If Only You Could See Me Now

If only you could have seen her, wrapped like fish and chips in a muslin cloth. If only you could have seen them, top of the division, the amphitheatre turned red with shirts and scarves. If only you could see my woodwork, fuelled by the memory of your steady arms as you pruned back the […]

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Across the Conveyor

I could have picked another aisle, but his was about to free up. It’s not only that, though. Today, I could do with talking to someone and he likes to talk. As I get loading, he tells me there’s been a troublesome customer. Took three security guards to get him out. He couldn’t take it […]

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Fallen Leaf

The time had come. The Great Leaving, we called it. Something of a sense of humour, I suppose. The Wind of Destiny struck and severed my umbilical cord from Mother Tree. I tumbled, head over heels, into the autumn sunshine that had been hidden behind concrete since my beginning. My flight was brief. I landed […]

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Money Over Matter

For a brief time, the bus stopped. Infection was a roadblock, profit put on hold while life support took its place. But this was only temporary, a handwritten note pasted over that familiar recipe of make more, take more. Capital needed a vaccine, an intervention, injection, funnel it out to tax havens like it’s an […]

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Cause for celebration

As seen on CafeLit. The man waits with tender anticipation, his palms face down on the table. He wears a faint smile at the thought of what is to come but also at how things have come to be, the days, the years, turning everything mellow like a softening fruit. A smell wafts in from […]

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Tarmac Scars

I never knew you, except for what I’d read. That we’d been to the same school and your favourite colour was pink. But I got to know your tarmac scars and the bump in the road that makes the cars bounce on their way up the hill. I knew of your friends too, at least, […]

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Echoes and Edges event

One of my poems will be featured in the next Echoes and Edges event taking place on Saturday. It’s a live experimental evening of poetry recordings and musical improvisation run by two musicians. Tune in on the night from 7-9pm or have a look at their website to submit your own work.

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