Poetry Blogs (Oct 2017)

En skrekk - halloween story

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I am on call today, I hate being on call. I can’t settle into anything, I like to be up early for a little breakfast by the window with a book I read for 1 minute and my phone that I spend 59 minutes on. I took this maintenance job five months ago because the perks included this apartment. I figured it would be a good gig, fixing things and living nearby. It’s been total chaos ever since, I live w...

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Chrysanthemum Tea

 

The windy road winds around the bridges that are spared immunity,

 

A flower in a clenched fist, and he misses her flair and beauty,

 

A remarkable pacing lauded on as the speed to keep,

 

The particle phase beam is caustic if freedom bleeds,

 

Unconvinced and utterly speechless yet scared to come back,

 

Whup-ass is lesser known than how many peanuts can fit in...

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Also by Big Sal:

Math vs. History | Insomnia | Diamonds (Are For U?) | Saucy Fromage On Yesterday's Table | Mask of a Million Faces |

A MINER'S RETURN HOME

A miner walked from Wheal Kitty

to Trevellas at the end of a day

and the path he took was atop the cliff

for that was his easiest way.

 

The moon rode high oe'r the breakers

as the path did twist and turn

and the Gods of the deep were lurking there

with nothing new to learn.

 

Fourteen hours at fifty fathoms

had taken the breath from him

and the night was quiet ...

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Also by ray pool:

UMBILICUS | UMBILICUS | DUO | LOOKING BACK | PENNY ARCADE | LARKIN ON FILM | GROSS ENCOUNTER | THOSE MAYFAIR HOTELS | AFTERMATH | MRS DROGUE | HUNTERS' MOON | YOU SEXY BEAST | NOT WINNING COMPETITIONS | A VISIT TO BLENHEIM (A Churchill speech) |

overwhelmed

No time for it all

Must make time

Never ending cycle

Work, school, family, friends, chores, fitness, errands

Take away from sleep for chores

Take away from sleep for school

Take away from sleep for friends

No time for it all

Must make time

Running on the wheel of life

Work, school, family, friends, chores, fitness, errands

Take away from rest for family

Take awa...

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id.

Upon death,

 

we become in spirit form

 

entities,

 

curated by the actions of our prior existence,

 

unseen, unheard, unnoticed, unknown.

 

Be vigilant, amongst

 

the bristling leaves of

 

a majestic tree,

 

the vengeful wrath of a turbulent storm

 

the comfortable roll of an ebbing tide,

 

the mesmeric crackle of a licking flame.

 

...

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Also by Graham Sherwood:

Octothorpes | Zen, and the art of compost and leaf mould | Cranford Requiem | Rime with Reasons | Cranford |

Unfinished

Unfinished

 

Enthusiasm the engine of my soul

often flags and fails on life´s road

A sudden burst of unbridled energy

soon extinguished as if by a canon of water

 

Occasionally revived as a wilting flower

but never regaining its former luscious texture 

Onward, forward and undeterred

a rekindled flame of renewed vigour

 

Each day brings recharged light and hope

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Also by keith jeffries:

Desire | Personal Fashion | The Enigma | Existence | Depression | The Shell | Love at first sight | Recovery | Dark Times |

My kids

What are the memories that pop into your mind
Share them with your children as the day falls asleep
Around the campfire, to entertain on cheap
But enrichment power of knowing your past find

They will enjoy questions about your own parents
How they shaped your future, how badly you behaved
Did your mommy cuddle, did your daddy help shave
What technology loomed to savour your merit

Teach...

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Also by Louis Audet:

The party | Night of Despair | Explode into Ore | Attention Seeker | Floating | Going back | Lustful world | Numbers | 25 years later | Don't sweat | Bedside | Boo at Halloween | Quick Satisfaction | Future self | Work Meeting | Finding | Gord Downie | Reading | News of broken heart | Painting | Sifting memories | Thinking Back | Secretary | Truthful Confession | Lip Balm | Judging a book's cover | The death of my soul | The traps | Stupidity | Drumming Circle |

We're Doing No Wrong

Feel that twinge 

Scratch that itch 

Lost in this moment

Between her thighs 

No shortchange

 

Fuck Polytheism, monotheism 

I want to feel it now

Death, illness

Acts of God....fuck that

Today's for the living 

 

Pornography obsession 

Sins of the flesh?

