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The loss of mother blackness.doc The loss of mother blackness.doc
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We had a black labrador who had 11 pups. One died on the day the others opened their eyes. She carried it up to my room and put it under my duvet in the hope that I could offer it some precious body heat she couldn't afford and maybe save its life. I had to bury it
A winters tale.doc A winters tale.doc
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Sisters with neices and nephews came for the weekend! Now you know why they call me 'Uncle Grumpy bollocks!'
Camden cemetery.doc Camden cemetery.doc
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This was in response to a call for people to write pieces for a new book of photographs titled 'London at Dawn'. I chose a picture of a headstone with the file name 'CAMCEM' so I wrote this. It got published but when I received my copy I noticed the picture was entitled 'Camberwell Cemetery'- hmmm, should ave checked that really! never mind.
a vision in the missed.doc a vision in the missed.doc
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A man is so in love that he feels pity for the poor fool who just happens to brush past his beauty in the street. He notices the passing glance of admiration the stranger gives to his love.
a woman hanged.doc a woman hanged.doc
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Written in response to a title competition- this is what I came up with. It's all about the innocent victim of an office party and how she's been assumed guilty.

 

stabbed.doc stabbed.doc
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This is a personal favoutite of mine. Do you recall "The Lion and Albert" by Marriott Edgar? No, well don't worry about it. It's set in Blackpool, my home town, and I was brought up on my dear old Dad reciting it on many a drunken evening in the pub.

I decided to put that rhyming style into this piece but with a dark twist based on the propensity for mindless violence that your basic Saturday night in town can bring come chucking out time.

Just to make things harder for myself I decided to couple BOTH sets of lines in each verse as opposed to just the first and third like Marriott did. It was a challenge but I love the result.

Hard truths.doc Hard truths.doc
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This was just a quickie based on a title comp again. There are some nice bits in it and it's fairly funny.

[Way to sell a poem there Ely, well done! They'll be clicking themselves into a frenzy after that intro!]

Mr reliable.doc Mr reliable.doc
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This was a 50 word excercise and is based on a true story. When I lived in Wales there was this lonely guy who would stand against the wall of the off licence with a bag of cans at his feet every Saturday night. He was mentally imbalanced but harmless so he was left alone. The story goes that his only ever date never showed up to accompany him to a school party and he's been waiting ever since- convinced that it wasn't a cruel joke and she's just been delayed or got the wrong Saturday night maybe, but it's been many years and still he waits.
Terry doesn't work anymore.doc Terry doesn't work anymore.doc
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Again, the violence of mindless attacks was in my mind when I wrote this.
breasts.doc breasts.doc
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It's a bit rude but what can I tell you? I'm a man and I love breasts so why not put some words together that give a sense of their shape and meaning? This one is very word heavy and hopefully gets you a little tongue tied and 'in the moment'.
just sleep.doc just sleep.doc
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 The missus is out and paranoia is keeping you awake.
lost you.doc lost you.doc
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 When it's about to hit the skids there's little you can do but fret a bit and feel bitter... we've all been there and, as I can now verify, there's always something much better waiting round the next corner so don't feel too bad for me, life's unbelievably good now! Wayhey!
secret.doc secret.doc
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 These are song lyrics written specifically for a musical writing partner of mine for Celine Dion, well why not eh?
the everything of you.doc the everything of you.doc
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Another song, a bit schmaltsy but that's what a good ballad should be I think.
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