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Muffets And Spiders

(Sinister nursery rhyme challenge. Your turn...)


Crawling through the undergrowth,

On, "Tick tock," legs all spindle thin,

Eight in number, like it's eyes,

A spider came a'wandering.


Spying out a sleeping girl,

Resting on her tuffet, 

The spider had a dark desire,

To eat up a young Muffet.


Just like she'd munched on curds and whey,

He thought he'd munch...

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Also by Jason Bayliss:

Peculiarly British X? | Hell In a Handcart | The Book Of Broken Promises | A Face In The Looking Glass | A Spiders Haiku | Me And My Mortality | Crimson | Haiku X 10 | Hiding In The Silence |

Be Strong, Have Faith, Don't Despair.

The importance of my purpose -

is it blown out of proportion?

For while such pride should be no curse

it might lead to some distortion


of how I see my rôle in this -

what I've a right to claim for me

and whether wanting more's remiss -

but should I accept what I see


or am I right to want my dreams?

Nothing's written: no-one's constrained

to mine safe, prescr...

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Also by Richie Muster:

Paramatical Mathedox | A Cornucopia Of Haikus | 7-Up: Cleanliness Is Next To Impossible | The Whole Hog | Leave Or Remain, It's All The Same | If Poems Were Paintings (A Scabrous Fantasy, Written After Watching J. Koons at Work On BBC4) |

Poet Lake

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Poet Lake


A Hollywood-type couple

Have jetted into town

Bearing latest baby

A jewel in their crown


By means of social media

She was pronounced awake

Presented to the world as

Their jewel Poet Lake


Dad recited poem

As Poet did appear

Proudly showing tat on neck

(Let's all have a beer)


Tat on dad not Poet....


I should point out Poet'...

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Also by Don Matthews:

Are You Happy Where you Are? | Fire and Brimstone | No Particular Semblance (or WTF?) | Whinging Poms All Sent Home | Conscious Uncoupling | Service Stations. Disappearing Services | My Muse Has Gone Off Bike-Riding | This Ain't No Aussie Launchpad Don | Infected | Bridget Everett - On the Edge | Snaffling Brexit Discontents | Wavemaker. But... | How Much Does One Reveal to Strangers? | Maryon Wants Me To Write Edgy | Outside the Rink. Unfettered | Monty Python's Bavarian Restaurant | Do You Remember Anya, Kate? | Models on Catwalks | Haiku – College of | The Poet's Grave | Nothing Deep and Thoughtful Here | Why Can't I Be Spiderman? | Why Has Our Aussie Stopped Posting? |

Under Sail



Under my sail and under their sky

the silver backed Dolphins defiantly fly.


I've cast off my shackles I'm gravity free

I've stepped from the edge that imbalanced me. 


I can't see the land that tethered my soul

that bore me up-right then swallowed me whole.


Out here on my Ocean I skate on it's surf

feeling finely attuned and equa...

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Also by Wolfgar:

A garden of clouds | A million more did start | On hearing news of murder | Ravi Shankar stopped me wanking | The management of savagery | Gently in the forest | Beyond the mirror |

Trackless Desert

Scorched, arabian
walking, dreaming, abandoning
Such feelings of pain
Oasis of Love

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Also by catchmeifyoucan:

'The Enchanted Torch' | 'The Curse of the Crumpled Map' | My Handsome Moon - Phil Kay | Jasmine's torment | dolphins | passions | Phil Kay |


Let the anticipation build Let the angst grow inside your gut Allow it to rumble and tumble and wreck havoc on your insides Feel the magnetic pull when we lock eyes a little bit too long and struggle to break away Watch me watching you while trying to hide your prying eyes Don't you dare rush a thing

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time zones

and it's the middle of the night where you are

but I'm here

wide awake

belly full

wondering what you are dreaming about

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Also by Eiren Water:

I'm a cliché (mused) | so many ifs (mused) | easy | perfect | what's left | I wonder | addicts lie | outside | maybe mayhem |


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In your dream you are paralysed, silent

Here's a shadow behind this mountain

Scurry down into the winter-valley

Dried up, shrivelled, weather-beaten,

Rock- hidden fossils, set in stone,

Evolutions of Medusa

Afflicted by a petrified decay.

