Pick of the day


'I was married, twice. The first had twins; they died at birth.'

He gave a last, loving push, with both thumbs 

slid his cigarette along his tongue, one end

to the other. 'It was for the best.'

The click of a lighter, a flourish of smoke.

A snarl as he picked a smidge of tobacco

from the tip of his tongue. 'The second one

is in the nut house. I seem to have that effect

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Story of the week

Soldier’s Leap

My legs race, I'm dead still
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Poem of the week

All the Suffocating Sick Grey Reptiles of the Past

I try to remember how I loved you 

and how we all suffered here

and how some of us escaped and some of us did not.

There are ghosts on every corner

but there are always more corners.

The fickle wraiths we pass, they whisper ancient truths.

History curls like a sick grey serpent around my feet;

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Story and Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

Another blistering week for poetry and stories here on ABCTales.

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week.

I closed the newsletter of earlier this week with the entreaty that you should all get writing and boy-oh-boy did you take me at my word.  The number of new submissions has been incredible and the standard is inspiring.  The two weekly picks could have gone to a few...Read more

Story and Poem of the Month

This month a great writer and very much valued ABCtales editor, Vera Clark, has done the hard yards and provided us with March's winners.  

Here's her rationale:

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week.

This week's poetry pick is an wonderful example of talent underscored by love, or love underscored by talent.  You decide:


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Picks of the Month



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Oh, Lover

She loves me, he loves me not.

He loves me, she loves me not...

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