My Top 10 Reads of 2016

I have had the privilege to plough through many books this past year. Here are my 10 favourite reads of 2016. They range from Poetry anthologies, novels, non-fiction and collected essays . They are in no particular order, and many of them are not new publications … it’s just my 10 favourite books that I have read this past year, some left a profound impression, some I will continue reading in 2017 and beyond, whilst others where just a good rollicking read and the last in the list was just for fun 🙂 . The links are to goodreads.

The most thought provoking books in the list were War and Some Desperate Glory, the most enlightening was A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Painful reads were Resident Alien and Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds. I am still busy reading Map (and will continue with it for some time) so to with TS Elliot’s, Waste Land. There are some companion books that never leave my desk, I keep rereading those, but it would be unfair to add them to the list as they would be on the list every year 🙂

I would love to know what great books you have read this year, please share them, so we can expand our horizons with your reading pleasures. I look forward to sharing many more poems and creative writing articles in 2017 and hoping to have my anthology published in early 2017 … happy reading and writing for 2017. Much love and peace to all of the readers and followers of my journey.

Peace in our Time

peace in our time

para bellum

the edge of a precipice

staring into the abyss

what stares back

hard times, hard rain

grubby hands hold the sticks

drummer boys beat the drum

tapping out the march

marching to a different beat

call for peace, prepare for war

closer to midnight

solitary voice of a person

claiming to be human

rings out

determined to end the war

before it starts

enough trouble

for whose life time

statesmen endeavouring

manage, contain war

others demand

violence, war is justified

the service of some greater good

power, greed, economics

you decide

war and peace remain

two sides of the same coin

to some

world without conflict

remains unthinkable

war must be mankind’s enemy

generation to generation

conscription and destruction

blood, bullets, bombs

time in pieces

peace love compassion understanding

values demanding a voice

are we ready

prepare for war

fight for peace

that elusive contradictory condition

peace in our time

make it real!


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

#micropoetry No. 8

Continuing the challenge to keep writing poems of 144 characters or less. Here are three more #micropoems. Poetry for twitter 🙂


fly to where

just keep flyin’

chase the dark away

keep burn brightly

my darlin’


what’s the secret

to life eternal


that’s how we do it


detached versus involved

slow down the dehumanising

find the balance

if not

doomed to repeat history


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

A Shooting Star

Dedicated to my gorgeous, patient, beautiful wife

saw your shooting star tonight

shattering the black of the night

cutting the dark apart

flying across your amber palette

burning bright for all to see

let your light shine

my darlin’

flying to where?

that’s your mystique

just keep flyin’

my darlin’

you shine best

on the darkest of nights

under the new moon

burning brightly

chasing my dark away

my darlin’

that’s what you do best

dragging me to the light

that’s you

my darlin’

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

An Unfinished Life

what’s worse than death

an unfinished life

with regrets

life a life

worth living

dying leaving

nothing unfinished

only life worth living

is one to live for

dying to live

we all yearn for completion

yet it slips through our fingers

 like morning mist

all that is certain is this moment

the only life worth living

is to be fully human

creating a better world

with intent and actions

the elusive yet attainable

unfinished life

it’s worth it

live it!

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Courage Under Fire

an absence of fear

the ability to suppress

or maybe

there are values of more import

grace, valour, hope

bear defeat

never lose heart

remain calm

capture courage

push on

get up

again and again

consume whatever

life throws your way

let grace possess you

remain calm, rational

even under attack

courage is grace under fire

in spite of consequences

you can only be

a victim of yourself

not others

discipline your mind

be tenacious, persevere

hope always remains


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Lovers Eyes

snapshots of the soul

my eyes are with yours

bearing the weight of lover's eyes

blessed with the eyes of the beloved

doorway to the lover’s heart

through the looking glass

where love resides

my eyes too bright

blind, beneath your gaze

love is blind

even with open eyes

can't see beyond my lover


point blank

right between the eyes

blinded by love


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Lies & Truth

if at first you don’t succeed

lie, lie and lie again

said the politician

all lies

eventually become truth

if truth be told

lies become truth

if told oft enough

all lies

eventually trump truth

knowledge is more difficult

to beat than faith

repeat the lie often enough

it can be crowned

as politics or religion

more the fool is the teller

even he starts to believe

that absurdity

can be believed

as always

twixt and twain

lies and damned lies

becoming truth

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Just One Breath

the beauty of love

all encompassing


potentially unending

stop, breathe

it just takes a second

that’s all it needs

love, lust, life

always one breath away

love is beauty

wrapped in the moments

of one’s life

if you don’t stop

to breathe

you miss it

breathe deep

long & slow

relish that moment

savour it

as it passes by


you get the chance

to breathe it again

and again


© 2016 michael d emmerich

Wide Eyes

empty eyes

dull damaged mirrors

poor reflections

eyes shout

silent prayers

muted when shut

eyes wide open

pennies cover the windows

copper green are the eyes

white eyes tell you

to ease the pain

slumbering with one eye open

eyes wide shut

shot between the eyes


point blank

right between the eyes

love is blind

even with open eyes


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich