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trevor homer

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There's A Shotgun In The Cellar

It’s harder than you think to disappear, To lose yourself, then reappear, with no trace of why, Or what went before. You can get lulled into a false sense of security, Become blasé about the little things. Like never answering the phone when it rings. There was a shotgun in the cellar, wrapped in hessian sack, I took it out a while ago, intending to put it back. When we first came here, I had some grand idea of self-sufficiency, You know, living off the land. When you live out in the country, everything’s a risk. The weather can turn and set you back. Few people know of this old dirt track. There’s a shotgun in the cupboard, no one knows it’s there. It’s well concealed in a cubbyhole, underneath the stairs. The old shoe box has three cartridges in it, lubricating oil, And a special tool for cleaning the breach, High up on the top shelf, out of reach. You can’t be too careful with a child around. I have more time on my hands now, since my last little venture failed. But the summer has been glorious, This is a special place to be when the sun rises over the river, Early in the morning. But things can change without warning. It’s like that when you’re on the run; I always knew they’d come. There’s a shotgun on the table, my wife and son safe in bed. The neighbours said they heard a truck backfire 3 times, Or it could have been poachers, after rabbit and partridge. I can feel warm steel from the barrel as I load the last cartridge. The smell of gunpowder on my clothes We left before daylight, nothing unusual in that. It’s not a 9 to 5 existence around here, People come and go at the strangest of times. Mending fences and digging holes. There’s a shotgun in the cellar, how it got there, no one knows!

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 19th Jan 2021 17:07

Thanks for your kind comment on my work, Trevor.

Keep writing. Steve

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keith jeffries

Mon 28th Dec 2020 23:00


Thanks for your comments on 28 December. They are always a source of encouragement when it comes from a poet such as yourself.

Happy New Year

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Paul Sayer

Thu 29th Oct 2020 18:08

Hello Trevor.
I must tell you that I have decided to spend far more time recording my poetry. Seeing your comments have triggered my desire to ‘talk’ my walk all the more.

I have a reasonably strong Norfolk dialect, which I have tended to keep in check.

However, that is changing to the extent that I now fully intend to embrace it far more here at WOL and elsewhere from here on in.

I have every intention of writing my memoirs; I have certainly led a very normal every day, ‘Paranormal’ life.

I am thinking more and more that I will not only write down the extraordinary events in my life to date; I will also narrate it and place it on record. (Mp3, more like).

Some of the facts are beyond belief and certainly beyond most peoples religious beliefs, comprehension and or understanding.

I have served countless churches and preached from pulpits giving evidence of life after death and propounding the philosophy of a life hereafter for many a year.

Always preaching to the converted seemed a waste of time.

So my church is now the street, and before Covid 19 arrived, pubs, clubs, theatres, Masonic lodges, Quaker,s Halls, etc. and now! To suite Gods great computer... My magnetic ink flows across the internet.

I am a secret lurker of your work Trevor. Your poetry is always on point.

Thanks again for commenting.


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Greg Freeman

Wed 9th Sep 2020 09:58

Trevor, sorry for splattering so many comments across your poems this morning. Well, actually, I'm not sorry. It was great to read them all, and I kept looking for the next one! Please keep writing with such skill and empathy. Your heart's in so many of the right places.

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Paul Sayer

Tue 2nd Jun 2020 20:59

Trevor your poem 'Who killed George Floyd?' is an excellent overview of how little we understand how little we have progressed.

One of the most moving poems I have read in many a year.

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trevor homer

Sat 5th Oct 2019 17:30

Tom sorry for delay in responding; been away. I don't have a reading of this but I will consider setting things up to enable me to do so. Thanks again.

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Mon 30th Sep 2019 15:37

Hi Trevor, I just came back to read There's A Shotgun In The Cellar again. I don't know if you ever post readings of your poems, but if so, I'd love to hear it read aloud. 😃

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keith jeffries

Wed 8th May 2019 17:09


Thank you for taking an interest in my poetry and for your kind and encouraging comments.


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Sun 31st Mar 2019 08:46

Wow - I love this poem! So well constructed, great story-telling and lots of menace. Thank you for sharing.

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Tue 26th Feb 2019 11:08

Thanks for your kind words on Spaces Between Trevor

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keith jeffries

Mon 25th Feb 2019 19:21

Trevor. Thank you for your kind words. We certainly share an interest in the same poets but Frost was new to me. I shall look him up and investigate further. I am a huge admirer of Ginsberg. Keith

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Paul Sayer

Tue 12th Feb 2019 20:16

Welcome to WOL Trevor

I hate football with a passion... However your poem is masterful, I almost wish I liked football lol.

Looking forward to reading more of your musings.

Your sample THERE’S A SHOTGUN IN THE CELLAR is excellent.


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