Not Good Enough

What it says, please buck up...

Cold Paradise

I used to live in Spain... currently suffering yet another heatwave. It wasn't always bright sun and flowers. One month every year all the rain and wind used to come at once... And it was cold
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Old Glory Returns

Written (quite) a few years ago, when the US re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba. Posted today, because I was looking for something else on an old hard-drive and found it... just next to an unfinished novel or three... Image source is Wiki Commons, it is in the Public Domain as it was taken so long ago...
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Somehow

Another nugget of fool's gold from the digital mines... No known copyright issues for original photograph of Argentine Death Flight victims... fiddled with by author.
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Burning Bridges

hmmm... it's not about bridges... image created by writer from open source original.
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Jocasta's Reading

UPDATED 3 Jan 2020 : the footnote appears in the original version never posted. I wouldn't swear it makes anything clearer... GOOD! Experimental, ergodic. Image is in the Public Domain:
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A Reflection on Memory's Dreams

It's about... I've forgotten. Image source wikipedia. It is in the Public Domain
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My Father's Diaries

Just read it. Image author's own
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'Ach Well...'

ambivalence, there's a lot of it on both sides... Image source wiki commons. Licence CC-SA 3.0 Photographer Gil Cavalcanti
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Crooked Timber

It's about the same thing as the last one was about... image by Jason Swadley. Source Flicker.com . Licence CC BY 2.0
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Double Glazed

I'm sure you'll figure it out. Image author's own.
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Inside

It's about ... time, I went for a walk. Image is used in good faith according to fair use.
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Do Not Ask

No, don't... Image created from PD elements by author.
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fizzbangpop

I'm sure it'll mean something to somebody... image is by SalfEnergy source is Wikipedia. Licence is CCA 2.
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Somewhere

An old one, from you-know-where... No known copyright issues for image from TESS
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Good News

sometimes, it's just where the keyboard takes you, after you look in the notebook. This might be autobiographical, but it isn't all true. Image. Author's own. BTW ten-out-of-ten for getting to our age if you remember this record being in the charts...
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Tempus Fugit

Someone once said some things very like these to me when I was younger, I should have listened, but ... well, as a teenager/young man I was ALWAYS right. Now I'm older, I know that there are many more than two sides to anything. What do you call a shape with two sides..? Exactly. Image use licence Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International source; wikipedia. Creator: Yakidono

Fingers

Whitechapel... Edited 29th October 2020 Two (TWO!!) lines changed... oh and this image added. Image source needpix.com. Free for non-commercial use.
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Phyllida Case

Odd. Because I felt like writing something weird. Image source wikipedia commons licence CCA2.0 photographer Tex Texin on Flicker too.
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The Footballer's Fear of the Whistle

Amid the fuss about the death of another, admittedly incredible, footballer from the other side of the world, there's this. It used to be on another site. I wrote it nine years ago the week after his death. I've edited it somewhat. What a terrible waste. Still no explanation of why, although unsubstantiated reports link him to the abuse carried out by boys' coach, Barry Bennell. Anyway, we know the spotlight is hard to give up. Gary Speed (1969-2011).
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Zoom

The taste of nostalgia is sickly sweet... Image source http://kidr77.blogspot.com/2017/05/zoom-ice-lolly.html No known copyright issues. But I'll keep investigating.
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Old Nick's

It's the only place in town, now... Image author's own fault, I mean design.
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The Great Conjunction

Seasonal. image licence is CC SA-BY 4.0 Source wikipedia commons.

Millicent Frome

Doggerel. Image source pinterest. No known copyright issues.
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Nocturne

Nocturne - a night scene. Image taken by Chris Gampat used under Licence CC by SA 2.0 Source Flicker

I Wish

No clues, just guess. It's more fun. Image is in the Public Domain. Source wikipedia.fr.org

Imperial-ism

It's just silly. Nice to remember, for us old 'uns, but there are much more important things in the world. Image CC by 2.0 Nico Hogg - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicohogg/252397147/
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Land of the Rising Batter

A bit of affectionate ribbing. Image from the café depicted's facebook page... they're happy with the free publicity.
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Gibborim

This is an old one dug out of an old hard drive, don't think I ever posted it here. Anyway, Gibborim sort of means warriors, heroes, the mighty... The word was used to refer to King David (yes, that one)'s bodyguard. Anyway, enjoy this... or not. 2 Samuel 23:8–38 Image is PD from Wikipedia.
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The Dis-harmonic Sympathy Orchestra

How many female conductors are there? It's not about old buses. Image from classicfm.com, by Flyin' Fiddler. No known copyright issues.
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Pebble

Sometimes the simplest things are the most complicated. image from freeimages.com free for non-commercial use
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The Road Goes

on, but NOT ever on. Image used under CC-SA 2.5 Generic. Photograph by
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Corner Poet

He's from a different town, really Image by Michael Ely licence CC by 2.0 SA, source wikipedia.org
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Spilled Ink

