September 2016 Collage Poem: A Better Place

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Andrex from front to back

Thank you, thank you Andrex!

 

Disordered by lines of deja vu

Press the button and get turned on!

 

A bitch of eternity, especially

If you are a 'Good Wife'

 

I like fish and chips washed

Down with some beer

Autumn dreams, sparkling clear

 

Kissing echoes, blowing words

From a distance, past lives, long exposed,

Zoom into ...

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July Collage Poem

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Sombre words, rigorous debate, helpless giggles:

Poetry lives. Don't play out, girls and boys:

The moonlight is dangerous!

 

My ambition to be described as: "Never mediocre"

 

Sleepless shadows on chintzy walls

Kiss of life was full of passion

Pity it was only a fish!

 

They recede, like wounded soldiers, into forests

Swathed in mist. Mask of beauty, height of...

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May 2016 Collage Poem

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Internal dreams follow you around

with a golden enchantment

 

No one knows the girl who is all alone

In a pub where no one goes

 

Witchcraft, murder, death and anger

 

An accidental queue jumper, that's me!

No one expected doughnut eyes

 

The eager needle drinks its fill

Leaving pools of shadow across antique eyes

The worst death is self-inflicted

But...

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March 2016 Collage Poem

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These words capture our emotions
Bruising the pain into happiness
Stepping into shadows of unsolved mysteries
Shine our milky moonlight up
All you need are hands
And all mankind is displayed within them
Great memories of yesterday
Terrible things happening today
Casual sex and skinny-dipping
Is worth a trip
Little one small step for you
A big one for mankind
Bla...

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February 2016 Collage Poem

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Jesus went for a rather long walk

Through magpie faeces to the slaughterhouse

In the stench of hate

Hanging with religious gangrene

Cushioned in silent landscapes

Immersed silently with broken hope

 

Put away like broken dishes

A poetic riddle told what it could be,

Branches creaking like hands clapping

To the answer given.

 

 

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Hats off to the 60s: December 2015 Collage Poem

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Risky potential in another file

Back row snog leads to a smoke

 

Down on the couch with my

Ticket to ride

Carrying yesterday second hand

Across finer memories across leafy roads

 

And cherish the richest poor child,

Wellies, winkle-pickers, sinking mud.

 

And Mary pondered these

Things in her heart –

Women are smiles. Love wears wellies.

Telephones are sex...

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Hats off to the 60s

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Risky potential in another file

Back row snog leads to a smoke

 

Down on the couch with my

Ticket to ride

Carrying yesterday second hand

Across finer memories across leafy roads

 

And cherish the richest poor child,

Wellies, winkle-pickers, sinking mud.

 

And Mary pondered these

Things in her heart –

Women are smiles. Love wears wellies.

Telephones ar...

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November Collage Poem: Smoke

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Neutral mind draped across grimy windows,

Got to be cocks and screwdrivers

Ducking and diving across unexpected surprises

 

Policies of strange girls from Blackpool

and Brief Encounters recycled in Staleybridge

 

Lumps of snot tubes or mask

Red sore skin rubbed to rust

 

We meet in hospital corridors,

Platforms of abandoned train stations

 

It was 50 yea...

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August Collage Poem: Making Poetic Hay

 

A caged bird in Wetherspoon's

Flashing jazz through messy mental maps

On skull-grey stepped buildings

Where books and more books glimpse

of measured escape

 

Over corridors blocking ways out

edited down stopping feelings

of revenge pleading eases

enchanted in a warped love

 

Messy murder, mental madness

Who is free and who is caged?

 

Too many hang-up...

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July 2015 Collage Poem

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Crimson dust for a forgotten man,

The nuances of place emerge

 

All of us are wearing lace-up shoes

In this we are the same,

And other ways

That are hidden.

 

In screaming, panicked pain swells

 

Help may be

The only thing I can offer,

As well as my ear

And my time.

 

Bleeding the sky with your cosmic clouds

That shelter my dark matter

From within...

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Heart of Stockport II

 

Stockport town is upside down

 

Blue skies, regret for the river that was

I caught your cobble-stones with conviction

Voices from the youth skimming across the waters

 

Love is underfoot, under wet sand

 

Throw stones at the past; take care of the present; enjoy a future.

 

Red streaks blurring wistful meanderings

Lose yourself in the labyrinthine city

This...

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May Collage Poem

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Tense reticence, the kiss of limbs

for Hanging’s biggest fan

 

Free and easy

Scattered island red

Poll blood hundred to the dozen

 

The long, elastic tug-of-war of love

 

Forgive me if I did not understand:

Lord, may my faith grow ever stronger

 

A voice cracking on the radio,

Giving some sort of verification

That the static’s home.

 

I know that it’...

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Exile - March Collage Poem

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Numbers lost tutting in a happy mode
Lost for words but is nice to see you all
One, two, three bloody Mary
Has burnt that toast again
Seeing your face light up
When you see mine
 
A shining beam pierces the darkness
Stallions taking you on a chariot ride
Watching animals at Belle Vue
 

Three two one and the bullets are all gone. 

 

 

 

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February Collage Poem: Cages

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Barely living through the dance of night

Tiger-stripe trapeze in savage growl

 

Swiss diligence with eerie eyes

 

From corridors of incandescence

To alleyways of guttered candles

Room with nothing but lonely memories

 

Ghosts, horror, the present, the past.

Everything changes. Nothing changes

Memories and wishes.

 

Two children play in the ashes

Where...

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January 2015 Collage Poem: Novelty

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Intact, these children dance and sing

Forward and back.

