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Love Lives Here

Urgent house repairs

cracked damp window

shiny peeling wallpaper

musty smelling carpet

plaster flaking ceiling

heart to heart

mental stress showdown

depression discreetly leaves

when you say

I love you

knowing battle lost

limited influences here.

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sunshine shines within

Held Accountable

Corruption investigated

suspect everyone

trust nobody

lies uncovered

files discovered

theories changeable

emotional ties

dangerous behaviour

evidence collected

framed possibility

your turn

will come

back up

potential treachery

false uniform

deception wears

too late

the tables

are turned.

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Line of duty

Football Makes a Stand

Grass roots

floodlight stars

green stage

first match

Dad held

my hand

emotional bond

connecting club

instant fan

supporters's banta

cheering loud

singing songs

forever journey

memories played

final whistle

souvenir programme

history made.

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Super Cup shares skydive

Always by Her Side

Leadership immense responsibility

sharing royal understanding

loving Husband supports

waking up knowing

no longer there

heartbroken sombre monarch

Wife and Queen

Prince of Princes

side by side

sealed with love

a nation mourns.



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Duke of Edinburgh R.I.P

A Hair's Breath on a Sure Bet

Credit cards gallop

everything I own

horse comes home

next race due

can't go wrong.

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each way which way slips away

Starship Shining Love

Blind in seeing

what I should

opening gravitating eyes

starship shining love

moonbeams stirs rebirth

unknown night sky

reveals less dark.

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Super Moon tonight

Dentist, Doctor and getting to The Hospital

Waiting for appointments

we might not get

Waiting for appointments

making us nervous wrecks

Waiting for appointments

thinking it's bad news

Waiting for appointments

finding out nothing wrong

the best cure ever.

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stuck in a telephone queue

One Pink Rose equals another Day Without You

Young seeds thrown upon unexpected ground

sunlight Spring garden basking in love

on Mother's Day I weep with joy

as a hundred pink roses grow.

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missing you lots as I place a rose on your grave

Set Your Sights then go for The Kill

Slimline tonic

bronze tan

workout body

lover's confrontation

brazen outburst

personal take

getting involved

outrageous bitching

controversial matching



rival sorted

clear path

killer move

crazy flirting

boundaries broken

who's watching?

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island of promiscuity down under

Can't Put It Down

Appealing cover

or not

fresh print

fingers lick

reading glasses

permanently glued

fighting sleep

saying Goodnight

only when

novel complete.

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World Book Day

Whiter Than White

Over rooftops of sky satellites

a million candles circle bright

eyes squint as you stare

so worried Sun senses a takeover

as morning Moon awakens the day.

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Which little star left the light on?

When My Heart Starts Dancing

Photographs can find lost connections instead I put my record player on.

Certain favourite songs

rhythm takes flight

full volume on

heart starts dancing

good times spinning

rocking rolling lovers

summers keep coming

past moments click

when needle lifts

records slot time

back into place

feelings stacked ready

to relive love

when music returns

me to somet...

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Lets twist again

Surrender Not An Option

Infection spreads

relentless vaccination

virus finds

uncaring collaborators

I'm o. k

selfish people

non-stop parties

mixing together

can only

allow distressed

done no

wrong suffer

then die

leaving love

to grieve

then fear

for the

rest of

all mankind.


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the selfish few

When Cold Nights Just Got Better

Compelling chance encounter

lips spontaneously kiss

tearaway tongues tangle

single cold bed

instantly central heated.


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goodbye hot water bottle

Giving Something Back

Snail vaccination queue

stress nervously inquiring

How much longer?

legs absolutely aching

reassuring smile replies

Your turn soon

afterwards much later

overcome with relief

grateful lady returns

each nurse given

box of biscuits

Doctors under pressure

a special gift

giving something back

meant so much

to them both.



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a true act of kindness

That Certain Twinkle in His Eye

Extraordinary courage

overpowering pride

fighter extreme

a nation

he carried

hundred times

more than

his years

together maker

kind humble

unlimited love

Sir Tom

touched hearts

connecting Worldwide

in return

we gracefully

touched his.


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Tomorrow will always with you be a good day.

Playing My Trump Card

Disaster strikes peaceful law-abiding party

apparently exquisite show-stopper double-booked

last minute texting Deposed President Invited

resourceful fake news noone turned up.

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both our parties fail

They Held Their Heads up High

Relentless turbulent rain

crucial sliding tackles

F. A Cup drama unfolds

West Ham strike

eight minutes left

defence line broken

fearless Stockport County

heads up high

battle was lost

proud players stand.

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County lost the match but not their pride.

The Irresponsible Protest

Those who shout out

death rates all untrue

will only cease when

isolated they too become.

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Harmful only if you listen

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Tearful break up

Gerry emotions high

no sleep that night

feelings caught the words

when singing this song

two hearts became one.

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Gerry Marsden R I P

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