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Stephen Gospage

Updated: Sun, 4 Oct 2020 04:41 pm


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Stephen Gospage, who sometimes writes under the name of Charly Bishop, is an enthusiastic writer of poetry and short stories. He was born in West Ham, London, in 1953, but has spent most of his working life in Brussels and is proud to call himself a citizen of Europe. His 2019 poetry collection “Bedside Days” is published by Lulu and is available on Amazon. Several of his poems have been published in the 'New European' newspaper.

The pavements of Europe

In years like nineteen eighty-five, The pavements, through their long, nocturnal sleep, Were viewed at all times with distrust. Dawn: soles of freezing workers clatter past, To jump aboard the belching queues Of buses, lined up ten or twenty deep. A brave new world stirred, some years on, Stuffed with gold teeth and overpriced flash cars. Once more the pavements stole the show. They sprouted worlds with tall chairs stacked outside, Within which, furred and fast-tracked, lounged A rising class with merchandise in tow. In certain disinfected spots Sidewalks could play host to gala dinners. But much foul footfall had passed here, Which gave the rich too many tales to tell. For all the loudly touted boom, The poor had just their roadside wares to sell. Somewhere on the edge of Europe, On warm nights, pavements, bloated with excess, Drew veils to cover up their faults. First light brought women, trading in stale loaves (From gaudy kitchen towels unpacked); Soon heading home, their fondest dreams intact.


Each time he climbed another mountain peak, He took a slice home as a souvenir; Nothing too big, just a vanishing scrape. One day, on cue, he heard the mountain speak, And through dawn’s modest light, it shed a tear At such a violation of its shape. This act would likely finish his career.

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Blog entries by Stephen Gospage

Heroes (02/12/2020)

Spread (30/11/2020)

Wonder Boy (27/11/2020)

In the darkness (25/11/2020)

Foundations (23/11/2020)

Death of a Tourist (22/11/2020)

Primrose Hill (19/11/2020)

I want (16/11/2020)

Roses (13/11/2020)

Fingers crossed (11/11/2020)

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 27th Nov 2020 16:47

I really appreciate your kind words. It's part of a series called, rather pretentiously, 'Poems of time and place'. I'll put some more on the profile.

Not a catholic, even part-time. I did once have a mitre. It was a football signed by Bobby Moore.

More power to your pen.


Wed 25th Nov 2020 18:43

I don't usually read poets or poetry.
I'm just different that way.
But I read this and was impressed.

Each time he climbed another mountain peak,
He took a slice home as a souvenir;
Nothing too big, just a vanishing scrape.
One day, on cue, he heard the mountain speak,
And through dawn’s modest light, it shed a tear
At such a violation of its shape.
This act would likely finish his career.


Wed 25th Nov 2020 18:40

Thanks Charley Bishop-
are you Catholic?
Do you have a Mitre?


Wed 21st Oct 2020 03:56

a stream of thoughts
and the stream
is delightful
cool and refreshing-
hope I am not
in over my head.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 14th Oct 2020 16:52

No objection.


Wed 14th Oct 2020 03:11

the Gospage
according to Stephen!

well it sounded like that to me.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 8th Oct 2020 17:44

I used it first. It must be catching. Oh no, don't say that...

Good word, though, and good poem.


Thu 8th Oct 2020 03:57

You used the same term, "Atmospheric"
that the other guy used.
Is this a new thing?
Is it caused by Global Warming?
As I think about it,
My pressure is rising.

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Paul Sayer

Fri 25th Sep 2020 16:49

I am here I am there I am everywhere

I take such delight stalking a certain Mr Knape who makes my life so much joy and fun. I have only just seen his remark below. Sorry d. a bit late to the party again lol.

Stephan, thank you very much for your comments today on my piece of doggerel.


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Thu 24th Sep 2020 18:48

I thoroughly enjoyed this thank you. 😄

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 24th Sep 2020 16:47

Dear Tommy

Thanks for the message. It was a real treat to read the poem, and to come back and read it again.


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Tommy Carroll

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 11:37

Cheers Stephen for your like of "Broken Masonry"
Tommy 🙂

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 12th Sep 2020 17:47

It was my pleasure, Robert. I really enjoyed it.

Robert Haigh

Fri 11th Sep 2020 20:57

Thank you, Stephen, for reading and liking my poem, "The Man Inside My Head." Much appreciated.


Wed 12th Aug 2020 23:34

or when you can't find the right Remote.
then the accusations start.
you had it last!

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 9th Aug 2020 16:53

Who knows? He may become Matt Hancock next time. OK, maybe not.
All the best


Sat 8th Aug 2020 13:01

Paul Sayer is even in here.
He is everywhere.
I think he may be an anarchist
trying to infiltrate each site for devious purposes.
He even changed his name to disguise his real identity.
I think he may be a double agent poet.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 28th Jul 2020 18:12

My pleasure. I remember we got one in a plastic bag of water from a fair at Blackheath. I don't know how my Dad kept it alive on the Green Line Bus.


Tue 28th Jul 2020 03:09

thanks for your comment on "Goldfish".
hasn't every kid had one?
and then one that died?


Thu 9th Jul 2020 03:54

Thanks for reading
"Retrieving the Morning Paper".
It was a fun poem for me to write.
I hope you had fun reading it.

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 5th Jul 2020 14:11

Not at all, Abdul, although I think your poem is much more profound than my comment (which is just how it should be, of course).

Best wishes


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Abdul Ahmad

Sat 4th Jul 2020 16:56

Hello Stephen

Your recent comments on my poem "Well planned return" inspired me to wtite "Monkeys filled the vacuum".

I hope you don't mind me including ideas from your comments.


Nicola Beckett

Sat 27th Jun 2020 18:50

Thanks for liking my poetry x

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 28th May 2020 17:24

Hi Po

Thanks for the encouragement and for your like on Wounded Animal.


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Paul Sayer

Mon 25th May 2020 22:01

Hi Stephan

Great to see you settling in.
Thanks for dropping in and liking my 'Clouded Judgement'

Stay well and keep writing

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Tue 28th Apr 2020 18:21

Toasting the Fallacy - thank you for commenting Stephan - and good luck on your journey with WOL. P. 👍

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Nigel Astell

Wed 22nd Apr 2020 02:16

Thanks for your like on Pushing Boundaries Stephen.

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Don Matthews

Wed 15th Apr 2020 23:46

Glad you stopped to read Scroll Stephen and got deep meaning from it.


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Tue 14th Apr 2020 08:42

Thanks for Like on 'Streaks' Stephen. Appreciated. P. 👍

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Nigel Astell

Mon 13th Apr 2020 14:52

Thanks for your like on Easter Boxed In


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