Today is International Men’s Day. To celebrate, I’m sharing with you 3 poems by the wonderful man in my life: my poet-writer-editor-hubby Joseph Robert. These poems were previously published in 13 Myna Birds Magazine in July this year.



You Know I Never Like To . . .

Joseph Robert © 2016


But complaining about complaining is complaining

And I hate to complain but this constant complaining

Really drains my energy and frustrates me

When you complain about everyone’s complaints against you

So, cut to the chase and other stopgap sayings

Do it already, blame a third party

For what we’re singly and collectively liable for

And then we can discuss with great dignity

The finer points of the generic interior design

Or landscape or architecture, depending on where we are

It doesn’t really matter too much as long as we can act

Like we can actually stand each other

We can’t complain

Jeweled / Cut & Clarity

Joseph Robert © 2016


Diamond Truths, Ruby Rants, Sapphire Songs, Emerald Fables

Amethyst Ejaculations, Cubic Zirconium Quotations

Gemstone Words, but missing a gold ring of meaning

To perch upon for their display and setting

They’re loose stones, precious or semi-precious, they’re loose

A palm full of star twinkle

Relevant only if we really force it

If we cast our own rings

With our daydreams overtaking our nights

Overhanging our days

A collection of set pieces

For when there’s energy to spare to do more

Than grin and bear it

In silence

Picking at the walls

Of the coalmine’s dark galleries

On The Casting Couch

Joseph Robert © 2016


Wealthy enough to inspire aspiration

But hard-working enough to be broken in enough

To mis-project myself into bed with you

Sure thing, that body’s sexy enough in this light

But you knew

You’re a character I could enjoy watching suffer

Sincerely concocted tribulations

When you meet your avatar

Of pampered, scented skin

And flatteringly cut cloth

Making dramatic facial expressions at us

With words that aren’t yours or mine

Unbelievable, but

I want to fall into those eyes

And die there 

At least two or three times 

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

16 responses »

  1. Rich Murphy says:

    Thanks for the poems, Leilanie.

  2. Spiros Z. says:

    ..thanks Leilanie.>I enjoyed the poems..I wish you and Joseph
    much luck and enjoyment in your poetic endeavors..will revisit.>spiros

  3. miombopublishing says:

    Powerful stuff Leilanie. good work . Please i would like to feature you in some of my email is talk more.

  4. Dan Nippert says:

    Leilanie… I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog sites I wish you the best…

    Dan PS keep writing

  5. Lisa Snell says:

    His voice is very unique- I haven’t heard anyone else like him.

  6. Ram Krishna Singh says:

    Thanks Leilanie for sharing your poems.
    –R K Singh

  7. M. Majid says:

    Very nice poems…

  8. Shari Jo Lekane-Yentumi says:

    Wonderful poems, Leilanie Stewart! Thank you for sharing! And Happy Thanksgiving! Shari ;-0

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