Bad Faith

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That year she was reading Sartre, 
We would sit in the cafe beside her university
And watch the waiters,
She’d make judgements on their core being
Saying their efficiency 
Was an articulation of bad faith.
"Yes but the service is excellent." I’d say.
 
Outside even the tramps looked employed,
Stripping the bins and coin slots 
With the swiftness of ...

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Also by Tom Harding:

Rites Of Spring |

Again

 

Again

 

I am the cold

You hide from in you bed

I am the words we said

The path we tread

I gleam with a discontent

So radiant 

it shuns the sun

To that cold dark place

Where this hell

 had all begun

I am the cold,

The shiver,

The chill, You dread

That comes with thought

Upon the nights we spent

Crafting this

The pain w...

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Also by Ridge A. Dillard:

No Sound | The Heart Wants | Destruction poem #2 | Symbol | ??? | No Way of Knowing |

The Line and Square

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The foundations on which we built Empire

Are scarcely a secret to share

The offensive force of musketry fire

The defensive strength of the square.

 

The advantages of the musketry line

Are best learned mathematically

And not from one hundred metres in front

As Frenchie would no doubt agree.

 

The French they attack you in column

Of maybe 10,000 or mor...

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Also by John Coopey:

Dead Men's Shoes | Cradle - A Triolet | Breakfast of Champions | Wrong Road Roun' - An Urban Villanelle | Night Mail | Doing It Twice | Charente-Maritime | Senior | It's Not 5-0 is it Now, Merv? | Haircut | Ah Yes, I Remember it Well |

Self containing

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you are all shapes

and sizes

of thoughts I have

 

like differences in boxes.

one would have to be huge

for it to contain 'all you are to me'

 

another filled with'needing you'

small,regular

wrapped in truth.

 

a heart shaped one

its contents obvious.

 

the most important of all

made of  solid gold

and bottomless,

 

I ca...

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Late January Afternoon.

its good to see the dazzling

sun again its rays bring out

the different shades of green

and as it dips towards the

skyline now corals the

remnants of the afternoon

 

the frost is in abeyance

although vapour trails betray

direction of departing crews

flying in the zones of the

citrine air and eggshell blue

 

and ground wise by the lake

p...

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Also by Philipos:

Enterprising Ants. | Love Thy Clergy. | Crows. | Bush Baby. | Bottom Rung. | Fortune’s Smile. | Precipitation. | Cans. | Duo. | Sound Warps. | Trilogy. | Mirrors. | Alarm. | Canal-Side by Cheese Light. | Redundant Churches. | The Tumbler. | Freshfield Sands. | Mid January Sunday. | Wind-Blown Tree. | Through the Looking-Glass. | Below the Belt. | Muntjak. | Leaving of Liverpool. | Airport Encounter. | 3am Poem. | Unblessed. | Sargasso Remembered. | Faces of Faith. | One Paw In The Grave. | Briefly. | Inheritance. | Pax Romana. | The Haunting. | The Hard Seat. | Transgression. | Drag Artist - Revisited. | Downed Tools. | Passing Through. | Obit. | One Word Poem. |

Splinters

So I'll tell you something that happened. It was a couple of years ago and it was early in the morning. I woke up quickly in a sweat. I was dreaming about PILLOWS. Rows and rows of PILLOWS. All lined up in a park at night. There was somebody else there but I can't recall who they were or if they were friendly or not. So the PILLOWS looked at me with tiny cotton eyes and enough eyebrow material ...

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Also by Kealan Coady:

If I Wanted | Out At Sea | Reward | The Not Yet Chained. |

Square one

 

 

 

I was redundant

And things were grim.

I had little choice but to accept

The harshness of it all

And start again.

 

My first lesson was money:

I looked at it differently now,

I respected it.

When I think back

I’d been a fool,

But things were good then.

 

To save,

I walked everywhere.

I had a decent motor,

But to fi...

