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Adopt a Tiger (1)

Susan was in the kitchen when the door rang. She wasn't expecting anybody, nobody much called round these days, so she didn't hurry. When she got to...
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Lost and Found Part 2

Where, he tells me, ah’ll be handin oor ma signature in order tae make it official that Bruce is nae longer mines. It’s a blink and yull miss it...
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Lost and Found Part 1

Ah’m jist oan ma wey tae the corner shoap aroond fae ma flat. This hus been ma mornin routine fur as far back as ah kin remember. Only this time ah’m...
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Russian Army Knife

Stewart grinned at me as he urinated on my leg in the school showers.
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Kids’ Contrasts

The giraffe is tall, the fly is small, the sun gives light – so it’s dark at night. The snail is slow – but watch the cars go – fast! – keep away!...
Cherry

May 8th 1945

May 8th 1945 the nation filled the streets waving flags in celebration - at last the bloody war was won brass bands belted God Save The King, while...
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Hangin' Around (6)

Previous Chapter 6. Maggie’s Revenge Herb Withers watched in horror as Jerimiah raised his hitherto unto used pistol. The barrel was pointed right at...
Cherry

Latest Journal entry for "living in the time of the Corona"

Latest journal entry for "Living in the Time of Corona" Friday, September 18, 2020 It is a cool, fifty degrees, with brilliant sunshine, here in WNY...
Cherry

Black Dog On The Skyline

Black dog on the skyline ridge in the flat grey afternoon, soundless in the hills going south. Padfoot mimicking the walker on the gravel path at the...
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Cherry

The Unwritten Notebook

The open pages are an invite to write, or are they? Some hesitate, beware the bear trap book. Blank pages may bring terror to the unwary, like the...
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Cherry

Labyrinthine Hierarchy

Layers of authority, avoid responsibility, the ‘buck’ lands nowhere, no-one knows the whole, no-one knows the enquirer, ‘chinese whispers’ muddle all...
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She Called It Kicker

In the corner lies a relic of fierce camaraderie, of battles fought with banter and laughter, of a summer whose warmth ceases to be. Soaked in blue...
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The laundry basket

My laundry basket gave up the ghost, Torn, stained linen. Wicker case split. Grimy, greasy, lifted for inspection. Sunlight sifts dust and congealed...
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Poem of the week

Green

I saw you yesterday On the green You sat talking easily Your deep lazy laugh Carrying over the grass You didn’t mean To look up And see me. But when...
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Hangin' Around (5)

Previous chapter 5. Thunder on the Horizon Adam’s idea of a training regimen wasn’t much. Day after day, he told Maggie to ‘focus her anger’ or ‘...
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Bucks from a Cuban

Yeah, the pancakes are good. See that guy over there. Yeah him, chewing meatloaf like a godammed camel. Well round here on the street they say that...
Cherry

Departure Lounge

angle-plotting arcing sunrays; always a melancholic moment - pic: no ©
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the couple in the cafe

The Couple in the Café. The elegant smiling woman at the next table, sitting quietly with her companion, his hand resting loosely around his beer...

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