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Poetry Month April 2018: Two Poems; 'People and Places' and 'On the Breeze'


Ann loves to write poetry and stories. Current poetry on Nature, Travel & beyond, including varied poetic structures.

Poetry Month - April 2018

Please take the time to consider the places in the photos. They portray great differences, yet they all need to be cherished by man. We can ruin forests, change the feel of a place, muddy the waters.

Decide for yourself what you see in these places, what you appreciate, how you would want them to be (stay the same or not?). Think of places around you and how you react with them, how they affect you.

I'm trying to keep up the pace, to write a poem for each day of April, but so far I've managed only these two. Twenty-eight to go, so not necessarily one each day! No promises but I'll try to reach 30 before the end of the month.

People and Places

Do people make places

or is it vice versa?

Just click on the country,

position your cursor.

Then you can choose the location to see;

simple as that, off you go, for a fee.

But is it that simple,

a tick on the list?

I hope not, for you must

consider ‘what’s this?’

And then make that choice, but be sure not to miss

the fact that we influence all that exists.

All nature was first.

This forest, that river,

did it not exist

before you, was it ever

a vision of beauty, so verdant, a-quiver?

Will it stay that way or will it make you shiver?

It must always be so,

not just a man’s ploy

to use or abuse,

but imbibe with pure joy.

It’s there to be cherished,

to show us, to feel

some sense of its wonder,

to make our minds reel.

Places make people.

Observe closely, feel!

AFC April 2018

Destruction by Man

Do We Continue?

This was prompted by a poem written by Shyron E Shenko, about Twitter and Trump. It got me thinking about the sanity of those who push the button or send any other type of bombs.

It's a somewhat idealistic poem but I wanted to share my thoughts anyway.

On the Breeze

Bright and breezy, she’s that way,

Lightly comes the breeze today,

carrying from far away

a whisper of success, but…

It’s on the breeze, it’s in the air.

She doesn’t really have a care;

should she, though, just be aware

of something brewing west?

Breezing by without a thought,

she misses signs the clouds have brought.

I think it’s time she looked and caught

the message of unrest.

She refused the negative,

always wanted positive,

couldn’t deal with relatively

difficult events,

so ignored the news that day

saying bombs were on their way,

thought of war, of an affray,

as merely a pretence.

Full of hope, she clung to plans,

success over in foreign lands,

then one bomb into her hands

changed all; it made no sense.

Bright and breezy it came that day,

on the breeze, bringing affray,

then she listened, tried to say

what she would do to fight.

As she sat in her wheelchair,

after months of patchwork care,

she thought it fruitless, so unfair

and vowed to put it right.

Something different must be done,

all before had died or run.

There must be power in words not guns.

She searched for some insight.

Her words were read across the world,

All corners searched, all flags unfurled,

All pledged to try to stem, uncurl

the trigger-spring of hate.

She could not do, she could only write,

spread these words on the internet breeze:

You are the stone in the middle of the pond.

Push out those gentle ripples of love to those close to you, then gently further.

If there is resistance, then use a bigger stone, larger ripples to reach more shores.

LOVE is the answer. Nothing else will do.

AFC April 2018

Beauty or Beast?

Beauty in Sunsets

Beauty in Sunsets

Beastly Death (Thiepval, France)

Beastly Death (Thiepval, France)

© 2018 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 19, 2020:

Thank you Peggy. I had not read this hub of mine for a long time so thanks for visiting and bringing it back to my attention.

Amazing how these things circle round and round in our world - do we ever learn?! 'Lest we forget' is not heeded much. However, we must keep doing our bit and make those ripples count.

I appreciate your support.


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:

Yes, love is the answer that would help cure many of the ills of this world. Care and concern also count when it comes to keeping our planet clean and pristine for generations to come. It takes work, but it is so well worth it! Keep pushing out those ripples of love!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 15, 2018:

Thank you, Jo! I'm working on it!


Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 14, 2018:

Enjoyed your poems, Ann, and good luck with the remaining 28.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2018:

Thanks, manatita. I'm going to try to get to 30 poems and at the moment my muse seems to be working... we'll see!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2018:

Thanks, Audrey, especially for two visits! Yes, I often think about that too. We must concentrate on the positive.

Have a great week!


manatita44 from london on April 09, 2018:

Ann all your poetry is beautiful. But I started the last first so did not realise that you had taken this brave challenge! Good on Ya!