Stone yer daughters

Excommunicate sons

Female circumcision 

 

Who needs an after life

Fuck...

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Also by Jeff:

Another Worlds Timeless Hell | Devil Has The Advantage | Am I The Only One Drinking? |

Vietnam remembered

Vietnam Remembered

 

 

I saw on TV a picture of a young, black woman crying

it was in 1966, and her brother had been killed in a foreign land

for a war that had nothing to do with him,

but he had been ordered to go because he was poor and

could not bribe a doctor to say he was weak bone.

50.000.00 soldiers died in this useless war, and they had all

in common they came fr...

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Also by jan oskar hansen :

just before dawn | dressed to kill | the statesman | Abortion | the rulers | meatloaf | the Nordic tribe | old man smoking | when the old man was sailor | old man swims | happy birthday | beer in a bucket | a blanket and a coffin | the talent | an accidental old man | the enigma | the saver | coffee unsweetened | old poet and red wine | street walker in Oslo | the mighty fall | interlude | Dubai | Dubai | Dubai | Dubai | Dubai | soft coat | the emerald isle | the whites | reflection in a dial | the lunch | Farghana valley | a dog story | the missing love |

I'm Weary

I've spent a lifetime of being shouted at . For doing wrong when you thought you we're right . For being there for caring and loving . For just being there day and night . For when things go wrong . Trying to put things right  . To be the Brick that keeps things right . To be healthy enough to keep things on my Shoulders . To be there when needed . To be just there when not . How long does it take...

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Also by Wendy Higson:

Tax Evasion | Why | Bruised | Just Try | The Good Life | How Dangerous |

pull

The pull 

the draw

is powerful

and real

 

if he said, "meet me"

 

I'd go.

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Also by Jenn:

The Wonder | The Company you Keep. The Girl You Don't. |

 

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NEEDLES AND PINS

Pine needles

  Fine needles 

      Sewing needles 

          Knitting needles

Hat pins

   Straight pins

     Ten pins

        And tie pins

Syringe needles 

   Thread needles 

       Record needles

           Haystack needles

Ear pins

   Nose pins

      Hair pins

         And rolling pins

My needles 

    Your pins

         Sewing boxes 

     ...

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Also by Fred Varden:

Split Personalities | Ode to a Toad | Social Media pat-a-cake | Divisions of Joy | Wigan Pier | Random Rhyme | The Builders Yard | Life in Shades |

The bells they ring

The bells sing out

From the old clock tower

Their ringing ready greeting

Whilst the flowers in metal pots

Keep vigil at the graves looking fresh and bright

And the bridal party are sinking a few

Across the road at the pub

The pale green 1920’s car waits expectantly

Button hole and carnations abound

Everybody dressed to the nines

Morning suits and swooning gowns

Bru...

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Also by Martin Elder:

Tramping | southdown road |

beyond sex

this morning

everything rests in

bouquets of sultry satisfaction.

 

Your dawn brightened smile

your naked swarthiness,

both guilty

of being adorable

 

and how much last nights first story

I hung onto

told me that with you

fun and laughter are not shy strangers

they live uncaged in the crazy beautiful world

that is your heart  

 

yet as I watch you dr...

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Also by Rose Casserley:

in his silence | a cacophony interrupts | redressing | preview |

When you're in love

Isn't it beautiful 

The stars on a cool night 

Isn't it breathtaking 

The first glimpse of sunlight 

I wouldn't know anymore 

Because no matter what I do 

Despite the beautiful view

The only thing i see is you 

It's been a while for me 

So I thank the people above 

Because everything is beautiful 

When you know you're in love 

Charlotte

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Also by Charlotte Bergman:

