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Only The Shadow Of Her Face

Oh, then we were inseparable

Nothing could keep us apart

Nights and days we revelled

We shared one loving heart

 

She's gone now, taken so quick

I watch in vain for some trace

But her spirit refuses to emerge

Only the shadow of her face

 

Its like her soul never existed

A mirage from the day we met

Did I dream the words of love

That entrapped me in her net?

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She'll Soon Come Back I'm Sure

She was angry when she left me

Clouds of sorrow furrowed her brow

I'm dizzy thinking where she's gone

Its not the same without her now

 

I'm a Texas boy I've had my fun

Belle had a heart that was pure

That kindled mercy for my lapses

She'll soon come back I'm sure

 

But was she holy as she seemed?

I should have treated her better

Maybe she'll ring some evening

...

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Rungs

Elites benefit from a spiral stair-case

A ladder is the usual means of ascent

Rungs that facilitate a measured climb

Or on the other hand a quick descent

 

Life's rope ladder has many rungs

We dont enjoy a rung of our own

But share one briefly with our rivals

Each rung on the ladder is on loan

 

You can easily get knocked off a rung

Or turn your rung into a terribl...

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Winter In The Sky

Steady beats the pulse of the sun

Wonder still leaps from its beams

Yet beneath a mask of bonhomie

That sad star is not what it seems

 

Watching its favourite run to waste

Hot tears escape that burning eye

Bound by nature to fry its offspring

Torch forests, put winter in the sky

 

What treasure this greedy satellite

Down the ages pillaged from space

Squandering ...

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Rain Doesn't Matter Now

We were full of ourselves in those days

Life was a treasurehouse of pleasure

We had our fill of the world's offerings

And took its ripened fruit at our leisure

 

Rain doesn't matter now you're gone

Nothing seems important anymore

We madly moaned about the weather

The God-given gale onto the shore

 

But our love took it all for granted

Selfishness was the order of t...

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Bold

Once I looked before I leapt

It was best to feel my way

Keep your wits about you

Be careful what you say

 

Cheeky is your second name

I never knew a girl so bold

You made a new man of me

Your ways have taken hold

 

Now I'm impromptu and off-hand

Knee-jerk and quite automatic

I just follow your lead blindly

I don't care if you're autocratic

 

Cheeky is y...

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Ginger And Fred

human imagination roams wild

soaring free atop mundane days

wild ideas coming from nowhere

weird notions, even funnier ways

 

I helplessly fantasise with women

shutting my eyes to imagine bliss

with movie stars and weather girls,

its them I fondle, cuddle and kiss

 

my Ginger boasts assets to die for

she's what any man would desire

yet for all her wondrous charm...

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Saving Me For Later

despite frosty relations in the office

a snobbish reaction to my charms

I live in hope your chill will thaw

that soon you'll end up in my arms

 

I can't fail to notice signs aplenty

of you revising your adverse opinion

your eye contact seems improved

am I no longer a humdrum minion?

 

I'm sure you're saving me for later

delaying the better dish until last

merely...

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Feline Grace

in the bathroom is an old jar of vaseline

on seeing it my cat heads for the doors

but really what else can I look forward to

now the virus has curtailed my amours?

 

when much younger I was an altar boy

serving old father macdonagh at the altar

did he ever give in to wayward thoughts?

did those vows of celibacy never falter?

 

the convent was replete with pious old nu...

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Brown Velvet

just at dusk I draw them

to keep out falling night

I wanted maroon or grey

she usually won the fight

 

brown velvet inspired her

reminded her of school

she'd sat on it many times

it covered her class stool

 

portal of pleated shrouds

hanging before my gaze

mourns that freezing night

a phantom crimson haze

 

they ought to come down

the fabric frames h...

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Flowers Are Yesterday

I never saw such a posy of carnations

A flush that shade rose to my cheeks

They were delivered each day at first

Before long it was every few weeks

 

Flowers are yesterday and I know it

Reality can cope without fine blooms

The mundane stuff is more important

Like securing a set of cheap rooms

 

Memories of those sprays sustain me

Even now I can smell that African l...

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From Heart To Zero

Fires burn hot but rarely last

What remains is just embers

Our own love-volcano cooled

I wonder if Julie remembers

 

She went from heart to zero

Furnace turning to ice floe

Soul out of fuel and cooled

Flames flickering with woe

 

She was temperamental

Blew cold with the best

All or nothing the norm

I got chilled like the rest

 

She went from heart to ze...

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Old Flames

Shakespeare's sonnets will live forever

Wordsworth's words shall persevere

Your missives weren't so fortunate

And it won't be me that sheds a tear

 

Your letters are but sad ashes now

They'll not be a permanent reminder

A black and white record of passion

When I swore you couldn't be kinder

 

Your writing was almost compulsive

You needed to get it all off your ches...

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Half-Fallen Rain

he could not make her out

at close quarters but afar

smiling yes but acting no

near, yet distant as a star

 

like rain falling half-way

a tide trapped out at sea

an infant sapling stunted

a blossom without a bee

 

brows furled with doubt

mouth unstable not still

eye contact fraying, lost

signals iced by inner chill

 

curious blend, rare alloy

what el...

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Nailed To My Doom

Fate's ways may be kind or wicked

They say Kismet was always erratic

Life's boons may dangle before you

Getting them is far from automatic

 

The day we met was a normal affair

Until you materialised in the room

That cryptic blur was elemental

Your soul nailed me to my doom

 

Nailed to my doom I linger on

I've never quite shaken you off

I've prayed often for you ...

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The Look Of You In Love

if beauty is the keystone of women

from Cleopatra to Helen of Troy

you beat them into a cocked hat

the way yours generates such joy

 

its just a miracle of modern science

how every feature fits hand in glove

like rainbows and stars combined

in that ineffable look of you in love

 

you were always out in the front rank

from those early days of teenage bloom

but wh...

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Black Poplar

two flightless birds on a branch

a wood-saw working in my hand

you trying to stop me sawing

hoping to keep us on dry land

 

below us runs a deep rushing river

if the branch is severed, we drown

I shrug off your efforts to stop me

Though it will bring both of us down

 

the branch is nearly sundered

I can hear it creak and groan

your hysteria makes me angry

I w...

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No Tomorrow In Your Eyes

You need hope to see a future

Without that there's only despair

That's the lesson you taught me

When you told me you didn't care

 

There was no tomorrow in your eyes

Only dead ashes from yesterday

There was no tomorrow in your eyes

My future's upped and flown away

 

Our journey's come to to dead end

I'm backed up against a concrete wall

Even now I'm hoping again...

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A Heart With No History

When I saw your wayward ways

My heart switched into reverse

This was far from what I wanted

An outcome so plainly perverse

 

Yours was a heart with no history

We were strangers, noon till night

The one I married was a mystery

A mirror that reflected no light

 

Tales you told me of your past

Turned out to be little but fiction

I stood next to a stranger when

T...

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