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What Three Bears Said

Fairy tales and reality.

60 Plus

Life and old dogs. When I’m offered a seat on the bus, although I think of myself as young, I am made aware my age is 60 plus. I am relaxed and not...

Simply A Yarn

A dedicated worker. It’s been years since she last knitted but she is not likely to drop a stitch. A lot of nieces have duly been fitted with...

Out with the Old

...and in with the New.

Closing The Gap

This was written for a group exercise. We were given random lines from an unseen poem and were asked to incorporate them in a composition of our own. The "borrowed" text appears in bold characters.

Siren's Song

Salacious story.

A Laptop Romance

At once I can tell that she is my type.

Two-way Love Poem

One from the archive.
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First Love

A Chaucerian roundel.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

US man walks free after 25 years on death row.

Anniversary

48 and counting. An acrostic poem.
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Storms

*** When we were kids we watched in awe. ***

A Blackboard Jungle

Education, education, education.

Maya

A tribute to Maya Angelou.

May 1964

An anniversary which may go unnoticed.

Cheryl Has Wed

...I pick up a paper: it is a red top; the headlines scream that Cheryl has wed.
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Metamorphosis (I.P.)

Our gang was the fiercest on the estate. Smiling wasn’t permitted because to grin was seen as socialising with the enemy and that was worse than a mortal sin.
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Lacunae

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An Island in the Sun

Basking in the winter sun.

A Story of Our Time

They are taken by taxi to so called parties...

Ying and Yang of Politics

A cleave poem (or equivoke)in three parts. How to read a Cleave poem? Simply: 1. Read the left hand poem (A) as a first discrete poem. 2. Read the right hand poem (B) as a second discrete poem. 3. Read the whole (A+B) as a third integrated poem.
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A Quiet Evening

Relaxing at home.
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A Poet In The Making

'I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.' Robert Frost
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Howzat?

Cause for celebration.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

We met, as agreed, at the Odeon cinema. We bought our tickets -she insisted on going Dutch- and watched a French film, “Les parapluies de Cherbourg...
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Trick or Treat?

"Woke up this morning..." competition.
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A Devoted Servant

A further contribution to the 'Woke up this morning...' competition.

George

Julian Barnes' novel 'Arthur & George' - now adapted for television - was the inspiration for this poem, included in my collection "Poetry on Tap".

Arthur

Biographical notes.

What's in a Name?

Based on part of Juliet's speech in Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet'.

I Am Not...

Who do you think I am?
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A Telephone Call

Keeping in touch. (An old poem re-visited.)

Hysteria

Flash fiction.
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Reunion

I remember hearing her confession. Flash fiction - edited as per Ed Crane's suggestion.

Seduction in Suburbia

A cautionary tale in 200 words.

The Other Side of the Coin

An opposite view. (A follow up to 'Seduction in Suburbia'). 200 words.
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Revisiting the Past

Repressed memories. An erotic tale. (Edited)

New Horizons

All the headlines are about Pluto.
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The Road to Hell (Poetry Monthly)

Edited as per Vera Clark's suggestions. (31/08/2015)
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As Time Goes By

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A Tactical Retreat

The poem incorporates titles of books by Hemingway.

A Timely Intervention

He crossed the road at the traffic light and was last seen near the King’s Head round about midnight; but they couldn’t be sure as the CCTV wasn’t on...

Vanishing Trick

This is a short story I wrote eleven years ago. I am re-posting it to see if it has stood the test of time or if it has past its sell-by date. Comments welcomed.
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Number One (Poetry Monthly)

A variation on the theme of Visual Poetry.

An Awkward Situation

An experimental piece in the Chant Royal form
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Hope Springs Eternal

Experimental. An abundance of alliterations.

A Life's Story

Edited.
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A Voyage Through London

London Competition entry.
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Love in the Time of the Plague

The tragic love story of a young couple in the village of Eyam, hit by the plague in 1665.

All's Well that Ends Well

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. "All's Well That Ends Well, Act I, Scene 1"

Blue Nun and Babycham

The swinging sixties. A recollection. (Reposted)
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Aftermath

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Precious Gift

The current Monthly Poetry challenge reminded me of a poem I wrote in 2003 which I included in my Poetry Collection “Idle Thoughts”. Here is a repost.
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Fyodor

Retro

Image by Roger Green - 18 December 2016 - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

On the Warpath

This image is in the public domain – Author: David Frances Barry (1854-1934)
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Clearing the Attic

Goodbye to all that. (From my 2008 poetry collection "Reflections")
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Lorenzo

A remembrance.

