elsie katz

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In Memoriam Charles Causley 24.08.1917 - 04.01.2003

My tribute to the great poet.I attended the free festival in the grounds of Launceston Castle in honour of his birthday centenary. If you have time, please read or re-read Causley's best known and harder-hitting poem Timothy Winters. I use his format.

Outcomes of my Dad's recent Funeral in London

I am so glad that I live In Devon. Every other member of my family and pretty much everyone who is close to them lives in London. Mainly North London...
Gold cherry

2002-05 My memories of working at a hostel for homeless men

It wasn't my first time working with people who had become homeless. It was 22 years after. I was now 43, working in Exeter not Belfast. The system...

Sun Song

The food, the flowers, the family, the friends Morrie and Joan's back garden when a child, The suburbs of North London. Today - a sunny Devon garden...


'I would rather spend three years in Craigmillar Castle than three weeks in Craigmillar' - the Other Alternative Edinburgh ed. and compiled by LCK


106 of my comments have received 106 Great Feedback votes

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Good fun. Your poem makes a

Posted on Sat, 12 Nov 2016

Good fun. Your poem makes a humorous point about image and identity. I am not sure why you rated it age 18 ( it does not contain any truly horrible images of war or of the uglier sides of sexual relationships and more people might read it if you...

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Posted in Star Struck

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Jupitermoon this is pretty

Posted on Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Jupitermoon this is pretty real. I often tell myself that it is a waste of time where I live searching for a man my age as all the singletons are wedded to their pint of beer. You illustrate how this relationship can sometimes be unhappy....

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Posted in not quite AA, but only 12 steps to the bar

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In some people luxury creates an induced feeling of necessity

Posted on Fri, 21 Jul 2017

In some  people luxury creates an induced sense of necessity.'Always wanting more' is astute'

But does being poor always lead to goodness? I think that sometimes it leads to anger and self-pity.However I have more tolerance for miserable...

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Posted in Poor Rich Man/ Poor Man, Rich

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The opening sets the scene

Posted on Sun, 17 Sep 2017

The opening sets the scene effectively. and you get us into what has happened.The final paragraph is flawless, I see the man in front of me and can guess at the unmet needs on both sides.

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Posted in The Oil Refinery

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I like your own angles on

Posted on Sat, 26 Aug 2017

I like your own angles on Eliot, Ewan. Did the man ever realise how funny he must have looked? Going to Margate on the bank holiday and walking into the pub where the cockney family were drinking and chatting. What did Eliot wear for his day down...

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Posted in Evening Walk in a Seaside Town

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Great poem. I like the

Posted on Sat, 12 Aug 2017

Great poem. I like the internal sounds you made with the right amount of the words. it all hangs and flutters together. You create echoes, reverberations...

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Posted in The Treetops

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Accents can be telling but

Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2015

Accents can be telling but sometimes I don't know what they tell us. I have two Scottish daughters and moved to the Westcountry while the big one was 11 and the little 'un was four. Within a few months little 'un was saying 'moy name is Jess' as ...

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Posted in Hate Thy Neighbour – Racism In The 1970s

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A close friend of mine took

Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017

A close friend of mine took cialis prescribed by his GP.He had horrible stomach ache for a couple of hours and at one point sat on the toilet thinking he was having a cardiac arrest.

We all do what we are able to both physically and...

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Posted in Intellectual Turgidity

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'yet I did stay from place to

Posted on Tue, 30 May 2017

'How r u guyz?' great opening line, the matey colloquial textspeak masking the noncommunication.

'yet I did stay from place to place with  some carrier bags containing my clothes.'

You were homeless. I am not saying this to make you...

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Posted in My Mother and I aren't Talking and Other Tales.

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'The fourth craw he wisnae

Posted on Fri, 26 May 2017

'The fourth craw he wisnae there at 'aa' (from a Scottish children's song).I am going to come back to this piece again. I have a much too part-time job teaching creative writing to adults. Many have a struggle grasping person, point of view and...

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Posted in Taking the Fourth