Category Archives: Poems

My Town

My town, is like your town A few bewildered denizens of the past Hover outside the concrete carcasses of the old ways New Gods are worshipped, Kelloggs, Andrex and Dettol Gucci, Prada and Burberry, Now corpses in fading thoroughfares Toppled … Continue reading

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Poems 2020

In the Beach Hut Me on the inside Everything on the outside Time lies neatly folded Like an old cloak In the corner White pebbles the size of Loaves of bread Rest beyond freshly rinsed Twice daily Peeled paint flutters … Continue reading

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How Steep is Steep?

    Laser dots Ten metres apart Were the start Of when it happened Baldwin Street Dunedin Was flattened By the Men of Harlech Whose angle was more acute On the Welsh route At Forde Pen Llech Thirty five degrees … Continue reading

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Poems 2019

“And Its No Nay Never” An elegy upon the expiry of Opportunity , the veteran Mars explorer, 2003 – 2019 It is lonely One hundred and fifty three Million miles away Your friends at Toyota and Amazon But memories Yet … Continue reading

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Poems 2018

I am pleased that I have two poems included in the St Giles Hospice Charity Poem collection:   On the theme “makes life worthwhile” Much Ado About Nothing Fresh, crisp, laundered sheets, at the end of a tiring day. A … Continue reading

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Poems 2017

  Skinhead   Ben Sherman’s, buttoned down Levi’s turned up, braces locked tight Doc Martins laced high Harrington’s for fight, or flight.   Heads bristling Legs loping Fists clenching   Richard Allen Pulp fiction Barely 200 pages   Finished in … Continue reading

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Planet Earth

Run Iguana run, Dance the tango with devils Over hot sand, Sprint with lightning Bolt speed, Swerve and sway like Ronaldo, Keep ballerina balance As death slithers and slides In awful choreographed symmetry, Wrestle and writhe, Strive against  mortal foes … Continue reading

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A Poem for Aberfan

The Ballad of the Aberfan Disaster   A junior school called Pantglas Where miners’ children went to class Learning sums, and history, and English lit Then you headed on down to the pit   Where all the men toiled underground … Continue reading

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Books

I love books. I also have far too many. School books, student books, novels, poetry, travel, biographies, histories, historical fiction, sports and sundry unclassified, or unclassifiable. Far too many lie unread. Some are on display for effect, some have been … Continue reading

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Rime of the Staffordshire Hoard

A somewhat belated posting of a commission which was performed last year at the New Vic Stoke.   The Rime of the Staffordshire Hoard   He sat quite quiet, in the Boat, Supping his pint of beer, His thread bare … Continue reading

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