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The Summer of Dust

I was talking in the forums about authors posting their absolute favourite story from their own past work. Authors are probably the ...
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Skulduggery

I am not a nice man. I'm a mean minded low-life bastard and that’s why I’ll survive. Nice people end up ...
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A Hole in the Wall of the Universe

Another oldie one of my best, I think ...
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Taking a Bow

East your heart out Anthony Joshua ...
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Not Worth the risk.

An early experiment from me, originally published in 2004, under Fiction heading. or should that have been nonfiction?  I think ...
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Clothes Sense

This is long. But I promise you it will entertain and amuse you all the way through. Try it.  I ...
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Poetry [ more >> ]

When a tree falls

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Moratorium In Extremis

nearly claimed me recently ...
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To a Bagel

Little puffy girdling bagel, all lonesome in your see-through cradle, what shall I smear across your navel, peanut butter? Some ...
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A Postcard to a Lover Departed

A Postcard to a Lover Departed I reached for the shelf where stood like shiftless vagrants  jars of fragrance (yours ...
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on Arran with Aoife

on Arran with Aoife we sat side by side on a rocky brae  sharing a sea-shell listening to waves we ...
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“Et camera non mentior.”

I've had flu and all kindsa bad stuff this year - this is a performance piece - very much still ...
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Once Upon a Time

Inspired by an Italian fable. (A repost) ...
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At tale of the Hurdy Gurdy.

A few amusing lines, a sequel to a limerick written some time in the past.I hope Mike Verdi won't mind ...
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She Explained

A young autistic man runs on the pitch during a football match ...
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The Stalker

That which can be frightening in daylight can become utterly terrifying by night  ...
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Beaches

Two teenagers meet on a lonely beach in the South of France. It is a brief acquaintance but it changes ...
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Limericks.

Written in my very few spare moments. The last one especially for our fellow wordsmith in Berlin ...
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Imagination

" Imagination is when worlds collide and hide reality " ...
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Religion

Religion is like a veil. A veil of ignorance that blinds the masses ...
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Mental health

Recent publicity concerning the stigma attached to mental illness once again raised my heckles.When I started training in Psychiatry in ...
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Ego Mania

We all have two sides fighting for supremacy one open and light the other subtle and controlling ...
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Do You Really Want To Work Here ?

Been a while since I filled in an application form for a job but this one is not P.C.  ...
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Of love Lost

Short and bitter/sweet ...
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The Colour of Courage

Written for a competition with the theme 'courage' and has to be set in the North West of England with ...
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Hear no Evil

A daft ditty concerning a pisspotical pirate and his profoundly deaf parrot ...
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My Cancer Journey Continues

An update for those who may be interested ...
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Trouble up at Th’ Mill

Lancashire mill life circa 1845  ...
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Impressions of India

rather comprehensive This fascinating continent, more populous than Europe is still dominated by the oldest of the world's religions quite ...
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The Curse of Political Correctness

It’s a dictatorship concealed in fake democracy. In those days I observed in Facebook how it gradually appeared that no ...
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Shipwrecked comfort

You really should not worry since it really does not matter. The oppressors never know what they are doing, and ...
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Fakebook

documentary No nonsense, please. I never had a talent for addiction. Others are dependent on the fucking fakebook for their ...
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Intimidation

They are always there, the suppressors, the subjectors, just waiting for you to assail you to bring you under domination, ...
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a daft idea

In can't write a Limerick,so I shall be quick,by doing worse,writing a daft verse ...
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Stuck in love

What's better and what's worse - the nightmare of uncertainty or the force of jealousy? When the communication lines don't ...
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Humiliation

Life consists of humiliations. When you are born you are beaten into crying, everyone is free to manhandle you throughout ...
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The Man Who Invented Women

Roaming my back catalogue .. this is from 2009 ...
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Thank God for feminism

Just don't let it put you down, that squeamish scrupulous meticulousness appertaining to the oversensitivity of female delicacy leading to ...
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Weft : A Dorsimbra

In the 'good old days' the Poetry challenge was often concerned with different  forms. Not only did the need to ...
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The pledge

Don’t let my pride beguile you into believing that I will ever fail you. My pride is supreme, and I ...
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Two limericks

Two more products of long sessions of chemotherapy keeping me amused ...
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Bypass

Who cares about all those who are in a position of responsibility but never care but just keep driving over ...
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Tibet

First published 9 years ago, only slightly updated ...
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Marriage – why not?

