Two sets of Facts to Fit One Hypothesis

Non-comic poetry

Grease on the Pavement

Grease on the pavement, scaffolds pass-by Dust in the eyes from their rusting hulks Past Slutty Cat’s mansion and on to the road Running down streets where traffic is slowed

Asterope

Sometimes the stars shine bright Come shine with me, my star, tonigh

Battle Mood

A thief's intensity, scattered yet sharp Barbs that wound an unkempt heart Fettered with kisses and missing 'phonecalls With rum we toast a lover's pall How long the jerk was anticipated

Concupiscence

Concupiscence is the spontaneous movement of our sensual appetite toward what we imagine as pleasant and away from what we imagine as painful.
Cherry

Dying by choice beats shopping in town

I am too comfortable Within these walls Where terror and fun Once were visitors Door stands solid Pictures on walls Television new Hot water hot I feel no need to write

Staunton's Dyke

Black chalky burnt bole broken by brutes bashed sobbing wailing borne aloft then brought asunder by giants careless giants

Love in Idleness

Puck. Tit. Moon lit Grace Oberon smile Disgrace. Shameface Divorce writ. File

The Bathroom Flies

Tell me, saints, tell me and I will Haul the coals red Saying, ‘I repent all, this is a robbery’. I would haul the coals red For you

Marie and her Lamb

Marie had an ailing lamb. It's skin was cold as ice. And everywhere Marie did go, the lamb was there in a trice. It followed her to the shore one day. Which was against the rules.

ochlocracy

Cut from the rock yet flowing like milk With eyes that could see the wind He stood in contrast to the mob The mob, before like fury, could not pass

Frankenstein

The scientist took off his labcoat, Struggling into his rusted chinos, And his assistant in the Unit Sipping a cappuccino by his side Glanced at the burning test-tubes

This Story Was First Told To Me

This story was first told to me By Hamish McMurdo and Morag McFee They, in their turn, had heard it first-hand From over the sea and over the land It tells a tale of warring Men

Rest in Dewy Bliss and Sacred Blunder

Rest in dewy bliss and Sacred blunder, Couched upon a velvet box of tinder, Unaware of Love's cage torn assunder. In sensual smoke we writhe, and kiss, and heal.

Moths in Search of Celestial Guidance

the half-percent The practical application held-back by the remainder The knowledge that unshackles the burden The brief puff of air to a lung long crushed.

I Live in a City

I live in a city I breathe-in its fumes It is not so much a choice As a concession to my life here You love another And so deep and so true It is not so much a choice

vermouth

She keeps a light burning My pilot and my guide She wrecks the night and tears into my middle, my inside She wreaks a havoc on the blisters of my heart I want to leave my love behind

print-jam on an easy shift

Cauterized by th catastrophe Entropy halted till all is sorted Yes Madame, I shall fix it for you Find the solution, ease her stress Priorities change, minutiae piece together.

Scurrying home on a Winter here

Grey strokes the winding snow Against the window fearless blow Trenchant, tearing, cradling, dying Reborn in gusts and strident gale Who knows how will end the tale Drenched, torn, dying

Xanthippe

Once upon a nightingale Sweetness and light My song was hers forever And for long did I yearn To touch her emotions so The man she chose over me Was cruel, he laughed at grace

My Boss and her Homelife

Sarah's cookery tickles Danny's thairm To the paunch and gulp Of viandes and of Veg. His prior disdain for giblets And for sprouts dissolved; And he asks for mustard too.

Providence

Morose Black sleet and sheet of cloud Descend upon the mountain's shoulder Awakening memories in the village below Of the children they've lost on the hill A world of work defines this land

Saltash

The grasses, that hold the sand-dunes in place, Mobility is certain without them. But stifled, we stick our bums in the sand and picnic with ankles tied. Roots

I am the American Pissed

I am the American pissed There's no other way to describe it I'm not gonna write-down a list I'm not hawking no diatribe. Not wiser, just older and saddened.

