Pick of the day


Nursery rhyme:  "one flies east, one flies west, and one flew over the cuckoo's nest"

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Story of the week

Noah and the Blue Shawl (Parts 1 and 2)

The complete version of Noah and the Blue Shawl:
A fisherman in rough seas relects on his life, prompted by the memories of a blue shawl.
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Poem of the week


You said

Everybody told me to avoid you

you're too unstable for me.

I can turn myself inside out

if that's what you want

but I'll still be lost at sea

and the scent of blood attracts sharks.

I am my own albatross. Not yours.

Throw me overboard

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A wonderful poem and a poignant story for you this week - and an Inspiration Point that should make you cogitate a little!


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Poetry Monthly

Childhood nightmares and surreal dream-like poetry came from January’s brief. It was unsettling yet magnetic to read.

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Story and Poem of the Month

Without any preamble, here's Joe Lawrence - one of our top editors - who has been diligently sifting through all the wonderful things that have appeared on ABCTales this month:

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Bee's Journey

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Picks of the Month

As long as sea beats on stone

The sleek body of the dive bomber plunged, the arc of its wingspan and tremendous feedbacked screech cutting the air around it to ribbons. The ships below had arranged themselves as some kind of vast ocean sundial, a great tanker drifting in the middle.

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Triptych 1: Mass

Mother in a mantilla

rubs her spit dampened

handkerchief across a child’s face,

not clean enough for God,

who lives inside and judges us all.


She unpurses lips to reveal

a tight mouth drawn on

with matt lipstick,

fit to speak the strange words

from another time.


Her bag snaps shut

and with a brisk neat clip of feet

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