Yester than Betterday

This is an ongoing collection of shorts that are written daily, or if not daily, certainly every few days. They are rarely planned and mostly arrive here as they arrived with me. I like them.

Bus Domino Around the World

How it takes only one person falling down to start a domino effect...

A History of the Town of Belper in Bird Sounds

A History of the Town of Belper in Bird Sounds Nestling into the flanks of the River Derwent, the town of Belper dates back to the sound of pheasants and swans.
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A Page From the Calendar of Awe

A Page From the Calendar of Awe “History is like roadkill on a country lane. We injure it bluntly. We turn it inside out until we can no longer recognise it; can no
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a slower seasoning

A Slower Seasoning

a snowy Saturday in January and i wish you were here

a snowy Saturday in January and i wish you were here a dense, grey gruel of cadaverous air, slanders the chimney pots. birds hang on branches like tears clinging to an eyelash.

break in at the heart

break in at the heart something, in the shining smile, shows me there is a way inside. this will take time: patience measured in Mondays, the warmth of friendship first,

Chupacabra

Chupacabra

Revolt of the Albumen

One man's struggle with an egg sandwich.

The Yes/No Door Creak

Sometimes, answers come in the most unexpected ways...

Elias and the King

A tired man pushes a pram through the long streets of dayligh...

The Elegant Chef

The Elegant Chef Loneliness is like a soup without ingredients. Like a soup without stock; clouded water too deep for its own depth.

How 1945 Cannery Row Beats 2012 Sheffield

How 1945 Cannery Row Beats 2012 Sheffield
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The Knowledge of a Koi Carp - Part 1

The Knowledge of a Koi Carp – Part 1 If the rain hadn’t stopped I would never have noticed the paving slab was leaking water.

Meet the Fuc**rs

Meet the Fuc**rs

The 'I' of Motion

The ‘I’ of Motion
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The Last Waltz in the Galaxy

The Last Waltz in the Galaxy There is nothing left. We have reached the end of the world. A giantess, blank paper page extends in every direction like a 1980’s dream.
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The Knowledge of a Koi Carp - Part 3

The Knowledge of a Koi Carp – Part 3
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Yester Than Betterday

Yesterday Than Betterday

Dustboy

Dustboy

simplicity

simplicity children wave at people on trains, because they know there’s no harm in waving. in saving the day, from the way away from harmony. children chase birds,
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Y Unman

Y Unman

Strawberry Red

Strawberry Red

today being Thursday

today being Thursday today is a beautiful day. the sky is open like a book waiting to be written; with rather more gentle blue pages, than duck egg white. some of the leaves

Emma's Back

Emma’s Back If Elliott caught it right, the steel sang under the water. Cold water makes it sing like a salmon in a sunlit spring river.
Story of the week

This Also Shall Pass

This Also Shall Pass

rhino

Rhino Between the neat borders of peonies and primulas, the jugs of Pimms turning warm in the afternoon sun and the relentless flanks of people-...

the stars are blurring tonight (for G.)

the stars are blurring tonight (for G.) strung high above us, the ice blue stars sparkle solitary and strong. there is comfort in their shining; hope...

for October

for October morning stumbles in, on legs buckled by a moonless night, as leaves scuttle along the gutters, in a dress rehearsal for newborn autumn...

emanating shuffle

emanating shuffle something is happening, between us. soft, delicate electricity, crackling between us as a silver promise. it feels safe and special...
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i wanna fall in love at Shudehill

i wanna fall in love at Shudehill this place, tastes like the end of the line, even the pigeons are choosy here. this place, where the Christmas...

7 things you should know:

7 things you should know: 1 . i won’t feel quite so sad when i see a lone magpie, once you’re here. 2 . a silver birch tree showed me that you may...

5, 12, 19, 26

5, 12, 19, 26 the first, we walk the earth, shy like new conkers. the second, we drink our health away, our watery grins, coupled. the third, we...

Golden Bay Kundalini

Golden Bay Kundalini tonight, when i needed a cigarette, you were a silver, shining harbour; we bumped prows for a minute or five, your earrings...

unfold

unfold listen to the trees. for they hold all our gone yesterdays, in their trailing whispers. listen to the trees. for they hold the unsaid...

the sound of rutting badgers

the sound of rutting badgers i am awoken at 4am, by the sound of rutting badgers; their frenzied barking, and fence-splitting foreplay loud, in the...

mackerel aids your baby’s vision

mackerel aids your baby’s vision fish glasses never work, they flip and flap and flop and flounder. the best thing, you can do, to help your baby,...
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life is beautiful

life is beautiful: spider shadows moving long-legged slow over the ceiling, a lover’s hand reaching for your own as you fall asleep, a new Neil Young...

scrape off the name

scrape off the name i was buried too soon; i shouted hope and dreams, and no one heard. even as the lid was nailed down, tipped earth, chuckling back...

sun bubbles

sun bubbles 7 billion souls, like bubbles; some burst. some merge. some cling to the ground, dodging all sharp edges. some ride so high, they cannot...

do not exceed the stated dose

do not exceed the stated dose it’s early days; all nervous fox eyes holding the light. singing limbs all a-hush. it’s meant to be administered slowly...
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where the hearses be

where the hearses be hunched, driver-less, exhausts smoke in the break of day. they huddle beetle black, emptied of silent passengers. they wait for...

the worst toupee in the world

the worst toupee in the world imagine having a black cat, that, you love dearly, that, dies of nine used up lives. in grief, you lose your hair...

when i am gone

when i am gone there will be no words to gutter gather for a prologue any remaining clay insufficient to mould into hope fluid change will lap...
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