Tyler; honey i don't care | Autumn Leaves | Penny thoughts | Two faced | Sickly smile | Mental health | Justine. A cry for help. | Lighthouse | A run in with a liar | Fallen Angel | Something i want to say | You'll never know | SOS | 2 names | My little secret | My promise to my son | Dear Ex Boyfriend | From me to you | Memory | Birthday dance | Vessel | My chosen family | Justine: The final chapter | Justine Part 3 | GiGi | The room | Cured | Hope | Cancer | Justine Part 2 | The ungodly routine | 5 Hearts Part 2 | Bit by Bit | The Mistake | Justine | The Blame Game | Misunderstood | 2 Pink lines | Goodnight Kiss | Demons | Her lost son Part 2 | Lost | 5 Hearts | Her lost son | The Class Clown | The breath of a fighter | Drown | Fire |

BOND

Each day we spend together

my love for you grows

All we share opens my heart...

It allows me to be there 

with you

like a fly on the wall

It allows you to be there 

with me

like an invisable friend

Walking thru our pasts

pulls me closer to you

Makes our new relationship

feel like a life time friendship

Which builds my trust

and 

Bonds me with you. 

B...

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Also by lynn hahn:

TIME IS RIGHT | MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE | OPEN UMBRELLA | WHATEVER THE DAY MAY BRING | ALL OF ME |

No Winners

 

I decided to let go

And make him my past

My present decided to walk off too

Making me a passing thought

 

Theres no winning 

 

Perhaps the future might stay

I lose hope

In these fickle hearts

 

 

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Also by Wardah:

Once more | Letting go | Just a little | Back and Forth | Lost Souls | That kind of love.... | Meet you there... | Dreamy Dreamer | True Colours of You | Hearts and Minds | Numb | Something Real | Praying for an end to the Night | Choose Light | Insomnia | Way Forward | Unspoken Words | The Rest | You and me |

Risen

Shadows stretch

and shadows yaw

Death;a flame that flutters

 

Clouds chased high,moonlight flickers

the cool breeze blows,and the stillness shivers

Darkness moves in places hidden 

Peering eyes revealed their vision

 

Doleful words;misfortune heard

to cast a spell on those who heard

In my head were hidden voices

strange is now,they scream rejoices

 

Chanti...

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Also by DESMOND CHILDS:

Gaoler of dreams | Elegant Lies | Traveller | The old man and his Grammaphone | Empty Hat | The Pinnacle of it all | Splitting | Feral Man | Grim Faces |

Quote

Maybe there's a God above, 

But all I've ever learnt from love, 

Is how to shoot somebody who outdrew you....  

Xx

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Also by Nicola Byrnes:

In the air | Perfection | Old friend lost | Meant to be | Stardust | Dreamtime | Under the Forest | Arms of the Angels | Peace | Angel | Nights like this. | Change | Let it. | Man with a Hat | Oceans |

I’m Sorry

How come everything I touch shatters?

What am I always doing wrong?

Everything around me is made of glass,

And I’m not careful enough. 

 

I’m too self centered for everyone.

i only worry about myself.

I didn’t realize the people who love me

Need love, too.

 

I’m sorry to all of those 

In which I hurt.

I love you,

Even if you don’t love me.

 

 

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Also by Ryn:

Prison | I Want | Falling | Driving | think | Attack | What I Needed | A Mother's Love | Scars | The Zoo | A Girl Named Hope | Last Exit (Pills) | Chance of Rain | Not Her |

 

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Lost and Found

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I was lost then magically I found you

Now once again I am lost – what am I to do?

I feel like an abandoned broken heart

Dwelling forever in a left luggage locker

Waiting for an elusive thing called love

Hoping that someone will lay claim to me

Or give me a heavenly sign from above

I thought we had a spark that would catch fire

Figured we were on the road to destination desi...

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Also by Tom Doolan:

Ain't That a Shame | Viva Valencia | October 10 | Heartbreaker |

IN PLACE OF SOLITUDE

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Euphoria at its peak,

like a rising sun.

Your toil is to seek,

until work is done.

Sky is red,

with blanket white.

Excited to spread,

a beam in night.

Where there is flower,

there will be thorn.

Handle all with power,

to make your life adorn.

