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From The Attic

From The Attic

 

A wooden chest, labelled ‘Uncle Jack’

Slowly I start to unpack:

 

Inside there sits some dusty books

Carefully placed so if someone looks

They will not see what’s underneath

A collection of human teeth

A fine, silken, black top hat

A jar half full of congealed fat

Some boiled sweets in a paper cone

Something that looks like a finger bone

Some...

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A List Of Things We Buried In The Garden

A List Of Things We Buried In The Garden

 

- A photograph of better times.

 

- An empty bottle of scotch.

 

- A well thumbed copy of ‘True Crimes’.

 

- A useless, broken watch.

 

- Seven bottles of little white pills.

 

- A pair of latex gloves.

 

- A folder with a thousand bills.

 

- A bunch of dead foxgloves.

 

- The broken vase they occupied...

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Dark to Light

Darkness

Restless

Sleepless

Darkness

Tiredness

Listless

Darkness

Stillness

Endless

Painfulness

Emptiness

Darkness

Loneliness

Sadness

Powerless

Hopeless

Helpless

Darkness

Neighbourliness

Friendliness

Connectedness

Kindness

Happiness

Less dark

 

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Brahms & Liszt

Happy.  Genial.  Merry.  Jolly
Blottoed, blasted, etched and blitzed
Mellow, foggy, hazy, squiffy
Tipsy.  Tiddly.  Brahms and Liszt
 
Dazed, zombied, tanked-up, trollied
Ganted, gubbed, guttered
Bladdered, blathered, leathered, plastered,
Sozzled, sloshed, scuttered
 
Hammered, battered, caned, mangled
Spannered, mullered.  Half-cut, lashed
Twisted, warped, slammed, wasted
Wrecked, ru...

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Tree Time

Apple, Plum, Orange, Lemon, Lime
All give us their sweet Fruits
Alder, Birch, Hawthorn and Sycamore
Spread from solid roots
 
Elder, Fern, Gingko, Hazel
Sweet Gum, Hornbeam, Fig
Bald and False Cypress, Beech
Grow their fearless twigs

There's Holly, Mountain, Ash and Pine
Poplar, Spruce and Yew
Elm, Eucalyptus, Cycad, Conifer
Walnut.  Monkey Puzzle too

Japanese Snowbell, Shellback ...

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Make a stand

 

Make a stand

 

You can make a stand against wrong-doing or stand for what is right,

You can make a stand as a pacifist as to stand is not to fight.

You can make a stand with a fist aloft or stand with a lowered gaze,

You can make a stand that’s popular or stand without seeking praise.

You can make a stand by marching or stand up by sitting down,

You can make a stand if yo...

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Sixteen Wishes

  I wished I wasn’t so sensitive.


I wished the raised hands of my dad 
couldn’t smack tears into my eyes

I wished to vanish behind the black 
curtains of my shut eyes

I wished I didn’t mind that my white mum 
visited my school wearing African robes

I wished I didn’t believe in ghosts
so I could keep my stain in those shadows

I wished my home wasn’t broken
my...

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