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In rows, shining stems and identical, (almost) spikey tips, grey. Where could each take me? Their names gave nothing away : HB, 2B, etc pointless as...

Z is for Zing

home's in coming, going and holding time between in mud's dark-under, Spring rememberings begin

Y is for Yule log and Yew

wood many suns' knowing, felled, burns through year's fear wall bird sown life outgrowing religions' rise and fall ~
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X is for xxx

kisses at message end when words run out of sense writing from sky to land in lines of bird footprints

W is for Wrapping Paper and Wind (another go at this)

concealed within patterns every present holds hope high, invisible turns of air change how lives shape


749 of my comments have received 765 Great Feedback votes

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I don't understand why it is

Posted on Mon, 03 Jan 2022

I don't understand why it is ok to eat meat. But as Lena raises there is something worse in a way, how life is stripped of any dignity in polystyrene trays and clingfilm, exchanges the wires of a cage for the lines in a barcode and never knows...

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Posted in (This Life) Part 3: The Butcher’s Wi(n)dow

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I felt colder reading this!

Posted on Fri, 31 Dec 2021

I felt colder reading this! Very glad to be inside :0)

 I liked "scrawny" with "stark",

and "shake" at the end of the line with the added buffets of repeated "a" sounds in "gale" and "lashing".

And then you end with an echo...

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Posted in Turn of the year ’scape

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This is wonderful :

Posted on Fri, 10 Dec 2021

This is wonderful :

Sultry and still the sweet night air.

Latin music. Crickets chirping.

Like a favela in Rio or anywhere

But for the sound of Geordies burping.


and :


And the cards are...

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Posted in Hotel Mediterraneo

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I cannot imagine how

Posted on Tue, 16 Nov 2021

I cannot imagine how indigenous people from forests must feel, the woods are so important to me, but it cannot possibly be the same as for them. This is the appeasement stage, where those in the know are aware there's something terrible out there...

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Posted in Drilling Out Blame

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Have just read this aloud as

Posted on Thu, 30 Sep 2021

Have just read this aloud as was irrisistable :0)

I can imagine children loving it, particularly 

"Anaconda large and long
with a squeeze that’s very strong"

It is such fun to say all through! 

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Posted in Big River, Big Life

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Was totally involved, you

Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021

Was totally involved, you have great details, like the bathwater washing over the edge, and the kitchen chair scraping, Bruce going round and round before curling up. It was very moving to read, particularly when he was in the bath. And the end/...

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Posted in With or Without You

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Enjoyed this very much! Is

Posted on Sat, 08 May 2021

Enjoyed this very much! Is the birthday of the narrator significant? All the details are brilliant, particularly the bit about intern for Markle :0) I wonder whether in a populist system Elgar would be played over loud speaker? Maybe latest...

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Posted in Ingerland My Ingerland

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Hi Isabel :0)

Posted on Thu, 14 Jan 2021

Hi Isabel :0)

Well Done! being brave and posting about how you feel, this is not an easy thing. It is what a strong, hopeful person does, someone who wants to make things better! There has been lots of advice from members of the site who...

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Posted in How do you forgive a parent?

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This is so exciting to read!

Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020

This is so exciting to read! How many poems about wind there must be, but you have made it new. Particularly liked

"Watch it climb a house in a second like an upside down waterfall,

Watch it ballroom dance with a plastic bag And...

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Posted in I Want To Watch The Wind Dance

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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