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Also by mike watts:

Birds like that | Dinosaurs and poetry wars | Cider Barry | The last time | Unlucky numbers | Stubborn stain | I confess |

And a Voice

I am not designed for life

not fit for it

I’m merely not strong enough

a weak, hopeless

pathetic template

 

And this dark mood

this deathly visitor

is inside me now

all the way deep

gripping my skull

cutting my thoughts

making it hard enough

just trying to breathe

 

So I lay here

as lost as stone

a thing neither dead nor alive

...

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Also by David Mac:

The night comes |

The Day of Grief And Sorrow

 

The day of grief and sorrow was yesterday.

Another friend of ours had passed away.

It’s impossible to express in words how our hearts pain,

But we all swear, the memory about him will remain.

He was reliable and life he loved so passionately,

Up to the end he was faithful and friendly.

He was his family support and our coach

Without fear, without reproach.

...

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Tags: death

Also by Larisa Rzhepishevska:

Rose lies on the piano keys..... | RZHEPICKS | You Could Call Me | Rzhepick | RZHEPICKS | RZHEPICKS | RZHEPICKS | The Epiphany | RZHEPICKS | RZHEPICKS | RZHEPICKS | RZHEPICKS | Rzhepick | EYES | RZHEPICKS | RZHEPICKS | Your Love |

Where Are The Flowers?

The church is empty

A lighted cross on the wall

Sins and confessions pr-empted

By God’s loving call

 

The sermon is preached

Delivered in a beloved tone

Enlightenment and stability reached

The House of God is our home

 

Gathering together to reverently sing

Organ recitals flowing through the heart

None of us are underlings

Hardship and hate wi...

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Also by Jules Clare:

A New Day | The Gigs of Jules - Salvation | My Flower of Hope | Sausages | Niall's Lament | DINNER TIME | BURNT HOUSES | The Lunatics have Taken Over The Asylum | Jules Latest radio Gig | Cleansing | Freedom | Serenade Me | What A Terrible Mess | Uprising | Losing My Deposit | Hatching Moments | General Infection | Closing My Eyes | But | A Start | A Social Chat | A New Beginning | A Letter From Glen | Today | I Don't Believe | I Don't Care | Bus Stop | Looking Into Space | WOODY WOODPECKER | AND | Knowing Me, Knowing You | I Love It | Turtle Doves | Ten Green Bottles | Everything Has Changed | Jules Clare - The Underground Poet Returns |

The cyanide swan

 The cyanide swan

Ugly duckling, beautiful swan
The gentle cover is now gone
And the evil side is the only one
Some would say she's a con

The mask is off
She's now tough
Some would say rough
Like she hasn't had any love

Maybe she couldn't stand the ridiculing anymore
And was fed up of life being a chore
Or the hatred that was emerging from her core
Was fighting t's way...

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Systemic Usury

Like the Romulain drill
used to create black
holes
To suck all life
and create death
and destruction

So goes the
consortium
of world
banks.
And all
nations
with them.
 
Like a giant
parasite
the banks feed
off of all humans
symptoms are
as follows

 

Abdominal pain Constipation Anemia Anorexia B-12 deficiency Rectal hemorrha...

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It Always Rains on Fiddlers Ferry

  It Always Rains on Fiddlers Ferry (version 1)

 

Fiddlers Ferry powered the lights in our house.
It also kept the TV on and the tape recorder. 
Later, it kept the discs in the Playstation spinning
and my iPod charged.

I remember being sat in my granddad’s van
in the passenger seat on a booster.
We used to drive out that way before nursery,
let the pidgins out before rac...

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Also by James Butler:

Am I Dead? |

Eight Neglected Wonders of a Womb

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The reality of an external life of perdition from the womb is purposefully impervious to the memory This is where gratefulness truly stems A postcard picture of a view of eight embryo's howling in indescribable pain is too much for some to observe Catapulted around like unwanted withered leaves from a tree that once sustained them Raked up by a life of constant negativity and despondenc...

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Tags: childhood

Apple Blossom Song

She went to gather apple blooms all in the month of May,

An eager child who dearly loved a warm and sunny day -

                    an eager child who dearly loved

                                     a warm and sunny day.


