e!es full of scorn.
Such a fri#htenin# temper tantrum
(he like !ou never saw.
,ut I kept calm, and would not flinch,
I would not bud#e, no not an inch.
"is attitude7 Shock and awe.
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After this he calmed ri#ht down
Embarrassed b! m! scorn.
(he dama#e done, no #oin# back,
%o wa! to take a different tack,
"is locks had now been shorn.
"is stren#th abated, the sun returned
(he spoiled child was done.
Gentle bree8es plied the air,
"e almost wished he wasn9t there,
A new da! had be#un.
This is another poe ( started on y #eary #ay to
#or%.
0n this particular day the #eather #as rather less
than friendly. ( have a t#enty inutes #al% to catch
that !us and ( felt as if it #as considera!ly longer !y
the tie ( reached y destination. 0f course, ( had to
#rite a!out it.
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A$T$MN
Summer recedes,
$a!s len#then,
%i#hts draw in.
Warm clothin# erupts from hidin#
$eep in wardrobe recesses.
(he !ear creeps on.
Shadowed trees
roudl! silhouetted
A#ainst a darkenin# evenin# sk!.
:eaves whisper,
;We are still here<.
Soon colours !ellow, #old, red and ochre
Will carpet the #round
,eneath those ancient trees,
,ou#hs reachin#
(o the sk! above.
(he !ear #rinds on.
Autumn extrava#an8a
"arvested and stored,
:arders bul#in#.
Winter arrives
(he !ear slides around.
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A photograph ta%en in early ,ove!er at -addesley
1linton, a ,ational Trust property.
This ,ational Trust property is one of our favourite
places to spend a couple of hours on a spare
afternoon. 0n this occasion the leaves #ere
!eginning to turn a glorious yello# and a fe# of the
can !e seen already on the ground.
(t #as actually a late autun this year the suer
had started late and seeed to #ant to hang around.
@ho are #e to say this is #rongF
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THE NESS T$NNE'
Walk strai#ht ahead.
(ake the first turn on the ri#ht'
=ou can9t miss it,
It9s the onl! turn
Of course !ou9ll be alri#ht.
Once around the corner
=ou will see 6ust where to #o.
Watch the steps
(he! can be slipp!.
3ust head strai#ht for the li#ht.
At the tunnels end
+ind a secluded beach'
,ut the cliffs
)a! not be stable,
So take care, en6o! the si#hts.
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This tunnel %no#n locally as the sugglers tunnel
#as actually !uilt to service a lie%iln !uilt into a
roc%y cliff, #hich separates the !each fro the area
!eyond. 6ie #as landed on the !each and
transported through the tunnel along #ith other
goods.
During @@2, the tunnel #as !loc%ed !y causing a
roof fall for security, to prevent possi!le use !y
Geran invasion forces. The fall is still in place !ut
another e&it to the !each #as provided !y e&cavating
at right?angles to the original line #hich opened a
little distance a#ay for use !y holiday?a%ers and
the local populous to ena!le this secluded and private
!each to !e used.
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A *A%E+$P )A''
:eaves tap tappin# on m! window
Each leaf pla!ed b! soft bree8es
Wakin# me at mornin# li#ht
In a #entle wa! that pleases
Waves lap lappin# on the shoreline
3ust as consciousness returns
Wakefulness from deep within
(hou#h for sleep m! mind still !earns
Win#s flap flappin# >round m! bedroom
A window9s opened on the morn
In fren8ied haste these win#s are chased
,! li#ht as the da! is born
Who9s rap rappin# on m! door now
I9m not read! for the da!
I know what I said last evenin#
,ut please 6ust #o awa!
It can9t be time, it9s earl! !et
It hurts to raise m! head
I9ll be there soon, !es ? before noon
,ut for now I need m! bed
Stop that ban#, ban#, ban#in#
(hat9s enou#h, I9m #ivin# in
3ust stop that noise, #ive me some peace
I9ll be there, alri#ht, !ou win
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@e stopped in a guesthouse H hotel for a #ee% in the
suer of this year and there #ere ature trees and
a large pal tree right outside the #indo#. A #indy
orning one day gave e the idea and inspiration for
this poe.
