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I have never felt so alone

As the time spent in November fogs

When I was not yet in my teens

Wrapped in heavy clothes

With hat down low

And scarf around my face


Cut off from the world

By this dense yellowing cloud

Unable to see more than a few feet

In front of you

And the hollow muffled sound

Of someone heading towards you


All other background noise cut off

So that the echo chamber in your head

Heard just the clang of those footsteps

And your own amplified heartbeat

As your imagination drew phantoms

From the tales of old Whitechapel


Then they pass

A shadow of bulk and billowed breath

And you hear their echo

Drawing further away

Until they are only a memory

A swirling remnant of ghosts


I have never walked

Through that strange land

In recent memory

But its chilling entrails

Have haunted my dreams

Ever since


They remind me of my younger self

The future hidden from sight

Just the here and now surrounding

Closing in on all sides

Just the strange future light

Filtered through a heavy veil

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◄ Those Low Down Bottle Blues

Elegy For Days Lost ►


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Paul Sayer

Sun 24th May 2020 16:26

Bugger another stain on my trousers 👖

Coffee everywhere!

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 24th May 2020 14:26

I really must stop listening to that voice in my head - I have begun to call it Po 😉

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Paul Sayer

Sun 24th May 2020 14:03

That comment really was... "laugh out loud"

lol never really cuts it does it.

Go for it, the round century Mmm!

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 24th May 2020 13:46

thanks Po - glad you liked it - I've now done 54 days straight - some have been better than others - the sadist in me wants to have a go at 2017 which I also missed - that would take me to 90 - then the OCD in me thinks I really should round it up to 100 - we'll see 😃

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Paul Sayer

Sun 24th May 2020 10:51

This is nothing short of brilliant Ian.

This ranks amongst your best... This challenge is working so well for you, making you work for it.

I wish I had the courage to have undertaken it.

I can personally relate to every word of this from over sixty years ago.

Well captured.

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