Monthly Archives: October 2013

For RG after a year

Eyes watch me from the screen. Upon the page is it my ink or is it tears are wet? A poet’s always in her muse’s debt her poems never quite the living wage a muse deserves. Who unannounced arrives back … Continue reading

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FOR LOU REED

He watched them dance their lives. He had the heart of ice that makes true art. Most of them died. He’d not have made such art if he had cried over their deaths. His was the darker part to note … Continue reading

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

They dropped her off, with luggage, at his house as ransom, or the payment of a debt. After two days, she hadn’t seen him yet. No sign of life but an enormous louse left on the pillow next to hers. … Continue reading

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THE TIGER’S BRIDE, THE SILKEY’S BRIDE

Some women realise they are bored with skin, choose other lovers. Sometimes they havefur or scales or feathers. Clever girls prefer the slick and wet and smooth. It’s not a sin. We humans marry out. It’s what we do. The … Continue reading

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TONIGHT’S FAIRY STORY – OF PRINCESSES AND PEAS

She’s sensitive. Breathe on her there’s a bruise. Her skin can only bear the finest lace woven by spiders. Sunlight on her face will blister. She wears tissue paper shoes. And yet it’s not enough. The real thing needs nakedness … Continue reading

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ANOTHER POEM FOR TERRI WINDLING’S CHALLENGE – RAPUNZEL

It was the bed she slept on and the dress she wore about the house. It was the veil she hid behind. In snow and rain and hail it kept her dry. And if she felt distress which she did, … Continue reading

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JEPTHA

The architect was worried for his dome. He ate an egg for breakfast, saw it crack with one spoon-stroke, imagined the attack a well placed cannon – He’d a child at home a daughter. It would cost him much to … Continue reading

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