All she gazed upon

Can never be rubbed away.

Such stains dry and calcify

Deep in these highland bogs

A quagmire-swamp of guilt, ...

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Also by John E Marks:

BRIMSTONE NIGHTS | a splash of yellow across a sometime sky... | The Shoah of us all | Brother | The voice of death, the voice of love and the voice of art. | Destiny | DEEP SONG - FERAL YOUTH | Die Zauberflote | Villanesque | SUFI | No man ever steps in the same river twice | A tangle in mind | An incidental haunting | The end of the world | The forgotten lore | The Christian East | Dark Star | Trilobite | Flesh is weak | Txt Msg | saying goodbye | Small town boy | Easter Sunday in Nineveh, Iraq | Written near water | The defeat at Seville November 1248 | SUTTEE | OTTO'S LAMENT | The golden, fairy goddess | D-DAY | El Tiempo | Lemons on sale again | Stoic suicide | Liminal |

Us and Them

I don’t keep the curtains drawn in the summer,

being at the rear,

the sitting room is not overlooked and

I like to watch the day slide away, 

the trees briefly silhouetted until darkness

smothers the garden’s subtle colours.

I wasn’t expecting lightening

it wasn’t forecast, just one flash 

both surprising and rather disappointing

the blackness turning to a negative


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Also by Graham Sherwood:

Mirror Images |


I used to sit and watch the sea

its closeness to eternity

with all my thoughts centred on self

in a rush, in a rush

like the waves' rough and tumble

of seeming confusion -

an endless discussion;

neither the sky nor the water gave way

yet all the elements had their say.


For myself encased in a world without end

my lonely voices would never blend

until I disco...

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Also by ray pool:




Hot July ’75 days left a sky’s breadth lethargy                                                                      

over the living world, where a breath of cool air,

a trickle of cold water, a draught of cold beer

were our day-to-day deities – all else

one weary step to another, even birds hushed, it seemed,

weather-wise, shaded in silent woods,

life it...

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Also by Peter Taylor:


Rendering Dream Upon Waking #2

Tobacco tar walls

Resin ceiling

Dun carpet floor

all receding

creases receding

to the elevator door

and the doors

the doors the endless

doors repeating


I drop a penny

I stoop but it's tails

I look up at a girl

looking up

Her hair is black

tangled comely

She has a chocolate smear

on her right cheek

Her uncertain teeth

bared in child's


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Also by Devon Brock:

If only for a Moment | i'm truly sorry for this... | To The Little Girl With Omelettes In Her Eyes | The Sum of Endeavors | Stasis | Falling | To The Guileless Rover | Life and Hard Candy | Some thoughts on the definitions of "Smudge" as per Merriam-Webster | Shoeshine - Recalling the Lessons of My Father - In Memoriam | Migration On A Bad Day | Rendering Dream Upon Waking #1 | In The Valley of Your Bones | The Insolence of Poisoned Ivy | The Monkey Trap of Suicide Hill | She Calls It Sorrow | Walking Hopper - a prose poem | The Sewage Comes From Within |

The Weight

Bottled emotions are heavy, 

the weight can keep your mind unsteady.


you stand the chance of tipping over.

Indeed so, 

those emotions will spell over,

expelling another

load off your shoulders,

and peace of mind

your soul will soon discover. 

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Also by DeVaughn:

Souls' Worth | Emotions | Expression | Love | Mislove | Loss of Identity | Lost Soul | Love Blues | MENTAL BONDAGE | THE CREATOR | DREAM QUEST | FEARLESS MIND |

Ring Around The Poison Ivy

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Ring around the daffodil 

All the gods have fallen ill

One by one

The forts burned down!


Ring around the asphodel 

Cheaters do not kiss and tell


Stars no longer sparkle and twinkle!


Ring around the daisy

Standards growing hazy

Foul Word-Foul Word

Hearts can break too!


Ring around the poison ivy

Sip "The Lie" from Monday to Frida...