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'ORDS O( THE AIR
:ords of the air
4eepin# the peace,
When in the ri#ht hands
$read war ma! cease.
:ords of the air
)asters of war,
Wreakin# untold dama#e
An end we deplore.
:ords of the air
,eaut! unfurled,
Sleek, fast and deadl!
When set on the world.
:ords of the air
$an#erous foes,
=ou@ll pra! for !our life
,efore one of those.
:ords of the air
Generations of peace,
$estructive, !et docile
If warfare should cease.
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@ritten after standing under the !o! !ay doors of a
Iulcan !o!er, at the RA+ useu, 1osford.
(n the initial years of the cold #ar. The I fleet,
including the Iulcan and the Thor issile #ere the
"D>s deterrent force helping to prevent the out!rea%
of a nuclear #ar.
(n fact the Iulcan is an aa9ing aircraft' huge,
deadly and yet so #ell designed it can !e called a
!eautiful engineering triuph. (t did help to %eep the
peace in a dangerously unsta!le #orld
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A NE* DA#
A blue sk!
A #reat sk!
A what am I #oin# to do toda! sk!.
(he sun@s out
%o clouds of doubt
Obscure the warmin# ra!s, so put the fla#s out.
I feel #ood
Of course I should
A da! like this inspires all hearts not made of wood.
A da! to live
A da! to #ive
A da! to #ather hope and 6ust be positive.
A little tiff 7
(hen make a #ift.
Settle that ar#ument. $on@t dare to think, Awhat if7A
A new da!
A new wa!
(o show !our #rateful thanks without dela!.
A blue sk!
A #reat sk!
A what am I #oin# to do toda! sk!.
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A photograph sho#ing a spar%ling !lue s%y, on an
early spring orning. This #as ta%en fro y rear
garden. The lilac tree is still to sho# any signs of life.
This is .ust the sort of a start to the day, #hich a%es
it see alost possi!le to get anything done or to do
anything at all. A great su!.ect for another poe, (
felt.
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$M"RE''A *EATHER
:ast week we saw the sun
Well, summer had be#unB
(his week the rain returned
"ad to brin# out clothes we spurned.
It9s umbrella time a#ain
On 3une the first we should,
,e able to en6o!
Our da!s in li#hter clothes
Cisitin# the beach in droves
,ut it9s umbrella weather
"as the calendar #one wron#7
(he weather don9t belon#.
We9re expectin# sunn! skies,
,ut wind and rain arise.
It reall! is umbrella weather.
I9m lookin# forward to m! hols,
$espite this !ear9s heav! tolls.
At least we9ll see the sun,
(he &49s shores we9ll shun,
And for#et that umbrella weather.
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SPRING
(he temperature slides up that #lass! scale
,ut not without a stru##le
(he wint9r! winds from far to the east
,rin# cold and frost! trouble
,ut as the !ear rolls on,
(he seasons have to chan#e.
Where once was snow and ice
We start to see a ran#e
Of plants and trees come into bud'
(hose harbin#ers of sprin#,
Alon# with lambs and nestin# birds,
Who9ll thrill us as the! sin#7
erhaps the! sin# of warmer da!s
And happier times to come'
Of forested carpets of blue and white
Sprin# flowers hidden from the sun.
A renewal of %ature9s bount!
A promise to us all,
A promise of more to follow
:et9s heed that clarion call.
The last t#o poes o!viously have soething in
coon, the #eather. 6ots of inspiration there.
The first #ritten on a isera!le suer>s day. The
iddle of June and it is still cold, dap and oh so
#et. The second #as #ritten #hen spring finally
sho#ed its presence rather late in the year.
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TREE H$GGING,
"ave !ou ever hu##ed a tree
)! answer9s no, >cept metaphoricall!.
