New Year’s Resolution: Mark My Words

Having just realised that the poem I posted a few minutes ago had already been on the website since mid-January, here is a replacement in which I doff my cap (yet again) to the talents of Macclesfield-based poet and friend, Mark Rawlins.

New Year’s Resolution: Mark My Words

My resolution’s write like Mark,

always rhythmic, often dark.

His politics are sharp and swingeing.

He has the Tory true blues cringing.

His words drill through you, never bore.

His skilful use of metaphor

and simile flash like the stars,

is red and shimmers, just like Mars;

alliteration boldly broaches,

our subconscious minds encroaches.

Adept with onomatopoeia:

clitter clatter, bing bang hear

and never once do his words clunk,

even when his subject’s punk.

Imagine Mark with hair in spikes

and bovver boots in place of Nikes,

kite high, crowd surfing to The Clash an’

studs and chains the height of fashion.

In Verse v Verse, his repetition

sees off all the competition,

sees off all the competition

(in my case, with expedition).

It’s so unfair. It ain’t half gallin’

Sod it! I’ll leave it to Mark Rawlins.



  1. mph26 · February 5

    For some inscrutable reason, the system will no longer allow me to post comments on your poems (which needless to say I’ve read with appreciation). It either gives me a 404 or tells me that my password is wrong, which it isn’t. Strange are the ways of electronic media. Mark.Mark P. Henderson    Writer, editor, folktale collector, storyteller.    Author of Folktales of the Peak District, Cruel and Unusual Punnishments, and other works.    Secretary, “Write from the Heart”.


    • doggerelbanksy · February 7

      Hi Mark, I’m hopeful that this problem has gone away and that you will be able to post your much appreciated comments unhindered. Let me know if there’s something I can do at this end to keep your perspective on the posts rolling in.


  2. STEPHEN JOSEPH · February 5

    You are certainly having fun with lively rhyming🌹🌹🌹xxx

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Margaret Holbrook · February 6



  4. Mark Rawlins · February 6

    Thanks for this, Phil. This is easily your best poem!!


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