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I am

I AM

You don’t see me

when you airbrush

fill, lift, 

smooth.

You don’t see me

when you homogenize, 

erase

remove.

 

My skin’s not alabaster.

Hairless,

unweathered, 

untouched,

immobile,

unloved.

 

My curves don’t conform

to your limited map

of bosom and butt.

My body

topography 

flows 

its own sweet

course.

 

I am 

fi...

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Growing Up

I am fifteen years old and I think I own the world.

I have a boyfriend and he loves me.

He yells at me but that is okay, he loves me.

He shoves me but that is okay, he loves me.

He slapps me but that is okay, he loves me.

He holds me down as I yell and scream because it hurts but that is okay, he loves me.

 

I am sixteen years old and I escaped my first abusive relationship.

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The Head Of The Wise

“The Head of the Wise”

 

The head of the wise is crowned with gray

Though few will listen to what they say

 

There lives have blessed with many years

Still how they're treated can bring them tears

 

Then as the gray hairs turn to white

They loose their hearing and then their sight

 

Some say their cranky and though that is true

Still they need love from me and y...

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Please Don't Grow Up

We all couldn't wait

To grow up, to get out

To fully understand

What the world was about

Only to find

On the other side

The beauty we saw

As a child, had died

The day turned to night

The blue turned to gray

The innocence of life

Had faded away.

So many dreams

Now seem cast down

Remember when difficult

Meant choosing marker or crayon?

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BACON BUTTY

 

The advice comes from everywhere

The 'Spin Doctors' getting bolder

With lots of little anecdotes

To stop us getting older

 

So read it, take it all on board

You don't want any grief

Two minutes a day is all it takes

For you to floss your teeth

 

Two minutes hopping on each leg

"It's so good for the hip"

Where the hell does that come from?

It makes me wan...

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Young and wrinkly

Young and wrinkly

 

You are not getting old

But numerically you've advanced

No, you're not getting old

You're just chronologically enhanced.

 

You are not growing up

But of this much I am sure

To avoid growing up

We must become more immature.

 

We must dance until our joints creak

And sing until we can't speak,

Laugh until our lungs ache

And love until ...

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ANOTHER GREY DAY

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My eyesight’s going

My nasal hair is growing

And my hair now looks so grey

 

My knees are creaking

My elbow joints are squeaking

And my voice won’t work today

 

As I sit down on the tiles

It’s not good for my piles

And I start to really feel my age today

 

My back it sometimes aches

My favourite meal is now Corn Flakes

No one cares about what I might have ...

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Jimmy, do you remember me?

Do you remember me Jimmy from all those years ago?

I was the young guy and you the old hand

Do you remember when you said;

‘This job will do me until I retire?’

You were a bus driver and I was your conductor

And even you’d be impressed with what I do today

and how far I’ve travelled from those distant days on the road.

The thing is I thought of you the other day

For the fir...

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30 Steps

 

The city is drenched in gold tonight
The sea is silver, like my temples
My hands feel older now than ever
But my mind and my grip is so much surer
Than back when I was younger;
 
I've run from love when it got tough
My hair was bleached in boiling light
I helped as many people as I could
Still, my thoughts were darkened in the wilderness
Felt alone in crowds of s...

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Life in Couplets (revised)

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(revised version)

While youth at full speed heads toward its peak,

I fear I fail to stroll right through each week,

For youth is spent, is gone, is done for me,

The ashes of the hearth are mine for free.

 

Good health of teeth and gums has deserted,

Now crowds of fillings have been inserted,

My simple path through hair is more, I fear,

A motorway that runs fr...

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Manchester Ritz

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Manchester Ritz

 

Manchester Ritz, the glam n' the glitz

dancehall days, it's a ballroom blitz!

sticky carpets, sweaty armpits

see her dress, it just about fits

have a dance, or prop up the bar

glittering balls, a dancefloor star

see that girl, I can see her bra

watch her move, she's the best by far

sexy girls, crazy drunken nights

low cut tops, minis...

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