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Wounds

Beloved husband

they scribed on the stone,

and it may be true.

There were days when

we bickered and

picked at the scabs

of our lives,

exposed raw wounds

and bled together.

But together, we

salved the hurts, healed

and cared for each other,

so there was the love

at the heart of it.

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Moon

What is your allure,

attracts poets and lovers

to worship in your light?

 

At best insipid

in full of day,

anonymous, sun-warmed,

 

then at evening’s fall

become a beacon

to passion’s progress,

 

a shining symbol

that sweeps the darkness

with cold, unearthly light.

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Jabs

Lickety-splickety

Science has set us free

With such simplicity

Only two jabs

 

Pfizer came up with it

Pharmacologically

Overseas holidays

Now up for grabs

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Container Ships

The world still needs container ships

to travel down the shipping highways.

but when they make these trading trips

it’s better not to try it sideways.

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Container Ships

The world still needs container ships

to travel down the shipping highways.

But when they make these trading trips

it’s better not to try it sideways.

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Bagarthach

Lockdown Hair

I’m fed up now, believe you me,

it’s getting so I cannot see;

it seems to grow at such a speed,

my shaggy lockdown hair.

 

I know we have to isolate,

and though I squint to compensate,

a barber’s what I really need

to cut my lockdown hair.

 

It’s grown so long it’s in my eyes

and in the slightest wind it flies,

yet though I try to pay no heed;

I hate my lockd...

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Bill the Bard

This is a tale about a guy named Bill

who wrote a lot of sonnets years ago.

I read a few when I had time to kill,

through winter days when sheltering from snow.

 

It’s no surprise a lot of them are good;

the iambs really complement the rhyme.

I browse them sometimes when I’m in the mood

and marvel, ‘cause the writing is sublime.

 

There’s only one thing I don’t compre...

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Limbo

Have you ever had that feeling that you’re living life in limbo,

that nothing much has happened since you finished work for Chrimbo?

The world has passed you by while everybody’s stuck in lockdown,

and waiting till these artificial barriers are knocked down.

 

Have you ever had that feeling that you’re living life in limbo,

while your aged mother’s watching, standing there with a...

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Aneurin Bevan

Aneurin Bevan, politician

Gave us his inspiring vision

Now if not for the NHS

We’d all be in a blooming mess

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Clerihew

Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore

Didn’t wait for the cure

He went and raised millions

To help save civilians.

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Clerihew

Haggis

If I am correctly concluding

Today Caledonions are brooding

‘Cause there’s no party peeps

Getting tatties and neeps

With much-vaunted sheep’s offal pudding

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Limerick

First Jab

At last I have hope of salvation

I’ve now had my first vaccination

So I’ll wait in the queue

Till the second one’s due

While planning a Spanish vacation

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Limerick

Chillax

Well the world news of late has been crap

With disasters all over the map

Why can’t we call pax

And simply chillax

With a nice drop of something on tap

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Limerick

Time Between Jabs

They’ve extended the time between jabs

Though it’s never been tested in labs

So I guess it’s a guess

We must hope for success

And immunity’s still up for grabs

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Limerick

Insurrection

In his own mind he cannot be a loser,

this is his city, his country, his fief;

those who say different must all be accused of

a plot to support an electoral thief.

 

His firm belief is that history beckons,

claiming there’s fraud but providing no proof;

tells his adherents to come with their weapons,

march on the Capitol, show their reproof.

 

Who knows who listened a...

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Glade

The forest glade all swathed in white

masked only by our misty breath.

That pristine floor now blemished by

the foreign footprints that we leave;

and now amid that perfect scene

the booming silence echoes.

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This Year

We almost whispered it this year,

the Happy New Year mantra,

for no one wanted to jinx it,

contaminate it with the year that’s gone.

 

And there’s no wild promises this year,

just a smattering of dry Januarys

and promissory diets

but with no great conviction.

 

And who would have confidence in this year

after the one that has battered our boundaries

and dented t...

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Covid Crap

I hate the way we have to live today

in fact sometimes it simply makes me fume;

I wish this Covid crap would go away.

 

When even children can’t go out to play

and must resort to games in their own room;

I hate the way we have to live today.

 

When distancing requires that we must stay

at home, and only get to meet by Zoom.

I wish this Covid crap would go away.

 

...

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