I respect them, treatin# them with care,
I plant saplin#s in m! #arden where
(he! will hopefull! #row and prosper.
,ut hu# a tree, no that9s not for me.
"u##in# trees brin#s to m! mind
A person of the hipp!*kind'
,ut leavin# school with a scientific hat
I had no time for all of that.
%o advocate I for hu##in# trees
(oo proud, I #uess. %o not for me.
As I #rew up, I realised
4nowin# nature made us wise.
As an artist I would paint and draw,
As a #ardener, I stood in awe
Of trees and even #rew bonsai
(hou#h hu##in# trees I still den!
So let me sa! 5uite honestl!,
(hat I have never hu##ed a tree'
,ut I will respect the ri#ht of those
Who choose to hu#
)! case is closed.
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An ancient tree gro#ing in 7ldon *ar% very close
to y o#n hoe.
This is a 5panish chestnut said to have !een planted
here in the fourteenth century. @ho could fail to !e
inspired !y this sight on such a #onderful day. ( a
not sure #here the thoughts a!out tree hugging cae
fro !ut it opened up the #ay to this poe.
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HO'IDA# THO$GHTS
-oloured li#hts sparkle
Deflected in a water! mirror,
$isturbed b! #entle bree8es,
Which keep the ni#ht cool.
"app! sounds driftin#
+rom a nearb! bar*room,
,rin#in# back memories
Of a time lon# passed.
Another da! endin#
Another holida! soon over,
+amiliar routines
(o be re*imposed.
Oh so ver! briefl!
+reedom tasted, not for#otten'
(hou#h life must return to normal
"ope sprin#s for next !ear.
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0n a recent holiday in 6an9arote, #e had the fortune
to stay at an incredi!le hotel. The pool and the
ad.acent !ar #ere al#ays there and, ( ight add,
#ere often ade use of. At night of course the pool
#as JclosedK, !ut still ade a great !ac%drop to the
usic.
-ut one night ( #as idly ta%ing a fe# long e&posure
night shots around the pool and #ith disco usic
eanating fro the open !ar, ( started to put a fe#
lines of a poe together.
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NIGHTMARE
A tantali8in# si#ht amon#st the dream of da!s,
An almost imperceptible ima#e as the sunli#ht pla!s.
I reach out but find realit! wantin#
I falter and hesitate to seem assentin#
(o dark and lustful thou#hts arrivin#
+rom the murk! fo# of ma#ical mountain pathwa!s.
(he likeness takes on a sensual presentation
Should I flee this fast approachin# demon
$ark and heav! beside the tomb
Over*powerin# da88lin# li#hts in the #loom.
-ra8!B (his fast approachin# portent of doom
creates no response but absolute resi#nation.
Extricate !ourself from desperate endan#erment
(he path !ou choose should enable !ou to
circumvent
(his hopeless and insane inaction,
Initiate a swift reaction
=ou need affirmative distraction.
Or else prepare !ourself for lastin# torment.
$2
After a very dry period for poetry fro e, ( actually
sought help fro so?called echanical poetry. This
and the ne&t poe, #ere started !y seeding an on?line
poetry generator #ith #ords, #hich ( felt #ould
result in soething to #or% #ith.
( then used the initial result as a Jstarter for tenK and
edited the poes until they #ere unrecognisa!le as
!eing the sae as the starter verses. (t #as the first
tie ( had used a rhying dictionary and thesaurus to
#rite any poetry, !ut they certainly #ill not !e the
last.
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STAND $P TO (EAR
+ear assails me
Anal!sin# m! bod!
With fri#id hands
+ear disrupts m! thou#hts
)! brain refusin# to comprehend,
Should I run7
Should I hide7
Should I fi#ht7
+ear, like an improbable
(hief in the ni#ht
lunderin# m! thou#hts
Stealin# awa! m! abilities
+or decisive action
I must think
I must exploit
)! remainin# choices
+ear seeks to free8e
)! understandin#
Of the real world
+ear builds upon the unknown
(he unbidden becomes tan#ible
+eelin# powerless.
