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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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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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Poems 2016

Salvation He always made doughnuts Thousands of them Alongside doughnut lassies Sugar, lard, eggs, milk (evaporated) Water flour, baking powder, salt Ground nutmeg Amongst mortars, mines, lead (assorted) Wire, weapons, water and blood Ground spirits For bellies that lay flat … Continue reading

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  Autumn Leaves crackle and rot Revelling in their decay Soon to be compost   Spring   Tulip buds bursting In bright fresh April sunlight Spring is surely here   Walk   We walk hand in hand Purple carpet before … Continue reading

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