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My stories have been read 35852 times and 46 of my stories have been cherry picked.
9 of my 196 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 9 votes

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melanie greenwood


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Gog and Magog at 2,000 years

A blackbird’s lonely song skims hawthorn hedges, showering primroses and daffodils that illuminate overcast fields. Frowning dog violets and wild...

A Goer

‘We’ll wake up the tortoise when we’ve taken Major for a walk,’ Mum said, spraying perfume, patting her hair, applying lipstick. Gerald had been...
Pick of the Month

The Goodbye

No smile or words. Rigid, unyielding, for that last photograph. His arm, slack, around my shoulder. I turn from the shot. Hide my tears, knowing he...
Gold cherry

September Sun on Blackdown Hills

North, up deep-wooded Black Down’s scarp to a windswept southern plateau dissected by a mosaic of secluded river valleys, carpeted by flint, chalk,...
Gold cherry

The Accidental Gardener

‘What on earth are you’re doing!’ David asked, unable to keep the kinks of irritation out of his voice. ‘Weeding,’ I said, warily, freezing in the...


9 of my comments have received 9 Great Feedback votes

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Hi Di, thank you so much

Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020

for your feedback. Yes, it is true. All names changed, timeline compacted for characters.... I've never had a job that didn't focus on deadlines, going (effing) forward, damn stakeholders and not conversing much unless you are on a break and...

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Posted on Fri, 19 Jun 2020

loved learning something new in a beautiful way, great that connection between stilness, silence and violence, loved the Victorian image, the planetary eggs, how grief descends in the constriction of an eye. Very good poem ...

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Posted in Grey Heron

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great imagery

Posted on Sat, 09 Nov 2019

love the feeling of childhood, the wooden and woolen connection, the moths and cicadias and how the fallen trees link to bleached bones and pennies from soldiers. Beautifully depicted. 

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Posted in Trees on the Arapuni Road

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Posted on Sun, 19 Feb 2017

very much liked the feeling of being on the journey with you, 'intermittent percussion' of woodpecker - I could hear it so clearly.... I'd have finished it without the last two lines because the scene is already painted well...

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Posted in Forgotten Copse

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Beautiful, slow-moving, with

Posted on Wed, 16 Nov 2016

Beautiful, slow-moving, with great depth and warmth and humanity.

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Posted in Blue

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what a delight....

Posted on Fri, 14 Nov 2014

bounces along all sparkly like freckles, I heard that a face without freckles is a sky without stars and that they are the kisses of Gods and fairies....

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Wonderful poem

Posted on Fri, 13 Jun 2014

great verve, colour and having just come back from a walk and several stings climbing over a style, so true, really enjoyed this... thank you!

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Posted in Nettles

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written with love and serenity

Posted on Sun, 06 Apr 2014

Read it at her wedding eveyone will love it....might take out all the 'the's' in first verse, don't need them and without takes you closer to action (not I didn't say 'the' action) and as many of those other ones as you can...x

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Posted in Coldplay wordplay wedding day

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Posted on Tue, 01 Apr 2014

Enjoyed the language you used and the build-up feels very authentic.....and hands are very special to hold and they way they mould to yours........ not joined long enough to read all the chapters but well done for getting this far....

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Posted in school photos 72