I always tried to stick to the Platonic form of love as the most rational, reliable and relevant, especially in ...
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A clerihew

This was thought of during a chemotherapy session.Just a bit of fun ...
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In between light and sound

Crazy ears and eyes, Busy to criticise. Powerful machines and guns Killing distressed organs Blinding light and sound Deafening all ...
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A Cantankerous Old Git

Some people were born to attract trouble ...
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Your right to your own life

Someone reported me out of Facebook. We shall never know who it was, but I can only guess... I bet ...
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Complaint

Where is it gone, that natural capacity of culture, sensitivity and common sense, all lost in this world gone so ...
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Love argument

My love, what shall I tell you? That I love you still in spite of all the crises or perhaps ...
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Clandestine

You are used to it by always ducking, taking cover, find protection, sneak away and find another place for starting ...
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Our story

I loved you from the start but did not know it, dared not risk it, was precautious and would never ...
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One of Pascal’s great Pensées

 “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Blaise Pascal ...
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The frailty of beauty

That strange capacity of beauty irresistible is also, the more beautiful, the more extremely vulnerable and, in fact, the very ...
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dichotomy

reflection is scared of light... if the pencil dies, it will expire with it if the stream bides, the specter ...
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All that matters…

All that matters is the disposition of your love, the barometer of your life, the only perfect sign of health, ...
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Tell

A harrowing tale of child abuse (Not a pretty poem) ...
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The Himalayas

On visiting the Nanda Devi... Divinity incarnate, isn't it? This sumptuous splendour of pure beauty in the highest whiteness reaching ...
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A Good Rogering

A daft ditty told with an irritation of alliteration ...
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When you fall in love…

When you fall in love you don't know what to say. You just stand there like a stupid lonely sheep ...
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EU

Is this a cleryhew? ...
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Eternal love

I dream of you, my love, and can't stop doing so since you are always there in front of me ...
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Israel

Israel the trickster fought with God and won but got as punishment a limp for life to never quite again ...
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Your presence

existential It does not matter who you are as long as you are honest, truthful and sincere. Your person and ...
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Misgivings

(written 9/11) Apocalyptic day of horror as a dog was voted into office who denies the climate change and wants ...
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The Author and the Nutter

A tale of a chance meeting on a bus that made everyone laugh (Except the author) ...
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Missing

When shall we love again on fragrant beds of roses made of our creativeness which never can take any break ...
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Trauma

There are worse rapes than the physical ordeal. You can survive it, it is after all just physical, you can ...
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Last Day

Having lost both parents,a baby son,relations,and friends,I've reached that stage of my life where death no longer scares me,and accept ...
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Requiem for the Living

A poem dedicated to the veterans of the Borneo campaign 1962-1966 and all the other small forgotten wars ...
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For Lesley

Just something I wrote to my wife ...
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FLOWERING CHERRY

In the hanging gardens of Zen Is where she knows I shall wait for her That we may sit and ...
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The bliss of silence

When you are tortured day and night by the horrendous noise of man in this destructive vanity of egoism destroying ...
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The Betrayal of Beauty

The lover, declining an invitation: "Sorry, but I dare not risk again to find other lovers in your home or ...
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Egypt

The most ancient of all surviving civilizations and still the most imposing and impressing for her still astonishin mysterious pyramids ...
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Hi there

From the mountain top you were showing us your tricks. The world is tied with a wire from one end ...
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Paradox with compromise

Are you lost when you have found the way, and are you at a turning point when you are lost? ...
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Mirror Man

A songwriters' site that I frequent had a challenge to write a creepy song for Halloween. These were my lyrics ...
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Someone to love

You have to have someone to love, or life would be completely without meaning. That is obvious, of course, but ...
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The malady

A tonsured garden, a deforested place; in the desert, an oasis still tolerates the sun heat is reining in every ...
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No prostitute

Sorry that I am no good for you, no money, no position, no means to spoil you, no driver's licence ...
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Monoploy

Monopoly Ten million ways ― you lead the dazzling fate. Engaging the glamorous feeling overshadowing failing white policies. What matters ...
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For Kenny Knight, one of Plymouth’s finest.

