A door has opened and you passed through

 to a place free from pain and suffering

 a place of peace and joy

 a place with old acquaintances.

We cannot follow because it is not our turn,

we have to wait, but a lifetime isn’t very long.

The second lifetime lasts for all eternity,

enjoy your new life AJ……..

New Kid in Town

Its all over the streets
there`s a new kid in town
Nitrous Oxide or hippy crack
it`s making the old hippies frown
"we couldn`t have had it like this
is this the new high? what`s going down?

Come get your dreams the devil shouts
here on the shelves is the new fix
cheaper than chips at half the price
come on in and come get your kicks
why wait for life, another dream?
let your blank mind teach you new tricks.

The humour isnt real at all
outside the dream no-one will laugh
a brain shrinks or does it expand?
a desperate call, lifes a reel gas
a giggle here wears a false smile
is it real? How long will it last?

A public discusted, they cuss
from everyone so many frowns
the elders know better, they think
why is there so many clowns
cry out, deserve what they get
when they see coffins going down.
Walkers and joggers and cyclists
everyone wants to get fitter
complaining of society
through bottles, cartons and litter
always someone`s problem not theirs
and now its those tubes that glitter.

In towns and cities and rural
gutters, hedgerows, verges awash
the green and pleasant land of home
decorated with all this mosh
no resources to tidy up
they think, such a waste of dosh.

It wasnt hard to take away jobs
but what of the anguish and pain?
no hope, no life, no future to see
whats going through the kids` brain
a feeling of loss and despair
after all, what have they to gain?

Make sure youre fast next time youre out
or better still why not wear shades
dont want youth spoiling your time
its here so just look away
its all ours, society`s mess
will be swept up, just not today.
Taken away, their goals in life
no more jobs keeping them sane
a cattle market has returned
give them low pay, heartache and pain
the dominant beast keeps them down
look beyond, the rich win again.
Dont judge by what you cant see
look all around, not on the ground
this isn`t their number one choice
in truth society has drowned
Satan took hold when hearts ran cold
and now there`s a new kid in town.

D Marsden © 2021



This world is not home
we’re all passing through
we stay just a while
all wondering what to do
some show love and kindness
such is a girl named Sue.

She mothered her kin
like a hen to her chicks
always there for them
when requiring a loving fix
burning at both ends
candles’ compassionate wicks.

She’s reached her destiny
she’s now gone home
no-one need worry
she’s never alone
many family and friends
before her have gone.

To a life everlasting
a place so grand
a place without pain
we can’t understand
a garden of Eden
she’s holding God’s hand.

When the time comes
we’ll see her again
her youthful form
a girl without pain
for now it’s our loss
forever God’s gain.

Love poem

I love you on a summer’s day
oh how your blood shot eyes shine so
they melt my heart so tenderly
reminding me of piss holes in the snow.

The way it flows in the wind
your long brown hair, it is absurd
catching the light so tenderly
it shines just like a polished turd.

On a brightly lit starry night
your smile matches the moon so mellow
the brightness beams across your face
your teeth an overwhelming tint of yellow.

You have so many traits to admire
I love the grey streaks in your hair
that lovely, wiry texture, so course
reminds me of my grand mama.

I love your red and glossy lips
so soft and are as smooth as glass
pouting out in all their splendour
reminding me of a baboons’ ass.

I asked her hand to betrothed
we’ll spend our days aloft
I bought a ring, I gave it her
she told me to sod off

The First Shall Be Last

Once only in cities
deprivation on streets
angels with dirty faces
no shoes on their feet
no warmth, no comfort, no food
whoever they meet.

Spare a thought for the wealthy
having to see this spilt
all over the street
way up to the hilt
hard life for a rich man
a millionaires guilt.

The first shall be last
the table will turn
the hungry are fed
the guilty will yearn
stoke up the fire
in hell injustice will burn.

D Marsden 2020 ©

Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Sun was shining bright on that summer’s day
cruising along, wind in our hair
just you and I and an open top
So young and free, without a care.

Soon came the day, those wedding bells
that time when we declared ‘I do’
the old ways were left behind
a journey began to somewhere new.

The following year our first was born
a baby girl, a joy to our hearts
now we were three, a family of love
life was so good, nothing could part.

The years rolled along sweetly
then we became four
another girl to add to our joy
a family to cherish for evermore.

Kids soon grow up and parents become old
the years quickly took away prime
no strolling together through field and wood
with dog and kids towing the line.

And just when we thought life had slowed
a granddaughter had touched our lives
and then a grandson, we are well blessed
amazing what comes from husband and wife.

We’ve seen fair times, we’ve seen good
we’ve seen hard times like no-one should
but family hasn’t left, it has grown
we started this journey all on our own.

Happy anniversary Beryl
40 years today
We have something, no-one
can ever take away.

D Marsden ©

I wrote this for our anniversary last year (December 2019).



The country in lockdown
nice day for a ride
he’s exempt from it all
the staying inside
king of the castle
with nothing to hide.

Heed what he orders
stay home or you’ll fear
he’ll send you a postcard
“wish you were here”
no matter to him
he’ll shed no tear.

He needed a break
the scenery so nice
the sun shining bright
Oh those poor eyes
he calls the shots
we swallow his lies.

Working classes
stay in your place
he’s the leader
of the country’s race
right at the top
such a disgrace.

They all to his side
they have his back
integrity and truth
is what they all lack
but sod you all
we’re all right Jack.

Rome didn’t fall
not in a week
but it wasn’t run
by a goon and a geek
the party is crumbling
just as we speak.

The time is upon us
when Nero will play
pride and then fall
that’s what they say
will they survive
time’s fateful day?

D Marsden ©


You were taken from us
and our suffering carries on
we wait a while to reunite
a lifetime isn’t very long.

Your lasting peace brings us comfort
your suffering is no more
the unknown journey is revealed
a door opens for evermore.

We played in cobbled streets
the beginning of our time
it only seemed like yesterday
happiness filled your heart and mine.

We grew up fast we wanted much
teen years came knocking at the door
our machines were clean and fast
a new adventure all the more.

Then came the day to settle down
the years rolled on our families grew
they filled our hearts with love and joy
so proud we were of children new.

Before we blinked, we had grown old
but time is out of our control
there is no turn or going back
we only have an onward haul.

Until we meet again some day
goodbye my friend it’s time to part
I thank you for the times we had
I’ve kept them safe within my heart

D Marsden ©

A Beautiful Girl

A Beautiful Girl.

A beautiful girl died today
a conversationalist, rightly so
a modest girl, an intellectual
although she didn’t really know.

A joy to engage and converse
good times we had shooting the breeze
God blessed me with this Sister-in-Law
memories are made of times like these.

Her pain and suffering at an end
reunited with long past kin,
an endless time of peace and joy
helps us all find comfort within.

Death has no power over the soul
only the flesh grows weak and old
eternal life is what lies beyond
In the scriptures, stated so bold.

So many tears, a river cried
so many hearts stricken with pain
such a cruel fate for all to bare
Beautiful Girl, I know we’ll meet again.

D Marsden 2019©


The kingdom of heaven
we are told is within
your love was so great
for your friends and your kin.

A head full of pain
a heart full of joy
a lifetime of torment
too much for one boy.

No-one can help
a mind to set free
the pain and despair
only goodness we see.

But you gave out much love
you got lots in return
a place of joy you now dwell
the hearts left behind yearn.

One day you’ll re-unite
with family and friends
no suffering or pain
just joy without end.

The time is not yet
the world must turn more
but when the day comes
you’ll be there at the door.