Quite unaware of noise and dust that thinly filled the air

She skipped along the gravel path without a thought or care -

                    she ...

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Tags: childhood

Also by Cynthia Buell Thomas:

The moon weeps | Heat Wave | Would you care for tea? (for Elaine) |

Failed States

You begged and begged

and now you're ever in their debt -

they'll stretch a net the size of the IMF

to dress your nakedness; then you're fucked

with a corrupt infrastructure.

 

Your coping mechanisms will fracture,

a cheap contractor will copy and paste

your face into a pastiche simulacrum;

the tic and spasm you call culture

will not feature in the sculpt...

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Childhood Friendship

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Along the pretty Pembrokeshire coast,

Under a sun that shone for ever,

We galloped over emerald cliffs.

Both holding imaginary reins,

Paula and I made spurring noises

To mounts that were supposed to be there.


Our families met while caravanning,

We decided to all tour together.

Big brothers enjoyed their own adventures.

A younger sister still napped after...

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Tags: Childhood

Also by Lynn Dye:

I'm Sorry, I'm English |

A Craving for Writer's Block

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I slaver with anticipation
as your taunts fly past
let me grapple you
while your fangs pierce
and vilest venom spreads

numb my soul and mind

let me scream and cringe
agonise upon this page
let blankness reign supreme
slay this potent pen
for all of eternity

make your emptiness pristine

hover around my carcass
you scavenging vulture
eat away my...

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Tags: block,cramp,writers block,writers cramp

John Doe

When you look
into the eyes of
La Giaconda
she smiles back at you,
but if you look
at her mouth
she is not smiling.

And so it is
with the little boy
in the corner,
- that if I look
at him directly,
he disappears
but look to one side
& there he is again

and
like the eyes of the Mona Lisa,
his stare
follows me around the room.

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Also by Banksy:

another time, another place | business as usual | whispers | My | Murder, she croaked | That's all Folks | Tribe | Meg Elizabeth - No Title | Strychnine or Cyanide ? | Aspirations | pussy in uniform Haiku | Elysium | Someone's Sweetheart | Black & White | Dear Sofa | Leaves on the line | You and I | almost there | under the stars | Liqueurs, Madam ? …. Ooh, Vicar ! |

Poverty Is

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You think poor is…

One car not two

semi, not detached

the right school

the wrong brand

the wrong label.

 

I think poor is…

Tide-lines

thick enough to pick at

cardboard soles

in shoes with holes

and stains that don’t

wash clean.

 

Together

we know poor is…

the curl of a lip

in a hostile world,

the shame

of not fittin...

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Tags: childhood,poverty,relativity

Also by Isobel:

La dee da dee da | Upon Disappearing | SPAM |

elephant

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I always loved the elephant

The elephant in my room

We used to have such laughs and chats

I hope he comes back soon!

 

Each day was such a riot -

oh what would happen next!

but now it's gone all quiet

and I am really vexed.

 

For there has been spring cleaning

He had to go away

And now the house is boring

Cos he’s not here to play.

 

...

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Tags: elephants/rooms/childhood

Also by Ann Foxglove:

like paper | turtle haiku | books haiku | company | kiss haiku | ghazal - under grass | a little journey | sarah beaney | chocolate | dirty dog | I wonder | smoke and mirrors | ros/e | motherfuckinfox | A charm of goldfinches |

Deliverance

As regal as I get,
As vulnerable as I can be.
I push through tranquility
And into exhaustion.

Stuffed to bursting,
Eager to release.
I intrude onto the White 
And deliver my sacrifice. 

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Also by Steven Kenny:

Lullaby for Thermopylae |

just the way it is

Sometimes the biggest effort
can have little effect,
and you're left with
a constant reminder,
like a knife in the gut.

Sometimes the smallest effort
rewards the most,
an efficient deluge
almost brimming over,
bringing satisfaction.

Sometimes, you perch on the fence,
neither easy nor hard,
and the end result is
usually the same.

Sometimes, no matter how
hard you tr...

