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Do me in....

Do me in....


I am a lesbian, a communist and a subversive

I am a gypsy, I masturbate, I think I´m gay too

This should be enough for you to do me in

rid yourself of your conceitedness and prejudice

go and don´t delay, be spontaneous and have your way

Make the world a better place and do with me away

Clean up your town, turn it white and straight

and in so doing why not ...

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Drawing in....

Drawing in....


Gradually, imperceptibly the nights draw in

they encroach with the chill of winter to foretell

As a blanket they cover a dormant landscape

there is no retreat, no turning back, the die is cast

the rubicon is crossed

Until the Feast of Epiphany we sink into a darkened world

only beyond is the light of a resurrected dawn

A time to slumber, dream, to drink ...

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The Final Act

The Final Act


I do not want you to stand there as if dumb

required out of a conformist etiquette to be present

I have arranged my funeral as a theatre for all

for family, friends and bystanders alike

This time within these sacred portals will stain your eternal memory

as no other farewell has or ever will

My body will be borne on the shoulders of those who I love

this ...

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An Autumnal Rhapsody

An Autumnal Rhapsody


Clusters of sacrificial colurs

in a bleated cry from a dormant world

In unison the days of autumn do ebb

from the gaiety of a summer´s warmth

It is the finale, the last movement

of a rhapsody which droops in sorrow

Threadbare leaves in a myriad of colours

give the landscape a farewell hue

A floor of sadness is littered between weary trees

as ...

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Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane


Trams trundled along the centre of the road

as whistling kettles sounded a cup of tea

People queued outside cinemas as human snakes

with a policeman directing a swarm of black cars

Streets pockmarked with the shrapnel of war

vacant spaces between buildings where buildings once stood

Cobbled streets of Victorian days to rumble over

buses, trams and trol...

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An Ancient Language

An Ancient Language


It is not Latin or Ancient Greek

that we find a language so rich and deep

It is not borne of a vocabulary or tongue

but from the heart, soul and mind of man

Found in the mists of time it comes to us

rich and varied are its sounds and cadences

For it can speak across all boundaries

reaching beyond impassable frontiers

Its sounds are an orchestra r...

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A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time


A Railway Buffett Bar

on a rainy November evening

we sat amongst a throng of tables

as the air filled with smoke

Silently we sipped our drinks

wishing to be somewhere else

a place of tranquility and alone

but people pushed about us

The rush hour was in full swing

he looked searchingly into his beer

I at his profile deep in my own thoughts


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The End

The End


Bombers race in unison along

expectant runways

Laden with a deadly nuclear cargo

to dislodge our planet from its axis

As we are cast like confetti

into an inter galactic gloom

Leaving our earthly home abandoned

desolate and forever stricken

Leaders shout the futile slogans

of their defunct ideologies

Beauty is gone in a blinding flash

verdant meadow...

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My Other....

My Other........


I live mostly inside my mind

where I am fully consumed

Solitude draws out my creative spirit

as I sit uninterrupted and alone


I am the kernel of my being

cut adrift in a sea of discovery

I cannot be an island fortress

as I lack the strength and will


My other is always close at hand

as a rampart and shoulder of solace

Without his pres...

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She Died Recently........

She Died Recently......


He weeps inwardly

behind sad eyes

His voice falters

as memories are recalled

He is broken

lost and unseeing

A veil of tears separates them

she has been taken away

Alone he stumbles

sleepless nights of dread

He is fearful

unused to loneliness

All sense of direction

has gone from sight

He mourns like 

others have mourned


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Our Destiny

Our Destiny


The leaves of integrity fall

leaving the stoic tree of virtue

They fall or are blown about

to the earth of abundant corruption

The sun hides behind clouds of shame

as the winds warn of impending doom

Seas surge with the waves of war

as the earth trembles on its foundations

A moon of lurid light deceives

a gullible landscape below

Creatures turn aga...

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A Spiritual Home

A Spiritual Home


The soul searches for a home without

confined and content it seeks another abode

A palm lined, sun drenched beach

the lofty peaks of a mountain range

or within a pine forest of a needled floor

Perhaps a river flows to soothe this soul

or a city square bedecked with cafes

A foreign land rich in culture and cuisine

or a tongue, a language to entice


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Needless Burdens

Needless Burdens


I used to carry them as mindful burdens

weights which pressed against my back

Shackles on wrists and ankles

to impede my progress even drawing blood


They became a part of my daily slog

my inner feelings numbed by their heaviness

A once erect stature crippled itself

to become a shadow of my true identity


How much longer was I to endure thos...

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The Final Blast

The Final Blast


A gun salute reverberated through the trees

as unprecedented temperatures soared

With birds and wild life cowering for shade

The tsunami of summer had peaked

an audible sigh whispered amongst the branches

All remained as before except for an air of expectancy

Green leaves retained their lustre

hedgerows verdant with a harvest of fruit

A silent rubico...

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He Stepped Inside

He Stepped Inside

The key was inside the lock

He went forward and opened the door

Alone and unobserved he entered

To find the gullible and the willing

He latched onto those who deprecated others

The resentful he nurtured

Unseen he cast his net far and wide

He appointed leaders to receive adulation

Their prupose and strength he fortified

He gave them full rein for thei...

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