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Crumbs

And pathways 

Are funny old things
Twisting this way
And that 
Back and round
And forwards 
Inside themselves 
And out
It seems to me
One way 
Or another 
You get 
Where you're going
Whether 
You like it 
Or not
And maybe
Instead 
Of following 
Your feet
You should look
Some place 
Else
For most of
The time 
Your feet will
...

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murikami's wood

You could let
A lot of things
Bother you 
If you wanted to
The daylight 
Breaking your sleep
The darkness 
Of cold mornings
The noise 
Of life 
Dragging you
Along
Passing you by
Taking you in
And 
Under
The people
Asking too much
Or too little
The gaps 
Where things ought
To be
But aren't 
The traffic and 
The travel
When 
...

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Tiptoe

Let's walk a little

Shall we
Through the 
Shadows 
And the endless
Corridors 
Let's remember 
The dreams
The nightmares 
The hallucinations 
See the break
In the 
Light
The gaps
In the dark
Shatter the tiny 
Pieces
That once 
We thought
Were the glue
Of 
Our minds
There is no 
Purity
Only simplicity
Somewhere
Between 
...

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Shipwrecked

 

Words 
Waiting beneath 
The windows
Wingless
Yet desperate 
To fly
From the ghosts
Which drip through
Through the brickwork 
Out of the 
Shadows 
Into the puddles
Rippling with 
Whispers 
Of life
Opportunity
Hope
Helplessly
Trying 
To quick step
And hot foot
Out of and
Into 
The fading 
Dawn
This place 
Is one 
O...

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Barefoot

 

You swap
Your socks
For your shoes
You swap 
Your shoes 
For the pavement
You move 
Your heart
To your 
Sleeve
To the gutter
To the stars
You walk
On egg shells
Tiptoe
Through the 
Roses
Balance 
On the thorns
Pretend
The spikes
Are a 
Pivotal change
In your life
You do
What you
Have to do
And sometimes 
You mak...

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pictures of living

Angels of stone
Cut from 
The rock
Of humanity
Shaped in the 
Form 
Of the thing
We think
We should 
Be
We carve 
Wings 
On statues
Because 
We are safe
In the knowledge 
That stone 
Is solid
Reinforcing the fear
That
We can't fly
We hide 
In our dreams
To escape 
From the shadows
Shut our eyes
Tight
Because we 
Do...

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Listless

Lists
Words
In
A
Line
Lives
On a track
Things
To do
To not
Forget
Or at least
To put
Our minds
Into some
Kind of
System
Or routine
Though
For what
I'm never
Quite
Sure
Regulation
Sense
To stop
Us falling
Off
This planet


We love
Our lists
Maybe
They help
Us
Make sense
Of
This
Nonsense
Maybe
They provide
Control
Because
It seems
Above
All else
That's ...

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Road Kill

It came
From nowhere
A plastic bag
Tossed
Between the cars
Pirouetting
Cartwheeling
Turning
And tumbling
Until
It landed in front
Of me
And at the same
Moment
As I caught a glimpse
I felt this
Bag
With my tires
And it wasn't
A bag
At all
And though I still
Hoped
It was a rag doll
Or a broken
Discarded
Umbrella
It wasn't that
Either
And through
My rear view mirror
I f...

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All the little fishes

I waited
A long time
For them
To die
And when they
Did
I filled
Their space
With lots of little
Pieces
Of my
Imagination
Trawled the
Internal net
Of my
Own mind
Crafted where
They had been
With what was
To be
Lovingly
Obsessively
With clarity
And with vision
So please
If you will
Tell me
That with all
That time
And effort
That love
And loss
The acceptance
And the r...

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Silver light

 

Sometimes
We have to
Get it
Wrong
A bit
We have to
Lock horns
We have to
Fight 
The wrong battles
Make the wrong 
Choices
Do the wrong 
Things
Sometimes
We have to
Because 
If we don't
We can't ever
Know
When it's
Right
And when it's 
Right
We know 
We got there
And the curly 
Whirly
Pathway
Was the 
Only ...