Wait awhile
,e positive
$4
+ear ma! be defeated
E+ear is not all*powerfulF
Assert the truth
$emand the ri#ht
(o see thin#s how the! reall! are.
+ear will concede
(o !our will and
(o !our ri#htful birthri#ht
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HAI%$
Another #ay in #hich ( tried to end y dry patch,
not sure #hether it 8ualified strictly as #riter>s !loc%,
#as to #rite short poes. ( found the for ( #as
happy #ith #as the Lai%u, a Japanese for #ith a
specific sylla!le count. Three lines #ith /,3 and /
sylla!les. ( found it not too short !ut .ust long enough
to put across an idea.
Lere are a nu!er of Lai%u #ritten over an e&tended
period:
oems arise from words
And words will live forever
+or#et me not
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Ded flowers abound
In for#otten battle fields
,lood colours the earth
***
Inspiration #rows
oetr! brin#s new thinkin#
I improve m! skills
:i#ht fades with sunset
$2
"ail the comin# of the ni#ht
%ow wild creatures rest
***
,lack clouds han# above
romisin# rain, heavens #ift
+ields #row, life returns
***
Warm sun, bri#ht blue sk!'
"olida! season arrives.
Sad' m! work be#ins.
***
"app! tree #ives shade,
Delief from the burnin# sun
Dest awhile' #ive thanks
***
Silver trunk #rows strai#ht
Whisperin# leaves, wind blown
Silver birch #rows tall
***
Delax time passes
=our turn will come, learn, en6o!
Anticipation.
$3
"arsh words cause real pain.
(ake care speak #entl! m! friend,
ain can brin# harsh words
***
A #ate stands open
Will !ou enter discover
Its destination
***
)!steries abound
$ark forces intent on harm
)editate' sta! calm
***
Ori#inal art
,orn within the artist9s mind
-reativit!.
***
Existence is now
What came before is unknown
Accept and believe.
***
+aster, faster still
Dushin# #ettin# nowhere fast
Slowdown, relax, live
$4
)odernit! rules
Excuses man! faux pas
Give me the old da!s
Dain lashed ears of corn
"eads bowed, swa!in# in the wind
(he cold earth waitin#.
***
$ark flowin# water
)irrorin# pain in m! heart'
Silence hides the hurt.
***
Old a#e saps spirit'
Old a#e consumes memories'
)emories do fade.
$C
THE )'ERIHE*

@ell if ( have to say so yself, #riting poetry to a
different forat sees to have released a torrent of
ne# ideas.
( decided to try another for and see if this #ould
also help, this tie ( chose a huorous style invented
!y 7dund 1lerihe#. . -asically it is a four line
poe, #ith a rhying schee of AA-- !ut no etre
or sylla!le count restrictions, the lines often having
irregular length.
(t is often !iographical' #ritten a!out a person, and
the first line should contain, or consist solely of that
person>s nae.
5o, y first t#o e&aples are fro the #orld of pop
usic:?
=ou@ll be aware that )ick 3a##er
$espite his wrinkles, has a definite sta##er.
,ut looks are deceivin#
3ust look at the attention he is receivin#.
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The second uses the coc%ney rhying slang, Lan%
Marvin ; 5tarvinN
Starvin@ "ank )arvin
Gets m! feet tappin@
"e@s m! #uitar "ero
All others rate 8ero
And this one is in honour of the 0lypics this year in
6ondon.
-onsider Sir Do#er ,annister
Daised to kni#hthood from an ordinar! mister
In championship st!le
"e ran a four*minute mile
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(ollo- .e on the -eb/+
( hope that you have en.oyed reading soe of this
poetry and that you #ill loo% out for the ne&t volue,
volue 4. 0f course if this is the first of y poetry
you have read, there are volues 1 and 2 availa!le at
the sae source as this one. +ind y author page on
Aa9on.
+or your convenience, you #ill find e on the
internet at O
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