Category Archives: free verse

LOVE POEM

  On clifftop bench the lovers sat, unspeaking. Minutes drifted by in gentle folds, contentment interleaved. Nobody moved, nobody spoke as the tide crept along the strand, buzzed by shrieking gulls. The mystery of the moment left images of calm, … Continue reading

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Witnesses

  image:  “Chronicle” by Ruth Bavetta Caption from left to right Two chaps in blue converse. Why is the road closed? I’ve no idea – there are no workmen, no machines — only a barrier to progress and a couple of cones. … Continue reading

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December poem of lists

December started on my birthday – no gifts but cards galore. Otherwise, much like the rest of the year with the addition of making marzipan and mincemeat to decorate Christmas cakes and making Noel tarts, the usual sitting about with a book … Continue reading

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Wordle 232, The Explorer

The intrepid explorer left in icy cold cold enough to make him gasp cold to the core of his being. cold to freeze the blood cold enough til frostbite iced the loss of toes. Days would pass in limbo— the … Continue reading

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Christmas 2015, Northern England

The clouds whip by pushed by strong-arm winds, release their burden wantonly on hills and valleys, fields, towns and villages The slopes run with hurrying freshets flowing without fear or favour into swollen rivers, onto permeable land, watertight concrete and … Continue reading

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Uniformity

  My first school uniform was smart, a green box pleated tunic with plaited girdle, worn over a cream blouse with green-and-grey striped tie a green felt pudding basin hat to top it off. My second school, Saint Bernard’s Convent, … Continue reading

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Choice

If I had my druthers -─ though it’s a close-run thing -─ I’d rather have pain than be bored.   Failing mental stimulus the assaults of the body become engrossing, self-centred and hideous.   But with company, creativity, music or … Continue reading

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And there was no room at the inn – Wordle 228

Existence on the fringe of civil war insupportable but to leave almost worse – flight the only choice to preserve life or so they thought. In single file they crept along the difficult terrain through the night and through the … Continue reading

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And Here is the News

This is the BBC Home Service and here is the news in honeyed tones with suitable expression for the intelligentsia. The news is as usual, people bombing people murder, mayhem, madness and disaster  with politics thrown in for good measure … Continue reading

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Wishful Wordle

  I wish for clarity of thought for the leaders of the world ─ naked truth wrapped inside  mercy, kindness, gentle wisdom, integrity and most of all, for common sense. * I wish that I had wings to fly around … Continue reading

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Gifts

image via Google   The greatest gift is for giving ─ ourselves, our time to help creatively making or baking something to give – food, music, knowledge, art, pleasure, a laugh or simply just  forgiving. for Miz Quickly

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Border Crossing

  Overarching support links communities separated by ideology custom geography Miz Quickly asks us to write a poem of between 15 syllables and eight lines, and tells us to be concrete.  I have a literal kind of mind. Also linked … Continue reading

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STAND AND DELIVER

  When poetry is read aloud, delivery is all. Booming cavernous tones denote a poet too much up himself. Remember the Edith Sitwell sound destroying the poetry with drama and ominous falling cadence? Do you enjoy Michael Rosen enjoying his … Continue reading

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Regression

  Logophile from the toddler stage Reading mastered at three─ even long and complex words sometimes mispronounced but never misspelled. This word lover could banish boredom at a stroke pass waiting time in a whirl of poems and stories; reason, … Continue reading

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Exodus full circle

image,© deserted village, County Kerry, Ireland  Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Home was where you lived and worked – you were farmer, farm labourer, shepherd or servant weaver, spinner, cottage industry worker. Industrial revolution wars and progress … Continue reading

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