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Rooks

Rooks Past the backbone’s second hump and hollow hawthorns, a foam of brackish snow and distant light. I heard them first, a row of hanging rooks –...
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Carolina Cromwell and The Mystery of the Grand Duchess (Part Two)

Dinner with the Vanderbilts. How absolutely wonderful. Picture: Pixabay Creative Commons
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Carolina Cromwell and The Mystery of the Grand Duchess (Part One)

New York, September 1930, A PI, an aristocrat, and a young woman who doesn't want to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. What could possibly go wrong? Picture: Pixabay Creative Commomns.
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Purple, Black, White and Red

Purple, Black, White and Red Why are you wearing a purple poppy, For aren’t they supposed to be red? I wear it for animals lost in wars, All of those...
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Ask Not

Written by FS Lawrie E A (ret'd) Image by FS Lawrie TY (ret'd) Dedicated to WO Lawrie A (RIP)
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Not enough

There are as Many numbered breaths Sheltering under your lips As there are Seashells without songs Kept in the cupboards There are as Many secrets...
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11. Going bald. An Ancient Greek bent over an amphora. Canaryman!

11. Going bald. An Ancient Greek bent over an amphora. Canaryman! Read Part 10. Buff Bulgar. Dewey Decimal. Balaena ex machina. “Is that the time?”...
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Oak

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Season's Advent

Dawn is creating silhouettes in layers of invitation- sky’s afire with promise and decks stacked in lobster pots - slatted barriers bait primed-...
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Retirement options for tube trains, #7, Foulness Island

the North Sea rolls out flat and silver like virgin tin foil.
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At The East Lake Where I'm Often Drunk, Thoroughly

Make a run for cherry blossom season once all the books are closed Tourists on campus marvel at bubblegum webs while military drills Ring out in the...
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Caratacus (8)

65AD. In a villa outside Rome the exiled British warrior Caratacus reflects on his life. In this chapter: Caratacus goes in search of the woman known as Neve.
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10. Buff Bulgar. Dewey Decimal. Balaena ex machina.

10. Buff Bulgar. Dewey Decimal. Balaena ex machina. Read Part 9. Giotto's Grotto. Dante's Dodgems. El Cid's Most Marvellous Mangonel. Summer has come...
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The Collection (Part 3)

She arrived back at the house and the Sheldon's Land Rover was no longer parked out front. Layla shuffled from her car to the front door in a daze,...
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Cabbage

A brief poem inspired by Edward Weston’s famous minimalist photograph of a cabbage which can be found at: https://huxleyparlour.com/edward-westons-cabbage-an-icon-of-modernist-ph... The photograph I have used here is my own – once again inspired by Edward Weston’s (though nowhere near as good).
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Beyond The Call Of Duty

Tribute to a wartime nurse
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Story of the week

piss test (short story)

Mum brings me to a medical lab to do her piss test (she calls it that and she laughs when I say it. It’s a swear word though) after the social worker...
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9. Giotto’s Grotto. Dante’s Dodgems. El Cid’s Most Marvellous Mangonel

9. Giotto’s Grotto. Dante’s Dodgems. El Cid’s Most Marvellous Mangonel. Read Part 8. The Gunpowder Plot. Gargantua. A midnight flit. It is an eerie...
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Night Shine

She walked with me one night Holding my hand We counted the stars We gave them names The rain didn’t matter The moon didn’t care The headlights from...

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