This will not cheer you up. Move on. Image source is flicker.com Original artwork by Joyce Ballantyne. flicker.com has it licensed as CC-SA 2.0. Hmm...
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Rattlesnakes

Yes, I've been listening to Lloyd Cole - and reading the news story about Sarah Everard. Nothing changes. Image is from creativeuncut.com - no known copyright issues. https://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-23/ha-rattlesnake-and-silverballer...
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This is a Spell

What it says... abra cadabra... image is CC0 PD!!!
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"untitleds"

Nothing much to see here. I made the image at graphicsprings.com
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A Spadeful of Blues

Ten years old... just shows how long I've been obsessed with... well, if you listen to the audio too, you'll know. I've always said I'd pay for an audiobook of him reading Chandler. Image from The Big Combo is in the Public Domain (!!!)
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Moonlight Over Seville

Now this IS very old. I spent a whole, hot summer in Sevilla (learning to be a TEFL teacher, as we were called then) before I moved out full time to Spain the year after. From June to September everyone in the city stays up until 4 a.m. because it's too hot to sleep. On rare occasions there'll be a cloudburst, many people just stay outside, for the rain never lasts long. The city does look wonderful in the moonlight. Image source Wiki-commons licence CC-A SA 4.0 Bocinaplatea is the original uploader, but there's no link now.
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Paseo Maritimo

Another old one: I wrote this eleven years ago, whilst on holiday in Galicia, escaping the heat of Andalucia for two weeks in the summer. It rained a lot, but we didn't care. Photo by mindsteel on pxhere.com licence CC0

From Rochdale to the Stars

It's about... well, you'll see. Image from publicdomainvectors.org

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

An old one: probably written in the summer of 2014, which was hotter than usual in The Frying Pan of Spain, the Guadalhorce Valley. image source flicker.com photographer Beppie licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Four Stanzas in Search of a Poem

What it says. Image is by Carl Spitzweg and is in the public domain because he's been dead quite a while.

Sunday Morning, 3 a.m.

Odd... I quite understand if you don't like it. Image is free for non-commercial use from pxfuelhere.com

Think of a Number [Cadae]

Cadae https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadae also interesting : https://www.livescience.com/14836-pi-wrong-tau.html Glad I follow Ian MacMillan on twitter. Image from Pixabay
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Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die

I feel a bit ridiculous going to concerts, at my age. Image is CC0. Song titles (and part thereof in one case) only used.
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Self-Help for the Selfish*

If you are offended after reading this, you're probably guilty of it... just like I am. image from Pixabay.com created by Cdd20 and is free to use.
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The Department of Explaining

Where all this hub-bery will get us eventually... and what someone brave might do about it...
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Papyrus Horoscope

Always check the reverse of any document. If you want to know what I'm chuntering on about go here Image belongs to The British Library

Dreaming the Life

Just nonsense, no need to stop here... Image author's own...
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Earworms

The writer's equivalent of doodling... move on, nothing to see here. Image author's own.

We Grin

Ranty, not ranty. Image source, public domain vectors.org.

Roolz is Roolz

Well, they is. Image from pxhere.com free for non-commercial use CC0 PD

Ten Snapshots Before Going Under For The Third Time

Last weeks IP... better late than never... or perhaps not... Image from pixel.com

Digital Palimpsest

Is such a thing possible? Probably not, as anyone who ever lost a manuscript to a hard disk failure will know. Image from nosher.net No known copyright issues.
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Triptych

watching. image is public domain.

Cold Open

A cold open is where a film or tv programme starts in medias res and the titles and theme tune start some way in. It's very, very popular, especially on TV, at the moment. I can't help it if you didn't read this first!
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if no one were someone

Imagine. If they were... Image authors own creation at canva.com
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Estragón Sur La Plage

Found this in an old book, curated by John Wilks from one of his old contests from 2012. I've often thought there are more comfortable places to wait for someone than a crossroads. image created at Kubist.io from pd photographic image.
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Winds

Odd. Best left well alone. Image FREE PD from clker.com
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Django

Some days only Django will do... Image author's own... fault.
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Pick of the Month

Meet Ze Monsta

As you all know there is no copyright on titles. In any case, this is the title of a terrific track by PJ Harvey on To Bring You My Love. IP - thanks for giving me an excuse to play some Polly. Image is author's own fault.
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The Art of Noises : A Futurist's Manifesto

“In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century, with the advent of machinery. Today noise reigns supreme over human sensibility.” Luigi Russolo Not for much longer. I am equivocal about that. Image is from google books, the book is out of print and in the public domain.
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Where Are They?

We are living in the future now. It's not like they said it would be. Image created at Pulp-O-Miser.com by me. Audio link at end.
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Notes For A Lost Poem

Or did I? Image created by me at canva.com
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Holding On

Another bloody concrete poem... I find them hard to read... Geddit? Image by me from Canva .com
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Tradition

"We do it this way, because we always have"...
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The Last Man Left In The Union

After Peter Wyton (look him up, he's very good)'s The Last Man Left In The Air Force. Image from website (BTW we do). Audio here http://writemark.blogspot.com/2019/02/updated-leaflet-for-trade-unions-w... Permission for use requested.
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Ballad of an Organ Donor

I am, are you? Anyway, this is just silly, but think about carrying the card. Image used under fair use from NHS website.