An Englishman's Castle

Trick or treat?
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Cupid

Image: CC0 Public Domain - http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Shabby-Chic-Vintage-Cupid-On-Wood-Pair-Kiss-2899303

An Alternate Universe

Not all is discovered. - This file was donated to the public domain by SpaceX
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Echoes From the Past

The Grand Tour. - Image in the public domain.
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Finance and Romance

Image source: Pixabay -Creative C.ommons - No attribution required
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A Ghost Town

The copyright on this image is owned by Kenneth Allen and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Into the Void

Headline from The Times newspaper (30/3/2018) - Thank heavens: Pope puts Hell in doubt - Image source: CC0 Creative Commons - Free for commercial use. No attribution required
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English Lessons

Image source: Pixabay - CC0 Creative Commons - Free for commercial use - No attribution required

The Old Photo

A blast from the past.

Dreaming Spires

Image source: Pixabay - No attribution required.

A Bottomless Pit

Infinite space. - Image from Pixabay - No attribution required.
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A Leap of Faith

Creative commons image - No attribution required.
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The Old Bailey Lady

Image from Pixabay - CC0 Creative Commons No attribution required

The Ashmen

They came to these shores in great numbers - (cco creative commons image) -
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Dead-eyed Dick

One from my archive. (Image from Pixabay -CC0 Creative commons).

Handbags and Crocodile Shoes

PX Image in the public domain.
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Senses

Public domain image: An allegory of five senses - Still life by Peter Claesz -1623
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Elegy

To the memory of all the fellow writers who have left us.
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A Learning Curve

Many fairy tales and nursery rhymes have been with us since the year dot...

Desert Storm

Image's credit: Lightning and dark stormy clouds by AstoKo in Deviantart

Measure for Measure

The term "measure for measure" refers to a legal concept that when a person commits a crime (or sins), he or she should be made to pay – either by making some sort of restitution or by suffering an amount that's equal to the suffering he or she has caused. (This is similar to "eye for an eye" justice.)
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Encyclopidias

Sic transit gloria mundi.
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If Money Was No Object

It is a pleasure to own a work of art whether it is the charming Mona Lisa whose smile touches art lovers' heart or a painting by Gentileschi of Pisa...

The Nest Egg

“A nest egg is essential for a secure retirement.”
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100 Years On

A time for reflection - (A poem I wrote for the eponymous ABCtales competion in 2014)
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Love is Blind

A variation on the October Poetry Monthly: a somonka.
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Christmas in Kessingland (a sestina)

A first attempt at a sestina for this week's Inspiration Point with a (slight) reference to winter.
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The Wait

Un bel di vedremo.... (Image: Wiki commons).

Wishing

My Christmas wish when I was a kid...
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Monastic Misbehaviour

Not as outrageous as the one described in my poem "The Great Escape".

Not All Roses

My wish list.
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Toys are Us

There was a time...

Down Memory Lane

A journey into the past.

Bosco Verticale

A vertical forest in the heart of a city.
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First of February

Happy birthday...to me
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Dandelions

Reappraisal of a a humble weed.
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A Man's Point of View

International Women's Day
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A Singular Man

Rimas dissolutas.
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Alla Sera (a translation)

Society of Classical Poets 2019 competition - Shared third prize in the translation category.
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A Day Out at Kew Gardens

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. Author Daniel Case
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The Black Dog

Often seen as a portent of death it is described as a hell-hound. (Image in the Public Domain)
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A nobody

The rain which had been coming down in a steady light drizzle developed all of a sudden into a downpour. Umbrellas mushroomed over the heads of the bereaved gathered at the graveside.

Aunt Daisy's Son

A Christmas visitor.
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Pillow Talk

The title (but not the plot) taken from the eponymous film with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
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I Have Planted a Seed

Image by Walter Hood Fitch - CC BY 4.0 Wellcome Images
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In Praise of a Courgette

Image in the public domain.
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The Trophy Wall

No elephant in the room. ( 250 words flash fiction)

On Winter Nights

A verbless poem.

A Family Gathering

Occasionally we all get together...

Kol Nidrei

I heard a beautiful piece the other day...
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On Cromer Pier

More reminiscences. (Own photo).
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On Epsom Downs

A picnic and a glint of gold.
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Environment

An acrostic poem.
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Loch Ness Monster - the Truth.

Picture from Wikimedia Commons.

Come Into My Parlour

A close call.

Zenosyne

Dipping into the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

All At Sea

I am a seafarer,,,,
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Juno's Geese

Wikimedia Commons image in the public domain.

A Weekend in Bath

A fleeting visit.
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