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Poet-tree

 

A poet
And their 
Daemons
Need time
Though forced
Alone
For never quite
Comfortable
With the rattle
Inside 
Their heads
They crave
Company
To keep out
The silent 
Noise
The whispers
The alarums
The realities
Which play
Past present
And future
Inside their
Heads
Endlessly
And if they can
Manage that
And not 
Go p...

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Life tales

They took

A boy
And painted his
Skin
Each line 
Of trouble
Each time 
Of danger
Each and every
Lesson
And they thought
He was willing
And maybe 
He was 
Or maybe 
He'd been
Pre-programmed
To wear 
His life 
On his skin
With his heart
Full of secrets
And his mind 
Full
Of wonder
And surely
All those things
Are too mu...

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The Fall

 

You know
That precipice
You stand
On the end
You look down
Maybe you see
Traffic
Maybe you see
The sea
Maybe you see
Your whole life
Flash
Before 
Your eyes
Maybe you see
Everything
And maybe
You see 
Nothing
But you stand there
Again
All the same
With the absent wind
Blowing 
Somewhere 
Between your
Ears
And the...

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Silver and tin

 

And for you

Who don't see
The dark
Behind the
Curtain
I tip 
My hat 
It would be
A thing
To see
Sunlight
Behind the shadows
And not think
It a trick
Of the mind
We were
You see
Born
In darkness
And 
For a time
We were happy 
There
Yet now
We've been given
A glimpse
Of something 
Shiny
And though 
We have no...

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The sums of life

And fate
usually has her way
Working out the
Sums of life
On her crystal web abacus
Spinning futures
In ways
That to
The human eye
Appear unfathomable
Illogical
Non-sensical
But we can't see
Into the far distance
In the way that
She can
A tremor
Here
A flicker there
And everything turns
Inside out
Or upside down
Or that's how
It appears
To us
mere mortals
But the spiders
...

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Tricks of the mind

And you will

Fade to grey
As they all did
As they all do
I'm not so sure
Your light
Burnt any more
Brightly
Will burn any longer 
Than the rest
Of them
Heaped in a pile
Somewhere 
In that dusty part
Of my memory
Corpses 
Rotting their poison
Spewing venom 
Through
decayed jaws
Of 
If only 
And ifs and buts
And the truth
If t...

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Snow White

 
 
And it comes
To this point
And I ask
What am I
And I stare 
In the mirror
And though
It's not broken
Or even shattered
There are cracks
And amongst the 
Tiny broken 
Webs of glass
I see 
Different parts of 
Me
Staring back
Sometimes confused
Sometimes amazed
Mainly bewildered
And in the shadows
In the very 
Corners
The wo...

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Sometimes

Sometimes 

There are doors

And you can
Open and close
Them
Bar and bolt 
Them
Hide behind them
Or be trapped
 
Sometimes 
There are windows
And you can
See through them
They can shelter 
You from the rain
Or show you 
Places 
Far away
You'd rather 
Be
Sometimes
They are so dirty
You can't see
Anything 
At all
 
Some...

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Sheepless

Sometimes
You have to be
Aware
Of the world 
Which wraps itself
Around you
I don't mean
So much
The womb
Or the tomb
Or even 
The nuts and bolts
I mean 
The bits 
In-between
The pieces 
We're usually
Too busy 
To notice
Because often
They're the little 
Signs 
And symbols
The hidden robots
And secret assassins 
Which point ...

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mountains and mole hills

 

I have
A little thing
It's called
My life
I have a little thing
It's called 
My heart
And within
All of this
I have 
A little place 
It's called 
My world 
And though
I question it
Everyday
And it confuses me
Every while 
Still I wake
And sometimes
I sleep 
And I know
How small it is
And how big 
It feels 
Yet still
I...

