It Is What We Need – Written Between Tuesday 15th February 1994 and October 1994 (Aged 18/19)

It Is What We Need

jupiter is the messenger of peace
why –
does it not –
make it down to earth?
mars is the god of war
but –
we do not need it anymore
just give us a chance
and give us a break
it can be childish and naïve
but i would like to live with a little security
that is what i believe
and i think, that is what we all need
because, we all live and die
and we all bleed
we all laugh and cry, we all go out
and surely, we all question why?




James Garratt – 1994


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26 Comments

  1. You make me want to re-read the (bad) poetry I wrote when I was a teenager. Your is certainly very well written and relatable. Do you feel that your style has changed since the 1990s? And if it has, are there some elements that you find you’re using still?

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    1. That’s a really good question. Firstly, this is my bad poetry period, well for me. I cringe at all this writing, it’s embarrassing but I commit to it because it’s me and I wanted to type everything up. I think there are bits that remain the same, wordplay, style of phrasing etc. That’s pretty well formed, I guess it’s what I wrote about. Being young is always a bit self consuming and the outside world is not fully experienced. I wrote a lot about me, I was very internal whereas now I am much more external. This writing or this period feels very childish but I was young and leaning or as a friend sad to me the other day, it’s growth. I’ve always tried to be honest in what I write, I guess when I was younger there was a bit more, magic, folklore and ghosts :). My writing didn’t really start to form to what I feel is an acceptable standard till about the age of 21, I have things I wrote from that period I am proud of. Can I ask the same question of you?

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      1. That’s the benefit of being older. You aren’t worried about what others think of you. You just say the things you want, provided of course that you always do it politely and respectfully. 🙂

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      2. I think a lot of writers do tend to live for the comments and approval, which i think is a shame, for me, i write for myself, if people like it, lovely, but my pleasure of writing is not dependent on it. Also, the poems people like, are never the ones I do, we all see different things and that is okay.

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      3. Back in the ’90’s I did three anthologies (not very good) e books – I was umming and ahhing about another one but if you want me to submit something, would love to 🙂

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