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Also by Mae Foreman:

Rage, rage, rage! | Funny, Funny | Beast in Pain | Starchild's Spell | Thank You Mother | Father Thank You | Meaning Lost | Us and Them |

How To Be Alone

Waiting for a friend
sipping tea, sunglasses on
passers-by double and disappear
as reflections in shop windows
everything lit golden
then dimmed behind my lenses
I stir the drink some more

Waiting for a friend
they’re half an hour late now
I barely notice
just watch the people
let my mind wander
the liquid turning in the cup

And it hits me, squarely, there
on the corner by the cr...

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Also by Tom:

You Are My Priest | Pillars of Creation | Purpose | Shadows Climb In My Cold Room | Return To America | To Be Adored | Don't Look Into Their Eyes | Your Light, Our Youth |


Common Sense


Common Sense

is not so common any more

it was eliminated by our

education system

people think only a college education

makes you smart

that a degree is the only way

to achieve success


but common sense

prevailed for years and years

and people got along just fine

then computers came along

and made us dependent on them



our brains a...

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Also by d.knape:

No Poem Today | A Pallet On The Floor | Back Porch | What Meets The Eye | When Everything Made Sense | Carmotion | Slow Walking | Expansion Announcement | Father's Day Poem | Diminishing Returns | Manly Thoughts | Wink | Devices | Mommy Mommy | Wireless World | Ordering A Mouse | Letting Things Go | Cat Nap | White Stripe | Reunion | School Photos | Last Laugh | Saving Grace |

Teaching bad children

Teaching bad children

Guys you have to keep 
Your hands out of your pants
And you can’t watch porn 
During school hours 

And I agree with your 
Of our colleagues but
I don’t want to undermine them

And please don’t call me after work
They’ll think I’m a child molester
But I do love you it’s just that
I’m supposed to be a cop

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Also by Robert C Gaulke:

Bodies | The Throb | To the edge of the ledge with a pickle wedge | On rejoining the cult | The Pitch | Ah, yes | The fabulist | Parents | Today's Meeting | Climbing out of a lie | E. Rigby’s Granddaughter |

the acting lover

The acting lover


When I was fifteen and a galley boy on a ship

The cook was over the top gay and couldn’t

Help to pick up some of is manner like smoking

Slim cigarettes and waving my arms around.

Many women thought I was gay which was a bonus

As they were teaching me to be-ungay,

They succeeded every time and we're happy this

Had saved me in time this ploy worked until...

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Also by jan oskar hansen:

let Iran live | Sunday morning somewhere | lone ranger | the Greek Poet | the death of love | forest dog | the blue | the apprentice | deafeat | a very rich woman | the piano | the Greek-Orthodox church | romance | war memories | the theft | the experiment |

Sweet meat

A quick Haiku that I wrote in reply to a radio dj's tweet, just for fun 


No puedo pensar

Crema Catalana

A cake ate my brain

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Also by Graham Parker and his musings:

Father's Day |

my mummy

I'm gonna talk about a woman who I can only describe as my world my universe
my brightest light ..my tonic ..my backbone my nurse
even in black she has more colours than a rainbow
brighter than the moonlight the sunshine she makes the rain go
when I'm told that I'm magic and I'm gifted
it's coz of her though keeps me uplifted
iv been so low
but never solo
she is the light that attracts lig...

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Also by Sarah Louise mcnee:

OCD | A Fool Like Me | tick tok | Dear Diary | God Blessable Bless | The power of giving | 2019 New moon 17th june | Transformation | 11.11 | Heartburn no more |

guardian angelMothersDaymum

A Cowards Way

Life's too Precious . Lives would be saved . If you stop Denying and start trying . Facing up to crimes happening to you . A Chip on a shoulder will always Fester . Parents feel unsafe then deny they really knew . But ideas charge batteries . And Instincts are There . By denying what is happening . Your helping to Fuel . That someone must have Knowledge. The Knowledge of just what makes your relat...

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Also by Wendy Higson:

Presumptions | Life’s Changes |



Es que no quiero a nadie más
Yo solo te quiero a ti
Por tu forma de pensar
Es que yo amo
A alguien que me haga sentir que estoy viva.

Y te veo a esos ojos
Que son mis favoritos
No los cierres nunca
No duermas más.

Y es que no quiero a nadie más
Te quiero a ti
Contigo voy hasta la luna
Respiro tu aroma
Y en las nubes me recuesto.