You may not know this poet, maybe you should. I have been lacking inspiration of late, after reading Kenny I ...
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Islands in the flood

Is that the fate of knowledge, good experience and acquired wisdom, to, the more it is developed and enriched, become ...
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The shadows of your past

They tend to be a hangover like some ghosts that never leave you quite in peace but torture you by ...
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Our world

Ours is a world of beauty so much finer than the ordinary world of strife, vulgarity and commonness, of egoism, ...
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Halloween

to J.B. and R.L ...
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When Terror Strikes

A continuation of my previous story ...
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Sicily

Some history lesson The cradle of the modern western Europe, where the sonnet was invented at the universal court of ...
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When Terror Strikes

Jack Belthorn belonged to a special unit of Military Intelligence. They dealt with the people who could never be brought ...
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Spain

The cruelty of Spain was evident from the beginning with a hard and proud mentality ideal for an autocracy of ...
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Melting moments

When the child beside her mom was licking a vanilla ice-cream, I don’t know where it came from but I ...
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The Hour of the Wolf – or the Truth?

Melodrama When you wake up at night too early in the morning from a nightmare in cold sweat of losses ...
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Advice to a shattered friend

You never seem to learn, my friend, although you were deceived before and many times, and now it's once too ...
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What is poetry?

a hopeless but brave effort... It defies all definition since it should be undescribable to be at all convincing, an ...
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A lover’s complaint

I basically lived for my idealism throughout my life in earnest and fidelity and somehow always was rebuked and punished ...
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Sad reflection

More often than not you hear of happy divorces and unhappy marriages, less and less about the contrary. This is ...
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Rome – what a waste of history!

considering the ruins of Rome with Edward Gibbon... You carried on the famous Greek democracy by your republic for some ...
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Muse Thief

Ever get stuck? Think it's just hard luck? ...
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Limbo

I was happy when I saw you and most miserable when I lost you by the wanton cruelty of fate ...
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“Sussuration”

I found this during my reworking spree - it may not long survive ...
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Sexism

Some horror story, more common than anyone would like to see ...
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Suckers All

Entered for the New Prose Challenge ...
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Dead facts in living fiction

Stories are imaginations from facts, facts derived from stories. The link never dies. Form of life lies in facts and ...
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The stampede

Stampede values submerged in the centre-ville. The sun was shining up walls are full of nice graffiti, beautiful, aesthetic words ...
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“I Hate the Bastard”

this is an ever changing expanding performance piece - it opens quite mellow and then I explode in venom and ...
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Marriage: Emotional Infrastructure Of Society?

Marriage binds the human relations in its most intimate manner. However, the survival of marriage as an institution has been ...
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Liberation or death

paraphrasing O.Henry Either it's a free web or it's not. If it's not, it's not for me. It's a question ...
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The silent sounds in between

Poor power Power is poor when you want importance, prominence by highlighting your visible possessions, positions, your focus is on ...
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Florence

Dante hated Florence, called it dark and dreary and was driven out of it and robbed of all his life, ...
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Escape

I long to get away from all these troubles emanating from relationships that only seem to offer turbulences, worries, problems, ...
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Another story

When you were there with me, doing the chores, running the house paying the bills putting on the table those ...
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Gogul’s head

Gogul has a list of names inside his head. He stays with them day and night, and every single time ...
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The Lonely Old Lady

One of my customers died not long ago and she'd been dead in her home for a week before she ...
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Her

Love is like being underwater ...
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Finding Beauty

The importance of finding beauty in the everyday ...
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The Effect of nature….

