It’s the end of the world as we know it


New World

Morning dawning

Emerge, embark, proceed

Life prospers only furtively




Peaceful, serene,

Complex doting mother

Beautiful, a world harmonised.




Changing, warming

Heatwaves, fires, freezing, droughts,

Nature's response to inaction.

Flash floods



Raging, burning

Denied self-indulgence


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#6 verse Cinquain

If They Can, Then So Can You


In those moments of doubt, when challenges arise,

You're facing tasks seemingly too vast, or unwise,

Remember, my friend, that ambition's not lost,

Impossible is not out of reach, or aloft

Should your dreams feel distant, beyond your scope or touch,

Yield not disheartened to your inner-self too much.

For possibility knows no bounds, there's no wall,

You crucially possess ...

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There’s no revenge in imitation

You have hurt me, and yet,

I search not for retribution.

Seeking a distinct vantage point

I do not find revenge in imitation. 


Harsh words once cruelly spoken,

An opportunity for easy repetition. 

Yet substance is my pride

I do not find revenge in imitation,


There is no detail I must explain

I’m in no need of vindication.

I’m unlike you; I’m therefore sure,


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I forgot how to love you

Regrets linger heavily, 

There are long shadows cast,

Love’s flame extinguished, 

There’s no chance we’ll last.


In fervent haste,

I bade us a final adieu.

Hopelessly, passionlessly 

I forgot how to love you


There was an absence of heart, 

a chasm so wide,

We stood naked and adrift, 

In love's ebbing tide.


Our love slipped away, 

Like the timers...

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#love's end

Ode to a Dragonfly



Oh, Dragonfly, ephemeral creature of the skies,

With wings that glisten and mesmerize.

Through nature's patchwork world, take flight,

Reflected opalescence belittles light.


With grace, you dance the summer breeze.

Aerial acrobat, netless trapeze.

A lissom body, set on a delicate frame,

An inner strength puts most to shame


With emerald and sapphire hues...

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#JohnKeats inspired



A curious thought about the sands of time

How two distant places appear in rhyme 

Existing as a pair in a fleeting embrace,

Two places, one world, in time and space.


In one hemisphere, sunrise paints the morning sky,

Awakening slumberers with a new day's sigh,

Whilst westward, a Turneresque sunset glows,

Bidding a farewell to light, long shadows grow.


Across ...

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Returning home on the Flying Scotsman 1983

Wrapped securely within your liveried green

Refined golden-arched nameplate highlights your pedigree,

London North Eastern returning home

Non-stop, Kings Cross to Diesel City

Clackety Click, Clackety Click, Clackety Click

Passing by Highbury, the Arsenal

through the long Potters Bar tunnel

Where pressure causes your ears to pop

Travelling quicker northward, abandoning the ‘...

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#reflected nostalgia











Strolling wooded fen and green pasture,

Stimulated by Spring's splendour,

Yellow Rattle, Red Poppy,

Cowslip, Purple Clover.

sown abundantly

by divine hand,


this place


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Wendy K







Friends told Wendy Kincaid to seize the day

Live her life, live life her way.

The attached rope, alas, had one fatal flaw:

She'll never go bungee anymore.

A long drop to eternity for Wendy K

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Accept me as I am

Will you accept me as I am?
Though sometimes weak, I'm sometimes strong,
Appreciate, I may have faults
I'm sometimes right, though sometimes wrong

On this, our special day of days,
Let's pledge avid adoration,
Joyously betrothed, we'll vow to
make true love our declaration

All gathered on this solemn day.
You dressed in fine white lace and pearls,
Cosseted by family warmth,
Our wond...

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#wedding vows

The Green Man and Jenny Greenteeth Get Married

Their love was warm and bright 

Shining forth from virescent eyes

Wrapped within their strength of passion,


They held each other close

Muscular solid arms entwined her

His demure lass of fashion


Courting, walking out, blinded by love 

Oblivious to others within their view,

Unintentional disregard, no dispassion


A calendar date for their union settled


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#Horror folk story

The Unexpected Ballad of Laura and Ben

Laura and Ben were toddler friends

Born less than a year apart

Kindergarten playground buddies

Inseparable, right from the start


We watched them grow into teenagers

The two spoke as if one, of love and romance

they wanted to take their relationship further,

Give their young adult dalliance a chance


Each family wished them well. 

Their friends were overjoyed.


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Everyone should read 'The Hurt' by a young lady poet called Jamia, find her in the profile section, I think it is one of the best things I've read for a while, so moving, it deserves engagement.

Thank you and goodnight

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Through the Abbey’s great doors


I received an official letter; they posted it through my door.

I noticed, On His Majesty's Service, as it lay there on the floor

Surprised that the London postmark wasn't special, in fact, it wasn't flash

Surprised that it had arrived, my invitation to King Charlie's bash,


Interested in what others considered attire at its best

I viewed the coronation of our late lamented ...

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Last breath

A culmination of my mortal wealth

The final veto of this body’s health

On this concluding course, I’ll steer the helm,

Towards divine perfection in heaven's realm.

Pleasures once played forcibly reduced in speed.

