poetry diary

I rhyme to see myself, to set the darkness echoing. (Seamus Heaney, from Personal Helicon)

Category: Non-poetry

Next to a Footpath at Fuente De

Thank you to Vita Brevis for publishing one of my poems, together with a beautifully apt picture.


Vita Brevis Press.

Submitted by Matthew Rhodes

Lives like raindrops falling into mud,
making rivulets of blood.

Unwasted, yet ungently blown; dashed and mixed and tossed and dropped,
then burned and baked to clay;
stretched tight in frozen screams.

Time, as in a century, will pass
and stir the mud; raise ears of corn
unnumbered like the raindrop lives
that cannot be remade.

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Photo credit: An Italianate Landscape with Travelers on a Path, Jan Both

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Bathing Strictly Prohibited

Excited that my first book was published today – a collection of my best 80 or so poems since 2011. It’s wonderful to see them on paper instead of just on a screen.

Thank you to everyone who’s provided encouragement and feedback over the years (which seem to have passed quite quickly…). Please let me know what you think (and/or leave a review on Amazon).


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