The Esoteric Few

Whom Byron claimed one of his poems was written for. Not this one, because it's mine, but it's still for the esoteric few. Image author's own
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Hawthorn

Anyone know if this IS a Hawthorn?? Anyway, it's the one I can see from the window of The Writer's Den. Image photo taken this morning.
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Ingrès’s Violin Is Out Of Tune

Rant... nothing to see here. image is derived from Lady T's flicker post and used under licence CC by-NC 2.0

Welcome to Hell

Almost don't remember writing this. Very long, so make a cup of tea or give up, Whichever. Image PD Oh... Nearly forgot, it's supposed to be funny.
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Poem of the week

The Things Missed

Image author's own fault. Not much to see here.
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We

Umm...you all know I hate explaining things. Image PD
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The Wind Has No Name

It's about what it says. Image Ok acc. to tin-eye, still researching it.
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Miller

A film is in production based on the life of Lee Miller, fashion model and war photographer. It will be terrible, although it should be brilliant given the subject matter. Anyway, I wrote this: written quasi-ekphrastically about a number of Miller-taken photographs and one of Miller taken by someone else. Anyway, for once, I've explained one. Image source wikimedia, licence CC-by SA 4.0
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SHOWTIME!

It's not about the theatre. Image made by me at canva.com
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With Strange Feathers

It's not about birds. Image is PD
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BASIC : The Language of Love

What it says. Image author's own.
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Presence

Time marches on, and we stumble, trying to keep up. Image made at canva.com from author's own images.
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Poem of the week

No Fond Farewell

Another funeral. Image is mine
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Music

Well I do... Image by starline free to use from freepik.com
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I'll Think About Writing

Doggerel, might make you laugh, though. Picture is mine, so there!.
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Risk Averse

Or risk a verse... Cartoon by Russell source Flicker.com artist Russell. Licence : CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Deed
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LookTok

Rant. Nothing to see here Sharp-eyed readers will note that the graphic is a mirror-image of the tiktok logo, So it's not the tiktok logo... If they try and complain, I'll remove it. Simples.
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Message From The Care Home Front

I accept that for some the poppy is unacceptable. (That statement would bear thinking about for a moment or two). I shall not engage with any rants in the comments. Thank you. BTW this is the only poem I entered for a comp this year. (Of course it didn't).
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Philosophical Daze

Image is of The Penrose Stairs (Escher's work came afterward). Image is PD
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Lea(r)ning

Not about much. I did the drawing. You can tell, can't you. [BTW can you see the face in it?]
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Hats

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Tracks

It's bad stuff. No known copyright issue for image.

I'm Afraid of AI

Well I am. Image made at Canva.com
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Afternoons Without Spoons

Entered in a poetry competition more than 10 years ago. I think it came 2nd last. I've just found it again. Perhaps you'd prefer it if I hadn't. Image author's own, made at canva.com using a collage technique.
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The Road to Erehwon

You'll work it out, don't worry. Image is Peter Breughel the Elder's The Land of Cockaigne, it is in the public domain and the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, where I've seen it.
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Looking

No explanations. Image is PD.
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Miracle of Love

You believe what you believe, and I'll believe what I believe. Image wikipedia commons under CC licence.
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A Place in the Sun

This is an old poem, 11 years old, in fact. I had been in Spain for 8 years at the time I wrote it. Nothing lasts forever and I think I knew it even then. Anyway, not much of interest here. Image Wikipedia commons.
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Radio Galaxies

Very old poem, written 2011. I like it, but you don't have to. Image created using canva from elements provided.
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Poetry Commotion

And this is the oldest thing I could find today. It used to be on an earlier incarnation of UKA, in 2010. image made at canva.com
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Black Hole

Another old one. I treated it to some punctuation and one word change. So now it's a completely different poem, isn't it? Picture is from wiki commons. Used under CC 4.0 licence
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The Rag Doll's Clothes (I Am Not Invisible)

Photograph is from wiki commons - unfortunately - taken in 2006, I wonder where this woman is now? Is she even alive? A large proportion of the UK's homeless are ex-military personnel. Licence cc-by-sa-2.0.
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Mono Log

First of all, let's call it prosetry. Well, I've been playing with this one for well over 10 years. My normal mode of working is give the keyboard a bash and then dash. Those I do fiddle with, I rarely improve. However, I've had a go with this... Regarding the quoted/allusory material, I would say that this is the upper (or do I mean lower??) limit of acceptable, but what do I know. If anyone's worried, I'll take it down.

Talent

Imagine Archie Rice compere of talent show auditions... Image made by me at canva.com
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A Son at Gretl's Bedside

No, it's not about a fairy tale. Image made at Canva.com using PD elements.
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