3am

I am not myself today.It is 3am and I,A valiant knight,Am doing battle.It is here again.The strangler.By day it whispers,The guise it wears,A cloak of shards.Half formed fragments.“But what if..?”“Worst case scenario…”Idea upon idea,All leading to the inevitable.Failure.Its enemy is distraction.Pretty things, pretty words.An unshakeable belief,That  it is ridiculous.To those in the know,It is conspicuous.Though every now and then,I have […]

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Wish You Weren’t Here

This is completely fictional – the fever dream of a writer forced to write out of their comfort zone!  It’s been over a year since Ed Sheeran’s fall from grace, but now the plucky Singer-Songwriter is planning his comeback tour – starting with Manchester’s Victoria station. We’re told that the 35 year old was spotted […]

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The Surgeon

I closed his chest, stitch by stitch, Life renewed with heartbeats itch. A boy, perhaps, of sixteen years, Yet I, to Death, owed arrears.  For from his clutch, with surgeon’s knife, I snatched away my patient’s life.                                                     Each day the boy went strength to strength, Any wound should heal at length. Or so I […]

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The Laughing Man

“Pull back the veil on life, love and the future my dearies… just a penny and I shall gaze into the great beyond.” Shrieks of giddy joy permeated through the thick tendrils of incense, interspersed with the rush of wheels on wooden tracks. Subdued candlelight picked out tarot cards, a collection of crystals and glinted […]

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Kissing Frogs

It was an auspicious day in Camelot, though perhaps all days were auspicious. Yes, it was especially auspicious, the bard even announced it. “Today is the day!” Or perhaps it was just dawn, the bard seemed especially efficient at announcing all things relating to King Arthur. It seemed the bard was especially effusive first thing […]

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O’ Tannenbaum

Once upon a time there was a tree. It was quite the most wondrous tree in all of the Schwarzwald. Folk travelled for miles to marvel at its verdant branches. It was said that anyone who laid their eyes upon the tree wept with joy, until their heart was cleansed and their vigour renewed. Bards […]

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Sinners

“May God have mercy on your souls.” Several ‘souls’ slouched in the ramshackle pews. Summer, sweaty and halcyon by opposing measures eked on, throwing long shadows across the tiled floor. The very air was heavy, incense cloying as it wound its way along the nave. Once bright tapestries donated by “christians for youth” now hung […]

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The Slug

If I hadn’t offered to park the car, I’d never have turned into a slug. Picture the scene, four women, one white BMW – that ridiculous NCR car park in Manchester. The one with the car trap walls, looming with the promise of lost no claims bonuses. Presentation, t-minus 30 minutes. Not a single space […]

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A Suit?

HR sent out a decree. They were looking for an employee. They had to dress smart, Wear a tie, have no heart. I applied as they were looking for me.   “Now you’ll have to work Saturdays and Sundays, There’s really no time you’ll be free. You’ll be waiting a year for a pay raise. […]

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Peace & War

A villanelle is a poem of 19 lines with a very specific rhyming structure and two refrains which run throughout the piece. I practically tore my hair out trying to get this to work! I hope you enjoy my first attempt at a villanelle.   Humanity retreats, history repeats, war. Corruption and greed finds a […]

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