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  1. ''Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty''

    Iím driving along a Tarmac road
    that cuts through a manicured landscape
    of dull green fields,
    fluffy white sheep
    and dry-stone walls.
    Iíve heard thereís too many re-introduced
    birds of prey
    in...
  2. Moustache removal, five photographs

    Just like that it was gone
    and with it his hope of a U.S.P.
    not that it had sold him all that well.
    The Poirot
    The combed-out
    The Handlebar
    The Magnum
    The Ďobligatory Chapliní
    (the comments...
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    Haha good idea! thanks for your reply

    Haha good idea! thanks for your reply
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    Goodbye cold world

    we lived our lives
    in bubble wrap
    and Tupperware
    and cling film
    and sandwich bags;
    inside air conditioned
    pressurised cabins
    behind UV protected
    double glazed windows;
    in upright reclinable...
  5. Thread: Crush

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    Crush

    As cool and pristine as a Siamese cat,
    you entered my life
    with a shake of my hand
    and the faintest of smiles.
    Cold as a razor-blade
    and without a goodbye,
    you left it again.
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    FAO Angry mole

    Hitchhiking underneath my arm
    Ė youíre not a tick,
    youíre the tip
    of an angry little iceberg.
    You didnít seek me out
    , while I walked through bracken,
    to bury your legs deep beneath my skin....
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    My e-lectronic cigarette

    tastes like the dance-floor smoke
    of my younger days,
    it's made a science-fiction-man out of me.
    I’m free to puff away wherever I want -
    driving in my car or sitting at my desk.
    I'm without an...
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    Some really enjoyable lines in this. Thanks for...

    Some really enjoyable lines in this. Thanks for sharing (and not deleting yet!), JB! 😀
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    Problems

    Whilst my comfortable little life
    flowed by
    so tranquilly,
    unimaginable things were always going on
    elsewhere
    in the world.
    While at the beach I rushed to put my sunblock on
    others had to...
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    Leeds to Kings Cross train

    Abandoned my book
    to stare out of the window
    from Doncaster until I don’t know where.
    The conveyor belt of flat green fields
    slid by and by
    and by
    and by, beneath
    a Tupperware sky.
  11. Thread: Streets

    by JonathanManley
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    Really enjoyed reading this, especially: ...

    Really enjoyed reading this, especially:

    ''Listening to sirens
    And passing conversations''

    Honestly, I wasn't crazy about the last line, it felt a bit apologetic; though this poem as a whole...
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    When we lived together

    You were Ralph and Roger and Jack,
    full of purpose
    when we landed upon our island
    together.
    You built shelters and fires, found food
    , hunted for meat.
    You had the confidence to prosper and...
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    An Apology

    Washed up jelly fish
    on a gravel beach
    beneath
    a chalky sky.
    The plastic spade
    in my nine year old hand
    made a pudding of you.
    I apologise.
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    Thanks for your thoughts Dreamwoven. I'm not sure...

    Thanks for your thoughts Dreamwoven. I'm not sure why my wordpress wasn't working when you landed on it - it isn't the most visually exciting of landing pages, but there should be links to many...
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    A shared memory / Losing touch

    A tiny piece of my past
    that makes my face flush red
    just to recall it silently.
    An anecdote I donít recount,
    nor will I ever wish to.
    You, my accomplice
    , just a name to me now
    in a list of...
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    In the waiting room

    Humbled,
    I snuffle
    and clear my throat loudly,
    slimily,
    disgustingly.
    Anxiously
    awaiting
    the call of my surname.
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    My teeth are in fact already straight, but thanks...

    My teeth are in fact already straight, but thanks for your comment :)
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    Crooked Teeth

    These crooked teeth
    in the bathroom mirror,
    gritted back at me,
    as a daily reminder

    that I can only regret
    those younger days,
    where I got off lightly
    on each trip to the dentist.
  19. Thread: Grimace

    by JonathanManley
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    Grimace

    A monster, a taste bud,
    the embodiment of a milkshake.
    You’ve been called a lot of things
    by marketing men
    and customers’ kids.

    They even all called you evil once.
    Evil Grimace
    who went...
  20. Thread: Tituba

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    Tituba

    Black dogs, hogs,
    and a yellow bird.
    Red and black rats,
    cats,
    a fox and a wolf.
    She accused others too
    when she gave her confession,
    spoke openly of
    all the creatures listed above.
    Might’ve...
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    Retirement in a Village

    At the window table
    of this commuter villageís
    dark little pub,
    is where you can find me
    spending my nights
    , or squandering them.
    Iím happy amongst the locals
    who donít talk to me.
    Pen...
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    Somehow I missed the comments on this post at the...

    Somehow I missed the comments on this post at the time... Many thanks desiresjab, Dreamwoven and Hawkman for your constructive input on this one. It's got a way to go, so your thoughts are very much...
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    Thanks for your feedback on this desiresjab. No,...

    Thanks for your feedback on this desiresjab. No, unfortunately the 'How far can you bounce?' title does come from a real situation.
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    How far can you bounce?

    The crowd jeered and took selfies
    before I took my leap,
    or at least that’s how
    the newspaper put it;
    that I’d been goaded with shouts
    of ‘How far can you bounce?’.
    But I could hardly have...
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    All the way from Scotland, for a week

    A knock at the door
    and who walks in,
    but my long lost brother-in-law
    + his wife and two kids.

    I remember him thinner
    , well I mean younger at least
    and with less double chins Ė
    perhaps a...
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