Monthly Archives: October 2011

And I finally finished one of the ballads that’s been sitting around half-done for weeks

The Ballad of the Diamonds The ashes in the grate blew to the floor and caught some twists of paper lying near. The cook had curled her hair; it cost her dear. She died ablaze, still groping for the door. … Continue reading

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A poem for the Occupation perhaps

The Ballad of Death and the Maid The black gig stopped outside the rich man’s door. Pulled by two horses, both with feathered plumes. He pulled the curtains, sat in darkened rooms. This was a summons he’d choose to ignore. … Continue reading

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The traditional eye surgery poem

Manticore The baby features of the manticore its cold dull eyes, its teeth black with decay red hair above the eyes that’s tinged with grey. Saliva drools in foul ropes from its jaw. Its talons rust with dried and flaking … Continue reading

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This came from a piece in the TLS about women in WW2

The radar room They wondered sometimes why he talked so much, the Nazi pilot; if he had fair hair. He was a charmer; he knew they were there tracking his plane. Voice like the gentle touch of your best lover’s … Continue reading

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This is one of the macabre ones

Withering In the first year, the flesh dried on her bones Some insects hatched from eggs and tore their way out through her skin. And then they flew away leaving her lonely. Purple, green, the tones that mould laid on … Continue reading

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Nocturne The whispers of the night – the sound of rain, cars on wet streets, that hiss as they go by. A growl of breeze, and something in the sky that throbs and passes. Streets away, a train. And in … Continue reading

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Parting They leave. You let them go. For death or fame have called them. And you cannot hold them back. The ache that cracks your bones is that you lack their presence. When all partings seem the same it means … Continue reading

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