Valves

Embrace the possibility of satisfaction At most you could raise a smile Engage with thoughts of change At least stay true a while Life explodes...
Cherry

Zest (IP)

Always it started the same way Blame begat blame begat blame "Call a spade a spade," she'd spit, Deal a blow did he. Everything seemed fine a few...

From whence shall rise no more the tide

Have you seen an empire fall, seen it to its end? Enter unto here thy loathesome beast From whence shall rise no more the tide. As Armageddon strikes...
Cherry

Party

I've had such a good time I don't want to leave the party. Is this your coat or mine? Who wore it the most? The dinner was fun, The guests they were...

Bashed

She's funny, life's funny I'm funny yet I'm sad Life revolves in a nutshell Live and let. We're not that bad Pulled aside and kept in cloisters...

Lovers' Lane

Shine a light down Lovers' Lane Where George and Barry meet again One night they met as strangers here Where strangers meet all times of year A...

Plum Academic

the kind when introspection overtakes a natural chat am I smiling in the right way? was that a joke to be laughed at? ...or the kind when it's not as...

The Man Who Agonises

The man who agonises is the good man Befriend him and you will halve your load The priest who doubts is one step closer For the God he seeks is...

Adrenaline

As we careen towards the grave Remember those you did not save A lost intention lacking action A hope, a dream that found no traction Friend or lover...

Press Record

Rewind, 33, 'The lost'. At least that's what it said on the ticket. Hand-cranked, lonely for love after yet another broken record, The DJ quite,...

Mausoleum

Was I leaning upon your chest, Like a tonsured-devil? You made points of itch across My skin, once so young when we first met, A skin we ‘d both...

Sorry

All I keep saying is, 'sorry.' All I keep meaning is, 'why?' But this is the end to our story. This is the time for 'goodbye.'

Hate is Such a Wasted Deed

Hate is such a wasted deed As thought and act do noone good Strive to love not hatred feed Waste nor the heart in precious bleed For life's delicious...

Like a Dog Willingly Drowning in a Pond (in her Eyes)

She's inevitable Like sunrise or gravity Earthbound yet Heavenly Magnetically I catch myself staring I smile in apology but can't look away When I...

Words With Friends

PAUCE, for such a definition there's plenty of score LOVER, crossing TROW quite pleasingly COMELY, is almost flirtatious BASE, the feelings it hides...

Tindr is the HEart

The hearts I've broken are all mine And all the hurt I've caused is reflected In waters that pass beyond time Under bridges, which once too were mine...

Sphinx

Shuttered smile beams on desert Sand-dewed eyes, listen Beware the Sphinx Caution traveller Ask the question, prepare to die Hope bereft yet Here you...

Call to Arms

Her fear of change has caused a change More deeply felt than any fear. Gulf deep the range, the fractured calm Of pain, of rage, of tear. And so one...

Kohl

Bark black night sweep Gristle found between teeth Slept not night nor felt alive Bark black and toss and writhe Fall out and rip some Ask out and...

Lend out your Smile

Be quiet Working hard Eat small grains Portion your thoughts West to the Sun East for knowledge Create calm Face your friends Converse freely Love...

Puckered Lips

Foghorn-trombone, and snickety snack go her lips, Lipsticked teeth, chiaroscuro of nicotine. Puckered lips ('like a duck's arse', says my dad),...

Avignon

Due in part to election of a modernist successor The Antipope declared by mum and dad Identified not with the rulings of this impostor. An impostor...

Chicory

The closer to the core The bitterer it tastes Leaves peeiling one-by-one Between sips of wine Sensations and salad in one Endive in French An enclave...
Cherry

Kissing's Out of Fashion

In the Thirties, as teenagers, he brought her wildflowers, From Snowdrops in Spring to Nerines in September. During the War when she broke down in...

Blood-letting

On camera, a high security that reveals every detail Thirty-two separate incidents revealed Ongoing incidents in the supply and demand Of meat for...

Bugger it

Promises unbroken From dreaming unwoken 'I love you's spoken More than just a token Awaiting the prognosis Sitting here in stasis Building-up to face...

