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About Max

Poet, Creative Writer, Essayist, Political Opinionist and Reviewer. Rock and Roll fix it man with two guitars, a spanner, some glue and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis! Michael aka Max struggles to balance his continued ill luck with the limits of his condition. He also is acutely aware of the difficulties facing M.E. suffers who are abused by the system. In addition to poetry and historical fiction Michael also writes delightful and original children’s stories. He is also considering the completion of the first installment of his imaginative historically accurate stories of ex-pats stranded far from home in Asia during War World II, ‘The Orange Dragon of Old Hanoi’ (Copyright 2007, 2014). ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by aspiring British poet, writer and researcher of historical fiction, and children's author Michael J. Wormald. Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013. The Call of the Thunder Dragon Novel out now

Light is the New Black

The Literary Lollipop

Light is the new black

Even though I’m a fairly practical, logical person, I’m a hippie at heart, and have a tendency to read spiritual books of the holistic, pie-in-the-sky nature. A deeply interested part of me enjoys the dreamer’s perspective, where everything has a purpose, the beauty of earth and ocean is invoked, and life lessons don’t have to be miserable.

However, my practical self is very quick to roll its eyes at everything the right side of my brain enjoys: Art? Creativity? Play? Hardly the foundation of a lucrative career. Sneer, snort, shoulder shrug. Give it up, already! But, it’s especially when this voice gets too loud that I actively look for esoteric, spiritual books to read, through which I hope to wash away all that toxic pessimism.Well, most of it, as it never completely disappears.

As such, I read Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell with two competing voices in…

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WordPress votes for their Favorite Poets

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The Crows

Shenanigans in the air

The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

Biggles would turn a whiter shade of pale, cough politely and leave the room! Falstaff was one of those real Gin swilling swingers of the roaring 1920s, an aviator whose priority wasn’t always ‘getting the Hun’, but chasing skirt, fornicating with flappers and having a jolly good time of it!

Tired of a respectable Biggles, lost without Flashman, can’t get enough Bond? Falstaff is the Black Sheep you are looking for!

Trouble is, that sort of behaviour can bring the service into disrupt! Once discharged from the RAF Falstaff wondered east. The lure of Shanghai, Tokyo and Polynesia kept him away from Europe. That was, until he was broke and cut off by his father. Now a mercenary, in the Spanish Civil war, China and Nanking, – Falstaff become not just an Ace but a legend! It was unavoidable, the King needed Falstaff, so Falstaff went to war!

Volume one…

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Writing without coffee?

Like this? Don't; Like this a lot!

Writing without coffee is possible; but after days two I become a sloth and lived under a duvet on the sofa for the rest of the week.

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The Man on the Moon

Extract from: The Man on the Moon

I am standing on the Silver surface of the Moon.
ith all the world below me,
reathless and numbed with such a wondrous sight.
ear filled eyes make reflections,
hich surround me with faces,
o you are everywhere and No-where all at once.

Moon Landing

The Doctor who was never there

I am standing on the Silver surface of the Moon.
ith all the Earth below.
am bathed in Silver light.
ith all the mankind’s emotion stretched out before me.
can see them all, but I feel their souls.
eel what emotions they might feel.
ow I understand my every error.
have made such stupid mistakes.
ow it is so plain and bright,
ere on the surface of the Silver Moon.
here is nothing to shield me from the light.

published in The Long Hard High way

by Michael John Wormald

The Long Hard Highway.  I’ve been this way before, but I’m still not getting there.  This collection of poems was written nearly 20 years ago, – almost forgotten.

Poetry Book

  • About the book

These stories and poems are from my past.  There is no context, other than my memory.  I continue to write and I continue to struggle to balance my condition Myalgic Encephalitis; with stress, anxiety and depression.  Once, before diagnosis I could not describe my symptoms – after, I found I could remember everything back from when it started 20 years ago.

© M J Wormald, 2014: Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.




A whistleblower trapped in a cycle of disclosure & delay?


Four Fantasic Poetry Books on Amazon

Four Fantasic Poety Books to buy on Kindle. 

Edgar Allan Poe

Peoms, tales  and a novel!
• “The Pit and the Pendulum
• “Annabel Lee”
• “A Dream Within a Dream”
• “The Raven”
• The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket—Poe’s only complete novel

Vickie Johnstone Travelling light – poetry

A collection of 43 poems – long and short, written in various styles. The majority are free verse. Free on Kindle.

Charles Baudelaire The Flowers of Evil (Oxford World’s Classics)

The Flowers of Evil, which T. S. Eliot called the greatest example of modern poetry in any language

Michael Wormald The Long Hard Highway

Outspoken personal portrayal of love, heartache, illness and death.  Unremitting irony, and unflinching conviction and observation

The Long Hard Highway

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