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Elbow Yard

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Elbow Yard


In Elbow Yard the walls are thin

between this world and the next.

We communicate through clairvoyants

because we couldn’t  handle text.

But that’s all right mate,

that’s pretty cool,

you didn’t like clowns

and I’m the fool.


In Elbow Yard the darkness reigns

and death dances out of sight

ready to drag us to his ballroom,

illuminated in pale g...

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Warhawk and Nate

Warhawk and Nate
The Warhawks took off and flew upwards
Like angry hornets looking for trouble
Covering the frail old biplane
A flying camera with brave crew
Tasked to look for enemy locations
Flying here and there warlanes they were
American flown Curtiss fighters
Guarding the Filipino crewed Stearman
On a mission of war in the second global war
The Japs were ready and scrambled planes

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Sacred Path

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Sacred Path


we walked the ancient path together

where ancestors had worn the land

into a waypoint to the barrow


carefully observing rituals and customs

under azure skies we stumbled on our way

across this land of Albion


the hops the wheat the barley

bowing heads in solemn recognition

of the passing of souls


as we walked we talked of many things


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When it was discovered, we recoiled

Out of doubt, out of fear

We focused on the opinions of others

Instead of what we thought


When I let our secret fly free,

I was shown acceptance and love

Hope blossomed like a cactus flower

It would be okay. 


He was capricious, of two minds

One day yes, the next was no,

He produced a name, but renounced his love

I proce...

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O, where roams your delicate soul

Does it yet travel the seas

                gliding afar with the Arctic tern

                or is its delight in quieter waters

                in dappled river pools or streams

Is it content to rest in the cool damp shade of the willow

watching minnows play

                diving among the nymphs

                and sacred lotus



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If I handed you,

one hundred balloons,

you would drop each one,

and float to the moons.


If I blew some bubbles

and watched as they float

you’d soar far above

and here I quote,


“If all the world,

was spinning round,

like a red balloon,

way up in the clouds,

you’d anchor me,

back down”


Well we went and we were,

two ball...

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Test Firing

This piece dates from a time when, to put it mildly, I was adrift on a stormy ocean.


Test Firing

I woke from a dream of Huntsmen

cracking with the sound of crashing trees

and found

old men


as they sledge-hammered

the walls of my room.


They said it was to certify

my apostacy

but when they left

the walls still stood,

dividing my loss

from ...

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