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Comment for Kole

Never expecting too much of life Is like preparing to be surprised. When all it throws at you is bad news, it comes good! Then you popped your head above the parapet to say Hello, it’s me, I’m here! Where’s … Continue reading

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Little Big Man

(for Samuel Leon Anstie) This fragile earth, on which we so depend is strewn with evidence that life portends a choreography of happenstance. Your shoes were made for your own special dance. Then you appeared and shone the warmest light; … Continue reading

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The Major

On the night before the battle,
a letter to his wife still wets the eyes
and we shed tears two hundred years on. Continue reading

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But You

(for Barbara) There couldn’t be, there could never be anyone so flawed and yet pluperfect any other being, so dissonant, yet in harmony with an Earth full of strife, yet bursting with life full of hope, and love, and integrity and … Continue reading

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These Stones

These Stones. – A poem to commemorate how war penetrates all aspects of human life, in all corners of our world, however remote … over at The Bardo Group

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A Dog’s Life

(for Jazz) Your soft and furry skin was like a prize that felt as if it were a therapy, reward for when we were too short of time to pander to your young demands, and yet you never once gave … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Life

The riptide pulled and weighed us down, swimming in our shoals. It bent us in our will to win, oh weary, sorry souls. Oh tiresome, terrifying days when scholars moved to preach that all of Christendom was ours, but always … Continue reading

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Painted Hearts

(for BJ) You paint for love and making home a warm and loving place to be I paint with words my heart’s relief at knowing you’re still with me. And, whilst we seem to play away with different loves, divergent … Continue reading

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The Poppy

When I see a poppy I see the symbol of something that it’s easy to forget; not a logo, a stripe or a statement of rank. It’s neither corporate image nor party colour, nor crucifix. It is not even… …a … Continue reading

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Perfection

I walked and wandered, we talked, I sang, but also had to sit awhile for what seemed like an age. You’d had a surfeit at the bar you had leaked a bit from both ends… and seemed uncomfortable, unhappy, not … Continue reading

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