No hay nadie como tu
Que haga acelerar mi c...

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Also by Alexa Paola:

Diego |


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(Confessions of a man with little honour.  But you get it while you can)


I used to turn up on them marches

Arms linked with the Trotskyist host

But now I tune in to the Archers

“Them as lives longest learns most”.


I wore all my badges and labels

The shouts and the slogans and words

I learned them just like my times tables

But really I went for the birds.



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Also by John Coopey:



What mask should I wear today
Happy to beat sad, colours to beat grey
A mask to trick, a mask to decieve
A web of lies is easy to weave
A new face of confidence, free of fear
Laid on thick, so no cracks appear
Cracks like desperation, depression and pain
Covered with false confidence, it's a task to maintain
We all rely on our masks, to protect and to hide 
Frightened, embarrassed, to sho...

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If I close my eyes, in this head space I’ll be able to concentrate on breathing. The silver fish and woodlice can have the corners underneath this bed; I’ll not care. I’ll ignore the mustiness of the orange nylon carpet, the dust on the flock wallpaper, the pounding in my neck. It won’t be three in the morning, with only a two bar electric fire and the World Service for company. These high walls a...

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Also by Jonathan Humble:

You and I |

Paradise Awaits

When our tears, we seem unable to control.

Remember Heaven awaits for our lost soul.

They are at peace and rest, a stranger to pain.

We cry long at our loss, but it’s Heaven’s gain.

Paradise awaits those who deserve it most.

And we will meet again, when God is our host.

But for now the reason God gave us a heart.

Is to fill it with memories if loved ones depart.

One day we’...

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Also by Mike Bartram:

For My Dad |

To be Loved by You

What do you see

When your eyes land on me

What do you fear

When I am near

What is written on the wall

That's guarding you from all

I long to give to you


Do you know

Do you really know

That I would never let you go

Do you understand

I only wish to be with you

In the end


When I look at you

It's like the whole world is new

A better place for all


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Also by Jara Giner:

Missed Something |

dreamsfearlovetrue lovevulnerable

let us make

a mother fondles

with loving eyes

the child she made

it is her delight


in the heavenlies

a decision

to create mankind


the Father fondles

with loving eyes

what he formed

it is beautiful

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Also by Rick:

heartquake | an unknown middle-aged woman | enshrined on the bridge | Isaiah 40 | a covering | Seen in Hull (a tanka) | glad you popped by pts 1 and 2 |

Set in stony ways

with its weight of year's

time weighs heavier and heavier on the old man's shoulders

but in the fair weathered golden crucible of his youth

sheltering his naivety as he revelled in its dwindling glory

there were no concerns for age or  death

no fear whatsoever of having to take part

in their processions of morbidity.


Sadly, any dreams he thought useable to fulfil his futu...

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Also by Rose Casserley:

UnBeat(le)able | Hive member. Natural drone | 3 ridiculous retorts! | straying into a wildlife reserve | midnight midwinter |

Imprisoned or Prism

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This poem is a response to Cynthia B.T's. polite polemic, Mind in a Cage.


I am grateful to her for having incited me to use my mind.

Imprisoned or Prism

Our mind is the eye

By which we see, or not, all worlds;

The humdrum, the yet to come,

The mathematical, the fantastical.

By which we perceive, or n...

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Also by afishamongmany:

Thoughts about Thought | The Brink of Time | Blurred | Meeting Greeting | Three Times | Startingblocks | Stairways |


White noise

White noise is the cloak my mind wears

to protect me from its darkness.

I'm always elsewhere,

In a place of emptiness.

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Also by Sophie Morley:

Waking up | Hour glass | Narcissists anonymous | My telescope: Tommy |


Outrun the Demons

Faster...Faster...Don't stop...Don't let them catch you...

Pedal faster, fast enough so that the tears never touch your cheeks, fast enough so that the little droplets that sparkle in the moon light disappear behind you, into the darkness to slow down the horrid thoughts that chase you

Pedal faster...fast enough so that you out run your own mind

Pedal faster...fast enough so that there is...

