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Reflections of Mother’s Day as a Motherless, Childless Woman

A couple of Sunday's ago my evening viewing was upset a little by the chosen format for that night’s edition of The Big Painting Challenge (BBC One,...
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Words, Words, Words.

In the beginning there was logos Said Heraclitus. In the beginning there was word Said the Bible Sticks and stones Or words said The sadistic...
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Dance with Me

Pinterest has some great images for inspiration, this is just one. https://es.pinterest.com/pin/436427020110513587/
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Three to Twenty-Two

The seasons have flipped sudden as a switch. When I clocked in, it was three degrees By clock-out, twenty-two. Thumbs through backpack straps...
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By and by

A poem of hope and belief. A poem of years.
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The Gull

This morning as I walked to work sipping at the idea of solipsism and the perfect spring morning I couldn’t be sure of a Hove gull breached what I...
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Grimms48

Rab cashes his Giro the next day and agrees to meet Jaz and the Tash back in the pub. Jaz sits waiting, nursing a warm pint, the Tash beside him...
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Skinning the Cat

The swing set was on a hill overlooking the crystal water of Canandaigua Lake. Nothing fancy at all. Two swings suspended by thin chains. We had...
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Put Out More Flags

Posted on another site on the 6th of February 2015, over 2 years ago. Not so ephemeral, after all.
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String

Alongside The envelope was cut clear from the blue of the carpet. K stooped to pick it up. He was turning to deposit it beside the phone when...
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My Mother And I Agree On Something

I lost my Mum last month. She was a funny and wise woman, and I wrote this last year after a conversation during which, for once, we really did agree on something.
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Brick Lane

Brick Lane Star of David is embedded in a crescent moon A crescent moon nestled in a golden cross. Three images of diametrically opposed religions...
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Cold Call

I hang wet sheets on the line and they slap me - they struggle in the spring air so I leave them with the resilient daffodils, the colour of...
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Anne and Martin

'Anne, where are you off to tonight?' 'I'll not be long, Marie.' ' She's out a lot these days.' She's always busy, always happy.' ​ ​Marie returned...
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"Past or Present" Chapter 1

The newsroom was hectic. It was nearing the deadline for the final print and the last of the articles were due in. Stephanie Mitchell was spell...
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Hoodie

When the lights flickered as the train entered rough country all the boys in the carriage howled raucously. The regulars on the local service either...
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The Forfar Witches

The most famous Angus trials were those women put to trial in Forfar in the early 1660s. The trials may have been prompted by an argument between a...
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Glass

Short piece.
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sunset park, oxford road

sunset park, oxford road i used to sit in this park, for the downing of the sun, quelling the thirst as it drew low, tucking in the homeless like...
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Grimms47

Outside the snooker club, a black Hackney cab across the road lets somebody off. Jaz pulls his collar up against drizzling rain, decides since he’s...

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