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Pooled, this mild September day from waves of work (or guilt when not) once each year picking blackberries from prickly cataracts of free sweetness...

something in the air

Flies weave a buzzing basket of still warm light. Hairline rainbow cracks in space above paths, like mistakes leave unseen tethers of regret, sticky...

then and now (have faffed about with this so many times, if you have been kind enough to read before, don't again)

Belly scraped on rock ball-bearings, ice-voiced, snow-cloaked, Age-Huge slug! Slow, clenched weight, over whelming; water awe full, frozen, valley-...

remembering dandelions (again)

Prisoned between tarmac bars of road and footpath herbicide subdued Earth waits sure of the last laugh when only the toughest are still around to see...


this breeze, seeming slight might be calmness dying, a storm’s birth it could have come from Samarkand or been in Neanderthal lungs we all breathe...


367 of my comments have received 371 Great Feedback votes

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A terrible memory to be

Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2020

A terrible memory to be carrying in you. I can only echo Insert and Rhiannon? I hope your shoulder stops hurting. I know what it's like to be near the bottom. The important thing is to find your choices, to know you are where you are because you...

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Posted in The policeman sat in the armchair

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"Stars seeded"

Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018

"Stars seeded"

"they passed taxis, night buses, lonely punters stumbling on the long walk home."

"the Firth of Forth moving in glittering sheets below them. The bridge lights were reflected in the dark water as if a row of...

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Posted in Aura (19)

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 I love the hugeness of your

Posted on Sun, 22 Sep 2019

 I love the hugeness of your poem, the importance of what is happening for you. I hope your new world fulfills all your dreams

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Posted in New World

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what a great metaphor for

Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019

what a great metaphor for aging

We walked the plateau

Flat and scattered green

But now in this desert scape

Dragging our bags behind.

Pink is a halfway colour, isn't it? Unthreatening, which is why it's so scary...

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Posted in My Favourite Colour's Changed

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You've conveyed all your

Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019

You've conveyed all your feelings brilliantly, specially how jobs are seen as defining people, so not having one makes a person a blob. And yet not having a specific shape/a slot to fit into, makes you able to go anywhere, the possibility of...

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Posted in Last Week I Lost My Job (Rimus Dissolutas)

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Posted on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

BRILLIANT!!! This is absolute magic :0)

love "pale posy bunches" "coin wings" Wow! "seed-bulge" perfect . Also "far beyond their leafing"

well, all of it, really!


Insert, i wasn't sure what the trees across the road...

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Posted in The fruit of the elm

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Very interesting to read his

Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018

Very interesting to read his story. I only really knew of him from hearing an interview about how by the time they let working class people into Oxford it was so dummed down there was no point going there, and that the elites never accepted him...

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Posted in Les Rowse, Philippe and I

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You are quite right Tom, it's

Posted on Sun, 17 Sep 2017

You are quite right Tom, it's just a collection of nature scenes. It's just that I realised that someone from centuries ago could have seen them, too. And while I think of the wood as a beautiful place to go and see the sun and hear the birds....

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Posted in time travelling

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This is WONDERFUL!! It has

Posted on Sat, 22 Aug 2020

This is WONDERFUL!! It has cheered me up reading, thankyou so much!

so many joyful descriptions

 I am not going to cut and paste them all as it would be the whole thing


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Posted in Half-Hidden But Significant

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I loved this bit too.

Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2020

I loved this bit too.

Don't know how bothered you are about horsey stuff? Do you think they should water Buck before swimming in the hot spring? And last bit, he's been galloping away from a bear and all he gets is hobbled?


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