Forget hatred; make love,

but don't whore

 

Don't tell me the truth

Or look at the meanings

In between words

 

Summer is a salad of water

Blue eyes

 

People of all kinds

too many to remember -

Who cares?

 

I see new words in new directions

All new faces and self-reflections

A pill to ...

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October Collage Poem: Sacrifice

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People die for what they say - a sacrifice

I would say.

 

Promises unfulfilled in darkrooms

 

my pen massages,

carefully and lovingly

the waiting page.

 

She is everywoman: sacrifice, laughter, death.

 

U kip I kip we all kip

 

running saved her life

she is all giving

 

the painting of the dog, howling

 

she is all-giving, all-taking, all-lov...

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September Collage Poem: Merseyways

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Wonderful woman lost in her mirror,

worn subject of a Swiss dream

cobbled on the back

of the toilet door.

 

Tiny lights

observe their image

fragile; a subtle glance.

 

The river wild, the river loved, the river mild.

History, life, rivalry

my eyes were filled with tears

from the sight

 

to play by Petrarch's rules the Bard foreswore

 

swept away...

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August Collage Poem: First Jobs

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Strangled thoughts inside and out,

Lost chances rust in lonely sidings.

 

Tailor driven across hope

buried deep under steelworks

strangled in lies

 

hope made of granite

and reinforced steel.

 

The tosser on the dance floor

Throw him into an IT grave.

Once you get used to something, your

imagination loses its mind, use your

imagination and look at som...

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July Collage Poem: 'Grit'

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Blood on flashing dancefloors;

towards the courts of monochrome

our killer slouches home.

 

Time is running out, I'm suddenly aware

and the poetry flows -

and so it goes...

 

The beauty of grit is retrospective.

 

Strawberry juice on chin

swallowed in one breath

over a mis-shaped tattoo

 

Tattoos last longer than love;

ink is the blue kiss of death...

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Options - February Collage poem

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Bardic warriors in the worn tartan

of Christie Cleek declaim

their savage lines:

It's never too late to be early

and catch the wind

 

Taxed to death

Heaven-sent

the mirror whispers a thousand words

we seldom notice

 

Stuffy, smoky stifling atmosphere

of shouting people:

What do they put in our beer?

Stop killing our world -

and don't be late!

 

...

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January Collage Poem: Beginnings and Exits

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Mothers of sons dream troubled dreams

of blowing leaves and anniversaries.

Give me an energetic brush every time

 

it smells like winter, trees sigh softly

and nature floats my boat. Red and gold

leaves scurry along in the force

 

the pungence of words strong enough

to sting the nostrils, sweet enough

to bless the ears

 

glamour in fleece and recognition

...

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June Collage Poem

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True tale of invitation at an early hour,

To rhyme or not to rhyme?!

 

Are we antique if we park where indicated?

Teddies and teapots, soft sleep suits, downy duvets

 

This is one passage that I will pass

 

Antique books; antique folk; antique buildings;

And the greatest antique of all – poetry.

 

A giant poo stuck in the loo

Place is now and the ...

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February Space (February 2013 Collage Poem)

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Sudden light falls shining

through tentative air;

I've got Plath married to Larkin -

where did that come from?

 

Let the Queen

take us from reality,

dreaming of coupling

and cosy nests.

 

Death and the maiden: sure as taxes

and angry mothers-in-law;

secret sadness

masked by convention.

 

Your heart-beat

beats with mine;

I...

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Victory at Christmas - (December 2012 Collage Poem)

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Shimmering words slide across sea-shells;

Franglais babies reach out to the world -

Poetry translates from pole to pole,

Beautiful in any language.

 

Nigel’s naked naughtiness

And still we ask “Why?”

Down the generations, -

Fatherless shaped spaces.

 

Today has been a really good day

Crushed into a cattle-truck;

 

While ghosts await visi...

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Stockport WoL August Collage Poem

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Out of the frame comes hollow art,

Fly as high as life will let you

 

One hug means all the world to me

 

Things aren't always what they seem,

Clothing as well as beauty can be skin deep.

 

Things tatter in dreams

Like soaked pieces of paper

 

A brave sun struggles to penetrate the clouds

 

Red stilettos on the pier

A deck chair with no pr...

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Little Sound (Stockport WoL Cheddar-Poem)

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A sonnet drowns in love.

Patterns in Nature cling to crystal zones:

This singular look on your face

In this time and place,

Touching on the distance but never nearer the truth

 

Moving wedding poem gives weight to sentiments -

A wind of change blows through the trees

 

Holiday antics

Away from prying eyes

Of neighbours, parents and friends;

The yo...

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February 2012 Stockport WoL Collage Poem

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Strong families keep the memory of the nest alive

Music and life lasts a lifetime,

And each cloud holds a smile

 

I’m cold and thinking about John Denver for a while

Listening to the tumbling words that spin

I’m on the asparagus spectrum

 

And what with where-withal and where-without we face

And poets, when called to hate,

Are drawn to hope and love...

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December II - Stockport WoL Collage Poem

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RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRY

 

Silver shadow,

Rue the falling sand

 

Come walk the nights with me

 

Poetic illness when growing,

Ageing,

Living and loving

Then laughing

 

The warmth of my love

Will keep you warm.

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December - Stockport WoL Collage Poem

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Quick to temper,

Know you and me

Well.

 

Oh, child – open your eyes!

 

Stark, the herald angels pose

 

Clear night,

Cold,

Stark crescent moon

Stars bright like jewels

In dark,

Blue

Night.

 

What do you see?

 

Think of what you don’t see

To really understand me.

 

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