Wordsworth’s Last Stand

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 7th of May 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In 1844 a railway line, running from Kendal to Windermere in the Lake District, was proposed. Part of the line was intended to run into the heart of the Lakes, an area loved by the poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth was outraged by the new proposal and used his privilege as Poet Laureate to protest to then Prime Minister, William Gladstone. Today’s poem, On The Projected Kendal and Windermere Railway, was written by Wordsworth as part of the correspondence to Gladstone and the media.

In this episode of Poetic Beats, Davy D reads and discusses the poem and some of the related issues around Wordsworth’s protest. If you have difficulty listening to the show a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.

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On the Projected Kendal and Windermere Railway


Is then no nook of English ground secure

From rash assault?  Schemes of retirement sown

In youth, and mid the busy world kept pure

As when their earliest flowers of hope were blown,

Must perish;—­how can they this blight endure?

And must he too the ruthless change bemoan

Who scorns a false utilitarian lure

Mid his paternal fields at random thrown?

Baffle the threat, bright Scene, from Orrest-head

Given to the pausing traveller’s rapturous glance:

Plead for thy peace, thou beautiful romance

Of nature; and, if human hearts be dead,

Speak, passing winds; ye torrents, with your strong

And constant voice, protest against the wrong.



Quiet Zone

Quiet Zone

Don’t Look Behind The Sofa

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s edition of Poetic beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 30th of April 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In this episode Davy D reads his poem, Don’t Look Behind The Sofa. The word Sofa is derived from the Arabic word, suffah, meaning bench. The first sofas were used in 2000BC by the Egyptian Pharaohs and are now a key part of modern day design and living.

Did you know over its lifetime a sofa will host around 782 visitors? If you want to know more amazing facts about the sofa then please listen to the show by pressing the arrow to the left of the sound bar below.

If you have difficulty listening to the programme a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.




Don’t Look Behind The Sofa


Don’t look behind the sofa,

you never know what’s there.

A set of granny’s mouldy teeth

or an eight-foot grizzly bear?


Maybe one of dad’s cheesy socks,

a toffee you’ve forgotten.

Maybe a shiny one-pound coin

or tissues with lots of snot on (uurgh).


It’s dark behind the sofa

where giants go to grow,

where Zombles and Quadrillaks

have discos and who knows


about gremlins and goblins

who meet there every week,

and fairies and demons

who stop by to take a seat.


There’s another world behind your sofa

that comes to life while you sleep.

If you think you’re brave enough

creep downstairs tonight and peek.


© Davy D 2018






The Laureate of Nonsense

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats, with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 23rd of April 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

Edward Lear was often referred to as the Laureate of Nonsense and famous for turning his travels around the world into limerick form. He wrote poetry as an escape from his main profession as an illustrator and painter of birds and landscapes. He also spent time as Art Master to Queen Victoria, teaching her to draw and paint.

In this episode of Poetic Beats Davy D reads Lear’s poem, The Table And The Chair, which is taken from his second collection, Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, published in 1871.

If you have difficulty listening to the show a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.

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The Table And The Chair


Said the Table to the Chair,

‘You can hardly be aware,

‘How I suffer from the heat,

‘And from chilblains on my feet!

‘If we took a little walk,

‘We might have a little talk!

‘Pray let us take the air!’

Said the Table to the Chair.



Said the Chair unto the Table,

‘Now you know we are not able!

‘How foolishly you talk,

‘When you know we cannot walk!’

Said the Table, with a sigh,

‘It can do no harm to try,

‘I’ve as many legs as you,

‘Why can’t we walk on two?’



So they both went slowly down,

And walked about the town

With a cheerful bumpy sound,

As they toddled round and round.

And everybody cried,

As they hastened to their side,

‘See! the Table and the Chair

‘Have come out to take the air!’



But in going down an alley,

To a castle in a valley,

They completely lost their way,

And wandered all the day,

Till, to see them safely back,

They paid a Ducky-quack,

And a Beetle, and a Mouse,

Who took them to their house.



Then they whispered to each other,

‘O delightful little brother!

‘What a lovely walk we’ve taken!

‘Let us dine on Beans and Bacon!’

So the Ducky, and the leetle

Browny-Mousy and the Beetle

Dined, and danced upon their heads

Till they toddled to their beds.


Edward Lear








It is energising and refreshing to take a break from the daily routine and the last three weeks were wonderful, spending quality time with friends and family. The break also allowed me to reconnect with nature and more importantly myself.

