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The Old Garden Gate

A WWI remembrance poem

(First published online for Northern Life magazine 2018)


It creaked as he left:

The old garden gate

He’d promised to fix it

But now it was too late


Tearful in the doorway

His mother cries out,

‘Do it when you’re back, Billy!’

And of this she has no doubt


He waves,

And off to glory are the swathes

Of boys, and men in their pr...

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Heroes In Blue

Heroes In Blue


Unprecedented times, the like never seen before

This pandemic has shaken us all to our very core

A whirlwind ripping through our cities and towns

The evil coronavirus wearing its invisible crown

It does not care if you are rich or poor

A Royal, a minister or the boy next door

No matter what age, wealth, colour or creed

Affecting us all, and with devastat...

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Old Men's Tears

Old Men’s Tears


With hearts as heavy as thunder clouds

What once were torrents

Are now just trickles

Reflecting our futures

In the silver shimmer of our past


And they come

In stumbling honour

And their humility

Denies them as heroes

For the heroes were left behind


In voices cracked with age

They tell their tales

Of simple duty

In the face of...

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My favourite things: one more time with real emotion

Caring crusaders and daring debaters

Emmeline, Greta, Ruth

Your voices sound loud with the bold toll of truth.

Uncowed and defiant. You refused to give in.

Life-changing campaigning is a wonderful thing.


Marathon runners: hard-trained and focused 

With miles in your strides

And pain hardly noticed.

Everyday heroes with strength in your limbs

Your drive and passion a...

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Sir Arrow Green

Thief  Stealer

incognito   as Hinderstoop 

old want woman,   a bag 

a charcoal  keeper

 bowstring  travelling

 line  counter ears  and Christophers


Sir Green claims to be a gentleman Tanner

claims to honeyrights from  Ox Hive

Merry Bee Men in Waggle ranks

around their Bee King

Society outside  Society



Sir Green  r...

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Dauntless Dick Dark Dee Dee

Spread your skirts  Bessie 

here is Captain  Nice  the  Bandy  Dandy Randy Highwayman

land bored apples   from his  streaming  course


He is  nice, dangerous to be bad

new fashioned

 between the times


Shouts  slap  a kimbo    Dauntless  Dick defiance at   Red coats  in lights out

master stallion   a two a way a swift  over boxed in  parking


For t...

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