Category Archives: story poems

Ode to a Mouse

  No, not you.      You! O feckless fubsy piece of plastic capricious device of devious devil ─ discipline your rebel arrow wildly flying ‘cross the page. You fail to stop at amber signal, hide so coyly  in the margin, sending … Continue reading

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The Power Cut

The Standard Habbie Stanza as used by Robert Burns, among others:   I am in the middle of a Future Learn course on the Scottish bard, and have been intrigued by the structure of eg The Vision.  The Habbie Stanza … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Wisdom London 1944

Gargee read the tea leaves and often she was right ─ swirled them round in the cup tipped them out into the light. I’m going to die on Wednesday she said — gave us all a fright. If I were you … Continue reading

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Octpowrimo 24: Part II

I’d just posted my 6-word Saturday, which contained my poem for the Octpo prompt from Friday, A Drop in the Ocean.  Jock came in and read it over my shoulder, then he laughed and told me an old story.  Spark … Continue reading

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Vlad the Impaler – a Haibun

Horror stories are not my scene but when I stumble upon a name like Vlad the Impaler I have to wonder how he came to earn his soubriquet. The son of Vlad II Dracul,  (dragon) who was loved in his … Continue reading

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Beothail’s Lament

  The restless wind at Lismore Isle sounds a maiden’s heartworn sigh, for Beothail of the golden hair had lost her Viking love . She pined and died  far from  her home and still her voice was heard on the … Continue reading

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Napowrimo 26 – Anticlimactic Wordle

That first evening gown was made for me by a lady who lived down the road. She sewed for a living – her purse must have been small – she didn’t charge much for the hours that she spent measuring, … Continue reading

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Episode Wordle 201

  Through hardened arteries and granite veins blood circulates sluggishly, stops. Consciousness fades and I howl with fear. Through ghost memories of other times I see my flesh on theatre table, with needles and tubes, electronic flickering, equipment for which I … Continue reading

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Storm

Batten down the hatches, Marcia’s on her way. Secure all the latches for a scary day. Under the stairs is the safest place to watch the wind go by carrying trees as it picks up pace tiles and dustbins on … Continue reading

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Leading Role for a Dog Wordle 198

Marcel the Marvellous, a tiny orphan lamb adopted by a galumphing dog, burst into another life With nary a sound, the dog instilled the will to survive, to act the clown to tumble around in Persil-white fleece each to each … Continue reading

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Wordle 186 – a ditty

At the crossroads one night with the moon shining bright – what dreadful doggerel I  write – darn it, I’ve lost the thread of the story I had in my head. I’ll start it all over again. No I won’t … Continue reading

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OctPo 26 THE FUTILITY OF FEAR

  The Oct|Po prompt for today is to confront our fears.  What scares me most is pain and not much else, so I went back in my mind to childhood terror.    Climb the ladder, giggles and squeals, up and … Continue reading

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OctPoWriMo day 12, Wordle 182 CONFUSION

Confusion The lusts of the flesh were her undoing desire to possess a chance-met fellow enraptured by him by the lotion of love wanting to be cherished. Hypnotising fascination became obsession teased and tortured scrambled her brains just like strong liquor. … Continue reading

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Wordle 181: Airstrike Poem II

Airstrike-Poem II Vital signs not promising, bleeding, broken, strips of rag a pathetic try to stem the flow, the nameless patients laid on grubby sheets in rows along the floor. Hope seeps away as senses fade,  save speech, as suffering … Continue reading

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The Fisher Child

This is a rewritten version of a poem from my early writing days, in response to a prompt at Miz Quickly’s September challenge to write about fall.  This is probably not the kind of fall she intended, but it is … Continue reading

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