WHEN YOU WALKED INTO MY LIFE

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Nods are due to K. Mellanby for inspiring the tune, Marcie Summers for the vocal,

and Pete Dymond for the arrangement of my song.

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FUEL FOR THOUGHT

We breath air because we must

And not because we might.

Induct...compress...combust

Powers life to ignite.

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AUSTERITY

Austerity -

a policy whereby a political administration inflicts financial hardship on the electorate for

putting its trust in a political administration.

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THE POETRY JUDGE

How do you get considered...

elected or selected...

To decide on the worth of another's work,

And how it should be respected?

 

Is it just an ego trip...

The way to poetry fame "to be",

A judge of poems whose taste will lurk

In the pages of posterity?

 

Are there certain forms expected...

And names of familiarity?

Is it likely to be rejected

If you're unknown...

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SAME THING

I felt for that fellow the other day

Hand hard against face as if to say

Why am I forced to suffer this way?

 

I smiled in sympathy as we two met

While he winced a response I won' t forget

As my "Earache, old chum?" acknowledged his fret.

 

"Nah", he replied, with a hurry-by tread,

"Mobile phone..." - from a quickly shaken head.

"Same thing!" I thought - and just as q...

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POUNDS (NO SHILLINGS) AND PENCE

I was chatting to the fellow who operates the till

In the local corner shop just down the street,

And asking for a chocolate bar I recalled a child's thrill

When leaving school and buying one as a treat.

 

Paying a total of sixpence from the cash of yesterday -

You got two hundred and forty <twenty shillings!> to a pound -

And how that bought a chocolate bar to send me on my w...

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LENINGRAD - a Cold War memory

Let me take you back forty years - to when simple Freedom made me glad

To a different time and a different world - and a March trip to Leningrad.

It was a Thomson Holiday long-weekend  - four days away all told,

That appealed you see to a pal and me - adventurous and bold.

 

We sat aboard that Aeroflot flight thinking what our trip might bring

And I confess to some misgivings whe...

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