Over the last couple of years things have moved fast with Inside The Mind Of Davy D. I worked out most weeks I have been spending in excess of 20 hours a week on social media, managing the blog, visiting and commenting on other bloggers sites, handling the social media accounts associated with the blog.

Although this has been fun and exciting, the recent break highlighted how this approach has started to leave me exhausted and pulled me away from the core of who I am and what I am trying to achieve with my poetry. Add to this a recent health scare, and it has made me realise I need to spend more time connecting with the world around me and the poetry I want to find and write. I also need to make time for a couple of other projects with Poetic Beats, including putting together a podcast centered around poets and poetry.

To do this, I am reducing my time on the blog and going, for the future, to posting two days a week. I will be posting on Tuesdays, which will be a mix of Poetic Motivations, Thursday Thoughts (now Tuesday Thoughts), my poetry and any other things of interest in the world of poetry. Fridays will continue to be Poetic Beats, the recording from the poetry show on Red Kite Radio.

The upside of this is I will have more quality time to read and interact with my favourite bloggers who have helped me so much to get to this point. Some days I felt I was just breezing through your writing and poems in order to get through as many as possible, and this wasn’t doing the quality of your work any justice.

As David Bowie once said, “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

Cowes To Coniston

Cowes to Coniston

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It is that time of year when Inside the Mind of Davy D is feeling a bit like sawdust and time to take a break and recharge the batteries. For the next three weeks I will be wandering around the Isle of Wight and the Lake District having a bit of rest, recuperation and a search for more poetry.

There will be no more posts until Monday the 23rd April 2018, but please do feel free to peruse the site. I will still be popping in on your blogs and reading all your excellent stuff (WiFi permitting) and leave these excellent words from Buddha to dwell on.

” Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

Spring Haiku

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 26th March 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In this episode we take a trip over to Japan and examine a form of poetry that has caused much debate in the poetry world, the Haiku.  The Japanese Haiku Master Matsuo Basho spent a lifetime travelling and mastering the form we see and value today.  Davy D’s poem, Spring Haiku reflects the spirit of haiku poetry and written using the Western style of the format.

Poetic Beats is taking a break for a few weeks and will back on Friday the 27th of April 2018.

If you have difficulty listening to the broadcast a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.

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Spring Haiku.


To the untrained eye

The haiku masks with its form

And simplicity.


Three lines from “The Now”

a key enabling nature’s

box to be opened.


Take Spring for instance.

A winter beast ushered back

To hibernation.


Dawn sunlight falling

On the Ridgeway, bringing a

Spine to daffodils.


Deep undercover,

the heron set in stillness,

waiting for movement,


distracted only

by mirrored ripples and duck’s

chaotic landings.



And in the distance

Rooked woodlands calling out to

the shadowed walker.


It’s mysterious

The paths we will walk and the

Poems we will write


And read, hoping to

uncover answers to life

and her quandaries.


© Davy D 2018


Say No To Clowns

Red Nose Day

What are your thoughts on clowns?

I love clowns and still remember feelings of excitement when, as a young child, the circus rolled into town. Sitting at the ringside watching them with their large feet and red noses, driving square wheeled cars and wetting audiences with their buckets of confetti. What more could a young boy ask for?

Clowns appear to be having a hard time at the moment with movies like Stephen King’s “It” and the series, American Horror Story. But relax you Coulrophics out there, today’s post isn’t about the joy of clowns, it’s the opposite and a journey Down Under to one of my favourite places on the internet, the “Say No To Clowns” blog, written and hosted by the talented Vanessa.

Some of you may already be aware of Vanessa’s blog, but for those of you who haven’t been there it is well worth a visit. Her self-description of being, “just a girl standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a donut,” gives you an insight of the humour, mind bendiness (is this a real word) and talent on offer with Vanessa’s brand of writing and poetry.

What I love about her work is she squeezes every ounce out of a post and the title, tags, art, music and writing all come together to give your brain a good workout. Vanessa’s poetry is the kind you need to sit with for a few days and her posts always draw you back looking for another clue or another piece of the jigsaw. For an old Detective they are a blessing, a bit like pulling the pieces together in a complicated case.

I could go on all day about Vanessa and her writing, but rather than wasting time reading me blabbering on why not pay her blog a visit and discover the magic yourself.

Here’s the link – Say No To Clowns– have a great Thursday.