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The shove

Everything 
Doesn't have to happen
Yesterday
And by tomorrow
Most of it
Will have changed 
Anyway
These people
These places
These names
These faces
Empty shadows
Endless corridors
Twisting into 
Madness 
Certainly uncertainty 
Poison and
The cure
Most of us
We have
Two feet
We have a spine
We have no
Particular 
Place to be
...

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sink, swim or make do

Moving water
Drowns the man
Who stands still
We are not
Here 
For mediocrity
We are not here
To make do
I don't pretend 
To know
What we are here
For
But pretence 
Of a life
Is a cardinal 
Sin
And doing what 
We do
Because 
Other people do
Because 
It's what other people
Have done
Because
Other people expect
Because 
The...

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Waiting in Line

I love waiting
In line
Whilst the one person
Serving
Peers over
Her glasses
I'm not sure
What it is
She's expecting to see
But a long line
Of impatient people
Doesn't make her move
Any quicker
And the person
At the front of the queue
Is clearly
Cut out of the
Same mould
All the time
In the world
No life to lead
Nothing better to do
Than answer
And ask
Inane question
After ...

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Forever

They looked
Under the floor
Searched the space
Behind the cupboard
And though
They found
Traces of snow
And a sprinkling of
Ash
There was little
In the way
Of what one
Might call
A clue
Yet disappear
He did
And vanishing
He had done
From a place
Where windows
Were for show
And behind doors
Was nothing
But brick walls
There was no
Tunnel of escape
No plan
Or plottings
Of...

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fragile

There was a hole

In the page 
Which
Unsurprisingly
I fell through
Paper thin cracks
And shards
Of dripped
Dipped 
And wasted ink
Flooded my pores
Painted 
And pained 
My flesh
As the lost ideas
Of women
And men
Wept their way
Down my spine 
And the world 
From below
The whole of the
Paper
Was a papier-mâché 
Mask
Of malcont...

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Simplicity

And the joke

Really 

Is on us
With our tin hats
Leaking
In the rain 
We all like
The poison 
Too much 
You see
We all like
The damage
And it fascinates us
An impossible knot
Tangled
And the more
We pull at it
The tighter 
It gets
Yet what we don't see
Is that we strangle
Ourselves
Admiring the tiger
Fearing the stripes
And the...

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Wonderland

 

I saw it
The mirror
And I thought
For once
Why not
So I stepped through
Took on
The glass
The reflections 
Of myself
The mercury warnings
The steps beyond
And as it 
Melted
So did i
Pleasant shards
Of pain
And understanding
Hope and dreams
And it washed me
Through
Into a place
Where I could
See myself 
And you
And them
...

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You know

I've been thinking
About this
About the capital
Letters
And the line
Breaks
And the short
Unpunctuated 
Sentences
And often 
People 
Ask me why
 
I guess 
This is how
I see the world
And life
It is not 
Smooth
It is not easy
And when it
Is
We do not 
Think
We do not
Learn
For these times
Are fragmented
...

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Telling

What the hell
Happened here
It would think
If it was capable
Of thought
As it wandered
Around in circles
Its head
Nodding in step
To its feet
Which was the way
It had always
Been
But something was different
And not just
The pain
In its head
And the blood
On its feathers
It had come
Out of nowhere
The vicious attack
For apparently no
Reason
Or none that it
Could remember
T...

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Tightrope

~~Accept
The shape of
This world
Is different
To everyone
With eyes
Who can
See
With their
Mind
It is shaped
By their experience
Positive and negative
It twists
Everyday
A mirage
Of information
Uploaded
Inputted
Rightly and wrongly
Translated
Sculpted
By an amateur
Hand
Shaking
With the pressure
Of everyday
Living
This is not
A failing
This is no
Malfunction
This is...