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Also by ByteSize:

Inner Voices | Doubt | I Need You | Just resting my eyes | Matryoshka | Unable to live without Love | Broken | Beauty is in the eye | Demons Never Leave | Hidden | Struggle Not to Fall Again | Her | Fading | Happy Birthday My Dearest Sister | A Stranger | I long to surrender my heart | Long for Silence | The Sweetest Lies | Shadow Person | Lost | Returned | More than a smile |


Wittgenstein says he:

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'Languge merely pictures facts'

then changes his mind and retracts;

'It's more complex than I at first thought,

my Tractatus has all come to nought

for there's more to them cats on them mats'.


Words and foto  Thomas H Carroll


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Also by Tommy Carroll:

A freedom to express | The end of interest | testing... 1 2 3 | The Complainer |


aaj boht dino baad main khul kar hansi hoon

khud ko ainey mey deykhkr sharmai hoon

log merey muskaraney ka sabb poochtey hain

sochti hoon keh doon ya rehney doon

meyra aashiq hai boht khoobsurat

nazar na lag jaiyey usko kiski

yahi sochkr apni doston sey taaruf nahi krwati hoon

woh soochta hai main usko pasand nahi krti

is liyey dosron sey nahi milwati hoon


is rukhsa...

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Also by Merey Jazbaat:

ik pal!! | ehsaas!! | alfaaz!! | tumharey liyey |

After So Many Days!

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What prompted me to compose,

Pen down the lines after so many days!

Perhaps I owe it to her – all my happiness;

Realized after so many days!

Her eyes aren’t just eyes, my desires flourished;

She scaled after so many days!

The pen stained in the her memory penned everything,

Magically itself after so many days!

Misunderstood phases vanished, mistakes abandoned;

Anxiously ...

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Also by ai ou:

आज बड़े दिनों के बाद| | Intoxication To My Greed! | Aik Nazm | WhatsApp DPs |



My grandson, now thirteen, and sports adept

Had to have ingrown nails removed

From his two big toes

And the toes treated against regrowth.

Wide awake surgery -

And he was understandably nervous.

'Will you come with me, Grandma?'

'Of course, Honey.'

I would move heaven and earth for the child!


The three ladies in attendance were pleasant

And quietly interested in ...

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Also by Cynthia Buell Thomas:

Cutting the Grass | Mind in a Cage | Math Test | I Hope There Is A Heaven For That Pretty Pink Dress |

Frogs and Snails


If it was your son,

you’d want to know why,

wouldn’t you?

What was on his mind?

Could it be predicted?  

If he became the source of a statistic often quoted,

of a crime doubled up, year upon year,

I think you’d want to know.

Or would you veer away?

Never ask yourself why

he reacted in that way.

Did you raise your voice too often

in his formative years,


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Also by Laura Taylor:

Pep Talk | Manspreader Ha-cha-cha-cha |

No more wish

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

9:14 AM

No more wish

Monday,24th June 2019


I am approaching death

with an uneasy breath

my memory gives me slip

I am unable to sleep too


I felt a deep pain in her voice

she had no other choice

give promise to no one

and prefer a lone environment


I have talked with many poetesses

but they have never denied me access

I h...

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Also by Hasmukh Mehta:

Raise head high | Fire flames | The name of forgiveness | Omnipresent and Omnipresence | Simple occurence | I am an ultimate | Work with sacrifice | Damn wild | New to heart | present failure | With colorful flowers | New to heart | Lines are drawn | He delivers | Find yourself | Not beauty alone | Personality at home | Love bridge | With the child | Mountain and arivers | Only one creature | Common feeling | Real talent | Limited role | Cimplete strangers | Chatterer | Remain alive | Eyes speak pain | :Love-not a dream | No need | New trend | Change the fate | No pretension | Noa pathoven | Busy personality | I cry alone | Love is not | As if in cage | Love the way | Love the way | Eid-real worship day | Walk aimlessly | With a frown face | As if the cage | My answer | Less dangerous | No chance | Our folly | The painter | Allow me free entry | Dominate the scene | Omnipresent God |


quantum decision-making (anarchy and the existentialist)

over the edge


like comic relief

for the dangerously desensitized

and tragically disaffected


the fate of low entropy and all our chances at

something hoped for, desired yet unexpected


--our ultimate affinity an inglorious end

achieved in the finality of irreversible disorder

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Also by elPintor:

X-Y | heartswell | h-bomb (the singularity is here) |

The Squirrel Ripple

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In celebration of nature....