Time's Accomplished Fool

If time to heal is time best spent alone Though spent in company speeds it faster Enforced within these blackish waters foam And feelings lost...
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Birthday Haiku

Tree grown tall and Sage Spring formed of a changing wind Breaks conventional form

Town and Country

I can disappear in a city Reimagined, unannoyed Born again as something chosen Inner city, inner joy Those buildings hide my hills from view The...

Lead Ball Heart

Lead ball heart, cold easily dented,. Rented once for cash, twice for lust Third time always comes Lead ball heart, ill heavy, in the chest Stomach...

The Cruelty of Sex

She stood watching, eyes glued to my awkward shifting gaze Her friends giggled as she stared, pulling each others' hair Caressing their toes in and...
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To Tell Her

Skipping fear Beating heart-valves into shields But shields prevent Her lips' warmth a magnet Forced calm, forced pretence of cool The Holy Grail of...

Lichen

Seeing you those ten months later Like a comma overcome. In sunny churchyard, your eyes smiling Crowds muddled through, you were my sun. With laughs...
Cherry

On Carnethy Hill

And mountains these of old we climbed Like summer's blessed memory blunt I ran up paths by sheep who knew The way before I wandered Sunsets deep...

Biscuit crisp

Among the green bejungled night A pride of parsley stopped to fight. Espying crude their image I Denounced my horse and made to fly. I set-off at...

The Wolf

Pads, feet smelly Talking in whistles, howls Wind soughing Fur, cold, shelter Stomach grumbles Whines. Family Spittle frozen on lip Final meal appeal...
Cherry

Monday, I suppose

White van man, get a dirtier van, Your reflections are blinding me And the early morning sun Is giving me a wist for my bed Woman in the wolf-...

Fun fair

There were others before her So there is no reason why There can't be others after her We last danced in June O, so many dances we'd had I keep them...

Feast

How can I, not sure who I am, Tolerate in others their failings? I, who would so like to not give a damn, Regardless my penchant for toothless...

Typewritten

Hiding mistakes under the integrated TipEx band with the automatic spell-check function on an electronic machine. Hitting all the keys at once on so...

The Rise of this Blusterous Man

and his tan Work against modesty, propriety, satiety Acquiesence is the enemy So befriend those frenemies who, though from across the divide, Don't...

An Apology

If I, lumbering bearlike onto your decorated stage Discovered a beauty not needing to be saved Yet brittle like a bird within a cage I'm sorry, I did...

Weight sensor overload

Conversation easily outweighing Her magnificent tits I toss a glance but feel guilt As I have no designs A mere reflex Laughter outshining easily Our...

An Infringement upon Dreaming Spires

George rides his solitary bike, eyes alit for potholes. Mind awash with other obstacles cloying his attention: This morning's toast delivered with a...

Unskilled and Unaware of It

Plump orange tantrum odd lord The Grand old Duke of Lump What's new today to prompt this dullard To take to shadows, slinging mud? But who am I to...

Top Trumps

Mixed martial arts are not the arts. American football is not an art. Doing a deal was never an art. Politics is artless too... ...As granma's...

Now Leroy He A Gambler

A man, Could be a woman, Case in point, it is not. Defined by grossness, Hyperbole it is not. This man Could be a mis-count, Case in point, it is not...
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SeeSaw

Cabbages and cola weighing us down Some drivers avoid the puddles that splash I should be running She holds my hand when crossing the street

Cassandra

The snakes of truth that licked her ears The sins of the Father on you, poor lamb Men were blind to all their tears She alone could see their fears...

Fringe Theatre

Clowns, boiling over Trailing banners and fliers and death Clowns, comin’ atcha! Smiling the moment you recoil from their breath Recoiling the boy...

Dustcart Sally

The cold Sun this Summer morn, Collar-up she rise at dawn. Her sweeping brush swish and swift The studied streets and cellophane drift. Tramp Gary, '...