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Also by Kath Hewitt:

Left turn | My childhood rainbow | What would you do? | untitled again | Fancy adding to this??? | Never alone | (untitled) |

12 Apostrophies: pt2

()

Lets play at

Being mammies

And daddies

Let's sit around

The dinner table

Saying 'Yum,

this is delicious.

Would you like to

try my pasta?'

'Your pasta is

too hard for my

soft lips!'

'Well why don't

you try shoveling it

up your hole then!?'

'Maybe I fucking will!!'

'Do then!!'

 

 

()

No courage

On an empty ...

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Also by Rebel Birmingham:

12 Apostrophies: pt1 |

Fun guy

I glance with head on pillow

As you respond to my recommendation

To ‘try dancing to release

The energy of your elation’

You’re on your knees cuz you can’t stand

You kneel and stick your arms out

Eyes roll back in your head

Mouth forms a poignant pout

 

You wiggle left and squiggle right

And shuffle over with all your might

I peer up at squid-like move...

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Tags: mushrooms

Under The Stairs

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In a stony cold house, many years ago now
Lived a family as happy as fate would allow.
Though leaking the roof, with cracked window pane
And open to elements like wind and the rain.
No bolt on the door, no lock and no chain.
Nothing to steal , no nor nothing to gain.
The children were happy. They ran wild and free.
I remember it well, for the eldest was me.

...

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Tags: childhood

Bucket and Spade (Childhood)

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I recall the rain

Crying into my dreams

No charabanc for me

No trip to the sea

 

Squalling

 

The gusting wind scattered my broken heart

All ways like grains of sand

My bucket and spade

Laid

Hand in hand upon my bedroom floor

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Tags: childhood

Also by Gus Jonsson:

Raged a Wind | Wave Over Wave (To the memory of a very good friend of mine that I never met) |

Blindness of Love

Do you ever wonder?

Elbow resting on the kitchen sink, and ponder,

About the true validity of love,

How who or he, up above

Can intertwine two lost souls

 

Or is it the sweet blossoms of life which confine two blind, forgotten souls.

 

Merged by this, deep connotations of our spiritual imagination

Or did I miss the angelic frustration or our initial attractio...

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Tags: falling in love,Francis BLACK,love,love poetry

Peak Oil Film Reviews

These are a couple of films I have recently seen on Peak Oil - check them out if you can.

 

The End of Suburbia (2004)

Directed by Gregory Greene

A chilling look at what seems to be the imminent demis of the American Dream, the movie examines the origins of modern suburbia and how that way of life, powered by cheap energy, is now threatened by the coming oil crash.

Central t...

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Also by Alain English:

The Sorry People | Gigs this Week! | January Featured Gigs | New Year and New Gigs! | Poetry of the Apocalypse |

Cling On

  The ideas of growing have turned old

forgetting stories once told

with characters who were once so bold

fiction left behind

 

We open our eyes to fact

loosing any sense of tact

our unwritten pact

ripped up in front of our eyes

 

We constantly disagree

questioning everything, never letting it be

replying with misjudged maybe's 

forgetting wha...

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Also by Josh Coates:

Some little pieces | Absent Friends |

Childhood Recollection

Dusk in Northumberland

 

I cannot throw away this faulty photograph

wonder if mother peeled off that oval sticker,

the one I remember:

Boots pronouncement of defects

on red eyes, on the ghosts of double exposures,

Now half forgotten

 

Framed by the stone walls scaling hills

I didn’t know that my great grandfather built or

the skill that made them stan...

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Tags: childhood,Childhood memories

As you sleep

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I woke in the middle of the night

Slurred with illness cold tickling

My throat; my nose red raw. I saw

your body eloquent as a choir

corpse-still your bones were breathing

singing, the chorus chant sighing through you

orchestra woman. My favourite part:

the string section, its high toned rend

tore my heart in two.

 

A broken up shadow your body

...

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Tags: love poems,sleep

Reading (Sestina)

Ian Hayles started a discussion about the Sestina form. Thought I would give it a go...was a little bit of a headache because I just picked the six words at random - book, fooling, apple, mouth, chair and tower - before I had my idea but see what you think folks...

