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Anniversary

Anniversary

 

Your quiet smile

loud in my head

listening eyes

speaking when

touch removed

 

sorrow returns

 

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2018

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First Performance

First performance

 

Dank, dusty, sweat-smells

in the soft blue light

backstage.

Rope, sandbags,

tape-marks glow.

Scene-stays,

props on the table

in regimental order

for Act 1, 2, 3. 

            Black on white sign

            ‘Silence during Performance’. 

Soft sneakers gently press

in front of each other. 

Movements slow

- considered care. 

Audi...

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Mamba

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Mamba

 

A snake that wraps

its slimy body

around your

good intentions.

 

It has a bite

that transmits itself

into the other person.

 

How to ward off

it’s terrible grip?

 

Best to stand still

heart - bite your lip.

 

Best not to move

or show when you're

in its grasp,

 

though your eyes

are green and all

around...

 

and it's...

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Tiyende Pamodzi...

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Tiyende Pamodzi...

 

Your 50 Zambian years means I am 50 years older.

I was at school when you became independent

but your Independence triggered my own at 14.

 

Not wanting to repeat a year I had just finished,

I refused and found myself a job, instead. My

idyllic childhood safe in Mother Africa's arms

 

meant we learnt young to be strong, resilient

finding our ow...

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Invention

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Invention

 

I don’t need a Bell Curve

            showing the Probability of Distribution

nor an economist theorizing

            about the Positive Externalities

this is no pie in the sky nor castle in the air

            although this romance a novelty for me

            an invention of a future

            love is a collaborative result

            a breakthrough i...

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McDaid's Folk Club

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McDaid’s Folk Club

 

We carefully stepped through the seated crowd,

she smiled in surprised delight

and pulled you down

to whisper invitingly.

 

I watched the young guitarist finger-pick,

thought about her possessive

hand placed on

your willing arm and felt sick.

 

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

(From 'Sketching in Ireland', written during 14 inspiring mo...

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Reserved

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Reserved

Nice to know poetry
is given such credence:
tabled with four chairs,
expected conversations,
words shared and written.

My take on coffee, sitting
on this Chrystal morning,
right next to the beach?
As waves crash foamed,
I smile at my flat white

and it's feathered froth...

 

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013

Written whilst Poet in Residence for 6 months in 2013, represen...

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Counting Sleep

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Counting sleep...

 

I have so many Pinterest boards,

they overwhelm me...

but it’s necessary I check them

every night before sleep.

Gazing at the beautiful photos

calms me, prepares me for rest.

 

It’s a mystery - drives hubby mad

considering  for hours...

glittering jewels, intricate designs,

glamourous clothes.

Royal fashion icons addictively

inspire ima...

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