Aches and pains scream, “You fool, take heed.”

Sat alone at ease, awaiting death’s forecast.

Whilst silently reminiscing about a time long past.

No time now for re...

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Eleven thousand fourth century British Virgins

The London church of St Mary Axe

Famous for just one little-unknown fact

It once held the bloodied broadaxe

Used to poleaxe

Eleven thousand British virgins


Meriadoc, fabled Celtic commander

All conquering, just like the great Alexander

Friend to Maximus, hopeful Roman emperor

Now he needs to pander

To eleven thousand British virgins


Recreating his beloved Br...

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#unknown history

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, by Claude Lorrain 1648


A thin shaft of majestic sunlight

dances across the harbours contained waves

As if highlighting each crest in gold leaf 

Men with muscled arms and sturdier backs

load small boats, transporting large chests of fine silks

Precious stone, spices, and polished gold

Others stand motionless on the fine-marbled quay, 

ready to glimpse the regal retinue

Overhead, dawn clouds s...

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#art history

Love you? Love my dog.

Her four paws

could conquer Everest.

Yet your two legs 

continue to stagger, 

tripping over our love,

As if peppered with stumbling blocks.


Her brown eyes

Emote a tender love.

Yet your shiny blues,

reflect less than nothing,

gazing critically at others

As if weakness demeans them


Her demeanour

Conveys contentment.

Yet your stolidity.

Viewed ne...

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#sad love

The waiting lists

Shallow breath.

newborn, near death.

Essential that I'm on this,

the neonatal incubation waiting list.


Fallow care,

pitiful pair.

Shouldn't be missing out on this,

placed on the parental-affection waiting list.


Lie low, lay

stressed every day.

Unsure of the cause for this,

joined the rid-me-of-anxiety waiting list.



it's ludicrous,


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The Wail of Two Cities

It was a champion side; it was an almost ran side, 

It was the age of flair; it was the age of dullness, 

It was the era of conviction; it was the era of disbelief, 

It was the season of greatness; it was the season to forget,

It was the winter to hope; it was the winter of disillusion, 

We had the future before us; we had no hope within us,


Don Revie’s knights in Persil Whi...

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What happens when the sex stops?

I really should give up on this life,

Not this living kind 

but this loving kind.

It's self-evident that we two together,

Won’t make love last forever.


I really should give up on this life,

Not our once harmonious kind

but this blaming whoever, whenever kind.

Paraphrasing Sir Issac, our actions

create opposite and unenviable reactions


I really should give up...

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Just a few questions before departure

Would I still be able to dream in colour when I'm dead?

My life revealed in vivid hues replayed inside my head,

Or restricted to shadowy visions in black and white?

Is death considered a more everlasting pitch-black night?


Those dreams? Could I possibly stroll the byways of my youth?

Righting many wrongs whilst cementing fundamental truths,

Would it be possible to ascend hig...

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#heavenly dream



Whether it is a war of personal attrition,

Detrimentally involuntary

Or a war of hatred with their neighbour

Muscle flexing showing national pride and anxiety

Whether it’s climate change, wearing thin our planet,

Many single voices spouting climatic rhetoric

heckled and shackled by those likely to lose livelihoods

Not thinking that eventually, we all lose our lives


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We’ve been there.


Conwy Castle, Stonehenge and the Jurassic coast

Aberdeen, Newquay and Scarborough fair

Dover, Holyhead and the City of Lincoln

We’ve been there


Not sleeping after we’ve quarrelled

Shouting at each other without a care

Walking away when we should have been closer

We’ve been there


Pompeii, Herculaneum and Rome

Caves of Drach, Pollenca and Port de Soller 


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It was, and always will be, 1969

The fluorescent screen in our lounge,

Mirrored the bridge’s onboard viewer

Gaining a look into unfamiliar fictitious worlds.

We encountered both friendly and unfriendly aliens.

Pointed ears, blue faces, or lizard-like Gorn

Occasionally, it was all just too much 

After all, I was only nine

It wasn’t Dr Who scary, but it was close

They whisked us weekly across the cosmos


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Unsure in love


My darling, never will I abandon you,

You'll always be my one and only,

We’ll be together forever, side by side

Counting our blessings.

Our blessings counted

Will we be forever together, side by side?

Will I always be your one and only?

My darling, will you ever abandon me?

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The mind of a bomber


I’m here, with you all, for just one purpose 

I’m loathed to abandon that purpose now.

I promise that tomorrow we’ll all be immortal

There is no other scenario I can allow

You’ll never understand just how I'm feeling

You’re indifferent both to mine and your own beliefs

Asleep, I dream my descendants are weeping,

Each morning, I wake, yearning quiet relief.

I understand...

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Does anyone care?


Old-world women gossip

Disgorging air and candy floss,

Talking, talking, talking.

Just trumpery coming across,

Irrational chatter

Mindless natter,

Suffrage, forgotten, such a loss.


Old-world men jabber

As they prop up the local bar,

Bullshit bullshit bullshit.

Taking ignorance far too far.

Incoherent prattle

Constant cackle.