A spontaneous write.... I soaked in the beauty of my surroundings I inhaled the freshness of the green mountains I ...
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Response

The sun was somber, apprehensive; It was looking at the clouds beginning to weave an image of a cobweb that’d ...
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Eagerness to bring to light the imaginative

Lost in the physical In every minute, The frenzied world though Writes and talks about The non-physical. Confused in the ...
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Thoughts while getting old

Just a thought...or two.(when you still have your tie-dye tee shirt) ...
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The light

I am wandering light floating... The world is the sky I have one moon, one sun In my eyes The guides ...
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“Sadie”

A Rewrite of a poem lurking in my dusty recesses. This was loosely inspired by a gorgeous  neighbour who loves ...
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Labour in Vain”

I'll keep this raw - unedited - as the events are raw, precipitate, unfinished.     Outside in the corridor ...
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Holly, Pinky and other animals – part 1.

This is a short extract from my first book, Home Thoughts from a Man, a sort of autobiography ...
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Cheese at Bedtime

Eating Cheese just before retiring to bed is inviting strange dreams in the night my mother always said. I loved ...
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“The End of an Affair”

reworked tanka I said, "Don’t love me, ‘we’ can never ever be". I said another held my heart, my hopes, ...
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The Gunslinger

Intro:  I really liked seeing the "cowboy" walking about the city centre when I was young. I've always loved eccentrics ...
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The Kingfisher

Recently saw while on a walk a kingfisher by a riverbank. Only the third time I've been lucky enough to ...
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Irrelevant

... To you, lot has remained untold now it has lost its relevance, so I’m silent. Still many moments were ...
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First Night

This was for the prose challenge, I missed it ...
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Venice

carrying the epithet "la serenissima" since the morning of history... Salviamo Venezia! ...
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Calling your name

You didn't come back My sky, dark-circled with winds In the midst of smoky clouds I am calling you The sound is ...
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Melodrama

My effort for the prose challenge. I only just made it, so pse forgive rough edges ...
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The secret garden

Intro: up to 50 words (delete this text and enter your own) ...
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Is it possible?

Intro: up to 50 words (delete this text and enter your own) ...
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Victorian Superstar

Intro: up to 50 words  Charles Dickens has always been my favourite author and in my opinion is our greatest ...
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Smoke and Ashes

When an affair dissolves it can leave a bitter taste and a desire for revenge ...
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The Lord’s Press

It's not so easy to turn down the first chance you ever get ...
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Natural Interlude

Two teenagers met on a French beach. The meeting was brief and casual yet it changed their lives forever.  ...
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Multimedia Mania

As yet another all singing all dancing product is thrust upon us an observation on today's obsession with phones ...
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Modern Kyrillov And The Lurid Statues

Kyrrilov* says it's good to be able to feel one's thought not just cogitate. (one of the main characters or ...
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Potential Energy

Serve Eros to repel Thanatos, that's the deal! ...
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The Labyrinth

It's best to play it as best you can. But once and once only ...
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There’s Only One God

Intro: up to 50 words Why are there so many religions ? Why not just one ? As I get ...
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The Prisoner

Here it is again, maybe it can show up on Monday ...
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“Apitate Eternity Ring”

A recent revision - ruthlessly edited to less than 50 percent of the original - but, hopefully, perfectly formed and ...
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Final Farewell

To be read at my planting (Or roasting) should I pop off before my dear wife. (I'm not planning on ...
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The Prisoner

My friend Miguel, he was minister of health... I believe he is no longer with us ...
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Fancy A Sarnie ?

Intro: up to 50 words (delete this text and enter your own) Who doesn't like a sandwich ? This will ...
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Innocence Lost

Dedicated to the innocent child Omran Dagneesh the little Syrian boy in the ambulance.  ...
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Trinity

The sad story of a successful man ...
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The Town (1-9)

western script poetry ...
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The monk

sorting ...
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A Pastis Pastiche

My first work in a long time.  It's the product of good red wine and warm evening sunshine.   You ...
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Holy Night

haibun  ...
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