 

 

Reading

 

From the echo, declared the book:

“My fruits are never fooling,

dangling words, a tease o...

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Also by Marianne Daniels:

Neptune's Daughter | Untitled Bubble | I cannot write. | Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously | Generation T(shirt) | Hikikomori | On Reading War |

Stilled

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How do you open a soul that’s already been closed? 

How do you heal a heart that’s already been stolen? 

Where do you go when you’re alone and the only light you see seems to go further and further away. 

 You just have to start to breathe again,

To wake each day ,

To smile again to open yourself  to the world and just hold on to hope and let go of fear

just be just ...

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Cerise Press

The spring edition of Cerise Press will soon be avaialble on-line. It's free, and it's good. Well, I write for it, anyway. All you have to do is subscribe, which is easy - just google Cerise Press and follow the links.

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Emotion

From where did I get the notion

there's something wrong with emotion?

The human tribe runs on feelings,

and we starve if it's all just dealings.

 

So I reject staying remote,

I want to connect, want to emote.

Give myself permission to feel,

let myself love, be loved and be real.

 

A person is not just a book

to open and take a quick look.

Each one...

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Also by Dave Bradley:

Beyond the Garden #3 | Beyond the Garden #2 | Beyond the garden | When is the ground? | Filling time at grandparent's (Childhood) | Ruchill Park, Glasgow 10 a.m. 29th December 2010 | Respect |

Burns Night

Macarthur parked his bicycle between two tartan vans

On Burns night in the Trossachs, 'twas the gathering of the clans

 

An evening of poetry, of rhymes and songs and ditties

While serving wenches strolled around with big plates of Mcvities

 

Someone read a poem about a scottish cat Mcavity

But mostly it was bawdy stuff of lewdness and depravity

 

Macintosh w...

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Tags: Burns Night

New Year

The year begins, as the streets are chaotic past dusk

Looking back, our breath rides against our footsteps

In the fallen snow, gleaming in the street lights' glow

As a dozen shadows fall from view

And, to the day, the bottles burst

Into glasses that are raised

To the endless world of feigned resolutions

But only the year will be maintained

Until it itself is out

...

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Also by Joshua Van-Cook:

Bigotry | The Useful |

Maudlin

Strange to think small dreams morph,

spark dotted pathways on and on.

Still blemished weights of coherence

lie, carve to memory those that last.

 

Shed for absurdity and more,

the tears I cry know no line

or minutes fair, deliberate time.

The best of thoughts live in the past.

 

Witnesses can tut and tsssk,

queue to sign my page for free.

Shout ou...

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Shakespearean

Burning daylight to save her soul from pain;

          the sputtering candle,

whose brief outing casts light in vain.

This strutting player now no longer sees

          the need for havoc wreaked

to wreath in Dunsinane trees

the gloomy portents she chooses to ignore;

          no direst cruelty needs

to walk through that forseen door,

no crone's prophecy blee...

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Also by Petrova C Fairhurst:

Writer's Block | Borderland | Empty | Second Skin | Rewind | Regret | Edinburgh |

Across the universe

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When we look up to the black sky at night
We see the stars and planets back in time
The moonlight's only one second old light
While sunlight, that's eight minute old sunshine
Eight minutes to reach Earth despite flying
As fast as light can. Alpha Centauri
The next nearest star, is - no point lying -
4.3 years old by the time we see
It from our vantage point. It's history
Look ...

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Tags: Boost,Mars,Milky Way,Topic

Also by Antonionioni:

Hair |

OF THE WOODS

A presence made of wood

Slips down a tree

Down by the Deer

Equally camouflaged

Soft un-afraid eyes

Know it won't try to hunt her

 

Presence made of wood

Leafs around its wrists

Creaks in its joinery, past the lake,

Bubbles rise and pop

Fish peek above water

they know it doesn't eat fins

 

Presence of wood

Origins in Oak

free from s...

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Are you a narcisst

Do you pose in pictures on your own?