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Also by MANISHA SAINI:

WHERE SUNSHINE LAYS! |

love.

have you ever experienced
a love 
so strong 
you question your beliefs?

I'm an atheist.
I don't believe in a god
or an afterlife 
but
this love 
makes me wonder 
if over the course of time
our souls 
have been colliding 
and bonding 
and that's why
everything 
is so natural 
between us

I'm not talking about something romantic
but something innocent
for he has touched my hea...

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Mister Eternity

Arthur Stace, a First World War veteran and illiterate alcoholic, was known as “Mister Eternity” . For 35 years he inscribed the cryptic precept “Eternity” in yellow, waterproof chalk, using an inexplicable copperplate hand, on pavements throughout Sydney. Asked why, he would merely reply “Makes 'em think”. Arthur's dictum was sent around the world, emblazened in huge letters across Sydney Harbour...

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Also by Chris Hubbard:

Adamson Adrift | Palimpsest | Three Nocturnes | The Fire and the Rose | Solitude | Sugar Glider | A Mountain Cameo | The Sky Reflects Our Labours | Quiet River | The Eye of Morning | And Now I'm Old | Saint Christopher Bell | Scheherazade | Solitaire | The Traveller's Eye | Passions of the Soul | Oppenheimer | Atlantic Elegy | Invisible Rain | Mirage | Doors and Windows | Salt and Light | Aurora | Lincoln Triptych |

Fickle and Afraid

People born unequal is a matter of life,
The seeds of despair are set to ripen beneath the full moon.

Arrogance flourishes from the talent of the few,
Oh how they stand so tall and watch great flames over small mountains.

Your great starlight showed me a path,
I thought I could see myself in the mirror of your eye,

I see now that you are who I wished myself to be,
Unlimited potential.

...

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Also by Adrian Metcalf:

Identity | I see |

 

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It is What it Is

Been struck by the number of cliches I am hearing at the moment, especially the title of this poem, so penned this littly ditty early this morning... Hope you like it!

It is What it Is…Some Well Worn Words

 

At the end of the day, when all’s said and done,

To be fair I must say there’s no smoking gun.

It is what it is, we have to move on,

Time passes or flies and the moment is go...

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Also by mike booth:

An Iffy Poem | The Cormorant | Burning Desire | Life at the Plateau | A silly ditty... not by me! | The Swan Effect | A Life in Colour | Grave Thoughts from Above Ground |

Falling backwards

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She lifted her arms

to catch

and

I fell backwards 

laughing

and 

I saw her curl

and she looked at me

and I  smiled and

she frowned

and I thrilled 

at her subsequent grin.

 

Words and photo Tommy Carroll 

 

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Also by Tommy Carroll:

Grammar | Faraged | Wittgenstein |

The Lazarus effect

After Winters deathlike imposition

after Springs reincarnating miraculous call

after umbilically leaving the seeds womb

 

come the roses

 

to again smile in the arms of  Mother Sun

to again lift the spirits of all

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Also by Jemima Jones:

wintering reluctance |

All Hallows

Pumpkin-orange sun bids goodnight,

With a lingering kiss to horizon.

Rooks, muttering among themselves,

Delight in such promiscuity, and

Hide their blushes in shadowy roosts.

Sister moon hushes the voyeuristic mass,

Her own jealousy well concealed.

Unable to reveal true colours,

Silver cloak pulled around shoulders,

Her blue face haunts the night.

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Also by Rob J Mann:

Little Hope | Haiku: No Answers | Dementia |

The Philistine Geographical Society

Travellers headed for the islands
via the Attic main have found, repeated
often on the way on roadside stones,
poppy sheaves, bound ears of corn
and don’t know what they mean. 

And we have had stories reported
of the mysteries in Athens. Mysteries:
we understand the marriage of a man
and woman represents the single soul,
which leaves us cold.  Moving on

it appears young Sulaman saw f...

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A permanent loss of happiness

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Beneath this beach of sand and shells

I see the image of the rolling sea.

