About myself

Why read this? Well, this blog covers a lot of ground. There’s
humour, love poems, introspective drivel, some Shakespearian
parrots thrown in for good measure, ghosts, and oh, did I mention
the original, off beat stuff too, such as alpine sheep smoking grass
(not the narcotic kind, but erm actual grass) and the musings of
bathroom plugholes? I have now.

Briefly, I’m 43, and live in a little town called Stafford in the UK,
not too far from Dr Johnson’s birthpace and Cannock Chase
which is a forest where Henry VIII used to hunt for deer,
hence locally known as “The Chase’. Or as the deer named the place
“Hide!!!” A concept they adhere to even to this day.

I’ve written on & off for about seven years, mostly off until
earlier this year (2008).

You may look at this site and think that there’s quite a few poems here,
and there are retrospectively, but in reality, most were written some
six years ago and I haven’t written anywhere near as frequently since.
Only a handful have been scrawled on paper this year, with a gaps of
many years inbetween.



This poem blog is dedicated to all those I’ve known, who’ve been
there, come and gone, and have yet to be found, and that pretty
much covers everyone. Oh, and the kitchen sink. It’s always been
good to me.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, and if you like anything, take a
few secs and leave a comment. It’s always good to know someone’s
out there! And that means you, Mrs Berg.

Matt 🙂

“If you’re going to brood, why not try your hand at some poetry?”

Some pictures of Cannock Chase


And Stafford



27 thoughts on “About myself

  1. nectarfizz says:

    Love the comic..heh..

    Mine would be more like “If you feel like mooning pull up your pants and write some poetry” (giggle fit commences)

  2. Matt says:

    Lol, I just love the dry wit in that comic. ~smiles~

  3. Cassia says:

    Hi Soub,

    I love the pictures of the Chase and Stafford, they trigger such nice and fond memories … 🙂

    Great comics too, and I really like the whole site, had a look here and there, re-read some poems … 🙂

  4. Matt says:

    Oh, hi Soub, nice to see you 🙂 And yes, I remember that walk with Hexe on the chase.

    He was such an endearing little dog, chasing after thrown stones and then losing where they went, and then picking up and bringing back any ol’ stone just to please.

    Glad you like the site.

  5. Matt says:

    I’m not sure if you’ve seen this, but I thought it was quite funny/cute. 😛


  6. Hi Matt

    Just worked out who you are. Good to hear from you – hope life is treating you well.

    — Claire

  7. Matt says:

    Well, you took your time, Claire *smiles*

    It was really nice to see you again after all those years, albeit briefly, in the coffee shop. One rushing one way, one rushing the other and meeting somewhere in the middle, unexpected, but like a gift to the memory of knowing you then when we were both in Macbeth.

    Lovely to hear from you, please keep in touch. 🙂

  8. tamiam says:

    Some good stuff here Matt; just started putting some of my pieces on WordPress having defected from Blogger.

  9. Matt says:

    Tamiam, thanks for dropping by. Hope to read some of your writings when you get your blog finished.

  10. nectarfizz says:

    Ps.. THE HIDE…ROTFL..am I weird for finding that immensely funny?

  11. Matt says:

    Only as wierd as me for thinking it funny when I wrote it down 🙂

  12. nectarfizz says:

    Mighty lovely pics there Mr. Clendon.

  13. Sharon says:

    Enjoyed the look at your home Matt, a far cry from life in Australia

  14. nectarfizz says:

    M.M. Clendon…heh I know what the other M stands for!!!

  15. Bryan says:

    Hey Matt, just checking up on you. Wow, what a beautiful area you live in.

  16. Matt says:

    Hey Bryan, good to see you 🙂

  17. nectarfizz says:

    A tilted smile on a half-cast day..where we walked the paths unsteady..we may have not known where we were going…but our hearts were more than ready. (smile)

  18. Stephanie says:

    Well, you made me laugh out loud – “Hide!!”. Thank you for that.

    What beauty you are surrounded by, Matt. I’m unbelievably envious. When I was walking home from work tonight, amid the towering confines of concrete and steel (also known as Chicago), I kept looking straight up at the blue sky, and yearning for all things nature. *sigh*

  19. Matt says:

    Ahh, “The Hide”, perhaps I should work that line into a funny/cute poem one day, it’s wasted in my blog intro! No, seriously, glad you found it a trifle amusing.

    What’s this? One sec.

    *is handed a letter by a mysterious messenger with antlers*

    Apparently a group of deer have just read it too and didn’t find it in any way funny, and have decided to boycott any appearances next time I walk on the chase.

    What’s new!

    I think one year I saw what might have been a group of deer in the distance, then my binoculars steamed up, next moment they were gone.

  20. Stephanie says:

    It was a deerage! 🙂 Yes, its been a long day… Actually, a long week. Ah, well, time for slumber. Sweet dreams, my new friend Matt.

  21. Matt says:

    Deerage being like road rage, but forestal inclined, I get it, must be why they have horns too. Incidentally, I looked up ‘forestal” for it’s latin origins and came up with this etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin forestis (silva) unenclosed (woodland), from Latin foris outside. You learn something accidentally new every day.

  22. nectarfizz says:

    You are a loveable geek.

  23. Matt says:

    Well, I actually wish I knew Latin better than I do, and if that makes me a geek, so be it. Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.

  24. Stephanie says:

    Nooo, I meant deer-age instead of mirage! You’re so funny, though, “must be why they have horns too”.

    As far as looking up the etymology of forestal, I do the same thing. All the time. One can never learn too much – especially where etymology is concerned!

  25. Matt says:

    Yes, etymology comes first! About to be chased and trampled over by a pack of deer, do you escape out of the way into the bracken? No! Look up that word “stampede”!

  26. nectarfizz says:

    I happen to love geeks. As for learning Latin:
    “Rem tene; verba sequentur”

  27. Type Writer says:

    My open-mike host is from Stafford…

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