Think you have pouting sensous lips and eyes of marble stone/

Do you take ass and make it into class?
Do you look in the mirror and can't tear your eyes away?

and  you can't find a partner worthy enough of you

Have you got a blue steel look or Marilyn Monroe pose?

Do you have to many clothes?

Do your friends all think your great?

...

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Also by Daniel Hooks:

you make stories | I have a few questions? | Geekology | Make believe |

Standing close

Mild for the weather for this time of year

outside, standing and chatting and laughing,

standing close and I’m trapped by the wall

and I feel enclosed, and I feel... I...

... feel!

Standing close, I feel.  And I shouldn’t feel.

Rain permeates the non-coloured memories

damp, sodden evenings and damp, sodden mornings

remembering: neglected, remembering rejection

...

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Tags: social commentary

The Scratchers and the Scrawlers

 

The Scratchers and the Scrawlers

 

We shall not forget

Signs scrawled by Neanderthals on almost every wall we walked past.

An N, in capital form with two lines added, which digressed to suggest a capital F.

It was scratched into a table

It was scratched into many a table

It was scratched into too many a table often by near illiterate authors who wanted to blame...

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Tags: bnp,equality,racism

Also by Mark Mr T Thompson:

Africa United | A couple of SA influenced pieces, first is a draft | When they came... | New X (30 years after the tragic fire) | She fed my soul | Confirmed up coming gigs | Equally bad (AKA Rantings of an antisexist man in a post-feminist world) | A why is... | If we are |

The Very First Time

 

She asked me for a kiss,
I had to tell her no not yet,
for I'm a little shy still,
but please don't get upset.
 
She asked me for a cuddle,
I said perhaps another day,
for I got splashed in a big puddle,
when some dog ran past my way.
 
She said "Well I can come in,
and wait while you clean up,
then maybe put the kettle on,
for I know I'...

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Also by Dave Dunn:

Quorellimus Quoragg | She Sang... | While They Scam... | My Head Hurts... ;) | The Borders Of Mankind | New Year Wishes |

Before the Curtains Open

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Before I open the curtains,
close your eyes
and listen to the
soft, almost
invisible breeze
sneaking in and out
of my window still.

Before I open the curtains,
listen to the nervousness
of my every touch
as I gently blow
over the tip of your hair
so it feels
like an imaginary comb
stroking your head.

Close your eyes
and listen to the branches
rustling...

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Silver Foil

Silver Foil upon my head

keeps the bastards out my bed,

they zap me here

they zap me there

trying to get

inside my head but

silver foil upon my head

keeps the bastards out my bed.

 

I see them here

I seem them there

but they won't get me

cause i've had my rum, and

silver foil upon my head

will give me peace

when I'm in bed

yes, sil...

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Also by bernie shelton:

Nerve | Skipping Stones | Afghanistan 74 | Brown Paper Bag | My Puppy Died | The View over Maimana | Dancing | The Bakery | She | Kevin The Keyhole | Painted Faces | Then the Rain Came Down | Stillborn | I AM | Passng of the Moon | The Girl With The Night In Her Eyes | Graffiti | Plastic Sheeting and Jerrycans | My Heavenly Guardian |

Dream

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Searching threw the blue lagoon,
Entering shallows were the boats are tombs,
As I entered I saw a light,
Gave me scare,
Gave me freight.

So I stood still,
In this light was an angel,
And she did fill, every emotion of my own free will,
For all these emotions a man would kill,
So I stood still.

The water was moving,
The sharks were lurking,
While I was searching,
I stil...

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Just some object verse

 I am a Pritt Stick (tm)

 

I love your hand.

The way it encloses,

and folds, it's perfect.

Designed, it seems

for my purpose.

 

 

I am a plastic keyring

 

Pride in my own ability

to hold and to keep.

Acceptance of my

constant, buffetted

and pocketed life.  

 

 

I am a rug

 

Supporting all kinds

of step. No judge

...

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Tags: glue,keyring,nonsense,rug

Also by Jo Mayers:

Another third person relationship poem; as yet untitled |
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