Such new-found-land frames and hides

These wide horizons; I walk along the cliff:

Sheer drop upon the windward side,

Embedded trilobites, beneath my feet

Quartz and Muscovite from the granite

Weathered by the winds and waves

Sea-forming outcrops, hidden rocks, caves.

Time carves the face of al...

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Also by John Marks:

FAMINE | Rainy Day Dream Away | Clone | Sackcloth and ashes | Shadows in the dust | Winter is Coming | Burnham Beeches with Anna, 1985 | STASI STATE UK | SYD BARRETT 6 January 1946 - 7 July 2006 |

The Traveller

Alf Smith was his name, though, we should remember him

As more than the labourer on a small Welsh farm

Who milked the cows and tended every farmer whim;

Twice daily fitting clusters onto teats and pouring milk to churns,

Taken for collection to stand beside the lane between the ferns.

Twice daily, too, he cleaned the shed with hose and broom

And waited to hear what chores would f...

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Also by Chris Armstrong:

The messages | Earth Treasure | Autumn | Water |

 

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Beyond the Plastic Pole.


The landlord called this morning

Said that she could tell I just woke up. To call her back later.

 

The cold was different to me, this late morning
Hazy, paired with rain
Drizzled, Murky, Heavy air that swept through the knit of my hoodie.

 

The branches lay next to the garage in a consecutively non-organized fashion, taken back by hand a few times


 To the old burning pile ...

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Also by Connor Lannes:

The Somewhere: Bricks and Cement | Invisible Shark Syndrome | And |

 

ChildhoodConnor LannesForestMemoriesNostalgiaRainWoods

admiring ex prisoners of loneliness

I am always more than willing

to honour

enforced solitudes courageous escapees 

who without fault of their own

had been exiled

to

those featureless landscapes

where  suffering awaits no end

where there are no roads to light

only dark directions to increasing sorrow

belonging outside hope

 

YES! honour them!

 

that they have fought tooth and nail

to have...

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Also by Mr LEON STOLGARD:

from a distance | toils ending | grot |

Poem in Progress F

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My heart dances 
the sun yearns for cloud 
the blue in my orbit 
so big so loud 
nothing no more 
standing in my way now 
they left the offering in the green 
black and blue, yellow too 
my golden vision 
from the desert to the wood I run 
there's a dog in the cloud 
and the moon is full and bright 
loud I see all the colour  
flickers flickers flickers blue 
purple red too 
a full ...

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Also by MyDystopiA:

Poem in Progress E | Same | Poem in Progress D | Ice | SoulBlind | Poem in Progress C (explicit) | Poem in Progress B (explicit) |

 

free writing

Round route

In cloaks of words I wrap myself against the weather
Storms I conjured up as punishment.
Hands full of swords thrusting up out of the earth
The round route I take.  Gazelles return again
To the brink, to drink.  And me? To think.
So I skirt mans burning fire, hyena lurking
Laughing in the dark.  A great arc I make
Like a dim sun at the end of his leash
Scribing the day across the sky...

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Walkin' i' Barnsley

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This came about following a flippant remark about one of my poems being the equivalent of a Walkin' in Memphis type of poem, I added "No it's not Walkin i' Barnsley". A few days later the inspitation struck and I wrote it, not onlythat but visited Barnsley and took some photos to illustrate it on my facebook page.

Image: Rainbow just outside Barnsley Train Station

 

Walkin’ i’ Barnsley

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Hashtag Arrogance

 

I LIKE CAPITALS

to emphasise my endless

slapstick politics.

 

What Constitution?

I have to read all of it?!

Tangerine screaming.

 

Chattering unchained:

No such thing as climate change!!

No such thing as proof?

 

Meanwhile, peace deals fall,

fundamental laws ignored;

the world stands aghast.

 

Yates sacked. Spicer sacked.

Bannon, Flynn and Co...

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Also by Laura Taylor:

Burn and Rave | No Sacrifice |

Luck

 

I'll tell you a sad tale 
  so short with an abrupt end
    of necessity I follow the tangent 
      to the pond without relish
        for one lone goose dabbles at the edge
          and flocks who bickered there have flown
I'll tell you of a dream 
  our goose with a set of mallards forms a nation 
    smaller coots feel bold among vigilant eyes
      just as our protection once s...