Franchised rights, or an...

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How many?

Two hundred sextillion stars 

In our universe

Thirty-five trillion blood cells

Bodily dispersed

Seventy-thousand decimal places

Someone memorised for Pi

Five thousand visible suns

Light the night sky

Two and a half billion seconds 

The extent of one person's life

Thirty-three percent truly believe

After death, there’s an afterlife

Forty million sperm

In one e...

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Winter has passed and with it, love.

  Winter is passed and with it, love.

Repeatedly Spring thwarts Winter,

We rejoice in the vernal equinox

When light eclipses the dire outlook,

Rebirth replaces the seasonal mourning

But this new year moves us further away

from our own once passionate youthful love

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The road to oblivion

I was not alive during World War two

Even dad was a mere lad in the blitz.

Living a stone's throw from Grimsby docks

Bombed nightly by 'The Luftwaffes Herr Fritz.'


I remember reading about the Yangtze incident,

In an old National Geographic edition

As well as the wars in Kenya and Korea

The horrors of the Indian Partition


Little more than just a toddler

Back in...

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One road to success

Rising like a proverbial phoenix from her despair,

Flying high with coloured wings outstretched.

Comes the chambered secrets of literary success


Precious firstborn to be parented alone.

A happy by-product of an abusive marital union

Arantes, her half-blood prince, quick hands, slow regret,


A broken marriage, jobless, and a single parent

Seven years after graduating, ...

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I thought that I’d grab the bull by the horns

Yet dieting is hard. Every rose has its thorns.

As a kid in a candy store, I encountered a hitch,

Hell's paved road of good intention. Fruit bowl or fridge?


“What goes around comes around,” said my therapist

Whose ignorance is bliss, policy, was limitless

“It’s as rare as unicorn shit.” He mocks.

“For dieters to think outside ...

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#Body perfect?


The green expanse of grass

Where Lacey and I stroll

 Is cold-whitened in the chill overnight

It scrunches underfoot,


 Chinese crisped seaweed

specially bleached

Above, across the morning blue

White clouds stretched taut

Like varicose veins pulled thin in a late winter sky.

We’re icy cold and missing you

So we’re returning 

homeward bound, both dog and...

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#nearly valentine

The Kinfgisher

The Kingfisher


Iridescent, his metallic-like sheen, spikes and flashes

against summer’s lightest blue

Aquamarine-tailed jacket

accessorised by a ruffed chinstrap of white

Speeds low level, like a pre-programmed cruise missile

Hurtling, single-minded,

Along the valleys, meanderingly slow river

Desperate, he seeks to support his mate.

This Halcyon’s golden yellow br...

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Blue eyes through black mascara

No longer coming soon, it's out


Google Play:

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Lacey Dog


Our beautiful Romanian rescue

travels life in a new direction.

Her shiny damp nose nestles deep

Pursuing our love and affection


Previously on the streets of Bucharest

possessing sharp wits to survive

Food so scarce for those on the streets

She must stay sharp, to stay alive.


Unborn puppies wouldn't be easy to carry

She must find food, somewhere safe to lie


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At the local butchers aged 10 & 3/4

Mr Brown, the butcher, was sawing through a large beef bone.

Hard white bone chips and sinew flew up and out, 

hitting the underneath of the curved glass screen, 

it sounded like the machine gun noise I heard

when watching the Daffy Duck cartoons 

at the Odean’s Saturday morning pictures.

As he strained to cut, 

the large muscle at the top of his arm bulged. 

I’ll have musc...

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#memories of youth

We moved house but left the tree behind

Winter came and death stole her shapely form

She was just wooden bones; I mourned. 

We separated; love-torn,

We could no longer be together

Did I have a hand in her death? 

I had created steps with nails large enough

to crucify any unwanted messiahs.

That previous summer I had sat with her, high then still higher

looking down upon the world far below that held nothing for m...

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Swiss Roll Family Robinson

Not astonished by the lack of surprise,

The day the Robinson family died

Morbidly obese.

Devoured their last feast,

Committing dietary suicide


Their buffet table laid sumptuously,

Intending to indulge in gluttony,

They wouldn't be the first

To eat till they burst

Avidly scoffed and gouged rapaciously,


A vivid green leaf salad, though not much

Lay limp i...

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The Spare

A green-eyed prince, with reddened hair.
Writing Royal scandal for public glare,
His coronet lost all shine and sparkle
Since he became Mister Harry Markle
Ultimately, he's still just a SPARE for the heir

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Greatest Gift

A child-shaped void in our lives

This woman, my wife, unable to carry life

Unable to bear the fruits of our love.

Not her fault


Seedless as a Naval orange.

Brokenhearted, we parted.


Roll forward several years

This woman hereof became my ladylove,

Already a mum, could I think of

These boys as


We considered our future.

Hand in hand, we planned.


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The Siberian Tiger


Hushed black foot pad sinks,

Submerged beneath crisp deep snow

White pugmarks remain


Siberia no Tora 


burakku futto paddo shinku,

 fukai yukinoshita ni shimu nda, 

shiroi pagu maku ga zan tte i masu.

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