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Self Isolating

I do actually like my own company - which is just as well. I have friends who pale at the mere idea of being alone with themselves. And I am fortunate in having space. With both a house and a garden, I have options. Since acquiring wheels I have become accustomed to ...

Corona 4 – My Intention

Its the corona virus lock down. I have been identified as extremely vulnerable. Even though I don’t feel as if I am as labeled I am behaving, staying in. Poetry is a boon. I am following and releasing this first to Corona Verse Poems for a Pandemic, a facebook page ...

Richard Downes

The Challenge; Grandad

The Highgate Society Poets set a challenge to write about a grandparent or as they put it; a grandma, grandpa or grand other. The Challenge; Grandad The head of my clan Was a tic tac man Careless with his shop He’d sooner be off To the gee gees Or Perry Barr dogs Waving fingers Placing odds Taking the workers ...

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‘Self’ distancing

Ages ago I became a contact-free zone. People no longer offered to shake my hand. Hugging has become almost extinct. Today I reap the benefits of years of involuntary social distancing. (How good we have a name for it) And to think I moaned, crept into a silent defensive shell or protested ...

Valentine’s Routine

This is a two hander. Bean replies to every verse. To hear her answers you need to see a perfomance of the piece. Needless to say the way its structured she’ll get the last word. Valentine’s Routine You don’t love me You wanna see me work You get the hump When you see me shirk You ...

Dementia

You may have dementia, But don’t let it define who you really are, You are still my nanma, You’ve always been my shining star.   You may have dementia, But you are independent and strong, You often enjoy a sing song, And planting poinsettia’s.   You may have dementia, But you’re always smiling, Telling tales from the past, And having a laugh.   You may ...

Acorn; The Fire Goes Out and Then it Burns Again

Yoko’s first earth piece asks you to think about the fire at the centre of the earth. This is my fire. Where is your fire? What does it bring you? Acorn; The Fire Goes Out and Then it Burns Again Raking over ashes To find the odd ember Pecking spitefully At fallen splinter groups You think back To ...

Black Widow 3

Late comers to Black Widow may wish to go back to the start which started here. Stella, the black widow, is a star. Magnetic. Attracts. Pulls them in. One by one. A drink. A cake maybe. Shall I slip a record on. Setting the scene. A tableau; only present because ...

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642; Blue Thing

The instruction is to write about someone holding something blue and what they may be thinking. My instincts in this introduction are to be puerile and pun along the lines of; in the proud oral tradition of Jim Morrison's Lament to My Cock but there are serious issues here too. 1) ...

Liz Bentley holding cucumber with Tesco Delivery Woman

Liz Bentley and giardia while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Woman

How exciting it was when the delivery man was a woman, and what a lovely large cucumber she bought me, well in its sell by date. This weeks shopping was hard for me to do because I had nausea. I'm too old to be pregnant and I soon put two and ...