Pick of the day

at dusk today

light mourning

lavender sheets

sky and sea

far pink coast

recalls sunset

white triangle sail

heading out

gulls fly, wings bright

as full moon's disc

night's shining host

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Story of the week

Once A Husband Almost

It was my half shift, thank Christ, so if I could slip out the door quick, I’d be spared any further hassle this day.  The protestors would probably leave me be if they thought I was just running across for a sandwich.  I would indicate to them that I’d be back in a minute and they could harangue me all they wanted when I returned, and this would be all the more gratifying for them since they would be disrupting my lunch break, even though, unRead more

Poem of the week

winter trees

Winter trees, I finally found you  (a short seasonal poem)

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Black Bough Winter and Christmas Poetry Anthology

And even more good news for ABCTalers!

Two of our poets, marandina and onemorething have had their work included in the Black Bough Winter and Christmas Poetry Anthology

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Pushcart Prize Nominations

Some lovely news to share with you!

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Story of the Week, Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 24 November 2023


As usual our members made this the most difficult task of the week.

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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for October have very kindly been chosen by Turlough. Here's what he says:


ABC Tales Story and Poem of the Month for October

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We have had to suspend the automatic joining facility for a while so if you would like to join us please email claudine@abctales.com(link sends e-mail) with your desired username and we will set up an...Read more

Posting From Your Android Phone - Fixed!

Some of you have been having issues with posting your work using an android phone. Ewan and John our techie have been working really hard to fix this.

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month


We resent crush, constant news

of hatred and horrors

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The Cold Thesaurus

With political content and hoity-toity language.

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