The Squirrel Ripple


Out in the park,

Relishing signs of spring,

I chanced upon a wonderful thing,

Backbone flexing,

Nose twitching,

Brush bristling,

I watched, wishing I too,

Could do

The squirrel ripple.

Across a flint grey path,

Camouflage in place,

Keeping a low profile

From the rat race.

Bright eyes right,


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Also by eve nortley:

Rock Pools | Can you bank on Winston? | Hostile Environment | Modern Slavery | I will go home and cry | SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY | Sparklers in the dark | Sea Woman | A Life On The Ocean Wave | Come down to the beach... | Driftwords | Awful Androgens | Dear Mr Burne Jones | Birmingham's Bhangra Babes | 21st Century Love | Curry and Kulfi | Gambling with grandad | Money | Sir Frances Drake |

These Damn Evenings

Please don't ever believe 

I just sat here in silent acceptance;

I am fighting for you

The only way I know how.

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Also by Hallielle Rose Dawson:

Your Mistake | Continuous Positive Airway Pressure | Half a Life | The Abyss | All of May |

Welcome To The New Age;

Welcome To The New Age;

Where 'no' means 'yes' and 'yes' means 'get me pregnant.'

Where a woman's underwear can be waved in front of a court like a white flag justifying all the reasons why he raped her. 

And where the lining a woman's dress is the difference between 'leave me alone' and 'fuck me right here on the table'

When I was 16 years old, a teacher touched me on the knee, caress...

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Words sneak up on me

Come up behind me

Grab me round the throat

Gag and starve me of all else

Beat me about the head

Until my mouth

My pen release them

A teeming, fighting stream

Of conscious thought

Storming an unconscious self

Words that nag and push me around

Like a long-lost friend

Assaulting my senses

Lying dormant for a time

In sleepy tired dreams


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Also by Martin Elder:

Eddie Condon's apprentice | How many tonight |

Drugs to death

Pills and powders flying around the streets, each dealer adding their own unique twist to create a bigger batch of what they call a treat. A lads night out, a festival gone wrong, it doesn’t take much for you not to be so strong. “I know my limit” they say, but the pill that you pop may lead you astray, all that you’ve worked for, all who you love, gone in a flash over a dodgy bag of drugs. Laying...

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Also by Holly Robinson:

Grey clouds |


Full Pages, Empty Rooms

Thousands of pages in an empty room

Thousands of stories waiting to be told

The pages go untouched 

The magic within begins to fade

Beloved characters cease to exist 

Daring fights go unheard of 

People begin to feel empty 

Not always sure why 

It's because those empty rooms 

Inked pages breathe life to us 

Teach us history, adventures, to love 

We mustn't forget t...

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poemswritten words


Close by to and smelling the smoke

of cruel fingered, beautiful Pheasant killing guns on a hillside

their hot twin barrels poking out from clusters of undergrowth

causing me to partially inhale

the little slow drifting clouds of cordite they emit.


I know these images I am sketching for you with words

are not humane ones by any stretch of the imagination

but I need to use ...

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Also by Jemima Jones:

Replacement | Returning to the embrace of echoes | Winters uncontested Minstrel | From Fly to fertilizer | Necessity of repetitions |
















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Also by trevor homer:


Gas Light

Be kind... I am still getting used to writing after my stroke. It’s so hard but a friend’s experience prompted this one . Assisted technology sounds bizarre  reading back such a sensitive topic. I hope it still works as a poem. 


Gas light


It’s not a street light. 

It’s so hard to see. 

So unaware,

It frightens me. 


I’m not worth it.

Am I to blame? 

Is it my f...

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Also by Louise Hogg:

This is me |

domestic violenceGas lightmental health



take bull by
the horns
grow roses
without thorns
half full
is your glass
pure gold
out of brass
fine wine
from tap wtaer
five star meal
using fodder
diamond from
solid ground
of a sink hole
one line
into a book
big fish
without a hook
shower in pennies
under the rain
full crop from
single grain
seperate wheat
from chaff
always get
last laugh

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Also by cindylee loucks:


POEMS by cindy lee loucks

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