Taking Umbrage With a Sentence

Mise en scène: Dafne, delighted at first scan, Sees the error after to print it's gone. George, helplessly in love yet not in candour, Calms her with...
Cherry

Tasting an Olive

Aged 7 and he, our teacher, had been abroad to the Holy Land, Amongst the olive groves he told us he had stayed. And then, to our delight he brought...

Varieties

The finest sauce encoats the substrate, A silk kimono on the lady's back. Salted, unctuous, spread so smooth. Draped, not flung there. Tight not...

Traversing the Bridge

I dreamt of you, sweet sweet dreams That sent us back to Rome. And there, beneath a Tiber bridge, We spent some time alone. We sang those songs...
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Cherry

In High Maroc

I sat on a roof in the mountains of Morocco Drinking mint tea, speaking bad French. I read some novel of dubious note When a goatherd approached my...

A pleasant tree

Enter now, come with me please, and leave behind your doubt. Your mind, at rest, we must assume its reason kept without Can see those views I need it...

Germolene

I'd imagine a girl by the Germolene gates Smelling of hospitals new. We'd dance in the Spring as the Valentine buds Sprinkled our love full of dew A...

Gun Grey Red Sail Goes the Winter Fast

The Norfolk punt sits on the Yare as the snow storm vile Billowing sail, red as the sunrise In Guilin, where your mother sat Knitting a shawl for...

K Link

K-Link: Operative Piston - insert, rotate. Devalue system. Rotate Inverse rotation. Set to set Engage E2PROM Stack Erase Engage filter Restart...

St John's Brother

For aren't we all brothers? Is not that lady my sister? Am I not beholden to you? We make decisions based on rationale, Based on love, based on pride...
Cherry

Crackle and Hum

Febrile, this heat. A grass hut, my workplace. Tied like a cauldron over the charcoals. Droning flies fill the air: 'Can I help you?' 'Thanks for...

Confirmed

His house As empty now as on that day I helped him move As the century closed. And now With prized possessions binned A bonfire made of furniture We...

Ululating

He stood facing his boss, Knowing that one day One of them would be at the other's funeral. Whatever seemed important now Was just cogs in the...

Flickr

Inside memories, ourselves to be Likes, soul scratches, tempts us Worst of all indelible Sauce for the gossips Friends and lovers, unknowable Jokes,...

Lager, Lager, Lager. Mega, Mega...

'Excuse me, I don't wish to interfere, But the lady in the stripey sweater Just gone and legged it with a crate of beer I thought that to tell you...

Seeing the Doctor for the First Time

The doctor, black bosomed, sharp of eye Blushes behind clipboard, poised, Steadying her gaze 'I know your sister, Julie,' I say '...she was in my...
Cherry

The Day That I Went Blind

The day that I went blind, the Ochills blurred magnificently before me, with tears running down my cheeks. I remember the road signs on the M90 as...

Sausage Fingers

Those sausage hands, dripping in mustard Closely, slowly griping my mouth Jellied fingers, knuckles cracking Slipping around, heading-on South

Coils

Allowing the telephone handset to slowly unwind As a budget alternative to Stranger Things He didn't have Netflix, nor even the web: It stood-in for...

Fuppence

Riddle me, riddle me, rot-tot-tote! A little wee man in a red red coat! A staff in his hand, and a stone in his throat; If you'll tell me this riddle...

Rod and Staff

Who shepherds the Lord when he runs astray, Loses his shit in waters turbulent? Rules pertaining to mortals don’t apply: The Rod and Staff of...

Conspumed

Like the ocean, her chat crashes Over my head and waves to signal Occasionally in case I have not followed Her chat like pebbles in the rip Are...

Sleigh Ride

From Innerleithen to Crieff, You'll be gaspin for breith. Sneezin an freezin Your chatterin teeth Till that mug of hot wine That thaws you beneath...
Cherry

Rumbled Block Paving

The cat lies dreaming 'mongst the moss on a driveway leeching petrichor tendrils to tingle a rust-pimple on the aged exhaust pipe of the exhausted...