The second is an inspired piece and very much needed. I was once called the Bard of Solace and I did a piece on the The Sad Face of War. The Emcee loved it but she felt that there was no solace in it. Right or wrong the message was still there, so I looked for a word or words that would also reflect the awakening, Light, reaching the Heart idea, even in the dark poems. With the help of Phyllis Doyle, I came up with the Lantern Carrier.

All your pictures, bar 1, are exquisite and I homed in on the first even before you spoke about it. Let us do what we can ... continue ... continue... in Africa, may sometimes be late.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 09, 2018:

Another set of thought-provoking poetry combined with words of wisdom. The thought of war scares me these days.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2018:

Thank you, Ruby. I appreciate your visit and your valuable input. It is worrying that the button could be pressed.

Ruby Richert on April 08, 2018:

I liked both poems! They caused me to pause and wonder and just a bit of fear crept in. The thought of war is always present, just a button away.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2018:

Thank you, Jamie, for your kind words and thank you for your inspiration to write some poetry again.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2018:

Thank you, bill! I hope you're not too busy to have a peaceful, easy feeling Sunday too, with all the work you have to do! Thank you for your input, as always pertinent and kind.


Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 08, 2018:

A wonderful read this morning thank you Ann. Jamie

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 08, 2018:

Change, Ann....it takes so long to change....small increments at a time, but how much damage and misery can be caused while we progress at a snail's pace. Thought-provoking poems, but I would expect nothing less from you.

Have a peaceful, easy feeling sort of Sunday!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2018:

Thanks, Flourish. I'm glad you like them. I was hoping to provoke some reaction so that's good.

Yes, I have a few more and a pile of hubs but which to do first? Been away too long!


FlourishAnyway from USA on April 08, 2018:

These lovely poems provoke one to think. I hope you'll write more for poetry month. I enjoyed them both.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2018:

Thank you, Shyron, for your kind comment and for inspiring me to write the second one!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2018:

Thanks, Mike. Glad you liked both. I appreciate you popping in and your support.


Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 07, 2018:

Ann, beautiful poems to add to April's poetry month and brighten our mood. I love the lushness of the picture.

Blessings always.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2018:

Congratulations on doing your bit for poetry month, Ann, and who could not love these verses. You have packed such important messages into both poems and it is hard to have a favourite. Your rhyme and flow is exceptional and they were a joy to read.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 07, 2018:

Hello Ann - Poetry month is bringing out the best. I don't have a favorite here. Both have equal weight and importance. Bravo.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2018:

Thank you Mary. I agree we have 'lost the grace of rhetoric'; what a great phrase! It's an ideal but then we have to aim for ideals, don't we?


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 07, 2018:

Love is the answer, nothing else will do. That's a strong statement Ann that I fully support. Yes, as long as resentment and hatred for another reign in our hearts, we will continue to dig graves. The power of words, I believe especially these days when, because of tweets, we seem to have lost the grace of rhetoric.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2018:

Yes, Chris, well said. Thanks for popping in today and adding your valuable input. Always good to see you.


Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on April 07, 2018:

"Places make people." Well said, Ann and true.

The bombs. What to do with the bombs. Dismantle one by one? Destroy the technology? Only to find the other side saved some of both because they knew, rightly, we would too, for the same reason.

The answer, of course, is to ignore the politicians while we love our neighbor on the other side of the world.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2018:

Well, thank you kindly, Eric. 'Perfect' is a great word; I'm grateful! Thanks for dropping by, it's always great to see you.


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 07, 2018:

I just love that second one. It is perfect.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2018:

Thank you very much, Linda, for your lovely words. I'm going to try to stretch my poetry a bit as it's not my most comfortable genre.

I do agree with you, and it's such a fine balance we have to keep. Good to see you today.


Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 07, 2018:

Thought-provoking, well-crafted verses to match the photos. I do hope you write more this month. The earth is a precious treasure but it's not ours to keep. Therefore we must do no harm. We are only the caretakers.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 07, 2018:

your welcome... thanks for posting wonderful poetry...:)

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2018:

You were quick off the mark! Thank you, Frank, for such a great comment. I'm thrilled!


Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 07, 2018:

poetry in motion.. photos mesmerizing.. the crafted poems just leaves a good taste in my mouth.. Bravo Annart... Bravo

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