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Also by Adam Whitworth:

The Poet's Christmas | Butterfly | Old Poems | Trump The Roman | Horror |

Faith

When you're on the road

with no headlights

and it's pitch black

with no match

to grind a spark

 

and its darker than

the darkest dark

you've ever seen

 

you're forced to reach 

inside and up not

down and remember that

you've been here once

or twice before and found

 

faith.

 

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Also by Natfastic:

Here and Now | Working in a prison |

Cherry Popper

A rose throbs with anticipation,

Jousting thorns in a billowy night,

No-one will notice if I clip it deftly,

Steal it away and hide it from sight.

 

Two weeks later, my habit fed,

An empty garden, bare and dead,

Decaying roses on my bed,

Dyed unwashed, from when you bled.

 

My interest captured by the passing,

Colours of a butterfly,

I’ll make it mine in love lo...

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Also by Ferris Taylor:

Sonnet 2 | Out on the Pull, Start to Finish | A Beggar's Lament | Confessional Neurosis |

Pulled Myself Together And Claimed (Poem)

When I lay in bed,

 

Remembering the nights I spent in dread.

 

I realize it was not long ago,

 

That I felt so sad and low.

 

I so wanted an escape,

 

To solve all my problems and my rage,

 

Prayed for help from up above,

 

Said help me now if you're a source of love.

 

Confusion swept away,

 

When nothing happened I burst away.

 

I kept...

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Also by Danny G.:

The Mountain Of Clay (Poem) |

 

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The Bound Bird

They put her in a little brass cage

Quite ornate really as cages go

With filigree edges

And a silver rose door.

And everyone put their faces up against the bars

And wriggled their fingers,

Inviting her to come to them.

 

They brought her exotic seeds

From far castaway islands,

Cleaned her cage with scented oils

For healing and soothing.

Put pearls of amethyst be...

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Also by Hannah Collins:

City Encounter | The Garden Shed | Mail Order Bride | Strong Vulnerability |

He does It for me

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When your heart has butterflies 

Does it make the love more real?

Does it make love feel  more alive?

If it does, I love every minute of it

No worries at all when it comes to him 

Like Jill says " He loves me from my hair follicles to my toenails" 

And the beauty in that 

knocks me off my feet 

I see light when I stare into his eyes of truth, strength and love 

To feel s...

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Also by Saniya:

Light |

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How Many Words Must Dolphins Have For "Sea"?

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…and here’s another thing.  This occurred to me after ruminating that eskimos have over 30 words for “snow”.  Likewise, and equally apocryphally, Bedouin Arabs have huggins of words for “sand”.

It comes from the fact that if snow and sand is all you’ve got to look at all day, you’ll rabbit on about it in fine distinctions, rather like the numpties who can discern differences between Coronation ...

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Also by John Coopey:

...but lost to Huddersfield | "ME TOO" | VAMPIRES | SITTING NEXT DOOR TO BORIS | P45 |

Road-Kill

 

 

The carcass is now five days old

on the first day it lay in the verge

prefixed by a screaming skid mark

decorated with red and orange splinters

 

To and from wherever they go

a city of people hurry by

the planet reclaims all that’s hers

dietary requirements no obligation

 

Down the steep bank and in the wood

life has already moved on

absence is not fea...

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Also by Wolfgar:

What beauty comes of war | Calvary | One bedroom flat | Tits on the ceiling | The commute | Shipwrecked | Synesthesia | Huntington, West Virginia. | Board games | Swollen | Online shopping (the dangers of stereotype) | Castle Street (food festival) |

SO LONG, FATS

Yesterday brought the news of the passing of my favourite performer from the great days of Rockn'Roll -

Antoine "Fats" Domino, and it took me straight back to my 1950s boyhood when the Hit Parade had a

new Number One virtually every week and a wealth of talent competing for a place in the Top Twenty

in the Melody Maker and the New Musical Express charts...every pop lover's' "bibles" of th...

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