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Wake up and smell 'em

With our rings
Of gold 
And our hearts
Of silver
And our lead boots
Waiting
To trudge 
Out to sea 
We pour through
The gaps
Spill through 
The fissures
Spitting and
Snarling
And bleeding
We glare 
At the pirates
As we shuffle
Forwards
To collect 
Our pieces of 
Eight 
And we punch 
Our drunkeness 
Into the faulty 
Machine 
Mechanically logging in 
To the clockwork
We al...

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Gesundheit

Sometimes
I get to 
Thinking about
Ordinary silence
The space 
In between
When the black
Of your mind
Colours 
The places
Underneath words
When the pictures
And thoughts
Line up 
And the hum
Of the sound
That lies
Underneath
Drips through 
Your consciousness
Painting your thoughts
Into ideas
Until the circus
Inside your head
Spins and whirls
And the shadows
Become people
...

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Time Bomb

You want to know
About the spit
And the sawdust
Shit
You haven't
Even seen
The blood
On the floor
The stain
In your hands
You feel
Your heart 
Beating
And you blame
Everybody
Else
This rattle
Isn't a vibration
Of the earth
It starts
Deep within
It builds
Until
It comes from
A place
You think 
You don't know
And then
It explodes
And you don't  
Realise
You have
A gun
...

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Fancy Dress

Sometimes
I open
My mouth
And people
Look at me
Goggle eyed
Or bored
And they
Yawn
Or say
You're deep
You know
And I'm not
Deep
I'm not anything
I'm just tired
This thing
Isn't so difficult
It is
The way it is
And if i don't
Spend
A bit of my
Time
Looking at it
Thinking about it
Well
I guess
I might as well
Not bother
And then
I might as well
Walk
With the zombies
...

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From whence they came

They walk
With their eyes
Climbing the fences
Whilst staring 
At the 
Green green grass
Below
So close
And yet so utterly
Out of reach 
The spectre
Of their once-wings
Ruffle
Below their over starched
Shirts
And their fingers
Twitch 
With the ancient memory
Of freedom
They bend 
At the knees
And waist 
Like all good servants
And hiss and curse
Under their breath
But their ...

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The factory

Sometimes 
I feel 
Like there
Are things
I'm supposed
To do
Places I should
See
People
I should know
But 
You know
I feel
Like I'm trapped
In this cabin
Under the sea
Above the clouds
And though
There are no
Bars
I rattle them
Anyway
Along with 
My bones
My sanity
My madness
And my
Sadness
And I see the
Big wheels turning
And I see
The spaces
Where the magic
Should...

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The mechanics

And sometimes
It's a shame
When you don't
Understand
The heart
Of understanding
When the pistons
Fire
But they miss
When they 
Bump and grind
But they're
Left 
To their own
Tune
And though
It's all about timing
Sometimes
It's about
Misfiring
And however much
Oil and dirt
However many
Mechanics 
You throw 
At the problem
This machine
Is different
And to caress 
And touc...

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Naturally simple

I know 
How this world
Works
When I look
Through the
Fog
And the madness
I can see
The nuts 
And the bolts
And the loose 
Screws
Spiralling
Under the table
Nesting
In the dust
After all
That's where
We came from
That's what we
Are
And trying to fight
The invisible forces
Is ridiculous
Because 
They're not 
Really there
They're simply 
A product
Of a man made
Stamp
Wh...

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The Shadows of Clouds

Tiny eyes
Stare
Through magnified
Lenses
Blinking at a world
Hidden inside 
A fragile and 
Unknown  mind
Seeing nothing
That is real
Obsessed 
By ideas of other
People's lives 
And dreams and stories
Made from 
Candy floss
Blown by an 
Internal storm
Carrying them away
Some place
Where they can't 
See 
Where they can't stand
A spinning carousel
Fed by 
A haunted 
Feverous...

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Space Ape

I'm a step 
Out of time
me
Part spaceman
Part robot
Practically futuristic
Leaping from
This dusty world
That is past 
Before the future 
Has blinked
Floating through
This bubble life
Oblivious to all
That surrounds
After all
Once we learn to fly
We don't have to worry 
About the rats
Below
Whether they have
Tails or not
As long as they 
Don't have wings
They can't touch us
...

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The Poetry of People

Part the third of my experiment

please watch

http://youtu.be/BEefmiQbOUM

 

 

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The Circus of people

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMmXXjBAp_I

(Part 2 of the animated show i'm hoping to perform.  Please watch the clip- any comments are very much appreciated)

 

And the thing

About clowns

And their mystery within

All the like

And dislike

And the fear

And delight

The disguise and deception

The obsession and performance

Of the circus

That is people

When the...

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Bobbing for Apples

There has to be
So much more
Not this place 
Full of squalor
Not this hole
Of steaming piss
And alcohol
And long lost friends
From here 
There
And everywhere
And nowhere
I'm so tired
Of dirty holes
And laughter
Born of boredom
Of people
Barking
Everything
And nothing
Find me a ditch
Away from it all
Away from the dirt
And the drudge
Dredge my soul
I found my limits
And un...

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The Seamstress

She cut people
From the cloth
And dressed them
In paper
Scribbling expressions
Of life
In wild crayon
Across their skin
She stitched tightly- lipped
Mouths
So they would be careful
Of what they said
For want of splitting
Their faces
And odd buttons
For every eye
Sometimes one
Sometimes three
To excuse
The double-vision
Of all the others
Some shiny
Some dull
To stop anyone th...

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The Burden

And we pour 
Our souls
From shrunken lives 
Withering vessels
Pretending
To hold 
Heads high
And salute 
Whilst the hard earned
Salt
Drips from
Our skin
Our eyes
Until we turn it
Into silver and gold
And some of us
Moan
About working 
And some of us
Grumble about the 
Pressure
Of not working
And all of us 
Struggle
With getting
So many things
Wrong
Bleeding back
Into th...

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Shooting Angels

Most of us
We try
To scratch out
A living
With our broken bics
Blood and ink
Dripping meanly 
In a vague attempt 
To trace the idea 
Of a future
From somewhere 
Deep inside
And paint it 
Against the world
With its cruel way 
Of crumbling dreams 
Just before 
We reach them
Or wake up 
Or both


And we struggle so
To make sense 
Of this endless 
Nightmare 
Envying the wings
...

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Water and sand

Think about
This fountain
It is water
From the sand
It is the movement
Of the moon
It crashes 
In waves
It breaks
And it falls
And it moves
You
And within you
Whether
You like it
Or not
We are water
We are sand
And we can 
Build castles
And if 
You think of
One thing
Before you sleep
Remember 
The ever changing
Of the desert
And think 
On it 
A while
Those dunes
Have...

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Dust n bones

When the fire
Has burned
And the ice
Has melted
What sits 
In your soul
What makes the 
World go round 
Who are you giving
The chance
To work 
Their way back
These cogs
Need oil
These spokes
Need constant
Repair
The bitterness
That rests
Deep within 
Is only a mirror
Of your outlook
Honesty comes cheap
Happiness is a hat
You can wear 
Or crease 
These battles
Aren't batt...

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The Way

I think 
That's the beauty 
Of life 
Everyone
Is fluctuating
On harmonies
Sometimes
It's the right
Note
Sometimes
It's the right 
Key
And sometimes
It's not
And pleasure
Is pleasure
Not a chore
And though
We might screw
This up
And we might lose 
It now and then
It all comes back
And we nail it
Long or short
And that's just 
The way
It has to
Be

 

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The Horses Don't Run

And out of the 
Wind
Come the 
Waves 
And out of sight
Comes the mind
What I'm trying
To say is
These things
Happen
These things
Surround us
This world
Is full
Of life
And you can spend
All your money
On a horse
That didn't run
Or rain
That didn't 
Fall
Or you can 
Look
At everything
Around you
And walk
Steadily
Along the
Shaking
Earth
And as long 
As your feet
Don...

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